InKing Royalty Blog Hop – Happy Hanukkah


Welcome to the very first InKing Royalty Blog Hop. For our very first hop, we’re excited to share projects that showcase the fun of the holidays – from Halloween through Christmas, this certainly is the season to be jolly!

You may have started the Blog Hop here or may have hopped over from Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery. After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next. If you get off track at any point during the blog hop, there’s a complete list of participants at the end of this post.

Here’s my project using Stampin’ Up!’s Happy Hanukkah stamp.


In earlier posts, I’ve shown some pretty Christmas cards you can make with the new Stampin’ Up Holiday sets, and ways you can use the sets year round.  Now I would like to show the beauty of the Happy Hanukkah stamp, and I’ll show you another use on Friday.  I can get a lot fancier with my Hanukkah cards because I only send a few, so this card has several steps.  

An excuse to bling it – Hanukkah is known as the festival of lights, so it’s the perfect time to get your glitter on!  I used Silver Glimmer paper, Silver Encore ink, Silver Stampin’ Emboss powder, Rhinestones, and the Silver stampin’ Dazzle marker.  The first picture shows all my mats stamped together, but I later take the top two mats off, and pop them up with Dimensionals.  The flourishes on the cardstock come from the Everything Eleanor set and are stamped in Night of Navy.  I just traced along the side of some of them with the silver marker, and popped a few Rhinestones here and there.


Two Step Stamping – To get the variation of the menorah from the candles and flames, I stamped the image on a post it note, and cut it apart where the menorah ends and the candles start.  I placed the lower part of the cut image on my paper, inked up the upper part of my stamp with White Craft Stampin’ Ink and used the stamp-a-ma-jig to line up where my stamp should go. I used White Stampin’ Emboss Powder to set the image.  


I then inked the menorah part of the stamp with Silver Encore Ink, lay the top part of the post it note over the candles, and used my stamp-a- ma-jig to line up my stamp.  Once stamped, I embossed with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.


Coloring Fun – I used the Light Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities to color the candles and flame.  Brush very gently when you do this, so you don’t damage the marker nibs.  I used two layers of the Light Night of Navy marker, as each time you lay a color down with these alcohol markers, the color becomes more intense.  Blendabilities are a specialty coloring tool that have lots of uses.  The cardstock is Soft Sky and Night of Navy.


I hand colored the “Happy Hanukkah” sentiment on the bottom of the stamp with the Stampin’ Write Night of Navy marker, so I would have a clean image to die cut.  I used the banner Framelit from the Snowflake Card Thinlit to frame the sentiment, and backed it with Silver Glimmer paper cut using the second largest Framelit in the Chalk Talk set.  I cut the sides off where the outer curve happens, to get a smaller backdrop.  The Glimmer behind my menorah is cut with the largest Apothecary Accents Framelit, and the menorah itself is cut with the second largest Deco Labels Framelit.


Almost everything is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  You especially want to pop up the sentiment base (Night of Navy) so it will stop the card from sliding forward when open.  I always use Dimensionals when I attach anything to Stampin’ Up! Glimmer paper because it gets between the crevices of the glitter and really holds on.  


Here are some specifics to help you create this card.

  • Cut Soft Sky 8.5″ X 11″ cardstock in half along the 8.5″ side.  Score the card base (Soft Sky) at 5.5″ and 8.75″.  Cut first Soft Sky mat at 4″ X 5.25″ and smaller mat 3″ X 4.25″
  • Cut a Night of Navy base 4.25″ X 5.5″ .  Cut a second Night of Navy mat 3.25″ X 4.5″.  Cut the easel stop at 2″ X 3.25″.  The die cuts are covered above.  

Once you have your card face finished, use Tombow liquid glue to adhere it to the short part of the card base.  Just put adhesive on the Soft Sky so you don’t accidentally get adhesive where you don’t want it.  Look at the picture below to see how the card pieces go together on the base.  This creates a standard A2 card that will fit in a regular A2 envelope.



Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner.  You certainly won’t want to miss any of these projects.

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Deb Cozzone at Deb Cozzone’s Stamping Zone
  3. Candy Ford at StampCandy
  4. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  5. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  6. Bonnie Garrett at Stampin’ Bon
  7. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  8. September Gray at
  9. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  10. Angie Coleman at Coastal Stamping
  11. Alison Bilohlavek at Ribbon and Brad
  12. Lisa Pretto at DIY Royalty
  13. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper

And come back to my blog Friday, to see another way to use the Happy Hanukkah stamp.  To purchase anything you have seen here, or to view my class list, go to Stampin’ Bon.


12 thoughts on “InKing Royalty Blog Hop – Happy Hanukkah”

  1. Wow! So many tips in this one blog post. Your card us stunning! I love this stamp set. I made a card with it last night but didn’t get into nearly as much detail as you did. I just may have to dress it up a little more. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Everything about this is truly amazing. I love the thought that went into creating this card from the colors to the ‘lights’ to all the techniques….it’s a winner all around. The tutorial is very appreciated too. Thank you for playing along in Brian’s first InKing Royalty blog hop!

  3. Bonnie – Wowzers! This card has everything! What a gorgeous project! I especially love the way you created the background and added the silver lines with the marker. Beautiful! So glad you were a part of our first blog hop.

  4. Bonnie this card is beautiful! Thank you for all your tips and tricks. I especially like how you used the silver dazzle marker to highlight the flourishes. Whoever gets this card will save it forever!

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