Let’s Get Our Crackle On

Welcome back to our Playing with Paste week here on our blog. There is a fabulous crackle embossing paste featured in our tutorial today that will have your mojo stirring up projects to make and there are also some great projects posted by some of our design team that you won’t want to miss. Take the links below to see their projects now then come back to see the tutorial with a crackling effect!

Louise Healy

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Pam Hornschu

This great tutorial originally posted on the Paper Craft Planet blog by alumni design team member Cyndi Bundy and we’re happy to bring it to this week of special how-to’s with embossing paste. The tutorial includes all the materials and instructions to make the completed card from Cyndi’s project, however to create the crackle technique the first seven steps can be followed along with supplies marked with an asterisk (*) in the list below.
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Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Tape Mittens stencil down on all 4 sides making sure to start with the top so you will have a hinge.
  2. Apply the Matte Black Embossing Paste using the Paste Spreader.  (The first layer will be the color that peeks through the crackle so a darker shade gives a nice contrast.)
  3. Scrape off the excess paste from around the edges and return it to container, cleaning rim before tightly putting on the lid.

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  1. Remove tape working backwards.  Remove stencil using the tape hinge technique.  Let this layer dry thoroughly.

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  1. Clean your stencil in water with soft brush and dry then reapply the stencil over the first layer of paste.  Line it up almost perfectly, but at a slight diagonal.  This will allow for the stencil to sit on top of the paste and the bridges of the stencil will have a higher surface to lie on.

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  1. Tape down stencil and apply crackle paste.
  2. Remove tape and clean the stencil. Allow the paste to dry.  And then magic happens; the crackles will appear when it dries!


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At this point you can leave the crackle paste as is for a matte white finish or add color and shine with the following steps.

  1. Apply ink with sponge applicator to crackle paste until desired look is achieved. Ink can be applied through a cleaned stencil (as shown) or without the stencil for a distressed look.
  2. Sprinkle Clear Embossing Powder over wet ink, tap off the excess returning to container and heat being careful to stop before the stenciled paste starts to bubble.

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  1. Glue finished stenciling onto cardstock mat and adhere to cardstock base.
  2. Place sentiment from Tis The Season Perfectly Clear Stamps Set onto acrylic stamp handle and stamp onto coordinating paper with Versamark Watermark ink.
  3. Emboss with Chinese Red embossing powder. Trim and fold to look like banner.
  4. Adhere sentiment onto card base.

The finished effect creates an amazing project, just think of all the possibilities for decor and gifts with this technique. See you tomorrow for more great projects and another video tutorial.

Swirls and Flourishes

The flourish is a polishing step in design. It’s a detail, neat and pretty that shows you’ve taken that extra time to make your project special.

Did you know we have swirls and flourish stamps throughout our January 2015 Catalog? You can find them in the Cling Rubber Sets like Spring Bouquet, Moray Dahlia and the pot of gold in Cling Filigree?

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Cling Filigree Stamp and Stencil Set

Debi Hammons used this set to create a stunning birthday card as the main attraction!

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Filigree Happy Birthday by Debi Hammons

Krissy Fossmeyer took the time to add the flourish border in Moray Dahlia for a ribbon accent here on her Thank You card.

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Bowl Bouquet By Krissy Fossmeyer

Swirls and flourishes work great for finishing up those scrapbook pages, too! Here’s a scrapbook page from alumni Cindy Bundy’s project bin that uses the swirl border from Spring Bouquet.

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Grape Label Scrapbook Page by Cyndi Bundy

What will our designer share today? Let’s not wait a second more to find out! Thank you for stopping by…

Pam Hornschu

 

How about Cyber Sunday?

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Our Black Friday – Cyber Monday Sale continues today with just one day left! Don’t miss out on these great deals! Supplies of these images and our Stack Art Kits and Stamp Sets are limited!

We’ve shown you some great options for Holiday Cards this weekend! But what if you want to created some terrific gifts this year as well? Sets of cards and Home Decor pieces can be wonderful gifts, and we’ve got you covered! Two terrific Jumbo Cling Rubber Stamp Sets on our SALE are just what you need!

Our Jumbo Cling Rubber Pears are a great set for cards and other projects! The set includes the inside and outside of the pear, a fun background/border image, separate leaves, plus two removable shading stamps that are great for so many things! Plus a FREE Template, of course, that lets you mask the pears, inside and out, and the leaves as well.

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Decorative Painter Debbie Cole, CDA made a gorgeous project with these pears! There’s a terrific tutorial on her blog HERE.

