a•muse|studio Mini Blooms

amuse studio, Peerless watercolor paints

Yesterday I shared how I had a beautiful, full sized panel of emboss resist using Amuse Studio’s Botanical Silhouettes and Wasabi and Winter Sky Splash. Had is the key word!  I started playing around again with it and ended up with a “hot mess” as they say.  I did salvage some of the good parts and I posted my first card here.  This card is an A4 sized card – it was a really popular style when I first joined Amuse Studio as a consultant 4+ years ago.  It’s still a great size if you want just a tiny note to send…

Today’s card salvages just a piece of watercolor paper with some of the Splash but it was such a pretty piece, I couldn’t throw it away!  I also was playing around with a new to me rubber stamping technique.  If you have not used Amuse Studio inks before – they are actually more like a pigment ink in nature and they have a wonderful opaque type quality to them.  I wondered what would happen if I inked my stamp and then spritzed it lightly with water (even though it’s not a dye ink) – like I’ve been doing with my Tombow markers.  Wow!!  The results are wonderful as you can see here.  The colors are soft and dreamy – I did this for both the flowers (Mini Blooms amuse studio stamp set) and leaves (Love and Thanks amuse studio stamp set).

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What rubber stamping supplies do I need to make this card?

I have to admit, even though I liked the soft look of my water misted ink foliage, it wasn’t strong enough against the tag.  I just dipped my waterbrush into my Peerless Watercolor paints and followed the lines of the stamp to add some extra definition. Heart be still!  It is so easy – you don’t have to be an artist to feel like an artist!!

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Stamps:  Mini Blooms, Love and Thanks and Happy Thoughts

Papers:   Bristol, Sugar and Azul cardstock

Misc:  Stitched Tag die set, Onyx, Melon and Grass ink, Winter Sky Splash, Peerless Watercolor paints.





a•muse|studio Botanical Silhouettes Watercolor

amuse studio, spray inks, emboss resist technique
A few weeks ago I shared some pieces I was working on using Splash for watercoloring and one of my favorite rubber stamping techniques:  emboss resist.  My friend, Juliet, wasn’t too impressed with the panel (I was envisioning using some “word strip” stamps coming out in Amuse Studio’s May Collection) and she thought I needed to add some more colors to the Wasbi and Winter Sky…

I did and ugh!  It just didn’t end up nicely but I did see a few areas that I liked so I pulled out some of my Amuse Studio stitched tag dies and proceeded to cut.

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Now I’m happy how this turned out!  I am really stretching my tag dies too by using this simple technique that I shared here.  I was able to salvage two pieces from this panel and I will share the other card tomorrow – so please come back and check it out because it is different than this one but equally lovely.

amuse studio, emboss resist with Splash

You can appreciate the colors and subtle details closer up.

What rubber stamping supplies do I need to make this card?

Can you see how I overstamped the embossed Botanical Silhouettes (found in Amuse Studio’s April Collection) with Grass ink?  And the hello is Black ink embossed with Clear Embossing powder…I think it really pops on that tiny section of Winter Sky blue.

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Stamps:  Botanical Silhouettes (part of Amuse Studio’s April Collection), Gnome Other (Past Collection – available while supplies last)

Papers:   Bristol, Sugar and Azul cardstock

Misc:  Stitched Tag die set, Onyx and Grass ink, Clear Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder, Toffee twine, Wasabi, Orange and Winter Sky Splash

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psst!  Just a few more days left for this fantastic, never before seen, Amuse Studio consultant sign up deal.  Pay just $25 for your starter kit and receive a $25 coupon off your first order.  Ends April 30!!  Interested?   I’d love to have you  JOIN my team  – both hobbyists and business builders are welcome, or some where in between if you’d like to have your hobby pay for itself!

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a•muse|studio Botanical Silhouettes

Amuse Studio monthly collection

I was totally inspired this month by Amuse Studio designer (and fellow Amuse Studio consultant) Marisa’s card – below.  I really wanted to make this card for my Hostess Club members but I didn’t have enough of the Pebble Petite Hexagon cardstock or Wasabi satin ribbon on hand and FORGOT (ugh!) that I owned the Hexagon Background stamp – all from amuse studio.  I did have lots of Wasabi cardstock so the top card is my springboard from Marisa’s original card.

