Technique Focus

Did you know you can color your stamps without using a single ink pad? It’s true! Instead of ink pads, you can use Stampin’ Write Markers to add color and variety to your stamps.

For our card, we used a stamp from the Reasons to Smile Stamp Set as our focal point. We colored the words with Coastal Cabana, the flowers with Daffodil Delight, and the leaves with Granny Apple Green. We colored the stamp twice to make sure the image was nice and dark, then we breathed on the stamp to activate the color. We stamped out the image and then added a few Iridescent Rhinestone Basic Jewels to give the card a little shine without taking away focus from the stamp.

This technique is super simple, but it allows you to have multiple colors on your stamp rather than just one color from an ink pad. Give it a try this week and let us know how it turns out!

Making a CASE for CASEing!

CASEing (Copy and Share Everything) is the quickest way we know to reach the creative zone—which is why our catalogs are filled with lovely samples to light up your imagination. Pick a card, and try to envision it with your own twist: some shimmery ribbon here, a different Designer Series Paper layer there—and before you know it, you’ll be happily stamping away at your crafting table!

Our concept artist was inspired by the “For All the Great Things” card. As she says, “I loved the layout but wanted a more feminine feel, so I changed the imagery and colors.” She created a sketch of the original card and proceeded to make her own fabulous rendition using the Potted Geraniums Stamp Set and the Geraniums Dies.

Instead of using the darker colors of the original card, she chose Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron, and Petal Pink inks and paper—along with a couple of shiny, Distressed Gold Specialty Paper layers (that balance beautifully with the Brushed Metallic Dots). Notice, too, how she used Metallics Stampin’ Emboss Powders to add texture plus an earthy feel to the pot and garden marker. So lovely!

Why not flip through the upcoming January–April Mini Catalog and see what you could CASE for a January workshop. There is just so much to choose from—from floating lanterns to seashells to valentines. Whatever you do, have fun and post your results on social media for everyone to see!

Key to My Heart Paper Pumpkin

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Seal your love this season with the Key to My Heart Paper Pumpkin Kit! This month’s kit represents the tradition of locking a padlock on a bridge to symbolize unbreakable love. It comes with everything you need to make 9 darling love-themed cards—3 each of 3 designs. So, no matter who your dance partner or dinner date is, you can make something heartfelt for them this season.  

This month’s kit includes:

• Everything you need to make 9 cards, 3 each of 3 designs, and 9 coordinating envelopes.

• A special love-themed photopolymer stamp set!
• 1 Fresh Freesia Ink Spot.
• Unique padlock and key die cuts that you can mix and match to create something heartfelt!

Plus, this month there is a special add-on! The add-on is a heart-shaped treat box. These Heart Boxes are easy to put together and will take your crafting even further. Add-ons are live during the subscription period, but are only available while supplies last. Act quick, and don’t miss out on these Heart Boxes filled with love!


Step it Up
The Christmas season is the perfect time to send love to people you care about, and what better way than with a handmade card? Try spreading the love this season—you never know who may need it!

We kept this card super simple by adhering a 4-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (11.4 x 10.8 cm) card front to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals—we used the same color for the card front and base. We then added a narrow 2-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (6.4 x 10.8 cm) piece of Basic White Cardstock as our focal point. We stamped our lighthouse image using the Lighthouse Point Stamp Set, added a sentiment, and finished it off with a Linen Thread for a nautical rope feel.

We stepped up our second card by stamping with VersaMark ink on our card base to give the illusion of clouds. Then we tore some Bermuda Bay and Soft Suede Cardstock to represent water and land. We wanted to add a bit more texture to the cardstock, so we used the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder.

For our final card we die cut a few pieces to assemble our lighthouse and added some rocks to our landscape. We finished up the card with some Faux Sea Glass Shapes—we loved how much they matched with our water theme.

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Creative Challenge for December

Do you look forward to our monthly Creative Challenges as much as we do? Get ready to be inspired for the final challenge of 2022!

This month we are using embossing folders in a creative way. Our concept artist chose the Pretty Flowers Embossing Folder and a variety of Classic Stampin’ Ink Pads (Balmy Blue, Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya, Petal Pink, So Saffron, and Soft Seafoam) to create a posh and upscale card that’s super-easy to make.

