Mystery Pieces Challenge

Mystery Pieces Challenge

Welcome back, friends! I wanted to show you one of our latest “Mystery Pieces” challenges. The products we received for this one were from Chris Nelson. They are so gorgeous!

We were given Basic White Cardstock, a piece of the gorgeous Waves of the Ocean Designer Series Paper (DSP), ribbon, gems, and a card base. What fun! I love this paper and will continue to use it even though it’s retired. It’s so beautiful.

Here’s the card Chris made.

I absolutely love the sunset she created and the way she used the DSP for the water. And I love the seabird!

The next card is from Nadine.

I LOVE the wave she added. I can almost hear the sounds of the ocean with this one! Nadine used the opposite side of the DSP, so it’s very tropical. And I love the texture on the clouds and the die-cut birds.

This is Christy’s card. I love how she moved away from the beach and used the DSP as the “negative” for the die-cut butterfly as well as the background.

Sometimes, we need more of a paper in the kit, and we’ve decided it’s ok to add to the packet we receive. In this case, Christy used the Basic White Cardstock as a top layer and a middle layer between the DSP and card base. Many of us would cut an extra piece of Basic White. Knowing Christy, I’ll bet she cut the top white layer from the middle of the larger piece. (So there’s a tip for you! Cut smaller pieces from inside layers that won’t be seen and save paper.)

This is Carol’s card. Carol used both sides of the DSP, alternating strips. She added a label with the sentiment, but didn’t take away from the beauty of the paper.

Here is Sandy’s card. Sandy went “under the sea” with this little octopus. So cute! And I love the sentiment she used.

Waves of Inspiration, Stampin' Up!

This is my card. I had the same idea as Nadine, but I wish I had given my wave more layers like she did; it would have made it much better. Or I could have left the wave off altogether, because that section of the DSP is awesome on its own. I used Stampin’ Blends on the ribbon to give it some color. I cut my wave and the tag from the Basic White Cardstock, then blended Coastal Cabana on them with Blending Brushes.

I hope you enjoyed our creations and got some inspiration from them. I’ll post our most recent challenge soon!

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

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Paradise Palms

Paradise Palms

Mike & I love to retreat to the beach. We try to go for at least a week every year just to relax and get some Florida sun. In between visits, I get my sand and sea fix through card making. Stampin’ Up!® has had some really fun products that have a beachy feel. There are sailboats, lighthouses, and, of course, sea creatures, and palm trees.

I finally got a chance to ink up my Paradise Palms Stamp Set today. When I learned that it was carrying over to the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog, I ordered the bundle (stamp set and Palms Dies). When you purchase a bundle, you’ll save 10% over the cost of the individual products. Here’s the card I made.

Stampin' Up!, Paradise Palms, Bottled Happiness

As usual, I didn’t really start with a plan. I had an idea – stamp and die-cut the trees, ink the card stock, add a bottle – but I didn’t realize how big the bottle was compared to the trees until I was already well into the process.

First, I added Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, and Coastal Cabana Ink to Basic White Cardstock with Blending Brushes. Then I added a few of the long, skinny images  (you can see a piece behind the trees) in more Crumb Cake. This can be a shadow, darker sand, or even water.

I stamped the palm branches in Garden Green and die-cut them and the Soft Suede trunks with the Palms Dies. After I added them to the card, I realized it would look really weird if I added the giant bottle on the sand.

If I learned anything from my mom (and I have learned a lot!), it’s how to improvise. I cut a “window” from a piece of Bermuda Bay Cardstock using the Layering Diorama Dies and placed it over the “scene.” Then when I added the bottle, it looked more like an embellishment than a giant genie that had washed ashore.

I stamped the bottle from the Bottled Happiness Stamp Set in Soft Suede on Crumb Cake Cardstock, then punched it with the Vintage Bottle Punch. The cork is cut by hand, but it’s small and easy to fussy cut. The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso.

I felt this needed something more, so I stamped the sun in So Saffron ink, die-cut it, and added it to the corner of the diorama window. Isn’t it always sunny in Florida? Answer: no, it is not. We found that out 11 or 12 years ago when it rained an entire week. We still had fun, and it was interesting to see people canoeing along flooded streets. Fortunately, we planned to stay for two weeks that year, and the second week was gorgeous.