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But springboarding is a funny thing – it just keeps going!  Monique flipped her card around and achieved a slightly different look!  I had to make one myself to show you and I added the score lines which I then sanded…it’s a great look that can be achieved with Amuse Studio’s cardstock because it is white on one side.  Here is another beautiful  example of embossing and sanding.

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This last card was from my original attempts – I really like that strip of washi tape from Amuse Studio’s Tuxedo collection but I thought some folks would find it too “random”.

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What rubber stamping supplies do I need to make these cards?

all supplies are from a•muse|studio

Stamps:  Botanical Silhouettes (part of Amuse Studio’s April Collection), Bee Happy and You’re My Fave

Papers:   Wasabi, Hibiscus and Pebble cardstock

Misc:  Medium Scalloped border die, Tag Bundle die set (April Collection), Wasabi, Marigold and Hibiscus ink, Memento black, copic markers, Sanding block, Wink of Stella, Tuxedo Collection washi tape





Amusing Challenge winners

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This sets a great calm scene – it’s a good reminder!  And, just one more reminder!  Amuse Studio’s April Collection (and FREE Sign Up special!) ends this week…don’t miss out.

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Check out the details here on my 24/7 webstore

And now for last week’s Amusing Challenge winners – we were using a word die and I am thrilled with how many entries we had!  I’ll be popping in to leave some comments this afternoon after work!

7.  shellshearer

9.  Tammy A

13.  Blissfully Scrappy

Thank you again to everyone who stopped by!  Winners, please feel free to grab your blog badge. Don’t forget that this week is Anything Goes at Amusing Challenge so I hope you’ll come again – it increases your chances to win the prize package PLUS we love to see what you have created.





Amusing Challenge – Anything Goes

This week’s theme and monthly prize

This week’s theme for our Amusing Challenge is Anything Goes (just a friendly reminder – no digis)!

Throughout the month I have different sorts of challenges…”use it”, themes, sketch, etc.  Based on reader input late last year, I will be changing up the way I award my monthly prize!  We’ll still have the Top 3 winners but now every participant that plays along will earn a chance to win the random drawing for my prize package at the end of the month.   This month’s prize is a paper assortment of Amuse Studio’s Fiesta colored cardstock and a few matching buttons thrown in!

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Design Team Inspiration

Sandi, not only a member of my design team – but also on my Amuse Studio team!! – is back this week with a colorful and springy card.  I love Sandi’s eye for color and her touches of whimsy…this card makes me smile!  She is featuring Amuse Studio’s Botanical Silhouettes stamp set which is available during April only.

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amuse studio supplies:  Botanical Silhouettes (April Collection), Today and Always stamp set, Lots of Dots stamp set, Blush, Bubblegum, Papaya, Grass and Ocean ink, Onyx baker’s twine

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I had some supplies laying out on my desk and whipped up this card – the hardest part was deciding how to mat the main layer.  I used Tombow markers directly on my stamp – misted each one lightly and then stamped on to my Bristol watercolor paper.  I love the assortment of dies in Amuse Studio’s Tag Bundle die set – available as part of their April Collection.

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First I tried it with a purple tone but ended up ripping it off and trying again with Kraft.  hmmm…. what do you think?

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amuse studio supplies:   Love and Thanks stamp set, Botanical Silhouettes stamp set (April Collection), Kraft, Hibiscus, Vanilla, Onyx Petite Pinstripe and Bristol cardstock, Tombow markers, Tag Bundle die set (April Collection)

I hope you join us!

Don’t forget that the current Amusing Challenge (use  a word die) – is going on through midnight today!  Join us for that challenge too!

PS.  If you would like a fun and easy way to earn/purchase Amuse Studio stamps – U.S. Residents consider this AMAZING sign up special!   😀   It’s the first time I’ve ever seen where you can sign up for basically FREE!  I hope you will JOIN my team

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It’s simple to play along:

    • 2 entry limit  
    • no digis please! 
    • please link back to this Amusing Challenge!