Offcuts of Polished Stone

When I make backgrounds such as the Polished Stone background you saw in the last post, I tend to cut out my card stock equal in size to a card front. That way I have “off cuts” I can also play with.

This is what I came up with, when playing with the “off cuts”. I still used the stamp set Baroque Motifs as well as the same colour combination of Pink Pirouette, Pale Plum and Rose Red. I just used entirely different layouts for both cards.

I changed the words and the accessories to include Rhinestone Brads and Designer Brads, even changing the centre brad to highlight the colour combination further.

Polished Baroque

A While ago, I finally managed to purchase some Glossy white card stock and ink refills. I had eagerly wanted to attempt the “polished stone” background.

One of my favourite all-rounder stamp sets is Baroque Motifs. The large swirl stamp is extremely useful. It lends itself to all types of styles and occasions. You can use it for backgrounds or the main image (as I have done here).

Here is a very girlie card I made for my Sister’s Birthday. The colours I have used include Pink Pirouette, Pale Plum and Rose Red. In case you have forgotten, Pale Plum is one of the retiring colours, and will only be available until sold out, even if that means before the release of the new Ideas Book and Catalogue in September 2010.

Three Worms

This is my creation for my Nephews 3rd Birthday.

What little boy doesn’t like worms?

I have used three colours in the Polished Stone technique and highlighted these by making each of the worms a different colour.

The worms are from the set “Bugs and Kisses”

Fresh Cuts Polished Stone


ForYou.PolishedStoneThis is a new technique I have been playing with.

I have wanted to do this since I saw one of my fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators, show┬áit earlier this year at the Stitches and Craft show.

The background is called “Polished Stone”.

You get a cotton wool ball, soak it in rubbing alcohol, add a couple of drops of ink from the ink refills, and then dab it all over the glossy card stock. Wait until it has dried and add a stamped image in black.

When you use three different colours, it is easy to change the way a card looks, just by changing the base card. Another way to change things, is to rotate your image from vertical to horizontal.





I just love the way the Stampin’ Up! colours mix together. On the polished stone I have used Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss. I have layered this onto Certainly Celery base and it blends wonderfully.