Be sure to check my store for some really big discounts on retiring January-June Mini Catalog products, as well as new kits! Through the month of June, all kits (excluding Paper Pumpkin) will be “Buy one, get one 1/2 off!” If you order through my store, the more expensive kit will be the discounted one. Nice, right?

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy! Have a lovely day full of sunshine and all things good.

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Mosaic Madness

Mosaic Madness

Hello, friends, and welcome back to Stamping with Buffy. Tonight was our monthly technique night, and Nadine showed us this fun Mosaic Technique. Here’s the card I made following Nadine’s instructions and colors.

Mosaic Technique, Stampin' Up!, Good Feelings

I forgot to hit the record button (again), but I’ll share Nadine’s written instructions.

First, you need:
Supplies:

  • One 11″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Basic Black Cardstock, scored at 5-1/2″ to make a standard card base.
  • One 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Basic White Cardstock for the inside of the card.
  • Two additional pieces of 3-3/4″ x 5″ Basic Black Cardstock
  • Four or five pieces of coordinating card stock cut to 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ each. Nadine used Basic White, Bermuda Bay, Parakeet Party, Night of Navy, and Daffodil Delight. (I used these same colors in my example)
  • Basic Black Cardstock for sentiment
  • Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Silicone Craft Sheet
  • Cut the five colors of 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card stock in thin triangles. With the 4-1/4″ side at the top of the paper cutter, place the top of the card stock at the cutting line (or a little to the right of it) and the bottom at the 3/4″ mark that’s to the right of the cutting line. They don’t all have to be the same size.
  • Glue the card stock strips across the 3-3/4″ x 5″ Basic Black Cardstock. I like using the Multipurpose Liquid Glue best (with the Silicone Craft Sheet!). The ends should hang off the edges. Leave about 1/8″ to 1/4″ between the strips.
  • Trim the pieces that are hanging over the edge of the Basic Black Cardstock.
  • Cut the Basic Black Cardstock with the glued strips at angles (lengthwise), just like you did the navy, white, Bermuda, yellow, and green card stock.
  • Glue these across the other 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Basic Black Cardstock again letting the ends hang off and leaving a little space between each strip. Try to vary the card stock so you don’t have like colors together.
  • Trim the ends that hang over the edges of the Basic Black Cardstock.
  • Adhere this mosaic piece to the Basic Black card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I may or may not have my mosaic background going the wrong way, but I still like it!

I stamped the sentiment from the Good Feelings Stamp Set using Versamark Ink, then embossed it with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I used the Stitched Rectangles Dies to cut it out and adhered it to the card with more Stampin’ Dimensionals. I had some leftover Rhinestones from the Waves of Inspiration Bundle, so I added some of those to the card. These are no longer available, but it’s easy to color Rhinestone Basic Jewels with Stampin’ Blends to get the colors you want. I also had one extra mosaic triangle, so I added it to the inside of the card.

When I first saw this, I thought, “Oh, goodness! We have to cut all those little rectangles and glue them to the card? I will have a mess.” But since we cut and glued strips, then cut that into strips, it was very quick and simple!

Thanks, Nadine, for showing us this fun technique, and thank you for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!

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Ranunculus Romance

Ranunculus Romance

Whenever I’m in a creative funk, I tend to go back to my favorite stamping style. I love the vintage look. There’s just something about ripping, crumpling, and adding ink willy-nilly that makes me happy. It’s probably because you don’t have to be as careful; if you make a mess, it’s ok.

The Ranunculus Romance Stamp Set and Ranunculus Dies are in the January-June Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog, so you still have through June 30 to order the stamps and dies as a bundle to save 10%. After that, you can still order them, since they carried over to the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog, but you’ll have to order them separately, because the bundle did not carry over. (So order now to save a little money!)

