Mix It Up Stamping Technique

Exotic Botanical Builder Framelits, by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com, Mix It Up Stamping Technique

The Mix Up Stamping Technique came about because I got to thinking about all of the flower stamps that I have that do not have coordinating punches or framelits. What would happen if I mixed things up a bit? I went to my stamp library and was immediately drawn to the retired set, Betsy’s Blossoms. If you don’t own this set, there is a similar stamp in our current catalog in a set called I Think You’re Great.
Look through your flower stamps, background stamps and framelits and see what you can Mix Up!  In the photo below, you’ll see where I cut out the different shapes using the Botanical Builder Framelits.


Find a stamp that is slightly larger than or the same shape as the framelit you’d like to use. Stamp the image and then cut with framelit.  Don’t forget your large background stamps…there are some really nice patterns for this technique!
You are only limited by your imagination and the possibilities are endless.

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Fishing Bear, Stampin’ Up! Bear Hugs

Bear Hugs, Stampin' Up! Occasions 2016, by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

Bear Hugs is a fun stamp set featuring two sizes of bears, both with arms outstretched just waiting to hold a string of fish, a banner of hearts or any other number of things.  I envisioned this bear at the edge of Squaw Lake in Southern Oregon, having his fill of fish for dinner.  Doesn’t he look proud of his catch?

I used my Aqua Painter to color this card using the following ink pad colors:
Soft Suede, Wild Wasabi, Perfect Plum, Rose Red & Soft Sky.  Framelits were used to cut out the bear and fish.  Card stock colors are Soft Sky with a mat of Pale Plum and watercolor paper.  I stamped the bear with VersaMark ink on Crumb Cake card stock and then heat embossed with Early Espresso embossing powder.  I then watercolored him with Soft Suede ink.

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Yee Haw Valentine, You’ve Got my Bloomin’ Heart!

Yee-Haw Valentine, Bloomin' Heart Thinlit, Stampin' Up! by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

As I was stamping up a storm in my craft room a few weeks ago, there was a piece of Typeset DSP on the table and I had this instant inspiration to make a grungy western-themed valentine.  I used a stamp from Timeless Textures which is in the Occasions 2016 Stampin’ Up! catalog, to grunge up the edges of the newsprint.  Then I added an elegant red heart that I made with the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit.  Finally I used the Yee-Haw stamp set, recently retired, to finish off the card.  The words, arrow and cowboy hat are popped up with dimensionals to create some depth.  I like the simplicity of it!  What do you think?


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Lost Without You, Going Global Stamp Set

Going Global Stampin' Up! Occasions 2016 Catalog, Sunburst Thinlit, by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

In my previous post from February 1, I said that I would show you what I did with the remaining sunburst panel.  After cutting out the 5.25″ x 4″ Sunburst in Daffodil Delight, I glued it to a Pumpkin Pie panel of the same size.  Then I trimmed off 2″ for the Beautiful Ride card (see Feb. 1 post) and that left 3.25″ x 4″ to use on this card.  It is glued to a Coastal Cabana card base which is one of our retired In Colors that I miss so much.

I love the banner that is from the Large Number Framelit set and will admit that I bought the entire set just to have that little banner.  Crazy, I know, but I have used it so much already!  The waves on the lower portion of the card are from the Cups & Kettle Framelit set.

I have always loved maps, something I credit my dad with.  My mom has never liked reading a map, so when we would go on a trip, my dad would hand the map to my brother, sister & I and we would figure out what he needed to know.  So when I saw the Going Global stamp set and the coordinating World Map embossing folder, it just spoke to me.  It will work together nicely with the World Map background stamp too, and will make some nice masculine cards.  Give me an atlas full of maps and I’m a happy girl 🙂

Would you like to see another version of this card using the You’re Sublime stamp set?  Here it is:

You're Sublime, Sunburst Thinlit, Stampin' Up! ,by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

The submarine was water colored and then cut out and adhered with dimensionals.

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Beautiful Ride, Stampin’ Up! Occasions 2016 Catalog

Beautiful Ride, Stampin' Up! Occasions 2016 Catalog, by Krista Thomas, www.regalstamping.com

When I was a little girl, my parents had a red Volkswagen Beetle (aka “bug”) and it was the only car that they had. I had two siblings, so the five of us went everywhere in that VW. Vacations, camping, grocery shopping, you name it, that car took us. My sister & I used to fight over who would sit in the “back-back” as we called it. In those days nobody wore seat belts, so the back-back, which is basically the trunk on a VW bug, was fair game. We didn’t own a full-sized car until I was in 6th grade and that little car was getting mighty tight!

When I saw Stampin’ Up!’s new set, Beautiful Ride, I knew that I had to get it. And while the car in this picture isn’t red, you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be making a red one soon.

I added the sunset which was made with the new Sunburst Thinlit.  It measures 2″ x 4″, but it started out as a 5.25″ x 4″ panel.  I’ll show you in a few days what I did with the rest it.  I used my aqua painter to color the car and people and popped both up with dimensionals.  The trees were made with the Ronald McDonald stamp set “Sprinkles of Life” and the coordinating punch, Tree Builder.  When you purchase this stamp set, Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to the Ronald McDonald Foundation, which gives families a home away from home when their child is in the hospital.  I love that Stampin’ Up! supports such a worthy cause.

Last year my parents bought another VW and while it’s not a bug, I’ll bet you can guess what color it is!  Red, indeed!

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