Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Topflight Stamps Sixth Birthday Blog Hop!

It's Topflight Stamps 6th birthday and to celebrate I’ve teamed up with some great designers to showcase celebratory projects using the unique products available at Topflight Stamps. Please hop along with us and see all the beautiful talent from this group of amazing designers! There is a master list of Hop stops on the Topflight Stamps blog! We are also Hopping on Instagram! You can start at the Topflight Stamps account @topflightstamps .

Did we mention there will be prizes?

Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without prizes! Topflight Stamps is giving four lucky winners $50 Gift Certificates to the store. Two winners will be chosen from commenters on the blog hop and two will be chosen from commenters on the IG hop. For a chance to win, make sure to visit the stops on the hop and leave a comment by April 1st. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on Monday, April 3rd. U.S.A winners only due to shipping issuesGood Luck!

Let's Get Started!
You should have arrived here, at Kat's Tales of Stamping, from the Topflight Stamps Blog. Yep! I'm the first stop. Oh the pressure.

Here's my "Celebrate" card that was created with the Anyone for Bubbles Clear Stamp Set by Visible Image. 

Topflight Stamps Products Used:

Other Products Used:
140 lb. Mixed Media Paper by Strathmore
Silver and Gold Metallic Cardstock by Recollections
Dark Green Cardstock by Bazzill Basics 
Silver Shimmer Delicata Ink by Imagine Crafts
Grey, Lt. Blue, Peacock Green, Pine, Emerald, Crimson Lake Le Plume II Watercolor Markers by Marvy Uchida
Yellow Gold, Light Gold, Champagne Gold, and White Gold Watercolors from the Starry Colors Gansai Tambi Watercolor Set by Kuretake
White Gelly Roll Gel Pen by Sakura of America
Celebrate Die: Source Unknown
Water Sprayer
Paint Brushes
Repositionable Scotch Tape
1" Sookwang Double Sided Tape
STAY-tion by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink
Stamping Platform

Before I get into my usual verbose and excruciatingly detailed instructions, your next hop stop is at Dina Kowal's Blog, where you're sure to find inspiration galore.

Topflight Stamps is also celebrating with a 20% off sale!!! 

