Technique Video

Watercolor Background Using Markers and Blocks

It’s been a crazy last few weeks of 2020 and it spilled a little into 2021. You know when you meet your out of pocket-you have to get your visits in with no money! I am ready to dive back into crafting!

So, have you had a chance to look at the the NEW 2021 Stampin’ Up! Mini catalog and Sale a Bration??? You are in for a treat! The Hydrangea Haven Suite is just gorgeous! And now Stampin’ Up! offers Blending Brushes-I can’t believe I haven’t tried them yet! (well, I have pet them since they are super super soft! It’s like an emotional support tool!) You really need to check both catalogs out to maximize your purchases! Who doesn’t like FREE!?

I made this card for any LOVE occasion plus it was our technique for this month card club. With the COVID cases rising, we all opted to do a virtual club. I wanted to use a technique that everyone could do from home. It even includes a video tutorial on how to make the card and there is a special guest appearance in the video!

This technique can be used with any water based markers and an acrylic block. Add a spritz of water here and there and you have an amazing background!

This is a rare occasion to not stamp on a card! I did run the Melon Mambo piece through the SCEM (Stamp, Cut, Emboss Machine) with the Scripty Embossing Folder. I then adhered that to the Thick Basic White card base. The Basic White heart is punched out using the Heart Punch Pack. The detailed heart is cut out using Silver Foil and the Many Hearts dies.

In the video, I show how to create the Poppy Parade fine speckles and the Wink of Stella accents. It is finished off with the Whisper White ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon combo pack and some Basic Jewels.

Now that you have watched the video, what are you going to create using this technique? You can visit my new Private FB page for live demos, product tips, card creations, silliness, and member only specials!

Many blessings! Laura

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Product List
Stampin' Spritzer
$3.00
Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper
$9.00
Melon Mambo 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Silver Foil Sheets
$5.00
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Thick Cardstock
$8.25
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Basic White Medium Envelopes
$7.50
Clear Block F
$17.00
Brights Stampin' Write Markers
$30.00
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
$5.00
Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush
$8.00
Poppy Parade Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
Flowers For Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack
$10.00
Wreath Builder Dies
$38.00
Many Hearts Dies
$36.00
Scripty 3D Embossing Folder
$10.00
Technique Video

Northern Lights Technique

I have never been to see the Northern Lights, but I can only imagine what an incredible display it emits! I recently saw a card on our Demonstrator Planning Place FB page (one of the perks of being a demo-connecting and seeing creations from all over) by Kylie Bertucci from Australia where she used Pear Pizzazz for the card. It was stunning and the best part is that you only use ONE color!!

I thought about how to make it more like a peaceful Christmas Scene and came up with Pool Party as my card front piece to sponge. Your fingers will get a little inky-but that’s a good day in my book! I used a Stampin’ Sponge (I cut into 1/4’s) and some Night of Navy ink to sponge from the edge towards the area I wanted to be the “lights”.

After I sponged the Pool Party piece, I took out the Snow Front stamp set. It was my first time playing with this set, and it does not disappoint! It was so easy to make this scene look like fresh snow on Christmas Eve! I used a Chalk Marker and some Wink of Stella to make it more magical!

Check out the video to see how easy it is to make! I am still getting used to my new set up…..enjoy!

So now you can go make some gorgeous cards to reach out to your friends! Are you missing a few items?? Just hop on my site and get them delivered to your door!

I will send you a thank you gift as well for choosing to order from me! It really helps out my small business! Blessings!

Product List
Snow Front Photopolymer Stamp Set
$22.00
Itty Bitty Christmas Cling Stamp Set (En)
$22.00
Night Of Navy 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Smoky Slate 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Pool Party 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Night Of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Stamping Sponges
$4.00
White Stampin' Chalk Marker
$3.50
Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush
$8.00
Flowers For Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack
$10.00
Stampin' Seal
$8.00
Technique Video

A Guide to the Peony Dies

When I saw the Annual Catalog for the first time back in May, I immediately was drawn to the Prized Peony Suite! The colors are soft, the flowers are so elegant, and the embellishments finish off your projects in a snap! Who wants easy coordination when they are creating their cards or pages??

