A Touch of Ink

A Touch of Ink

Welcome to another Stamp Off with my friends Susan and Jackie! This week, we’re showcasing our Favorite Sale-a-bration Products for the January/February Sale-a-bration.

If you’re not familiar with Sale-a-bration (SAB), it’s the most wonderful time of the year. For every $50 or $100 you spend (at one time), you can select free products! If you host a qualifying part during SAB, you will receive an extra free stamp set on top of the already awesome rewards for hosting. And if you join my team during SAB, you will receive five packs of 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP). You’ll receive a pack each of Brights, Neutrals, Regals, Subtles, and the 2020-2022 In Colors in the new design that will be in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. Think of the fun you’ll have when you create a project and always have coordinating DSP.

So, my favorite SAB product. That was a tough one, because my stamps and paper are kind of like my kids; I don’t have a favorite. Or sometimes it’s whatever I’m using at the time.

I chose the A Touch of Ink Stamp Set. I love watching hummingbirds, and my mom loves hummingbirds, so I usually get hummingbird stamp sets so I can create cards for Mom. Here’s my card.

A Touch of Ink, Stampin' Up!, Many Messages

I stamped the leaves, flowers, and the bird using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Balmy Blue Cardstock. I colored the images with Flirty Flamingo, Just Jade, Pretty Peacock, and Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends. I know what you’re thinking. If I stamped on Balmy Blue Cardstock and my top layer is Balmy Blue Cardstock, why in the world would I fussy cut the flowers, leaves, and hummingbird? That’s an excellent question, and I’m glad you asked. There’s a story (isn’t there always?).

When I was coloring the bird, I got a tinch out of the lines and it bothered me, so I used my Color Lifter to erase the mistake. That was a mistake. While that works on Basic White Cardstock, it left a dark shadow on the Balmy Blue. I colored over it with Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blend, but that didn’t work either. It looked horrible, but I loved how the bird and flowers looked, so I decided to cut them out rather than re-stamp. It would have been easier and quicker to start over, but I was determined.

After I colored the flowers with Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blends, I had a brilliant idea to use a white gel pen to brighten them up. I wasn’t sure how the gel pen would work with the blends, but I had a feeling it may smear. It did, but still looks ok I think. I colored over the gel pen and got a “I’ve been hanging on this stem for too long and I’m about to drop my petals” look. So I stamped another bunch of petals, this time on Basic White Cardstock, and colored with Flirty Flamingo and Just Jade Stampin’ Blends again. I was going to cover the originals, but I really liked the way it looked with both sets of flowers, so I went with that.

I embossed the Balmy Blue layer with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder, then added the stamped elements. The sentiment and tag are from the Many Messages Bundle in the January-June Mini Catalog. I love how you can get a lot of sentiment tags with just one stamp and one die. I have sentiments for almost every occasion.

The card base is Pretty Peacock. And after all that, this is still one of my favorite products. 

Be sure to head over to Jackie’s and Susan’s blogs to see their favorite products! 

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

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About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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8 Responses to A Touch of Ink

  1. Susan Horr says:

    As they say “there is no such thing as mistakes” with stamping. There is only room for embellishments (or fussy cutting). Your card is beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. jackie says:

    Buffy this is gorgeous! No mistake here. I am so impressed with your coloring and fussy cutting. Just lovely. And do I sense a bit of CAS influence?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. AppleLady7 says:

    I love how you “Don’t panic – just improvise” when things don’t turn out as planned! It is a lovely card. I am anticipating seeing it “in hard copy” some day! 😂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Deborah says:

    Oh, hummingbirds are my favourite, too! And this is so pretty, Buffy 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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