Friday, September 30, 2022

More stencil butters!

  Hello again!

I am making more projects with the Stencil Butters that are available in the Blank Page Muse store.  Part of this post will be me playing around with them and then I will use a couple of the backgrounds for projects.  

The first thing I did was to stencil over some of the Pam Bray patterned papers.  These papers are definitely thick enough to stand up to the stencil paste.  I really liked the nice opaque coverage. 

I then stenciled some of the apricot colored paste of the paper bag my order came in.  I messed up and a bunch got under the edge of the stencil.  So I went over it again with a metallic gold paste.  This one looks really cool in person and I plan to use it!

As I was going along, I randomly was using some excess paste onto scrap paper (this is the back of an order sheet, so just regular copy paper).  It was looking like this in the end, so I decided to thin out some of the red paste and just paint over the top. (This is one of the neat things about the paste, you can watercolor with it!) I wiped the excess off with a wipe and the parts that were dry resisted the paint and I think this is the coolest background.  You can see the result in the finished piece below.

The top piece is a home decor item that I finished using Ephemera from Pam Bray’s Masquerade line

The stamps for the finished card are from the Woodland Stamp set and Petals and Flowers stamp set, both in the Blank Page Muse shop.

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I hope this gave you and idea of some different ways to use your stencil butters!  I will be back with more ideas another day.  Right now, I ‘d better go clean off my craft desk!  Have a great day!

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Stencil Butters and Cute Monster Cards


 Blank Page Muse is now selling The Crafter’s Workshop Stencil butters!  Kim sent me a few to try and I want to show you how much fun they are!  

(Spoiler alert, when I got done playing with the ones I was sent, I immediately placed an order for more colors on my own dime! They are fun!)

The neat thing about these is that you can use them like a smooth modeling paste over stencils, they are nice and opaque!  But you can also use some water on a brush and get a watery look with them too.  So with one paste you can get two looks.  They also come in shimmers and non-shimmers (just take a look on the website at the close up photo and it is obvious which are which).  I think I like the shimmers better but can see how the flat ones would work better in many project types.

The two easiest things to do with these is to apply them over stencils.  If you don’t want to use a lot of product, go ahead and apply it over your stencil with your fingers. This seems to use a lot less than if you used a palette knife and it dries the fastest!   Above, I applied it over textured cardstock, which looks so neat! I loved the tone on tone look there too!

Second, I blended two colors over a stencil.  This time, I didn’t want to get my fingers dirty so I applied it with a baby wipe.  This technique is a little different because more product builds up on the edge of the stencil opening and then more wipes off in the centers of the design so you get more texture.  They blend really well too.

I finished these cards with two of my favorite monsters in the Carmen Medlin designs which is part of the I Brake for Stamps shoppe.  I love these guys because I can literally color them any color and they always look cute!

Monster Mash Set

Clueless Stamp set

Stencil Butters in the Blank Page Muse shop

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Bold Bug Thank You Card!

Hello! I have a quaint notecard to share with you today. I liked the clear and bold Thanks sentiment from Pam Bray’s Fall Rubber Stamp sheet, so I decided to make this card a little more clean and simple. 

I stamped a couple of the small stamps from the I Brake for Stamps Stained Glass set called MS89 Full Plate on watercolor paper and embossed with white powder.  I watercolored these with bright colors and some shimmer from Perfect Pearls powder.  I then just cut them out.  (As always, you can use my affiliate code, BPMHeidi to save 15% off your order.)

I did add a few clear Nuvo drops to the panel, they are a little hard to see in the photos, but I thought they balanced out the focal point nicely.  

Super easy and fun card for summer!

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Monday, August 22, 2022

Glossy Spritz

 I don’t know if this easy background technique already has a name, it doesn’t need one, but I called it Glossy Spritz, for the sake of the blog title.  

Basically, I brayered dye ink on glossy paper. 
You could add it direct-to-paper if you want.  
Next, I spritzed it with water and used my heat gun to dry. 
I repeated the process, as needed, to get an interesting look. 
I think it looks best with multiple colors of ink, but it looks really neat regardless, more dramatic than with regular cardstock.

For each card, I decided to stamp right over top of the background with Archival Black ink.  I just chose very different stamps for each card based on how the background was “feeling” to me.  

Honesty, the biggest trick to making this card is waiting for the black ink to dry so you don’t smudge it.  I hope you might want to try it today as it is so fun and easy.

Here are the stamps I used for these cards:

Animals from MS110 Full Plate in the I Brake for Stamps shop.

Sentiment from Inspirational Phrases in the I Brake for Stamps shop.

Thank You Word Art from the Blank Page Muse Shop.

Flowers from Flower & Bird Sketches from the Blank Page Muse Shop.

