Snowflakes and Christmas Tree Card

We're sharing a new crafting discovery in this project: the secret to stamping on black paper.....paint the paper with black acrylic paint.  It dries fast and is ready to apply stamps in just a few seconds.  You can, of course, paint any color paper black, but I used black paper and chalk stamping ink for this project.
This card measures 5.5" x 5.5" (13,9 cm x 13,9 cm). 

Our Seasons Greetings Tree Rubber Stamp measures, 2.2" x 3.1" (5,5 cm x 7,8 cm)  and was stamped on a pearl cardstock in a bright blue ink.  The Snowflake Background Rubber Stamp was stamped onto the pearl paper in 2 shades of blue, chalk ink around the Christmas Tree.  This stamp measure 2" x 3" (5 cm x 7,6 cm) and can be stamped in all different directions to create a background pattern.

The 2 shades of blue chalk stamping ink stand out so much on black paper when you brush black acrylic paint onto the surface first.  The matte finish of the paint shows the blue stamped images better than stamping on plain black paper.  It also gives the ink a slight raised appearance, bonus!

The middle of the card features some wintery-white vintage lace and a star sticker and snowflake sticker is added in 2 places on the card.  Tear the blue paper in the corners and reveal its white core.  The black layer is page curled using the end of a paint brush handle.  White school glue is brushed onto the corners and then glitter is applied using the same paint brush from the glue.  I love blue for Christmas decor, so we're going to have a fun, blue Christmas this year and hope you do, too!

Snowflake Background Rubber Stamp
Seasons Greetings Tree Rubber Stamp

Color Theory in a Pumpkin Patch

I had an absolute fun time coloring in pumpkins this weekend.  Something finally 'clicked' in my coloring ability and I advanced my skill level.  I read a tip on how to get your markers to blend directly onto paper.  And I'm going to share how I did this with you!

Pumpkin Patch Rubber Stamp
StazOn Ink Pad (any dark color)
Solvent markers (Bic, Sharpie, Copic, or your favorite brand).  You will need a light colored one for the base.  I used Copic's,  Barely Beige, but any light color marker will do.
Yellow Marker (Y18 Yellow)
Red Marker (R24 Prawn)

Color in your entire pumpkin with the beige marker first, doing only one pumpkin at a time. 

Then take your yellow marker and go over the beige you just colored in.

Next, take your red marker and start in the darker areas and brush towards the middle of the pumpkin, going over the yellow.

After you're finished with red, grab the same yellow marker and go over the both colors.  You will see the blending take place in front of your eyes. Magic.  Apparently, the base color (beige) allows the colors on top to mix together.  And the was on just plain, off white cardstock paper, no fancy art paper needed.

The same blending was done on the leaves, except using various shades of green markers on top of the same beige marker base.  At the end, I took a white gel pen as a highlight all over. 

So, I also applied my new found coloring skills to the Pumpkin Harvest Rubber Stamp.  For this one, I was able to use a brown palette of markers for the wooden cart.

Poe and his Famous Raven

What Halloween holiday can go by without mentioning Edgar Allen Poe and one of his macabre poems or stories?  This is a 5.5" x 5.5" card featuring our Quoth the Raven Rubber Stamp.  I cut apart the text from the crow and stamped them separately.  The awesome striped paper is from the French Industrial Collection from Tim Holtz Ideaology. 
Center frame is one of the beautifully intricate dies by Spellbinders, 'Valiant Honor'.  The black cardstock was speckled with beige acrylic paint to give it a distressed look.  The vertical background border is hand punched using Fiskars lace punch.

A Way to Say Thanks

Little Cuties Thanks Rubber Stamp Set includes two sentiments and two characters.  Each character measures about 3 inches tall (7,62 cm).

Small Tag & Big Tag

Our Little Cuties Thanks Rubber Stamp Set features 2 hand drawn characters and 2 sentiment stamps to say thank you on your next handmade project!

New City Girls Rubber Stamp Releases

City Girls Summer Vacation Set

We've got three new City Girls Rubber Stamp Sets released for Summer/Fall 2015!
Four girls are in the "City Girls Summer Vacation" Rubber Stamp Collection

All City Girls each measure about 3.6" tall. 

Other rubber stamps featured below are:

Above: one of the City Girls Formal Affair Rubber Stamps
Three girls in gowns are in the "City Girls Formal Affair" Rubber Stamp Set
Three girls are in the City Girls Weekend Fun Set

Paints, Stamps, Thread and a Canvas Bag

Handmade mini canvas tote with only 2 minutes of sewing.  I love how paper looks when you sew on it onto any project. Watercolor paper is nice and thick and can take just about any thread you use on it.  Painting the canvas with some acrylic paint gives the fabric a little stiffness.  I took a large sponge brush (about 4" wide, the ones with the beveled edge).  I the held the brush on its side, pouring acrylic paint directly onto the sponge.  Then I took a paint brush to even out the paint on the sponge.  To take the brightness down a bit on the pink, I sprayed Walnut Ink onto a scrap surface and picked it up with a sponge.  Also stamped is the 1) Vintage Paris Eiffel Tower, 2) the oval (from Create a Cameo Stamp Set), 3) "Paris" text stamp from Fashion Tickets Set, 4) Damask background in the middle and our 5) Folk Vase Accent Rubber Stamp onto the pink canvas background.  Acrylic dries so quickly, especially on untreated canvas so I was able to stamp right after painting.

