Dawns Stamping Tips

MN State Fair: Sam and Max on a Stick Easel Card

One of my favorite places to visit is the Minnesota State Fair.  We don't go every year, but we did go this year.  We pretty much eat our way through the fair.  My favorites are the corn dogs (the ones made out of corn bread batter - yum!), mini donuts, cheese curds and fresh strawberries with cream.  My husband's favorites are the foot long hot dogs with grilled onions, deep fried candy bars on a stick and cotton candy (yes, cotton candy).

This year we got to tag along with our grandsons Max and Sam.  Which meant we spent some time in the Kiddie Midway.  Here's some pictures of the day...


Their favorite ride was the Ferris Wheel.  It was the first time either of them went on it and they really enjoyed it.  Check out their smiles...priceless!


I wanted them to have a little token of the day, so I put together a fun little "picture on-a-stick".  Attached it to a simple easel card and put it in the mail for a fun little surprise for them.  I think they are gonna love it!  Hmm...I should have made two of them...one for each.  What was I thinking?!


1.PushPin-Note-Reminder-35 Dawn's Stampin' Tips:  Simple Easel Card

Easel cards are SO easy.  ANY size card can be turned into an easel card

1.  Fold any size card in half
2.  Then fold the top of your card in half again (folding to the inside of your card)
3.  Attach a little "stop" to the inside of your card (for the easel to rest again) 
4.  Viola...instant easel card!!

Normally, I would have attached a picture or decorative front layer to the bottom half of the outside of the card.  But for this card - I used the retired Horizontal Slot Punch to create two "holes" to hold my "picture-on-a-stick" to the card.  This way, they can pull the stick out and play with it.  he he!!

Here are some links to other easel card ideas:

Totally Tess Calendar Easel Card

Max's Birthday Invite Easel Card

Jill's Friend Photo Easel Card

Enjoy~Dawn O


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  • DOstamping Celebrates Day #1: Heart Punch Art Flower Video

    I'm excited to kick off my 5-Day DOcelebration Event!  Celebrating both my birthday month and two million hits!  Each day you'll be greeted with a fun project and FREE give-a-ways!  

    Many of the projects I'll be sharing during the 5-Day DOcelebration Event are requests from YOU, my readers, as well as some of my favorite Stampin' Up! products

    Case in point...today's project is a card that has by far been the most requested project on my blog.  Last year, I received this red flower punch art card from one of my DOstamperSTARS downline, Sue McDonough. This card struck a chord with you and I was flooded with requests for more information.  So, today is your lucky day! 

    Let's get the party started with a Heart Punch Art Flower card!


    To watch a how-to demonstration...
    1.video-30 Video:  HEART PUNCH ART FLOWER VIDEO



    For full supply list, measurements and basic instructions...
    1.Printer-50 Print: HEART PUNCH ART FLOWER PDF



    Yes - each day I'll have Blog Candy Prizes for YOU! 

    Today's prize is one of my favorites, a Wisteria Wonder Bundle which includes:
    cardstock, ruffled ribbon, classic ink pad AND yes, today's card too!


    How to Enter:  Leave a comment on this blog post.  Share what new In-Color is your favorite (Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party or Island Indigo).

    If you're new to leaving comments and wondering how - click here to learn how

    ALL drawings will take place end of day on Wednesday, August 24th. 

    Enjoy~Dawn O



    Reflection Technique Video with Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree

    Today I'm showing how to achieve stunning results with just a stamp, ink and a Window Sheet.  It's called the Reflection Technique and I was amazed at just how easy it is to do!

    When was the last time you used your Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree stamp set? It had been awhile for me.  But each time I use it, I remember why I got it in the first place, as it is lovely! And it's perfect for the Reflection Technique.


    1.PushPin-Note-Reminder-35 Dawn's Stamping Tips - Reflection Technique

    1.  Ink image and stamp onto cardstock
    2.  Ink image again and stamp on clear Window Sheet
    3.  Flip stamped Window Sheet over so image is facing down
    4.  Carefully line up image w/first stamped image to create a "reflection"
    5.  Place onto cardstock and rub over it to transfer the image
    6.  Color grass and water using sponge daubers


    1.video-30 Watch the VIDEO:  Reflection Technique


    1.Rubberstamp-40 Dawns Stamping Supplies
    (From 2011/2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog )

    Stamps:  Lovely as a Tree (#115026), Faith in Nature (hostess set)
    Ink:  Early Espresso, Old Olive, Marina Mist
    Paper:   Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Marina Mist Whisper White cardstock
    Accessories:  Big Shot, Houndstooth Texture Impressions Embossing Folder,  Ticket Corner Punch, Silver Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals, Window Sheets, Sponge Daubers  

    Purchase the Stampin' Up! supplies to make this project at my ONLINE STORE

    Enjoy~Dawn O


    Dawn's Reminders:


    Mosaic Tile Stamping with Stampin' Up! The Open Seas

    You won't get seasick with today's card.  It uses Stampin' Up!'s newer circle dies (3 inch #122125  and 3-1/2 inch #121811) to create a ships port hole!  I saw a similiar card made by fellow demonstrator Kari Metzger and just knew my Stamping Club members would love it!!


