Susan Simpson - UK Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Friday, 8 February 2019

Stamp 'N Hop - All about love!

Hello and welcome to another Stamp 'N Hop blog hop!  We are a group of crafters from around the world who love to share our love of stamping.  If you are joining us from Jo or starting here with me, I hope you find lots of inspiration as you hop around with us this month.

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This month our theme is 'all about love' not surprising given that it is nearly Valentine's Day is it?

In a former life I managed a Specialist Science College; it was the best job ever until I discovered Stampin' Up! that is!! During my time at the college, I came across something called a star dome - its a sort of inflatable dome you sit inside of that is totally dark which allows you to project star fields and galaxies all around you.  If you ever get the chance to go in one, you should - it is an amazing experience.

So given that I have a bit of a thing for the stars I have a stamp set on my shelf called Little Twinkle.

Craftyduckydoodah!, Little Twinkle, Stamp 'N' Hop, Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Twinkle Builder Punch,

Not the most obvious choice for a Valentine's card but when I was asked a couple of weeks ago to make a card for a neighbour who is into star gazing it was absolutely perfect!  The only problem was that I was asked to make the card in any colour I like except red!

I decided to create a starry background for the card using water colour card.

I swiped the card with an embossing buddy and then randomly stamped the heart image with Versamark ink.  I then used some white embossing powder and set it with my heat tool.

Now for the fun part ...

Spritz the image liberally with water - don't worry if it curls as it will settle down later.

I then dropped three spots of Night of Navy reinker onto the card and watched the magic happen!  The ink swirls around as if by magic.  You can also lift up the card and let the ink move around too for some interesting effects.  You can also spritz again to make the ink move even more if you like.

Craftyduckydoodah!, Little Twinkle, Stamp 'N' Hop, Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Twinkle Builder Punch,

I let the excess water and ink run off my background onto a silicone craft sheet.  

I used a heat tool to speed up the drying of my background.

Top Tip
Don't waste the excess ink!  I had another piece of embossed card that I 'smooshed' through the ink.

The result is not as vibrant but the background is still usable!

Craftyduckydoodah!, Little Twinkle, Stamp 'N' Hop, Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Twinkle Builder Punch,

So, now I had a lovely background I got to work adding the finishing touches to the card.

Craftyduckydoodah!, Little Twinkle, Stamp 'N' Hop, Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Twinkle Builder Punch,

I used my favourite Stitched Rectangle Framelits and added a sentiment stamped in Night of Navy.

Craftyduckydoodah!, Little Twinkle, Stamp 'N' Hop, Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Twinkle Builder Punch,

I used the coordinating punch and some Silver Glimmer Paper to punch out the smaller stars.  The larger 'shooting' star is a die from a set called Wood Crate Framelits.

Craftyduckydoodah!, Little Twinkle, Stamp 'N' Hop, Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Twinkle Builder Punch,

I used some silver thread to add a 'tail' to the larger star.

Craftyduckydoodah!, Little Twinkle, Stamp 'N' Hop, Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Twinkle Builder Punch,

Unusually for me, I added a sentiment to the inside of the card.  As I had a couple of silver stars left over I added those too!

Craftyduckydoodah!, Little Twinkle, Stamp 'N' Hop, Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Twinkle Builder Punch,

Here is the completed card and envelope.

Craftyduckydoodah!, Little Twinkle, Stamp 'N' Hop, Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Twinkle Builder Punch,

As instructed, not a drop of red in sight! and, I was delighted when my neighbour said she loved it!

Next up is Jenn Charles - I can't wait to see her project!  Details of the items I used for my project can be found below along with a list of hop participants just in case you get lost along the way!




Happy hopping!

Susan xx

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14 comments:

  1. Love, love, love Susan. This is just gorgeous. Your neighbor should be happy with this. TFS

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  2. This is a very nice card - great idea! TFS

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    1. Thank you Pia - I have not used this technique for ages and had forgotten how much fun you can have with water and ink!

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  3. Unusual choice for Valentines, but it works so well..

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  4. I love how this turned out. I don't have the set or punch but will have to try that background technique with something else. TFS

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    1. Thanks Tracy - have fun but, be warned you will get very inky fingers!

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  5. Stunning card Susan, I love it too. TFS

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    1. Thanks Rebecca-Jo, my neighbour was very pleased with it.

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