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Tips for Detailed Colouring with Stampin Up Alcohol Markers

Tips for Detailed Colouring with Stampin Up Alcohol Markers

I absolutely love my Blends for colouring all kinds of images – but I thought you might especially want to see my video tips for detailed colouring with Stampin Up alcohol markers.  After all, not all rubber stamped images have lots of coverage like this wine-inspired one right?

And if you think some of your itsy bitsy stamps are WAAY too small to colour with either of the ends of the Stampin Blends, just wait!  Run and grab’em now because you’ll want to test these out lickety-split once you see my pointers. 

But how about if we see our project first?  It’s another fun one made with the Animal Outing stamp set.  Three words for this stamp set…awesome, awesome, awesome!  (OK, I know that’s technically only ONE word, but I think you get the picture! 😜)


8 super tips for detailed colouring with Stampin Up alcohol markers


 Cute right?  Did you see how small that branch is?  Let’s take a closer peek so you can really see just how small I mean when I say “small”!


8 super tips for detailed colouring with Stampin Up alcohol markers


Pretty darn teeny!  But don’t worry, I’ve got 8 quick and easy tips for detailed colouring with Stampin Up alcohol markers to share with you right now.  Let’s take a gander…

If you’ve got all the colours of Blends so far (or maybe just a few), I wonder if you’ve been pretty much focussing on the brush tip for colouring?  I know I was.  After all, I’m usually in an all-fired hurry to get my card done (because I’m late – again!)  So my bullet tips hadn’t really seen the light of day.  

But that’s really not helping YOU – or me – get the best bang for our buck from our stamping supplies is it?  So I played around a bit and now I think you have TONS more options of stamped images to give a try with your alcohol markers.

8 super tips for detailed colouring with Stampin Up alcohol markers


Do think you’ve got anything SMALLER than that branch in your stash of stamping supplies?  I challenge you to stampede on down to your craft area and get busy to test out my tips! 

You could even make this exact card if you want.  Here’s everything I used.  Just click on the image to get yours delivered right to your door.  I do appreciate you shopping with me!

As a newly converted alcohol based marker junkie myself, I know you might be shying away from a-NUH-ther new tool!

So if you’re on the fence about alcohol markers, take a look at this post where I shared my favourite things about them.  Or you might also like this one, where I give you my top ten tips for using the Stampin’ Blends.

8 super tips for detailed colouring with Stampin Up alcohol markers

Once I made the plunge, I can now say “I do LUV me my Blends”.  In fact, I can hardly wait until the new colours from the 2018-19 Annual Catalogue are up for order!  Only a couple days now though.  Well, at least I think so. 

Stampin’ Up! has said they’ll be available mid-June, and in my mind, that’s the 15th, so I suspect ANY day now, we’ll get the go-ahead. Then there’ll be no holding me back! 

And once I get those baby’s in my hot little hands, I’ll be experimenting and playing.  And who knows?  I might even come up with more tips for detailed colouring with Stampin Up alcohol markers I can share with you!


Paper Embossing Techniques with Ink Refills

Paper Embossing Techniques with Ink Refills

Let’s have some fun with paper embossing techniques with ink refills!  Want a super quick and easy effect with gorgeous results?  Look no further than your glossy paper, ink refills and water. 

Oh and this time, I added in some crisp white embossing powder in a bold image.  Stick around and I give you some  of my top tips to make this pretty card easier.  How about we take a peek?

Yesterday I shared the Annual Catalogue and Occasions retiring lists…and you noticed a huge number of ink refills are being retired…the whole line in fact.  Holy smokes, what’s going on?  There’s a few reasons:

  • The exciting colour revamp (read a whole bunch more about it here!)
  • A new refill formula has been developed with defoamer added so all those annoying little bubbles you get now when you re-ink your stamp pad won’t appear.  Plus the new formula will spread better.
  • Archival Basic Black and Gray are being retired since SU! was having difficulty in consistently creating a quality formula for this type of ink.  And since they always want to offer quality products for us to use and because they couldn’t feel confident they were producing this, they have chosen to retire both colours  (but the good news is, StazOn Jet Black is coming back!)

Does that mean your old refills aren’t good any longer?  Absolutely not!  You’re just going to want to make sure you have lots on hand for those favourite colours of stamp pads and for these paper embossing techniques with ink refills.  But I can’t stress enough!  Order early as quantities are only while supplies last.

So let’s take another view of this card.

paper embossing techniques with ink refills


You can see the exact steps for this technique in my video.  If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, take a gander at how quick and easy it is.  You’ll be a pro in no time!

And here’s all the supplies you need for making awesome backgrounds exactly like this one.

