Stampin' Up! Teenage Boy Birthday Card

Today I have a teen boy birthday card for you, featuring the Stampin Up  A Good Man stamp set. It's a super versatile masculine set and I have used it for lots of masculine cards. This one was for my son's 16th birthday during the week. 

Stampin Up Teen Boy Birthday Card using A Good Man stamp set.

It's a very simple design. Here's what I did:

  1. My base card is Sahara Sand.
  2. Cut two pieces of Neurals 6x6" DSP. The darker piece on the right is 14cm x 5cm (or 2" x 5&7/8"), and the lighter piece is 7cm x 12.5cm (or 2&3/4" x 5").
  3. The image is stamped in Stazon Black ink, onto Fluid 100 watercolour paper. I have used Bermuda Bay for the shirt, Seaside Spray for the deck chair stripes and a combination of Crumb Cake and Soft Suede for the hat and shorts. There are also a few strokes of Sahara Sand under the chair.
  4. The coloured image is cut out using the largest cirle in the Stitched Shapes dies (these are retiring soon, so get in quick).
  5. I then used my blending brushes and a litle Pool Party ink to add a little sky colour around the top half of the image.
  6. The label for the sentiment is cut using Stitched Nested Dies (also retiring soon). I wish I could tell you which set I used to stamp the greeting, but the stamped label was in my 'stamped and not used' tray, and now I can't remember!
  7. The number '16' is adhesive letters from my scrapbooking stash pre Stampin' Up! days.

Stampin Up Teen Boy Birthday Card using A Good Man stamp set.

 

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The retiring products list from the 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue has been released and quite a few products are reduced with huge savings of up to 75% off. All of these products are now only available while stocks last (and some have already sold out) so get in quick. If an item is still available, it will be showing in the online store.

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Art with Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop: Rich Razzleberry

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I'm excited to have had some time on the weekend to create a card for our Art with Heart Stampin' Up! team's Colour Creations weekly blog hop. This week's colour is Rich Razzleberry, one of my favourite colours for many years. It's a beautiful deep purple pink colour, and a member of our Regals collection.

Rish Razzleberry

My card is a watercolour scene. I haven't played with the lovely Grace's Garden stamp set for so long, and Rich Razzleberry made me think of deep pink/purple  Hollyhock flowers, so that's what I went with. My scene is made on watercolour paper, with a Crumb Cake mat, and adhered with Dimensionals onto a Rich Razzleberry card base. The card base has also been embossed with the Subtle 3D embossing folder.

Stampin Up Graces Garden watercolour card by Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

I have used Rich Razzleberry, Gorgeous Grape and Bumblebee for my flower colours and Garden Green for the foliage. The gate is a combination of Crumb Cake and Soft Suede, the cat is watercoloured in Gray Granite and the bird is Early Espresso with a teeny bit of diluted Real Red on the tummy. For the foreground, I have used a watercolor wash of Sahara Sand and for the sky I have used my blending brushes and Pool Party for a very light sky effect.

Stampin Up Graces Garden watercolour card by Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

To finish off my card, I have added some Linen Thread, and stamped the 'Hello' sentiment from Graces Garden stamp set, in Early Espresso. I also added a metallic heart brad that has been sitting in my scrapbooking stash for many many years.

Stampin Up Graces Garden watercolour card by Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

Here's a closer look at the goregous Graces Garden stamp set from the 2020 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. I love how you can use the images either individually or to make your own garden scene.

Stampin Up Graces Garden Stamp Set. Available in Australia from Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

 

To check out other team member creations using Rich Razzleberry, head over to the lovely Cathy Proctor's blog.

If you are interested in viewing or purchasing any of the products I have used on today's card, click on any of the links below which will take you to my online Stampin' Up! store. 

Have a fabulous week,

Claire

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Sponged embossing card making technique on a 2021 Mothers day card.

Hello friends. Today I have a 2021 Mothers day card for you. A little early maybe, but I wanted to play with the Meadow Moments embossing folders and use the sponged embossing papercraft and card making technique. The soft colours I wanted to use were perfect for a Mothers Day card. 

Here's how my card turned out.

Meadow Moments sponged embossing folder 2021 Mothers Day Card by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

I started with embossing a piece of Basic White cardstock with one one of the two embossing folders in the Meadow Moments embossing folder pack. Using sponge daubers, I lightly sponged the raised bits. I used the dauber and Blushing Bride ink pad for the flowers, Mint Macaron for the butterflies and Soft Sea Foam for the stems and leaves. I also lightly sponged the white areas in between with Soft Sea Foam.

