Monday, May 22, 2017

Lighthouse Tag

Hello! The Stampendous team is continuing the "Part of Your World" theme for the month of May, and this week we are highlighting "Up Where they Walk." So think lighthouses, sail boats, beaches, etc. I decided to make a tag with the Build a Lighthouse stamp set. Check out the full instructions below.


Supplies:
Stampendous:
CRS5098: Build a Lighthouse Stamp Set
DCS5098: Build a Lighthouse Die Cut Set

Other:
Zig Clean Color Markers: 028, 034, 037, 040, 041, 044, 050, 062, 064, 065, 072, 075, 083, 096, 260, 302, 303, 803
Staples:
Molotow:
May Arts: Ribbon

Directions:
1. Using VersaFine ink in Onyx Black, first stamp the lighthouse on the right side of the tag.

2. Die cut a lighthouse out of scrap paper.

3. Temporarily attach the die cut light house on top of the stamped light house with temporary adhesive or tap under the die cut.

4. Stamp the clouds across the top of the tag.

5. Stamp the trees and bushes below the cloud line. The die cut lighthouse prevents you from stamping on the lighthouse that you will eventually color in.

6. Stamp the shore line.

7. Stamp some waves.

8. Color the tag using the Zig Clean Color Markers listed.

9. Highlight the clouds and lighthouse with the Molotow marker.

10. Add some ribbon to the tag.
Please check out the Stampendous Blog ad the rest of the folks posting along with me. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Poppy Nap

Hello there! I have a House Mouse card to share with you today, which I am using for the latest House Mouse & Friends Challenge #241. The current theme is Embossing, and I did that on my background. 


Supplies:
Stampendous:
HMP73: Poppy Nap
CRS5096: Pretty Poppies Cling Stamps
DP020: Detail Clear Embossing Powder
STF082: VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black
VM001: VersaMark Watermark Ink

Other:
My Colors Cardstock: Harvest Orange
Bazzill Cardstock: Ivy
Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry Glue
Zig Clean Color Markers: 010, 020, 023, 029, 044, 048, 064, 062, 065, 069, 071, 072, 094, 220, 901, 902
May Arts Ribbon
Chalk
Canson Mixed Media Paper


Directions:
1. Stamp the image on to Canson Mixed Media Paper using VersaFine ink.

2. Color the image using the Zig Clean Color Markers Listed.

3. Smudge on blue chalk for the sky and brown chalk for the ground.

4. Trim the image.

5. Cut a Mat of Bazzill cardstock in Ivy to the size of 4-1/4" x 3-3/16."

6. Create the card base out of Harvest Orange cardstock and cut to the size of 6-1/2" x 10."

7. Using the small poppy from the Pretty Poppies set, stamp the image all over the front of the card base using VersaMark ink.

8. Sprinkle all the stamped images with Detail Clear Embossing Powder and heat set.

9. Adhere a piece of satin ribbon approximately 1-1/4" from the bottom of the card.

10. Glue all layers using Zip Dry Glue.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, May 19, 2017

May-genta with Imagine


Hello! This month, Imagine chose Magenta (or MAY-genta) for the color of the month. I decided to keep my card clean, simple and monochromatic...with just a few touches of gold.

I started off with some Bristol Paper and stamped beautiful border with Magenta VersaColor ink, and then I heat embossed it with Clear embossing powder. Next, I inked up my sentiment with Raspberry VersaColor to vary the shades a little, and I heat embossed that with Clear as well. I rubbed Angel Pink Memento ink across the entire piece, and this picked up the bit of texture that my paper has.

I took a plain white card base and brushed on Lilac Posies Fireworks!, let it dry, and then applied Rose Bud Fireworks! in the same way. I didn't love the way the color of the Fireworks! looked next to the Magenta ink, so to break it up, I edged the top layer of my card with Golden Glitz Delicata ink.

For just a little more sparkle and visual interest, I added a few sequins with On Point Glue. This glue is so perfect for small things like sequins. It holds perfectly, dries quickly, and that super teeny applicator makes working with it a breeze.


This card would be pretty in any color, but I really love how girly it is in the magenta and other shades of pink. And the shimmer and sparkle from the Fireworks!, Delicata, and sequins is lovely. I hope you enjoyed my project. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies:
Imagine:
VersaColor: Magenta, Raspberry
Memento: Angel Pink
Delicata Ink: Golden Glitz
Fireworks! Spray: Lilac Posies, Rose Bud
Embossing Powder: Clear
On Point Glue

Other:
Stampendous: Elegant Borders Perfectly Clear SetPainted Wishes Perfectly Clear Set

Skill Level: Beginner
Time to Complete: Under 20 Minutes

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Dream Big: Imagine Collaboration with Joy Clair


Hello! The Artists in Residence for Imagine had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with Joy Clair. They sent us some fabulous stamps, and I really love them. The stamps have such beautiful details, and there are many many options within each set.

I chose to work with the Dream Big Clear Stamp Set. It features a big dream catcher with feathers and beads that you can place as you wish.  It's linework is so fine, that I knew that VersaFine ink would be the perfect ink for these stamps. But first, I chose to spritz some Fireworks! on to my watercolor paper. I focused on keeping the color up where I would place the dream catcher later.


After the Fireworks! dried, I inked up the hoop of the dream catcher and stamped it out. Then I "built" the rest of the dream catcher using the beads and feathers that are also in the set. It was so much fun to create the rest of the piece. After I was happy with the beads and feathers, I drew a "string" with a PITT pen. I also stamped the "Dream Big" sentiment in the lower left corner.


I thought it would be nice to have some dimension, so I unscrewed the spritzer from my silver irRESISTable and used the straw end of the spritzer to drop silver randomly on the piece. After it dried, I brushed Bahama Blue on 2 sides of the watercolor paper and New Sprout on the other 2 sides. My card base was made out of a blue cardstock that matched the Bahama Blue shade that I used on the card. I brushed a bit of RoseBud Fireworks! on to 2 edges of the card for just a little more shimmer. Honestly, these stamps are so fun that you don't need to do very much to make a fabulous project.

Supplies:
Imagine:
Fireworks! Spray in Rose Bud, New Sprout, Bahama Blue
VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black
irRESISTable in Silver

Joy Clair: Dream Big Clear Stamps

Faber-Castel: PITT Pen Small in Black
Blue Cardstock
Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry Glue
Recollections: Watercolor Paper

Thanks so much for stopping and be sure to leave comments (one per blog) during these two days of hopping so you can be entered to win a one of two $25 Joy Clair Stamps Gift Cards or one of two $25 Gift Cards from Imagine!!! Winners will be announced on the Joy Clair and Imagine Blogs at the end of the month.
Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Sea Turtle Tag

Hello! This week, the Stampendous team is continuing the "Part of Your World" theme that we have going on this month. This week, we are going "Under the Sea." I have been waiting to share this tag with you for quite a while. I had such a blast making it. Full instructions are below.


Supplies:
Stampendous:
CRV334: Sea Turtle
DWLG629: Scales Stencil
DP111: Detail Black Embossing Powder
EJK06: Teal Encrusted Jewels Kit- Detail Capri
SSC1246: Ocean Wisdom
DCP1006: Fitted Frames Set B
DWDPK: Palette Knife

Other:
DecoArt Media: Fluid Acrylics in Yellow Iron Oxide, Burnt Umber, Green Gold, Cobalt Blue Hue, Prussian Blue, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Quinacridone Gold. White Gesso. Texture Sand Paste.
Imagine: VersaMark Ink, Goosebumps, Jet Black StazOn, On Point Glue, Large Sponge Dauber
Creative Impressions: #70128- 3/4" Gold Crepe Ribbon
Molotow: Signal White Extra Fine ONE4ALL Paint Pen
Scrapbooks Adhesieves: Foam Squares
Staples: Tag
Artist's Loft: Water Color Paper
Vellum
Sequins
Scruffy Brush


Directions:
1. On watercolor paper, paint Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Burnt Umber, and Green Gold approximately where the turtle would be. Try to keep in mind what colors you would like where on the turtle.

2. While the paint is drying, gesso the tag.

3. After the paint has dried, stamp the turtle with VersaFine ink and emboss with Detail Black embossing powder.

4. Cut out the turtle.

5. Paint the tag using a back and forth (east to west) motion with Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Prussian Blue Hue, and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide using a scruffy brush. You can mix the colors with some water if you wish. Let dry.

6. Tape the Scales Stencil on top of the tag and apply VersaMark ink with a Large Dauber.

7. Emboss with Detail Capri embossing powder.

8. Apply Textured Sand Paste around the edge of the tag with the Palette Knife. Be sure not to overwork the paste, especiall on top of the embossed areas. Let dry.

9. Paint a wash of Prussian Blue Hue on to the texture paste.

10. Using the Molotow pen, draw in highlights on to the turtle's shell and the white's of his eyes.

11. Apply Goosebumps all over the turtle with a brush. Make it thick.

12. Apply Quinacridone Gold all over the Textured Sand border.

13. Stamp the sentiment on to vellum using Jet Black StazOn.

14. Die cut the sentiment sing the Large "J" Fitted Frame.

15. Add 2 sequins to the vellum using On Point Glue.

16. Add more On Point to the underside of the vellum where the sequins is and to the upper right corner where it will be under the turtle's head.

