431 posts categorized "Stamps"

06/28/2017

Wed 28

Ocean Card
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!  

Today I have a card for you which features a couple of new ocean themed stamp sets.

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To create this card I stamped several different sea creatures onto watercolor paper.  I used Zig clean color real brush markers to color the stamped images. This would make a cute card for a childs birthday and they could color in the images themselves.  

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I stamped the sentiment onto a Licorice strip of cardstock and embossed it with white embossing powder.  Using foam adhesive, I adhered the stamped strip to card front which I then glued to a Licorice card layer.   To finish the card, I glued the card front to a White card base.

I find it so relaxing to color and this is a fun card to stamp and color!

Have a great week!

Donnasignature

 

06/24/2017

Sat 24

Butterfly Spectacle for a Special Friend
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Special friends deserve special cards - and Butterfly Spectacle makes it easy to create a quick card to celebrate a great friendship.  Coordinating diecuts from Butterfly Ensemble and Morning Garden Butterflies add the finishing touches.

Hi, Happy Summer...Jean Okimoto here with a quick weekend card.  I've gathered a few favorite go-to supplies for today's design.  Dies from Square Basics cut the watercolored background and trim around Butterfly Spectacle.  A die from Rectangle Basics cuts the greeting block.  The butterfly die sets create great options for layering, stenciling and inlaid designs in addition to basic diecutting.  

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Lightly spritz watercolor paper with water.  Paint it with diluted Kaleidacolor Dye Ink Refills to create a soft, watery background in shades to match some vellum from your stash.  Set it aside to dry.

Cut Butterfly Spectacle from white cardstock.  Trim around it with the 3-3/4" Square Basics die.  Cut the watercolor paper with the same die.  

Here's a tip - trim a sliver (about 1/16") from the edges of the watercolor paper.  This provides a little wiggle room when adhering the layers and keeps any colored edges from peeking out along the side.  

Cut orange, turquoise and pink vellum butterflies with dies from the Butterfly Ensemble set.  Cut the butterfly centers from gold mirror cardstock with the dies from the Morning Garden Butterflies set.  Attach the vellum butterflies - slightly offset - behind the Butterfly Spectacle.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Spring Lilacs set - on white cardstock with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.  Trim it with a Rectangle Basics die.

Attach everything to A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4") card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots for the right side of the greeting.   Add tiny gold gem stickers.

 

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Butterfly cards are great for any celebration  - or everyday greeting.  Gather your favorite colors, Memory Box and Open Studio dies and some sparkly accents and create a stash of summer-y cards and be ready for any occasion!

Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's Summer Bliss class at Impress!  Memory Box and Poppystamps designs, butterflies, flowers, pretty papers from Shizen  Design, Distress Oxides...what's not to like about those great supplies?  Thanks to Shari and Erin too, for filling our shopping baskets with everything to make more cards.

Thanks for stopping by - keep cool and have a great day!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

Butterfly Spectacle for a Special Friend by Jean Okimoto

06/19/2017

Mon 19

Spring Lilacs Tag
by Anne Thompson

I know it is almost officially summer, but I couldn't resist one last Spring Lilacs tag!  I've been revisiting my Distress Inks and reviewing techniques I learned years ago.  This tag features four stamps from the SPRING LILACS Clear Stamp Set CL5199 and a Distress Ink Spritz & Flick technique.

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To make a tag like this, ink up a large manila tag with ink blending foam tools inked with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink.  Start from off the edge of the tag on a non-stick craft sheet or piece of  scrap paper larger than the tag, working inward with a circular motion.  Repeat until the entire surface of the tag is inked, adding layers on layers.  For the water mark effect, spritz water into your hand (I just poured some from a bottle into my palm) and flick it over the tag.  Let it sit for just a few seconds, maybe ten.  Then blot the tag with a paper towel to create a color-lifted effect.  (You may want to use a heat tool at this point if your tag is pretty wet and you don't want to wait for it to dry on its own.)

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Next stamp the large lilac bunch from the Spring Lilacs set using VersaMark Embossing Ink.  Sprinkle liberally with Opaque White Embossing Powder, tapping the back of the tag to release extra powder.  (I sometimes use a small paintbrush to remove any excess embossing powder that is close to the image.)  For this tag I stamped the image three times, adding embossing powder after each impression.  Then use your heat tool to set the embossing powder, turning it shiny white.

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I then stamped the sentiments--FOR A SPECIAL friend; EVERYTHING YOU DO IS SIMPLY amazing; and HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes--using VersaFine Onyx Black Ink on white cardstock.  I punched them out using two different sized punches, and then punched some additional circles from a nice green cardstock that coordinated with the ribbon I chose.  I layered the sentiments and placed them strategically to hide any imperfections in my embossing.  I'd been saving this piece of wired ribbon and it was perfect for this tag tied in a pretty bow. 

