My stamping adventures

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


stamps used:  Unity stamp co.

I stamped this big background stamp onto three different color cardstocks then cut them into thirds.  Match up each color with one another to create three cards.
simple but effective.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Platform cards

 stamps used:  Unity stamp co.
I call these Platform cards because it is a folded card on a single layer of card which is like a platform for the card.
base platform - 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
folded card - 8 1/4" x 5 1/4"
That is as simple as it gets!
I did a resist technique for the coloring on all four of these cards.  Stamp and emboss image then blend, stipple or sponge on color.  Buff to reveal the magic of resist.  I added a bit more shine by adhering a strip of double stick tape then pressing on foil.  No heating necessary for foil doing this technique.
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Monday, November 5, 2018

Fun with Mandala stamp set

 stamps used:  Gina K. designs  Mandala stamp set, Wreath builder set(sayings). Unity stamp co.  (sayings)

I do enjoy the Gina K. designs wreath builder sets ... they make it so much fun to create cards.  I went a little crazy with the Mandala stamp set this past week creating a half a dozen cards.  Some of them I just used colored inks (variety of ink co. cube ink pads) but, with the one with all the circles I actually colored it in with distress markers.  Distress markers only because they were handy and of course, I don't own any copic markers.  I do have a bunch of Marvy markers but I have slowly throwing out the dried up ones ... they are very old.
hope you enjoy my cards and please leave me a comment on what you think.
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Thursday, November 1, 2018

MIUCB #19 - Aperture/opening

stamps used:  Stampin' Up
This month at Mix It Up Blog we are doing apertures or openings in our cards/projects.  Me, of course it is cards!  If I have a choice I always seem to create cards and so why make this month any different.  
cutting dimensions for card:
base card - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
left panel - 1" x 5 1/4"  mount with foam mounting tape
right panel - 2" x 5 1/4"  mount with foam mounting tape
pattern paper - 1 1/2" x 5 1/4"  adhere with double stick tape

Before I mounted the cut pieces I embossed with embossing folders for a little more detail to my cards.  Stamp layers before mounting to card.
Simple but effective cards, at least I think so.  How about you?
Join in at MIUCB this month and show us your creations and remember it's always better with a little stamping on the side.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween!

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.
I'm not sure what the actual name of this style card is so I'm just calling it a Flip card with a card inside.  Anyone out there who knows or can think up a better name please let me know in the comment section.
black card =  5 1/2" x 6 1/4"  -  score at 2"
black layers =  cut two at 3" x 3 1/2" 
orange card =  5 1/4" x 8"  -  score at 4"  -  folded card for inside  -  tape to black base card.
white layers =  cut two at 2 3/4" x 3 1/4"  -  stamped pieces for front and middle inside piece.
inside white layer =  3 3/4" x 5"
To create the white moon I punched out a circle and used it as a mask then stippled color around it.
Yes, I got out my stipple brushes ..... an old favorite tool of mine that I haven't used in ages.  So get out an old favorite tool you haven't used in a while and bring it back to life!
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Halloween ATC's

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.

For these two ATC's I did alcohol backgrounds which is a simple background but dramatic. 
Oh, did I mention that I used glossy cardstock because to me that really showcases the alcohol ink technique.  One of the ATC I stamped a saying directly over the background.  Second ATC I stamped image then used paper punches and mounted it on the ATC.  
What do you think?
Short but sweet post today.
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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Halloween tags!

Today I'm showing some Halloween tags!

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.
inks:  Ranger distress oxide inks, VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black)

Background instructions:
1.  press distress oxide ink pads onto craft mat and spritz with water.
2.  tap tag into wet ink.  dry layer then repeat as desired.
3.  stamp images with black ink.
For the double tags I layered with black cardstock.
Added some ribbon and done.
The owl, hat and broom images are colored in with Prisma color pencils.
Hope you like these Halloween tags.
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Witchy tags

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.
I'm really slow in getting Halloween cards made this year which is surprising for me ... because Halloween is my favorite time to make cards!  I guess I will blame it on things happening in life.
Here are two tags I stamped using distress oxide inks for the backgrounds .... the small tag is a manila tag and the bigger one is a black tag.  check out the fun effects of the oxide inks of course I used different colors on each tag.  I stamped a swirly image from the Unity stamp set Keep Wild and Esmeralda Girl.  I even did some easy water coloring with the same distress oxide inks I had out for Esmeralda then fussy cut her and mounted her on the tags.  
Hope you like these two tags.
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Monday, October 1, 2018

Mix It Up Challenge #18 - monochrome

Another month has started so that means (for me) a new challenge at Mix It Up Challenge blog or as we like to call it MIUCB.  
MIUCB #18 AG (anything goes) and monochrome.

stamps used: Gina K. Designs wreath builder stamp set/stencils

I used a variety of ink pads ... small and regular sized for these cards but I did use one of my favorite colors ..... green!  I just had fun with these little stamps from the wreath builder set and made three different wreaths.  
Hope you like these green beauties for MIUCB #18 monochrome this month and don't forget to use a stamp somewhere on your projects.
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Saturday, September 29, 2018

monthly (sept.) ATC

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.
The purple atc is what I call mixed media.
1.  mixed black acrylic paint with chunky silver glitter then dabbed it through a stencil.
2.  mixed gold re-inker with texture paste and spread a thin layer through a stencil.
3.  stamped writing image with black ink then embossed with clear powder.  repeated same with flower image.
4.  blended the atc with distress wilted violet ink.
5.  stamped "smile" onto white cardstock then punched it out and mounted with foam mount tape on atc.
Green atc
1.  laid ordinary string in green and orange paints then dragged on atc.
2.  stamped saying with black ink.
3.  adhered rick-rack ribbon on atc.
4.  added a clear gem.
5.  layered onto green cardstock to complete atc.
hope you enjoyed this short tutorial on how I created these two atc's.
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Friday, September 21, 2018

Mixed media

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.

All this week at Unity one of their designers named Jolande from the Netherlands has been visiting.  That means week long lives on facebook and even Instagram this time.  Jolande designs some wonderful mixed media style stamps to use for cards, tags and more.  I created these two cards using a couple of her techniques but I had to improvise with some of the products, naturally because I don't have them.  She is using this week products from Candece a company in the Netherlands that she brought with her so needless to say, I improvised with products I have here.  
I started with a TH gears stencil ... now she used a product that she kept saying had a sandy texture so I  got out some black acrylic paint and mixed in some chunky silver glitter I had on hand.  I took this mixture and dabbed it through my stencil with my finger, like she did so you would have more texture.  Next she used some kind of colored wax so I got out my clear texture paste and mixed in some gold re-inker.  This time you use a baby wipe to spread the mixture through the stencil.  Let this all dry or use a heat tool to dry.  After the black section is dry you are supposed to dab spots of white paint, well, I did this but for some reason after my white paint was dry ..... it turned purple!  guess it was a reaction to the silver glitter mixed in the black paint.  Oh well, I went with it as you will see in the pic.  Next step is to over stamp the card with images and heat emboss, so I did.  Then she distress her project with browns but with my purple showing through I didn't think that would work for me, so I used purple distress inks.  Last you stamp and cut out (I punched out) the saying and mount to card.  O.K. done!  what do you think?
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Sunday, September 16, 2018

fun with cards

 Yesterday spent the afternoon with friends ... stamping, laughing and eating!

 we made a total of six cards, two each of three designs. 
 1. variation on a gate fold card.
2.  card with a tag embellishment.
3.  used a background die.
stamps used:  Stampin' Up
Always a fun time!