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.

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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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Best Year

During the month of February, Rob and I went to Florida for the entire month.  It was heavenly to have warm weather and sunshine almost every day.  The only bad part was I did not bring any of my stamping products.  The time share we stayed in only has one table and Rob is working from home so he needed it.  Therefore, I didn’t really have a place to stamp.  This meant that during the month of January I had to make, photograph and write posts for all of February and the first week of March as well as make my normal January posts.  As you can imagine, my cards had to be simple and my posts short.

This was the original card I was going to use for our Stampin Blends Stamp Off Challenge a couple of weeks ago but I decided that, although it is pretty, it was not Stamp Off Challenge worthy.

To make this card, I took a piece of the black and white True Love Designer Series Paper and instead of coloring the flowers, I colored the background using my dark Highland Heather Stampin Blends.  It is much easier to use the Blends than the Markers because the Blends don’t know coloring lines as much as the Markers.  It did take a bit of time to color the background because you have to be careful not to get too close to the flowers because the ink might blend into them.

I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Best Years  in Highland Heather ink and cut it out using a die from Hippo & Friends.  Then I took an epoxy heart and colored that using the dark Pool Party Blends.  I wrapped a piece of Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon and the Designer Series Paper and then put the cut out sentiment over it using Stampin Dimensionals.


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An Alcohol Ink Technique Using Blends

Hello everyone.  Welcome to another Stamp off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  This time our challenge is to use our Stampin’ Blends.  This was an easy challenge because I use my Blends all the time.  They are so easy to use and to color with.  Each color comes in two shades, a light one and a dark one.  This enables you to easily add shading to your images.

I have to say I had a different card all ready to post for today but after a conversation with Buffy and Jackie yesterday, I decided I needed to up my game so I did a little searching around on the internet for different uses for Stampin Blends.  I came across a blog by another Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator named Alisha Tilsner who used her Blends to make an alcohol ink background.

Stampin Up Blends

It is very easy to make this background using your Stampin Blends with Isopropyl Alcohol, a paintbrush and some kind of air spritzer or something you can use to blow around some air.  You need to use Isopropyl alcohol with a very high percentage of alcohol in it in order for this technique to work.  I used 91%.  Anything lower will not work.   You also need some kind of smooth paper that doesn’t absorb a lot of moisture.  I decided to use Vellum.

The first thing I did was scribble some Blends ink onto the Vellum.  I used Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green Dark Blends.  The color of the Dark Blends show up much better than the light ones. I did one color at a time before adding a second color but I scribbled each one as in the photo.

Stampin Up Wreath Builder

Then I used a paint brush with some Isopropyl Alcohol on it and dabbed it around the outside of the scribble.

Then I used an ear cleaner bulb (you can use a spritzer or something like that) and blew air onto the alcohol and ink to move it around.

I did this until the entire piece of Vellum was covered with ink.

After my piece of Vellum was completely dry, I attached it to a piece of Basic White cardstock using Glue Dots in the corners and underneath where the banner is.  You can’t see the glue dots as much as you can Seal Adhesive or something similar.  The colors show up much better when you use a white background.   I attached that to a Bermuda Bay card base.

Then I cut the wreath out of Basic White cardstock using the Wreath Builder Dies.  I cut out the letters using the PlayFul Alphabet Dies and adhered them to a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock.

Now let’s go see how Jackie and Buffy used their Stampin’ Blends.  I am sure you will love whatever they have made. 

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