Monday, May 17, 2021

One of a Kind Prince & Princess - Kylie's Maui Achievers Blog Hop

Happy Blog Hop Day!

Each month, Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from around the globe share projects they've made using only current Stampin' Up! products.  We hope you get some inspiration as you hop from blog to blog.

The project I made to share used one of the Hostess Sets at the back of the 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue, called Prince and Princess.  All Hostess products can be purchase at a discounted price, when you host a qualifying party or place a qualifying order.  This particular set goes for $14 Hostess Dollars.  It's a GREAT value, as the set is worth $24! ... but I digress!  Check out the card I made!

I LOVE this card!  It's actually one I originally made for a Canadian Maui Achievers Card Swap.  I got to play with so many new products!

  • I started with a standard card base in Basic White measuring 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", folded in half
  • I ran that base through the Cut & Emboss machine with the Meadow Moments embossing folder.
  • I cut a layer of the DIVINE new Soft Succulent card stock, measuring 3 1/2" x 4 3/4".
  • I cut a layer of the EQUALLY DIVINE new Evening Evergreen card stock, measuring just "two ticks" smaller than the Soft Succulent layer, so 4 1/2" plus two ticks x 3 1/4" plus two ticks.  (In grown up language, that is 4 5/8" x 3 3/4").
  • The top Basic White layer measure  3 1/4" x 4 1/2".
  • I ran the top layer through the Cut & Emboss machine with the Meadow Moments embossing folder along the top of the paper.
  • I then worked on the bottom of the layer, using my Blending Brushes and Soft Succulent ink.
  • I stamped the water in Evening Evergreen.
  • I then stamped the swan image on the new Shimmer Vellum paper in Evening Evergreen ink.  Because the vellum doesn't absorb the ink, it stays wet for quite a while.  This allows lots of time to cover the image with Clear Embossing powder and heat set it.  I prefer this method, over using Versamark, for a few reasons.  Firstly, I don't love using Versamark with photopolymer stamps.  They just don't seem to clean well.  Secondly, when I stamp using the INK, the image can be green.  We don't have a green embossing powder so I couldn't get the same effect an other way.
  • Next I grabbed a good movie and my paper snips and I fussy cut 20 of those gorgeous little swans!
  • To attach the swans I put a pool of Multipurpose Liquid Glue on my silicone mat, grabbed a chunk of sponge and dabbed the back of the swan, covering it completely.  I then stuck it to the card layer.
  • I made a 2" x 1/2" banner, stamped the sentiment and popped it up on mini dimensionals.
  • Some of our Champagne Rhinestones finished it off.

Ta da!
The shimmer of this vellum is STUNNING!  Pictures don't do it justice.  I'm not usually a vellum-lover but THIS stuff is a "must have" item!
If you are in Canada and don't have a demonstrator you work with I would love to me your gal!  Click on any of the items at the end of this post and you'll be taken to my online store.  Every online order gets you a special Thank You gift in the mail from me!

I hope my card has given you some inspiration!  Now hop along to see what my friends have created for you ... and have a stampy day!

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Alcohol Painting - Stampin' Creative Global Blog Hop

Happy Blog Hop Day!  Each month talented Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from around the globe bring your projects they have created around a common theme, and using only current Stampin' Up! products.  We hope they bring you inspiration!  This month the theme was "Sketch" ... so many options!

Sketches are a GREAT way to get your Mojo going.  I very rarely stick exactly TO the sketch, it's more of a jumping off spot for me.

The sketch I worked with came from Mary Fish at  Here is her sketch ...

... and here is my interpretation of it ...

Sooooooo pretty!  Last night I did my live "Check It Out Tuesday" Facebook Event and I was trying out the new hot technique "alcohol painting".  Not sure if that's what it's CALLED but that's what I'M calling it! lol.   There was a lot of trial and error but in the end I came up with something I really liked, so I decided to use it for my sketch.

How do you make the pretty background?  In a nutshell, you colour on Vellum card stock with your Blends Alcohol Markers and then you "paint" over it with 99% Rubbing Alcohol.  Since the BLENDS are Alcohol and the ALCOHOL is Alcohol, the colours bleed together and, when they dry, give you some amazing patterns!  For a video "how to" you can check out my replay from last night on my YouTube Channel "Tamara's Paper Trail".   Here is a brief picture tutorial:

Start by randomly scribbling on a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" pice of Vellum card stock.  Bright, dark Blends work best.  I used Dark Magenta Madness and Dark Night of Navy.

Grab some 99% Rubbing Alcohol and pour some in a small container.
Using a wide paint brush or our wide Aqua Painter, "pounce" or "dab" alcohol all over the image.  If you rub, rather than pounce, the colours will muddy and not give you a nice colour contrast.

Allow the alcohol to dry/evaporate.  You can speed up the process using your heat tool, if you like.  You can also get some neat patterns by blowing the alcohol and the colour around!

When it dries, the colours are much more muted:
I then grabbed my Fine Tip Glue Pen and added thin lines here and there, to look like veins in marble.  I added our Gilded Leafing while the glue was still wet:

You can also use Heat & Stick powder to apply the Gilded Leafing.  If you don't have that product, you can also use Versamark and Gold Embossing Power, for a similar effect.

Once you brush the excess away this is what you get:
Per Mary's sketch, I cut my vellum layer piece into 1 1/2" x 3 3/4" strips and attached them to a Basic White layer measuring 5 1/4" x 4" that I ran through my Cut & Emboss Machine with the Painted Texture Embossing Folder.  I added some gold chord around the layer and popped it up on dimensionals.  The sentiment is from Happiest of Birthdays (SO glad that one is carrying over!), stamped in Gorgeous Grape ink.  The sentiment is popped up on dimesionals and I added some Gold Gilded Gems to finish it off. 

SUCH a fun card to make ... and OHHHH so pretty!
I hope my project has inspired you to try Alcohol Painting yourself.  I'd love to see what you come up with!
Now hop along to see what my friends have to share with you ... and have a stampy day!

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