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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Butterfly Art Journal Page

"Life is a balance of holding on and letting go." - Rumi

I have a plaque of this quote hanging on the wall in my craft room - I have always intended to make an art journal page using that quote, and today I finally did.  Honestly, it's kind of appropriate for me on this page.  I used to be very picky about how my stamped letters appeared on my cards, ATCs and other artwork.  But as you can see here, they are not even close to perfect! I'm going to take you through the crafty steps I took on how I created this art journal page.

STEP ONE - smudging 

The first thing I did was rub several colors of distress inks across the page. I used evergreen bough, shabby shutters, dried marigold, squeezed lemonade, and ripe persimmon.  I could never re-create the same background - that's what makes it ART, right?


STEP TWO- spraying

After I smeared and smudged the inks onto the page I sprayed the page with water.  I did give it quite a good dousing.  The page curled up almost all the way, but when it dried it flattened back out.  This muted the background colors a great deal and gave the page a more blended look.

STEP THREE - background stamping

I actually did this part while the page was still a little bit wet.  I stamped the stylish numbers and the loops with text in ripe persimmon on the bottom as well as the balance sheet (get it?)  in dried marigold.  And on the top I used the geometric drawing, loops with text and scratch marks with the evergreen bough.  Since the paper was still wet I was able to blend the stamps in a little bit - I used my finger and rubbed the numbers, geometric drawing, and scratches just so they would show up a little bit fainter.

STEP FOUR - letting go

I used StazON ink to stamp the quote.  I stamped the quote onto the page (I temporarily lost the "l" so I had to go back once it was all done and put them in.)

STEP FIVE - stamp, paint, and glue

I wanted to include an image with the quote, and right nowI have quite a few butterfly stamps flying around as teacher appreciation gifts, and the swallowtail just seemed to be calling my name.  I again used STAZON to stamp the butterfly, cut it out, and used some watercolor paints.  Then I glued the butterfly right to the page. Thanks for flying by, I do hope you've enjoyed this quick tutorial - I think I might just use this quote again on another page.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A New Blue Updo

Andrea Ockey Parr got rid of her winter blues by giving this stamp a new hairdo.  In this stamping tutorial Andrea will demonstrate how she created this lovely background using all 100 Proof Press stamps!  This is one that I really want to try.  I hope it inspires you as well - enjoy.

The girl stamp, called Flowers for Hair is stunning.  I stamped her on flesh-colored card stock, then fussy-cut around her and added pink chalk to her cheeks.  I trimmed down her stamped hair and glued yarn strands to her head instead, which totally changed the look of the image.  I also made a dress for her.

For the card's background, I started with white card stock and heat-embossed two stamped images on top of each other (Balance Sheet in black, and Large Handwriting, placed vertically in blue).  On top of that, I stamped Mode de Paris Buttons in green and smeared them with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.

I followed up with more inking.  I smeared Salty Ocean Distress Ink down the vertical handwriting lines and smudged some Cracked Pistachio and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink on the background along with some Fresh Green Colorbox Ink.

I topped it off with this Papertrey Ink Quatrefoil cover plate die, which I cut a few sections out of and added ink to.   I also glued some of the cut-out pieces back in.

I nestled my blue-haired friend behind the cover plate die, added the Beautiful You sentiment and was done! 

If you enjoyed this tutorial by Andrea, be sure to stop by her blog, Snapping Monsters, for some more brilliant stamping ideas!

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Rubber Stamped Mail Art

Tera Callihan whipped up this cute little postcard for Valentine's Day.  I know I'm a bit late sharing, but it's just so cute!  She use a piece of scrapbook paper to make the envelope and then painted around the edges.  

The next step was the stamp the dog in teacup on both a pink colored scrapbook paper and on while paper - cut them out and then match them up and fix them together on the envelope.  Add a cute little "tea lover" string and stamp "CHEERS."  

Can you imagine getting this cutie in the mail?  

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Sunday, February 01, 2015

Stamp Revamp

Today I want to share with you a beautiful hand-stamped tag Andrea Ockey Parr created.  She did something sneaky with the Typing Keys stamp… check it out.  I know this tag inspired me to get my water colors out.

Did you notice all of those little letters randomly stamped about?  Well, Andrea took some time to cut each tiny ket out and rearrange them to her liking.  Then she used some water color on her tag, added the "love" washi tape, and circled some choice letters.  You should visit her blog, Snapping Monsters, for even more details.  

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Sharp Owl is Bringing in the New Year

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Stamped New Year

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

A non-traditional holiday card

Here's a non-traditional holiday card by design team member Kersten.  She used the "Holiday Greetings" stamp right next to the celestial-type stamps to give a real  Kersten Christianson feel.  Wouldn't this card make your mailbox beam with celestial holiday cheer?  Stop by her blog, Altered Gypsy,  to catch more of her colorful creations.

Stamps Used: Holiday Greetings, Star Group, Star and Moon Garden, and Zodiac Chart

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Winter Wonderland Artist Trading Block

We've been hopping along with team ATB all month, and this is the final tower from the 100 Proof Press design team.  I will have a follow up post sharing the towers from team ATB and you do not want to miss those!  I created this block tower around one of my favorite stamps, The Queen of the Stars.  Enjoy!

The first thing I did to create this tower was to paint the edges of all the block pieces. Then I put the blocks together.  Then I added a layer of tulle.  On a piece of vintage paper I embossed blue snowflakes and ripped the paper to size for each block and adhered it to each block face. Then I went around the edge of each block with a thin line of glue and added some glitter.

On on a piece of white card stock I stamped the Queen of stars, the Owl Queen, the moon, and the Owl and baby.  Then I painted them with water colors and cut them out.  Added a little glitter here and there for some glistening magic.

I used some permanent ink to stamp "warm winter wishes" onto some fabric tape.  Then I added some the charms and embellishments.  

On the top I planted a cute little blue tree and some fungus.  I had some wired stars that I stuck in the blocks and glued the moon and dangled the Queen. I enjoyed crafting with these blocks - and I thank you for stopping by my winter wonderland today!  

For more cool block towers visit ATB on Facebook.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Steampunk Artist Trading Block

The block hop goes on! 100 Poof Press has been teaming up with team ATB this month and we have shared several crafty block towers.  And today I'm sharing how design team member Tera Callihan took our sheet of steampunk rubber stamps (formally Scrolls Works) and constructed a very cool block tower.  The sheet of rubber comes with a lot of images, and Tera carefully selected gears, light bulbs, and the inventor to compliment the grungy metal embellishments on her ATB.  

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Fishy Freedom

Here's a fun project from Andrea Ockey Parr considering tomorrow's Turkey holiday!  Andrea has created a humorous collage using the really big fish stamp.  Visit her blog, Snapping Monsters, to discover her inspiration and some behind the scenes tips on how she put together this fun piece.  Thanks for visiting!

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