Meadow Moments sponged embossing folder 2021 Mothers Day Card by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

Next steps were to add a thin strip of Mint Macaron cardstock to the left side of this strip, and to adhere it to a Blushing Bride card base which had been embossed with the subtles 3D embossing folder. To finish my card off I embossed the Happy Mothers Day sentiment from the Strong Women stamp set in white embossing powder onto Mint Macaron cardstock. I cut the butterfly embellishment using the Butterfly Duo Punch, and a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock which I had also embossed with the Subtle 3D folder.

Meadow Moments sponged embossing folder 2021 Mothers Day Card by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

 

Here's another look at my colour combination for this one.

Stampin Up Colour Combination with Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron and Soft Sea Foam. Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

If this is a technique you think you would like to try at some stage - pin this image to your Pinterest boards to help you find the post for the future.

Meadow Moments sponged embossing folder 2021 Mothers Day Card by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

 

Where do I get the products used today?

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4 Tips to Use the Ink Stampin Up! Ink Blending Brushes on Patterned Paper

Hi crafters. In today's card I am following up with some more ink blending. This time on patterned paper. If you watched the video in the last post you will see this technique in action there too (I have also included the video in this post). In today's post, I show the completed card and share 4 ways to blend ink effectively on patterned paper using the newly released Stampin' Up! Blending Brushes. I have used the True Love Designer Series Paper from the 2020 January to June Mini Catalogue to blend the ink onto. 

Stampin Up Blending Brushes with True Love DSP. 2021 handmade card by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

The True Love Designer Series Paper is a really versatile paper pack for using with a range of techniques. I found the blending brushes blended the ink really nicely on this paper. I have used Melon Mambo and Calyso Coral for my ink colours.

Stampin Up True Love DSP.

Four Tips for using the Stampin' Up! Blending Brushes on Patterned Paper  (Video below)

In working with the blending brushes on patterned paper, I found these these tips to be helpful.

  1. Hold the area you are blending with your fingers of your other hand at the top and bottom, to keep the paper flat and taut while you are blending (it has a tendency to slide and crease otherwise).
  2. Start with the middle colour first - I find that works best and allows you to come back and blend over the joins of the two colours. If you are only using two colours I would start with the lightest first.
  3. Start blending in a circular motion off the page near the paper and work onto it, so you don't get a build up of ink in one spot.
  4. Choosing a light coloured pattern paper is going to give the best result. Black and white is perfect.

4 tips ink blending on patterned paper using Stampin Up blending brushes.

Here's the video again, to show you how I achieved the blending.

To put the card together, I added a Calypso Coral mat to the blended piece, and adhered one of the cut out fowers from the DSP at the top left (before I added the mat). The front of the Basic Black card is also embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing folder. My breeting (from Best Year stamp set) was stamped in Black Stazon onto a 3/4" strip of Basic White cardstock and the decorative ends were cut with the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch.

Stampin Up Blending Brushes with True Love DSP. 2021 handmade card by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia

I would definitely recommend adding the Stampin Up! Blending Brushes (a pack of 3 is just $21AUD) and the True Love Designer Series Paper Pack to your next order.

Stampin Up Ink Blending Brushes

 

Where do I get the products used today?

All the products I have used today are available NOW to Australian residents in my Online Stampin Up Storeif you are in another country besides Australia, the products will be available from a local Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. When you shop online with me in Australia, and use the monthly Host Code, you also qualify for a thank you gift mid the month after your purchase. My customers love getting these little gifts in the mail. Click the button below to go to my online store (individual products are linked direct throughout the post, and in the links at the end of the post). This month's host code is also listed below. If this isn't the current month (because you are reading the post at a later date), this month's code is in the right hand column or HERE. You can read about three ways to shop with with me, and all the benefits my VIP customers get HERE.

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5 Stampin' Up! Punches every Card Maker Needs.

Hello crafty friends. You know the saying 'everything is easier when you have the right tools?'. Well that applies to card making too, and one of my most common 'go-to' tools is a paper punch. Punches are quick and easy to use, yet small so they are easy to store and don't take up too much room on your craft desk. They are also a great alternative to die cutting when you are going away on a craft weekend or crafting in a caravan.  Stampin' Up! has a great range of really great quality punches, so today I wanted to tell you about my top 5 picks for punches for card makers. These are my most used and most versatile punches I seem to use all the time. In a couple of instances I couldn't split between two punch types so I have a couple with two choices.

