Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Stampscapes - Something Different!

Good Morning!

I played around with different types of ink last night and this is the end result. I kind of like it! The first layer is Adirondack Dye Ink - Aqua. Using the brayer I applied quite a few coats and really worked the colour into the glossy paper. After that the hills were made with ripped paper and using the brayer to apply ink. Super easy!!
The next step is to stamp the images. Everything looked too monotone when I was finished so brought out my Distress Ink Pad - Frayed Burlap and tapped it into the valleys and onto the rocks. My hills just didn't seem to stand out so went over the top edges with Adirondack Stonewashed to deepen the colour a bit and it also gave a bit more definition to the ridges.
Last of all I applied white accents here and there to make the leaves, brush and birds stand out. The whole thing was sprayed with a glossy laquer finish and then mounted.

There you have it! This project is so easy and a fun one to try!

Stamps used:
Stampscape - 302A Gulls
277F Leafy branch
Rocks & Brush

Adirondack - Aqua, Stonewashed, Denim
Ranger - Archival - Jet Black
Disstress - Frayed Burlap
MS Punch - Photo corner
JellyRoll Star pens

Thanks for looking!

P.S. The postal strike is over and Myrna will receive her Stampscape stamps soon... Woo Hoo!!!
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Wednesday, 22 June 2011

More Penny Black - CAS Card

These daisies are from the new Penny Black set called 'Flower Gallery' which I purchased at Crafty Capers in Nanaimo.  This is the second stamp that I've played with.  They did look like daisies until the Stickles made the stamp ink run a bit.  Now they have a Christmas look to them haha! 

I stamped the daisies twice and coloured both.  The upper petals of both flowers were cut out and then popped up with pop dots.  I used Stickes to highlight parts of the petals and coloured the image with Copics.  After playing with the layout for a while I finally decided on something fairly simple without a sentiment.  I can stamp something inside once I figure out what to use it for!

This closeup shot shows which petals I cut out to pop up.  You also have a better view of the ink that ran!  They almost look like the white pointsettias you can buy in December!
Here's the recipe for this card....

Penny Black - Flower Gallery
Ink:  Stampin' Up!
Sunshine Yellow & Diamond
Embossing Folder:  Couture Creations Entangle (Reminds me of my machine quilting!)
Stampin' Up!, Staples, Unknown

There you have it in a nutshell!!  Thanks for looking!


Love Penny Black's Flowers!!

Penny Black has a new set of flower stamps out called 'Flower Gallery!'  I just LOVE them!!  Crafty Capers in Nanaimo is one of my favourite stamp shops.  I am known for buying all of the 'last ones' that Victoria has in stock lol!!  This is the same shop that I purchase all of my Stampscape stamps as well.

This is a closeup view of the flowers.  They are coloured with copics and highlighted with Stickles and Liquid Pearls.  The stickles only show when the card is tilted.
Here's the recipe for this card...

Penny Black - Flower Gallery; Just Rite Stamps - Sentiment and nesti dies
Stampin' Up!, Recollections and unknown
Sunshine Yellow and Diamond
Liquid Pearls:  Light Yellow
Unknown bulk

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Stampscapes Tutorial - Brayered Scene

Hi Everyone!
Just thought I'd post this as I finally have a few free minutes at the shop!  I was playing around with the brayer last week and actually remembered to take a few photos along the way.  Hope this gives you some insight to what I'm doing on this end.... it's easy peasy!

