Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Holiday Mass Production with MISTI

Good morning!

Today I'm over at the My Sweet Petunia blog for Team Tuesday sharing some easy ways to use your MISTI to mass produce holiday cards and tags.




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Thursday, November 8, 2018

My Sweet Petunia and Unity Stamp Company Collaborative Blog Hop

Hello everyone!    

Welcome to the Unity Stamps and My Sweet Petunia Collaborative Blog Hop! 


I'm pleased to be part of a special hop with the My Sweet Petunia and Unity Stamp Company teams, in which we are sharing fun new images from today's Unity Stamp Company new release.  There is lots of inspiration to be gleaned from all the stops on today's hop posts, as well as the opportunity to be entered to win one of two fabulous prizes.  Comment on today's blog posts to be entered to win one of two fabulous blog hop prizes, each with a $60 shopping spree from My Sweet Petunia and a Unity Stamp Company prize package filled with amazing high quality red rubber stamps!  Comments must be left by Monday, November 12th.  Winners will be announced on the Unity and My Sweet Petunia Blogs on Tuesday, November 13th.  

There are many amazingly talented people joining in on today's hop.  The complete list of hop participants can be found on the Unity Blog HERE, or on the My Sweet Petunia Blog HERE.

Now, let's get on to the projects I have to share with you today!



This Special Delivery uses the stamp set by the same name, Special Delivery, and it is the sweetest little mouse image designed by Lisa Glanz.

I have used my Original MISTI to stamp this little mouse onto Artist's Choice cardstock using  Black Amalgam ink.  




I began coloring with metal pail using Copic Markers C0, C4, and C6.


I colored the mouse with E70, E71 and E74, and added E000 to the inside of the ear and to the tail and feet and hands.

 Oops!!  Good lesson!!  I guess before you set your marker caps on your project you should probably check to see if your the marker caps are clean first.  LOL

Oh well.  It's a new design opportunity, right?  My card design has just changed from a one layer card to one with a matted focal image. 


I added BG000 to the flag and E81 to the label on the pail.


I added a bit of color to a few of the flowers with RV11 an Y32.  I will add the smaller details with Prismacolor pencils.


 I added a little deeper color to the flowers, a few different greens to the leaves, and a bit of texture to the mouse's fur with pencils.




I've used an oval die to cut out my mouse image, (and thereby cutting away my ink spots that were left by my marker caps).  I also cut a coordinating yellow scalloped oval mat.  I've lined up the two pieces, and used a ruler to draw a faint level horizon line with a pale warm gray pencil.  I want to create a light "ground" to anchor my mouse image.  I didn't want him floating in space!

I've very lightly colored the ground with french grays.  
Then I assembled my card using a blue gingham patterned paper, cut at on the diagonal, and adhered the pieces with liquid adhesive.




This simple Christmas card was created with the kit,  A Time for Peace.  This stamp kit, designed by  Tierra Jackson, is a simple one to paint and would be a fun one to easily mass produce for  Christmas cards.
To create my watercolored panel, I stamped the image and the sentiment simultaneously using my with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto Canson Montval watercolor paper, and used Distress inks to watercolor the image.  I just smooshed a little ink directly from my ink cubes onto my craft mat, then used a wet paint brush to pick up the ink and transfer it to my image.  Once dry, I used a stitched rectangle die to cut my panel down to size, cut a coordinating lilac mat, and mounted the matted panel to an A2 top folding white card base using 3M foam tape.

My final card today uses the new kit, Warm & Cozy Season.  This winter themed kit contains a warmly dressed Angie Girl, designed by Angie Blom.  Angie Blom has many, many faceless girl images that I love to color and this one is no exception.  

I love these images and enjoy coloring the beautifully rendered hair,and clothing; but I especially love the blank canvas that allows me the challenge of designing and adding a face to these girls.



Faces can be quite difficult to render to a line image stamp.  The shape and dimension of realistic faces are not created with sharp lines, but instead are created with color and shadows.  In the video below, I share and explain my process for adding a face to this image and how I created the easy fur textured collar of her jacket. 




I hope you enjoyed the video and today's hop!  

