Watercolouring on Shimmery White Cardstock

Hello stampers. Shimmer white paper is simply lovely and perfect for watercolouring. The shimmer will show through your stamped and watercoloured images for a magical effect. At class yesterday I had someone ask if I had added shimmer on top! I got the idea for doing this with Painted Seasons from Linda Dalke. The distINKtive images in that set are already so pretty that you might hesitate to alter them by watercolouring, but it is so nice to get a totally different look with Painted Seasons. If you already have this bundle be sure to get the coordinating framelits before they sell out. We have been having a good problem. Our products are so popular and demand is exceeding production so some of our beauties are selling out very quickly. The frog framelits and the cupcake framelits are no longer available and the lasting lily framelits are on low inventory.


Let’s take a look at the cards I have made. This first one is cased from Linda Dalke. I changed it up a bit. She did a one layer card all in shimmer white which was stunning. I wanted to “stretch out my investment” and get four cards out of a sheet of shimmer white instead of only two, so I cut it into 5 1/4″ by 4″ and layered on to a berry burst card. This great colour will be retiring in June along with lemon lime twist, fresh fig, tranquil tide and powder pink. I stamped my flowers and leaves and then brushed over them with an aqua painter making sure to leave the edges untouched so they would remain distinct. All inks are not created equally and you will find that some of them “wash” more than others. Highland heather did not wash nearly as well as berry burst.


Watercoloured Painted Seasons on shimmer white


The thinking of you sentiment comes from Rooted in Nature and it was stamped in night of navy. With the bold flower images I wanted the sentiment in the middle to also pop. I added some share what you love artisan pearls as an accent. Colours used are berry burst, highland heather, mint macaron, balmy blue and night of navy.


You can see how the colours are just so rich and beautiful and that even watercoloured you can still see the distINKtive style of the stamps


Here in this closeup you can see how the colours are gorgeous when watercoloured but that you can still see the distINKive details of the stamps. Night of navy was added to the centres of the flowers to give a totally different look. Thanks again Linda Dalke for the inspiration!! For the next card I wanted to use the textured embossing paste because it had been collecting dust on my shelf for a while. I thought it would pair well with some of the Painted Seasons flowers and leaves cut out with the coordinating framelits. I really love how Stampin’Up! made coordinating products to go with our saleabration offerings this year. Now that we realize how popular they are we will simply have to make more of them next year!!


Great sympathy card with Painted Seasons and Kindness & Compassion


The flowers for this card were also stamped on shimmer white cardstock and then “gone over” with an aqua painter. You don’t have to be too precise with this, you can just wash over the entire image, just be careful not to go over the beautiful edges so that they remain crisp. A light wash of night of navy was added to the centres of the flowers. The embossing paste dries quite quickly. I first stamped the sentiment and the mint macaron leaves and then I used a decorative mask (stencil) and the embossing paste. Apply it thinly like you are buttering toast but try to leave it a little uneven for a more artisanal look. After that step I put is aside and made the first card in this post. When that card was finished the paste was dry and I could finish this one. I used mini dimensionals under the flowers and placed them strategically between the embossing paste “diamonds”. The leaves were attached using a glue dot on the stem.


Shimmer white cardstock is beautiful for colouring with an aquapainter and Painted Seasons


I think that this closeup almost captures the beauty of the shimmer. For this card I added a flower stamped in Powder Pink to soften it up even more. Be sure to keep the liner of the lid of your embossing paste and put it back on before screwing the lid on tightly. It dries out very easily! Also wash your decorative masks (I like to call them stencils) and your “spreader” (real term is palette knives) right after use with hot water and a dish brush. If you let it dry it will be quite a difficult task.


Have fun with this great stamp set, the framelits and an aqua painter. If you have never used shimmer white cardstock before I highly encourage you to try it out. It is also great with Brusho. I did a Facebook Live video on it yesterday, I will try and link it here. I have just figured out how to save those videos to my phone so that I can post them on Youtube. That will make life a bit easier I hope.

It’s March 15 today so that means we are at the halfway point of the month and just over two weeks left to take advantage of saleabration!! If you are new to Stampin’Up! that means that you can choose a free item with every $60 purchase or something really special with a $120 purchase. It also means a fabulous deal on the starter kit. You pay only $135 but you get to choose any products you want for a total of $225. No shipping, no tax and your own 20% discount after that. If you choose to do this as a business then you will need to buy or sell a minimum of $400 a quarter (every three months). If you have any questions I would be most happy to answer them. If you live in Canada, I would love to have you join my team, whether it is for your own discount or if you want to build a business, small or large. Starting your dream has never been easier.


Have a super day!!


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Effective Tips and Tricks with Brusho Techniques

Hello stampers. You already know that I love this amazing new product in our Occasions catalog called Brusho. Well, it gets better. I have a very talented team member who just happens to be a watercolour artist as well, and she came and taught our team a few tricks with Brusho. I decided to focus on just a few of them that would translate very well into card making. One of my biggest aha moments was in realizing that you could get dramatically different results by changing the direction of the water spray. I was just spraying from the top down onto my paper. It also makes a difference as to which water spritzer you use. Fine mist will give a different end result than larger droplets of water from a bigger spritzer. Little details that had not even crossed my mind. I had also not thought of running watercolour paper through an embossing folder. Take a look at some of the cards that I came up with and then  I will show you how I did this in a video.


This card really shows what happens when you control the direction of the spray.


With this celebrate card you can really see what happens when you control the direction of the spray. I first put a piece of painters tape across the card about two thirds of the way up. Then I sprinkled a little brilliant red Brusho on an acrylic block and a little Prussian Blue Brusho on another block. I picked up the dry brusho with a dry brush and dabbed it in dots across the watercolour paper along the edge of the tape in alternating colours. Then I misted water on it using an old Stampin’ Mist bottle. I didn’t spray from above, but rather sprayed in an angle away from me. I will show you in the video. Here is a close-up.


Brilliant Red and Prussian Blue Brusho background


I really, really love the look of this. I chose elegant eggplant cardstock to cut out the word “celebrate” which is one of the framelits that you can get for  free with a $120 purchase during sale-a-bration. I decided to use this same technique with different colours and then I made an extra piece with the same colours as the background that I could use for my focal point. I was pretty pleased with myself for thinking of that! In the meantime, my to-do list for getting ready for my ski trip was being ignored!!


Here are all the elements I used to create this fun Brusho technique card


For this card I used Prussian Blue and Yellow Brusho and I dusted off Dragonfly Dreams with a bit of guilt in my heart for having neglected this beautiful stamp set. I used the watercolour paper on the left to cut out my dragonfly thinlet.



Our mini dimensionals are perfect for popping up these dragonflies and the Stamparatus was great for stamping the sentiment with archival black. I don’t know if you have noticed but it is hard to stamp on watercolour paper. It is a bit rough and very textured and thick, so the stamparatus let me stamp this three times in a row to get a nice dark colour. The sentiment is from So Many Shells which is another great set to have in your stash. I haven’t tried it yet, but I think you could put Wink of Stella on the dragonflies to take it up another notch.



Here you can see the beautiful detail in this technique and you can see the direction the water went. I haven’t felt this artistic in a long time and oh my, it is addictive! Be still my heart. This next card uses a different technique all together.


Lovely as a Tree is embossed in black on this Brusho background


For this card I used a 1″ wide flat brush to wet the watercolour paper generously. Then I sprinkled on Brusho in “stripes” and then simply went over the powder with my wide brush in long, even strokes. After it was dry I stamped the large tree in archival black and then I embossed the smaller trees in black. This left the large tree looking rather muted, so I stamped over it in versamark and then embossed it too. The sentiment is from Butterfly Basics and I embossed it in silver. Here is a close-up:


Lovely as a tree embossed in black on Brusho watercolour background


The last card that I made was a first for me. I ran the watercolour paper through the Big Shot with the Woodland embossing folder. Then I spritzed it with water finely from a distance so that there would be a fine mist on my paper. Then I sprinkled on yellow and brilliant red Brusho. I made up brown by first making some green Brusho. You do this by combining yellow and blue. When doing this always add a little of the darker colour to the lighter colour, this is much more efficient. After you have green you will combine it with red to make brown.


