Sea-riously Fun Card Ideas! Deep Sea Bundle

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The Deep Sea Bundle, featuring the Ocean Chums Stamps and Dies and the Coral Garden Background Stamp, is now in the SHOP! There are so many ways to use these products so I thought I would share a few from our brand ambassadors to inspire your card making!

Erin Thompson

Erin created this beauty by embossing the Coral Garden Background Stamp over an ink blended background. This card is brining all the under-water vibes and sparkle! I love her little details she added to the jelly fish with a white gel pen.

Erika Post

Erika stamped the background in Sea Glass, Seafoam and Cove Blue with a Misti and then did a light ink blend of tranquil over top. Using a blender pen and some of the same Beach Retreat Inks to color the accents on the octopus tied it all together- Color Made Easy!

Another beauty from Erin. This one is a shaker! By creating the shaker in the center of the card with a mini cover plate from her stash, she made a cute focal point and spot for the sentiment.

I made this one on a recent LIVE! I used a brayer to lightly add some Tranquil ink to the card base and then stamped the Coral Garden with Cove Blue. I love how beautifully these four new Beach Retreat Inks work together.

The sea creatures in the Ocean Chums Stamp set are sea-riously fantastic!

If you're looking for more inspiration, be sure to catch our card making Live Streams and Replays on FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE! Happy Stamping!

Introducing New Spa Ink Colors…Beach Retreat!

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Escape to the shore with our Beach Retreat Spa Ink Colors.  These relaxing, muted shades will take you away to a seaside haven.  The first four colors, Sea Glass, Bay Breeze, Tranquil, and Cove Blue are shades of greens and blues that compliment the current green and blue colors in our Spa Collection. 

This bundle of 4 will give you cool ocean vibe hues with our trusty CP ink properties like smooth ink blending, clean and crisp stamped images and water reactive techniques.  

Like a beautiful, eye-catch piece of turned glass, Sea Glass Ink is a gorgeous, medium-tone shade of green-blue.  This muted Spa tone joins the green-blue family with Seafoam and Bay Breeze and will fall between them perfectly for multi-step stamping and ombre ink blending.

A dark and serene green-blue, Bay Breeze Ink will transport you to a tropical paradise.  This muted Spa Ink is darker than its color-family mate Sea Glass and will be a perfect choice when stamping natural elements like leaves and plants.  Pair it with Sea Glass and Seafoam for perfect Color Made Easy blends!

When looking for that just-right shade of pale blue, Tranquil Ink will be your go to choice!  Tranquil is a soft, muted Spa color that is lighter than Stone Blue.  This shade is ideal for sky and water elements and will be a gorgeous accent color to Orange Peel.  This ink color is a beautiful and relaxing tone.

Cove Blue Ink is deep, vintage blue.  This muted color is a part of the blue family with its lighter friends Stone Blue and Tranquil.  Blend these three together for gorgeous ombre backgrounds.  Try pairing it with a complementary shade, like Mandarin Spice.

These gorgeous new inks are in the shop now!

Early Ordering is OPEN for StampNation Members

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StampNation Members, your early ordering starts now! Head over to the SHOP, log in and click “NEW” to see all the new products!

Our StampNation Members are like VIPs…membership comes with so many perks:

  • Early ordering of new product releases and first shipment of orders
  • our newest class on Gel Press Techniques – going on now!
  • Online Classes (a whole library of videos and classes compiled over 10 years!)
  • occasional product perks and discount codes throughout the year
  • Members-only Facebook Community Group and behind the scenes live streams and stamping events

We hope you'll join us and try it out! Learn more here.

Waves of Happiness: Dive into the Deep Sea…Bundle

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Plunge into the ocean paradise of a coral reef teaming with life with the Deep Sea Bundle.  This little bundle with the Ocean Chums Stamps and Dies and the Coral Garden Background Stamp are ready to meet your inks and paper and start creating nautical cards galore!  This bundle is a must have for sea creature lovers!

Deep Sea Bundle Includes:

  • Ocean Chums Stamp Set 6×8
  • Ocean Chums Dies
  • Coral Garden Background Stamp

These products will hit the shop on May 12 and can be purchased individually or in a bundle with one click and at a discount!

