Challenge Your Creativity

“The creative challenge is something the Concept Art team does for Stampin’ Up!’s monthly Better Your Best Day. We focus on different techniques or products to get our creative juices flowing and to help us think outside our comfort zones. 

“We’ve posted some of our past challenges on social media, including fun projects like shaker cards and a color combo challenge. 

“We are sharing the challenge this week to encourage you to create along with Concept Art during our monthly challenge and share your projects using #CreativeChallengeSU. 

Are you ready to take the challenge? For the month of July, the Concept Art team issued a watercolor challenge! For the card featured here, our artist stamped the boat image with StāzOn ink on Shimmery White Cardstock and lightly water colored the image with Crumb Cake and Tahitian Tide ink. Once dry, she shaded the boat with the Early Espresso Watercolor Pencil, then used Balmy Blue and Pacific Point Watercolor Pencils to suggest the motion of the water around the edges of the boat. To finish, she ran the Water Painter brush over her work. 

We can’t wait to see your watercolor creations on social media! Remember, use #CreativeChallengeSU so we can see your project!

New Kit! – THE BEST REMEDY

Kit Includes:

  • The Best Remedy Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Starry Sky Classic Stampin’ Spot 
  • 9 cards: 3 each of 3 designs 
  • Folded card size: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (14 x 10.8 cm) 
  • 9 coordinating envelopes
  • 1 clear block
  • Coordinating colors: Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, Granny Apple Green, Polished Pink, Starry Sky

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THE BEST REMEDY

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Simple Stamping

The joy we get from making cards is simple, but sometimes we can overcomplicate it by making over-the-top crafts that take hours to create. Sometimes a simple, no-frills card is best.

For our Hi, c card we kept it simple by using the Rectangle Postage Stamp Punch to create four fun rectangle shapes using Basic White and Subtles Cardstock. We love that the Subtles Cardstock allows us to play with more color while minimalizing the number of items we used for the card—simplicity at its finest! We adhered the rectangles to the card base using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals and added Brushed Brass Butterflies to match the butterfly on the little girl’s nose. So cute!

Want to add more color to your card without using tons of products? Try using Stampin’ Write Markers! In our Nice to Have You by My Side card we used small, circular motions to add color and depth to our image, and we finished this card using Faux Sea Glass Shapes, which perfectly accent the trail.

For our Life is Better with Friends Like You card, we used Paper Snips Scissors to cut a V shape into Basic White Cardstock, creating a simple banner—no dies or punches necessary! With a stamped and colored image, a few embellishments, and some Baker’s Twine, this card is good to go!

Win a month of Paper Pumpkin for Free

Set sail across the ocean with the Sending Good Thoughts Paper Pumpkin Kit! With beautifully designed nautical imagery, a fun message in a bottle motif, and sentiments that are “shore” to please, this month’s kit is full of warmth and fun.

This month’s kit includes:

  • Supplies to create
    9 cards—3 each of 3 designs—and 9 coordinating envelopes.
  • Nautical-themed cards for those who need a loving message in a bottle!
  • Specialty dry embossed cards.
  • An exclusive stamp set and a Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Spot.
  • Want to play the Sea if You Know Paper Pumpkin quiz?
  • Anyone can play to discover features of the Sending Good Thoughts kit!
  • Here’s how to play! Scan the QR code below to access the quiz.
  • Reach out to your demonstrator or fellow Paper Pumpkin friends if you need help with the answers. (Don’t worry—wrong answers won’t disqualify you from the prize!)
  • Have fun and play!
  • When prompted, enter the SAME email address that is associated with your Paper Pumpkin subscription. Winners will be notified by email with their 1-month prepaid Paper Pumpkin code.
  • Subscribe for the July Paper Pumpkin by 10 July.

CRAFT FOR A CAUSE WITH THE NOURISH & FLOURISH KIT


Kit Details:

  • Kit includes 9 embossed card bases—3 each in 3 designs—and 9 coordinating envelopes
  • Includes sticker sheets, die cuts, and die-cut labels
  • Includes an insulated 9″ x 6-1/2″ x 6-1/4″ (22.9 x 16.5 x 15.9 cm) lunch bag
  • Finished card size: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (14 x 10.8 cm)
  • Coordinating colors: Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Shaded Spruce
  • Item 160230, $39.00

Parts & Pieces: Botanical Layers

Sometimes it’s hard to say how you feel—what’s difficult to say face-to-face can sometimes be more easily written. Who knows how many profound, important conversations started with a beautiful card?

Today we have three card ideas for you—and because they all use the same color palette, elements, and the must-have Botanical Layers Stamp Set, you can easily imagine adding a delightful twist to make them your own. (Seeing someone else get creative can sometimes be freeing!)

For instance, notice how our concept artist showed off the versatility of our fabulous Baker’s Twine. For these cards we showed its range—tied it in a bow, looped it behind a stamped layer, and made a clever little braid for some old-fashioned charm.

The Thinking of You card features curled banner-cut ends and layers popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Truly, you could spend hours mixing and matching elements to create a splendid card that someone will treasure. But as we all know—the thing your recipient will love most will be the message you write inside!

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Step It Up—Pretty Birds Bundle

They say birds of a feather flock together, and that’s true for this week’s cards we made with the Sending Smiles and Pretty Birds Bundles. Try stepping up your cards this week and if you’re not sure how, don’t be afraid to wing it!

CASUAL
We colored the bird image with Watercolor Pencils, then we created our own Designer Series Paper by stamping out the bird cage image on Basic White Cardstock, taking care to line up the chain of each bird cage with the base of the cage above it.

AVID
We stepped up our second card by adhering Mossy Meadow Cardstock to a Foam Adhesive Sheet, then used that to die cut the word “Sending.” We die cut the “Sending” word shadow in Vellum and adhered it behind the die-cut word and finished the card with some Brushed Metallic Dots.

ARTFULLY AVID
We used the Deckled Rectangles Dies to cut three rectangles from the Texture Chic Designer Series Paper, then we layered them on the card base, offsetting each layer. Next, we die cut the large bird cage three times from Crushed Curry Cardstock and once from Pearlescent Specialty Paper. We adhered all the die cuts together with the specialty paper on top, creating a thick die-cut piece. Finally, we created the “Sending” word shadow by blending Mossy Meadow and Soft Succulent ink on Basic White Thick Cardstock with Blending Brushes then adding a few water drops with a Stampin’ Spritzer.

Paradise Palms Bundle

Looking for a fun seasonal set with sentiments versatile enough to be used all year long? Your search is over—take a look at the Paradise Palms Bundle. It features detailed palm trees and other beach side images that can be used to create a complete scene! 

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