Thursday, August 16, 2018

Ice Cream!

This one was a matter of taking a stamp image designed to depict one item and turning it into something else . . .

The top part of the ice cream cone is actually a cupcake image!  With my MISTI, I kept re-stamping the base and turned it into a cone.  I trimmed the sides into a long triangle and voila . . . a hand-wrapped sugar cone!

Cardstock:   Bazzill Lemon Tart, Strathmore #90 Watercolor paper 
Stamps:        Sizzix Angel set: Blessings
Inks:               Distress Carved Pumpkin, Brushed Corduroy
Emb Powder:   Vippies Transcendence
Dies:              Lil Inkers Stitched Mats: Rectangles, Sizzix Angel set:
                        Blessings, Poppy Happy Birthday Background, Memory
                        Box Branching Out, Pippi & Isabella butterflies           
Stencil:          The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Ledger
Emb Folder: Cuttlebug Mesh
Doo Dads:    American Traditional 3-D Molding Paste

Monday, August 13, 2018

Seas the Day!

Another rescue from my Scrap Stash . . .

I thought the background images looked like seaweeds, so that set the theme for the rest of the layout. I don't have (yet!) a die of a sea fan but I found that one of Tim's dies from his Holiday Greens set looked very sea-worthy to me, so that's what I went with.

Cardstock:   Bazzill Aqua, Strathmore #90 Watercolor paper
Stamps:       Stamp Camp Shadow Weeds, Impress Seas the day!
Inks:             Distress Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood, Antique Linen
Emb Powder:   Vippies Transcendence
Dies:            Lil’ Inkers Stitched Mats: Rectangles, Tim Holtz Holiday
                        Greens, Love Nicole Nautilus, Scalloped Sea Shells                     
Doo Dads:    Perfect Pearls Mist Bronze

Thursday, August 9, 2018


One of my favorite combinations:  black, white, Kraft, and a pop of color . . .

The word "Celebrate" got lost in the busy background, so I glued it to a scrap of black cardstock, did a free form fussy cut around it, and popped it up with foam dots.  This worked very well to make the word stand out.

To keep the jute twine from slipping down the sides of the card, I used a 1/8" hole punch to slightly nick each side of the card.  This gives a perfect resting place for the twine and assures that it will stay put.

Cardstock:   Marcos Jute, Generic Black, Bazzill White         
Stamps:       Just for Fun Alpha Sayings, Sweet ‘n Sassy Long Stem
Inks:             ColorBox Frost White, Black, Distress Mowed Lawn,
                        Spiced Marmalade
Emb Powder:   Sweet Stamps Fine Detail White, Vippies
                             Transcendence, Judikins Detail Black
Dies:            Impression Obsession Congrats Word Set: Celebrate,
                        Sweet ‘n Sassy Long Stem Silhouettes
Doo Dads:    USArt Quest Crystal Effects: Opal Essence, May Arts Jute     

Monday, August 6, 2018

Thinking of You

There was a wonderful video recently posted on Splitcoast Stampers by superb artist Dina Kowal.  She used a die to deboss a bare tree image into watercolor paper . . . 

  . . . she then turned it over in order to expose the raised side and colored it with a white crayon in order to provide a resist.  After wetting the paper and sprinkling with blue, green, and yellow die powders, the result was a lovely watercolored look with a randomly white-edged tree sharing the focal point.

I had less luck.  So my version used molding paste to fill in the back of the tree so that it stayed dimensional.  Then I turned it over and used masking fluid to fill in the tree.  Then came some misting with water, followed by the die powders.  After they dried, I rubbed off the masking fluid.  I added white edging here and there to the tree with my Uni Posca white paint pen.

Dina’s version is simpler and far more beautiful, but as long as I don’t look at hers, I’m reasonably happy with mine!