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Monday, July 18, 2022

Stained Glass Look with Stamps

  Hi Everyone!

 The I Brake for Stamps shop has a wonderful selection of Stained Glass stamps.  I decided to use this one today because the diamond shape really caught my eye!

I heat embossed the stamp with white powder on watercolor paper.  I then colored in the sections with Tombow water-based markers.  I then blended the color, section by section, with a paintbrush dipped in water that I had mixed with Perfect Pearls.  It is really obvious in person, but only the close-up photo shows the lovely shimmer!  

I was in a bit of a traditional mood, so I finished off the card with old patterned papers from my stash and some gems.  

This stamp is part of MS89 Full Plate, along with 8 other images, in the I Brake for Stamps shop.  The sentiment is from Quarter Sheet Dahlia.  You can always use my affiliate code BPMHeidi to save 15% off your order!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Clean and Simple Thank You Notes!

 I wanted to thank everyone for their recent kind comments!  Wow, I am really behind in returning the love, but it is so meaningful to me that you took the time to visit my blog!  

I mean to be making Christmas cards this month, but my son let me know that he needs more thank you cards for graduation gifts, so I make a couple quick ones today.  

I used old favorite stamps in my stash for these cards!  The first card was stamped on glossy cardstock which I had swiped inkpads over to get an abstract look.  The second card, I used Distress Oxide ink and then spritzed with water before stamping.  

Stamps Used:

Hero Arts Leafy Vines background Stamp

Hero Arts Newspaper Tulip stamp

Hero Arts Cursive Thank you

Anita’s Stamps Thank You

Friday, July 8, 2022

A Little Birdie Told me, It’s Your birthday!

  If you have been reading my blog for a while, you already know I love birds. In fact, I was just out at a park looking at them.  So many cute baby birds, learning the ropes, this time of year!  So I always am drawn to the great bird stamps!

This card using stamps from three different sets that I will link below.  The bird and branch were stamped in brown ink and colored in with pencils and markers.  The blue circle behind them is die cut from my sheet of paper that I brayered all the extra acrylic paint on when I was doing some gelli prints.  Finally, the background was done with a stencil and the shaving cream/reinker technique.  They all happened to get pulled together with the stamps!

Flower & Bird Sketches Stamp Set (From Blank Page Muse shop)

Bird Sheet 141A and Bird Sheet 141B (From I Brake for Stamps shop)

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Birthday Treat Tie Dye Card!

 Hello everyone! I was missing the last week or so because we all got Covid!  Two+ years of avoiding it and then it seems lots of people, just like us, are getting it for the first time now!  It was a bit rough, but no severe symptoms.  DH is still recovering, but the rest of us are feeling much more energetic.

So anyhow!  I actually have a few cards I made before I got sick, just need to photograph and share them! This card is one of two I made in the same style.  The other one got sent off to my nephew for his birthday before I had a chance to photograph it.

The tie dye part is a stamp set, and is fun to use in different colors!  The little Penguin is an old dollar stamp and I love to paper piece his swimsuit.  I wish I had a girl version of it too.  Super fun and easy card to make!

Hero Arts Tie Dye stamp set

Studio G Penguin

Purple Onion Designs sentiment

Avery Elle Wonky Stitcked Rectangles dies.  

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Father’s Day Family Tree Card

 Happy Father’s Day!  

This is the card I made for my grandpa.  He is not currently in good health but I hope he will gain a small bit of enjoyment looking at this card.  I do definitely believe he is a strong foundation for our family. 


Close to My Heart Strong Roots Stamp Set

Hero Arts Woodgrain Vellum

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Saturday, June 18, 2022

Old-Timey Silhouette Stamped Card Set

 Hello everyone! I hope you are having a good weekend!

I recently was playing with this set of stamps from the I Brake for Stamps store simply called Silhouettes #1.  It has a variety of old-timey, maybe Victorian silhouette images. I find them so charming!  I had out this set of watercolor-look modern patterned papers, and I decided they were going to work together!  I think they did!

The sentiments are from Half Sheet 138B. (As always, you can used my affiliate code to save 15% off your order and I would receive a small percentage as well.)

I simply stamped the images over top of the patterned paper.  Some I die cut and some I added a little sponged ink.  The purple card was put over top of a watercolor background I had made with Shimmer Colorbursts.  The green card was put over a background that I created with the flourish stamp in the set. 

This last card I decided to make a mini Slimline card and the image was just the perfect size!  I also added some bakers twine as trim. So cute! I really like how these turned out.  

It was fun to create several cards all at once using the same set!  Hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Vellum and Markers Background Technique

 Hello everyone! I had this card I realized I hadn’t posted yet.  A while back my online stamping group had some challenges and one of them was to complete this technique with vellum, which you can watch here:  

Basically you scribble marker on your vellum and then blend it with drops of rubbing alcohol.  You then emboss the vellum and you can go over the raised parts with an inkpad.  I found this technique worked, BUT for some reason mine took a really long time to dry.  But after leaving it overnight it was dry to use on a card.

Here is how I finished the inside of the card.


Close to My Heart Cross Stitch Love stamp set and dies

Die cut unknown

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Sunday, June 12, 2022

Father’s Day Sailboat Scene

 Hello everyone! I had a busy last 10 days but will have a little calm this week.  Although school is about out so that isn’t always calm.  

I purchased a couple Hero Arts Kit from Joann and it took FOR-EV-ER to arrive but it finally came after about 3-4 weeks.  They are a really good deal though so it is okay.  Basically they are a combination of Hero Arts products packaged together, and they didn’t use packaging on each item (like the stamp set has no wrapper, etc) to keep costs down.  This is what I used for today’s card, which is for Father’s Day.

You Lift Me up stamp and dies.

Waves Background Cling Stamp

Simple stamping all around on this card but I do like how it turned out!  

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

July Larkspur Card for Any Occasion

Hello everyone! I would love to share this pretty floral stamp with you.  The I Brake for Stamps store carries stamps that I call Flower of the Month Stamps.  This Larkspur is for July.  Each of the Flower of the Month stamp comes in a regular size and a Jumbo size.  The stamp I used is the regular size, but if you often make cards that are larger than A2, or if you like to fill up most of the card front, you may prefer the jumbo size.  Both stamps are found in the store HERE called July’s Larkspur and July Larkspur - Jumbo. (As always, you can use my affiliate code BPM15 to save 15% off your order, I would receive a small percentage of the sale also.)

I stamped and colored my image with alcohol markers. I did emphasize the flower centers with a white gel pen.  My background is a gelli print made with an embossing folder.  I didn’t put the sentiment on this card yet because I think it can be used for anything and I don’t yet know to whom I will send it.  

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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Rudolph Days and Introducing Half-Made Cards Stashbuster

 Hello!  If you are a regular visitor, you may know I have been trying to do Stashbuster challenges, the most recent was using up an old patterned paper pack.  Well, since I finished that, I am moving on to a pathetically large pile of half-finished cards.  I will explain this one below.

The snowflake background was already stamped.  The Santa was stamped and die cut.  The peg stamp piece was already cut and stamped.  Even that sentiment banner was stamped and fussy cut!  Basically all I had to do to finish this card was to color the image, layer them up and put them on a card base! Oy!  

There is plenty more cards to make from my pile, but it feels SO GOOD to finish even one!

I am linking this up to the May Rudolph Days challenge! Thank you for visiting!

Monday, May 23, 2022

Stashbuster Patterned Paper Challenge - The last bits & pieces!

 Okay, friends!  This is the end of that pack of patterned paper!  There really are no useable pieces left!  And the funny thing is, that I really like these cards made with scraps so much!  I did make an effort to have some that were masculine because I realized that many of what I made were more feminine.

Here are the stamp sets I used:

Technique Tuesdays Swanky Sentiments

Gina K Birthday Blessings

Gina K Whimsical Spring

Thanks so much for coming along with me to use up my patterned paper.  I ended up making 25 cards in total!  I think that wasn’t bad.  I already donated lots of them, but I also kept some for my stash and there are a lot of birthdays in my family in the next couple months!

I have some more of my stash I am going to bust next! And some new purchases to use!  Have a good day!

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Stashbuster Patterned Paper Challenge - Part 5 - Nine more cards!

 Hello everyone!  I have NINE more cards to share from my Stashbuster challenge.  This is the 5th post in my series to finish up this OLD patterned paper pack.  

I would say one of the most rewarding things about this project is not just using up things, but also being able to choose old and new stamps from all throughout my stash to go with the papers.  It feels great to use lots of things!

Here is a list of the stamps I used:

Gina K Designs Stenciled Spring

Unity Stamps Butterfly Birthday Cake

Stampin Up Birds & Branches

Gina K Designs Birthday Go-Round

Gina K Designs Birthday Blessings

Unknown Altenew flower stamp?

Hero Arts Happy Stamp n Cut set

Tim Holtz Wildflower and Stems thinlets

Unity Unknown coneflower and circle frame stamp (got these in a grab bag once)

Gina K Designs Happy Birthday To You

I Brake for Stamps Hummingbird

Studio G Shirt Stamp

This brings me to 21 cards!  But I have one more post coming up to use up the bigger scraps.  There really isn’t much left.  Many of these will be donated so I am super happy to have made a lot of cards quickly!  They won’t go to waste!

Thanks for stopping by!  What is the next thing in your stash you want to use?