Team Stamp It – Fall Themed Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Stamp It Group August Blog Hop

Welcome to the Team Stamp It Fall Themed Blog Hop and Giveaway! We have an awesome kit for one lucky winner this month so read through to the end to find out how to enter. And don’t forget to visit the other blogs participating in the hop to get more entries. Here is what I came up with.

www.thewaywestamp.com Stamp It Group Fall Themed Blog Hop and Giveaway using the Petal Burst Textured Embossing Folder and Vintage Leaves by Stampin' Up! #vintageleaves #stampinup #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia

I decided to highlight Stampin’ Emboss Powder in copper for my cards today. Copper is a great compliment to fall colors and can really give an ordinary project a lot of impact! For this first card I thought I would see if I could heat emboss with the help of a textured embossing folder. I chose the pretty Petal Burst folder which I opened and then applied Versa Mark ink to the side that has the raised areas between the petals. Then I carefully placed my piece of Shimmery White Cardstock in the folder and ran it through the Big Shot. Here is a picture after adding and heat setting the copper embossing powder. It did move a little and got powder in areas I didn’t want it but I decided not to worry too much because I was planning to go over the entire panel with ink.

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The next step was to add color with Stamping Sponges. I chose Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive. I lightly patted the sponge on the top of the ink pad and then worked in a circular motion from the outside in, starting slightly off the edge of the paper. This worked great and it was quick and easy do. I wanted to stick with the copper theme so I heat embossed one of the leaf images from Vintage Leaves on Black Cardstock and cut it out with the Big Shot. I chose a simple greeting from Jar of Love for both cards.

www.thewaywestamp.com Stamp It Group Fall Themed Blog Hop and Giveaway using the Petal Burst Textured Embossing Folder and Vintage Leaves by Stampin' Up! #vintageleaves #stampinup #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia

On the second card I wanted to keep it a little more simple so I grabbed a card from the Hello Lovely Project Life Card Collection for the background. The leaf is heat embossed and cut out from a piece of Shimmery White Cardstock that I sponged with the same colors of ink as the first card. I love the way this turned out and will definitely be trying this technique again.

www.thewaywestamp.com Stamp It Group Fall Themed Blog Hop and Giveaway using the Petal Burst Textured Embossing Folder and Vintage Leaves by Stampin' Up! #vintageleaves #stampinup #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia

Bonus Project! For this card I heat embossed the wreath image from Circle of Spring on Crumb Cake cardstock. I used the same four colors as in the above cards but applied the ink to the image with Blender Pens.

www.thewaywestamp.com Circle of Spring stamp set by Stampin' Up! with the Hardwood background stamp #teamstampit #circleofspring #hardwoodbackground #stampinup #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia

I also added Versa Mark ink to the edges of the square panel and heat embossed with the copper powder. This can be an eye-catching alternative to just adding another cardstock mat. The larger panel has been stamped with the Hardwood background stamp in Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake cardstock and matted with Rich Razzleberry cardstock. The card base is Old Olive.

www.thewaywestamp.com Circle of Spring stamp set by Stampin' Up! with the Hardwood background stamp #teamstampit #circleofspring #hardwoodbackground #stampinup #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia


No onto the giveaway! Here is the kit you can win by following the instructions on the graphic below. Good luck!

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BOGO Paper Pumpkin by Stampin Up!

For the FIRST time ever, FIRST-time subscribers can buy their FIRST month and get their second month FREE!

BOGO Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! Buy One Get One Free!

What exactly is Paper Pumpkin? Creativity in a Box! This is a subscription service where you receive an all-inclusive project kit (including instructions) once a month. This is a great way to have a fun stamping experience without a huge investment in supplies. Each month you receive an exclusive stamp set and one or two ink spots (colors will not repeat over a 12 month period) which you can continue to use after you have completed the project. Each month the project will be a surprise which is part of the fun!

BOGO Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! Buy One Get One Free!

Orders must be in by either the 10th of September 2016 or the 10th of October 2016 to take advantage of this offer, and will ship out the second half of the month. Here are the details for this amazing deal.

