Miss Ink Stamps: Gardenia Florals with Color-Changing Dazzle Dust.

Hello Friends! Thanks for stopping by the Pops of Paper Blog! Today, I’m to sharing a few more details about my Miss Ink Stamps Gardenia Stamp & Dazzle Dust Instagram Post. Specifically, how to burnish Dazzle Dust to a project using double-side tape.

To create the glitter stripes on my card, I adhered Be Creative Double-Sided tape in both and ¼ thickness to the right and left bottom corners of a white card panel. Then I added Peacock Feathers Dazzle Dust to the tape adhesive. You could leave the glitter as is but I find that burnishing the glitter emphasizes the color-changing effect from green to blue. 

What is burnishing? Basically, you are rubbing down the glitter to flatten-smooth the glitter bits/grit to create a reflective surface. The flatter the glitter bits the more reflective which enables the color change to be more visible when you move your card across the light.

Burnishing Tips:

  • You can use several “tools” to burnish glitter: a rubber eraser, spoon, teflon bone folder or a finger. When using a spoon or teflon bone folder, I add a piece of paper over the glitter and then burnish. After a bit of trial and error, I found that my finger or thumb works the best.
  • If you choose to use your finger/thumb, be cautious of fingertip burn. To minimize this, I use a Finger Cot and it saves my ever so delicate fingertips. They have reusable and disposable versions. I found these Finger Cots at Michaels craft store and they work like a charm. 

After I glittered up my card panel, I stamped and embossed the Gardenia branch with Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink and Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder. I water colored the floral with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers (Cobalt Blue-031, Light Blue-036, Persian Green-033, Green-040 and Turquoise Green-042). Then I added a little extra dimension to the flowers and leaving using a White Gel Pen and Stardust Glitter Pen. For the sentiment strip, I heat embossed Thinking of You from the Everyday Sentiments with white embossing powder on EH Ebony cardstock. For a little extra pop, I adhered the Gardenia Branch and sentiment strip with foam tape and added a few Sparkling Clear Sequins

So there we are friends, I few more Dazzle Dust Details and floral card inspiration. 

Big Paper Hugs!


A few of the non Miss Ink Stamp supplies that I used in this card are linked below as affiliate links at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!!

Essentials by Ellen: Mondo Chrysanthemum and Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers Tips and Tricks

Hi Friends and welcome to my very first post as an Ellen Hutson Design Ambassador! I can’t stop smiling and doing little happy dances. To celebrate, I’ve created a Thank You card … to say Thank You for all your ongoing support of my creative endeavors and to Ellen Hutson for this amazing opportunity.

For the longest time, I was reluctant to create floral card designs and then I met the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Floral Series and fell “head over roses” for floral images. Today, I’m using the beautiful Mondo Chrysanthemum with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and the Big Scripty Thank You Die set.


Zig Colors: Green Shadow-049, Light Carmine-021, Carmine Red-022, Pink Flamingo-222, Pink-025, Light Pink-026, Dark Pink-027 and Orange-070.

I started using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers this summer and I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks that I wanted to share with you. These might be obvious to others but it was a game changer for me when I learned of these tips/tricks from several crafty friends:

  • Paper matters! While you can use watercolor paper for Real Brush Markers…I prefer a smoother surface for my cards. This is where BRISTOL SMOOTH SURFACE Paper comes into play. This paper and real brush markers is like Peanut Butter & Jelly or Macaroni & Cheese. 
  • Ink matters! You want to make sure you use an ink that is suitable for watercoloring (hint: Memento Tuxedo Ink is not going to work—it bleeds into the color). My favorite is VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink. Not only does it work incredible with watercolors it also leaves a crisp stamped impression. *Currently, this is not in stock…but it is restocked frequently and well worth the wait!*
  • Embossing Powder Helps! and is a girl’s best friend when attempting to color in the lines. The embossing powder creates a little wall to help keep your water and pigment contained. I usually either emboss my stamped images in White Embossing Powder or Clear Embossing powder. Here’s my watercolor stamped images routine: (1) Prep with Anti-Static (2) Stamp with VersaFine Ink (3) Apply Clear WoW Embossing Powder —I have the Big Jar (4) Heat Set Embossing Powder with Heat Gun (5) Start the magic of coloring.
  • Water Brushes Save Messes! If you are like me and have a tendency to spill EVERYTHING…you’ll want to invest in some different size “self-contained” water brushes. I tend to like a small detailer brush but a medium to large size are also great for quick backgrounds and quick coloring. 
  • Tiny Spaces are painted spaces too! If you need to paint into tiny spaces on an image without too much water, rather than grabbing a small detailer watercolor brush and water pot, I enjoy using a Tombow N00 Colorless Blender Brush Pen
  • Direct vs. Indirect Color Application Matters! I tend to like bold colors so I take a more direct application approach. Instead of placing the color on a palette and then adding water before applying to paper, I add little bits of color to the paper and then apply water directly to the image. Both ways work magic…Direct application gets you bright bold color with immediate dark to light shading while Indirect lets you apply layers of color for more subtle to saturated color control. 

To create my pops of color Chrysanthemum Thank You Card:


Stamping & Embossing: Prep Bristol Smooth Card Panel with anti-static pouch. Stamp two offset floral images on the side of the card panel with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder.

Coloring: Using the Direct Method and starting from the inside of the flower to the outside petals I added Zig color to the Chrysanthemums. After coloring the Chrysanthemums I added a mint-like soft background just around the edges of the florals…still leaving some white space on the right side of the panel.

Die Cutting: I die cut the Scripty Thank you from white card stock several times and stacked them together for extra dimension. Then I die cut the Scripty Shadow from Lawn Fawn Pearlescent Vellum for extra softness.


Finishing the Card: For a little extra pop, I added Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and then adhered the watercolor panel to an aqua card stock base. 


I hope you enjoyed my card today and it inspires you to take out those Zigs and watercolor your favorite floral.

Big Paper Hugs!


Trinity Stamps Crafty Hugs New Release Blog Hop!

Hi Friends! I hope you’re having a great time on the Trinity Stamps Crafty Hugs New Release Blog Hop. There’s so much amazing inspiration from the entire design team, be sure to comment below and along each blog stop by February 7, 2020 for a chance to win one of two $15 gift certificates or one $25 gift certificate. The entire blog hop is listed at the end of this post. Your next stop is the incredible Emelie Hessler’s YouTube Channel.

The Pops of Paper Kiddo and I had so much fun creating with the Crafty Hug release and can’t wait to share our projects with you. So let’s get this Crafty Hugs party started! 

For all of the coloring on all the projects today, I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers in bright and cheerful Valentine colors: Light Carmine, Pink, Light Pink, Dark Pink, Pink Flamingo, Sugared Almond Pink, Light Violet, Violet, Lilac, Light Blue, Cornflower Blue, Cobalt Blue, Turquoise Green and Persian Green. 

A Crafter’s Heart

If you love to color images, this is the perfect stamp for you. No matter how you color this fun image, it looks amazing and the sentiments are perfect for a Crafty Friend. I combined the heart design with a vellum embossed stitched sentiment banner from the Slimline Card Series: Scalloped Card Panels and Banners Die Set. For a little extra pop, I added some purple, plue and pink clay hearts.

3×4 Valentine Monster Cutie Cards

For the first project we created cute little monster Valentines using the Monster Love Stamp Set and Monster Love-Coordinating Die Set and a great new Slim Line Die Set to add to your collection called the Frame & Fold

The cool thing about the Frame & Fold Slimline Die set is the size of the fold die ends up being slightly under 3×4 so it fits perfectly in a mini 3×4 envelope. I created all of the envelope using the We R Memory Keepers Mini Envelope Punch Board that is currently in the Trinity Stamps shop and 6×6 pattern paper! 

The first Valentine was a shaker card that I filled with Violet Monster Eyes and Green Monster Eyes and added the I’ve Got Eyes For You Sentiment strip from the  Love & Stuff Sentiments 3X4 Stamp Set. I created the shaker using the stitched rectangle and square dies from the Frame & Hold Slimline Die Set. To create the shaker compartment, I used the amazing skinny sticky foam strips! These foam strips are PERFECTION for thin framed shakers! I colored the silly-eyed monsters with Zig Color Clean Markers and adhered them together for a little side-hug squeeze and then added them to the top of the shaker window. For a little extra pop, I also adhered a few clay monster eyes to the outside of the shaker window.

For the second Valentine, I die cut the square and heart and adhered them together and added the fun little lizard monster. Then I used a glue dot to adhere the decorated square to a yummy square chocolate & raspberry bar. To finish the mini valentine, I attached the decorated chocolate to the purple stitched rectangle and added the Happy Valentine’s Day sentiment. 

Projects from the Pops of Paper Kiddo! (age 9)

Hello and happy blog hop day! The first card that I made was these adorable 2 monsters that are hugging each other. I used my new watercolor markers to color in the monsters. One of the monsters are blue and teal and the other monster is pink and teal. My mom cut out the hugs for another project and I found it in her toss pile and I placed a pink piece of paper under it. When we finished doing that we used Trinity Stamps blue and pink hearts embellishments. I also added the two hearts that we die cut from the monster set on a teal colored piece of paper.

The second card that we made was one I did with my friend. I taught her how to make a stenciled blended card. My friend did the big Purple Heart and I did the other three. After we blended all the hearts togetherness I die cut the love sentiment in a purple sheet of paper. We also die cut a white background to put on the bottom of the love sentiment. Last but not least we put these big heart embellishments to match with the colors that we did for the hearts. I loved teaching my friend how to make a card! We had so much fun!

Below are quick links to the new release products we used in our projects today:

We hope you enjoyed our Monster Love and Full of Hearts projects. Make sure you comment below and along the hop for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Trinity Stamps Shop. 

Big Monster Paper Hugs!

Emily & The Pops of Paper Kiddo


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