Thursday, October 19, 2017

New IO Stamps Challenge: Haunted Greetings

Haunted Greetings is the new challenge at IO Stamps!  
Create an Halloween themed card or project using your IO Stamps!

For information on the new challenge and how to enter, please visit the Impression Obsession blog by clicking HERE.   A random challenge card will be selected from entrants to showcase on the IO blog and you can be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to IO just by playing!



This simple card was created using the adorable Goburglars image.  I first trimmed two corners of a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Hammermill Digital 80# Color Copy Cover paper at angles to create a unique card panel.   I also cut a piece of black 1/8" larger using the same angles.   I stamped my image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then colored with Copic markers, also adding just a hint of shadow behind the images.  The greeting from Boo Balloons was also added with Memento ink, and the panel assembled to a white card base using a piece of patterned paper as a background.


My second card uses the images from Star Owl, Spooky Birds and again uses the Happy Halloween greeting from Boo Balloons.


This card was created by stamping the Star Owl image on Artistico cold press watercolor paper with Versafine ink.  The owl was colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, and the feathers accented using a black Copic Multi-liner pen.  The Spooky Birds image was stamped on a separate piece of white card stock and a circle die was used to create the full moon.  A very pale wash of watercolor created just a hint of wispy clouds drifting across the moon face.  I used a craft knife to slice a slit right at the top of the owl's head, so I could tuck the moon behind.  

The Happy Halloween sentiment was stamped and heat embossed with Wow Silver pearl embossing powder on my black cardbase.  I then masked the embossed greeting, and stamped the Spooky birds over the front of the cardbase using Versamark ink.  I removed the mask from the greeting before adding clear embossing powder and heating with my heat gun.  Then the Star Owl image and moon elements were added.

Need more inspiration to get you going?
Check out all the projects from the IO Team!

Chris Dayton - you are here


Technique Junkies 30 Days of Christmas Day 5

Good Morning!  

Today I'm over at the Technique Junkies blog sharing this card.


Technique Junkies is celebrating the 30 Days of Christmas right now, with 30 days of Christmas and holiday inspiration, and a SALE.  All stamps in the Christmas category at Technique Junkies are all 20% off!   

And...  you can use this code to save an additional 10%!




Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Gina K Designs New Release Inspiration Blog Hop - Day Two

Welcome to Day Two of the Gina K Designs Blog Hop.  

The Gina K Designs design team welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp sets from Gina K Designs illustrated by Beth Silaika and Chris Dayton.


Noelle Mouse - illustrated by Beth Silaika


Purrfect Christmas - illustrated by Chris Dayton


These new holiday stamp sets are so fun and versatile! You will be able to create amazing holiday projects using these individual sets or by combining the images and sentiments from multiple sets from this release. 




Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team today and be sure to comment on each blog for your chance to win a $50 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop. 






Here are a few projects that I have created with these new stamp sets:

Noelle Mouse by Beth Silaika is such an adorable set with awesome images for sweet holiday cards.  I am absolutely smitten by this sweet little mouse.


For this card, I masked the Mouse holding the gingerbread man cookie, peeking around the Christmas tree.  I stamped the Mouse and gingerbread cookie with second generation Moonlit Fog ink, meaning I stamped once on scrap paper before stamping my project to get a lighter version of the ink.  The tree was stamped with Jellybean Green ink onto my heavyweight white cardstock.  I colored the images with Copic markers, then used the Double Stitched Oval dies to cut out my focal panel, and a larger black mat.  I also stamped the gift image and two of the holly images onto white cardstock with Red Velvet ink and colored with Copics before hand trimming the image with scissors.  

I diecut the small black label using one of the new Decorative Label Dies and heat embossed the Deck the Halls greeting, then added the small holly images.  Before assembling my card, I decided to make a subtle background on my Red Velvet cardbase by stamping snowflakes in Versamark and embossing them with clear powder.

To assemble, I first added my greeting label, then wrapped a piece of Gingham Fancy Ribbon around the card front and securing with Scor-tape.  The Oval focal image hid the seam of the ribbon.  I added two small rectangular "gifts", one from Petite Patterns, the other from the new Ornamental Holiday Foil Mates  foiled with Radiant Red foil.  I then used a piece of foam dimensional tape to add the colored gift in front.


This was the clean and simple card that I created for the Stamp TV release party.  I stamped the holly and candy cane images first, then masked, then stamped the mouse in Memento Tuxedo ink, then colored with Copic makers.


I assembled with just a strip of Grass Green cardstock and the strip of Ornamental Holiday Foil Mates  foiled with Radiant Red foil.  The greeting was stamped with Black Onyx ink.


Now, first I have to give you the inspiration for my second stamp set, Purrfect Christmas.

I have three very large, lazy overweight cats who LOVE Christmas.  They started out quite small, slept a lot and were rather easily manageable.

Smokey and Bandit

But food quickly became an obsession.



