Monday, January 21, 2019

Overstamping Embossing Powder

Hi everyone and welcome to the Topflight Stamps blog.  It's Jenny here and today I'm joining you with a love themed card that uses some of my favorite brands from Topflight to create a monochromatic clean and simple look, featuring embossing powder overstamping.  

To create my card, I first stamped the Darkroom Door Love Word Block stamp onto white cardstock with embossing ink.  

I then heat embossed in Emerald Creek Rita Barakat Kiss of the Fairy embossing powder.  It's chunky so it really brings out the big sentiment letters well.  

I then die cut the stamp with a stitched rectangle die just slightly smaller than the image.  I also used the same die to cut some pink craft foam.  I love this foam - it's about 1/8" thick so you get some good dimension and it really lets the color of the foam peep out if you want it to. It's also self adhesive.  I adhered the panel onto a white card base.

I popped the entire card into my MISTI and arranged several of the butterflies from For the Love of Stamps Flutterby Wishes onto the embossed panel.  
I then picked them up with the MISTI door and stamped twice in black ink. The inked images overlay the cardstock between the embossing and while the embossing resists a little, with this black ink, it actually colors the EP a little. Even if it fully resists, your eyes will subconsciously fill in the gaps in the image!

My sentiment is by Studio Light (which comes in a set of three) die cut from gold mirror cardstock.  

I also die cut it again from the same pink fun foam and glued it together with liquid glue and then added it to the card.  As a finishing touch, I added some Catherine Pooler Inspiration Point sequins and a few dots of Nuvo Aztec Gold Glitter Accents to tie in the gold die cut.

I hope you'll give this overstamping technique a try!

Friday, January 18, 2019


Hi everyone.. Annette Allen here with you today to share a colorful and easy card. I created this card using a mix of three stamps sets.

I first stamped the background with the Carabelle Studio: Monoprinting Striped Lines Background using Tsukineko Radiant Neon 4 Trio. Normally I go for a perfectly stamped background but this time I did not because I wanted it to look faded. Next I stamped these gorgeous flowers from the AALL & Create: Blossomed Dreams by Tracy Evans stamp set. I used the same ink to color the images I just used a paint brush to pick the color off the ink pad. 

I splashed a bit of Copic opaque after I stamped this pretty sentiment from the Creative Expressions: Stylish Script stamp set. I felt like I need a little more so I added some NUVO Crystal drops to high light the black a little more and finished it up with a fun pattern border. 

All of these sets are available on the Topflight Stamps online store here.

Get creative and go wild with your stamps.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019


Hello!  Toni here with a card inspired by the sentiment in 13@arts Aida Domisiewicz Numbers.  Paint your life happy indeed!

I considered how to illustrate that sentiment in an interesting way. I knew exactly what I wanted to do as soon as I spotted the Darkroom Door Mixed Boxes Stencil in my stash.  Can you see what I did to mimic Mondrian, sponging and masking Distress Ink (more intense than Oxides) then adding black dividing lines using a Copic Multiliner?

If you'd like to see a full list of ingredients or to see more of my creations, visit my blog, Frankie Helps Craft. See you next week!

Monday, January 14, 2019

13@arts | One Stamp Set, Four Cards

Hi everyone and welcome to the Topflight Stamps blog! 

It's Jenny here, and today I'm showcasing a stampset by Polish company 13@rts.  The set is called Flourish Garden, and has a shabby chic/mixed media feel.

I'll show you four different ways to use the set in different ways, to get very different looks.  I've created a video to see how I did it which you can view on YouTube:

Card 1 - Watercolor Rose
I took a panel of Arches Rough watercolor cardstock and put it into my MISTI. I placed the rose stamp in the centre of the panel and picked it up with my MISTI.  I then used a mini ink dauber to apply pink ink to the flowers.

I spritzed with water and then stamped onto the paper.  I dried it slightly with my heat tool and then repeated the step on the leaves with green ink.  I used my paintbrush to add more details with darker green ink and darker purple ink.  I heat embossed the sentiment in Antique Gold embossing powder over the top.

