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Friday, April 08, 2016

April Showers

April Showers inspired this quick card I stamped up the other day and I really like how it turned out.  First, I rubber stamped the umbrella on the watercolor paper.  Then I stamped the umbrella on a scrap paper and cut it out, and placed it over the umbrella on my card (masking technique).  Then I stamped the verbena flower head around in blue - trying to resemble some clouds I guess.  Then I watercolored the umbrella with red and  colored in the handle.  After that I added a few raindrops.  Around the edge I took a blue gelato went around the edge kind of heavily, then smudged it toward the center.  Added the stamped words "April Showers" then inked the edge with black.  Pretty simple,  but I love the look.

Stamps Used: Flower, Umbrella, Drop

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Watercolored Bird Family ATC

Light pinks, and blue birds - I really like the vintage Spring feel this bird ATC ended up having.  I used one of the first stamping techniques I ever experimented with - masking.

 

Stamps Used: Bird Family, Bird Tabvla, and Postes Persanes

Using Archival Ink I stamped the Bird Family on the ATC.  Then I stamped it again on thin paper and cut it out to create a mask. I placed the cut out piece on top of the stamped image on the ATC and then stamped the  Bird Tavbla in brown onto the mask protecting the image on the ATC.  Then I stamped the Postes Persanes in the corner and started using my watercolors on the ATC. Nothing too tricky. The last thing I did was go around the edges of the card and scuff up the sides and little bit of the card with the brown ink.  

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Welcome March

Welcome March, birds, and green inspired stamping. This is the March calendar page I created.  I knew I wanted it to be green and use at least one bird stamp. Because nothing says March like green and birds.  I have written a little tutorial explaining how I created the background for this page.  Enjoy!

Green March calendar page featuring the Bird Tabvla

The big "technique" I used here was painting a gel medium over the parts of the page I did not want the green to go on.  I'll explain, follow along.

1. I stamped the Bird Tabvla Stamp with black Archival Ink.  Then I watercolored the birds ever so slightly.

2. Then I painted the oval parts of the stamp with Liquitex pouring medium.  Then I LET IT DRY. This created a coating over the stamped and painted image that resisted the ink and gelato pigment. 

3.  All around the image I smeared three colors of green gelatos.  Then I misted the whole page with water.

4. I placed bubble wrap ontop of the slightly wet page.

5.  Then I scrunched and scrunched the wet page smearing all the greens together (the yellow and blue colors were on the bubble wrap from a previous page I gelato-scrunched).

6. Then I lifted the bubble wrap and took a dry paper towel and blotted the parts that I covered with gel medium revealing the protected white parts.  

After the page dried I stamped the Spring Bouquet around the side edges in green and black.  Then I glued down a piece of sheet music with a scrap of white fabric.  Then I stitched down two twigs I found of my craft table with blue raffeta.

And that's my green-gelato-bird inspired very Marchy calendar page.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sleeping Fairy Stamp

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Calendar Cover 2016

I finally got around to stamping up my 2016 100 Proof Press calendar cover and January page.  I used watercolors and four stamps on the cover.  The first thing I did was stamp the Zodiac Tabula (one of my long-time favorite images) in black ink.  Then I painted the cover with watercolors in rainbow order.  Then I used the Balance Sheet and coral distress ink on the top for the background.  Then in the "center" I used stamped the Zodiac Chart with orange.  Finally I stamped the Star Group with yellow and smudged around the edge of the page with black ink.

Now the 2016 Calendars are on sale for only $3.00!

Get one and challenge yourself for the rest of the year to do a little stamp art each month.

I was inspired by a banner I created for the site a last year - this is the stamped version.

Stamps Used:  Fox, Tree, Girl with Tall Hat, Snowflakes, Cut Glass Design, and Comets

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Monday, October 12, 2015

A Flying SkullBat

Here's a spooky ATC that combines two stamps to make a new creature.  It is quick and easy to make...

To create this ATC you start by stamping some stars in orange on a white paper and the misting them.  Then ink up a piece of an old book with green ink and glue it onto the bottom half of the ATC.  Then go around the edges with black ink and stamp the screen stamp to create a spooky frame.  Then stamp, watercolor, and cut out the large bat.  Stamp the skull and then glue it onto the bat.  Then affix the SkullBat onto the ACT.

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Monday, October 05, 2015

2016 Calendars Are Here

The 2016 Blank Calendars for Stamping are here!  And I created an October calendar page to go with this announcement…

This is my October calendar page featuring Poe, a large raven, and stack of books.

For this calendar page I stamped the large handwriting in green and then I started gluing down ripped pieces of a book around the edge.  After that I went around the edge with green and black gelatos- and smeared and smudged them with my finger.  Then I stamped Poe, the Raven, and the books, candle, paper and carefully cut them out.  Glued them all down and stamped the dangle heart and colored in the heart and book marker red.  


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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Halloween Stamps

I just added two full sheets of Spooky rubber stamps!  These are the plates of rubber that used to be available from Scrolls Works.  I could not resist using the owl, so I thought I'd use it to introduce these the new images.  

For the background a did some stamping with the winemakers mark stamp in purple distress ink and then sprayed it.  Then I went around the edge with a purple, silver, and black gelato and SMEARED and SMUDGED to create a frame.  Then I stamped the honeycomb stamp around the edge in black and purple, then the word Spooky and the tree in black.  Then I stamped the moon and owl on white paper, cut them out and glued them on. 






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Friday, September 04, 2015

I will give you an inch

… you show me some art! It's been awhile since 100 Proof Press has held a stamping contest - so I started back in with a small one.  Enter to win rubber stamps by stamping up a square inch and sharing it with us.  You can share on Facebook or Instagram.  It has to be an inch, and it has to have at least one tiny piece of a 100 Proof Press image.  DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 15th!   Click here for more details!   Here are some of our entries so far…  Once you start, you might not be able to stop!  

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Rubber Stamped 4 by 4 Square

Stamping fun - by the inch.  I got a pack of 4 by 4 mat boards from Inchies Arts, and it sat on my craft table for some time.  And one day I finally got the courage to paint and stamp all over them.  And I LOVE IT!  Inchies Arts produces a very high quality artist surface mat board- so each piece is like a mini-piece of art.  I got so excited about Inchie Arts I decided I would carry them in my online store.  My favorite sizes are the 4 by 4 and the ATC. I've put together a quick tutorial about how I stamped up some 4 by 4 inchies.  Enjoy!

(my mess VERY typical)

1. Paint the 4 by 4 inchie square with distress paint, here I used tumbled glass

2.  Add some more distress paint around the edge to create a frame, this green color is mowed lawn

3. I used three stamps for on the blue background, using tumbled glass distress ink the stamps I used are: verbena flower head, letter, and number set

4. Then I stamped the honeycomb stamp with evergreen bough distress ink around the edge

5. I used the text loops with a dark green archival ink across the top

6. This is just a photo of how I created the background for several 4 by 4 inchies

7.  I stamped the paint brush with black Archival Ink

8.  I used a fun art stencil (Red Lead) with ripe persimmon distress ink

9. I chose several other stamps to feature with black ink (see below).  I also used a wee bit of watercolor to color in some of the stamps.

(grouchy owl, large winged bug, small dragon fly, Frida face, a little bird)

As I mentioned I just started carrying Inchie Arts products in the 100 Proof Press online shop.  I'm also running a fun Facebook contest - all you have to do is stamp an inch and share it on the 100 Proof Press Facebook page!  You can check out the details on our "contest page."

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