Stamp School #6: Layering stamps!

Hi friends! Last week my hubby and I celebrated 14 years of wedded bliss, this is the card I made him:

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I really like layered stamp designs, also called 2 step stamping, because it is quick and you get beautiful results.  I am using some watercolor and accent stamps from Rubbernecker today. I often reach for their watercolor stamps when I want to make a quick, yet beautiful card. There are a few tips I have for you on lining up your rubber stamps, the most important tip is that you do not have to be perfect lining them up to get a beautiful result. Watch the video to see how I made this card.

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Supplies you will need for this card:

  • Stamps: Rubbernecker, they have all the stamps I used on sale and free shipping over $25, thanks guys!
  • Ink: Black (Ranger Archival) Shades of red (Memento)
  • Color Dusters (optional)
  • Black Grosgrain Ribbon (Dollar Tree)
  • White cardstock
  • Paper trimmer or ruler and knife
  • Frame die or stencil (optional)

I hope you try some of these techniques on your next card. I know many people get frustrated with the layered stamps but hopefully you can relax and give it another try. Another tip, if you ever feel like you are not getting a technique, make the card anyway then set it aside and look at it tomorrow because it will look so much better. You can then tell if it needs something else or if it is great as is, hindsight is 20/20 as they say. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School #4: No-Line Watercoloring with Markers, Masking & More!

Hi friends! I love the look of watercolors and you can achieve the look really easily with stamps using the technique I am going to show you today!

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All you need are watercolor markers (I am using Spectrum Aquas but you can use whatever you want), white cardstock, water and a paintbrush as well as a tile or laminated card (or plastic packaging) to use as a palette. I am also going to show you how to make a mask so that you can build your own arrangements and make images appear to overlap each other. If you are using a stamp with a prearranged (complete) scene, or you are stamping images that are not touching each other you do not need to mask. It is a really great trick to know though so I encourage you to try it!

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I kinda wish I chose bolder colors for the flowers but when you are beginning with this technique to softer, lighter shades are more forgiving. I used the colors Blossom, Aquamarine, Moss, Desert from Spectrum Aqua (affiliate link to Hallmark Scrapbook, they have the markers on sales!) The stamps are all from the Bouquet For You stamp set from Stampendous. Feel free to try this technique with any open line work stamp you want to use. By that I mean a stamp made up of outlines and not a lot of solid area. So, what did you think of this weeks lesson? Was it too much info for a beginner or could you follow it OK? If you feel a bit overwhelmed just pause the video and go at your pace. It’s just like eating an elephant, one bite at a time. Take it one step at a time and you will do fine! And, no I do not advise eating an elephant, it’s just a figure of speech…and I’m a vegetarian. 😀 Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you tomorrow with an easy bookmaking tutorial! Til then Happy Crafting!

Wicked Cool Stamped Stained Glass Technique!

Hi Friends, you know I mean business when I use the word “wicked!”  I could not wait to use the new stained glass stamp I bought from DRS Designs from the Heirlooms show on Saturday. I’ve had this iris stamp for years, I think they work so well together:

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You can make any stamp you have look like stained glass with that stamp, see how I did it in today video tutorial:

My friend Cindi and a youtube viewer suggested trying a large crackle stamp to get this effect. That is a neat idea and I am a big believer of using what you have. I am also a fan of buying supplies that make my other supplies more useful. Just think of all of the stamps you can try the stained glass technique with!

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It’s been a long day and I am ready to call it a night! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Have Yourself a “Fairy” Little Christmas…{A Stamp Giveaway!!!}

Happy Monday Folks! I had fun stamping a card (it’s been a while, I know!) to enter into this weeks challenge at Oriental Stamp Art. They asked us to make a card that was “Holiday” and “Asian” in theme. Then I remembered that AAA/Art Neko had generously given me the Holly Fairy stamp to give away on my blog and my card was born. Fairy Christmas! BTW, anytime you shop at About Art Accents/Art Neko be sure to use the code Lindsay10% to save 10% on your order!

