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Distress Ink Masking

August 21, 2017

Distress Ink Masking - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, thanks for joining me today.  I’ve got some awesome news!  StampNation started a new MasterClass today, taught by the wonderful people at CAS-ual Fridays, and they sent me this awesome stamp set to try out.  I fell in love with the beautiful script and the sassy sentiments.  I wanted to make sure this stamp became the focal point of the card.  But first, I worked on the background.

Distress Ink Masking - Colorful Encouragement

This is a piece of Canson watercolor paper, cut to 4 1/2″ x 6″.  I love how well Distress Ink blends on this paper, but use whatever paper you have.  Next I used a ruler to mark every inch across the top, and down the right side.  I’m working on a craft sheet by Ranger to protect my desk, but any non-porous surface would work.

Distress Ink Masking - Colorful Encouragement  Distress Ink Masking - Colorful Encouragement

Today I’m using painter’s tape to mask off my paper.  Post-It tape would work great, too.  I stuck the tape to my jeans to remove some of the tackiness, so it doesn’t tear my paper.  Then I used my Mini Ink Blending Tool from Ranger to apply Twisted Citron Distress Ink to the exposed side of my paper.  Then I masked off the triangle next to it, using the marks as a guide.  For my second color, I used Lucky Clover.  When I peeled back the tape, there was a small white line between the colors.  No problem, just realign the tape and add more color.

I used quite a bit of tape for this card.  After you use the tape twice, it starts losing it’s stick, and you need a new piece.  And it’s got wet Distress Ink on it, so I don’t want to mix my colors too much.

Distress Ink Masking - Colorful Encouragement  Distress Ink Masking - Colorful Encouragement

Oops, I forgot to list the colors I used!  Here they are:  Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries, Abandoned Coral, Carved Pumpkin, and Mustard Seed.  Then I trimmed down the panel with Stitched Rectangle Dies by Simon Says Stamp.  I’m using the Frankly stamp set from CAS-ual Fridays today.  If you’re using a textured paper, like watercolor paper, a stamp positioner like the MISTI is very helpful, because it’s hard to get a crisp image the first time.

Distress Ink Masking - Colorful Encouragement

I stamped the rest of my sentiment onto vellum, and heat embossed it.  Then I folded the strip around my panel, and attached it on the back.  Finally I adhered the panel to my white card base with tape runner, and added a few Clear Iridescent Jewels from Little Things by Lucy’s Cards for a finishing touch.  For something extra, you could add a little more shimmer with a clear Wink Of Stella shimmer pen, if this doesn’t have enough bling for you!

How do you keep the focus on the sentiment?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back soon with another tutorial!

P.S.  I’m playing along over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  Come check it out!

 

 

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Counting Blessings SOA Box

August 18, 2017

Hey, glad you’re here!  I’m playing with the newest Stamp Of Approval box by Catherine Pooler, called Counting Blessings.  It’s the first fall themed box they’ve done, and it’s amazing!  It sold out in 13 hours, so if you didn’t get one, you’ll have to wait for the items to show up in Catherine’s store.  But there’s a new box coming in October with a holiday theme, so I’ll try to give you updates when it’s going on sale.  The boxes cost $97, but I found a way to drop the cost considerably – split the cost with a crafty friend!  I got my crafty talents from my mom, and I know how much she loves fall stamps and dies.  Everyone wins!

Counting Blessings SOA Box - Colorful Encouragement

She came over to hang out with me and make cards.  We had a great time, and she got a head start on her Thanksgiving cards.  I played around with the Marching Leaves stencil before she got there, and I made 4 backgrounds, 2 using Faber Castell’s Glass Bead Glitter Gel, and 2 using Dreamweaver’s Pearlescent Embossing Paste.  I don’t have any pictures of the process, but I’ll show you the finished cards, and explain what I did for each one.

Counting Blessings SOA Box - Colorful Encouragement

This is my mom’s card.  She stamped images from the Blooming Bouquet stamp set all over the cardstock with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink, then the outline image over it with Ground Espresso.  Doesn’t it feel like a fall day?  She die cut the word Thankful to add over it, but she decided to finish it at home.

Counting Blessings SOA Box - Colorful Encouragement

On this card, I used the embossing paste, tinted with Lucky Clover Distress Ink.   I don’t think I added enough color, it’s kind of a seafoam green.  But I watercolored over with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink, and the blue gave it more of a watery vibe.  Much better.  I trimmed the panel with a Stitched Rectangle Die from Simon Says Stamp, and added it to my card base with tape runner.  Then I die cut Thankful from white cardstock, and glued it to the panel with Glossy Accents.  I stacked acrylic blocks on top of the die cut to hold it in place while the glue dried.  Finally, I heat embossed For You from the Autumn Blessings stamp set in white, and trimmed them out with scissors.  I added foam tape to the words to add a little dimension to the card.

