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Saturday, 22 October 2016
One thing I learnt in this try out, is don't use a pearl coated card base!
As I was using up off-cuts to do these - go me!- there was a variety of cardstock used. Some plain stamping card, and some pearlescent.
The background stamping on the plain card dried out just fine, and I got the effect I wanted. The stamping on the pearl card however just flatly refused to dry. Despite being left overnight, and getting a blast with the heat gun for good measure, the greenery still picked up the EP.
I'd used dye based inks, along with some Versafine, so fully expected no problems. Oh well.
So some have heat embossed greenery as well as the accent stamp.
As you can see, I did one with some Poinsettias, one with Baubles, one with a mix of the two. Another had Pine cones, and the last two had holly berries.
Versafine Crimson Poinsettias and Imperial Purple Baubles.
Baubles in Versafine Habanero,Imperial Purple and Majestic Blue.
Versafine Crimson on the small Poinsettia, and Ranger Dye ink Classic Cherry on the large one.
Crimson Versafine for the holly berries on this one
on the right, and Classic Cherry for the one on the left.
Archival Coffee for the pine cones, two different ones from two sets.
It occurs to me that I could use this to make some Birthday Cards with, using different sets. And I will use plain stamping card next time, so I can repeat the heat embossing elements.
There are a number of sets of these stamps in the Card-io/Majestix line which are very close to the RST stamps I used, such as the Poinsettias, the Baubles and the Holly & Berries. I actually prefer working with the transparent Card-io stamps to the red rubber on wooden pegs of the RST.
So, I die cut a circle from copy paper, and was going to stamp a wreath inside the circle cut out.
I decided the circle was too small for this to work, so swapped it around, and used the circle to mask off the centre of the cardstock, and stamped around it.
The first one I made was one of the snowflake cards, and that one, on the right, does include a Clarity snowflake, in the corners. All the other stamps I've used on all the cards are from Cardio/Majestix, or Rubber Stamp Tapestry (RST).
I was surprised recently to see some Rubber Stamp Tapestry sets in Hobbycrafts, I didn't think they existed anymore. The sets I have are a few (!) years old now, possibly 10 or more.
For anyone not familiar with them, they are very small stamps- very similar to Cardio/Majestix, but on wooden 'pegs', so you may have heard them referred to as Peg Stamps.
They came in a pack like this, containing however many stamps were needed for the image. This one, Poinsettia Wreath, has four stamps in the set.
The black line you can see on the pegs denotes which way up the image goes, to help with alignment.
However,unlike the Card-io/Majestix stamps, these don't build up into scenes, as the sets don't contain the right sort of images.
I'd added a few lines of removable adhesive to the back of the mask, and, having decided I was going to use 5" square card bases, I cut a sheet of card to 4 1/2" square to stamp on.
There's no reason why you couldn't stamp straight onto your card front, I'm just not that brave yet!
In the main, the inks I used on all the cards were Adirondacks, Versafine & Archival. A few Distress inks also came into play, mainly for the purples.
The snowflakes used Adirondacks in Stonewashed, Denim and Sail Boat Blue, Versafine Majestic Blue and Deep Lagoon, and Archival Cobalt Blue. The purples were Distress Wilted Violet and Dusty Concord.I used the Cardio set called Winter Flurry, which has 6 stamps of assorted sizes. In the corner is a Clarity snowflake, from their 'Snowflakes' set, and it's the smallest of the set.
The mask removed to give a nice clean centre where I can stamp a greeting.
I went back to the Phill Martin 'Snowflake Sentiments' set,as they are a good size for this.
I used the Archival Cobalt to stamp the greeting.
I matted this onto a sheet of dark blue card, then onto my card base. Final touch is an acrylic gem in the centre of the snowflakes in the Greeting stamp.
All the other cards followed a similar pattern. I'm not totally happy with the second one I made,using holly sprigs and Poinsettias, I think I stamped far too much background greenery, too many flower heads, and it now looks a bit busy. But, lesson learnt, and I left more white space in future ones.
This one has a greenery sprig stamped in just two different greens, Versafine Spanish Moss and Adirondack Meadow, and I also used second generation stamping to get some variety.
The Pine Cone is stamped in DI Gathered Twigs, and Archival Coffee.
Archival Coffee for the sentiment, a brown cardstock matt, and amber acrylic gems.
I decided to have another try with the Poinsettia set up, and was far more restrained with my stamping this time! Much happier with this one.
This was the second snowflake card, and again, less images. If I'd done some practice ones of this in my book, it would have been a good idea!
The baubles card uses stamps from RST and Cardio sets.
Again, I think I may have got a bit too enthusiastic with the baubles. But I get told the same thing about decorating the Christmas Tree, so maybe it's a good job there isn't a tinsel stamp too, lol.
Well, having finished these, I had a thought for a second batch, which I will blog when they're done. I thought it may look good if I had embossed accents onto an unembossed background, so I've stamped up six more backgrounds, and am leaving them to dry overnight.
By the way, the 4 1/2" on the circle is not the size of the mask, it's just to remind me what size background I intended it to be used on. The actual size of the mask is 3".
3" circle mask
4 1/2" cardstock to stamp on.
4 3/4" contasting matt.
5" square card base.
Dye inks in suitable colours.
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Lots of stuff on the desk this week, a pile of UFO's front left and a whole bunch of stamps strewn around. Card-io ones, to have a play with.
I love the cards that are made with their stamps, some gorgeous scenes. Anyhow, I decided that I wanted to practice a bit before committing anything to card. I was going to use an Art Journal for it, then remembered I have plenty of note books around that would do the job. A stack of Adirondack inkpads, a canvas with some ink on ready for another project.
This was the 'desk behind the desk', before I tidied away!
I can't recall the lady's name that does the demo's at craft shows, but she creates some fabulous scenes, using a dry baby wipe to apply the ink with.
EDIT: Thanks to Neet, who told me her name is Wendy.
Just getting a feel for applying the ink, creating landscapes and placing images.
This is another of her techniques, multiple impressions of the same stamp, without re-inking, to create a frame.
Also trying stamps from different sets together.
This one I extended the frame to create an oval.
A few more sheets practice, and I may be ready to give it a go on a card.
There are some more Christmas cards in previous posts, and an Anniversary card for Beloved Hubby, as well as a 'just for fun' Halloween card in the post below.
Still no news on any appointments, I've rung his secretary again yesterday, and she was going to speak to him when he got out of surgery, then call me back today. This is getting on my nerves now, to be honest. Should all have been over and done by now, including the surgery!
Sunday, 16 October 2016
Stamps from a few companies were used, as I wanted to keep the stamps mainly to sizes that would fit in the boxes.
The stencil is by Clarity, called Abstract squares 2.
I taped it to a piece of their 7"x7" stencil card, and chose a selection of Distress Inks to work with.
For the Greens, Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint, the Oranges were Spiced Marmalade and Carved Pumpkin, and the Purples were Wilted Violet and Dusty Concord, although I did add in Seedless Preserves at the end.
Starting in the centre of the stencil, I brushed on Spiced Marmalade, then used a smaller brush to add Carved Pumpkin to the corners.
Next I went to the greens, Mowed Lawn first, then Peeled Paint in the same way.
Final colours were Dusty Concord, with some Wilted Violet.
I thought it needed something more, so added the Seedless Preserves.
I used a sheet of kitchen paper to wipe over the stencil, pulling in the ink from the edges, to help define the boxes a little.
So we're good to go, and off comes the stencil.
A post it mask surrounds the first square to be stamped in , as the image is much longer than the box. It's from a stamp sheet called 'Dark Boundaries', by Cherry Pie Artstamps.
I'm using Versafine in either Onyx Black or Crimson for the stamping.
The railings with the crow at the top, and the words bottom left are from the same sheet.
The next few stamps are all by Chocolate Baroque. The corner web is from Halloween Raven, the dangling spider from Halloween Candle, and the blood splats from Howling Moon.
Visible Image stamps come into the mix now, the two skulls in the centre are from Mr Bone Jangles. The skull bottom right is from Max Rocks, and the barbed wire from Molly Rules. The bats are from Edward is Immortal.
I've gone back to Chocolate Baroque for some more spiders, and also a spider in its web which I've stamped portions of. A few more blood splats are used to fill some of the smaller shapes.
For the card front, I covered a 7" square card blank front with green paper, then stamped all around the edges with a partial print from an Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card stamp of cobwebs.
The main panel is trimmed down, and matted onto orange then purple cardstock.
Two embellishments added, the spider in a web,top right, is an old earring!
Skull and crossbones bottom left I think came from Route 52.
I stamped All Hallows Eve, from the Chocolate Baroque set Halloween Candle, in Black Versafine and heat set it with Stampendous Twilight Embossing Powder.
I used daubers to add the three colours to the scrap of card.
Trimmed this down with the Tonic 6" mini guillotine, I love this little one, so handy.
I also find that by lining up the edge of the guide bar to my cardstock, I get a perfect sized border for matting and layering.
Add a purple layer to that, then use pop dots to attach to the bottom right corner.
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black & Crimson
Distress: Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Spiced marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, Dusty Concord, Wilted Violet & Seedless Preserves.
Cherry Pie Artstamps: Dark Boundaries,
Chocolate Baroque: Halloween Candle, Howling Moon & Halloween Raven.
Impression Obsession: Cover A Card Webs
Visible Image: Max Rocks, Molly Rules, Mr Bone Jangles, Edward is Immortal.
Saturday, 15 October 2016
It was our 7th Wedding Anniversary earlier in the week, and when Hubby spotted this stamp at Happy Stampers, I knew it was perfect for an anniversary card.
I stamped out the image, from Indigo Blu, a few times, using different inks, as I wasn't sure how I was going to add colour.
I tried the water & Distress Inks, but this particular cardstock didn't want to co operate, so eventually I went with Promarkers.
After I'd done the colouring, I cut a very rough mask from one of the failed images, and used that to cover the owl whilst I brushed on some DI Tumbled Glass around the main image, fading it out gradually.
Matted onto a light brown cardstock, trimmed to leave a narrow border, then onto a sheet of dark brown card, which was cut longer than the main panel, so I could add the sentiment. This is from the Phill Martin Scribbled Sentiments set.
I matted that onto the pale brown card again, then positioned it below the image panel, then trimmed that down to leave the same narrow border.
I folded a sheet of A4 gold card for the card base. A couple of acrylic black hearts added to two corners, and it's done.
It would be simple to just mask off the 'Owl always Love you' part of the stamp, so it does have other uses.