Vintage Leaves for the guys

October is a big birthday month for the Burgins, including two of the young-adult grandsons. Since I was on a roll with the faux water coloring technique, I quickly made up two of these.  Notice the unusual absence of ribbon, glitter, or embellishments!  I really, really had to resist using gold Wink of Stella — just a tiny bit!  The resulting card is quite strong, I think, especially with all that black.


To keep the leaves straight on this 2⅛” wide Whisper White panel, I drew light pencil lines 1/2″ from each long edge.  When I was finished stamping and water coloring, and everything was dry, I erased them with my Adhesive Remover.

Yes, you can water color on Whisper White paper!  But you can’t use a lot of water and you can’t work the same area over and over.  But for quick coloring, WW is totally fine.

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A secret weapon

adhesive-removerNo, it’s not a lemon square (that’s what it looks like on my monitor), it’s the Stampin’ Up! Adhesive Remover.  If you ever took an art class, you’ll recognize this as an art gum eraser.

To remove most adhesive (e.g., SNAIL, Multipurpose Glue) use a corner against your work.  A short pulling motion in one direction will lift the adhesive away.  Don’t scrub.

Eventually the Adhesive Remover will get a bit nasty on the corners you’ve been using.  Just pull the “glue boogers” (technical term) off the Adhesive Remover, or cut them off with your Snips.

Because it is an eraser, it’s also perfect for erasing pencil lines.  In fact, I never use a pencil eraser any more, as invariably I would smudge my work with something from the eraser.  Grrrr.  This product is gentle on your paper and very effective.

This could be the best $3,50 you ever spend on paper crafting supplies!  I still am using the original one I bought probably 10 years ago.  So serious am I about this product that a few years ago a triangular half was included in the Inkspiration Saturday swag bag.  A sweet husband cut dozens of Adhesive Removers in half and drilled a hole in one corner for a ball chain.

Should this 2″ x 2″ square be in your “stamping essentials” tote?  Click the image to get to my online ordering page or add it to your next club order!

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One house does not a village make

But it’s a start.  In my Pinterest dreams, I envision my living room mantel as the setting for a holiday hamlet of fanciful dwellings like this one.

debra-burgin-gingerbread-houseMy stamping buddy Sue Plote and I made these last week.  I am determined to make more — all different, of course! — and I’m sure subsequent versions will take less time.

To assemble the building, I used my Multipurpose Liquid Glue; for the detailed die-cuts, I used Multi or the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

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Twine out of control? A tip or two for you.

This is most certainly not a problem shared by everyone — not even all stampers!  But if you’re making multiples of projects or you are setting up a project for a stamp camp, keeping rolls of twine contained can be a challenge.

chickadeeAt Inkspiration Saturday a few weeks ago, this card used both twines from the Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine pack.  (Hear me clearly:  this twine is so cute!)  Stampers needed 7″ of both, so I punched a hole in the metal lid of a jelly jar and threaded them through (of course, the lid was then screwed on):

debra-burgin-twine-jarAlthough you could use another container, the glass was heavy enough so that you could pull the twine without tipping over the jar.  It worked perfectly.

For a less elaborate, simpler solution for just one spool of twine, adhere a scrap of cardstock to the bag that holds the twine.  Punch a hole through both and thread the twine through, closing the bag.

debra-burgin-twine-bagNo more twine on the loose!

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Wet leaves

So, I couldn’t stay away.  Since I had thank-you cards to create and send, I used that as a reason to further experiment with the technique I showed in yesterday’s card.

debra-burgin-wet-leavesBut here’s what I did differently:  I stamped all the Crushed Curry leaves and then went and pulled the color into each image.  Because I started with a master board that I cut into smaller pieces, there were many images that had “dried”; I think the wet brush did a very fine job of lifting and moving that ink.

I almost stopped after those Curry leaves.  I was in love with the way the Shimmery White panel turned out.  (I just may repeat that!)

