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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Squirrel Girl Card

Happy Monday!  Here's a cute card to warm your hearts from Mou Saha.  I just love the warm colors, and happy feeling.  
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Inspire Happiness

Today I have a lovely project from design team member Amy Lassiter.  Amy has created a mini canvas using mixed-media techniques.  I love this altered art piece as well as the message "inspire happiness."

Amy made this little piece using a stack of vintage book pages that she just stapled into a mini canvas. She created a mixed media background, with lots of paint, and then added some stenciling, as well as background stamping with the Profit and Loss stamp. Amy stamped the Danita Angel, coloring her hair and areas I wanted to stamp black, with a Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Big Brush Pen. The rest she used a mixed media ink on, from IMAGINE Crafts. To add her to the page, and give her focus, I used foam adhesive.


To complete her mini canvas, Amy created a bit of a layered assemblage, using metals and some UmWowStudio chipboard stars from the confetti….which are oh so adorable, as well as a bit of a flourish.


Amy also used washi tape to secure the edges, and it was complete! If you enjoyed Amy's mini canvas, you might want to visit her blog Sparkling Gnome where she has many more projects to inspire! 

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Mixed Media Layout

Mixed Media Layout

Hi!  Tina Walker here today with my second project for October as a Guest Designer project for 100 Proof Press Stamps.  I am seriously lovin' creating with 100 Proof Press Stamps and I hope you have enjoyed  what I will be sharing with you as a guest designer. 

Today, I would like to share with you a mixed media layout, using stamps to create subtle background texture.

To prep my chipboard background, I painted a coat of black gesso, allowing 'brush' strokes to be visible.  I then added several Shimmerz Spray Mists and Inklingz to add some color to the stark black.


Now for the texture:  I began by heat embossing the top and bottom corners, using 5817X.  This is a great stamp for background texture making!

I then added more texture with 6488Y, 5497V, and 5483P.  These are also great background and mixed media stamps.  Using contrasting ink, the stamp images really pop.

To finish it off, I added several metal embellishments and my title.  Super quick, yet one-of-a-kind!  What is your favorite use for background stamps? 


Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!

100 Proof Press Stamps Used

Balance Sheet 5817

Small Circle 5483

Large Circle 5497

Large Handwriting 6488


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Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Haunting Card

Happy Friday!  Today I have a card by design team member Andrea Ockey Parr.  This is her take on how to create a card using the Pumpkin Parade stamp.  I love the non-traditional Halloween colors she used on this card.  Feels spooky, but cute too.

You can visit her blog, Snapping Monsters, for the supply list and directions on how to create this card.

Stamps used: Pumpkin Parade and Honeycomb

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Grungy Halloween Tags

Sometimes I just have to make time to stamp.  As I was writing up the tutorial from Tera Callihan, I knew I wanted to give it a try.  I really enjoyed making the background following the steps she carefully described- and here are 4 tags (maybe to turn into a book?) I made this morning before I headed into work to press out rubber for the day.

And of course my favorite one is the bat boy one.  I have always loved that image.

Stamps I used for the backgrounds: circle, handwriting, measurement bar,  and gear

For the other stamps I used: bat boy, heart drip (right), tree, filmstrip, airship, evil man, top ten

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Sunday, October 05, 2014

Halloween Mini Canvasboard

Here's a fun and festive Halloween stamping project using one of our most popular stamps, pumpkin parade.  Here's Tina Walker with another great how-to with rubber stamping and Simmerz Inklingz.  Enjoy!

Hello!  Tina Walker here with a Guest Designer project.   In the spirit of the Halloween season, I thought it would be fun to create a fun little Halloween Canvasboard project.

I needed to create a ghoulish background, so I added strips of vintage dictionary paper, distress paint, and modeling paste to a sheet of canvasboard.

I then stamped 6289X on the same paper.  The ink didn't completely fill in the image, so I painted the image with black paint.  I also added some Shimmerz Inklingz to the image and fussy cut all stamped images.


I layered the stamped images on my canvasboard, added a few whimsical embellishments and my Mini Halloween scene was complete!

Creating a mixed media project doesn't have to be hard or complex.  Stamps make it super easy (and fun) to create!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

 

100 Proof Press Stamps Used

Bare Winter Tree 3265V

Pumpkin Parade 6289X


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Friday, October 03, 2014

Anatomical Heart Plastic Charm

Yesterday I shared a crafty tutorial by Tera Callihan on how to make some grungy Halloween tags.  On the top of one of the tags there was small plastic embellishment created with the Anatomical Heart stamp.  Today, I'm going to show you how Tera created the heart charm.  

