Color Fusers Blog Hop April 2021 You Are Amazing Graduation Card

Color Fusers Blog Hop April 2021 graduation card using the you are amazing stamp set.  original card by Melanie Hockin of Mel's inky fingers.

Today I am sharing a Color Fusers Blog Hop April 2021 You Are Amazing Graduation card. Thanks for joining us.

Color Fusers April 2021 Color Challenge with Real Red, Old Olive and Seaside Spray.

The You Are Amazing Stamp Set is from the January to June 2021 Mini Catalog. This set coordinates with the bright and colorful You Are Amazing Project Kit, but it is also a great set for creating sentiment focal points, due to the bold fonts used. The deep colors in this month’s color challenge work perfectly for featuring these bold sentiments. So when I saw this color challenge, I knew it was time to create a graduation card.

Supplies used for the Color Fusers Blog Hop April 2021 graduation card, made with the You Are Amazing stamp set.  Original card by Melanie Hockin of Mel's inky fingers.

I pulled Seaside Spray as the core color for the card base, then brought in the beautiful matching metallic ribbon for an accent. The deeper color from Real Red and Old Olive provided the contrast for the sentiment focal points. Seaside Spray is a retiring In Color, so I am glad I got to enjoy it one more time for this card. It has been a favorite of mine!

Color Fusers Blog Hop April 2021 graduation card using the you are amazing stamp set.  original card by Melanie Hockin of Mel's inky fingers.

After stamping the Congrats sentiment repeatedly on the background layer, I embossed it with the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine using one of my favorite embossing folders, the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder. This has been a staple of mine for a long time, but sadly, it is a retiring product, and is only available while supplies last.

The Hippo & Friends Dies include stitched rectangles with cropped corners, which were a great fit for this sentiment layer. After stamping and die cutting the sentiment, I added Seaside Spray Metallic Ribbon to the back. This is also on the retiring list, and on sale! To get the two-tone sentiment, I used the edge of my ink pads applied directly to the stamp, and inked just the portion of the stamp I wanted colored. You may also use sticky notes to mask off parts of your stamp while inking.

Color Fusers Blog Hop April 2021 graduation card using the you are amazing stamp set.  original card by Melanie Hockin of Mel's inky fingers.

To create this project:

  • cut a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ Seaside Spray card base, scored at 4 1/4″
  • cut a 4″ x 5 1/4″ Seaside Spray layer for front
  • scrap of Seaside Spray cardstock to die cut a label

Repeatedly stamp sentiment down the left side of front layer using Old Olive ink. Run layer through embossing machine with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder before adhering to card front with dimensionals. Ink sentiment in Old Olive and Real Red ink, and stamp on Seaside Spray scrap. Die cut label using the Hippo & Friends Dies. Add Seaside Spray Metallic Ribbon to label, then adhere to card front with dimensionals. Embellish as desired with Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels. Stamp inside as desired.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy card. Graduation season is right around the corner. You can easily make several of these in an evening so you are ready for the occasion!

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I hope you enjoyed the Color Fusers April 2021 Blog Hop You Are Amazing Graduation Card. Now hop along with the other Color Fusers for even more fun projects!

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Butterfly Bouquet Product Release: Maker’s Mojo Butterfly Bouquet Stamp Camp To-Go

Today, I am sharing the amazing new Butterfly Bouquet product release and the Maker’s Mojo Butterfly Bouquet Stamp Camp.

Stampin’ Up! has done it again with the gorgeous Butterfly Bouquet product release. This includes an early release of the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle from the upcoming Annual Catalog, and 2 exclusive limited-edition products.

Butterfly Bouquet product release.  Project made with Butterfly Brilliance Bundle.  Project featured by Melanie Hockin, Mel's Inky Fingers.

The stamped images are perfect for enjoying as is, or coloring with your favorite coloring tools, such as Stampin’ Blends, or Water Painters.

Butterfly Bouquet product release.  Project made with Butterfly Brilliance Bundle.  Project featured by Melanie Hockin, Mel's Inky Fingers.

Coordinating dies work well to stand alone, die cut stamped images, or to create perfect layers. They also die cut beautifully colored images from the Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper. There are even background dies!

Butterfly Bouquet product release featuring the Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper.  Products featured by Melanie Hockin, Mel's Inky Fingers.
Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper

Natural Touch Specialty paper has cool woodgrain textures and patterns, but is lightweight and easy to use on any project!

