Showing posts with label Stamps and Stencils. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Stamps and Stencils. Show all posts

Thursday, October 11, 2018

In the Shadow of the Trees

Here's another set of Halloween cards I made with some more of my new Tim Holtz purchases!
These cards all pretty much the same accept for variations in colors and the sentiment sticker used.

My cards were totally inspired by Richele Christensen's guest designer post over at the Sizzix Blog.

For my first card I used black card to cut the Tangled Twigs die. A much bolder spookier? look than the lighter paper used on the others.
For the next 3 cards I used a tan Core-dinations Distress Collection paper to cut the Tangled Twigs.
I colored all my backgrounds by smooshing a watercolor panel onto my craft mat that was rubbed with DOX inks in Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Black Soot and spritzed with water.  Doing one color at a time and drying between colors.  Then I stamped the text stamp from Entomology over the background using Black Soot .
I stamped and die cut the insects from Entomology and watercolored them using Ranger Distress Markers and a wet paint brush.  The insects and sentiments are popped up on foam dots.
I made these all just card fronts -  adding a die cut easel to the backs so they can be displayed on a shelf or side table.

I'm linking my Halloween cards to:

Stamps:  Entomology - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Ink:  Ranger Distress Oxide Black Soot, Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap.
Paper:  watercolor paper - Canson, True Black - PTI, Core-dinations Distress Collection.
Accessories:  Entomology Die, Tangled Twigs Die - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Idea-ology Clippings Stickers/Halloween, Ranger Distress Markers Salty Ocean, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, waterbrush, water, craft mat, water mister, foam dots, Tombow Glue.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

CAS Mix Up Challenge - August Mid Month Reminder - Alcohol Inks

I'm here today to play again with Alcohol Inks!  and to remind everyone that there's still time to join in on the CAS Mix Up Challenge - Last day to link up is August 24th!
So for this card I used stamps, alcohol inks (AI) on Yupo paper, die cuts, sequins and embossing on the sentiment!
There are links to several You Tube Videos on ways to use AI's over on the CAS Mix Up blog - for this card I used this video for my technique:  
 Inlaid Die Cutting with Alcohol Inks by Catherine Pooler 

Here's a close up of the lovely effect of the AI's on Yupo.  
First I dabbed Butterscotch and Wild Plum AI's over a sheet of Yupo using a felt pad with the applicator handle.  Then I added Alcohol Blending Solution to the felt and dabbed again to blend it better and to get these lovely bubbles!
I die cut a portion of the Dandelion Fluff in the circle and removed it from the circle.  I die cut the full flower from black card and layered it inside the circle.  I put tape on the back to hold the piece in.  
I embossed the sentiment on a strip of card using Silver Pearl Embossing powder.
And I just had to use the negative of the die cut to make a 2nd card - where the circle is black and the inlaid die cut flower is the AI piece.
So please join us over at the CAS Mix Up Challenge and show us how you use Alcohol Inks! 
(use of alcohol ink markers like Copics are allowed too!)  
You'll find lots of DT inspiration, the rules of the challenge and Mr. Linky here.  You have until 8/24!

Stamps:  Ways to Say: with Sympathy - PTI
Paper:  White, True Black - PTI, Yupo
Ink:  Versamark, Alcohol Inks Butterscotch, Wild Plum, Alcohol Blending Solution.
Accessories:  dies - Stitched Mats Circles - Lil Inker, Dandelion Fluff - Elizabeth Craft Designs, foam dots, Glue Pen, Silver Pearl Embossing Powder - Ranger, Sequins - Neat and Tangled, Felt pad and applicator handle - Ranger.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Garden in Every Childhood Journal

Have you seen all of the wonderful journals using Eileen Hull's Sizzix Journal die over on Eileen's blog this month?  The Inspiration Team has been on overdrive!  And today I'm sharing mine.
and back
And if you'd like to see "how" there are lots of photos to come!
I die cut the journal out of Cream Little Sizzles Matboard using Eileen Hull's Sizzix Journal die.  Then I started inking the sides by rubbing Distress Oxide Inks onto my craft mat, spritzing with water and then dragging the journal pieces through it.  
The first color was Worn Lipstick.
 The second color was Spiced Marmelade
The third color was Fossilized Amber.  I inked all sides using the same mix of colors. 
(sorry the lighting was slightly different on my work table when I took the 3 photos below)
 To add a little shimmer to my covers - I sprayed them with Wendy Vecchi Buttercup Mica Spray. (not sure you can see it here?!)
I also inked some white card at the same time wiping up left overs on the mat figuring I might use some on my inside pages.
I assembled my journal gluing the two edges together being sure the holes lined up.  I looped 2 pieces of gold elastic cord through the top and bottom holes knotting them on the outside. These will hold the pages inside the journal.  I pushed two pieces of wrinkled seam tape, folded in half, through the middle hole, knotting it inside. 
(I had to punch the middle hole a little bigger to fit the double ribbon) 
These will be used to tie the journal shut.
Here's the knot of ribbon in the center between the two signatures. 
(Since the pages are tissue the bulk of the knot in the middle doesn't affect the pages.)
Now to choose what kind of pages I wanted inside my journal.  I decided to use some of Tim's Tissue Wrap in varying sizes.  I colored some Tissue Wrap Terminology using the same Distress Oxides I used on my covers.
And I used Brushos in Ultramarine and Orange to color some Tissue Wrap Melange.
I started by cutting the pages 7 1/2" wide by 9 1/4" tall - I cut some to 7 1/2" x 5 1/4" as I like to mix the size of papers in my journals.  
(I adjusted the width again after putting the journal all together as the pages extended beyond the edge of the cover a little bit!)
I got out some more of Eileen's Sizzix Dies to use in decorating my journal and it's pages.  I cut flowers using Stitchy Flowers and Leaf, butterflies from Birds and Butterflies out of Kraft Core Cordinations, made some pockets using House/Pocket Stitchlets cut from white Paper Leather from Sizzix, and cut the word SUNSHINE on one envelope using Word Stitchlets.  I colored around the SUNSHINE cut-out using Distress Crayons in Scattered Straw and Shabby Shutters.
Then I turned my attention to the cover.  I stamped this lovely There is a Garden stamp from Stampotique onto a piece of Sticky Back Canvas.  Then I die cut it along with a piece of Terminology Tissue Wrap using Tim's Arch Frame.  I adhered the sentiment to the tissue and the tissue to the cover.
I had cut all the flowers out of Kraft Core Cordinations paper - so I sanded each piece a little bit being careful not to tear the petals.
I layered several sizes and colors of petals together, joined them with an orange brad and layered them onto the cover using foam dots.  I also added some Botanicals Remnant Rubs, Design Tape, and Small Talk/Occasions stickers - all from Idea-ology.
Then I started adding things to my pages.  The Being Happy stamp on the inside cover is from Wendy Vecchi's Forever Art set, the flower is a Botanical Remnant Rub. 
On the right side - I made this panel by running a leaf from a Solomon's Seal plant in my garden through my Vagabond.  I learned about this technique on Splitcoaststampers - called Duoprinting with Chlorophyll  (a modern version of pressing flowers!)
you need:
Plants from your yard (practice to see which ones work best - some are too wet, some too dry)
Die cutting machine
Paper towels
Printer Paper
Cardstock or watercolor paper (I used white cardstock)

Fold the copy paper in half. Build the following sandwich: cutting plate, paper towel, folded copy paper (open), piece of cardstock, plant.
Place a second piece of cardstock on top of the plant. Close the folded copy paper (so the cardstock pieces and plant are inside the copy paper like a book), and place second cutting plate on top. Run through die cutting machine on the normal setting you use for thin steel dies.

I stamped over the plant print with a stamp from Stampotique and added a bird Remnant Rub.  I sponged the edges of the panel with Distress Spiced Marmalade and adhered it to the page with double sided tape. 