17. Apply foam squares to the turtle and attach to the tag.

18. Add ribbon to the tag.

Please be sure to visit the rest of the team that's posting today. Their links are below. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

M is for Mom


Greetings! This month, the Artists in Residence are working with the theme, "M is for..." so I decided to go with M is for Mom. Mother's Day is almost here, and my mom (thankfully) loves to get my homemade cards, so I figured I'd make a card that was very well suited to her. My mom loves all things steampunked. She is so cool. She loves texture and neutrals and gears...and well, all the stuff I put on this card!

I started off with the Gears Stencil and the Vintage Creative Medium and let that speak t me about what to do next. I knew the Vertigo would be a fun way to spell out Mom, and inking it up with StazOn helped it to stand out more. I didn't ink the Vertigo completely, but varied the amount of ink I used on the letters to give some more visual interest. I used assorted shaded of brown ink, some ultra fine glitter and Fireworks! Spray for some shine.

Supplies:
Imagine:
Vertigo in Tilted
StazOn in Spiced Chai
Creative Medium in Vintage
Fireworks! Spray in Desert Sand, Tuxedo Black
Delicata Ink in Brown Shimmer
Kaleidacolor Ink in Cappucino Delight
Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa, Desert Sand
On Point Glue

Other:
Stampendous: Gears Stencil, Mahogonay Ultra Fine Glitter, Steampunk Gears Perfectly Clear Set, Mixed Media White Paper
Quickutz: Diesel Letter Dies
Recollections: Cream Large Card Base

Thank you so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Blended Heart


Hello! This month, the Artists in Residence of Imagine are sharing different ways to blend their fantastic products. I adore the chalky, lovely colors of VersaMagic, so that's what I wanted to highlight in this tutorial.

I started by taping my stencil down only on the left side, so that the tape created a hinge. This way I can check my work as I go along.

I chose the colors I wanted to use and I started with the lightest shade, which in this case is Key Lime. I do this because, as I begin to blend the colors, I won't dirty up the lighter ink pads with the darker colors. I used a sponge dauber to ink up the outer edge of the heart.

A quick check to make sure I like how it looks, and then I used Thatched Straw.

Since VersaMagic stays wet for a while, it is quite easy to blend the colors. I take each shade out a little further that I want it to show, so that I have room to overlap the colors.

Next, I used Pink Grapefruit, followed by Red Brick. Even though these colors "shouldn't" blend well together, the VersaMagic makes it so easy to make them work together. Here's a tip...I like to of course use one sponge dauber per color, and to keep them from getting mixed up, I stack them right on colors when I'm not using them until the project is completed. Then I trimmed out the heart. I didn't like the white border I left, so I colored the edge with New Sprout Memento Marker, which happens to match Key Lime pretty perfectly.

I die cut a simple "friend" sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays using Mint Julep cardstock. I thought this was another great opportunity to do some blending. I used a Bamboo Leaves Memento Marker for the top portion of the letters, then I blended it with Pear Tart.


In the photo above, you can see how nicely the 2 colors are blended on the "f." On the rest of the word, only the Bamboo Leaves has been used.

I made my card base out of Dare Devil cardstock, cut to 5 1/2" x 8." I spritzed it with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle. I cut out a strip of Banana Pepper (1 1/4" x 4") and Sweet Potato (3/4" x 4), glued them together and sprayed them with Sheer Shimmer Sparkle Frost. Then I assembled my card.

I thought the card needed something else. A little more white. My son was playing Pac-Man next to me while I was working, and then it came to me. Dots! Just like the dots Pac-Man has to eat! So I used my Wedding White irRESISTables Pico Embellisher to make dots around the perimeter.

Supplies:
Imagine:
VersaMagic Ink: Key Lime, Thatched Straw, Pink Grapefruit, Red Brick
Sponge Daubers
Sheer Shimmer Spritz: Shimmer, Frost
Memento Markers: Bamboo Leaves, Pear Tart, New Sprout
irRESISTabes Pico Embellisher: Wedding Dress

Other:
Stampendous: Ornate Heart Metal Stencil- FMS4060
CAS-ual Fridays: Friends Die- CFD16103
My Colors Cardstock: Dare Devil, Banana Pepper, Sweet Potato, Mint Julep
Xyron: "X" 1.5" Sticker Maker

Skill Level: Basic ti Intermediate
Time to Complete: 30 minutes