Watercolored Avant Garden

Hello, my friend. Thank you for reading my blog today! I’m so glad you stopped by. Talking about friends, this past weekend I did something special. I arranged with another crazy busy Mom friend to meet late Saturday night, when kids were asleep…at a coffee shop. We were laughing because it was so late, we thought the only place open would be a bar. To put it mildly, we’re not the type of women who would ever step foot in a bar. Not that I have a problem bars (my husband would live in a bar if he could), it’s just not me. I’m more of the crunchy, vegetarian, tree-hugging type.

It was so great to get away from our houses and just enjoy each other’s company. I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve never asked this friend to get together with just me. We have kids the same age and we always get together as a family. She and I are both SUPER busy and I thought she’d never have time. But I love her and when we’re all together as a family, we can’t usually talk as much as we’d like (another understatement). It was so refreshing to get away and talk about anything and everything. We were both thrilled and will need to schedule this regularly!

Going with the Flow

My card today makes me remember the importance of going with the flow and not forcing things to go “your way.” When I first started stamping with the Avant Garden stamp set, I went in an entirely different direction. I was going to color the flower with markers, etc. I started in this way and after stamping the image onto scrap paper, I wasn’t happy with it. The stamp wanted me to use it an entirely different way. Without guilt, I scrapped my original idea and went with the watercoloring!

Watercolored Handmade Card using the Avant Garden stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I’m so glad that I went with my second idea. I love how the card came out! It’s so much more fun to stamp when you go with your intuition and don’t keep chasing an idea that doesn’t want to work. I had intended to stamp for only a few minutes, but once the inspiration hit, I finished the whole card in one session!

Tips and Tricks

To do the watercoloring I started with Shimmery White paper. I first stamped the images in versamark and then embossed it with clear embossing powder. Using my Aqua Painter, I brushed some water all over the cardstock (lightly!). I then painted Flirty Flamingo ink all over it.

Watercolored Handmade Card using the Avant Garden stamp set by Stampin' Up!

If you’ve never watercolored, give it a try! After you do it the first time, the process is easy and you get better and better.

As a final touch, I added some glitter. I did this my putting tombow over the card in random places and then sprinkling it over with silver glitter. Before putting on the glitter, make sure the card is dry or you’ll have glitter everywhere. It would later come off (it’s just water) but you may make a huge mess. As me how I know. LOL.

Wishing you a wonderful day. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Love,
Rina

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Avant Garden (Sale-A-Bration)
Paper: Falling in Love DSP, Shimmery White, In color Assortment Pack, Whisper White (card base)
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Versamark
Other: Clear Embossing Powder, Silver Glitter

Inspired by Life

One of my favorite stamp sets in the Annual catalog is the Jar of Love stamp set. It was on my first order and you can do about…a million things with it. Today I was in the mood to fill it with some beautiful flowers. With all the cards I’ve made with the stamp set, I don’t think I’ve ever done something flowers with it. I had to fix that!

Handmade Card Idea using the Jar of Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Inspired by Real Life

I was inspired to make this card from an event I did last month. Sometimes I teach card classes in my community for free. I teach people who just want a night out with girlfriends while also trying something new and fun. (Is it any wonder I get asked to do this a lot?!) These women love to experience making something with their hands since *gasp* they don’t consider themselves creative. It’s fun that after an hour of card making, they realize that not only can they be creative, they can also make something beautiful.

Last month when I taught this class, someone put a beautiful mason jar of flowers on the table. It made my class even more special. As I was packing up, the ladies insisted that I take the flowers home. They were so beautiful and every time I looked at them, I was reminded of a great evening.

My card today looks a little bit like the mason jar I received that night. It’s a happy bouquet of some cheerful looking blossoms.

Adding Interest

Although the card was inspired by flowers, it looked a little…too predictable for me. You know I love to have twists with my designs! I added a little fish to the water bowl and also some of the gorgeous beads I had on my desk. These little extras can take a project from “nice” to something a bit more special. I love how the card came out!

Handmade Card Idea using the Jar of Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!

A little bit of silver ribbon down the side, along with some pretty designer series paper finished it off.

