Warning: Intense Cute Factor

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned, but a good friend of mine has an anti-cute radar. She’s a stamper too, but her stamp collection and my stamp collection are at opposite ends of the “cuteness” spectrum. Let’s just say that she would never own the super-cute Love Bandit set from the Occasions Mini Catalog, which obviously, I not only own, but LOVE using 🙂

I mean really, who could resist that cute little raccoon with the cute little heart? (and can you hear my voice going up 2 octaves and getting all cute & screechy as I say that last line?)

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We made this card at a recent home party, and I don’t think even one person claimed to have an anti-cute radar going, so Love Bandit must have gone over pretty well.

The card features 2 separate techniques with the Stampin’ Pastels, which are part of the “I Want It ALL” kit that’s on sale during Sale-A-Bration. Yes, it’s actually the Demonstrator Starter Kit but I often refer to it as the “I Want It All” kit because if you look through the Stampin’ Up! catalog and want it all, then you can really benefit from ordering the Starter Kit. Not only do the products in the kit come at a fabulous discount, but you also get a discount on your own purchases as a Demonstrator. You can learn more on my website.

Back to the Stampin’ Pastels–I mentioned 2 techniques, both using supplies from the I Want It All kit. First is the Poppin’ Pastels techinque, used on the tree in the card:

  1. Stamp the tree with Versamark Ink (I Want It All Kit)
  2. Use a Sponge Dauber to pick up pastel from the Stampin’ Pastels tray, using the same color as your cardstock and ribbon (Certainly Celery here).
  3. Gently brush the dauber across your Versamark ink. The color will stick to the ink and not the surrounding cardstock
  4. Repeat with a new Sponge Dauber and the Close to Cocoa Stampin’ Pastel for the tree trunk

The second technique is a Colorbox Technique, used on (use screechy voice here) the cute little raccoon:

  1. Using a Blender Pen (also in the I Want It All Kit), touch the tip of the pen to the Stampin’ Pastel, matching the color of your cardstock (here is Pink Passion)
  2. Gently color in the stamped image
  3. To switch colors, brush the tip of the Blender Pen back and forth until no color comes out, then pick up the next color (more Close to Cocoa here, to match the tree)

Since the Stampin’ Pastels come in 48 colors to match the Stampin’ Up! 48 colors, they are a great asset for any stamping toolbox. You can pretty much always color or ‘stamp’ using the Poppin’ Pastels technique to match your project, no matter which colors of cardstock you’re using.

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Stamps: Love Bandit (wood-117086, clear mount-118577), Whimsical Words (Sale-A-Bration free set; w-118386, c-119119)
Ink: Versamark (102283), Basic Brown Classic Pad (104315),
Paper: Certainly Celery (105125), Pink Passion (102762), Whisper White (100730)
Accessories: Stampin’ Pastels (105542), Blender Pens (102845), Sponge Daubers (102892), Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon (117288), 1-1/4″ Circle Punch (104403), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (117335), Big Shot (113439)

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