Today’s card is quick and easy using the So Hoppy Together Cling Stamp Set from the Sale-a-Bration brochure. Our grandson, Alex, recently earned honors at school so we are giving him a small gift as a reward for his hard work. Naturally, the gift needs a card! Often I like to use the Whisper White Narrow Note Cards with coordinating envelopes to accompany gifts. The narrow cards are the perfect size for simple stamping and come in a package of 20 cards with matching envelopes. Plus, there is enough room inside the card for writing a short note. The So Hoppy Together Cling Stamp is very cute and the frog on the unicycle is perfect for the narrow card. The “You Can Do Anything” sentiment in the stamp set is perfect for the congratulatory card for Alex’s achievements.
Stamp the image from So Hoppy Together Cling Stamp set onto Whisper White Narrow Note Card using Stazon Jet Black Ink.
Randomly stamp the sentiment around the card using the Stazon Jet Black ink.
Color the stamped image using Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens. Use the Old Olive watercolor pencil and the blender pen to lighten areas on the frog. Color unicycle using the Black and Grey watercolor pencil. Real Red and Daffodil Delight watercolor pencil colors complete the unicycle.
As said, this is definitely quick and easy! By placing a $50 order, you can receive the So Hoppy Together Cling Stamp Set for FREE. The full list of materials for this card is under Project Materials at the end of the post. By ordering all of the items, you can select the So Hoppy stamp set as your Sale-a-bration item.
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I love sharing all kinds of stamping and coloring techniques. Watercoloring is so much more than just water and ink. Stampin’ Up! has a few different options for watercoloring, so whichever one you use, you can’t go wrong. Today I want to share the No Line Watercoloring technique with you. It really gives watercolor a whole new look due to the “lack” of lines. Natalie does a great job of taking you through the process of this technique.
No Line Watercoloring Technique Video
The technique is a lot of fun and with a variety of stamps, you can experiment. See what works for you and how comfortable you are with the technique it self because it can make all the difference in the world to a crafter. Some people may prefer to work the darker lines because they appreciate the direction and vibrance of an image. Therefore, Stampin’ Blends or pencils can be used which are also more vibrant. It’s really a personal preference. I’m happy to answer any questions on the technique.
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.
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.
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