Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Stretching Your Christmas Stamps

Hello crafty friends.  I'm so happy to be guest designing today for Whimsy Stamps!  Any time you can extend the life of your stamps and use them beyond what they were intended for, I'm all about that.  So today, I'm sharing how I've used the Gingerbread Greetings and Tweetie Pie clear stamps beyond Christmas, and on into winter, as Thank You cards for all those gifts you received!


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I wanted to make a set of cards that coordinate, so I chose 3 basic colors and kept a similar design for each card.  When stamping multiple images, it just takes a little more extra time to color those additional images.  Setting things up assembly style, is also very helpful.





I'm using watercolor pencils on all my images today and you'll find links to most of the products that I used at the end of this post.  

For my "pink" card, you can see the swatch that I created below, to choose my colors.  I ended up choosing #1 for the darker shading and #3 to blend out my colors.  All of my images were stamped on Canson mixed media paper using my Misti and hybrid ink in a leather color, which affords a softer look and better blending for a no-line coloring effect on my Gingerbread houses.





I also used a fun technique for coloring; grabbing color directly from the watercolor pencil with a waterbrush.  You'll want to have paper towels handy, to blot for a light effect.  If you'd like to see a quick two minute video that I shared on my Facebook account showing the process, click here.  I hope you'll follow me while you're there too!





One of my favorite tools for embellishing is a white gel pen.  I use it on almost all my projects in one form or another.  As you can see in the photo below, I did a lot of embellishing on my images.  Not only to accent the design but to create a little snow effect, as well.




Let me also mention that I used A2 size Neenah scored cards and trimmed my Whimsy Stamps 
Cozy Winter paper pack to cover the entire front for my scenes.  I also created 3 separate stitched die pieces for each card, to create a layered, snowy hillside.  Whimsy Stamps has a lovely set for you to add to your collection, the Stitched Border Die Trio. My lighting is very bright but you can see the layering best on my "pink" card if you zoom in.  Some of my layers are popped up with adhesive foam circles, as are the sentiments, some of the houses and some of the trees.  

A touch of stenciling was also added on two of my cards for a cobblestone effect, in front of the doorway on the lower houses.



As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I also used the Tweetie Pie clear stamp set.  The thank you sentiment was the perfect compliment to complete my themed cards.

Thanks again to Whimsy Stamps for allowing me to share with you today.  If you have any questions that I haven't answered, please leave them in the comment section and I will do my best to respond.  
Stay crafty my friends!  Terri

Whimsy Stamps



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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Caffeinated Sweetness

Hello lovelies. Today, I'm sharing a card from a stamp set that has been in my stash for a few months and needed some love. We've been having dreary weather in our neck of the woods, but I'm feeling all the colors today. I'm playing with the Paper Smooches Caffeinated stamp set.  Scroll down for a few creative details.


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This is the cutest stamp set, don't you think?  You can clickety-click the link below for more 
product details.


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To make my yummy cup, I heated embossed the cup and straw image on vellum with clear embossing powder.  Next, I traced a section of watercolor paper to fit behind the cup, pressed my Ranger Distress Oxide Ink onto a craft mat, then spritzed with water.  The fun part is next....smooshing! Just smoosh and dredge your paper into the inky mixture.  Heat dry, then sprinkle water drops and blot with a paper towel.  Do this as many times as you like to get the color you want. For me, I wanted a darker shade towards the bottom of my beverage.




Speaking of beverages, what is your favorite caffeinated cold drink?  I love the Lavender drink from Starbucks.  Oh my, it is so yummy.  I'm not much of a soda drinker but I do love an ice cold glass of sweet tea too.


Here's a few more tips on this colored cup.  I colored my straw on the back side of the vellum, using my water brush with more Worn Lipstick ink, and a white gel pen.  To adhere my pink watercolor inked paper to the vellum, I traced and applied a piece of adhesive sheet to the inked side of my pink splattered paper, then stuck it face up on the back side of my vellum.  Then I traced and applied another piece of adhesive sheet to the entire back side of my cup and straw, peeled off the liner and placed it on my card.  I didn't want to use an adhesive runner, as the adhesive can sometimes goop up in places and I didn't want that to show through.  The adhesive sheets are the perfect solution!


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I also love, love, love colorful plaid papers. I found this Photo Play Paper on the Scrapbook.com website and had to have it.  It's super sturdy and cuts like a dream!  I'm definitely going back for more.  Once I find a paper that I love, I stock up before it's gone for good! And, you can't beat the price!





Lastly, I trimmed a piece of pink glitter tape on the edge of my card, die cut my paper to frame my cup using Lawn Fawn dies (all product links are listed at the end of this post) and sprinkled on lots and lots of sequins from Buttons Galore.  To apply all those sequins, I use my Nuvo Morning Dew drops.  I also popped up my sentiment with foam adhesive for added dimension.  I think this makes a nifty Valentine's Day card too!


Thanks so much for popping in today.  Click any of the links below for more information!  Have a crafty day!  Terri



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