First off I used Memento Summer Sky as my base layer.  I didn't want it to fade so brayered many layers of this one colour.  Also... for my scenes I don't brayer like everyone else.  Whenever you take a class or watch a video the instructor says to go lightly in one direction so you don't get lines.  This is true for the most part and I do this for some cards with lighter coloured inks!   For me it's... au contraire grasshopper!  I've found that loading my Speedball brayer with lots of ink works great... start brayering at the top or side to start and move the brayer down as you go.  I use quite a bit of pressure and the ink goes down the paper with it.  If you find there's too much ink in a spot then run your brayer over scrap white paper and then go back to your project and repeat until the excess is gone.  I've also found that if you do this and also work the ink into the paper that the lines go away.  If they don't, then load your brayer again with the same colour and really work it in again.  Move quickly and go back and forth from the project to scrap paper until the desired effect is reached.  The reason for how I brayer is probably due to the amount of ink I apply.  It seems that the paper absorbs the ink or, maybe there is enough on top of the glossy paper that pressure from working the ink into the paper makes it blend... Who knows.  Everyone has their own way of doing things so if you are more comfortable using light pressure and less ink.. go for it!  

The next layer is done using a two inch strip of ink on your brayer of Stonwashed Adirondack Dye Ink.  This time only start from the top first, working the ink down the page and when that's done head down to the bottom and work the ink up!  Again, go back and forth to your scrap paper to rid your brayer of excess ink.

The third layer is Adirondack Dye Ink Denim.  I love the look of these colours together and you can feel the drama being created (at least I can!)  Only ink 1/2" of the brayer with this colour as it is deep and you don't want to cover up the other two!  Play with it until you get the right look you want.  On some pieces I have gotten a different effect that resembles the Northern Lights so dont ever think your project should turn out perfectly blended! 

Now the fun begins!!  Using Archival Ink, Jet Black, stamp your images where you'd like.  I wanted the lighter area in the middle to be on the water as if moonlight was shining down from stamped the Lakeside Cove stamp above it.  The next stamp, Pines and Rocks was lined up and stamped beside the cove with half of it stamped off the page.  The bottom of the paper looked empty and I wanted to try my new stamps so... used Sedge Bank Left at the bottom and stamped most of it off the page.  This jut out looked too darned empty so used the Bush stamp to add some taller weeds.  Once I added the weeds the bank was a better size to use with my Wading Fisherman.
The last step on this scene was to add a little something to jazz it up a bit.  For the white dots I used my white pen, carefully trying not to make white globs.  You have to touch the paper ever so lightly!!  The scene needed a bit more so used Distress Ink Frayed Burlap to lightly colour the rocks along the water in the cove.
There you have it!  I'm sure you'll come up with something exciting for your scene.  Don't forget to practice stamping on spare paper first so you get the depth of field right!  The 'Jolly Green Giant' doesn't fish as far as I know!  haha!
Stampscapes Stamps Used:
048E  Lakeside Cove
195G  Pines and Rocks
186B  Wading Fisherman
234F  Sedge Bank Right
191A Bush
Good luck and have fun!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Stampscapes - Father's Day / Birthday

Hi Everyone!
My DH? is upstairs watching the Stanley Cup so I'm downstairs posting a card I put together last night.  I think this one turned out pretty neat even if it's rather mundane in that I am once again using my three favourite stamps (this month)!
I started off with white glossy cardstock and used the brayer with my Antique Linen Distress Ink pad.  Because some inks fade quickly I brayered over the paper many times with a vast amount of ink just to see what happens.  I was pleased to see that because I brayered so many layers.. the colour didn't fade much at all.  My expert photography skills don't show the colour off well but it looks good!
The next step was to place the stamps one by one.  Each one was stamped in Archival Jet Black and immediately embossed with ultra fine clear embossing powder.  Here is an angled view that shows off the embossing along with the Diamond Stickles I added for highlight!
Now that the photo is uploaded I see that the Stickles aren't showing up well at all!  I added it along the waterline of the rocks and into some of the reflections.
The next step was to chop everything up and glue it onto the black paper.  That was in turn mounted onto the kraft cardstock.  Now here's a wee, little secret!  The kraft cardstock was actually purchased at WalMart and I found it by accident while looking for office supplies.  The package contains 50 cards and 50 envelopes for just over $7.00!  Normally the ready made cards they carry are of a very lightweight cardstock... quite flimsy actually.  The kraft ones work great!
Here's the recipe!
Stampscapes -
023A    Duck Trio
267E     Pines and Rocks
046E     Lakeside Cove
Sentiment -
Innie & Outie by My Sentiments Exactly!
Paper -   WalMart, Recollections
Ink -  Archival Jet Black
Diamond Stickles
Ultra fine embossing powder
There you have it in a nutshell... Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

S.O.S. !!!

