Background Stamping with Rubber Bands

A few months ago, I attended an online retreat offered by a team of other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.  One of the presenters, Brandy Cox, demonstrated background stamping with rubber bands.  I know – it sounds crazy! But wait until you see what you can create.  It’s very simple and only requires a clear block, rubber bands and inks.  My feature card uses three of the 2022-2024 In Color inks: Parakeet Party, Starry Sky and Sweet Sorbet to create a cheerful background for a sweet songbird. 

How to use rubber bands for background stamping:
  • Using a variety of rubber band sizes, wrap the rubber bands around a clear stamping block. As you see in the photo below, you can crisscross and have the rubber bands going in a variety of directions.  Try to not twist the rubber bands but sometime it’s unavoidable.  Wrap as many or as few as you wish.

  • After wrapping, select the desired ink colors you wish to use.  Working with one ink color at a time, ink the rubber bands by tapping the ink pad across the rubber bands.  I found it easiest to apply ink this way versus pressing the block onto the ink pad.  
  • Stamp onto your cardstock and gently rock (yes, in this case, we do slightly rock the block). At this point, you can reink or stamp off an additional time prior to re-inking the rubber bands.  Using the same color, stamp randomly on the cardstock.  
  • Once you’re satisfied with the coverage of the first color, clean the rubber bands by holding under running water or use a very wet Shammy to blot clean (do not wipe as it may cause your rubber bands to shift). 
  • Repeat process for each of your selected colors. NOTE:  if you wish, you could add rubber bands to multiple blocks and use a separate block for each color. 

WARNING: This technique is addictive!!!

Here are two other cards created using the same technique. For both of these cards, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive and Granny Apple Green inks are used. TIP: start with light color and move to dark color if using same color family (in this case, green color family).  The background is perfect for the animal images from the Wild & Sweet Stamp Set.  No sentiment needed!

REMINDERS

The July – December 2022 Mini Catalog is now “live” and available for product ordering.  In addition, one of the biggest promotions of the summer, Sale-a-bration has launched. Be sure to check out the July-December 2022 Mini Catalog and the Sale-a-Bration Brochure.  During Sale-a-Bration, for every $50 and $100 you spend, you’ll earn FREE exclusive products from the brochure.  Depending upon the amount you spend, you can mix and match products from the brochure.  Best of all, several of the products coordinates with products from the July-December 2022 catalog.  The Sale-a-bration promotion will end on August 31.  Be sure to check out the FREE Sale-A-Bration Host set you will receive with a $300 order.  

And if that’s not enough…If you’re considering joining the Stampin’ Up! team as an independent demonstrator, now’s the time to do it! Sign up during our Sale-A-Bration event and the Making Plans Collection will be automatically added to your Starter Kit for FREE. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy all the perks of being a demonstrator—early access to our products, the opportunity to earn a modest supplemental income doing something you love, and so much more!  And personally, I think one of the best perks is meeting other people that enjoy being creative!  It’s important to remember, it’s up to you if you wish to make it a business or if you just want to enjoy the discount on products and early access to products.  Many enjoy the perks being “hobbyist”.  Click here to learn more about joining the fun.  Plus, you’ll become a member of my Playtime with Paper team and receive the rewards that I offer to members.  

Margaret’s Customer Loyalty Program Download the form (Customer Loyalty Form) for program details and start tracking your orders.  Just a reminder: for orders over $150 you’ll also receive rewards from Stampin’ Up!  You can order by clicking this link: Margaret’s Online Store. (please confirm that it says you’re shopping with Margaret Knight)  Thank you for selecting to place your order with me. I truly appreciate your business.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Happy crafting!

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Hello Ladybug

Today’s project features the Hello Ladybug Bundle in the Stampin’ Up! Jan-June 2022 Mini Catalog. The bundle includes the Hello Ladybug Photopolymer Stamp Set and a coordinating Ladybug Builder Punch. The punch enables you to quickly create projects. Did you know in folklore ladybugs are a sign of good luck? So, when a ladybug lands on you luck is coming your way! Another fact about ladybugs – the little beetles come in a variety of colors, not just red. Ladybugs can be orange, pink, yellow, white, and even black. Though I have only seen red ladybugs, knowing there are colorful varieties in nature made it fun when creating today’s card project. Of course, the great thing is you can select your favorite  Stampin’ Up! colors and create your own unique ladybugs!

