Thursday, 5 July 2018

Humming right along


I taught a stamping class a couple of weeks ago using the Stampin’ Up stamp set, Picture Perfect, which has the most adorable hummingbird.

When I first bought the set, I did not own a stamping platform. This was a challenge because the hummingbird stamp is made up of four separate pieces. We still were using acrylic blocks with our unmounted cling stamps. If you had a two-, three- or four-step stamp, trying to line up each piece was nearly impossible, usually resulting in fuzzy images!
Thank goodness, that some clever folks at Sweet Petunia came up with the stamping platform, which they dubbed the Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented (MISTI). I describe a stamping platform like a “mini printing press,” which gives you the control to add more colors and experiment with ink combinations until you achieve the finished look you want.
Since the MISTI, there have been several other stamping platforms enter the market, including the newest, Stampin’ Up’s Stamparatus. I can admit, I own FOUR different stamping platforms! 

The best thing about Stampin' Up!'s Stamparatus is that it has two heavy duty, interchangeable acrylic platforms. This means you have four stamping surfaces that you can switch out on the platform. This particularly is useful when you are using stamps that have three to four pieces, like this Picture Perfect hummingbird.
I created a video to show how I set up the hummingbird stamp on the Stamparatus.

Also, here are the Stampin' Up! inks I used to color the hummingbird.

Stamp 1 – Use Sahara Sand all over. Then lightly ink the wing only with Coastal Cabana.

Stamp 2 – For the neck stamp, use Berry Burst.

Stamp 3 – For the brightly colored part of the hummingbird, use Baja Breeze, Bermuda Bay or Marina Mist. You can come back with a bit of Tip Top Taupe (darker) OR Crumb Cake (lighter) on the wing and the tips of the tail. Use your finger on the tail to remove the harsh line of ink.

Stamp 4 – Ink up the head and beak with Tip Top Taupe (can also use isolated on tips and edges). Then use Crumb Cake on the wing and tail.



Saturday, 30 June 2018

Christmas "Eve Girl"


Following on from the previous post, here is another AngieGirl from Unity Stamp: Eve Girl

Be sure to wear flowers in your hair

I'm only one of the many, many, many fans of artist Angie Blom's AngieGirls. Her lovely ladies are very open images, which are perfect for coloring. I've become quite a fan of Unity Stamps, and you can see all of the AngieGirls stamps by clicking here here.

Here are some of cards I made featuring AngieGirls stamps. The swirly heart frame came from the Silhouette Design Store; it was cut out on the Cameo. I added some gold foil to the frame. Both watercolors and alcohol markers were used.

If coloring soothes your soul, I highly recommend trying out some of these AngieGirls stamps, and you can make some cards at the same time!

Friday, 29 June 2018

Sweater Tags, So Cute!

It's the middle of the summer, and now I'm starting to panic that I won't have time to make enough products to sell at our Christmas Bazaar in early November! This is a perennial worry of crafters who do most of their sales at end-of-the-year markets.

Last year, at our Christmas Bazaar at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Loveland, Colorado, we found that tags and gift cards were the hottest merchandise in our booth. Not as many folks mail or give regular-size Christmas cards, it seems. However, a pretty tag for a present, gift bag or bottle of wine is always in demand.

The Elizabeth Craft Design Winter Sweater gift tag (above) and this Silhouette santa tag especially were popular at last year's craft market.  All of the profits for our sales went to charity.





Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Noel already?

The calendar says April, the daffodils and tulips are popping up, and I'm making Christmas cards!

However, when you are trying to accumulate things to sell at a Christmas market, you have to start holiday creations early in the year. This Noel card will be the next tutorial for our Glory Crafters at church.  Our cards are then sold at our Christmas bazaar to raise money for charity.
How the cards were made:

Stamp set:
Stampin' Up! Peaceful Pines

Embossing Folder:
Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions

Dies:
Stampin' Up! Sizzix Perfect Pines (pine trees)
Stampin' Up! Sizzix Wonderful Wreath (Noel)
Sizzix Snowflakes

Spellbinders A Gilded Life: Rhinestone Chain

Stampin' Up! Ink Pads: Real Red and Garden Green

Extras:
Prima Marketing's Red Rub-on Foil (for Noel)
Silver Leaf (for the snowflake)
Perfect Pearl Mist
White Card Stock (cut to 4 x 5 1/4 inches)
Real Red Card Stock (cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches)
Folded White Card Base
Designer Cardstock (cut to 4 x 2 1/4 inches)
Stick It Adhesive Sheets
Red Rhinestones

Use the Stick It Adhesive Sheets with the dies to cut out the word Noel and the snowflakes. You can click here for a video tutorial on how to use these wonderful adhesive sheets!
Once you peel off the top layer of the Stick It Sheet, you can adhere the red foil to die-cut, "Noel," and the silver foil to the snowflake. To see how to add gold or silver leaf, you can watch my "How to Gild" tutorial video, which I featured in an earlier post about butterfly tags.
Run the 4 x 5 1/4 inch white cardstock through the embossing folder. Spray it lightly with the Perfect Pearl Mist. Let dry.
Stick the red cardstock onto the folded white card base. Then adhere the embossed white card piece onto the red cardstock.

Stick the red-foiled word, Noel, onto the top section of the card. Adhere the strip of 4 x 2 1/4 inch snowflake designer red/silver cardstock onto the card. Of course, you can use whatever colored cardstock you prefer or have at hand.