 

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

06/17/2017

Sat 17

Whale Hello There
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have another card using the Whale Hello There stamp set from the spring release.  This set is so cute, and the sentiment I used today could be used for many occasions.

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To make this card, die cut the Sheer Circle Trimming die two times on a strip of Licorice cardstock and trim each side following the curve of the die cut.  Glue this to a white cardstock layer, which is then glued to another layer which has been inked with Abandoned Coral distress ink.  

Die cut the Pinpoint Circle Frame from watercolor paper and ink the circle using Twisted Citron distress ink.  Mist lightly with water to blend the ink.  Once the ink is dry stamp the waves using Mowed Lawn distress ink.  Adhere this to the card front along with a gray cardstock frame which was die cut using the Scallop Stitch Fancy Frames.  Spatter the card front using Abandoned Coral and Twisted Citron distress inks.IMG_3201

Stamp, color and die cut the large and small whale from the stamp set.  Adhere a piece of washi tape across the bottom of the circle on the card front.  Ink a strip of watercolor paper using Abandoned Coral distress ink and stamp the sentiment in black.  Trim and glue this on top of the washi tape using foam tape.  

Using foam tape glue the whales onto the card front. To finish the card, adhere the card front to a white card base and add a few epoxy embellishments.

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Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

Donnasignature

 

06/12/2017

Mon 12

Chantilly Butterfly Three Ways
by Anne Thompson

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Chantilly Butterfly dies: CHANTILLY BUTTERFLY 99777, CHANTILLY BUTTERFLY BACKGROUND 99783, and CHANTILLY BUTTERFLY COLLAGE 99781. And I particularly like these three dies used in combination with the LEAFY RING 99780! I have become so enamored of Dave's glitter technique using Scor-Tape sheets and glitter that I had to purchase more glitter last week!

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On this first card I began by die cutting the Leafy Ring into the front of a white notecard. I added a circle cut from olive green cardstock behind it. I then cut the Chantilly Butterfly Background twice, once from yellow cardstock and once from Scor-Tape. I cut the Chantilly Butterfly once from the same yellow cardstock. I carefully peeled off the Scor-Tape backing from the Chantilly Butterfly Background and aligned it with the Chantilly Butterfly, exposing tape in all the little butterfly segments that I then filled in with different glitters. Next I peeled off the other protective layer on the back of the glittered butterfly, placed the righthand wing adhesive side down onto the front of the notecard. Then I cut one half of the butterfly from the yellow cardstock Chantilly Butterfly background and adhered it on the left side of the butterfly, bending that wing up off the card front. I stamped "TODAY IS A beautiful day" from the BEAUTIFUL DAY SENTIMENTS Clear Stamp Set CL5209 in the center of the Leafy Ring with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I found some lime green gems in a variety of sizes and added some to the butterfly center and some on the notecard.

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The second card is similar only this time I used a circle die along with the Leafy Ring and cut them from purple cardstock at the same time and cut another circle from key lime distressed dots paper for underneath. I made the butterfly in the same manner, except I used purple cardstock on the back of the entire glittered butterfly and used glue dots in its center to secure it to the Leafy Ring so I could bend up its wings. I used another sentiment from the Beautiful Day Sentiments set and pink gem stones to finish this one.

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The third card is just a little bit different. This time I cut the Chantilly Butterfly Collage into the front of a white notecard. I cut the Chantilly Butterfly Background from Scor-Tape, peeled off one layer of protective paper and adhered it behind the butterfly, exposing glue under the little parts of the wings so I could glitter it up. I cut another Chantilly Butterfly Background from white cardstock, peeled off the protective layer under the glitter, and stuck it on. Then I inset the Leafy Ring cut again from purple cardstock along with a circle die and with a key lime distressed dots circle underneath the opening made by the Chantilly Butterfly Collage. I used another piece of cardstock 4 X 5 1/4 on the inside of the notecard to secure everything in place. I added a sentiment from the Beautiful Day Sentiments set and gemstones in two shades of pink to finish the card.

These cards were so much fun to make!  I love this technique for adding glitter that stays where you put it.  You can watch Dave's video here: http://davebrethauer.typepad.com/outsidethebox/2017/03/glitter-inlay-technique.html

HAPPY CRAFTING!

Anne Signature

06/09/2017

Fri 09

Happy Birthday Wishes with Lilacs

Hello everyone!

It's kind of unusual for me to create a card using only one stamp set, with no dies or popping anything up with foam tape. It was my muse who said, "Go one-dimensional for a change!" There's really no limit to all the many ways this set can be used ... as you've seen from the beautiful cards already presented by my fellow design team members! And I love all the sentiments that come in the set, not to mention the matching set of dies.