The Fine Print:

  • Subscribe with the promo code between now and September 10th, and you pay full price for the September kit and get the October kit free. Subscribe between September 11 and October 10, and your first kit will be the October kit and you get the November kit free.
  • IMPORTANT: Offer invalid if subscription is suspended or cancelled during the first two months. In other words, subscribers cannot cancel or suspend their subscription during their first two months—if they do, the offer is void.
  • After the first two months, the subscription will continue for $19.95 USD + tax per month (shipping included) unless cancelled or suspended. Ends October 10, 2016.
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  • Ends October 10, 2016 (the last day to subscribe and get the October kit).

Here is an example of what could be made with the August 2016 (no longer available) kit.

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Color Challenge for Global Design Project 049

There is a new color challenge over at the Global Design Project this week: Pear Pizzazz, Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight. Here is what I came up with!

www.thewaywestamp.com Color Challenge for Global Design Project 049 using Pear Pizzazz, Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight. Stamps used are Bunch of Blossoms, Jar of Love and Butterfly Basics. #GDP040 #stampinup #bunchofblossoms #jaroflove #butterflybasics #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia

I took the smaller leaf image and stamped it in a circle pattern to start the wreath, then I filled it in a bit with a leafy image from Jar of Love. I must have wreaths on my mind lately because I  also created a wreath for this new holiday card with the same leafy image from Jar of Love! I thought I would add an accent of gold on the card so I used sequins from the Metallics Sequins Assortment, and heat embossed the sentiment from Butterfly Basics with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I think if I were to do this card again I might leave off the White Vellum Cardstock and stamp/emboss the sentiment directly on the card front. I am a bit of a perfectionist so I probably did it this way to give myself a safety net  if I didn’t like the way it turned out. LOL!

www.thewaywestamp.com Color Challenge for Global Design Project 049 using Pear Pizzazz, Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight. Stamps used are Bunch of Blossoms, Jar of Love and Butterfly Basics. #GDP040 #stampinup #bunchofblossoms #jaroflove #butterflybasics #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia

This card is finished off with a bow made from the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon. I have separated the strands (quite easy to do) and tied four of them together. I tried both the bow from Circle of Spring and Jar of Love and wasn’t happy with either of them. I think this makes more of a statement and goes with the color scheme nicely.

Make sure to stop by the Global Design Project to check out the creations by the Design Team as well as the other participants.

Color Challenge for Global Design Project #049


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Global Design Project 048 | Holiday Sneak Peek

Today I have a sneak peek from the 2016 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog (product available to purchase September 1st). Well, a very tiny sneak peak as I have only used a small portion of the new Santa’s Sleigh Bundle. This card is for a CASE the Designer challenge at the Global Design Project. I was inspired by the panel in the inspiration piece as well as the sentiment going across the bottom of the stamped image.

www.thewaywestamp.com Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog #santassleigh #2016christams #stampinup #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia

My panel was actually a small piece of paper I was testing colors on: Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy and Garden Green. I ended up liking the test strip and decided it looked like an evening sky and put it on my card.

www.thewaywestamp.com Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog #santassleigh #2016christams #stampinup #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia

I am in love with the Gold Baker’s Twine from the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack and have wrapped it around my tree here for a little extra sparkle. The tree is stamped in Garden Green on the same color cardstock and the the star is die cut from Daffodil Delight. The white background is embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder – this is my first time using this folder and it will be used lots more this season! This was a fairly quick and simple holiday card to make but still has a lot of impact. I hope you like it as much as I do!

Here is the inspiration piece for the challenge. Head on over to the Global Design Project blog to see the wonderful projects by the design team as well as the other entries.

Global Design Project #048

If you would like to see a few more sneak peeks from the new catalog I have used the Jar of Cheer, Jar of Haunts and Happy Ornament stamp sets on cards in this post. Please click on over an check them out!

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Stampin’ Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek

Have you heard there is a new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog on its way? As a demonstrator I am able to pre-order the products (happy dance) during the month of August but for customers all the goodness is available starting September 1st. If you fall in love with any of the products you see here and want to order right away, keep reading to find out how!

