New Design Case

The new design case for the Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink Pads is innovative and a long time coming.  Have you ordered any new stamp pads from the new catalog?  If you have, I hope you have found the new design as impressive as I have.  I think they are a bit easier to open as they have less steps.  They will have a bit of a tighter fit at first.  This will loosen a bit with use.  New things always take a bit of breaking them in.  Have you also noticed the larger color swatch on the case?  If you have not purchased the new design stamp pads yet, please take a look below.  Cheryl and John from Stampin’ Up! Product Development have a video below to give you a look at these new stamp pads and help with some tips and tricks. 

New Design Case in Action

Also, I love that it’s still very easy to use the lid for watercolor techniques.  Because of the bolder look, the colors are so easy to identify.  Another great feature are the stickers.  They give you options as well which is great because not everyone stores or handles their stamp cases the same way. Lastly, how great is it that they are stackable now?  Stacking the cases is a benefit I know I am going to enjoy.  After I pull out all my supplies to work with, it will be great to have my pads stackable and neat in my crafting space.  

I know it will help some of you to see how they open and close.  I’m a pretty visual person and enjoy videos like this.  I remember when we moved away from the basic open and close stamp pads years ago.  As with anything new, it did take a little getting used to.  This time will be no different, so join me in embracing the new design case.

Learn Calligraphy While You Create

Elegant New Kit

Do you feel like it’s too difficult to learn calligraphy?  Stampin’ Up! may have the answer.  Each year they take great care in creating their project kits throughout the year.  Today I would like to introduce you to the Calligraphy Essentials Project Kit.  It has such soft colors and designs.  I have to admit, I love calligraphy so I was so excited when I saw this particular kit in the new annual catalog.  There is a coordinating stamp set, but more on that later.

Learn Calligraphy

Each kit is always unique and this one is no different.  Create beautiful hand-lettered cards while you learn calligraphy.  The kit makes 16 cards, 4 each of 4 designs.  It includes printed card bases and printed envelopes (which is my favorite thing about the kits).  You get 8 sheets of  labels, calligraphy practice sheets and adhesive-backed sequins.  Everything you need tucked all in one package.  The colors coordinate with some of your favorites and even some new colors – Coastal Cabana, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick, Pear Pizzazz.  In addition to the Essentials Kit,  you can purchase the Calligraphy Essentials Clear-Mount Stamp Set (seen above) that coordinates with the kit.  Also, together they make the complete Calligraphy Essentials collection.

If you are like me, you want to see it in action.  Well I can help with that too.  Take a look at the video Stampin’ Up! put together which let’s you see the kit up close.  In addition, you can follow Shannon as she uses the products and helps guide you on how to use them.

When you are done practicing with the kit, you will be able to create beautiful calligraphy of your own.  Finally, you can be proud when you finish all the practices sheets.  Maybe even feel like a calligraphy expert.  LOL

Let’s Feature Coloring Tools

A Variety of Coloring Tools

Stampin’ Up! offers an array of coloring tools designed to help color all your paper crafting projects.  I thought I would take a minute and outline some of the different options and how they work.  I know you may think coloring is coloring, but that’s simply not the case.  It really does make a difference because color technique can change the look of a project. Take a look below at some of Stampin’ Up!’s coloring options and the specific purposes they have.  

Coloring Tools Make a Difference

First up are the Aqua Painters.  They are a watercoloring tool that allows you to use water without dipping.  The Aqua Painter is designed to hold liquid in the tube base to make watercoloring easy.  Give it a squeeze and the water is released.  Add color with our Watercolor Pencils or any Stampin’ Up! Classic pads.  Touch the brush to the ink and then transfer the ink to your image on the paper. It’s advised to use watercolor paper for your project. 

 


Watercolor Pencils are high-quality, smooth color pencils. Perfect for watercoloring. You can use these alone, with our Blender Pens or the Aqua Painter.  All you have to do is color your image and then bring in the Aqua Painter or Blender Pen if you are going for a watercolor look.  There are 13 pencils in various Stampin’ Up! colors

 

Blender Pens combine the flexibility of watercolors with the convenience of markers. Also, they are dual-tipped pens filled with specialized solution to blend ink easily. It is recommended to use Watercolor Paper.  Remember to clean off the tip after each use.  Finish using the color and simply stroke the tip on scrap paper to remove color and move on to the next color without worry.  They give a different look to the finished product than Aqua Painters.

 


Our Stampin’ Write Markers allow you to expand your ink selection.  These artist-quality markers come in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors to take the guesswork out of product coordination. Flexible brush tip and fine tip in one marker. Color on paper, or color directly on a stamp for a multicolor effect.   They are fast drying, dye-based ink and coordinate with Stampin’ Up! cardstock, ink and embellishments. Coloring is smooth and bold with these markers. 

 


Lastly, we have our Stampin’ Blends.  Our newest to the coloring tools, the Stampin’ Blends are high-quality, alcohol-based, dual-tip markers.  Each color comes in one dark and one light sets to give you the best blending experience.  Controlling the color is easy when using either the brush tip or the fine-point.   Purchase by individual colors or combo packs.  The Blends are not refillable, however, you can purchase the individual color when you need to replace them in your collection.

 

Variety of Embellishments

In addition, you can combine any of the above tools with a number of our embellishments.  As a result, you can have Glitter, Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella, Embossing Paste, Sponge Daubers and even Brayer to help you further enhance your projects.  Furthermore, once you add color to any of those options, the possibilities are endless.  Hence, I encourage you to give some of them a try and see what you can create.   While I know it’s a lot to absorb, I hope you have learned a little more about some of our coloring options.  Most of all, you get to see what benefits each tool has.  Please contact me with any questions on these or any of our Stampin’ Up! products.