My Dream Day layout – by Asia King

Hello Stampendous fans! Time for another inspiration from your favourite Foreign Correspondent Asia King :). Today is quite special because not only I’m sharing a scrapbook page but it’s a layout of my Dream Day – my Wedding Day that is :).

Let’s start the creative process, shall we?

For the first stage you will need: kraft and patterned papers, mini mister, sanding file, Martha Stewart decorative punch, Vintage Photo distress ink, blending tool.

First, we are going to distress the edges using a technique I first saw in the UK’s Scrap365 magazine.

1. Your kraft card will be your base – you can distress it or leave it unchanged, as I did here.

2. Punch a decorative border all around the patterned page that will be your first background layer. Keep changing the angle of the punch to get an uneven pattern – this will add to a ‘tattered’, vintage look.

3. For the other papers spray some water with a mini mister around all the edges and leave it for a minute or so. This will soften the papers ready for the next step.

4. Working your way all along the edges pinch, crunch and wrinkle the papers. Then leave the papers to dry.

5. When dry, smooth the creases slightly and distress with the sanding file. Distress further with the distress ink. Once you’re happy with the look, adhere the layers together except the top patterned paper (we will come back to it in step 11).

For this step you will need: Cling Ruffled Corset stamp (UK peeps click here), stamping handle, Coffee Archival ink, White Opal Liquid Pearls, Viva Decor Transparent Croco, spatula, Inktense pencils (or alcohol markers), water brush, decorative card from leftover packaging, 3d foam pads and ivory card. Oh – and you also need a photo to scrap!

6. Stamp the Ruffled Corset with Coffee ink onto the cream card twice. The ink will react with the Croco medium and fade slightly adding to a vintage distressed look. If you want a sharper image use StazOn or Memento  ink instead.

7. Colour the corsets with your pencils/pens. Cover with Croco medium and leave to dry.

8. When dry, cut the stamped images into 3/4 width, one from the left and the other one from the right. Cut three matts from the decorative packaging card. Mount the corsets and the photo onto them with 3d foam pads.

9. Embellish the panels with Liquid Pearls as shown.

For this step you will need: Shabby White Embossing Enamel (UK crafters click here), Beacon’s 3 in 1 Advanced Craft Glue, Lettuce Colour Wash, Gold Cosmic Shimmer Mist, selection of lace, ribbons and fabric flowers, burlap, eyelets and eyelet setting tool.

10. Randomly spray the colour wash and the shimmer mist over the lace, ribbons and flowers.

11. Sprinkle the Shabby White enamel in the bottom right corner of the remaining patterned paper. Heat from underneath with a heat gun and watch the shabby magic happen. Repeat in the opposite corner.

12. Punch 8 holes in the enamelled areas and embellish with eyelets. Thread ribbons through the eyelets to mirror the lace up corsets. Finish the lace ups with bows and previously died flowers.

13. Adhere the last layer to the rest of the background papers.

14. Arrange the burlap, lace and images over the page and when you’re happy with the layout, fix them in place with the 3 in 1 glue.

Now onto my favourite part. You will need Champagne and Fresh Green glitters from the Glass Glitter kit, 3 in 1 glue, Shabby White moulded flowers, selection of additional pearl brads, sparklies and flowers.

15. Add pearls/brads and jewels as accents around the main photo panel.

16. Trace around the main photo with a generous layer of 3 in 1 glue, add some glue partially over the brads too.

17. Sprinkle the glass glitters over the glue.

18. Arrange a flower cluster below the photo from the fabric and moulded enamel flowers (you can watch my moulded flowers tutorial here).

For the final part you will need: Shabby White EE, embossing ink, die cut alphas, Lettuce Colour Wash, additional alpha stickers and die cuts.

19. Spray the die cut alphas with the colour wash and allow to dry.

20. Swipe the embossing ink over the letters leaving some areas dry. Sprinkle the Shabby White powder over the letter and heat with a heat tool.

21. Arrange all alphas and die cuts over the page and adhere with the 3 in 1 glue.

If you’d like to see additional close up photos of this layout, be sure to visit my blog!

I hope you enjoyed sharing my Dream Day with me! What would be/has been your dream day? Let me know in the comment below :).

Big hugs


Stampendous is Hopping to a Fast Finish!

This week has been so fun as we’ve painted Fast Finish on just about every surface we could find from light switch covers to …well… just about everything else.  We knew this product was fast-drying, easy to clean up, and perfectly clear, but we did learn this week that you can color it with Distress Ink Refills. Well, Rhea Weigand discovered it. Here’s her final project in this week of fun projects.

Hi there!!  This is Rhea again and the fun week with Stampendous and Beacon Adhesives comes to an end today with our Blog Hop.  It’s been so much fun this week playing with Fast Finish Medium and exploring the possibilities.  I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have!
This is my favorite project for this week.  It also happened to be the quickest and easiest. Learn more by click here..Rhea’s Nesting Bird

Nesting Bird by Passionate Paper Creations

The whole team is playing along today, so be sure to visit all of the blogs and leave some insightful, kind comments (the kind that let us know you looked at the project) and we’ll give some great prizes, sending some of you with U.S. mailing addresses some Fast Finish Decoupage Medium and some Stampendous Stamps. Here we go…

Kristine Reynolds

Mary Dawn Quirindongo

Melinda Gleissner

Stephanie Lee (Arty Carty)

Suzanne Czosek

Janelle Stollfus

Krissy Fossmeyer

April Derrick

Lea Kimmel

Wendy Price

Tenia Nelson

Ready for a Faster Finish?