Fort this first card I actually don’t own the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits I used to make the wreath. I die cut one image out of Wild Wasabi paper while my friend was over with her supplies and I was going to decide what to do with it later. Then inspiration struck while I was looking at the images in the new Jar of Cheer stamp set!

www.thewaywestamp.com 2016 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog Sneek Peak with Jar of Cheer photopolymer stamp set, Warmth & Cheer Designer Washi Tape and Gold Baker's Twine from the Baker's Twine Trio Pack. #jarofcheer #jaroflove #swirlyscribblesthinlits #stampinup #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia

I started by stamping the five peppermints and bow in Rose Red ink. The peppermints were fussy cut (or you could use the 1/2 inch circle punch) and the bow was die cut using the Everyday Jars Framelits. I paired the cut out wreath with a branch image from Jar of Love. I used Wild Wasabi ink, stamped off once on a scrap piece of paper, positioning my block above the wreath and then pulling the wreath away and pressing down. This was actually fairly quick once I got going… just had to remember to stamp off each time! Next I added a little bit of Soft Sky in the background using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. I was so excited to see that the sentiment from Jar of Cheer fit inside my wreath! I stamped it in Night of Navy ink and I have to say I LOVE this color – my new favorite for stamping a sentiment!

This card is finished off with a strip of washi tape from the Warmth & Cheer Designer Washi Tape set and gold Baker’s Twine wrapped around the card twice. I absolutely adore the little bit of sparkle the gold Baker’s Twine adds to this cute card – it is the perfect touch and I can see myself using it on lots more holiday cards! This comes in the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack along with Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.

www.thewaywestamp.com 2016 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog Sneek Peak with Jar of Cheer photopolymer stamp set, Warmth & Cheer Designer Washi Tape and Gold Baker's Twine from the Baker's Twine Trio Pack. #jarofcheer #jaroflove #swirlyscribblesthinlits #stampinup #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia

Next I dug into the new Jar of Haunts set, combining it with the flowers from Jar of Love. Of course the mummy jar was a perfect fit to the die from the Everyday Jars Framelits making this a quick and easy card to put together. The pumpkin and stem are watercolored on Shimmery White Cardstock in Pumpkin Pie and Soft Sude inks and then fussy cut. I went over the edges with a black marker to give it a finished look. The background and flower stems are done in Wild Wasbi ink and the flowers are Pumpkin Pie and Perfect Plum with a Memento Black accent. This card was super fun to make and I can’t wait to play with the other images in the set.

www.thewaywestamp.com New 2016 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog set Jar of Haunts #jarofhaunts #jaroflove #labeleralphabet #stampinup #thewaywestamp #halloweencards

I just love the stamp I used on the final card I have to share. This is an a-la-carte stamp called Happy Ornament, and this stamp will help you make some quick cards this season. I made a simple watercolor background using Rose Red and Tempting Turquoise inks. Once that was completely dry I used Night of Navy ink to stamp the image. The sequins on this card are also new and are called Fancy Frost Sequins in the colors Soft Sky and Sweet Sugarplum – with a third color in the pack called White Gold. I wanted to add one more thing to the card so I heat embossed the top part of the stamp with gold on Rose Red cardstock then fussy cut the bow and adhered it over the image. Even though these are not traditional Christmas colors, to me they scream “happy colors” and I love the look!

www.thewaywestamp.com 2016 Stampin' Up! Holiday Sneek Peak of Happy Ornament #happyornament #2016holiday #thewaywestamp #stampinup

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International Blog Hop for August 2016

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I am excited to participate in this International Blog Hop for August, organized by Kylie Bertucci. We are a group of demonstrators from around the world and want to show you ideas and inspiration using the latest Stampin’ Up! products that are available to purchase right now. You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog – The Way We Stamp, or may have come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

Today I decided to share a fun technique where I make my own background paper with a single stamp set. I stamped out my design on a sheet of 8.5 x 11 inch Whisper White cardstock using five different ink pads. I got this idea using the Blooms and Wishes stamp set from Michelle Last, a demonstrator in the UK. I just loved how her paper turned out and had to try it for myself. In her video she goes on to make seven cards from the finished sheet of cardstock, but I’m going to show you a couple different designs that you can make, and here they are.

www.thewaywestamp.com Create your own background paper using Blooms & Wishes by Stampin' Up! Technique copied from Michelle Last. #blooms&wishes #rosewonder #crazyaboutyou #helloyouthinlits #stampinup #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia

I decided to highlight the 2016-2018 In Colors for this project and I just love how it turned out. I was amazed that one of the presenters at Onstage in Salt Lake City suggested the In Colors are each lovely on their own but don’t necessarily go well together. I couldn’t disagree more – I think they look great together!

For this technique you want to start with your largest stamps first. I used the three largest flowers and stamped each in a different color (Dapper Denim, Sweet Sugarplum and Peekaboo Peach) making sure to leave enough space between them for when I come back with the smaller images.

www.thewaywestamp.com Create your own background paper using Blooms & Wishes by Stampin' Up! Technique copied from Michelle Last. #blooms&wishes #stampinup #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia

Next I used the smaller flower images to fill in some of the gaps using Flirty Flamingo and also reusing two of the three colors from the larger flowers. (Again, you need to leave space for the leaf images you will add in the next round of stamping.) I realize one of these is probably supposed to be the center of a flower but it works on its own as well. I did stamp the centers of the Peekaboo Peach flowers to add a little depth.

www.thewaywestamp.com Create your own background paper using Blooms & Wishes by Stampin' Up! Technique copied from Michelle Last. #blooms&wishes #stampinup #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia

Finally I went back in with the leafy stamps in Emerald Envy and continued to fill in the empty spaces. After you have stamped all the leaf images you want take a look at the sheet as a whole and go back and fill in any remaining gaps.

www.thewaywestamp.com Create your own background paper using Blooms & Wishes by Stampin' Up! Technique copied from Michelle Last. #blooms&wishes #stampinup #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia

For a quick set of cards you can make four of this design using the Layering Ovals Framelits. I have also cut two extra Flirty Flamingo flowers and adhered them around the oval, adding a rhinestone to the center of each plus a third above the oval.

www.thewaywestamp.com Create your own background paper using Blooms & Wishes by Stampin' Up! Technique copied from Michelle Last. #blooms&wishes #rosewonder #stampinup #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia

Here is how you would cut that out. With the strips of paper left over you can make a fifth (and maybe even sixth) card. The stamped piece is matted with a piece of 5.25 x 4 inch cardstock and then adhered to a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch standard card base.

One Sheet Wonder - set of 4 cards

Another option would be this design where you can make a set of eight thank you cards using the Crazy About You stamp set and the Hello You Thinlits. The Sweet Sugarplum washi tape is from the Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape set.

www.thewaywestamp.com Create your own background paper using Blooms & Wishes by Stampin' Up! Technique copied from Michelle Last. #blooms&wishes #crazyaboutyou #helloyouthinlits #stampinup #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia

Here is how you would cut that out. There is also enough paper left over with this design to make two more (different) cards for a total of ten! Add the washi tape and cut background paper to a piece of 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 inch Whisper White cardstock. This panel is matted with a piece of 5 1/4 x 4 inch cardstock and then adhered to a standard 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch card base.

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I hope you enjoyed my cards today. If you have any questions on this project please feel free to ask in the comments section. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will take the time to visit the rest of the participants in the hop this month.


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You Are One of a Kind | GDP#047

This week for the Global Design Project I had to think a bit outside the box as the only nautical themed stamp I own is a goldfish, and that is a bit of a stretch. But I had not yet used the goldfish stamp from the amazing Jar of Love set so I am happy that the challenge led me in this direction. This card is for my best friend who lives too far away. The inside will have a fish with a talk bubble and “MISSING YOU.” What do you think?

www.thewaywestamp.com Jar of Love, Labeler Alphabet and Thoughtful Banners all by Stampin' Up! for GDP047 #jaroflove #labeleralphabet #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia #stampinup

To get the full effect of this cute little fish you have to be able to see the white lines. However, the first time I stamped the image there was too much ink and the lines got covered by the ink bleeding into the paper. So I used the back of a spoon to push some of the ink down into the pad and then both the Peekaboo Peach and Melon Mambo stamped great. (To see an example of the before and after of this technique go to this post.) After stamping all the fish I cut them out with the Everyday Jars Framelits using the Big Shot.

