Dawns Stamping Tips

Black Magic with a Wink & a Twist!

Today I'm sharing another Flourishing Phrases card with the Black Magic with a Twist technique.  However, this one has a surprise...Wink of Stella!  While playing around with this technique last month, I pulled out a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to do a little experimenting.  I was delighted with the results!

Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases Black Magic with a Wink & a Twist card by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping

Black Magic with a Wink & a Twist!

  1. Stamp image (Flourishing Phrases) with Whisper White Craft ink on Basic Black cardstock that was die cut with largest square from Stitched Shaped Framelits. Let dry.  
  2. Color image with Pacific Point Watercolor Pencil.  Only color 1/2 of each petal.
  3. For the "wink", use a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush and blend the blue color (staying on the half of petal)
  4. For the "twist", use White Stampin' Chalk Marker to add the white dots (the "twist" of the dots really make the image pop!)
  5. Adhere to 2-3/4" square of Pacific Point cardstock, then to 3" square of Whisper White cardstock.  Then to 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Party Animal Designer Series Paper.
  6. Stamp greeting with Whisper White craft ink on scrap of Basic Black cardstock.  Let dry.  Then die cut with oval shape from Stitched Shaped Framelits.  Adhere with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  7. Wrap Basic Black Baker's Twine around panel twice and tie in a bow.
  8. Adhere completed panel to folded 4-1/4" x 11" Basic Black card base.
  9. Adhere 4" x 5-1/4" Whisper White cardstock to inside of card

Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases Black Magic with a Wink & a Twist card by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping

The camera caught a little bit of the glimmer from the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.  In real life, it's gorgeous!


Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases Black Magic with a Wink & a Twist card color options by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping

Above shows the results for different colored pencils.  

  • Bottom = coloring only
  • Top = Wink of Stella added 

 Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases Black Magic with a Wink & a Twist card options by Dawn Olchefske #dostamping

Here's a step-by step shot.  Perfect for pinning to Pinterest!

If you're interested in cards like this, I taught this technique at my local Stamping Club last month and my Classes TO GO Club are receiving their project kits this month with this card kit included.  Check out my club offerings:

I do have one more Black Magic with a Twist card to show you next week.  I did use a different stamp set and I think you'll be surprised by my selection!

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Enjoy~Dawn O

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For Lindsey: Better Together Thank You Notes in Gusseted Bag

A couple of Saturday's ago, I attended a wedding shower for my niece, Lindsey.  In January, she's marrying a young man from Canada.  I'm very excited for her to start her next journey of her life.  Along with a shower gift, I also like to hand make thank-you cards for the bride-to-be. Here's what I created for her...

Stampin' Up! Better Together Bunch of Blossoms Thank Cards created by Dawn Olchefske for Wedding Shower #dostamping

Better Together Thank You Cards

  • I stamped the greeting from Bunch of Blossoms first onto 3-3/8" x 4-7/8" piece of Whisper White cardstock..  Then stamped the cute little flower from Better Together with Archival Basic Black ink.  
  • Once I stamped them all (I made 28 cards), then I quickly colored the blooms with an Aqua Painter using Sweet Sugarplum ink...just a quick swipe over the bloom (don't use too much water, as the paper will "pill" - I prefer a drier brush).  Once they were mostly dry, I went over the center of the flowers with more color to add a little depth.  
  • The leaves were colored with a Blender Pen and Mint Macaron ink.
  • Once everything was dry, I added a little bling with a Clear Wink of Stella.
  • Then adhere completed panel to folded Note cards & Envelopes...the perfect size for thank you cards!

Stampin' Up! Better Together Bunch of Blossoms Thank Cards created by Dawn Olchefske for Wedding Shower #dostamping


Stampin' Up! Better Together Bunch of Blossoms Thank Cards created by Dawn Olchefske for Wedding Shower #dostamping


Stampin' Up! Better Together Bunch of Blossoms Thank Cards created by Dawn Olchefske for Wedding Shower #dostamping

  • Wrap completed cards and envelopes (along with postage stamps), in a Gusseted Cello Bag (5 x 11-1/2" - now retired.  But the 6" x 17" bag #142001 could work too - just cut to the length you need - see video below for other uses).
  • Tie off with ribbon from 3/8" Ribbon Trio Pack.
  • Create tag with Scallop Tag Topper Punch.  Decorate with flower as done on the cards.  Tie onto bag with Whisper White Baker's Twine.


Watch Video: 6" x 17" Gusseted Cello Bag in Action

As you can see, there are lots of ways to use Gusseted Bags.  Though, I still like packaging up cards the best!

Enjoy~Dawn O

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Video: Secret Garden Bundle Tips

Today's card pairs the new Stampin' Up! Secret Garden Products Framelits & Stamps (Spring Catalog) with the Sale-a-Bration Vintage Verses stamp set (free with a $50 order - ends March 22nd

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Today's video shows how to line up the Secret Garden Framelits with the Secret Garden stamp images.  There is a trick to it.  But once you know it, it works like a charm.

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Enjoy~Dawn O! 


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Hat & Mittens Punch Art: Stampin' Up! Mitten Builder

I've been having fun playing with the NEW Stampin' Up! Mitten Builder Punch and matching stamp set, Make A Mitten.

Here's one of the cards I made this weekend.  I used Stephanie Leider's Halloween Card Swap as inspiration for today's Mitten Builder card.  I loved her color block design and was just waiting for the right images to use it with.  I think the Hat & Mittens Punch Art are a perfect fit.  Take a look...

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Today's your lucky day...I'm sharing measurements for everything.  I know these color block cards can be stricky to figure out.  I'm in a good mood, so here you go:

Hat & Mittens Punch Art Color Block Card

  • Card base:  8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Whisper White
  • Base Layer:  4" x 5-1/4" Baja Breeze (add texture with Big Shot #113439 and Square Lattice TIEF #119976)
  • Focus Point Layer: 4-1/8" x 2-7/8" Cherry Cobbler (added with Stampin' Dimensionals)
  • Greeting: 3-7/8" x 3/4" Whisper White.  Stamp "Christmas Cheer" from Sweet Essentials #126455w or 126457c in Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink

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Mitten Builder Punch Art:

  • Punch Whisper White mittens with Mitten Builder Punch #127824
  • Punch Cherry Cobbler mitten tops with Mitten Builder Punch (Square Lattice texture was added before punching Cherry Cobbler cardstock)
  • Stamp "striped border" from Make a Mitten stamp set #127940w or #127943c in Cherry Cobbler Ink on strip of Whisper White cardstock and punch out just the "cuff" part with Mitten Builder Punch.  Adhere to mittens.
  • Adhere mittens to 1-3/4"x 2-1/4" piece of Snow Festival DSP #126908, with Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Tie bow with Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine #123125 and add with glue dot

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XL Oval Hat Punch Art:

  • Punch Cherry Cobbler "hat" with XL Oval Punch #119859 - cut in half.  (Square Lattice texture was added before punching Cherry Cobbler cardstock)
  • Stamp striped border again in Cherry Cobbler on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock. 
  • Punch out with Word Window Punch #119857 and attach to the bottom of the hat.  Trim off sides
  • There should be enough left of the stamped stripes to punch out a circle using the circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309.  Note:  The stripes will not go to the bottom of the punch, but that will be hidden when you attach it to the hat with a glue dot. 
  • Adhere hat to 1-3/4"x 1-1/2" piece of Snow Festival DSP #126908, with Stampin' Dimensionals


Mitten Builder Punch #1278024



Make A Mitten Stamp set  127940w or 127943c



Snow Festival Designer Series Paper #126908

You can look forward to seeing more samples using the Mitten Builder Punch in the coming weeks.

Enjoy~Dawn O



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Need for Speed: Faux Metal Video

Get out your heavy-duty kitchen foil wrap girls...as we create a Faux Metal background piece for today's masculine card!  It's another Stampin' Up! Need For Speed card, that any guy will enjoy!  In fact, they'll probably ask...how'd you do that?

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We'll it's your lucky day!  I've got a "How'd She DO That" Quick Tip Video for you.  So you can be making Faux Metal background pieces in just minutes!  Check it out below.

Watch VIDEO:  Easy Faux Metal Texture Embossing Quick Tip

NOTE:  The measurement for the Faux Metal piece is stated incorrectly.  Should be 2-1/4" x 3-3/4".


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StampsNeed for Speed (122715w or 127717c), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370w or 127802c)
Ink/Paper:  Basic Black, Basic Gray and Whisper White
Accessories/Tools:  Big Shot, NEW Chevron Texture Folder, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Mini Silver Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals


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Double Time Stamping: Stampin' Up! Bright Blossoms Sneak Peek

When I first saw the Bright Blossoms stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Summer Smooches Promotion, my first thought was..."those images are kind of small.  Not generally my style."  But after playing around with this adorable set, I guess my style can change and evolve.  I can be open to that - he he!

Here's a Bright Blossoms card I made for my Control Freak swap a few weeks ago and also a card for quick thank you notes (you can never have too many thank you notes)!

Speaking of "thank you"...the greeting on this card is from my all-time favorite stamp set, Thank you Kindly (111700).  It's a must-have stamp set and I think I shed a little tear when I saw it on the retired list.

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Those cute little flags may look like Designer Series Paper (DSP), but they are not.  I stamped them using a "Doubletime Stamping" trick! 

What is doubletime stamping?  Good question!  Doubletime Stamping is a little trick I learned many years ago from a papercrafting magazine.  It's when you stamp an entire sheet of cardstock and then cut it up to use on many cards.  Kind of like creating your own DSP.

Dawn's DoubleTime Stamping Tips

  1. Select a stamp set was several coordinating images (Bright Blossoms)
  2. Select 2-4 coordinating ink colors (I chose three...Real Red, Lucky Limeade and Tempting Turquoise)
  3. Stamp 8-1/2" x 11" piece of Whisper White cardstock starting with your largest image.  Stamp all over the entire sheet.
  4. Take the next largest stamp image and stamp that all over the enter sheet, filling in and around the previous images.
  5. Take the last image (the smallest) and stamp all over the sheet filling in the "white space".
  6. Experiment with how "full" and "close" your want your images.  If you're using it to cut into small peices like my card above, you'll want your cardstock to be really full of images and less white space.  If you're using it for background paper, you can have more white space.
  7. Cut your stamped sheet into the number of pieces your need for your project and enjoy!

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A clean and simple thank you, using Stampin' Up!'s Notecards & Envelopes (107311)...my favorite!

Remember:  You can only get the Bright Blossoms stamp set until April 30th.  Then it will be back in the new 2012-2013 Annual Catalog on June 1st!!

Dawn Stamping Supplies

Stamps:  Thank you Kindly (111700), Bright Blossoms (125495w or 125497c)
Ink/Markers:  Real Red, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Tempting Turquoise
Paper:   Real Red, Island Indigo, Whisper White 
Big Shot (113439):  Perfect Polka Dots Texture Impressions Embossing Folder (117335)
Accessories:  Mini Silver Brads (122941), Stampin' Dimensionals

Enjoy~Dawn O


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Elementary Elegance & Everyday Enchantment DSP with Faux Bow Butterfly

Here's another sample I shared during my Stampin' Up! Leadership Main Stage Presentation.  It features the FREE Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper (w/a $50 order).  As I said on Thursday's Sale-a-Bration post, I love the "feeling" of this paper.  For me, I immediately thought of patchwork quilts.  Using that theme, today's card came together quickly and is easy to duplicate.


Isn't it cute?  Love it!  The greeting is from another Sale-a-Bration set which also matches the paper beautifully.  It's called, Elementary Elegance and it's FREE too (with a $50 order).

Dawn's Stamping Instructions & Supplies:
1.  Start with four pieces of Everyday Enchantment DSP punched with the Postage Stamp Punch (122344) and position them onto a 5" x 3-3/4" peice of Very Vanilla cardstock (100730) with Dotto temporary adhesive (103305).  Using Dotto allows you to perfectly align your squares.  Once you have them aligned, then adhere them permanently with Snail Adhesive (104332).  
2.  Adhere to a 5-1/2" x 4" layer of Pool Party cardstock (122924). 
3.  Adhere to a card base of 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" Peach Parfait cardstock (119794).
4.  Stamp greeting in Peach Parfait Classic Ink (119783) using the FREE Elementary Elegance stamp set. 
4.  Die cut a butterfly using the Beautiful Wings Embosslit (118138) with the Big Shot (113439), using Peach Parfait cardstock.
5.  Use a Butterfly Brad (from the FREE Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack, with a $50 order) and about 8" of Peach Parfait Poly Stitch Ribbon (119264) to create a "faux bow".  See my FAUX BOW VIDEO TUTORIAL (stored in my DOstamping FREE Resource Library)
6.  Attach to butterfly with Mini Glue Dots (103683)
7.  Attach to card with Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
8.  Enjoy!

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Come to Bethlehem, Quick Tip Video For Clear Sharp Images

Do you sometimes get "splotchy" stamped images?  I sometimes do, especially with solid image stamps.  In today's Quick Tip Video, I share tips on getting clear, sharp images for successful stamping

Actually, this all started when I received a question from a reader...

Question:  How do you get such a clear sharp image from your stamps? I always have to make 3 or 4 attempts before I get an image that I'm proud to use. If you have a secret, are you willing to share? The quality of the SU stamps is so much better than others, but
I'm still having trouble. Thanks . . . Vivian

Answer:  That's a good question. But here are some suggestions...

1. I do make sure I ink up my stamp really good. (also make sure you your inkpads aren't drying out)
2. I hold my stamp on the paper/cardstock for awhile - like 3-4 seconds
3. For solid stamps - I lightly sand them before using for the first time. It seems to remove the manufacturing film and lets the rubber "grab" the ink better.

But sure enough, no sooner did I respond to her question, I too was having trouble getting a good image for this card.


I kept getting "splotchy" images.  It does seem like the larger, more solid the image is, it takes a little more finesse to get a good image.  Even with the tips above, you still might have some areas which would tempt you to toss it out.  On the video I share some tips for "saving" your splotchy images.  Get out your blender pens!  

1.video-30Video:  Tips for Clear Sharp Stamp Images 




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Stamps:  Come to Bethlehem  (118732w or 120591c)
Ink:  Night of Navy (102977)
Paper:   Night of Navy (100867), Whisper white (100730) and Notecards & Envelopes (107311)
Accessories: Big Shot (113439), Lattice Square Texture Impressions Embossing Folder (119976) Modern Label Punch (119849), Rhinestone Jewels (119246), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Blender Pens (102845)   

Enjoy~Dawn O