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Wanna win it? Just leave me a comment (on this post) between now and next Sunday (the 9th) and  will randomly pick a winner on Monday. What a way to start the week! Here is a close up of the coloring. I treated myself to a set of  Spectrum Noir  markers (the Brights set) from Crafter’s Companion, they had all the 24 packs on sale for $24 and free shipping at Consumer Crafts (It was a bad time to be frugal because I wish I had bought them all!)

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I was a bit hesitant because I purchased a set of the light flesh tones at ACmoore when they first came out and they were dried out. I added some denatured alcohol to them and got them working but I was not a fan. I notice, though, that the lighter colors of alcohol markers do seem to be a bit dry feeling but these seemed too dry. I thought that maybe ACmoore might have got a bad batch so for $24 I took a chance and they were all good and juicy and they played nice with my other markers. I had to use a dark brown Promarker, dark red Tria and a tan Copic. I know I need more markers like a hole in the head but I am sorry I passed up getting the other sets now 😦

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Something else I want to enable you to buy…er… I mean recommend are Pan Pastels, I picked up 3 a few months ago (magenta, turquoise and lime green) when they were on sale for $4 each because I wanted to try them. Well, they are expensive but I can see why, I tapped a sponge into the color and rubbed it on my background and WOW! the color blended in beautifully and a tap of color was all I needed to do the background! I think I might ask for some for Christmas…my Christmas list is getting longer by the moment (I also want Santa to bring me a Fire Works beadmaking torch kit!)

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The final touch on the card was a game piece that I saved from Axis and Allies, hubby was tossing the game and there were cute mini airplanes and chips. I like the graphic punch the Japan chip gives and the repetition of the circle theme on the card.

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Well, that’s it for me! I am in the final push getting ready for my craft fair on Saturday. Today is my sewing day. I am making juggling balls, hand-warmers and key fobs. Don’t forget to leave a comment to win the beautiful fairy stamp from About Art Accents/Art Neko! Til next time happy crafting!

A simple “bleep bleep” birthday card!

Hello there, today I wanted to share a card/tag/envelope set I made for a birthday the kids want to this weekend, it only took minutes to make;

 

I like to test my stamps out on a scrap before committing them to a card. In this case the test scrap made a nice tag. I wanted to make a matching envelope so I simply used the same ink to stamp gears on the envelope too, easy peasy!

I used stamps from The Paper Studio (all but the flag which is Pink Persimmon and the tiny green alien and tiny beep, those are from Basic Grey) Ink was from Stampin’ Up (Real Red, Only Orange, Tempting turquoise, and basic black) the only coloring was on the flag and done with a yellow tombow marker.

Honestly, it took longer to write this blog post them to make the card!

Here is a tip though, the clear robot stamps are cheapies from JoAnns, to get them to stamp well I scuffed them with a fine grit emery board (or you can use an eraser) then the ink will stick properly to them;)

Til next time happy crafting!

A video, a sale and a freebie! {oh my!}

****EDIT: 3/25/11**** I have ben asked by several readers where to buy the new blending sets, I have added a list of stockists at the end of my post as well as a list of al the colors in th sets so you can buy them a’la carte too***

Howdy folks! I can’t believe March is almost over! It cam in link a lion and, well, that has not changed LOL! I decided to stay in away from the slushy snow we received yesterday and make a card with my new Sew Much fun digistamp set and my new ProMarker blending kits.

And that set along with everything at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff is 30% off Now through Saturday!

If you want to see how I made this card and learn some coloring tips and tricks watch the video!

