In the City Sneak Peek

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko with a SNEAK PEEK of In The City host stamp set from Stampin' Up!

In the City Sneak Peek

This is a sneak peek of a brand new host set from the 2018-2018 Stampin’ Up! catalog called In the City. I’ve made two cards that combine some fun ink techniques, rainbows, and this super cool stamp set.

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko with a SNEAK PEEK of In The City host stamp set from Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Berry Burst, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Night of Navy

In the City is a host set, which means you can only order it if you are the hostess of a Stampin’ Up! workshop (or party). A single order of $150 US also qualifies.

This stamp set is a two-step stamping set, filled with outline images and solid images to fill them in. It’s clear photopolymer, so you can easily see through the stamps for perfect placement. There are 60 stamps in this set: buildings, vehicles, clouds, a little ice cream card, a tiny stork… everything you need to make tiny little scenes exactly the way you want. It even includes sentiments!

This set is so versatile, you can use it for weddings, new homes, baby cards, and more!

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Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko with a SNEAK PEEK of In The City host stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Emboss Resist: Two Techniques

These cards use the same concept, but were made using two different emboss resist techniques.

“Resist” means that something is added to the paper that prevents it from absorbing another medium. We often learn about this at an early age by coloring on paper with crayons (which are made of wax) and then painting over it with watercolor. Anywhere that there is wax, the watercolor can’t stick to the paper. This technique is called “Wax Resist” and it’s still a fun technique for paper crafters, especially those that like mixed media.

A more common papercrafting technique is “Emboss Resist” which used stamped images that are heat embossed as the resisting agent. Melted embossing powder protects the paper the same way that the wax from crayons does.

One quick tip for stamping and embossing: try putting multiple images on one stamp block and stamping them together. For example, in the Welcome card I put all the buildings on one stamping block and stamped them together. This helps a lot when you are stamping clear ink on white paper; it makes it much easier to line everything up straight. It does leave a little more space between the buildings, but it is not excessive.

Emboss Resist with Sponging

In the Just Breathe card, I embossed clouds in the background then added a rainbow using sponged ink. The clouds remain (mostly) white while the area around them absorbs the color.

It can be a bit tricky to blend one color smoothly into another color. As with anything, it takes practice!

Here’s some tips for blending colors:

  • After inking up a sponge, rub it onto a piece of scratch paper first. There will be a blotch when you first put the sponge on the paper. It’s much better to have this blotch be on your scrap paper than on your card.
  • Add only a little ink at a time. Rub off some of the ink on the scratch paper. It will get lighter and lighter the more you rub. When it is light enough, start adding it to your paper. Remember that you can always make the ink on your paper darker, but you can’t make it lighter again.
  • When you blend two colors, there needs to be a transition area from one color to the other. In the space between where the two colors are at full strength, one color should taper off by getting lighter and light while at the same time the other one is getting stronger and stronger.

Emboss Resist with Watercolor

In the Welcome card, I stamped and embossed the buildings then added a rainbow using a watercolor wash.

Once the image is embossed, you can add watercolor. It requires getting water and pigment onto the paper. There are several ways to do this:

  • Water first: Add clear water to the paper first, then add ink to a paintbrush or Aquapainter and touch it to the watery paper.
  • Water and ink together: Mix a drop or two of ink from a refill bottle with a little water OR squeeze an ink pad so some ink gets in the lid and add a little water to it. You can even color with a marker on a clear block and add water to it. Add this mixture straight to the paper.
  • Pigment first: Use watercolored pencils or Stampin’ Write markers to add pigment to the paper. Scribbling or drawing zig zag lines works just fine, nothing fancy needed here. Then use a water filled brush to blend the colors.

I have used all of these techniques, and they all work just fine. I think the water first method is a little more unpredictable and the pigment first techniques are a little more controlled. The water first technique has a tendency to use a tad more water (at least when I do it) and the colors might end up a slightly lighter as a result.

The technique you choose all depends on what you prefer and what materials you have available. That’s right, you don’t have to own everything! In my card I had to use a combination of techniques because I haven’t bought the 2017-2018 In Color markers yet. I spent my budget on stamp sets instead (a good investment).

Homemade cards with a SNEAK PEEK of the hostess set In The City from STampin' Up! Cards designed by Natalie Lapakko.

Watercolor Welcome Card Directions

  1. First, cut a Whisper White card base.
  2. Next, cut a Night of Navy panel 1/8″ (0.3 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Then, cut a piece of watercolor paper 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  4. On the watercolor paper, stamp four buildings from In the City in VersaMark ink. Put all the buildings on one stamp block for easy alignment.
  5. Sprinkle on white (or clear) embossing powder, tap off the excess, then heat it with a heat gun until the powder melts.
  6. Add a watercolor wash with Berry Burst, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, and Night of Navy. (In case you missed them, there were more watercolor tips up above.)
  7. Wait until the watercolor is dry or use a heat tool to speed up the drying process.
  8. On a long skinny strip of Night of Navy (mine is about 1/2″ or 1.2 cm) stamp the sentiment from In the City in VersaMark ink. Sprinkle with white embossing powder, tap off excess, and heat. Trim one end at an angle.
  9. Cut a skinny strip of Night of Navy striped paper from the Regals Designer Series Paper stack. Trim one end at an angle.
  10. Adhere the strips to the watercolor paper layer. Use dimensionals to pop up the Night of Navy strip. Trim off any excess that hangs off the edge.
  11. Adhere the watercolor paper and Night of Navy panel to the card base.

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring a SNEAK PEEK of In The City host stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Just Breathe Sponged Card Directions

  1. First, cut a Night of Navy card base.
  2. Next, cut a Whisper White panel 3/4″ (1.8 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. In VersaMark ink, stamp the Whisper White panel with several tiny white clouds from In the City on the bottom 2/3 of the paper. Don’t worry if the shapes overlap.
  4. Sprinkle the clouds with white (or clear) embossing powder, tap off any excess. Pause. Are there enough clouds? You can always stamp on some more. When there are enough, heat the powder with a heat tool until it melts.
  5. Set the cloud embossed panel aside for a moment.
  6. On a quarter sheet of Whisper White cardstock (or watercolor paper) stamp a row of buildings from In the City. Stamp one building for each color: Berry Burst, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, and Night of Navy.
  7. If desired, use a blender pen to pull some of the color from the outlines into the building shape for some slight shading. I would recommend using watercolor paper if you want to use blender pens; it is less likely to pill.
  8. Spritz your buildings with Night of Navy and Pool Party Stampin’ Write markers. Spritzing is when you use the marker cap to flick some ink from the marker onto the paper and the result is tiny little speckles. I recommend doing this inside a box or with lots of scratch paper surrounding you as the spritz may not end up just on your paper.
  9. Fuzzy cut the row of buildings and line it up beneath the embossed cloud panel. The goal is to have the colors of the sky match the colors of the building, so it helps to have it close by as a reference.
  10. Sponge ink onto the bottom 2/3 of the sky panel blending together Berry Burst, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime, Pool Party, and Night of Navy ink. Refer to the ink blending tips up above! Notice that I cut out a couple of secondary colors (Peekaboo Peach and Bermuda Bay) to simplify the blending because I knew the other colors would mix to make those colors anyway.
  11. Stamp the sentiment from Colorful Seasons in Night of Navy at the top of the cloud panel.
  12. Adhere the cloud panel to the card base and use dimensionals to adhere the row of buildings along the bottom edge of the panel.

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko with a SNEAK PEEK of In The City host stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Rainbow Color Combination

With a wide variety of colors, you can mix and match the colors of the rainbow to give a rainbow color scheme a different personality.

This color scheme has several colors where I have substituted a lighter or brighter version for the standard version of a color. For example, I used Berry Burst instead of Red and Peekaboo Peach instead of Orange. These substitutions of colors give my rainbow color scheme a fresh and fun feel to it.

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Berry Burst, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Night of Navy

Materials

Cardstock: Night of Navy, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: watercolor paper, Regals Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark, NEW Berry Burst, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight, NEW Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Night of Navy (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: NEW In the City, NEW Colorful Seasons (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Night of Navy, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: sponge, blender pen, paintbrush or AquaPainter, white or clear embossing powder, heat tool

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

By Natalie Lapakko

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7 thoughts on “In the City Sneak Peek”

  1. Wow! Wow! Wow! I love your projects and truly appreciate your expertise! Thank you so much for providing such wonderful directions and insight!

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