Technique Tuesday – Blending Butterflies!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means…..I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! I’m blending butterflies with Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen and oh how stunning do they look……

Blending Butterflies, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Don’t you think this looks super real and gorgeous?? I love it! Then I did the blue/purple one for the video and fell deeper in love!!! There are so many ways to color stamped images and while the latest one is fun, sometimes its great to play with your favorite. I have colored this butterfly with the New Brusho Crystal Colour (see here) and now I did this one. Honestly, I think I prefer Watercolor Pencils! I try to mix things up and try it all to show you!

The card base is Daffodil Delight. Then, I took a piece of Whisper White (3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″) and stamped  the butterfly and greeting from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set from the Occasions Mini Catalog! I used Archival Black Ink since I am watercoloring. Next, I used the Watercolor Pencils and just added in some color. I used Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, and Daffodil Delight for this card!

Using Blender Pens, www.LaurasStampPad.com

After adding all the color, I started with the lightest and blended with the Blender Pen. I kept the yellow in place in the center. Then I blended and smeared around the Pumpkin Pie. Making sure to clean the pen tip in between so the color didn’t super mix together. Then I blended the red starting on the outside and then smearing with the orange in middle. I just love how it turned out!

Tri Color Butterfly, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next, I layered this piece onto some Basic Black measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. I tied some Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon around it between the butterfly and greeting for a little pop and texture. Then I added this piece to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals!!!

Blue Butterfly, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Here is the finished card from the one I did on the video below! I used Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, and Rich Razzleberry for this one! LOVE IT!!! Which one is your favorite – Yellow/Red/Orange or Blues/Purple?? Let me know in the comments below!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Brusho Crystal Colour!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! I’m showing you the NEW Brusho Crystal Colour from the Occasions Mini Catalog!

Brusho Crystal Colour, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I love the bright vibrant color that this stuff creates! Look at that stunning butterfly!!! Gorgeous!

I have found that Watercolor Paper works best with the Brusho Crystal Colour since it requires a decent amount of water to dissolve it! First, I stamped the butterfly from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set in Versamark Ink and added Gold Embossing Powder! I set it with the heat tool! Now for the coloring fun, I used the Aqua Painter to wet the area of the butterfly. Using the Red (Brilliant Red), Orange (Gamboge), and Yellow colors, I tapped some onto the butterfly. With yellow on the outside, then orange, and red in the middle. The thing about tapping it on is that you don’t really know where it is going to fall or how much. This is one of those techniques that no two are going to come out the same!

Beautiful Butterfly, www.LaurasStampPad.com

After tapping the powder on, I used the Aqua Painter to blend it all together. I did wipe off the brush tip after each color to try to keep a nice fade and not just blend them all together! Be sure to allow it to dry before assembling the card. When I don’t have a lot of patience, I used the Heat Tool!

Golden Butterfly, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next, I layered the butterfly onto Pumpkin Pie (4″ x 3-1/4″) and then Real Red (4-1/4″ x 3-3/4″) cardstock! The Real Red was cut with more on the bottom so I could add the Double Stitched Daffodil Delight Ribbon! Before adding this to the Whisper White card base, I stamped the dots from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set all around in Daffodil Delight Ink! Of course, I added the butterfly layers to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals for a little bit of texture!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Even Pigs Can Fly!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! This is a technique I have shared before but I have some more fabulous samples to share! The Stampin’ Blends are super fun to color with and easy to get lots of cool shading!! Check out these adorable little pigs….even pigs can fly!

Even Pigs Can Fly, www.LaurasStampPad.com

How cute is this little piggy?!?! Adorable! And the best part is that the wings have Wink of Stella on them so the perfect little shine!!! Eeee Thank you, Janet, for this amazing idea! I love what my stampers come up with during Stamp Club!

I started with a Whisper White card base and layered on a piece of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (4″ x 5-1/4″). Next, I stamped the images from the This Little Piggy Stamp Set in Memento Black Ink. Then, I colored in the piggy with the Stampin’ Blends. I used Pink Pirouette for the pig, Smoky Slate for the wings and Crumb Cake for the feet!

