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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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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, 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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Monday, January 27, 2014

Faux Wood Embellishments by Michelle Zerull

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.

Sharp Owl and Wood Grain  Buttons!  Looking so Sharp.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Stamped Charm Bracelet and Earrings

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.  

I love how she used The Three of Us stamp and separated the girls. She also used the Santa Moon, a Snowflake and a Bird.

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

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fall Card Tutorial

Hi 100 Proof Press fans! Dana Tatar here with you today sharing a sparkly Autumn card that features leaves made with Angelina Film. It is quick and easy to create shimmery embellishments for your projects with this fun material in a few simple steps.

Step One: Using a solvent ink and the 100 Proof Press Leafy Branch Stamp, stamp a set of leaves onto a piece of Angelina Film. Cut the Angelina Film to a length that is double the size of the stamped image.

Step Two: Fold the Angelina Film in half, with the stamped image on the outside of the film, to create a film booklet. Open the film booklet and add small sparkly embellishments, like sequins and glitter, to the inside of the booklet. Close the film booklet so that the stamped image is on top.

Step Three: Place a pressing sheet, or piece of parchment paper, on top of the film booklet. Set an iron to the silk setting and iron for a few seconds to bond the film together. Cut the individual leaves apart.

Step Four: Add to a project for a fun pop of color and shine.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! A big thanks to 100 Proof Press for the fantastic stamps and the opportunity to share my work.

100 Proof Press Stamps:
Leafy Branch (#6364)
Bare Winter Tree (#3265)
Honeycomb Texture (#6397)
Let Love Grow (#6498)

Dana Tatar I am a stay-at-home mom currently living in Virginia with my husband and two daughters. I started paper crafting about 7 years ago and have expanded from scrapbooking and now create a little of everything, including cards, tags, ATCs, arches and small gift and home decor items. I frequently find inspiration in music, poetry and pop culture.

I'm an active blogger and I like to share my tips and ideas. When I'm not creating art, I enjoy cooking and baking, reading, listening to music and spending time outdoors with my family and basset hound.
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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Rubber Stamping Tutorial by Andrea Ockey Parr

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.

(STEP 2)

3. Here she is with her outline done.

(STEP 3)

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.

(STEP 4)

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.

(STEP 5)

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!

(STEP 6)

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.

(STEP 7)

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.

(STEP 8)

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.

(STEP 9)

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).

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