2 In Techniques


September 29, 2015

There was a lot of chatter today on Sudsol, a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator business website that I’m a member of.  What was the hot topic?  The beautiful card on page 15 of the 2015 Holiday Catalog:

Page 15, 2015 Home for the Holidays Holiday Catalog, Stampin' Up!

HOW was this card colored?  Is it embossed?  Is it a reflection?  Well, here’s what I did to achieve that look:

Direct to the rubber with markers

I colored the stamp with my Not Quite Navy, Island Indigo and Tempting Turquoise Stampin’ Markers.  The one on the upper left was huffed on (gently blowing my damp breath on the image) and the one on the lower right was spritzed with water before stamping each on Whisper White card stockWhich method do you prefer?

Background stamped with Gold encore Ink, then holly leaves added

I also tried two different backgrounds:  The upper one:  direct to paper with the Gold Encore stamp pad.  The one below:  sponged using the same Gold Encore stamp pad.  That was followed stamping the ‘splatter’ from Gorgeous Grunge.

Finally I stamped the holly branch with Old Olive Classic Ink, three times on each side.  I colored the leaves gently with a Blender Pen, pulling the color from the stamped image.  I did NOT fully fill in each leaf with color.

Ornament attached to card layer with Dimensionals

The ornament top was cut out (along with the ornament itself) using the piece from the Delicate Ornament Thinlit Dies.  The greeting, also from the Embellished Ornaments stamp set, was stamped using Crumb Cake Classic Ink and trimmed down to fit in the corner.

I think it’s a beautiful card and it was more or less totally c.a.s.e.d (copy and share everything) from the sample in the Holiday catalog.

Most of my supplies, all Stampin' Up!

Most of my supplies, all Stampin’ Up!


I'm storing my Framelits in the coordinating stamp set for convenience.

TIP:  I’m storing my Framelits with the coordinating stamp set for convenience.

What do you think of the card?  Would you replicate it any differently?  Please share if you have.  It’s really fun copying the work of Stampin’ Up!‘s concept artists, especially when it turns out as nicely as this card has.

Using your Stampin’ Write Markers is another way to apply color to the rubber of your stamp to create a lovely multi-hued image.  Try it.  I think you’ll like it.

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  • Blythe
    September 30, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Thank you!
    It’s also not hard at all. A tutorial will be available mid-October, along with the other 2 cards we’ll be doing at my Oct. Christmas card stamp-a-stack. More details in my October newsletter that comes out next week.

  • Janet
    September 30, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Wow! I can see I need to get moving on Christmas cards! This is inspiring!