Thursday, November 16, 2017

Colorful Paint Rings using MISTI, Distress Inks and Color Burst Powders

Good morning!

Today you can find me over at the TJ Blog, sharing this card featuring the new Technique Junkies  stamps, Paint Rings and Stay Humble.

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New IO Challenge: 'Tis the Season!

'Tis the Season is the new challenge at IO Stamps!  
Create a holiday card or project using your IO goodies!

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!

Today I have used Impression Obsession Dies to create a very simple and easy to mass produce holiday card.  

My card began with a watercolored background.   I used Distress inks as my watercolors on Canson Montval watercolor paper.  I die cut the European Buildings and my random star die from my watercolor panel, and inlaid die cuts cut from plain white cardstock in their place.   I used a piece of thin layering weight white cardstock as a backing, so I would have something to secure my die cuts to, and provide that white on white for my buildings and windows.  The teal Joy to the World die cut was adhered over the card front using Elmer's Craft Bond spray adhesive.  I trimmed the panel to 5.25 x 4 inches and added it to a navy card base.

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

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

It's Figureoutable

As my kids get older, with jobs and schedules and kids of their own, it gets harder to find a day and time to celebrate the holidays with them.

After much discussion and schedule checking, it appears we will be celebrating our family Christmas in mid December...  and that made me realize I only have a couple weeks to plan, bake, decorate and shop for gifts.  The kids have told me they will have their wish lists to me by Thanksgiving, so my mantra for the next three weeks is this:  Everything is figureoutable.  It may seem a bit daunting, but everything always works out in the end.

So today I'm sharing my Figureoutable card.  

I started with a piece of Fabriano hot press watercolor paper.  I cut a mask from 3-M Post It tape with a circle die to protect my moon.  I then sponged in Distress Oxide inks to create a night sky.  I removed the circle mask, and added a bit of shading and shadow color to the moon before stamping the Spooky Branch and Figureoutable sentiment with Versafine Black Onyx ink.  

I added stars with a white gel pen and trimmed the inked panel to 5.5 x 4" and adhered it to a black A2 top fold card base.  

Thanks for stopping by today.  I'll be off creating my menu and grocery list...  ;)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Using your background stamps with die cuts

Hello!!  Hope you are having a fabulous day!

Today I am sharing a holiday card using one of the new Technique Junkies November Release stamps, Linen Dots.  (By the way, today is the last day to save 15% on these new November stamps!)

Only today, I chose not to use Linen Dots as a background, but as my focal image instead. 

 I had a wide striped background panel that I had created with acrylic paint.  I decided to used Versamark ink and white embossing powder to heat embossed the Linen Dot background right over the top.  I loved the frosted look that came with it, so I decided to create an ornament.  I die cut using a stitched circle die, then coated the whole thing with a spray adhesive and coated it with Nuvo glitter.  I added a bright satin bow and set about creating a place to hang it.

Using a panel of Fabriano Artistico cold press watercolor paper and Gansai Tambi watercolors, I quickly did a wet on wet background.  I used my heat gun to dry it, then added more paint with a small brush, loosely sketched in a pine branch.  When my panel was fully dry, I stamped the one of the beautiful greetings from Gifts of Christmas first in black Memento ink, then overstamping with Versamark ink and heat embossing with clear embossing powder to give a raised shiny surface.

I then attached my panel to a card base and adhered the Linen Dot ornament for a simple holiday card.

Need more easy holiday inspiration?  Have you been following the 30 Days of Christmas posts?  
Check out the TJ Blog, where a new holiliday idea has been shared every day since October 15th.  AND all the Christmas stamps are 20% off throughout these 30 days, too!  Click HERE to shop the Christmas stamps, and use this code to save an additional 10%!!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

It's Team Tuesday at the MSP Blog!

Happy Tuesday!

Today you can find me over at the My Sweet Petunia blog with a Team Tuesday post including a tutorial video for this card using the Winter Girl stamps from Unity Stamp Company.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Technique Junkies November New Release Blog Hop

Welcome to the Technique Junkies November New Release Blog Hop!

