Favourite Retiring Products for Stamping Sunday Blog Hop

Favourite Retiring Products for Stamping Sunday Blog Hop

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The Raven Cling Stamp Set …

Welcome to my blog on this third Sunday of December 2019.

Today I am hopping with the Stamping Sunday Second Sunday team (who are actually hopping on the third Sunday this month), hosted by Sara Levin, the Artful Inker. This month we are featuring our favourite retiring product from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue. I am featuring a stamp set called “The Raven” … not everyone’s cup of tea, admittedly. This was a Halloween set. I purchased it for the Raven image … being in Australia, we don’t celebrate Halloween traditionally.

Off the Wall alert …

So… The Raven! Probs not what you would expect to be a favourite stamp set. It’s a little dark, perfect for Halloween, but a little weird for other celebrations! I haven’t used it a lot as I purchased it especially for my daughter’s birthday. But I am glad I was able to pull it out and create with it today.

As all the greetings in the set are Halloween related, I did have to pull in another stamp set …. I used Rare Blessings from the Annual Catalogue for the greetings.

Beginner, Casual and Avid Crafters

For this hop, I am doing the “Beginner, Casual and Avid” samples. If you are familiar with Stampin’ Up! you will have seen these terms used quite a bit this year.

A beginner crafter is someone who is new to stamping, and will be looking to create with just inks, stamps and paper.

A casual crafter is someone who thinks that this papercrafting lark is pretty good and is keen to move beyond the basic supplies, maybe get a punch or two … or even invest in a diecutting machine.

An avid crafter is feeling the passion, knows that getting into the craft room is an inexpensive form of therapy, and is accumulating lots of “things”. Of course, she wants to use them all and doesn’t blink an eye at taking an hour to make a card! 😉

Which type of crafter are you?

Beginner Project

My beginner project really is quite simple. It is the quintessential Simple Stamping project, truly just paper, inks and stamps.

Directions Beginner Card …

  • Stamp the feathers down the centre of a Whisper White Folded card using Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape and Granny Apple Green inks, stamped off each time to keep the images light.
  • Stamp the Raven with Black Memento ink straight over the feathers.
  • Stamp the Branch with Black Memento ink. I used my Stamparatus for both the Raven and branch images, which meant I could stamp a second time to intensify the black.
  • The Celebrate word is actually from The Raven stamp set … the stamp says “Celebrate If You Dare”, but I taped over the “if you dare” bit before inking it up with Black Memento Ink, and then removed the tape before stamping. The “You” is from the Rare Blessings stamp set. Again, it required some selective stamping as the greeting reads “Just For You”.
  • I added some sheen to the Raven image with a Wink of Stella Glitter Pen, which also blended the black ink into the feathers and covered over any of the background feathers that showed through in his feathers.
The Raven Close

This card uses minimal products:- Raven Cling Stamp set, Rare Blessings Cling Stamp Set, four inks (Black Memento, Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green), one cardstock (Whisper White Thick), Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. And amazingly (for me) …. no adhesives!!!

Casual Project

The Casual project adds just a few additional supplies, and assumes that our Casual Crafter has a diecutting machine. But really the casual aspect is in the changes to how the Raven is coloured.

Directions Casual Card …

  • I stamped the Raven using my Stamparatus onto Whisper White cardstock, and “painted” the ink colours onto the stamp with a dry paintbrush. The first ink colour was Coastal Cabana, and then Gorgeous Grape. I then added Black Memento ink, covering over some of the other colours with strokes of black to mimic feathers.
  • Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker has been added to intensify the black areas, and then the whole image blended with a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.
  • Mask the Raven image before stamping the branch with Black Memento ink.
  • The diecut used is the largest circle die from the Stitched Shape Dies. Coastal Cabana ink is sponged around the edge of the circle.
  • Trace around the die cut circle on a Whisper White panel cut to fit the front of a folded card. Lightly sponge Basic Black ink around the edge of the circle. This will create a light shadow effect once the diecut circle is adhered to the card front.
  • The greeting is “Celebrate if you Dare” from The Raven stamp set. Again, “If you dare” has been covered with tape before inking the stamp.
  • The feather has been stamped in Black Memento Ink onto Whisper White card and then fussy cut before being adhered onto the card front.
  • Adhere the Raven circle over the sponging with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The Basic Adhesive Pearls are coloured with Basic Black Stampin’ Blend.
The Raven Casual Close

Avid Project

My project for the over the top Avid Stamper takes just a little more time, and requires some serious sponging!

The Raven Avid Crafter

Directions Avid Card …

  • Create a mask with the 2″ Circle Punch and post it note (I use the Post It Notes with sticky all over the back). Place the piece with the hole over a panel of Whisper White card. Sponge with Daffodil Delight ink and Crushed Curry ink. With the mask in place stamp the feather multiple times without re-inking over the yellow sponging.
  • Remove the mask and place the circular cut out piece over the sponged circle. Sponge all over the rest of the panel with Gorgeous Grape ink and Blackberry Bliss ink.
  • Stamp the texture from Rare Blessings Stamp Set into opposite corners of the sponged panel with Gorgeous Grape ink.
  • Remove the circle mask before stamping the Raven with Memento Black Ink. I used the Stamparatus so I could stamp multiple times to get a rich black. Add strokes with Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker and then blend the entire image with Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. This also fills in the unstamped parts of the image so the yellow sponging doesn’t show through.
  • Mask the Raven image before stamping the branch with Black Memento ink.
  • The “Just for You” greeting is from the Rare Blessings Stamp Set, stamped with Black Memento Ink.
  • The Basic Adhesive Pearls are coloured with Basic Black Stampin’ Blend.
The Raven Avid Card Close

I am really looking forward to seeing what the rest of the design team members retiring favourites are. Here is the full list of hop participants … visit them all and be inspired.

The Stamping Sunday teams create a tutorial bundle each month. This month the tutorial projects feature projects and techniques using Stampin’ Up!® Stampin’ Blends. All projects use current Stampin’ Up! products. Five fantastic, detailed tutorials with step by step pictorial instructions. Here is a sneak peek of the tutorial projects.

The Tutorial Bundles are based on currently available supplies from Stampin’ Up! and have both metric and imperial (inches) measurements. So no matter where you live in the world, you can purchase the tutorial and will be able to create the projects.

Stamping Sunday Tutorial Bundle – December 2019
All currencies accepted. Paypal will do the conversion for you.

If you are making a purchase from me during December, you will receive the Stamping Sunday Tutorial Bundle for free. And if you are an Inks and Whimsy team member, you will also receive this tutorial bundle for free each month.

Check out all the tutorials on my Online Class and Tutorial page.


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  • Cheryll, I love all your cards, which is really saying something, because I’m not a big fan of ravens. I’m fasinated by the way you colored the wings of the raven in the casual and avid cards!!! Gorgeous!

    • Hey Tami, Thank you!! I agree, Ravens are a little bit scary! There is a historical family connection with Ravens and my daughter has taken that on board in her photography business, so I purchased this set for her. I was also intrigued to see what I could do with this set that wasn’t Halloween. Finding a method to intensify the black in the bird without losing that texture was a fun challenge. They are very different birthday or joyous event cards, that is for sure. xx