Friday, September 20, 2019

Pinned It? Try It! Week 5 - Masking a Wreath

Hello!  It’s time for me to try another Pin for my Pinned It? Try It! series.  This time, I found a fun and quick technique from my Christmas Card board.  

See the Pin here.  The pin didn’t link directly to the blog post, but I was able to track it down.  The artist is Jill Franchett, who is no longer blogging, and this is the blog post here.   The technique is to cut a circle mask (either masking paper or a post it note) on your card, and then use whatever foliage stamps you have to create a wreath.  When you remove that circle, it looks like a wreath!


I used stamps from Close to My Heart’s Mistletoe Wishes stamp set, and then it looked like it needed something else, so I added the brown branch from Rubber Stamp Tapestry’s Cherry Blossom set.  I used Avery Elle Pigment inks, and Versafine for the black.  Adding berries with Stickles Glitter Glue seemed to finish off the wreath nicely.  Mine is not as clean and simple as the pin, but the technique is the same, and I am happy with how it turned out.

Have you ever stamped a wreath with masking?

Thanks for visiting today!  If you missed my other cards for the Pinned It? Try It! series, you can find them all here

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Flower of the Month: September Aster

Hello!  Did you know that September’s Birth Flower is the Aster?  That isn’t a big surprise as you may see them for sale all over during the early fall.  I made this card for my friend, whose birthday is in just a couple days!  


I tried to color the image in what I think is the quintessential color for an Aster, a pretty periwinkle. I used a blue and a purple alcohol marker to get this look.  I die cut the image, and then with the die in place, sponged light blue distress ink over top, to get the delicate white frame.  

I like to decorate the inside by stamping the flower in a very light ink with the sentiment over top.

  

Supplies: I Brake for Stamps September Asters, Sentiment from Half Sheet 138B, Versafine and Memento Black inks, Hero Arts Soft Sky shadow ink, Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers, Spellbinders Labels 18 dies, Bo Bunny Early Bird 6x6 Patterned paper pad, other items from my stash. 

I sure appreciate your visiting the blog today!  Happy Stamping!


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Crazy Cat Halloween Card

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend!  Our weather seems fall-like today!  I made this Halloween card earlier, but haven’t shared it here yet.



Supplies:  Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Crazy Cats, Stampendous Bring to Life stamp set, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Memento and Versafine Black inks, The Crafter’s Workshop stencil, Distress Oxide Black soot for stenciling, other items from my stash.

I’d like to enter this in the SimonSaysStamp’s Monday Challenge -Stamp It, and Crafting By Designs September Anything Goes.

Thanks for your visit today!  Are you crafting this weekend? I am really hoping to get some in, but we have a pretty busy schedule!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Bird Thank You - textured cardstock

Hello!  Today, I worked on a Thank You card.  First, I sponged light blue Distress ink over textured white cardstock.  I then stamped my bird image onto this, and a second time onto plain white cardstock.


I simply filled in the color with alcohol markers, then fussy cut out the plain bird and glued it over top of the textured paper.  I like the tiny bit of dimension this gives, as I would have lost a lot of the bird detail on the textured cardstock.  

Oh, and I almost forgot! I did add a touch of white gel pen to accent the eye.  I often find that makes a big difference!



The image is from I Brake for Stamps Sheet 141A Birds, and the sentiment is from Florals Sheet.  Ink is Gina K Dark Chocolate.  I am always happy to offer a coupon code that gives you 10% off your entire stamp purchase at I Brake for Stamps: SAVE10HEIDI.

Thank you for visiting today! Happy Stamping!

~~Heidi

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Pinned it? Try It! Week 4: Clean and Simple

Alrighty then, back again this weekend with another edition of Pinned It? Try It!  The pin I chose today was from my Clean and Simple board.  You can see the pin from 2010 HERE, pinned 22,000 times! Wow. The corresponding blog post is HERE, and I was glad to see that Susan is still actively blogging and continuing with a clean and simple style. Neat! 


I decided not only to use the basic layout, but also the two tone stamping.  In the original card, Susan used a light and a dark tone of ink. In mine, I used the second generation.  I also couldn’t help but to add a mat for my rectangles.  I like the way it turned out and am happy to have another Sympathy card for when the times comes.  