To find the next hop participant and continue on your way, please click HERE to be taken back to the Unity Blog, or HERE to return to the My Sweet Petunia blog.  The full list of participants is found on each of these blogs. Don't forget to leave comments along the hop stops to be entered in the blog hop giveaways!

Have a fabulous day and happy hopping!
Chris


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Unicorn Dreams

Happy Halloween!  

Today I'm sharing a glittery card made for a special princess.  This is for a little girl who loves everything pink, glittery and magical, and I'm quite sure will be wearing a similar costume this evening while making the Trick or Treat rounds.

I used my Original MISTI to stamp the Unicorn from Concord & 9th's Unicorn Awesomeness onto 100# Hammermill  Color Copy Digital Cover paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I then lightly colored using very pale Copic markers.  I used the coordinating die to die cut my colored image.  Using a protected surface area, I used Elmer's Craft Bond spray adhesive to add a light layer of adhesive to the front of my die cut, then covered it with Nuvo Pure Sheen Diamond Glitter.

I created the background using stencils and blending brushes.  I used Make Some Plaid to ink my white card base with Altenew Pink Pearl ink.   I used the Festive Stripes stencil to create another panel brushing in wide stripes of Pink Pearl and Dew Drops ink.  Once I had my panel inked, I used a large Spellbinders circle dies to cut my focal circle from it as well as a scalloped mat from a pale blue cardstock.  



I assembled the card, first aligning my scalloped die cut onto my card base while in my MISTI, then aligning and stamping my greeting in Amalgam ink.  I then adhered my die cut layers using liquid glue, and finally adhering the glittered unicorn with foam adhesive tape.

Thanks for stopping in!  Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Having a Snow Day!


Happy Sunday!

It's football day in the basement, and it's a pretty gray cloudy day outside, so I'm hanging out in my office.  Actually I had to commandeer a portion of the dining room table as well.

I wanted to experiment with making snow today.


 Using my Original MISTI, I stamped a number of panels with the tree line stamp from the Unity Stamp Company's October 2017 SMAK Kit, Winter Wild, with Stormy Sky StazOn ink.  I used a variety of papers to test.  Strathmore Bristol, Gina K. Designs Heavyweight white, Fabriano hot press watercolor paper and Canson XL Bristol Vellum finish.  And they all worked.  But my favorite was the Fabriano hot press watercolor paper since it absorbed a bit more ink and gave me the best contrast.




I put a piece of thin disposable tablecloth down on my dining room table to protect my table from spatters, then laid out my panels.  I tore strips of copy paper and covered the area below the trees.
I put a small puddle of Fineline masking fluid down onto a piece of waxed paper, and used my Ranger Distress Splatter Brush to pick up some of the masking fluid.  Holding the brush horisontally in my right hand, about 10-12" over the card panel. I used my fingers of my left hand to grab the bristles and bent them upward, then slowly allowed a few bristles at a time to slip from my fingers.  This allowed the fluid to spatter randomly over my panels.



I let the masking fluid dry an hour or so, then used my Picket Fence Life Changing Brushes to add ink to the top of my panels.  I first used Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink, bringing it down from the top edge from my card to the treeline.




Then I added Faded Jeans over the top, but this time, creating a fade than ended near the tree tops.


I spritzed the panel with water droplets and let the water lift the color for about 30-45 seconds then lifted the water away with a paper towel.




Once the panel was completely dry, I used my fingers to gently rub the tiny specks of masking fluid from the panels.  If your panel is still damp, the masking fluid may tear your paper.


I then trimmed the panel down to 4" x 5 1/4", and used my Mini MISTI to stamp my greeting (from Gina K. Designs' Holiday Frame) with embossing ink (make sure you use your powder tool first!  Powder sticks to Distress Oxide Inks and you'll have a mess if you don't!), then heat embossed with silver embossing powder,




I then added strips of 1" foam tape to the back of the panel an A2 vertical, top fold card base.


