Stamptastic Friends May 2020 Blog Hop…

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This is my second month with the Stamptastic Friends, an amazing group of Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who want to share their creations with you all. Whether you have come straight here to me, or hopped from somewhere else, be sure to hop on over to the rest of the team to see some fabulous makes.

Masculine Makes

Masculine makes seems to be a thing at the moment, which is just perfect for me as it is Father’s Day next month and my boyfriend’s bithday in a couple of weeks. Sometimes it can be quite tricky to make cards for the men in our lives, so hopefully this hop will give you (and me) plenty of inspiration. I have chosen to work with the Sailing Home bundle today, it is a beautiful stamp and die set for anyone who loves the sea. This set is carrying over to the new catalogue but it won’t be available as a bundle, so if you want to save 10% be sure to grab it now and get making for those men in your life.

Handmade greeting card using Sailing Home bundle from Stampin' Up!

I wanted to use the ‘smooshing’ technique for this card, it gives such a wonderful background and is really fun to do. I used an acrylic block, but you could also use a silicon mat or a piece of acetate. I used the Seaside Spray ink pad, I love this colour, so soft and gentle and it co-ordinates beautifully with the Sailing Home stamp set. I took my ink pad and wiped it several times over my acrylic block, to give a good covering of ink, before spritzing it with water from the stampin’ Spritzer.

ink smoosing technique with the sailing home bundle

You just want to put enough water on so that the ink ‘beads’ on the clock, but it is trial and error really, and no print will ever be the same! I used Shimmery White cardstock becuase it holds the water quite well. You could use watercolour card too, I just wouldn’t recommend the standard Whisper White as it can buckle when it gets wet. Take your piece of card and lay it down onto the block, with the ink on, smoosh it with your fingers and then lift it off to see what you have got! You could bprobably make two prints from the same block, jsut keep smooshing until it runs out!

handmade card using stampin' Up! craft supplies, sailing home bundle

I just love the mottled effect background it gave me here, which I die cut out using one of the Stitched Rectangle Dies, ready for my sweet little sailing boats to be added to the top. I coloured the boats in using my Stampin’ Blends, in Seaside Spray and Crumb Cake. I normally stamp the boats in a single colour but stamping them in Sahara sand and then colouring them in gives such a great effect! I added some texture in velum using the seaweed die cut, and stamped the anchor in Night of Navy before adding some braided linen trim and one of the trinkets. The sentiment is from the Well Said stamp set and is die cut using the Stitched Rectangle Dies again.

Thank you so much for joining me today, please be sure to keep hopping, to see what everyone else has in store for you, but if you would like to purchase any of the products I have used today, feel free to click on the links below to take you straight to my online shop.

Until next time, stay safe and Happy Crafting xx

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8 Comments

  1. I think your smooshing technique is great Heather – this is my current go to bundle for male cards too !

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