A couple of times a year, when one of the Stampin’ Up!® mini catalogs is retiring soon, I begin to look through my stamp sets from the annual catalog to see what I have not used in a long time. When someone waves something shiny and bright (like a new catalog) in front of me, I get all excited and tend to forget about what was already available prior to the new release. So, I went through my stamp sets and pulled out a bunch I have not used in a long time and created with them. You will see a few of them in the coming weeks.
One of the stamp sets I have not used very often or in a long time is called Mountain Air. This stamp set also has coordinating dies called Majestic Mountain (although I did not use them with this card) so I decided to take it out and make a card. The first thing I did was stamp the mountains in Soft Suede and again in Sahara Sand ink. Next, I stamped the trees using Evening Evergreen ink. I used the stamp set called Oceanfront (another stamp set that is in the Annual Catalog) to stamp the water in Pacific Point ink.
Then, I stamped the mountains again onto a piece of Masking Paper and fussy cut the top of the mountains out. As I am typing this, I am not sure why I didn’t use the coordinating die which would have been easier (duh!). I laid the stamped masking paper on top of the Sahara Sand mountains on my card front and then stamped the sun in Daffodil Delight ink. That way it looked like the sun are beginning to either rise or set behind the mountains.
Lastly, I used a sentiment from Artistically Inked for the sentiment with Pacific Point ink and cut it out.
Take a look at some stamp sets you haven’t used in a while (retired or current) and use them. There was a reason you bought them!
My eldest sister, Katherine, asked me to make her some Christmas cards for her to send to some friends. She lives in Vermont and loves nature and winter so designed this card for her.
To make it I first took some Whisper White ink and a Blending Brush and made the “snow” along the bottom of a piece of Crumb Cake card stock. Then I stamp the moon using the stamp set called Mountain Air. I dried the ink using my Heat Tool and then did both things a couple of more times to make the ink more opaque. After it was dry I stamped the trees randomly in Mossy Meadow and Old Olive ink. The sentiment is from a retired stamp set called Christmas Pines. I chose this sentiment because it has a special meaning to my sister. The last thing I did was put the snowflakes around using a white gel pen. I layered the stamped piece on a larger piece of Mossy Meadow card stock and a Crumb Cake card base.
I was reaching into my drawer of envelopes to pull some out for her when I saw some retired Crumb Cake (or maybe Kraft) envelopes that went well with this card. I added a piece of Beauty Of The Earth Designer Series Paper to the inside of the envelope which matched the card perfectly.
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.
This card are partially inspired by a photograph I saw online somewhere and the night view out my window at the cottage. When there are some clouds at sunset the sky turns a magnificent colors of pink, orange and purple. It can be breathtaking. My camera is just a mobile phone so the photos don’t always show how gorgeous the sky is but here is an example of one of our sunsets.
I decided to try to make a card with this inspiration using the Stampin’ Up! stamp set called Mountain Air. This stamp set has coordinating dies called Majestic Mountains and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle. I didn’t use the dies for this card but if you get the stamp set, you just have to get the dies too.
To make this card I first cut a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Whisper White cardstock. Then I using Stampin’ Up!® Sponges to add the color to the background using Flirty Flamingo ink. I started it heavier on the bottom and then went lighter as I went up. Then I stamped the trees at the bottom Memento Black Ink and then a little higher using Highland Heather ink. I also stamped the mountains in Highland Heather after stamping off first. Stamping off means to ink up the stamp, stamp in on a scrap piece of paper and then on the cardstock. It makes the color less vibrant when you do this. The sentiment is from the stamp set called Beautiful Autumn which is in the new Holiday Catalog.
Mountain Air is a new stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2020 January – June Mini Catalog. It is a reversible stamp set where you can stamp the image on one side of the stamp and then stamp it again using the other side. It gives it a fun shadow image. I didn’t actually do that on this card but it looks so pretty when you do. Plus, this stamp set has matching dies called Majestic Mountain Dies and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.
To make this card I first stamped the darker image of the trees in Shaded Spruce ink and then stamped them again a little higher without re-inking. The second stamping is lighter so it looks like those trees are in the background. It is so easy to do and gives the card a 3D look. After I did this, I inked it again stamped it onto a piece of masking paper. You can also use a couple of Post-It Notes to do this. I cut around the trees on the masking paper and then covered the trees I had stamped earlier. This is called masking. Then I stamped the mountains in Seaside Spray. The mask keeps the two stamps from overlapping and looking funny. Next I sponged the bottom half of the card with Seaside Spray Ink. I used a stamp from the set called High Tide to make the waves.
The sentiment is from a set called Timeless Tropical. This set is also in the 2020 Mini Catalog.
Here is a video showing you more ideas and projects with this fabulous bundle!
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