Pals May Blog Hop
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Hello, welcome to the Pals Blog Hop! This month our theme is “Goodbye to January-June Mini and 2019-2020 Annual Catalogs and Hello to 2020-2021 Annual Catalog” where the Design Team is showcasing their favorites from the retiring catalogs or products in the new catalog! You’ll find the full line-up below to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Today I am using products that will be in the upcoming 2020-2021 Annual Catalog — The Butterfly Gala Stamp Set and the new Ornate Garden Specialty Paper. Do they look familiar? That’s because the Butterfly Gala stamp set is a Carryover Item. And even though the Ornate Garden Specialty Paper (part of the Ornate Garden Suite) will be brand new to the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog, it was released early. That means it’s available online now!

I began my card by coloring a piece of the white and gold foil Ornate Garden Specialty Paper with Pretty Peacock Stampin Blends. Don’t Pretty Peacock and Gold look great together?  I continued the Gold and Peacock theme by embossing the gold sentiment on Pretty Peacock cardstock and adding gold on gold embossed butterflies.

I really love everything about this card. The gold embossed butterflies, the hand colored paper, the gold embossed sentiment. It just looks so elegant!

Stampin’ Blend vs Copics

Today I used Stampin’ Blend Markers instead of Copics (Yes, I finally got myself some Stampin’ Blends, LOL) And as this is my first time using Stampin’ Blends I thought I would share my initial thoughts.

So far, I think I might like Stampin’ Blends better than Copics. I definitely like the bullet tip on the Stampin’ Blend better than the chisel tip that comes with Copics. The brush tip on the Stampin’ Blends is a bit stiffer and less springy than Copics, which I like better. 

Also color matching was so much simpler. I only used two markers — Light & Dark Pretty Peacock — and it matched, no guessing. With Copics, achieving a color match takes a bit of trial and error. After some experimenting I came up with a close color match: B18, B13 colored over with T4 and T2.

Pretty Peacock Stampin Blend Copic Comparison
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Coloring the Designer Paper

  • Use Pretty Peacock Stampin’ Blends to color a 2″ x 5 1/2″ strip of  the designer paper.
  • Color the flower petals with the Dark Stampin’ Blend Marker.
  • Color the center of the flowers and the spaces between the flowers and leaves with the Light Stampin’ Blend Marker
  • Color the leaves first with the Light Stampin’ Blend. Then add shading by coloring only the area closest to the flowers with dark. Now color the whole leaf again with the light to blend.

Instructions for Today’s Card

  • Cut and color the strip of designer paper (instructions above)
  • Cut a 3 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ piece of Gold Foil paper.
  • Cut a 3 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock 

Butterflies & Sentiment 

  • Stamp any of the dual butterfly images with Versa Mark Ink on Gold Foil Cardstock and emboss with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Crop with the Butterfly Duet Punch.
  • Stamp the sentiment on the pre-cut piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock with Versa Mark Ink and emboss with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

Assemble the Card

  • Attach the strip of colored DSP and the pre-cut piece of Gold Foil Cardstock to a card base made of Whisper White Thick Cardstock with Snail Adhesive.
  • Attach the sentiment to the card with Foam Adhesive Strips.
  • Add the embossed butterflies with Stampin’ Dimensionals and Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.
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Last Chance Products

Retiring products on the Last Chance List are only available until June 2 or while supplies last. Take a minute to check them out and order your favorites before they’re gone!

Hop Along for More Inspiration

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Mark your calendars for June 10th, with our theme “New 2020-2022 In Colors.” We can’t wait to show you the newest In Colors in the Stampin’ Up! color family. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft room.

Thanks for hopping by and be sure to check out the Last Chance products as well as the products used to make today’s card.

Happy crafting!

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