Counting Blessings SOA Box - Colorful Encouragement

The layout for this card is identical to the last one, but I used Glass Bead Glitter Gel on the background.  I didn’t tint the gel, but it picked up the color of Distress Ink I put over it with an Mini Ink Blending tool.  First I added Candied Apple, followed by Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Lucky Clover, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, and Wilted Violet.  I was afraid the panel would be difficult to die cut with the gel on it, but it went through with no problem.  I think if the gel isn’t too thick on the paper it’s fine.

Counting Blessings SOA Box - Colorful Encouragement

This is the pearlescent embossing paste again, and I didn’t tint it this time.  I used Candied Apple and Fired Brick at the top, Spiced Marmalade and Carved Pumpkin in the middle, and Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber at the bottom.  For the sentiment, I stamped a sentiment from the Good Things stamp set onto vellum with Versamark.  Then I added white embossing powder, and heat set it.  I die cut the vellum with the Postage Stamp Edge dies from Simon Says Stamp, and added Glossy Accents behind the letters to attach it to the background.  The sequins are from Neat and Tangled, and they match the pearly background perfectly.  I love when that happens!

Counting Blessings SOA Box - Colorful Encouragement

I had to to used the Glass Bead Glitter Gel again on this card.  It’s so beautiful!  I went over it with Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Lucky Clover, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, and Blueprint Sketch.  Then I added the same sentiment as above, using sequins from Darice.

Do you have any of the Stamp Of Approval boxes?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you again soon.

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Joseph’s Coat – Stretching Your Stamps, Day 3

August 15, 2017

Joseph's Coat - Colorful Encouragment

Hey, glad you’re here for the final day of my Mini Series about stretching your background stamps.  If you missed the first two days, you can find them here and here.  This last technique is becoming my new favorite, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Joseph's Coat - Colorful Encouragment

I used my Mini Ink Blending tool to apply rows of color to a piece of watercolor paper.  You could also use cardstock, but I recommend using something heavy.  I used Seedless Preserves, Worn Lipstick, Candied Apple, Abandoned Coral, Carved Pumpkin, and Mustard Seed.  Feel free to use whatever colors you have.   Dry the panel well.

Joseph's Coat - Colorful Encouragment  Joseph's Coat - Colorful Encouragment

I stamped the Modern Damask background stamp over my ink blending with Versamark, and heat embossed it in clear.  Then I pressed my Black Soot Distress Ink directly to the paper.   You can see that the clear embossing resisted the ink and protected the color underneath.  After you’ve rubbed the black ink over the entire image, let it absorb into the paper for a few moments.  Then go over the panel with a slightly damp paper towel or baby wipe to remove any ink left on top of the embossing.  Isn’t this a fun look?  I was having so much fun, I couldn’t stop!

Joseph's Coat - Colorful Encouragment  Joseph's Coat - Colorful Encouragment

I created two more panels using the same technique.  On the left, I used Colorburst by Ken Oliver, using this technique, and the Rings Bold Prints stamp from Hero Arts.  On the right, I used a background panel I had on hand, and stamped it with  You Matter Background from Simon Says Stamp.  This time I applied the black ink with a ink blending tool, so other colors shine through a little.  It reminds me of the northern lights.

Joseph's Coat - Colorful Encouragment

I’ve cut a piece of purple cardstock to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, the same dimensions as my card base.  I’m using my stamp positioner to stamp my Blessed sentiment from Simon Says Stamp.  If you have a t square, lining up the sentiment is easy.  If you don’t, it’s an inexpensive tool, and I highly recommend it.  I stamped my sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and heat embossed it in clear.

Joseph's Coat - Colorful Encouragment  Joseph's Coat - Colorful Encouragment

I trimmed my panel to 2″ x 5 1/2″, and centered it on my white card base.  Then I measured 1 1/4″ from each side of my purple panel, and cut straight lines with my paper trimmer to the sentiment.  Next, I fussy cut around the sentiment, leaving a small border. You can see that the core of the paper is white.  You can leave it that way if you want, but it was a little distracting for me.  So I went around all the cut edges with my ink blending tool and Dusty Concord Distress Ink.

Joseph's Coat - Colorful Encouragment

I attached the sentiment panel to my card base with foam tape, and added a few sequins from Neat And Tangled to finish my card.  The card needed a little more sparkle, so I went over the sentiment piece with my clear Wink Of Stella Shimmer pen.  It doesn’t show up very well in the picture, but it’s beautiful in real life.  I’ve still got the other half of the panel to share with you, once I decide what to do with it!

Joseph's Coat - Colorful Encouragment

My oldest son helped design this card, so we kept it pretty simple.  I die cut green and blue panels with the Stitched Rectangle dies from Simon Says Stamp, and attached them to the card base with tape runner.  I stamped a birthday sentiment (from Mountains by The Ton) onto a strip of green cardstock, and popped it up with foam tape.  My son chose Clear Droplets from Pretty Pink Posh to finish the card.

Joseph's Coat - Colorful Encouragment

I die cut this panel with the Stitched Rectangle dies, and mounted it to the card with tape runner.  The “you” die is from Avery Elle.  I die cut it from black and white, and glued them together with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  I attached them to the card, and added a sentiment strip from the You Matter stamp set by Simon Says Stamp to coordinate with the background.  A few sequins from Darice added a little shimmer without covering up the words.