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Flora and Fauna set, Hero Arts sentiment, Distress Oxide Ink Peeled Paint, Lucky Clover and Vintage Photo, Versafine Onyx Black.

Thanks for visiting!  What kind of pins have you been meaning to try?

All the blog posts in this series are found HERE.



Friday, September 6, 2019

Get Well Soon Card

A quick share today!  



The background is stamped over an ombré watercolor.  It is more green at the bottom, in person.  The butterflies were stamped on acetate, then stickles were applied underneath. They were adhered with glossy accents.


Stamps: Sparkle n Sprinkle Spring Background, Our Daily Bread Designs Bugs, Hero Arts CL342 Sentiment set.

I’d like to enter this in SplitCoastStampers Free 4 All Challenge - Going Buggy, SimonSaysStamp’s Wednesday Challenge -Stamp It, and SimonSaysStamp’s Monday Challenge - Something Clear.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Friendship Card - Stamping with Brusho Powders

Hello everyone.  I am sharing a card I made this week with a bit of a different stamping technique. I stamped with Brusho powders.  Any of the watercolor powders would work with this technique and it gives a neat look.



This is the process. 1: Spritz rubber stamp with water.  2: Sprinkle Brusho powders over the wet stamp.  I used yellow, green and blue powders. 3: Spritz again with water to mix colors.  4: Stamp onto watercolor paper.

This is a very loose look and will be a bit different each time.  I let my garden dry, and then stamped over top of it with the fence stamp. I added a few flower sequins to the garden, just for fun. I just adore this sentiment, don’t you?





All the stamps are from Half Sheet 138B.  You can save 10% on this stamp and your entire order at the I Brake for Stamps store using my code SAVE10HEIDI.


Thanks for visiting! Happy Stamping!

Heidi

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Retro Swimsuits - Summer Fun Card!

Hello!  I have one last card to share with Just for Fun Rubber stamps.  JFF has decided to discontinue the design team as of September.  The announcement was posted on their blog here.  It has been a pleasure working with their stamp designs, and I wish them much luck in future endeavors.  


I wanted to use this wonderful Vintage Swimsuit image.  I had some scraps from a summer patterned paper pad, and decided to paper piece the suits.  I added white gel pen to accent details.  I totally think I would wear these!


Have a wonderful weekend! I am having company this weekend but hope to come around visiting on Sunday evening and Monday.  

Rudolph Days - Christmas Card

Hello everyone! I have a busy day ahead, but wanted to get this card in for a few challenges today!  


I used a sketch, some simple coloring, and sponging with Distress inks.  This Christmas card is nice and flat for mailing!

Supplies: Stampers Anonymous Christmas 5 stamps set, Hero Arts CL887 Layering Tree stamp set (sentiment), Memento and Versafine Black ink, Spectrum Noir markers, Distress ink Seedless Preserves, Bo Bunny 6x6 Paper pad, MFT Die Namics Pierced Square die.

I would love to enter Freshly Made Sketches 400th sketch challenge, August Rudolph Days Challenge, And SimonSaysStamp’s Wednesday Anything Goes challenge.


Thank you for visiting!!!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Pinned It? Try it! Week 3: Make Your Own Multicolor Inkpad

Hello everyone! I am back again with another episode of Pinned It? Try It!  This time, I have a pin that is probably 8 years old that was a photo on Flickr, but has since been deleted.  This is where Pinterest really shines, I think, in preserving that for us.

The Pin is HERE.  You will want to take a look at the photo.  The text on the Pin says, “Inks added to acrylic block, spritz with water, lay stamp over it and then stamp onto watercolor paper.”  Basically, it is making your own multicolor stamp pad.  

I bet I pinned this because I really like that stamp, which I recall is a Hero Arts stamp. I don’t have it, but I do have another in the same style and era.  I naturally grabbed that stamp to try this technique.  It is Hero Arts Silhouette Bells.

So, I followed the directions, as written... I decided to use Distress Inks, as I figured any dye ink ought to work (and probably many other inks, too.) Not so good results!!!


However, my experience told me to first apply Versamark clear embossing ink to the stamp, and then the homemade inkpad.  Much better!


Here is the card I made using this image. I finished it off with an embossing folder and a sentiment from Close to My Heart’s Wordfetti stamp set.  


This is not an exact technique and the results do vary.  The nice thing about watercolor paper is that you can just turn the paper over and use the other side, no problem.  In addition, for this next card, I got a good result for much of it, and then a blank spot on one part of the image, that I just cut off.  It helped stretch my stamp, too!


Of course, you don’t have to use an acrylic block for your surface, your craft mat might work just as well.  And you can probably use watercolor markers, distress Oxide inks, etc.  I think many people have expanded on this technique over the years.  That is the funny thing about stamping techniques, as the first person to post it on the internet might have learned it at a stamping party first, so we often don’t know who thought them up in the first place.  ANYHOW... I’m going on and on today!

Thank you for visiting!!
If you want to catch up on previous episodes, find all my Pinned It? Try It posts HERE.

I would love to enter this in A Blog Named Hero’s Stretch Your Stamps challenge, and CASology’s Water Challenge.



Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Giraffes - Non-Traditional Baby Card

Hello!  I just received this wonderful set of stamps called Half Sheet 138B and I had to immediately use the wonderful giraffe images. 


I started by stenciling over some yellow textured cardstock with Distress Oxide inks. I used Fired Brick in the center, and then blended out with Carved Pumpkin and finally Fossilized Amber on the outside.  

I think this detail photo shows how pretty it turned out!



I then used Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink to stamp the images right over top.  Since I was stamping on textured cardstock, I used my stamping platform to stamp twice.  After die cutting the panel, I added this sweet sentiment. I think I am going to use this for non-traditional a baby card.

Here is the entire stamp set. I can’t wait to use the other images!  If you place an order with I Brake for Stamps, use my coupon code SAVE10HEIDI to save 10% on your entire order. 


Thanks for visiting! Happy Stamping!

Monday, August 26, 2019

A Special Sparkly Birthday Card

Hello and happy Monday!  I needed to make a special card for my husband’s relative who is turning 90!  I decided to break out a background I made previously, but have been hoarding because I liked it so well.  

The background was made by inking directly on the watercolor paper with Distress oxide inks, spraying it with water and then laying this large woodblock tweed background stamp on top, and letting it dry.  I die cut this out with the wonky stitch die.  


I then stamped this gorgeous cake, colored it and added a bunch of loose glitter.  I know loose glitter is out of style, but I really think it adds some extra punch for really special cards and I have been using it again lately. 


I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of patterned paper.  The inside of the card has this sweet matching sentiment.  


Supplies:  Close to My Heart It’s Your Day to Sparkle stamp set, Hero Arts Tweed Background stamp, Memento and Versafine Black inks, Distress Oxide inks Cracked Pistachio, Lucky Clover and Faded Jeans, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched rectangles die, other items from my stash.

I would love to enter Pixe’s Crafty Workshop’s Snippets challenge, Cupcake Inspirations Food and Drink challenge, and SimonSaysStamp’s Monday Challenge S is for (sparkle for me)


Saturday, August 24, 2019

Pinned It? Try It! Week 2: Perfect Pearl Galaxy Background

Hello everyone! Hope you are enjoying your weekend.  We are enjoying lovely weather today after a hot and humid week, then rain.  But today, I need to get outside soon!  I probably should weed my flower garden, but we shall see...

Here is the 2nd edition of Pinned It? Try It!  Here is a link to the Pin I am trying.  This pin is one of those frustrating ones that does not link back to someone’s blog, so if you happen to know the source of this technique, I would love to give them direct credit for it.  

The process is to use Perfect Pearls with a touch of water, using a stipple brush to apply it to your black cardstock.  


I made two.  I did not get the exact results as in the photo.  I probably could have lifted my brush more exactly straight up.  It also may be that my brush is just a little different.  I may have also used a touch too much water and should have first done my first brushing on scrap paper to dry the brush a bit.  All that being said, I think they turned out great!

The first background I made into this fun Halloween card!  I was inspired by my kittens who seem to stalk the funniest things.  



The second card I made into a Back To School encouragement card.  I used this layout to cover up a part of the background I didn’t like as well.  For this background, I did splatter on some white ink, and then added white gel pen, as well.  


Supplies:  Stampers Anonymous Crazy Cat stamps, Inkadinkado Creepy Lane stamp set, Our Daily Bread Designs (now Divinity Designs Shine On stamp set, Gina K Designs Inspiration Mosaic Stamp set, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Hero Arts Pool ink, Memento Black ink, Frantic Stamper Stitched Scene Builder Edgers dies, Gina Marie Designs X Stitched Circles dies, Perfect Pearls various colors, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Tombow Water Based markers, other items from my stash.

Thanks for visiting again today!  If you are new here, I hope you will consider subscribing.  For all my Pinned It? Try It posts, click here.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Yellow Floral Thank You Cards

Hello!  Thank you for all the wonderful comments on my last post about Pinned It? Try It!  I have my next technique picked out and will be working on that soon.  We are in back-to-school mode, and have quite a lot on the to-do list!  I was able to make it to my craft group last night, and it was fun to talk to everyone about what they were making.  A couple gals will be going to a stamping convention this weekend. I wish I had time to join them!

Today I am sharing two thank you cards.  I started out wanting a sunny and bright, but clean looking card.  I wanted to use just stamps, ink and plain cardstock. 


I stamped my flower in yellow, and then used the second generation stamping to fill in the white areas. I know you cannot see that so well in the photos, but it makes a big difference.  


For the second card, I wanted a little more going on, so I used a frame of yellow flowers (still using that second generation) but then added an outer frame of black stamping. That was just the bit of drama I was looking for.  

Supplies: I Brake for Stamps  Floral Half Sheet set,  Thank You Flourish sentiment, Hero Arts Butter Bar ink, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Cardstock from my stash.  (Save 10% on your stamp purchase at I Brake for Stamps with my code SAVE10HEIDI)

Happy Stamping!


Friday, August 16, 2019

Pinned It? Try It! - Stenciled Gesso Resist

This is the start of a new blog series for me.  Have you ever pinned something on Pinterest, and then never got around to trying that idea?  I know — that is a silly question!  If you use Pinterest, I am sure you have done that.  

I am going through my pins and am going to actually try the ideas I saw!  My first idea came from this blog post from 2016: My Creative Rumblings.  Please check out Shelly’s card.  The basic idea was to use gesso through a stencil onto regular cardstock, let it dry, and then color over with watercolor crayons and blend out.   The gesso will act as a resist.  

I’m not sure what specific supplies Shelly used, but let me show you my process. 


First, I used a palate knife to apply Faber Castell gesso through a stencil.  This is a fairly thick gesso, but it is the same gesso I use to prep paper, so it isn’t as thick as modeling paste.  I let this dry completely.

Later, I came back and colored over my stenciling with Prima Water Soluble Pastel crayons.  These are the only watercolor-type crayons I have. I like them because I can also stamp with them.  




I then spritzed each background with water, and then used a wet brush to move the color around.  I then wiped off the extra color with a damp paper towel. I used a light touch as I wondered if the stenciling would rub off if I was too heavy handed.  

These are my results when my background were still wet.  I like them both!  I bet I would get a better color blend if I had used watercolor paper.  But regular cardstock worked just fine. 




Here is my first card. I added die cut sentiment and some cute die cut stamps over vellum.  Then I cut tiny strips of glitter paper and used them for a border.  


The second card, I used a doily die cut I had in my scrap box.  I no longer own this die. I think I must have accidentally thrown it out.  I then added the bird, saying and some sequins to finish this off.  This card did warp a little. I should have let the background dry a little more completely before assembling the card. I have it under a book now to flatten it before mailing. 



Supplies: Hero Arts Swans and Cattails stamp and die set, Stampin Up A Happy Thing Stamp set, Close to My Heart Wordfetti stamp set, Memento and Archival black inks, DCWV Twinkle Glints 6x6 glitter paper pad, Creative Expressions Autumn stencil, Fabric Creations by Plaid doily stencil, Faber Castell Gesso, Prima Watersoluble Oil Pastels

I hope I have inspired you to try a new idea!  If you are interested in my Pinterest, here is a link.