Hello Ladybug

Card Materials:
  • Hello Ladybug Bundle (#157699)
  • Real Red Cardstock (#102482): base 4-1/4” x 11”, score at 4-1/4” and 5-1/2”; strip 7/8” x 3-3/4”
  • Pattern Party Designer Series Paper (#155426): 4” x 4” (Host Offering)
  • Basic White Cardstock (#159276): 3-3/4” x 3-3/4”; ¾” x 3-3/4” for sentiment plus scrap pieces for stamping ladybug wings and small ladybug
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad (#132708)
  • Classic Stampin’ Pads in the following colors:
    • Real Red (#147084)
    • Daffodil Delight (#147094)
    • Pumpkin Pie (#147086)
    • Polished Pink (#155712)
    • Balmy Blue (#147105)
  • Playful Pets Trim Combo Pack (#152466)
  • Iridescent Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#158130)
  • Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive (#110755)
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals (##104430)
Assembly:
  1. Create a book fold card base by folding along score lines on the card base. Use adhesive to seal the panel between the 4-1/4” score and the 5-1/2” score.
  2. Add designer series paper panel to the card front panel.
  3. Using Balmy Blue Classic Stampin’ Pad, randomly stamp flowers onto the Basic White cardstock 3-3/4” square panel. NOTE: Stamp off once onto a scrap paper and then stamp two times onto the Basic White before reinking the stamp.
  4. Randomly stamp the large ladybug body onto the card using black ink. Attach to the card.
  5. Stamp the wings and cut using the coordinating Ladybug Builder punch. Attach wings to the ladybugs on the card front.
  6. Select sentiment and stamp onto strip of Basic White cardstock. Attach to the Real Red cardstock strip and then to the card front (refer to photo for placement).
  7. Next, stamp the small ladybug and “fussy cut”. Add to the sentiment panel using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  8. Finish by embellishing with ribbon along the side of the left panel and adding Iridescent Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

REMINDERS

Sale-A-Bration ends on February 28, 2022.  Don’t miss out on earning FREE exclusive products when you place your qualifying order of $50 or more.  Other perks happening during Sale-A-Bration includes earning more FREE product when you host a party or place an order in excess of $300.  The FREE product is in addition to the rewards you normally earn.  And if you decide to join and become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator during Sale-a-Bration, you will receive two FREE stamp sets in addition to the products you select for your Starter Kit.  

Contact me for details!

FEBRUARY KIT TO-GO

“All About Tulips”

Fee: $20 (includes shipping)
last day to order the kit is Friday, February 18, 2022
 
  • Remember kits do not include the stamp set or stamped images.
  • You can purchase the Flowering Tulips Bundle ($52 + tax/shipping) and receive the class for FREE plus you’ll earn a Sale-A-Bration offering.  Place your order here and please use the following HOST CODE at checkout AXEDRJUG: Flowering Tulips Bundle.
  • To-Go Kits will mail on February 28, 2022.
  • Assembly video link will be provided on March 1, 2022
  • Email me at creativestampingwithMargaret@gmail.com to register and receive info on submitting payment.

Margaret’s Customer Loyalty Program Download the form (Customer Loyalty Form) for program details and start tracking your orders.  Just a reminder: for orders over $150 you’ll also receive rewards from Stampin’ Up!  You can order by clicking this link: Margaret’s Online Store. (please confirm that it says you’re shopping with Margaret Knight)  Thank you for selecting to place your order with me. I truly appreciate your business.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Happy crafting!

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The current host code is: AXEDRJUG (good until March 5, 2022).  Please use this code if your order is $150 or less (before shipping & taxes). Remember, if your order is over $150, you will receive the host rewards.

 

Whimsy & Wonder Merry Christmas

This fun Whimsy & Wonder Merry Christmas card  features the Whimsy & Wonder Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Even the packages used for embellishing the front are cut from the gorgeous designer series paper.  The non-traditional colors in the paper helps to create a fun, cheerful holiday card.  Of course, ask my granddaughter and she’ll tell you that yes, pink is a Christmas color.  She actually has a pink Christmas tree for her bedroom!  So naturally, it is a must that I use the Whimsy & Wonder Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Below are photos of the card one with a Polished Pink border and one with a white border.  You’ll have to watch the assembly video to learn the details:)

