Monday, June 24, 2019

FSJ + Spellbinders Hello Summer Blog Hop

Do you love the starry nights of summertime? I'm just returning home from a vacation in the mountains where we enjoyed huge starry skies, fireflies, and fireworks. Perfect summertime magic, if you ask me. 

It's great timing as I welcome the Starry Night collection from Fun Stampers Journey, along with some amazing designers, as part of the FSJ + Spellbinders Hello Summer Blog Hop

If you're starting here, head to the Spellbinders blog so you don't miss a thing! 
If you've been hopping along the way, you should be arriving here from Nicol Spohr

Let's look at three cards that feature different ways to use the Space Galaxy background stamp, one of the new stamps from the Starry Night collection. 

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There's not much better than simple silver embossing on black cardstock. It always looks striking, and this card is no exception. To recreate this look, emboss the Space Galaxy background stamp onto black cardstock. Stamp and emboss the rocket ship in black onto silver cardstock. A vellum die-cut star makes an accent to highlight the sentiment without losing the fun background focus.

Add the panel onto a teal card base, and affix a few bright enamel dots to give this card the finishing POP it needs. (I'm always ALL about a POP of color!)

To create the look on the next card, emboss the Space Galaxy stamp onto white cardstock with white embossing powder. Then, sponge Liquid Colors (liquid dye ink) over the top. (I used Sweet Pear, Cool Pool, and Pretty Amethyst.) The embossing will resist the watercolor - Such a fun technique!

And to create the third look, sponge Cool Pool Liquid Color across a damp panel of watercolor paper. Then, stamp the Space Galaxy stamp with Catalina Splash Liquid Color - stamping it with liquid dye ink, right onto the damp watercolor paper allows the color to blend and spread just a little bit, giving the image a dreamy space look.

As a Concept Designer at FSJ, it's so exciting to prepare for these new collections as we develop the products and create for the catalogs and launch parties - and it's so satisfying to finally be able to share it all with you! 

To celebrate this release, we are giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. 

Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite new product is!  Giveaway closes on Monday, July 1st, 11:59 pm EDT. Winners will be announced in the blog hop post next Tuesday. 

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Other FSJ Supplies Used on Today's Cards: Color Splash Sheets (they're on an AWESOME sale right now!) | My Sunshine Die Set | Liquid Colors (guess what!? also on sale!) | Star-Dom Die Set | Space Cadet Stamp Set |

How to Add Colorful Watercolor Flowers on a Simple Card

Hello, my crafty friends! It's Old Is New Day over on the Impression Obsession blog. It's easy (and fun) to keep adding the latest and greatest stamps and dies, but let's not forget about the older and well-loved products too. The Old Is New blog hop celebrates those stamps and dies in our stash that have been faithfully loved! 

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For today's card I pulled out a really fun floral stamp called Jay's Flower. It's a large stamp that fills almost the whole length of a 5.5-inch card. I had fun coloring this garden image with watercolor pencils after I embossed it in black. I kept the color loose and flowy so there was no stress to color every bit perfectly. (Who wants that kind of stress, right?) 
The Hello clear stamp set and coordinating die are the perfect companions to this card. The mix and match sentiments along with the larger "hello" stamp or die are really fun for a variety of cards. It's definitely a set I use again and again in my stash.
Thanks so much for stopping by today - and now, head to the Impression Obsession blog to find a link list of the designers participating in Old Is New! I'm sure they have some fabulous oldies-but-goodies to share with you!

Would you like to see Jay's Flower used in a totally different way? Stop by and see what a different look it can have, with a different stamping technique!

Card Supplies: Impression Obsession - Jay's Flower | Hello (clear stamp set MC663) | Hello die DIE376-B

Other Supplies: FSJ Color Splash Pure Color Pencils | Good Vibes Prints paper pack