It's Thursday and to me that means it's time for the Pals Paper Arts weekly challenge. This week it's a sketch challenge by our own Nicole Watt. This is the epitome of Clean and Simple. But sometimes CAS can be, well, difficult! When I first saw this sketch, all I could see were five Candy Dots. And you know what? That might have been a cool card. But that was a bit too CAS and I REALLY needed to do something a bit more complex. So I started pulling out all of my stamp sets that had images that could be lined up. There are quite a few, but not many that have images small enough to line up five in a row. Then I pulled out Happy Hour - EUREKA! But then I saw so many. So here are a few options for this CAS - and HAPPY challenge!
The above was a fun project, but for me, a bit labor intensive for a CAS style card, so I created the one below...
This is the same design, but I stamped the glass and the liquid all in the same color. Then I took the sketch, rotated 90° did this...
Then I took the sketch and rotated it 180° clockwise and....
The above was actually the first idea I had because the images are round like the sketch, but opted to go with something a bit different for my key project. The following took the sketch as presented and is the ABSOLUTE SIMPLEST example - let Stampin' Up! do ALL the work!
My signature project was created first stamping all the glasses on a piece of velum using a stamp-a-ma-jig. This will allow me to perfectly position them in a straight line. I drew a light pencil line 1.5“ from the top of the card and one by one stamped the glasses using StazOn® Jet Black Ink. Then I stamped each glass using the same color ink and card stock. (Real Red Classic Ink on Real Red Card Stock, Pumpkin Pie on Pumpkin Pie, etc) and fussy cut the liquid out of the glass and 2-Way Glue penned them to the Whisper White card stock image.
My simplified signature project was created using most of the above steps, but I eliminated the StazOn® Jet Black Ink and just stamped the images in bright colors directly to the Whisper White Card Stock - infinitely quicker!
My 3rd card was created using the Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on Whisper White Card Stock. The hearts are punched in Real Red, Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, and Pink Pirouette. The middle heart is stamped using Strawberry Slush.
The Balloon card is stamped first in StazOn® Jet Black Ink. Then each of the balloons are re-stamped on Whisper White Card Stock and fussy cut out. The 1st, third, and fifth balloons are popped up using Stampin' Dimensionals! Simple!
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It's Thursday, and that means it's time for another Pals Paper Arts Challenge. This week it's a color challenge with some beautiful spring hues. This card is a medium mix of Blendabilities alcohol ink and Classic dye based ink pulled from the lid with an Aqua Painter. The beauty of using Blendabilities markers is that it gives me three color hues to use - light, medium, and dark - for every Stampin' Up! color I use. The lightest color of the tulips is the lightest Blendabilities Pink Pirouette color while the shading is the the medium tone. The Pistachio Pudding leaves and Soft Sky background are compliments of the ink transferred to the lid of the Stampin' Up! box and then transferred to the card via an Aqua Painter. It diesn't get any simpler than this!
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My tulip bouquet was printed using Memento Ink. This ink is the staple for all Blendabilities projects. The dye based ink works beautifully in conjunction with the alcohol based markers. The interesting thing is as long as you don't saturate the paper, it also works with dye (water) based markers as well. In fact this is just stamped on Whisper White card stock, not watercolor paper, so the rule would be to use water sparingly anyway.
The tulip buds are colored all over with the lightest of the Pink Pirouette Blendabilities markers, and then shaded using the medium color. The leaves and stems are colored using an Aqua Painter and Classic ink in Pistachio Pudding. Have you ever used a Aqua Painter? Don't be afraid to work with a little water. It does take practice as many of my local students will confirm, but the trick is two fold. Don't use too much water, and don't scrub the color in. You will obtain darker shades of color but applying layers allowing the previous layer to dry. You can even speed up the drying time by using a Heat Tool.
The background was created by applying a light layer of moisture to the area first and then applying Soft Sky using the side of the Aqua Painter tip. You're creating a wash so don't use the pointed tip and you'll avoid streaks of dark concentrated color.
The ribbon is my amazing tip of the day. How many times have you wanted to use a coordinating ribbon for a project only to find it was available in that color. Well, with Blendabilities you can have 16 different colors of Stampin' Up! ribbon, and three shades of each color. The ribbon on this project was colored using the darkest shade of the Pink Pirouette Blendabilities markers on our 5/8" Organza Ribbon. Just cut the length you need and place it on a piece of paper to protect your work surface. Using the brush tip, simply color the ribbon and allow it to dry. The process to color this piece of ribbon took about 45 seconds and about that time to dry! Simple!
It's the third Monday of the month and that means it's time for the Stamp Review Crew. We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators focused on sharing a ton of ideas featuring a single stamp set. This week it's a photopolymer set called Wondrous Wreath. You have likely come from Rochelle Blok's blog on your way through this amazing hop. If you get lost, simply click on the banner for a list of participants and get back on track.
Pointillism/ˈpɔɪntɨlɪzəm/ is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism. The term "Pointillism" was first coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists, and is now used without its earlier mocking connotation. The movement Seurat began with this technique is known as Neo-Impressionism. The Divisionists, too, used a similar technique of patterns to form images, though with larger cube-like brushstrokes.
My goal was to make this card resemble a Pointillism painting. I tried to stay with as light a color palette as I possibly could while still maintaining some contrast. The stamp intended to add leaves to the tree was the perfect ”all over“ image to create this impression.
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The initial base was created by stamping Soft Sky Classic Ink on Soft Sky Card Stock. This created the base for the ”painting.” And because Classic Ink is somewhat translucent, it allows images stamped on top of the background to also have the same “Pointillism” effect.
The grassy hill was created by using the hill stamp multiple times with Pistachio Pudding Classic Ink. The background images vaguely show through this light colored ink.
The tree trunk was first inked with Crumb Cake Classic Ink and then stamped off on the “leaves” stamp to remove some of the ink. Then I stamped it on the background. This gave the same “spotty” look to the tree trunk that is in the sky.
The leaves are stamped on the tree trunk also using Pistachio Pudding.
The sentiment is stamped in Mossy Meadow (how appropriate!) Classic Ink and the card front is matted on Mossy Meadow Card Stock. Simple!
Next stop on the Hop is Nancy Smith where she'll wow you with her beautiful design skills.
It's Thursday and that means it's time for the Pals Paper Arts Weekly Challenge. This week it's a sketch by our own pal Nicole Watt. It's kind of a frame in a frame in a frame! And any time I see an oval in a rectangle, I think of two things:
A silhouette of a profile very typical of colonial times, and
The spotlight technique
Flowers tend to lend themselves to the spotlight technique, and the stamp set “Butterfly Basics” was the perfect choice. I opted to exclude a sentiment on this card to broaden the scope. It could be used for a Get Well, Sympathy, Thinking of You, or even a Birthday card. Keep your cards as flexible as possible. Don't feel the need to include a sentiment on EVERY card.
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I wanted a little bit softer, less stark look to this card, so I opted to use Naturals Ivory card stock. It has a bit more brown and a bit less yellow than Very Vanilla, which gives the image an almost botanical look. You can find a great selection of specialty card stocks on page 193 of the 2014-15 Annual Catalog.
If you've read any of the information on our Blendabilities Markers, you'll read that Stampin' Up! recommends you use Whisper White card stock with the Blendabilities colors. That's to ensure, among other things, proper color match with the coordinating colors in the Color Collections. Here is a perfect example! The Calypso Coral Blendabilities Markers match perfectly with the card stock. The largest flower is the lightest shade, the medium flower is the medium shade, and the smallest flower is the darkest shade. However the leaves were colored using the lightest of the Old Olive Blendabilities Markers, yet matched better with the Mossy Meadow card stock. Who knew!? When i doubt, do a test before you spend a lot of time coloring in an image, only to find out the color doesn't match the card stock you have on hand.
Okay, I know that the BIG thing with Blendabilities Markers is the ability to BLEND the colors. It's part of the name, after all - BLENDabilities! But that doesn't mean you HAVE to blend the colors. I didn't do any blending and I think this turned out great! Click here to see another example of a fun card with no blending from a previous post.
You'll notice that the stems and leaves below the frame are left void of color. That's what the spotlight technique is. Here's another example. It's a very Simple technique!
Make sure you order a few sets of The Blendabilities and just play. This project used only two colors of Blendabilities and right now you can get a set for free by simply purchasing $50 in Stampin' Up! merchandise. Click on the product below to go to my store! Get blending!
Over the past few days I've added stamp sets & Big Shot accessories from the retired 2014 Stampin' Up! Occasions and Sale-a-bration Catalogs. I still have more to add so check Mom's Attic often for new inventory!
