Stampin' Up! Stippled Blossom and Flowering Flourishes
It's Thursday and that means it's time to jump into the Pals Paper Arts Weekly Challenge. Today it's a color challenge - and WHAT a color challenge. Three shades of purple! The funny thing is I had just demonstrated to one of my card club members how to do 2-step stamping using the Stamp-a-ma-jig, and the demo was on my studio table. I saw it and thought “PERfect!” I think you'll agree that with three different shades of purple, monochromatic was the way to go!
Step by Step Tips:
The definition of monochromatic is: Having or made up of one color or shades of one color. I think when one thinks of monochromatic, we think of neutral colors like gray or ivory. But monochromatic includes all the colors of the spectrum - but only one plus its shades or hues.
Because all of these colors are relatively dark, I opted to stamp off all the “step one”s of the two step process, and use the ink full strength for step two. The right rose is Blackberry Bliss, and the left rose is Perfect Plum.
The background is full strength Elegant Eggplant on Elegant Eggplant card stock.
I lined up the medium flourish from the Flowering Flourish set in the upper left corner, and then flipped it 180°
The second largest of the Daydream Medallions is stamped in Silver Metallic Encore Ink.
The Label Love stamp set is perfect for this card because it can be used for a birthday, new baby, thank you, Anniversary, wedding, or to accompany a gift - maybe even a gift of roses. A wedding card could incorporate the colors of the wedding to really personalize the card to the occasion.
I love combining multiple sets to create a beautiful card. The fluid lines of both the Daydream medallions and Flowering Flourishes sets work beautifully together.
Here's a tip! I always purchase 2-step stamp sets on wood if they aren't available in Photopolymer. This way you can store a permanent stamped image of Step 2 on a piece of vellum To be used with the Stamp-a-ma-jig. Simple!
It's the first 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 Painted Petals. You have likely come from Betty Traciak'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.
I played around with various looks. My first attempt was to echo a Designer Series Paper - not good. Then I tried a field of stems and blossoms - also not good! I have always loved the Shōji screens. So when my roses climbing up a trellis looked good, I decided to take it a step further and cut it into pieces! This could have been disastrous, but I think it turned out wonderfully. My next step was to journey into the land of staples - virgin territory for me. I LIKE IT! I hope you do too!
Step by Step Tips:
I started with a 3.5“ x 4” piece of Whisper White card stock. Sahara Sand was the color of choice to simulate a trellis, but I made it a bit more abstract.
Mossy Meadow was my next color choice to create the first row of leaves at the bottom. I stamped off both the left and right sides of the card stock to create the illusion that the pattern was cut from a much larger piece of paper.
Next was Rose Red flowers (of course) positioned in the intended place to give the illusion that the stems were traveling behind the flowers.
Then I repeated the second bullet point above placing the bottom of the stem at the top of a flower. I completed the card face and then cut it into 1'' wide strips and mounted them on a piece of Basic Black card stock.
The sentiment component was created on Sahara Sand card stock and stamped with Sahara Sand ink. The sentiment was stamped using Mossy Meadow. It was punched out with the Note Tag punch. The retired ribbon was attached using our Handheld Stapler. Simple!
Next stop on the Hop is Heidi Baks where she'll wow you with her beautiful design skills.
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!
Step by Step Tips:
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.
Step by Step Tips:
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.