Hello stampers, crafters, and friends I hope that you are having a wonderful day.  Last Saturday myself and three other demonstrators held a retreat for other demonstrators.   We all had a wonderful time.  One of the things that we focused on was three different technique workshops that they could go back and teach, but we focused on some of the products from the Cupcakes & Carousels suite.  One of the products that we used was the Carousel Birthday Stamp set, and taught them some cute cards to do with it.   This is another card that can be created with this stamp set along with many many more.   Here’s a look at today’s card.

Carousel Birthday Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, ink blending, clear embossing powder, classic label punch, heat tool, birthday card, two cards on stamp set, #rickadkins, #rckinsmonstudio

Carnivals and circus celebrations got nothing on this classic and whimsical set.  There’s always time for a ferris wheel or a carousel when it comes to spoiling those you love.  This stamp set delivers all this and more.  When I first saw this set in the Occasions catalog I was in love and had to have it.  This was the one set that was a must have, it’s not something that happens a lot, but when it does I know to just go a head and get it.   Here’s a look at the stamp set that you can get in either clear mount or wood mount. 

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Carousel Birthday Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, ink blending, clear embossing powder, classic label punch, heat tool, birthday card, two cards on stamp set, #rickadkins, #rckinsmonstudio

I created these cards using the same technique, in the exact same way, but just changed up the colors.   Little changes can make a big impact on a card design.  You never really think about what happens when you create a card in one way and then decide to do the card again but a little different.  When you change the color, or change the cardstock or any other small little change that you make will totally affect the outcome and feel of the card.   I started doing this about a month ago and wanted to make it into a series to show others what happens when you recreate a card using the same stamp set, but make these little changes.


Let us have a look at each of these cards, and talk about how each was created with the same items or technique and what we changed up.    Each of these cards has an embossed resist technique done to them.  First I stamped the Ferris wheel image in versamark ink and added clear embossing powder to them and heat set them both.

For the first version of my card I used colors that matched the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer series paper stack to create this card.  I started out with the heat embossing then once it was completed I started my ink blending.  I used only one ink color for this.  I just used the Calypso Coral inkpad and a stampin’ sponge.   The trick to ink blending is to start lightly and then layer, layer, layer until you get the strength and intensity of the color you want.   Once it is well blended and for this card I created a graduated effect (where it’s darker on one side and gets lighter on the other).   I layered the card on a Calypso Coral card base cut at 4 ¼” x 11 scored at 5 ½”.   The layering pieces are Bermuda Bay (5 ¼ x 4), So Saffron (3 7/8” x 5 1/8”), and Very Vanilla (3 ¾” x 5) for the ink blending, all of this was layered together.  I took a scrap piece of Very Vanilla and stamped happy birthday (from Confetti Celebration stamp set) in Bermuda bay and punched it out using the classic label punch.  I added some sequins to around the card to finish it off.   To add a little more demission to the card I popped up the sentiment using some stampin’ dimensional bones (those pieces around the edge).

The second card started in the same way besides when it came to the ink blending.   I used the Calypso Coral at the bottom blending into so saffron, coming from the top I used perfect plum moving into Night of Navy at the very top all on a very vanilla (3 ¾” x 5) cardstock.   One that I was done I removed the extra ink with a tissue.  The card base for this care was a 5 ½” x 8 ½” Night of Navy cardstock scored at 4 ¼”.  That was layered on a piece of Perfect Plum cardstock (5 ¼” x 4), Whisper White (5 1/8” x 3 7/8”) then the blended image was layered on top of that.

Since when I did my ink blending I wanted it to look like twilight I needed to add a little more to the card.  Just the ink blending wasn’t doing it.  It needed more.   So I then took a white gel pen and a glitter pen and added some small dots over the card to make it look like a night sky.

To finish off the card I stamped out the same greeting in So Saffron classic ink and punched it using the classic label punch.  I also changed where it was located on this card to make it look a little different but to also draw your eye around the card.

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Sale-A-Bration Coming to an End:

All good things must come to an end—including Sale-A-Bration! And since we are now in the final weeks of this exciting promotion, I just want to remind everyone that these products are available only while supplies last. To avoid disappointment, I would recommend that you obtain a backup Sale-A-Bration item for your orders.  Sale-A-Bration ends March 31, 2017, so place your orders now in my online store!
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