Fun With Decorative Masks

Stampin Up Decorative Masks

I love it when I discover or come across a new way to use a product instead of just the usual way.  I found this one online from Jennifer McGuire.  She showed a video on how to use Decorative Masks in a different way.

To make the background on this card I first took a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Basic White card stock and layered one of the Plenty Of Patterns Decorative Masks on top of it.  I taped it down so it would not move.  Then I used Post-It notes to cover around a section in order to keep one color in that section.

Stampin Up Decorative Masks

I used a Blending Brush to add colors to one section and then would move the Post-It Notes to another place to add some color there.  I repeated this process until all the sections had ink.  The colors I used for this were Night Of Navy, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party. It reminded me of a stained glass window.

After I was done with the background, I cut out the sentiment using a die from the set called Floral Gallery.  I actually cut it out three times and layered them on top of each other using Multipurpose Glue.  I like how it added more dimension to the card then just using one layer.  You probably could use white card board (like the kind that comes in our packs of Designer Series Paper) to achieve the same affect.  I adhered that to a piece of Bermuda Bay card stock layered on a piece of Coastal Cabana card stock.  Lastly I added some Playing With Patterns Resin Dots.

I left the inside of the card plain so I can pick a sentiment when I am ready to send the card.

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Art Gallery

Stampin Up Art Gallery

I remember when I first started stamping and all I had was stamps, cardstock and ink.  It really wasn’t that long ago.  Then Stampin’ Up!® started selling the Big Shot and the whole world of stamping changed for me.  At first they had these thick steel rimmed dies.  They could cut a few pieces of card stock at once but they could only cut out shapes but they were amazing.  Then someone genius person invented the thin dies and once again, the world of stamping changed.  It just wasn’t stamping anymore.  It was a whole new world.  You could cut out a stamped image!  What an amazing invention!  Now these thin dies are are a common part of the stamping world but every year they seem to get better and better.  Now Stampin’ Up!® includes dies to cut out the images but they also include extra dies to cut out sentiments and shapes.  Can it get any better?

I started this card thinking I was just going to make a simple stamp, ink and card stock card (like in the old days).  I used the stamp set called Art Gallery that was in the 2021 January – June Catalog and carried over into the 2021/2022 Annual Catalog.  It has a set of coordinating dies that can cut out the images and includes two dies to cut out sentiments and has a larger die that cuts out words.

I first stamped the flowers in Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape.  Art Gallery is a two step stamp set where it takes two or more stamps to make on image.  Then I stamped the stems in Old Olive ink.  That is where things went to go a little wrong.  I actually got Old Olive ink on my finger and made a big smudge on my card.  Sigh.  Now I had to cover that smudge with a piece of card stock, which, of course, meant I needed to stamp the sentiment and cut it out using a die.   Oh well.  I sufficiently covered my mistake and the card still looks nice. 

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Stampin Up Art Gallery

I had fun today playing around with the Stampin’ Up!® Gilded Leafing.  It is really so beautiful in real life that it is hard for a photo to capture.  Gilded Leafing is in the 2021 January – June Mini Catalog and is part of the Fine Art Floral Suite.  You can use it with a lot of different adhesives including Heat & Stick Powder and Tear & Tape.  This time I used it with Multipurpose Glue.

For the background of this card, I used my Silicone Mat and put some Multipurpose Glue on it.  Then I took a Stamping Sponge and dipped it in the glue and dabbed it randomly all over a piece of Blushing Bride card stock.  Then I pressed the card stock with the glue on it into the Gilded Leafing.  By the way, I keep the Gilded Leafing in a 7″ x 7″ box with a top so it doesn’t go flying all over.  The leafing is very light and can easily get away from you but keeping it in a box helps a lot.  I adhered this to a piece of a Gold Foil Sheet.  This is a close up of what the background looks like.

Stampin Up Art Gallery

I stamped the flowers from the stamp set called Art Gallery in Rococo Rose ink and again in Old Olive.  Then I cut them both out using the coordinating die from the set called Floral Gallery (you can save 10% by purchased the stamp set and the dies together in a Bundle). I cut the stem off the Rococo Rose die cut and adhered the flowers on top of the Old Olive die cut.  You could use your Markers to separately color the stem and the flowers but I find it easier to do it this way.