Stampin' Up!, Ranunculus Romance, Happy Hedgerhogs

Although you can only see two, I used three stamps to add a background to the Soft Succulent Cardstock. I stamped the script (which you cannot see) and rectangular stamp in Crumb Cake Ink, and the postmark in Soft Suede on the 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Soft Succulent Cardstock. Then I spritzed the back with a little water and crumpled it into a little ball. After I straightened it out a bit, I embossed it with the Hive 3D Embossing Folder. I also added some Soft Suede ink over it with a Blending Brush.

Next, I used the Basic Borders Dies to die-cut two borders from Very Vanilla Cardstock. Again, I crumpled them, then added a little Crumb Cake Ink with my Blending Brush. I adhered the borders to the sides of the Soft Succulent layer, then adhered it to a Very Vanilla card base.

For the front of the card, I stamped the roses and sentiment from the Ranunculus Romance Stamp Set and the butterflies from the Happy Hedgehogs Stamp Set in Early Espresso Ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock. I colored them with Stampin’ Blends (Pale Papaya and Soft Succulent for the roses, and Orchid Oasis, Soft Succulent, and Polished Pink for the butterflies). The roses have a die, so they were easy to cut out with the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. I had to fussy cut the butterflies and sentiment, but they were still quite simple to cut out. I added these to the card with some Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I decided it needed a few embellishments, so I tied a piece of twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack to the roses. Last, I colored a few Basic Pearl Jewels with Soft Succulent Stampin’ Blends and added them to the borders.

I love how this card turned out! I know vintage isn’t everyone’s favorite style. My mom thinks they look messy and my friend Susan thinks they look like they were dropped in the mud. Mike always wants to know what the thought process is and what does the background mean. (He tends to “overthink.”) I, however, love the aged look and the small splashes of color. I love how Stampin’ Up!® has something for everyone!

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

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Good Feelings with Designer Series Paper

Good Feelings with Designer Series Paper

When I signed up for a recent Stampin’ Up!® event, there were four stamp set options from the new 2022-2023 Annual Catalog that were sent to demonstrators registered for the event. All four were on my wish list, and while I had one I really wanted to receive, I was just happy to be able to cross one set off my wish list. The set Stampin’ Up!® sent to me was the Good Feelings Stamp Set. It wasn’t my first choice, but I am so happy I got it! It coordinates with the Fabulous Frames Dies (which I didn’t use on my card today), and is so fun! The sentiments are larger, so you can make them the star of your card if you choose.

Here’s the card I made with the Good Feelings Stamp Set for our classes this month.

Good Feelings, Heart & Home Designer Series Paper, New Horizons Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!

This card is so simple to create, because the Designer Series Paper (DSP) does most of the work. First, I cut a 3″ x 4″ piece of Basic White Cardstock and die-cut the edge with one of the Blossoming Happiness Dies. These dies coordinate with the Happiness Abounds Stamp Set and Hues of Happiness DSP. I used one of the edge dies to die-cut the spiral notebook edge from the Basic White Cardstock.

Next, I stamped the sentiment from the Good Feelings Stamp Set in Garden Green Ink, then embossed the Basic White piece with the Timber 3D Embossing Folder. The last step for this layer was to use Blending Brushes to add Soft Seafoam Classic Ink to the Basic White Panel. (Note: You can skip a step by cutting this piece from Soft Seafoam Cardstock instead of Basic White, but I already had the Basic White piece cut.)

I added a 1/2″ x 4″ strip of the amazingly beautiful New Horizons DSP to the edge of the stamped card stock. This card stock is only available through June 30, 2022, so order today if you love it as much as I do – or even if you love it a little. I will be so sad to see this go, because it’s so versatile and gorgeous.

The card base I chose is Pear Pizazz, and I added a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the Heart & Home DSP to it before I added the stamped and embossed layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The final touch was to color some Opal Rounds with Starry Sky Stampin’ Blends and add them to the card.

When I design cards for my classes, I try to add at least one card that’s suitable for anyone, and I think this card fits the bill for that. Of course, you can change the sentiment for birthdays, anniversaries, or even sympathy cards. What do you think?

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

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Stampin’ Up!® Branded Merchandise

Stampin’ Up!® Branded Merchandise

Stampin' Up!, Branded Merchandise

Stampin’ Up!® has been offering branded merchandise to demonstrators for years, but now there are select products available to everyone! Show your love for Stampin’ Up!® with these gorgeous products.