And they grew.
This is my son's contant conpanion, Hot Wheels.

They look pretty sweet and innocent, right?


They are the reason we must have artificial trees, because they just can't leave the water alone, and the hardwood flooring just doesn't like pine flavored puddles.  And they are the reason that we often have to rewrap gifts (sometimes more than once) and replace our tree every couple of years because eventually the branches are so bent from their climbing that they just no longer are tree shaped.

So I needed a stamp set that conveys the CATastrophies of many a recent Christmas.  So I designed Purrfect Christmas for those with a love/hate relationship with their cat(s).

Here are a few of the cards I have made with this set:


It starts with just one...  A cute little kitten.  This one layer card was stamped with Memento and colored with Copic markers.



And for awhile life is pretty peaceful.  They cuddle, and sleep, and don't cause too much trouble.  
This card was masked and stamped with second generation inks on Artist's Choice cardstock and colored with Prismacolor pencils,  I trimmed out the tree and scene and added it to a patterned paper background with a window die cut.







Soon those adorable kittens grow, and begin to explore and cause trouble.  This scene was stamped on Canson watercolor paper, and I used a post it to mask off portions of the stockings.  I used my Scorepal to score a paneled background before painting with Sennelier watercolors.  Before assembling my card, I use a needle to thread pieces of embroidery thread through the panel at the bottom the stockings to show them unraveling.




The kittens become cats, and soon enjoy climbing and undecorating the tree.
This scene was stamped on Artistico cold press watercolor paper and painted with Sennelier watercolors.



And eventually they tip the tree.  This time, stamped the cat and tree on heavyweight white cardstock and colored with Copic markers.  I then fussy cut them out.  On a separate panel of watercolor paper,  I very lightly sketched in the sofa with pencil, then used Distress Inks to paint it.  When it was fully dry, I erased the pencil marks.  I strung gold cording to the tree and cut a portion of the tree away to make it look like it was resting on the arm of the sofa.  I tucked the cat slightly behind the tree and adhered to the watercolor panel with liquid adhesives.  

Thanks for joining in on my Cat Tales adventure!


Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com.

Right now the current incentive set that is free with your $75 Gina K Designs order, is this beautiful Scripty Holidays set.

Scripty Holidays

This is the latest in the Scripty series, and it is a gorgeous sentiment set.  I have used it on this release party project along with the amazing tree image from the Merry & Bright Stamp TV kit.


This card was created by stamping the tree image on Ranger Glossy paper with Staz-on ink.  I then used Colorbox styluses with oval foam blending tips to apply Memento inks to create the wintery sky and icy pond.  I used a paintbrush and Gina K white pigment ink as well as a white gel pen to accent the snow.  I trimmed the panel down, and stamped and embossed the Scripty greeting to my black card base before adhering the focal panel.

The next two cards use the Scripty Holidays greetings with ornaments made with the new Gina K Designs/Therm O Web Foil-Mates and Fancy Foils.  


I foiled 4" pieces of the Foil-Mates from the Blizzard and Ornamental Holiday packs with Radiant Red, Glittering Green and Sparkling Silver Fancy Foils.  I used several sizes of punches and dies to cut circles.  I used sponge daubers to apply Blue Denim. Cherry Red and Jellybean Green ink to give the circle a bit of illusion of dimension.  I stamped my Scripty greeting, and added subtle "strings" with a glitter gel pen, then adhered the ornaments with liquid glue.




Ready to see more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the rest of the team:

Gina K

Beth Silaika- Illustrator of Noelle Mouse

Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy the hop!



Monday, October 16, 2017

Gina K Designs New Release Inspiration Blog Hop - Day One

Welcome to Day One of the Gina K Designs Blog Hop.  

The Gina K Designs design team welcomes you to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp sets from Gina K Designs illustrated by Melanie Meunchinger and Theresa Momber.

Fabulous Holiday Labels by Melanie Meunchinger

Peaceful Holidays by Theresa Momber

Their new holiday stamp sets are so fun and versatile! You will be able to create amazing holiday projects using these individual sets or by combining the images and sentiments from multiple sets from this release. 


Enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the team today and be sure to comment on each blog for your chance to win a $50 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop. 




Here are a few projects that I have created with these new stamp sets:

Melanie's new Fabulous Holiday Labels set is a must have.  It coordinates with the previously released Fabulous Rose Frame stamp set and the Fabulous Label Die set.


This card uses several of the images from Fabulous Holiday Labels, and the Fabulous Label Die Set.  I cut the label die from Blue Denim cardstock, and used the diamond patterned edges with Versamark ink and white embossing powder.  The Don't Open image was stamped in Blue denim ink on White Heavy base weight cardstock and die cut with the oval frame die.  The center oval was also cut from white cardstock and inked with Blue Denim ink and a sponge dauber.  I used a post it note to create the mask for the snow drifts.  The deer was stamped and it was added to the center of the oval.  


