Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Miss Ink Stamps | Beautiful Destination Sneak Peek

The sneak peeks for the Autumn release from Miss Ink Stamps continue! Today we're showing off the Beautiful Destination Stamp Set! 

The Beautiful Destination Stamp Set is a wonderful addition to the slimline scene stamp sets that Miss Ink Stamps offers. I love that you can use these large 4x8 stamp sets for slimline cards or A2 cards! 

The Beautiful Destination Stamp Set and the rest of the Autumn release from Miss Ink Stamps will be available this Friday, September 26th! 

Simon Hurley create. | Snazzy Snowmen One Layer Card

Melted snowmen can be cute, too, you know! I love the Simon Hurley create. Snazzy Snowmen Stamp Set and made an easy one layer card perfect for mass production! 

I find it easiest to create a one layer card with multiple stamped images with a stamping platform. My favorite is the MISTI. I cut a piece of Stark White Cardstock to 4.25" x 5.5" and placed the sentiment from the Snazzy Snowmen Stamp Set at the top center of the card and stamped it with black ink. Then I stamped the melted snowman stamp from the Snazzy Snowmen Stamp Set five times on the front of the card. 

I used just a few Copic markers to color my images. Some YR07 and YR07 for the carrot noses, C0 to add some shading to the snowmen, and then went all around the stamped images with BG10 for an icy glow. 

You could embellish with sequins or enamel dots, but I decided to leave it just like this! It's a super "cool" card and easy to make a bunch of them! See you soon! 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Miss Ink Stamps | Coffee Gnomes Sneak Peek

It's sneak peek time for the Fall release from Miss Ink Stamps! I'm sharing a peek at the new Coffee Gnomes Stamp Set as well as the Pumpkin Spice Stamp Set with a simple stenciled background. 

These two stamp sets are 4x4 stamp sets, but boy do they pack a punch! The Coffee Gnomes stamp set features two gnomes and two sentiments and the Pumpkin Spice Stamp Set has virtually endless possibilities for pumpkiny goodness sentiments! I paired them with the previously Sunburst Stencil and a bit of ink blending. 

The Pumpkin Spice and Coffee Gnomes Stamp Sets as well as the rest of the Autumn release from Miss Ink Stamps will be available in the shop on Friday, September 26th!

LDRS Creative | Under the Sea Stenciled Scene

Easy stenciled scenes are all the rage, don't you think? I have a quick and easy - but super colorful - Under the Sea scene for you today!

I made the whole background scene with just some LDRS Creative Hybrid Inks and the Under the Sea Stencil! It's amazing how easy it is to use the stencil to create a simple, easy scene! I prefer to spray my stencil with a temporary adhesive to ensure that it doesn't wiggle around as I add ink over the top of the stencil. This is optional - you can use a bit of masking tape if you prefer! Once I positioned my stencil over my card I used Hybrid Inks for the scene. A bit of Tropical Sea for the water at the top, Boysenberry Blast for the fishies, and Olive Branch for the seaweed at the bottom. The white in the middle was too "cold" for me, so I very lightly blended some Swimming Hole ink over the scene to give it a watery appearance.

There's nothing more perfect to add to the scene than a mermaid! The Mermaid Treasures Stamp Set has three different mermaids! I picked my favorite - a tough choice, I know! - and stamped her with Raven Hybrid Ink, colored her with alcohol markers, and cut her with the coordinating Mermaid Treasures Dies, and added her to the card with foam.

I finished the card with a cute sentiment from the Mermaid Treasures Stamp Set and stamped it with Raven Hybrid Ink. Hopefully you found a bit of watery inspiration today! Happy crafting!

Monday, September 21, 2020

Pink & Main | Blessed to Be Your Friend

It's (almost) officially fall! It's one of my favorite times of the year! Cute critters, gorgeous colors, oh my! My card for Pink & Main today has everything "feel good" about fall! 

I wanted to create a chilly fall scene using the Happy Fall Stamp Set, and I don't know about you, but for some reason birch trees just scream "chilly" to me! I stamped the birch tree three times on a piece of white cardstock - twice on the left of the card and once on the right. I added a branch, leaves, and acorns to the inner left tree to complete my background scene. I stamped some coordinating images from the Happy Fall Stamp Set onto a separate sheet of cardstock including the owl, bear, and more leaves and colored them with Copic markers. I used the coordinating Happy Fall Die Set to die cut my leaves, owl, and bear. 