    This card also features a very cool technique using your leftover rubber pieces, called Mosaic Tile Stamping. So gather up your rubber scraps and follow my tips or check out my video below.


    1.PushPin-Note-Reminder-35 Dawn's Stamping Tips:  Mosaic Tile Stamping

    1. Cut some leftover rubber into small pieces of varying sizes
    2. Mount onto Acrylic Block E (or wood block).  Tip:  arrange pieces so pretty close to each other.
    3. Now ink it up with VersaMark ink
    4. Stamp it over an image you have already pre-stamped and colored
    5. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder and let cool
    6. Sponge Early Espresso over entire image (be sure to get into the "cracks")
    7. Wipe clean with a paper towel.
    8. Enjoy!



    1.video-30 VIDEO:  Mosaic Tile Stamping


    1.Rubberstamp-40 Dawns Stamping Supplies
    (bold items = new from 2011 Summer Mini Catalog )

    StampsThe Open Seas(#123030w or #123032c)
    Ink:  Jet Black Stazon, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Marina Mist
    Paper:   Not Quite Navy, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla cardstock and Nautical Expedition Designer Series Paper (#122343)
    Accessories:  Big Shot, 3" & 3-1/2" Circle Dies, Crop-a-Dile, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Cutter Tool, Clear Block E, Gold Brads, Early Espresso Baker's Twine #123124, Blender Pen, Stampin' Sponges, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Toold, Stampin' Dimensionals   

    Purchase the Stampin' Up! supplies to make this project at my ONLINE STORE

    Enjoy~Dawn O


    Dawn's Reminders:

    DOstamperSTARS Sketch Pad Challenge: Stampin' Up! On The Grow #SSC052

    Yes, again with my favorite, Stampin' Up!'s On the Grow stamp set.  Are you getting sick of it yet?  I hope not.  Today's card is a Sketch Pad DOstamperSTARS Thursday Challenge...provided by Jan Carlson.  She does a great job with our sketches...thanks Jan!

    With a sketch like this one, plus a simple and fast coloring technique (which I share below)...this card went together pretty fast!  Check it out...



    The Designer Series Paper is called Elegant Soiree (#117163) and is retiring!  I'll be sad to see it go.  It's a beautiful paper and will be missed.  Be sure to get it now before it's gone for good on June 30th.



    So how did I color the flowers?

    I know I didn't invent this technique.  But I don't know if there is a name for the "coloring technique" I used on the flowers. Maybe we can call it "Blended Lines".  Hmm...that sounds good, what do you think?  See below for my how-to tips...


    1.PushPin-Note-Reminder-35 Dawn's Stamping Tips - Blended Lines

    1.  Stamp a line image with Perfect Plum ink

    2.  Use a blender pen and immediately blend the lines of the flower images.  Meaning, pull the ink from the stamped flower lines inwards to "fill" the flower with color.  Act quickly before the ink dries.

    3.  Step it up, by adding Stampin' Up! Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to the flowers with a 2-Way Glue Pen


    1.Rubberstamp-40 Dawns Stamping Supplies
    (bold items = 2011 Summer Mini catalog)

    Stampin-Up-On-The-Grow StampsOn The Grow (#123075w or 123077c)
    Ink:  Perfect Plum
    Paper:   Perfect Plum, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla
    Accessories:  Big Shot, Scallop Squares Duo, Framed Tulip Textured Impressions Folder, Small Oval Punch, Neutral Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals  


    Purchase the Stampin' Up! supplies to make this project at my ONLINE STORE

    Enjoy~Dawn O


    Don't forget to get your Last Chance stamp sets and accessories (a few are sold out already) before they're gone for good!!

    Last Chance - Print Stamp Sets Retired List PDF
    Last Chance - Print Accessory Retired List PDF (some on sale for up to 40% off)
    Last Chance - Print Definitely Decorative Retired List PDF


    Purchase Current and Retiring Stampin' Up! products at my ONLINE STORE


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    The Open Seas Father's Day Card - Shadow Block Stamping

    The minute I saw the new Stampin' Up! "The Open Seas" set, I thought of the Shadow Block Stamping Technique.  Really - any stamps that lend themselves to a "collage" look, work great for Shadow Block Stamping.