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I decided to "hang" the lilac stamp for a little different look, although it would have worked just as well the other way. If you turn the card upside down, you'll see what I mean! I stamped it twice with Versamark ink onto purple card stock cut to 3.75" x 5.5", then embossed the images with white embossing powder. I added three more single flowers in the same way. Using diluted white acrylic paint, I colored in all of the flower petals. I applied Peeled Paint distress ink onto an acrylic block and picked up the ink with a wet paint brush to color the leaves and empty spaces.

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I inked the sentiment with Versamark ink and stamped it as shown, embossing it with white embossing powder. I then used the same diluted white paint to splatter the background. I finished the card by adding clear glitter to the flower centers. I adhered this piece to a piece of darker purple card stock, cut just slightly larger, then adhered that to an A2 white card base.

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Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend, and thanks for stopping by today!

Sherrysig

 

06/08/2017

Thu 08

June Challenge Inspiration…Pinpoint Single Frame + Wishes from the Fishes
by Jean Okimoto

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Neighborly Narwhal (minus his tusk) becomes a birthday whale with Rectangle Basics, Pinpoint Single Frame and Family of Fish.   Everyone's joining in on a summer celebration.   Hello - Jean Okimoto here - loving how the Family of Fish is reversible and can swim in both directions!

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Paint watercolor paper with a light wash of green and turquoise Peerless Watercolors.  Dry it, then cut it with the 2-1/4" x 3-1/2" Rectangle Basics Die.  Cut it with the Pinpoint Single Frame.  Rotate the inner rectangle for increased color contrast.

The Rectangle Basics set eliminates the guesswork (and wonky paper trimmer edges) and makes it so easy to layer everything!  The Basic Sets - Rectangle, Square and Circle - save time and eliminate wasted cardstock (from miss-cuts).  Each set includes 16 dies.  If you're not sure which size to use, cut it with a larger die - you can always trim it with a smaller size if necessary.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set - with VersaFine Onyx Black.

Cut orange cardstock with the 3-1/4" x 4" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut turquoise cardstock with the 2-3/4" x 4-1/2" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut Neighborly Narwhal from gray and white cardstock.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind his eye.  Cut Family of Fish from dark orange cardstock.

Cut a strip of black glittered cardstock.  Can't find any?  Attach double-stick tape to black cardstock and brush ultra-fine black glitter on it.

Score, cut and fold a 5-1/2" square card of textured natural cardstock.  Assemble the card and add gold gem stickers.

 

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SURF AND TURF class at Impress.  It was surely the "laughing-est" class ever - but we somehow folded an origami fish, made 6 cards and ended 30 minutes early.  Thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for helping us fill those shopping baskets with everything on our wishlists...and more!  See you next time at SUMMER BLISS on June 17th - 6 colorful summer cards and more beautiful Memory Box diecuts of artpapers from Shizen Design.

Thanks for stopping by...see you again this weekend!

Jeansignature-3
 

 

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06/05/2017

Mon 05

Masking with Glossy Accents Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone!

Today's video incorporates glitter and coloring - two of my favorite things to do when making handmade cards! For those of you who can't get enough sparkle, you'll really appreciate the shimmer on these cards. I combine glitter glue over a glitter embossed image for plenty of underwater brilliance.

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And how easy is it to create an underwater scene with Distress Oxide inks! Just adding droplets of water onto a background that has been sponged with these wonderful inks creates the look of little bubbles - perfect for the brightly colored fish to swim around in. 

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

The Fish Tales Clear Stamp set is the the star of the show for the cards made in the video - it has a bunch of outlined fish to work with (great for coloring!) and some good, basic sentiments to use on a variety of cards. I positioned the clear stamp images with my MISTI so that I can make multiple cards in no time.

The background was created using several Distress Oxide inks - I sponged and overlapped Faded Jeans, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio and Fossilized Amber. I wanted the card to be full of color, so I made sure that I applied ink everywhere, carefully overlapping colors a little so that the ink transitioned from one shade to another.

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I also tried a different combination - trying to catch some sunset colors that might be filtering into the ocean. This combination uses Distress Oxide inks in Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick and Fossilized Amber - and what a different look! I added a little bit more blue to the fish to cool down the color scheme a little, and I love the results! The Distress Oxide inks blend so beautifully that it is hard to go wrong with color combos.

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Here is an up close shot of the glittery fish - the backgrounds are smooth and seamless and you can see the little flecks of glitter on the fish.

