Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Topflight Stamps Birthday Blog Hop!!

Today is the Topflight Stamps 5th Birthday Blog Hop!! I was thrilled to be asked back to help them celebrate, so thank you Donna. If you haven't been over to the website, it is a great place to get those hard to order (especially with overseas shipping these days) companies that are based outside the USA. The supply list is below.  Please hop along with us and see all the beautiful talent from this group of amazing designers! You should have arrived here from Erica Stranges's blog. If not, no worries, catch the details below. *Unfortunately due to new tax laws and the USPS limiting delivery areas Topflight Stamps is only able to ship to US and Canada right now.

I decided to work with mainly Seth Apter products, one of my favorite designers & all around great guy. I really needed another phone stand plus these are so fun to make & very handy to have all over the house! They also make great gifts. The base of the stand is a Sizzix die cut by Eileen Hull. 
Here is the graphic for the Birthday Celebration!! Who doesn't love a sale? Time to stock up! Bonus fun there is more...
Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without prizes! Topflight Stamps is giving one lucky winner a $50 Gift Certificate to the store. But wait, there is more, each stop on the hop has an additional $25 Gift Certificate up for grabs for some lucky commenter. For a chance to win, make sure to visit every stop on the hop and leave a comment by April 3rd. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on April 7th. Good Luck!

How about a quick tutorial? I will also share some awesome Gel Press wipe up prints that came about as I was working. You will want to cut 1 base out of mat board for this project. It comes together really easily.  Starting with Fresco Finish Paint & doing some wipe up to clean my press a bit. I like using a light color like Nougat, Vanilla or even a blue like Antarctic. If these colors are not available simply look for light colored paint. I brayered just a bit of light tone like Truffle on my board. 
Here is the wipe up print. A wipe up print is when you take your dirty Gel Press that has dried paint on it. Add a layer of paint & put your paper down. The idea is you want the wet paint to dry on the paper & the layer of dry paint so it will pull up. Keep rubbing until the paper is not as cold 30 sec to a minute? Depending on the paint you are using. 

You can lift up a corner to see if that dirty layer is being pulled up. Wait too long and the paper will stick to the plate. You can also just clean you plate with a baby wipe or hand sanitizer gel. Here is what my plate looked like after, there is still some paint there which can be cleaned up, sorry no before but you can see all the paint that is on the print. That was on my plate!

Next added some more color. You chose what colors you like to use. This was done just dabbing some color from the plate to the board. 
I have 2 Gel Press videos which will show you how easy & fun it is to create pieces which can be used in other projects or added to the mat board before you cut out your shapes. 

Now how about some stencil work. When using the press you will want to put your stencil face down so the letters are backwards. That way what ever you pull the letters will be in the right direction. Add the paint on top of the stencil, lift the stencil.

Press the board onto the stencil image in a few different places. This is one of my favorite Gel Press tricks. I show you how to do this in the video.

Here I am just building up the color adding Magic Moss paint from the press onto the board in different spots. Notice how it pushes the letter back a bit? Changes the color in spots. So fun! I am also pressing the 2 smaller pieces, you can see them in the upper right corner.

Here is my finished background. I also use the paint to stamp some images. Put a bit of paint on the plate, brayer it out & then dab the stamp in it. Stamp. Clean your stamp immediately with water & a rag or toothbrush. You don't want that paint to dry on your stamp. 

I showed the paints I used, if Topflight Stamps doesn't have the one you want just substitute it. Don't be afraid to play around with your color palette. Here is a close up of the stand put together. Hot Tip: wait until you finish building the main cover area before you put it together LOL.

Alright time to add more stamping. I did this in 3 ways. #1 stamping on tissue paper with archival ink, then using a paint brush to tear the image out. 

#2 was using embossing powder. Seth has 2 new trios out & I got my hands on one of them. Welcome to the family Just Deserts. I love swatching new colors, really helps when I go to design. 

I also swatched some Prism Inks. These were all done using French Toast. The original color is underneath- Wow see how this expands your color choices?! 

Adding the title Mixed Media using Mud Pie embossing. While I was working also added some images to those wipe up prints for art journal use. You can also see the tissue paper stamped with story teller. Love this set so many great images. 

To finish & protect the surface of the stand I used a varnish. If you like a matt finish you can go with Cosmic Shimmer. I like gloss so I used Liquetex Gloss Medium & Varnish. It starts out milky but dries super clear & glossy.  Hot Tip: Make sure your tissue paper images stay down, you may need to smooth out any bubbles that are created. Also if you board bows a bit don't worry it will be fine when dry & you can gentle bend it into submission LOL. 

Last here is my phone on the stand. Makes for such convenience. With so much of our lives on our phone having this mixed media stand just makes me happy!!! I hope you have a chance to get inky today. Make sure to check out the other makers & Happy Birthday Topflight!! 

Follow along here and if you get lost you can always start at the Topflight Stamps Blog.

Topflight Stamps

Kathi Rerek

Dina Kowal

Esther Asbury

Annette Allen

Jennie Atkinson

Rachel Kleinman

Connie Mercer

Charmaine Canham

Lisa Hoel

Jenny Marples

Cornelia Wenokor

Rachel Greig

Ericka Strange

Karen Bearse

Melina Dahl

Autumn Clark

Maria Willis

Angela Myhre


Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without prizes! Topflight Stamps is giving one lucky winner a $50 Gift Certificate to the store. But wait, there is more, each stop on the hop has an additional $25 Gift Certificate up for grabs for some lucky commenter. For a chance to win, make sure to visit every stop on the hop and leave a comment by April 3rd. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on April 7th. Good Luck!



  1. Wow thank you ,I haven't think about decorating/designing my ipan stand, sure I will get inky thank you for the inspiration

  2. Awesome card. I have never made anything like this but need to try and make one.

  3. I'll have to look into that stand die - that is a coool thing! Beautiful project and so many fun process photos - makes me want to go gel print instead of working (I'm obviously working so hard today)!

  4. wonderful mixed media phone stand - great idea - thanks for sharing

  5. Thanks for the tips and tutorial!

  6. love the mixed media look. thanks for the tutorial

  7. I love mixed media. and your gel press video was fun! Love it!

  8. Such a creative project. Love this! So inspiring.

  9. Wonderful phone stamp. Thanks for all those wonderful gel press tips and techniques as well as the videos. So nice to be on a hop with you again!

  10. Thanks for sharing your mixed-media card.

  11. Wow! What an awesome project! Love your mixed media phone stand!

  12. You do this mixed media stuff so well. Great project showcasing your style of design!

  13. Very cool! Great step by step tutorial.

  14. Wow, it looks like a lot of work, but what a wonderful project.

  15. Great mixed media project! Love the designs and colors!

  16. Love your project Karen and the great textures and look. So pretty and grungy.

  17. Hi Karen. I have seen your work before with Eileen Hull. You guys are so inspiring. This phone stand you made is such a super gift idea. I usually make cards, but you have gotten my creative thoughts heading your way. Since I am new to paper arts, thank you for the videos included and the step by step instructions. I will definitely watch these video again and visit your site often. Thank you for sharing your, “HOT TIPS” too. Bye

  18. Thanks for sharing your technique and process. You really got some gresat texture on this.

  19. This project looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing! **HOP**

  20. Wonderful detailed instructions to make the phone stand and so colorful. Great gift indeed!!

  21. mixed media is my favorite.. love your designs

  22. Awesome! I didn't know there was a die to make something like this!

  23. How cool! What a smart idea and just love how it turned out!

  24. Thanks so much for sharing the instructions to make this fab phone stand!

  25. Amazing work Karen! I love all of this!



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