Using the Blending Brushes, apply a heavy amount of ink to the positive side of the folder in slightly slanted rows. Then, take a piece of Basic White Cardstock, insert it inside the embossing folder, and run it through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. The color goes on beautifully on the debossed parts and creates lovely, white, distressed spaces on the raised areas.

Multipurpose Liquid Glue is perfect for adhering the gold, framed piece to the sentiment and the Split Card Textures die cut to the card front. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the tag, and Glue Dots to adhere the Simply Elegant Trim and the leaves cut from Soft Sea Foam and Vellum Cardstock.

Finish it by adding a few Brushed Butterflies for extra glitz. So pretty!

Ready to make a great card using an embossing folder? We’d love to see your work, so post it on social media using the #CreativeChallengeSU hashtag. Have fun!

Last Chance and Clearance

Shop the products from the holiday mini catalog when they are gone they are gone. Many items are on sale up to 60% off… and check the clearance rack too, lots of new dies have been added! Click HERE to shop now.

Memory Keeping

Pocket pages are a great way to scrapbook—you can use small details mixed with photos and journaling to add interest without putting in a lot of work! Preserving your memories this way is super easy and it’s fun for both avid crafters and for people who are just starting out.

As you craft, don’t be afraid to figure out different ways to use cards and stickers. That’s what we did with the Texture Chic Memories & More Card Pack in our scrapbook pages. We cut out sentiments from the cards and used them to decorate our pages. Then we took a few stickers, placed them sticky side up, and dabbed them with an Embossing Buddy. This deactivated the sticker and allowed us to adhere them to our pages with Stampin’ Dimensionals. We loved the personal touch that this gave to our pages.

We also used the Season of Chic Die Set to die cut a few leaves from the Memories & More cards. After adhering them to our pages, we used the fine tip of an Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker to jot down a few memories from the day. We thought the gold accents of the Memories & More kit added the right amount of shine to finish the project (but you can always add more embellishments)!

We love scrapbooking with pocket pages because they can be as simple or as complex as we wanted them to be. Plus, our photos can be the focal point of our project while still finding subtle ways to add interest. Now it’s your turn! Use our pages as an example or create some pages that are all your own!

Technique Focus

Bring the sparkling serenity of snowflakes to your Christmas cards with our July–December 2022 Mini Catalog’s Joyful Flurry Bundle, which includes the delightfully detailed Joyful Flurry Stamp Set and Frosted Flurry Dies.

To make this month’s technique card, place three snowflake stamps on the Stamparatus to stamp the Balmy Blue Cardstock background layer in Balmy Blue ink; repeat with the Basic White Cardstock. Use the snowflake dies to cut the stamped snowflakes out of the Basic White Cardstock base. (These are peek-through windows so you will not need the snowflakes for this project.)

Next, adhere a piece of Window Sheet to the back of the Basic White Cardstock base with Multipurpose Liquid Glue. On the back of the Basic White Cardstock base, attach Foam Adhesive Strips to the outside of each snowflake and set aside. On the stamped Balmy Blue Cardstock, put sequins from the Sparkle & Shine Sequins Assortment in the center of each snowflake. Adhere the Basic White Cardstock layer over the Balmy Blue Cardstock (matching the snowflakes from the Balmy Blue Cardstock layer with the cutouts from the Basic White Cardstock layer. Finish by adding die-cut snowflakes, ribbon, and the sentiment to the card front.

CASE—Copy And Share Everything

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This week, we CASEd the technique of one of our cards. If you like what you see, feel free to CASE it!

We started by stamping our image in VersaMark ink on Vellum paper and heat embossing it with white Stampin’ Emboss Powder. We then turned the paper over to color on the back of the Vellum with the dark shade of Stampin’ Blends—we used Daffodil Delight for the sun, Petal Pink for the sky, and Fresh Freesia, Orchid Oasis, and Starry Sky for the hills. We loved how this coloring gave the paper a stained-glass look.

We didn’t want the adhesive to show through the Vellum when we adhered it to the card base, so we put some Mini Glue Dots under the space where we knew we would put our sentiment banner. Then we rolled up a few more glue dots and placed them around the top arch under the embossed parts so they wouldn’t be visible. Finally, we fussy cut the leaves, heat embossed our sentiment, and finished the card off with a few Heart Pearls.

If you’re looking for a way to shake things up, try your hand at copying and sharing everything!

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