First, there are the fun tumblers in all five 2022-2024 In Colors. These tumblers keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot. And look at the beautiful ombré design! You can select (top to bottom) Sweet Sorbet, Orchid Oasis, Tahitian Tide, Parakeet Party, and/or Starry Sky. And look how the Stampin’ Up!® logo matches the color of the tumbler. They are so pretty, and each color is finished with shimmer to add a touch of sparkle to your day. (Please hand wash only.)

2022–2024 IN COLOR™ GLIMMER TUMBLER SWEET SORBET

2022–2024 IN COLOR™ GLIMMER TUMBLER ORCHID OASIS

2022–2024 IN COLOR™ GLIMMER TUMBLER TAHITIAN TIDE

2022–2024 IN COLOR™ GLIMMER TUMBLER PARAKEET PARTY

2022–2024 IN COLOR™ GLIMMER TUMBLER STARRY SKY

Protect your workspace and color your craft room with the 2022–2024 In Color Grid Paper. The grid paper features five 11″ x 17″ (28 x 43 cm) sheets of each 2022–2024 In Color for a total of 25 sheets.

2022-2024 IN COLOR GRID PAPER

Next, there are the Abigail Rose products. This beautiful hoodie is available in sizes small through 3XL.

 

ABIGAIL ROSE HOODIE M

This hoodie features a color-blocking style with florals from the Abigail Rose Suite. It’s perfect for casual, everyday wear or to wear to a Stampin’ Up!® workshop or get together.

Also in the Abigail Rose design are these lovely file folders.

ABIGAIL ROSE FILE FOLDERS

The Abigail Rose File Folders are the perfect decorative touch to create a functionally organized space. There are six folders in the set (two each of three designs). So pretty!

Decorate your space with inspirational beauty with the Stampin’ Up!® Abigail Rose Poster.

STAMPIN' UP! ABIGAIL ROSE POSTER

This poster features a piece of the Stampin’ Up!® Statement of the Heart: “Love what you do, share what you love” which is a sentiment that resonates deeply with the Stampin’ Up!® community.

And finally, the Calypso Coral and Coastal Cabana reusable shopping bags.

CALYPSO CORAL & COASTAL CABANA REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS

Carry your craft supplies, groceries, and more in style with these high-quality reusable shopping bags with fun Stampin’ Up!® designs. Buy some for yourself and some to give away. These are available while supplies last.

You can shop for all the branded merchandise on my web site.

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Sending Happiness & Cheer

Sending Happiness & Cheer

Happy Monday, er, Tuesday, my friends! We had a whirlwind weekend and I just wasn’t ready to let it go. We celebrated Wesley’s 30th birthday Saturday. His actual birthday is Wednesday, but since the kids work and Amelia has to go to school, we decided to celebrate on the weekend. It was lots of fun and nice to have some sunshine after several rainy days.

Mike & I are also changing insurance, so we had to head down to the mountain house to take some photos. We didn’t stay long, but it took a large chunk of Sunday. So here I am, finally showing you a card I made last week.

Bottled Happiness, Stampin' Up!

I used the flowers, leaves, and a sentiment from the Bottled Happiness Stamp Set from the 2022-2023 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. This card was so simple to create using the Stamparatus. Honestly, if you haven’t tried it yet, you need to!

First, I cut a 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Basic White Cardstock and placed it in the corner of my Stamparatus. Then I laid the flower stamp in the left corner of the card stock, making sure it only took up (approximately) 1/4 of the square. I made sure some would be off the card stock, so I’d have room in the center for the center. I stamped the flowers in Orchid Oasis Classic Ink, then turned the card stock 1/4 turn, inked the flowers and stamped again. I repeated this two more times so all four corners were stamped.

Next, I lined up the stamp with the leaves and flower centers. First, I “practice stamped” on a clear piece of plastic. Since this is a photopolymer stamp set, you can use the heavier transparent sheet that comes with it. When I was happy with the placement, I stamped with Parakeet Party Classic Ink, turning the card stock until all the flowers were complete.