Here is a quick tip video showing an easy way to use your MISTI to 
line up your images on the label die cut.


You Tube video:  Part  One: Tips for lining up these label images.

I decided that I wanted to use this card as an actual gift.  So I chose to make it a gift card holder.  



I created a template for cutting the slots to hold my gift card, and cut those prior to stamping and embossing the card base.   The Part Two video showing my gift card and stamping process is linked here.


You Tube video Part Two:  Creating the gift card holder and stamping the interior images.

This card was made with Fabulous Holiday Labels stamps for the Stamp TV release party. 



 I used two of the label edge stamps to stamp a repeating pattern with Turquoise Sea ink.  I added the bell images to the top border using Prickly Pear ink.    The sentiment was added in Prickly Pear ink as well and some translucent enamel dots.  The panel was matted with Turquoise Sea cardstock and adhered to a top fold card base also embossed with the Snowflake Background embossing folder.


Theresa Momber's new Peaceful Holiday stamp set offers a beautiful mix of colorable as well as silhouette stamps that can make such a variety of holiday as well as year round cards.

For my Stamp TV release party project, I chose to use a few of the silhouette images to make a few gift tags.


I used the largest of the new Decorative tag dies to cut white cardstock.  These dies have a gorgeous stitched edge, so I chose to stamp and ink my trees and snowdrifts with Blue Denim ink prior to die cutting.  I added the deer with Black Onyx ink.
I added the black and white gingham ribbon to finish the tag.


I used the same stunning tree image with my next card.


I first created a shimmery background on my white card base using the various snowflake images, Versamark ink and gold embossing powder.  I then used white embossing powder to create the focal panel using the trees and Peace on Earth greeting on gold metallic cardstock.  The panel was trimmed and double matted and added to the cardbase for a simple but stunning card that is easy to mass produce.

Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from Gina and the Cast & Crew:

Melanie Muenchinger - Today’s featured illustrator
Theresa Momber - Today’s featured illustrator

Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com.

Thank you for stopping by!  See you tomorrow for Day Two!!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Masking and Stretching your stamps with Technique Junkies stamps and MISTI

Good Morning!

Today I am sharing a card made by mixing and masking parts of two Technique Junkies Stamps, Most Girls, and Knife in My Purse.  

My goal was to use only portions of the two stamps to create a new and different design.  I'll walk through the steps of how did this for this card.

I am using Strathmore Artagain Toned Gray paper for my card panel today.  I began this project by placing my gray panel into my MISTI, and placing my Most Girls stamp in the approximate location that I want my image.  I pick up the stamp with the MISTI lid but do not stamp.  Instead, I remove the gray panel and replace with a similar sized piece of scratch paper.  I stamp my image on that.  I also stamp again on a piece of clear plastic film that I have cut to fit inside the full frame of my Misti.  This plastic film will help my mask the image.  I used a scissors trim away the girl image from the sentiment on the scratch paper.    The remaining piece, containing the sentiment is now my mask.

The sheet of plastic with my stamped image will be my guide for lining up my mask.  I remove it from my MISTI and place my gray panel in.  Then I add the plastic sheet over the top.  Now, I carefully slide my trimmed scratch paper mask directly under the plastic sheet and line it up so that it fits exactly under the image on the clear plastic sheet.  Once I know it is in the correct place, I use a small piece of Post-it tape to tape it to my gray panel.  Now I can remove the plastic sheet and stamp. The mask will protect the gray panel from receiving the inked sentiment, so only the girl will stamp on the gray panel.

Now, leaving the stamp set up in place in my MISTI, and the mask on the card panel, I remove the gray panel and add a light layer of skin toned Prismacolor Pencil to the girl.  Next I replace the gray panel into the MISTI and restamp, darkening the dress, and adding the details of the face and arms over my pencil coloring.  Restamp a second time if necessary for good coverage.

Now remove the mask.  The attached sentiment should not be visible at all.  Only the girl.
At this point in my process, I added a bit of coloring to hint a a floor to "ground" my girl image.

Next I add a portion of the Knife in My Purse sentiment stamp.  This time, I am only masking the lower portion, so this is a simpler process.   I place my stamp in theappropriate location on the card panel and pick up the stamp with the MISTI lid.  This time I add a mask to the clean stamp before inking.  I used a regular Post-It note to cover the area of the stamp that I didn't want to ink.  I inked up the stamp.  There will be ink all over that Post-It, so very carefully remove it.  Double check to see if the ink is only on the portion of the stamp that you WANT to ink, then stamp.  You should end up with your partial sentiment on your gray panel.

Now clean your stamp well, and repeat this process on a second piece of Toned Gray paper.  This time masking the top portion of the sentiment, so only the lower portion inks.


Now you can add you exterior and interior panels to your card base.

Kind of fun, huh?  I love to mix and match images and sentiments.  It's fun to stretch your stamps this way!

Thanks for dropping by today!
HAPPY STAMPING!