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StampNation Challenge

August 23, 2017

StampNation has another challenge starting today!  We’ve got new challenges going on every week, and this one has a prize!  For the chance to win a $50 shopping spree with CAS-ual Fridays, you need to post your card by September 6th.  I hope you check out all the awesome stamps and dies they have at CAS-ual Fridays, and then post your card on StampNation for a chance to win!  And one of the cards in this challenge is mine, can you guess which one?

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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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Grab Bag

August 4, 2017

Hey, glad you’re here!  I’m working on cleaning my craft space, and using backgrounds I made months ago.  Anytime I start a project and run out of time, it goes into a box near my desk called the grab bag.  Today I pulled out a background, and I’m going to finish it.

Grab Bag Card - Colorful Encouragement

This is my starting point.  I stamped Simon Says Stamp’s Spring Flowers onto watercolor paper with Versamark, and heat embossed it in white.  Then I used my Distress Inks to watercolor the flowers with a messy hand.  I learned this technique in an online class by Mayuri from Candles in the Garden.  It’s an easy, fast way to make a background, and as busy as I am this summer, that’s a good thing!

Grab Bag Card - Colorful Encouragement

I trimmed down the panel with the Stitched Rectangle Dies from Simon Says stamp, and next I needed a place for my sentiment.  This is a part of a nesting die set from Simon Says Stamp, but lots of companies sell similar dies.  And if you don’t have a heart die, use whatever you have.  A flower, a circle or a butterfly would all look great on this background.  I’m holding it in place with some Post-It tape while I run it through my die cut machine.

Grab Bag Card - Colorful Encouragement  Grab Bag Card - Colorful Encouragement  Grab Bag Card - Colorful Encouragement

I placed the panel on my turquoise card base, and traced the heart lightly with a pencil.  It’s a lot easier to stamp the sentiment if you’re not worried about getting ink or embossing powder on your panel.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Catherine Pooler’s Wild Bloom stamp set, and heat embossed it in white.  Don’t forget to erase your pencil lines (ask me how I know!).

Grab Bag Card - Colorful Encouragement

Next I added 3M foam tape to the back of the panel.  It’s important to support the panel all the way around, especially if you’re planning to mail it.  This step is optional, but it does add a pop to this simple card.

Grab Bag Card - Colorful Encouragement

I attached my panel to the card base, and added a few sequins from Darice as a final touch.  In case you can’t see it in the photo, I used Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, and Dusty Concord to paint in the flowers.

Do you have a grab bag for unfinished art projects?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you again soon!

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