Here's a close up of the 2nd print I got from these Solomon's Seal leaves that I used on another page of my journal with A Little Garden stamp from Stampotique.
Another page - this is a leaf from my Bleeding Heart plant and Living is not Enough stamp from Stampotique.
One more page using Geranium leaves
and a sentiment stamp from Wendy Vecchi's Forever Art set.   I die cut a butterfly from the Tissue wrap with Eileen's Birds and Butterflies die set adhering it on the left page.  
A close up of the geranium leaves.
I stamped this sweet Agatha Flower stamp from Stampotique onto one of the panels I inked when making my covers.  The sentiment is from Wendy Vecchi's Trademark Art set.
I used the pockets I made with Eileen's House/Pocket Stitchlits die on two pages.  
On this one I added a die cut layered butterfly from Birds and Butterflies, attaching it to the envelope with an orange brad.  I used a strip of Idea-ology Design tape across the top and sponged the edges with Distress Spiced Marmalade ink.  I adhered it to the page with double sided tape.  I die cut 2 wildflowers using Tim's Wildflower dies and inserted them into the envelope adding a Big Chat sticker beside them.  
As stated above - I colored around the SUNSHINE cut-out using Distress Crayons in Scattered Straw and Shabby Shutters. Since I didn't embroider the word I needed to color it to be seen)
I put another die cut pocket on the inside of the back cover inserting some feathers found around my bird feeder into the top of the envelope.  I added a Clippings sticker (if they were let to fly away) and Small Talk Occasions sticker (nature's wonder) as well as a die cut butterfly.
A final finished view!

I hope I have inspired you to try creating your own journal! (and not put you to sleep with all my photos!)  I appreciate any and all comments left here!  Remember to check out Eileen's blog to see all of the July posts about Journals using her wonderful new die!  Happy Journaling!

I'm also linking my garden journal to:
Inspired by the flowers
Things with Wings
(Birds on front and back covers, bird and butterflies and bird feathers on inside pages)

Stamps:  There is a Garden, Living is not enough, Girl with flower, A little garden - Stampotique, Being Happy and Don't Wait from Forever Art set, Remeber This from Trademark Art Set - Wendy Vecchi Studio 490.  
Paper:  Cream Little Sizzles Matboard - Sizzix, White Paper Leather - Sizzix, Kraft Core Coredinations, Natural Sticky back Canvas - Ranger.
Ink:  Ranger Distress Oxides Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber,  Ranger Distress Ink Spiced Marmalade, Archival Jet Black.
Accessories:  Eileen Hull/Sizzix Journal Die, House/Pocket Stitchlets, Stitchy Flowers and Leaf, Word Stitchlits, Birds and Butterflies; Tim Holtz/Alterations Arch Frame, Wild flowers die; Distress Crayons Shabby Shutters and Scattered Straw - Ranger, Idea-ology Tissue Wrap Melange and Terminology, Remnant Rubs/Botanicals, Design Tape, Small Talk/Occasions, Big Chat, Clippings Sticker, Brushos Orange and Ultramarine, gold elastic cord - Michaels, Mica Spray Butercup - Wendy Vecchi/Ranger, foam dots, wrinkled seam tape, double sided tape, Gel Medium - Ranger, Mini sander - Ranger.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Eileen Hull Sizzix Inspiration Team - collaborating with Stampotique!

This month Eileen Hull's Sizzix Inspiration Team is joining with Stampotique!   We were happily supplied with 6 Stampotique stamps of our choice - so you will see lots of variety over on Eileen's blog every Tuesday in June!

