Coloring Designer Series Paper

In today’s post, I am featuring cards highlighting two methods for coloring Designer Series Paper.  For one of the cards in the July “to go” card class, participants were able to color the background of the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper.  The Peony Garden Designer Series Paper provides perfect designs to color.  For coloring the designer series paper, Stampin’ Blends Markers and Watercolor Pencils can be used.  To ensure a fair comparison of the two methods, Calypso Coral and Granny Apple Green have been chosen.  On both cards, the peony flowers become the feature on the designer series paper by coloring the background and the leaves.

The first card features the Calypso Coral Light and Granny Apple Green Light Stampin’ Blends Markers.  The Stampin’ Blends Markers provide a bright background for the peony flowers on the Designer Series Paper. 

Peony Garden Designer Series Paper

The card below uses the Calypso Coral and the Granny Apple Green Watercolor Pencils for shading the background and the leaves.  Since the designer series paper is not designed to watercolor, no water is used.  Instead the watercolor pencils are being used like a coloring pencil.  Peony Garden Designer Series paper

Notice the background using the Watercolor Pencils provides a more subtle color and areas have shading.  This is due to variation in the amount of pressure when coloring with the watercolor pencils.  Note: Due to lighting with my photo, the shading is more pronounced than when actually viewing the card.  

TIPS:
  • Color the leaves first.  Once the leaves have color added, it becomes easier to separate the background from the flowers.
  • When coloring with the watercolor pencils, use a small circular coloring motion vs straight line coloring.  This method provides a smoother appearance.
  • Option: Use an eraser and gently erase areas of the watercolor pencil are heaviest.  (Personally, I think the variation in shading looks good.)

Hopefully, I have inspired you to try coloring designer series paper.  Have fun experimenting with different papers and coloring tools!   In addition to coloring the background, you may want to just color specific images.  The possibilities are almost endless!

Reminders:

Stampin’ Up! is making it even better to order this month…check out the Bonus Days info below.  

To take advantage of Bonus Days, be sure to place your order on or before, August 3, 2020.

Also, the July 3D Tutorial Bundle is still available!

Would you like the July 3D Tutorial Bundle?

You have several ways of receiving the July 3D Tutorial Bundle:

1. Order $50 (before taxes and shipping) from my online store between now and July 31, 2020 and you’ll get the PDF for FREE.  Note: be sure to register and allow me to contact you so I receive notice of your order and can send the tutorial. 

2. Purchase the July 3D Tutorial Bundle PDF (a total of 6 tutorials) for $15.00. This is a one-time purchase.  Simply drop me an email at creativestampingwithMargaret@gmail.com and I will send you a PayPal Invoice. Upon receipt of payment, I will send you the tutorial bundle.

3. Join my Playtime with Paper team!  Team members always receive the tutorials for FREE!   

Thanks for stopping by today.  Happy crafting…

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June 3D Tutorial Bundle

It’s a new month and to kick it off, we have the June 3D Tutorial Bundle!   We have the fabulous Tammy Civello joining us as a guest designer for this month’s 3D tutorial.  In addition to the tutorial bundle, the team is featuring a blog hop!  Even better, we’re each sharing a second project created using the same products to coordinate with our tutorial project.  This month, the team is featuring products from the Flowers for Every Season Suite for our projects.  This suite of products is in the upcoming 2020-2021 Annual Catalog and will be available for purchase on June 3.  

Remember, the projects designed for the 3D tutorial bundle aren’t available elsewhere online.  Therefore, you’ll receive EXCLUSIVE projects in the tutorial bundle.  In addition, both Imperial and Metric measurements are included for each project.

Now for a Sneak Peek of the June 3D projects…

Here’s my bonus project to coordinate with my June 3D tutorial.  It features the Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle which is included in the Flowers for Every Season Suite.  Also, check out the new In-Color, Misty Moonlight.

