2013 Artisan Entry Blog Hop – Day 1

Stampin' Up! 2013 Artisan Design Team Entry


Welcome to Day 1 of the 2013 Artisan Entry Blog Hop.  Over the next 10 days, you'll see various projects from a handful of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators that submitted and entered 10 different projects to Stampin' Up! for the Artisan Design Team contest.  Although we were not selected as finalists, we are all winners in that we took the time and effort to send in our projects knowing that it is some of our best work!  

Each blog hop participant was required to submit 10 projects for the Artisan Design Team contest consisting of the following:

  • 5 – Handmade Cards
  • 3 – Scrapbook Pages
  • 2 – 3D Projects


2013 Artisan Entry Blog Hop – Day 1 


I must admit that I agonized over which project to start with for this blog hop and even came up with a "plan" for the order of the post whether or not it would be a card, scrapbook page or 3D project.  Ultimately, the handmade card won out as the starting point especially as there are 5 handmade cards to choose from.

Stampin' Up! 2013 Artisan Design Team Entry

Today's card features two great techniques – Stained Glass Technique and Double Embossing Technique!

The first technique I used is the Stained Glass technique on the flowers.  Using the Secret Garden Stamp Set, I stamped the images on Vellum Cardstock using Whisper White Craft ink then heat embossed the Whisper White embossing powder.  Next, I flipped the stamped images over and colored the back side using the Stampin' Markers in a range of various shades which where blended using a blender pen to create the allusion of a Stained Glass window.  The outer edges of the flower petals were shaded with a pale shade and as I shaded the flower towards the center the colors became darker.  The photo on the right is a close up of the Stained Glass flowers with the Pearl Jewels.

Stampin' Up! 2013 Artisan Design Team Entry



The second technique I used is the Double Embossing Technique.  This technique can be a challenge but it is amazing when it turns out the way you expect.  To start, I created a positive space cardboard "template" the approximate oval shape of the Designer Frames Oval and I also created a 2nd cardboard "template" with a negative space also in an oval shape.  Using the template with the negative space, I inserted the Whisper White Cardstock into the Chevron embossing folder and ran it through the Big Shot.  Then I took the positive space oval template and attached it to the Oval Designer frame.  Next, I inserted the embossed Whisper White cardstock lining up the "negative" space on the Chevron embossed Whisper White with the "positive" space on the Oval Designer Frame embossing folder.  Once I ran it through the Big Shot, the oval design was then embossed as the 2nd image on the Whisper White cardstock.  This is a really cool look and I admit it took me plenty of tries to get it "just right" before I was happy.

The finishing touches include stamping a floral image using Pink Pirouette from the Flowering Flourishes stamp set and punching it out using the Large Oval punch.  Next, I attached a banner featuring the saying from the Fabulous Florets stamp set with the "flagged" ends created using the 1" Square Punch.  With the final embellishment added being Pearl Jewels to the center of each flower.

Stampin' Up! 2013 Artisan Design Team EntryOf course, I had to finish the inside of the card as well.  The inside of the card is layered with Pink Piroutte cardstock then Whisper White.  On the Whisper White, I stamped two additional flowers from the Flowering Flourishes stamp set.  The sentiment is from the Delightful Dozen stamp set.  I choose the "mother" stamp because I just felt this card would be a perfect as card for Mom.

I invite you to pin any of my creations to Pinterest and to share your thoughts or questions by leaving me a comment.  I love hearing from all my readers – word of mouth is one of the greatest forms of flattery.


Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my project for Day 1 and don't forget to come back for the next 9 days to see each project entry created for the Stampin' Up! 2013 Artisan Design Team contest.   To view the projects created by Tina Munzke's click on the "next" button or if you wish to view Anna Black's projects click on the "back" button.  If for some reason the link is broken, a list of ALL the participants is at the end of my blog post.


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Sunny Stampin’ & Scrappin’!

Pam Staples

Project Supply List:

Ink: Raspberry Ripple (126859); Pink Pirrouette (126956); Wisteria Wonder (122936); Blender Pens (102845); Whisper White Craft Ink Pad (101731)

Stampin’ Write Markers:  Pink Pirrouette; Regal Rose; Raspberry Ripple; Cherry Cobbler; More Mustard; Cajun Craze; Wisteria Wonder; Perfect Plum; Elegant Eggplant

Card stock:  Whisper White (100730); Pink Pirouette (111351); White Vellum (101856)

Accessories:  Stampin’ Emboss Powder – White (109132); Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)

Tools: Big Shot (113439); Chevron Embossing Folder (127749); Designer Frames Folders (123130); Secret Garden Framelits (129372); Extra-Large Oval Punch (119859); 1” Square Punch (124094); Heat Embossing Tool (129053); Embossing Buddy (103083); Stampin’ Trimmer (126889); Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)

Adhesive:  Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Stamp Set:  Secret Garden (w: 129141 c: 129144); Fabulous Florets (w: 123025; c: 123027); Flowering Flourishes (w: 126365; c: 126367); Delightful Dozen (w: 122650; c: 122652)


2013 Artisan Entry Blog Hop Participants

Brenda Quintana 

Joan Robertson 

Lauri Ingram  

Laura Mellinger  

Kandi Phillips 

Lisa Hensley 

Anna Black  

Pamela Staples  

Tina Munzke  

Cindy Major 

Mary Haugen 

  • http://lauri-paperville.blogspot.com Lauri

    Pam this is gorgeous!  I am such a fan of vellum and you created a stunning card with your coloring.  and the double embossing technique is such a wonderful backdrop.  Love the inside too!  This hop is so much fun, I love seeing everyone's work!

  • http://www.QbeesQuest.com Brenda Quintana

    Pam, your card is amazing.  The flowers look delicate, almost translucent. I also love your embossing technique.  Your card is definitely a winner in my book.

  • http://DailyStampede.com Joan Robertson

    Oh my goodness, this is beautiful! I didn't understand the double embossing (I am more visual) but the results were stunning. 

    • http://www.sunnygirlscraps.com Pam Staples

      Look closely to the chevron pattern on the base of the card.  You’ll see that there is the Chevron pattern and another pattern.  There are some great videos that also show the technique.

  • Anna Black

    Very beautiful! Such an attention to detail with this card.  Can't wait to see the rest!

  • Laura Mellinger

    Lovely card Pam! All the texture, embossing and shading is amazing!

  • http://Ponygirl40stamps.blogspot.com Lisa Hensley

    This is so beautiful!

  • http://stampinonthefly.com/ Jen Timko

    Pam, this is beautiful!  So elegant!

  • http://www.StampsandScrapbooks.com Cathy Parlitsis

    Wow!  This card is so elegant and beautiful!  Thanks soooo much for sharing these with us!  You're so talented! :-)


  • http://www.craftingupthecoast.com Patti McDermott

    Beautiful card!

  • Ariel

    Pam, this is lovely!!  I can't wait to see your other entries.  I'm sorry you weren't chosen, but thank you for sharing your beautiful art with us here.

  • http://Splitcoaststampers Claudia Zimmerman

    This is extraordinarily lovely – I think it's the prettiest example of stained glass techinque I have ever seen!  The colors you used are gorgeous!

    • http://www.sunnygirlscraps.com Pam Staples

      Thank you Claudia… I should have mentioned in my post that I have a minor in Studio Art from college and my main area of focus was Watercolor.  I’m not a fabulous, famous watercolor artist but it does transfer over nicely to techniques such as this one especially when it comes to shading and blending colors.

  • http://tanyastampsnthings.blogspot.com Tanya H

    This is absolutely gorgeous!!

  • http://Www.kandiphillips.blogspot.com Kandi Phillips

    Pam this is stunning! I love the vellum and the embossing, so gorgeous! What an amazing card you created!!

  • http://ritascreations.blogspot.com Rita

    Pam, this is so lovely!   I just love your flowers.   

  • Susan Mac Donald

    I've been **enjoying** your (non-acceptance) artisan shares; your work is absolutely fantastic; sometimes I cannot fathom how the SU selection committee decide who is & isn't in the artisan group; some of what I've seen at convention, I'm in awe that the project(s) received any recognition, as the work was alot to be desired! (just my thoughts!) Your work is AAAHHmazing!!

  • Donna

    This card is beautiful!  I love every detail on it.  Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talent with us!  I can't wait to see the rest of you entries!

  • http://www.stampwithmarti.com Marti Crapo

    I think your card is marvelous. The details are perfect and the technique is so beautifully executed. Your card, and talent, are winners in my book!

  • Tatiana

    OMG I wish you had a video teaching the technique you used to make the flowers. I'm in love!!!!

    • http://www.sunnygirlscraps.com Pam Staples

      Thank you Tatiana…  I’m glad you love the flowers and I am planning a video tutorial for Mid-June on how to do this technique!