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August 2008

Shadow Block Tutorial

So about a year ago I got the most awesomest card from my Arizona Mum Marlene, and I just loved it. So last year I did one like it at my Christmas class too, as well as it was my Christmas card. Just using different stamps and colors but basically the same technique.  So of course when I was doing display stamping for Convention I did one again.

I do not know what it is called so Shadow Block kinda makes sense to me. So Ta!Da! Poof! That's its name!

I posted this card a while back...Convention 08 displays 010 acopy this was the one I did for displays, using the new set "Eastern Blooms" and quite a few people emailed to ask how it was done and I said I would do a tutorial on it.

Today's the day!

Let's get started...



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You will need:

Stamp-a-ma-jig (this is if you are anal picky a perfectionist like me)

Scallop Note Cards (4" x 2 3/4" - this is the finished folded size)

Background paper (I used Urban Garden DSP)

Cardstock Vellum

Black gingham Ribbon

Old Olive, Really Rust, Ruby Red Marker

Stamping Sponge

Sahara Sand and Basic Black Ink pad

Curly Label Punch


Pocket Silhouettes stamp set (which is on sale 15% off until September 30 - wahoo!!!)

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Using your Curly Label Punch - OMG! I love this and there is a stamp set that goes with it.


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Use your Curly Label punch and punch a hole in the cardstock vellum.

This will make a mask for your scallop card.

The poor camera had a hard time taking this picture, cause I think it thought it was taking a picture of the grid sheet through the hole so the picture is a little blurry...sorry bout that!



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Lay your vellum over top of your scallop card. Try to center it with your eye...well not really your eye, that would be gross, but just eyeball it till it looks centered. Sticking your tongue out also helps getting it centered just right!



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Lightly sponge Sahara Sand ink through the mask, just take your time and don't have too much ink on the sponge. If you have a foam brayer you could use that too. But since SU! stopped selling the foam brayer attachment, I just use my sponge. So just go back and forth from the ink pad to the paper, back and forth, and back and forth some more...then one more time for good measure.


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Now you have this, it is a little hard to see.

DO NOT REMOVE THE VELLUM. You are going to be using this as a mask for the stamp now.



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Using this image from the set, ink it up using the Sahara Sand ink.




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Stamp this three times, inking it up in between, and stamp it right over top of the hole in the mask.

See how some ink is inside on the cardstock and some is left on the vellum?

This is like reverse masking too. So there I taught you 2 techniques today...whew!! That get's me off next week right?  Right? Uh no, it don't?  Ok fine! Can't blame a girl for tryin'.


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So when I take the stamp away you can see it a little better.




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Now, you can remove the vellum.  I would just store this inside the stamp set box so you can use it over and over again, that is why I like to use the cardstock vellum, it is heftier then the regular vellum, and will stand up to repeated uses. Unless you are teaching a stamp class and 100 people are using it, then you're gonna need a few of them.



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Now you have your pretty little Shadow Block.



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Using your markers color directly on the stamp using all 3 colors in the recipe.



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After it is all inked up, "huff" on it (basically this means to breath on it so that you moisten up the ink before you stamp on your paper.

If you by accident touch your lip while you are huffing on it, please re-ink that spot and wipe off your mouth!


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Stamp your marked image right over top of your shadow block.  This will stamp outside the block itself and add some color to your card...



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Neat eh?

Now let's fancy it up a bit, shall we?

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Using your stamp-a-ma-jig transfer sheet or whatever the heck it is called.

I want you to use the sheet to see where you are going to stamp the "shadow" of the flowers, so off-set the image on the transfer sheet just a tad.

You can see it looks blurry here cause it is off to the side a bit of the main image underneath stamped on the cardstock.


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Put your jig back in place, ink up your stamp in the Sahara Sand ink, remove the transfer sheet and stamp the flower using the jig as your guide.

OMG, I think I am rambling, and will re-read this to see if it makes sense.



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Here I am stamping with the jig in place.

When you take the stamp and jig away, you have this..



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See how you can see the shadow beside the flower, and stem? It is more noticeable when you look at it outside the shadow block.

Obviously I also stamped the greeting using my jig before I took this picture.

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Here is the finished card.  I added a piece of Designer Paper off to the side and tied a piece of black gingham ribbon on the other side.

For this card I wanted to use the new punch and Pocket Silhouettes so that is why I did a small card.

The display card on the top is a regular size card, and I just cut out a rectangle with my exacto knife from the cardstock vellum and used it as a mask instead.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and you will give it a try, it is a lot of fun, and does not take hardly any cardstock to make a super card.

Thanks for stopping in.

Hugs, Di

Happy Birthday to My Mum!

Trip to canada 08 093cropped I want to send out a Big HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU to my Mum!  I wish I could be there to celebrate and give you a big old hug and kiss, but I love you and miss you and hope to see you very soon, as I do believe it is your turn to come to AZ right??

 Make sure that Dad treats ya extra special today, and bakes ya a cake or something.....I bet you get the or something before he bakes ya a cake eh? 

Here is the last card the DIVA's earned.

I got this idea by combining one of Vivian's cards and a card by juls716 over at Splitcoaststampers.

Diva card 1 Recipe:

Stamp Set: Eastern Blooms, Inspired by Nature

Paper: Not Quite Navy, Urban Garden DSP, Whisper White

Ink: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Close to Cocoa Marker for branch

Misc: Trio Flower Punch, White gel pen, Top Note Bigz Die, Scallop Circle punch for cloud stencil

This poor card keeps getting pushed further and further back as I do SCS challenges. Hopefully you saw it before it retires! Ha!

