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Clear Block Stamping Instructions

As promised, the Step by Step Instructions for the Clear Block Stamping are quite easy.  You just have to remember to use a light touch when touching the Clear Block A to the Stamp Pad; otherwise, you will have much darker colors.

The pictures taken below do not match the finished card because I forgot to take the pictures as I was doing it.   But you will get the idea.

I wanted to use the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper because the colors used to create this beautiful paper reminded me of what I saw in my vision of my card.

The Stampin’ UP! Stamp Pads that I had scattered around my workplace are: Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Cajun Craze, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Peekaboo Peach, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, and Sahara Sand.

Gathering the Ink Pads You Want to use

When applying the inked (with Marina Mist) Clear Block to your Whisper White Cardstock, use a circular motion.  Sometimes, your hand forgets to move and you end up with an image of the clear block.

Using a Circular Motion applying the ink

Each image you apply will be different.  Since the clear block doesn’t hold a lot of ink, you will need to repeat the motion in the various areas that you want the blue.

I added a bit of Soft Sky into the Marina Mist design.

Adding dabs of Soft Sky Ink

Knowing that I was going to add more greens, I just added a a touch of Old Olive.   Notice that I didn’t move my hand quick enough and I have a square image on the cardstock.

A bit of Old Olive

Adding in the Wild Wasabi, Cajun Craze, Calypso Coral, and Peekaboo Peach

Adding the Beautiful Fall Colors

Adding in Soft Suede, but after I added it, I realized it was too dark for my card.  That is the main reason why the dirt is a lot lighter on the Finished Product.

Soft Suede

Adding Crumb Cake to lighten up the dirt.

The Finishing Touches

In the finished product, I decided not to use the Soft Suede.   Instead, I used the Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand.  I also used Crushed Curry in the leaves.

Enjoy before the Winter arrives.

As you can see from all the ink applied, different shapes form.  I would love to see your creations.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment.

Thank you for stopping by.

See you next Sunday around 2 PM EST.

 

 

Clear Block Stamping

Clear Block Stamping gives me the freedom to express myself in ways that no one can understand.   I am not an artist nor do I have the abilities that others in my family possess.

I have been using this technique since 2015 with a few of my cards in the past, but have been discouraged by a few for using this method.  Why….

I use the Stampin’ UP! Clear Blocks A and G to create my technique onto the Whisper White Card Stock.  For this card, I only used Clear Block A.

I knew in my mind that I wanted to create a scene with Fall Colors as that is what is happening here in NC.   While most of our trees are Pine, we do have some leaf bearing trees.

This particular card I gave to my husband today for a  special Birthday – #69.

The bird in the nest, the squirrel, and the leaves are dies that I purchased from Dies by Dave.

I also used Tranquil Tide Cardstock, item 144246, which I neglected to include in the product display below.

Enjoy before Winter arrives.

A post for Sunday will provide you with directions and photographs for each step.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment.

All of these products are in my online store.

Thank you for stopping by.

See you on  Sunday around 2 PM EST.

Embossing Paste

One of Stampin’ UP!’s new product line is Embossing Paste.   I was a little skeptical at first after seeing the many cute designs that other demonstrators and crafters were posting on Pinterest, but the other day I tried it.  Wow!  It brought back many memories of playing in the dirt and adding water to make adobe-like houses for the toy soldiers we were playing with at the time.

However, this paste is a lot easier since the consistency is already made for you.   It comes in a 4 fl oz jar and it is a white.   One thing you must remember is that after you have removed about a half of a teaspoon, you must put the lid back on and tighten it; otherwise, the consistency will start to dry.

Before you get started, you should have a container of warm soapy water large enough to put the decorative mask, knives, and the silicone mat inside after each use.   Each person should start the process from the beginning — do not share the paste.

There are three knives that you purchase to use with the paste.   One knife looks like a regular knife, the second knife has a diamond shape head, and the third knife is a wider than the diamond shaped head.   That is the knife I used.   You should try them all out and see which feels better for you.

I used the Stampin’ UP! Silicone Mat as my pallet.   Added a little of the paste to the mat and then added one drop of Cajun Cruze Ink Refill.   Mixed up the paste and ink until there was no more white showing.   Spread the mixture onto the Decorative Mask.   Once done, I removed the paper and set it aside.   There was enough paste to make two more backgrounds.

While letting those dry, I completed the flowers and die cut the pieces for the bouquet.   There are many greetings in the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set that will enhance your card for any occasion.

The Possibilities are endless
A Unique Background

 

 

Price: $110.00

Opening up Stampin’ UP! Box of Goodies

I did my first Facebook Live Video today opening up my Stampin’ UP! Box of Goodies.   While it was fun, it was also nerve wracking.   I must do more of these to get a lot more comfortable with it.  Check it out and be kind with your comments.   https://www.facebook.com/topsecretstamper/

I am attaching a photo as well.

Becky and June Products
Can’t Wait to try out all the goodies