Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?

Come on, let’s play!  It seems like we haven’t seen our snow buddies in a while so we thought it would be a great time to create with them again.  Build A Snowman Perfectly Clear Stamps Set is our winter buddies building kit when snow isn’t in the weather forecast, so let’s have fun building a few snowmen to get a jump on a few winter card and scrapbook projects. The design team has their mittens on and shaping up some snowball creations for this week and we can’t wait for the fun to begin.

 

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Create a winter wonderland with oodles of different snowman and snowflakes in this set for great little scene stamp. Here’s a fun trio of buddies made by alumni Cyndi Bundy. Aren’t those the cutest snowmen?

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Build A Snowman by Cyndi Bundy

 

It’s going to be a fun week more of these of stamping a few snowballs figures and creating our own winter buddies. Let’s have some fun in the snow! Hop on over and take a look at these designers glacial projects and leave them a little comment love while your there!

Kristine Reynolds

Louise Healy

We’ll be back on Wednesday with ways to accessorize these snow buddies, or snowmen, for their wintry debut.

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

 

Get Ready to BLOG HOP!!!

The amazing Stampendous Design Team and the stupendous Stampendous BlogStars Team #1 are joining their super powers this Saturday for the 2nd Stampendous Blog Hop!!

Join us here at 8am PDT for the list of blogs to go a hoppin’. You’re going to LOVE the prizes! We’ll give away 2 each of our BRAND NEW  Jumbo Cling Flowers. They include a stunning Tulip, a dazzling Tiger Lily, and a fantastic Dogwood branch. Each prize includes a Jumbo Handle, rapidly becoming our fastest selling item this lightweight, easy to hold and use handle is ideal for all your largest cling and clear stamps!

The new flowers are available on our website, at your local stamp or scrapbooking store, and on our Facebook store. You’ll go nuts over the ease of use, versatility, and just plain wonderfulness of these images. The DT gasped in astonishment, the BlogStars squealed with glee when they knew they were getting some, and everyone has made the most incredible things for you to look at. Here are some sneaky peeks for those who can’t wait!

How can you win these gorgeous examples of stampy goodness??? Join us here between Saturday, June 11  at 8am PDT and Tuesday, June 14th at midnight. Leave a comment on our blog, then visit each of the 13 DT blogs and leave a comment on EACH one. It really helps us if you could include your first name and last initial in your comment so that we can easily spot you on all the blogs. We’ll compile a list of which folks made it to all 14 blogs and they’ll go into a drawing for one of the fabulous new flower sets. We’ll announce the winners here on Friday, June 17th, so look for your name.  Can’t wait to see what new amazingness our creative designers produce. Be sure to join us Saturday!