Stamp Club Fun

Thanks to everyone who attended the March Stamp Club event last night!  We had a few guests attend *waves to Debbie, Becky and Jerrica* and we welcomed Hollie as our newest Club member.  I had SO much fun sharing the fun project ideas I had been exploring this week.  So, I thought, what a great way to start my brand new blog…with some of the exciting things I discovered…

Custom Coloring Bride & Bridesmaid Designer Series Paper

Happy Moments Resist Card - horizontal (2)Recently, I learned that you could ink the beautiful white Bride or ivory Bridesmaid Specialty paper and the shimmery, satin designs would show through!  Too Cool!  I had no idea! The easiest way is to brayer on your ink, which I did on my Kind & Caring Thoughts card.  But for this Club card, I decided to sponge on Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue and Almost Amethyst.  Perfect for Spring!  This was definitely a big hit with the stampers last night!

This card also uses an embossed marker resist technique.  Those of you who have stamped with me for a while know that I love me some clear embossed resist—it's such a versatile technique!  This time, we clear embossed the cute images in the Happy Moments stamp set (which you can get for free with any $50 order), then colored over the design with Stampin' Write Markers.  Coloring outside the lines, then wiping off the excess ink with a tissue, really makes the image pop!  This technique is especially pretty with flower images.  

We finished off the card with a piece that was dry embossed with the new Polka Dots Embossing Folder (in the Mini Catalog).  I love the crisp textures you can get with these folders, and the Polka Dots pattern works with many different styles.   

Happy Moments Resist Card - stripes (2)  Happy Moments Resist Card (2)

 I like to do several versions of my projects to give my stampers more
ideas of how they can assemble their projects.  For the one above, I used the striped Bridesmaid paper colored
with markers, and the last one is vertical and I added a matching envelope…

Embossing Envelopes

OK—so the other exciting discovery I made was how fun it was to dry emboss envelopes!  I haven't spent much time decorating envelopes in my stamping years, but I was inspired by an embossed envelopes video that another demonstrator, Mary Fish, had posted at her Stampin' Pretty blog.  It was another Too Cool moment for me!  I started experimenting and I had to take it to the next level!  I'll show you what I came up with next time!