I used Sweet Sorbet Classic Ink for the sentiment. It fit perfectly in the center of the flowers.

I cut a 2″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the 2022-2024 In Color Glimmer Paper in Parakeet Party and a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Cardstock. I ran the Basic White piece through the Merry Melody 3D Embossing Folder, then adhered it to a Sweet Sorbet card base. Next I added the Glimmer Paper with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and then the stamped layer, also with Stampin’ Dimensionals. For a little more “splash” of Sweet Sorbet, I added some 2022-2024 In Color Matte Decorative Dots to the card.

If you want to see more Bottled Happiness ideas, check out Susan’s & Jackie’s blogs. They both have used the Bottled Happiness Bundle (stamps and bottle die) the past few days. Can you tell we love it?

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

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Tea Boutique Memories & More Cards & Envelopes

Tea Boutique Memories & More Cards & Envelopes

I want to remind you about the “join” promotion that’s happening now at Stampin’ Up!® Throughout the month of May, you can add new In Color Grid Paper, new In Color DSP, new In Color Stampin’ Pads, and the new In Color Cardstock Assortment to your Starter Kit. You get all this plus $125 in current Stampin’ Up!® product for only $99 plus your state’s tax. Shipping is free. This is an amazing deal, and you’re guaranteed a minimum 20% discount on all orders. You can also order products early and get a first glance at the new catalogs. But there’s so much more than that.

About 8-10 years ago, I read a post from a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator on our chat page. She lived in upstate New York and was looking for something to put on her car to advertise her business. I had some logo clings that would work inside the car (a must for that crazy northern weather!). I didn’t need them, so I sent them to her. For “payment,” she sent me a beautiful card. At the time, I was thinking I got the better end of that deal. because her card was so gorgeous..

Fast forward many years, and I know I got the better end of the deal. Susan Horr has been my Stampin’ Up!® bestie ever since we made that trade.

I finally got to meet Susan and her amazing husband Rob at a Stampin’ Up! Leadership event, and I had the best time. Susan is amazing! And I’m not just saying that because she brought me coffee every day. (That’s a long story – and Susan will say it was mostly a self-preservation act on her end.)

Susan’s crafting style is Clean & Elegant. Mine is, “What mess is this??” I drool over Susan’s cards, and she gets hives when she sees my sponging, tearing, and crumpling. But even though our crafting styles are miles apart, we’re still great friends.

Susan and I both tend to “over buy” paper and embellishments, so we’ve started sharing products. Susan sent me half of her Tea Boutique Memories & More Cards & Envelopes and Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper (DSP). Oh. My. Goodness! These are part of the Tea Boutique Suite, which includes the Cup of Tea Bundle (Cup of Tea Stamp Set, Teacup Dies), Tea Boutique DSP, and the Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes. I totally need to find something amazing to send back to her!

The Cup of Tea Bundle is on my “have to have this!” list, but until I get it, look what I did with the Cards & Envelopes.

Tea boutique, Stampin' Up!, Hand-Penned Petals, Charming Sentiments

The Tea Boutique cards and envelopes showcase all the new 2022-2024 In Colors. For my card, I chose to use the Tahitian Tide card. It was so simple. The envelope is already decorated, and the card has a beautiful Tahitian Tide/Basic White pattern. To make this card, all I had to do was stamp the sentiment from the Charming Sentiments Stamp Set in Tahitian Tide on Basic White Cardstock, then die-cut with the coordinating Sentiment Silhouettes Dies (order the bundle and save 10%!). I adhered the sentiment to a piece of the 2022-2024 In Color Glimmer Paper, die-cut with the Painted Labels Dies. (Oh, did I mention that the Glimmer Paper was also from Susan?)

Since I don’t have the Cup of Tea Bundle yet, I used the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Seit with the Penned Flowers Dies to create the floral image at the bottom of the card. I stamped the flower in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Basic White Cardstock, then die-cut the image with the cordinating Penned Flowers Dies. I colored the flowers with Parakeet Party, Sweet Sorbet, and Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends, and added them to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Thanks, Susan, for many of the products used here! You are so amazing – and I am a better demonstrator for your inspiration.

