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

Calming Camellia for Around the World on Wednesday - February 2022 | Basic Elements Challenge


Emboss Resist Mosaic with Fussy Cut Camellia (banner) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie
Calming Camellia with a Mosaic Emboss Resist Background

Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop Banner

Hello and welcome to the Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop!  We are glad you have joined us and look forward to spending time with you as we share inspiration with you about the Basic Elements that we tend to use fairly often.  So sit back and enjoy your favorite cuppa as you enjoy your trip Around the World on Wednesday!

Today's Project

Today is all about the Basic Elements in our craft rooms that we could not live without and/or pretty much use in almost every project that we make.  And some of us may even have used one of the first ever tools that we had to have when we first started making cards!   **wink**

Emboss Resist Mosaic with Fussy Cut Camellia (card front) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

This special birthday card was created for my aunt who started me with some of my household basics like my first Christmas ornament and my first mirror.  So it is only fitting that her card uses the basic elements that have been my go-to items when creating... Basic White Cardstock, Linen Thread and Stampin' Dimensionals.  These three items were on my first Stampin' Up! order and continue to be must haves today.  

Project Details

The heat embossed mosaic background was created by using an item from my first order - my rubber stamp scissors!  These were used to cut out the images long before they were machine cut.  Inspired by Diane Evans to create your background stamp with the remnants from the red rubber stamp sets, I pulled out my retired rubber cutting scissors and snipped away after applying the remnants of the cling label for the stamp set.  The pieces were applied to my Clear Block F.  

Creating the mosaic background stamp | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Close-up of the cling remnants with the label for the mosaic background | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

You also see a vital part of my present basic essentials...  my Stamparatus.  I use this all the time as my stamping platform whether I'm using clear blocks to stamp with or the hinged plates.  I love the Small Grid Paper!

VersaMark was used to start the process to create the resist embossed background.  A Sponge Dauber was used to apply the Crumb Cake ink.  A microfiber cloth was used to wipe away access ink lingering on the embossed image. 

Emboss Resist Mosaic with Fussy Cut Camellia (close-up) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The Calming Camellia image was stamped with Crumb Cake ink onto Crumb Cake Cardstock.  The camellia blooms were colored with White and Melon Mambo Watercolor Pencils.  The stems and leaves were colored with Garden Green and Night of Navy Watercolor Pencils.  The colors were blended with a Blender Pen.  The colored image was fussy cut with Paper Snips and adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals to circle die-cut from the Layering Circles Dies.   The largest circle was die-cut with the largest circle while the 2nd largest circle was die-cut twice for layering the larger circle.  

Emboss Resist Mosaic with Fussy Cut Camellia (holding card) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The sentiment was heat embossed on Crumb Cake scraps and trimmed to create a layered strip.  Linen Thread was wrapped around the fussy cut stem and tied off with a bow.

Emboss Resist Mosaic with Fussy Cut Camellia (inside) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The inside was stamped to compliment the card front continuing with the embossed resist technique.  The envelope front and flap was stamped with the lovely camellia image.

My Basic Elements


  • Basic White Cardstock, Medium Envelopes (Basic White, Very Vanilla and Clear), White Stampin' Emboss Powder, Stampin' Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Small Grid Paper and Linen Thread


  • Crumb Cake Cardstock, Ink Pads, Paper Snips, Heat Tool, Paper Trimmer, Cut & Emboss Machine, Stamparatus, Bone Folder, Sponge Daubers, Grid Paper, Clear Blocks, Layering Circle Dies, Blender Pens and Watercolor Pencils.  

Necessities in my craft room are VersaMark (for embossing and watermark stamping), Linen Thread (goes with everything!), Stampin' Dimensionals (you can never have too many), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (love the wiggle room), and White Stampin' Emboss Powder.  And of course, there is Cardstock (start with your favorite colors or color family!), Ink Pads/Ink Spots (coordinate with your cardstock choices), Medium Envelopes (Basic White, Very Vanilla and Clear), Paper Snips, Heat Tool and the Stampin' Cut and Emboss Machine (my Big Shot finally wore out after thirteen years of use!).  And you will want some  coloring tools... Water Brushes, Blender Pens, Watercolor Pencils, Stampin' Write Markers and Stampin' Blends... start with the medium you are comfortable with and build your color families over time.



This is Us | The Around the World on Wednesday Design Team | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

We are such a diverse and fun group of stampers from all over the world!  Fifteen (15) of my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator friends are joining me today in this worldwide hug that stretches all the way from New Zealand to Hawaii across twelve different time zones.  We love sharing sunshine with you through projects from our individual parts of the world on these second Wednesdays of the month.  I hope that you are being filled with lots of inspiration. 

More Inspiration

I hope this project has helped you appreciate the basic essentials that you use when creating cards even if you are new to stamping!  Now, hop along with me, Angie McKenzie, to see more Wednesday inspirations from my amazing friends Around the World.  Just click the daisy below to go to my friend, Wendy, as she shares her amazing project, or scroll down the name list to follow along because you sure don't want to miss any. 


Jan Clothier - NZ

Leonie Stuart - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Melissa Gifford - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Emma Goddard - UK

Annette Ball - CA

Angie McKenzie - US

Wendy Lee - US

Chris Smith - US

Brenda Nelson - CA

Tricia Butts - US

Elaine de Montmorency - CA

Teri West - US

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world!
Have a blessed day!


Emboss Resist Mosaic with Fussy Cut Camellia (supplies) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

You can purchase the current supplies* used for creating this card from my online store 
if you live in the USA and do not already have a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator. 


  1. There is that background we have all been waiting for!! Your card is stunning dear friend!!

  2. What a fantastic background, I completely agree with your list of essential items - especially the Linen Thread

  3. Wow, Angie! This is great! I have some of the rubber from the olden days and your creative background stamp is a GREAT application. Thanks so much for this inspiration!

  4. Love how you created this fun background

  5. I love your clever background made with the rubber snippits. Like you, I couldn't live without linen thread ... it's indispensable. :-)


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