Nothing’s Better Than

Stampin Up Nothing's Better Than

I decided I wanted to try some different techniques and while looking on the internet I found two I wanted to try so I decided to do both with one card.  The first technique is called Reverse Stenciling.  I got this technique from Pinterest and I think it originally came from Gina K.  I made the background of this card using that technique.

To make the background I first randomly sponged some bright colors (the colors are listed below) onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock making sure there was no white left.  Then I put the polka dot mask from the set called Basic Pattern Decorative Masks over the top and sponged Memento Black ink which made the dots black.  I thought it came out pretty cool and will definitely try this again.

The second technique I used came from Lydia on  If you look at the photo below you will see the sentiment “Cocktails” is shiny.  All I did was put a piece of packing tape onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock and a piece of Foam Adhesive Sheets on the other side.  Then I cut the sentiment from the die set called Love You More Than.  The sentiment came out shiny and popped up to add some dimension.  The Foam Adhesive Sheets are like Dimensionals only it comes in large sheets.

I stamped the other sentiments and the drink using the coordinating stamp set called Nothing’s Better Than and layered them on a die cut from Tasteful Labels.  If you purchase the Love You More Than dies and the Nothing’s Better Than stamp set together in a Bundle you can save 10%.  I colored the drink using Stampin’ Blends.  The colors I used are listed below.

I am definitely going to try both of these techniques again.  They were both easy and fun!

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Stitched Stars Birthday Card

This is the last card we made at my September Stamp Class.  It is another example of how you can take a Christmas themed stamp set and dies and use it year round.  In this case we made a birthday card with them.

The fun thing about this card is I accidentally discovered a new way to use a  the Patterned Party Decorative Masks (or stencils).   I am sure someone other very talented Demonstrator discovered this technique way before me but I had not seen it before.   I was using it the regular way where you lay the mask over cardstock sponge some ink on it.  While I was doing this, I accidentally put the inky mask upside down on my Grid Paper and I noticed it left some ink in a fun pattern.  I decided to try it on purpose using Seaside Spray Ink and a brayer instead of a sponge so I would get more ink on it.  Then I took Pretty Peacock ink and dabbed some ink randomly around using a sponge.  When this was done, I turned the Mask upside down on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and rubbed it.  I think it looks kind of fun!  It might be fun to try with the Mask that has clouds in it.  You could make a textured looking sky with white clouds.

Anyway, after making the background I cut out two stars from the Stitched Stars Dies that are in the Stampin’ Up!® 2019 Holiday Catalog.  The larger star is Pretty Peacock and the smaller one was cut out using the new Mercury Glass Designer Series Paper  Acetate.  As a side note, there is a piece of plaster one one side of this acetate that you need to peel off before using.

The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Birthdays and was cut out using a Stitched Rectangle Die.

Just a reminder, there are only a few more days to the Buy 3 Get 1 free Designer Series Paper  Deal!  September 30th is the last day.

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Happy Birthday

I haven’t played with the Stampin” Up! embossing paste in a while so I decided to get it out.  One of the things about cottage living is there is not a lot of room for my ever growing stamp supplies so I am limited on what I can bring.  Of course, just about everyday I stop back at the house and pick up more so eventually we will have to put an addition on the cottage just for my stamping supplies!  I am not sure how Rob feels about that but I think I can guess!  Yesterday I picked up the Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Silver Embossing Paste and my Palette Knives.  They aren’t that big, right?

To make this card I first used the brick wall Decorative Mask with the Silver Embossing Paste.  For some reason the silver color (vs regular white) is a little runnier so I taped the mask down so it would not leak underneath.  I love the silver.  It is shiny and fun!

While that was drying I cut out the sentiment Happy Birthday using the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die in Whisper White.  It looked a little sad on top of the Silver Embossing Paste so I decided to cut out a piece of black fun foam and back the Whisper White piece on top.  I offset it a little so it kind of looks like a shadow.  I liked that much better.

The longest part to make this card was waiting for the Silver Embossing Paste to dry!  I think this would make a great masculine birthday card.

PS:  Happy Birthday, Debby.  I hope you have a terrific day!

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