    1.PushPin-Note-Reminder-35 Dawns Stamping Tip - Shadow Block Stamping

     1. Ink up Clear Block D in Crumb Cake ink
    2. Stamp onto Very Vanilla cardstock
    3. Stamp additional images "collage style" over the "shadow" created in previous step

    Click here for another example Shadow Block Stamping and a short video


    1.Rubberstamp-40 Dawns Stamping Supplies
    (bold items = 2011 Summer Mini catalog)

    StampsThe  Open Seas (#123030w or #123032c), Teeny Tiny Wishes (#115370)
    Ink:  Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake & Early Espresso
    Paper:   Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake & Very Vanilla cardstock
    Accessories:  Early Espresso Baker's Twine (#123124) Punches:  3/4" Circle, Word Window, Metallic Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals  

    Purchase the Stampin' Up! supplies to make this project at my ONLINE STORE

    Enjoy~Dawn O

    Happy Mother's Day with Stampin' Up! Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch

    Send the special woman in your life a Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch card for Mother's Day this year.  With Stampin' Up!'s new Triple Layer Punch, creating a variety of flowers is easy to do!


     1.PushPin-Note-Reminder Dawn's Stamping Tips - Embedded Embossing

    1. Punch out a variety of shapes using Stampin' Up! punches:  Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer (#122464) , Boho Blossom (#119858), 1/2" Circle (#119869), 3/4" Circle (#119873)
    2.  Use a 2-Way Glue Pen to adhere the punch outs to a piece of 2" x 5-1/2" cardstock.  3.  Trim away excess pieces from the edges
    4.  Run through Big Shot with the "Square Lattice" Texture Impressions Embossing Folder
    5.  Enjoy the textured "fabric" look to it!


     Sample of the punch-outs before trimming and adding texture.
    (Very Vanilla piece measures 2" x 5-1/2")

    1.Rubberstamp-40 Dawns Stamping Supplies
    (bold items = 2011 Summer Mini catalog)

    Stampin-Up-Blossom-Bouquet- StampsAll Holidays (#114916)
    Ink:  Perfect Plum
    Paper:   Perfect Plum, Baja Breeze & Very Vanilla cardstock
    Accessories:  Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Punches:  Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer, Boho Blossom, 3/4" Circle, 1/2" circle & Scallop Trim Border Punch,  1/8" Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, 2-Way Glue Pen

    Purchase the Stampin' Up! supplies to make this project at my ONLINE STORE

    Enjoy~Dawn O




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    Video: Plaid Stamping with Stampin' Up! Ornate Blossom

    In just minutes - transform your ordinary solid image rubberstamps into "PLAID" stamped images. Everyone has time for this fun and easy stamping technique called Plaid Stamping!  Grab yourself a solid image stamp and 3 colors of ink and you're ready to go!  I'm using the FREE optional Sale-a-Bration choice Ornate Blossom from Stampin' Up! and Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait and Melon Mambo inks.


    1.PushPin-Note-Reminder Dawns Stamping Tips for Plaid Stamping Technique

    1.  Choose a solid image stamp (like Ornate Blossom)
    2.  Choose three ink colors...light, medium and dark colors that coordinate 
    3.  Ink stamp in light color
    4.  Holding medium color inkpad at a 45 degree angle...tap edge of ink pad across your stamp at 1/2" intervals 
    5.  Turn your stamp 90 degrees and repeat step four using the dark color inkpad.  
    6.  Stamp onto your cardstock and enjoy! 

    1.video How'd She DO That Video:  Plaid Stamping Technique


    1.RubberstampBW Dawns Stamping Supplies
    (bold items = from 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog or Sale-a-Bration Brochure)

    StampsOrnate Blossom (FREE SAB optional choice!)
    Ink: Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait, Melon Mambo
    Paper:   Daffodil Delight and Whisper White cardstock, Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper (FREE SAB choice)
     Big Shot, Tastefully Trim XL Die (#120893), 1/4" Daffodil Delight Satin Ribbon, Beveled Window Pane, Pearl Jewels and Stampin' Dimensionals  

    Purchase the Stampin' Up! supplies to make this project at my ONLINE STORE

    Enjoy~Dawn O


    Dawn's Reminders

    Can you believe it?  It's almost the end of Stampin' Up!'s annual Sale-a-Bration promotion.  Which means you only have a few days left to save and/or join Stampin' Up!

    See Why I Joined Stampin' Up!
    Meet my DOstamperSTARS
    and see how much fun we have!
    Join during Sale-a-Bration and SAVE!

    Whether your a stamping enthusiast wanting to join for the love of stamping and to save money, OR if you want to build your own Stampin' Up! business...joining my DOstamperSTARS team could be the right choice for you!  With monthly meetings and swapping opportunities (videotaped and shared on my team blog too - for those who are unable to attend), training opportunities on building your business and/ or blogging (all optional) - there is something for everyone!

    I'd love to have you join my team!