StampNation Members get to order early! Join us on May 11 at Noon when ordering opens on our Live Stream on the Facebook group page. Members' orders ship first! Learn more here.

stamped images of sea creatures

Meet the Ocean Chums!  This 6×8 Stamp Set is packed with adorable deep-sea creatures adorned with floral crowns. Stamp the Octopus as a focal point on your card or pair the sting ray with his jelly fish friend!  These line art stamps are ready to be colored in or used with other no-color techniques for beautiful nautical cards.  Your love for this stamp set will be “ocean deep”!

hand stamped card with jelly fish
Melissa Andrew

I am so over the moon with the creatures in this stamp set! Melissa's gentle color combo features the new Tranquil ink and her jelly fish seems to be glowing under the sea.

background stamp of abstract coral pattern

Explore the ocean reef with the Coral Garden Background Stamp.  This cool, patterned background stamp will add great texture to your card's background and will pair up with any of our sea-life stamp sets.  Ink it up in shades like Polished, Do-Si-Do, Lemongrass or even Serenade for some fun!

hand stamped card with coral and seahorse images

Ilina blended some blue inks with a brayer on her card base and then stamped the Coral Garden Background stamp with a blend of Samba, Do-Si-Do and Bellini. The seahorse stamp is such a star popped up over that beautiful background. My love for this card is Ocean Deep!!

slimline sized card with stamped octopus image and sea turtle
Erin Thompson

Erin created this slimline card featuring the Cleo Slimline Cover Plate that is part of our Seaside Extras Bundle. I love all the texture you can get by adding water to an ink blended base with your CP inks! This one is a deep sea wonderland!

Join us on StampNation for early ordering and behind the scenes live streams and first shipment of orders!

Waves of Happiness: Join us on the Coveside!

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Relish in the coastal views with the Coveside Bundle.  This bundle includes the Puffin Party Stamps and Dies and the Rocky Cove Die as a perfect pairing for your sea inspired cards.  Send “waves of love” with this seaside party bundle and create cute cards for birthdays and beyond!

waves of happiness collection graphic

The Coveside Bundle includes:

  • Puffin Party Stamp Set
  • Puffin Party Dies
  • Rocky Cove Die

These products will be in the shop on May 12 and can be purchased individually or in a bundle at a discount!

puffin images stamped out

Come join the Puffin Party with these stamps and dies and celebrate someone's “special day”.  These precious puffin stamps are paired with cute sentiments, shells and a crabby friend.  Use the puffins alone, or create a seaside scene of puffins enjoying the ocean air and sunny sky!

hand stamped birthday card with puffins in a slimline size
Lisa Harrolle

Create the perfect birthday card for your coast loving friend by adding the little party hat stamp! I can't get over this pile of puffins all stacked up!

Rocky Cove embossed die and die cut image

Get swept away by the crashing waves with the Rocky Cove Die.  This embossed die creates the perfect perch for the puffins in the Puffin Party Stamp Set or could be paired with other fun nautical stamps as a fun focal point.  This die is embossed with starfish, grasses, and pebbles for extra texture and interest!

slimline hand made card with puffins behind rocks with rainbow shells
Kristie Goulet

Kristie created a whole rock cove and cute row of rainbow shells on her card. The little puffins peeking out is just so sweet!

puffins with party hats on a hand stamped card
Lisa Harrolle

This puffin birthday party is mixed in the Making Waves Background Stamp from the Seaside Extras Bundle. All of the products in the Collection will mix and match perfectly!

We hope you can join us live for the release festivities!

  • Monday, May 10 at Noon
  • Tuesday May 11 at 7 pm
  • Wednesday May 12 at Noon

StampNation Exclusives

Tuesday, May 11 at Noon early ordering opens for members!

Members, join us live at Noon Eastern on our SN Facebook group for a live stream party!

There is still time to join us! Head over here to learn more!

Waves of Happiness: Seaside Extras

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Whether you enjoy sitting on the rocky coast or diving deep into the sea, for you will want this Seaside Extras Bundle for all your nautical card making.  This bundle of dies, background stamp, paper and sequins includes all the extras you will want to pair with your favorite Waves of Happiness image stamp sets. 

patterned paper and inks with nautical theme spread on a table

Seaside Extras Bundle Includes:

  • Among the Seaweed Cover Plate Die
  • Making Waves Background Stamp
  • Cleo Slimline Die
  • Seaside Patterned Paper
  • Portsmouth Sequin Mix 

Purchase them individually, or grab the bundle at a great discount!

