Stampin’ Blends Smoosh Technique

Today I have the second technique from my Facebook Live video last weekend.  This technique was shared by one of the Artisan Design Team members on the Stampin’ Up! page – I think on the Instagram account.  If you don’t follow Stampin’ Up! corporate on social media you should.  The Artisan design team has amazing creations and fun techniques that they share regularly. 

This one also uses the Glossy card stock like my Ink Scrape Technique card.  But for this one we are using a Window Sheet and Stampin’ Blends to create our background.  You’ll also need some rubbing alcohol in a spritzer.  And paper towels.  This could get messy. 

Be sure you watch my Facebook Live video from Sunday, April 7th and you can see this technique in action and how I finished this card. 

Watch the video here – Facebook Live April 7th

I cut my piece of window sheet to be slightly larger than my piece of Glossy White card stock.  Using Stampin’ Blends scribble spots of color on the window sheet.  I used the dark version of Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green and Pineapple Punch.  Use paper towels to protect your work surface and lay the window sheet down with the ink facing up – spritz with rubbing alcohol.  Now lay the Glossy Card Stock facedown in the ink.  If needed flip them over and you can see where you need to smoosh around to blend the colors and fill empty spaces.  You can see this in my video. 

Supply List

  • #142314 Window Sheets
  • #144240 Glossy White Card stock
  • #131197 Bermuda Bay Card stock
  • #100730 Whisper White Card stock
  • #121045 Basic Black Card stock
  • #146877 Granny Apple Green Dark Stampin’ Blends
  • #147030 Pineapple Punch Dark Stampin’ Blends
  • #144579 Bermuda Bay Dark Stampin’ Blends
  • #126185 Stampin’ Spritzers
  • #144220 Clear Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • #148536 Butterfly Beauty Dies
  • #148796 Well Said stamp set

This is another technique that is fun to try in different color combinations.  I tried a few others but this was my favorite for this card.  You will get different results every time.  Below you can see the card from the video as well as the earlier one that I made. 


I hope you enjoyed these fun techniques.  Try them at home and let me know how they work for you. 

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Bat Brownie Treats

Someone a while back told me about Bat Brownies that they found at the store – so I wanted to find them an use them to make a treat with the Trick or Tweet stamp set and the little elephant dressed like a bat.  It took me a while to find them but I did locate them at the big W store.  And now recently I’ve seen them in several stores.  I think I was just too far ahead of Halloween to begin with. 

I basically just created a box that wrapped around the brownie.  Our Grid paper is perfect to help create a box for a treat.  Lay what you want to cover on the paper and trace around it for the height and width.  Flip it on its side to determine the depth.  Be sure you include a flap that overlaps for the adhesive to hold it together.  I normally start with scraps to do my first measurements and then adjust before cutting for my final piece.   After getting the card stock sleeve set just right, add a piece of Designer Series paper around it and then add ribbon and a tag to finish. 

Supply List

  • Trick of Tweet stamp set
  • Granny Apple Green card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Nature’s Poem Designer Series paper (I used the Blackberry Bliss pattern)
  • Memento Black ink
  • Stampin’ Blends: Smoky Slate, Blackberry Bliss, Granny Apple Green
  • Granny Apple Green Textured Weave Ribbon
  • 2-1/4″ Circle punch
  • Grid Paper
  • Paper Trimmer

Now go find bat brownies and make your own little treats.  Enjoy!

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More Trick or Tweet

Hello Stamping Friends.  I’m trying to get back on schedule now. 

My little dog Aspen was very very sick and admitted to critical care in the specialist Animal Hospital. After two visits to my regular vet I had to take him there to the ER and they admitted him to the hospital.  He was there for 4 days and I brought him home for one night and then he had new issues and I took him back to the ER and he stayed for 11 more days.  He was one sick doggie. 

But he finally turned the corner and I was able to get him last Friday – which happened to by my Fall retreat weekend.  I brought him back to the cabin and took care of him there along with all the ladies that attended the retreat.  They were a great help to me and loved on him.  Now we have been home for a few days and he continues to improve.  

So now I’m trying to finish sharing all these cute projects with the Trick or Tweet stamp set.  I will try to pick up where I left off.

Today’s project is one of our Mini Pizza Boxes.  Inside I found snacks cakes that are little pumpkin shaped cakes – I’m pretty sure they are pumpkin pie flavored.  I’m not a pumpkin fan so I didn’t eat one.  But any round fairly flat treat will fit in these food safe boxes.   

