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Angie McKenzie | Independent Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator - USA | Making others smile... one creation at a time.

Happy Wishes for You

Last month was the end of the wonderful Sale-A-Bration ("SAB") that Stampin' Up! promoted from January through March as a thank you to its' customers.  I enjoyed making a few cards with the freebie stamps that I received and some of them were featured in this weekend's blog post, but today I thought I'd share the techniques with you.

Happy Wishes 2018 SAB Stamp Set
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The Happy Wishes stamp set came with two large images - best and happy - along with several phrases in cursive script.  It is an excellent set for lifting someone's spirits!  Instead of stamping the image, I chose to color them with my Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Pool Party Stampin' Write Markers.  After using the brush nib of the marker to color the image from the lightest shade to the darkest shade, you heavily breathe (or "huff") on stamp before stamping it onto the Whisper White cardstock.  Why do you breathe on the stamp, you ask?  Well, when applying color directly to the stamp by the time you are finished applying all the colors, the original inks have dried or are not as moist.  Breathing or "huffing" on the stamp reactivates the moistness of the ink for stamping.    The striped backgrounds were created with reinkers and an aqua painter on watercolor paper - one of favorite techniques at the moment thanks to inspiration from the lovely Emma Goddard, a current Stampin' Up! Artisan.  The card bases are Thick Whisper White cardstock.

Heartfelt Blooms 2018 SAB Stamp Set
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Heartfelt Blooms is a Distinktive stamp which has built-in opacities allowing the image to have lots of depth.  It was definitely a "must have" for many stampers!  So Saffron and Basic Gray inks created these classic cards along with the shimmery Basic Gray ribbon that was also part of the SAB freebies.  If you missed out on this year's Sale-A-Bration, you will definitely want to look for next year's event that will more than likely occur during the same timeframe.

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