Have you ever tried this technique?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you again soon!

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Ink Layering – Stretching Your Stamps, Day 2

August 11, 2017

Hey, glad you’re here!  This is the second post in my Mini Series about stretching your background stamps.  My challenge is to use the Modern Damask background in several different ways to get lots of mileage from one stamp.  This card is very simple, and doesn’t need tons of supplies.

Ink Layering - Colorful Encouragement  Ink Layering - Colorful Encouragement

I stamped my background stamp in Lawn Fawn’s Yeti ink on white cardstock.  This is a white pigment ink, and a great tool to have in your crafty stash.  Hero Arts and Ranger have great ones, too.

You can let the panel dry overnight, or speed up the process with a heat tool.  I got this idea from Jennifer Mcguire, and if you haven’t seen her website, you’re missing out!  When she did this card, she used the Jumbo Stripes stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. But it’s still on my wish list, so I needed something else.

I went through my stamps, and found the Petals and Pallets stamp set from Concord and 9th.  I mounted the stamp upside down in my stamp positioner, at an angle.  Next I inked it up with All That Jazz ink from Catherine Pooler Designs, which is a dye ink.  Any dye ink would work for this, so use what you have.

Ink Layering - Colorful Encouragement  Ink Layering - Colorful Encouragement

I used the grid paper to keep the panel straight while I stamped my stripes, and shifted the paper around.  Don’t forget to clean the stamp after every use, because it picks up the pigment ink, and you don’t want to contaminate your dye ink pad.  And the pigment ink partially resists the dye ink, so you can still see the pattern.  After I finished the first layer of stripes, I decided I wanted more color.  So I lined up the paper again, and stamped between the first layer of stripes.  Now it looks like there are 3 or four different colors of ink, but I only used 2.  So cool!

Ink Layering - Colorful Encouragement

This sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp’s Thankful Heart stamp set.  My sons had VBS a few weeks ago, and they wanted to give homemade cards to all of their teachers.  They used up most of my thank you cards, so I’m rebuilding my stash before the holidays get here.  I stamped on vellum with Versamark, and heat embossed it in white.

The challenge with vellum is hiding the adhesive.  I took my sentiment out to the garage, and misted the back with a light layer of spray adhesive.  Make sure you do this in a well ventilated area.  I added my sentiment to my background, and finished up with a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  Have you tried this technique before?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back next week with more ways to use this stamp!

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Rainbow Stamping – Stretching Your Stamps, Day 1

August 8, 2017

Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, glad you’ve stopped by.  This is the first day of my new Mini Series, all about background stamps.  My challenge is to use the same stamp in 3 different ways, and show how versatile they can be.  For the whole series, I’ll be using the Modern Damask background stamp by Catherine Pooler Designs.  Today, I’m doing rainbow stamping.

Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement  Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

For this card, you need lots of ink colors.  This Paintbox by ColorBox is perfect.  The colors are designed to work together, and they can be used individually by removing them from the tray.  If you don’t have this set, use whatever you have.  Many companies have ink cube sets, and they would work great for this card.

Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement  Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

You need a stamp positioner like the MISTI for this card.  I’m using my homemade version, and you can see I’ve positioned the stamp about 1/2″ from the edges, because I can’t stamp all the way into the corner.  I put a line of tape runner on the back of my panel, but use any temporary adhesive you have.  This keeps the paper from shifting around, since I’ll be stamping several times.

Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement  Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

I applied the pink ink diagonally to the corner of the stamp.  Next I used a paper towel to wipe off a bit of the ink where it will meet the next color, to get rid of any hard edges.  Then I stamped it onto the white cardstock.  I cleaned my stamp well, so the leftover ink wouldn’t contaminate my orange ink pad.  When I added the orange ink to the stamp, I let it overlap with the pink slightly, and wiped off where it met the pink and yellow before stamping.

Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement  Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

Here’s my finished panel.  I trimmed it down slightly and I ended up with 2 panels that are each 2″ x 5 1/2.”

Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement  Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

Now I’m ready to work on my sentiment, using the Say It Thanks die from Technique Tuesday.  I die cut the word from white cardstock, and the shadow from black.  I glued them together with Ranger Multi Medium Matte, and stacked acrylic blocks on the die cuts until the glue dried.  You can use any liquid adhesive you have on hand, but the best thing about this one is that it dries completely clear and with a matte finish, so if any glue oozes out, no one will see it.

Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

I added a blue mat behind my panel, cut to 2 1/2″ x 5 1/2.”   Then I attached the pieces to my card base with tape runner.  I’m using a T square to make sure my sentiment (from Simon Says Stamp’s Thankful Heart stamp set), is straight.  The T square is an inexpensive tool – I got mine for less than five dollars – and it’s great for lining up sentiments, embellishments, dies, and pretty much everything else.  Can you tell I like it?

Rainbow Stamping - Colorful Encouragement

I added my die cuts with foam tape, and a few Clear Iridescent jewels from Little Things From Lucy’s Cards to finish the cards.  How do you use background stamps?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back soon with another tutorial!

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