Reverse Masking with Flowering Fields

IMG_8242aWow. I’ve sat here for a LONG time trying to come up with the words to describe masking and reverse masking for a novice stamper. It’s tough!

A mask covers a stamped image and protects it from getting marred by ink. A reverse mask covers the background leaving only the image exposed. Make sense? Likely not. See the video to follow. 🙂

Helpful Hint: When making a mask, use text weight paper, like copy paper, not cardstock.  Thinner paper allows the ink to come right up to the mask’s edge.

Isn’t it magic? It’s a thrill for me every time I remove the mask.

I would love to see what YOU can come up with. Try reverse masking and share a picture of it on my Facebook page here. And don’t forget to like my page.

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Watercolor Wash

IMG_8199Nothing dresses up a simple greeting or image like a beautiful watercolor wash. With Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink Pads and Aqua Painters, it’s a breeze!

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# 103954 $17.00

These refillable, water-filled “brushes” are great for watercoloring images and for creating beautiful background color washes. They come two to a pack and are a great bargain!

Simply press the closed lid of your Stampin’ Up!Classic Ink Pads to create a pool of ink on the inside of the lid. Use the Aqua Painters to pick up ink and “paint.” Simply wipe the brush clean with a rag or paper towel before proceeding to the next color.

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I’m Lost Without You

IMG_8057Ba ha ha ha!!! The joke’s on me with this card. Can you tell why? If not keep reading.

IMG_8064This is a card we made at my last Mother Daughter Stamp Club. One of the club members had been asking about Heat & Stick Powder so I incorporated Heat & Stick Powder and Dazzling Diamond Glitter. Come back tomorrow for a video tutorial on the wonders of Heat & Stick and how to use it.

IMG_8087For this card I also wanted to use some of our new items from the Occasions Catalog – our World Traveler Textured Embossing Folder and Going Global Stamp Set.

I thought I was so smart
I wanted to be able to stamp the greeting on top of the embossed image. My “a-ha” brilliant idea was to use the underside of the impression so that the surface would be flat for stamping. I thought I was so smart until one of the girls at club remarked, “Yeah, but … when you use that side doesn’t it make the globe wrong?” … crickets

That’s when one of the moms said, “Well, it just shows I really am lost without you.” Good save.

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Video – Illuminated Curvy Keepsake Box

IMG_7709Stampin’ Up!’s phenomenal Sale-A-Bration promotion is right around the corner. Yippee skippee!

One of eleven items that you can earn for FREE  starting January 5th is a beautiful  6 x 6 pack of translucent vellum cardstock with white floral print. I’ve used it here along with the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit Die to create a luminary – perfect for your table or mantle.

IMG_7704The illumination is created with a battery-operated tea light. I found mine in a duo pack at a dollar store. Most craft stores and some grocery stores carry them too.

Thanks for stopping by Amy’s Inklings today. For more information about our Sale-A-Bration promotion starting January 5th -and how to earn FREE Products – leave a comment below or email me at amysinklings@gmail.com.

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Video – Jumbo Tea Light Boxes!

Check out these ADORABLE box-enclosed, jumbo, tea light candles.

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6I first saw the idea by Sam Donald of Pootles. When something is as charming as these, one has to CASE it, right? And I always feel compelled to give full credit to the person who came up with the original idea. I love, love, love these!!! Thanks Sam for the inspiration and for sharing your adorable project. It was fun coming up with my own combinations of stamp sets, cardstock, washi tape and ribbon and I’m so excited to share them with everyone today.

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7The challenge with this project is finding the jumbo tea lights. I looked in numerous retail locations in Woodstock and surrounding areas. In the end I trekked it down to our IKEA store and bought several packages. I’m sure you can buy them from IKEA online as well.
Edit: The product #s for the colors I used are 102.363.47 (red, berry scented), 802.363.44 (blue, coconut mint scented) and 702.363.49 (off white, vanilla scented). Look for the tea lights that have 12 to a pack.

The washi tape is what pulls it all together as such a sweet gift. We have several packages in our current Annual and Holiday catalogs and … we also have some on our Clearance Rack for only $1.99!

I would love to help you order the supplies to make these adorable gifts. Simply use the Shop Now button on the far right at the top. For assistance or to learn more about this project or Stampin’ Up!, I can be reached at amysinklings@gmail.com. I always love to hear from you!

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EOS Lip Balm Curvy Keepsake Box for CYCI#97

eos curvy keepsake box 2The Inspiration Challenge for Can You Case It this week has brilliant red ornaments, gold accents, white snowflakes and fluffy white snow. I was inspired to stamp white snowflakes with StazOn Ink onto Window Sheets to make a Curvy Keepsake Box for a red EOS Lip Balm.

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IMG_7238This is the “snow” I placed inside the box along with white, gold and silver sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment embellishments. The box is tied up with our GORGEOUS 5/8″ White Organza Ribbon and 1/8″ Gold Ribbon.

For directions on how to stamp on our Window sheets, see the tutorial to follow. For instructions on how to construct the Curvy Keepsake Box, see this previous post.

