Triple Time {stamping} Take 2 & Tips!

TGIF! Do you have some crafty time planned this weekend? If so here is a really fun technique to try, it is called Triple Time Stamping. I made a traditional TTS card last week (you can see it and instructions here) but the thing I did not like about it was all the layers, there was a lot of paper hidden that you could not see, that seemed a bit wasteful. check out my waste-free Triple time card:

 

You still get the look of the stamped layers but you cut all of your layers from one piece of cardstock. First stamp and color your image. I used circle dies (these are from Lifestyle Crafts, they were free with a clearance gadget I bought a few months ago and I use them quite a lot…probably because I don;t have any other circle dies LOL!) to cut concentric circles from my stamped and colored image and from my matting cardstock. You can also use a circle cutter such as the Creative Memories ones many of us have. Notice how I lined the dies up the same way. the dies on the coral cardstock are a size larger than each of the dies on the stamped one. BTW the mearmaid is from Sweet Pea Stamps.

 

Now cut and layer, it is that easy!

Coloring tip! I stamped my image in Memento and colored it with alcohol ink markers but I did not like all of the white in the background so I grabbed my Faber Castell Metallic Gel sticks and colored in the background and blended it with a waterbrush. To give the mermaid the appearence of being underwater I brushed some of the gelato over the colored image. Since I was brushing a watercolor medium over the alcohol marker there was no smearing. Go ahead, mix that media!

 

I wanted this card to have a beachy feel so I glued sand and sea glass to the bottom flat part of the easel card. Be warned, it takes a full day for that glue to dry and it is way to heavy to mail  but what a nice look huh?

 

Like I said this card weighs a ton so I won’t be mailing it, I think I might use it as a decoration for my twins 8th birthday party. I really liked the turquoise and coral color combo so I decided to use it on my girls b-day invites.

So this morning I decided to make the invitations and I printed the wrong date! Really, can you belive it? I was already assembling them so I used a white out tape runner pen to fix the mistake and wrote the correct date in with a matching marker. I stamped the background with a chevron Cover a Card (Impression Obsession) stamp, printed the info on my computer and die cut the info out with the same circle dies as I used on the mermaid card. I am looking forward to making some simple favor bags and banners with that stamp.  

Well, how’s that for a really chatty post? Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Happy Library Appreciation Week & WOYWW

Happy Wednesday folks! Last night I went to my local library to host the kids craft class I teach every month (more on that in a bit) and since it was Library Appreciation week I had to bring something special for our librarian. I cut the library pocket from the Teacher’s Helper SVG kit to hold the bookmarks on the card front.

 

I made the cameo stamps with my TC stampmaker using the Cameo and DB Cameo frame fonts from Lettering Delights.

It is a card with 5 bookmarks. I embossed the bookmarks with a letterpress plate. ENABELER ALERT!!! ACmoore is clearancing all of their letterpress products so if you want anything go check it out. They have the sets of design plates for $6.50 (regular price $24), paper and ink for $1.85 (reg. $7) and the letterpress bed with plates for $20 (reg. $80) and get this, the big bundle with the Epic 6 die cut machine, a set of 14 circle dies, a set of plates, paper and a black ink and roller and the letterpress bed that was $150 is on clearance for $37!!! OK, usually I hate to enable but if you do not have a manuel die-cut machine it is a real steal. If you have a die cut machine like a Big Shot you can use my tutorial to make letterpress bed for less than $10 and it works just as well but if just doesn’t look as cool :D So, if you are wondering how I know it works just as well…er…ok! I bought the darn machine because I couldnt resist the $37 price tag, I feel very ashamed of myself if it makes you feel any better…so much for being the frugal crafter, huh? At least I can say my homemade version works just as well and the Epic 6 is a good machine too so either way, if you make it or grab the bundle on clearance you can’t go wrong…so, how about another look at the bookmarks?

 

OK back to the library craft class, I tend to get a wide variety of ages coming to the class, the little kids and the girls all tend to be happy with the craft we make but often I have some older boys (my son included) who are too cool to make the aforementioned craft. So, I designed a bunch of comic book page templates that they could fill in with their art and stories, I set a bunch of the pages out on a table with a bucket of colored pencils and called it the Animation Station and it was a hit! Unfortunately I did not get a photo of any of the crafty happenings at the library but you get the idea. The Comic Book Template kit with 19 pdf templates is $3, but the cool thing is you can turn any of the templates upside down for a new layout. The format is PDF so you just open and click print, it doesn’t get any easier than that!

 

By now you probably have noticed that whatever is on my desk for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday is something that will be featured later in the week. Today is no exception. I filmed a watercolor painting basics video today that will be on my blog tomorrow. Here is what my desk looked like before I stared filming, you can even see the legs of my camera’s tripod :)

 

I hope you are having an exciting or at least productive week, I sure am! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Shower time!

My niece is getting married next moth and today was her bridal shower, she picked the most unusual color scheme for her wedding but it is truly stunning: Orange, green with grey and black, it did not scream wedding to me at first until I played around with the colors, here is the card I made her:

Dress card die cut: Creative Cuts & More, Stamps: Autumn Leaves, Inkadinkado, Stampin Up, Paper: Bazzill, American Crafts

I found this Dress Window die cut card from Creative Cuts & More stashed away with my white paper scraps and had to use it, I added some stamping and decorated the inside so there would be something pretty to see though the dress cutout:

I think I like decorating the inside of the card as much as I like making my homemade envelopes!