Celebrate Sunflowers

Card Details:
  • Using a 4-1/4″ x 11″ piece of Misty Moonlight cardstock, score at 5-1/2″ and fold to create the card base.
  • A layer of 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ piece of the Misty Moonlight In Color 6″ x 6″ Designer Series.
  • With the large sunflower stamp from the Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set, stamp the image onto a 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock using Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad.  Color the sunflower image using the following Stampin’ Blends Markers: Light Soft Suede (flower center), Light So Saffron, Light Pumpkin Pie and Dark Daffodil Delight (flower petals).  Cut using the coordinating die from the Sunflowers Dies.
  • On a 4-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the sentiment on the lower right side of the cardstock using the Misty Moonlight Classic Ink Pad (Item #153118)Lucky for me, an ink spot of this color is in the May Paper Pumpkin kit! 
  • Stamp three (3) of the large leaves from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set onto the Whisper White cardstock using Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad.  TIP: for determining placement of the leaves, lay the die cut sunflower onto the cardstock to give you an idea where to stamp the leaves.  Remove the sunflower and then stamp the leaves. Color the leaves using the Light Old Olive Stampin’ Blends Marker.  Next adhere to the card offset by aligning the Whisper White edge with the right edge of the Designer Series Paper layer.  
  • Attach the die cut sunflower to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Embellish by adding the Misty Moonlight Enamel Dots (from the 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots package).
One more thing – embellish the card interior and the envelope!

For easy ordering, check out all the products in the Flowers for Every Season Suite (Item #154132).  The suite offers lots of products for creating a variety of floral themed cards and projects. Remember, the new in color and suite items can be ordered beginning on June 3, 2020.

Would you like the Tutorial Bundle?

You have several ways of receiving the 3D Tutorial Bundle:

1. Order $50 (before taxes and shipping) from my online store between now and June 30, 2020 and you’ll get the PDF for FREE.  Note: be sure to register and allow me to contact you so I receive notice of your order and can send the tutorial. 

2. Purchase the June 3D Tutorial Bundle PDF (a total of 6 tutorials) for $15.00. This is a one-time purchase.  Simply drop me an email at creativestampingwithMargaret@gmail.com and I will send you a PayPal Invoice. Upon receipt of payment, I will send you the tutorial bundle.

3. Join my Playtime with Paper team!  Team members always receive the tutorials for FREE!   

You can place your product orders directly via my online store.  Or, you can also order via the links under Project Materials (either the bundle or individual components).

Thank you for stopping by today and happy crafting!

Now to hop along: 

  1. Gloria Plunkett at Designz By Gloria
  2. Cindee Wilkinson at Just Sponge It
  3. Kurstan Del Rosario at Stamp with Kurstan
  4. Margaret Knight at Creative Stamping with Margaret – you are here
  5. Laurie Bradshaw at Craft Coach Laurie
  6. Tammy Civello at Cards by TLC

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Ornate Style Floral

Happy Monday!  Today I am sharing an Ornate Style floral bouquet featuring the large floral spray from the Ornate Style Cling Stamp Set.  This stamp set is one of the products in the Ornate Garden Suite Early Release.  The floral image begs to be colored with markers or using watercolor techniques.  For today’s card, Stampin’ Blends Markers are used.

Ornate Style Floral

Card Details:
  • Create card base using Rococo Rose (5-1/2″ x 11″, score at 4-1/4″ and fold).
  • For second layer, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock (5-1/4″ x 4″) and texture emboss using the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.  Attach to card base with strong adhesive.
  • Stamp the sentiment, Thinking of You, in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink onto a 1/2″ x 4″ strip of Whisper White cardstock.  The sentiment is from the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set.  Next, layer the sentiment piece onto a 4″ x 3/4″ strip of Rococo Rose cardstock.  Set aside to add to card after adding the floral piece.
  • Using Tuxedo Black Memento ink, stamp the large floral onto a 4″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  
  • With paper snips, fussy cut the floral spray leaving a small border (approximately 1/8″).  Color around the border and outline of flowers using the Smoky Slate Light Stampin’ Blends Marker.  

Ornate Style Bouquet

  • Color the flowers and leaves using the following Stampin’ Blends Markers: Rococo Rose Light & Dark, Daffodil Delight Light, Balmy Blue Light & Dark, Old Olive Light & Dark
  • Attach the floral to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals, then add the sentiment piece using a strong adhesive.  
  • Using the Smoky Slate Light Stampin’ Marker to color a piece of Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.  Tie into a small bow and add to sentiment using a Mini Glue Dot.
  • To complete the card front, embellish the small flower centers with Basic Rhinestone Jewels.
And, don’t forget to embellish the card interior!

