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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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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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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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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."

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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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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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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.

(stamps you see here: sunburst, clocks, zodiac 7)

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.

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Friday, October 03, 2014

Anatomical Heart Plastic Charm

Yesterday I shared a crafty tutorial by Tera Callihan on how to make some grungy Halloween tags.  On the top of one of the tags there was small plastic embellishment created with the Anatomical Heart stamp.  Today, I'm going to show you how Tera created the heart charm.  

Stamp the Anatomical Heart on some shrink plastic (you can find this at most any local craft store). You must use a permanent ink - Stazon or Archival. 

Next, cut the heart out as close to the stamped image as you feel comfortable, but be sure to leave room at the top to make a place to hook a ring through.  Then punch a hole.

Here you see the size before it's shrunk (don't panic!)

You can also see what I  mean with the ring.

Shrink your heart.

But before you shrink your heart, be sure to remove the metal ring.  

Use alcohol inks to distress your heart to get your desired look.

Now, add your charm ring and attach it to the top of the tag!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, for the full tag tutorial you can see this post.

For more craft ideas from Tera, you can visit her blog.  

Thanks for stopping by.

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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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