Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Silhouetts Over Color

I created a rather colorful card today using distress inks for color and the Perfect Airbrush to blow white acrylic paint in full strength and also slightly diluted onto the colors.  The chevron pattern is created with stencil and molding paste.  The black images are stamped on, the white images are die cuts.

I used the 1/16" and 1/4" Perfect Layers Mini rulers to create my mats/borders.

The envelope and insert were masked off, sponged with ink then the black image stamped beyond the color line.

The flower die was cut in both white and black and the white is offset over the black to create a slight shadow effect.

Ink: Ranger Distress Inks - Peacock Blue, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Memento - Tuxedo Black
Paint: Ranger -Adirondack- white acrylic
Image: SweetStamps - ArtsyFarty - Foliage #1
Dies and Punches: Die-namites - flowers, Martha Stewart - butterflies
Plastic stencil: Die Cuts with a View
Paper: Core-dinations - dusty purple, yellow, Remember When - black, Beckett Expressions - Radiance for image panel
Other: Golden Gel Mediums - light molding paste, Aleene's tacky glue for attaching flowers and butterflies, self sticking Forever in Time gems, unknown clear gems (scattered around the flowers), Aleene's Paper Glaze for adhesive, Stickles - Yellow

Monday, November 24, 2014

Dried Flower Stalks and Pumpkins

The background was created with acrylic paints, stencils and the Gelli Plate and I should mention it was done by my four year old granddaughter, she loves anything artsy and has a great time with the plate and a roller (brayer).  I squeeze on the paints of her choosing and she does the rolling and I help her with the stencils too.  I was happy to know she didn't want to take it home this time and I could use it.  I have about six that we did together and really like her choice of colors for this one.

I stamped the grass image with white ink before stamping the main image in black.

The pumpkins were colored with Chameleon Pens orange - OR4, stems - BR2 and CG8 which is a gray to mute the color so it was more compatible with the background.  I used a Memento marker - Espresso Truffle to color the edge.  The shorter pumpkin was built up with a layer of cardstock on the right side and the left side is supported by the pumpkin under it.  They are attached with Aleene's tacky glue.

The corner feature is created with black gems and a negative piece from a Cuttlebug die.

Images: Just For Fun Rubber Stamps: Dried Flower Stalks, Mini Tall Pumpkin, Mini Squat Pumpkin, Sentiments 1

Paper: The Paper Man (old purchase from a convention) - blue, Bazzill - greenish blue, Georgia Pacific - white for mixed media

Ink: Memento - Espresso Truffles to stamp the pumpkins, Brilliance Moonlight White - stalks, StazOn Jet Black - stalks

Stencil: Studio Calico
Borders were cut with Perfect Paper Crafting tools: Perfect Layers Mini, Perfect Cutting Mat

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fall LIghthouse

The image is colored with Chameleon Pens (if you aren't familiar with these alcohol pens click the link for videos showing how they work)
Lighthouse - CG8, RD4 and a white Sakura gel pen was used to add a bit of texture to the white
Grass - GR3, YG3, OL3, YL2,BR5
Sky - BL3, PK3, C8

Images: Just For Fun Rubber Stamps - Lighthouse

Perfect Layers Mini and Perfect Cutting Mat from Perfect Paper Crafting were used to cut the borders using a craft knife for cutting.

Fleur DE Les and small triangles - Spellbinder border die, attached with Aleene's tacky glue

Enamel Dots - Eyelet Outlet and Brads

Wildflowers and Butterfly

Creating the background:  Scribble Copic marker in three shades starting with the darkest at the bottom.  Drop on blending solution and I also used the Perfect Airbrush from Perfect Paper Crafting to spritz on the solution to create smaller drops ans then spritzed on yellow alcohol ink.

In order to keep the nozzles of both bottle and air brush in line with each other I rest the air brush on an empty marker container, placing the screw knob inside a section added stability.

I squeezed a little ink out so it ran down the nozzle and blew it to the paper with the air brush.    

Once the ink and blender dried I stamped the panel with a background image in yellow but you have to look close to see a bit of added texture.  This shows better in real life.

The 1/16" and 3/16" borders were cut with Perfect Layers Mini from Perfect Paper Crafting.

The butterfly was colored with Chameleon pen and to get the light to dark coloring the ink section of the pen is placed against the nib of the built in blending solution and the longer you hold the lighter the ink will be when coloring and as the blender is used up the ink gets darker so the pen does the work of multiple markers.  This video is a nice visual of what the markers do.
Images: Just For Fun Rubber Stamps: Patterned Background, Wildflower Silhouette, Stamptangle Sideview Butterfly 

Paper: Remember When - black textured, Die Cuts with a View - yellow textured, unknown semi gloss

Ink: StazOn - Jet Black, Ranger Alcohol Ink - Sunshine Yellow, Memento - Cantaloupe 

Other: Eyelet Outlet and Brads - enamel dots, foam tape to pop the butterfly, Aleene's tacky glue to hold down the antenna

Chameleon pen colors:  V04, YO3, CG8
Copic colors: Y38,17,19

Black Capped Chickadees

 Here's a nice fall image with one of my favorite birds, they are so cute!

Copics: leaves - YG97,95,93, YR24,23,21, branches - E18,15,13, berries - R87,85,83, birds - E34,33,31,30, C6,5,4,3,2,00,0, sky - B000,0000

Paper: Die Cuts with a View - gold, Remember When - black textured, Paper Hallow (local store) - burgundy, Beckett Expression Radiance - white

Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black

Accessories: foam tape to pop panels, black pearls

Tools: Perfect Paper Crafting - Perfect Square to cut the out of the box images, Perfect Layers Mini to cut the borders

The following items can be found in the SweetStamps store:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Tall Mums

A very simple card using one of the newest ATC sized stencils from SweetStamps.  The plastic stencil is 2.5" x 3.5" and the card panel is a little over 4" top to tape line but it was very easy to line up the stencil to the previously sponged image and continue filling the area.  Using a very small sponge or dauber will avoid the need to masked off the image. 

