A little Catalog magic inspired this Pretty Postage birthday card! The card on the bottom of page 178 was the specific inspiration. I changed the stamps and the colors slightly and I was excited to use the little silver mini brads for the first time. Love those little things – so cute!
The circles on the blue tag are stamped Marina Mist ink on Marina Mist card stock, color on color, with a circle stamp from the Circle Circus stamp set.
The birthday cake was colored with Stampin’ Write Markers and then stamped and punched out with the Postage Punch. When I color a stamp with markers I like to start with the lightest color first to keep the markers clean. With this card it was easiest to color the candles flames first as they are so tiny and it would have been really hard to color them just right after everything else was colored in.
The flag ends of the large Early Espress banner and the Certainly Celery banner were cut with the corner of a Square Punch.
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I know you are asking yourself, “Where did she get that CRAZY FUN background paper?” And I would answer, “I made it with shaving cream and reinkers.” Yep, that’s right. I spread foam shaving cream on some wax paper, dotted it with reinkers, swished it around and put my paper right on top of the swished inked shaving cream.
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After I created the background paper I stamped the lattice print from Summer Silhouettes on the left side as an ‘anchor’ for my butterflies to land on. The butterflies were punched twice for each one. The stamped butterfly from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set was punched out and then a shadow butterfly was created by punching from the coordinating card stock. The Pearl Basic Jewels were added for instant elegance.
And did you notice the sweet scallop edge on the left side. This was created with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch. This punch creates a double sided scallop ribbon but I love the effect of using it under the edge as a scallop border.
I stamped a strip of Whisper White card stock in Always Artichoke with the ‘wonderful’ stamp from Friendly Phrases then stamped the mini butterfly in Primrose Petals ink stamped on scrap paper first for a lighter application.
The end of the strip was cut as a banner with the corner of a square punch. Then the left edge was stamped with the lattice image. I used the stamp-a-ma-jig to line it up where I wanted it so that it would match up with the card base. I’m SOOO glad I rediscovered my stamp-a-ma-jig tool. I’m using it so often now it will need a place in my primary space. Time to move something to secondary storage to make room!
All the colorful swirls add so much movement to this card!
I stamped this simple Thank You card with Stampin’ Up!’s Just Believe stamp set. The secret ingredient to create this shadow card is the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig which allows you to stamp precisely where you want to.
I started by stamping the center circle in Sahara Sand ink, then, using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, I lined up the circles on either side.
I stamped the flowers in Sahara Sand ink first. Then I inked up the stamp again first with Versamark ink and then with Midnight Muse before stamping slightly to the left of the first using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to create the shadow.
I use the Versamark ink first so that I can emboss the image with clear embossing powder. The Versamark ink keeps the ink wet long enough for the embossing powder to stick so it can then be heated for that great classy, embossed look.
In this picture above you can really see the embossing. After I embossed the flowers, I used a Blender Pen and a little Midnight Muse ink from the pad to just touch up a couple of tiny spots where my stamped ink didn’t cover fully. The blender pen and ink provided great, complete coverage.
And did you notice the rhinestones? <3 Love, love, love! I hadn’t planned to use rhinestones, but I couldn’t help it. I’ve been thinking I need to start “Rhinestones Anonymous”. I want to put them on everything!! And when I discovered that using the tip of the Piercing Tool to pick the Rhinestones up and place them right where I want them – well, it just fed my addiction!
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In this video, I’ll demonstrate painting with the aquapainter brushes and the ink pads. (Click here to view video.) I love watercoloring! It’s a sure way of feeling like a true artist and making something extra special for someone you love!