I die cut the piece with a stitched rectangle and popped it on craft foam onto a white card base.  I then added a few spatters with  black ink and dark green ink with a little water, letting the spatters go into the border.  I then decided I needed to add a bit more contrast, so I used my Faber Castell Polychromos and a white gel pen to add dimension to the leaves and flowers.

Card 2 - Heat Embossed Repeated Pattern

For my next card, I heat embossed the flourish from the set multiple times in embossing ink onto rustic cardstock using an acrylic block.

After each stamping, I heat embossed the image, re-applying the powder tool in between.  I alternated using WOW! embossing powder in Oyster Glintz and Rose Glintz.  I then trimmed the panel down to 4 1/8 x 5 3/8".

I took a strip of vellum and heat embossed the sentiment in WOW! Primary Ebony embossing powder.  I then wrapped the strip around the panel and secure it on the back with tape.  I also added a could of glue dots at the front.  The whole panel was added to a coordinating card base.

Card 3 - Layering Images

This card layers images to create the illusion of dimension. On a panel of white cardstock I stamped the scripty stamp a few times in pale grey ink.

I then layered the flourish image in embossing ink and heat embossed in WOW! Seaglass embossing glitter.  I stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onyx black ink and adhered the entire panel onto black cardstock and then a white card base.  As a finishing touch I added Nuvo Jewel Drops in Morning Dew and Sea Breeze.

Card 4 - Black and White

This card uses the rose cluster stamped multiple times in black and white and actually creates two cards for the price of one.  For this you need a panel of white and a panel of black cardstock of the same size.  Using a stamp positioner like the MISTI, stamp the rose image on the black cardstock in Versamark and then heat emboss - I used WOW! Opaque Bright White.  Don't remove the stamp - clean it off and then stamp a panel of white with black ink, and clean it off.   You can then move the stamp around and alternate in this manner.  You'lll then end up with two panels with the exact same pattern in black and white.

To finish the card, I trimmed the panel down diagonally in the exact same place on both panels.  I then adhered them onto a white card base, switching one piece so that the card is half white and black!  I stamped the sentiment in Be Mine pink ink for a pop of colour, and added some pastel sequins.

I hope I managed to show you the versatility of this stamp set - as you can see in the video, I had lots of other ideas!

Friday, January 11, 2019

A Flower Blossoms...

Happy Friday everyone.. Annette Allen here with you again today this fine Friday. Who's ready for the weekend? Well let's start it out with this card I created using: AALL & CREATE: Barbary Stars Stencil and That's Crafty: Fanciful Flowers Collection stamp set

I love using stencils for my card background. I get to create any color of background that I want and if you don't know me by now I am a very colorful person. The brighter the colors the better. The good thing with stencils you can use any color combo you wish and it will look great. 

I used various colors for the background and made sure to blend a little so one color did not stand out more than the other. I stamped and color the image with Copic sketch markers. I used my Brother Scan n Cut to cut the images out. I used foam adhesives to give it some dimension. 

I stamped the sentiment on some white card stock and simply cut out and adhered to card. Totally simple card to re-create and make it your own. 

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a crafty fun weekend!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Love is in the Air

Hello Topflight fans, Ericka here with a fun Valentine card.

I saw this sentiment from Craft Emotions and thought this hippo and clouds from Katzelkraft would pair perfectly to make a Valentines card.

I used a stencil from Paperartsy as well to make it look like the hippo is flying creating a heart.

These jungle animals are so fun to play with and I love their expressions.

 For more details on how I created this card feel free to check out by my blog Strangely Creative. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful rest of the week!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Love You

Hi lovelies!  Toni here sharing a card that was inspired by an Aall and Create stencil I saw in the TFS shop called Skull Splash.  It's creepy cool and right up my alley.

Now I don't have that stencil (yet!) but it occurred to me I could create something similar with Visible Image Mr. Bones Jangles.  I stamped the skull in Versamark then used a Distress Ink Candied Apple reinker to create drips and spatters. 

I added to the creepy Valentine factor by cutting out letters from a magazine for the sentiment. Do you love it as much as I do?!

Feel free to check out my blog, Frankie Helps Craft, for the full list of ingredients and to see my other creations.  See you next week!
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