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Hello stampers; and welcome to my stop on the July Creative Inking Blog Hop! I am sooo excited to have you here because we are featuring one of my ultimate favorite products in the Stampin' Up! catalog...the Big Shot!! I. LOVE. MY. BIG SHOT!! and, I'm proud to say that I am addicted to that big lug....I use it everyday, for every creative project, and for multiple purposes. I find it very difficult to create a card without it. I cannot tell a lie!

You may be starting from here at my blog, Lori Mueller - Stampin' Dreams, or you may have come here from the talented Sandy Mott's blog. Please be sure to click the 'Next' button to move along the blog hop. If you get off track at any time, the full line up below will help you move along from blog to blog.  So, here is my AH-mayzing creation....if I do say so myself.  Super easy, too!


Outside of using my Big Shot for all of my creations, I seemed to be in love with watercoloring and the Emboss Resist Technique.  I was striving for a Shabby Chic look, but I think I've got a little Retro look going on, too.  Let's travel through the Creative Tips....

Creative Tips:

  • I started with a Very Vanilla card base measuring 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2" and sponged the edges with Crumb Cake.
  • The background layer is Watercolor paper that has been stamped with the Petals Embossing Folder using VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.
  • Heavily spritz water over the entire surface with a Stampin' Spritzer. Use an Aqua Painter to watercolor Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, and Watermelon Wonder to cover the entire clear embossed layer. Watch as your embossed background comes to life because it will resist taking on a ink. Let this layer dry thoroughly before sponging Crumb Cake around the edges. NOTE: Because of the nature of wet paper, it will warp a bit when it dries. I recommend using more than the usual amount of Stampin Dimensionals to help flatten the layer when you stick it to the card base....especially make sure to add dimensionals to the center...you want to make sure the center doesn't sink and cave in.
  • Now, here is where the Big Shot comes in...YAY!!  Take a piece of Very Vanilla card stock measuring 3-1/8" x 3-1/2" and die cut using the Sunburst Thinlit. To create more 'rays' to the Sunburst die, I took my Paper Snips and cut out a slivered wedge from each big 'ray'.


  • To add some color and a little contrast, I added the same colors of ink with my Aqua Painter to the largest Clear Block (letter F). Spritzed the surface with water and flipped over to 'stamp' the color onto the 'thinned up' Sunburst. NOTE: hold the block in place on the Sunburst layer so that the Very Vanilla card stock will soak up the ink from the block. You can set aside to dry or use the Heat Tool on the low setting. When completely dry, sponge the newly inked Sunburst with Crumb Cake ink.  Take your Paper Snips and give the bottom rays a little 'haircut'. I wanted the rays to be rounded and not squared off.  Attach the Sunburst layer to the embossed Watercolor paper layer using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
  • The focal point consists of a piece of Watercolor paper that was water colored with Crushed Curry ink, heat dry using the Heat Tool, stamp the sentiment with Archival Basic Black ink and Clear Emboss. Die cut the sentiment using the Sunburst Circle die found with the Bakers Box Framelit's die set.


  • Set the sentiment layer over top a Watermelon Wonder layer that was die cut using one of the new scalloped circles from the Layering Circles Framelit's set. Add a strip of 5/8" Burlap Ribbon between the layers and set into place with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I hope you enjoyed my card...because it's kind of a Big Shot creation!  Let me know if you have any questions.  I'll try to do a video to share and demonstrate just how easy it is to create.  Until then, you will want to make sure to hop on over to Dena Rekow's blog.  I know you will enjoy the "Be A Big Shot" tour.  Click on the 'Next' button and you'll be at your next stop.  If you get lost or sidetracked, please come on back and follow the list of participants shown below.  Have fun filling your inspiration bucket...don't forget to come back real soon.  :)

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