Stamp School: Layered Stenciling! {a USE YOUR STASH project}

Hi friends! Do you ever look at the pile of supplies in your craftroom and feel badly that they are collecting dust? Well today we will put some neglected supplies to use: stencils, Gelatos, gel sticks, watercolor crayons, pastels, distress crayons, ink pads you name it. And don’t even think that you can’t do this project because I am sure you can find something in your stash that will suffice. No excuses:) I had been feeling badly about the small fortune I spent on Distress Crayons (because quite frankly I was not impressed with them and then I felt bad that I wasted my money) but then I thought, well, they are bought and paid for, I might as well see what I CAN do with them and turns out they worked darn well for this technique!

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No more Distress Crayon guilt for me! Do you have any supplies you feel guilty for buying and not using? Let me know in the comments and hopefully today’s video will inspire you to use them!

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Supplies:

  • Stamps from Art Neko: Marine stuff,  Steampunk, Postcard
  • Bristol board or smooth cardstock (cut 4.5″x6″)
  • Stencils
  • Water-soluble crayons or oil pastels (Distress crayons, Gelatos, gel sticks, gel crayons, portfolio water-soluble pastels, Prima water-soluble pastels or watercolor crayons.)
  • Die based ink (Like Distress Ink)
  • Black Pigment ink (Like Versafine Onyx black)
  • Baby wipes
  • Make up sponges (cosmetic wedges)
  • Heat Tool (optional)
  • White gesso or acrylic paint
  • Low tack painters tape or masking tape
  • Cheap aerosol hairspray (I like Aqua Net for this)
  • Most importantly, time to play and have fun!

Directions:
1. Cut cardstock or 9″x12″ Bristol board into quarters. You can stamp postcard info on the back or use this as a card front.
2. Place a big stencil on top of the panel and secure with tape. Sponge ink over the stencil.
3. Ink up some pattern stamps with the same color ink and stamp over stencil, it does not have to be perfect.
4. Add similar color pastels to the openings of the stencil and blend with a baby wipe.
5. Place a smaller stencil on (over the big stencil still in place) and stencil with gesso.
6. Remove stencils and add ink to the panel if desired. You can stencil more with the gesso too if you like!
7. Stamp your focal image with black pigment ink and ink the edges in black.
8. Spray with a fixative or cheap hairspray to seal the postcard.

Remember if you don’t want to use this as a post card or if you mess up the back this makes a pretty card front as well. You can even use this technique on an art journal page! I would love to hear what you think of this project in the comments below and if you liked it please consider sharing it using one of the handy social media buttons at the end of this post. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

If it Don’t Move, Stamp it! {Stamp School}

Hi friends! There has probably been a time in your stamping career when you wanted to add a stamped image on a  3-D or uneven object. This can be frustrating or impossible depending on the stamps and ink you choose. Today I am going to show you a technique using tissue paper and decoupage  that will allow you to apply stamped images to almost any surface you choose!

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It was easy to apply a stamped image to this ridged glass votive holder and I will show you how in today’s Stamp School video!

You can find the stamps I used at our sponsor Rubber Stamp Tapestry!  SAVE 15% on your orders of Peg Stamps and Peg Stamp Sets $10 or more from May 19 – May 28, 2016 with coupon code:  VOTIVE16
Supplies:
Tissue paper
White glue (elmers, mod-podge etc)
Stamps (Aloha set from Rubber Stamp Tapestry)
Paint brush (for glue)
Scissors
Waterproof ink (such as Ancient Page, Ranger Archival, Staz-On)
You can use this technique for transferring any stamped images onto rough or textured surfaces. Tissue paper comes in so many beautiful shades and since it is translucent it will blend in with your surface and since it is so thin it easily molds to uneven shapes. Give it a try and have fun! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Do You YUPO?

Hi friends! Tonight we are going to explore stamping on a plastic paper called YUPO. I was first introduced to this paper 14 years ago and I used it for watercolor but it is really fun to stamp on too!

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You can make really fun backgrounds by wetting the paper or get crisp stamped imaged when dry. Watch the video to see some fun techniques!

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I used the new release from Rubber Stamp Tapestry for my demo today (each set is listed below.) Deal alert! Get free shipping on USA orders of $10 or more with coupon code SHIPFREE16

Supplies:
Yupo Paper
Watercolor markers
Stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry:
Aloha
Retro Sundress
Bright New Day
Between the Paving Stones
Stars & Stripes Forever
Spray bottle
Small round brush

Feel free to try these techniques on any watercolor paper for more subtle results! I hope you enjoyed this fun technique and try it for yourself! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Faux Patina Stamping {Copper & Terracotta Effects!}

Hi friends! This card was so fun to make! I got to play with supplies I already had to create fun and textural effects of embossed copper and terracotta pots.

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The techniques are easy and versatile. Feel free to substitute gelatos for paints, watercolor crayons or water-soluble oil pastels. Try what you have before buying new!