It's a snow day!
Thanks for stopping by today.
Hope you have a great afternoon!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

The Ton's Fall 2018 Release Blog Hop

Hello everyone!
Welcome to The Ton’s Fall 2018 Release blog hop!  Hopefully you arrived here from Laurel's blog, I'm thrilled to be participating as a guest in this hop today.  Once again, The Ton Stamps has put together a stunning release and is debuting 11 new stamps and a new pop up floral die. There are free gifts with purchase promotions as well.  There is also a little extra surprise for today since it is World Cardmaking Day! The Ton’s blog explains all the details. 

For today’s hop, there are giveaways on each stop so be sure to leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win a stamp set of choice from the new release! The comment period for this giveaway will close on Monday, October 8 at 11:59pm EST, so don't delay!



The Ton Stamps always has such innovative and gorgeous designs, from simple to ornate, but always elegant.  The stamp set Blizzard Hugs spoke to my Minnesota heart.  I happen to love snowflakes and always anticipate both the first one AND the last one of my Minnesota winter season.  LOL.  These snowflakes at first glance seem to be a simple design, but when stamped, pack a beautifully frosty punch! 







I chose to create a very clean and simple winter notecard set.  I used my Original MISTI to  stamp both the snowflake and greeting simultaneously in Arctic Sky ink.  I stamped three times, to give a nice crisp deep color.  I then, leaving my stamps in place on the lid of my MISTI, cleaned my stamps, and stamped all of my cards once again with embossing ink exactly over my Arctic Sky ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The simplicity of these cards is belied by the frosty look of the snowflake. The delicate pattern of dots that surround the snowflake give a faint airbrushed look to the image. These are cards are incredibly easy to mass produce, and is a project I plan to do again with my group of young teen crafters later this month.


The Ton Stamps always offers beautiful line-image florals that are incredibly fun to color, and Gardenia Wishes is no exception.


I chose to make a wedding card, with a white spray of Gardenias, by using Prismacolor pencils on Strathmore Toned Gray paper.  I began by adding a bit of cream pencil to the inner portions of the petals, then gradually working my way out toward the ends of the petals with a white, allowing the gray of the paper to show through in areas where I wanted shadows.  I added both white and cool grays to the leaves, giving contrast to both the flower and the warm gray of the paper.  I added a small black sentiment strip with a greeting from Haute Wedding Dress.



I used Copic markers to create my final card, using the Cardinal Friends set.


I did quite a bit of masking to create this card.  I started by stamping the female cardinal in my foreground with Memento ink. I covered the stamped cardinal with a piece of 3M Post-It tape, and stamped again on the tape, then removed the tape and used scissors to cut the tape into a mask.  I replace the mask over the cardinal, then stamped the branch so it appears behind and under the bird's feet.  I likewise created a mask for the branch.  Actually, I created two, hand trimming each from the stamped Post-It tape.  I place one over my first stamped branch, then stamped the male cardinal, and also a mask for him as well.  Once I had his mask trimmed out, I put it back in place and stamped another branch beneath his feet, and another over the male cardinal so that some of the foliage appeared behind his head.  Without removing any of the previous masks, I added that second branch mask over the branch behind his head, and stamped the final branch in the upper right corner.

I then removed all masks and began to color.  I used many different red markers to give texture and variation to the male cardinal . I even colored some of the wing feathers with R59, then used my colorless blender to lift away some of the intensity of the red,  then replaced color again with a C4 marker to create the deep burgundy color.  The female cardinal was colored with a mix of pale yellows, warm grays, E20s and E70.  
I added additional texture and details to the feathers with Polychromos pencils, and darkened the eyes of the bird to a deep black using a Copic Multiliner pen.  

I wanted the birds to be the focus of this card, so I did very minimal coloring to the berries and leaves.

I added my greeting with Noir ink, then trimmed the panel just a bit, so I would have a tiny border of my deep red cardbase showing.


That's all from me today, but there are many more examples along today's hop to inspire you!  The complete list of participants is listed below.  Your next stop along the hop should be Lisa's blog.



Thanks for stopping!  Enjoy the hop and be sure to leave comments along the way to be entered for chances to win fabulous prizes!  

I hope you have a wonderful World Cardmaking Day!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Using Foil with A Colorful Life Designs Stencils


Hello!  Happy Friday!

