Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Using Blending Brushes

For this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video, I’m sharing how to work with Blending Brushes.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Using Blending Brushes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Click on the picture below to watch my video all using them.

Today’s project uses the Many Layered Blossoms Dies and the coordinating Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set.

The five colours are all from the Brights Collection to make the rainbow effect. They are Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Poppy Parade, Melon Mambo and Gorgeous Grape.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Using Blending Brushes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once the background had been made using the Blending Brushes, the die cut shape was attached using Adhesive Sheets.

A length of the Essentials Baker’s Twine was then coloured using a Stampin’ Blend marker and this made a bow.

Finally, the sentiment from the Stamp Set was cut out using the Tasteful Labels Dies and raised up on Mini Dimensionals.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Using Blending Brushes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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BLOSSOMS IN BLOOM BUNDLE (ENGLISH)TASTEFUL LABELS DIESDAFFODIL DELIGHT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADGORGEOUS GRAPE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMANGO MELODY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMELON MAMBO CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPOPPY PARADE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKBLENDING BRUSHESMELON MAMBO STAMPIN' BLENDS COMBO PACKBAKER'S TWINE ESSENTIALS PACKADHESIVE SHEETSSTAMPIN' SEAL+MINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Say it with Sunflowers

This sunny thank you card was made for a friend who loves sunflowers.

Say it with Sunflowers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My main colours are Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Basic White, with others used for the colouring.

The Jar of Flowers Stamp Set and coordinating Jar Punch provide the stamping and jar shape.

Say it with Sunflowers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve stamped in Black to create the outlines for colouring. I would normally use Grey or Brown for this, but felt black would work better with the overall design.

For the sunflowers, these are stamped twice. This allowed me to fussy cut parts of the images out for some strategic piecing. They are stuck together in various layers over the top of the jar.

Now, instead of the three sunflowers, there is a fuller looking bouquet. It was a bit fiddly and time consuming cutting them out, but it was worth it.

Using Stampin’ Blends, the water is coloured in Balmy Blue, stems and leaves in Granny Apple Green, centre in Soft Suede and flowers in Daffodil Delight.

A sentiment from the Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set sits in a shape cut using the Tasteful Labels dies.

Say it with Sunflowers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is raised using Dimensionals over some Linen Thread and a little bow.

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JAR OF FLOWERS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETJAR PUNCHBLOSSOMS IN BLOOM PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETTASTEFUL LABELS DIESDAFFODIL DELIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKOLD OLIVE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKTUXEDO BLACK MEMENTO INK PADSTAMPIN' BLENDS BALMY BLUE COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS DAFFODIL DELIGHT COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS GRANNY APPLE GREEN COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS SOFT SUEDE COMBO PACKLINEN THREADMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' SEALMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

A Fabulous 50th

A very good friend celebrated their 50th Birthday earlier this week.

A Fabulous 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As they are a fan of Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry and sparkle, my colour combination was easy to decide.

I chose to make a square card and I used lots of different products to create this project.

The images and die cutting are from the Artistically Inked Bundle (Artistically Inked Stamp Set and Artistic Dies), Quiet Meadow Stamp Set and the Playful Alphabet Dies.

A Fabulous 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

To begin, the background piece was stamped with the small flowers from Artistically Inked, plus some splats from Quiet Meadow.

This was then run through the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder. Next, using a Blending Brush, I gave a vintage feel to the background. I like how it looks like dried flowers.

Different generations of stamping create the flowers for the centre piece.

The layering begins with the die cut leaves, then the Fine Art Ribbon and Glitter Organdy Ribbon. As there isn’t a Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blend Combo, the light Blackberry Bliss Blend was a good substitute to colour the ribbon.

I then layered the flowers together on a separate piece of cardstock and popped some more die cut leaf pieces around them. Raising the whole piece up on Dimensionals added a lot more depth.

A Fabulous 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

’50’ is coated in Wink of Stella and added to the corner. Again, using Dimensionals, the sentiment lays across the flowers. As this project was being hand delivered, I used several layers of Dimensionals.

Finally, some Metallic Pearls are dotted around the project.

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ARTISTICALLY INKED BUNDLE (ENGLISH)QUIET MEADOW CLING STAMP SETPLAYFUL ALPHABET DIESTIMEWORN TYPE 3D EMBOSSING FOLDERRICH RAZZLEBERRY CARDSTOCK A4RICH RAZZLEBERRY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADCRUMB CAKE A4 CARDSTOCKCRUMB CAKE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKBLENDING BRUSHESSTAMPIN' BLENDS BLACKBERRY BLISS COMBO PACK3/8" (1 CM) FINE ART RIBBONWHITE 3/8" (1 CM) GLITTERED ORGANDY RIBBONMETALLIC PEARLSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Spotlight Technique

For this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video, I’m briefly explaining the Spotlight Technique.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Spotlight Technique. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsClick below to watch my video.

 

My project uses a colour combination of Daffodil Delight and Basic Black.

