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Faux Wood Embellishments - A la Michelle Zerull
Everyone loves embellishments. But buying them? That’s a different story. I used the 100 Proof Press WOOD GRAIN RECTANGLE (#1550) to create some fun and trendy embellishments that were both easy and affordable.
The stamp is deeply etched so you’ll get a lot of detail with your stamping. My goal is to create an embellishment that looks like a thin shaving of wood veneer. To create this, I used tissue paper and Distress Inks in Wild Honey and Vintage Photo.
1. Start by stamping in Vintage Photo on a plain sheet of tissue. Stamp consecutively seven or eight times. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but you will want to get the images very close to each other. Try turning the stamp upside on occasion to create wood variations.
2. Using a cosmetic sponge or an ink blending tool, apply generous amounts of wild honey over the stamped image.
3.Using deckle scissors, cut the top and bottom of the strip. (Or use regular scissors and cut jagged edges.) do you recall the look of pencil shavings? That is what you’ll be imitating. After cutting, you’ll have a nice strip. Turn it over and repeat steps 1 &2.
4. Gently pleat the strip back and forth to create ridges. It’s looking good! You can stop now and use it as it is, or continue on and create wood grain shapes.
5. Want to make some fun veneer shapes? Easy! Cut some shapes out of cardboard or use “pop-dots” or other found objects. Adhere with a strong glue stick. Note, if you use wet glue, the distress inks will react and you’ll get a smeared mess. If you use glue dots or other dry adhesives you will not get as good of results.
6. Before glue dries, flip the embellishments over and gently form the tissue around the shape. Be gentle! Tissue rips easily. But it molds easily too, so your edges will be smooth. You know have “wooden” shapes. How cool is that?
Thanks Michelle for a wonderful tutorial.
I hope you've enjoyed all the of stamp art Dana Tatar has created. If you've missed it, you might want to check out the previous posts from this week. Dana created a tutorial for a Fall card, made two very sweet cards, a series of ATCs, and today I'm sharing some stamped jewelry. Dana has made a cutest charm bracelet that uses several of our stamps and shrink-plastic. If you have never tried the shrink plastic you should, it is fun for all ages.
And here's a set of earrings Dana made with the squiggle. Cute, stuff, right?
Here's the supplies she used:
Christmas Charm Bracelet: Snowflake 3 (#6309), Santa Moon (#3411); The Three of Us (#6468); Flourish Bird Large (#3208)
Supplies: Shrinky Dinks Crystal Clear Sheets: K & B Innovations; Stamps: 100 Proof Press; Pearl: Tim Holtz; Trinket; Prima; Mini Ornaments: Michael's Stores; ink: Tsukineko; Markers: Faber-Castell, Sharpie; Other: Charm Bracelet
Squiggle Earrings: Squiggle with Tail (#5676)
Supplies: Shrinky Dinks Crystal Clear Sheets: K & B Innovations; Stamp: 100 Proof Press; Earwires: Martha Stewart; Pearls: Tim Holtz; Ink: Tsukineko
Dana has created several wonderful projects as a guest designer for 100 Proof Press. Today I'm going to share two very adorable cards. The first card she dressed up with a cute pink bow to accompany the little girl stamp, she also turned the Thinking of You stamp on its' side along with a doily and other layers for added interest.
I just LOVE this stamp, and I frequently share the cards that designers and customers make with this Snow Globe Girl. Here Dana put the Snow Globe Girl into a snowglobe and stamped Hugs & Kisses at the top. So sweet.
Incase you missed yesterday's post, you should check it out, Dana made a complete tutorial about how you can make a very festive fall card.
It's the final day of the third annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop. If you have been following along I'm sure you've been amazed with tutorials of all the thoughtful handmade gifts deisngers have made for you to use and a springboard to start you holiday crafting. Hop along each blog in the list and leave a comment, share the fun ideas you come across, and enter to win a grand prize at the bottom of each blog post. So, let's continue along on the hop 100 Proof Press style; with a vintage tag set by Elise Durenburger.
Here's what Elise had to say: "I was so pleased to be invited to play with these fantastic stamps from 100 Proof Press - aren't they wonderful! 100 Proof Press boasts a mind-blowing assortment of images - the kind of classic, timeless, hilarious, and heart-warming stamps that pulled me into my stamping obsession early on... I'm SMITTEN! So, when I pursued the darling, beautifully rendered ladies of 100 Proof Press, I had to play! I had to ink, stamp, festoon, and embellish like a stamping mad-woman.... And it was fun! So, for the purpose of celebrating this wonderful company, I thought: tags! An excellent platform and medium to express some of the cheeky, old Hollywood glamor of these beauties..."
Nothing like the tiniest application of a color to bring out the true beauty of these lovely ladies. I simply swoon for the look of lightly applied color, reminiscent of old print ad and school books, but I have not invested in expensive markers, nor do I carry a full assortment of watercolor materials when I am creating "on the road." Last weekend, I was at a creative retreat, without a lot of my regular supplies, when I realized that a hint of color was what I needed to bring these girls to life. Lucky for me, I was armed with a healthy collection of Clearsnap cat eye collections, Dye Ink, Colorbox, Archival Queue. With a small water-loaded brush in hand, all the magic needed was already on my desktop. Here is a small list of instructions to quickly add custom color to detailed images, such as much of the inventory from 100 Proof Press:
1) Stamp Clearsnap, die ink direct to an extra acrylic stamping block.
2)Prepare stamped image to be inked. For the girl talk going on in this image, I used a circular die-cut to trace a circle to be hand cut, preserving detailed elements to bleed beyond the circle.
3)Custom colors are easily blended right on the acrylic block and then painted onto the stamped image, as desired.
4.)The end result with make you giddy. Be patient and give yourself a practice image (or two!). The end result will be worth it!
Materials Used: Cardstock - Wplus9 Design Studio, Designer Paper - Graphic 45, Stamps- 100 Proof Press, Ink - Clearsnap, Self Stick Pearl Embellishments - Want2Scrap, Eyelets - Making Memories, Charms-7 Gypsies; Karen Foster;Michael's, Misc Metal/Bling - Close to my Heart, Bakers Twine- Timeless Twine, Sticker Letters -Tim Holtz
So yeah, those are some pretty cool tags, huh? And a great technique that yields marvelous results. I have created three different prize packs for The Handmade Holiday Blog Hop, and one of them will include the Gossip Ladies from Elise's "Wonderful" tag. Just let me know which one of these lovely lady images is your favorite with comment on this blog and you will be entered to win. But don't forget to enter with the Rafflecopter on the bottom of this post to be entered to win the GRAND PRIZE!
On with the hop! Your next stop is Graphic45.
Welcome back to the second day of the Handmade Holiday Blog Hop! We have over 20 of the best crafters working together to create a series of thoughtful handmade gifts for the holidays this season. I hope you bop around from blog to blog collecting creative ideas for your handmade gift-giving this year. Hop along each blog in the list and leave a comment, share the fun ideas you come across, and enter to win a grand prize at the bottom of each blog post. Today's deisgner is the Creative Goddess, Vicki O'Dell - Enojy!
There is a certain Dickens vibe to this trio of stamps that make me think of a cozy Victorian neighborhood covered in snow. The only trouble is that I'm not a HUGE paper crafter. So what's a gal to do?
Go with what you know- home decor - and then do some experimenting to see what you can come up with, that's what.
The experimenting part involved trying to figure out how to stamp on a few candles. I just knew ther had to be a way to pull it off.
It took a little pracitce, but I figured out that if I ink an umounted stamp and then put a shim on each side, in this case two acrylic stamp blocks that are the same thickness of the stamp, and then roll the candle over the stamp I could get a decent impression.
I used a solvent based ink (Like Surfacez from Clear Snap) and let it dry a few minutes before stamping on another house. If you dislike the way a house turns out use a solvent based stamp cleaner (Like Surfacez cleaner) and remove the stamped image from the candle. Just wait a few minutes for the cleaner to evaporate and then buff slightly with a soft cloth and you are ready to try again.
Using a craft stick I swirled on some Aleen's True Snow and then gave it a sprinkle of Diamond Dust.
I put the three candles on a silver charger and added some silver mini ornaments and some sparkly snowflakes. Perfect for a wintery tablescape long after the holidays are over.
I hope you learned a thing or two about stamping on candles, sounds like something fun to try. I have created a prize that includes one of the house stamps Vicki used on the candles. If you''d like a chance to win, just simply leave a comment here on the 100 Proof Press Blog. To enter to win the GRAND PRIZE you will need to used the Rafflecopter you see at the bottom of this post.
I hope you've enjoyed the hop so far, and if you missed it you should check out ALL of yesterday's projects too. The next stop is over at Graphic45. Be sure to come back tomorrow for the last day of the hop.
Welcome to the Third Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! The best crafters, designers, and makers have come together to create and share a series of thoughtful, handmade gifts for the holidays during this 3 day blog hop. Our goal is to inspire you to create something from the heart this holiday season as well as share how to use our products in fun, innovative ways. We intend this hop to serve as a resource to you for this holiday season for years to come.
Hop along to each blog in the list. Each day from November 1through November 3, 2013, we'll be posting a brand new list of blogs to hop to. Comment on each blog, share your favorite posts over social media, and then use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of each post to enter to win the Grand Prize, a gift basket filled with crafty swag from the companies on the hop! We're ready to inspire, share, and create- are you ready to hop?
Right now you if you are visiting the 100 Proof Press Blog for the first time, I welcome you and hope you enjoy this marvelous set of cards by Teresa Abajo. Teresa has made a detailed tutorial for you to follow along:
A set of cards makes a wonderful gift for someone who appreciates the word involved, but is time-poor themselves. This set of cards requires a couple different double-sided papers, Winter Snowglobe Girl Stamp, some dies, and minimal coloring skills.
Step 1: Cut four card fronts from the patterned paper. I have used papers from KaiserCrafts Gingerbread range. Score and fold four white card bases.
Step 2: Cut a scalloped oval from the center of each patterned paper piece. This hole will be covered up in the final card. I have used Spellbinders dies.
Step 3: Cut some decorative ovals from white cardstock.
Step 4: Adhere the card fronts to the card bases, then layer the ovals over the hole.
Step 5: Stamp Winter Snowglobe Girl in water proof black ink. Cut with an oval die and sponge with brown ink before removing the die. This will leave an even white border around the die cut.
Step 6: Color the image with our preferred medium (I have used Distress Markers here). Add tiny blobs of Liquid Pearls to the snow and silver Stickles to the snowflakes above her head.
I have some wonderful Halloween Projects by designer Teresa Abajo to share with you. Teresa lives in Australia and she says they don't celebrate Halloween as much as we do here in the US, but she loves crafting it up come October. Today I am sharing two cards, a beautiful tag, and a little tiny Moo Card to really get you in the Spooky Sprit.
All of these projects were created with the Halloween Cling Set. You can visit Teresa's blog to get a bit more details on these projects. They are just awesome! There's still time to get your Spooky Crafting in.
I get asked a lot if you can stamp on fabric. And unfortunately it's not a simple yes or no answer it depends on a lot of things; the image, how much detail you need, the ink used, the fabric you are stamping on, and the surface. This is an example of a large image, The Large Raven, and "Nevermore." stamped with Jet Black stAzon, on muslin fabric. As you can see not all of the detail was captured onto the fabric, but the overall outcome is pretty spiffy.
This is was a quick little project my sister and I worked on before our local parade - you wouldn't believe how much candy fit into that pocket! This may not answer all of your fabric-stamping questions, but it gives you an idea of one project idea that combines sewing with stamping!
I'm very excited to introduce guest designer Andrea Ockey Parr. She has been published in several stamping magazines, and inspired many artists with her works. I was very happy when she accepted my invitation to create with 100 Proof Press Stamps. Here is a wonderful, easy to follow stamping tutorial where Andrea explains how she created this "haze" around Little Red Riding Hood. Enjoy!
By Andrea Ockey Parr
One of my favorite 100 Proof Press images is that of Little Red Riding Hood. The possibilities for this darling girl are endless! On this card, I decided to make her into a travel girl and switch out her red cape for one that matched the color of the sky and the grass and the oceans. Here's how I put it all together:
1. I decided that I wanted Little Red to have a "haze" around her to make her really stand out. So I started by making a stencil of the stamp. I chose paper that was sturdy, but not so thick that it was a hassle to cut though. Cardstock worked well. Here she is in all her glory getting ready to be traced.
2. I flipped her over and traced around her edges.
3. Here she is with her outline done.
4. Next I cut out the inside of the traced shape. If you want a lot of "haze" around your image, cut it bigger than the original. If you only want a slight hazy outline, keep it closer to the actual size of the stamp.
5. I now needed to stamp the image on the actual paper I'd be using for this project. I stamped her on a flesh-colored background so that her skin would be the right shade. Once I stamped her, I put my stencil template over the top of her, which you can see that I cut bigger than her actual shape.
6. Using a make-up sponge, which I adore as a tool for inking, I simply dabbed all around her with teal, green, and black inks, being careful not to color her face green!
7. I removed the stencil and wah-la! An eye-catching haze surrounded my image! I also added some pink chalk to her cheeks for some rosiness.
8. After my central image was complete, I covered her up with a mask that matched her shape stamped the fabulous Mode de Paris Buttons stamp on top of her. I removed the mask and the background was in place. I cut out the button card and distressed the edges with brown and black ink.
9. For the card itself, I used an old map I had and layered some red bicycle Washi tape across the bottom. I placed the button card on top and added a Washi tape crown to my travel girl's head.
10. Using alphabet stamps, I created the "travel girl" sentiment. I added a few more strips of Washi tape to the top and adhered the sentiment to the card. To finish it off, I inked the edges with black and brown ink. Here's the finished product!
If you enjoy the style of Andrea Ockey Parr, and her amazing talent, you should hop on over to her blog where she has more creations (even some with 100 Proof Press Stamps).