Category Archives: Techniques

Stamping with Embossing Folders? Yes You Can!

Embossing folders are great to add depth and dimension to your products, but did you know that they can also be used as stamps? Let Andrea show you just some of the fun images you can create with embossing folders and ink.

 
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More Lotus Blossoms!

This gorgeous stamp set makes anyone feel like an artist in three quick steps. It creates a beautiful flower that looks painted, but it is amazingly easy. The individual stamps have a tab at the top to help you align them, and the tabs are numbered so you will know which part of the flower to stamp first, second, and third. Try playing around using one ink pad with the stamping off technique, or multiple different ink pads to create many different looks.

This is one of the stamp sets I will be using for my upcoming Technique Class, hope you can join me!

Lotus Blossom 02Lotus Blossom 01
Artwork by Mary Ellen Byler and Sarah Klass

I Love a Big Shot or Two…Don’t You!

The Big Shot is an amazing, versatile, easy-to-use die cutting and embossing tool. I actually have two Big Shots in my Stamping Studio; one for the multi-purpose platform that comes with every Big Shot and another I use exclusively with my Magnetic Platform for my framelits. If you already have a Big Shot, don’t forget about the 15% discount on bundles.  Plus it’s on a special deal for the month of August!

An extra plus, when you purchase a Big Shot through me you will receive a FREE 2-hour training session. Get the most of Big Shot when you purchase it from me!

Big Shots

BS Bundle

Big ShotMagnetic Platform

Technique Card Class & Blendabilities!

This past Saturday I gave a Technique Card Class and we made 3 awesome cards. I taught the Dry Embossed Vellum Technique from Stamping School. I gave everyone the option to pick their favorite 2014-2016 In-Color card stock, and I love they way the came out!

Vellum 1 Vellum 2

You will need a stylus, foam pad and wax paper. Stamp your image on the vellum card stock (you need a sturdy vellum card stock) with Staz On, let it dry for about 30 seconds. Turn the image on the opposite side rub the area with wax paper for smooth strokes, then using the stylus rub in circular motion to pop out the flowers.

Another great card from Stamping School is this Lattice Card,

Lattice

The last card we made was one I saw online but I can’t remember from where to give them credit. Using all the new In Colors and the Work of Art stamp set from the new catalog we stamped the paint strokes and then added some butterflies. A simple yet colorful card!

In Color Rainbow

Everyone loved the cards!

Before my class I played with my new Blendabilities markers that will be available on June 2nd and had a blast blending colors with the Blended Bloom stamp (also in the new catalog).

Blend Flowers

My first attempt was the Cherry Cobbler bloom and as you can see I got better with the rest of them. I’ll have to try the Cherry Cobbler one more time!

Not One Size Fits All!

The Tag a Bag Gift Boxes are great but have you ever wished they came in different sizes to fit a smaller gift? Learn how you can resize the Tag a Bag Gift Boxes to fit your needs. Donna shows you just how simple it is.

Using Foam Ink Pads…Too Dry, Too Juicy…What to Do!

It’s been a while since the Foam Ink Pads were introduced in the Stampin’Up! family of products. Here’s a video to remind you how to use them, re-ink them and care for them.

This should help you use them successfully!

Starburst & Spritz

The holiday season is the best time to try fresh and trendy techniques so I decided to try the Starburst Technique not with a holiday theme but a wedding theme. I recently went to (crashed!) the wedding of Kathy and Ryan Swisher and I used a photo taken by their photographer Jess Ryan.

Kathy Starburst

Below is a holiday themed Starburst Technique project along with a instructional video.

Winter Starburst

As you can see from the video it’s an easy technique, try it and send me a picture of your project. I would love to see what you create!

Stamping on Fabrics!

Using our Stampin’Up stamp sets you can create unique projects. Holly Linford from the Stampin’Up home office demonstrates how to stamp fabric using acrylic paints with our stamp sets.

How Textured Is Your Style?

In this video Brandi from the Stampin’Up! home office uses Textured Embossing Folders to create a few great looks. These are one of my favorite products especially since I love texture on my cards! There are over 16 current embossing folders that will add texture and color to your products, enjoy!

Spritz Your Style!

One of our favorite products in our catalog is inexpensive, and adds interest to any project — it’s our Stampin’ Spritzer!

To use the Spritzer, simply choose your favorite Stampin’Up! Classic Ink Refill and add a few drops to some rubbing alcohol. The alcohol will help your ink dry faster than if you use water. You can get different intensities of the color based on how much Ink Refill to alcohol ratio.

The real beauty of the spritzer is that it gives you a unique look each time. Before your spray — check your aim. Spraying up close verses further away will give you different looks. Pushing on the nozzle quickly verses slowly will also give you different looks.

Experiment until you find which methods you prefer the most. You can really play around to get unique effects. Be sure to include a pack of Stampin’ Spritzers in your next order — and have a happy time spritzing.