Hello, Artistically Inked!

From the moment I first saw Stampin’ Up!’s 2021 Annual Catalog, I have been excited to get my hands on the products in the Expressions in Ink Suite of products. The textured watercolors, sweet colors and variety of sentiments makes this suite a must-have. As soon as the bundle arrived, I knew I’d be working with the gorgeous “thanks” sentiment and watercolor flowers. I strayed from that plan a bit but completed my goal of inking up this amazing bundle. Here’s the card I made:

Artistically Inked Bundle, Stampin Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Artistically Inked. My card features a sentiment and background watercolored image from the Artistically Inked stamp set, a Distinktive stamp that results in many layers on textured ink with just one ink and one stamp of the stamp. My card also features a GORGEOUS branch of leaves. Here’s a look at the Artistically Inked Bundle, which includes the Artistically Inked stamp set (red rubber, Distinktive cling stamp) and the coordinating Artistic Dies: Artistically Inked Bundle, Stampin Up! 155456I mean, really. How could this NOT be on your wish list!? While I had big plans with the flowers in this stamp set and dies, that watercolor background and branch of leaves really won me over. The coordinating Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper is filled with beautiful backgrounds and a little bit of gold shine. While I didn’t use this paper on my card today, I have no doubt I’ll be showcasing it soon. Here’s a look at the colors and patterns in the Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper:  Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up!, 155464
  • Inking, Inking, Inking. I built the large watercolored image with the large stamp in the Artistically Inked stamp set. I carefully stamped it a couple of times with Polished Pink ink to give the look of a cloud of pink ink. LOVE that. That’s not the only time I used this stamp on this card, though. Here’s a closer look:Artistically Inked Bundle, Stampin Up!, Brian KingI cropped the leaves twice – once with Shaded Spruce cardstock and once with Thick Basic White cardstock. After I cropped the white branch, I stamped over it with the large background stamp and Granny Apple Green ink. It really gives these leaves a lovely look.
  • Color Combination. The principle colors in my card (Polished Pink and Shaded Spruce) are pulled from the Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper and the colors featured in the catalog samples for this suite. To temper the brightness of Polished Pink and the richness of Shaded Spruce, I added a little Pool Party to my card. If you like this mix of Polished Pink, Pool Party and Shaded Spruce as much as I do, I hope you’ll save this for future reference:Stampin Up! Color Inspiration - Polished Pink, Pool Party, Shaded SprucePolished Pink is one of Stampin’ Up!’s 2021-2023 In Colors. If you would like to see some color combination suggestions with this pink and the other In Colors, CLICK HERE.

Bundles: Artistically Inked  Stamp Sets: Artistically Inked  Papers: Pool Party, Shaded Spruce, Thick Basic White, Basic White  Inks: Polished Pink, Shaded Spruce, Granny Apple Green  Accessories: Artistic Dies, Stitched Rectangles Dies, Metallic Pearls, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I’m already planning my next play date with this bundle.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Artistically Inked Bundle, Stampin Up!, Brian King


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2021 Annual Catalog, Stampin Up!, Brian KingStampin’ Up!’s new catalog is live now. If you haven’t already downloaded it, I hope you’ll take a look! CLICK HERE to read all about the new book and download one for yourself! ♥

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  1. Love that you mimicked the effect of the DSP in this suite through your own stamping. This collection was at the absolute top of my “must have” list when the catalog went live, and I can’t wait to play. Thanks for the creative idea in using this bundle of stamp and dies. Yummy (and joyous) color combo, too! ❤️

    • Thanks so much, Linda! I had fun playing with this set – the watercolored images are SO GORGEOUS! I have so many plans for this bundle. 🙂

  2. Beautiful layering of color . . . but you had me at “hello!”

  3. Yes, yes, yes! My very favorite! A beautiful card, Brian! Can’t wait to try my hand at creating with all those beautiful colors and designs.

  4. Margo Bullwinkle

    Beautiful! I love your layered leaves. The colors are perfect. I’m excited to get my hands on this bundle.

    • Thank you so much, Margo! This set reminds me of you and your style, and I know you’ll make beautiful things with it. Thanks so much!

  5. Oh man Brian! Love these set and especially what you’ve done with that stamp. Cutting the leaves in two colors really adds to it. What a beautiful card. Just really love it. Great job.

    • Thank you so much, Evelyn! I’m so happy you like it. This style is a little out of my comfort zone, but I had loads of fun playing. Thank you! ♥

  6. This card is stunning. This is my favorite set too. Can’t wait to get it. I am going to CASE your card for sure. Love the colors.

  7. I ADORE this bundle…….and knew it would be a PERFECT half price item on my first order. LOVE the color combination of your card…..PERFECT!

  8. The first word that came to mind when I saw today’s card was Yummy! I don’t know why but maybe it had to do with the totally “summer” look. At any rate, it’s gorgeous and the recipient will be one lucky ducky. LOL
    Love it Brian.

  9. Very pretty! My set is somewhere on a truck in Kansas I believe!

    • You can’t do much with it in Kansas – I almost drove to the UPS truck when this was making its way around my neighborhood yesterday. 🙂

  10. Fabulous card Brian! Love seeing how you use this beautiful paper 🙂

  11. Stunning card Brian. Love the water-colour image.

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