That was a fun one to make, I actually talked and talked til I ran out of film {no surprise there ha ha}, here is a look at the brand new Sew Much Fun digistamp set I used:

It goes well with these sets also from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Posh'n Trendy StampsCrafty Tools & Puns StampsSew Pretty StampsSewing Stuff Digital stamp

Now for the freebie, Vintage is so hot right now and I’ve seen a few rubber stamp companies come out with eye charts will, I came across a vintage eye chart and I cleaned it up a bit and made a sheet of them that you can add to your cards and crafts, click here to download. There is a printable sheet of 9 and a single too 🙂

This card qualifies for the following challenges: ABC Challenge, Crafty Creations, Crafts and Me, Clear It Out!, Digital Tuesday

Digital stamps (sewing machine and tape/ruler)Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Rubber stamp/dies: stampin up, paper: Basic Grey, Crickle Ribbon: Sewtrue.com

Remember the 30% off sale in on now through Saturday midnight! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Ammended 3/25/11: The Blending sets are arriving in brick and morter store now, they will be available online within weeks. All of the colors in the kits are available open stock (in case you cannot wait LOL!)

Here are the colors in the ProMarker Blending sets:

Pastel set: Vanilla, Satin, Meadow Green, Apple, Pastel Blue, Powder Blue, Lavender, Lilac, Pale Pink, Baby Pink, Putty, Tan
 
Vivid set: Sunflower, Gold, Pear Green, Olive Green, China Blue, Midnight Blue, Plum, Aubergine, Crimson, Burgundy, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna
 
Muted set: Buttercup, Tulip Yellow, Tea Green, Soft Green, Cornflour, Blue Pearl, Orchid, Purple, Dusky Rose, Antique Pink, Caramel, Cinnamon

Here is a list of store that sell Promarkers, please support your local art supply shops and check there first. I am not affilated with any of these retailers, I am just passing info along 🙂

USA-The best price for ProMarkers online is the Carpe Diem Store, they are $1.49 each and cheaper to buy the singles than the sets, here is the link: http://www.carpediemstore.com/listCategoriesAndProducts.asp?idCategory=2870

Many online art supplies have the basic Promarker sets: Blick Art Materails and Cheap joes are two compaines I order from oftern but do not carry them individually.

I am lucky that my Local Art Shop locatred in Aubachon Hardware in Bangor Maine carries all the ProMarker colors, if you are local check them out {Say “hi” to Fred for me 🙂 } 

Aubuchon Hardware Store #174
21 Washington Street
Bangor, ME 04401
207-945-5542

Canada Retail Stores

Omer Deserres, 400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Suite1200, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1L4
Tel: 1 800-363-0318  http://www.deserres.ca/
 Above Ground Art Supplies, 74 McCaul Street, Toronto,  Ontario, M5T 3K2,
Tel: 1 416-591-1601    https://www.abovegroundartsupplies.com/
 Art & Hobby, 755 Saint-Jacques St., Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec, J3B 6S4,
Tel: 1 450-347-1517    http://www.arthobby.ca/
 Colours Art & Framing, 1340-16th Avenue NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2H 0L1  Tel: 1 403-289-1633   
Opus Framing Art & Supplies, 3445 Cornett Road, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5M 2H3  Tel: 1 604-435-9991
Also available at: The Artstore of Waterloo & Wallacks Art Shop
Anyone can order the markers directly from Letraset too: www.letraset.com They are based in England, you can see shipping rates on their website. Most likely you are better off to check with your local art shops, you will save on shipping and keep your money local. If your local art shop does not carry ProMarkers just ask them to, if not they can likely order them for you 🙂

A hot cup on a cold day…

I have been nursing the coffee all day today (which probably means I’ll be up all night) but I had a lot of projects and articles brewing in my brain so what’s a girl to do?

 

PAper: GSD Studios, CArdstock: Neenah, GP, Markers: Copic, Stamp: Kristen Powers, Other: Ribbon (dollar tree), buttons, stick pin and hand crocheted flower

This is a card I made for the December issue of Ready-Set-Create! magazine. I love anything with a coffee cup on it…that and cupcakes…coffee and cupcakes, now wouldn’t that just be perfect!?!

 

This card qualifies for the following challenges: 2sisters (girly), alotarubberstamps, (ribbon/bow), craftyourdaysaway, creativecraftworld (anything goes) and craftycatzweeklychallenge (food/drink)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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