This Little Piggy Sneak Peek

This Little Piggy Sneak Peek

Today you are in for a treat! This card is made with my very favorite of the new stamp sets I have gotten so far: This Little Piggy! I may be a little biased, since my grandparents and uncles are hog farmers and I grew up visiting real little piggies each summer. Even without that background, though, you have to admit these stamps are adorable!

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Ombre Backgrounds with Playful Pals

Ombre Backgrounds with Playful Pals

Ombré is French for “to shade”, or gradually move from one color to another. The cardmaking community has really taking a liking to this term, though for the most part the accent on the E seems to have fallen off in English. It can also be called a gradient or a blended effect. Whatever you choose to call the effect, it’s a lot of fun to make cards with ombre backgrounds!

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Balloon Masking Bonanza

Today’s card is playing along with Global Design Project Challenge #048! This week everyone is CASing the designer Tanja Kolar. I followed her balloon theme, but switched up the colors and layout.


Today’s card also showcases two different techniques… well, really three. One is masking and the other is multiple colors on the same stamp, and I have two different ways to do it.

Masking is a great technique that allows for multiple stamped images to overlap without being stamped right on top of each other. See how some of the balloons in this card look like they are hiding partially behind other balloons? Here’s how you can use masking to achieve this effect:


  1. Stamp the image that will be in the front. In this card, I stamped the bottom row of Night of Navy balloons.
  2. Stamp the same image on a post-it note, making sure at least part of it will be sticky on the back.
  3. Fussy cut out the image on the post-it note. If you need multiple of the same image, like I needed several balloons, cut 4-5 at the same time. This creates what are called masks.
  4. Place the post-it note masks directly on top of the images stamped on the card. On my card, this meant covering up those Night of Navy balloons.
  5. Stamp additional images, overlapping them with the masked images. On my card, I added the next row of balloons in Bermuda Bay.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 as needed, moving your masks as needed.

This technique sometimes leaves a little white gap between the overlapped images. I use a Stampin’ Write Marker in the same color as my ink to add color in this little gap if needed.


This card has a fun large sentiment from the (now retired) Bravo stamp set from Stampin’ Up! These large stamps and multi-part sentiments are fun to stamp in multiple colors. I tried two different techniques to make this work.

Masking the stamp:

  1. Use post-it notes to cover part of the stamp before inking it. In this example, I covered everything except “con” then inked it up with Blushing Bride ink.
  2. Remove post-it notes and stamp onto the paper.
  3. Clean stamp.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 once per color.

This technique requires either photopolymer stamps or Stamp-a-ma-jig. With photopolymer you can see exactly where you stamped before and line up the sentiment perfectly. This is one of the many reason I love photopolymer stamps!

If you have never used a stamp-a-ma-jig before, it is much easier to see than to explain in words. Here is a great youtube video by Sage Kimble (The Mad Stamper) that shows exactly what to do.

Coloring the stamp with markers:

  1. Color each area of the stamp with the desired colors.
  2. Breathe on the stamp to moisten any ink that dried since you started coloring.
  3. Stamp the image.
  4. Tip: layer the marker ink for more vibrant color.

The left image below was my attempt at masking the stamp. My Night of Navy ink pad was too inky and my last letters looked like snakes that had too much too eat; all bumpy from where the ink got too blobby. The right image was my attempt at coloring the stamp with markers. I didn’t get enough ink on the stamp and the colors turned out too light.


In the end, I colored the stamp with markers. Then I went over the stamped image with markers again to darken it up. This worked, but you have to have a very steady hand.

I’m not sure which technique is best. I think it is really a matter of preference. Which is your favorite?


Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, Watermelon Wonder, Blushing Bride (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Bravo (retired), Balloon Builder stamp sets (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder, Blushing Bride  Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!