More Stampin’ Up! Retired Stamps For Sale

Today’s article is fully loaded with quick tips and ideas, using three cards that showcase some of my retired stamps for sale (all prices and stamps updated 2/19/08).    Kick back and get ready for some fresh ideas for jazzing up your stamping projects.

Project #1 features the retired stamp set "Blooming With Happiness."  The card base is Very Vanilla with a layer of Ginger Blossoms Designer Series Paper.  The right corner of both papers is snipped with a Corner Rounder Punch for a little asymmetry.  The horizontal banner paper is a coordinating stripe from the Ginger Blossoms series.  It’s accented with Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon.

TIP #1 LAYERED SENTIMENTS:  Using a variety of punches and Stampin’ Dimensionals creates a real "wow" 3-D sentiment.  A Groovy Guava slide was created using the Designer Punch and the Horizontal Punch on each side (to make openings for the ribbon).  I then layered a 1 1/4" Close to Cocoa Circle on top.  TIP #2:  What’s my favorite difference between Craft and Classic Ink?  Craft can be heat embossed.  Classic cannot (unless you use Versamark with it . . . but that’s for another day).  The sentiment is inked in Close to Cocoa Craft and embossed with clear for a sassy sparkle.  It’s on Very Vanilla card stock and pumped up on three Stampin’ Dimensionals.

TIP #3 EMBOSSING MAKES COLORING A BREEZE.  Close to Cocoa Craft Ink was used again for the cake and candles.  Once I embossed with clear embossing powder and a Heat Tool, I had an easy time bringing  the flowers to life with color because you have a tiny lip within which to work.  I used a Blender Pen dipped in Groovy Guava and Ruby Red to color.   TIP #4:  You can either use Ink Refills with your blender pen or squeeze your closed ink pad to create a little pool of ink on the inside lid for coloring.  TIP #5:  If you are using a blender pen for one color, I suggest using it for the second, even if you have the marker.  That keeps the level of saturation consistent . . . on the other hand go for it if you want more contrast and pow.

I then layered my cake on Ruby Red, Groovy Guava and Close to Cocoa.  Four eyelets tag the corners (courtesy of my Crop-A-Dile) and a little paper piercing (with a template, of course), brings a wee twist to the  Ruby layer.

Stamp Set:  Blooming with Happiness (Retired For Sale)
Paper:  Ginger Blossoms Designer Series (110697), Very Vanilla (101650), Close to Cocoa (101341), Groovy Guava (108643), Ruby Red (102030)
Ink:  Close to Cocoa Craft (100549), Groovy Guava (109012), Ruby Red (102259)
Cool Tools:  Crop-A-Dile (108362), Designer Punch (107590), 1 1/4" Punch (104403), Large Oval Punch (107305), Corner Rounder Punch (109047), Paper Piercer and Template (Crafter’s Tool Kit, 104310), Heat Tool (100005), Blender Pens (102845)
Perfect Touches:  Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon (109063), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Clear Embossing Powder (109130), Non SU Eyelets

Project #2 highlights "Too Terrific Tags" and was put together in short order using Stampin’ Up! punches.  I chose some simply wild and wacky colors, all inspired by a J Crew catalog (see below).  I began with Green Galore as a card base and then stamped the Print Pattern Background Stamp stamp (in Basic Gray) on Pink Passion Card Stock.

The horizontal banner is a layer of Pink Passion on Basic Gray cardstock.  TIP #6:  Using a 1/4" square punch makes a simple and accurate zigzag border.  Just angle the punch 90 degrees so that you have a little triangle where you punch and keep moving to the opposite side).   

TIP #7:  When in a rush, grab your punches.  The rest of this card is pretty much a "punching" bag of tricks.  The tags were each a chomp of the small and large tag punches (they layer perfectly together) with the Word Window Punch for the "clasp."  I added a bright green snap with my Crop-A-Dile to each.   The "sparkle" sentiment is from Warm Words and is Basic Gray ink on Whisper White.  I used the small oval to carve it out and layered it on a large oval of Green Galore.  I added a couple deep pink snaps (with the assistance of Mr. Crop-A-Dile) for interest and the whole thing landed on several Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Done!

Stamp Sets:  Too Terrific Tags (Retired For Sale), Warm Words (107123), Print Pattern Background (105167)
Paper:  Green Galore (101768), Pink Passion (102762), Basic Gray (108692), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Basic Gray (109120)
Cool Tools:  Crop-A-Dile, Large (105934)and Small (108264)Tag Punches, Word Window Punch (105090), Large (107305) and Small (107304) Oval Punches, 1/4" Square Punch (104943)
Perfect Touches:  Non SU Snaps

Project #3:  The final project puts "Love Ya Bunches" back on the front line in a layout that can be done in a flash.  I layered Linen Prints Designer Paper and Cameo Coral on an Old Olive cardbase.  I then wrapped Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon and Very Vanilla 1/4′ Grosgrain around the Linen Prints Layer. 

TIP #8:  Try using a marker (I used Cameo Coral) to carefully color the raised edge of ribbon.  I did this once with the large tip (not a good idea–it bled) but had great luck in my second attempt with the small tip.  My Very Vanilla ribbon gets a charming, custom coral accent.  Cool.  I then plucked an Olive felt flower from my new Flower Fusion tin and popped in a Stampin’ Up! Rhinestone Circle Brad (Fire Collection).  TIP #9:  When you add a brad, try to push it through to the deepest layer of paper (or on this case ribbon), short of exposing the little metal pieces (someone let me know if they have a name for the little spikes) on the inside of the card.  This keeps them nicely buried and avoids "show through" on the outside, too.

I used Close to Cocoa Craft Ink with Clear Embossing Powder (and a Heat Tool) to stamp on watercolor paper (same reason as project #1 above, to help keep the color in . . .  especially when watercoloring).  Markers fill in the tiny details and shade in the entire wheel barrow in Cameo Coral.  Using an Aqua Painter, I removed a bit of the coral color to give it a quick watercolored touch.   

Hope you learned something new today.  Please let me know with a the comment what was the most helpful (and that you survived the long blog article).  I would love to hear from you!

Hugs and Pretties,  Mary

Stamp Set:  Love Ya Bunches (Retired for Sale)
Paper:  Linen Prints Designer Series (retired), Watercolor Paper (105019), Old Olive (100702), Cameo Coral (100475)
Ink:  Close to Cocoa Craft (100549), Stampin’ Up! Markers:  Pink Passion (100053), Cameo Coral (100074), Old Olive (100079)
Cool Tools:  Heat Tool (100005), Aqua Painter (103954), Marvy Giga Scallop Circle and Mega Circle Punches (available at Create for Less.  Link in the bottom right corner of my blog)
Perfect Touches:  Flower Fusion (110720), Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (109054), Very Vanilla 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109026), Circle Rhinestone Brads (Fire, 109110), Clear Embossing Powder (109130)


  1. kearneykrafter

    just scrolling thru your blog and noticed how you used a marker to color the edges of your ribbon! Cool idea! Hadn’t heard of this one before, but then again, I’m kind of a newbie! Thanks for the tips, they’re all useful and wonderful and I hope that you keep with that! Thanks!! TGIF (tomorr0w)

  2. Thanks for all the tips – what a great bunch of ideas!
    You’re so creative – I always learn so much on your blog and as I’ve mentioned before, I’m so grateful for someone NOT using copics and still making fantastic cards.

  3. colleen kramer

    These are all very nice. Thanks for taking the time to share all the extra tips. I need to dig out my punches again!

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