Mountain Air

Stampin Up Mountain Air

As you know, Jackie, Buffy and I do bi-weekly challenges and a couple of weeks ago our challenge was to use the Blending Brushes.  I am not very good at it so I was scrolling through the internet and found a video that was made by someone at Hero Arts.  The man who did it made it look so easy and it came out so beautiful that I decided to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) his card using my Stampin’ Up!® products.

The first thing I did is to using Pacific Point ink on a piece of Pacific Point card stock.  I started at the edges and went inward each time using the Blending Brush so the ink would be darker at the edges and lighter in the middle.  I am not sure if it is because I used the same color card stock and ink or what but it seemed to go on a lot smoother doing it this way then in my previous creations.

After I was happy with the blending I stamped the trees from the stamp set called Mountain Air.  I stamped them once right side up and then a second time upside without re-inking so it looked like a reflection in water.  I stamped the moon onto a separate piece of Pacific Point cardstock and dried it with my Heat Tool.  I did this numerous times for the moon at the top to make it brighter and only once for the reflecting moon.  I felt that the moons were too big for the card so I then punched it out using a retired circle punch.

I stamped the sentiment from the set called Color & Contour in Versamark Ink and then sprinkled White Embossing Powder on top and heat set that with my Heat Tool.  Lastly, I took a white gel pen and made stars.

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Seaside Scape

Hello everyone!  It is time for another BS & J Productions Stamp Off Challenge.  This time our challenge was to use our Blending Brushes.  I have to say I had a hard time with this challenge.  I have used the Blending Brushes to make a simple splash of color behind another image but have never really used them in a big way.  After literally throwing out four different designs I finally came up with this card.

To make this card I started with a Blending Brush and Pool Party Ink.  I started at the bottom of the piece of cardstock and brushed the ink heavier at the bottom and lighter at the top.  Then I used Pacific Point ink and did the same thing.  I did both of these things a couple of times until the ink was blended better.  Then I cut out the fish from the set of dies called Sea Life in Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight card stock and the seaweed in Pool Party cardstock.  These dies are part of the Seascape Bundle. I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Plentiful Plants in Pacific Point ink.  Lastly I added some Elegant Faceted Gems.

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made using their Blending Brushes.  I hope they had an easier time that I did! 

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Decorative Masks Challenge

Hello everyone.  It is, once again, time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time our challenge was to use our Decorative Masks.  I love masks (or stencils) so I was happy to see this one.  As I often do, I cheated a bit on this challenge.  I didn’t use one of the current masks but instead choose a retired one that was part of a kit a few years back.  I did a huge clean out when we moved to Nashville last Fall and I found so many things I had forgotten about.  Most of the things I kept but a lot when in the trash.  This mask was a keeper!  When I unpacked in the new house, I tried to organize a little better than I was in the old house and managed to put all my masks in one place so when I went through them I found this starburst one.

Here is the card I made using this mask.

Stampin Up True Love

To make the background I used So Saffron, Daffodil Delight and BumbleBee.  I decided to add a little Mango Melody too.  I first taped down a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Basic White card stock using removable tape.  That way the card stock would not move while I was added the color.   I sprayed the back of my mask using Pixie Spray so it would not move either.  You could also used Washi Tape or another removable tape to do this.   I used a Blending Brush to add the So Saffron ink all the way around.  Then I turned the mask a little bit and used Daffodil Delight ink.  I kept doing this until I had used all the colors I wanted.  Then I cut the card stock down to 3.5″ x 4.25″.  I thought it was a very cool effect.  It looks like a sunburst with a ton of little rays.I backed it with a piece of Mango Melody card stock.

Next I took a piece of True Love Designer Series Paper and cut out one of the flower images.  This DSP is awesome because it is all black and white and you can color it using your Stampin Blends.  I used Light and Dark Highland Heather, Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green.  This Designer Series Paper will be retiring when the January – June Catalog ends on June 30th.

I cut out the sentiment in Basic Black card stock using the die set called Well Written.

Now, let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie did with masks.  I am sure whatever they make will be amazing!

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Forever Fern

Stampin Up Forever Fern

This is a fun technique I saw online in a Gina K video.  It uses a technique where you use masking paper, Post-It Notes or some other sticky paper.  You rip a piece of this paper in half, place one piece at the top of  your cardstock and one at the bottom and then use Blending Brushes with different colored inks over the exposed area.  I decided to go with part of the Rainbow order of ROYGBIV so I used Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Just Jade and Misty Moonlight ink.  I didn’t use the violet (or purple) because I ran out of room.

I love the new Blending Brushes because they work so well and the ink goes on very smoothly.  I bought enough to use one for each color family (meaning one for blue ink, one for green ink, etc.).  They blend the ink really well and I highly recommend them.  They are in the 2021 January – June Mini Catalog on page 70.

After I did the blending of the ink, I removed the masking paper and stamped the images from Forever Fern in Memento Black ink.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Here’s A Card.  The card was very simple to make and I love how it turned out. 

I layered everything on a piece of Basic Black cardstock and a card base of Daffodil Delight.

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