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Stampin’ Addicts Birthday Blog Hop

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Welcome to your next stop on the Stampin’ Addicts Birthday Blog Hop!!  I am in the middle of the hop so if you want to start at the beginning, simply click on the banner above for the list in order.  I hope you are enjoying this birthday celebration featuring techniques!  If you have been following the hop, you just came over from Debra Burgin’s Heartfelt Inkspirations.  Her polished stone technique is really fantastic (okay, everything she does is really fantastic)!!  Did you see that clock…oh my!!  My job today is to show you clear block stamping.  I was a little slow to get on board with the clear mount stamps but now I LOVE them!  I love the storage, I love the price and I love the clear blocks.  The best part…these clear blocks can be used as a stamping tool along with their “real” job of holding stamps.  You can click on any of my pictures to see them larger.

My first card shows how to use clear block stamps to add dimension.  I inked up my Block C with a Soft Suede Ink Pad and stamped it onto some Naturals Ivory paper.  I followed up with the airplane from Plane & Simple (Occasions Mini) over the center block in Early Espresso.  A little Linen Thread cinched with an Antique Brad added just the right touch.  I love this border stamp and the words from the stamp set are perfect to finish it off.

For my next card I wanted the clear block to add a little color as a background.  It looks alot like reverse masking without having to cut a mask and sponge.  I inked up my Block D with Daffodil Delight and stamped it off before stamping it on Whisper White.  I stamped the flower from Every Moment over the yellow and then again onto another piece of Whisper White.  The top of the second flower was colored, then cut out and the stem on the clear block stamped piece was colored with Pear Pizzazz (direct marker to paper).  By cutting out the flower and placing it right on top clear block stamped stem, I have a faux outside the box look.  The sentiment for this card comes from Teeny Tiny Wishes…a set that covers almost any occasion.

Hint:  Put your card stock on a surface with a little give to it in order to get your best image (I used a pad of notebook paper).

For my last project today, I used the clear block in a totally different way.  One of the hardest things as a new stamper is having enough tools to create different looks.  Vintage and distressing are very popular now and your clear block can help you out.  You see all the white on the Framed Tulips border, I used a clear block to put it there!!  No brayer required!!  I will be back on Monday to show you more details on how to do this.  I love the Clearly For You set combined with the Sale-a-bration Set Bliss (mine is actually the French version, Joie).  My Organza Ribbon was curled a bit using a heat tool after the bow was tied (be careful…it doesn’t take long).  The very talented Lyssa over at Song of My Heart Stampers shows all the details on the ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by today!  On your next stop, Rhonda Griffin over at The Stampin’ Bunny is going to show you the Baby Wipe Ink Pad technique.  She even uses a clear block with her baby wipe on one of her projects!  Have fun on the hop and don’t forget to come back next week for more details and recipes.

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