Once you have your background created, the paper really just becomes heavier patterned paper.  And you already know what a lot of options we have for that!

One of my most popular posts showcased this beautiful Front & Centre Friday card made by my friend Kim.  So I wanted to show you another version of the same layout so you can see how easy it is to change things up for your own cards.

paper embossing techniques with ink refills

Here’s everything I used to make my three-panel birthday card.  The tropical (remind you of Hawaii anyone?) leaf is from the Pop of Paradise stamp set and we’ll be waving goodbye to it come May 31st. 🙁

Everything else is remaining current for the new catalogue so that’s exciting!  

paper embossing techniques with ink refills

Here’s my TOP TIPS for my three panel card:

  1. Make sure to use a tissue to wipe off the embossed leaf as the liquid will not dry on top of the plastic.
  2. Cut down the edges of your decorated glossy paper to remove places where the ink has pooled.
  3. Don’t throw out those cut off pieces.  One might be just perfect for the inside of your card (see below)!
  4. Place your three pieces of decorated paper on your piece of Thick Whisper White card stock first BEFORE gluing so you can get it centred properly.
  5. Adhere the middle decorated panel to the middle of the piece of Thick Whisper White FIRST.  Then adhere either the left or right.  This will let you line up the pieces better.
  6. I glued the Night of Navy oval right on top of the panels but put dimensionals to adhere the greeting oval.  I glued my copper leaves to the back of the TOP greeting so it looks like they’re floating a bit on top.
  7. Try adhesive foam strips to give a firm raised panel for your card.  BONUS:  when it goes through the mail, it will retain its height above your card.

paper embossing techniques with ink refills

Here’s another idea also using the Pop of Paradise set, this time just a bit easier as it’s not a three-panel card.  Your whole piece of decorated paper (after you cut it down) becomes your card front.

paper embossing techniques with ink refills

I really do love this technique – as does pretty much anyone who gives it a try!  So when you have a few minutes of play time, I think you’ll find it’s a fabulous way to get a bunch of backgrounds done quickly.

There are so many possibilities of colour combinations.  If this one with Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide and Crushed Curry is too intense for you, how about giving something like this a shot?  Some you’ll love more than others, but all will give you fabulous backgrounds. 

And guess what?  This is only one of the variety of paper embossing techniques with ink refills to try – check back often to see more of my ideas come to life!


Updated Polished Stone Technique with Refill Wink of Stella

Updated Polished Stone Technique with Refill Wink of Stella

Today let’s have fun with an updated polished stone technique with refill Wink of Stella!  If you like techniques, my video will show you how SUPER quick and easy this one is.  If you love designing projects where AWESOME paper takes centre stage, get ready to get creative!  Take a peek.

updated polished stone technique with refill wink of Stella

Cool right?  Not a lot of stamping, but really, does it need any more?  The geometric shape of the Tailored Tag Punch and the glossy – and shimmery – polished stone paper scream “Look at me!”

updated polished stone technique with refill wink of Stella

There are so few supplies for this technique too.  Let’s take a look-see.

Updated Polished Stone Technique with Refill Wink of Stella 

And now you’ve got all kinds of refill Wink of Stella Stampin Up colours with my short video last week – you made some didn’t you? – you’re all set to make some awesome backgrounds just like this!

Let’s talk a bit about the cool card too.  This is one where your design REALLY stands out.

Seeing as I hadn’t gotten much use from my Tailored Tag Punch yet, I pulled it out of the cupboard.  (Do you ever do that?  Buy something and then put it away and (sorta) forget you have it? 😊)  I do it ALL the time!

My first step was my greeting.  And since I also hadn’t used the Waterfront stamp set so far (it must be confession day for me!) I pulled it out of hiding and found this greeting fit perfectly in the middle of the tag.  I decided I didn’t want it centred so placed it a bit more to the bottom right and gave it some OOMPH with dimensionals.

Then I punched that cool geometric shape from my polished stone paper four times and placed them in a sequence.  (TIP1: for the top and bottom ones, I first glued the top left one so the tag extended over my Basic Black panel.  Next I trimmed it off and used the remaining piece upside down for the bottom right one.)

updated polished stone technique with refill wink of Stella

I matted my panel two times with Marina Mist, then Lemon-Lime Twist (TIP2: Pick up on the refill colours you used in your polished stone technique for your matting).  I decided I wanted a more solid raised panel, so used my adhesive foam strips to adhere my panel to the folded black card.

You can just see the inside peeking out in that last photo.  Here’s what I did so the inside echoed the cardfront.

updated polished stone technique with refill wink of Stella

Once you start to play with this technique, I have to warn you.  You might find it just a tad addictive.  But that’s OK.  With your LOADS of created papers, it will take no time to whip up this card and lots of others in different colours. 

