My stamping adventures

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!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Diorama cards

stamps used:  Me & Carrie Lou, Repeat Impressions
First I want to say these are old stamps in my collection and I'm not even sure if these two companies are still in business.  In fact, these stamps are so old (1997) that they are wood mounted.
This card is called Diorama cards because, I think you look into/through them like you were looking into a diorama ..... remember we made them out of shoe boxes back in school.  Oh boy, am I showing my age by stating that fact.  
two at 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" white cardstock
score 1/2" & 1" on both sides
punch or die cut center of front card.
accordion fold both cards 
add adhesive to one end of each side of one card then tape together.
It's really a very easy card with a wow factor.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Purple wreaths

Still enjoying creating wreath builder cards.  here are purple cards.
 stamps used:  Gina K. designs
here is a photo of Gina K. designs wreath builder stencil template tool so you can see it.  I wrote with a sharpie the size in the corner so I know what size cardstock fits in it.  there are two stencil templates:  3 3/4" and 4" .  the 3 3/4" is showing in the photo.
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Saturday, September 1, 2018

MIUCB #17 AG & layering

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.
It's the first of the month so that means MIUCB challenge time.  the challenge for September is AG (anything goes) and layering so that means you can do either or but remember to use a stamp somewhere on your card/project.  
Triple-time stamping
white layers:  2 1/8 x 3 1/8, 2 1/8 x 4, 2 1/8 x 4 3/4, 4 x 5 1/4
colored layers:  2 1/4 x 3 1/4, 2 1/4 x 4 1/4, 2 1/4 x 5
these are just the sizes I used but you can make this card in lots of variations that fit onto a note card.
Place all the white layers in whatever configuration you want with re-positional tape then stamp over all the layers.  when I'm done stamping I carefully take the stamped layers off and layer onto colored cardstock.  tip:  make a mark on the back of each stamped layer on the top so you remember how they fit back together.  tape them in order onto note card to complete the card.
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Monday, August 27, 2018

More on wreath builders

Here are several more samples of the wreath builder cards.  These were done on a piece of 3 3/4" x 5" white cardstock so they fit on an A2 card.  I like that better than square cards.
 stamps used:  Gina K. Designs
I think my favorites are the ones pictured in the bottom photo because I do like the color schemes better and they have dimension.  
what do you think?
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Wreath builder cards

stamps used:  Gina K. Designs, savvy stamps
inks:  Brutus Monroe surface inks, VersaFine clair nocturne
I had some play time so I got out my wreath builder stamp/stencil set and made these three cards.  Believe it or not it took a good two hours to make these cards.  It's not as easy as you might think.  There is a learning curve for this set and yes, you do need a stamp positioner ... I have the TH platform and it worked o.k. but I found I needed to use my magnets maybe when I practice some more I can do without them.  don't get me wrong I do like the way the cards came out and will play some more with this set in fact I want to try doing it as an A2 size card ... these are 4 1/4" square cards.  Oh yes, I also used some new ink pads I had just ordered ... Brutus Monroe surface ink cubes so that is the reason for the color schemes.  I tend to use what I can get my hands on at the time.
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Yes, more acrylic block stamping

 stamps used:  Unity stamps
Did some more acrylic block stamping.  it is an addictive technique and so easy!
Here are other posts with this technique here and here with a video.  you can also see video at my you tube channel along with other fun technique videos.
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