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Think Spring!!

Here are two quick cards that took less than ten minutes to make. I hope that they inspire you to think that Spring is right around the corner.

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The butterflies were die cut from alcohol inked Yupo paper, by Legion Paper, which can be found on Amazon, www.amazon.com.  Alcohol inks used were Rangers, Tim Holtz inks, Ranger – www.rangerink.com or Tim Holtz – www.timholtz.com. The two smaller butterflies are Sizzix, Thinlits, Tim Holtz – 661802 – www.sizzix.com and the big butterfly is from Gina Marie Designs. The Hello stamp is from Studio 18 and the Thank You is a PSX stamp.

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* Let it Snow * * *

We are having record cold in the Midwest this week, but alas, no snow. Here is a card I made that reflects my love of both snow and skating.

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Supplies

  • 80# paper in white, pink and brown. I prefer paper from The Paper Cut – www.thepapercut.com. 
  • Pink envelope
  • Clear acetate. I used acetate from The Paper Cut – www.thepapercut.com. 
  • Pink glitter paper
  • Bone folder – my favorite is Martha Stewart’s
  • Paper trimmer – my favorite is, Fiskars 12” ProCision Rotary Bypass Trimmer – www.fiskars.com. 
  • Spellbinder 3.25” circle die
  • Lawn Fawn, Let it Snow die. Lawn Fawn – www.lawnfawn.com. 
  • Die cutting machine. I prefer Tim Holtz Vagabond 2 die machine. Tim Holtz – www.timholtz.com. 
  • Impression Obsession, Skaters Silhouette. Impression Obsession – www.iostamps.com. 
  • Pink Ink Stamps, Pair of Ice Skates. Pink Ink Stamp Company – www.pinkinkstamps.com. 
  • Snow stamp by StampinUp. StampinUp – www.stampinup.com.  
  • Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks – Spiced Marmalade, Warm Lipstick, and Peeled Paint. I also did some backgrounds in Warm Lipstick and Broken China. Tim Holtz – www.timholtz.com or Amazon – www.amazon.com. 
  • Tim Holtz blending tool and separate foam pads for each Oxide color. Tim Holtz – www.timholtz.com. 
  • StazOn black ink. Tsukineko – www.tsukineko.com or Amazon – www.amazon.com.
  • Memonto Luxe ink in Wedding Dress. Tsukineko – www.tsukineko.com. 
  • Misti Stamp Positioner – www.mysweetpetunia.com. 
  • Stampendous, Shaved Ice glitter. Stampendous – www.stampendous.com. 
  • Adhesives – Towbow adhesive runner – www.tombowusa.com, double sided foam adhesive and Tombow liquid glue – www.tombowusa.com. 
  • Fan brush
  • White acrylic paint
  • Water
  • Small white cotton ball 
  • StazOn All Purpose Stamp Cleaner
  • Swifer

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Steps

  • Cut white, pink and brown papers and acetate to size. White base cut to A2, pink 4” x 5.25”, brown 3.75” x 5” and another white 3.5” x 4.75”. Clear acetate cut to 3.50” x 4.75” .
  • Die cut circle on brown paper and cut out Let it Snow on pink glitter paper.
  • On smaller cut white paper, create a sunset by blending Tim Holtz, Oxide Inks. 
  • Stamp Skaters using StazOn ink. A stamp positioner is very helpful to get a crisp and dark image. Stamp snowflakes on acetate with white ink. Stamp skates on pink envelope. I used Tim Holtz, Walnut Distress Ink for the skates, but you can use any color.
  • Adhere pink layer to white base and skaters to the pink layer.
  • Outline the edges of the skater paper with double sided tape. I used a sheet of double sided adhesive and cut 1/4” strips on my paper cutter.
  • Adhere snowflake stamped acetate to back of brown paper.
  • Sprinkle Stampendous Shaved Ice glitter on top of skaters. Place brown paper with acetate on top of double sided adhesive. Make sure that there are no gaps at the corners.
  • Adhere, Let it Snow die with Tombow liquid glue to front. Adhere cotton ball.
  • To create snow on the pink envelope (the Memonto ink did not show), dilute white acrylic paint with water and flick on the with a fan brush.

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Mixed Media Treasure Box

I had an opportunity last summer to take two classes from, Andy Skinner www.andyskinnercrafts.com, an international mixed media artist from the UK at, Valley Stamp and Scrap LLC in Neenah, Wisconsin www.valleystampandscrap.com. The focus of the class was to create a book box using mixed media techniques. During the class we used DecoArt www.decoart.com products including fluid acrylics in a variety of colors, crackle medium and media ultra-matte varnish and Andy Skinner’s stamps, Fossils and Birds and Bones by Stampendous www.stampendous.com with Memento tuxedo black ink www.tsukineko.com.

Here are photos of the finished box. Mixed 

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Outside top and front
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Top of the box
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Side of the box
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Back of the box
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Inside of the box

 

Mixing it Up with Powdered Pigment!

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I love playing with dried paint pigment and my favorites are Bisters, Brushos and Color Burst; although, there are other brands available. This techniques uses a stencil to create a very unique image.

Supplies

Directions

  • Tape down stencil to watercolor paper. You don’t want the water to seep under the stencil, so make sure the stencil is flat.
  • Sprinkle Brusho’s (or other dried paint pigment) over the stencil.
  • Spritz the open areas of stencil with water. Blot with paper towel if too wet. I use the actual paper towel roll to roll over stencil to blot. (Save the paper towels. I will show you how to use them in backgrounds in another post).
  • Repeat until desired color is achieved.
  • Blot stencil with paper towel and remove it.
  • Cut image and mount on card base.

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StencilGirl Products – Dragon Stencil

Art Profolio holder.

Tip – As you can see the stencil is quite large and bigger than a card size. Cut the rest of the stencil up to make great card or ATC backgrounds.

Storage Tip – I have many stencils and I have found a wonderful storage solution, I use a 14″ x 11″ Art Profolio by Itoya available at Dick Blick – www.dickblick.com.

More Info on Dried Paint Pigments – If you want to see more examples, I have a Facebook group – Bister, Brusho, and Color Burst Enthusiasts, check it out!

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Mail Call! Oh, the cards that I’ve sent…

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I recently posted a video from a little girl who received one of my cards and her adorable reaction. I started to think about all of the hundreds of cards that I have sent and if anyone kept them. I actually have been sending a card to each of my three children since they went off to college. All three have kept EVERY card that I have sent! I asked my friends and other family members if they kept my cards and the photos started coming in. Here are just a few of their favorites! Please comment if you want me to provide details on any one.

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Black Ice Technique

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Rubbernecker Stamps – www.rubbernecker.comOpen Range

The Black Ice technique is a great way to use mirror papers in a whole new way.  It’s easy and looks great.

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Supplies

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This was one of the cards I developed for the article written about me in the Featured Artist,  “Reinker Favorite Techniques”, RubberStampMadness, Issue 202, Holidays 2018.

Steps

Cut mirror paper to size of stamp with desired boarder/space around the image. Place cut paper on the craft mat. Tip – I found that taping the paper down with removable tape prevented the paper from moving. Cover half the paper with scrap paper. With one hand hold down the paper on the covered half. With your other hand start by holding the black Stazon ink pad at a 30 degree angle, use the EDGE of the ink pad and start dragging the pad on the  craft mat and then the top of the paper, and drag the ink pad down the paper. Based on the amount of ink and your preference of dark ink at the top and bottom of the paper you can run the black ink on the paper again. Swap the scrap paper to the other side and do the same procedure.  Dry the mirror paper with the heat gun.

The next step is to stamp the image on the streaked mirror paper.  I strongly recommend the use of a stamp positioner for this technique fo two reasons. First mirror  paper is very slippery and when stamping the stamp tends to slip and move. Second, you want to have a good crisp image and a positioner allows you to stamp multiple times in the same place.  Dry the image with the heat gun.

Using VersaMark, follow the same steps that were used with the black Stazon, streak the mirror paper.  Do not use ultra fine embossing powder as you will not get the desired “ice” look.  Cover the streaked VersaMark paper with embossing powder.  Tip – do not touch the paper with your fingers, as the VersaMark will not stick and cover where you touched. Heat the powdered image. If you want more of an “icicle” look, use more of the corner of the VersaMark pad when dragging down the paper. 

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Stamp by Recollections.

This was one of the cards I developed for the article written about me in the Featured Artist,  “Reinker Favorite Techniques”, RubberStampMadness, Issue 202, Holidays 2018.

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Stacy Stamps – www.stacystamps.com, Woodpecker.

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2018 Review – My Favorites!

Thanks for coming with me on my artful journey in 2018. I appreciate the feedback, kind words and encouragement that I have received. With just a few months in, the site has had over 3,000 views, over 1,100 visitors and 200 followers from over 31 countries. I have lots of ideas and creations that I want to share with you in 2019, so please make sure to like, share and follow.

Here are my favorite cards and projects created in 2018! 

Watercolored Christmas Berries – my favorite card!

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I have made literally hundreds of cards and by far this is my favorite one. This card is made on watercolor paper and is so much prettier than the photo.

Supplies

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Steps

  • Cut base card to A6 size 9” x 6.25”.
  • Cut watercolor paper to 4.25” 6”.
  • Fill the mini mister with water. 
  • Place watercolor paper in the base of the Misti stamp positioner. Place Christmas Berry stamp on the Misti stamp positioner. Align the stamp. Determine where the Merry Christmas sentiment will go, but do not stamp at this time.
  • Color stamp with Tombow markers using the brush side with seasonal colors. 
  • Mist the stamp with the mini mister and stamp the watercolor paper. As needed repeat the process layering the colors.
  • Stamp Merry Christmas sentiment using Stazon ink.
  • Spray Gansi, yellow gold with mini mister. Pickup wet paint with fan brush and flick gold on the watercolor paper.
  • Adhere watercolor paper to card stock base.

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Fall Fox Cards!

Everything old becomes new again and that is the case with these cute fox cards made using three dimensional stickers. I found the stickers at, Picture This Scrapbook & Morewww.mmemorieslast.com. They carry a complete line of these stickers for all occasions and each package provides enough stickers for three cards. (The stickers are from the Netherlands and I haven’t found other sources besides this store.) I designed the cards above and the cards below came from a kit sold at the store (they ship).

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These cards came as a kit from, Picture This Scrapbook and More.

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