Thanks for stopping in.

Hugs, Di

Childhood Memories

So as I was reading blogs last week or so, ya know how ya bounce from this one to that one, and back to this one and ya end up somewhere ya don't even know how ya got least that happens to me, but then I write down on my shopping list as I walk into the store where I parked.  "to the left of the out door, with the arrows going both way, near the cart corral" I mean it, I forget where I am parked if I don't park at the same place or write it down, and oh my gosh my BFF Tracy can tell you how many time I have told her "aisle 3, and when I call you in an hour ya gotta tell me where I am parked" - right Tracy?? Cause nothing is worse then blabbering on the phone and going into the store only to panic and go where the heck did I park.  And now adays with everything open 24 hours, you can't even sit outside the store and wait for the parking lot to empty, cause that ain't happenin'.

So back to what I started talking about, I got on a blog that had the cutest stamp set, but they were out of Hawaii, so I googled Sarah Kay (I think I put stamps at the end) and there were a couple websites, and this one Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps was out of PA so I ordered a couple Sarah Kay stamps, yeah I know, I hear ya "Diana what are you doing?" but I still like to stamp "just for me" and the last month or so I have dabbled in non SU! sets, don't yell at me!  I am a true SU! fan and live and breath SU! but I like to try new things and especially when I saw these. I swear I had posters in my room when I was a kid with these same girls.  They are Holly Hobby'ish and they are so cute.

I used everything Stampin' Up! except the stamp set, so I hope you will like it and not mind if I stray once in a while.

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Stamp Set: Picnic Lunch or also called Picnics of Daisies

Paper: Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Muirfield DSP, watercolor Paper

Ink: Stazon Jetblack, More Mustard, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Blush Blossom, Baja Breeze, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Really Rust, So Saffron, Going Gray

Misc: crafters tool kit, white gel pen, Designer Buttons,Kiwi Kiss/Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Big Shot Pennant Die for scallop edge, aqua painter

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Look how cute her little innocent face is.

After I stamped it I was like oops the artist has her signature on the I just left it, but not sure if I will cut that off.

The only thing with these stamps are they are the clear stamps that you have to mount each time you use them, and I am not a big fan of that.

Give me my wood mounted stamps any day.

Well I hope you have a great Sunday, and thanks for stopping in.

Hugs, Di


Well, SCS LSC182 002 copy Cindy has created a!!! Boo! Eeek!

Here is another SCS challenge, and it was to use retired stamp sets, paper, embellishments and things like that. Well retired stamp sets I can handle as I have a few that I will not part with...oh well some I did part with, only to realize I wish I had not and then I had to buy them from someone else later...yeah pretend that has never happened to you. But everything else is brand spankin' new!

So I was excited to use my retired Furnished with Love set....this is a cute cute set.  I also used a cuttlebug folder for the FIRST TIME!  I ONLY bought one just to try it with the Big Shot so I can show my customers that they can use them with our machine too.  Now I want them my fingers, toes, knees, eyes, teeth, I don't know whatever I can cross that SU! will come out with our own cause these are a total must have.  I am in a dilemma, do I use it at my kick off?  Ugh! I never, never, never show non-SU! stuff at anything, but how blah would the card be if I did not put the bubbles on it.  It is just at my house, it is not like it is a workshop, I am doing a similar card at my kick off, and well I am still undecided. Anyway I hope you like it, and here is what I used.

Stamp set: Furnished with Love

Ink: Jetblack Stazon, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze (pronounced Ba"h"a - not Ba"j"a - Cindy!!), Going Gray, Pacific Point

Paper: Very Vanilla, Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, watercolor paper

Misc: Pacific Point striped ribbon, crafters tool kit, white gel pen, Big Shot #2 scallop circle die, bubbles cuttlebug folder, Big Shot

I hope you like it, and thanks for stopping in!

Hugs, Di

Blog Candy for 100K - and the Winner Is!!!!!

Ok, here goes.....

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2008-08-22 19:00:38 UTC

And that number was Gina and her comment was: HI. I LUV YOUR BLOG!! AWESOME!! I LIKE THE SCALLOP PUNCH!!THANKS..GINA - posted August 15

Congratulations!  Gina, please email me with your mailing address so that I can mail off your blog candy. 

 I want to thank everyone for playing along, and it seems that the majority of you love the new scallop punch or anything scallopy (which reminds me I gotta make scallop potatoes to go with my meatloaf) and you also love the new DSP's.

Thanks again everyone for reading my blog, I really appreciate it. ~Di


So I was looking and my first 50K hits was July 2, so it did not take long to get another 50, (well we are actually at 104K now) - I guess that is good eh?

I will keep this post on the top until Friday August 22 at noon Arizona time, and then I will pick one winner. So please make sure to scroll down for my latest entry, so you don't miss anything!

So here is my 100K Blog Candy!

Blog candy 100K Let me find my list, since I have it all boxed up ready to mail to the winner in a week! 

OK, it includes: a snail refill, aluminum clear top box, a few yards of the new Kiwi Kiss striped ribbon, assorted Designer Buttons, Die Cut Baskets and Blossom pieces, this will make 4 baskets with accessories, 6 hand stamped cards, a package of Rhinestone Ice Circle brads, some Build a Brads (I added these after I took the picture), Eastern Blooms stamp set, and of course Chocolate!

All you have to do to enter to win is leave one comment (only one per person please) on this post with your favorite new item in the Fall-Winter Catalog. That's it!  I will contact the winner on the 22nd of August!

Thanks so much for stopping in and good luck!

Hugs, Di