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What to do with Scraps? Clean & Simple card with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

Ever wonder what to do with all those white cardstock scraps? Well, today I have a floral notecard made with just scraps that I used to stamp floral images from the set Scribble Flowers from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps.

I stamped a bunch of images on scraps of white cardstock and colored them with Zig Markers and a waterbrush to give them a quick watercolored effect. To add some details I scribbled following the design of the images using an oil based marker in gold. I adhered all the images to a simple white card base to which I added a gold border using the same marker used before. And there you go, a quick and pretty card is ready! 
This kind of card is super practical but pretty and it truly saves you time if you stamp as many white scraps of paper you have color them and save them on a basket, ready to be used on a project. This tip comes in handy especially when there’s not much time and you need to send a card as soon as possible!
That’s all for today. Until next time!
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Stamped & Stenciled Cards with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

It’s Gracie from Graciellie Design with a new cardmaking idea to share. I’m saying good-bye to Summer with a set of colorful stamped and stenciled cards. I had lots of fun making these so I’m happy to be sharing them with you today!

I started out by picking my color palette. I wanted to go for a bright and unique color combo and that is how my first card came to life in yellow and green. I stenciled the backgrounds with a TCW Distressed Details stencil using mostly ink. I did stencil a few patterns with TCW heavy body acrylic paint in yellow and silver metallic.

I stamped and colored the flowers from Mason Jar Bouquet Clear Stamp Set with Spectrum Noir markers and then added a stamped banner with the sentiment. This is a one layered card. I didn’t add card panels at all and that is why I love these designs so much. If you use a nice cardstock you are able to add lots of ink and paint layers, but of course make sure to use as little medum as possible.

My second card came about as a consequence of the first one. I thought I should make another card using also yellow and so I combined it with hot pink. I tried to follow the same stencil design I had added to the first one, which is not precisely simple, but I was able to achieve the same look with a similiar stenciling.

Making these cards lifted my spirit on a very hard day, so I hope I they can also cheer you up and inspire you to create something pretty today! Until next time.

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Trying Prismacolor Pencils for the first time with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

Coloring mediums have been all I’ve thought about this year, from Zig markers to watercolors… But today I’m trying out Prismacolor pencils for the first time! It is a different medium, slower to begin with, but it is -oh so totally- worth it!

I decided to use Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Mason Jar Bouquet flowers to try out my Prismacolors for the first time. I didn’t use any solution to blend the colors, I simple did it the classic way… Layering. Layering requires patience and if you have some form of arthritis you’ll feel uncomforable at some point but if you don’t press the pencil too hard, apply the color with small circular strokes you will achieve a neat transition.

The flowers turned out so delicate and pretty that I decided to create a very intricate lace card base for them using Anna Griffin’s Elegant Embellishments 2 cartridge on my new Cricut Explore Air 2. This card has so many delicate layers and it makes the images look even more classic and elegant. I decided to add a sentiment from my clear stamp set Floral Greetings released by Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps early this year. And I think nothing says classic like ribbon so I tied a matching pink bow around the card front and embellished it with a gold button.  

If you want to take a closer look at these stamps visit SNSS shop here. There are many, many more beautiful stamp sets to choose from and even 2 more clear stamp sets I designed myself. That is all for now. I hope you give this coloring medium a try one of these days too! Until next time.

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CAS Coffee Card with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

I love clear stamp sets, and what I try to do every time I get a new set is stamp as many scraps as I possibly can, fussy cut them and color them all. That gives me a lot of options when I’m about to put together a card. That is exactly what I did with the coffee cup stamps from Fill me Up by Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. Today’s card is one of those clean and simple numbers created with previously stamped pieces on an also previously painted background. You see, I find it to be extra productive to make backgrounds and color stamped images in advance and keep them in a special basket until it is time to make a card. It often proves to be a magical process when you end up finding every coordinating piece you need in the same forgotten spot of your craft room!

Not long ago I shared on YouTube how I make these watercolor washes for my card backgrounds. I use student grade watercolors, but I love the results I get with them. I am also using a special shimmery metallic paper on this card called Cryogen White -that I also used for the tutorial- which makes the wash stand out even more.