To color the box I used my Sponge Brayer – I used two colors – Pumpkin Pie and Mango Melody.  I wanted kind of an ombre effect so I used the Pumpkin Pie in the center section where the box folds and used the Mango Melody on either end.  Just roll over with the sponge brayer until you achieve the darkness you desire.  I did spray the box with plain hairspray – that’s what we used as a sealer in the old days and I still had a can in my craft closet.  Then decorate the box!

Supply List

  • Trick or Tweet stamp set
  • Mememto Black ink
  • Stampin’ Blends: Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody
  • 2″ Circle punch
  • Starburst punch
  • 1/2″ circle punch
  • Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Basic Black card stock
  • Mini Pizza Box
  • Sponge Brayer
  • Pumpkin Pie ink
  • Mango Melody ink

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I’m lucky to have a friend like you

The Share What You Love Suite of products was introduced back in May as an early release special from the new catalog.  At that time there were three bundle options – but now you can purchase the pieces individually.  One of the most popular pieces was the Designer Series Paper.  It’s a specialty paper with a pearlized finish on 4 of the designs.  This paper has handpainted designs on heavyweight sheets and its a double sized pack with 4 each of 6 double-sided designs.  You can make a lot of beautiful projects with this paper.

This card features one of the pearlized designs along with the Love What You Do stamp set.  The flowers were stamped next to the sentiment and then I used Stampin’ Blends to color them in so they would match the paper.  Currently we only have the colors that were released at the beginning of the year. I used the light Pool Party Stampin’ Blends which is similar to some of the shading in the paper but not an exact match. The new colors should be available soon – we are just waiting on them to arrive in the warehouse.

Supply List

  • Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Love What You Do stamp set
  • Mint Macaron card stock
  • Mossy Meadow card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Mossy Meadow ink
  • Pool Party Light Stampin’ Blends
  • Share What You Love Artisan Pearls

This suite of products captures the Stampin’ Up! Statement of the Heart –

TO LOVE what we do and SHARE what we love as we help others ENJOY creativity and worthwhile accomplishments…
In this we make a DIFFERENCE.

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Emboss in any color with the Stamparatus!

It won’t be too much longer before the new Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog starts and the amazing new STAMPARATUS will be available for everyone!  The Stamparatus is a must have tool for all stampers!  One of the awesome features is that it allows you to perfectly align your stamp images and stamp multiples precisely.  And because it can do that it means you can get the look of embossing from all 50 colors of Stampin’ Up! ink without having embossing powder in all those colors!  Isn’t that amazing?  Let’s take a look at this card I made with my Stamparatus.

To achieve the embossed look on this card I stamped my images in Early Espresso classic ink.  I also used the step feature and stepped my plate over to stamp the image of the pens a second time – perfectly lined up across my card stock.  Next I cleaned my stamp – leave it on the Stamparatus plate – the new Simply Shammy is perfect for clean up when using the Stamparatus.  Now ink your stamp with VersaMark ink and stamp right over the original image.  Cover with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set and now you have an Early Espresso Embossed image!  Choose any color of ink from our 50 colors and paired with the VersaMark ink and Clear Embossing Powder you can get any color that you want!  Here is a closer look.

I finished the pens by coloring them in with my Stampin’ Blends – also available in the new catalog.  Previously released colors will be available June 1st and new colors will be available mid June.  The Thank You greeting is also embossed the same way with the Early Espresso ink and then VersaMark and Clear Embossing Powder over the top.  This would be nearly impossible to line up without the Stamparatus tool. 

Supply List

  • Stamparatus (available June 1, 2018)
  • Crafting Forever stamp set
  • Vertical Greetings stamp set
  • Early Espresso classic ink
  • VersaMark ink
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Heat Tool
  • Stampin’ Blends – Smoky Slate, Bronze, Ivory, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Color Lifter (available June 1, 2018)
  • Soft Suede card stock
  • Very Vanilla card stock
  • 1/4″ Copper Trim

These pens are a perfect masculine card.  They look like inlaid wood pens that you’d find on someone’s desk in their fancy office. 

The Stamparatus will be available from Stampin’ Up! in my online store beginning in June.  I’ll be holding a Stamparatus Class on June 22nd in my studio at my house. Click to go to my events calendar here.

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