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The beautiful stamp set in this video is from our sponsor Rubber Stamp Tapestry. Save 15% off stamp orders of $10 or more with coupon PEGSTAMPS16

Supplies:
Cardstock: Black, cream, purple, white
Pansy Garden stamp set (Rubber Stamp Tapestry)
Embossing folder (any geometric tile design)
Dye inks
Gelatos or watersoluble oil pastels
Acrylic paint: copper, white, teal
Fabric scrap
Embossing powders in gold, rust and verdigris or similar colors
Pen
Sentiment label
Window die or hand cut it with an X-acto knife

Check out the beginner peg stamp scene building tutorial here

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and try out the techniques for yourself. Try changing the colors to black, grey and silver to make a faux pewter background or stoneware pot. Changing the colors can give you a brand new effect and it is so fun to experiment! We buy the supplies to use them, not admire them pristine on a shelf right? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Wanna win some fishy stamps? It’s giveaway time!!!

Hello friends! What an awesome night, we just got back from watching the Penobscot Theater’s presentation of Narnia, it was a delight and the play was done entirely by children, well done kids! My kids loved the performance and it is inspiring to see other children work hard and accomplish things I think, a better accomplishment that beating a high score on a video game anyway. 😀  So now I have another fun thing to do tonight, give away some rubber stamps, yay! Check out the beautiful stamps from About Art Accents I used on these cards and envelopes:

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All you have to do is leave  a comment on this blog post for your chance to win. I’ll pick a random winner next Friday. If you don’t want to wait you can buy them here, be sure to use my coupon code (Lindsay10%) to save 10% on your regular priced purchase. I have to confess, I’ve had these stamps on my desk for about 2 months. I really loved them but I wanted to do them justice. “Enough!” I said this week, I’m just gonna play with them, and so I did! Watch the video to see how I made the stamped panels for these cards. We are going to have fun with glossy cardstock.

I had a viewer ask if photo paper can be used in place of glossy card, well sometimes it can, I always say give it a try and see but for the techniques I showed you tonight you need glossy cardstock like Kromecoat because it had a plastic coating that repels the ink a bit rather than glossy photo paper that promoted quick drying. Don’t despair if you don’t have glossy card, be resourceful, look through the magazines and junk mail in your recycle bin. Find ads and glossy pages that are mostly white and experiment! You would not believe the amount of “art supplies” we routinely toss away! Another tip, if you have a copy shop or printer nearby you can purchase Kromecoat for about 25 cents a sheet. Don’t let lack of money stop you from creating, it just means you need to be more creative! Here is a close up of the cards:

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I used a Ranger resist pad of the jellyfish, you might be able to use your embossing ink-pad for this too as long as you don’t get too much ink on the stamp, embossing pads are spongy while the resist pad is firmer. Either way make sure you dry the paper well before inking. The pattern paper I used on both cards are from the Taj-Mahal mat stack from DCWV, I like the mat-stacks because I don’t waste any paper, they are perfect for layering on a 5″x7″ card.

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I hope you found my creative play today inspiring. I hope you try these techniques and I really hope you leave a comment to win these fab stamps from About Art Accents! Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

Tutorial: Using Chalk Pastels to Stamp!

Howdy folks! My crafty mojo made an appearance today while I was playing with my chalk pastels.

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It got me to thinking, chalk ink is expensive but you can get  set of student grade chalk (aka soft) pastels at the craft store for cheap (48 for $10) so I used said cheap pastels to stamp with, have a look:

Extra bonus, this is a technique that I would use the expensive inktense blocks with and the pastels work just as well and they are more in the price range of average crafters. What’s more most of us have some type of pastel or decorator chalk in our stash from 10 years ago when it was all the rage (yes, if you can pop those suckers out of the palette they came in you can use them!)

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I love that you can stamp on dark-colored cardstock with these too! Is there no end to the fun we can have with these inexpensive goodies? Now, I got a lot of questions on YouTube about whether the stamped image needs to be sealed. Well, before I took the photos I rubbed may hand over the images, no smudging at all. Another reason I would not seal them is that it might darken the color or make them disappear on dark cardstock, also sometimes fixatives will make paper brittle over time (especially if you are a cheap skate like me and use Aqua-Net as a sealer LOL!)

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So there you have it! Another use for an old product you probably already have, if not you can obtain them cheaply. I spied many sets that looked pretty good for under $10 at my local ACmoore. Look for rich, vivid colors and you can’t go wrong. In case you are wondering if you should spend big bucks on artist grade pastels ask yourself this: Are you going to paint a picture with them? Do you have children who will share them with you? Do you have proper ventilation? I love artist grade pastels and I paint with them. The colors will last longer because they contain pigments, some of which are toxic such as cobalt, cadmium, and other baddies and you shouldn’t breathe the dust. You don’t have to worry so much about student grade products because they are non-toxic, I don’t recommended breathing the dust on purpose or anything but they are a lot safer and the results will still be lovely. Chances are if you are using them in a scrapbook, journal or card they will not be hanging in direct sunlight for an extended period of time either, the cheap stuff is fine for this, BTW all of the chalk in the scrapbook “archival” aisle is the cheap stuff with a bigger price tag. You’re welcome.  I hope this project unleashed some creativity in you today, feel free to share what you have created by leaving a link in the comments, I’d love to see! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Punchenella and a Crafty Card {2 Videos!}

Hey there, Lindsay here posting a little later than usual today. That’s because I wanted to get a video, 2 actually, done for you today. I wanted to make a card for Halloween with my Vintage Pumpkin Stamps from Pink Persimmon because they are having a great sale, 30% off  all of their stamps and a free stamp set (the Specail Delivery stamp set ) with a purchase of $25 or more. You have to use the coupon code: SuperSale2013 to get the savings. They are making room for more stamps and I adore their stuff so I thought I would share! If you shop tell ‘um Lindsay sent ya!

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A YouTube viewer asked me if I knew where to buy punchenella and I thought I would do one better and show you how to make it!

It’s easy, all you need is paper drywall tape with holes, Lowes has a 2″x100′ roll for $6, and something to color it with like an inkpad or paint. You can even glitter it like I did here:

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And now for the card. I designed this on the fly with the camera rolling (I feel like it needs a disclaimer LOL!) but you might get a new tip or trick to make it worth your while…

Well, I better get moving, I am running in the parent race for my son’s Cross Country team this afternoon, I don’t know what possessed me to agree to this 1.6 miles of torture, I think when the season started and I was so proud of my son for running every day I thought it would be fun (kinda like how snowshoeing sounds like fun when it is summer and when it is winter you think next summer it will be fun to go camping then when the time comes you come to your senses) so if I am not back tomorrow please send a paramedic into the woods after me to haul my sorry butt out, will ya? 😀 I did start training for the race about 2 months ago but I realized about 3 weeks in that a hate running, really hate running so my new plan is to save my strength for the race. I;ll let you know how that turns out. But if you don’t hear from me remember to send the paramedic, OK? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Eroded Stamping, Gears & Bones…Spooky!

Howdy folks! Last night we went to the kids school Halloween party. I was the fortune teller again this year and it was so much fun! Afterwards the kids had a couple of friends sleep over, lots of pizza, popcorn, chips and sweets were consumed, movies were watched and the pool table and pinball machine were busy into the night…oh yeah, I have the “cool” house LOL! Since we are in the Halloween spirit I thought I’d share this card I made the other day:

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I used some fun techniques in this card. The first technique is what I call eroded stamping because the image looks grungy and deteriorating and the key to the technique is stamping with water, I used the bubble background from Lost Coast Designs. Have a look:

Then I dug out the square stamping gear I had to have but never use and my skeleton stamp from Lost Coast Designs. BTW Lost coast design is part of the Virtual stamp convention going on this weekend at Rubber Stamp Chat, They have 20% off and free shipping, you have to go to Rubber stamp Chat to get the coupon code but don’t wait, The convention lasts through Monday!

It was a fun card to make, I enjoyed using the stamping gear and will try to use it more often now:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Ombre inking!

Howdy friends! This week at Oriental stamp Art there was a sketch challenge. The challenge was to make a card with strips of cardstock in various shades of the same color. I hit my scrap bin but could not come up with the colors I wanted so I did what any self-respecting crafter does (no, I did not go the the store) I figured out another way!

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I love the look. All you need is ink, masking tape (I used painter’s tape because it is less sticky) and a stipple brush (I used a color duster by Judikins but any hog bristle brush will work). Watch the video to see how I made this card!

In the video I mentioned 2 companies i have loved for years. I find Asian paper and embellishments hard to come by and when I find some I like I am afraid to waste it. I was looking around at Lettering Delights yesterday and found beautiful Asian papers, clip art and svg die cuts. They have a nice feature on their site called the “Try Me Now” tool and you can see all of the items in a set up close and if you purchase the set you can easily print them right from the site. You should download anything you purchase just in case but you can print your stuff with a click of a button! No opening software and knowing how to use it just click on the image, paper or what have you, type the size you want and click print, easy as pie! and in the case of paper you save a lot of room on your hard drive! Did I mention easy? If you have purchased anything from lettering delights in the past you can log in at the site and it is all there! You can even type out titles and just print that, it is amazing I tell you! You can go play with the try me tool even if you have never bought anything, be sure to checkout the monthly freebies while you are there and sign up for the newsletter because thy have coupons sometimes! They are have a dollar sale on some of their stuff right now too.

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The other company I love is About Art Accents, I love their Asian stamps from the delicate nature stamps to their bold paper-cut stamps they offer a great stamp for whatever theme Asian card I want to make!

If you have any questions on the techniques I shared today just leave a comment! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!