After stamping our French Perfume Label Rubber Stamp onto the paper with VersaFine black ink, I simply attached the paper with a basic straight stitch onto the canvas with a sewing machine.

The little yellow accent piece underneath the pink ribbon is our Fleur Motif Rubber Stamp on shrink plastic.  I colored in the stamped image before shrinking with a heat gun, the colors are more concentrated when they shrink.

I've always wanted to A) sew paper to fabric and B) make my own little tote (measures, 6.5" x 5" when complete) and C) use paint and ink in the same project! The hardest part of this project was deciding which stamps to use and the centerpiece and backgrounds.

Coffee and Friends and Layers

Our Coffee with Friends Rubber Stamp is perfect to give as an invitation to a friend or as a "Hey, we had fun together-thank-you-card."
I often find that I don't layer enough in my projects.  The more layers you have, the better the card, tag or journal page looks.  So for this project, I forced myself to add as many color coordinating layers as possible. 

A coffee card has to have some caramel colored brown shade to it. I love dollies and how they can be folded to make them even thicker as a layer.  The rick rack ribbon is a pretty pink color that goes well with brown.  The pink and red colors compliment the browns nicely and the white contrast of the doily match the embossed swirl pattern of the white accent paper on the left.

The embossed paper has brown distress ink added at the edges.  Along the bottom is a charm attached to a pink safety pin, attached to another layering of the rick rack ribbon.

A Reason for Green

St. Patrick's Day is an excellent reason to use the color green!  Using green dollies and green and white yarn makes the perfect accent to our Lucky Leprechaun Rubber Stamp.  Derwent's Inktense watercolor pencils colored in this little guy's outfit.  For the face and hands, I used Copic markers.  Gold glitter glue was placed on the waist and hat buckles.

A No. 8 tag is used for this project.  Fiskars lace border punch was used on a beige polka patterned paper and placed on top of a green doiley, cut in half.  The leprechaun is stamped on watercolor paper and die cut with the Spellbinders Nestabilities (Large Ovals Set) die.  Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! 

Lady in Green and Blue Lace

I took our Lady in Lace Rubber Stamp and made it an 'off-center' centerpiece for this A2 card.  Coloring in the dress with light blue and light green copics, and adding a glitterly flower in her hair was fun.  Also, I gave her a pearl ring on her finger to match the pearl accents along the top and bottom of the card front.  Normally, you wouldn't think these colors would go together, but for some reason it all worked out nicely!

A 3" white doily is sandwiched between the circle that was die cut out of a 4.25" x 4" square of rainbow dotted paper.  Brown and Ivory Petaloo flowers are featured at the bottom of her dress.  The Vintage Lace design along both top and bottom of the card are from our Vintage Lace Borders stamp set.  The color of the base card is a rustic, orange-brown, but for some reason works well with the rainbow patterned paper.  A little sepia ink was added along the circle edge of the center to match the rustic look. 

The Gift of Time - Altered Gift Box

I love to emboss, and ever since I purchased black embossing powder, there's no stopping me! I embossed our Pocket Watch stamp onto watercolor paper and cut out around the clock part so it would fit into the metal time piece.
The 2" metal pocket watch by Tim Holtz's, Idea-Ology looks grand on an altered gift box.  I trimmed around the clock, placed some foam into the backing to prop up the stamped design (it's a 2 piece embellishment and glues together easily). Deep Red Stamps, Pocket Watch,  (sized at 2" x 2").
Top view is seen below.  Along with the metal watch, I glued on another metal embellishment, a key.  It was black in color, but I added some silver metal leaf to the surface to distress it.  The pen is a paper die cut that was decoupaged. 
The corners of the top paper are curled to reveal some more silver metal leaf.  I admit that if I were to purchase metal leaf again, I would buy the gold color.  Unfortunately, silver reminded me of aluminum foil, so I added some brown ink on it.
The script paper was a 12" x 12" scrapbook paper from Michaels.  And the fleur de lis border is a sticker roll also purchased at Michaels.

At first, I didn't know what to do with these metal pieces, but they are so pretty, I had to make it a centerpiece on some project.  I really enjoyed making this gift box and working with metal leaf. Any reason to distress, is a good day :-)

Zebra Bottle Cap Magnet Ring

Here's how to get started with this fun project. Materials needed: Rubber stamp (an icon or single subject stamp works best.)...