The envelope for this card is a SVG freebie (to cut with your Cricut and SCAL software) I designed and you can grab it here, it is adjustable in SCAL2 (square or rectangle), in scal 1 you are stuck with it being a square envelope, but you can still make it whatever size square you want.

Now, my niece is a very talented crafter, she was over the other day using my Cricut and she told me that she was going to buy thank you cards for the wedding instead of making them (Hats off to any bride who sends thank you notes, homemade or store-bought!) so I decided to letterpress her a set of 10 thank you notes, here you can see the detail of the debossed letterpress design:

Letterpress plates and paper: Lifestyle Crafts

If you remember a few months ago I showed you how I made a letterpress bed to fit in my Big Shot diecutter, if you want directions to make one for less than $10 check out this post, as you can see it works as well as the $149 kit from Lifestyle crafts and you can use their plates in it. Here are the cards and matching envies:

Envelope paper: K&Co, Tool: Scor-pal

Also I while back I showed you how to make envelopes with your Scor-pal, if you missed it you can see the video and grab my cheat sheet here.

These projects qualify for the following challenges: Annabelles Stamps (embossing), Clearly I Stamp (thank you cards), Cowgirls Sunday Stamping Challenge, DigiDoodles (anything goes), Creative craft Challenge (bride),  I Did It (buttons & bows), Totally Gorjuss (congrats) and Wee Memories (stamping.)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Homemade Letterpress!

I feel like an evil genius! I figured out how to make my own letterpress contraption to use with my Big Shot Die Cutting machine, lookie at what I made:

Some cards made with my homemade letterpress and printing plates from Lifestyle Crafts.

Here I debossed the images without ink then used a brayer to add ink over the debossed designs.

You may be thinking “what’s the big deal? It looks like stamping” but that is only half of it because when you letterpress it debosses too! You can just plain emboss, ink the plate first and have a colored debossed image or you can run your paper through uninked then brayer ink (or swipe it with an inkpad) over it to highlight the raised design. It’s totally cool!

This is how it looks without inking. I like it!

Here I inked the crown with purple ink before printing. The card base was pressed uninked then I used the same purple inkpad to rouge the edges.

When I saw the home letterpress kit from Lifestyle Crafts I was intrigued but I wasnt about to spent $150 on a whim especially since I had a die cutter and zillions of rubber stamps already, they also have a starter kit that has the contraption that you use the printing plates with, ink and paper for $70 but that is still a lot of money in my book. So I took an old plexiglass cutting pad from my Big Shot, a piece of Masonite and some duck tape and made this:

I hinged the plexiglass plate to a peice of Masonite with duct tape to make my press.

The results of my Homemade snowflate printing plate.

I purchased the Everyday letterpress printing plate at AC Moore, I just about fell over yesterday when I saw that they had the whole line of products (and I had a 50% off coupon in my pocket.) The plates sell for $24 a set but with the coupon they were $12, a reasonable price for a few hours of fun and experimentation I think ;)

Here is the set I purchased, I really like it!

For my first experiment I used Rives BFK printmaking paper because you need soft thick paper to get the full effect. I used the adhesive that came with my plates (double-sided tape will work too), stuck a printing plate to the plexiglass side, put my paper on the Masonite side, closed the contraption and ran it through my Big Shot. The debossing was gorgeous!

Then I inked up the plate with a pigment inkpad, it looked OK but I got a much cleaner result when I used a soft rubber brayer to ink up my plate.

Then I tried the plates un-inked again and used a brayer to apply ink over the design. I like that a lot.

So then I thought I would try to make my own printing plates. I used thick stencil plastic that my SIL who is a quilter gave me and my Creative Hot Marks (woodburner) with the tapered stencil tip on it to cut my own plates. I made an Asian character, a frame, and a snowflake. I printed the Asian design on paper and placed it under the film so I could see it as I cut and the others I just took die cuts from the Cricut and cut around them, both ways worked equally as well. I had to use a craft knife to trim away some of the plastic burrs on the plates but they were quick to make and worked nicely.

Some homemade letterpress plates made with stencil plastic and a woodburner.

I used my homemade Asian plate for this. the background is a LC plate inked with gold before pressing.

I experimented with paper and it seems that the ticker the paper the better it worked. Watercolor paper and printmaking paper worked the best, DCWV textured cardstock worked very well too, I wasnt as pleased with regular cardstock and paper though. If you try this and don’t get any embossing you may need to shim (or pack as they call it over at Lifestyle Crafts) your contraption. For my homemade plates I place a sheet of rubber gasket under my homemade letterpress before cranking it through, for the purchased plates I used 2 sheets of cardstock under my press for a shim. Do not over pack it or you my crack your plates, I noticed little stress cracks on one of my plates when I used too thick a shim. I have been “making art” for a long time so i had a lot of supplies like brayers, ink and paper on hand, if you don’t it might be cheaper to get the kit if you are dying to try this craft.

I would love to try the Lifestyle crafts kit to see how it compares to mine, my niece is getting married and I have been asked to help with the invitations and I think these designs will be beautiful for that. If you try this let me know how it goes, I sure did have fun playing with this today ;) Till next time happy crafting!

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