My stamping adventures

Sunday, July 23, 2017

more duoprinting with chlorophyll

stamps used:  Stampin' Up, MFP

Still having fun with duoprinting with chlorophyll!  It is always fun when we can find things around the house or in nature to use with our craft.  The only problem is that when it is so easy to use what is around us it becomes addicting because it doesn't interfere with our budget.  For this technique some leaves work better than others as you can see from the photos.  The top photo is using leaves I got from a friend's house and they worked great.....just don't ask me what the names of them are....I think the ruffle type leaf that looks similar to oak leaf is a chrysanthemum leaf but don't quote me on that.  My friend gave me a baggie full of leaves to take home and try for this technique so have no idea what leaf is what.   The bottom photo has wisteria and lemon balm leaves ... I know that because they are from my yard.  You can look back at this post to see the other samples I made and more information on this technique.  go out in nature and see what you can find to make into art.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Art Journal wk#27 - One

stamps used:
chicken - Stamper's Anon.
letters - unknown (unmounted set)
I am liking keeping it simple for the last couple of layouts.  This one is no exception.  stamped the chicken and did a little spot coloring, masked him off and then just blended some colors of distress inks in the yellow family with blending tool.  

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Poppy girl

stamp used:  Unity stamp co.
For this card I did a twist on the Triple Time stamping technique ... so this is Double Time stamping because there are only two layers of stamped image.  This is all colored with Prisma color pencils (my favorite coloring medium) ... I like color pencils because I can mix different colors together and layer all the colors for shading.  normally I use my blush pink for base color of skin but this time I went for a more tan look since it is summer where I live.  I even used a dark blue for shading of the skin.  the shirt is a light green with tones of darker greens and blue for shading.  the flowers are a combination of red, pink and cream.  It is going to be hot here for the next few days so keep cool.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Duoprinting with Chlorophyll

This is an addicting technique!!! I'm just saying if you do one ... you do two ... then three ... you get the idea.  It's a simple technique I saw on Splitcoaststampers ... you go outside pick some leaves and herbs then bring them inside (yeah, I know you knew that).  
Let's see if I can explain this simply:
1.  fold a piece of copy paper in half - open it up.
2.  cut two pieces of cardstock (I did 4 1/4" x 5 1/2") - place one of them inside the copy paper.
3.  place your leaves or herbs or any combination on cardstock.
4.  place another piece of cardstock on top of leaves/herbs.
5.  fold the copy paper over the two pieces of cardstock with the leaves/herbs sandwiched inside them.
6.  run them through Big Kick (whatever machine you own).
7.  peel the two pieces of cardstock apart and VIOLA!  beautiful nature cards.
Just know that different leaves/herbs react different to the pressing so you never know what it will look like till you peel them apart.  You get a positive and negative ... two for the price of one.
go make art with nature!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Galaxy whale

stamps used:  Unity stamps
Here is a finished card from one of the galaxy backgrounds I did in this post.  This is a fun technique that comes out different every time you do it.  I did a little extra watercolor on the whale to give him a bit more shine.  It is much better in real life.   I have a video  here or you can go to Sue Wisniewski - YouTube to see this technique and more.  give this technique a try and please come back to show me what you've done.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Art journal adventure wk#26 Mystery

stamps used:  Bartholomew's Ink
week #26 theme is Mystery!
whenever I hear the theme mystery ... I go directly to my drawer full of Bart's Ink stamps! Unfortunately, they are no longer in business so can't get new ones but I do own a few.  I am working a small journal so stamping directly is not possible sometimes and this is one of those times so ..... I stamped and did a little watercolor spot coloring on a separate piece of cardstock then fussy cut all the people.  the Baker street was stamped on grey cardstock and the caution was stamped on yellow cardstock.  if it was a bigger page there would be lots more but it was fun to bring these images back to life.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Fun with alcohol inks

 stamps used:  Unity stamps
alcohol inks by Pantone Tria and Ranger

I found some old Pantone Tria alcohol inks in my stash so I decided to have a play with them and Ranger ones, too.  Just showing the basics in this video but did have fun with them.  Instead of using today's fancy tools I used my old handmade blending tool which you can see in the video.
 you can see video at the bottom of this post or here on Sue Wisniewski - YouTube  hope you like it and if you do ... please give the thumbs up.  

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Art Journal week #25 random things

stamps used:  Stampscapes
Week #25 prompt was an either/or idea so I took the "or" idea - pick random things 
I picked a random draw of stamps which turned out to be full of Stampscape images ..... and then I also just picked random things that were sitting out on my table ..... peerless watercolors and mica watercolors.  I went to town and made a simple watercolor background which turned out to look quite stormy ... but ... that worked out great with the stamps I grabbed out of my draw..... so here is my finished page ..... stormy night.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Tri-fold cut out cards

stamps used:  Altenew butterflies, Happy Birthday by Azadi Earl(out of business)

This is a fun fold card that I call Tri-fold cut out card...I'm sure there is a better name out there in cyber space and if anyone knows it .... please leave a comment and I will post it.
dimension of card:
base card - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"  score and fold at 4 1/4"
back layer - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"  score and fold at 1/2"  tape 1/2" end to back of base card.  use circle die to cut out.
layer the layers with pattern papers.
The die cut layer folds over the base card.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Galaxy fun

alien card: alien by RSA, moonscape by unmounted(unknown), earth by StarvingArtiststamps
spaceman card: spaceman, planets by StarvingArtiststamps, saying by MFP

Had fun making all these galaxy backgrounds using Peerless watercolors that I've had in my stash for years...many years! and they work beautifully.  with the top two backgrounds I used Peerless watercolors which you will see in video at the bottom of this post or in my Sue Wisniewski - YouTube channel.  for the white stars I just dotted the background with different white gel pens.  the samples at the bottom of the photo I used another product I found in my stash that I've had again for many, many years.....the splotches are MicaColor pigment watercolor paints.  Just keep in mind you can use any watercolors or even re-inkers you have in your stash for this technique.
watch my video below and if you like it please give it a thumbs up on YouTube.  thanks.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Art Journal week #24 - something old, new, borrowed and blue

wk#24 - Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue
This is journal page is a bit unique for me because in a way it is a tribute to my father.  I'll start with something old - a couple of photos of my father from the early 40's I would guess. The clock and wings images are also old...I've had them in my stamp collection for years.
something new - Nuvo crystal drops around the photos and the pattern paper I cut out into a zig zag.
something borrowed - time ... let me explain:  my father always said he was living on borrowed time once he turned 60 years old but as you can see he lived until right after his 91st birthday. that's a lot of borrowed time, thank you.
something blue - the background of this page layout.
that's it for this time.

Monday, June 26, 2017


stamps used:  Altenew butterflies, Denami Design swirl
Just a couple of easy simple note cards for my stash I always have on hand when I need a quick card.  The butterflies are a layering stamp set and I am having lots of fun with them.  I have a little container with all the ones I did in different colors so again....I have a stash to create more cards, tags or just add to an art journal page.