The pink and black glittered strips are decorative tape: Amy Tangerine - pink, Recollections - black

The panels are popped up with foam tape onto the black base.

Copics: blooms - RV29,25,23,21, leaves and stem - G28,24,21,20
Images: SweetStamps - Tall Mums, Beautiful Day
Paper: Remember When - black, Bazzill - pink, Beckett Expressions Radiance - white
Tools: We R Memory Keepers - Corner Chopper, Perfect Paper Crafting - 1/16" Perfect Layers Mini
SweetStamps Moroccan Tile - ATC stencil

The following items can be found at the SweetStamps store:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sunflower Montage

If you like to color you'll enjoy the newest images from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps named Stamptangles - sentiments on page one and images begin on page two.

The Chameleon Pens are perfect for this type of image.
Colors used: yellow flower - YL2, OR4, BR5,BR2,VO4, purple flower - PR4, PK3, YO3, OR4, BR5, red flower - RD4, BG4, NU1, YO3, center stem - OL3, scattered leaves - YG3, GR3, background - BV4

I used some Perfect Paper Crafting tools for cutting the out of the box image.   I used the Perfect Cutting Mat and Perfect Square to cut the out of box image - cut a straight line to and from each image then cut the out of the box images with detail scissors.
The Perfect Layers Mini was used to cut the1/16" purple border, the red just happened to be cut to size and waiting to be used...probably got set aside from another project, the Perfect Ruler was helpful in getting the red border spaced evenly on all sides.

Images: Just For Fun Rubber Stamps: Stamptangle Sunflower Montage

Paper: Die Cuts with a View - light blue textured, MD/A Division of Creativity Inc. - red linen texture, The Paper Company - purple

Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Yellow Stickles, foam tape to pop the images panel with borders

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Chameleon Pens were used to color the poinsettia. 
To introduce anyone not familiar with the Chameleon Pens they are alcohol ink and along with the colored ink is also a chamber which holds a blending solution.  You hold the nib of the colored ink to the blender nib and allow time to mix/blend so when you start to color it will lie down a very light shade and will gradually get darker as you apply color.

You can also mix the colored inks: For the leaves I held the GR3 to BG4 to create a darker shade, then came in the GR3 and the blender to work from the tip back and blended with the first application.  It's a nice new concept for coloring, you can see a video here at the SweetStamps store.
Chameleon colors: petals - RD4, berries - Y03,Y12, Leaves GR3, BG4 and I used the blender pen that comes with the large set to lighten the tips a bit more than what I had originally done.  The black pen was used to color the edges.

After cutting out the image a metal ball stylus and paper towel for cushion were used to deboss the lines then flip the image over and emboss between the lines.  The poinsettia is popped up with foam tape and Yellow Stickles was applied to the berries.

Images: SweetStamps -Poinsettia Large, Season's Greetings

Tools: Perfect Paper Crafting - Perfect Layers Mini and Perfect Mat to cut the narrow panel's 1/8" border, Spellbinder to but large panels, Sizzix to cut the scallop, Impression Obsession - snowflakes

Paper: Deja Views designer, unknown cream textured, Georgia Pacific white for image

Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Eyelet Outlet and Brads - medium pearls, Spellbinder - tiny pearls, Yellow Stickles for berries

The following items can be found in the SweetStamps store:

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Red Poppy

 The image was stamped with Memento - Tuxedo Black ink.
I colored the image and background with Ranger Alcohol Inks - colors used: Poppy Field, Watermelon, Shell Pink, Butterscotch, Honeycomb, Sunshine Yellow, Pitch Black, blending solution

The brush I used was a very small bristle and ink was taken directly from the bottle.

The Perfect Layers Mini from Perfect Paper Crafting was used to cut the 1/16" borders.  I use the Perfect Cutting Mat and a craft knife for cutting.

All layers are popped up on the base of the card with foam tape.

The nailheads are attached with Aleene's Paper Glaze.

Image: Just For Fun Rubber Stamps - Poppy

Paper: black purchased at local stamp store with no name provided, Pantone - high glossy, Bazzill - deep pink

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Both cards in this post were done using the masking tape technique where you ink up the tape, place it on the glossy cardstock, very lightly rub then remove the tape.  This first card was actually the second panel created and the tape technique was applied only once.  I have found that depending on the brand of glossy paper used will make a difference in how bright the ink remains.  Both cards were done with Pantone high glossy cardstock.

Images: SweetStamps - Leaves
Paper, for the first card: Pantone glossy, Basic Grey designer orange, Die Cuts with a View green
Ink: Shades - Butterscotch, Papaya, Palm Grove, Memento - Tuxedo Black
Tools: Scor-Pal for line embossing on each side of the inked strip, Perfect Layers Mini from Perfect Paper Crafting to cut the borders,  EK Success corner rounder
Enamel Dots: Eyelets Outlets and Brads

I started this card first and the masking tape I used was flawed leaving an open space in the application so I set it aside and made the first card but I can never throw anything out without an attempt to save it.  So I traded rolls of masking tape with my husband and inked up a second time which made the color much brighter but I lost all the texture so I took one of the new ATC Mini Art Stencils from SweetStamps and sponged on grey ink and was happy with the results.  

This card also uses the same Leaves set but different images, I like this set because it offers both realistic and whimsical images. 

Different Supplies from the first card:
Ink: Shades - Stormy Gray
Tools: We R Memory Keepers corner punch
Paper: same glossy, The Paper Company orange, Remember When black textured

The following items can be found in the SweetStamps store: