So I think I finally get how to use the blender pens with the Stampin' Pastels and boy do they make it nice! Can I just say how much I love the Stampin' Pastels?! You get all 48 of the Stampin' Up! colors plus black, white and gray for only $24.95! It is such an affordable way to get a bunch of colors.
You could use this super cute hippo card for a baby shower (just use blue instead of pink and it works for boys too) or a baby's birthday or just anytime you want to congratulate someone! I love the embossed diamond lines (I used the raised side, but stay posted for a way to use the card with the lines indented for a faux tile look) and the darker pink circles, which I just used some VersaMark on extra of the base pink paper and punched out with my hole puncher. The VersaMark is also one of my favorite things out of the Stampin' Up! catalog, not only do I love what it does but it is priced to sell at only $7.50. I haven't seen it for under $9 at the local craft stores.
Close up of the hippo detail. Isn't she so cute?!?! Here you can see the texture of the card.
So I made this snowman card the other day and while I think that it is cute (and I really like the snow effect on the bottom) I just think it is too early for Christmas cards. Maybe because it is 110 degrees in the afternoons???
The snowmen are heat embossed and for the snow at the bottom I just ran a blender pen (or a paint brush, whatever you have) along the side of my white craft stamp pad (it would probably be easier if I had the refill and could just pour some of that out) and then swirled it onto the card.
This stamp comes from one of the hostess sets, so you can only make cards with these super cute snowmen if you host a party of your very own!
For some reason my card is sideways...
You can really see how textured the snow is at the bottom.
I wanted to post a preview of the card we will be making at the party I'm hosting on Friday, just in case anyone planning to attend wants to know what's in store. I think it is so cute, and it is simple, but not boring (you can't really tell from the picture, but the image is embossed).