Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Splitcoast Tutorial: Layered Autumn Trees

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast shows a beautiful way to create autumn trees using stamps, sponges, and layers of ink. The samples that Cindy has done are so vibrant - I hope you'll take a peek!

Cindy uses Distress inks for her scenes, but I didn't have the right colors, so I used Versamagic chalk inks on my card. Actually... I didn't have any of the supplies she used, so I just followed her steps with what I had. 

The stamps I used are from Impression Obsession - the tree and swing are available in either a cling or clear set. I used a regular round sponge to add my leaf colors, pinching it into a smaller circle, since I don't have daubers. For the dots, I used stamps from my favorite cupcake set - I love that little bit of added whimsy.

I added some shading to the ground and trunk with distress markers, and blended with a waterbrush. For a final touch, I added a fine layer of white pearl PanPastel - I have been playing with those constantly over the last week in preparation for an online class I'm writing. I love that subtle sheen - so pretty.

Hope you're having a great week! Thank you for stopping by - I'll have another Impression Obsession card to share tomorrow, and a tip for die cutting letters - it's my turn for DT Thursday!
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Power Poppy post

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 project below! See you there!

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mix-Ability: Halloween

Jeanne's got us making Halloween cards for this week's Mix-Ability challenge - here are a couple that I made using dies from Impression Obsession and prints from my Gelli Plate. Both of these cards will soon be on their way to MD Anderson in my Hope You Can Cling To box!

This first card has a fun technique added to it - the moon is made of cast toilet paper! I laid about 5 sheets of toilet paper onto an embossing folder, misted with water, and then sent the folder through my die cutting machine. Once the TP was dry it held the embossed pattern perfectly. So fun and easy!  Here's a closer look.

For the second card I did a little partial die cutting on the top panel to just have a few branches hanging down - that panel creates a hinge for the card.

I love this gel print - I love the unpredictability of printing! That sort of webby area behind the house is just so cool. Dies I used: Leafy Branch, Halloween Hill, Tree Frame

It's been a long week at my house - how about you? I'm ready for the weekend! See you Monday!
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Shades of Fall

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a project using autumn colors.

I wanted to test out my new Kemper Spatter Brush so I used it to create this inky background for an inlaid scene. You can see how I made the background in the video below! Really easy and fun.

The background has a fine shimmer over it, from a layer of copper and bronze PanPastels. I used Turquoise Inka Gold on the bird die cut.

Impression Obsession products I used: Bird Die set, Leafy Branch Die, Spring Medley clear set

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
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, October 15, 2014

Splitcoast Tutorial: Inlaid Die Cuts

Today it's my turn to share a tutorial on Splitcoast! I've been working for weeks on a tutorial showing the way I do inlaid die cut designs. I hope you'll check it out! I love the look of the single layer, all pieced together like a puzzle. Here are some of the samples and variations I made for the tutorial video - there are some additional tips in the video too! The butterfly and flower dies are from Spellbinders.

I love how easy it is to change a scene around, just by changing the order in which the dies are cut.  In this next card, I cut the circle second....

...and in this card I cut the circle last!

Hope you'll try it out!
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Hope Shines

Had to share this card I made for our first day of Hope You Can Cling To challenges... this set from Unity Stamp Co. spoke to my heart the moment I saw it...

The sentiment was what grabbed me more than anything - after we moved back to the States I endured  several months of mild to moderate depression... because of my faith and God's faithfulness through that time I maintained a strong hope, which was my light on those dark days. Hope is a strong theme during this month... sometimes we even describe hope as a 'flicker', 'glimmer', a 'ray' or a 'beacon' - that's light against darkness.

I colored the image using  Touch Twin Markers- coloring to capture the glow of light is a little tricky, but Sandy Allnock has a great video on how it's done. I used Sakura glaze and glitter pens on the fireflies and scribbled around their glow circles with a Prismacolor pencil to add movement and a little more glow.

Inside the card I used a sentiment from a set from My Favorite Things - they're one of our sponsors this month for our Hope You Can Cling To participants. (Have you SEEN the prize list?!!)

These are the Touch Twin Markers that I used:

I have some fun things to share with you over the next couple of weeks - Wednesday it's my turn to share a tutorial at Splitcoast, and I've been having fun working on that for you! I also have a blog birthday coming up with prizes to share! Stay tuned! Hope you have a wonderful week.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Mix-Ability Challenge: Magazine masks

For this week's Mix-Ability challenge, Lydia Fiedler asked us to cut a mask from a magazine photo. I found this sassy model in Real Simple....

... and used her as a mask on my Gelli Plate! I have a file folder of backgrounds to use up, so I rolled paint onto the plate, laid down the mask, and printed over backgrounds from my file. I love her confident pose - all 3 of these cards are going in my Hope You Can Cling To box, and I may be able to squeeze in a few more... The magazine paper is starting to tear a little after 3 prints, so I'll trace her onto a stencil sheet to make her last.

This my favorite of the 3 cards I made - the letters and hearts are die cut, and the hearts are velvet paper.

The second card was already pink, and I overprinted with white paint... the die is a new one from Impression Obsession that I designed.

An aside... I really wanted sequins on my card, but you would not believe the state of my desk when Hope You Can Cling To is on... I could not find them. Can you??

One final one, just to see how black would look. That die is inlaid (tutorial coming next week!) and cut from velvet paper as well... reminds me of a Maya Angelou quote about women being tough and tender.

Here's my card trio!

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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Blog Hop - Inchie Arts/ CardMaker Magazine

The Inchie Arts designers and CardMaker Magazine blog team are joining together for a blog hop today, featuring Art Squares on our fall-themed cards!

 If you're already hopping and you've just come from Noelle McAdams' blog, you're in the right place. If you just happened on the blog hop because you're a regular reader of my blog and you'd like to see the other entries and maybe win a prize (!!) - click over to the CardMaker blog for all the details and the full hop list.
Leave comments as you hop to be entered into a random drawing for four boxes of Inchie Arts products (color and sizes of the winner’s choice)!  You have until next Thursday, October 16 to enter. The winner will be chosen and announced on the Inchie Arts blog on October 17.  

Here's my card:

I tried something a little different with my Art Squares today - gel printing! Using acrylic paint on my Gelli Plate, I printed several layers on Dark Cream Art Squares (four 1.5" squares and one 3" square), and then stamped and painted leaves over the prints with the same paints.

The Art Squares turned out to be a great surface for the gel prints, with clean lines from the stencils, and quick dry time. I've only done gel printing on glossy papers, so I was really pleased to know that these matte finish matboard squares will work as well.

Here's the card at an angle so you can see the shine of the gold Lumiere paint. Love that stuff! For the veined pattern, I used my favorite texture plates for gel printing - they're Animal Skins Rubbing Plates (I think that one is the elephant, but it's got some great patterns in it, and you can use either side of the plate for different effects.)

Stamps I used: Oak Leaf 1, Oak Leaf 2, Blessed (all from Impression Obsession)

To continue the hop, click over to Penny's blog - she's got a beautiful creation to share!

Click here for more Inchie Arts products!
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Here's the full hop list, in case you need to take a break or you get lost along the way.

CardMaker Blog:
Dina Kowal: ----------------------------------- you're here!
Jill Foster and Elizabeth Allan:
Inchie Arts Blog: