Epic Celebrations

Masculine stamp sets are hard to come by, finding a stamp set that is timeless and yet youthful, but not too young is even harder!!  The Epic Celebration stamp set is perfect for creating cards for the cool dudes ‘n’ gals you know.  This is another exclusive Sale-A-Bration item that can be yours with a $50 purchase. 

Using my Stamp-a-ma-jig, I was able to perfectly stamp the electric guitars and sentiments to create this classic card.  I used my light Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends marker to color the electric guitars, added some splatters from Timeless Textures stamp set and some Black and White Baker’s Twine.  The image piece was then matted with cardstock and a piece of retired designer series paper.

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This next card has several layers.  First, I stamped and fussy cut the electric guitar on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, then colored it using both the light and dark Stampin’ Blends from Cherry Cobbler combo and Smoky Slate combo packs.  For the sentiment piece was die cut using Layering Circle Framelits — with second largest circle and scalloped circles.  I used the Huffing technique and my Stampin’ Write markers to color “EPIC” in Cherry Cobbler and the rest in Basic Black to create the sentiment piece which I embellished with three black rhinestones (now retired, but you can create your own black rhinestones by coloring Rhinestone Basic Jewels with a Black Sharpie).  I created my own dotted designer paper using a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, Cherry Cobbler ink and the dots stamp with first and second generation stamping.  I embellished the dotted designer paper with a thin strip of Silver Foil.  The large layer of Cherry Cobbler was dry embossed using my new Simple Stripes embossing folder, and I carefully swiped Basic Gray Archival ink pad over the raised embossed image to add color and dimension.  The piece was then mounted on a piece of Basic Gray cardstock cut 5″x8-1/2″ and folded in half.

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This timeless yet youthful Epic Celebration stamp set is a must have for your craft room.  And, it can be yours free with a qualifying purchase during Sale-a-Bration promotion with runs through March 31st.

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Moonlight Tropics using Waterfront

Masking and sponging — all that’s necessary to make this moonlight tropical scene with the Waterfront photopolmer stamp set.

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To create this card, you will need a post-it note pad, a 1-1/2 inch circle punch, a sponge cut into wedges, and aqua painter and Soft Sky, Dapper Denim and Tuxedo Black Memento ink pads.  I created a mask for the moon by punching a 1-1/2 inch circle out of a sticky end of a post-it note. 

To create my scene, I placed the circle post-it note on a piece of Soft Sky cardstock.  Then, I lightly sponged Soft Sky ink around the moon and sponged Dapper Denim ink to create darker sky towards the top of the piece.

I used the straight edge of the post-it note, Memento ink and the long stamp from Waterfront stamp.  A little sponging above the island created the illusion of distance.  And, then stamped the palm trees in Memento ink. 

The water was created by inking up the water image with Soft Sky and brushing it with my aqua painter before stamping the image.  I also picked up some ink from the lid to create the horizon and to add some additional color with my aqua painter.  

The sentiment was added Memento ink from the Picture Perfect Stamp Set.  The edges of the moonlight stamped piece were sponged with Memento ink, matted on Whisper White cardstock and mounted on a retired piece of designer series paper.

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More Watercoloring with Waterfront

Escape into your craft room for a vacation from the rubber stamping and create your own landscapes with interchangeable stamps from new Waterfront photopolymer stamp set.  Combine them to create tropical islands, tranquil lakes, majestic mountains and valley floors with beautiful sunsets and moon lit scenes.

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Here, I created a simple scene with Waterfront stamp set  with a sandy beach with palm trees with Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Wild Wasabi, Dapper Denim and Calypso Coral.  I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies to draw attention to the scene, which was matted on piece of Sahara Sand cardstock stamped with Soft Suede ink on Hardwood Background stampTo give the Hardwood Background a more distressed look, I sponged Sahara Sand and Soft Suede and stamped distressed wood edge image from Timeless Textures stamp set.  

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Waterfront – Watercolor like a Pro

Create tranquil scene, whether it’s lakes lined with trees, tropical islands, or snow-covered forests with the new Waterfront photopolymer stamp set.  This set lets you get realistic water colored images with the ease of stamping!  

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Here’s the trick:  ink up the stamp, brush with your aqua painter pen and stamp on watercolor paper – Yes, it is that simple.

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For the card above, I stamped this tranquil water color scene on Stampin’ Up! watercolor paper using Pacific Point, Pink Pirouette, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo.  First, I sprayed the water color paper using my Stampin’ Spritzer to make the paper slightly damp and to accentuate the watercolor effect  Then, I inked each stamp and brushed it with my aqua painter pen before stamping.  Next, is used my aqua painter to pick up ink from inside the lid of my ink pad to add subtle details.  The sentiment was stamped in Pacific Point ink using Picture Perfect Birthday photopolymer stamp set.

To add a little of the sunset reflection in the water, I used my aqua painter to pick up some Melon Mambo and Peekaboo Peach and to add a touch of color to the blue water.

While the paper was still damp, I used the fine tip of Stampin’ Write Markers to add definition to the horizon, water and clouds.

Once dry, I die cut the water color piece using Lots of Love Framelits Dies, which created interest and drew my eye to the water’s edge.  After trying several colors, I choose to mount the die cut image to Pacifc Point cardstock.  

