Monday, January 16, 2017

All Over Stamping!

The challenge this week at "Just Us Girls" Challenge is All Over Stamping.  I love this technique - it is so much fun to just stamp and stamp and stamp. It's like a guilt free cookie of the stamping world ;)  LOL!!

This weekend I decided to give it a go using the long card lo... 3.75" x 8.5" and I not only "all over stamped" my card panel but I all over stamped the teal card base too!  I added some Shimmer Pico Embellisher to the dragonfly wings and flowers for just a pop of glitter.


Club Scrap: Color Me Happy Kit, Stamps, Paper
Imagine - Memento Dye Ink - Bamboo Stalk, Cantaloupe, LuLu Lavender; VersaFine Onyx Black Ink; Shimmer Pico Embellisher

Friday, January 13, 2017

Anything Goes!

Yes, that's right...this month's challenge over at Just For Fun Rubber Stamps is Anything Goes!!  You don't even have to use a JFF stamp to participate.  If you stamp ANYTHING in the month of January you're good to go - simply post a photo and link here: Just For Fun Rubber Stamps January Challenge and you'll be entered to win a Gift Certificate to the JFF Store.  Doesn't get much easier than that!

Here are a few cards to get you in the stamping mood....

Now go stamp something!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Welcome Baby Radiant Neon Tag

This year Imagine is going to feature a different color each month...January's color is Wintergreen.  I decided to spice it up a bit and create my own wintergreen color by layering Radiant Neon Electric Green and Electric Blue creating this amazing Electric Wintergreen!!

I then used that color as the foundation for a baby tag (and the heart on the onsie) I made for a gift for a friend. 

For complete instructions see: Welcome Little Ones

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Color Me Happy Clipboard Collage

Happy Wednesday!

Hope you have all had a super week up till now. We had a wicked weather day yesterday ~ fog, snow, sleet, ice, rain all in the course of a single day so I skipped work and played with this month's Club Scrap kit for January - Color Me Happy!

Last month if you recall I made a Shades of Winter "clipboard collage" project that CS had introduced at their retreat last year.  I had so much fun with it at the time I decided then and there that I would create a new collage every month with the new kit.  

Here is this month's collage....

I LOVE this's full of blues and greens with a hint of brown. Surprisingly enough I even like the yellow and oranges that are on some of the prints. They aren't the kind that over power...they just sort of hang around and look great together.

I made a few vellum stamped dragonflies to float around the collage...

and one really big one to make a statement.
Such a fun project, I can't wait to make more!


Color Me Happy Club Scrap Deluxe Kit

Memento Dew DropMemento Marker
Memento Dye Ink; Memento Dual Tip Markers


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2017 Texture Calendar - March

Welcome back to the next installment of our Texture Calendar!  I am so excited about today's texture we're going to create...mainly because it fits March perfectly.

Today's texture is a combination of gesso and embossing powder 
with a little help from a heat tool.  
Let's go!

Paint your foundation black (or other desired color).

Secure your calendar page and stencil to your work surface.

Cover the page/stencil with gesso.

Quickly remove the stencil and place the calendar page in an embossing pan, 
on a paper plate or other container to catch the excess powder.

Sprinkle with a combination of Gold and Verdigris powders.
The still wet gesso will hold the powders in place.

Shake off excess and begin heating.

As the wet gesso and embossing powders warm, they will both begin to bubble up creating an amazing texture.  If you look closely you can see this texture begin to form.

A couple different views of the texture created...

It really is stunning in person - the combination of the raised gesso paired with the bubbled up gesso/embossing powder creates a very dimensional texture that can be used on virtually any foundation material.  I especially like to use this technique on vintage's got a great look when you use copper or bronze EP for a very steampunk feel.


Deco Art - Gesso, Black Acrylic Paint
Imagine - Embossing Powders - Gold, Verdigris
Club Scrap - Stencil
Heat Tool, Chipboard

Friday, January 6, 2017

Welcome Baby Boy Blue Card

A friend of the boys who used to bale hay for us has grown up and is expecting his first child with his wife.  I wanted to make a nice card to send with a welcome gift and this is what I came up with...

Their baby is a boy btw ;)  They already have a name picked out and everything.  Anyway, this is what I made.  The die-cuts are from MFT as is the stencil (I think).

I inked up a piece of cardstock using 3 shades of Memento Dye Ink and a Sponge Dauber.

Here you can see the ink gradation in progress.

I thought the sparklie paper would be a fun touch
after all, everything is better with a bit of glitter ;)

I die-cut the goodies, stamped and inked accordingly
then arranged them on the card.