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

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Thank You with Nature’s Prints

Thank You with Nature’s Prints

I am loving the Nature’s Prints Bundle from the 2022-2023 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. It’s part of the Sun Prints Suite that includes the Sun Prints Designer Series Paper (DSP), Fern 3D Embossing Folder, and the Nature’s Prints Stamp Set and Natural Prints Dies. If you purchase the stamp set and dies bundle, you’ll save 10% over the individual prices. If you decide you want the whole suite (DSP and folder as well as the stamp set and die bundle), you only need to enter one number for all four products, and you’ll get the bundle price with the suite as well. I ordered the entire suite, because it was too beautiful not to.

For this card, I only used the Nature’s Prints Bundle.

Sun Prints Suite, Nature's Prints, Stampin' Up!

This card was so simple and fun to create. First, I stamped the greenery two times in Parakeet Party Ink on a 3-3/4″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Basic White Cardstock. Using the largest circle in the Beautiful Shapes Dies, I die-cut the circle from a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Cardstock. I embossed that piece with the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder. On a separate scrap of Basic White Cardstock, I stamped the sentiment, also in Parakeet Party. I die-cut that with the label in the Natural Prints Dies.

To put it together, I adhered the embossed layer to the stamped layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I added a piece of the gorgeous and sparkly Metallic Woven Ribbon in Parakeet Party behind the sentiment label and adhered it to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The card base is also Parakeet Party.

Usually I have a favorite new In Color. My favorite in the group that just retired was Misty Moonlight. Last year’s favorite was Polished Pink. Or maybe Pale Papaya. Or a three-way tie with those two and Fresh Freesia, although I do like the greens as well. This year is another tie between Parakeet Party and Tahitian Tide. Although I do have favorites, I love all 10 of the current In Colors. They are all so beautiful and wonderful additions to our color palette.

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

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Easy To Color Painted Poppies

Easy To Color Painted Poppies

Whenever a new Stampin’ Up! catalog comes out or when new products are added online, I tend to forget about everything else in my stamp room. My friend Liz sent me a picture of some gorgeous “not red” poppies, so I decided to break out my Painted Poppies Stamp Set that I haven’t used for awhile.

Stampin' Up!, Painted Poppies, Peaceful Moments

First, I stamped the poppies and leaves on Basic White Cardstock using Tuxedo Black memento Ink. I love to watercolor, but I know some people do not, so here’s an easy way to add color to open images that have coordinating dies.

I die-cut each of the three images using the coordinating Painted Labels Dies, which can be purchased separately. I used a separate piece of 2-3/4″ x 4-1/4″ card stock for each image (large poppy, small poppy, leaf). Then I laid the stencil I just created over its coordinating image and colored with Classic Stampin’ Ink and Blending Brushes. Easy! I used Calypso Coral for the larger poppy, Crushed Curry for the two smaller poppies, and the new and fabulous In Color Parakeet Party for the leaves. Before I added ink to the images, I tapped the brush a time or two on scrap paper, then started blending on the stencil first and then into the image. This kept me from having too many huge dollops of dark ink spots. Remember, you can always add more ink!

I learned a new splatter technique over the weekend, but I forgot to use it on this card. Instead, I used one of the “splatter” stamps – which I think is intended to fill in one of the images – to add random splotches of Crushed Curry to the card. All of the “splatters” are stamped off at least one time; some are stamped off two-three times.

The sentiment from the peaceful Moments Stamp Set is stamped in Calypso Coral Classic Ink.

Since I’m mailing this card, I wanted it to be as flat as possible, because I may add a surprise inside. So instead of embellishments, I added a thin layer of Multipurpose Liquid Glue to the centers of the flowers, then placed the card face down into my box of Gilded Leafing. Using a Stamping Sponge, I rubbed the excess leafing off the panel, then added it to a Calypso Coral card base.

For one more touch, I used my Fine-tip Glue Pen to add a crystal effect to some of the leaves. They are very shiny and pretty – but be sure to let them dry before you touch them or lay something on top of them. (I learned this the hard way many years ago!)

I hope this easy way to color encourages you to order some of the stamps you may have been holding out on! Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

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