Independent Stampin'Up! Demonstrator!

Hey friends!
I've been a demonstrator with Stampin'Up! since 2011. I'm located in Bozeman, Montana, but have customers all over the country. I have a very fun and active downline called "Big Sky Stampers" and we get together in person and online to share what we love. My blog posts feature what I'm up to recently and I try to share new product information, tips and tricks and creative inspiration. You can shop from this site or find out more information about our products and becoming a demonstrator! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

You're a Genius!

Hi stampers,
I'm rediscovering my love of a stamp set that came out with last year's preorder, the "Painter's Palette" set!  I love the frame on the easel and that almost anything can go inside it.  The card I'm featuring today was not intended to showcase this set, but rather was for a technique class on different inking methods. We used natural sponges to sponge our background!  Here's the card:

I'm still exploring the new In Colors so chose three of them to sponge with, Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist. I also grabbed the coordinating ribbons (one of the best things about Stampin'Up! is our product coordination across color lines!) and attached a little flare of them.  Here's a closer look at the process:

To sponge, I held a sponge between my thumb and first finger, inked it up directly from the ink pad and blotted it on the card. You would get a completely different look if you rubbed it or swirled it. I just blotted, re-inked and blotted some more. It was fun and as you can see, I used a different sponge for all three colors. Best news, the ink washes out of these sponges and after drying, they are ready to use again!

I was pretty happy with the final result on what began as a sponging experiment. I hope you are able to try this technique too. You can find sponges like this in any craft aisle at a big box store.

Thanks for stopping by!  One more day until June 1st and the big new Annual Catalog reveal!  You have a little more than 24 hours to still order from the Occasions catalog so don't let that deadline slip by if there's still something you wanted!

Happy Stampin'!

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