Monday, March 23, 2020

Happy 3rd Birthday Topflight Stamps!! Let's Hop!

Welcome Topflight Hoppers!! It's Topflight Stamps 3rd birthday and to celebrate, I’ve teamed up with some great designers to showcase birthday cards 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! You should have arrived here from the Topflight Stamps blog. If not, no worries, catch the details below.

I made a fun mixed media robot birthday card for my project! Scroll past all the Hop info to find the background tutorial. Be sure to leave a comment to be eligible for my blog prize and the grand prize.

I was having so much fun I made a matching ATC too using the same techniques:

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

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Lisa Hoel
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Cornelia Wenokor
Jenny Colacicco 
Karen Bearse
Dina Kowal
Kathi Rerek
Connie Mercer
Toni Maddox
Lindsay Weirich
Ericka Strange
Jenny Marples
Autumn Clark
Rachel Greig 


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 $15 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 March 28th. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on March 31st.  Good Luck! Check out the sale at the store too!! 25% off your whole order!

Here is the tutorial for the background and a supply list:
Step 1 - I used a piece of heavy manila folder for my substrate. I base coated it with Stone and Mahogany Fresco Paint.

Step 2 - I wanted to give Andy Skinner's Cosmic Shimmer Resist Paste a try. (see his video about it here if you like) It works well! Once my first layer of paint was nice and dry, I used a stencil and blending brush to apply the paste.

Step 3 – Once the paste was applied, I painted over it with another layer of paint and then let that layer dry.

Step 4 - I used a damp baby wipe to remove the paint that was on top of the resist paste:

Cool beans!
Step 5 –  After applying texture paste through another stencil, I sprinkled the wet paste with Patina Oxide embossing powder and let it dry. One slight annoyance, the resist paste was still a bit tacky and grabbed some of the embossing powder. Once the texture paste was dry, I just used a dry paint brush to remove some of the extra powder. When I made the ATC background, the painted base sat around overnight before I did the embossing powder step and I had no trouble with excess powder sticking. (fyi)

Texture Paste added.

Sprinkled with embossing powder.
Step 6 - After melting the embossing powder, I gave the whole card front a wash of thinned out Paynes Grey acrylic paint. It unified the background and pooled around the raised areas which made them pop out more. The robot was stamped, watercolored, fussy cut and then attached to a Wobbler so it really pops off the card and moves around.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the Hop!! Comment below for a chance to win!

Supplies used:

Topflight Stamps Products:

Visible Image - Robot Data
Paper Rose - Cog Frame Border Die Set
Stamperia stencil - Microchip
Visible Image Stencil - Short Circuit
Prism Embossing Ink
Versafine Ink - Onyx Black
Seth Apter embossing powder - Patina Oxide
Cosmic Shimmer Resist Paste
Ink Blenders
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint - Stone, Mahogany, Dusty Teal, French Roast
ATC greyboard blanks

Tim Holtz Mini Fasteners
Tim Holtz Distress Mica Spray - Tarnished Brass
Ranger Texture Paste - Opaque Matte

Some links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also thanks you!) If you shop at Topflight Stamps, use my coupon code LISAHOEL for 12% off your order.


  1. I like the geared background. Great explanation of the process.

  2. Genius background! I love the layered stencils and the patina oxide really pops! Thanks for sharing your process.

  3. Thanks so much sharing how this magic happens! I love the depth of your colors and, of course, these adorable images. Thanks!

  4. Super cute cards! Love the robots with the mixed media backgrounds. Those stencils are so cool! Thanks for the photo tutorial! Be safe! May God protect you from sickness!

  5. those are so cool - I especially love how you colored those robots!

  6. Wow, you gave me a great idea for my sons birthday card.

  7. Love working with stencils too!! You are great at this. Super cute!!

  8. Love the 3D effect! Great card

  9. OMG the background is stunning - love the wonderful grunge effects

  10. fun cards!! I have wanted to play with the resist paste seems cool!

  11. Awesome backgrounds -love those stencils and that Resist Paste looks very interesting!

  12. That’s a fantastic card. Thank you for sharing the creation details 💕

  13. Love the stencils, and the completed card is wonderful.

  14. Super cool cards! I love your layers of elements in your backgrounds - awesome!

  15. Awesome cards, great products. Happy 3rd Birthday.

  16. love using stencils too! Awesome technique!

  17. Wow fantastic tutorial for a awesome card, stencils are so fun!! Wonderfully created!!😍

  18. Your tutorial was presented very well, and I love the background and robots!

  19. Awesome robot card and ATC! Love the colors and textures! The backgrounds are great!

  20. I'm just starting the hop and this is my favorite card already!!Love what you did here and thanks for explaining the process.

  21. It kinda looks like some steampunk robots. Both creations turned out great and the colors are very nice. A really great job you did. [Bunny]

  22. I know someone who would love receiving a card like this!

  23. What a great background stencil Lisa - love the techniques you used with the new product - a wonderful robot card! xx

  24. Great card! I💜that circuit stencil!🥳

  25. I like how you created this cool robot card and ATC.


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