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Gel Press Techniques with Stencils.

Hello there, Christine here with a card showing one of the backgrounds I made using the Art Deco stencil and a gel press.  The background I made for the card felt almost like the Northern Lights, so I added some images from the Oh Deer stamp set to create a finished scene.

Here is a video showing the entire process and lots of ideas how to use stencils with a gel press- I just had a lot of fun, didn’t think too much and created a lot of backgrounds.


I used a 5×7 gel press with a number of distress oxide inks including: faded jeans, broken china, speckled egg, bundled sage, shaded lilac and rustic wilderness.  I splotched the color directly onto the gel press, used a roller over it to spread out the color, placed the Art Deco stencil on top and then pressed some 110lb Neenah solar white cardstock on top.  

Did you know that you can do embossing with stencils as well?  Once I made one print after removing the stencil, I put the stencil itself (that had color from the gel press on it) onto another piece of cardstock and ran that through my die cutting machine. Just make sure to rinse everything (roller, gel press and stencil) off with some warm water in between each background!

I chose one background for the card that I had created with faded jeans, broken china, speckled egg distress oxide inks and some Couture Creations Glitter Paste. To finish the card, I colored some images Oh Deer stamp set that I had die cut with my Brother CutNScan2 with some simple copic coloring.  The star of the show is definitely the glittery background made with the Art Deco stencil.

Thank you so much for stopping by!


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Cozy Coffee Mug Card

Hello there, Christine here. Today I have a very cozy coffee card using products from Super Sponsor Trinity Stamps and Simon Says Stamps. I love the stamp the Puppy’s Quilt stamp from artist Anita Jeram and the Colorado Craft Company because it not only is such a sweet scene, but reminds me of my two sweet dogs. First I die cut a card base with the Trinity Stamps Coffee Mug Card die set out of 110lb Neenah solar white cardstock.  I then stamped the image from the Puppy’s Quilt stamp set with copic friendly ink from Lawn Fawn (crunchy leaf).  I kept the copic coloring simple and mostly wanted the sweet pup to be the star of the show.  The puppy was colored with E44, W0 and W3. The wallpaper was colored with R20 and R32.  The quilt was colored with V22, V20, G28, G24, R14, YR21.  The coffee was colored with E31 & E34. I used a sentiment from one of the Simon Says Stamps Sentiment Strips to finish up the card.   I hope you like the card- thank you so much for stopping by.    
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Rainbows for Turner Syndrome

Hello there, Christine here wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day!  I’m here with a card that I made for the Turner Syndrome Awareness Blog Hop (Miss Ink Stamps is a sponsor!).  I wanted to make a sunshine and rainbow card using a happy little critter, so I took my favorite Miss Ink stamp set Punny Farm Goats and made the sunshine with the Floral Stained Glass stencil and simply added lots of butterflies!

To make the card, I ink blended scattered straw distress oxide ink over the stencil and then immediately added glitter paste over it (Frosty Sparkle, Couture Creations).  I die cut papers that matched the color palette from the hop (except for the blue) and clouds using a die set from Trinity Stamps (Slimline Rainbow Builder die set). I spent quite a bit of time making everything fit nicely on the A2 card.  I added some B000 copic outline to the clouds.

I added color changing butterflies, Dazzle Butterflies, and made a slanted photo above, so that you can see the color shift. I also added some pink Watercolor Butterflies to highlight the sentiment that I used from the Hippo Hooray stamp set.  Finally, I added my beloved happy little goat from the Punny Farm Goats stamp set and colored him simply with W0 and W3.

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

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Sending Mouse Hugs

Hello there, Christine here with a slimline that could not only be sent for Valentine’s Day, but would really work for anytime you want to send someone a paper hug!  I’ve combined some new Trinity products such as the Intertwined Hearts die with some older ones like the WallFlower stamp & die, but I think they work so well together.

To create the card, I first die cut the smallest slimline panel from the Slimline Card Series: Stitched Card Panels and Windows die set out of 110lb cardstock (Neenah Solar White) and a larger slimline panel out of the same cardstock with the Slimline Series Quilted Cover die.  I recently pulled out my Gel Press- it is so much fun to create inked panels!  I smooshed 3 different distress oxide inks (picked raspberry, kitsch flamingo and spun sugar) onto the gel press as shown below. I mostly put spun sugar and kitsch flamingo with some little dabs of picked raspberry.