I hope this was helpful to you. These and other Stampin’ Up! products are available at http://www.amysinklings.com. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at amysinklings@gmail.com. I always love to hear from you!

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Hello CYCI#95 Color Challenge

IMG_6993 with mark10404211_10206967030869657_8794179892060936124_nThis week for Can You Case It we are challenging you to use the color palette of yellows, browns and neutrals. I have always loved the earthy color combination of yellow and brown so I was pretty excited to get started with my card.

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The overall design was inspired by cards featured in our July/August Stampin’ Success magazine.

What drew me to this card design was the simple use of DSP and the whisper-thin, squiggly line stamped just above the greeting. That squiggly line alone is a great reason to invest in the Tin of Cards Stamp Set. Of course it has excellent greetings too!

The following tutorial will walk you through the steps to make this card.

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Video – Toadally Awesome Curvy Keepsake Box

IMG_6858 with markYou’re Sublime is an excellent stamp set when you’re in the mood for a little whimsy. The images, especially this little toad with its big eyes and goofy grin, make me smile.  🙂

The Decorative Dots Embossing Folder adds to the whimsy of this box by creating a bumpy, toad-like surface. There is a trick, however, to making the texture work. See the video to follow:

I would love to help you order the supplies to make these adorable treat boxes. Simply use the Shop Now button on the far right at the top. For assistance or to learn more about this project or my Stampin’ Up! business, I can be reached at amysinklings@gmail.com.

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A Little Something Bakers Box for CYCI #90

trick or treat box with mark11933472_10206967014269242_5372582990894626687_nCan You Case It is having a Halloween Edition challenge this week. With candy corn, spider rings, Tangelo Twist cardstock and the Baker’s Box Thinlit on hand, I knew immediately what I would submit for the challenge.

The stamp set featured in this project is A Little Something. I stamped the greeting onto a window sheet to create the window of the box. And the cardstock was stamped with these ADORABLE spiders before it was scored and constructed into the box.

Thanks for stopping by Amy’s Inklings. Be sure to also stop by the Can You Case It website to see what other stampers are submitting. I encourage you to submit your project online too! And when you do, be sure to check back here and leave a message for me. I’d love to see what you create!

If you see something you like, head over to my 24 hour online store by using the “Shop Now” button. Be sure to “Follow My Blog” to  receive email notifications when I post tutorials and when I announce Stampin’ Up! special promotions.  If you need help placing an order or if you would like to learn more about Stampin’ Up!, I can be reached at amysinklings@gmail.com.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Stamps:  A Little Something #139830 (C)
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black #140931, Staz On Black #101406
  • Paper:  Tangelo Twist #133677
  • Accessories:  Baker’s Box Thinlit #138279, Big Shot #113439, Basic Black 3/8″ Satin Woven Ribbon #138430, Window Sheets #1144323, Glue Dots #103683, Tombow All Purpose Glue #110755

 

For You CYCI #88

IMG_6209 with mark11825235_10206769486731177_6588342167293212771_nThis week’s Can You Case It (CYCI) Challenge is “Designers Choice.” I chose to feature a tiled card that has been watercolored with Stampin’ Up! Classic ink pads and Aqua Painters. I also wanted to use our new Fine-Tip Glue Pen which I am PSYCHED about! So before going into the details of the card, I want to share this video that Stampin’ Up! produced on how to use this incredible new adhesive.

Creating Tiled Panels:
On my card, the main image has been cut into tiled panels. Creating tiles out of one image simply adds more allure to your focal point. These tiles work aesthetically when the “grout” (for lack of a better description)  eliminates part of the image.

After stamping and painting the flower, I determined where I wanted to make my cuts. After marking the cut lines on the artwork, I cut on both sides of my pencil marks eliminating roughly 3/16″ of the image creating a “grout” area. I then adhered them to the card base leaving the 3/16″ space between each piece.

Watercoloring with Aqua Painters:
There are few things more fun in the stamping world than painting with our Aqua Painters. It’s like magic the way our ink pads convert immediately into paint palettes. Stampin’ Up!’s Aqua Painters make the BEST paint brushes, too, because they contain their own water and will never dry out because you simply refill them with water. For a video on how to watercolor, go here.

Adhering Sequins:
A new glue is in town … it’s Stampin’ Up!’s Fine Tip Glue Pen. This is the PERFECT adhesive when you’re working with small objects like sequins. It’s also GREAT when you need to adhere whisper thin pieces of cardstock such as those that some of our thinlits create.

Thanks for stopping by Amy’s Inklings. Be sure to also stop by the Can You Case It website to see what other stampers are submitting. I encourage you to submit your project online too! And when you do, be sure to check back here and leave a message for me. I’d love to see what you create!

If you see something you like, head over to my 24 hour online store by using the “Shop Now” button. Be sure to “Follow My Blog” to  receive email notifications when I post tutorials and when I announce Stampin’ Up! special promotions.  If you need help placing an order or if you would like to learn more about Stampin’ Up!, I can be reached at amysinklings@gmail.com.