Friday, August 28, 2015

Let's Go and Play, back to school!

I've had just the most fabulous time creating with a chalkboard themed snowman card. This week is back to school and what is driving the Splitcoaststampers Mix-Ability Challenge! That's part of my card style today and you really must go and check it out with hostess Tiffany Johnson, for MIX135: Back to School!

I am also playing along, really late in the game because I had to almost unearth a stamp set to make this card today. I was set on creating this card, so I'm glad I finally look behind the chair, on the floor by the kids craft table. Whew!

So here is my card...

I created this card for the Stampendous weekly theme, hmmm-mee-me-me-me-me, do you wanna build a snowman? Oh yes, this sweet little snowman was built specifically because of the stamp sets name, Build A Snowman Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.

To get the no-line effect, I stamped the image pieces with watermark ink and gently rubbed white chalk stick over the lines to get them to show up on the chalkboard black painted paper. Repeat this step for the snowflakes that are included in the stamp set.

I colored the snowman with colored pencils and finished with lightly shading outside the snowman to give him a little depth. When I was done I die cut the snowman with a stitched square die.

The sentiment uses the same chalkboard painted cardstock and seasoned with white chalk before stamping with Versamark ink and embossing with Detail White embossing powder. I added a swirly line just for some fun.

To pull this card together I stamped mores snowflakes in green around the card base, tied a red bow around the front of the card and then popped up the card base and sentiment with foam squares.

Stamps: Build A Snowman, Christmas Wishes (Stampendous)
Paper: Kraft (Wausau), Mixed Media White (Stampendous)
Ink: VersaMark Watermark Ink (Tsukineko), Green Pigment Dye (Colorbox), Prismacolor Pencils, chalk
Accessories: black chalkboard paint (Faber-Castell), ribbon (May Arts), Detail White Embossing Powder (Stampendous), chalk, stitch border die (MFT Stamps), Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L)
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Monday, August 17, 2015

Dreamweaver Doubles

Happy Monday Morning! It's a new week and the Stampendous design crew have been up to double task. It's all about using a stencils and how to get the most out of them.

Today I'm sharing something that I was so excited to finish, because it came together so quickly and it has all the design elements I was hoping to get in for the finished card.

My Dreamweaver Double is using the same stencil with two different techniques. The first is stenciling with ink and the second is adding a "clear coat" of embossing paste.

My supplies for this project:

Available through Stampendous:
Family Home Perfectly Clear Stamps Set
Pop Rectangles Stencil
Dreamweaver Translucent Embossing Paste
Natural Handle Stencil Brush Set
Palette Knife and Paste Spreader
Create Fall Die Cut Set (grass die)
Mixed Media White Paper
Medium Perfectly Clear Acrylic Stamp Handle

Gray color Cardstock
Colorbox® Pigment Ink Pads by Clearsnap® (Razzberry, Moss Green, Royal Blue and Fresh Green)
Colored Pencils (Prisma PC994, PC913, PC1007, PC1065, PC918, PC915, and blending pencil)
Classic Standard Small Circle Die by Spellbinders®
Zip-Dry® Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives®
Removable Clear Tape
Molotow® Masking Pen by Chartpak®
Thin 3D Foam Squares by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®
Heat Tool

Let's get started on how I made my card for today.

  1. Tape down two corners of white paper onto work surface.
  2. In one corner of the paper lay down stencil and tape all four sides, starting with the top of the stencil first (this will be a hinge and make it easier to remove the stencil)
  3. Dab a natural handle stencil brush on an ink pad and rub on plastic or non stick surface to blend it on all the bristles.
  4. Add ink into stencil design with a circular motion. Clean and dry brush before moving on to the next ink color.
  5. Clean tape with baby wipe of stamp cleaner sprayed onto paper towel and remove from stencil. Reserve the tape to the side to clean and dry stencil.
  6. Align stencil over inked design and tape back down.
  7. Apply Translucent Embossing Paste with palette knife onto the long edge of the stencil with the tape as the staging area.
  8. Slowly swipe the paste across the stencil with Paste Spreader at a 30 degree angle. If portions of the stencil are missing paste, dab a little back on with the palette knife and swipe with paste spreader again.
  9. Return unused paste to container and clean rim before closing the lid for storage.
  10. Let the paste dry completely until it appears clear and then adhere to card base.
  11. Stamp the house trio from Family Home stamp set with Memento ink and heat set with heating tool.
  12. Apply mask to doors and windows with the masking pen and let dry completely.
  13. Apply pigment ink with sponge to homes and also the two green inks to a small narrow rectangle of white paper.
  14. Remove mask by rubbing off with finger and wipe away with dry cloth.
  15. Add more color with colored pencils if desired.
  16. Trim house trio and adhere with foam squares to circle cut out of color cardstock. Adhere to card.
  17. Die cut grass from green sponged paper.
  18. Stamp sentiment with black ink onto grass. Adhere with foam squares just below house trio and hide a few grass blades under one of the doors.

There you have it. Don't be afraid of the number of steps they are all quick and easy. I was able to get it all done in one night. :) To see more great tips and techniques for our Double Up week of Dreamweaver, well just hop on over to the rest of these blogs today! 

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Pam Hornschu

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Mischievous Mice on the Loose

There are some mischievous mice running loose this week somewhere between the Stampendous store and our blogs so be on the look out for summer frolic of the small furry kind.

My card today has House-Mouse Amanda quenching her thirst around the drinking hole with her feathered friends. I colored this delicate lavender framed feeder with my Copic Markers, did a little tone on tone for the background so that I wouldn't have to worry about making the sky smooth. 

What I did for the sky is, I went over the background with my lightest color in the family, then went back over it and colored in a watercolor way, splotchy, with another layer of the same color marker then as I moved closer to the feeder the saturation number (second number in the marker system) went up on the next marker I used.
You can see more about the supplies I used to create this card with instructions on the Stampendous blog here...

House-Mouse® Lavender Birdfeeder by Janelle Stollfus

Before you hop on over for the deets of my card please stop by to see what mischief is happening in the Stampendous blogsphere. There really has been a lot of ruckus going on..



Have a great day and thank you for stopping by.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Thinking of You, My Mixable Challenge

Ever start on a project with not one thing in mind but that it be finished? Well, I did that for my project for this week's Mix-Ability challenge on Splitcoaststampers.

I have a special someone that really needs an uplifting of the spirit right now and while all who know what's going on have already been praying, we sometimes need to send that unexpected card in the mail.

So I guess I had that in mind as well as the situation while I went into the studio for this challenge. I did end up creating a rather different kind of 'Thinking of You' card. Usually these types of cards are bright and encouraging, but this card is scruffy and messy. Sometimes what you're going through is scruffy and messy, but the thoughts from others can bring us out of the murk to a happier place. I'm not sure I'll send this card off, but it did alert me to the fact that I need to be more aware when I'm creating to not let my emotions drive the mojo van all the time. LOL

My Mixable Challenge on the forum is MIX131: Love IT! to create with something from your mixed media stash or challenge techniques that you LOVE.

There are far more than two things that I love in my mixed media stash and I'm sure a person could not decipher what the project was if I did, so I stuck with two go-to mediums that I've used a lot lately. My monoprinting plate and pencil, pen or both!

If you want to try some mixed media in your papercrafting there are 130 previous challenges in our forum that will get you started. You can always join in on any challenge and there are samples to help you get started if it's intimidating. Each challenge hostess makes their challenge approachable and fun so there is no need to sit and watch, just jump right in and have some fun.

Stamps: Happy Messages, NK Studio Marks (Stampendous)
Paper: Mixed Media White Paper (Stampendous), Kraft (Wausau), book page
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), Traditions Acrylic Palette Sampler Set (Deco Arts)
Accessories: Creative Palette Monoprinting Plate (Stampendous), pencil, PITT Superfine Artist Pen (Faber-Castell), white gesso (Deco Arts)
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