Coloring the Piggy, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the coloring, I always start with the dark Stampin’ Blends Marker and do an outline. Next, I fill in with the Light Stampin’ Blends Marker. Then I go around the overlap edge and swirl in a circular pattern till it blends together. If you stay away from the center, then you will get that light center and darker edges look. Don’t worry this takes a little practice and each one will always come our differently. Also, it’s all based on your preference too!! Just play with it and have fun!

Glitter Wings, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Look at that amazing Wink of Stella on the wings!!! Isn’t it just stunning? I love it!!! After coloring, I layered this piece onto Daffodil Delight. Then I added a little loop of Night of Navy Crinkle Seam Binding to the edge under Stampin’ Dimensionals and added it to the card front!!!

Happy Piggy, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Which little piggy card is your favorite – Happy Piggy or Sparkle Wings? Let me know in the comments below!!! Also, if you would like to see Stampin’ Blends in action, check out this video!

Today, I am sharing one of the new kits from the upcoming Occasions Mini Catalog on my YouTube Channel! You can check out the unboxing and reveal before or click here! Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up if you are excited about this kit as much as I am!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Boxes & Boughs!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! With Christmas less than a week away, it’s all about gift packaging and last minute gifts! These boxes and boughs are sure to make things merry and bright!

Boxes & Boughs, www.LaurasStampPad.com

These acetate boxes are super fun to decorate and I have put lots of different items in there as gifts – cards, Stampin’ Dimensionals, and gift certificates!

I started by popping up the Acetate Box. It’s already scored and all so just fold on the score lines and pop it up! Next, I took some Real Red cardstock and created a belly band. I have found that scoring the cardstock doesn’t work very well because the lines sometimes aren’t exact so it fits weird. What I do is just wrap it around, slide it off and press on the fold lines. This just seems to work best for me. Then I layered on a piece of Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper (retiring). The paper is black and white but I sponged on some green very lightly for a little more color! I used Tear And Tape to secure the ends of the belly band together.

Gift Packaging, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the decoration, I used a hot glue gun! First, I added the little Green Sprig and pressed it into the glue. Next, I created 2 loops with the Striped Ribbon and tied the center tight using the Black Baker’s Twine. This is much easier that tying it into a knot and it allows for the stripes to show. If you do a knot, it will make the one side backwards. This ribbon does have wire in it so you can mold it as needed! The Mini Ornament is secured to the bow with the Black Baker’s Twine as well. I hot glued this to the front as well. Be sure it is all on the belly band so it can still slide off. The tag was created with the Merry Little Labels Stamp Set (retiring) and coordinating Everyday Label Punch! Cute and simple gift packaging!

What would you put in this box to give to a friend or family member? Let me know in the comments below!

Today, I’m sharing a sneak peak to the 2018 Occasions Mini Catalog. Check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!! Let me know if you have any tip and tricks to share in the comments below!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Petal Garden One Sheet Wonder!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means  I have a fabulous technique to share with you and it’s a One Sheet Wonder! I know how much you all love these!!!

Petal Garden One Sheet Wonder, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

I created these 6 cards using various pieces from the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack. I’m going to show you how I cut and created these as well as how you can make a lot more from this one stack! Let’s get started!

Filled with Love, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

You can always use the front and back of one sheet for a card like this but I went with 2 different sheets! The smaller floral piece is 3″ x 2″ and you can get 6 pieces from a full sheet of the paper with no waste!!! I layered that onto a piece of Calypso Coral measuring 3-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ and I tied a piece of Calypso Coral Sheer Ribbon. The striped piece measures 5″ x 2″ and you can get 3 of these pieces from one sheet with a small leftover piece. I layered this piece onto Pool Party (5-1/4″ x 2-1/4″). The greeting was from the Special Occasions Mini Catalog Stamp Set and I used the Everyday Label Punch for the words and the background piece! I finished off the card with a few Enamel Shapes!

Something borrowed, something blue, www.LaurasStampPad.com

The top card was created with the floral piece measuring 2″ x 5-1/2″ and the green stripes measuring 1-2″ x 5-1/2″. You can get 2 cards from each sheet with this style. I added some Rich Razzleberry Sheer Ribbon. Then I used the greeting from the Specials Occasions Stamp Set and I used the Classic Label Punch.

The lower card uses a piece of designer paper measuring 2″ x 5-1/4″. You can get 3 pieces of the designer paper from each sheet with this style! I used the Scallop Squares Framelits for this greeting and the same Special Occasions Stamp Set. I love the Silver Foil scallop and those little Metallic Enamel Shapes!

Foral One Sheet Wonder, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Next up, the card on the top, I used a piece measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″. While I love this big piece, you can only get 1 piece from each sheet. The 2 leftover pieces can be used in other styles! I added some Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon. I added a little Old Olive Mini Chevron bow that I created using the Fork Bow technique! The greeting was stamped from the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set onto an oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits!

The lower card uses a piece of designer paper measuring 2″ x 5-1/2″. You can get 3 pieces from each sheet. I layered this onto Pool Party (2-1/4″ x 5-1/2″). The greeting is from the Special Occasions Stamp Set on an oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I finished off the card with a few White Perfect Accents!

Happy Birthday Doily, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This is another card that you could use the same sheet for both pieces. I went with 2 different sheets. If you use the same sheet, cut a piece measuring 5-1/4″ x 4″ and then cut it in the middle (or off if you wish for a larger piece on top or bottom). I cut the bottom piece into a 3″ x 4″ piece which you can get 2 pieces for a card like this and have leftovers. The upper piece measures 2-1/4″ x 4″. You can get 2 pieces like this from one sheet with leftovers as well. I used the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set for the greeting. The greeting uses the Stitched Shapes Framelits, Scallop Circle Framelits and a Water Tea Lace Doily. I added a little ribbon using the Old Olive Sheer Ribbon. This helps to cover up the over lap of the 2 papers!

Since there are 4 sheets of each paper in the stack, you can get over 50 cards using these patterns. There are also a few sheets in the stack that I didn’t use so you could use those to create even more! How fabulous is that?!?!?! I love One Sheet Wonders because they are quick and simple and require very little supplies. I used 2 stamp sets, 5 colors of ink pads, and only a few colors of cardstock! That’s why these are my fabulous!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Blending Roses!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You all know what that means! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today!!! I am showing you how to create these stunning roses with the New Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers!!!

Blending Roses, www.LaurasStampPad.com

This rose is so much fun!!! Some of these samples are from my amazing Stamp Club attendees and the others are ones I created! Shout out to Janet, Mary, and Kacie!!

I started with a Whisper White card base! Then I cut the black layer (4″ x 5-1/4″) and another Whisper White layer (3-3/4″ x 5″). I didn’t assemble these layers till after I was done stamping and coloring….just in case I made a boo boo! Using the Graceful Garden Stamp Set, I stamped the rose and the greeting in Memento Black Ink! This is the ink you must use when playing with the Blends because it won’t bleed.

Pink Pirouette Rose, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the coloring! This is where you can go simple and easy or go all out and adventurous. You will notice in some of the samples at the top I mainly just colored in the petals. I did the center with the light and did the outside with the dark. Then I added a few dark accents to the middle for a little variation of color. For the stem, I did either light or dark. Then on the petals, I did a little combination of either the center or the outside in the dark and blended it together for the rest.

For the light pink flower above and a few more samples below, I got more adventurous and really had fun with the coloring. I did the stem from the top to the leaves in dark and then blended and coloring the bottom in light. This gives the stem a little more variation in color. For the rose, I colored the edges of all the petals in the dark and then blended it in with the light! I LOVE this look! It’s so stunning and really gives the entire rose an amazing look!

Yellow Rose, www.LaurasStampPad.com

You can see the colored petals better on this flower in Daffodil Delight and then I started coloring in with the lighter marker. After filling in the flower completely, I go back though and blend it to reduce any lines.

Red Rose, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I feel like I have like 10 more roses to show off but I’ll stop with this one! This red rose was done basic with a light colored stem and dark leaves.  I did the rose with a light center and dark edges and accents.

After coloring, I layered the pieces the together and added some Metallic Edge Ribbon around it. Then I added this to the card front and finished it off with a few Metallic Enamel Shapes! Let me know your favorite color in the comments below!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Embossing Vellum!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! You know what that means! I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! We are embossing vellum!!!

Embossed Vellum, www.LaurasStampPad.com

 

I have been having so much  fun with this Quilt Bundle! You can check out a few more samples here and here!

I started with a Pool Party card base and stamped the little flower from the Christmas Quilt Stamp Set. I stamped it in Pool Party Ink for just a subtle background look. Next, I took the dotted flower image and stamped it with VersaMark. Using White Embossing Powder, I heated the image with the Heat Tool to set it. This gives a little texture and more pop of color. Then I took a piece of Vellum cardstock (1″ x 4″) and ran it through the Big Shot in the Quilt Top Embossing Folder. I just love how it comes out all white and textured! Amazing! Vellum can be tricky because you can see adhesive through it. I only added adhesive on the left hand side where I put the flower. Between adding the flower on top and having the greeting on the left, it was nice and secure!

Embossed Quilting, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for all the decorations! I stamped the solid flower image in Blushing Bride Ink onto Whisper White scraps. Using the Quilt Builder Framelits (Bundle & Save 10%), I die cut out the 2 flowers. I simply off set the 2 flowers for that fuller look on the flower. Then I added this to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Of course, I needed even more texture but I also wanted the flower secure over the bumps of the embossed vellum. I finished that off with a little White Accent in the middle! For the greeting, I stamped it from the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set in Lemon Lime Twist Ink. I tied a little bow of Whisper White Baker’s Twine around the greeting and added this to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals as well.

I love that color combination of Blushing Bride, Pool Party, and Lemon Lime Twist. Soft colors but also a bit of a pop too! It’s always fun to try a new color combination!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Peek Through Quilt Card!!!

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Happy Tuesday!!! That means I have a fabulous technique to share with you today! This Peek Through Quilt Card is super cute and perfect for Christmas. Change up the colors and it would be great for many other occasions too!

Peek Through Quilt Card, www.LaurasStampPad.com

From the front, it just looks super cute but then when you open it, the real WOW factor is shown off!!!

I started with a Real Red card base measuring 11″ x 4-1/4″. After folding it in half for the card base, open it back up and place it in the Big Shot with the square quilt framelit on top. This is from the Quilt Builder Framelits. I eyeballed it for placement from the top and then used Post It Notes to hold the frame in place with markings on either side to center it. Check out the video below. I did this a few times and sometimes I just eyeballed the entire placement. It still works! Just go for it!

Christmas Quilt, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For the decorations on the front, I used a piece of the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper on the bottom. Next, I placed just a small piece of the Delicate White Doily on the right hand side. I was able to get 3-4 of these pieces from each doily depending on how I cut it. Simply add just a hint of adhesive at the top of the designer paper and press the doily into it. Then I tied some of the Quilted Christmas Ribbon around the card front and into a knot.

Merry Little Christmas, www.LaurasStampPad.com

Now for the inside where all the magic is! I placed a piece of Whisper White in the center and stamped the greeting from the Christmas Quilt Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 10%) in Real Red Ink. Make sure the greeting is low enough that your greeting doesn’t get covered by the quilt square. For the quilt square, I used the Layering Squares Framelits. That scallop edge just adds even more to this warm and cozy sweet card. First, I stamped the dotted image in Real Red Ink. Then, I stamped the inserts in Pool Party and Garden Green Ink. After stamping, I added this piece to the scallop red square.

Now for the placement to the inside of the card and yet still making sure it peeks through correctly. I added adhesive to the back of the scallop and held it in front of the die cut window. Holding it there, all lined up, I shut the card and slowly pulled my fingers out. You will notice that the sample above is a hint tilted but I’m okay with that because it still lines up perfectly when closed.

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

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Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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Technique Tuesday – Quilted Tree!!!

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you are having an amazing week! Today is Technique Tuesday which is super exciting! I’m sharing with you this quilted tree which is perfect for Christmas time and this winter season. Quilts just scream warm and cozy! My Grandmother and Mom have made so many so they also make me think of family and love! 🙂

Quilted Tree, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I started with a Real Red card base. Next, I took a piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ to use for the front. Using the Quilt Builder Framelits, I die cut a bunch of triangles from the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper Stack. The cool thing is that the paper is double sides so you have tons of options. Another bonus is that I was able to cut 2-3 layers of paper with every crank through the Big Shot. Woot Woot!!!

