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Technique Lovers- Dragonfly Dreams

Technique Lovers- Dragonfly Dreams

Do you love trying new stamping techniques? What about old techniques we tend to forget about?

At first glance of the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set my first thought was techniques.  It instantly reminded me of collage style creating.  As soon as I pulled it out to use, that was my goal.

Then the reality of creating happens and the course of creating changed.  Now I couldn’t stop thinking about an old favorite technique, masking!

Masking Technique, Dragonfly Dreams, Stampin' Up!

It Doesn’t Always Have to Be New!

Here’s the thing, many times our crafty brains are always trying to come up with the next big idea or the next great technique but the reality is we miss out on the oldies that are tried and true.

Masking is one technique that always brings that WOW factor when I’m stamping.  Like, “OH MY GOSH… I created this!” These are the ideas that many times I say to myself… “Been there done that… need to try something new!”

I’m so glad I let my creative brain go with the flow.

While the Masking technique is and “oldie” it may just as well be a “new” technique to others.

Today I’m sharing an EASY card using a few post-it notes and a beautiful stamp set, Dragonfly Dreams.

Let’s get started!

Grab Your Supplies

Here are a few supplies to grab so you can create this card:

  • Dragonfly Dreams stamp set
  • Whisper White cardstock 4″ x 5-1/2″
  • Post-it Notes (I used a large size post-it note 6 x 8- you can find in any office supply store)
  • Ink Pad
  • Sponge



Create It!

Below I created a step by step tutorial on the masking technique.

Here are a few tips that might help you.


Masking Technique, Dragonfly Dreams, Stampin' Up!


  • Tear the Post-it note in half which will create a dynamic look for your background.  Place over your Whisper White cardstock.
  • Keep your fingers placed on the post-it note when you are sponging. This will help so that the ink doesn’t creep under the post-it note.
  • Stamp directly over the area you sponged while the post-it note is still in place to create a more dramatic background.  I used So Saffron classic ink pad.

Masking Technique, Dragonfly Dreams, Stampin' Up!


Once you have created your masked background, stamp the dragonfly and greeting.

I added the dragonfly die cut over my stamped dragonfly to create a 3D look.  I love the details of the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies.

Lastly, a few other embellishments for the card were added such as a doily, Metallic Gold Enamel Dots and a small strip of the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Pack (one of my favorites!!)


Masking Technique, Dragonfly Dreams, Stampin' Up!


Grab the Bundle!

Whether the technique is old or new, the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set will offer many ways you can stamp with it.  This gorgeous stamp set is part of a bundle where you can purchase the stamp set and thinlits together, saving you 10% on your purchase.


If you are a technique lover, make sure to see THIS technique using framelits.  I loved creating this card.

Masking Technique, Dragonfly Dreams, Stampin' Up!

You will find all of the supplies used for this project below in the clickable links.  

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Here’s a Quick Way to Use the Balloon Adventures

Balloon Adventures Stamp Set

The Balloon Adventures stamp set is one of the many amazing birthday stamp sets in the new occasions catalog.

Today I have a quick way to use this stamp set and create a fun birthday card.

  Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Never Enough Birthday Cards

Let’s face it, we will never have enough birthday cards on hand.  It’s not possible, at least for me anyway.

At first I asked myself did I really need another balloon stamp set? Quickly I thought no, but there are a few things about the Balloon Adventure stamp set that caught my eye.

  1. The fonts in the greetings of this stamp set are amazing. It is definitely something that caught my eye which makes designing SO much easier for me.
  2. Not one, but two coordinating ways to cut images in this set.  The balloons coordinate with the Balloon Bouquet punch and the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies.
  3. Party Animal Suite coordinates with this stamp set perfectly.


Masking with Balloon Adventures

One of the ways you can quickly create fun birthday cards with this set is by masking the balloons.

The masking technique creates the illusion that one image is behind the other and creates depth.  The first image you stamp is the image that will be in the front.

To mask using the Balloon Adventures stamp set you will need a simple Post-It Note.  Stamp the image onto the Post-It Note and cut the image out just inside the lines.  This is now your mask.

Stamp the image again onto your cardstock. Place your mask covering the image completely to protect it as you stamp the second time.  I love using Post-It Notes because the adhesive sticks to the image and makes it easy to stamp over.

Stamp the image again, positioning the image partially onto the mask. This second image will appear to be behind the first. Continue to move your mask around to create more depth.

You can see how I created many balloons in a bunch using one mask in this picture below.

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!


You can also see how I masked in the original card below. I love how they all look bunched together.

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies

The new Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies are perfect to create an interactive card.  Plus, another great thing I found  is the banner attached with this thinlits.

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!


The banner I created for this card is part of the pop-up.  I simply trimmed in a couple of places on the cardstock to make the banner stand alone.  Once it was die cut, I stamped the banner images from the Balloon Adventures stamp set.


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Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!

As I said before this is one of the great birthday sets coming in the Occasions catalog available on January 4th.  This entire suite of products will be a popular one.

Click HERE to download the instructions to create this card.

See the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies in action in this video below.


Here are a few more fun samples using this stamp set.

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!



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