Also, if you look carefully, you’ll notice I splattered the whole card with a bit of the light green mint macaron. This little subtle splatter helps put the card together and make it more cohesive.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Love,
Rina

Supplies used:

Stamps: Jar of Love
Paper: Mint Macaron
Ink: Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black
Other: Linen Thread, Sale-A-Bration ribbon, Sprinkles Embellishments

Birthday with Avant Garden

The famous saying, “The Cobbler’s children have no shoes” is so true in my home! I’m great at making cards, not so great at remembering to send cards. Last year, I totally forgot to make a birthday card for my daughter. Crazy, right? How is that possible? Maybe it happened because I’ve got about 3 million to-do items in my brain? I’m sure I’m not alone. There’s so much to do every day that I can’t always keep up with everything.

This year, however, I was resolved not to forget!! My daughter’s 9th birthday was this past Sunday and lo and behold, I remembered to make her a card! I feel like doing a dance. Woohoo! In case you’re worried, I did remember to buy her birthday gifts. Thank goodness for amazon. She’s really into baking and had wanted her own supplies, so I got her colorful measuring cups and spoons. I also ordered the cutest apron on etsy. This is totally win-win because I’m sure she’ll be baking up lots of yummies. It’s good to have creative kids!

Avant Garden Stamp Set

For her card, I wanted to dig into my new Avant Garden Stamp Set since I hadn’t yet inked it up. I used my favorite color, Flirty Flamingo. (Such a bright, cheerful color!) To start, I stamped the flowers on scrap paper and cut them out. This didn’t take long at all, and really packed a punch!

Birthday Card Idea using Stampin' Up! Avant Garden stamp set

I then added some stems in Wild Wasabi and adhered the flowers with dimensionals to give them a pop. Once I had this piece in place, I loved the colors against the white so I decided to do something out of character for me, I left the whole card white. Woohoo!! I totally love it!

Thick White Card Stock

There’s something about this card that you can’t see, but I wonder if you can tell from the picture. Did you realize that I used the thick white cardstock as the card base? This is actually my first time using it and I can’t believe it took me this long. It totally makes the card special (in real person, at least) because it has substance and weight. I’ll definitely be using it all the time in the future, whenever my card base is white. It makes such a difference!

Birthday Card Idea using Stampin' Up! Avant Garden stamp set

Putting It Together

Once I had my flowers on the stitched square, I had a ball playing. I added a frame with the same Flirty Flamingo pink. I added some layers with the splatter (Early Espresso Ink stamped off twice). I also added some ribbon, a doily, and metallic thread. It was one of those cards that comes together quickly and is fun to create.

Birthday Card Idea using Stampin' Up! Avant Garden stamp set

I hope you find some time to stamp this week! Don’t feel that you have to wait for the weekend to stamp. I actually did this card over several weeknights, working a few minutes at a time while chatting on the phone. It was a fun way to get the card made.

Happy Stamping,
Love,
Rina

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Avant Garden Stamp Set
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Wild Wasabi, and Early Espresso
Other: Layered Squares Framelit, Stitched Shapes framelits, Delicate Doilies, Silver Metallic Thread, Sale-a-bration silver ribbon

Cards for Any Occasion

Thank You Card idea with Any Occasion (Sale-a-bration stamp set) by Stampin' Up!

Watercoloring

This card has a bit of watercoloring in the background. It’s simple watercoloring and hard to “mess up.” However, if you’d like to see a detailed video on how to watercolor, watch the video below. It’ll show you soup-to-nuts from picking the right paper to how to combine embossing with watercoloring.

Don’t be intimidated, though. To make the effect, I used Shimmery White cardstock (my go-to for watercoloring). I didn’t do anything fancy. I just squeezed a little water over the center of the card with my Aqua Painter. I then brushed some Calypso Coral ink over the water. That’s it. I let it dry while I made the rest of the card.

Banners

When playing with the free Any Occasions stamp set, I found that it worked best to make several banner images that intertwined. Otherwise, the card looked a bit bare. (I love trying things out and making the mistakes so you don’t have to! LOL.)

Thank You Card idea with Any Occasion (Sale-a-bration stamp set) by Stampin' Up!

I used the second largest stitched framelit circle and with Smoky Slate, I made a few banner lines that intersected on top, and one that was a bit below (for my sentiment). I love the way it looks with the banners intersecting! It adds color and interest and is fun.

Color

Since there was already watercoloring on the card, I wanted to keep it simple, so I made the card using almost all one color. This also made stamping the little banner pieces much easier since I didn’t need to worry about cleaning anything or figuring out which went where. I’m big into “keep it simple!” The monotone looks really neat with the watercoloring, and I was thrilled with how nicely it turned out.

Supplies

All the supplies for making this card are listed with the instructions here.

Love, Rina

Tasty Taco Truck

I love a layered card! The more layers, the better, because it adds so much interest. When the layers are a bit askew, I love it even more! This totally cracks me up because in real life, I’m the straight and narrow. I’m traditional in many of my tastes and I certainly don’t wear crazy or loud clothes. People usually describe me as “calm.” (Though I have no idea why! I often don’t feel calm, but I must give off that vibe.)

The paper (Festive Birthday Designer Series) used in the card is the opposite of calm, wouldn’t you say? It’s actually been sitting in my desk since the annual catalog was released in June, untouched. The colors aren’t “me” and are very bright and cheerful. I was so crazy excited to use the paper in a card, in a way that’s still me and uses the paper in a cool way.

Sale-A-Bration Card Idea using Tasty Trucks Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Using Loud Colors

The way I used the colors in the card – while loving the results, is to tone it down by using only small strips of color. I purposely kept the main card color as white so that the colors would compliment and not overwhelm.

The food truck in Tasty Trucks is a great stamp for these colors since the truck is a neutral design and can be colored however you like. I decided to go with a Mexican theme for my food truck and serve Tacos.
Sale-A-Bration Card Idea using Tasty Trucks Stamp set by Stampin' Up!
The funny thing is that after making the card, I served vegetarian tacos for dinner the next night. Bwaaahha. I had tacos on my mind.

Lots of Layers

The reason why I love this card so much is because of the layers. The card starts with layers on each side, with the different colored papers adding a splash of color. I then tucked some layers under the food truck, with the bright strips of color showing through. Next is the truck itself, stamped on a square, and then layered again with scallops under it. All the layers make the card so special. I need to make more cards with a million layers!

The food truck is stamped on Shimmery White paper. (I need to order more! With all of this watercoloring I’ve been doing, my Shimmery White’s been getting a lot of love lately.) I used the new watercolor pencils and an Aqua Painter to color in the truck.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Tasty Trucks
Paper: Festive Birthday, Whisper White, Shimmery White, Melon Mambo
Other: Watercolor Pencils, Aqua Painter

Mediterranean Moments

Woohoo!! I’ve made my first card using the new Stampin’ Up! Watercolor pencils. Have you tried them yet? If not, they are a must have!! They are so much fun to use. I find using them is must faster than using traditional watercoloring methods. They also provide more consistent results. I was able to control the color better with them.

If you’ve used them, please leave a comment below, letting me know how you use them!!

Using Watercolor Pencils to Color

Since it was my first time using watercolor pencils, I decided to use them the traditional way. I know this won’t last long, but since it was my first time I didn’t want to do anything too crazy.

Watercolored card using Mediterranean Moments by Stampin' Up!

To begin the project, I pulled out my brand new rubba, “Mediterranean Moments.” I selected a smaller image since I had no idea how it would go. I stamped my image using Archival Gray onto Shimmery White card stock. Shimmery White is my favorite and go-to for all watercoloring. And it shimmers!!!! LOL. It’s so beautiful.

I then lightly colored in the images using the watercolor pencils. I didn’t color in anything exactly. Just some quick scribbles in the center of each image. Once this was done, I grabbed my Aqua Painter and got busy! Here’s where the magic happens. The Aqua Painter worked magic on my coloring. The watery paintbrush turned the messy scribbles into watercolor paint. It looked like magic happening before my eyes!

Watercolored card using Mediterranean Moments by Stampin' Up!

Some of the images, however, were too light. I wanted deeper color. For those images, all I did was color them (very messy…) over top with another layer of watercolor pencils. I then repeated the process with the Aqua Painter. It made the shade darker and more vivid.

Finishing Off the Card

After painting the scene, I knew I wanted the image to be the focal of the card. Oh is it a sweet image. I cut out all kinds of sentiments, etc. but I found they detracted from the focal image, so I didn’t use them.

Instead, I put some subtle Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate behind the image and used some beautiful Bermuda Bay ribbon to give some texture to the card. A peek of some matching sequins in the ribbon is always fun (and I love it when I have matching embellishments in my arsenal).

I hope you enjoy using the watercolor pencils! Let me know what you think.

