12/06/2017

Remounting Wood Mounted Stamps

Today's post uses stamps that I haven't used in quite some time.  Mostly because they are fairly large, solid, wood mount stamps and I found it difficult to get a good clean impression from them. 
The introduction of stamping platforms made it easy to get good impressions for cling and photo polymer stamps, but not wood mount stamps.  And if you're like me, you have a rather large library of wood mount stamps that are no longer used much because you prefer to use a stamping platform with cling or photo polymer stamps.

I knew I could re-mount wood stamps but hadn't done it prior to this.  I was a little concerned I'd ruin the stamps.  But last weekend I decided - why not try? I'm not using the stamps as mounted anyway.



It was a very straightforward process. Ten seconds in my microwave and the rubber stamp came off with little effort.  The sticker on the top of the block also came off and I re-stuck (is that even a word?) it to the foam side of the stamp.  Five minutes later I had a set of cling mount stamps!

Super easy and useful.

I made this card for the CAS Colours and Sketches color challenge this week.  It's Seasonal Color week - pick a 2017 color challenge and use those colors to make a holiday/seasonal card!  This is a great challenge website - very fun challenges that switch weeks between being a color or a sletch challenge.  In January I will start as a member of the design team.  I hope you will play along with us!

Stamps and dies: Stampin' Up! Keepsake Ornaments
Ink: Peek-a-boo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush
Embossing folder: Stampin' Up! Pine Boughs

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12/01/2017

Hope for Healing

Today's post features a card of encouragement for those courageous women we know who are battling breast cancer.
I started this card by watercoloring a piece of 6 x 5 inch mixed media paper in three different shades of pink - Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette and Primrose Petals.
I then cut it down to fit the front of an A2 size card base.
I used the second largest rectangle from the Double Stitched rectangle set to cut a white panel for the front and I used two shades of pink for the sentiment.
I found the two shades of pink made the ribbon stand out a bit more.

This card was also entered into this week's CAS Colours Sketches challenge blog sketch challenge.

Dies used: Cottage Cutz Hope, Double Stitched Rectangle Set

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11/29/2017

Feliz Navidad - Adding Detail in Multi-Step Stamping

Today's card features two gorgeous stamp sets from Altenew stamps - Build-A-Flower Poinsettia and Peace on Earth.  
I fell in love with the Poinsettia set as soon as I saw it.  It is a three step stamp with an outline that makes a beautifully detailed poinsettia.  The sentiment is from Peace on Earth, a set that has Merry Christmas in numerous languages including Afrikaans, Hawaiian and Spanish - all languages I need for cards!

The flower and the leaves are actually the same stamp just stamped in different colors, die cut and offset.  The the greens that I used for the leaves gave lots of good contrast but the three shades of red did not have the contrast I would have liked to show the detail of the petals.  In order to turn up the contrast I used a colored pencil that was a little bit darker than the darkest red used in the flower.
It was very simple.  I outlined the inside petals with the pencil then added a bit of pencil to the areas that I thought would have the deepest shadows.  Since the pencil was the same red only darker I did not need to be to concerned with blending it in well.  If  I had used a contrasting shade (perhaps a blue) I would have needed to be more aware of blending it into the red.
This shows the difference between one with the pencil (left) and one without (right).  The difference isn't dramatic but the pencil does enhance the detail of the flower.  And it literally only took a minute (if that) to do.

When I was finished with the pencil, I added Wink of Stella to the inner petals and Stickles to the center of the flower.

The background was created using two different shimmer mists and a stencil. I used various metallic washi tapes on the side to add a bit of a sheen.
I'd like to thank Altenew for sending the Peace on Earth set so quickly.  I realized quite late that I did not have a Feliz Navidad stamp for a card that I needed to send two days ago.  When I ordered the set I asked for priority shipping but also knew that with the Thanksgiving holiday there was a fair chance the set would not arrive in time.  I messaged Altenew and they shipped the set the same day!  Great service!  And I received it in time to make my deadline - thank you Altenew! 

Stamp/Die Sets: Altenew Build-A-Flower Poinsettia, Peace on Earth
Ink: Altenew Velvet, Crimson, Rouge, Evergreen, Forest Glades, Frayed Leaf
Shimmer Mist: Altenew Frayed Leaf
Stencil: Tim Holtz

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11/27/2017

Happy Birthday Pandas

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend!  It was very busy for me but I did get some time in to work on cards.  Today's card is for the CAS Colours and Sketches color challenge for November 21.  The challenge this week was their 250th AND celebrates their fifth birthday!
Stampin Up Party Pandas
The colors are:
I decided to make a birthday card using the panda from Party Pandas and some balloons from Balloon Celebration.  I stamped one the large balloon several times, masking them to create depth.

I wanted stripes on the side and I have a nice background stamp that I thought would work.  Unfortunately when I tried masking off the stripes it just didn't stamp well.
So I stamped the stripes on the side of an A2 card and cut my panel with the panda down to 5 1/2 x 4 inches so I would have a 1/4 inch strip down the side.  When I tried laying this panel on the striped panel I could see the stripes through the white card stock.  I ended up gluing a black panel to the back of the panda panel to prevent "show-through" - kind of like a camisole.

The balloons are colored with Copics and Stampin' Blends markers.  Since the colors specified are Stampin' Up colors I decided to use as many of the Blends as possible.  The Blends do not have really light value makers so I used a few Copics as my lightest values.  Also, the Blends are not available in every color so I had to color match my blue.

I always color more than one card - in this case between my first and last panda panel, I decided I needed one more balloon, so you see four balloons in the final card.  I used a multi-liner pen to hand draw most of the strings.

This card went fairly fast and was easy to color.  It would also look great with the balloons colored flat without shading.  The panda stamp is from a Sale-A-Bration set that will be available in January.

Stamps: Stampin' Up Party Pandas, Balloon Celebration, Brushstrokes
Markers: Stampin' Blends Cherry Cobbler and Copic R32; Daffodil Delight and Y11; B12, B14, B16; shadows N0, N1

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11/24/2017

Go Pokes - Some Team Spirit in Cardmaking

This has been quite a week for me, so today I'm featuring a card I made awhile back instead of a new card. This was created for two challenges on Splitcoast Stampers. One was to use school colors and the other, a football theme.
As an Oklahoma State University mom (and former OSU employee), the Cowboys have a special place in my heart.  I made this card for my daughter when she was attending school there. The image is colored with Copic markers and the logo is heat embossed in clear.

Personalizing stamped images is a great way to let someone know that you're thinking about them and also that you care enough to think of the little details in the card. 

Stamps: TCP Football Rabbit, Color Box Collegiate stamps
Dies: Lawn Fawn stitched curves

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