Happy Tuesday to all my Blogland friends! 
I'm in need of some help with this one!  When I was thinking about this card I thought up a CAS design but things always look different once they're on paper.  So... I'm at wits end as to what this card needs!  I tried the white flowers but it took away from the stamped image.  I tried ribbon but that just didn't work either!
My followers and the creators I follow are the most creative people I know.  Please feel free to critique this one and if you have any suggestions I'd appreciate every one!   If you can think of an embellishment, background paper or layout that would work better with this image... Let me know!
Here's a pic of the side view.  I had stamped the image twice with the top image embossed and cut out.   Using pop dots to secure the image, I set it off centre. 
Stamps Used:
Hero Arts & Stampin' Up! for the sentiment
Paper:       Unknown from stash
Pop Dots
Cricut:      George cartridge
Stampendous embossing powder
Bling:  Dollarama
Thanks for looking and have a wonderful work week!

I would like to thank all of my creative friends for helping me out with this one!  My car couldn't get home quick enough so that I could play while cooking dinner.
Everyone's ideas were fabulous and I could picture them all in my mind.  The hard part was making my mind tell my hands what to do.  The idea of embossing the background paper is a fab one!  We all know what happens when one uses sukwang (sp?) tape?  It's stuck forever!  The next card along this line will defintely be embossed!
I brought out the bling (my craft drawers have more than I do in my dress up drawer) and played with different positions.  After measuring here and measuring there I finally ended up putting the gems under the sentiment.  I think it turned out okay.
My mojo comes and goes with my hot flashes.  Some days it's as if I have  clear tunnel from ear to ear!  haha!  Hopefully one day all the shorts in the wires will join correctly .. for now I just feel like the scarecrow!
Time to post another one I threw together last night as it was raining cats and dogs...
Thanks girls!

Monday, 13 June 2011

New Unstamping Challenge Blog!

There's a new challenge blog on the block!  UnstampaBelles This challenge blog was created to share all types of papercrafting techniques without the use of stamps.

The UnstampaBelles would love you to enter your paper creations e.g. cards, scrap pages, boxes, books, calendars, etc.

Using some of the following techniques: papertole, quilling, iris folding, stitching, beading, origami, fancy folds, cutting machines (e.g. craftrobo, cricut), paper punches, canvases, stickers, rub-ons etc

Above all have fun!!!

Check this blog out and enter for some candy at the same time!  I know I'll be using my Cricut a lot more with this challenge blog!


Friday, 3 June 2011

Stampscapes - Father's Day #1

It's Friday!!  WooHoo!!!!
I was working in Nanaimo yesterday so guess what I did??!!  Shhhh...I went to
Crafty Capers!  I grabbed the only farm stamp she had so look for that one in the future.  I also grabbed some more of the good glossy paper for working with my brayer.
The idea for this card popped into my head on the drive home.  I had picked up the sentiment stamp the other day and thought this layout would bring everything together!   Inside says  ...Happy Father's Day.  This time I used yellows and oranges but am also going to post some of the same done with other colours just to see how they turn out. 

The recipe is as follows:

Stamps used:

Stampscapes -
023A     Duck Trio
267E     Pines & Rocks
046E     Lakeside Cove

My Sentiments Exactly
Hampton Art

Inks Used:
Adirondack Dye Ink Pads - Terra Cotta, Butterscotch, Caramel
Distress Inks - Spiced Marmalade
Memento - Cantalope
Ranger Archival - Jet Black

Colorbox Stylus
Speedball Brayer
Really kewl sticky paper for the moon

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!