Repeat stamping with Free as a Bird

Hey folks! If you’ve been visiting my blog for a while you’ll know that I’m a big fan of techniques, but I haven’t really shared any for a while. Time to correct that then, today’s card uses repeat stamping to create a panel using Free as a Bird.

Repeat stamping using Free as a Bird from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

I also love the Free as a Bird stamp set (and the coordinating Bird Ballard suite), and for all I really like the birds in this set, its the little stamps that really make my heart happy. I shared THIS card using the little flower stamps a couple of months ago, and it’s taken me far too long to use them front and centre on a card again!

Simple stamping with Free as a bird from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

Really this card is pretty simple, just some stamping, an embossing folder and a couple of layers of card stock. I think that this type of card are my favourite to make too, simple but effective.

Repeat stamping is a simple technique, the only thing you need to remember to be successful at it is to stamp the larger images first and then fill in the gaps with the smaller ones. It is of course, also easier using Photopolymer stamps as you can see exactly were you’re stamping. Here all the stamping is in Memento Black ink, and the card base is Pretty Peacock

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Make It Monday | Stained Glass Technique with Beautiful Day

I am forever inspired by the work of other demonstrators. Last week I shared THIS card inspired by a fellow demonstrator on Instagram, and today I though I would share another card I made after seeing THIS fun card using the Stained Glass Technique from my Demonstrator friend Stacey Marsh.

Fun Stained Glass Card Making technique using Beautiful Day from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

This technique is so fun, and so simple! In fact, I know I’ve shared it before, but this time I’ve made a subtle but significant change.

To start the Stained Glass Technique, heat emboss the large butterfly stamp from Beautiful Day onto a piece of Vellum using White Stampin’ Emboss powder. Then, on the reverse of the vellum, colour the butterflies using Stampin’ Blends. Last time I used Stampin’ Write Markers; which works just as well, however Blends dry quicker and therefore the risk of smudging the ink is much reduced.

Thinking of you butterfly card using Beautiful Day from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

To make the Blackberry Bliss Blend Colouring really POP I the mounted the Vellum onto a piece of Whisper White, and then added this to a card base of Blackberry Bliss.

The sentiment is also from Beautiful Day, and has been heat embossed in White onto Blackberry Bliss. To complete the card, I wanted to add something extra, and in rummaging through my stash of embellishments I found the Clear Epoxy Dots and thought they would be perfect!

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Make It Monday | Petal Palette Floating Frame Card

Over recent weeks the ‘Floating Frame’ card has gone somewhat viral on Facebook and Pinterest! I LOVE the idea, but I have to say I am not over keen on spending a fortune on Glad Press and Seal to get the technique to work. So, I had a think about how I could do this technique with things that are already in my craft room…. and hey, Washi Tape to the rescue!

Fun Floating Frame Technique using Washi Tape and Petal Palette from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

I also couldn’t miss the chance to use the retiring Petal Palette stamp set one last time before the end of May, although I can already see some new stamp sets that are coming in the upcoming Annual catalogue that will work just as well.

This card has a few steps, and while I rest up and wait for baby to arrive I don’t have the energy to film a video for you. Instead, I thought I would break it down into steps…

How to create a Floating Frame Card…

  • Stamp the Petal Palette floral corner stamp in Memento Ink and use Blends to colour. I’ve used the Blackberry Bliss due and Granny Apple Green, with a hint of Flirty Flamingo here.
  • Use the coordinating dies to cut out the stamped images.
  • Then, using your grid paper as a guide, arrange the floral corners into a sort of loose frame shape.
  • Select 2 of the Rectangle Stitched Dies (I would suggest using two that aren’t particularly close in size) and arrange them on top of the die cuts, creating a frame.
  • Take a long-ish piece of Washi Tape and stick it onto your arm or clothes to remove some of the stick. Then take small pieces off this long tape and stick the dies to the die cuts.
  • Run the floral corners and stitched dies through your die cutting machine.
  • Before removing the Washi Tape, remove the pieces of die cut outside of the frame and add Dimensionals to the frame pieces.
  • Adhere to your card front, and then remove your Washi Tape and dies.
Floating frames card using Petal Palette and Stitched All Around from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The sentiment is take from a different stamp set; Stitched All Around (which is going forward into the new catalogue), stamped in Blackberry Bliss to coordinate with the Floral corners and card base.

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Celebrate with Ink Blending!

A few weeks ago my fabulous friend Amanda shared THIS fun card, and I just HAD to have a go at creating my own version.

I am such a sucker for a good technique, and I love some ink blending, but I haven’t done it for ages. Amanda’s card used a really pretty colour combination that I had not considered before and so I also used the same…

Ink Blended Celebrate card using Stampin' Up! supplies with StampinByHannah

I used a sponge (or 4) to add Melon Mambo, Highland Heather, Mango Melody and Coastal Cabana onto a piece of Shimmery White card stock. This method of Ink Blending starts off looking quite subtle, but the more ink you add the brighter the colours become. Once I had the ink nice and bright, I took some water and dropped it onto the piece to create a fun watercolour-y look, and add some texture.