Make brown brusho by combining yellow and blue to make green and then adding red.


You need to let your background dry, or speed it along by using the heat gun. Then you can take a small brush and paint the trees brown. This is not very difficult since the trees are raised. The sentiment is from Heartfelt Blooms, one of our fabulous saleabration sets that you can get for free with a $60 purchase.


I hope you have enjoyed learning a little more about Brusho. Once again, I want to sincerely thank Char McGill who taught me these tips. If you want to see her work, please check out her blog. I am in awe of her talent, but it is her personality and sweet nature and sense of humour that have captured my heart.


I will finish this blog post by sharing a video that will show you some of these techniques. Seeing is believing!!


Cake Soiree Looks Beautiful With Watercolour Background

Hello stampers! You know that you have a great stamp set when it takes more than one blog post to adequately feature all the amazing elements. I am not even doing it justice. The more I play the more I want to create with this stamp set. You may not want to buy this bundle, it will prevent you from getting your work done!!


I have to be honest. Sometimes I find embellishment kits a waste of money. There are often elements in there that you simply can’t find a use for. This one is fantastic! You get so many pretty die cuts and vellum embellishments that it is instant gratification to whip a bunch of cards that make you look like you really slaved over them. Anyone who receives one of these over the top cards will really be feeling the love. I took a picture of some of the elements I had laying out before I started my card. This is NOT the complete embellishment kit by any means. Click here to see all of it.


Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit #145578


The watercolour paper in the middle of the picture is 4″ by 5 1/4″ and has been stamped using the acrylic block technique shown in the video at the end of this post. Take a look at the finished card. It took about five minutes to make.


Vellum embellishments with Cake Soiree.


I used berry burst and pool party ink pads right on my acrylic block E and then spritzed both the block and the watercolour paper with water before “stamping”. Here is a picture of how I prepped the watercolour paper.


Watercolour paper taped to grid paper with painters tape.


The grid paper is very helpful to align the tape and the cardstock making it easier to get a nice even border. Here is a close-up of the final result of the paper. I wish now that I had rotated it on my card so that you would see more of the pool party. Oh well. Next time.


Watercolour wash background with an acrylic block E


Here is another card using some of the embellishment kit. The card is mostly in white and silver so the coloured embellishment really pops.


Sweet Soiree embellishment kit


The next card uses a piece of one of the cards I posted yesterday. It had a mat of that beautiful paper from this suite, so I cut out an oval before adhering to the card and covering with the white mat. This paper is so lovely you really don’t want to waste any of it!


Clean and simple card focusing on the Sweet Soiree specialty designer series paper #145564


This card is clean and simple and really lets the paper shine. The sentiment is from Petal Palette another of my favourite stamps from the Occasions catalog. I decided to try and spruce it up a bit using some other embellishments from the kit and some ribbon. What do you think?


Tassel from embellishment kit as well as metallic edge berry burst ribbon take this card to a new level.



I really do love this sentiment. My job as a Stampin’Up! demonstrator has allowed me to meet so many new people all over the world and I have been blessed and enriched by it in so many ways, so this card is for you my fellow demonstrators and to all my Facebook and blog followers and to my wonderful customers and team members. I hope you feel the love. I made one last card that I totally cased from Dawn Olchefske. Here is the link to her blog. I just embossed my base layer, that is the only change I made.


Leaf embossing folder with Cake Soiree embellishments


Finally, here is the video that shows you how to do the acrylic block watercolour background technique. It is easy, controlled and changeable. You can always add more ink and spritz again with water.




