Friday, July 31, 2015

Dare To Get Dirty 2015


Dare To Get Dirty is a week of fun, challenges, and prizes for our Fan Club members at Splitcoaststampers! So much of our site content is free, but there are some special 'perks' and members-only content for paid members. Dare To Get Dirty is our annual "thank you!" to the members of our Fan Club. This year we are throwing 40 challenges at them in the course of a week! It's a lot of fun behind the scenes, hosting the challenges and encouraging these sweet ladies as they jump in with us and see what it's like to get a little Dirty!


Here's a little peek at my desk space today - think you can figure out what some of the challenges might be?
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Splitcoast Tutorial: Kite Card

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is this sweet little explosion kite card! It's very easy and fun to make.


The center fold could be used for a house shaped card if you decided not to cut the bottom point. I added some score lines to my layering panel, and the clouds to make it look like it's flying. The sentiment is from The Cat's Pajamas.


Here's a peek at the inside of the card - it's a very easy fold to do.


Hope you'll try this one out!
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Watercolor Stamped Inchies

Just wanted to share a couple of cards I made with a few great products: new stamps from Balzer Designs, Art Squares from Inchie Arts, Zig Clean Color markers, and my MISTI!

These tile stamps from Julie are a lot of fun to work with... I lined up the Art Squares in the MISTI, which made perfect placement easy every time.


I inked the stamps in a solid color first, then used a Zig marker to highlight one section of the design. The dye ink pushed the inkpad color away, and saved time coloring in every section individually. A quick mist with water and a stamp... times 4! It's a fun block print look, with a watercolor feel. The Art Squares take the ink so readily (these are the 2" squares).


I love how these images tile together with a simple rotation. Really striking, and a simple card to make.


I used the same technique on this card, but with smaller squares (1.5").


The word stamp is from one of my new clear sets, Christmas Brush Words... it's got some single words and combinations that are great for any occasion, too. More of those sets to come!

Click here for more Inchie Arts products!
Have a wonderful week!
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Splitcoast Tutorial: Inkless Images

This week's tutorial over at Splitcoast is a twist on paper sculpture, using stamped images as a guide. The tutorial is called Inkless Images.

I used this image as the pattern for my card - I love this technique! What a fun way to look at your stamps in a new light. 

Couple - Large
 Here's my finished card - the stamped image is on the back side of the paper sculpture and acts as a guide for cutting.


 I stamped the image 4 times, and these are the pieces I cut to layer.


The image made it easy to know where to add details - I used a stylus along the lines, and also embossed a couple of the pieces to add texture.


For a more rounded edge, I used the cap of a Sakura pen.


Here's a closer look at the image - I added lines to the woman's hair with a smaller stylus. I love the texture the embossing folders added.


The grass borders are die cuts (Grass Border, Small Grass Border).


Here's the card again - I love this image, and I love this 'twist' on it.



Hope you'll give it a try!
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Monday, July 20, 2015

For sale... updated

I've added some more Touch Twin markers to my sale page - if you missed them last time, hurry - they go fast at just $1.00 each!

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Mix-Ability challenge: Transference

Thought I'd take a break after last week's blog hop, so I'm finally posting my Mix-Ability card from Friday's post. This week's challenge is to use a transfer technique. I used the gel medium method Lydia describes HERE to transfer this adorable baby from magazine page to card...


The only magazines I have here are Real Simple, so most of the pictures were either of food, household, or beauty items. Love how this turned out though... and it's going to work nicely for an upcoming Dare To Get Dirty challenge (shhh!) too! The sentiment is one of my designs, which is between companies right now.


I added some distressing around the edges of the photo with white acrylic paint, then embossed a script stamp in the corners to break up the design just a little.


Have a great week! Try something new!
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Friday, July 17, 2015

Impression Obsession Sneak Peeks - Day 3

The Impression Obsession team is showcasing new images for the Fall/Winter season! You can visit the I.O. Blog each day this week for links to the previews. Be sure to leave a comment on the I.O. Blog and each designer's posts throughout the week for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate daily from Impression Obsession!

In this collection, I have several stamps around the theme of houses and moving - probably because we were hoping to move at the time I was designing... 


Since I was working on my Watercolor Powders tutorial and catalog samples at the same time, quite a few of my catalog samples feature techniques shown in the video. When I'm under pressure and my desk is a mess, I tend to work with what's out. Here's one card that you might recognize from the video -- the focal image is called Collage Houses and the pieces of those houses are also available in a funky little mix-and-match clear set!  


One more card with the new house stamps - thought this one would be cute for a new neighbor or housewarming party. The background was sprayed using a stencil - the chevron lines go all the way across the stencil leaving long openings, so I tucked my card through the stencil to use only a few lines.


I used my MISTI to do the repeat stamping of the sentiment - so easy to line up!


Stamps I used: Welcome, Key Background

Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration, and comment for more chances to win! Remember the challenge too!

the Impression Obsession blog
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
 

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Impression Obsession Sneak Peeks - Day 2

The Impression Obsession team is showcasing new images for the Fall/Winter season! You can visit the I.O. Blog each day this week for links to the previews. Be sure to leave a comment on the I.O. Blog and each designer's posts throughout the week for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate daily from Impression Obsession!

**If you normally play along with our challenges, this week's challenge is to create a holiday project-
any holiday will do! There's another chance to win for you! :)


This card was a fun experiment using watercolor mediums on glossy photo paper. I'm still experimenting but I'll put together a video soon when I have more figured out. For this card I used Brusho, dye inks and watercolor markers. The photo paper takes an indelible 'print' of the inks, which really works well with the dynamic motion of the watercolor powders and makes layering fun. The colors are so vibrant, too.


I have some brush words in this release - just a couple of larger rubber stamps and a clear set of mix-and-match holiday words for a fun variety of greetings. I'll have more in the next release - if you have any requests please let me know!


Stamps I used: Brush Poinsettia Large, Thank You, Snowflake Flourish, Cover-a-Card Diamond Maze

Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration, and comment for more chances to win! Remember the challenge too!

the Impression Obsession blog
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
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Impression Obsession Sneak Peeks - Day 1

The Impression Obsession team is showcasing new images for the Fall/Winter season! You can visit the I.O. Blog each day this week for links to the previews. Be sure to leave a comment on the I.O. Blog and each designer's posts throughout the week for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate daily from Impression Obsession!


As always, I'm excited to share with you *my* new designs for the season. Some of them you'll recognize as stamps that had been available previously from other companies. For me it just made business sense to unify my label under one company, and that company is Impression Obsession!  This release is a mixture of new and old, clear and rubber, all with the same heart of sharing courage and spreading joy.


This card is actually a shaker card - I stamped and masked the silhouette image (Peeking Out), then sponged and stamped over the mask to create the background using Joy to the World and Snowflake Flourish. The window area is cut out, and I layered a piece of acetate over the opening before putting a filled Shake-It Shaker Pouch on the back side of the panel. It's filled with a whole bunch of glass microbeads.


The sentiment is stamped on an Inchie Square from Inchie Arts, and that heavy twine came from 2Berry Creative. Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration, and comment for more chances to win! 

the Impression Obsession blog
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
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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Mix-Ability challenge: Doodle Pug

This week's Mix-Ability challenge was to doodle - instead of doodling around a stamp image, I decided to draw one! I've been wanting to do a pug for a while - this one really makes me smile.


The image is printed on Kona paper, which was on clearance at Blick some time ago - it's made from recycled coffee bags, and that's just cool. I watercolored with Distress ink for the darker shading, and used Derwent Coloursoft pencils for the details.


Pugs and hugs - have a good weekend!

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