Starting with the middle on the top, I placed my first triangle (red). Next, I placed the green one directly under it. I did slide my triangles a bit under each other just for a nice clean covered look. I didn’t want them to pull apart when I ran it through the Big Shot with the embossing folder. After I placed the green one directly under, I added the red triangles to either side. For the third row, I added the red triangles directly under the red triangles and then filled in with the green ones! For the stump on the bottom, I placed a small rectangle of Early Espresso cardstock.

Using the Quilt Top Embossing Folder, I ran this entire piece through the Big Shot. I did it both ways – with the impression pressed out and pressed in. You can pick which one you prefer. I found that when I pressed the embossed image in, the triangles came up a bit on the tips where there wasn’t any adhesive. Of course, I didn’t cover the entire triangle with adhesive so the tips popped up. With the impression popped out like the sample above, it was nice and smooth! After adding this to the front of the card, I added some Whisper White Baker’s Twine to the inside of the card. The little silver star to the top from the Metallic Enamel Shapes added a little bling!

Merry Little Christmas, www.LaurasStampPad.com

I added a piece of Whisper White to the inside and stamped the greeting from the coordinating Christmas Quilt Stamp Set (Bundle & Save 10%). It was stamped in Real Red!

If you would like to see this all in action, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

 

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Technique Tuesday – Stampin’ Blends!!!

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Happy Tuesday everyone! Today, I have a fabulous technique to share with you and that uses the Stampin’ Blends.

Stampin' Blends, www.LaurasStampPad.com

So of course, any technique can have its modifications so I’m going to show you my technique today. Try it out and try a few other ways to see what works best for you!

I have found that when using the stamping blends, I prefer to go Light, Dark, Light or sometimes Dark and then Light. So let’s get started on what I mean. First, I stamped the image from the Color Me Happy Stamp Set in Memento Black Ink. Memento Ink is necessary because it won’t bleed with the alcohol marker.

Next, I took the Light Pumpkin Pie and colored in the center. Then I colored the edges with the Dark Pumpkin Pie Marker. Finally, I went back in with the Light and blended the colors so they didn’t look so sharp like in the middle photo. I simply color in a circular motion around the area to blend it together. You don’t want to do this for a really long time or the paper will get super saturated. If you feel this is happening, just wait a bit for it to dry completely and then go back. I also find that sometimes I need to stop and let it dry for second and then go back and look at it. Sometimes when I’m working on one, I’m not happy with the look but move on and then look at it later and wonder why I didn’t like it.

Birdie Blends, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For these birdies, I let the stamped image guide me along. I used the Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends and Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends for the one on the left. Pool Party and Pumpkin Pie for the one on the right. Using the dark marker, I went around the edge, dotted all of the dots, and went along all the lines on the wing. Then I filled in the entire tail with the dark. After that, I went back through and filled in with the light marker. This is one that I stopped after filling it in and did the beak and feet. Then I went back and swirled around to blend in any areas I thought looked too distinct. I stayed away from the center of his belly to keep that the lightest. Some of my birdies achieved this more than others. Each one is going to come out different just because it is handmade! 🙂

Shades of Flowers, www.LaurasStampPad.com

For these flowers, I did a little blending and a little selective coloring. The middle flower was just colored in the light Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends and then dark in those folded tips and the center. The other two flowers were blended. I did the one on the left with all edges of the petals outlined in the dark marker and then blended in with the light marker. The flower on the right was the opposite with light on the edges. That one was a little harder to stay away from the edges. I colored it with the Light first and then Dark and then back with the Light. Just have fun with it and try lots of different variations. Another fun option is mixing colors….Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil Delight…..Bermuda Bay and Pool Party…….Pumpkin Pie and Cherry Cobbler. Let me know what combination you would use in the comments below!

If you would like to see the unboxing and reveal of this kit, check out the Video Tutorial below or click here! Be sure to give the video a thumbs up if you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe if you are new. If you would like a notification when I post a new video, be sure to click the bell right next to the subscribe!!!

Happy Stampin’

~Laura

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