Stamping Friends Trifecta Blog Hop

Welcome everyone! I am part of an extra amazing blog hop today! My projects today are including products from Gina K Designs, My Sweet Petunia and Picket Fence Studios.


Each company is giving away a $50 gift certificate to their store so be sure leave your comments along the way for a chance to win! Winners will be announced on the company’s blogs no later than June 7.


I have a video today sharing how I created this card using products including Life Changing Blender Brushes, the Cut Align and Elegant Asters stamp set . You can view the video down below or HERE on my Youtube channel.

For my first card to share, I start out by stamping the butterfly from the Elegant Asters stamp set from Gina K Designs using Amalgam ink. I, of course, used the Misti tool to stamp my image as I rarely stamp without it. I used RV14, Y08 and BG45 to color my butterfly, over lapping the colors so they blend to form new colors and give me a hint of a rainbow.

The background is created by ink blending Soft Stone Ink onto Layering white card stock with the Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studio. I’m using the Floral Damask Stencil which is beautiful pattern that I’m using for subtle background to my card.

I’ve been in love with these brushes the moment I touched them. I’m a strong believer in them. They are made from plastic hairs which pick up the ink – not absorb like make up brushes. You can use a variety of inks including Dye based and also Distress Oxides. I’ve used most everything except permanent ink like Versafine or Staz on. These brushes are also easy to clean. You can either wipe off on a scratch sheet of card stock, a rag or rinse with a little soap and water. Just do not apply heat to dry them off! Are they a little more pricey then the cheap set on Amazon? Yes. But in my opinion – totally worth it. I want to support the companies that are out there putting their dreams into motion – not some cheap knock off on Amazon. (my two cents)

I trimmed my ink blended panel down and layered my card front with Black Onyx and Ocean Mist card stock.

Now for my sentiments, I die cut the Wishes from Ocean Mist card stock three times and layered with Connect glue. I added a little bit of ink blending with Turquoise Sea to the bottom half of the die cut word. The word Birthday comes from the Wishes Mini stamp set. I heat embossed in White onto Black card stock and used the Cut Align from My Sweet Petunia to trim out a perfect sentiment strip.

The Cut Align is really quite handy. I don’t have a lot of room on my craft table so if I’m working on a card and need to trim down a sentiment, I can pull out the Cut Align and my craft knife versus hauling out my electronic die cutting machine. You line up one of the guide lines from the Cut Align with the bottom/top of your sentiment and follow the Cut Align guide to trim out. I apply light pressure and go over the cut area multiple times. A trick I found is you can attach you card stock to your craft table with some purple tape and then that way you don’t have to worry about the card stock slipping on you.

WHEW! Lots of useful tips in those paragraphs so I hope you were able to sit down and have a good read.

My next card is using the Peacock Tail stencil from Picket Fence Studio. I lightly ink blended Ocean Mist and Key Lime Ink for a soft background.

I trimmed down my panel and layered my card front with White, Black and Ocean Mist card stock.

The big Hello word die is die cut from Black Onyx card stock. This word die came in the Elegant Asters card kit.

The small summer sentiment is from the Wishes Mini Stamp set. I stamped on white card stock and trimmed down with the Cut Align. This is such a great tool for these small sentiments.

One last touch, is by adding some drops drops around the tops of the peacock feathers with the Nuvo Dream Drops in Cloud 9. I honestly wasn’t going to add anything but I found spot on one of the feathers that I couldn’t get off so I decided to cover it up. This worked out perfectly.

Now that you’ve read my book, be sure to hop along for more inspiration! I hope you enjoyed my cards and tips along the way. Leave a comment on the blog hop to be entered into the giveaways!

You’re next stop on the hop is Stephanie Severin. I also have the complete line up listed below in case you get lost along the way.

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  1. The stenciling you do is beautiful! Great ideas to copy, thanks!

  2. Beautiful cards! I need to get those brushes and start using my stencils more!

  3. Lovely cards — the butterfly with the floral damask is gorgeous.

  4. I love both your cards!

  5. Love the cards and the damask background and the soft colors in the background

  6. Love your cards. Color combinations are just wonderful.

  7. love seeing all the cards using that lovely damask stencil for a background – beautiful card, Mindy!

  8. Love the elegance of the buttery card

  9. Who doesn’t love a rainbow butterfly!?

  10. Absolutely love your cards as always. So beautiful, clean and simple.

  11. Beautiful cards – I really like that damask background – subtle and beautiful

  12. Such pretty cards! Lovely colors and details

  13. The butterfly is beautiful

  14. Beautiful Cards!!

  15. Wonderful pairing of light and dark on your cards.

  16. Love the blending of the rainbow for your butterfly and subtle background lovely cards!

  17. Your cards are awesome!!! love them sll!

  18. Mindy,
    A wonderful card display. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  19. The use of both those stencils were amazing! So beautiful!

  20. Very nice

  21. Your cards are really beautiful. I’m loving the rainbow blend you got on your butterfly using just 3 colors. I’m gonna try it.

  22. Beautiful cards. Thanks for the great video with all the tips and inspiration.

  23. Absolutely beautiful cards Mindy and thanks for all of the helpful tips.

  24. Such pretty cards, really love both of those stencils!

  25. Awesome cards and great video!

  26. Beautiful cards! Love the clean and simple style.
    Thanks for sharing…

  27. Love your style and the butterfly card is so elegant!

  28. Love Hello summer card

  29. Very lovely! I love how you ink blended the wishes word.

  30. Mindy, I love both of your cards! colorful & Spring/Summery. Both stencils are must haves & I’m saving up for those Picket Fence blending brushes. Thanks for the inspiration & helping us fix things we don’t like.. AKA covering up spots with NUVO drops.

  31. The butterfly is gorgeous and really
    pops off the muted background.
    Love how the peacock tail was
    used for the background in the
    second card. Great shading.
    thanks for sharing

  32. Thanks for sharing these beautiful cards–love the butterfly and such a lovely background. The peacock tail stencil is so cool, really like this one.

  33. Love your cards. Great video. I am enjoying the Blog Hop.

  34. What a lovely set of cards. I really loved the background on the first one. It made that beautiful butterfly pop.

  35. Beautiful cards! Your stencils look fantastic! Love the POP of color with your beautiful butterfly!

  36. As always, your cards are absolutely beautiful, Mindy! I love, love, love that rainbow colored butterfly!

  37. I love the gray you used with the stencil on your first card. It’s beautiful! I haven’t seen anyone else use that color on white before, although I’m sure someone has and I missed it somehow. Both of your cards are very pretty and I enjoyed your video very much.

  38. I like the butterfly stamp and the blending you did with it. We aren’t seeing as many butterflies in our neck of the woods.

  39. Love the peacock tail stencil. Nice card!!!!

  40. Nice use of the brushes, such soft backgrounds. I especially like the soft grey one-can be used for a multitude of foregrounds.

  41. Lovely cards.

  42. Beautiful cards!

  43. Lovely cards. I really like the colorful butterfly and the background on the first card.

  44. I love the rainbow butterfly on the beautiful stenciled background. The peacock tail looks so summery with the colors you chose.

  45. Your butterfly is so beautiful

  46. I love your blending and colors! I have to get some of those brushes!

  47. The blending is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  48. Wonderful blending of beautiful color choices.

  49. Fantastic cards! That colorful butterfly really pops. Thanks for the video, I always enjoy watching and learning.

  50. Beautiful cards. I love the Floral Damask stencil and that butterfly from the Elegant Asters set (and your coloring) is gorgeous.

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