Jumbo Pear Basket by Debbie Cole
Jumbo Pear Basket by Debbie Cole
Pear Basket Lid by Debbie Cole
Pear Basket Lid by Debbie Cole

And Design Team Member Kristine Reynolds made this terrific candle with our great pears as well!!

 

Jumbo Pear Candle by Kristine Reynolds
Jumbo Pear Candle by Kristine Reynolds

But, of course, this pair of Pears is great for cards, too. And maybe a simple, gorgeous card set is just what you need for a special friend?

Jumbo Pears by Cyndi Bundy
Jumbo Pears by Cyndi Bundy
Jumbo Pears Card by Debi Hammons
Jumbo Pears Card by Debi Hammons

Or perhaps your tastes run to Mixed Media? Our Jumbo Pears are absolutely dynamite with our Creative Palette! Here, Fran shows how to make super gorgeous File Card greetings with a free template you can download on our site!

 

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Jumbo Pear File Folder Cards by Fran Seiford

Stay tuned later today for more on our scrumptious Jumbo Grapes – also on sale through Monday, Dec 1!

Small Business Saturday is HERE!!

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Good Morning! It’s Small Business Saturday! And we’ve got the perfect way for you to support small businesses without ever leaving your home!

Did you know that every order you place on our website is filled by an independent scrapbooking, rubber stamp, or craft retail store? The only time we fill an order is if no one else has the products you’re ordering. But the majority of our orders are filled by small, local businesses. You’re helping these great retailers while, at the same time, having the opportunity to choose from our entire line of products!! Win, Win!!

Our retailers have had a chance to order our great Black Friday – Cyber Monday products at super deep discounts, so they’re standing ready to fill your sale orders! You can see the Featured Products on sale on the home page of our website – www.stampendous.com

We’re sharing projects for our sale items this week so you’ll have a chance to get inspired and see what you can make. If you missed the tag post featuring our Stack Art, it’s HERE.

One of the great Jumbo Cling Rubber Stamp Sets on SALE this weekend is our adorable Top Hat Snowman! He’s just the cutest Snowman around and the little bird on his head agrees!! He comes with a FREE Template that can mask him for background stamping or treatments, plus a great snow stencil pattern. He’s a four stamp set including a terrific “snow” border/background, a tiny snowflake, and an adorable little tree. An Amazing Value!!

Here’s some inspiration using this great stamp set!!

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Top Hat Snowman by Laura Weed
Top Hat Snowman by Laura Weed
Top Hat Snowman Candle Holder by Debbie Cole
Top Hat Snowman Candle Holder by Debbie Cole
Top Hat Snowman Background on a Jumbo Handle Ornament by Debbie Cole
Top Hat Snowman Background on a Jumbo Handle Ornament by Debbie Cole
Top Hat Snowman Project Life Page by Cyndi Bundy
Top Hat Snowman Project Life Page by Cyndi Bundy
Top Hat Snowman Card by Debi Hammons
Top Hat Snowman Card by Debi Hammons
Top hat Snowman Winter Journal by Jennifer Dove
Top hat Snowman Winter Journal by Jennifer Dove
Top Hat Snowman by Kristine Reynolds
Top Hat Snowman by Kristine Reynolds
Top hat Snowman Card by Cyndi Bundy
Top hat Snowman Card by Cyndi Bundy
Top Hat Snowman Border on Build a Snowman Card by Kristine Reynolds
Top Hat Snowman Border on Build a Snowman Card by Kristine Reynolds
Top Hat Snowman Template Stencil on Bouquet Kiddo card by Jamie Martin
Top Hat Snowman Template Stencil on Bouquet Kiddo card by Jamie Martin

 

Our Sale Continues!

2014 Black Frday Sale

If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at our Black Friday-Cyber Monday sale, be sure to head over to www.stampendous.com where the Featured Products on our front page are at an unbelievable savings!

Lots of our very best Christmas images are on sale in addition to our Stack Art Kraftboard Kits and Stamp Sets.

One of the cutest images we’re featuring at an unbelievable savings is our darling Penguin Snow Jumbo Cling Rubber Set.  Remember this stamp set comes with a free template which includes masks, and a darling snow stencil. You can see it on the baby bib below. Here are some terrific ideas for this great stamp –

Penguin Snow Stamp Set
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Penguin Snow Card by Debi Hammons
Penguin Snow Card by Debi Hammons
Penguin Snow Card by Kristine Reynolds
Penguin Snow Card by Kristine Reynolds
Penguin Snow by Cyndi Bundy
Penguin Snow by Cyndi Bundy
Penguin Snow Candle Box by Debbie Cole
Penguin Snow Candle Box by Debbie Cole
Penguin Snow Scrapbook Page by Debi Hammons
Penguin Snow Scrapbook Page by Debi Hammons
Simple Penguin Snow by Debi Hammons
Simple Penguin Snow by Debi Hammons
Penguin Snow Baby Bib by Tammie Wilson
Penguin Snow Baby Bib by Tammie Wilson

 

Remember to get some Shaved Ice or other Glitter Embellishments with your Penguins! Our New Winter Micro Glitter Kit is a perfect accompaniment!   Stay tuned for other great suggestions from our sale items this weekend!