www.thewaywestamp.com Watercolor Background using paper by Stampin' Up! and Pool Party and Bermuda Bay inks #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia

For the background I started with a 5.5 x 4.25 inch piece of watercolor paper knowing I would be cutting it down. I taped this to a board to prevent warping when the paper is wet. I used Pool Party and Bermuda Bay inks, picked up with a wet paint brush from the top of my Classic Stampin’ Pads. I put about three layers down, drying each application with my heat tool before starting the next. Then I used the tips of my fingers to drop water back onto the paper to reactivate the ink and remove the ink where it was wet with a paper towel.  This gave me a nice watery background for the goldfish to swim around in.

www.thewaywestamp.com Jar of Love, Labeler Alphabet and Thoughtful Banners all by Stampin' Up! for GDP047 #jaroflove #labeleralphabet #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia #stampinup

For the sentiment I turned to Thoughtful Banners for “YOU ARE” and the Labeler Alphabet for “ONE OF A KIND.” I love how easy it is to line up the letters (I stamped them one-at-a-time) with the photopolymer stamps! I popped up the Melon Mambo fish and the sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the rest is adhered with Liquid Multipurpose Glue. Since it is hard to get away with no warping on a watercolor background I matted it on a piece of Peekaboo Peach cardstock for a little more stability before mounting the completed panel on a Bermuda Bay cardbase.

I hope you like my card for the challenge this week, and don’t forget to head over to the Global Design Project blog to check out the projects by the design team as well as the other entries. There is always tons of inspiration to get your creative juices flowing!

Global Design Project #047


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Global Design Project #046 | Sketch Challenge

Before I get to the challenge I wanted to announce the winner of the Stamp It Group June Blog Hop. So congratulations to Diane Seidler! If you would like to take a look at this hop again click here.

This is a card I designed to demonstrate at a workshop night. I like to show off the awesomeness of the Bigshot and this card uses both a Framelit and an Embossing Folder. And of top of that I added the Duet Banner Punch to demo yet another way to cut out a stamped image! I must have had this challenge in the back of my mind because all I had to do was add the Burlap Ribbon and hearts in the upper left corner and I was done. This card is going to one of my downline to let her know I appreciate her enthusiasm for Stampin’ Up! and her support of my business.

www.thewaywestamp.com Global Design Project 046 using Watercolor Wings and Thoughtful Banners by Stampin' Up! #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia #watercolorwings #thoughtfulbanners #GDP046 #stampinup

I paired the beautiful Affectionately Yours DSP with the coordinating Cardstock Pack and embossed a strip of Watermelon Wonder cardstock with the Lovely Lace Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Since this created a fairly busy background I chose to use only two colors for the three step process in stamping the butterfly. I used Daffodil Delight and Flirty Flamingo. The banner and sentiment are stamped in Mint Macaron.

www.thewaywestamp.com Global Design Project 046 using Watercolor Wings and Thoughtful Banners by Stampin' Up! #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia #watercolorwings #thoughtfulbanners #GDP046 #stampinup

I struggled with what to use in the upper left corner. I tried some vellum and then 5/8″ Satin Ribbon before settling on the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon. The hearts are from the Everyday Jars Framelits and I used both the positive (the two hearts on the outside) and negative (the strip on the inside) parts of the cut cardstock. The sentiment on the inside is from the Grateful Bunch set stamped in Basic Gray Archival ink.

www.thewaywestamp.com Global Design Project 046 using Watercolor Wings and Thoughtful Banners by Stampin' Up! #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia #watercolorwings #thoughtfulbanners #GDP046 #stampinup

 

I hope you liked my card for the challenge this week. I may have to make another since there are five more days left to create! Be sure to check out the projects created by the design team and the other entries at the Global Design Challenge blog.

Global Design Project 046


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Watercolor Wings for GDP #044

I was so excited to order Watercolor Wings back in May and made sure I picked up the Butterflies Thinlits and Bold Butterfly Framelits to go with the set, but I got so busy using the Thinlits (see here and here) that I never got to the pretty stamped butterflies. And truthfully I have been a little intimidated on which colors to pair together with the three-step stamping process. When I saw the inspiration piece this week at the Global Design Project challenge blog I thought it would be the perfect time to try out the stamps.