However, I decided to see what would happen with the addition of Soft Suede leaves, all stamped and all water colored, and Cajun Craze images done the same way.  I’m happy with the result!

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Smiling on your birthday, friend!

Everyone’s doing it — at least lots of stampers, it seems — this “faux water coloring” technique.  Actually, the water coloring is real, except that you use the ink from the freshly stamped image to blend onto the image.  Simply stamp one image, and take an Aqua Painter to move the color around.  Repeat several times, then add more images that have first been stamped off.

I loved this the first time I tried it — here it is!  It was one of those times when I could hardly wait to get down to the studio to stamp after seeing examples from others.  I had a 10:00 appointment, but got this nearly finished before I had to leave.  Now on to further versions!


This card is for my not-so-close neighbor and 2015-2016 Artisan Design Team member Sue Plote.  Not only is she incredibly talented, but she is a wonderful mother and grandmother.  And my friend!

So here’s to you on your birthday, Sue.  Much happiness always!

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An evergreen noel

As I ramp up the prep for the October edition of Jingle Jump, I need to make sure to share this card from September’s JJ.  (Yes!  All new cards October 21-22!)  This card could be easily made more elaborate, but the objective of Jingle Jump is to provide cards that can be completed in 10 minutes.

Here the pine boughs are stamped once, then again in a second-generation stamping (or, as we say, “stamped off”).  The ribbon is enhanced by layering it over a strip of Gold Foil paper.  The gold-embossed sentiment echoes the glow.


Just a reminder that Jingle Jump registration closes today — the Friday afternoon session is full, and there are only a few spaces available for Friday evening and Saturday morning.  Register now!

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It’s not often that I buy a stamp set for just one stamp, but in this case, I couldn’t resist the scarecrow image (and the crow).  Already owning the punch made it an easier decision, and I only feel the slightest bit guilty for this indulgence!  It got a lot of use on this September camp card:


I was trying for a cornfield effect (artistically speaking, that is) with the two embossed panels.  (At least one stamper thought it was a stone wall, which gave me some ideas!)  We used the Sponge Brayer to add a bit more color to the embossed areas of the So Saffron panel.  That simple tool is an alternative to sponging or spritzing — different technique, different result.

I’m not sure you can tell from the photo, but the moon is a circle cut from vellum.

Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Marker

Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker
Real Red Stampin' Write Marker

Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker
Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker

Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Marker
Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write Marker

Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write Marker

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Celebrate autumn trees

Our house finally has that glow in it, thanks to the changing leaves.  I think they’re late, but eating breakfast in the dining room the other morning, I was alarmed at the startled expression DH made at the view towards the back yard.  I expected a deer or at least a fox, but instead it was a blizzard of golden leaves coming off our locust tree.

In truth, I’m not fond of this tree.  Its leaves are too small to be cut up by our mulching mower and they are impossible to sweep up off the patio or rake off the gardens.  As my mother would have observed, it’s a messy tree.

But before long we’ll be running the chipper/shredder and that will help.  They’ll go into the new compost tumbler, our 30th anniversary gift to each other.  And why not?


Mary Brown inspired this card.  These trees from the Stampin’ Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog are so fun to make that we’re creating another autumn card with them at camp this month.

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Grateful Acorn


Uh-oh.  I seem to remember seeing a card that inspired this September camp card, but … hmmm.  Nowhere to be found.  I apologize to the stamper whose work took me in this direction.  Step forward and take credit, please!

I never get tired of using these Leaflets Framelits, particularly when used in such a fanciful way.  I think this oak leaf shape is fabulous.

In real life, well, autumn is creeping in.  Windows open, shorts on, someone painting outside — this is not typical for us in early October!  It’s not that I can hardly wait for winter, but I’m certainly ready for a little nip in the air!  That’s why I keep using the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I can dream.

While I’m waiting, we’ll be stamping two fall cards and two Christmas cards in camp this month.  You can see my October calendar of events here!

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