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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, 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. 

Brianna

DeeDee

Mel

Michele

Susan

Tina

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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:
     The Three of Us
     Star Cloud
     Typing Keys

For the roof decor:
    Bullet Holes


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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

Sharp Owl

Queen 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.  


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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Altered Soap Box

Today I have an altered Zest soap box created by Joy Holder Northrop .  She has combined our Frida Kahlo Rubber Stamp with large wings.  So cool!

Joy has cut and pasted a Frida quote to the box, and the body she used is from Crowabout Studio B - they have some amazingly creative digital images for your art!  And if you need more inspirations from Joy you can visit her Etsy shop, autumnsensations

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Artists on the Block & 100 Proof Press

This November the design teams of 100 Proof Press and The Artists on Block are teaming up to inspire you to "explore YOUR creative style in 3-D."  We are doing a month-long block hop filled with fanstascitly crafty ideas.  There are several wonderful artists with their own unique style involved with this hop so you're sure to find something that strikes a creative chord. Be sure to like both 100 Proof Press and The Artists on the Block to keep up with our month-long dose of stamped 3 dimensional creativity.  

To start things off I'm going to share with you a block tower made by Joy Holder Northrop.  Joy works her whimsical creations up in Michigan, and has an Etsy shop, autumnsensation, where she sells her artwork.  I have always enjoyed Joy's playful sense of humor that shines through in her artwork.  So, let's take a look at Joy's brilliant tower…

 Artist Trading Blocks were new to me. I didn’t have the first idea about how to design them but a quick Pinterest search saved the day. I saw what other people had done with them and many were eye-popping incredible! 

Since I had four different sizes I decided to stack them.  Each of my blocks are different but I gave them a cohesive look by sticking with a neutral palette of sepia, white and black.

I used layers of vintage paper, metal embellishments, lace, crocheted flowers, washi tape and more. I also used a little modeling paste for texture in a few spots as well as tiny gold gems for added interest.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Happiness Art Journal Page

In Tina Walker's final post as a Guest Designer for 100 Proof Press, she shares with us a background technique you can use with acrylic paints and rubber stamps.  I have been very grateful to have Tina create such wonderful art with our stamps, and I thank her for her inspiration.

Happiness Art Journal page

Hi!  Tina Walker here again today with my final Guest Designer project for October. 

On my last October project, I showed you how to use background stamps to create texture on a Mixed Media layout.  Today, I would like to share with you how to do the same technique to create an Art Journal page.

To create the background for my Art Journal page, I added acrylic paint with several stencils from my stash.  (just for a hint of color).  After the paint was dry, I added random stamping for texture. 


Now for the fun part!  To create your flower shape, hand draw several flowers on a thin piece of cardboard or heavy cardstock.   Cut out the flowers and 'paint' around the edge, NOT covering the entire background.  (I used Distress Paint)  Doodle and paint your flowers with spray mist.  Since the Distress Paint and Spray mist are transparent, the background is still visible.    The spray mist is transparent, so you can still see the yummy stamping beneath.   

Finish off your Art Journal page with a favorite quote or sentiment. 

Thank you for stopping by today! 

100 Proof Press Stamps Used

5497 large circle

6488 handwriting

5948 Number Column


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Inspire Happiness

Today I have a lovely project from design team member Amy Lassiter.  Amy has created a mini canvas using mixed-media techniques.  I love this altered art piece as well as the message "inspire happiness."

Amy made this little piece using a stack of vintage book pages that she just stapled into a mini canvas. She created a mixed media background, with lots of paint, and then added some stenciling, as well as background stamping with the Profit and Loss stamp. Amy stamped the Danita Angel, coloring her hair and areas I wanted to stamp black, with a Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Big Brush Pen. The rest she used a mixed media ink on, from IMAGINE Crafts. To add her to the page, and give her focus, I used foam adhesive.


To complete her mini canvas, Amy created a bit of a layered assemblage, using metals and some UmWowStudio chipboard stars from the confetti….which are oh so adorable, as well as a bit of a flourish.


Amy also used washi tape to secure the edges, and it was complete! If you enjoyed Amy's mini canvas, you might want to visit her blog Sparkling Gnome where she has many more projects to inspire! 

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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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Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Spring Journey with Joy Holder Northrop

I'm excited to introduce Joy Holder Northrop as a guest artist for 100 Proof Press!  She creates whimsical mixed media pieces that display a variety of techniques and materials.  I love the creative spirit she portrays in her artwork.  She runs an Etsy shop, autumnsensation, where her pieces are for sale.  Anyone for Croquet?  

I love how she created a shadowbox scene with a little hat on my favorite owl in front of the long tower row.  I can't wait to share the rest of her creations with you!  You can sign up for our newsletter, where I will be featuring several more of her works in the next week or so.  Just enter your e-mail into the box in the upper right corner of our website to say connected

"Spring Journey" - by Joy Holder Northrop
4" square and 1 1/2" deep

I took a Hallmark shadow box (it used to have some cliche about laundry inside it with a cheap plastic washing machine) and reworked it into its current form - a tiny, whimsical owl in a big, big city. He's on a spring journey. ;o)

Made with rubber stamps from 100 Proof Press, acrylic paint, vintage paper, a bit of glitter on the stars, washi tape and wood cut words. The back is white. There is a sawtooth hook for hanging as well as a built-in easel stand in the back. Plus, it can sit up on its own without assistance. Distressed around the edges, it is a charming tableau of whimsy. (I think I mentioned the whimsy factor already, but it bears repeating.)

You can connect with Joy on her Facebook Page, or in her Etsy shop.

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