Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge – A Little Expression Of Love

Anna’ Stampin’ Cave – Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge – A Little Expression Of Love

Thank you for joining us for another Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge!  We are so excited to be sharing this hop with you. The products used are all available in the current Annual, or seasonal, Stampin’ Up!®  Catalogues*. Simply use the buttons at the bottom of the post to keep hopping!

Today’s sketch has been provided by lovely Sally Shaw from Sallystampers blog.


WOW! this sketch really sat me down for a moment. In a good way of course – great creative exercise for my grey cells. And here’s what I came out with:

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Stampin' Up! Painter's Palette - A Little Expression Of Love Card

A Little Expression of Love card dimensions:

  • Basic Black cardstock: 11-6/8″ x 4-1/8″ scored in half at 5-7/8″ (29.7 x 10.5 cm scored in half at 14.8 cm)
  • Whisper White cardstock for the inside: 3-2/8″ x 4-2/8″ (8,4cm x 10,7cm)
  • 3 strips of Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper: 4-6/8″ x 2″, 4-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ & 4″ x 1″ (12cm x 5cm; 11,4cm x 3,9cm & 10,2cm x 2,5cm )
  • scraps of Whisper White for stamping and die-cutting.

First, I stamped the palette image from Painter’s Palette Stamp Set on Whisper White cardstock in Versamark, and heat embossed it in gold. In the middle, using Stamp-a-ma-jig, I stamped the sentiment in Basic Black. Because I didn’t want all that white space around the sentiment, I took a ‘dotty’ stamp from the same set and stamped it a couple of times in Sahara Sand. I die cut my piece using Layering Squares Framelits Dies.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Stampin' Up! Painter's Palette - Blooms and Bliss DSP - A Little Expression Of Love Card

Next, I created my circles and I’ve used a really cool and easy technique to do so. I took a piece of Whisper White cardstock, clear stamping block H and three ink pads: Island Indigo, Mint Macaron, and Sahara Sand. First, I inked the clear block with Island Indigo ink and dragged it through the cardstock. I repeat it with other two ink pads, making sure some of the colours overlap, creating fun, distressed design. I die-cut various circles from my piece.

Card assembly. I adhered strips of DSP to the base using snail adhesive, followed by circles. The sentiment is popped up on dimensionals. For the inside, I added Whisper White panel and few leftover circles too.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Stampin' Up! Painter's Palette and Blooms and Bliss DSP - A Little Expression Of Love Card - card inside

To wrap up my design together I wanted to add some extra golden accents to the card. I’ve used gold Wink of Stella to add some soft random splotches to the DSP and circles (I masked the sentiment for this step). Next, using same ‘dotty’ stamp as for the sentiment, I stamped it randomly on the card base in Versamark and heat embossed it in gold.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Stampin' Up! Painter's Palette - A Little Expression Of Love Card

I have to tell you, I enjoyed the process of designing this card and watching how it comes together nicely. I hope you like it too.

Now be sure to hop along to see more inspiring projects. Your next stop is lovely and talented Jillian.

Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day


He Is Risen Card Using Hardwood Stamp By Stampin’ Up! And Acrylic Block Stamping Technique

Today I’ve got for you a card that is very special for me.

I’m a Christian, but I do not belong to any denomination. Long story short: I try my best to follow Jesus, my saviour, and his teachings, not human traditions, in everything I do. So at the time when nearly all christian world celebrate Easter, I and my family, simply commemorate anniversary of Jesus’s death according to the Bible’s lunar calendar. But lets back to the card.

I love all things nature and had this idea for some time now. So went to my garden for a little “foraging” and brought myself few twigs. No, no plant gets hurt 😉 For the base for my card I choose Crumb Cake card stock. Sponged the edges to add a little depth.

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My background is created using acrylic block stamping technique. This technique is really easy. Take an acrylic block and ink pads of your choice. I used Pear Pizzazz and Pool Party. Then just press or tap (gently) your acrylic block into the pad. When you’ve got the ink transferred on your block (as much or as less as desired) swipe the block across your card stock. Repeat these steps until you’re happy with a result. You can use just one colour, or as many as you wish. There’s no right or wrong if it comes to this technique.

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I was really pleased how my background turned out. I inked Hardwood stamp in Crumb Cake, added some Soft Suede on edges and stamped it onto my background. Before adhered it to the base I distressed all edges with scissors.

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To form the cross I tied my twigs with piece of white baker’s twine. I coloured twine with Soft Suede marker after, because I wasn’t sure how much of a twine I will need in first place. Added my cross to the card using sticky strip. Hot glue would be better idea but my hands are not “safe” to hold glue gun 😉

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Long time I couldn’t decide what sentiment to use. I even thought about printing something from the internet. But then I had a lightbulb moment: Alphabet Rotary Stamp! It’s font is simple and rough – perfect for my card! I created my phrase “he is risen” in no time. Stamped on piece of card stock with Crumb Cake again and cut it into a banner. First I thought to rise a sentiment with dimensionals, but I really wanted the cross to stand out.

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I’m really pleased with my card. With acrylic block stamping technique I made it in no time. Hope you like this technique and that I inspired you to give it a try. If so please give me a “like” or live a comment below. Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting!