Soft Seedlings Swap

Have you ever participated in a card swap? They can be a lot of fun. Last weekend, I met up with some of my stamping friends in Arizona and we exchanged cards.

Card Swap

Normally, when you participate in a Card Swap, you will make several of the same card. For example, in this swap, there were 27 participants. Everyone made 28 cards (an extra for the display board), and we exchanged them one-for-one. So, I came home with 27 different cards! It’s a great way to get new ideas and samples of products you may not own.

Soft Seedlings Swap Card

I made 28 of these cards for the swap I participated in. My friend LaAnna came over to help me put these together. She’s always there when I need her, and I appreciate her!

Soft Seedlings

This stamp set was one of the first to catch my eye in the 2022 July-December Mini Catalog. I love the maple leaf and the fun little seedlings. We always called these “whirlybirds” when I was growing up. I also love the pretty font for the greetings.

This is a stand-alone stamp set…. no punches or dies, just beautiful images.

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Snowfall Accents Puff Paint

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Today’s post is an introduction to the Snowfall Accents Puff Paint. You can find it in the 2022 July-December Mini Catalog on page 43. Puff Paint is the perfect accent for your Christmas and Winter projects.

Snowfall Accents Puff Paint

Snowfall Accents Puff Paint is advertised by Stampin’ Up! As a wintry accent for creating perfect puffs of snow. It does do this very well. 

Easy to Use

Simply shake the bottle before using, apply a thin coating to your artwork and use the Heat Tool to transform it into festive 3D snowflake accents.

A Few Examples

Not Just for Snow

Snowfall Accents Puff paint is not just for snow!  This decorative accent can be used for so many more creative accents.  Such as:

  • Beverage foam – any beverage that has a foamy layer on top – such as a freshly poured mug beer or a root beer float
  • Whipped Cream – top off a dessert image or ice cream shake with a topping of fluffy whipped cram
  • Marshmallows – add dimension to a s’more dessert image or a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows floating on top
  • Bubble Bath – imagine a bubble bath overflowing with bubbles – give those bubbles some dimension & texture with this puff paint
  • Clouds – add dimension to images of clouds to emphasize
  • Stones – give a stone walkway some dimension by adding puff paint to the stones. Then add color after heat setting with a Stampin’ Write Marker or Blends Marker.

Note: Stampin’ Up! Does warn that applying the paint over a stamped image may cause the ink to smear. I did not experience this, but I suggest you test a sample before applying the paint to a piece of artwork that you have spent a lot of time working on.

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Perfectly Penciled DSP

Today we are going to use the Perfectly Penciled DSP (Designer Series Paper) along with a card sketch as our inspiration for a Thank-You card.

Using a Card Sketch

Like all sketches, card sketches act as a starting point for your creativity. You can change the orientation and get creative with the shapes and elements you add to them.

This is the card sketch we’ll be using today.

Perfectly Penciled DSP

This paper features sketched flower designs alongside fabulous backgrounds, such as stripes, dots and other repeating patterns. You may use the papers as they are or add color to them by sponging or spritzing. You can also color in the flowers with any of your coloring tools. For this project I left them as black and white designs.

Our Card

To create our card, I used a piece of Designer Series paper with a small all-over flower design for the background. Next, I added a strip of striped paper horizontally and trimmed the corners. This is added to a standard sized Basic Black card base.

Instead of circles, I used the stitched squares from the Stylish Shapes Dies to cut the mats in the center of the card using Basic Black and Basic White cardstock. A bow of Black Twine was adhered to the back before the mats were added with Dimensionals.

Our Focal Point

I used a section of flowers cut from one of the papers and cut sections of this to layer onto the squares. Some pieces were added with glue and others were raised up with Dimensionals. I also added two butterflies from the paper.

A sentiment from the Nature’s Harvest stamp set was added to the bottom of the center panel. To finish, sprinkle on a few of the black and white Classic Matte dots.

Give it a Go

These papers are beautiful and provide so many creative opportunities. Whether you use these papers, or experiment with a totally different selection of products do give the sketch a go. Just by changing elements and colors you can use the same basic layout yet create totally different looks.

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