After that I stamped the center of the flowers using Versamark, sprinkled Heat & Stick Powder on it and melted it with my Heat Tool.  You have to be careful not to overheat it or it loses its stickiness so just do it until it melts.  Then I pressed the flowers into my box of Gilded Leafing.  I adhered the flowers to a piece of Basic White card stock that I had cut out using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies using Stampin Dimensionals.   I stamped the sentiment in Rococo Rose ink.  Before I adhered it to my background,  I tied a piece of the Forever Greenery Trim around it.

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Mystery Parts Using Art Gallery

Some of my Stampin’ Up!® team members (Demonstrators that signed under me) have being doing a Mystery Parts Challenge.  This is where one of us sends Stampin’ Up!® products such as card stock, Designer Series Paper, ribbon and Embellishments to the others and we each have to make a card using these products.  I got this idea from Diana Gibbs (thanks for the great idea).  This time Char sent us the “parts”.

Char used products from the Fine Art Floral Suite in the new 2021 January – June Mini Catalog.  She sent a piece of the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper, Fine Arts 3/8″ Ribbon, a piece of Merry Merlot and Whisper White cardstock.  Here is the card I made using these products.

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The first thing I did was to cut the Merry Merlot cardstock and the piece of Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  I also cut out a smaller piece of Whisper White cardstock with these dies.  I used the coordinating stamp set called Art Gallery to stamp the flowers in Merry Merlot and once again, in Pretty Peacock because I wanted the flowers and the stems to be different colors.  I cut them both out using the coordinating die.  Then I cut the stems off the Merry Merlot die cut and adhered it on top of the Pretty Peacock one.  Of course, they lined up perfectly since I used the same die.

After I did this, I stamped the second part of the flower in Versamark Ink and then applied Heat & Stick powder on top.  I took my Heat Tool and melted the Heat & Stick Powder just enough to make it sticky.  Then I put some of the Gilded Leafing on top.  The Gilded Leafing sticks to the melted powder.  Then you just take a sponge or brush and remove the excess.  After that I layered everything and added the little loop of the Fine Arts 3/8″ ribbon underneath.

Now here are the rest of the cards made by my team members using these parts.

This is Kim’s card:

This one belongs to Karin:

This is Lynette’s:

Char made this card:

This is Karen’s:

I love how each one came out so different, yet so beautiful.  Don’t you think? 

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Art Gallery

Hello everyone.  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time our challenge is to use our favorite products from the new 2021 January – June Mini Catalog.  I had a hard time choosing this because there are so many great products in this catalog but I went with the Fine Art Floral Suite.  I love the images in this suite, and of course, the coordinating dies (which you can purchase in a Bundle and save 10%) and the Gilded Leafing.

To make this card, I first took a piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock and embossed it using the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder.  It kind of looks like stucco on a wall and is very subtle.  After that I stamped the large and medium flowers in Coastal Cabana ink.  Then I did the magic!  I stamped the second part of these flowers in Versamark and sprinkled Heat & Stick Powder over it and melted it with my Heat Tool.  The trick here is to just heat it until it melts.  If you heat it too much it looses it stickiness and the Gilded Leafing won’t stick.  After it is barely melted you stick in the Leafing on it and press down.  Then I took a sponge and wiped off the excess.  I did the same thing with the smaller flowers after stamping the first layer in Petal Pink.  I cut all of these out using the coordinating dies.

As a side note, the Gilded Leafing comes in a small jar.  I carefully opened it because I had read online that if you open it too quickly it will go all over the place.  It is very, very light and can float around.  I dumped it in a box that has a top to it.  That way, I can put the stamped image upside down in the box and press.  Make sure you put the top back on the box or you just might hit it with your elbow and send the leafing flying (yes, I did this).

The next thing I did was take the striped stamp from the stamp set called Pattern Play and lightly inked it with Versamark, sprinkled the Heat & Stick Powder, heat it with my Heat Tool and added the Gilded Leafing.  I stamped it lightly because I didn’t want it to be heavy lines and also wiped the Gilding off harder than usual.  I layered that piece of cardstock on a piece of Gold Foil.

I stamped the stems in Mint Macaron ink and cut them out using the dies.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Coastal Cabana ink and cut it out using the coordinating die and layered it on top of a mall strip of Gold Foil Paper.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie’s and Buffy”s favorite products are in the new catalog.  I am sure they will talk me into buying something I haven’t already because they always do!

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