Cut a strand of the rhinestone chain to 4 inches and then glue it onto the card.  Glue the red rhinestone onto the silver snowflake.  Allow to dry.

Use a stamping platform and the Stampin' Up! Peaceful Pines set to make the colored Christmas tree. I used the SU Garden Green ink pad for the tree and SU Real Red for the light strands with this two-step stamp. Select the appropriate-sized Perfect Pines die to cut out your colored tree.

Create a background for this little tree by using the larger-sized Perfect Pine die and cut out a silver tree. Glue it to the back of your stamped and colored pine. Use pop-up adhesive to place the tree and snowflake onto the card.







Monday, 2 April 2018

Moulding Your Own Embellishments



I've been playing around with this Prima Marketing IOD Art Decor mould, and I really love it! So much that I've ordered two more moulds, which should arrive this week. If you love making mixed media art pieces, these moulds provide an economical solution to sourcing embellishments.
I used very cheap air-drying clay, which wanted to crack. Although, my second attempt at moulding had no breaking of pieces. I've since ordered Prima's special paper clay (also an inexpensive option) to see if it gives me a little more flexibility.
Once dry, you can apply acrylic, gesso, sprays, mica paints or lots of other mixed media products. 
These moulds are food safe, too, for those of you who prefer chocolate to clay. LOL!

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Butterflies flying away!



Here are some close up photos of the gilded and water-colored tags featured in the previous post. The butterflies were gilded using silver and gold leaf sheets, a Stampin' Up butterfly, and a jumbo Nuvo Adhesive Pen. Each of the tags feature a Sizzix Tim Holtz die and designer paper. This layer is laid over the top of a solid-colored tag. Frames are made with a scalloped punch. Various embellishments and ribbon finish off the tags. I especially love the sequined jewels above, which are from Spellbinder's "Gilded Life" Antique Gold Trim.

Pretty in Pink with a Prima flower and rhinestones.
Coral bliss butterfly with Prima flowers and Spellbinder's "Gilded Life" Ribbon.
Purple passion butterfly with Prima flowers.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Gilded & Water Colored Butterfly Tags

These elegant tags feature gilded and water-colored butterflies, complete with embellishments such as flowers, sequined jewels, ribbons and sentiments.
How to Make the Butterflies
You'll create your beautiful and bright butterflies using your favorite rubber stamp, some gold or silver leaf, and adhesive. I've published a step-by-step tutorial of the process if you'd like to click and have a look at either my Vimeo Tutorial or YouTube Video on Gilding and Watercoloring a Butterfly.

How to Make and Assemble the Tags
To begin with, you need a tag base. I used a Sizzix Framelits die to create a 3 1/8 x 6 1/4 inch tag using Big Shot.
Then layer a piece of designer cardstock to 3 1/8 by 5 1/2 inches. Run this piece through Tim Holtz decorative die.

Position the die 1/8 inch off the left and bottom of this cardstock, as pictured.
Place the die-cut designer paper on the top of  the tag. Use tape adhesive and a touch of glue.

Optional: Rough up the edges of the tag with a distressing tool.

Coral Tags: Use Tim Holtz Tarnished Brass Distress Stain to antique the edges of the tag.

Pink Tags: Use Tim Holtz Worn Lipstick Distress Stain around the edges of the tag.

Create frames using scallop punch and Spellbinders square. The frames will be squares of 2 1/4 inches. Also use scallop punch to create background frame. Place the cut-out frame on top of the scalloped square, using pop-up adhesive. Position the bottom scalloped square slightly off the edge to create a faux shadow. Tilt the frame at an angle, as pictured, using tape adhesive.

Cut complementary colored ribbon or yarn for your tag. If you have trendy “fuzzy” or eyelash yarn, you can mix these materials with ribbons to create a more dimensional and interesting tag.


Thursday, 15 February 2018

Tea Shoppe: Just Peachy

Here are a few more samples of the Tea Shoppe card, which I will be showing my group of crafty ladies this coming Wednesday. I decided to try coloring in peach tones.



Sunday, 11 February 2018

Tea Shoppe Revisted


I've been working on a stamping tutorial for my card-making group, and I decided to resurrect an oldie-but-goodie stamp set: Tea Shoppe by Stampin' Up. I fell in love with this stamp because I am a huge tea drinker! I have lots of friends who are tea lovers, too, and I like to send them birthday cards.
Just a few years ago, it was quite a process to create multi-colored hand-stamped images. I had to use individual acrylic blocks with unmounted stamps (or worse, wood-mounted stamps). I’d ink or color, then reposition and line up the stamp over and over again to achieve the desired color combination on the image. This was not a precise technique. Lots of fuzzy rejects found their way into the trash!
Then the folks at My Sweet Petunia created the Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented (MISTI), and they changed the way we all stamp. Now, you can adhere your unmounted stamp to the platform and secure your paper, and nothing moves. You can ink and stamp the image as much as your heart desires, building up the colors from your ink pads, paints or markers. On a stamp like the Tea Shoppe, you can create vibrant pansies on the cup by using markers.
On these cards, I’ve used a variety of embellishments, such as making background frames with Spellbinder dies, adding in Prima flowers, and gilding edges of the text pieces. In addition to the Stampin’ Up Tea Shoppe set, I’ve also used a sentiment by Graphic 45 (Botanical Tea) and my own digital stamp (Beau-Tea_Ful).