The fabulous FREE SAB Beautifully Penned DSP provides the images for the technique.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Spotlight Technique. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My cut out shapes are circles using the Layering Circles Dies. You can use any shape you like.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Spotlight Technique. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The sentiment from the coordinating Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set is also layered onto Basic Black

Finally, a few of the Black Matte Dots are added.

Don’t forget that SAB is only running until the end of September. Items are available while stocks last.

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BEAUTIFULLY PENNED 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERHAND-PENNED PETALS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETLAYERING CIRCLES DIESDAFFODIL DELIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC BLACK A4 CARDSTOCKTUXEDO BLACK MEMENTO INK PADSTAMPIN' BLENDS DAFFODIL DELIGHT COMBO PACKMATTE BLACK DOTSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUE

Turtle Friends with Penguin Playmates DSP

I thought it was time to play with the Turtle Friends Bundle (Turtle Friends Stamp Set & Turtle Punch) again.

Turtle Friends with Penguin Playmates DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This time, I’ve paired it with the Picture This Dies and the FREE SAB Penguin Playmates DSP. There are some non-penguin patterns on the reverse side that are great for lots of different projects.

These SAB items are only available until the end of September, while stocks last.

My colour combination of Just Jade and Soft Sea Foam is taken from the DSP.

Turtle Friends with Penguin Playmates DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the rectangle die from the set creates the cut out pieces. In these areas, the tiny tortoise, party hats, sentiment and grass are stamped in Just Jade on a Whisper White backing piece.

On a separate piece, the larger tortoise is stamped and then cut out with the coordinating punch from the bundle.

With my Soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Blends, I’ve coloured the tortoises and party hats.

The larger tortoise is then raised up over the bottom cut out using Dimensionals.

Turtle Friends with Penguin Playmates DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a touch of Wink of Stella is added to the party hats.

This is a great project for all ages!

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TURTLE FRIENDS BUNDLE (ENGLISH)PICTURE THIS DIESPENGUIN PLAYMATES 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERJUST JADE A4 CARDSTOCKJUST JADE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSOFT SEA FOAM A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKSTAMPIN' BLENDS SOFT SEA FOAM COMBO PACKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Strong of Heart Stamp Set

Have you seen the Strong of Heart Stamp Set in the new July-December Catalogue? You may have flicked past it as it is at the  start on Page 5.

Strong of Heart. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I would encourage you to take another look. Not only is it pretty, it’s a Make a Difference Stamp Set. For every Strong of Heart Stamp Set purchased, Stampin’ Up! will donate £2.50 to support heart health.

This card is one I made for a friend who is going through a bit of a tough time.

My colour combination is Fresh Freesia, Gray Granite, Soft Succulent and Very Vanilla. Fresh Freesia seems to be appearing in a lot of my projects at the moment!

Strong of Heart. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Both of the heart images are stamped, the floral one in Gray Granite, with the brushstroke one in Fresh Freesia.

I’ve then taken some Stampin’ Blends and coloured the flowers.

The sentiment is stamped and has one edge shaped using the Banners Pick a Punch.

A touch of sparkle is added to the flowers using Wink of Stella.

Strong of Heart. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some coordinating In Color Jewels are added.

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STRONG OF HEART CLING STAMP SET (ENGLISH)FRESH FREESIA A4 CARDSTOCKFRESH FREESIA CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADGRAY GRANITE A4 CARDSTOCKGRAY GRANITE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKFRESH FREESIA STAMPIN' BLENDS COMBO PACKSOFT SUCCULENT STAMPIN' BLENDS COMBO PACK2021–2023 IN COLOR JEWELSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHSTAMPIN' SEALMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Double Masking – the papercrafting way

You may hearing quite a lot about double masking at the moment, but this is a happier papercrafting version.

Double Masking. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This monochrome ‘thanks’ card is in Daffodil Delight and Basic White.

My first piece of masking was for the strip across the middle of the project to create a blank space for my sentiment.

The next piece of masking was using one of the Plenty of Patterns Decorative Masks and a Blending Brush to create an ombre effect. I chose to go darker in the centre and paler towards the edges.

Double Masking. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

When my masking was complete, I added the sentiment from the Biggest Wish Stamp Set. If you haven’t got this £16 stamp set, I would definitely recommend it. It’s a must for your collection.

Next, I added some lengths of Baker’s Twine from the Essentials Pack across the edges of my centre strip.

Finally, using a Stampin’ Blend, some Rhinestones were given a Daffodil Delight colouring.

Double Masking. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is a really quick and simple project. It would also be great in lots of different colours and sentiments too.

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PLENTY OF PATTERNS DECORATIVE MASKSBIGGEST WISH PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)DAFFODIL DELIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKDAFFODIL DELIGHT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBLENDING BRUSHESBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKRHINESTONE BASIC JEWELSSTAMPIN' BLENDS DAFFODIL DELIGHT COMBO PACKBAKER'S TWINE ESSENTIALS PACKSTAMPIN' SEAL+

Picture This With Peekaboo Farm

How much fun are these fab critters?

