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Friday, September 19, 2014

Serenity Journal Spread with 100 Proof Press Stamps

This is an art journal spread by Mou Saha that began with stamped flowers.

For this spread, I used:
Others: old book, cardstock, gesso, Gelatos, acrylic paint, adhesive, scissors, paint brush

Here are the steps to create a page like mine.

Prime the book pages with Gesso.

Color the pages with Gelatos.

Stamp on cardstock and cut the images out with scissors.

Stamp the flower twice on the colored page. Add more Gelato colors to the flowers.

Add details and highlights to the flowers with more paint.

Color one of the cut out flowers with Gelatos and attach near the two flowers stamped in the book. Paint some lilypad-like leaves. Add some more colors to the left half of the spread.

With paint brush and acrylic paint, write the title on the left page.

Journal to finish.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Solitary Art Journal Page

Hi!  Tina Walker here again today with my 2nd Guest Designer project for September. Today, I would like to share with y'all an Art Journal page I created using a Gelli Print and 100 Proof Press stamps.  What a perfect combination!

I have recently been bitten by the Gelli Plate Printing bug!  When I pull out my Gelli Plate, I create multiple prints so I can have them ready when looking for the perfect background for a project. 

When I knew I wanted to create an Art Journal page for my 2nd project, I rummaged through my Gelli Print drawer and found this beauty.  I knew that with a few amazing stamps, I could transform the print to a finished Art Journal page.

I often use favorite quotes and sentiments for inspiration on my Art Journal pages.  I have been going through a rough time lately, feeling alone and lost, so I wanted to create a page that reflected my feelings. 

Using this amazing bare Tree Stamp (3265V), I heat embossed the image directly to my print.  I love how subtle, yet direct the image looked.

I wanted a bit more texture to the print, so I randomly stamped the background with the Cursive Writing stamp (6488Y).  (this stamp is PERFECT for background and mixed media projects)

When I create Art Journal pages, I like to frame my entire page with either doodling or stamping.  For this page, I used the edge of the Circular Number stamp (5948W) to create a fun and interesting border.  I colored in the design with Shimmerz Paints and doodling pens.  It added enough to ground the page without distracting from the focal point of the solitary tree.

To finish my page, I wrote my words to reflect my thoughts and feelings.

I love how it turned out and using the Gelli Print as a base for my page, allowed me to create a super fast Art Journal spread.

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!

100 Proof Press Stamps Used

Bare Winter Tree

Number Set Block

Large Handwriting


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New Images

I have finally made these two images available on our website!  The Star and Moon Garden was designed by Amy Nieman, and the Sugar Skull was designed by DanitaArt.  I love them both, and can't wait to find sometime to play with them - so many possibilities! 

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Monday, September 08, 2014

Wishing Owl Stamped Postcard

It's no secret that I love owls.  I love a lot of things owls (that's why I had to make the sharp owl into a bigger stamp!) and today I am loving this colorful owlie postcard created by design team member Kersten Christianson.  She used the large sharp owl, star cluster, and large handwriting along with several layers of Washi tape (see that cute little owl and mushroom?).  

Kersten created this postcard for a Sunday Postcard Art challenge, they have a lot of great themes going on over there, so if you're interested you should check it out.  Sometimes all it takes is a little challenge like this to get your creative juices flowing.

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Friday, September 05, 2014

A stamped canvas by Tina Walker

Here's a great tutorial by guest artist Tina Walker.  She has created a fun, textured piece with circles - let's see how she did it!

Circle Canvas

Hi!  Tina Walker here today with my first Guest Designer project for 100 Proof Press Stamps.  Thank you Sara for inviting me! I am so excited to be able to share in my love and passion for creating with y'all and can't wait to share my projects this month and next.   

Let's get right to my first project.

I LOVE circles.  I love creating with circles.  Circles are a design basic for me and they appear on most of my mixed media and creative projects. When pursuing the 100 Proof Press Stamp catalog (be still my heart), I immediately fell in love with these Circle stamps.  I just knew I needed to have them, so in my cart they went.  ;)  I ordered 3 different sizes that could be used on a variety of projects.

I started my mini canvas by applying Shimmerz Dazzelerz through a Crafters Workshop stencil.  Once this was dry, I added several colors of Distress Paint, allowing them to blend and mix together.

To create the Circle focal point, I applied contrasting colors of Distress Paint to heavyweight cardstock and allowed to blend.  Once this was dry, I heat embossed several  Circle Stamps.  I really love the texture created with the embossing powder.

I cut the stamped circles out, and added them to my canvas, adhering them with foam tape for even more dimension.

I finished my canvas with a typed sentiment and Viola!  Done.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

100 Proof Press Stamps Used

Large, Many line Circle 5497V

Small, Many line Circle 5483P

Med Many line Circle 5492U

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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Fish Gift Tag Tutorial

This is an awesome tutorial by Andrea Ockey Parr you do not want to miss!  Andrea has created an easy to follow stamping tutorial using the life-size blue gill that is really artsy, fishy, fun, and crafty!  These would look so great on a package.  