Cardstock:   Bazzill Kachina, Strathmore #90 Watercolor paper      
Stamps:        Stampin’ Up Thinking of You, Purple Daisy Sand
Inks:               Distress Peacock Feathers, Vintage Photo
Colorants:    Ken Oliver Color Bursts Pthalo Green, Ultramarine Blue,
                        Yellow Ochre
Emb Powder:   Vippies Transcendence
Dies:              Memory Box Tall Birch, Stitched Rectangle Trimmings,
                        Impression Obsession Birdhouse Set, Tim Holtz
                        Tattered Banners               
Doo Dads:    Uni Posca paint pen White           

Thursday, August 2, 2018

August, Surf's Up, Beach

It's my middle brother's birthday in a few days and as he lives near the beach in Southern California, I thought a beachy-themed card would work . . .

After sponging on the background inks, I quickly sprinkled on some Epsom salts and let them soak up the wet ink for a nicely splotchy look.  When dry, I brushed off the salt, sprayed the wood grained panel with adhesive and added it over the background. 

Using a spray adhesive always leaves some of the stickiness along the edges of the cut out areas.  This is an ideal time to add a very fine glitter.  This takes care of the stickiness and also adds just enough sparkle to make things interesting.

Cardstock:   Bazzill Ocean, Neenah Quest Ivory        
Stamps:       Impression Obsession Summer: all text
Inks:             Distress Peeled Paint, Pumice Stone, Faded Jeans
Emb Powder:   Vippies Transcendence
Dies:            Frantic Stamper Woodgrain Card Panel, Joy Summer
                        Lovin’: Flip Flops, Love Nicole Nautilus Shell, Scalloped
                        Shell, Impression Obsession Sunglasses            
Doo Dads:    Epsom Salts,  USArtQuest Crystal Effectz Opal Essence     

Monday, July 30, 2018

It's Your Birthday

A backyard scene ought to work well for a guy card, don't you think?

A trio of brightly colored birdhouses has been popped up over a pebbled background that I used instead of an image featuring sky and clouds because I liked the texture - even though it doesn't make much sense in the real world. That's OK - I'm the artist and I get to call the shots!

LOVE this hobby!!!

Cardstock:   The Paper Cut Eames White, Strathmore #90 Watercolor
                        paper, Generic scraps Brown  
Stamps:       Tim Holtz Crazy Talk: “It’s your birthday . . .”
Inks:             Distress Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Mowed Lawn
Colorants:    Inktense Poppy Red, Iris Blue, Golden Yellow
Watercolors:   Zig Clean Color: Geranium Red, Bright Yellow, Dull Blue,
                          Deep Brown
Emb Powder:   Vippies Transcendence
Dies:            Impression Obsession Birdhouse Set, Beach Fence,
                        Grass Border, Pine Branch              
Emb Folder: Carabelle Mini Pebbles, Memory Box Resting Birds

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Star

This card was inspired by another blogger's posting a few days ago.  The layout featured a recessed die cut and I thought it was very attractive . . .

I doubled the top layer in order to give the smaller cut out areas better support after popping up the layer with foam tape.  The bottom layer holds the die cut butterflies.  In order to avoid having to deal with tricky coloring of seven small butterflies, I simply scattered die powders in a loose ombre fashion on another panel and then used the die to cut them out.  I got an imprecise look which was exactly what I was after. 

The more I stamp, the more I appreciate the many adventurous aspects of this wonderful hobby!

Cardstock:   Bazzill Kachina, Strathmore Ultimate White      
Stamps:       Impression Obsession Ink Splatter, Technique Junkies
                        Simple Sentiments Style C/Set 3
Inks:             Hero Black, ColorBox Black, Frost White
Colorants:    Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals Shabby Turbine Teal,
                        Tibetan Poppy Teal, Witch’s Potion Purple
Emb Powder:   Stamp Zia Black Sparkle
Dies:            Simon Says Butterfly Drift, Spellbinders Hemstitch                                 Rectangles (outside frame only)                     
Doo Dads:    Ranger Enamel Accents Black