The word baby was inked with the Paris Dusk then a layer of Sparkle Pico Embellisher was applied over top so it has a nice sparkle to it IRL.  I sure hope they like it!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2017 Texture Calendar - February

Today we're going to play with one of my favorite....hmmm - it's not really a tool but it's technically a medium either.  How about let's call it an embellishment and that would be TAPE!  I love to play with tape and I have ALL sorts - everything from regular old masking tape, painters tape, duck tape, washi tape, drywall tape, vintage mailing tape, scotch tape, gummed tape and more. I have a bit of an obsession as you can tell ;)

So today I'm going to show you two different techniques to create texture using tape.

The first technique I used plain old every day masking tape.

Tear it into bits

Pick a starting point and start covering your project.

Add layer after layer until you are satisfied with the results.

Here is what mine looked like once I finished adding the tape.
As you can see the various layers create a beautiful depth and dimension.

You could use it as is but I like to add ink to highlight all of that dimension and texture.

I am using the Delicata Quad (metallic ink).

It's got silver, gold, bronze and copper all with a bit of metallic shimmer.
I wish you could see it in person as it has an amazing look on the tape.

Again, you could use it as is but I went ahead and added a bit of stamping here and there just for the heck of it.  I'm going to save this piece for a Steampunk card that I'll finish up later on.

The next technique is also laying of tape but I used a different type of tape ~ washi tape.
I am also applying the tape in a different manor.

For this technique I am tearing the tape into 1/2" - 1" pieces which I stick down to the cardstock - not necessarily overlapping the previous piece of tape but more so covering the white cardstock.  This technique doesn't build as much touchable, dimensional texture as the previous technique created. It is more a visible faux texture and depth because most washi tapes are translucent.  

As you apply multiple pieces of tape to your project the underlying layers will still be visible to some degree.  It really is quite amazing to look at once you're finished.  It doesn't show up real great in the picture but the faux texture and dimension is there.

So, some washi tape doesn't always stay stuck down...some not at all.
To solve that problem I like to apply a layer of Creative Medium over the panel.
I just use my fingertip but you could use a brush if you so choose.

I added a few die-cuts in the same fashion.

And here is my finished calendar page for February!

Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 Texture Calendar - January

Welcome to the 2017 Texture Calendar project!

Today I thought I'd start out easy with a really fun - can't screw it up technique.  Why can't you screw it up?  Because there is no right or wrong that's why!  It's really easy all you need is some gesso, texture tools, a substrate and embellishments.

Now when I say texture tools I don't mean you have to run out and buy a bunch of expensive tools...look around, see what you've got laying around the house.  These are just a few of my favorites...old dried up paint brushes (the stiff bristles are perfect for this); an old toothbrush; a flower frog is GREAT for making interesting textures, I found a silicone basting brush at the Dollar store that makes some really cool textures.  

You can use die-cuts, deco scissors or cutting wheels to make interesting texture tools - get a piece of cardboard, cut one edge with your die/scissors/etc. to create a fun edge.  I actually cut a bunch of pieces of heavy cardboard the same size and punched a hole in one corner, added a book ring so I can use them for gesso, paint, my gelli plate, etc.

There are lots more fun "tools" laying around the house...forks, the tip of a pencil, scrubbies (like the net things from the kitchen), potato mashers, slotted spoons, stylus tools (for embossing), and so many more.  Just look around, you'll be surprised at what you find.

Start off by applying a thick layer of gesso, modeling or embossing paste to your substrate.

Now drag, pounce, swish, twist, squish your tools through the wet medium.  I started off with one of my handmade cardboard pieces.  It's a very tiny zig-zag design that I gave a short twist several times.  It made a really cool pattern along the edge.

The next "tool" I used was an old toothbrush that was actually really stiff (from using it on a glued project).  I pounced it over and over in the thick gesso.  The more I pounced, the more gesso the toothbrush picked up and moved along as I went. 

Finally I took a really stiff dried up bristle brush and twisted it in circles.  This ended up making a really pretty rose looking impression.  I repeated this over and over to fill up the remaining space on my calendar page.

I think it turned out really pretty.

And here's what my calendar page looked like with all of the different textures.  Of course you don't have to use 3 different tools, you could use one over the entire page for a more uniform look or you could go wild and use as many as you want.  Like I mentioned - there is no right or wrong with this page...just mess around until you're happy with the look.

Since this is for the January calendar page I wanted to go with a traditional color scheme so I choose black and gold to ring in the new year.  So I painted the textured page with black acrylic paint then sponged Golden Glitz Delicata Ink over the ridges, bumps and humps.  The ink really highlighted all of the luscious texture!  I added my calendar, a fun die-cut clock design and a few gold sequins for a bit of bling - it is the new year after all ;)

Now it's your turn!  
Pull out your favorite texture medium, 
some improvised texture tools and play!