Stampin' Up! Wondrous Wreath & Blooming With Kindness
It's the third Monday of the month and that means it's time for the Stamp Review Crew. We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators focused on sharing a ton of ideas featuring a single stamp set. This week it's a photopolymer set called Wondrous Wreath. You have likely come from Kerry Willard Bray's blog on your way through this amazing hop. If you get lost, simply click on the banner for a list of participants and get back on track.
This was a work in progress until the end. Sometimes I start with a direction and hold true to course. And sometimes I take a detour and end up in a wondrous (no pun intended) unexpected place. The latter was the experience for this project. I hope you like the final destination! ;-)
The card front was created using Baked Brown Sugar card stock, VersaMark® ink and White Stampin' Emboss powder. The card front is 3.75" x 5" - considerably smaller than the stamp image. I used my Stampn' Up! grid paper to position it perfectly. Trace the outline of the stamp centered on the grid paper and trace around the block. Next position the card in the center of the traced outline. Ink the stamp and stamp the image, aligning the edges of the stamp with the traced outline. Perfect!
Photopolymer is the easiest medium to use when positioning images perfectly. I stamped Pistacio Pudding Classic Ink first and then created the accents in Garden Green. Next the flowers were positioned and stamped using VersaMark® and embossed using Calypso Coral Stampin' Emboss powder. I positioned the flowers so the little berries in the center were between the stamped leaves. This keeps the centers white!
The bow was created by stamping three bows - one in Tangerine Tango and two in Calypso Coral. I cut off the tails from the two Calypso Coral bows and postiond them over the Tangerine Tango bow using a 2-way Glue Pen.
The Sentiment was stamped on Shimmering White card stock using Garden Green Classic Ink. The ends were notched using the edge of one of the Feathers Framelits dies and then run through the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
The Shimmering White card stock perfectly matches the shimmer of the White embossing powder in the Hardwood background. Simple!
Next stop on the Hop is Tanya Boser where she'll wow you with her beautiful design skills.
It's Thursday and that means is time for the Pals Paper Arts weekly challenge. This week it's a color challenge using the marvelously rich colors of Soft Suede (my personal favorite brown) Crumb Cake, and Real Red. This is also the perfect opportunity to showcase my hands down favorite stamp set from the Sale-a-bration catalog, Lotus Blossom. This three step photo polymer stamp set produces an amazing 3D impression with rich shadows. See below or click here to see a video on how easy it is to create this beauty.
Sale-a-bration runs through the end of March and this stamp set can be yours with any $50 merchandise purchase. Click on any one of the items below to go to my store and purchase the item. Purchasing all three colors of ink and card stock plus Very Vanilla card stock and a package of Dimentionals will earn you this amazing stamp set for free! You'll have all the necessary consumables to create this card. I used the C and H Clear-Mount acrylic blocks. Check out the bottom of this post to get tip, tricks, and suggestions.
TIP: NEVER be afraid to use a flower on the front of a masculine card. The color palette and accessories play a huge part in determining how masculine/feminine a card is. This is a perfect example. Clean lines and a neutral palette go a long way in the creation of a masculine card. Check out the history of the lotus flower.
Measurements for my card stock are:
Image/sentiment layer is 2 1/2” x 3 3/4“ Mat is 2 5/8“ x 3 7/8”
Red layer is 2 7/8“ x 4 1/8” Mat is 3“ x 4 1/4”
Card front is 3 7/8“ x 5” Mat is 4“ x 5 1/8”
Card base is 5 1/2“ x 8 1/2” scored at 4 1/4“
In order to position the flower correctly in the corner of the card stock, point the little location arrow on the photo polymer towards the corner. Allow enough room - especially if you start with Stampin' Up!'s #1 image, to make sure the whole flower fits on the card stock. The darkest ink is stamped first with image #1and Soft Suede. Then ink stamp image #2 with Soft Suede and stamp off once before stamping over image #1. Stamp image #3 with Crumb Cake.
I popped up the image/sentiment matted component because I felt that it really added to the rich look of this card.
TIP: I mounted both the sentiments on a single ”D“ Clear-Mount block. I used the Stampin' Up! Grid Paper (130148) and positioned the two sentiments aligning the bottom of the text with a line on the paper. Then I pressed the acrylic block down on both the sentiments. Ink them up at the same time and stamp them in place. It's a great way to ensure they are perfectly horizontal! Simple!
Here are a few color suggestions, both realistic and just plain pretty, for different Lotus Blossoms: