Monday, March 14, 2016
Watercolored Bird Family ATC
Light pinks, and blue birds - I really like the vintage Spring feel this bird ATC ended up having. I used one of the first stamping techniques I ever experimented with - masking.
Stamps Used: Bird Family, Bird Tabvla, and Postes Persanes
Using Archival Ink I stamped the Bird Family on the ATC. Then I stamped it again on thin paper and cut it out to create a mask. I placed the cut out piece on top of the stamped image on the ATC and then stamped the Bird Tavbla in brown onto the mask protecting the image on the ATC. Then I stamped the Postes Persanes in the corner and started using my watercolors on the ATC. Nothing too tricky. The last thing I did was go around the edges of the card and scuff up the sides and little bit of the card with the brown ink.
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.
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."
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.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Flight School ATB
Today we go to Flight School with Andrea Ockey Parr. She shows us how to dress up a block tower and take flight with Madame Condor's School of Flight. This project is part of our month long block hop with The Artists on the Block. Both teams have created some beautiful works and I hope you enjoy this whimsical tower by Andrea.
Welcome to my contribution for the November Block Hop which is a creative collaboration between Artists on the Block and 100 Proof Press. Here's my ATB creation, which I titled, "Madam Condor's School of Flight."
It's a crazy little whimsical place where any person or creature can learn to fly! And hey- Eileen Hull's ATB Sizzix dies could not make this process any easier! Once I had the box pieces cut, I cut out a door and a window in two of the boxes and then I covered my blocks with fabric scraps cause that's just how I roll.
I added some "flight students" and used some Martha Stewart butterfly punches to make their wings. I cut some triangular roof pieces and stamped them up. I made my school sign with fabric, a toothpick pole and alphabet stamps. I smeared on some Distress Ink for some bursts of color, assembled the boxes and and wah-la!
This project was so fun and these block shapes are so full of possibilities! And of course, 100 Proof Press stamps are packed with potential, too. Here are links to all of the stamps I used on my ATB:
For the flight students and their wings:
For the roof decor:
Monday, November 17, 2014
Owl Tower by Amy
I've always been a big fan of owls - cute ones, serious ones, realistic, you get the picture. Design team member Amy Lassiter has created a one of a kind owl tower for our Artists on Block hop. I love the combination of metal, laces, and fancy paper Amy used to create her mixed-media "artsy girlie" owl tower.
Here's Amy - telling us a bit about her Block Tower: I made my blocks “artsy girlie,” with plenty of paint, lace, stenciling, stamping and more. I love owls, so I wanted the owls from 100 Proof Press to take center stage.
The bottom two blocks, I spread out, and before assembling them, used my gelli plate, stencils from Stencil Girl, paint, and mists, and layered them full. I then splattered paint all over them, in light and metallic colors. The top two blocks were covered in papers from 7 Dots Studio’s new collections, and also splattered on for the glitter fun. After stamping with black ink, I colored the owls with Pitt Big Brush pens from Faber Castell Design Memory Craft, and used watercolors for softness. The edges of the blocks are also distressed.
Layering on trims and little bits of metals, flowers, and feathers, really added to the sweetness of the whole project. Here’s a look at some of the individual block sides:
my favorite owl
What's that on top? An acorn! - I love it!
There's a more details about Amy's tower on her blog, sparklingnome. So stop on over and check out her delightful blog.
And if you're interested and want to learn more about these blocks, you can connect with The Artists on the Block on Facebook, and their blog. We have even more block hopping to do this week - so stay tuned.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Coming at you from Alaska! This is a creative card by Kersten Christianson - she used the burst stamp like I've never seen it used before. Beauty & Love indeed.
Stamps Used: Reindeer, Beauty & Love, Star Cluster, and Burst
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
ATB Block Hop - Two Halves Make a Whole
Today I have a celestial block tower to share with you created by Kersten Christianson up in Alaska. She uses her signature bright colors and creative collection of stamps to create a playful tower of color. Here's a bit about her process…
Talk about the meeting of minds: The Artists on the Block and 100 Proof Press Rubber Stamps!
One day, a package of mysterious forms arrived in my box. With just a few folds, I learned that two halves make the whole of a box.
Paper scraps work well with this type of design. In this case, old paper. French paper.
Copious amounts of Dylusions and Distress Inks join in on the play. Your fingers will sport rainbows.
Daub with paper towel scraps to blend and tone down color. Wait. Who am I kidding? There is no "toning down" of color. I did, however, dry brush a bit of white Gesso in various areas just add a bit of cloudy whatchamacallit.
Begin stamping and building. What better combination than owls, sugar skulls, all things celestian and a bit of the mystic, as well. Add ephemera: German scrap, beads, stars, and washi tape.
Anyone feel like finding some old French paper and getting your fingers inky? I do! If you'd like to see more of Kersten's block tower you can visit her blog, Altered Gypsy.
Monday, May 26, 2014
Stylin Men of 100 Proof Press
Here's a set of 4 funky ATC's guest artist Joy Holder Northrop collaged and stamped up. I love the creativity and wit. These are some seriously funky hip dudes. Just brilliant!
Stamps Used: chain, air filter face
Stamps Used: Small Poe, Nevermore
Stamps Used: Tattoo Dude, heart (from Hello)
Stamps Used: Geodesic Shape, Albert with pipe, and brilliant
I don't know about you, but these ATCs really make me want to make some of my own collaged-men. Stay tuned the ladies are next in the creative collage lineup!
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Mama Cat and Kitten Stamp Scene
I love this rubber stamp art scene featuring a Mama Cat walking her kitten across a field with friendly bugs. Isn't it adorable? I've never tried to create a serious stamp scene, but this piece makes me want to give it a try. Do you create rubber-stamped scenes?
Stamps Used: Mama Cat and Kitten, Three Bugs, Landscape, Forest Edge, and Flying Bug
Stamp scene with black pigment ink
Using stencil, stiple clouds in sky with blue pigment ink
Stiple grass with several green pigment inks
Color the rest of the scene with Prismacolor pencils.
Layer scene onto card stock