As I began to piece together my scene I realized that the background was looking a bit too white. I used a Mini Ergonomic Blending Brush and some blue ink to add some random "blobs" of ink in between the trees to simulate clouds. I added the die cut leaves to the bottom of the scene and added the owl and bear with foam tape. 

I stamped a sentiment from the Happy Fall Stamp Set above the bear's head and at the last minute I decided I wanted a pop of a pattern behind my scene, I cut my scene panel with the second largest die from the Layered Rectangles A2 Die Set and used the largest die from that same die set to cut a piece of polka dotted patterned paper from the Best Friends 6x6 Paper Pad and layered them together. Thanks for stopping by! Happy Fall! 

Friday, September 18, 2020

ThermOWeb | Winged Things with Flock Spooky Halloween Card

The creepiest time of the year is almost upon us! And I thought these cute little beetles would look perfect in a web of ThermOWeb Flock

I love a nice cutesy Halloween card, but the spooky and creepy ones are right up my alley, too! I started with a piece of lime green cardstock and the Spider Web Stencil from Pretty Pink Posh. I sprayed the back of the stencil lightly with Pixie Spray - just a light layer will do the trick - and then let the adhesive dry for about a minute and temporarily adhered it to the lime green cardstock. I used a Stencil Pal to add a thin, even layer of Deco Foil Transfer Gel Blanco over the stencil, removed the stencil, and set the piece aside to dry completely. Be sure to wash your tools right away so the Blanco Gel doesn't dry onto them. 

I stamped and colored my images for the front of my card while the Blanco Gel dried. I used the Three Fellow Beetles Stamp Set from Lesia Zgharda. I think these insects are just wonderful! A fun fact about me - I have my degree in Forensic Biology with a concentration in Entomology, so insects and "creepy crawlies" are my little friends! I colored these guys with shades of bright green Copic Markers and cut them out with scissors. I also stamped a sentiment from the Pink & Main Fall Sentiments Stamp Set and trimmed it into a strip. 

My Blanco Gel background didn't take long to dry - just a couple of hours. The Transfer Gel Blanco doesn't change color as it dries - it stays bright white. This is perfect if you're looking for a glossy white stenciled background! Here's a couple of signs I look for to know my panel is dry - the cardstock will flatten. Because of the moisture in the Transfer Gel the cardstock curls slightly, but will flatten as the Transfer Gel dries. And when in doubt gently touch the back of the cardstock. If it feels cool the Transfer Gel needs to dry a bit more. 

Once my background was dry I turned on my laminator to the 5mil setting and let it heat up. I generally let my laminator heat up about 15 minutes after the "ready" light comes on. This way I can be sure it's nice and hot and I'll get a great transfer. I trimmed a piece of a Black Velvet Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheet to be slightly larger than my background and placed it onto the cardstock so that the Transfer Gel Blanco was making contact with the "pretty side" of the Flock and placed the pieces into a carrier sheet and ran it through my laminator. Once it was cool I peeled back the backer of the Flock Transfer Sheet and voila! A fuzzy spider web with little bits of lime green peeking through! 

I decided to trim my panel down an 1/8 of an inch on all four sides so that I would have a white border. I adhered the background onto an A2 card base using a ThermOWeb Tape Runner XL. I wanted my beetles and sentiment to have dimension, so I used my favorite foam adhesive - iCraft 3D Foam Squares. These little guys have about twice the dimension of "normal" foam squares! I added the iCraft 3D Foam Squares to the backs of the sentiment strip and beetles and added a drop of iCraft Ultra Bond Liquid Adhesive to them to make sure they hold on nice and strong to the textured background. Hope you love this creepy crawly Halloween card! See you soon! 

Whimsy Stamps Friday Frenzy | Vintage Wallpaper Sympathy Cards

Unfortunately we live in a world where sympathy cards are necessary. I made two elegant butterfly sympathy cards with Karin Brushmarkers and other Whimsy Stamps goodies.  

The Vintage Wallpaper Background Stamp could be used for a bunch of different card styles depending on which color ink it's stamped in. I decided to go with a light gray to keep the background subtle. 

I stamped all four butterflies in the Butterflies Stamp Set and colored them with Karin Markers. I've only worked with these markers a few times, but oh how I love them! The colors are bright and vibrant! I used 283 Gold in each butterfly as well as 204 Aqua, 181 Lipstick Red, 195 Amber, and 247 Pale Violet. 

I stamped sentiments from the Life Goes On Stamp Set and added them with foam tape. I love this stamp set because you can build your own sentiments. And the mix of text size and font is wonderful! 

I'll see you next Friday with a new Friday Frenzy video