This set is very versatile, and the images are so cute. It was designed originally for Bible Journaling, but you know me, I try things in different ways and I’ve been trying it out for cards also! You might have seen my latest card using this set here.
I stamped the coffee cups on Premium Cardstock and the cup holders from Kraft cardstock. I used a precision knife to cut out the hearts from the cup holders and mounted them with foam squares to add dimension. I adhered those to the watercolored background and finished them off with a coffee word I cut with my Cricut Explore Air 2. So yes, it is a very clean and simple card with a dramatic look with the striking colors and wash on the background.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Until next time!
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Bright & Happy Card with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

Today I’m using what I think is the cutest coffe cup clear stamp there is to make a freestyle collage card! I’m featuring stamps from the sets Fill Me Up and Scribble Flowers by Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps!

To make this card I went ahead and stamped as many scraps of white cardstock I could with flowers and leaves from the set Scribble Flowers with Umbrella Crafts Black Premium Dye Ink. This particular ink I used is hybrid and it allows you to watercolor the stamped images. I colored them with Zig Markers and a waterbrush using bright colors. Once all the images were colored I fussy cut them and set them aside.

I then stamped the coffee cup from Fill Me Up on Kraft 100# cardstock and the heart coffee cup sleeve on Fancy Pants Designs patterned paper using the same black ink, and fussy cut those too. The final element I stamped was the mini label with little check box words from the same set and heat embossed them in white on 48# heavyweight vellum.

Putting all the pieces together is always fun, but it can take time since there are so many ways to arrange them. The background is actually stenciled -using a TCW Mini Halftone Circles- with Mixed Media Medium and half of it is foiled in Silver Sequins and another part has Colorbox Winter Frost glitter. (See tutorial here.)I added a Wild Orchid -Purple- Double Stitch Design small circle die cut on the back to make all the element pop. I finished off the card with some pink paper twine, a green notebook page edge die cut and 3/8 Reversible Satin Ribbon w/stitches which brings together all the design.

That’s it for today! For more ideas an inspiration make sure to subscribe to Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps blog. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Watercolor Wash Background & Stamped Flowers

Today I have another fun card idea using clear stamps from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. The new set Mason Jar Bouquet is definetely a beauty and I wanted to stretch the stamps in the set to get different looks. So today I only stamped part of the mason jar image to make to bouquet hang from 3 corners of my card front.

I stamped part of the bouquet on two corners of the card front in black using Umbrella Crafts premium dye ink. To make sure the ink wouldn’t smear I heat set it well. (This works all the time for me.) I used a very pigmented set of watercolors in Rose, Purple Pale and Ultramarine Blue to create a wash across the card front. I kept layering color until I was happy with the result. I added some splatters and iridescent rhinestones to finish off the background and attached a stamped banner with a piece of Therm O Web foam strip to give it dimension.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. This card is really simple to make and the result is striking! I’m planning to get more of these creamy watercolors to make more fun backgrounds and practice my watercoloring on cards.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tone on Tone Stamping & Coloring – Stunning Mason Jar Bouquet Stamps

Today I’m sharing my first card using one of Sweet ‘n Sassy’s new stamp set Mason Jar Bouquet! This set is so pretty, so versatile and is perfect for coloring.

I stamped the flowers in hot pink dye ink and colored them in the same color, to create a tone on tone effect. I have been using watercolor markers to color a lot lately and I’ve also been drawn to bright, summer colors. I watercolored this flowers in hot pink using very little water and added a fresh green on the leaves. I decided they would look great with a few green leaf die cuts. I used foam squares to give them dimension.

The sentiments in this set are so beautiful, a very nice font and size. I was able to stamp this Mother’s Day greeting  in black, on one side of the die cut panel matching the rest of the card design.

The images are so striking and pretty I really didn’t need to do much for my card base. I just die cut a large intricate panel, cut it in half and layered the pieces creating a lace border like design. Details such as the black and silver Reversible Satin Ribbon and pearls tie the card together.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Make sure to stop by Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps today to check out this and other new clear stamp sets available now. Until next time.