So we’re having a super fun time this week with a great new product we’ve discovered. (ok…that’s completely arrogant since we didn’t really discover it and we have no idea whatsoever how old it is) but it’s new to us, and we’re really excited about it, so it’s like we discovered it! Anyway, Fast Finish Decoupage Medium from Beacon Adhesives has been helping us make some fantastic projects this week. We hope you’ve enjoyed them, too!!

I don’t think any of our team have enjoyed it quite as much as Rhea Weigand, though. She figured out how to color this product with Distress Inks and there’s no way to stop her. She made a week of fantastic projects using this technique, and she’s been gracious enough to share them with us. Here’s Rhea’s introduction to today’s great project:

The fun week continues with Stampendous and Beacon Adhesives!  Working with Fast Finish Decoupage Medium and it is amazing.  I have to say, I’ve never been a fan of decoupaging of any kind.  Fast Finish has changed my mind.  It’s a very thin liquid and dries so quickly and it is extremely easy to work with.

Here I’ve done an 8×10 canvas chalked with distressed inks which is perfect coloring technique with Fast Finish Medium! Find out why and all the details of this piece by clicking here  Rhea’s Hydrangea & Flutters

After you’ve visited Rhea’s blog to read the details of this project, be sure to hop on over to Tenia Nelson’s Blog and check out her project.  Then be sure to plan some time this weekend to check out  a whole round of terrific projects using this great product along with some wonderful Stampendous images and Essentials and some other gems from Beacon Adhesives. It will be a ton of fun, and we’ll be giving away some Fast Finish and Stampendous products for randomly chosen comments!

Coordinated Kiddo Tearing it up!

It’s takes coordination and Core’dination to skateboard like a Kiddo!

Our own in house designer, Debi Hammons, created this Skateboard Kiddo birthday card during our Core’dination Blog Hop- and it’s just so darned cute! Even though the hop is over, we had to show it to you just for fun. We love the way Debi tore the paper revealing the Krafty inner core, and we also love that she used our Crushed Glass Black Glitter to create a little asphalt for the Kiddo to scrape up!

Our Final Day of “Sneak Peek”

Jennifer Dove’s Spooky Skeleton bids you farewell. The Sneak Peek is almost over.

We’ve enjoyed sharing tidbits of all our new products and images this week. We will be revealing all of our wonderful new designs in a very short order! We’ve been busy posting all of our amazing projects from our catalog onto our website so that you can see all the ingredients and make them yourself. Our designers write instructions for their samples so that we can share the fun. We hope you enjoy all the Fran•táge Halloween, Christmas and Everyday stuff coming your way. Every day’s a holiday!

New Color Fragments!

New Color Fragments Coming Soon!

Just imagine what you could do with Trick or Treat Fragments with all the colors of Halloween! Wait till you see the new things we have in store for you in this new catalog! Color Fragments are just fragments of the fun we have planned! Stay tuned!

Washi Tape Tutorial by April Derrick

“Because of You” Scrapbook Layout by April Derrick

This is certainly a peaceful page with a great Washi Tape Technique (say that real fast 5 times), a little watercoloring and a great photo. April’s going to show us how she did it! keep reading….

First, your suppy list:

From Stampendous: Cling Jumbo Romantic Border & Elegant Borders Perfectly Clear Stamps Set and Cling Jumbo Iris.
Artist Tape, Journaling Pen, Watercolor Pencils, & Watercolor Markers: STAEDTLER, Black Ink: Tsukineko Versafine, White Cardstock: Bazzill, Chipboard Stars: Basically Bare, Metal Clip: Tim Holtz, Liquitex Titanium White Ink.

Washi Tape, Step One

1. Tear off several strips of STAEDTLER Artist tape and stick them down on a non-stick craft sheet.

Washi Tape Step Two

2. Color the tape strips with watercolor markers.
3. Heat them with a heat gun to dry completely.

Stamp Border Designs on Tape.

4. Apply ink to Border stamps, and stamp images directly on top of colored tape.

5. After the ink dries, you can leave as is, or spritz on some glimmer mist to add a little sparkle.
6. Simply peel the tape strips off of the non-stick craft mat and apply to a sheet of card stock.

* Technique Tip: For my project, after I stuck my tape strips on my card stock, I gently brushed over them with a wet paintbrush to release some of the watercolors and draw them down the page for a cool blending effect!

Thanks April! Everyone will enjoy making tape borders for scrapbook pages and projects. This is a very cool technique!


Merci by Tenia Nelson

Merci Bluecoup? Here we have another bold splash of color by BlogStar Tenia Nelson. We love that Tenia takes risks with color and also knows how to say thank you in French with our Cling Jumbo Peony! So, we say Thank You very blue, Tenia for all your lovely and colorful cards! (Yes, we are taking risks with language here- it’s bold and FUN!) Speaking of language, don’t miss our Cling Distressed Type, which Tenia used for that clever background on this bluecoup beauty.