For my first project -  I used Eileen's Tea Cup 3D die, Stitchy Flower and Leaf Thinlit dies, and the flower from her House Pocket Die.
I die cut all the teacup pieces out of White Little Sizzles Matboard.  I then cut 2 tea cups and athe saucer out of paper from Eileen's Heart Felt Paper Pad.     I stamped 3 Girls on one side of the tea cup and Spider Grass and Good Things sentiment on the back teacup using Archival Black Ink.  
I sponged the edges of all the pieces using Eileen's Color Box Clear Snap Blends Hydrangea ink - so easy with the sponge applicator as part of the ink holder!
I covered the tea bag tag (part of the Tea Cup die) with more paper from the Heart Felt Paper Pad and a felt heart cut from Eileen's House Pocket die set.  I looped a piece of twine through the hole and attached the loose ends on the inside of the cup.  I stamped the Good Things sentiment and Spider Grass stamp using Archival Jet Black ink, coloring the Spider Grass with a light green Zig Clear Color brush and added light blue Tiny Twinkles..
I sponged an oval on the center of the saucer using the Hydrangea Color Box Blend ink and tied a 4 loop bow around the handles using white wrinkled seam tape
I die cut flowers and leaves from Eileen's Stitchy Flower and Leaf thinlits using Olive and Aqua Kunin Felt.  I pinched one end of each leaf together and added a dot of hot glue to each for a little curl, adhering them to the saucer at the bottom of the teacup with hot glue.
I added more blue Tiny Twinkles on the backs of the girls for a little sparkle and a larger blue rhinestone to the center of the flower.  I love this sentiment that is part of the 3 Girls stamp -  "Life is nothing without Friendship - Cicero". it reminds me of old family photos we have of my sister and me at the beach or lake with friends.
Sometimes I like to dunk biscotti in my tea - so I thought that might be a nice gift to put inside my teacup if I was giving this to someone!
I hope I have inspired you to check out all the fun stamps over at Stampotique as well as all of Eileen Hull's wonderful Sizzix Dies!

I'll be back next Tuesday with another joint project -  and you will find all of the Inspiration Teams' projects over at Eileen's blog during the month of June!

I'm also linking my project to:
Stamps and Stencils
Words with Meaning

Mixed Media Monthly
#36  Put a Stamp on It

Stampotique Flower Challenge SCD275

Stamps:  3 Girls, Good Things, Spider Grass - Stampotique
Ink:  Archival Jet Black,  Hydrangea Color Box Blends
Paper:  White Little Sizzles Matboard,  Heart Felt Paper Pad - Sizzix
Accessories:  Tea Cup 3D Die, Stitchy Flower and Leaf Thinlits, House Pocket Die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Olive and Aqua Kunin Felt, light Green Zig Marker, twine, foam dots, Tombow Glue, hot glue gun, Tiny Twinkles - Taylored Expressions, rhinestone - Kaiser Craft, white wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Autumn Blessings

Today was a beautiful fall day here in New England and some of the trees are starting to turn to beautiful reds and yellows.  I was inspired to create two cards using the same supplies with slightly different designs.
I made the background by first sponging Ranger Distress inks over the panel - in Carved Pumpkin, Brushed Corduroy and Barn Door.  Then I placed Tim's small leaf stencil over the panel and spritzed over the stencil with a water mister.  I removed the stencil immediately and dried the panel with my heat tool revealing the washed out leaf design of the stencil.
 I die cut the leaves out of a Brushed Copper Metal sheet from Add a Little Dazzle using Stitched Leaves dies from Lawn Fawn and layered them over the panels with foam dots.  Then I stamped the sentiments.
I'm linking my first card to:

I'm linking my second card to:

I was inspired by the foliage in the top middle photo

Anything But Cute -  Autumn Day

First Card
Stamps:  Season of Change - Sweet N Sassy Stamps
Paper:  White, Dark Chocolate - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Distress Carved Pumpkin, Barn Door, Brushes Corduroy, True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Blending Tool - Ranger, Leaf Stencil - Tim Holtz, Stitched Leaves Dies - Lawn Fawn, Water Mister - Ranger, Brushed Copper Metal Sheet - Add a Little Dazzle, foam dots

Second Card
Stamps:  Autumn Abundance - PTI
Paper:  Rustic Cream, White, Dark Chocolate - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Distress Carved Pumpkin, Barn Door, Brushes Corduroy, True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Blending Tool - Ranger, Leaf Stencil - Tim Holtz, Stitched Leaves Dies - Lawn Fawn, Water Mister - Ranger, Brushed Copper Metal Sheet - Add a Little Dazzle, foam dots