Sweet Soiree Suite Suits Me Perfectly

Hello stampers! Try saying that quickly six times in a row!! Seriously though, this suite is pretty sweet. Now I really do hate cake decorating, although I do my best to make a pretty cake. This type of cake decorating is more my style. The image in the catalog is quite luscious isn’t it?


Sweet Soiree suite catalog image


I actually got everything in this suite so that I would not be inhibited in my card making and I wasn’t disappointed. The Berry Burst Metallic edge ribbon is my favourite ribbon so far in the book. It is a gorgeous colour and it also ties beautifully.  Take a look at the close-up of this card:


Berry Burst ribbon and wink of stella watercolouring make for a stunning card.


There is a lot going on in this card. I used Wink of Stella to watercolour the cake and that is truly a fantastic technique. The picture cannot capture the beautiful sparkle on this card. The fine tip of the Wink of Stella is ideal for colouring this detailed image. I used marina mist, berry burst and old olive. The background is marina mist with the silver embossing paste and the sweet soiree decorative masks. It worked really well and wasn’t runny or messy. It didn’t take all that long to dry either.


The decorative masks and silver embossing paste are beautiful in the Sweet Soiree Suite


The pretty little dies that I used for the top of the cake come in one unit and you can put two strips of paper behind it for quick cutting too. Take a look:


Three in one framelit with Sweet Soiree Suite


Watercolouring with Wink of Stella also works well with a black image. With this card I also used rich razzleberry and powder pink.


Beautiful colouring with Wink of Stella that can't be seen in a picture


Here is the complete card. The background was done with a watercolour wash technique that I learned from Billie Moan. I will include a video on part two of this post that I hope to finish tomorrow. I added some candles using the decorative masks and silver embossing paste and I didn’t make quite the elaborate bow that Billie did, but other than that, this is a complete case of her beautiful card. You can check it out here.


Pool Party and Berry Burst Watercolour wash background


This suite also comes with a great embellishment kit that includes some handpainted flowers, some foil accented cakes, vellum and silver leaves and flowers, blue velvet ribbon, white clothespins and some adorable tassels with jump rings as well as a yard of washi tape.


Stampin'Up image showing some of the embellishments with the Sweet Soiree suite


On this card I used the blue velvet scalloped ribbon to anchor the cake.


Blue Velvet scalloped ribbon and Sweet Soiree specialty designer series paper


I thought I would include a closeup of the ribbon so you can see the texture. Everything about this suite is simply luscious.


Lavish details in the ribbon and the paper as well as the framelits in this beautiful Sweet Soiree suite.


Here you can see the framelits that are included in this suite. There is just so much to play with here!


Lots of detail but all the little bits come out easily.


Now these framelits look quite delicate, but as long as you use the precision plate, all the little bits come out very easily and there is no fussy poking with “pokey tool” or more properly known as the paper piercing tool.


I realize that I have way too much content for one post, so I will continue this one tomorrow with a few more card samples and a video on how to do the watercolour wash background.





Finding your inner artist with Brusho

Hello stampers! Deep down we all need and love to create, but sometimes we are afraid. The reason I fell in love with stamping is the beautiful images. All I had to do was put the stamp on an ink pad and then on paper and I was already off to a beautiful start! Now there is Brusho. Wow! This post is just about the most simple way of using this amazing product. What is it?


Brusho is watercolour ink crystals in very brilliant and intense colours. It is made in England and Stampin’Up! now sells this in an assorted pack of five colours for $40.00. It will be available on January 3. The colours include Brilliant Red, Gamboge (orange) Moss Green, Prussian Blue and Yellow. You pierce a hole in the lid with a push pin (a thumbtack with a head on it that you can use as a handle as well) Then use the push pin to seal the hole when you are done. Just shake a little powder over a piece of watercolour paper that you have already spritzed with some water. Spritz a little more water on afterwards and watch the magic happen. You can re-apply again after it is dry if you want to change it. This is the most simple way of using this product, but that is just the beginning. You can also use our aquapainters to paint with it for a more controlled look. Here are some very simple cards that I made using a brand new sale-a-bration stamp set called Epic Celebrations.


Brusho from Stampin'Up! combines with Epic Celebrations for a quick and easy card


We are actually making these fun cards at my Bingo Party tonight. Every quarter I have a Bingo party as a fun way of introducing new products to my customers. Everyone goes home with a prize from the new catalog and the four projects we make all use brand new product too. That way you can make informed choices when ordering from the new catalog. Epic Celebrations in a sale-a-bration set that you can get for free when you make a $60 purchase in Canada. The words for the cards come from a new set called Let the Good Times Roll. Yes, it is roller coasters and comes with framelits!!


Great card for a teenager! Brusho and clear embossing with Epic Celebrations and Let the Good Times Roll on watercolour paper.


This is definitely my favourite card. I have found my inner artist!! All you do is stamp the shoes in versamark and then emboss with clear embossing powder on watercolour paper. This one is 3″ square so it fits in our mini pizza boxes. How much fun is that? After you have embossed the shoes, spritz the paper with water, sprinkle on the Brusho and dry it with the heat gun. This also moves the colour around. The words are stamped in archival black.


Lots of energy in this Brusho card


With this red card I chose to emboss the headphones in white to make it pop even more. You could use this simple card for any occasion or no occasion at all, just a note of encouragement to put in a lunch or backpack.


Mossy Green Brusho helps you discover your inner artist


I love this one too. Can you believe (if I remember correctly) that it only uses the Mossy Green Brusho? I find that it has an impressionistic look. This card makes me feel very artistic and that is the last word I would use to describe myself. I never took art in high school in fact I was terrified of taking an art class. From about grade 2 I knew that I had no artistic talent. Now, as an adult, I know that is not true. But it is sad that I felt that way for so many years. My greatest joy is showing others that they are artistic and that they can create beautiful things.


I haven’t had time to make a video for this yet, but I promise I will. In the meantime, if you have some time, Patty Bennett made a great video with super tips and explanations why this product is better than watercolouring with ink refills. Check it out. I would love to hear what you think. Have a super day.


Beautiful You and the Reflection Technique

Hello stampers. I fell in love with Stampin’Up! because it gave me the tools I needed to become an artist. Now that is a very big deal because I never felt artistic. In fact, I avoided art in school. Fast forward to Beautiful You. Now that is the perfect set to help you discover your inner artist. There are TONS of great cards out there using this set and so many different techniques to try. One of my favourites is the reflection technique, and it is much easier than you might think. The card below was totally cased from Sandi MacIver.


Beautiful You combines beautifully with watercolour pencils, blender pens and an aquapainter to create a beautiful reflection


The reflection technique also works very well with the stamp set High Tide. Check out this card I made. The other benefit is that it is a surprisingly quick and easy card to make. Five minutes is all it takes.


The shore birds from High Tide are beautiful in this reflection technique.


I used night of navy for the birds, crumb cake for the sand, garden green for the grass and marina mist for the water. The sun is so saffron. The patterned paper on the left is from Serene Scenery (#141642) and on the right the coral strips are from By The Shore (#141640) The white strips measure 2 1/2″ by 5 1/2″.


High Tide makes it very easy to create a beautiful scene in just minutes.


Here is a close-up of the birds. If you wanted to go the extra step, you could use a blender pen to make a smoother transition between the water and the shore. I didn’t do that with this card. It is literally a five minute card.


Close-up of the reflection technique using High Tide.



I just realized that I have totally failed to tell you how this technique is accomplished. Simple. You use the imaging sheet that comes with our Stamp-a-ma-jig. Yes, that is actually what it is called. It is used to accurately position your words, but this is a side benefit! You stamp your image on the smooth side of the imaging sheet. Then flip it over and place it under your stamped image and rub it onto the cardstock. Clear as mud? No worries. A picture is worth a thousand words, and a video even more so. Here is a video showing you exactly how to do it.



Thats all for today. If you enjoyed this please leave me a comment, it is so rewarding knowing that someone has seen your post!

Stamping hugs, Jackie



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