Stamp the Anatomical Heart on some shrink plastic (you can find this at most any local craft store). You must use a permanent ink - Stazon or Archival. 

Next, cut the heart out as close to the stamped image as you feel comfortable, but be sure to leave room at the top to make a place to hook a ring through.  Then punch a hole.

Here you see the size before it's shrunk (don't panic!)

You can also see what I  mean with the ring.

Shrink your heart.

But before you shrink your heart, be sure to remove the metal ring.  

Use alcohol inks to distress your heart to get your desired look.

Now, add your charm ring and attach it to the top of the tag!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, for the full tag tutorial you can see this post.

For more craft ideas from Tera, you can visit her blog.  

Thanks for stopping by.

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Halloween Tag Tutorial

This is a great tutorial that shows you how to create a background using distress inks and rubber stamps.  In this case, Tera Callihan shows us how to spook it up.  I love she used the skeleton torso on these grungy tags, and I'm happy to share Tera's tutorial with you.

Stamps Used:

 The Skeleton Torso Stamp, Profit and Loss Sheet, Large Handwriting, and the Anatomical Heart

I started with some patterned scrapbook paper for a nice base. (this paper was by prima - a fairy paper set?)

Start by inking your tags with Distress ink in Wild Honey

Next, using distress ink in vintage photo, stamp the the large handwriting on the background.

Now for contrast, use the distress ink in dusty concord and stamp the numbers from the profit and loss stamp.

Now flick some water drops to distress your tag.

Ok, now we're back to the dusty concord to distress around the edges of your tag.

Next, using Black VersaFine ink, stamp your skeleton torso in the center of the tag, then rough up/distress the edges of your tag to give it a tattered look.

Now, let's put the tag together…

I added some tiny tags (cut from scrapbook paper) and a tiny paper clip.  I also added a strip to wash tape on the side.

Ok, now ink up your ribbon using the same colors then dry.  Tie the tag and add some charms.

In the next post, I will share with you how Tera made a the little plastic charm with the anatomical heart stamp.  So, if you're interested, come back tomorrow!  Thanks for stopping by - I hope you enjoyed this rubber stamping tutorial.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Altered and Stamped Postcard

I have another bright and coroloful postcard that Kersten created for a Sunday Postcard Challenge.  The theme for this on was "A Page from the Dictionary." Kersten chose the word TRANSFORM and to use the rubber stamp of the Sun-Moon Phase Circle.

I really love the layering, texture and colors used on the postcard.  Makes me want to get messy.

If you feel like participating in the challenge this week, the theme is "hats."  All you have to do is make a postcard (4x6) and share it on the Sunday Postcard Art blog.  Sounds like fun to me.

Sun-Moon Phase Circle

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Butterfly ATC cards

Butterfly ATC Cards

Hello! Tina Walker here and welcome back to my 3rd and final Guest Designer project for September.


ATC cards are another favorite project design that I often create.  There is something about the small size that is not overwhelming.  I love creating them in three's, using the same design, but with different color palettes or sentiments. 


I wanted to create unique ATC cards, so I started my cards by painting a sheet of heavyweight cardstock with several shades of Shimmerz Inklingz.  Inklingz are a watercolor full of shimmer and goodness.


Once the Inklingz had dried, I added several stamps and doodles to my background.  This background by itself would have been beautiful for an Art Journal or Mixed Media scrapbook layout page.


I wanted to pull the stamping into the background, so I added a wash of watered down gesso over the entire page.  I applied the wash with my fingers for more control.


Once the wash was dry, I cut out my ATC cards (2.5x3.5in).  This is one of my favorite steps.  I love how different each card looks when cut out.  They are full of lit bits of goodness and fun.

I then stamped 3 sets of Moth wings (4220R) to heavyweight cardstock.  I fussy cut each one and added some Distress Ink to the edges.  (these are one of my fave stamps - Love them) I added them to an ATC background using foam tape for dimension. 

To finish each butterfly, I added several metal and wood embellishments, color customized to match the ATC card.  A final sentiment sticker to each and done!

I must admit, this is one of my favorite projects I've created recently.  I love the simplicity, yet elegance each card reflects.

Thanks for stopping by this month.  I'll see you next month with more creative inspiration.

100 Proof Press Stamps Used

Balance Sheet 5817

Number Set Block 5948

Wing 4220

Wing 4221



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