Do More with Your Ink Pads! Stamp School!

Hi friends! If you are new to stamping you probably don’t have every coloring tool out there. You might also limit your supplies due to storage space and budgetary concerns. Maybe you have everything you could ever want but you want a small kit of supplies that you can take on the go with you so you want your supplies to do double duty. Whatever the reason I am going to show you 3 different ways to use your ink pads to color your stamped images.

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I will show you 3 methods of coloring in this video!

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Supplies:

  • Stamps: Bird and nest from the Flowers and Whimsy set
  • Dies: Spellbinders
  • Bristol (what we stamped on) Canson XL
  • Stencil brushes (small sizes)
  • Color duster (Judikins)
  • Sponge tip daubers (Darice)
  • Waterbrush: Pentel
  • Card bases: Micheals (or make them from cardstock)
  • Patterened paper: DCWV
  • Dye ink in several colors
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Bakers twine
  • Doily
  • Black Pigment ink (VErsafine onyx black)
  • Black detail embossing powder
  • Homemade anti-static tool (cornstarch in a fabric pouch)
  • Adhesive (glue-zip-dry, Tape ATG)

Examples

This first example was colored by using small stiff bristles stencil brushes. You can get a similar look by using cotton swabs to apply the ink.

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This example was done with a sponge applicator. You can get a similar look with sponge tipped eye-shadow applicators. The daubers I used in the video are called Embossing Brushes  (even though they are not a brush) and are made by Darice and came in a pack of 16 for around $5

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The final example is watercolor and this is a great option if you don’t have many ink pads because you can mix colors easily on a palette before bringing the brush to paper.

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Directions:
1. Wipe bristol board with corn starch pouch. Stamp with black and heat emboss with black powder.

2. Die cut stamped panels. Cut mats for the panels if desired.

3. Assemble cards, all but the stamped panels, and set aside.

4. Color each panel as shown in the video experimenting with the different ink applications.

5. Glue stamped panels to cards.

I think limiting your supplies expands your creativity! If you have any clever ideas for getting more from your ink pads or other supplies let us know in the comments! Happy crafting!

A Freebie for Easter! {let’s make cards!}

Hi friends! I love looking through stacks of vintage postcards at antique shops. People used to send cards all the time, especially on holidays such as Easter. Today I have a free template (printable PDF and SVG cutting files) for you to create four cute cards that won’t cost a lot to make or send!

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We will also be using washi tape and baker’s twine, two of my favorite supplies, from our sponsor Papermart. Watch the video to see how it’s done:

Supplies:

  • White Cardstock
  • Baker’s Twine
  • Washi Tape
  • Stamps and Ink
  • Sponges or color dusters
  • Embossing folder (I used a Damask pattern from Darice)
  • Foam Tape
  • Scissors
  • Free Template
  • Also a craft knife or die cutter for cutting the templates.

Directions:

  1.  Die cut the SVG template on a full sheet of white cardstock OR print the PDF template. If hand cutting I recommend using a craft knife to cut out the windows on the cards and then cutting the scalloped frame with scissors. You will have 4 scalloped papers with windows.
  2. Emboss the papers with an embossing folder if desired. You can also stamp a sentiment on the paper if you want to keep it flat (unembossed.)
  3. Center the window on a card base and trace the window with a light-colored pencil.
  4. Apply washi tape over the traced image.
  5. Apply foam tape to the back of the window.
  6. Wrap the panel with baker’s twine and adhere to card base.
  7. Stamp an Easter sentiment on a label die cut (not included) and adhere over twine with foam tape.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

More “Scrap-pile” Cards!

I recently found a blog that have a challenge every week called “Scrap pile Saturday” and  was all over that. Whenever I can I dip in to my paper scraps to build a card (I have to cut into a full sheet of paper) and I have quite a stash of scraps. This weeks challenge was to use 3 pattern paper scraps to make a card:

Everything I used here was from the scrap bin! The House Mouse stamps were colored in at my Mom's house when I fist got my Copics on Paper Co. Paper, I was going to toss them but I just love the mice! I'm glad I kept them cuz these are pretty cute I think:)

This card also qualifies for the House Mouse Monday challenge which is Easter! I do love those cute little mice, My mom has a great collection so I often stamp out a bunch when I visit, I have many too which my kids stamp and color more than I do! I sent this card to my mom:

Stamps: House Mouse (of course) and the sentiments are from Studio G (those lovely dollar sets!) paper is MME and DCWV

My Sister prefers the House Mouse bunnies so this one I sent to her:

Even the card bases are from the scrap pile, they were half sheets of cardstock (DCWV premium glitter stack) that were left over from some die cut projects I did last week!

Well, this was fun, I did both cards in 20 minutes (A house cleaning break LOL) and since it was all scraps the cards were free to make! If you like the envelop in the first picture it is available in printable or SVG (a file to cut with your Cricut if you have SCAL software, use coupon 8774959 to save 10% on SCAL) in the Envelope Bonanza template pack:

7 svg templates and 8 printable templates for only $4!

Thanks for stopping by, til next time happy crafting!

Hippity hoppity….

Easter’s on it’s way! OK, we have a month but these springtime holidays sneak up on me that’s why I was sure to release my new Cute Easter digital stamp set in time for folks to use it! This week I challenged my design team to make cards using buttons and bows. Here are a few cards I whipped up from the kit:

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Digital stamps: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, PP: DCWV, Punch: SU! Markers: Copic

Here is a look at the cards up close, I have been practicing coloring with markers, can you tell?

This was fun and quick to color! I colored the basket light tan than added darker brown shadows. The eggs were colored with the lightest color first then outlined with the darker shade then blended with the firs color. On the bow I colored it dark pink then added purple shadows and blended with the pink and to make the bow look like satin I added highlights with the colorless blender.

I punched the edge of the card for a bit of flair, I used button die cuts from Ellison but regretted it after I glued them on 🙂 If you like the word art around the bonnet it will be available on Thursday as a freebie so be sure to check back!

Isn't the embossed mat on this card pretty, I cut it with my cricut using a template from Penny Duncan Creations then embossed it in my Big Shot.

Penny Duncan created the lovely mat I used on the above card, you can get it on her blog, you get many of the shapes layered in SVG format (she has formats for other cutter too) I cut the layered file with my Cricut and SCAL software (save 10% on scal til the 28th with coupon: 4190114) from thin chipboard then I laid one of the pieces over my digistamped image and traced around the OUTSIDE. I trimmed it then place the chipboard frame on my image and cranked it through my big shot like this:

The red thing is a sheet of rubber gasket you can get at the hardware store (plumbing isle) and I place the between to cutting pads (actually it is my homemade letterpress set up 🙂 I added 2 pieces of cardstock to shim it but try it without first.

I like how it has a look similar to a Nestability die. See how it looks up close without any ink enhancement:

Stamp: Lindsay's stamp stuff, SVG Die Cut Template: Penny Duncan

Pretty slick, huh? Now let’s take a look at the new Cute Easter set from Lindsay’s Stamp stuff

you get 8 Cute Easter Digital Stamps for $5!

Now the DT gals have been busy with buttons and bows this week, let’s see what they have created:

Kristen Hamlin

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Cheryl Gorka

Anette “Nettie” Robins

Cassandra Cushman

Tanya Johnson

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

…you’ve got a friend…

I was crafting in my studio this morning listing to a CD my hubby made for me chock full of folky light rock goodness and the Carol King Song “you’ve got a Friend” came on and I realized how lucky I am to have so many awesome friends in the crafty on-line world! I have gotten so much support from you especially with the opening of my digi-stamp shop and I just want to say thanks. A few of you have shared some of the cards you made with the free digital stamp I posted the other day, take a look at these cards:

Melissa Bove created this lovely card with a pretty yet surprising color combination.

Melissa Bove created this lovely card with a pretty yet surprising color combination.

Michelle Hale made this lovely card.

This one is by Margie Visnick, how pretty!

The above card is by Tamara Bennett, love the colors!

Thanks gals for sharing these cards with me!

And my friend Cheri who is a very talented artist sent me a blog award. Be sure to stop by her blog and see her work and while you are there you can vote for her teenage daughter who is in a modeling contest.

I get to pick 5 bloggers who have an attitude of Gratitude and pass this award on too. These blogs inspire me with their willingness to share what they know and what they create with us.

Denise’s Scrapbooing Room, Paper Scissors, Paint Create, My Fence Posts 2Jen’s Brain Things , and The Artful Mama

That’s all for now, tomorrow I will review the Cricut Stamp Kit and share some projects I’ve made with it, until then, happy crafting!

Hippity, Hoppity, Blog Candy’s on it’s Way!

Could a flocked bunny on a card be any cuter? Well, Maybe if it were eating a cupcake, but that just might be too cute to stand! I’ve had a box of flocking in my craft room for about a month and I just couldn’t make myself use it although I desperately wanted to. What held me back was the thought of using glue to hold my flock then waiting for the glue to dry, ugh. I need my instant crafting gratification! Then I saw that Creative Cuts & More has many of their die cut shape available in Killer Red Tape (including this adorable bunny) Yay! It is so easy to use the sticky die cut adhesive to attach flock, glitter, micro-beads or foil! Oh happy day!

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Supplies used: Bazzil Basics Black paper, Small Antique Label, Small Rabbit die cut in Tacky Tape, Queen&Co die cut felt, Doodlebug flock in white, Pink smooth cardstock, Piercing bug (EK Success) for faux Stitching, White Gel Pen, Prismacolor Colored Pencils, Acrylic Paint (Delta) and hole punches for edging the card and Dollar Stamps by Studio G (I got them on sale for 60 cents at AC Moore!)

Tip: Buy a value pack of clear rhinestones then color them with a Sharpie or Mark it to match your project as I did here:

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Flocking is easy! Simply peal the backing off of the adhesive shape and press it on to your cardstock. Rub over the die cut with your fingernail or a bone folder and peel off the other backer. Sprinkle with flock (you may need to do this a couple of times to get it really coated) dump the excess flock back in the jar and roll over the design with a CLEAN brayer or just press the flock into the tape with your fingers to be sure it stays put. It is so cool, you can’t help but touch it!

So you probably want to try this for yourself huh? Well you can! Tomorrow all of the designers from Creative Cuts and more are having a blog hop, we will be unveiling (no pun intended) the new wedding products from the shop and you can leave a comment to win different prizes from each of the designers! I’ll have a flocking kit up for grabs but all of the designers will have a different prize so you will have to check them all out! It all starts tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your Sunday and as always happy crafting!

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