Tutorial Thursday Wink of Stella Brush

Last week I showed you some cards from the Stampin Up Botonical Blooms bundle of products. I was asked how I got the glitter on the flowers. I used the Wink of Stella Brush to these cards. I have included a tutorial on the Wink of Stella brush. The brushes are a LOT of fun to include in your crafting projects. Add sparkle to your projects without the mess. The Wink of Stella Glitter Brush is perfect for writing and adding subtle controlled glitter to stamped images. Watch this video to learn how you can easily add sparkle to your projects.

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Seamless Spring Stamping

There’s something unmistakable in the air this time of year. Besides the stuff that tickles the sinuses, the stuff that tickles the artistic soul is in full bloom. When you’re ready to relieve that tickle, pick up your Close to my Heart Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book to see the crisp, new spring stamp sets bursting out all over!

One of the Close to my Heart flowering sets holds a place  not just because it’s adorable, but also because it’s incredibly utilitarian. The Botanical Backgrounds stamp set, found on page 16 of Seasonal Expressions 2, is your secret to seamless stamping.

You & I Layout

The springy designs of this set are made to be stamped in succession without any evidence of overlap. Applied to pages and cards, these stamps turn blank cardstock into patterned paper, straight off the press.

Botanical Backgrounds stamp set

How does it work? First, ink your stamp with an Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ pad. Press it to your cardstock, allowing the edges of the stamp to overlap onto your protected surface.

Re-ink your stamp and place it under the first impression, making sure to align the designs. Once you pull away you’ll see how your second stamp took over exactly where the first left off. Cool, no?

Botanical Backgrounds stamp

Continue to stamp your cardstock to your liking, re-inking your stamp with every repetition.

When you’ve finished stamping the pattern outline, pull out  ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers to splash some color onto those pretty petals.

Botanical Backgrounds stamp

Ahh, the thrill of spring!

Handmade Hues

 

With the ShinHan Touch Twin markers and a few flicks of your wrist, you can turn your stamped images into picturesque embellishments. Try your hand at shading in a few stamped outlines for a detailed handmade look.