Tuesday, December 29, 2009
This is one of the new releases from Penny Black called "nose-kiss". There are 3 new bear stamps.....all so cute!
I used Memento inks as my palette to watercolor the bears. By pressing each color of ink pad that I need onto a non-porous surface.....I use a piece of acrylic packaging or my glass work surface.....I create a palette of dyes to pick up with my waterbrush. I used watercolor paper here but I often use just a good quality paper. Watercolor paper allows more manipulation of the color without shredding the paper. With regular card stock, the color can't be reworked as much nor will it tolerate as much water.
It's a quick way to color.......at least, I think so! The longest part is waiting for the paper to dry.
The daisy background paper is from Imaginisce. I added a touch of glitter to the red mat edges. The heart has glitter glue on it.
I challenge you to get out any water based dye ink.....Memento or Ranger Adirondack inks will work....and try your hand at watercolor!
Have fun - create something!
Monday, December 28, 2009
Late Christmas Day I went outside to check for snow on our satelite dish......internet service was so slow. I thought perhaps the dish had snow on it......no luck, it was clear. Must have been all the other snowed in people surfing the web.....
Friday, December 25, 2009
I hope everyone is enjoying this special day. Here in Minnesota, we're in the middle of a huge snowstorm. It sure changed lots of plans.
I have a gift to share.......
I made several of these to give to special people.
All stamps are from various Tim Holtz holiday stamp sets.
I created the ornament first.......
The Santa face is stamped with Espresso on white card stock. I added Distress inks for color. I stamped "Christmas" from the "Christmas Carols" stamp and embossed it with gold. I used a Ranger Memory 2x2 Frame and glass.
Then I stamped the background to look like branches of a Christmas tree using Pine Needles and Distress EP. Music lines are stamped below the branches and it's all aged with Distress inks. I also added a touch of gold embossing at the corners.
I wanted it to be on the front of a card. Okay, that's pretty dimensional for a card front so that led me to create a box type card.
The cover is held in place with hinges from Judikins. They work so well......the cover opens completely flat. I tried paper hinges but they didn't work as well.
The back of the ornament has another Santa face with "Believe" in gold, also colored with Distress inks.
I added a gold cord hanger and a bow that's distressed a bit to tone down the color.
The ornament is held in place with removable glue dots....easily removed to hang on the tree. Some of the cord is tucked through a hole and looped behind. A simple tug on the knot will release it.
I hope you enjoyed this gift!
May you have a blessed Christmas!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Wow, it has been a looong time!
Believe me I've wanted to post. If only my thoughts could have loaded a photo and written something!
Tonight I have a card I created for Penny Black's newest release of Valentine's and love stamps. You can see all of them here. Check out their home page, too! One of my cards is featured! The teddy bear with a heart box is also one of my cards. How cool is that!
I used the new "the forever dream" stamp for the love birds stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa. I added just a touch of color using these Copic markers: Y32, YG03, W00, E42, YR0000, YR000, E21, 0.
Once I had them colored, I used an Eclipse mask over the birds and then sprayed the background with Pearl Glimmer Mist.
The card front was stamped with "pointelle" (dots stamp) repeatedly with Versamark ink and then embossed with Silver Pearl embossing powder.
I used 2 circle Spellbinders dies for the opening around the birds: one in the card front and second smaller one for the inner border of luster weave paper.
Just part of the verse "full of life" is stamped on the oval, the rest is stamped inside. I used the Rich Cocoa ink and embossed it with clear.
I added a sheer ribbon to complete the design.
Thanks for stopping to look! I promise to have more to share after Christmas!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I simply stamped this image with Memento Rich Cocoa on white card stock. No distressing or coloring! Hard to believe for me!!!
I added some bling with Stickles Aqua and Copper glitter glue and added a turquoise glitter mat. That paper is from American Crafts......lots of different colors and lots of glitter shine.
The stamp is from Penny Black's transparent set "in a pear tree". A fun whimsical set!
I stamped the bird a second time to cut it out. It's mounted on a foam dot.
When I trimmed the glitter mat, I ended up with a few thin strips. They were too pretty to just throw away..........so I added them for a little accent.
"Noel" is stamped and embossed with copper EP.
One more Christmas card to add to my pile. I've been scavenging through all my cards to find all of the Christmas ones. I found enough for about 1/2 my list. Thank goodness......hopefully I can get the rest put together this week. I love making Christmas cards but around this time, other things like shopping, decorating and baking eat into my stamping time.
If you click over to the Penny Black website, check out their new Valentine's release. Just click on the purple heart. I had the opportunity to work with some of those stamps before the release. I'm honored to say that all the card samples shown are my creations. Yep, even the frog! What a thrill to see them in print!
I hope you're keeping cozy and warm. We're recovering from a snowstorm....the season's first blizzard. Along with it came frigid temps.......below 0 tonight. It's not expected to warm up much tomorrow either. Brrrrrr...!
Friday, December 4, 2009
Did you see his blog today? He used alcohol inks to create plaid backgrounds for 2 Christmas tags. I had to try it tonight!
Here's my creation..........
I wanted a subtle blue plaid. My stripes are more visible than the plaid. It's a quick easy technique!
For today's tag, I decided to use a piece of glossy paper the same size as a #8 tag but without a hole or cropped corners.
I stamped the deer with Archival black ink, then embossed it with Ranger Blue Glass EP........very shiny like glass. I masked the deer to stamp the trees, again with Archival Black ink. I added the snowflakes with Distress China Blue and Polysparkle EP.
"Believe" is stamped on glossy paper with Archival Black and embossed with Blue Glass EP. I rounded the corners and added brads. Holographic string is wrapped around the brads and behind the image. I added Polysparkle EP to each brad head.
I added Blue Glass EP to the edges of the dark blue mat. It's all added to the front of an aqua card with snowflakes around the edges stamped with Broken China and embossed with Blue Polysparkle EP.
This photo shows the background before I added any stamping. I used Ranger alcohol inks: Stream, Stonewashed, Denim.
Try this technique. It's so easy!
I hope you enjoyed my take on Tim's technique!
Now, you try it!
Thanks for visiting!
Smiles to you,