Coloring with the Stampin’ Blends Markers takes me back to being a child and coloring with crayons.  There’s something therapeutic about coloring! 

The Ornate Style Stamp Set and the entire Ornate Garden Suite is full of wonderful crafting products.  Take advantage of the Early Release and have fun coloring and creating beautiful projects.  Links for the Ornate Style stamp set, the bundle and the Ornate Garden Suite are under the Project Materials section.

Thank you for stopping by today and happy crafting!

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Best Catch

Before I share my project using the Best Catch Stamp Set, I want to first check in to see how you’re doing?  Have you remained healthy? Are you adjusting to the guidelines for dealing with the pandemic? I hope the answers are positive.  For me it’s certainly been an adjustment.  My grandson, Alex,has online school and since both parents are still working, I have been helping out as teacher’s aide and staying in Atlanta.  Since we’re practicing limited contact, Alex stays with me during the week before going home for the weekend.  Then, I head out of Atlanta to our home from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.  Then back to Atlanta for another week of school. It’s been great bonding time but I do miss be able to go into my craft cave.  Plus I miss the monthly card classes and spending time sharing my passion for paper crafting with others.  This weekend, I am burying myself in my craft cave and hope to complete additional projects to share with you.

Today’s card a great masculine card featuring the Best Catch Stamp Set and coordinating Catch of the Day Dies. Since my youngest son enjoys fishing, I knew the set would be perfect to create a card for his recent birthday.  The High Tide Stamp Set offers the perfect stamp for creating the water and shoreline.

Masculine card

Card Details:
  • Card base: Old Olive cardstock 4-1/4″ x 11″, score at 5-1/2″ and fold.
  • Second Layer: Crumb Cake cardstock 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Texture emboss using the Basket Weave 3D Embossing Folder.  Attach to the card base.
  • Card front layer: Whisper White cardstock 3-3/4″ x 5″.  With the shoreline stamp from the High Tide Stamp Set, stamp along the lower edge of the card using Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad.  
  • Next, create the “water” with the High Tide Stamp Set using Seaside Spray Classic Stampin’ Pad.  Stamp approximately half way up the card piece.  Create the sky by using a sponge dauber to lightly add the Seaside Spray ink to the remainder of the card.  Attach to the embossed Crumb Cake layer using a strong adhesive.
  • Using the cattails die from Catch of the Day Dies and from Friendly Silhouettes Dies, to cut Whisper White cardstock.  (Note: you can cut multiples of cattails from the Catch of the Day if you do not have the Friendly Silhouettes dies).   Color the cattails using the light and dark Mossy Meadow blends, the Color Lifter and the Soft Suede Dark Blends.  Add to card using mini glue dots.
For the Fish:

On a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the fish using Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad.  Color the fish using the following Stampin’ Blends: Mossy Meadow Light, Soft Sea Foam Light, Old Olive Light, Calypso Coral Light.  If desired, use the Color Lifter to lighten areas.  Lightly wash over the fish with Clear Wink of Stella.  Cut the fish using the coordinating Catch of the Day die. Next, add the fish to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

  • Stamp sentiment using Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock and cut using the 1-1/2″ circle punch.  TIP: look at photo for placement of the sentiment – punch so sentiment is on lower right part of the circle so you have room to add the fishing hat.  Add to card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Use Soft Suede to stamp the hat outline and color with the Soft Suede Light Blends.  After coloring, cut using the coordinating die from Catch of the Day Dies and attach to the sentiment using Mini Glue Dots.

Lastly, don’t forget the envelope! Stamp the fishing basket onto the front with Soft Suede and color using the Soft Suede Light Stampin’ Blends.  TIP: to prevent the ink from bleeding through the envelope, insert a piece of scrap paper or post-it note before stamping and coloring.

It was lots of fun creating this card and I have plans to use the Best Catch set again for another male relative. 

Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know how you’re coping to the social distancing guidelines.  What projects are you working on?

Thank you for stopping by today and happy crafting!

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Brooklynn’s Birthday Card

This weekend we’re celebrating our granddaughter Brooklynn’s 3rd birthday.  Of course, Brooklynn’s birthday card must be in her favorite color – purple.  Therefore, I used several shades of purple on the card.  The New Wonders Stamp Set is perfect creating a card for a 3 year old girl.  She’s a fan of Frozen and though the girl in the stamp set isn’t Elsa or Anna, I don’t think Brooklynn will care.  But, I know she will like the card!

