We’ve been having discussions about the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol marking pens, and their characteristic of absorbing through paper. I had an idea to test it with the Lemon Zest stamp set and Lemon Builder Punch.


I used the Lemon Builder Punch for two lemons and four leaves; one set with Thick Whisper White, and one with regular Whisper White. I colored the Lemons with a heavy dose of Light and Dark Daffodil Delight, and the leaves with Light and Dark Old Olive. I also added some Color Lifter, and you can see how it added veins on the leaves. 

Can you tell which is which paper? The thick paper required more coloring for it to soak through. It’s the one on the left, and you are seeing the back side, because I liked the texture. I molded the one on the right while it was still damp, and let it dry before placing it on dimensionals.

I decided to let them hang from the Seasonal Layers tree branch. I tripled layered the branch in Whisper White so it would have dimension, yet blend in with the Layered Leaves background that was embossed with the folder. I matched the card base to the Old Olive leaves.


I’m always needing masculine birthday cards, so that’s what this would be. It got my husband’s approval (he’s my barometer), so out came the Bunch of Banners die to cut out “Happy Birthday.”

I had to complete the inside of this card, because the Lemon Zest stamp set has perfect sentiments that go together. Like, “Happy Birthday” and “Squeeze it for all it’s worth.” And, that slice of lemon is ready to be squeezed!


 I’m so happy about my Stampin’ Blends discovery. I think I’ll call it the “soaking” technique. 

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