Dragonfly Birthday Card with Ink Blended Background Video Tutorial

Hello friends. Today I have a card I created over the weekend while having a play with the new Stampin' Up! ink blending brushes that were introduced in the 2021 January to June mini catalogue. I've created a birthday card using the Dragonfly Garden bundle (which includes the Dragonflies Punch).

Stampin Up Dragonfly Garden birthday card. 2021 Card by Claire daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

I'm really happy how this card turned out. I found the blending brushes GREAT to use. This wasn't my first experience with blending brushes as I had purchased another brand prior to Stampin' Up! releasing their own. The Stampin' Up! ones are a great price point in comparison (quite a bit cheaper) and comparable (if not better) in both ease of use and result on our Basic White cardstock. I was able to get a really great smoothly blended result.

My blended colours are Soft Sea Foam (centre), Pool Party (sky) and Mint Macaron (lower third). I also used Just Jade cardstock for my base card and one layer of the dragonflies, and Shaded Spruce as my ink colour for the stamped dragonfly.

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I have a video to show you how I created the blended ink background.

Here's the measurements, and steps for the rest of this card:

  1. The blended background piece is 9cm x 13.3cm, and the Pool Party mat layer is 9.4cm x 13.7cm. The base card is a standard C6 top folding card in Just Jade.
  2. Once I made the background with the blending brushes, I used Mint Macaron ink to overstamp the foliage, and Pool Party ink to stamp the dragonflies in the top right hand corner.
  3. I stamped two dragonflies from the Dragonfly garden stamp set using Shaded Spruce ink. One was stamped onto Just Jade cardstock, and one was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock.
  4. I punched these Dragonflies out with the Dragonflies punch, along with one of the smaller butterflies in Just Jade. 
  5. I adhered the Just Jade Dragonflies directly to the blended background using Stampin' Seal.
  6. I coloured the other Dragonfly in with light Mint Macaron Stampin' Blends and then adhered it over the large Just Jade Dragonfly with Dimensionals (just in the centre so the wings can be lifted a bit). I then added a few Rhinestone Jewels in the centre.
  7. I adhered this whole piece to the Pool Party layer with Stampin' Seal, and then tied a double layer of linen thread around the bottom (about 2 cm from the base), tying in a bow on the left side.
  8. I wanted this card for a birthday card, so I have the birthday sentment stamp in Peaceful Moments. I stamped that in basic black onto Basic White, and the overstamped the foliage stamp in Mint Macaron (stamped off once). I cut the greeting out with one of the Tasteful Labels dies whch has fine stitching around the outside.

Stampin Up Dragonfly Garden birthday card. 2021 Card by Claire daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

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Stampin' Up! Under My Umbrella stamp set coloured with Stampin' Blends. Video Tutorial.

Hello stamping friends. 

Today I have a card idea for friends. My stamp set is Under My Umbrella from the 2020 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue, and it has a coordinating punch. I have coloured the images with Stampin' Blends and have used a little sponging too. It's going to rain a bit this week in Melbourne (I actually love listening to the rain though, and it's great for the garden too) so this is an appropriate stamp set for sure.

Stampin Up Under My Umbrella Stamp Set friends card idea. 2020 card by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

I've put together a video for you showing the techniques I used to colour and blend with Stampin' Blends, and how to make the easy cloud background.

My colour palette was nice an bright and featured two of the Stampin' Up! 2020-22 InColours.

Stampin Up color / colour combination for Under My Umbrella Card with Stampin' Blends

The cloud effect is super easy to make, and you don't need anything special. I show you how in the video.

Stampin Up Under My Umbrella Stamp Set friends card idea. 2020 card by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

I hope today's card has bought a smile to your face. I know the 'Under My Umbrella' stamp set brings a smile to my face! Here's a closer look at a couple of the products. 

Here is the Under My Umbrella Stamp Set($28). Stampin Up Under My Umbrella Stamp Set. Available to purchase in Australia from Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator. Click through for contact details or online store link.

Next up we have the coordinating Umbrella Builder Punch ($31). Punches make creating so easy don't you think? Especially when they perfectly coordinate with stamp sets.

Stampin Up Umbrella Builder Punch. Available to purchase in Australia from Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator. Click through for contact details or online store link.There's also another gorgeous stamp set called Pretty Parasole, that coordinates with the Umbrella Builder Punch. This stamp set is only $28.00 too.

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Stampin Up Under My Umbrella Stamp Set friends card idea. 2020 card by Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.


Stampin' Up! Mountain Air stamp set with ink blending for the sky and moon.

Today I have another version on an ink blended card I showed you last month. This one has different colours and I really like how they work together. It uses the Stampin' Up! Mountain Air stamp set from the 2020 Annual Catalogue and I have used Stampin' Up! sponge brayers to create the ink blending effect. There's also a bit of the Very Versailes Stamp Set in there, again from the 2020 Annual Catalogue.

Stampin Up Mountain Air and Very Versailles stamp sets. 2020 card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

I've created a video to show you how I achieved the ink blending and moon on this one.

I just love the Stampin' Up! Sponge Brayers for ink blending. They are really affordable and for just $14, you get two handles and 4 replaceable sponge heads.

Stampin Up Sponge Brayers. Available in my online store in Australia from Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

My colours for the brayering are Rich Razzleberry, Mango Melody and So Saffron. My base card is Crumb Cake, and I added a thin mat of Basic Black around the stamped layer.

Stampin Up Mountain Air and Very Versailles stamp sets. 2020 card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

To embellish my card, I have used Gilded Gems.  My sentiment and the stamping on the banner under the sentiment, are both from Very Versailles stamp set. I also used this for the leaves and branches at the top of the card.

Stampin Up Mountain Air and Very Versailles stamp sets. 2020 card by Claire Daly, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

 

Here's a closer look at the two stamp sets I have used today. First up, Very Versailles.Stampin Up Very Versailles stamp set. Available in my online store in Australia from Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

Then Mountain Air. This stamp set also has coordinating dies, and you can also stamp the solid for each mountain range shape using the reverse of the stamps. It's a fabulous set.

Stampin Up Mountain Air stamp set. Available in my online store in Australia from Claire Daly, Stampin Up Demonstrator Melbourne Australia.

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Ink Blending with Stampin Up Sponge Brayers and reverse watercolour technique with Celebrate Sunflowers

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Today I am going to show you how to use Stampin' Up! Spronge Brayers for ink blending to create an ombre background (and they are only great value, $14 for 4 heads and 2 handles). I also have another  technique I am not even sure of the proper name for (if there is even one), but which is simple and hardly needs any supplies for, so I wanted to show you. I'm going to call it reverse watercolouring.

Celebrate Sunflowers sponge brayered background with reverse watercolouring technique. 2020 card by Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Melbourne Australia. Video on blog post.

Here's the video tutorial I made to demonstrate this technique and card.

I'm really loving the colour Bumble Bee. It's such a vibrant yellow, but also warm and welcoming.

Celebrate Sunflowers sponge brayered background with reverse watercolouring technique. 2020 card by Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Melbourne Australia. Video on blog post.

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Stampin' Up! Zany Zebras stamp set

I'm brighetning things up a notch or two today, with a super bright birthday card featuring the new Zany Zebra Stamp Set from the 2020 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. 

Zany Zebras party animal

My colours are Magenta Madness, Basic Black and Whisper White, and I have added a layer of silver foil cardstock in there too. The punch sizes to cut out the circles were 2 and 1/4" and 1 and 1/2".

This is a great stamp set for teens and kids too. Here's a softer version.

Sany Zebra embossed on watercolour wash

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