Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Splitcoast Tutorial - Bendi Frame

Today's tutorial over on Splitcoast is brought to us by Kittie Caracciolo - you know her for her beautiful die cut scene cards, and today she's showing us how to create a dimensional "Bendi Frame" card.

I decided to make a simple CAS version of Kittie's frame card, and to build from the top instead of the bottom. I just reorganized my dies and wanted to use this pennant die from Simon Says Stamp, so I 'hung' a few strands across the layers of the card. The tag dies are by Sizzix, and the word stamp is from Impression Obsession. It's embossed in white on a distressed acrylic print I did on my Gelli Plate. I love how chalkboardish it looks. :)

Here's an angle shot on the card so you can see the depth of the frame - it's amazing how such a small difference in width can make such a big difference in the center dimension!

I bought some pretty ribbon on ebay a few weeks ago - thought this narrow piece would add a fun pop to the black and white.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Power Poppy

I'm hanging out over on the Power Poppy blog today! Come and visit to learn some of my tips and tricks for making the card below! See you there!

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Mix-Ability - Patchwork

I've been working hard behind the scenes on quite a few projects I can't share just yet, using new stamp images from Impression Obsession. This one, though, uses stamps from the summer release, and they are on the site NOW! I don't have any stamps in the summer collection, but look for a new dkdesigns release in just a few weeks! We'll be sharing sneak peeks during the last week of July, so stay tuned! I love this collection so much. I have some die designs coming out as well! So excited.

For my own amusement, I'll let you know that this card started off as an accident. I stamped and colored a full panel background on label paper, die cut it into squares using the 7/8" Sizzix Grid Works die, and... then realized that I had done all my work on the liner instead of the adhesive-backed side. However... it turned out that I was able to use the liner squares, and the bonus was that I still had 9 lovely die cut squares to work with.  Boom!

I used another liner paper to line up the squares side-by-side, then did my coloring, using watercolor and distress markers. I used 3 new I.O. stamps: Smile, Dainty Rose 1 and Dainty Rose 5. I stamped the roses randomly across the grid and colored using Distress Markers, blending lightly with water.

The squares are adhered to Ivory Inchie Art Squares from Inchie Arts. I love the sweet, perfect matboard border that shows around each sticker.

I used Old Silver Inka Gold by Viva to add some shine to the squares, scored and assembled panels, and - done! This is a great quick card that could be done with any type of background, or even a large scenic image.

Smile! And as they say... "If you stumble, make it a part of the dance."

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Nautical/Ocean

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project that has a nautical theme.

We've had a lot going on the last couple of weeks, in addition to working on lots of samples to share with you SOON for our upcoming stamp release - so I needed a quick and simple card for today's challenge. I took a Fabriano Medioevalis card and debossed the Shell dies into it, then spritzed the card with Smooch Spritz, and tapped it into some diluted Distress inks to add more color and interest. I brushed in a few places to let the color go down into the debossed lines.

The sentiment is one our new summer release images, available now! I thought these sandal charms were a cute touch.
Here's the card at an angle, so you can see the sheen of the spritz! So pretty.

Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration -

Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Daniela @ For the First Time
Dina @ Mama Dini's Stamperia ---- you're here
Ellen @ The Serendipitous Stamper
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio

Remember you can enter these challenges too, using your Impression Obsession stamps! See the I.O. blog for all the details - you might even win a $25 gift certificate!! We'd love to have you join us.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Splitcoast tutorial - Die Cut Swing Card

This week's tutorial is brilliantly done... Norma Lee is teaching us how to use regular shape or label dies to make swing cards. You can view the tutorial HERE.

As always when we feature a foldy project, I am eternally grateful for the people who figure them out and do them well... so I don't have to! I think my allergy to foldy projects is rooted in the fact that my right brain is very freeform and spontaneous and doesn't follow directions. That would possibly be the reason that it took me 8 tries to do Norma's card correctly! BUT after 5 hours and a feeling of complete despondence, I did come up with this for you... please use it, so that foldy projects will remember their place.

These are the measurements for a standard size card. I used double-sided cardstock instead of 2 layers of cardstock, so I could cut yet another corner. :)

Norma explained to me that she uses the outside lines as a guide for lining up her dies with the cutting plates, because the dies will cut just slightly beyond those lines.

These were my final 2 successful cards, which I was almost embarrassed to send after my hours-long toil. The stamps are from My Favorite Things.


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Monday, July 14, 2014

New toy...

We were away from home last week and I came home to a happy stack of mail, including my most recent order from Blick. I enjoy shopping but I am insanely practical, and it takes me hours to decide on which items will make the most optimum fillers of my cart and best use of my money.

I sometimes drive myself crazy.

One of my purchases was a Gelli Plate, and I have to confess that I have resisted buying one for so long because I knew I would fall in love with it.

I was right.

I spent most of the afternoon playing with paints, and experimenting with different techniques and colors. I got the 6" x 6" plate, and it's such a practical size for card fronts. It fits full stencils, and it was easy to line up  quarter sheets as well.

I'm using a clay-coated cardstock to pull my prints, and it's working so well. It is available HERE, or check at your local paper store. Ask for Mohawk Ultra Gloss, or they may know it as the cardstock formerly called Kromekote. The weight I am using is 10 point.

So much fun! After I figure out a few things, I'll let my camera run while I play, so you can watch! 

I kept a sheet of Neenah cardstock next to my work area to clean my brayer and stencils off - it's a beautiful mess!

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mix-Ability - Finger Painting

 Jeanne's Mix-Ability challenge this week is to use our fingers to apply some medium to our projects. I love using my fingers... if you could see them now, you'd see that 3 of my fingernails are ringed in blue ink, and my palm is stained a lovely turquoise.

I went at this background with absolutely no plan but to experiment. I started with clay-coated cardstock and gave it a few spritzes of Smooch Spritz (Vanilla Shimmer) - have you tried this stuff? It is so rich and pearly - not watery like some of the other sprays.

To the spray, I added some drops of reinker and used my fingers to move and blend them, then spritzed again - once with alcohol to see what it would do, and then with water around the edges to help the ink feather out.  Just for fun, I threw some salt on the panel, but I didn't have the patience to wait for it to dry, so I dried it with my heat gun, and it ended up making dark spots instead of light.

I die cut the panel, and layered it on white cardstock, then embossed with a Darice folder. My final finger action was with Inka Gold, which is my latest addiction... this is the Old Silver, which is kind of a champagne color.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

IO DT Thursday - Faux Metal

Hey, welcome to Impression Obsession's DT Thursday! It's my turn to share, and I have a fun project. This is a faux metal piece that I made as a sample for yesterday's Faux Metal Figures tutorial over on Splitcoaststampers.

I used the Lg. Bird on Branch die to cut a piece of chipboard:

I glued the die cut to 2 Spellbinders ovals that were layered together, then covered the entire piece with small strips of foil tape. I used a mechanical pencil to add some faux rivets to the piece, then distressed it all with black acrylic paint. To let some more foil show through, I rubbed some areas of the piece with rubbing alcohol.

Here's the video, if you'd like to watch me work - there are lots of ideas for other variations as well! (Actually, I have another similar tutorial HERE using regular aluminum foil and spray paint.)

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Splitcoast Tutorial - Faux Metal Figures

Today's tutorial over at Splitcoast is so, so cool! Julia Aston is showing us how to make a faux metal figurine, using a paper mache shape. Her elephant circus wagon is adorable!

I did the video tutorial, and my mind ran wild with all the possible variations of products and methods of coloring and distressing... it was a feat of strength to pull all my thoughts and ideas into a video that represented the tutorial well. I hope you'll watch the video too! I had a lot of fun shooting and editing it.

This is the box project that you'll see me working on in the video. I absolutely love (LOVE!) how it turned out. Hard to believe both the bird and the box started off as unfinished wood pieces. The box cost .75 at a consignment store - I love deals like that! To decorate the box, I started by spreading it with Crackle Paste (DecoArt). It was my first time using the product, and I loved the way it spread. I added a few layers of acrylic paint and more crackle paste while it was in various stages of drying.

 The bird's wings came from a foil-covered die cut flower that was one of my practice pieces. I just cut it straight in half for the wing shape The nest is made mostly of bits of twine and twill, and some scraps and die cuts from my desk.

I love that coffee twill, don't you? That came from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

I made another project in the video - I'll share that with you tomorrow! Thanks for popping by today!
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Monday, July 07, 2014

Be Still - Grid Works dies

A VSN challenge last month inspired today's card... the challenge was to use stickers on a card, and since I didn't have any, I made my own! I'd been processing Etsy orders and had some sticker paper left that I'd trimmed from the edges of my mailing labels. They were just the right width to die cut into squares, using this die from Sizzix, which coordinates with Art Squares from Inchie Arts! The line of dies is called Grid Works.

I brayered several layers of acrylic paint and glaze onto a strip of the label paper, stippled black paint through some drywall tape, and then stamped the Bamboo and Chinese Script images. When the piece was dry, I cut the 3 squares using one row from the 1-3/8" Sizzix Grid Works die. The die cuts are so precise and clean, and fit onto the 1.5" Art Squares with a nice narrow border.

The verse stamp is also from my line of stamps at Impression Obsession.

I loved making these mixed media stickers - you'll see them again!

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