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

Stamping INKspirations Blog Hop | Something New for January 2021

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Welcome to the official launch of the Stamping INKspirations Blog Hop!  I am so thankful to be hopping with some of my talented stamping friends from around the world who love creating with Stampin' Up!® products as much as I do!  We will be hopping on the second weekends of the month - Saturday or Sunday depending on where you are in the world - and look forward to sharing lots of inspiration with you.  So sit back and relax with your favorite cuppa as you peruse the hop.  

This month we are sharing things related to our theme of Something New.  There are so many things that are something new... the new year, a new start, a new family member, etc.  I chose to use some new products in my craft room along with a new technique!

By Angie McKenzie for Stamping INKspirations Blog Hop; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring the Welcoming Window Bundle, Today's Tiles Stamp Set, Painted Texture Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!® to create colorful cards; #stampinup #cardtechniques #cardmaking #welcomingwindowbundle #todaystilesstampset #paintedtextureembossingfolder #naturesinkspirations #stampinupinks #stampingtechniques #stampinginkspirationsbloghop

I have always been fascinated by architecture...   those close to me know that if I'm not photographing my loved ones it's nature or architecture.  One of the first bundles that I fell in love with after getting to preview the new January-June 2021 Mini Catalog was the Welcoming Window Bundle which you can find on pages 58 and 80.  My heart did a little pitter patter flip!  FINALLY, all the pictures I've taken over the decades can inspire my handmade cards! 


Seriously, if you could take a look at my photo albums before I got married... you would see them filled filled with family and architecture.  We would go on vacation... and I would have to stop and take a picture of a building or the details like the doors, porches and windows.  I would even take pictures of us standing just so to include the architectural details for memories.   


By Angie McKenzie for Stamping INKspirations Blog Hop; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring the Welcoming Window Bundle, Today's Tiles Stamp Set, Painted Texture Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!® to create colorful cards; #stampinup #cardtechniques #cardmaking #welcomingwindowbundle #todaystilesstampset #paintedtextureembossingfolder #naturesinkspirations #stampinupinks #stampingtechniques #stampinginkspirationsbloghop


The new amazing Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder is the perfect backdrop to these window scenes... whether you envision it as the stucco or the mortar from the bricks.  I was watching a Jennifer McGuire last week and had one of those aha moments... she was going on about this Gel Press Technique.  It was really cool to watch... almost ordered one of those gel presses and then I was like - no need to do that because you already have one that you use all the time!  So last night I pulled out my handy dandy Silicone Craft Sheet, my old brayer (it's smooth) and three ink pads (Sahara Sand, Gray Granite and Petal Pink) and had FUN!!!


By Angie McKenzie for Stamping INKspirations Blog Hop; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring the Welcoming Window Bundle, Today's Tiles Stamp Set, Painted Texture Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!® to create colorful cards; #stampinup #cardtechniques #cardmaking #welcomingwindowbundle #todaystilesstampset #paintedtextureembossingfolder #naturesinkspirations #stampinupinks #stampingtechniques #stampinginkspirationsbloghop


These are the backgrounds that I had fun creating.  I was envisioning the old Southern buildings in Savannah, Charleston and St. Simon's Island from years gone by... the brick and stucco.  Many of which were soft brownish gray with touches of pink faded away by years of weathering.   The darkest background that you see was my first attempt.  Definitely too much ink for the look I was going for... but don't worry, I already know how I'm going to use it!  All of these backgrounds will be popping up in cards over the next several months as the texture that this technique creates is just amazing.  


By Angie McKenzie for Stamping INKspirations Blog Hop; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring the Welcoming Window Bundle, Today's Tiles Stamp Set, Painted Texture Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!® to create colorful cards; #stampinup #cardtechniques #cardmaking #welcomingwindowbundle #todaystilesstampset #paintedtextureembossingfolder #naturesinkspirations #stampinupinks #stampingtechniques #stampinginkspirationsbloghop

I did this technique on my Stamparatus.  You can see where and how I inked the Silicone Craft Sheet.  You want to be careful not to overlap the colors so you do not cross-contaminate your ink pads.  The brayer will move the colors and white spots, smudges, etc., are welcome!  You can also use the brayer two or three times after the initial inking for different looks and color variations.  I used a dry microfiber cloth to wipe the Silicone Craft Sheet before adding more ink.  


TIP:  Do not press hard with the ink pad... just tap.  This is a fun creative process so play around with lots of different colors and different ways of layering with die cuts, etc.  You will be amazed with how simple and fun this is to do.


By Angie McKenzie for Stamping INKspirations Blog Hop; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring the Welcoming Window Bundle, Today's Tiles Stamp Set, Painted Texture Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!® to create colorful cards; #stampinup #cardtechniques #cardmaking #welcomingwindowbundle #todaystilesstampset #paintedtextureembossingfolder #naturesinkspirations #stampinupinks #stampingtechniques #stampinginkspirationsbloghop

The stamps from this set have lots of texture so you can stamp and get a watercolor effect.  Watercoloring is one of my favorite ways of coloring images and stamps, so I used my Water Painter to apply water to the window stamps after they were inked with Coastal Cabana ink and stamped onto Whisper White card stock (Basic White is now available in most markets - yay!).  The stamped images were die cut with the coordinating dies.  Additional layers (one for the window, two for the shutters) were die cut from Thick Whisper White scraps to give dimension to the architectural elements.   The plant pot was stamped in Gray Granite and the plant was stamped in Mossy Meadow.  The building background was one of the Gel Press backgrounds that I created with Gray Granite and Petal Pink ink.  The Today's Tiles sentiment was stamped onto the background with Coastal Cabana ink.  This layer was adhered to a Bermuda Bay layer which was adhered to the Whisper White/Basic White embossed layer.  All layers were adhered to a top-folding horizontal Coastal Cabana card base.   

