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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Handsome Hares Postcard Tutorial

I have noticed decorating snail mail with stamps has become popular again!  Stamping a postcard is quick and fun - and such a joy for the receiver!  This is a sample I created using the classic Handsome Hares stamp.

First things first, you must gather your supplies...


Mixed Media Paper (4 in by 6 in), glue stick, dauber, and scissors


 ARCHIVAL -cornflower blue, sky blue, jet black

DISTRESS - tumbled glass and peacock feathers

STAMPS - Hydrangea Flower, Handsome Hares (small), Towns in Blocks, postcard scroll, hand writing, monarch

1. On this postcard I used a technique called masking.  The first thing I did was to stamp the handsome hares on a piece of yellow sticky paper and carefully cut it out to create the "mask."

2. Then I stamped, in black, the hydrangea flowers along the border and handsome hares on the postcard.

3. After I stamped the hares on the postcard, I covered the hares with the mask I created in step one and started daubing around the image with tumbled glass distress ink leaving piece of paper to protect the hares on the postcard from the blue ink.

4.  I kept going with the daubing switching between the two blues to cover all of the card except the hares, and I tried to avoid the hydrangea along the edge so they would stay white.

5. While the yellow paper was still covering the hares on the postcard I stamped the towns in blocks with sky blue.

6. After that I stamped the monarch with the tumbled glass distress ink.

7. I stamped the hand writing and the postcard scroll on white paper, cut it out, and glued them in place on the postcard.

I hope you've enjoyed my little tutorial.  I have been creating a lot of postcards lately - I love working with the 4 by 6 size. Just drop me a postcard in the mail, and I'll happily send one back!

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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.  

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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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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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Friday, November 21, 2014

Altered Binder Book -up-cycled

Amy Lassiter has made a video tutorial on how to create an up-cycled Binder Book to store her ATCs. I'm going to show you how she featured some of our rubber stamps, but be sure you stop by her blog, sparklinggnome, so you can learn some of her mixed media tricks. This piece is just beautiful, as well as useful.  I love it!

Moving Gnome Family

Knitting Sue

Face Block

Thanks for visiting the 100 Proof Press blog today.  And I hope you venture on over to Amy's.  And incase you missed Amy's Owl-some block tower from our Artist Trading Block hop here is a link, you don't want to miss this creation!

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Halloween Tag Tutorial

This is a great tutorial that shows you how to create a background using distress inks and rubber stamps.  In this case, Tera Callihan shows us how to spook it up.  I love she used the skeleton torso on these grungy tags, and I'm happy to share Tera's tutorial with you.

Stamps Used:

 The Skeleton Torso Stamp, Profit and Loss Sheet, Large Handwriting, and the Anatomical Heart

I started with some patterned scrapbook paper for a nice base. (this paper was by prima - a fairy paper set?)

Start by inking your tags with Distress ink in Wild Honey

Next, using distress ink in vintage photo, stamp the the large handwriting on the background.

Now for contrast, use the distress ink in dusty concord and stamp the numbers from the profit and loss stamp.

Now flick some water drops to distress your tag.

Ok, now we're back to the dusty concord to distress around the edges of your tag.

Next, using Black VersaFine ink, stamp your skeleton torso in the center of the tag, then rough up/distress the edges of your tag to give it a tattered look.

Now, let's put the tag together…

I added some tiny tags (cut from scrapbook paper) and a tiny paper clip.  I also added a strip to wash tape on the side.

Ok, now ink up your ribbon using the same colors then dry.  Tie the tag and add some charms.

In the next post, I will share with you how Tera made a the little plastic charm with the anatomical heart stamp.  So, if you're interested, come back tomorrow!  Thanks for stopping by - I hope you enjoyed this rubber stamping tutorial.

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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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Sunday, November 03, 2013

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop - Day Three

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.

November 3:
Craft Attitude
Donna Salazar Designs
Walnut Hollow
100 Proof Press
ICE Resin


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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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