There’s a great stamp set by Stampin’ Up! called “oh so succulent” that comes with a matching die set. The stamp set follows the new trend of two-step stamping where the outline and the filled in part are two different stamps. I played around with different ink and paper colors, and mostly just used the stamps by themselves (they are not the easiest to line up correctly because of all the different points on a succulent plant, plus I’m just not that great at it!). It became quite meditative to stamp and cut them out without actually thinking about what to do with them later. But I knew eventually they would come together to make some sort of card.
One thing that I’ve been appreciating more these days is the ability to use crafting supplies in multiple ways. Take for example, a stamp set and coordinating dies. Manufacturers have made it much easier to create stamped images and then cut them out by using detailed dies (with the help of cutting tools and machines) for paper crafting. But today, I decided to try them out on felt instead and managed to create a fun little playing board for our 5-year-old to play with. In this particular example I used the “Basket Bunch” photopolymer stamps and coordinating dies from Stampin’ Up.
I have to admit that sometimes I don’t like all of the stamps that are included in a stamp set. If I’m lucky there’ll be a couple of components that stand out to me enough to make it worth buying the entire set, and in this case it was the little flowers and banner that caught my eye. I used the flowers to do another one of my favorite techniques: creating a stamped background image on a card.
With the cold weather upon us up here in the east coast I thought I’d give a nod to winter and share this yeti shaker card design. This adorable yeti is a part of a Hero Arts stamp set that comes with a die cut, but you can learn how to create this shaker card by simply stamping.
I tried four different tools to color in small spaces on colored cardstock and got different results. Check out the differences between these tools by clicking here. And wait till you see what happens when you apply heat to Liquid Applique!
Here’s a simple card to make for the upcoming holiday season that little humans can also help decorate. It’s just one of the ways to dress up this adorable reindeer stamp. Click here to learn eight other ways to embellish the reindeer stamp and for the step-by-step instructions.
I was given the opportunity to try out the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit by Stampin’ Up! which is available in their 2015-2016 catalog. Before I show you what you can make, would you believe that I made 20 cards in less than an hour? Yes! All while our daughter was napping and the only thing I needed that wasn’t included in the box was adhesive.