Wednesday, September 16, 2020

 Stampin Friends 2020 September Blog Hop

Welcome, Crafters!  

This month's theme is Fall/Outdoor Activities/Halloween. If you are following along with the Hop, you have arrived from Teri's Blog. Be sure to read through my post, comment below, and then continue on  to Heidi's Blog. If you get lost along the way, you can find a full list of all the participants at the end of each of their Blog Posts.

Here are the card and project I made for this Hop:

Fishing and Whale Watching

Birthday Card

Lately I have been experimenting with some background techniques, and this watercolor technique gave me the look I was after for my "ocean" scene.

This is what I did:

Gathered materials:  plastic plate to protect my work surface, plastic sandwich bag, Spritzer, ink refills, paper towel 

Dropped four colors of ink from the refills onto the plastic bag.

Sprayed water from the Spritzer.  Waited for the ink to run.  Put a piece of shimmer paper on top, followed by a paper towel.  Pressed over the paper towel with my refill bottle.  Waited a bit for the ink to absorb.
Checked the result.

Too much white, so repeated the process until I was satisfied with the color.

This is messy, but fun!  You'll never get the same result twice

Set the paper aside to dry.  (Shimmer paper doesn't warp with liquids as much as regular card stock, but when it was almost completely dry, I put it under a couple of heavy books to ensure that it would be flat.)

Made a frame for the focal image by die cutting with the stitched rectangles.

Stamped and heat embossed a jellyfish.  Stamped plants and fish.  Attached the frame with Dimensionals.  Stamped a whale and punched it out with the whale punch.

Stamped and attached the greeting.
Stamped the inside and envelope.  (The die cut fish and message are from a retired set.)

Goldfish Cracker Pouch--A Quick and Easy Way to "Dress Up" a Treat Bag

I CASE-ed (Copy And Share Everything) a pouch created by the Kitchen Table Stamper.

The Whale Done Suite of products includes the fun patterned paper, color coordinated sequins, and whale  punch that I used.  One of the patterned paper sheets has whales which match the punch.  So easy to do!

This is how I made the pouch:
Cut the card stock to 5 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches. Scored along the long side at 3" and 8".
Rotated the card stock 90 degrees and score at 1/2".

Here is my template.

Overlap the side panels and secure with tear and tape adhesive.  Fold the 1/2' bottom flap up and secure it on top of the panel seam.  Hide the seams  with a 5 x 5 Inch piece of patterned paper.  Create a pull tag to attach to the Goldfish Cracker Bag. Thanks so much for reading my blog today.  Until next time...happy stamping!

Here is the list of my fellow bloggers.  Please click on Heidi's link to see what wonderful projects she's created for us.

  1. Jo Blackman (UK) -
  2. Teri Pocock -
  3. Jean Bolen Beaulieu - You are here!
  4. Heidi Collins -
  5. Kim Quade - US -
  6. Kim Lamos
  7. Tiziana Milano -
  8. Maureen Rauchfuss (US) -
  9. Barbara Welch (US) -
  10. Melissa Thomas-
  11. Steph Jandrow -
  12. Katja Ettig -
  13. Lisa Ann Bernard -

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  1. Cute projects! Love the background - messy but worth it. :-)

  2. Really love that background for an ocean scene - and who doesn't like inky fingers - lol!

  3. Thanks for the idea, I have the seahorse stamp set and think I will try the background technique...

  4. The watercolor background is gorgeous!! So rich looking! Good job, Jean!

  5. Card and pouch are adorable. I love the watercolor background. Thank you for sharing the instructions for us.

  6. Fabulous projects Jean! I love your pouch ... such a great idea!

  7. Fantastic projects and thank you for the instructions too x

  8. Your whale projects are just gorgeous! Thank you a lot for the instructions!

  9. LOVE the really looked like it was underwater. And am definitely going to case the pouch, such great projects.