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September 7, 2010

{just for you}

I made this card using the 100th sketch over at clean&simple stamping.  I had saved it for my Stamps in the Mail program because I had chosen to use the Just Believe stamp set, and when I saw this sketch, I knew it would be PERFECT for this stamp set.  It highlights one of the main images in the set well, and lets you use a sentiment too.  Plus, I was able to do a fun technique with this card, that I call the blender pen outline technique.  I use a blender pen to drag some of the color of the image around the outside of the image.  I'll post a picture "up close" of the image below the card for you to see.  If you click on it, you can see it in it's gigantic (but not perfect up that close!!!) glory ;)  It's a really fun technique though that adds some softness to your stamped image.  What do you think?  Have you ever done this before with a blender pen?  *****A note: sometimes your image may not allow the blender pen to pull as much color as you would like as you outline your shape, so you might have to just barely dab your blender pen in some of the appropriate ink color as you trace.****

So, up close, you can tell that it's not too exact, or perfect, but I didn't want it to be.  You have to know by now that I'm a perfectionist, so if I had really wanted each little leaf and stem outlined, I would have done it ;)

I would love to hear your thoughts, and appreciate each and every one of you for visiting my blog!!  Have a wonderful day!

All items used are SU!

Stamps:  Just Believe
Paper:  Whisper White and Certainly Celery CS
Ink:  Certainly Celery and Marina Mist classic ink
Accessories:  Scallop Edge Border punch, Certainly Celery 3/8" Taffeta ribbon, Blender Pen


  1. I love this! Much easier than double-stamping! So you just pulled color from the stamped image? You didn't add more to the blender pen? I'm going to have to try this! Thanks!

  2. What a cool technique! I definitely have to try that. And a beautiful card, too!

  3. Very pretty card and THANK YOU for yet another way to use a blender pen. Will give it a try today :)

  4. Love the softened look of this, and it it truly a beautiful CAS card!

  5. Wow just beautiful! So soft looking.

  6. This is SO pretty! I'm totally loving your clean and simple style!

  7. Now that is clean and simply beautiful! Love the colors and the LO and everything!

  8. This is fantastic! I love these colors, they really pop on the white!


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