Friday, February 27, 2015

Nesting Pair

I am home sick today with some kind of bug... fever, chills and aches.  Yuck.  I've been working extra long hours at work and rushing around in between to get everything else done - and it finally caught up with me!  But a long nap and Tylenol helped a lot this morning, and at least now I finally get a chance to sit and slow down for a bit.  It's true that if you don't get enough rest, your body will eventually make you take it!  Smiley

When I saw the new stamp set Moon Lake, I knew I wanted to combine the swimming goose with the goose from the Wetlands set.  I think the sketchy style of artwork is very similar between the two sets, and they go really well together! 

To make this project, I first stamped the two geese onto a 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  Then I stamped them again onto a scrap of masking paper (I love Inkadinkado's masking paper) and cut them out.  I placed the masks over the birds and then used a large Post it note to mask off the horizon.  I used the direct-to-paper technique to drag the Soft Sky inkpad horizontally across the sky area.  Then I repositioned the Post it note to cover the sky, and I sponged in the water with Pacific Point ink.  I sponged some Old Olive and Mossy Meadow ink along the bottom, removed the masks and colored the geese with a Sahara Sand marker.  I stamped the branchy leaves from the retired Simply Sketched stamp set (also chosen for its sketchy artwork style) in the top corners and colored them and the grasses in with a blender pen and Old Olive ink.  Finally I added to the shadowing under the swimming goose with the lightest Night of Navy blendability marker.

I hope you enjoyed today's card!  Stay well, and thanks for stopping by!

Note: Due to quality control issues, Stampin' Up! is no longer carrying the Blendabilities.  Instead, try the Stampin' Write markers, or color with blender pens/aquapainters and reinkers!

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Simply Sketched Wood-mount Stamp Set
Simply Sketched Wood-mount Stamp Set
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Gold Lotus Notecard

Hi everyone!  Today's project is a little notecard, rather than a regular sized card.  I wanted to try heat emboss resist with the Lotus Blossom set, and it turned out to be a lot of fun to make, although a little time consuming!

This stamp set uses a three-step stamping procedure, with three images that layer over each other so that you can get all the detail on the petals in graduated colors.  To start with, I stamped the solid flower image twice onto a Very Vanilla panel using Versamark, and heat embossed the flower heads with clear embossing powder.  Once the flower heads had cooled, I sponged in the background with Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive ink. Then I took the panel to my ironing board, sandwiched it  between two pieces of scratch paper, and ironed off all of the embossing powder (a medium-hot iron, no steam).  I was left with two uninked flower head shapes in the middle of the sponged background.  Then I stamped the second of the three flower images over the top of them with Gold Encore Ink, and heat set them until the ink dried (pigment ink can take a while).  Finally I stamped the third (most detailed) image, the stems, and the sentiment in Gold Encore ink and heat embossed them with gold embossing powder.  

By this time, the Very Vanilla panel had been under my heat tool three times, so it was pretty warped.  I laid it under a heavy book for an hour or so and then used lots of tape on the back to adhere it to the Rich Razzleberry mat and then the Crumb Cake notecard.

I hope you enjoyed this project for today!  Honestly, I love the way it turned out, but I don't think I'll be mass producing these anytime soon.  ;)  Thanks for stopping by!

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Heat Tool

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Pleasant Poppies Thank You

It has been SO LONG since I've had time to stamp anything for this blog!  Thanks for sticking with me, if you're still here!  Work has been taking over my life lately, and although I enjoy it, I can't tell you how happy I am to have this President's Day weekend to relax a bit and get some creative fun in.

For today's project, I started off with a 3 7/8" x 4 1/8" piece of Very Vanilla.  I stamped it in Crumb Cake with the Dictionary Background stamp, and then sponged around the edges with the same ink.  Then I inked up the Pleasant Poppies background stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and stamped the image on the right side of the panel.  I colored it in with Blendabilities.  I adhered the Chevron ribbon with glue dots, and the sentiment with dimensionals.  The sentiment is from the So Very Grateful stamp set.

I hope you like today's project!  I'm sorry it's been so long.  Hopefully I will have another project up soon.  Thanks for stopping by!

Note: Due to quality control issues, Stampin' Up! is no longer carrying the Blendabilities.  Instead, try the Stampin' Write markers, or color with blender pens/aquapainters and reinkers!
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