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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Handsome Hares Postcard Tutorial

I have noticed decorating snail mail with stamps has become popular again!  Stamping a postcard is quick and fun - and such a joy for the receiver!  This is a sample I created using the classic Handsome Hares stamp.

First things first, you must gather your supplies...

SUPPLIES NEEDED

Mixed Media Paper (4 in by 6 in), glue stick, dauber, and scissors

INK:  

 ARCHIVAL -cornflower blue, sky blue, jet black

DISTRESS - tumbled glass and peacock feathers

STAMPS - Hydrangea Flower, Handsome Hares (small), Towns in Blocks, postcard scroll, hand writing, monarch

1. On this postcard I used a technique called masking.  The first thing I did was to stamp the handsome hares on a piece of yellow sticky paper and carefully cut it out to create the "mask."

2. Then I stamped, in black, the hydrangea flowers along the border and handsome hares on the postcard.

3. After I stamped the hares on the postcard, I covered the hares with the mask I created in step one and started daubing around the image with tumbled glass distress ink leaving piece of paper to protect the hares on the postcard from the blue ink.

4.  I kept going with the daubing switching between the two blues to cover all of the card except the hares, and I tried to avoid the hydrangea along the edge so they would stay white.

5. While the yellow paper was still covering the hares on the postcard I stamped the towns in blocks with sky blue.

6. After that I stamped the monarch with the tumbled glass distress ink.

7. I stamped the hand writing and the postcard scroll on white paper, cut it out, and glued them in place on the postcard.

I hope you've enjoyed my little tutorial.  I have been creating a lot of postcards lately - I love working with the 4 by 6 size. Just drop me a postcard in the mail, and I'll happily send one back!

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Saturday, March 04, 2017

Hopping and Stamping into Spring

An Art Journal Page by Corrie Herriman

I have been a long-time fan of Corrie Herriman's bright and colorful stamp art.  Her stamping really brings the images to life and I am delighted to share this tutorial she has created as a guest designer for 100 Proof Press.  Enjoy!

Don't these hares look handsome?

Corrie started off this art journal page by applying gesso to a piece of Mixed Media paper.  Then she used different colors of acrylic paints and brushed them on the page, to blend the colors she used her fingers and baby wipes and did a little smudging.  After that, Corrie stencilled polkadots in the same colors, moved the stencil a little and used white paint. Then, around some of the polkadots she applied watered-down black paint with a bottle cap, and brushed some black paint in the corners.  

Corrie stamped the Large Handsome Hares on a plain sheet and on text before she decided to use the hares stamped on text on her final page.

You can see in the background here Corrie has also stamped the stylish numbers in pink and blue, and the Profit and Loss Sheet in black before adhering the Vincent Van Gogh quote.

If you would like to read Corrie's tutorial and find many other lovey samples of her artwork you can visit Corrie's blog MadeByCHook.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

New Heart Stamp

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Friday, December 02, 2016

Special Delivery

I love this tree stamp, and I finally got around to using it in a few ways for some holiday cards.  Here is a CUTE card I made using a stamp designed by Danita Art, with a classic 100 Proof Press Christmas Tree. 
(and a discontinued package)



DIRECTIONS:
  1. The very first thing I did to create this card was to stamp the large handwriting stamp with green distress ink.
  2. Then I stamped the Large Christmas Tree and colored it with wax pastels.
  3. After that I used water to blend the tree colors and make the handwriting run.
  4. While that was drying I stamped Red Riding Hood and colored her blue and watercolored her face (oops got a little blue on her cheek!).
  5. Then I cut her out, stamped the package, colored the bow and stripes with a red marker, cut it out and glued it to her hands.
  6. I went back to the tree and colored in all the bulbs I could find with a red marker.
  7. Then I carefully ripped around the Christmas Tree keeping a good space for the little girl.
  8. Then I glued the tree onto a card made from holiday paper. 
  9. After that I glued down the little girl and added a bow to her hood.
  10. For the finishing touches I stamped "special delivery" and stuck down two stickers I made with my favorite stamps of stamps.

Happy Holidays!
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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Live in Gratitude

Today I have a beautiful card tutorial by Andrea Ockey Parr using 100 Proof Press stamps, Distress Inks, embossing powder, and watercolor.  I was so amazed by the look and process of creating this card I had to make one myself.  

STEP ONE - Stamp the 15 Block stamp and heat emboss with black powder onto white watercolor paper.


STEP 2 - Get out your watercolors and paint each square.  

Step 3 - Take Distress Inks and smudge them onto the areas that had corresponding colors.

Step 4 -  Cut out the 15 Block, hand-draw a border, attach some fabric scraps and pink thread.  Stamp and emboss Live in Gratitude and mount it out black cardstock before adhering to the card.  Oh so lovely!

I have always been a fan of Andrea's use of color and fabric with her stamp art.  To see her original post on this card and more of her lovely creations click HERE

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Monday, October 03, 2016

Dead Weight

This is a simple but a fun and crafty idea you can use with many different stamps.  But in the spirit of October, I used a small skull stamp to create a little paper weight.

To make this paper weight you just need watercolors, a stamp, permanent ink, a glass pebble, and rubber cement.  

I painted several colored circles with watercolors, then I stamped the skull onto the dried circles. Then I placed the glass pebble on the  circle and traced them.  After that I cut out the circles to fit the pebble, then applied rubber cement on top of the stamped image and stuck it to the pebble.  

Leave it like that for paper weight or desk decoration, or add a magnet!




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Friday, August 26, 2016

August

Summer is on its' way out.  I had a little motivational trouble getting this calendar page done - but it's done.  I gathered up several back to school supply stamps and started stamping.  I also updated the site with a new FREE stamp - the cute little mini planner… 

Stamps Used:  Pen, Pencil, Owl, Nib, Nib2, FREE planner, and the number set (in purple)

I added a few new images - not a huge upload, but a few quotes and the pen nibs I used for this page.

I used an old chess book for this page, and I am just now reading the last sentence.  $1,000,000!

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

July Fireworks

During the month of July all orders will get a FREE firework stamp - just for the fun of it!

I will include one of the three fireworks shown below.  I used them to create my July calendar page.

Happy July!

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Thursday, June 09, 2016

Hipster Beach Guy

Get this discontinued beach guy for a limited time!

I found this funny beach dude while I was flipping through the mega-catalog of all the images of 100 Proof Press.  I decided it would be fun to offer some of the more funny discontinued images.  This is the first one I'm bringing out of the vault.  Mr. Hipster Beach Guy.  

Here's a little something I made with him and the bag of seashell stamps.

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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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