I then used the brayer 3 times back and forth to make sure the ink spread out as shown below.

I then turned over the smaller slimline panel and pressed it firmly onto the gel press. You have to do this several times over the same slimline panel to make sure it is evenly covered (gel press as shown above is smaller in length then the slimline panel, but it is larger in width).

I then sprayed some Lawn Fawn liquid stardust with a paintbrush and set it aside to dry.  The effect of the liquid stardust and the gel press is very subtle in this instance- you can see some variation below in the photo.

I then set to creating a scene and sentiment on the slimline.  I die cut the sentiment from the Sending Hugs die set out of gold cardstock and glued it a little off-center.  I die cut pink cardstock and vellum with the Intertwined Hearts die to create a delicate frame for the flowers and leaves I used from the WallFlower stamp & die set. The flowers were colored very simply with R20 and R00 copics and the leaves with G28 and G24- I just wanted them to form more of the background than stand out too much.  I stamped and die cut the mice with the Mouse House stamp & die and colored with Stampin Up markers (I don’t have the  shades in copics).  Finally I added some Gorgeous Golden Baubles to bring more gold color on the card and make the eye move all over the card.  

Thank you so much for stopping by!


WoodGrain Heart Slimline

Hello there, Christine here.  I’m sharing a slimline card that was made with non-slimline stamps to show you that you can stretch your stamps to get the look that you want on your card.  I used the Springtime Banners, Woodgrain Background, Little Angel and the Have Heart stamp sets.

First I die cut a slimline heart panel (Trinity Stamps) onto a piece of 110lb Neenah Solar White Cardstock and made an impression of the same heart panel onto another piece of the same type of cardstock.  

For the die cut panel, I first ink blended tea dye distress ink over the entire panel. I then placed the inked panel in my stamp positioner and stamped the Woodgrain Background twice with Over Coffee ink (Catherine Pooler) as seemlessly as I could (you will see on the photo below that it doesn’t match up completely).  This is totally ok though, I knew that I would simply cover it up with elements afterwards.

For the embossed heart panel that is shown underneath the woodgrain panel, I first ink blended the entire panel with spun sugar distress oxide ink.  Since I had impression of where each heart needed to be, this served as my guide to stamping the wooden heart image with the Have Heart stamp.  I then covered the entire area with Versamark Ink and heat embossed a new embossing powder from WOW called Halo (Catherine Pooler)- it allows you to make any color underneath glittery! I took another photo so you could see the shine.

Finally to finish up the card I die cut a bunch of images from  the Springtime Banners colored with different copics. I used E31 & E34 for the birds & nest, YG63, YG61, G28 & G24 for the greens, R20 for the berries. I added a die cut sentiment from the Little Angel stamp set, which I think was perfect for the card. I then simply added a few heart embellishments (Trinity Stamps) to tie the card together and done!

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!

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“I’m Late” Birthday Card

Hello there, Christine here.  Today I have a trifold “missed your birthday” card using Alice stampSmokin’ Caterpillars stampUnbirthday stamp and the Vintage Keyhole Stencil.

First I cut 2 A2 card bases, with one having a tiny strip extra cut off (1/8 of an inch) on one side.  To put the trifold card together, place both A2 card bases with the opening facing each other (so one will be backwards).  Slide them over each other so that they are overlapping (like a sandwich- one side from one card is on top of the side of another card).  Glue the bottom 2 layers together and then you have a trifold that opens to the right and the left as shown below:

I then set to work on the components, I used Versamark Ink on the Vintage Keyhole Stencil and then heat embossed Wow embossing powder in “Under the Sea”.  I found a matching cardstock in my stash and cut an oval shape in it to ground the scene.  

I die cut the images and sentiment from the Alice stamp and kept the color scheme to an aqua color and used the following copics : BG32, BG13, BG11 for Alice’s dress and the rabbit’s coat, Y28 for the watch, YR21 & Y21 for Alice’s hair and W3 & W0 for the white rabbit.

I created a cardstock panel for the inside of the card with my Gelli Press and three distress oxide inks: speckled egg, rustic wilderness & bundled sage.  I stamped the sentiment from the Unbirthday stamp with Versamark Ink and then heat embossed Rose Gold embossing powder from Avery Elle. 

Finally I die cut an image from the Smokin’ Caterpillars stamp and kept the copic coloring simple.  Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope that you will give the trifold card a try!

