Monday, May 25, 2015

Thank You

Here I am again, having ever more fun with Bister Wood Stains from I Brake For Stamps HERE   . . .


The method is so simple:  dip a small soft brush into the Bister jar and tap the powders onto watercolor paper, holding the brush about two inches above the paper.  I tapped the colors in rows for this card, but random areas look wonderful also.  Let the stray grains fall where they may as this makes for a nice soft blend.  Repeat with as many colors as you wish (Bister has eight so far – I hope they add Orange and Purple to their line).

Then mist with your water sprayer until the colors begin to move.  Some areas will not fully hydrate which is great as this provides wonderful texture with a bonus:  color variations with brown and black specks in the mix.  Gorgeous!

This product is fantastic and I hope you give it a try!

Cardstock:   Bazzill Raven, Generic Watercolor paper
Stamps:        Hero Button Mums, Purple Onion “Thank you”
Inks:               Bister Wood Stains Mahogany, Red, Yellow, Green, Blue,
                           ColorBox Sepia Black, Black                             
Emb Powder:   Judikins Detail Black
Dies:              Mama Elephant Femme Frames, Impression Obsession Flags
Doo Dads:    American Crafts Yellow Jute, Tulip Hot Fix jewels

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Young At Heart

My baby brother turns a significant 70 in two days and I thought this card would certainly suit the occasion . . .


Has anyone used Copics on watercolor paper before?  I hadn't, until this card.  After heat embossing the image, I went work with my Copics and didn't have a lick of trouble with color spreading beyond the image outlines.  A colorist I'm not, but the small amount of blending I wanted to do worked very well on this paper.  So I'll be using it again!

Cardstock:   Bazzill Leapfrog, Generic textured Sky Blue, Strathmore
                           #90 Watercolor paper
Stamps:        Art Impressions Golden Oldies Golfers,  Creative Vision
                           Young at Heart set
Inks:               ColorBox Black, Distress Peeled Paint
Emb Powder:   Judikins Detail Black
Dies:              DieNamics Notebook Edge, Sweet ‘n Sassy Fence and
                          Grass Border, Simon Says Stitched Slopes and Hills,
                           Fiskars punches Clouds
Markers:     Copic C1, C4, E00, E33, E57, R05, R17, G24, B21, BV34
Doo Dads:    Glossy Accents (on the eyeglasses)

Monday, May 18, 2015

With Sympathy

Condolence cards are always a bit of a challenge.  Perky is out, simplicity is in.  Although the Clean and Simple style is definitely the way to go, I have trouble coming up with single layer layouts that don't look incomplete.  So I go for texture instead . . .


 While doing some re-arranging of some color sprays and dimensional creams in my stash, I came across Plaid's Liquid Chalk and decided it was calling my name!  After dabbing it on randomly, I sprinkled on some silver embossing powder and then heated it.  The result was embossing that was more raised and textural than usual.

The frame on this card is too narrow to show the results clearly, but I'll soon be doing larger pieces – such as backgrounds – with this technique.  The Liquid Chalk stays wet long enough to hold the embossing powder secure while it is being heated;  I think that if you work quickly, you can get much the same results with Gesso.  I'll try it out and share my results with you!

Cardstock:   Bazzill Parakeet, Generic Watercolor paper
Stamps:        Endless Creations “With Sympathy”
Inks:               Stamp Zia Sprays Obsidian, Sun, VersaMark,
                           ColorBox Dragonfly Black
Emb Powder:   B’Muse Sterling Silver, Vippies Transcendence
Dies:              DieNamics Chalkboard Frame Builder, Simon Says
                           Fresh Daisies
Doo Dads:    Plaid Liquid Chalk White

Thursday, May 14, 2015

It's Your Day

Except for the card base, all of the papers used for this card were scraps from a recent project shown here on an earlier post . . .


I so enjoy using up scraps and pretty leftovers . . . not only does it avoid wasting perfectly good materials, but sometimes it's an interesting challenge to figure out how to make the best use of oddly-shaped leftovers.  The French dictionary page background on this one was in two pieces with a rectangle cut smack dab out of the middle.  After some trimming, the halves were glued together.  Even if I read French – which I don't – it would take a pretty sharp eye to see that the text doesn't really read coherently across the page.

The dandelion is on another scrap which when matted, covered the rectangle opening nicely.  For the original project, I made a piece that was a little bigger than I needed in case I goofed and had to find a backup. As I had die cut the piece I needed for that card close to the edge, I had enough left over for this card.

"Waste not, want not", said my parents repeatedly . . . they were right!

Cardstock:   Bazzill Purple, Strathmore 90# watercolor paper, Generic
                           French Dictionary pages, Textured White
Stamps:        Hero Dandelion
Inks:               Distress Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky,
                           ColorBox Frost White
Emb Powder:   Judikins Opaque White
Dies:              Simon Says Sketchy Banners
Doo Dads:    American Crafts Jute Blue, Tulip Hot Fix Nail Heads Silver



Monday, May 11, 2015

It's Your Day!

This card is going to a European friend who likes things on the ornate side, so I was happy to comply . . .


I was very pleased with the way the feathers came out – however, the card is so busy that they are hard to see, even though I lightened them up a bit.  Perhaps feathers should be a stand-alone feature on my next card. 

The background on this one was done with very small blobs of gesso squeezed onto an acrylic block.  After setting the block down on the cardstock, I lifted it straight up which produced some lovely feathery edges along with some texture.  More gesso in my future for sure!

Cardstock:   Bazzill Purple, Strathmore 90# watercolor paper, Generic
                           Purple
Stamps:        Stampin’ Up “It’s your day!”
Inks:               Distress Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans, Lindy’s Stamp Gang
                           Magicals: Pop Rock Purple, Tilt A Wheel Teal, Galaxy
                           Marker Milky Way White
Emb Powder:   Ranger UTEE Gold, Stampendous Shabby White
Dies:              Dee’s Distinctively Lattice 2, Spellbinders Fleur de Lis
                           Squares, Impression Obsession Feather Set
Doo Dads:    Gesso, Past Time Stamps Adirondack Snow

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Asian Butterfly

The fun continues with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals line of powdered dye inks.  These are gorgeous dye inks that have been dried into powder form.  The background on this one used two of them . . .



After smearing on some Distress inks and a yellow Gelato, I wet the cardstock and immediately used a small dry brush to pick up a little of the powder and tap it on.  Patterns form and you can leave them this way or brush them around to distribute the color.  The color intensity can be light or saturated, depending on how much water you use.  You can brush the water on first, or you can spray mist afterwards.  Either way, you'll probably never have a failure with these lovely powders!

Cardstock:   Generic Dark Brown, Orange, Paper Cut Watercolor paper
Stamps:        Local King Chinese Flowers 2, Hero Chinese Newspaper
                           Wordprint, Jim Stephan “Butterfly”, Asian Stamp Craft
                           “Long Life”
Inks:               Distress Forest Moss, Wild Honey, Black Soot, Gelato Banana,
                           Lindy’s Stamp Gang Pineapple Paradise, Orange Creamsicle,
                           Hero Black, Gelly Roll White pen
Emb Powder:   WOW Clear Matte Dull
Dies:              Local King Chinese Flowers 2 Detail, Memory Box butterfly
                           Isabella, Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Squares
Emb Folder: Darice Basket Weave Background          
Doo Dads:    Chinese coin, pine needles



Monday, May 4, 2015

Just Saying Thanks

Many of you long-time stampers are no strangers to Ellen Gordon of Evolving Images. Now retired, she was the designer of many clever and time-saving stamping tools, in addition to a line of stamps.  My favorite tools were her Layering Templates.  These were sets of graduated clear acrylic pieces in basic shapes that were sized for A2 cards.  Using these took all of the guesswork and tedious measuring out of making frames as well as layers.  You simply laid out your stamped piece or cardstock of choice, topped it with a template, and cut around it with your craft knife.  Instant perfection!  You could also sponge around any of the shapes for soft framing.

The background on today's card was cut out with one of her templates . . .



By more than ten years, Ellen also beat the current stencil mania – and then some – when she designed beautiful sets of stamps, and provided stencils to match.  Always one to go for the extra touch, her stencil sets included the cutout pieces as well as the mortises.  This allowed you to stamp the images, cover them with the punch-out, and sponge in your background.  Or you could surround the image with the mortise and sponge in just the image.  Both methods were used on this card which uses two of her leaf sets.

Ellen's clever ideas made designing and card-creating easier for thousands of happy  stampers and her input is very much missed.  Happy Retirement, Ellen!

 Cardstock:   Bazzill White, Cougar Opaque Cover White
Stamps:        Evolving Images Leaf Sets #42 & #43, Simon Says Tilted
                           Banner Sayings
Inks:               Hero Black, ColorBox Black, Distress Dusty Concord,
                           Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick, Black Soot, Weathered Wood,
                           Stormy Sky
Marker:          Copic W3 Warm Gray #3
Emb Powder:  Judikins Detail Black, Stampendous Shabby White
Dies:              Simon Says Tilted Banners
Stencil:          Evolving Images Leaf Sets #42 & #43
Doo Dads:    Perfect Pearl Mist Silver