Today I'm sharing a few examples of how I used with my A Colorful Life Designs stencils with Decofoil Transfer Gel and a heat laminator to add foil to my stencilled patterns.

Foil can add so much pizazz to a card, whether as a background or a focal image, and with soooo many color and patterns of foil available, that it really can give you endless opportunities with your stencils.  I like to prep several cardstock panels with transfer gel when I have my supplies out, always using white cardstock.  It takes a few hours for the transfer gel to dry and turn clear and glossy before you can foil it, so it's nice to have several drying at once and foil them all in one sitting as well.  After they are foiled, it's easy to add color with ink later to match whatever project you need it for.  The shiny foil is well adhered, so there's little chance of it rubbing off!

Today I used the Falling Stars stencil with Decofoil Transfer Gel and Silver Shattered Glass Decofoil to create this background.  I use the back of my MISTI as a surface, protecting it with a craft sheet, then use the magnetic base of the MISTI and my bar magnets to hold my stencil in place.  I applied a thin layer of Transfer Gel to the stencil with a palette knife, smoothing and removing excess with a rubber squeegee.  Then I let the gel dry completely.  (make sure you wash your stencil and tools relatively quickly after you finish applying the gel!)  

Once my transfer gel was completely dry, I added a piece of foil, just slightly larger than the gel area, shiny side up, over my panel and covered with a protective folder (I used a folded piece of thin copy paper), and ran it through my Mini Minc laminator.  After foiling on a white card panel, I inked over the top of the foil with Dusty Concord and Black Soot Distress Oxide inks.  I used a velvety soft brush to do my inking.  

I turned this foiled and inked Falling Stars panel into a background for this card, adding the  faintly watercolored diecut image from Concord & 9th's City Stacks set.




I used the Triple Stripes stencil for the following card, but masked off two-thirds of it with 3M 2" Post-it Tape, so I could create just a single column of stripes.  I foiled the with Therm-O-web/Gina K. Designs' Grass Green Fancy Foil.  I decided that the single column of stripes when viewed horizontally reminded me of birthday candles, so I added flames with Copic markers and a sentiment from Brutus Monroe.  My foiled stencil thus became the focal image of this card.



My third foiled panel used the Honeycomb Fade stencil once again as a background.  This time, I foiled with red foil, I inked the panel with Red Velvet ink to create a shiny holiday background for this Christmas card.  I used the poinsettia from Perfect Poinsettia stamp set, stamping the two detailed layers both with Reverse Confetti's Mist ink to create the white flower before hand trimming the petals out, and then added the sentiment from Festive Foliage in matching Red Velvet ink to complete the card.



If you've never tried using foil with your stencils before, I have a quick 5 minute video of the process below.  Enjoy!


Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Experimenting with Stencils To Make Patterned Glitter Paper

Hello everyone,

Today I used a stencil to create patterned paper, then glittered it to make my own glitter paper!




I used the Feathery Leaves stencil from A Colorful Life Designs to create a pattern on my Gina K. Designs cardstock panel.  I first inked it with Gina K. Design's In The Navy ink using one of my Life Changing Brushes.  Then I rotated the stencil a bit then did a second inking without adding any more color to my brush.  (Yes, I'm using magnets to hold down my stencil.  I flipped my original MISTI over, and have my project adhered with magnets to the back of the MISTI.)


I then lightly sprayed the panel with Elmer's Craft Bond Spray adhesive.  I protected my desk from any overspray with a cheap plastic dollar store tablecloth, and also sprayed in a small lidded box.







Then coated the whole sticky panel with Nuvo Pure Sheen Diamond Glitter.  I used my Ranger craft sheet over the glittered panel to press the glitter firmly into the adhesive.  The glitter is very translucent so the color and pattern are still very visible, yet the glitter gives a very iridescent look.


I used the Hello from the Bold Greetings word die set to create an Eclipse card with my glittered panel, stacking three layers of white die cut letters with the panel die cuts, adhering them with Art Glitter Glue.



You can watch the process video here:


Thanks for visiting!