I hope you all had a fabulously fun and safe Halloween!  Now that November has arrived, the new stamps at Technique Junkies have too.   There are 15 new stamps in the lineup and they are all 15% off through November 8th.  Today the TJ team is excited to share ideas on how to use them with you!    Hopefully you have traveled through the hop and have arrived here from Giovana's blog.  If so, you're in the right place!

Today I am sharing this card featuring Bigger Bow.  

I stamped this fabulously detailed image in Memento Ink, and colored with Copic markers.  I added hints of pale blues and violets along with cool Grays to add shine to her lovely wavy hair.  I hand trimmed the image, and added the girl to an alcohol ink/Yupo paper background.  I masked the image so I could add the greeting separately directly on my card base.

I also used Yupo paper and alcohol inks to created this drippy background for the new Buy Coffee stamp, carefully heat embossing the greeting with copper embossing powder,  

I inked a second card with the Buy Coffee stamp.  This time I used a sponge dauber to apply ink to the stamp in my MISTI little by little, restamping each time to build up color and create a dimensional look to the banner.  I used the new Paint Rings background stamp to create a "coffee rings" background on both my kraft and ivory cardstock.

And now, please continue on the hop to the fabulous Pat Huntoon's blog!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Copper Embossed Fall Leaves

Happy Halloween!

Today I'm sharing another leaf card.  I'm mourning the loss of all of the leaves on the trees here, and dreading raking them up to be honest.  But they sure were pretty while they lasted!

I've used a number of products to create this card:  Impression Obsession stamps Falling Leaves and Thoughts and the Thoughts word die, Brutus Monroe embossing ink and Penny embossing powder, and Color Bursts powders from Ken Oliver and Brutus Monroe.

And my MISTI of course.  I always use my MISTI when stamping.

I have a photo tutorial for you today showing my process.

I began this card by laying out all of the leaf and acorn stamps from Falling Leaves in a large pattern on my MISTI.  Then closed the lid to pick them up.

I aligned my 140# cold press watercolor paper on my MISTI and used the Creative Corners to secure the paper in case I needed to reink.  I did.  I needed to reink the stamps with embossing ink to get the ink fully into the textured paper.  Those Creative Corners helped ensure that my paper had not moved, and I was restamping in the exact same place.

I covered the ink with Brutus Monroe Penny embossing powder, preheated my heat gun for about a minute then heated and melted the powder.  It's such a pretty copper color.

I them sprinkled tiny bits of several Color Bursts powders onto my watercolor panel.  I tried to direct the powder in my stamped images, as well as sprinkled some outside the lines too.  

I then spritzed it lightly with a fine mist of water and let the dissolve and the colors spread.  My watercolor paper curled and helped the colors blend and swirl across the panel.

I used my heat gun to dry and flatten my panel.

My colorful panel is dry, and now I am going to prepare my greeting.  I am using the Thoughts word die and coordinating stamps.

Originally I had cut the word from a rich brown card stock, but I decided that it needed a bit of the shine to match the leaves, so I pressed the die cut face down (I only did half, then melted, then did the other half) into my embossing ink pad, and used the Penny embossing powder to create a shiny metallic embellishment that matched my leaves!

I used my MISTI to create a sentiment strip, and used the Creative Corners once again to secure that thin strip of heavy weight white cardstock while I stamped and restamped with charcoal brown ink.

Now that my pieces were ready, it was time to assemble.  I had trimmed my panel down to 4" x 5.25".  I decided to add a small strip of burlap to my panel as contrast.  Here's a tip to add strips to your card straight.  Use the grid on the base of your MISTI!  The magnets held my panel securely in place while added 2 strips of Scor Tape and my burlap strip.  I used the grid lines to line up where to put them.  

I wrapped the excess edges of the burlap behind the card panel, securing with tape before adhering the panel to an A2 orange top fold horizontal card base.

I used spray adhesive to adhere the word die cut to the burlap. and 3M foam tape to adhere the sentiment strip.

Thanks for stopping in today.

Have a safe Halloween, everyone!