I then left it to dry, before using the Stitched Rectangles to die cut this piece out.

How to create a pretty ink blended congratulations card using Stampin' Up! products with StampinByHannah

The ink blended panel is then popped up onto a Thick Whisper White card base with some dimensionals.

The sentiment is die cut from the Celebrate You thinlits dies which are sadly retiring at the end of May. I die cut 4 of these, and used another retiring item, the Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheets, to glue them together and give some more dimension to the card.

This card is finished with a trio of Glitter Enamel Shapes.

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Make It Monday | How to create a fun watercolour background for your cards

How to create a fun watercolour background for your hand stamped cards using Little Twinkle from Stampin' Up!

StampinByHannah Make It Monday How to create a fun watercolour background for your cards

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A few weeks ago I was playing around with the Little Twinkle Stamp set (read: should have been making samples for my Twinkle Twinkle Suite Share!) and shared a picture of what I was working on over on Instagram. One of my lovely followers asked how I created the watercolour background… so, here is the tutorial!

Make It Monday Watercolour Background Video Tutorial Using Stampin' Up! Products

I’m a little bit in love with this colour combination; Blueberry Bushel, Coastal Cabana and Gray Granite. So pretty, and a great way to make a pretty yet masculine card…. although I think if I was to make this again I might hit it with a bit of Wink of Stella for some sparkle too!

There isn’t really any trick to creating this type of background, other than patience! There are two layers of watercolour on this card, plus some over stamping. You can see all the details in the video tutorial…

Stampin’ Up! inks are water-based, which allows you to use the same inks that you stamp with to create fun watercolour backgrounds like this one! To use your inks for watercolour, just squeeze the ink pad before you open it to put in onto the “lid”… this is a little tricky on the new style ink pads, and so you might choose to use a drop of a re-inker onto a clear block instead.

Video Tutorial…

Once the first layer of watercolour is laid down, leave it! Let it dry naturally for less warping, or hit it with your heat tool for speed. The second layer is where you create those fabulous harsh lines and blend the colours. Then, once its all dry, you can add some stamping! Here I’ve added stamping using the Stampin’ Up! Craft White Ink… this ink is a pigment rather than being water-based like the rest of the Stampin’ Up! inks. This allows you to get a really crisp white image, but it does take a little longer to dry.

Masculine Valentines Card using Little Twinkle from Stampin' Up!

The sentiment is stamped last, although the Blueberry Bushel in has been resisted by the White Pigment for a further fun watercolour effect.

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InspireINK Blog Hop | Stitched All Around Embossed Anniversary Card

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Thanks so much for stopping by here at StampinByHannah today, I LOVE taking part in the InspireINK blog hops with some of my Stampin’ Sisters. Today the very lovely Sally Shaw has picked our theme; Embossed Anniversary!

This is quite timely for me with my 3rd Wedding Anniversary in a couple of weeks time, I will share the card I make for my husband once he has actually seen it so today’s card is a bit of a twist on the theme. It does feature embossing, but the sentiment isn’t quite anniversary, can you forgive me for that? This card would make a really lovely card for an anniversary though, you’d just need to change the sentiment.

Embossing with cutting dies using the Stitched All Around Bundle from Stampin' Up!

This card uses the fabulous Stitched All Around Bundle, which has a lovely mix of cutting and embossing dies, as well as some really pretty stamps, and I am more than a little in love with that label piece!

To create the background I first stamped a piece of Gray Granite card stock with Gray Granite ink. Then I ran it through the Big Shot with the background die from the set. This die isn’t designed to cut at all, instead it embosses and it works really really well with the new Stampin’ Up! Big Shot Embossing Mats and the following Big Shot Sandwich;

  • Big Shot Platform,
  • Cutting Mat, Die (with the embossing edge facing upwards),
  • card stock,
  • THIN blue embossing mat
  • white impressions pad.

I do have a video on my YouTube channel showing this sandwich if you want to check it out.

Embossed Best Wishes card using Stitched All Around from Stampin' Up!

The circle piece is actually 3 dies layered together, with the heart and smaller circle embossed, before the outer circle was die cut. The card is completed with a heat embossed sentiment on a label cut from Merry Merlot card stock, and a trio of Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins

Do hop along to check out the other Embossed Anniversary card creations, and I hope to see you again!

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Lift Me Up Birthday Card using Embossing Paste

How to use embossing paste to create a fun Hot Air Balloon birthday card using Stampin' Up! products

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I LOVE a bit of embossing paste as much as the next person, but I do have to admit that my pot has been a little (by this I mean a LOT) neglected over recent months…. to the point where when I opened it I thought it has completely dried out… and after I made this card I decided that it had got to the end of it’s life and that it needed to go! However… I will be re-purchasing because the effects you can create with it are fabulous!

Hot Air Balloon Birthday card using Lift Me Up from Stampin' Up!

So, using my rather dry Stampin’ Up! Embossing Paste, and the cloud mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks, did allow me to create some extra texture as the dry paste holds a shape better than when it’s really wet. It also dried a LOT quicker… not that I would recommend using dry embossing paste of course! It’s MUCH easier to spread when it’s fresh… it’s also much easier to clean off your mask and palette knife!