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Getting a good dose of glitter onto the fish is a two step process - first, the image is stamped with Black Pigment ink and embossed with Judikins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder

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The amazing thing about this embossing powder is that the glitter in it is heat reactive - the longer that you hold your embossing tool on an area of glitter, the color of the glitter changes!

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You can see that there are a rainbow of colors on the embossed lines. When the embossing powder first melts, the glitter changes to a blue shade. If you hold the heat on that spot for another second, it changes to green. 

And then yellow.

Then orange!

Then red!!

(OK, you have to stop here, because if you hold it in the same spot after it has turned red then the color goes away - and you might be burning your paper!)

This embossing powder is so much fun - note the tub of powder that I use in the video, I have a lot! I bought a one pound jar of it when I first started stamping (I loved it so much!) and still have plenty, 21 years later.

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After you have colored in the fish, it is time to apply glitter glue to images. I used Diamond Stickles for this part - which allows colors to show through while adding just the right amount of sparkle.

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Once the glitter glue is dry you can add a layer of Glossy Accents to each fish. This not only adds some shine, but it acts as a mask when you rub over the paper with the Distress Inks! The Glossy Accents amplify the glitter effect - it really is amazing in real life and you can't help but touch the fish!

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I finished the card by stamping "sending Birthday Fishes" onto a circle I cut out using the Open Studio Stitched Circle set. The circle works great with all of the background bubbles!

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Since I am using the Fish Tales stamp set in the video, I thought I'd add a simple card idea using the matching Fish Tales Shadow stamp set too. This is where a MISTI can really come in handy. At first I made the card really simple...

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...but I loved that Distress Oxide background so much that I replicated it on this card too. The composition is similar - but this card is fast and easy.

Rather than worrying about masking, I created the background with inks and a spritz or two of water. Then I stamped the Fish Tales Shadows and finally the Fish Tales images on top - and you're done! Well, almost - I decided it needed a little something since we weren't using any glitter, so I added some detail with a white gel pen to make things pop a little bit.

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These sets are so much fun -  especially if you like to play with color! There are endless color combos - and the whimsical images and cheeky sentiments create some terrific handmade cards.

Enjoy the video and start creating your own beautiful underwater fish scenes!

 

05/31/2017

Wed 31

Bubble Burst and Butterflies
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Bubble Burst has arrived - with perfect timing for graduation, thank you and teacher cards.  I love how versatile it is for any celebration,  with hearts, stars, birds or the friendly fish from the Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set.  Champagne glasses would look great with it too!  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here - can you believe May is already over and it's time to switch over to summer cards?

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Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors and let it air-dry it for a few minutes.  Add a sheer layer of diluted Peerless Transparent Gold.  Diecut the three smallest butterflies from the Butterfly Ensemble background set.  

Diecut the matching detailed butterflies from the intricate Morning Garden Butterflies set from gold mirror cardstock.  Diecut the three smallest butterfly centers.  Trim a bit off the bottom of the smallest center.  

Diecut white cardstock using 4" x 5-1/4" Rectangle Basics die.  Diecut it at an angle with Bubble Burst.

Stamp the greeting - from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - with Rosebud Memento Luxe.  Heat-set the ink.  

Attach the diecuts to a Cherry Blossom Notecard - use foam dots on the left side of the center butterfly and the right side of the top and bottom butterflies.  

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Big thanks to everyone from Monday's SUMMER HEARTS class at Impress!  Hope you discovered a few unique ways to use the beautiful heart dies, stamps and papers in your stash.  I love finding different ways to use products from previous collections - and upcycling them in new and unique ways!  Thank you too - Ann and Cindi - for finding everything we needed for our summer cards.  Becca - we know you were hard at work filling Impress' online orders with products from Memory Box and Poppystamps...thanks!

See you all again on June 3rd for the SURF + TURF class.  Cards for Dads, grads and the special men in our life - it's like a summer bliss class for guy-cards.

Thanks for stopping by - see you again next week!

Jeansignature-3

 

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05/26/2017

Fri 26

Whale Hello There
by Donna

Hello everyone!

Since this weekend is the unofficial start of the summer season, I thought I would create a fun summer themed card for you today.

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To create this card I used blue alcohol inks on glossy cardstock to make a background for the whale to hang out on. I stamped the whale and waves on watercolor cardstock and colored the images using distress inks.  The colors of distress ink I used were: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Pumice Stone and Worn Lipstick. 

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To assemble the card I cut out the whale and the waves.  I cut around the whale fin and tucked the waves under it. Glue these to the alcohol background layer and adhere it to a licorice cardstock layer.  Using foam adhesive I glued this to a white card base. Stamp the greeting on the bottom right corner of the card and you're done.

Pretty easy right?

 Thanks for stopping by today and I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend!

Donnasignature