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CLC and Sweet and Sassy Stamps Blog Hop

Welcome to CLC’s collaboration with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps! I have 2 simple cards today that were made with Sweet ‘n Sassy digital stamps.

The first card uses their digital stamp Snowman’s Gift with a sentiment from Snowman Soup Sentiments. I printed the sentiment and image onto Neenah 80lb cardstock, die cut it with a stitched rectangle in my stash and mounted it onto a die cut cardstock panel from Waffle Flower and an A2 card base. I colored it with copic markers: bunny (W0 & W3), sweater (YG63 & YG61), snowman (BG0000 & BV000) and scarf (B66 & B63).

The second card uses the Snowman with Skates digital stamp and a sentiment from Snowman Soup Sentiments. Again I printed the sentiment and image onto Neenah 80lb cardstock, die cut it with a stitched rectangle in my stash and mounted it onto a die cut cardstock panel from My Favorite Things cardstock and an A2 card base. I colored it with copic markers: skates (W0 & W3), scarf & hat (B66 & B63), snowman (BG0000 & BV000).

The next stop on this hop is Dana! Please click on this link here to get to her blog. Thank you so much for stopping by- I hope that you enjoyed the cards. Wishing you a crafty day!

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You’re the Hippest

Hello there! I have a mini card for you today using the Miss Ink Floral Wave Offset stencil, Waves stencil and the Hippo Hooray stamp set. I have several techniques that I did for this card, I hope that you will give them a try!

First I took a piece of 110lb Neenah solar white cardstock and taped the Floral Wave Offset stencil to it, ran it through my die cut machine so that it made an impression on the paper. I then ink blended very lightly over the impressed part with distress oxide in scattered straw and tattered rose. I then die cut it down to a smaller size.

Next I used the Waves stencil to heat emboss 2 colors of embossing powder (WOW embossing powders in Oceanic and Bee Kind) onto 2 different pieces of heavy acetate (Lawn Fawn Acetate). This acetate does not warp under the heat of a heat gun! I then fussy cut the parts of the wave that I wanted to use and placed them over vellum and blue cardstock (I looked in my stash to try to create the color I wanted).

Finally, I die cut a sentiment and image from the Hippo Hooray stamp set. I colored the hippo simply with C3 and C0 copic markers and sandwiched him between the 2 pieces of acetate.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope that you will try out the 2 techniques I did today!

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Frosty Box Card

Hi there, Christine here with a box card using the Snow Buddies stamp and Art Deco stencil.  I used the stencil to create a glittery background that I then die cut to make the box card more interesting.

I first created a background piece with the Art Deco stencil, by ink blending distress oxide inks in faded jeans, shaded lilac and speckled egg splotched onto a gel press with the stencil on it.  I then removed the stencil and placed a piece of cardstock onto the gel press.  I let the paper dry and then put the stencil back on and put glitter paste over all the colored areas. A video will be coming out soon that shows how I did this.  I then used the dies from the box card die set to created little decorative panels for the card.

 I die cut the main box pieces from Neenah solar white 110lb cardstock and put them together.  I added the decorative panels that I had made with the Art Deco stencil, as well as a sentiment from the Snow Buddies stamp.

I then colored some images from the Snow Buddies stamp set with some copic markers, Bunny (W3, W0, B66, B63) Snow Bunny (WO, E37, G24, G28) and Hedgehog (E37, E34, E31, B66, B63) and adhered them as shown above.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

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Sympathy Card

Today I have an A2 sympathy card using the Fall Bouquet stamp set and a sentiment from the Magnolia Sympathy stamp set. I did some no-line coloring and used colored pencils and gamsol.

I stamped the image Fall Bouquet stamp set onto Neenah cardstock with Ink on 3 fade out ink.  I colored with Caran d’Ache colored pencils, spending a lot of time going over sections with different colors. There is no trick, you just keep blending until you’re happy with the result and then I used gamsol to smooth everything out.

I then added some glitter paste to highlight certain areas and added some black, gold and white gel pen details as can be seen below. 

Finally I stamped the sentiment Magnolia Sympathy stamp set with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with gold glitter embossing powder onto heavy weight vellum (Bazzill).  I also created a frame out of gold vellum by using 2 rectangle dies I had in my stash.

Thank you for stopping by!