Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Topflight Stamps Hop - Happy 6th Birthday!

It's Topflight Stamps' 6th birthday!! Happy birthdayyyy! To celebrate I’ve teamed up with some great designers to showcase celebratory projects using the unique products available at Topflight Stamps. Please hop with us and see all the beautiful talent from this group of amazing designers - I love being invited to hop along! You can go to the Topflight Stamps Blog for the full list of links and other hop info - in addition to the blog hop there is a hop on Instagram, and you'll find that info there too. Keep reading for prize info!

If you're not familiar with Topflight Stamps, they have the most amazing collection of hard-to-get products from outside the US all in one convenient online shop! I hadn't worked with products from AALL and Create before, so I chose a larger clear set and large stencil from their line. All the images in the bird set are nice card-sized collages, and I wanted to use all of them, so I started by creating a large 8.5" x 11" background that I could cut down for 4 card fronts. I brushed watercolors over a hot press sheet, and laid the stencil over the paint, allowing it to dry overnight with acrylic blocks weighing it down. Here's what that looked like before and after. I love the size and detail of this stencil, and it's a nice thickness too.

I cut and stamped the panels, then proceeded on each one with different mixed media layers, including watercolors, colored pencils, acrylic markers, inks, and acrylic paints. 

The backing papers and sentiments came from a paper pad I have linked below - I don't usually use printed die cuts on my cards but these were just the perfect size! The gridded areas in the background were done by painting watercolors through drywall tape - I love that look, and it's so simple to do.

I ran this panel through my die cutting machine after it was painted to deboss the stencil again, and added an antique gold gilding paste lightly with my finger to the raised areas.

On the card above I used a clear matte embossing powder with sprinkled water for a resist technique - it shows up nicely at the top! (Tip: heat the panel from the back to keep the powder in place when the water dries.)

I like the coolness of the teal background here, and the contrasting colors on the image.

Topflight products I used:

Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without prizes! Topflight Stamps is giving four lucky winners a $50 Gift Certificate to the store. Two (USA) winners will be chosen from commenters on the blog hop and two will be chosen from commenters on the IG hop. Make sure to visit the stops on the hop and leave your comments by April 1stGood luck - the more you stop to comment, the more chances you'll have to win! Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on Monday, April 3rd. 

Thank you for visiting me! And I almost forgot - enjoy a birthday discount at Topflight - no code is needed!

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  1. Wow, wow, and wow again Dina - these are absolutely stunning!!

  2. All the cards are lovely. The backgrounds are beautiful. It is hard to cover up the background design when it turns out so well.

  3. Beautiful cards! You did a lot for the BGs!

  4. such pretty cards, love the inky touch

  5. It's such an awesome effect! Great job and love your finished creations. xx

  6. Fabulous cards with wonderful backgrounds.

  7. Great techniques that I had never thought of, like the dry wall tape, so cool! Really gorgeous backgrounds with my favorites, birds! Beautiful cards!

  8. Great techniques that I would have never thought of, like the drywall tape, that made gorgeous backgrounds. Then you added my favorite, birds! Really pretty cards!

  9. love, love, love this bird! I just discovered Topflight Stamps when I was looking for a stamp I couldn't find. Great price and ships quickly too!

  10. Denise Bryant3/28/2023 9:56 PM

    Love the birds and birdhouses! Beautiful backgrounds too!

  11. I just LOVE the bird themes!! These are gorrrrrgeous!

  12. Love your style, all the layers and different mediums.

  13. Hi Dina. These cards are so beautiful. I really love your color choices. All the textures, layers and colors work so well together. You must have so much patience letting the layers dry. I did not realize AALL & Create had larger stamps. Thanks for sharing your talent with me today. I can’t wait to see your next project.

  14. They are all beautiful but my favorite is the last one. Love those colors!

  15. Lovely cards - a little birdie told me so!