Butterfly Bouquet product release featuring the Natural Touch Specialty Paper.  Products featured by Melanie Hockin, Mel's Inky Fingers.
Stampin’ Up! Natural Touch Specialty Paper

All together, this is a ton of fun, and I know you will enjoy creating with it. So, I got right to work creating the perfect event for you!

Maker’s Mojo Butterfly Bouquet Stamp Camp To-Go

The Maker’s Mojo design team has put together another fabulous event!  But this time, we will deliver the fun, right to your door!  These products are amazing, and the projects are even better! 

We will be using the gorgeous Butterfly Brilliance Bundle and the limited-edition coordinating products to provide 12 amazing projects for you.  And you choose when to make them!

Butterfly Bouquet Stamp Camp to go featuring products in the Butterfly Bouquet product release, and offered by Melanie Hockin, Mel's Inky Fingers as part of the Maker's Mojo Design Team

What’s Included:

  • 6×6 pack of Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper
  • 12 x 12 pack of Natural Touch Specialty Paper
  • 1 spool of Blushing Bride Twine
  • 1 spool of White Twine
  • a package of Artistry Blooms Adhesive-Backed Sequins
  • 12 project kits
  • step-by-step color tutorial for each project

That’s over $40 in products, 12 project kits, and a tutorial for only $60. Optional priority insured shipping available for $13.75. You may add the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle to your event kit at a discount, or use what you have on hand. Registration deadline March 27th. Kits will ship mid-April. Please note, backordered supplies may delay shipping.

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I hope you have enjoyed seeing the Butterfly Bouquet product release. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!



Color Fusers Blog Hop March 2021 – Seaside View

Color Fusers March 2021 Blot Hop featuring Seaside View stamp set and watercoloring technique in Seaside Spray, Gray Granite, and Early Espresso ink.  Project by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers.

Thanks for hopping along with us today. For the Color Fusers March 2021 Blog Hop, I will share a card with you using the Seaside View stamp set, and the Watercoloring Technique using Water Painters.

Color Fusers March 2021 Blot Hop Color Challenge featuring Seaside Spray, Gray Granite, and Early Espresso as seen on project by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers.

This month’s color challenge seemed perfect for creating a beach scene or masculine card. I love the Seaside View stamp set, but had not used it yet, so it was time to ink it up and create a beach scene. The softness of this color combination was fun to work with, and worked perfectly for simple watercoloring on this card.

Color Fusers March 2021 Blot Hop featuring Seaside View stamp set and watercoloring technique in Seaside Spray, Gray Granite, and Early Espresso ink.  Project by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers.

With summer just around the corner, a casual beach scene is a nice reminder of what’s to come! So I selected the nice relaxing chair image for my scene. And the line art made it a perfect choice to watercolor.

Supplies used for watercoloring technique for the Color Fusers March 2021 Blot Hop featuring Seaside View stamp set and watercoloring technique in Seaside Spray, Gray Granite, and Early Espresso ink.  Project by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers.

Fun Coloring Tools

The Water Painters in the Annual Catalog are a must have tool. The sizes work perfectly for almost any project! For today’s project, I used the narrowest tip water brush.

Supplies used for watercoloring technique for the Color Fusers March 2021 Blot Hop featuring Seaside View stamp set and watercoloring technique in Seaside Spray, Gray Granite, and Early Espresso ink.  Project by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers.

I started by adding a watercolor wash in Seaside Spray for the sky, and a very diluted wash of Early Espresso for the sand. After it dried, I added Early Espresso to the chair, and Gray Granite to the table. A little Seaside Spray was perfect for the glass.

Color Fusers March 2021 Blot Hop featuring Seaside View stamp set and watercoloring technique in Seaside Spray, Gray Granite, and Early Espresso ink.  Project by Melanie Hockin of Mel's Inky Fingers.

To Create this project:

  • Cut a Gray Granite card base 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 5 1/2″
  • Cut a Gray Granite front layer 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Die cut a large circle from Gray Granite Cardstock
  • Die cut a large Stitched Circle from watercolor paper
  • Cut a 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ strip of Basic White Cardstock for sentiment

On front layer, randomly stamp palm tree image in Gray Granite ink. Emboss layer with the Tasteful Textile embossing folder. Adhere to card front. Stamp chair image in Staz On ink on the Stitched Circle. Color as desired. Wrap Gray Granite Shimmer ribbon around large circle, and tie a bow around ends with Linen Thread to hold in place. Adhere circle layers together and add to card front. Stamp sentiment in Gray Granite ink, and add for card front. Embellish with Elegant Faceted Gems as desired.

I hope you enjoyed my project for the Color Fusers Blog Hop. Next up is Melissa Kerman.

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