A couple girls and I went to a retreat in July and I made at least 10 of these peony flowers! But, I admit that I was intimidated by the dies when I pulled them out. Once they came together, I decided to share how to make them! They are really easy and very addictive!

Check out the detail in this up close picture of the flower that I made! To create a more distressed flower, you just take your Water Spritzer and dampen your cardstock a little. Then crumple it into a ball and then flatten out. You can now run this cardstock through the Stamp Cut and Emboss machine and continue making your flowers!

I hope you enjoyed the video and will subscribe to my channel for more exciting, unique, and intriguing techniques!

The 21st is the deadline to order your items so you are ready for the Zoom class! Read about it here: Monthly Product Focus class. You get to create with me! Click on the button below, it should have the host code attached. But here it is in case you need it. ERR7TKJV This code expires August 31st.

Did you know that signing up to be a demonstrator can be just for the discount? If you love our products, why not get 20% off on all your orders? Plus, if you friends want something, bonus! You make a little extra cash! If you decide you want to do more, our Crafting Corner team is here to help! We have a private FB page, meet virtually/in person for gatherings/events, and so much more! We all have created beautiful friendships while sharing what we love!

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* Your choice of up to $125 worth of any current Stampin’ Up! products
* A business supply pack valued at $50

Blessings!

Laura Venvertloh

Product List
Peony Dies
$40.00
Prized Peony Cling Stamp Set (English)
$24.00
Prized Peony Bundle (English)
$57.50
Peony Garden Designer Series Paper
$11.50
Peony Garden Suite Collection (English)
$97.50
Elegant Faceted Gems
$7.50
Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder
$9.00
Basic Gray 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Petal Pink 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Soft Sea Foam 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Gray Granite 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Take Your Pick
$10.00
Take Your Pick Die Brush Tip
$9.00
Stamping Sponges
$4.00
Petal Pink Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Soft Sea Foam Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush
$8.00
Technique Video

Creating Card Backgrounds with Salt

My son camp home with the most stunning art project on canvas! They used salt and water to create a whimsical background! Well you know I had to try it for my card club technique! I included a video for this to help you create your own background!

I did a few test pieces on the Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper. The first one I followed the directions from a video on SCS. It does make a nice background, but I was looking for more motion in my background. I knew I was going to use the Whale Done bundle, so a sea bed with a sense of waves was perfect! I used more water on mine after I applied the sea salt.

I love the Shear Pool Party Ribbon!

I am SOOOOO excited about the new Water Painters! There are 3 differnt sized brushes in each pack! Small tip, broad tip, and and brush tip! It makes these water color washes so much easier to create! I used a acrylic block to drop my re-inkers on to like a mini palette. The Stampin’ Spritzers are wonderful because their spray comes out a fine mist.

Be sure to subscribe so you get notified on all my tutorials!

Now let’s talk about August 4th! First off-you can order from the Holiday Catalog! You will notice a more streamlined shopping experience too! Here are some tips to navigate and enjoy all the wonderful/helpful tools that Stampin’ Up! put in place! You will need to change your bookmarks and your password that you may have autosaved will not work. If you have issues, you can message me or call Stampin’ Up! at 1-800-STAMP-UP. They are wonderful to work with!

Some highlights:
1. The store is designed to work seamlessly on desktops, tablets, and mobile phones.
2. The site utilizes new, larger imagery to better showcase our products and allow up-close details to be seen.
3. The site utilizes inventory status information to show you what items will be retiring soon, have low inventory, or are backordered so you can make informed purchasing decisions.
4. You can mark your favorite items for later reference, and you can create and share personalized wish lists.

New Guest checkout too. I hope you will chose me-but if you want to check out as a guest, it will assign a demonstrator to you based on location. But we will have very limited information. I love to send happy mail to my customers, so I hope you chose me to order your goodies!

August’s Host code at check out is: ERR7TKJV

Stay tuned! I will be posting about the Virtual Zoom Class-Product Based class!

Blessings,

Laura

Product List
Whale Done Bundle (English)
$31.50
Whale Done Photopolymer Stamp Set (English)
$17.00
Whale Of A Time 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper
$11.50
Whale Builder Punch
$18.00
Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper
$9.00
Just Jade 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Pretty Peacock 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Pool Party 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Pretty Peacock Classic Stampin’ Pad
$7.50
Granny Apple Green Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Night Of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Pretty Peacock Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
$3.75
Pool Party Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
$3.75
Water Painters
$12.00
Seabed 3D Embossing Folder
$10.00
Pool Party 3/8" (1 Cm) Sheer Ribbon
$6.00
Perfect Parcel Dies
$35.00
Technique Video

How to Make a Beautiful Background using Bubbles

I have seen the Bubble Background Technique before and I saved it to a private board-a few years ago! So, I finally decided to give it a whirl! This was so much fun, and a little messy! I really did feel the enjoyment of my childhood when we would blow bubbles outside!

I made a video for you to learn how to create these whimsical backgrounds for your cards or pages! (excuse this one, it’s with my new equipment, I was a little giddy! And the video is not centered. Eh, whatcha gonna do?)

This is one of those sets that you need to keep so you always have accents at your fingertips! I can see home décor, scrapbook pages, cards, kids project, and so much more!

A few quick tips:

1. Dish soap and water do not yield great results.

2. I used a bendy straw so I didn’t accidentally blow on the wrong end and have inky lips.

3. Be sure to keep the paper away from the top of your container-it will leave a circle.

4. The lighter your ink color, the more drops you will need.

The Gold Cord in the Forever Greenery ribbon combo pack frays simply! Love the light touch!

I would love to see your creations! You can purchase the items used to make this card from the list below. It’s Bonus Days through the end of July! For every $50 you spend, you will get an email from Stampin’ Up! with a $5 off your purchase in August. I have 8 already-crazy!

For orders $149 and less-use this code!

When your wish list is super long, you should consider the savings you would have by joining our Crafter’s Corner Teams! You don’t have to sell-a lot of my team are here for the discount! But we all have become wonderful friends! For $99 plus tax, you will get to pick out $125 in any current catalog items (including any pre-order items!) What you order/sell will become a 20% savings (or extra fun money from orders!)

Many blessings to you and your family!

Laura

Product List
Forever Fern Bundle (English)
$54.00
Forever Fern Cling Stamp Set (English)
$24.00
Tasteful Labels Dies
$31.00
Forever Flourishing Dies
$36.00
Pretty Peacock 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Just Jade 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Soft Sea Foam 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Gold Foil Sheets
$5.00
Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack
$9.00
Soft Sea Foam Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Pretty Peacock Classic Stampin’ Pad
$7.50
Shaded Spruce Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels
$6.00
Fine-Tip Glue Pen
$7.00
Stampin' Seal
$8.00
Technique Video

How to Mask Your Images

Do you remember back to when you first learned how to make cards? My friend gave me a catalog to look at and I bought stamps, inks, and supplies for 5 years. But, I did one project! Sound familiar? So, I signed up for some classes at our local scrapbook store and fell in love with paper crafting! But then they closed in early 2008! After researching different companies and other stores, I signed up with Stampin’ Up! in July of 2007 for “the discount”. I was already spending $50-100 per month on supplies that didn’t match anyways!

Product quality, great customer service, and color coordination were the main factors back then that made it easy to join! I started off with a class or two and enjoyed my hobby paying for itself! June 30th-tomorrow!! is the last day for the Pick a Bundle promotion! It’s such a great deal! No risk, holding events is not required, and not penalty if you don’t meet your quarterly minimum! So, for $99 plus tax-You get $125 of any current catalog items PLUS a die/tool bundle of your choice!! Join NOW by clicking on Laura’s Stampin’ Up website.

One of the first, and simple, techniques I learned was how to mask your images so they look layered. I posted a short video so you can see how easy it is to give your card images dimension using a sticky post it note!

I used the Tasteful Textures Stamp Set and the coordinating Tasteful Labels to make this card. I will tell you I have used the Tasteful Labels a lot because they have a variety of shapes, sizes, and edging!

First I stamped off onto my scratch grid paper with the feather stamped in Gray Granite randomly on the card base. Then I stamped the flower on a post it note towards the top so the sticky side and cut it out so can be used. Next, I stamped the flower on the Whisper White where I wanted it and then placed the sticky note one directly on top. I carefully stamped the foliage three times being sure the part I didn’t want was being stamped on the sticky note. Then I pulled it off to reveal the 2-D layering.

I used the Petal Pink Blends to color the flower and stamped the texture stamp with Petal Pink ink three times. (I stamped off before stamping on the Whisper White for a softer look). I finished the card with a little ribbon behind the sentiment and I colored the flower with some Wink of Stella. Kind of hard to see in this light.

Stay safe and healthy!
Laura

Product List
Tasteful Touches Bundle (English)
$48.50
Tasteful Labels Dies
$31.00
Tasteful Touches Cling Stamp Set (English)
$23.00
Gray Granite Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Petal Pink Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Basic Gray 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Gray Granite 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Petal Pink 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush
$8.00
Petal Pink Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
$9.00
Petal Pink 5/8" (1.6 Cm) Organdy Striped Ribbon
$8.00
Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00
Stampin' Seal
$8.00
Technique Video

Using Masks to Create Backgrounds

When I made this card, I didn’t intend to make a pun about using masks, but here it is! I was just playing with some pieces that I had stamped and cut out a few weeks ago. I wanted to play with my Decorative Masks and spritzing a colored background! I really wish you could see the card in person!

I made a video to also show you how to make this card and share some useful tips! A special thank you to Patty Bennet for the suggestion of using Stamparatus Plates to keep your work area mess free! (mostly mess free)

I did try this technique with Whisper White card stock, but it bled a bit.

Here is a close up of the card so you may be able to see the shimmer paint that is mixed in with the Stamping Spritzer. To make your bottle of color: pour rubbing alcohol about 3/4 of the way to the top of the bottle. Add 4-8 drops of your ink refill. You need more for lighter colors and less for darker colors. Then, you add a drop of Frost White Shimmer Paint in the spritzer. Shake really well!

Trust me-it shimmers!

I really enjoyed making this card and that it turned into a club project too! If you are wanting to purchase some items, here is the host code for April!

If your list has over $100 on it, you should consider joining our Crafting Corner Team! For just $99 plus tax, you will get to choose up to $125 in current products! PLUS you will get to view the NEW catalog now and pre-order on May 3rd! Your first quarter minimum is due September 2020! Click on The Ultimate Bundle above or click on Join the Crafting Corner team now!

Blessings and stay safe!

Laura

Product List
Positive Thoughts Cling Stamp Set
$21.00
Nature's Thoughts Dies
$29.00
Stampin' Spritzer
$3.00
Basic Pattern Decorative Masks
$6.00
Frost White Shimmer Paint
$8.00
Highland Heather Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
$3.75
Gorgeous Grape Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Highland Heather Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Highland Heather 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Gorgeous Grape 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Smoky Slate 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper
$9.00
Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush
$8.00
Technique Video

Simple Spotlight Technique

One bonus of being at home is that I am finally stepping out of my comfort zone and making more videos! What are you doing to pass the time?

Here is a super simple technique you can use for your more detailed line images. You stamp the whole image onto Rococo Rose card stock and then stamp the image again onto a Whisper White cardstock and punch out your focal point! The results are stunning and elegant! Plus you can make quite a few in a short amount of time! Send some love to those you miss seeing! I promise that it will melt their heart!

Here is a close up of the focal point! I used the Epoxy Frosted/Clear Droplets to create some bling. Use the Rococo Rose Dark Blend pen to color your vellum and then punch it out with the Twig Punch. Custom colored vellum in a snap!

Please stay safe and healthy! Happy Easter!

Product List
Breathtaking Bouquet Wood-Mount Stamp Set
$20.00
Breathtaking Bouquet Cling Stamp Set
$16.00
Butterfly Gala Photopolymer Bundle
$35.00
Rococo Rose 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Smoky Slate 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Vellum 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$10.00
Rococo Rose Classic Stampin’ Pad
$7.50
Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Rococo Rose Dark Stampin’ Blends Marker
$4.50
Stitched Shapes Dies
$30.00
Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets
$9.00
Technique Video

Sepia Water Coloring with Bleach

Do you want to learn how to make this addictive Sepia Water Color with Bleach card? I LOVE this technique! It’s easier than it looks, though there are a few steps involved. I included a video! I am trying to learn how to maneuver online, so bear with me!