Peekaboo Farm. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This Peekaboo Farm Stamp Set has 5 fabulous farm animals, a wall for the them to peek over, plus senitments and other images too.

Here I’ve used it with the new circle shapes from the Picture This Dies.

 

My main colour is Fresh Freesia, with the stamping of the coloured images in Basic Gray.

I cut my Fresh Freesia piece, plus a Basic White piece with the dies. This gives me the bits to peek through, plus the bits to stamp on.

Each image is stamped onto one of the cut out circles and is coloured using Stamping Blends. I used quite a lots of Blends for this project!

Peekaboo Farm. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My Basic White pieces are stuck in place through circles, before the Fresh Freesia piece is raised up over them on Dimensionals.

For some added fun, I have stamped the hooves onto a separate sheet, cut these out and then stuck them overhanging the edge of the circles.

The finishing touch is some Loose Flower Flourishes on the head of the pig, and around the sentiment.

Peekaboo Farm. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I can’t wait to use the other stamps in this set, and the other dies too.

This set is great for those who need to make cards for children, of all ages!

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PEEKABOO FARM PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETPICTURE THIS DIESFRESH FREESIA A4 CARDSTOCKFRESH FREESIA CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKFRESH FREESIA STAMPIN' BLENDS COMBO PACKPOLISHED PINK STAMPIN' BLENDS COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS CRUMB CAKE COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS FLIRTY FLAMINGO COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS GRAY GRANITE COMBO PACKSTAMPIN BLENDS SMOKY SLATE COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS SOFT SUEDE COMBO PACKBRONZE & IVORY STAMPIN' BLENDS COMBO PACKLOOSE FLOWER FLOURISHESSTAMPIN’ CUT & EMBOSS MACHINEFINE-TIP GLUE PENMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Prince & Princess Host Stamp Set

You knew it would only be a matter of time before a project using the Prince & Princess Host Stamp Set made an appearance!

Prince & Princess Host Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I resisted long enough and I just had to play.

After stamping the foliage and frog in Basic Gray, a combination of Stampin’ Blends was used to colour them. A couple of lily pads were also stamped onto Pear Pizzazz. These were then all cut out by hand.

Prince & Princess Host Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Next, I made a pond for my frog. This is a Pool Party piece of cardstock run through the Bark 3D Embossing Folder to create water ripples.

For my large lily pad, I cut a shape using the Layering Diorama Dies. I then cut a ‘v’ out of it to give it a similar lily pad feel to the other images.

Finally, everything was layered together, with the frog raised up on Dimensionals in the middle.

Prince & Princess Host Stamp Set. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

To get your hands on this fabulous Host Stamp Set, you will need to place an order of £150+ (before P&P).

Don’t forget that the Connect, Craft & Collect Offer ends soon. Make sure you grab those extra Host Rewards while you can.

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PRINCE & PRINCESS HOST PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETLAYERING DIORAMA DIESBARK 3D EMBOSSING FOLDERPOOL PARTY A4 CARDSTOCKPACIFIC POINT A4 CARDSTOCKPEAR PIZZAZZ A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKSTAMPIN' BLENDS DAFFODIL DELIGHT COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS GRANNY APPLE GREEN COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS SO SAFFRON COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSSTAMPIN' SEAL+

Stitched Greenery Meets Artistically Inked

The new Stitched Greenery Die has been sitting in my ‘use me’ pile for a few weeks now.

It was time to have a little play…

Stitched Greenery Meets Artistically Inked. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My colour combination is Soft Succulent and Rich Razzleberry, with Very Vanilla.

Using the Stitched Greenery Die on Soft Succulent makes a lovely background for my focal flowers.

Stitched Greenery Meets Artistically Inked. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The main floral outline shape is cut from the Artistic Dies. This sits on the background, before Gold leaves from the Ephemera Pack are added.

Both the Stitched Greenery Dies and the Artistically Inked Bundle are new products in the Annual Catalogue.

Using a Stampin’ Blend, a length of Crinkled Seam Binding is coloured. Stampin’ Up! don’t have Rich Razzleberry Blends, but running the Light Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Blend over the ribbon a couple of times made it a very close match.

Stitched Greenery Meets Artistically Inked. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, the sentiment and flowers from the Bundle are stamped and cut out before being added to the project.

I really like how this project came out. It’s likely a similar project to this will appear at a future Card & (Your) Cuppa Class.

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ARTISTICALLY INKED BUNDLE (ENGLISH)STITCHED GREENERY DIEEXPRESSIONS IN INK EPHEMERA PACKSOFT SUCCULENT A4 CARDSTOCKRICH RAZZLEBERRY CARDSTOCK A4RICH RAZZLEBERRY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCKWHISPER WHITE 1/4" (6.4 MM) CRINKLED SEAM BINDING RIBBONSTAMPIN' BLENDS BLACKBERRY BLISS COMBO PACKSTAMPIN’ CUT & EMBOSS MACHINETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVEGLUE DOTSSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS