Friday, October 31, 2014

Stamptangle Tree and Butterfly

This is the type of image that lets you use every color marker you have in your supply as you de-stress from life.  I used so many Copic markers that I didn't even attempt to keep track and try to explain where I used the color.  

I used the Perfect Square from  Perfect Paper Crafting to cut my out of the box image and the Perfect Layers to cut my right yellow border.  The Perfect Cutting Mat was also used with both tools.

Scor-Pal was used to emboss the double lines along each edge.  I mark the image's position on the panel back with pencil to act as a guide so I don't emboss over the image.  

The butterfly is fussy cut and embossed using a metal ball stylus and paper towel for cushion.  It's popped up with foam tape and the antennae are glued to the base with Aleene's tacky glue.

Images: Just For Fun - Stamptangle Sideview Butterfly, Stamptangle Tree

Paper: AC Cardstock - white textured, Die Cuts with a View - dusty purple and harvest, Beckett Expressions Radiance for image

Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black

Other tools and supplies: EK Success border punch, Eyelet Outlet and Brads - acrylic dots, Yellow Stickles on butterfly 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pink Daisy

The images were colored with Chameleon pens which are alcohol inks with a built in chamber of blending solution and the nibs are designed to absorb the solution into the ink section evenly so when coloring the pen lays down a light color and the more you color the darker the shade becomes.  Also, the longer you hold the ink nib to the blender nib will make a difference is how long it takes for the shade to darken.  I've gotten pretty good with my counts and it only takes seconds to achieve the right blend.

Images: Just For Fun Rubber Stamps -Sentiments 1, Leaf Flourish Large, Daisy

Paper: Beckett Expressions - image panel, Die Cuts with a View - olive textured, AC Cardstock - off white textured

Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black

Chameleon pens: flower - PK3, , OR4, Yl2, berries - RD4, leaves - OL3

Scor-Pal to emboss the lines in the lower right corner of the image panel.
EK Success corner rounder 
Perfect Layers mini and Perfect Cutting Mat from Perfect Paper Crafting to cut the 1/8" border

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Busy Halloween Night

The cardstock used for the base has a white back so those partial bats aren't really flying, just stamped on the insert!

I created the background with Ranger Distress Inks using the masking and sponging techniques.  

I stamped the black silhouettes with StazOn and quickly cleaned the clear stamps which I also do with rubber and never need to use the more powerful cleaners.

The fence, bats and pumpkins are bookboard figures which is similar to chip board but not as thick.  The fence is covered with Enamel EP - Vintage Black, the bats with detail EP - black and the pumpkins with enamel gels, you'll find a link to all products below.

Images: SweetStamps - Halloween Silhouettes
Paper: all unknowns
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Shaded Lilac, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, to tone down the orange - Antique Linen, Brilliance - Moonlight White for ghost and Happy Halloween, StazOn - Jet Black for tree and witch
Tools: Perfect Layers Mini to cut the 1/16" and 1/8" borders. Cuttlebug Tiny Tags die to cut circles for faux brads.
Other: Paper Glaze and Copic 100 for faux brads

The following items can be found at the SweetStamps and Globecraft and Piccolo store (same owner for both):
3D Enamel Gels - Orange, Evergreen


Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Line Up

This is my last week to guest design for the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and I want to thank the ladies for having them join them this month and a special thanks to Frances for asking me.  You can see the photo inspiration we played from here.

My simple to create card is featuring Jack-O-Lanterns from Globecraft and Piccolo.  They come as bookboard shapes (similar to chip board but thinner) and I covered them with Enamel Gel and they are glued to the panel with Aleene's tacky glue.  The bats are also bookboard but covered with enamel adhesive and heat embossed with fine detail powder.

Image: SweetStamps - Halloween Silhouettes

Paper: Remember When - black textured, Bazzill - orange, unknown white.

Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black to stamp the spider and sentiment, Tangelo rock and rolled with Morocco for the pumpkin on the insert

Tools: Perfect Paper Crafting tools - Perfect Layers Mini and Perfect Cutting Mat with a craft knife to cut the 1/16" border, Perfect Tears used as a guide to line up the panels on the base.
Scor-Pal to emboss the lines on the image panel's edge and also on the envelope.

The following items can be found at the SweetStamps and Globecraft and Piccolo store (same owner for both):
3D Enamel Gels - Orange, Evergreen

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Autumn Leaves

The Crazy 4 Challenges blog has a sketch challenge for this week's theme and that's what I used on my card.  I'm guest designer for the month of October, I hope you'll join in!  

This week the challenge on the SweetStamps blog is Anything Goes, join in and link your card to the company blog and you'll be entered in a chance to win a gift certificate to the store.

The leaves are from a newly released set from SweetStamps, you can check out all the other new sets on their store site.

I love the fall leaves that are multi colored and had to create one of my own using Copic markers for coloring.  The background panel is a stencil design from SweetStamps and the sponging was done with Ranger Distress Inks.

The decorative edges and circles were cut with Spellbinder dies and the straight 1/16" and 1/8" borders were cut with Perfect Layers mini from Perfect Paper Crafting.  I use the PPC Perfect Cutting Mat and a craft knife for cutting.

Images: SweetStamps

Paper: AC Cardstock - off white textured, unknown deep purple textured, Basic Grey - orange designer cardstock, Beckett Expressions - Radiance for images

Copic colors: R59,56,85, BV08 on top of R59, YR18,16,15, G99,94,85,82, W4,3,0

Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Aged Mahogany, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Dusty Concord, Mowed Lawn

The following items can be found in the SweetStamps store:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Happy Fall

The SweetStamps technique challenge this month is to create a pop up box card and using this Splitcoaststampers tutorial as our guide.

I used SweetStamps images that released today, the sunflowers and front pumpkins are from the set Happy Fall and a pumpkin to the left is from the Fall Owls set.  You can check out all the new images and products at the SweetStamps store - right index.

My pumpkins are coming out a bit brighter than in real life and an attempt to remove a bit of red in the photo program changed other colors so left it alone.

Copics: pumpkins - YR09,07,04,00, stems - E15,13,11, leaf - Y38,19,18,15, flowers - Y38,19,18,15, centers - E29,27,24,20, leaves G29,28,24,20, grass (doesn't show in photos) G19,17,16,23,21, sign - W5,4,3,2,1, background I used YR18 and blender in the sunflower image to make it look like the designer paper.

Memento - Tuxedo Black marker was used to color the edges of all images.

Punches and dies: Martha Stewart - branch punch, Sizzix - tree leaves; these were sea sponged with Ranger Distress ink - mowed lawn or fired brick

Paper: Core-dinations - orange polka dot, green textured, Beckett Expressions Radiance for images, MD/A Division of Creativity Inc. - red, unknown - Kraft, Die Cuts with a View - yellow textured

The following items can be found at the SweetStamps store:
Note:  stamp sets will soon be found on the SweetStamps store home page - right index.

Wicked Witch and Trick or Treaters

Salem Witch

The image panel was created using the sponging technique with distress inks.  I stamped the trees with Memento ink and the witch with StazOn ink because it's thicker and will cover the tree line image so no masking needed, I use a stamp positioner in case I need to stamp again.

For each bat I punched out two shapes and used foam tape to connect them then tacky glue to attach to the card.

For the faux brads I cut from black paper 1/8" circles using a die, cover them with Aleene's Paper Glaze and if you want them to shine cover with Copic marker.  They are attach with tacky glue.

Images: Just For Fun Rubber Stamps:  Salem Witch, Winter Tree Line

Paper: AC Cardstock - purple, Bazzill - yellow, The Paper Company- black, unknown white

Ink: Ranger Distress Ink: Rusty Hinge, Walnut Stain, Black Soot, Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Memento - Tuxedo Black, StazOn - Jet Black

Tools: Perfect Paper Crafting - Perfect Layer 1/16" and 1/8" rulers, Martha Stewart - bat and web punches, Scor-Pal - embossing lines around the purple panel,  Cuttlebug - Tiny Tags die

 Trick or Treat

Another background created with sponging.  Once the sky colors were down I added the moon by punching a 1" circle from scrap paper to create a mask and placed it on the panel and used the direct to paper technique and rubbed the ink pad onto the panel.

Next I stamped the images using the two inks as described in the witch card.

To get my ground area darker I masked off the sky and used the direct to paper technique.

Images: Just For Fun Rubber Stamps: Sentiments 1, Trick or Treat, Winter Tree Line,

Paper: unknown white, Remember When - black

Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Squeezed Lemonade, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, Brilliance - Moonlight White, Memento - Tuxedo Black, Staz-On - Jet Black

Tools: Quickutz - die for sentiment, Perfect Layers for 1/16" border

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall Leaves

The background and leaves were colored with alcohol inks.  the leaves were then stamped with StazOn - Jet Black, cut out and the white edges were colored with Copic marker 100.  They are attached to the panel with glue dots.

The black border was cut with two Spellbinder dies, one to cut the outside edge and one for the inside edge leaving it only a 1/4" wide and it's attached to the white panel with tape and glue.

The alcohol ink background was cut with two Quickutz dies and popped up with foam tape.

Image: SweetStamps - Maple Leaf Large 

Paper: DMD, Inc. white mini groove, Pantone glossy, Paper Hallow - black

Ink: Ranger alcohol - Leaves right - Cranberry, Butterscotch, center - Oregano, Lettuce, left - Sunset Orange, Summit Yellow, background - Rust, Stonewash, Pitch Black

Items found in the SweetStamps store:

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Treat Container

It's my second week as guest designer for the Crazy 4 Challenges and the theme is Halloween Treats, I made this for my four year old granddaughter and one of her favorite colors is purple but I think it's second to blue.

I knew in my mind what I wanted to make and searched online for directions but no luck so this is my own design using an envelope maker and many Perfect Paper Crafting tools.

Cut the designer paper into a  6 1/2" square. Using the Envelope Maker from We R Memory Makers.  Place the designer paper 3 1/8" left of center, punch and score as if you're making an envelope but don't score the back piece.

 Perfect Paper Crafting tools:  

Place the orange on black cardstock.
IMPORTANT NOTE: only attach the black to the designer paper very low on the back piece so the two layers have freedom to move.
Using the Perfect Layers border tool #1 and a craft knife cut a 1/8" border around the designer paper square.  Punch  the same as the designer paper using it's punched Vs to line up the black to the board's punch, in other words, I eye it!

I then needed to score again through the black so lined up the Perfect Ruler's metal edge to the designer paper score and taped it in place with painters tape.  It was so easy to line up the ruler to the Scor-Pal line and make my second score.  Now it's ready to decorate.

Knowing my granddaughter will want this to last a while I reinforced the back and front but depending on your paper weight you may not need to do this.  I cut a piece of heavyweight cardstock (any color will due) about a half inch smaller in width of the back and cut the length so it's just above the tape that holds the two pieces together.
I lined up the Perfect Ruler about 1/16" from the designer paper edge and drew a line, do this on both sides and cut the line.

Slip between the layers and permanently attach to the designer paper all around the top and partially down the sides.

To reinforce the front I cut heavyweight black cardstock 4 1/2" wide and using the container as a pattern I marked and cut about 1/8" shorter in height than the two sides and fan cut the bottom so it's flexible.

Pull the sides up and glued to the reinforcement at center and about 1" in both directions on the V, also between the container's orange and black layers and then pulled the bottom up and glue it in place.  I used Aleene's tacky glue for adhesive.

To create holes for the ribbon to weave through I placed the container back to the Perfect Mat corner and marked at every inch on both sides so the top holes are only about 1/2" apart.  The Crop-a-dile was used to punch through all the layers.  Weave the ribbon through, I used two different types of ribbon weaving in and out and reserving holes for the second ribbon.  Add a center decoration of your choice and it's ready to fill with treats.

Images: SweetStamps - Halloween Silhouettes
Die: SweetStamps - Witch's Hat SweetCuts, buckle covered with Piccolo - Pure Sparkle Gold Glitter, adhesive - Glastique Finishing Glaze  
Paper: The Paper Company - black liner, The Paper Hallow (local store) - heavyweight black for hat and reinforcement, Recollections - heavyweight white for back reinforcement, Basic Grey - orange designer paper
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo black, Tangelo, Morocco, London Fog, Brilliance - Moonlight white

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Kraft - Autumn Greetings

The challenge this week on the SweetStamps blog is to use Kraft paper in you creation.  Play along in the challenge and link your card to the company blog for a chance to win a gift certificate to the online store.

For a fast assembly of the flower I cut one in black and remove from die saving only the outline. Cut the second in white and do not remove the pieces from the die until after I place one sided sticky label paper larger enough to touch all the petals on the top and leaves on the bottom.  I then pull it out of the die and it's easy to remove the outline piece and replace with the black outline previously cut.  I color the white while the black is in place because it doesn't show but you could color before adding the outline if you want a lighter colored cardstock. 

Copic markers: leaves - G29,28,24,21, blossom center - YR18,16,15,14, petals - RV29,25,23,21 with YR12 over all colors

Tape: Bella Blvd - gold dotted, Amy Tangerine - pink
          Foam tape to pop up the panel

Paper: unknown Kraft, Beckett Expressions Radiance, Paper Hallow (local store) black

Embossing Folder: cArt Us

The following items can be found in the SweetStamps store: