Saturday, March 31, 2012

More Watercolor

This technique for Day 4 involves stamping an image on watercolor paper with StazOn and then painting the image using water, your Stampin' Up! ink refills and a paintbrush.  I then sponged chocolate chip on the edges of the watercolor paper and the textured kraft cardstock.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Brushless Watercolor

I'm taking an online class at  Instead of using the products recommended in the class, I'm using all Stampin' Up! products.  Day One included this Brushless Watercolor technique.  Start by applying different color inks directly onto the stamp starting with the lightest color first so you don't contaminate your ink pads.  Then you spritz the entire stamp with water and stamp the image onto watercolor paper.  You finish off the image by heating with your heat tool.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Technique Class #3 - Baby Wipes

This month's technique is really simply but the results are pretty cool.  Essentially you will be making your own custom stamp pad with baby wipes and re-inkers.  I'm thinking this may also work with wet paper towels or napkins so I'll have to try that later.  If for some reason you need to produce cards in bulk or really love a certain color combination, Stampin' Up! does sell an Uninked Craft Pad for craft inks.  If you're wondering about the pattern on the stamped image, it's textured cardstock.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Owl Birthday Card

I made this owl card for my niece Sydney who celebrated her 7th birthday on March 16th.  I copied the idea from a swap card and used Stampin' Up!'s Owl Builder punch.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Step By Step

Here is the card that I made for my acetate & tissue technique swap.  I posted the written instructions previously but thought it would be good idea to show the step by step instructions.

I started by stamping the sentiment directly onto the tissue paper using Stazon.  This was just to demonstrate that you could stamp onto the tissue paper instead of the window sheet (acetate) with the same results.

I then stamped the image onto the window sheet using Stazon.  As you can see my window sheet was much larger than my image to try to minimize the mess. (You can always trim it down.)

I applied the Crystal Effects liberally to the back of the window sheet, added a few drops of ink and used a piece of scrap paper to mix the ink and Crystal Effects together.  You can also use rubber gloves.

After the ink was throughly mixed into the Crystal Effects I turned the window sheet over and placed it onto the tissue paper which was sitting on crumb cake (kraft) card stock. Using my fingers, I pressed down on the window sheet to spread the mixture out under the window sheet to create different patterns and depths of colors.  If you use enough Crystal Effects it will soak through the tissue paper and adhere everything to the window sheet.

After letting the Crystal Effects dry (30 min to overnight) you can trim the window sheet down to the desired size.  If for some reason the tissue paper or the card stock is not fully adhered to the window sheet you can add more Crystal Effects; it won't ruin the effect.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Our Life - 12x12 Digital Scrapbook Page

I used My Digital Studio software from Stampin' Up! to create this digital scrapbook page. The photos were arranged using the TurboCollage app available for iPhone, mac and droid users. I then cropped the photos using iPhoto and added the small rectangles along the edges to simulate filmstrips.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of 2012 (March)

For this month's tag I used the acetate technique and actually stamped the woodgrain directly onto the tissue paper before adhering the acetate.  The butterfly was cut using Stampin' Up's Beautiful Butterflies Die.  I copied the mosaic technique used by Tim and covered the whole thing with clear embossing powder.  All products used on the tag are Stampin' Up! except for the film strip at the bottom of the tag.
Here is the link to Tim's tag and blog post.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Mailing Luck to Ireland

Just a quick post of a St. Patrick's Day card that I will be mailing out to family in Ireland tomorrow.  I stamped the text on sticky canvas and followed up with a Stampin' Write Marker.

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