blue and silver sequins

PORTSMOUTH SEQUIN MIX: This sparkly, metallic mix of blues and green-blue sequins coordinates with some of our Beach Retreat shades and was created to go with the Seaside Patterned Paper.  It's like a jar of crystal blue waters!

die cute paper of seaweed pattern with green inks blended

AMONG THE SEAWEED COVER PLATE: Swim along Among the Seaweed and see what you might discover!  This deep sea plant patterned cover plate is the perfect to mix in with fun underwater critter stamps. 

a stamped wave pattern in blue

MAKING WAVES BACKGROUND STAMP: Create a fabulous background with the Making Waves Background Stamp.  Grab your spa blues like Tranquil and Cove Blue for a natural effect or try mixing in bright and funky colors to add this wavy print to any festive card.

card embossed with rainbow wave background and happy birthday sentiment

This card from Kristie is embossed in black and she colored in the background in this gorgeous array of rainbow inks.  This one will be fun for nautical cards and beyond!

a fish scale patterned slimline cover plate and die cut

CLEO SLIMLINE DIE: The Cleo Slimline Die is named after a mermaid in one of my girls' favorite childhood shows.  This scale patterned die is formatted for slimline cards but could make a great textural element for a standard card too.  Try ink blending this in rich blue-green ink shades or put a rainbow of color behind it.  You might want to add some glitter to this one too!

hand made card featuring a puffin image and ink blended background in blues

Using the Cleo Slimline Cover Plate for traditional card sizes is also such a fun look. I love this ink blended background with the flicks of water as the backdrop for the white cover plate. This one is going to be a fan favorite!

Join us for the Release Festivities!

Monday, May 10th 
Bundle Reveal

Tuesday, May 11th
SN Early Ordering & Exclusive FB Group Party at Noon ET 
Pre-Release LIVE for all at 7pm Eastern

Wednesday, May 12th
General Ordering OPEN at 9am ET with YouTube Release Party at Noon

*Noon Eastern on Facebook unless otherwise noted

StampNation Members are stamping VIPs with tons of great perks like early ordering and first shipment of orders! Learn more about our membership site and join us today!

Ready for New Inks? Introducing Beach Retreat!

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Introducing the first four Beach Retreat Ink Colors!
​These green and blue shades are a part of our Spa Collection of inks will carry you away to an oasis in your stamp space.

Along with these beauties, we have some fun new products coming on May 12!!  I have given sneak peeks of a few already but there is more to come so check out the schedule below.  If you missed the LIVES today or yesterday, click the link below to watch the replay.

More Coming Up…

Our next collection of stamps and goodies are heading your way with these inks, May 12th!  Our StampNation Members get to order early on May 11.

Here's the schedule for all the exciting reveals*:

Friday, May 7: New Collection Theme & Bundle Reveal
Monday, May 10th: Bundle Reveal
Tuesday, May 11th: SN Early Ordering & Exclusive FB Group Party at noon ET, Pre-Release LIVE for all at 7pm Eastern
Wednesday, May 12th: General Ordering OPEN at 9am ET with YouTube Release Party at noon

*Noon Eastern on Facebook unless otherwise noted

Ink Refills Now in Color!

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Our Ink Refills now come with COLORED labels!!!

I mean, they look GORGEOUS! We are so excited to be offering these and our warehouse looks like a candy store!

If you have our original black and white packing for your ink refills, you can purchase the new color labels to update your refills!

Head over to the Ink page in the shop, click the color of ink you'd like and use the drop down menu to choose Ink Refill. OR, check out our bundles by collection.

Light Burst Slimline Three Ways! (or maybe FIVE!)

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The Light Burst Slimline Die is such a fun card element. I love the old white on white effect with dies like this just to add texture to your card, but this die can create a bold statement nearly all by itself with some fun techniques. Let's look at some our Brand Ambassadors ideas.

On this card, Erin inked up the whole cover plate cut out with Juniper Mist. She laid the die over a piece of floral patterned paper from the A Little Drizzle Slimline paper pack.

The dark contrast over the pattern gives this card almost a stained glass feel. This background is so pretty. The sparkly gold word die is a great touch.

Melissa did her version with a gorgeous ink blended background. I love the splatters of ink on the white die. This one has a funky tie die feel! The change in color really create a totally different card even with the same basic elements.