To start with this amazing technique you will need to collect the following items:

Very Vanilla Thick 5 1/2 x 8 1/2; Early Espresso 5 1/4 x 4; Watercolor Paper 3 3/4 x 5 & 3 1/2 x 3 1/2; To A Wild Rose Stamp Set; Very Versailles Stamp Set; Soft Suede Ink Pad; Early Espresso Ink Pad; StazOn Black; Bleach; Aqua Painter; Soft Suede Re-inker; Wink of Stella; White Embossing Powder; Versa Mark; Heat Tool; Stamparatus; Stampin’ Spritzer with water; and a fine tip paint brush.

Scroll through the carousel to see the other cards I created with this technique! I still have one more that is almost finished too! (I have learned that I do not care for the smell of bleach though…)

This was our technique for stamp club this past month! The girls just loved creating this beauties! I am certain you will enjoy this as much as we all did!

Can you help me out? I am soooooo close to my Sale-a-bration goal! If a few of you could order from Laura’s Stampin’ Up! site I will mail you a thank you gift! The host code for March is 3JJGXQM9 if you want to order a little! Create your own order of $150 or more to get more bang for your buck! You will get 3 $50 free item reward or 1 $100 and 1 $50 free item reward. Plus the host rewards!

And now is a great time to join! No selling or events required unless you want to! I am 1 recruit shy of the goal I set for myself! (I am very competitive with myself) So, let’s break it down so you don’t have any worries!

You get special perks that you won’t see any other time of year. Sign up between now and March 31, and you will receive the mini paper cutter, 6″ x 6″ designer series paper sampler, and your choice of a stamp set!! (This is on top of the $125 in any product of your choice-including pre-order items!) All this for $99 plus tax!

  • Get 20%–25% off all Stampin’ Up! products. (even if it’s on sale)
  • Earn additional income based on your sales and recruiting–just how much extra income is up to you. But selling is not required-I’m sure you have a couple friend that can help you out!
  • Set your own schedule and put in as much (or as little) time as you’d like.
  • Get support through online training resources, events, and a demonstrator-only online community with thousands of project ideas.
  • Access to regular promotions, giving you an opportunity to contact customers.
  • Opportunity to earn incentive trips.
  • Chance to learn creative tips and techniques, share ideas, and come into contact with new friends who love papercrafting as much as you do!

I would love for you to join our team! We Face Time and Skype if you are not local to me! We have our own private Facebook page to share inspirations, questions, promotions, quarterly gatherings, and celebrations! There is no risk for trying it out! Join by clicking on Join the Crafting Corner!

Thank you for stopping by! Hugs Laura!

Product List
Stamparatus
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$49.00
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Bright Country Floral

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Don’t you just love it when you are playing around with a new product and a stunning card emerges?  The 2nd release of Sale-a-bration products are availbale and this is one of the new FREE items!  The Country Floral Dynamic Embossing Folder can be yours FREE with a $50 purchase!

I was just wanting to see the amazing details that it created and then I took out my Daubers. I wanted to match the gorgeous Painted Seasons DSP (another free item/bundle with a $100 purchase) colors, so I chose Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade, and Mango Melody.  Just a light swipe with the inked dauber is all you need!  I accented the flowers with Call Me Clover for the leaves.  I love how it turned out!

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I also added Wink of Stella clear to the roses for a touch of bling!  I didn’t have any Poppy Parade ribbon, so I took some 1/8″ Whisper White Sheer Ribbon, a dauber, and the Poppy Parade ink to create a coordinating ribbon! Did you see the cool new punch?  You can order yours on March 1st!  They are unveiling new limited edition coordinating Sale-a-bration products to compliment your new FREE items!

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It’s called the Story Label punch!  Psssst!  There is a new stamp set to coordinate with that called More Than Words!  (ok now that song is in my head!) I used one of the Layering Ovals to make a nice mat for the sentiment.

Here is the video tip on how to create your own coordination colored ribbon!

I hope you enjoyed today’s creation!  Craft on!

Laura