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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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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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Turnabout Card

August 1, 2017

Turnabout Card - Colorful Encouragement

Hey, thanks for joining me today.  We just finished a MasterClass at StampNation taught by Concord & 9th, and we had so much fun!  One of the classes was about these awesome stamps called Turnabouts, and I couldn’t wait to share them with you.  I bought one about a month ago, and I loved it so much I ordered another.  They make creating backgrounds so easy, and you can use any colors you want.

You need a stamp positioner, like the MISTI, for this card.  I’m using a homemade version, made by my husband.  Concord & 9th has a video showing you in detail how to use the stamps, but basically you need a jig, made from a 6 x 6 piece of cardstock.

Turnabout Card - Colorful Encouragement  Turnabout Card - Colorful Encouragement

I temporarily adhered my panel to the jig with tape runner, and stamped the Dotty Turnabout with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.  Next I turned the jig 90 degrees, and stamped again with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.

Turnabout Card - Colorful Encouragement  Turnabout Card - Colorful Encouragement

I turned the jig again and stamped with Salty Ocean Distress Ink, and finally with Wilted Violet.  This works with any ink, so try whatever you have.  I love using lots of color, but you can use as many or as few as you choose.  This would be really cute all in blue or pink for a baby card.

I had so much fun with these stamps, I made a couple more.  But what do you do with such a busy background?  Here’s how I finished my cards:

Turnabout Card - Colorful Encouragement

I die cut the panels with the Postage Stamp Edge dies from Simon Says Stamp. Then I used Hero Arts’ Hello Stamp And Cut to die cut the word “hello” from black cardstock.  The tags are cut from vellum, using the Stitched Traditional Tags from My Favorite Things.

Turnabout Card - Colorful Encouragement

I glued the sentiment to the tag with Glossy Accents, and held it in place with an acrylic block while the glue dried.  Then I added foam tape behind the letters to pop it off the card.  I stamped the rest of the sentiment on a scrap of white paper with Versafine Onyx Black Ink, and heat embossed it in clear.  Then I trimmed the ends off at an angle, and glued it under the die cut.  I took a picture of it, but accidentally deleted it. Sorry!

Turnabout Card - Colorful Encouragement

I love using sequin accents on my cards, and I frequently tuck them under other layers.  Sometimes, when I don’t have room, I cut them down a little, so they fit better.  That’s my quick tip of the day!

Turnabout Card - Colorful Encouragement

Here’s the finished card, and I added a piece of baker’s twine vertically from top to bottom.  I used another piece of string to tie the tag to the vertical strip with a knot.  The sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh.  I actually went back later and went with a bow instead, but you can use whatever you want.

Turnabout Card - Colorful Encouragement

For this card, I stamped with Candied Apple, Hickory Smoke, and Black Soot Distress Ink.  On the last turn, I used Versamark, and heat embossed it in silver.  This card will be perfect for my son.  I added 2 piece of string this time, vertical and horizontal.  The black sequins came from Michaels, and I love how they tie into the circles on the background.

Turnabout Card - Colorful Encouragement

For this final card, I used the Oh Hello Turnabout, and I stamped it with Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Mermaid Lagoon, and Blueprint Sketch.  I originally made the tag just like the first two, but it got lost against the background because there’s so much white space.  I stamped the sentiment again onto black cardstock and heat embossed it in white.  Then I glued it over the first strip, offset just a little for a highlight.  I added the string on a diagonal this time, and left the ends long on the bow.  These sequins are from Neat and Tangled, and I think this card is my favorite.  I used a black card base to make the panel pop.

And that’s all I’ve got for you today.  What’s your favorite way to make a colorful background?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon!

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StampNation Sneak Peek

July 24, 2017

I’ve got another Sneak Peek from StampNation to share with you today.  Girl Power is the theme, and it’s all about the women who inspire us.  Make them a card, and share it on the challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift card from Concord and 9th!  But the most important part is to send your finished card to that special woman, and let her know what she means to you.

I’m sending a card to my sister, who inspires me every day.  About 5 years ago, she lost her 3 year old daughter to brain cancer.  Then her marriage fell apart.  In the space of one year, she went from being a wife and mother of two, to being a single mom to one little boy.  It was a very tough time for her, and for the rest of the family.  But she never lost her faith.  Many times I’d call to encourage her, only to have her lift my spirits.

Thankfully, that dark road didn’t last forever.  She eventually started dating again, and her boyfriend invited my mother and I to fly across the country when he proposed to her.  It was the best weekend ever!  A few months later they got married, and now they have a six month old baby boy.  It’s so awesome to see how God has blessed her faithfulness.

Who inspires you?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you again soon.

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