Kristie's card is made with a reverse inlay technique. Each piece of the die was colored direct-to-paper with the inks and then glued down using the die frame as a guide. She then took the die off just leaving the colored pieces behind. WOW! What a cool effect. I also like her choice to use a circle die as the spot for her sentiment. That fits so well with the shape of this die.

Your Slimline Dies can also be used as Stencils! Lay your die cut over another piece of cardstock (spray on Pixie Spray to hold it in place if you desire!) and ink blend your colors over the top. Remove your “stencil” and now you have two gorgeous pieces to create a hand made card for a friend!

Use the links below to grab these goodies in the shop!

Ink Refills on Sale!

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Hey, friends! We are gearing up for a packaging change for our ink refills…the product inside the bottle will be the same, it's just that label that will be different! In order to clear our inventory of our original packaging, we are discounting all remaining stock of ink refills. Head over to the shop now!

Grab them while you can at this great price! Many of our colors are already sold out. These colors are still in inventory, items with very low inventory are marked with (*) as of April 29 at 7 pm:

  • Catching rays*
  • Drive in*
  • In the Park*
  • Pucker Up*
  • Chiffon*
  • Do Si Do*
  • Queen for a Day
  • Rouge
  • Lemongrass

Watch for our new packaging coming in May!

Got My Head in the Clouds!

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The new April Showers Stamp Set and Dies feature the coolest patterned cloud stamps. Patterned stamps are my jam and I love the texture and interest they add to any hand made card. Let's look at various ways to use the clouds and their coordinating dies!

I made this one layer clean and simple card and it was so simple. Just using the color combo of Cummerbund, Serenade and Drive-In to stamp the background, this card feel like gazing up at a serene blue sky. I popped on one of the sentiments and viola! This card is done. It would be fun to make a couple of these with different shades of blues and different sentiments.

Here is another card I did on a video last week using the die cuts to add a bit of extra pop. The little rain drop stamp is oh-so-sweet and I love how these sentiments just really bring it all together. I added the little hedgehog from the Puddle Play Stamp Set as a focal point to this sweet and subtile card.

Here's one from Erika just using the April Showers Dies for the cloud element. She stamped the raindrops and sentiment from the Pitter Patterns Stamp Set in a color combo using blues from the A Little Drizzle Patterned Paper that she also added as an accent. I like how she blended a touch of Cummerbund ink along the edges of her clouds to help them stand out.

And how about this stunner! Genius…Erika cut some of the sunrays from one of the patterns from our new Great Start Patterned Paper Pack!

For the rest of the card, she used the emboss resist technique for the background. The clouds were stamped and embossed in white, then blended blue inks over the top. She popped up a couple of plain cloud die cuts and used a piece of one of the clouds and some Catching Rays Ink to make the sun peeking out. This definitely will send sunshine someone's way!

These products are all now in the shop, find them by using the links below! We can't wait to see what YOU create!

Water, Ink Blending and Masking Techniques

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Today we hopped on LIVE to play with the some of the stamps and dies in our new April Showers Bring…Collection! We tried a couple of techniques and the results were spectacular (if I do say so myself!)

Our first card involved ink blending and embossing to create this super cute umbrella. The Under the Umbrella Die is a fan fav and you can see why! I just love how this looks with the water spritz effect. CP Inks are water reactive and that gives it such cool texture.

The second card we used the same ink blending and water technique but we had a bit of extra fun testing out our two new masking fluids. We masked off the flowers on the background piece before we ink blended and then rolled off the medium to reveal this great contrasting result.

To see the whole thing go down, check out the FB Live Replay here.

We hope this inspires you. What are your crafty plans for this weekend?

April Showers Bring… Collection Available Now!

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Yay for new collection days!! April Showers Bring… is in our shop and ready for you to pick your favorites to add to your crafty stash. You are going to love this weather themed collection of stamping goodies!

Erin Thompson

Using the Calling for Drizzle bundle, Erin made this fabulous slimline card! The A Little Drizzle Patterned Paper and the Bloomin' Wellies Stamp Set pair together for such a fun and adorable card. Using a little vellum, she created a more muted look to the background pattern.

Lisa Harrolle

Lisa couldn't get enough of this rooster in the Rise & Shine Stamp Set. The bundle also features the Moo-velous Background Stamp and Great Start Patterned paper shown on this card. Don't forget the Berryton Sequins to add a little “cherry on top”!

Melissa Andrew

Melissa combined the Morning Borders Stamp Set with the Sunburst Strips Cover Plate for this sun-shiny beauty. The Shine Bright Word Dies and Sentiment Set work so well with all of these product for encouraging and kind sentiments to finish off your card.

Erin Thompson

Another card from Erin, this time featuring the Under the Umbrella Die. The patterned die panels are so fun to add and can be custom colored with our inks, like she did here. Portland Sequins make this shaker card have a fun rain shower effect.

These stamps, dies, and accessories are great to bring some sunshine to anyone's day! Grab a bundle or mix and match your favorites. If it's too hard to decide, just click the “I Want It All” Bundle! We can't wait to see what you will create with your April Showers Bring… supplies.

Join us at StampNation! (Tues am)

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StampNation Members get to order the new April Showers Bring…Collection early today starting at Noon Eastern! Order by Wednesday at 8:50 am and your order will be the first out the door. That's one of the many perks of membership!

We'll also see members on our Community StampNation Facebook Page for a members-only Live Stream event!

Learn more about membership here!

April Showers Collection: Rise & Shine

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It's going to be a gorgeous morning with the Rise & Shine bundle!  This bundle includes stamps, dies, paper and sequins and is the perfect grouping for so many cards.  Just grab the coordinating CP inks from your stash and you will be creating stacks of cheery cards in no time.  

The morning icons at the heart of this bundle are great for grouping or just to add a pop of interest on a clean and simple card. 

The Rise & Shine Bundle Includes:

  • Rise & Shine Stamps & Dies
  • Morning Borders Stamps
  • Moo-velous Background Stamp
  • Great Start Patterned Paper
  • Berryton Sequins

These products can be purchased individually or in a bundle at a great discount on Wednesday, April 14.

View the YouTube video here to see all these products and some fabulous card projects to create with them!

Wakey, wakey, eggs and baccy!  The Rise & Shine Stamp Set and Dies are ready for a beautiful morning inspired project.  From a bowl of farm fresh berries and milk to the “alarm clock” rooster, this set of stamps is packed with classic sunny morning images.  

Lisa Harrolle

How much fun is it to create one card two ways? Lisa did just that by combining the Sage gingham sheet from the Great Start Patterned Paper with the stamped frying pan and eggs in the Rise & Shine Stamp Set. These two card have similar pieces but are two completely different designs!

This background stamp is just plain Moo-velous!  The cow print Moo-velous Background stamp is farm fresh and ready for your next card base.  Add a little extra fun with this stamp and why not try inking it up in a rainbow of color?

Melissa Andrew

Melissa turned the Moo-velous Background Stamp into an outdoor border of stones and grass just with the way she stamped and colored it. I love how that ties in with the rooster- a day on the farm for sure!

Get your cards off to a Great Start with this pack of Patterned Papers!  This pack was inspired by the morning breakfast table with a cute array of table cloth patterns.  The berry sheet and sun rise sheet will mix and match in with our Rise & Shine Stamps.  

The Berryton Sequin Mix was inspired by a bowl of berries and was named for the quaint and picturesque town of Berryton, KS.  This mix of blueberry blue and strawberry red coordinates with the Rouge, Hot Tub & Juniper Mist in our Great Start Patterned Paper. 

Lisa is great at pairing patterns like she did on this card. With our patterned paper packs, everything is made to coordinate and these strips help tie in the other colors from the stamped breakfast.

Take a look at the sunrise over the rolling hills from your breakfast table with the Morning Borders Stamp Set!  This set of 3 border stamps was created to coordinate with the Rise & Shine Stamp Set but is also ready to work alone in creating fun and cheery cards.  

So fun how Lisa created a similar feel to the multi-paper strip idea here by using all three Morning Borders Stamps and some creative inking and masking. I like Mr. Rooster perched up on the hill top ready to greet the day!

These products hit the shop on Wednesday, April 14 and we can't wait to see what you create with them!

Upcoming Release Festivities:

  • Live on Facebook on Monday, April 12 at 7:30 pm Eastern
  • Live on the StampNation Community Facebook Page on Tuesday, April 13 at Noon
  • Early ordering opens for StampNation Members on Tuesday, April 13 at Noon
  • Live on Facebook on Tuesday, April 13 at 7 pm Eastern
  • General Ordering opens on Wednesday, April 14 at 9 am Eastern
  • Live on YouTube April Showers Release Party on Wednesday, April 14 at Noon Eastern