XO,
Rina

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Mediterranean Moments
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate, Shimmery White, Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate
Other: Watercolor Pencils, Bermuda Bay 1/8” stitched ribbon, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim

 

How to Stamp With Kids Without Losing Your Mind

How to Stamp with Kids without Losing your Mind

Do you ever stamp with your kids? What do you think? Love it or hate it? Okay, I know that question sounds really bad. Hate it?! How is that possible? Aren’t we supposed to instill within our children a love of creativity? And stamping is such a fun hobby to do together.

But then comes the mess and the chaos. Your five year old thinks nothing of using 5 packages of pearl beads for just one of her amazing projects. She punches a hole (or thirty) through your last piece of Mint Macaron card stock. And breaks your punch in the process. Clear stamps are “somewhere,” perhaps never to be found again. And we haven’t even touched the mess that the ink could make.

Yes, crafting with young ones can turn into chaos in seconds. I don’t do it often because it turns my calm, soothing hobby into a whirlwind of stress. But I don’t want to stop stamping with them. You should see how they beam when they’re with me. It’s their special time and goodness has their creativity grown. But most importantly, it builds their confidence and my relationship strengthens with them every time we stamp together.

To keep stamp time from getting overwhelming, I’ve established a few rules.

Rules of the Stamp Room:

1. Always clean your stamp before putting it back. I’ve given my kids their very own stamp cleaner called a Stampin’ Scrub. They now love to clean off the stamps. I do spray the Stampin’ Mist cleaner for them.

2. Never take out more than one stamp at a time. After they use a stamp, they’ve learned to put it right back into the case before taking out a new one. They know that this is especially important for clear stamps, but they’ve learned to do it for all stamps.

3. Ask before using one of my supplies. Before using anything on my table, they must first ask me. My kids are especially tempted to use adorable enamel shapes and pearls. I can’t blame them! If they ask me first, I usually let them use a few fun embellishments.

4. Clean up when you’re done. This last rule has been the hardest to implement. I can’t blame them because I don’t usually follow this rule, either!! However, they can make a HUGE mess much quicker than I can and their messes are usually much worse. So they really need to clean it up.

The way I’ve implemented this one in the past has been through tough love. If they’ve left my room in shambles, the next time they ask if they can stamp I tell them “no” and explain why. This is disappointing, but they know they’re in the wrong and have no argument except “I promise I’ll clean it this time.” I’ve said “no” enough times that they usually now clean up without me reminding them. Sometimes they don’t (life is never perfect) but it’s definitely better!

Child Crafting

Setting Up a Space

I’ve also set up my craft room so that they have an area for their craft things. I’ve given them retired inks, stamp sets, paper, and punches. They have a special shelf on my bookcase for their craft supplies. I’ve also given them a drawer in my desk (which thrills them!) for their supplies, too.

If you haven’t tried doing this yet, be warned that it sounds like a much better plan than it actually is.

Anything I give to them (even if it’s my FAVORITE retired stamp set) is not as cool as what I’m currently using. If it’s in their shelf, they figure I must have given it to them for a reason (like a clothing sale, right?) and they don’t want to play with it. So they still go after my things!!!

I’ve therefore found that the best way to manage this is:

1. Keep some of their supplies interspersed with my “good” things. LOL. This is a funny recommendation but it really works! If the kids feel like they’re using my supplies, they’ll have much more fun.

2. Let the kids earn quality stamping supplies as prizes. In my household, we have a token system. The kids earn tokens for doing above-and-beyond chores. When they’ve accrued enough tokens, they earn prizes. A token is usually worth about 25-50 cents in prizes. My kids have used tokens to buy stamp sets (it did take them a while to earn the sets!!), sponge daubers, embellishments, etc.

The beauty of this method is that you also have an incentive to get the kids to behave. It’s totally win-win!! I also love that I’m not filling my house with junky toys. Instead, I’m buying quality products that my kids will use and enjoy. I love this method because it’s a win for everyone.

Final tips:

Adhesive: Adhesive is expensive! Instead of sharing my high-quality adhesive tape, glue dots, etc., with them, I buy inexpensive glue sticks that I keep stocked in the room. Occasionally, they will need a high-quality adhesive and I’ll let them use some sticky strip or whatever they need, but in general, I’ve saved a fortune by stocking up on glue sticks!