By Angie McKenzie for Stamping INKspirations Blog Hop; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring the Welcoming Window Bundle, Today's Tiles Stamp Set, Painted Texture Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!® to create colorful cards; #stampinup #cardtechniques #cardmaking #welcomingwindowbundle #todaystilesstampset #paintedtextureembossingfolder #naturesinkspirations #stampinupinks #stampingtechniques #stampinginkspirationsbloghop

The inside was layered and stamped to compliment the card front.  And don't forget to stamp the envelope to give the recipient a sneak peek of what's inside.  I am looking forward to sending this card to a friend to let her know that I'm thinking of her.  


I hope that this project has inspired you to create a project with a new item, one you haven't used in awhile or a new technique.  Please continue along the hop to see what Jo and the others have created.  I am sure you will be filled with lots of inspiration!  And should you be inspired, please leave us a comment... we would love to hear from you.


  

JANUARY 2021

 

Angie McKenzie  ●  Jo Blackman  ●  Jan Musselman 

Tricia Butts  ●  Shel Anderson  ●  Libby Fens 

Gez Carpenter  ●  Sue Allen  ●  Karen Henderson

Elaine de Montmorency  ●  Leonie Stuart  ●  Mo Rootes

Linda Moore  ●  Annette Ball  ●  Jill Chapman

Ann Krucek  ●  Susan Webster  ●  JoAnn Pollock

Narelle Fasulo  ●  Terry Hamilton  ●  Rebecca-Jo Unwin

Susan Simpson  ●  Danielle Kassing  ●  Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Cheryll Miller  ●  Rochelle Laird-Smith

Teri West  ● Chris Smith  ●  Melissa Gifford

Vicki Milyard  ●  Anne Marie Hile  ●  AurĂ©lie Fabre 

Mikaela Titheridge  ●  Alejandra Gomez 

 

Thanks for joining us today!  We look forward to seeing you again next month so until then have fun creating.


Have a blessed day!
By Angie McKenzie for Stamping INKspirations Blog Hop; Click READ or VISIT to go to my blog for details! Featuring the Welcoming Window Bundle, Today's Tiles Stamp Set, Painted Texture Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!® to create colorful cards; #stampinup #cardtechniques #cardmaking #welcomingwindowbundle #todaystilesstampset #paintedtextureembossingfolder #naturesinkspirations #stampinupinks #stampingtechniques #stampinginkspirationsbloghop

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32 comments

  1. Love your card and the technique you used, Angie! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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    1. Thanks, Jan! You'll love playing with this technique.

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  2. Great card Angie, love the striped down monochrome look x

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  3. Great technique you shared Angie. Now to try it!

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    1. Thanks Susan. Can't wait to see what you create with it.

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  4. So Angie did you tap the brayer on the three ink pads, turning so not to contaminate then rolled it on the silicone sheet? Love them may have to give it a try.

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    1. No.... the ink pads were tapped on the Silicone Craft Sheet and then rolled with the brayer. I have a step-by-step photo tutorial that you can view here https://www.facebook.com/NaturesINKspirations/posts/854978858380142

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  5. I do the same thing, I go on vacation and come home with photos of the houses and architecture, my sister always asks, where are the people??!! So I am with you on liking this set. I really like your mortar technique, I will have to try it!! Thanks so much for getting this group together and hosting this hop!!

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    1. I'm so glad I'm not the only one! So glad you'll try the technique. Can't wait to see what you create with it. It's my pleasure, Ann, thanks so much for joining us. x

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  6. Dear Angie, I have to try this myself. This is amazing and I love your project.

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    1. Thanks so much, Danielle! Cannot wait to see what you create. x

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  7. Beautiful card, Angie! You have inspired me to head down to the craft room and start creating!

    I am a demo as well, and would love to participate in your future hops. Where can I find more information on that?

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  8. I love architecture too! Your card is stunning. I love how soft and dreamy it is.

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  9. Great technique Angie! Thanks for sharing!xxx

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    1. Thanks so much, Cheryll. Can't wait to see what you create using it. xx

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  10. Neat background technique to try!! Thanks for sharing!! I Love when we can adapt something in the industry using our SU products!!

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    1. YES!!! Can't wait to see what you create with it. x

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  11. Just gorgeous, I love the backgrounds and the colour wash look of the images.

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  12. Love your card! Now I need to buy this bundle.

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    1. Thanks so much, Teri. Can't wait to see what you create with it when you get it! x

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  13. What a great technique - I must try it. Looking forward to seeing what you make with the spare backgrounds! xx

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    1. Thanks so much, Susan. You'll love playing with this technique. It's fun and rather hard to stop once you get rolling with it! Can't wait to see what you create with it. xx

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  14. Oh ! Maginific! The effect is really false wall with a fine texture. I love these creations!

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  15. Beautiful! I loved reading that you found another way to get the results you wanted, by using things you already had. I think that is genius! Love the card and this bundle is on my list, now more than ever!

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  16. Wow! I love what you have done with this set - not only have you created a gorgeous card BUT in my imagination you have whisked me away to a balmy summers day on holiday in memories past or dreams of the future!

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  17. Beautiful card Angie, thanks for sharing.

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