Card Details:
  • Basic White Thick cardstock 4-1/4″ x 11″, score and fold at 5-1/2″ for form card base.  Scrap piece to stamp and fussy cut the Merry Christmas sentiment.
  • Whimsy & Wonder Specialty Designer Series Paper: Snowflake Design layer 5-1/2″ x 4″; fussy cut 4 presents from the designer paper to use on the card front.
  • 1-1/2″ x 4″ strip of Polished Pink In-Color Shimmer Vellum – Cut the strip using the long, narrow die from the Seasonal Labels Dies.  Attach to the front of the Snowflake Designer Series Paper and snip the overhanging edge before attaching to the card base (I forgot to do this in the assembly video!)
  • Add a Wonderful Snowflake Embellishment over the shimmer vellum, then layer the presents, adding the top present with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Stamp Merry Christmas using Polished Pink Classic Stampin’ Pad and fussy cut around the greeting.  Note: select your favorite Merry Christmas font (I used the Christmas to Remember & the Holly Jolly Wishes Stamp Sets) Attach the greeting using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Don’t forget to embellish the envelope flap with the Whimsy & Wonder Designer Series Paper.  It adds the finishing touch! Be sure to register to follow my posts, I’ll be sharing a Whimsy & Wonder gift tag soon.

Assembly Video:

REMINDERS

Margaret’s Customer Loyalty Program Download the form (Customer Loyalty Form) for program details and start tracking your orders.  Remember for orders over $150, you’ll also receive rewards from Stampin’ Up!  You can order by clicking this link: Margaret’s Online Store. (please confirm that it says you’re shopping with Margaret Knight)  Thank you for selecting to place your order with me. I truly appreciate your business. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy crafting,

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The current host code is: ZWWEXW79 (good until December 3, 2021).  Please use this code if your order is $150 or less (before shipping & taxes). Remember, if your order is over $150, you will receive the host rewards.

 

 

Happy Mail with Snailed It

Looking for a fun, whimsical bundle?!  Look no more – the Snailed It Suite provides lots of playful, whimsical fun.  Today’s Happy Mail card uses the Snailed It Bundle. The bundle includes the Snailed It Stamp Set and coordinating Snail Dies.  And using with the Snail Mail Designer Series Paper makes it easy to create a bright, cheerful card.  Best of all, the Snail Dies coordinate with some of the images in the designer series paper. See the snail on the Happy Mail card?  It’s cut from the Snail Mail Designer Series Paper with a coordinating die.  Easy -peasy!  Stamp the envelope with Happy Mail enclosed and the card is set to mail. This card definitely is #simple stamping! 

Happy Mail using the Snailed It Bundle

Details:

Create the card base using Daffodil Delight cardstock (8-1/2″ x 11″, score and fold at 4-1/4″).  Attach a 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer of the Bermuda Bay designer series paper from the Snail Mail DSP pack onto the card base.  Cut a 1″ x 4″ strip of the mini hearts designer series paper and attach to the card – referring to photo for placement. Using the Snail Dies, cut the following:  a large snail from the designer series paper; one large and two small mushrooms from a scrap of Real Red cardstock, the inside note from a scrap of Basic White cardstock and the envelope from a 3″ x 3″ square of Daffodil Delight cardstock.

Stamp “hello” onto the Basic White note using Bermuda Bay Classic Ink Pad and embellish with the Resin Hearts. Fold the envelope flaps leaving the top flap open.  Glue Dots hold the flaps closed. Slide the note into the envelope, attach with glue dots to secure and use Stampin’ Seal+ to add to the card front.  Finish the card by adding mushrooms to the card front and layering the large snail using Stampin’ Dimensionals. And don’t forget –  stamp Happy Mail enclosed onto the envelope using Real Red Classic Ink Pad.  

Youngsters and young at heart will enjoy receiving Happy Mail!

Reminders:

It’s time to Sale-A-Brate!!! What is that you ask? Sale-A-Bration is one of our biggest promotions of the year. During Sale-A-Bration you can earn FREE products with qualifying purchases. The FREE products are in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.   Click here to Shop With Me and view the online Sale-A-Bration brochure under the Sales and Specials tab.

As an added bonus – if you JOIN and become a demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration, you will receive a free stack of our Regals, Subtles, Neutrals, Brights, and 2020—2022 In Color Designer Series Paper along with your Starter Kit! There couldn’t be a better time to join the Stampin’ Up! family and becoming a member of my Playtime with Paper group.  

Sale-A-Bration is ongoing until February 28, 2021.

Margaret’s Customer Loyalty Program:  Download the form (2020-2021 Customer Loyalty Form) for program details and start tracking your orders.  And for orders over $150, you’ll also receive rewards from Stampin’ Up!  Thank you for placing your order with me.  You can order by clicking this link: Margaret’s Online Store. I sincerely appreciate your orders. 

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!  

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The host code for February is: WJG4ZYAK.  Please use this code if your order is $150 or less (before shipping & taxes). Remember, if your order is over $150, you will receive the host rewards.