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Guy Greetings – Two Different Ways

My favorite masculine stamp set is Guy Greetings.  With its retro look, it is perfect for making cards to celebrate the men in your life!  I love the line artwork of this stamp set, especially the old car because the men in my life love restoring old cars.  This particular stamp set is available as wood mount, clear mount or photopolymer to match your individual stamping style.

Below, I stamped the classic car three times in Soft Suede on a piece of Wood Textures designer series paper stack, which was subsequently matted with Bermuda Bay and Soft Suede cardstock.  The Stamp-a-ma-jig was used to ensure perfect spacing and alignment of the three cars.  On a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped a fourth car, which I colored using a blender pen and Bermuda Bay ink pad for a softer coloring effect and then fussy cut.  The Bermuda Bay card and sentiment are popped up with Dimensionals, and I added a some Bermuda Bay 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon for a little extra pop of color.

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For my second card, I created a background paper using Night of Navy ink and Post Script background stamp for a more vintage vibe.  I sponged the edges and matted this background piece with Night of Navy cardstock to make it pop.  The car was stamped on scrap piece of Whisper White and die cut  and matted using Lots of Labels Framelits dies.  A piece of  Night of Navy 5/8″ Crinkle Seam Binding Ribbon added for a shabby chic appeal and secured with a Mini-Glue Dot under the knot.  

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All of these items are available from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog and can help qualify your to earn more of the things you love for FREE during the Sale-a-Bration promotion.  You earn a FREE Sale-a-Bration product for every $50 you spend (total before shipping and tax) — now through March 31st.  

  1. If you spend $50, you earn one free level 1 product.
  2. If you spend $100, you earn one free level 2 product OR choose two level 1 items.
  3. If you spend $150, you have the option to choose three level 1 items OR one level 1 item and one level 2 item.
  4. If you have a BIG WISH LIST and place an order of $250 or more, you will earn $25 or more in additional Stampin’ Rewards benefits.  

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Tree Rings – Part 2

Here is another lovely card designed using timeless beauty of Tree Rings Background Stamp.

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Here I used VersaMark ink and Copper Embossing Powder on Night of Navy cardstock, and added a couple of leaves made from the Leaf Punch and die cuts from Bouquet Bunch Framelits dies.  The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White cardstock from Remarkable You stamp set and punched using Banner Triple Punch.

To underscore the versatility of this stamp set, consider this gift packaging idea with a feminine touch!

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Tree Rings

It’s exciting, it’s earthy, it’s full of texture!  This background stamp called Tree Rings is timeless and can really punch up your designs! tree rings background stamp

Here I combined Soft Suede cardstock with Copper Embossing Powder to create a striking background that is matted with Copper Foil Sheets and Tranquil Tide cardstock. 

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The sentiment from So Many Shells was stamped in Tranquil Tide ink on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The sentiment was punched with 1-1/4 circle punch and matted with the NEW 1-3/8 scallop circle punch — which will be available for purchase on January 3rd.  The leaves were die cut from Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies and embellished with 1/2″ wide Finely Woven Ribbon.

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One Wild Ride – Part 2

The other day I shared a masculine birthday card that I made for a coworker using One Wild Ride stamp set.  Choosing gifts for motorcyclist enthusiasts is easy:  t-shirts, bandannas, key chains —done!  But motorcycle-related cards and gift packaging were so much harder to find … that is until Dawn Griffith, a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and Million Sales Achiever designed this stamp set.  

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I just love this stamp set!  And, your favorite guy(s) will love receiving a card made using this stamp set!  As a reminder, it is always smart to invest in masculine themed stamp sets!

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One Wild Ride

The other day I needed a masculine birthday card for one of my coworkers.  One Wild Ride stamp set makes a wonderful card especially for that special someone who is a motorcycle enthusiast! 

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This two-step stamp set make it really quick and easy to make a handsome card.  For my color combination is choose Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Basic Black.  The speckles were stamped with first, second and third generation technique using Crumb Cake.  The Life’s a Journey badge was stamped in Cherry Cobbler on scrap paper and fussy cut.  

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The greeting and smaller Route 66 were perfectly placed using the Stamp-a-ma-jig.  While I could have double matted this piece, I choose to place the pieces askew for that “wild ride” look!

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Lovely as a Tree

If you need a simple and quick Christmas card, then grab one of my favorite all-time stamp sets, Lovely as a Tree.  These timeless tree images will fill any landscape and keep you in tune with Mother Nature.   Besides, the beautiful fir tree image is a classic, that will never go out of style!

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This stamp set is probably the oldest and dearest stamp set running in the current Stampin’ Up! Catalog.   It debuted in 2001 and was the very first stamp set that I purchased.  Lovely As A Tree is the equivalent of the little black dress in your wardrobe.  It is perfect for every occasion and you receive compliments every time you wear it.

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This card, created for my last Christmas card class, is no different.  Everyone loved it – so simple, so elegant.  Nothing says Christmas like a fir tree that is silver embossed on Whisper White cardstock.  While this card can be re-created in any color and for any occasion, I chose to sponge a halo around the tree in Tempting Turquoise ink, and mat the image in silver foil paper and Dapper Denim cardstock.  The 1/2″ wide banner is also silver embossed using “Merry Christmas” sentiment from retired Come to Bethlehem stamp set and popped up with mini dimensionals.

Do you have this stamp set already?  Is it on your Wish List?  If not, here are some cards to encourage you to purchase this stamp set.  



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