Birthday card

Card Directions:
  1. Create a card base using a 4-1/4″ x 11-1/2″ piece of Gorgeous Grape cardstock.  Score at 5-1/2″ and fold to use as a side opening card.
  2. Add a layer of 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the Highland Heather plaid designer series paper from the 6″ x 6″ Subtles Designer Series Paper package.
  3. Refer to card photo for placement of stamping images and sentiment.  Stamp the image from the New Wonders stamp set onto a 4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock using Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad.  
  4. Use Gorgeous Grape Classic Stampin’ Pad to stamp the sentiment on the card.  The words Happy Birthday are from the Well Said Stamp Set and “3 rd” stamps are from the Make A Difference Stamp Set.  
  5. Use Stampin’ Blends in the following colors for the girl image: Ivory (face, hands and feet); Daffodil Delight Combo and Light Soft Suede (hair), Purple Posy Combo (for top) and Highland Heather Combo (for skirt), Light Seaside Spray (wings) and Smoky Slate Combo for the ink pen. When coloring, use the Color Lifter to help with shading.  Light Real Red Stampin’ Blend colors the hearts.  Add Clear Wink of Stella to the skirt for a touch of shimmer.
  6. Cut the Whisper White with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  Attach to the center of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. 
  7. Complete by tying a knotted bow using the Purple Tricolor Ribbon and adding to card front with a mini glue dot. 

Oh, don’t forget to stamp the interior too…

I can’t wait to see Brooklynn’s face when she opens the card along with her gift.  Purple is definitely the theme!

The New Wonders stamp set is available for order is you are host.  Contact me for more details.

Just a reminder…

Sale-a-bration continues until March 31, 2020.  With qualifying purchases of $50 or more (before shipping & taxes), you can order FREE product.  Check out the Sale-a-Bration brochure under the Catalog link.  Note: the Metallic Baker’s Twine and Sequins Combo Pack (Item #152314), the Kerchief Card Kit and the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Paper (Item #152311) have sold out.  New items have been added so be sure to take advantage of ordering the FREE items before the end of this month.  As a reminder, Sale-a-Bration brochure product quantities are limited and may run out before the end of the promotion.  

Have a great weekend.

Thanks for stopping by!  Check back again for another project idea.

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From All of Us

One of my regular card class attendees recently had a fall and was injured.  Since she had to miss the last class, I made a note card for the class group to sign so it could be sent to cheer her up.  The Gang’s All Meer stamp set with the “from all of us” greeting along with the gang of meerkats made the perfect note card.  Aren’t the meerkats and their expressions cute?  They certainly guarantee smiles!  The Gang’s All Meer is in the Sale-a-Bration brochure and is available for FREE with a $50 purchase (before tax & shipping) until March 31, 2020.   From All of Us

Details on making the card:

The base is a Whisper White note card from a package of the Note Cards & Envelopes in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  Stamp the “gang” and the “from all of us greeting” onto a 4-1/2″ x 3″ piece of Whisper White cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  Use the Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends  to color the meerkats.  With the Light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blend color the ground.  Cut a 15″ piece of Silver Metallic-Edge Ribbon.  Color the ribbon with the Dark Pool Party Blends.  Allow ribbon to dry for a few minutes, then tie the around the card front.  Attach the card front to a 4-3/4″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Pool Party cardstock.  To complete the card, attach the Pool Party layer to the note card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  

The good news is Deborah has recuperated and will be stamping with the group at our upcoming class.  We’re excited for her return!

Just a reminder…

Sale-a-bration continues until March 31, 2020.  With qualifying purchases of $50 or more (before shipping & taxes), you can order FREE product.  Check out the Sale-a-Bration brochure under the Catalog link.  Note: the Metallic Baker’s Twine and Sequins Combo Pack (Item #152314)  and the Kerchief Card Kit have sold out.  As a reminder, Sale-a-Bration brochure product quantities are limited and may run out before the end of the promotion.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Check back again soon for another project idea.

Project Materials:  (click on link to order)

The Host Code for February is ATS2GYY2 Please use Host Code only if your order is less than $150.  If your order exceeds $150, you will receive the host rewards!