Global Design Project 044

I wanted the colors in the butterfly to blend together so I started with a wet piece of Shimmery White Cardstock and stamped each layer while the cardstock was still wet. This carstock dries pretty quick so I had to add a little water each time before stamping the next layer. I used Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach.

www.thewaywestamp.com Global Design Project 044 using Watercolor Wings and Jar of Love all by Stampin' Up! #GDP044 #watercolorwings #jaroflove #stampinup #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia

I stamped the body and antenna of the butterfly in Soft Suede, and added a layer of Gold Wink of Stella to the body. I used a scrap piece of cardstock to flick some more Gold Wink of Stella on a 3.75 x 5 inch piece of Whisper White Cardstock and then stamped some leaves from Jar of Love behind where I would be placing the butterfly. I stamped the sentiment, also from Jar of Love, in Rich Razzleberry and added gold sequins to finish it off. The white panel is mounted on a Rich Razzleberry card base using the Snail Adhesive.

www.thewaywestamp.com Global Design Project 044 using Watercolor Wings and Jar of Love all by Stampin' Up! #GDP044 #watercolorwings #jaroflove #stampinup #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia

Be sure to check out the other entries for challenge #044, and since I am squeaking in during the last 10 minutes on Sunday night, there will be another challenge up tomorrow morning.


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Stampin’ Up! Blog Highlight: From Me to You

Time for another International Stampin’ Up! Blog Highlight. Thanks to Kylie Bertucci for organizing these – sometimes you just need a little motivation to share!

Kylie Bertucci's International Stampin' Up! Blog Highlight

This month the theme is: From me to you when you are feeling blu. I have to admit, this card has been finished (pictures already taken) for about a month now and I just haven’t worked it into a blog post yet. So seeing that it fit this theme I decided to go with it. Obviously I don’t have anyone specific in mind that this card is going to, but I love having a few extras on hand when the need arises. Especially with a sympathy card or when someone needs a smile, you want to be able to get the card out quickly.

www.thewaywestamp.com Sympathy Card using Rose Wonder stamp set and Rose Garden Thinlits all from Stampin' Up! #rosewonder #rosegardenthinlits #stampinup #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia

I started this card by stamping the large rose outline stamp on a piece of Shimmery White Cardstock in Basic Gray Archival ink. My plan was to use the image as a guide and watercolor it, adding the the black outline cutout from the thinlit afterwards. When I was done I didn’t love the coloring on the rose but the leaves were fine. Not wanting to toss the whole thing I adhered the black cutout rose over the watercolored area and die cut another from a piece of Flirty Flamingo cardstock. Then I carefully glued each “puzzle piece” of the rose into its coordinating spot. I think it gives an interesting look with the combination of the more graphic rose and artsy leaves.

www.thewaywestamp.com Sympathy Card using Rose Wonder stamp set and Rose Garden Thinlits all from Stampin' Up! #rosewonder #rosegardenthinlits #stampinup #thewaywestamp #juliedeguia

Now there was the dilemma of a rather plain background. Then I remembered I had a few backgrounds I watercolored several months ago and I thought the rose would look nice on this one done in a few colors from the Soft Subtles collection – Wisteria Wonder and Soft Sky I think. I fussy cut the entire rose, and then went back with a Project Life marker and inked all the edges to make it look perfectly cut out. I also like that it has a little more dimension as it is popped up by an extra layer of cardstock this way. I then adhered the rose to the background with Liquid Multipurpose glue and let this sit under a couple heavy books to help it dry nice and flat. Finally I added the sentiment stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, using my Stamp-a-ma-jig in case I needed to stamp it a second time for a good impression on the bumpy watercolor paper.

I hope you like my card and will try this technique out with one of the many stamps/coordinating thinlits Stampin’ Up! has to offer. If you would like to vote for my card as one of your favorites in the hop head on over to Kylie’s blog post and click on the heart in the corner of the thumbnail. Don’t forget to visit the other blogs in the hop and fine some more crafting inspiration!


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