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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Welcome March

Welcome March, birds, and green inspired stamping. This is the March calendar page I created.  I knew I wanted it to be green and use at least one bird stamp. Because nothing says March like green and birds.  I have written a little tutorial explaining how I created the background for this page.  Enjoy!

Green March calendar page featuring the Bird Tabvla

The big "technique" I used here was painting a gel medium over the parts of the page I did not want the green to go on.  I'll explain, follow along.

1. I stamped the Bird Tabvla Stamp with black Archival Ink.  Then I watercolored the birds ever so slightly.

2. Then I painted the oval parts of the stamp with Liquitex pouring medium.  Then I LET IT DRY. This created a coating over the stamped and painted image that resisted the ink and gelato pigment. 

3.  All around the image I smeared three colors of green gelatos.  Then I misted the whole page with water.

4. I placed bubble wrap ontop of the slightly wet page.

5.  Then I scrunched and scrunched the wet page smearing all the greens together (the yellow and blue colors were on the bubble wrap from a previous page I gelato-scrunched).

6. Then I lifted the bubble wrap and took a dry paper towel and blotted the parts that I covered with gel medium revealing the protected white parts.  

After the page dried I stamped the Spring Bouquet around the side edges in green and black.  Then I glued down a piece of sheet music with a scrap of white fabric.  Then I stitched down two twigs I found of my craft table with blue raffeta.

And that's my green-gelato-bird inspired very Marchy calendar page.  Thanks for stopping by!

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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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