Rare Blessings for the Pals’ Sentiment Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Pals’ Blog Hop! We’re so glad you’re here because we made some great projects for “It’s the Sentiment That Counts”  – showcasing new or favorite sentiments as the focal point of our project.  You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.  For this sentiment blog hop post, I am featuring Rare Blessings, a new stamp set in the 2019 annual catalog by Stampin’ Up!

Rare Blessings card front #3

Rare Blessings is one of those stamp sets that contains a fantastic floral image in addition to sentiments with style as well as function!   As you will see in the following pictures, I used the primary sentiment on the card front.  Also, every sentiment from the stamp set is shown with the notecard set.  However, each of the three main cards has a different coloring medium.  Additionally, I left the image uncolored in the notecard set to showcase image versatility.  As you can see, this stamp set makes a nice gift presentation!

General Card Details
  • Stamp Set:  Rare Blessings
  • Papers:  Mint Marcaron, Soft Sea Foam, Whisper White, and Shaded Spruce card stock; Watercolor paper; Vellum paper; Garden Lane Designer Series paper; retired notecard pack; X-Press It Blending Card;
  • Inks: Memento “London Fog”; Shaded Spruce, Mint Macaron; Blends; Copic Markers; Prismacolor Premiere Pencils; Staedtler Triplus Fineliners;
  • Tools & Accessories:  Stitched Rectangle & Stitched Shapes dies; Pinewood Planks 3D embossing folder; Old Olive/Pretty Peacock Reversible ribbon; Burlap ribbon; Linen Thread; Frosted Epoxy Droplets, retired stash embellishments; retired Envelope Liner die;
Noticeable Differences
  • 1st Card:  This was my first card.  I used various Copic markers as well as the colored pencils for added details and depth.  The background is a “rag” technique commonly used by Copic marker students/instructors.
  • 2nd Card:  Blends by Stampin’ Up! were used instead of Copic markers.  The background uses a “parchment” technique that I learned from Amy Shulke of Vanilla Arts.
  • 3rd Card:  I used Stampin’ Up! inks to watercolor this image panel.  And, I discovered an unexpected result when I used Mint Macaron as my watercolor wash background… it separates into some of its core color inks!  I absolutely adore the variegated background!  It was nothing more than application of ink to wet watercolor paper.  Will I do this again?  You bet!
  • Notecards:  The Mint Macaron inked image was left plain.  Even in this simple state, the flower image is very lovely!  Each note card and matching envelope liner uses a different selection of designer series paper from Garden Lane.
  • The alcohol marker colored images have a free-style line drawn with a Triplus fineliner beside the plant stem.  You won’t find that line in the stamp image, LOL!
  • The watercolored card contains various lines of embossing at the card edges.

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created!  Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 9, 2019 when our Hoppin’ Pals share “My Favorite Season” projects. Don’t miss the fun!

Pals Blog Hop Line-Up
  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping  ** You are Here **
  3. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  4. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  5. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  6. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  7. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  8. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  9. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  10. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  11. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  12. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  13. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  14. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  15. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  16. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  17. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  18. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  19. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  20. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  21. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations

Have fun stamping!


13 thoughts on “Rare Blessings for the Pals’ Sentiment Blog Hop

  1. Linda

    Wow! I’m blown away by these designs. Fabulous projects with all their various techniques. Especially love the featured watercolor card. TFS

  2. Karen Hallam

    Wow, Katie, these are spectacular! I’m so glad you showcased this set, because I totally missed it in the catalog. The details in your card are endless and I could stare at it for hours!

  3. Debbie Mageed

    Beautiful work, Katy! You know how to take a pretty image and make it look like a painting! All of your cards are wonderful and your discovery about Mint Macaron will make me try it next. Cool!!

  4. Peggy Noe

    You have totally outdone yourself, Katy! Oh my goodness! I’m going to try these watercolor techniques. I really didn’t even notice this set in the catalog, but now I want it 🙂

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