Sharing with: Crop Stop Challenge – AG (Using Tim Holtz Water Brush) / Cupcake Inspirations – Color palette / Paper Players – Tic Tac Toe /

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Mixed Media Card with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

If you follow me on social media you know that lately I have been playing with some mixed media and making fun backgrounds. Today I am sharing card for Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps using one of those backgrounds I came up with.

This fun and colorful background started out as a way to try out some Mixed Media Sheets and I instantly became addicted to the sheets and got all my mixed media supplies out. I really wanted to use this background for a card so I decided to stamp and color these flowers from my stamp set for SNSS Floral Greetings. I watercolored them with Zig markers and wasn’t careful about it because I wanted the coloring to match the playful background.

I decided to add stamped words here and there to the background using new stamps from the set Words of Life: Actions using Mix’d Media Inx. A torned piece of fuscia cardstock brings together all the elements just as a piece of ribbon would. To finish the card I stamped and heat embossed in clear a sentiment from Floral Greetings on vellum.

This card has inks, ink sprays, acrylic and tempera paints, watercolor markers and even a touch of foil. There is really a bit of everything on it and I love how it turned out. It was lots of fun to make and I know I will be trying it out again!

For more ideas and inspiration make sure to follow my blog and also subscribe to Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps where the designers showcase amazing projects every week. Until next time.

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Stained Flowers DIY Patterned Paper with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

Floral specialty papers can be beautiful, especially when they have a metallic finish. I decided to go ahead and try to make my own using Floral Greetings and Peaceful Peonies from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps and Laser Silver Lustre paper.

I stamped the flower multiple times to create a pattern. I used Color Box Mix’d Media Inx in Truffe and heat embossed it with Bridal Tinsel embossing powder from Ranger. I then colored the flowers applying a bit of Zig markers and spreading the color using my fingers. I kept layering the color until I was happy with the shading. This technique gives the flowers a stained look. The glossy paper allows the color to glide and you end up getting a different coloring effect.

I used the same ink to stamp the sentiment on Heavyweight Vellum #48 and cut a banner. I decided to fussy cut 2 flowers from the remainding stamped paper and adhere them on top of a simple pink frame cut from Mountain Rose Glimmer cardstock -which goes along perfectly with the Rose Quartz Mica / Metallic card base. To add dimension to the frame and flowers I used 3D Foam Strips and Foam Squares.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project idea. Make sure to visit Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps to check out these and other new clear stamp sets available now. For more ideas and inspiration visit SNSS blog!

Thanks for visiting.

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DIY Foil Stamped Flowers on Vellum – Elegant Monochromatic Card + Tips & Tricks

I love using transparencies on cards. I usually use vellum because of how delicate it looks. So I decided to use one of Sweet ‘n Sassy’s latests flower stamp from a set I designed –Floral Greetings– in a non-traditional way. You will see me using a couple of stunning papers today from Paper Temptress too!

I used a quick and easy DIY technique to foil the flowers on heavyweight #48 vellum to create these stamped embellishments. First, I stamped the flowers using pigment ink (which works just as well as any embossing ink), and I then heat embossed the images in gold. But because I wanted to create a metal on metal effect I went ahead and foiled the flowers in silver. All I did was cover the images with a piece of Deco Foil Silver Foil transfer sheet and ran them through a laminator making sure to wrap the stamped vellum within at least 2 copy paper sheets folded in half, to avoid the embossing powder from melting completely. This trick will allow you to get a distressed foil effect that lets some of the embossed areas to show. In the end, you get a beautiful silver on gold metallic finish.

I fussy cut the flowers and used them to frame the wonderful verse from Peaceful Peonies. I layered a few die cuts and used a beautiful black shimmery two toned cardstock called Nero Incandescent to go along with the metallic tones on the images. (This is one of the most beautiful papers I’ve worked with.) I added a few touches of beige here and there to make the sentiment pop and tie all the monochromatic layers together. I love the result, but I’m sure this card wouldn’t have been the same without these beautiful stamps!

For more details on these and other stamp sets from our latest releases please visit Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps shop. For more inspiration make sure to subscribe to the blog so you never miss our design team’s projects. (There is so much inspiration here!)

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