Welcome to Stamping with Buffy! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Mike & I did some “housekeeping” things over the weekend and it was fun to see progress and check things off our list. Of course, I spent two hours in the jacuzzi tub after to ease my aches! My dearest husband has created the most awesome oasis in my bathroom. And, knowing how I love hot baths, he chose a tub with a heater so the water is always hot. I love that man more every day!
One of the benefits of being a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator is having access to demonstrator only events. One of these events is a Mystery Card event every Wednesday in October. Demonstrator Development Managers with Stampin’ Up!® are making cards with us (virtually, of course) on Wednesdays, and it’s so much fun to relax and create with them. Last week, we made this card using the Splendid Day Suite from the July-December Mini Catalog.
It was so much fun – and I learned a lot about what to share with stampers before they start stamping. The first thing was to use White Craft Ink and a Water Painter to “whitewash” the front of a Crumb Cake card base. I was diligently whitewashing and wasn’t watching as Shannon demonstrated the card, so I over washed. It still looks ok, but it would have been better if I hadn’t washed all the way to the left edge.
The second thing was, we stamped the floral image and sentiment from the Splendid Thoughts Stamp Set in the White Craft Ink and embossed it with white powder and then found out we were going to “stitch” the edge with a die. (Well, it was a mystery card!) My sentiment was over too far, so there wasn’t room to stitch. I could have skipped that part, but it really does add a little more interest to the card, so I started over.
The other elements are die-cuts from the Splendid Stemps Dies (part of the Splendid Thoughts Bundle and Splendid Day Suite) using Early Espresso Cardstock and the gorgeous Splendid Day Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). When Stampin’ Up!® offered this suite as a pre-release to the J-D Mini Catalog, it was the DSP that pushed me over. It is so beautiful with a foil design on every sheet.
I was happy for the reminder to share little tips before people start stamping. That’s my downfall in classes. I always say, “Oh, yeah – you need to do this…” – but it’s sometimes too late. Of course, it’s always easy to cover up “opps-es,” but I need to be better about sharing tips before they start stamping!
I decided to do another card using a few different colors and elements.
For this card, I still washed the front with the White Craft Ink, but used it a little more sparingly. I used different stamps for the sentiment and background flower, and used Poppy Parade instead of Early Espresso for the die-cut. It’s a little brighter, but so far, everyone in my family has preferred the Early Espresso. I switched from Linen Thread to White Baker’s Twine.
I wanted the sentiment to be a little more obvious, so I stamped it with Early Espresso Classic Ink on a tag instead of directly on the card. I also added a few Iridescent Pearls colored with Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends.
I like both of these cards, and am looking forward to this week’s Mystery Card event! Stampin’ Up!® has made it a little more enticing for you to join this event. If you join my team of demonstrators now through October 31, you can select $155 in product for your starter kit for only $99! That’s an extra $30 in product! Contact me for more information or join here.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!
What a wonderful card and I sure appreciate your description and hints about the card. My craft ink always sits on the shelf, so I need to remember to break it out!
Thanks, Jackie! It was a lot of fun. Maybe you can make it to some of them. They’re in the Stampin’ Up! US Demonstrators group.
Both cards are lovely, but the 2nd one you really stepped up! Very pretty 🙂
Thank you, Deborah! It was so fun.
I love the Mystery Card thing they are doing. I didn’t get to stamp along with it this time but I plan on watching the video and doing it them.
I do too! Since they’re doing it on Zoom to Facebook, it’s up almost immediately after so you don’t have to wait. I’ll see you (virtually, of course) Wednesday!
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