Fun Birthday Card using Embossing Paste and Lift me up from Stampin' Up!

Because the background is so busy, I’ve kept the rest of the card simple, with a die cut balloon and sentiment from Lift Me Up! die cut using the coordinating Up and Away Thinlits.

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Techniques | How to Emboss using Stampin’ Up! dies…

How to make a fun floral Kindness card and Emboss with dies using Abstract Impressions from Stampin' Up!

StampinByHannah Techniques How to Emboss using Stampin’ Up! dies…

Stamping Techniques Series

Hello! I haven’t done a proper Techniques post in AGES! But, I have a couple coming up for you, because we have a really cool new tool that works with the Big Shot… and i just cannot get enough!

How to emboss with Stampin' Up! dies Video Tutorial using Springtime Impressions from Stampin' Up!

One of the many new and fabulous items in this years Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue is the Big Shot Embossing Mats. They come in a pack of 3, and work with the Stampin’ Up! Big Shot Platform to allow you to create some really cool embossed effects using your cutting and embossing dies. The Springtime Impressions die I’ve used on this card is designed to cut… and actually I have already used it that way on THIS card from Tuesday… but it looks AMAZING embossed!

Check the video to see how easy it is to do…

There are several Big Shot sandwiches that work to emboss your dies, and which one you will use depends on what kind of die you are using…. I have another one on Monday using some of the embossing dies.

This card used the following:

  • Big Shot Platform (without the Thin Die Adaptor)
  • Standard Cutting Plate
  • Die (cutting side up)
  • Card stock
  • BLUE Embossing Mat
  • White Impressions Plate

Fun Floral embossed Kindness Card using Abstract Impressions from Stampin' Up!

I couldn’t not add a bit of stamping though using the coordinating Abstract Impressions Stamp Set. I LOVE that this stamp set comes bundled with these dies, they are so cool and work so perfectly together even though the dies don’t actually cut any of the stamped images. PLUS by buying the bundle you save 10%…. that’s a win win in my book!

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Let’s Celebrate with Blueberry Bushel!

Let's Celebrate Card using In Every Season from Stampin' Up!

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Stampin' Up! In Colours 2018-2020 Lovely Lipstick Pineapple Punch Grapefruit Grove Call me Clover Blueberry Bushel

Today is a BIG day…. not only is it the final day of In Colour Inspiration, but also the launch of the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Annual Catalogue!

The catalogue should be live and online at 11AM…. so for now, I will share this fun card with you!

Bright and Bold Card making using Heat Embossing with In Every Season from Stampin' Up!

The instructions for this striking card are in today’s Stampin’ Inspiration email, you can subscribe HERE…. and don’t worry if you’ve missed the other projects this week, because I have something special planned for tomorrow!

Speaking of tomorrow, I will be on Facebook Live on my StampinByHannah Facebook Page at 2PM… will I see you there?

Bold Celebration Card using In Every Season and Blueberry Bushel from Stampin' Up!

AND don’t forget to check back here at 11AM for all the news about the new catalogue!

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Make It Monday | Fun with Beautiful Bouquet and some new colours!

Make It Monday Card making Video Tutorial Thank You Card using Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

StampinByHannah Make It Monday Fun with Beautiful Bouquet and some new colours!

Make It Monday

Well, I am sorry that this post didn’t go out at the usual time of 7AM…. but, I do have a fabulous week of In-Colour goodness to make up for it! The reason for my tardiness this morning? Oh, there is a story! I ALWAYS share a video on a Monday, and I went to film on Saturday, and my camera completely died… dead! So, I rushed out and bought a new one (something I should have done about 18 months ago!)… but it’s meant that this weekend has been filled with learning how to use this new beast, PLUS it’s Bank Holiday so I had family stuff to do, and so this blog post got pushed. I’m sure you wont mind… particularly when I tell you what else is coming this week!

Pretty Floral Thank you card with die cut flowers using Beautiful Bouquet from Stampin' Up!

I have 5 fabulous projects for you this week, all featuring the new Stampin’ Up! In-Colours for 2018-2020. These new ink pads are available to purchase right NOW as part of the Share What You Love Bundles, they are super bright, and lots of fun! I can certainly see them getting a LOT of use in my craft room this year.

Today’s colour is Lovely Lipstick; a fabulously bold Pink… that I can already see heaps of fun colour combinations with. You can check out just a few of my Lovely Lipstick colour combinations in today’s Stampin’ Inspiration email. This week, to celebrate the launch of these new colours AND the new Annual Catalogue on Friday, I’m sending an email each day, complete with a PDF download of each blog project AND a heap of colour inspiration too! You can subscribe right HERE…. and yes, I am GDPR compliant (before you even ask! lol)

There is of course a video tutorial for this card too…. check it out to see all the details!

Fun Floral Thank You card using New Ink Colours from Stampin' Up!

While I’m thinking about it, I sent a heap of 2018 Annual Catalogues out on Saturday… but I have an order in for another batch, so if you haven’t got your FREE copy yet, complete the form on my Request a Catalogue page!

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