Need any supplies?  I’ve got just what you need in my 24-7 online store.  Thanks for shopping with me!

Did you take a gander at my quick video?  I thought I’d give you a glimpse of what I did with the other panel I created in there too.

updated polished stone technique with refill wink of Stella

So another different shaped background Idea you could use for a fabulous card for someone special.

When you want your design to stand out, there’s nothing like cool, and unexpected, backgrounds livened up with simple stamping, word dies and embellishments.  Get creative yourself with my updated polished stone technique with refill Wink of Stella and you’ll have awesome backgrounds galore!


You Might Ask Is THAT An Easter Treat Box?

You Might Ask Is THAT An Easter Treat Box?

When you see today’s project, you might ask is that an Easter treat box? Or is it a birthday treat box? Or maybe even is that a congrats treat box? To make it even MORE confusing, I made it with the Lots to Love Box framelits, and if you’re not a Valentine’s crafter, you might’ve missed it in the Occasions catalogue.

You know I really should have named this blog post “How to Get More Mileage From Your Crafting Purchases” since I want you to go away thinking about them just a wee bit differently. So let’s dive in and although you might ask is that an Easter treat box initially, I think you’ll start to see LOTS of other possibilities too.

you might ask is that an easter treat box

So at first glance, you might’ve picked the birthday box. After all, it IS made with the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set and designer series paper. And there’s not a single bunny or Easter egg in sight. Plus the greeting talks about celebrating “brilliant fabulous you!” So yes, I agree our box could be congrats or birthday.

But take another look at those beautiful spring colours. Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, Lemon-Lime Twist, Berry Burst. Tell me just how many Easter eggs you’ve dyed in exactly those colours in the past! And what about that little peek of turquoise glimmer paper, the Lemon-Lime Twist ombre ribbon or the Pumpkin Pie sequins? They are ALL perfect for this fun spring holiday I’d wager.

And what about the paper design? It’s really just some streamers and mixed ribbon. It doesn’t HAVE to be birthday, it could be just about anything celebratory.

And it’s a simple box…which could work for just about ANY occasion!

you might ask is that an easter treat box

So In Case You Might Ask Is THAT An Easter Treat Box?

So what exactly does this mean for us paper crafters? We CAN get all kinds of versatility from our stamp sets, dies and papers, simply by looking at them a bit differently and making smart purchasing choices.

How do you do that? The next time you’re in the mood for something new in the craft supplies world, start by asking yourself these questions:

Designer Series Paper

  • Are there multiple colours I can use for more than one occasion? (And do you have the matching stamp pads and cardstock already?)
  • Are there lots of designs I absolutely LOVE in the package? (Because then you’ll USE them up.)
  • Is the size good for multiple projects? (For example is 6x6 big enough for everything you might want to make with the paper?)

Stamp Set

  • Is there a coordinating set of framelits for the stamp set? (To make your crafting life quicker and easier.)
  • How many different techniques can I have fun with with this set? (There are SO many techniques out there, what are your favourites and can the set handle at least two or three?)
  • How many different ways could I use this stamp set? (For example let’s look at the Sure Do Love You set below)


you might ask is that an easter treat box

How many different uses do you see? I see: anniversary, birthay, weddings, congratulations, thinking of you, spring and of course Valentine’s (see my fun fold Valentine I made with it).


  • Are some of the dies generic enough for multiple applications? (Think stars, circles, squares, hearts, ovals that you will use over and over again.)
  • Will the dies make my paper crafting more efficient? (Like cutting out and scoring a fun box rather than making one from scratch.)
  • Is there at least ONE die that is an absolute MUST-HAVE? (Like the box in Lots to Love Box framelits or the two nested heart shapes.)


  • Could I use this for at least three different events I will be crafting for – in the next three months? (Giving yourself a timeline is really important so you KNOW you’ll pull it out and use it as soon as it arrives!)

There are so many others I could suggest but I’ll save those for future blog posts.  Now I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes I stray a bit from my own advice. (Did I really NEED the Beautiful You stamp set when I haven’t used it once in almost a year?!!  Yikes!) But I do try and now you’ve got some of the key questions to ask, how do your current supplies measure up?

I knew I’d use the Lots to Love Box framelits and the Picture Perfect Birthday designer series paper for multiple projects over many years. Anytime I can get a template for a box or treat holder, I’m IN!  If you’re the same just click on the image below and have tons of fun creating!

you might ask is that an easter treat box

So the next time you’re browsing a new catalogue and you’ve got a post-it note on EVERY page, come back to this post. You might ask yourself is that an Easter treat box – or birthday or congrats or Father’s Day or sympathy – and you might be able to narrow down some of those post-its.


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