While I kept the color palette and basic structure the same for both tags, the stamping inside the fish is different.  As you can see in the picture below, the first fish is made strictly with the fish stamp as it comes (very life-like and detailed with gills and fins).

For the second tag, I got a little crazy and only inked the edges of the fish stamp then filled it in with other 100 Proof Press images (Profit and Lost Sheet and Screen Texture).

Whichever you prefer, the process for making the collaged patterned paper background is the same for each fish.  In this tutorial, it shows my process for the second fish.  The patterned paper I'm using is from The Paper Studio (available at Hobby Lobby), My Mind's Eye and Prima.

Stamp the image onto a background piece of patterned paper (I used Ranger Jet Black Archival ink).  It doesn't have to be perfect everywhere because the majority of it will be covered with the patterned paper collage.

Stamp the image a second time on a piece of scratch paper (I used a piece of typing paper).  Again, we're not going for perfection here.  We just need a basic outline so we'll know where to cover it with paper scraps.

Now start building up your collage by gluing scraps of patterned paper onto your white paper.  You don't have to cover it totally because you can later cut off the white parts and that will be where your background patterned paper will show through.

When your collage is done, stamp on top of the collage.  It doesn't have to line up perfectly with the fish that was stamped on the white paper because we're cutting off the white part anyway.  You just have to stamp the fish in roughly the right place on top of your patterned paper.

Cut around the fish image and discard the portions where it's just stamped on white.  Now you have your patterned background and the collaged part you just cut out.  

Here's where the magic happens!  Put adhesive on the back of the collaged portion, line up the stamped lines, then glue it on on top of your patterned background.  Wah-la!

Now that your collaged fish is made, all that's left is to add ink around the edges (Black Soot Distress Ink) and to add more stamping to the fish's body if you left it open.  I always dab on more Distress Ink with a sponge, too, to help everything look blended.  On these fish, I used Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade and a set of green inks from Colorbox called Rainforest.  I drew a hat and a crown and added them on, along with sentiments made with alphabet stamps from Recollections (available at Michael's).  It took me a while to dig out my old eyelets, but I finally found them and attached them to my fish using a Crop-A-Dile.  I finished them off with a Christmas ornament hook.  Initially, I was going to put the hook in their mouth and hang them vertically, but they turned out so cute that I didn't want them to look dead!

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Perfect Girlfriend Card

Summer is coming to an end - but here is a lovely card with a vintage feel by Mou Saha.  It has several layers, and if you would like to see just how Mou crafted this card, visit her blog for a WONDERFUL tutorial.  

She used the bathing beauty row stamp along with Stamper's Big Brush Pens.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Andrea Ockey Parr

A very important lesson from Andrea Ockey Parr...

Stamp Used: Evil Man

Andrea Ockey Parr is a self-proclaimed literary nerd and eternal librarian who gets giddy about Shakespeare and yarn.  Her artsy style is whimsical and colorful with some stringy and straggly elements mixed in.  She loves layering her pieces and considers a card a success if it’s too fat to fit in an envelope.  Her favorite art mediums to work with are paper, stamps, ink, paint and fabric.  Her creations have been featured in several publications, including cover art, in such magazines as Cloth Paper Scissors, Stuffed, Somerset Studio, SEW Somerset, Somerset Holidays and Celebrations and The Stampers’ Sampler.  She has also served on several prominent Design Teams and enjoys teaching local crafting classes.  To see her work, visit

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Amy Lassiter

Introducing Amy- she has created an adorable banner with some of my favorite stamp images!

(Stamps Used: Fox Girl, Queen Owl, Sharp Owl, Bunny)

Hello, I am Amy Lynne Lassiter, and I am thrilled and honored to be joining the 100 Proof Press design team! I am a wife to my best friend from college, and the mother to three daughters. I just relocated to Des Moines, Iowa, after living my whole life in Kansas. I am currently working as a mixed media artist. 
 I adore creating scrapbook layouts and canvases, tags, cards, and altered projects with an eclectic, free, and soulful vibe. I always include plenty of paint on my projects. It's a must for me. 
In the time when I'm not creating, I also enjoy photography, sewing, reading, thrifting, swimming and snorkling. Most days, I also spend at least a little time planning, journaling and dreaming, about some day relocating to Oahu, Hawaii; my favorite place on earth.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Mou Saha

Mou is bringing color and adventure to the Design Team.  Here is a peek in her art journal.  
Stamp Used - Diver Line Up
Hi friends, my name is Mou Saha and I love creating mixed media projects.  I have been published in many leading industry magazines over the last 10 years.  such as Somerset Memories, Creating Keepsakes, etc. I have been blessed to be a part of various design teams like Time Holtz, Anna Griffin, Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft, Sizzix, October Afternoon, Crate Paper to name a few.  I live with my family in Florida and excited to play with 100 Proof Press stamps.

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