Versatile Stamp Set!

Versatile Stamp Set!

What makes a versatile stamp set?  For me, a stamp set is versatile if it can be used for a variety of occasions.  The new Sprinkles of Life is one of those stamp sets – VERY versatile!   The base of this card is the new Mint Macaron which is one of the new 2015-2017 In Colors – isn’t it pretty?  The ice cream scoops and cone are stamped on Shimmer White cardstock (watercolor paper would work too) in Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Chocolate Chip and Watermelon Wonder.  I then used an Aquapainter to add more of the same color.  This method will slightly lighten and blue the outlines but I like that effect for this card.  I used Crystal Effects to add some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to the ice cream scoops which are punched out with the coordinating Tree Builder Punch.  You have to trim the cone with scissors but it’s a pretty easy trim.  I layered all the pieces with Glue Dots to Shimmery White cardstock and then added to Chocolate Chip cardstock.  Dimensionals are used to layer to the front of the card.  The greeting was stamped with Chocolate Chip on Mint Macaron cardstock and die-cut with the Banners Framelits.   This card used the same ice cream scoop image to create clouds!  I stamped them in Versamark on Shimmery White cardstock (yes, it’s my favorite!) and embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.  The raindrops are punched from colored cardstock:  Pacific Point, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Real Red.  I added them to the Shimmery White cardstock with Glue Dots and then added Crystal Effects on top to give them the look of raindrops.  Crystal Effects will take 20-30 minutes to dry so be sure to set aside someplace safe (coming from someone with 2 nosy cats!). Here’s a picture of this versatile stamp set and coordinating punch, both available June 2nd!   Just look at all the different images and greetings – 22 stamps for only $21!!!  Here’s one more card that was a make-n-take at my team meeting this month:   The background is Watermelon Wonder cardstock embossed with the new Boho Chic Embossing Folder.  The paper banners are from the new “Cherry on Top” Designer Series Paper Stack and the notches on the end are created with the new Triple Banner Punch.  I stamped the cupcake pieces in Crushed Curry and Tempting Turquoise on Whisper White cardstock and then sponed with the same colors. Please let me know if you would like to receive the new 2015/2016 Stampin’ Up! catalog.  It will be available online June 2nd and you can order Stampin’ Up! products by clicking the “Order Online” link in the right sidebar.  I’m...

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Tips to make watercoloring easy

Tips to make watercoloring easy

Today I’m going to share some tips to make watercoloring easy 😀  I’ve been practicing watercoloring using the Aquapainter and this image from the hostess set called “Bloom with Hope.”  This card is created using Shimmery White cardstock but  you could also use watercolor paper:   The images and greeting are stamped in Black Stazon which is a permanent ink and perfect for watercoloring.  The greeting is from a new stamp set coming out in the Occasions Catalog January 6th.  Stampin’ Up! is giving us more options with our stamps and the “Butterfly Basics” set is available in photopolymer, clear mount and wood mount.  The photopolymer stamps are completely clear and the clear and wood mount stamps are the traditional red rubber. The photopolymer stamps are very sticky and even stickier when used with the Black Stazon ink.  After  you ink up the stamp with Stazon, press firmly on the cardstock and then lift slowly.  To avoid heavy staining, clean the stamp immediately. Here are some tips to make watercoloring easy : Use a heavy-weight cardstock or watercolor paper (Whisper White cardstock will not work) Stamp your images with a permanent ink that will not bleed (Stazon is ideal) Use the Stampin’ Up! refillable Aquapainter Keep a paper towel nearby to blot any excess water (from the brush or the cardstock) Add color to the darker areas first, blot excess ink onto the paper towel, go back to the darker areas and blend the ink out toward the lighter areas Work in smaller sections so the ink doesn’t dry before you’re able to blend the edges The ink will dry lighter so go back to add more color as needed Leave some areas with little to no ink Remember that wet ink next to wet ink will bleed so be sure to let sections dry before adding a different color next to it Practice and have fun!   You will always get different variations with watercoloring as shown in the samples below:     You can also watch a video tutorial for watercoloring tips at my Keenan Kreations YouTube channel:     Remember that you can purchase these Stampin’ Up! supplies and more at my online store by clicking the “Order Online” link to the right or contacting me to place your order for you.   Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog   I hope you enjoyed today’s project showing tips to make watercoloring easy and will be inspired to create some of your own watercolored cards 😀...

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Easy Watercolor Technique

Easy Watercolor Technique

You can create a beautiful card with an easy watercolor technique using Stampin’ Up! new “Happy Watercolor” stamp set from the Occasions catalog!  This is such an easy yet elegant card that you can put together in under 10 minutes, maybe 5 😉   The base of the card is Pistachio Pudding and measures 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored down the middle at 4 1/4″.  The Whisper White cardstock is trimmed to 3 3/4″ x 5″ and is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The Whisper White cardstock is thinner than our colored cardstock so I added another piece underneath (cut just a smidgeon smaller) to sturdier it up a bit.  I stamped the flower stem from “Happy Watercolor” in Black Stazon first and then stamped the “watercolor” stamp in Pistachio Pudding three times without reinking.  You need to press very firmly on the last stamping as there’s very little ink left on the stamp. I chose a greeting from the “Wetlands” set and stamped in Black Stazon too.  I usually choose clear mount stamps but have recently begun selecting wood mount for my greetings.  I take time to make sure they are mounted on the wood blocks straight so I know when I use it, I don’t have to fuss with lining it up again. I added Pearls (medium size but the smallest ones would work well too) to the flower centers and a small glittery butterfly for a final, sparkly touch    The butterfuly is punched with the Bitty Butterfly Punch and our Silver Glimmer Paper.  See how the wings are popped up?  I folded the butterfly in half and added Glue Dots to the center – this is what adheres the butterfly to the card.  I added a tiny part of a Dimensional to the underside of each wing but did not remove the paper backing. You can watch a video tutorial on my YouTube channel at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLCyipb3mYk.  If you haven’t already, please subscribe and share any videos you like with your stamping friends   I really loved this easy watercolor technique and decided to create a few more using different colors.  I changed the Whisper White cardstock to Shimmery White and cut it down a bit smaller to 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″.  The Shimmer White cardstock is sturdier than the Whisper White and I didn’t need the extra layer underneath.  I also love the beautiful sparkle of that cardstock.   Pool Party version   Pink Pirouette version   Crisp Cantaloupe version   So which one of these easy watercolor cards is your favorite?    ...

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Embossed and Watercolored Christmas card

Embossed and Watercolored Christmas card

I love the elegant look of this embossd and watercolored Christmas card using Stampin’ Up!’s “Joyful Christmas” stamp set:   Stunning, huh?  I embossed the front of the card (Shimmery White cardstock) with the Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder and Big Shot.  The Poinsettia, leaves and greeting were all stamped in Versamark on Shimmery White cardstock and embossed with Gold Embossing powder.  I used the Aquapainter to color in the poinsettia with Cherry Cobbler ink and the leaves with Garden Green.  The Poinsettia was actually stamped, embossed and watercolored a 2nd time so I could trim out just the center and pop it up with Dimensionals.  All the flower and leaf images are trimmed with our Paper Snips but it’s a pretty easy trim if you cut just outside the edges.  The greeting can be die-cut with the Apothecary accents and Big Shot.  Everything is popped up with Dimensionals but I used Glue Dots for the leaves.  Rhinestones add a little extra sparkle to the flower center and greeting.   So why do you think I chose Shimmery White cardstock?  First, I LOVE the sparkle!  Second, it’s a heavier weight than our Whisper White cardstock and takes the watercoloring better.   You can watch a step-by-step video tutorial for this embossed and watercolored Christmas card at my YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7rRZi3_hnA If you’re not already a subscriber, please consider subscribing to my Keenan Kreations YouTube channel and share any videos you like with a stamping friend   Here’s a list of supplies used for this project:   Joyful Christmas stamp set:  wood mount #131802 $22.95, clear mount #131805 $16.95 Apothecary Accents Framelits:  #127003 $24.95 Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder:  #132174 $7.95 Shimmery White cardstock:  #101910 $7.95 (10 sheets, 8 1/2 x 11) Versamark:  #02283 $7.50 Gold Embossing Powder:  #109129 $4.75 Aquapainter:  #103954 $16.95 (2 pens) Rhinestones:  #119246 $4.95 Dimensionals:  #104430 $3.95 (300)   Would you like to order these products?  If you’re comfortable with placing your order online, simply click the “Order Online” link in my right sidebar and you’ll automatically be taken to my online store at http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx?dbwsdemoid=41590.  If you prefer that I place your order for you, you can call (408-377-4942) or email (brenda@keenankreations.com) and I’d be more than happy to help   Here’s a simpler variation of this card that’s still very pretty:   I stamped the Poinsettia in Versamark on Shimmer White and embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.  The image is still watercolored and the greeting is stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink.  I layered onto our Brushed Silver Cardstock to tie in with the embossing. Let me know which embossed and watercolored Christmas card you would like to receive and I’ll draw names from the comments...

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Easy Color Wash Technique

Easy Color Wash Technique

Check out my latest video demonstrating a super quick technique called “color wash” using the “Lovely as a Tree” stamp set: Anyone else THRILLED that this stamp set did not retire?!  I made a bunch of these cards today and they were so much fun and very easy I stamped the “Lovely as a Tree” image in Black Stazon on Watercolor Paper, used the Aquapainter to quickly swipe the ink back and forth across the stamped image.  The Watercolor Paper is cut to 3″ x 4 1/2″ so you can get four pieces from one sheet of the Watercolor Paper.  This was then layered to Basic Black (3 1/8″ x 4 5/8″) and then layered to Bashful Blue or Wild Wasabi cardstock (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″). Do you like the Bashful Blue or Wild Wasabi background better?     You can shop for these supplies and more at my online store.  Have a great day!   Brenda       Brenda Keenan Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Phone:  408-377-4942 Email:  bkeenan256@aol.com My Stampin’ Up! website:  www.brendakeenan.stampinup.net Facebook Page:  www.facebook.com/KeenanKreations YouTube Channel: ...

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Watercolored Manhattan Flowers

Watercolored Manhattan Flowers

My apologies for the delay in posting – our family has been dealing with a nasty 24 bug, one at a time   But I’m back now and wanted to share some watercolored cards with you I made this first card about a year ago and never got around to offering it as a class.  I recently found it again and thought it would be fun to create a video tutorial which you can see at my new YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR4Yelu13F4 I believe the first one uses Calypso Coral and So Saffron inks to watercolor the roses. This one might be my favorite and uses Marina Mist and Midnight Muse. This last one uses Pretty in Pink and Rich Razzleberry. The watercolor paper is embossed with the Manhattan Flowers Embossing Folder and Big Shot.  An Aquapainter is used to watercolor inside the embossed lines.  A sanding block can be used to lightly sand the raided edges to remove any ink.  They’re pretty, huh? Which one is your favorite? Hope you enjoy the video too Take care! Brenda Keenan Brenda Keenan 408-377-4942 bkeenan256@aol.com www.brendakeenan.stampinup.net www.facebook.com/KeenanKreations...

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