Project Kits in the Mail: Also, another great option is to order your child a subscription to Paper Pumpkin. Can you just see the look on your child’s face when a beautiful, bright package arrives with everything he or she needs to do projects? Oh my!!! You have a complete win when your child uses only the items in the box to do the project! LOL. This would make a great birthday gift. Or better yet, use it as an incentive for good behavior.

Enjoy your stamp time with your kids. The days are long and messy, but the memories and relationships you’re building are priceless. Don’t forget to snap a picture of the chaos. One day it’ll make it’ll you smile, I promise.

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Beautiful Treat Bag with Matching Card

Sometimes my projects reveal a ton about my life. The projects I have to share today reveal a whole lot about me!! The projects both use the Bloomin’ Love stamp set and are meant to go together. Isn’t that fun? A card with a matching treat bag.

Valentine's Day Card and Matching Treat Holder made with Bloomin' Love by Stampin' Up!

Win a Free Stamp Set!

Here’s how I’m showing my true colors. I made the beautiful treat bag, but I have no treats in my house. Nothing. Not chocolate wrapped candy, not 1 little Hershey Kiss rolling around in the back cabinet, nothing. I’m a true health nut. It’s not that I don’t eat sweets – I do! But I make them myself. Every week I make muffins and sometimes the I make brownies. If you can guess what special ingredient I put in my brownies, I will mail you a free stamp set. LOL. Put a guess in the comments or send me an email.

For this project, the closest I had to candy was trail mix with a little bit of candy in them. By the time I was done taking the picture, my kids had picked out every candy and eaten them, so they’re now all gone. LOL.

The Card

I adore the colors in the card! Blushing Bride and Sahara Sand are an amazing marriage of colors. I added just a pop of dark pink with the Rose Red.

Valentine's Day Card made with Bloomin' Love by Stampin' Up!

The large heart cut-out if from the Bloomin’ Love Thinlits.

When most people think of Valentine’s day decorations, they think of a bold red color. However, red isn’t “me.” I prefer more muted tones. I’ve learned that when we use colors we love instead of what we think we’re “supposed” to use, the projects come out much better. It never works to pretend you’re something you’re not, right? I’m so thrilled with how the card and treat bag came out and I’m glad I didn’t force myself to use the traditional bold red.

Valentine's Day Card made with Bloomin' Love by Stampin' Up!

My favorite part of the card is the pink glitter flowers. I also cut them out using the Bloomin’ Love Thinlits. Anything with glitter makes me happy – but pink glitter?!! Whoa….

The Treat Bag

The treat bag is cute!! But did you realize it’s also cheap to make? Stampin’ Up! sells the adorable little bags (Click here to see them) to make the treat holders. You get 50 bags for $3.00. You can make a whole lotta treats for that, right? I bought the bags for something else (to hold embellishments). But I was doing a large party and I thought the bags would be PERFECT for a crowd.

How to Make the Gift Bag

To make the topper, cut card stock 5 ½ x 2 1/8. Score at 1 ¾. That’s it, my friend. So easy! One sheet of card stock makes 8 toppers!!

  • Decorate the topper but wait to put on the final scallop till the end. I’ll explain more below.
  • Next, fill the candy bags and tape them shut.
  • Fold the tag on the score line and staple it to the bag. The back of your bag will look as nice as your front!
  • Put the scallop design on the front with a dimensional, covering the staple

Just a little tip: put on your final scallop or decoration AFTER you staple the topper to the bag. I didn’t do this my first time and my scallop tag got a bit mangled. Learn from my mistakes!

I hope you enjoy the card and the bag! They are meant to coordinate so you can give them to the same person, or keep them if you like!

Valentine's Day Candy Bag made with Bloomin' Love by Stampin' Up!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Bloomin’ Love
Ink: Versamark, Rose Red
Paper: Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Falling in Love DSP
Other: Bloomin’ Love Thinlits, 2 x8 cellophane bags, Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper, 3/8” Metallic Combo (free with Sale-A-Bration)

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For Our Friends

Today a friend of mine commented that I’m “brave” because I mentioned that I’m preparing for a presentation to give to several dozen people. She told me she could never do this – it takes too much bravery! I had to laugh at that. I’m not brave! I’m terrified!! Getting up in front of people is never easy. Will they be receptive to my message? Will it go well? Speaking in public is intimidating and yes, scary.

Even though I was scared to accept the opportunity, I did it anyway. I knew I’d be terrified, especially as the presentation got closer, but that’s okay. I know I can do the presentation while being scared at the same time.

I’m a big believer that if we’re not doing things that terrify us, we’re not growing. This presentation is a little less scary because I’ve done presentations before. With each time I do one, it gets a little easier. Maybe one day I won’t even feel scared. Who knows? But until then, I plan to keep saying YES when asked. This will make sure I keep growing.

Is there something you do even though it’s scary? If you have kids, I bet there’s a lot you do that scares you every day!! LOL.

Friend Card

My card today would be terrific to send to a friend who is going through something hard (or scary!). We all need to feel loved and often, the platonic love of another friend can help get us through whatever hardship we’re in.

Valentine's Day Card using the Bloomin' Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!
This card would also be delightful to send your bestie for Valentine’s day!! My favorite part of this card is the large flower. Although it looks very colorful and difficult to make, I was able to cheat by using Stampin’ Up’s new Falling in Love DSP. The paper has beautiful color gradations and looks so pretty doesn’t it?

Tips and Tricks

– If you don’t have the special platform for cutting intricate dies, run the die through your Big Shot a few times to make sure it gets a great cut.
– I love the Big Shot Die Brush for getting all the little pieces out of the die once it’s cut. This tool is a must-have staple in your craft room!
– To glue on the beads (Sprinkles Embellishments), I used a little dab of my Fine Tip Glue Pen.
– The “Friend” sentiment is embossed with gold (though it’s really hard to see in the picture). The gold goes along with the elegant feel of the card.

Valentine's Day Card using the Bloomin' Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!
If you live in the US, our nation is feeling divided right now. Let’s show some love. Send a card to a friend, showing that you are thinking of her. And if you have a friend going through something scary, send her a card, too! Our card-making hobby is a gift we can use to lift others. Let’s use it for good and show everyone around us that they are loved and valuable.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Bloomin’ Love
Ink: Versamark
Other: Linen Thread, Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits, Sprinkles Embellishments, Big Shot Die Brush
Paper: Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Falling in Love DSP

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Going Crooked

Do you ever wonder what your style of card says about your personality? Since my favorite cards are a little messy and often crooked, I’m guessing you know a lot about me. LOL. I think there’s something very pleasing about the “imperfect.”

If you look at ads in Ikea, the rooms look lived in. The kitchens usually have someone working along with a bit of a mess that goes with cooking, the fridge is adorned with a creative kid’s painting. That scene looks right to us. It looks lived in and cozy. Perhaps that’s why “imperfect” cards are so appealing. They are cozy and lovely in their imperfect state!

DIY Card made with Oh So Succulent stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Simple Style

My card today, though crooked, LOL, is actually very easy to make. Feel free to copy it! I used it an event this past weekend in my neighborhood called “Crafts and Soup.” All the stampers were new to stamping, and there was a lot going on since it was a big event (not just mine…there were lots of other crafts going on, too.) so I kept it simple.

My favorite part of this card is that it totally doesn’t look like a newbie card. The different layers really have a neat effect and make it look complex – when it really isn’t! Such a great card for my new stampers to take home and enjoy.

Tips for Making the Card

To make the card, I used my favorite Oh So Succulent stamp set, but since my stampers were newbies, I didn’t want them to worry about two-step stamping. Instead, I started them with our addictive stamping hobby easy! We just stamped the outline of a flower in versmark onto the Old Olive card stock. Isn’t that a great way to get people’s feet wet? You can’t mess that up! LOL.

Next, we added some layers. I popped up some Tip Top Taupe using dimensionals, but since there were so many layers, that was the only piece I chose to pop up.

DIY Card made with Oh So Succulent stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Color!

When working with neutrals, pops of color are always a great thing. I added some flowers in a cheerful bright color, as well as some subtle blue scallops under the sentiment. The scallops are from the Layering Squares Framelits. I cut out a scallop square and cut out one side. Isn’t it neat looking? One of my favorite effects!

The event went beautifully and I had so much fun stamping with the wonderful women. We shared lots of giggles and stories. It was a great evening.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Oh So Succulent, One Big Meaning
Ink: Basic Black, Versamark
Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Succulent Garden, Calypso Coral
Other: Layering Squares Framelits, Rhinestones

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