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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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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Paint Stick Swap

I love crafty challenges and experimenting with new ideas.  I also love giving a receiving art.  I was recently a part of a paint stick swap put together by Tina Walker.  The artists involved were challenged to decorate three blank paint sticks (the kind you get with a fresh can of paint at a hardware store - with a side of popcorn) and then send them in the mail to three other artists, and then you get three back!  This is just what I needed, as it was experimental for me, and I HAD to get it done!  Since I'm surrounded by rubber stamps I did some stamping on my sticks, and lots of painting.  Lots and lots of re-painting and changing my mind.  I'm going to share the three altered paint sticks I created with you here follow by links posted by the other artists that share their process and creations. 

I have been stamping, cutting, and watercoloring butterflies the past two months.  I have quite a few on my craft table and when one flew onto my paintstick I knew that was the direction I was going to take with my blank sticks. The next step was to try to figure out how else to stamp and paint them.

I think I painted and repainted each stick about three times.  I used distress paints and then used an asparagus sprig stamp in a similar color and a few other stamps, stars, and measuring bars, and covered the whole stick.  Then I used a stencil that says "artful" and white paint.  Then I used StazOn to stamp The Way of Life, and a little snail and butterfly.

I also knew I wanted the sticks to able to hang on the wall, so I drilled two holes on either side and added some yarn so they could hang.  I also attached a little charm on one side. 

And I finally used my metal stamps!  I pounded in the the words "YOU BECOME" and then smeared white gelato over the lettering to highlight the sentiment. Then I used good old glue dots to attach the butterflies to the stick.

Want to see what the other artists did to their paint sticks?  Follow along these links to find out. 







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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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