  1. Smoosh Sundance Elements Ink onto a craft mat and spritz with water. Dip a piece of Mixed Media paper into the ink. 
  2. Sprinkle some Sunburst Lemon Brusho Crystal Color onto the wet paper and let it sit for a few seconds.
  3. Mist with water. 
  4. Heat set the paper.
  5. Clean the craft mat.
  6. Repeat Step 1 with Russet Orange Elements Ink
  7. Mist the paper with water, let the ink flow a bit, then heat set.
  8. Clean the craft mat.
  9. Repeat Step 1 (and/or 6) with Confetti Elements Ink.
  10. Sprinkle some Crimson Brusho Crystal Colors over the wet pinkish/reddish ink.
  11. Mist with water.
  12. Heat set the paper.
  13. Clean the craft mat.
  14. Repeat Step 1 (6, 9) with Blue Atoll  Elements Ink.
  15. Sprinkle some Turquoise Brusho Crystal Colors onto the wet blue ink.
  16. Mist with water.
  17. Heat set the paper.
  18. Clean the craft mat.
  19. Thoroughly heat set the paper panel until it's bone dry. Heat set it again.
  20. Use removable Scotch Tape to secure the inked panel to the back of the Ripples Stencil .
  21. Use magnets to secure the stencil to the STAY-tion.
  22. Sponge Sundance Elements Ink over the stencil onto the image panel.
  23. Lift the stencil and heat set the panel.
  24. Add drops of water to the image panel and immediately lift with a piece of paper towel to add dots and such to the paper.
  25. Use the largest scalloped die from the Card Passe Partout Rectangle Essentials Die Set to cut the inked panel.
  26. Heat set it again just because.
  27. Use magnets to secure the inked die-cut to the base of the stamping platform.
  28. Position the champagne glass and the champangne bottle facedown on the inked panel.
  29. Press the platform's lid into the back of the stamps, lift, and ink with Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink.
  30. Stamp the images onto the panel. Re-ink and stamp again if needed to get a good crisp image. 
  31. Remove and clean both stamps.
  32. Heat set the image panel while it's still on the platform if possible.*
  33. Position the champagne glass facedown on the image panel on the other side of the champagne bottle.
  34. Press the platform's lid into the back of the stamp, lift, and ink with Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink.
  35. Stamp the images onto the panel. Re-ink and stamp again if needed to get a good crisp image. 
  36. Remove and clean the stamp.
  37. Heat set the image panel.
  38. Position the bubbles stamp facedown on the image panel above one of the champagne flutes.
  39. Press the platform's lid into the back of the stamp, lift, and ink with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair Ink
  40. Stamp.
  41. Remove the stamp from the platform, clean, and dry it. 
  42. Position the bubbles stamp facedown on the image panel above the other champagne flute.
  43. Press the platform's lid into the back of the stamp, lift, and ink with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair Ink
  44. Stamp.
  45. Remove the stamp from the platform and clean.
  46. Heat set the panel.
  47. Position the large bubbles cluster facedown above the champagne bottle. 
  48. Press the platform's lid into the back of the stamp, lift, and ink with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair Ink.
  49. Stamp.
  50. Re-ink the stamp with Silvery Dazzle Delicata ink. Stamp.
  51. Remove the stamp from the platform and clean.
  52. Heat set the panel.
  53. Color the gold foil on the champagne bottle with Yellow Gold Gansai Tambi Watercolor paint.
  54. Use watercolor markers to color the glass and labels of the champagne bottle.
  55. Use watercolor markers to ground the champagne bottle and the flutes.
  56. Use Light Gold and Champagne Gold Gasai Tambi Watercolor paint to color the contents of the champagne flutes.
  57. Use White Gold Gansai Tambi Watercolor paint to add details to the bubbles.
  58. Use a white gel pen to add highlights to the champagne bottle and flutes.
  59. Position the "celebrate" die facedown on the image panel. Secure it with Repositionable Scotch Tape.
  60. Run the panel through the die-cut machine.
  61. Remove the paper from the "Celebrate" die, then use the die again to cut gold metallic cardstock.
  62. Place a piece of Sookwang tape behind the aperture cut in the shape of the word "Celebrate"
  63. Adhere the gold die-cut sentiment into the aperture. Adhere the negatives from the inked panel where needed (the holes in "a", "b", "e")
  64. Use the largest rectangle die from the Card Passe Partout Rectangle Essentials Die Set to  cut silver metallic cardstock and use to mat the image panel.
  65. Cut a piece of green cardstock to 8.5" x 6.25", score at 4.25", and fold to form a card.
  66. Adhere the matted image panel to the green card.
  • Writing the smooshing instructions probably took longer than doing it. Just remember to spritz generously, let the colors run together. Keep going until you're happy with the way it looks.
  • You can heat set on the Tonic Stamping Platform. You can NOT heat set on the Misti or you'll warp the mat. Don't ask how I know.
  • Don't use two colors of gold watercolor paints to color the champagne. I wish I hadn't.
Thanks for visiting and don't forget to visit Dina Kowal's Blog and to comment along every stop in the hop for a chance to win!


  1. You deserve a bottle of champagne for writing the instructions for making the card.

  2. I need a drink after reading all the instructions. Beautiful card!

  3. What a delight to see the details and love the notes of what not to do.

  4. Happy Birthday to Topflight! I love Visible Image and your card is awesome!

  5. Wow, thank you for those detailed instructions, love your card

  6. wow great card! love the background especially. Very cool way to write up the directions hummmmm

  7. Such a fun celebratory card my friend and I love this awesome background! xx

  8. Fabulous directions 👌. Beautiful card! I love the background and the festive bubbles! Great card for the occasion!

  9. your note cracked me up! Love this card!

  10. I love the bubbles and pretty colors! Great images for your awesome card!

  11. The background looks wonderful!!!

  12. Hi Kat. These hops are great because I learn about new products. I have not used Brusho Crystal, so thanks for showing them. I love your card and all the different elements you have used. It is perfect for all kinds of celebrations. I think it would make an awesome anniversary card. Thanks for sharing your talent today. I adore my Tonic TH stamping platform for the very reason you stated. It’s a real workhorse and you can not hurt it.

  13. Beautiful card and what amazing instructions!! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Thank you for the detailed instructions - love the card.