Stampin' In Texas

Stampin' In Texas

Hey stampers!  I'm on vacation this week, visiting my sisters in Texas.  One of my sisters, Pam, has become a stamper too, so I had to bring a couple of projects along!  She recently met a new friend at work who is also interested in learning to stamp so we all got together on Saturday morning and had a great time!

My sister is on the left.  Sendy is our new stampin' friend, and her son, Waylon, was visiting and decided to try stamping, too!

The first card we did is the one at the top of this page.  We used the Waterfront stamp set, which is a great set for learning stamping basics.  I had everything pre-cut so it was just a matter of stamping the images and putting it all together!  We used Marina Mist, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake and So Saffron inks to stamp the scene on the Whisper White circle.  I loved that everybody did their's a little bit differently!  We layered that onto a scalloped circle cut from Early Espresso.   We finished it up with a strip of Wood Textures DSP and a Crushed Curry baker's twine bow on a So Saffron card front.

Next, we used the adorable Magical Day stamp set, where I showed them how to watercolor using ink pads and an Aqua Painter.  We stamped the unicorn in Basic Black ink onto a square of watercolor paper cut with one of the Stitched Shapes framelits.  We used Smoky Slate, Rich Razzleberry and Pool Party inks to watercolor the image, and added some clear Wink of Stella on her mane and tail.  We also used the Rich Razzleberry ink to stamp the background on the Rich Razzleberry layer and Pool Party ink to stamp the sentiment and background on the Pool Party card base.  So cute!

Finally, we did this pretty card and I taught them how to heat emboss, using images from the Beautiful Day set.  The butterfly was stamped with VersaMark ink onto a piece of Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, then heat embossed with gold embossing powder and fussy cut.  I love how it looks like stained glass!  We also inked the sentiment in VersaMark and embossed in gold onto a strip of Powder Pink cardstock.  Before layering these pieces, I showed them how to pick up ink from an ink pad with a wet Aqua Painter and splatter some color onto the background of the Very Vanilla layer...we also splattered a bit of Wink of Stella for good measure, just because.  :)   The final two layers are Calypso Coral and a Powder Pink card front.  Oh!  And we folded the wings of the butterfly out a bit and adhered her with some mini dimensionals so she appears to be flying right off the card front!

Both Sendy and Pam had some new stamping things they wanted to use so after we finished with the projects I brought, we all just played.  I didn't get to take any pictures of Sendy's cards, but I took a couple of Pam's, which I'm going to share over the next couple of days.  We all had so much fun...I don't get to sit down and just play with other stampers very often but I apparently need to!  It's GOOD therapy!  :)

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