Stampin Up Punches and a card being put together using punched shapes.

 

1. Large Circle Punches

Circle punches are a must for cardmakers. I particularly like the large ones because you can use them to cut out a stamped images,or  add some elements with patterned paper, or visually break up the rectangle shapes on a card. They are also great to cut a circle window for a shaker card. My favourite in this category is our biggest circle punch, the 2 & 1/4" Circle Punch.

 

Top 5 Stampin Up Punches Every Cardmaker Needs in 2021.

 

2. Banners or Lovely Label Pick a Punch

These two punches are a really versatile pick, as they allow you to cut sentiment labels in 3 widths, any length you choose, and you can select one of two different ends for the labels. So in effect you cut cut 6 different sentiment labels of any length from each punch. We have two in this cataegory, so adding one of these punches to your cardmaking supplies will really add versatility for sentiments.

This first one has two different decorative ends, and is called the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch.

Top 5 Stampin Up Punches Every Cardmaker Needs in 2021.

The second one in this category has banner ends (both inward facing and outward facing) and is called Banners Pick a Punch.

Top 5 Stampin Up Punches Every Cardmaker Needs in 2021.

 

3. Tag Topper Punches

The next punch category that you need is a tag topper punch, and we have 3 different designs to choose from, that basically do the same thing. Tag Topper punches are amazing because they allow you to turn a strip of cardstock of any length into a tag with one punch! The hole for the ribbon or trim is included in the punch design so it's so quick and easy. In addition to gift tags, you can use tags on cards and on scrapbooking pages.

As I mentioned we have 3 different Tag Topper punches, so choose which one you like best. My personal favourite is the Delightful Tag Topper Punch (shown top in the picture below), because it allows you to cut tags in widths of 1", 1& 1/2" and 2". The Scalloped Tag Topper (shown bottom in the picture below and used on the tag pictured) and the Fancy Tag Topper (shown middle in the picture below) both cut 2" wide tags, and the hole for ribbon or trim is a little wider in case you want to add wider trim.

Top 5 Stampin Up Punches Every Cardmaker Needs in 2021.

 

4. Label Punches

Every cardmaker needs a versatile shaped label punch in their card making supplies. These are punches that will fit a variety of sentments and also add a bit of statement on their own with their shape. We have lots of label punches in our punch collection at Stampin' Up!, but these are the two I think that are my top two choices in this category.

My first suggestion for a label punch is the Double Oval Punch, which is a new punch in the 2021 January to June Mini Catalogue. I love this because it has two layers of the label in one punch, so it's great value and gives great dimension with layering. You can mix up the colours to vary the effect as well. 

Top 5 Stampin Up Punches Every Cardmaker Needs in 2021.

My other suggested option for a label punch (if you prefer a different shape) is the Label Me Fancy Punch. This is a real multi-tasker when it comes to punches. You get the great decorative label shape, and you can also use other parts of the punch to punch a hole for twine, or a slot for ribbon. These parts of the punch can also be used on other labels too - so clever!

Top 5 Stampin Up Punches Every Cardmaker Needs in 2021.

 

5. Corner Rounder

My last must-have punch is a corner rounder. This is great for adding some softness to the card design by taking away some of the sharp corners. In true Stampin' Up! style, our corner rounder doesn't do just one thing, it does three. The punch actually has three separate sections. One gives a perfect rounded corner, another cuts a decorative floral corner (which works in combination with the rounded corner if you choose), and the other section cuts a small oval shape for twine or ribbon. Another really versatile punch that I use a lot.

Top 5 Stampin Up Punches Every Cardmaker Needs in 2021.

 

I hope you have found this run-down of my most used punches handy. You can purchase any of the punches using the links in each section, and can view the entire Stampin' Up! punch collection HERE in my online store or contact me to get the paper catalogues sent out.

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Punches are better with coordinating stamps! Quickly cut out stamped images and save 10% (on both the punch and coordinating stamp set) with convenient stamp & punch bundles. There are 14 different stamp and punch bundles (including several of the punches we have used today), and you can find them HERE in the online store.

 

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Claire