African Sunset Card!

Hi friends! Today we are going to make a card using the ink blending technique in about 10 minutes.

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Watch the video to see this easy card come together!

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I hope you give this technique a try and til next time happy crafting!

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DIY Ombre Backgrounds Using Mini Ink-Pads! {Stamp School}

Hi friends! Today’s tutorial is going to help you get more use from the supplies you already have and save you some money too!

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I love to make gradient backgrounds with my brayer and rainbow ink pads. I do not, however, like how expensive the rainbow and ombre ink pads are and if you think about it they are kind of limiting in their use. I had a brainstorm the other day: How about we line up the mini ink pads we already have and use them instead of rainbow pads? And guess what? It worked like a charm! If you have Versamark (resist or other embossing ink) you can stamp a design on the paper before inking for a cool resist look. Ready to play? Watch the video to see how!

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Supplies:

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Tips:
1. Make sure the Versmark ink is dry before you brayer on the ink.
2. Use dye inks for for brayering over resists.
3. Tack down your inkpads to a stamp block for easy of use. I used poster putty for this (AKA blue tack)
4. If you are using regular cardstock or photo paper keep in mind that the Versamark Watermark pen will not work, go for the Versamark pad.

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I hope you give this a try, and let me know what you think! Have a great weekend and 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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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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Using Watercolors instead of Ink! Stamp School

Hi friends! If you are just starting out in stamping you probably are limited in supplies. If you have a simple set of watercolors you can have a rainbow of color with little investment. The look is fun and artsy but less precise than an inkpad.

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Are you ready to give it a try? Grab a stamp and watercolor paints and let’s have some fun!

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Supplies:

  • Watercolor paint (pan style, kids paint is totally fine for this!
  • Stamps: Dragonflies and Postcard back
  • Hot Press watercolor paper or white cardstock
  • Small flat paintbrush
  • paper towel, waterbucket

Directions:
1. Trim paper to 4″x6″ and on stamp postcard back with ink.
2. Lay stamp face up on table and apply paint using a small brush.
3. Spritz with water.
4. Press paper to stamp and rub over the back.
5. Touch up the image with paint if needed.

Tip: Experiment with this technique varying the amount of water you use. Have fun! Remember even bad prints can be fun backgrounds on other cards, waste not want not! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: Intro to Mixed Media & Watercolor Powders!

Hi friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week! I had a really fun time working on tonight’s project. It is a mixed media card and the thing I love about mixed media is that anything goes!

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I even used the scratch paper that protects my table to make the envelope! Watch the video to see how!

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Supplies:
Borders, flower and words stamps (Lost Coast Designs)
Waterprook black inkpad (Ranger Archival)
Gold pigment ink pad and gold embossing powder
Heat tool and iron (optional)
Nuance watercolor powders
Watercolor paper (hot press)
White Cardstock
Scrap paper to protect your work area (and will be used to make a matching envelope)
Washi tape
Deli Paper
Heart die cuts (or scissors to hand cut)
Lace trim or ribbon
Buttons
Stencils
***And anything you like! There are no rules, use what you have and most of all have fun!

As promised here is a swatch of the Nuance pigment watercolor powders, they are available in a set of by the pot. I have the set and the color names were not on the containers but you can tell the colors going by the chart on their website.

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Here is the link to the butterfly card tutorial, I used Mod-Podge as a resist instead of embossing powder on that one. Think of all of the supplies you have and how you can incorporate them into your next card! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Grab your watercolor markers!

Hi there! I had some fun yesterday playing with some of the goodies I bought at the stamp convention over the weekend. I learned a new watercolor marker technique, have a look:

 

Wanna, see how I did it? Here is a short (really! under 5 minutes, can you believe it?!?) video to show you how:

The only thing to remember is that you need a stamp that is mostly solid. I used a paper cut bird stamp from About Art Accents. Any silhouette type stamp will work. First I colored the stamp with water based brush markers and then tapped and scribbled darker shades on top nad lastly (this is the part that blew my mind) was that you randomly tap all over the rubber with black! I hardly ever pick up a black marker but I love the look! Also I never tried it on glossy paper, it is pretty on both but see how much brighter it is on glossy:

 

The type of card I made is called a twisted easel. It can be folded flat to mail like this:

 

The inside of the card looks like this. It is a regular card (you can make them ANY size, this is 5″x7″) but you score and fold the front panel from corner to corner. You can see this better in the above video. It was a challenge at OSA this week and it was the first time I tried that too!

 

Here is a side view, it is hard to get a decent pic of a card like this tho 🙂

 

While I was in Springfield the girlfriends and I went to Micheals (we don’t have one around here!) and I grabbed a $6 bag of floral small clear disks-yes I used a coupon LOL! I stuck them to my card and colored them with a permanent marker and viola-instant sparkles!

 

One last thing, the background. I saw an awesome demo from Impression Obsession and they were layering background stamps, that is what I did, I used no pattern paper! How cool is that! I’ll share how to do that later this week as well:)

 

Now I have the boring task of groceries BUT I think I can squeeze in some more stamping before the kids get home! Til next time happy crafting!

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