Just Bloggin’ and Hoppin’ and Stampin’ and Dreamin’

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We’ve had such a fantastic time this week playing with our Blossom Beauty Stamp Set, the matching Blossom Beauty Die Set, and Dreamweaver Stencils products. Several of the Dream Team have played with us before, so you’ve seen a ton of terrific samples using all kinds of products from both companies. Today we’ve got posts from 19 designers, so grab a cup of coffee and maybe a kitten or two so you can visit all the blogs, leave some comments, and be entered to win our great prize package of products for both companies.

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3 prize packages with Stamps, Dies, and Stencils

Dream It Up!

Rhea Weigand

Jamie Martin

Lynn Mercurio

Wendy Price

Alison Heikkila

Laura Drahozal

Lyn Bernatovich

Kristi Parker Van Doren

Terrece Siddoway

Kristine Fossmeyer

Louise Healy

Cyndi Bundy

Lea Kimmel

Kristine Reynolds

Pam Hornschu

Jennifer Dove

Suzanne Czosek

Asia King

Tenia Nelson

Coloring Along with Tombow

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Our Design Team has been playing with Tombow markers this week, and following the tips and techniques guide that Tombow Designer Marie Browning so kindly prepared for us! For your own copy of this terrific tip guide just click on the link below and you’ll be able to download, print, or save the guide to your computer!

Stampendous and Tombow – A guide to techniques by Marie Browning

Then check out what our terrific Design Team has in store for you today! You’ll love what they’ve done. Be sure to comment on each project, because there are three terrific prize packages to be won this week by winners with US mailing addresses!

Cyndi Bundy

Tobi Crawford

Lea Kimmel

 

Blog Hopping with Faber-Castell

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So today is our big blog hop with the Design Team from Faber-Castell! It’s been a really fun week of sharing and inspiration. These quality products have been a big hit with our Design Team. Look for them to mention using them on lots of projects in the future!

Why do we do blog hops?

  • So you’ll see the work of our great designers and subscribe to our blog and theirs
  • So you’ll see how our versatile products work so well with top products from other companies
  • So our fans can learn about new products from our crafty partners, and so their fans can learn about our products.
  • So that hopefully you’ll want to hear more about our products and inspiration and you’ll Like us on Facebook, pin our projects on your Pinterest boards, and follow us on your favorite social media channels.
  • So that YOUR friends can hear about our products and those of our partners and we can grow as a company that offers you MORE fun goodies and inspiration!
  • THANKS for participating in this hop and helping us grow! We appreciate you!

On to the goodness today! Visit all the sites (they’ll open in a new window so you can come back to this one and be sure not to miss any) and leave comments for opportunities to win. You have until Sunday to comment, prizes will be announced Monday on our blog and on the Design Memory Craft Blog so be sure to check both places! Ready, Set, Go:

Wendy Price

Krissy Fossmeyer

Tobi Crawford

Tenia Nelson

Asia King

Cyndi Bundy

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Kimmel

Janelle Stollfus

Jamie Martin

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Coloring Stampendous with Faber-Castell

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Continuing our terrific partnership with Faber-Castell this week, we’d love to feature some great images colored with their Gelatos product. These products work like watercolors when scribbled on to a palette and applied with a waterbrush. They can also be applied directly to your scrapbook background and then spritzed with water from a spray bottle or brushed with a wet brush to create washes or drips of color. So versatile and so easy to use!

Here scrapbook artist Adrienne Ford uses our new Glance stamp along with our Rattan Weave Background stamp and the terrific Mixed Media Grunge Cling Set designed by Nathalie Kalbach for Stampendous.

Portrait of a Lady by Adrienne Ford
Portrait of a Lady by Adrienne Ford

From Mixed Media to cute, you can use your Gelatos to color anything. Here in-house Sample Artist Debi Hammons watercolored our Feather Bonnet Baby then added some strokes of colored pencil over the top for texture. Gelatos make it easy to create this type of look.

Plume Bonnet Baby by Debi Hammons
Feather Bonnet Baby by Debi Hammons

Check out what the Faber-Castell team and our other Design Team members have been up to today! Be sure to leave comments for your chance to win some great products!

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Blog

Cyndi Bundy

Janelle Stollfus