Scraps of thoughts, photos and art

cards

Bandanna Technique

A big thanks to Robin Beam and her Bandanna Technique using the awesome Ranger inks and new white pigment pen. I had to try it with the new pigment pads from Ranger and got this awesome result. Part of the Ranger Pigment Ink review at ScrapFriends, this card is so cheery and came out wonderfully using those new products. The stamps are Inque Boutique which you can get at Scrapbook Central by clicking the button on the home page. The gems are from RhinestoneNY – terrific bling!

Have some fun today and bling up a card or two, it is national stamping week you know!

chalked stamped lily

Supplies:
Stamps – Starving Artistamps
Black Ink – Ranger Archival Jet Black
All-Purpose Ink – Tsukineko Vegas Gold
Chalk – Craft-T
Patterned Background Paper – SEI Chocolat
Sticker – DCWV
Workable Fixatif Spray – Krylon

Making cards is really one of my favorite things to do because there are a bazillion ways to make one. Quick and easy art with a stamped image and some pretty background paper. The lily, buds and stem are actually 3 separate stamps. I used masking to get the main lily flower in the foreground with the buds and stem “behind” it.

To “mask”, use a Post-it note or Eclipse Paper Tape for this technique. The object is to have a thin, repositionable piece of paper for the main image. Think ahead a little to what image you would like in the foreground of your group of images. Here, I wanted the lily as the main image. Stamp the lily on the thin “tape” and cut out just inside the stamped lines. Put this image to the side then stamp the lily on the base of the card front. Place the repositionable cut-out lily over that newly stamped image exactly matching it up. Stamp any other images you would like to have “behind” the main image, like the buds and leaf. You’ll be stamping over the “tape” or mask image. When you’re happy with the images in the background, remove the mask and you’ll have an instant visually dimensional image!

Ok, back to this particular card. Once the stamping was complete, I chalked the images with regular ole dry chalk using some mini pom-pom puffs. I don’t mind going outside the lines a bit, but if that bothers you, just erase the stray chalk with a white, soft eraser.

When you’re happy with the color, spray with a Fixatif spray to keep the chalk where you want it and to stop it from migrating to other projects. Swiping with All-Purpose Ink really gives the piece a beautiful gold finish and a light-shifting quality. Since this ink comes in a mini wide-mouth bottle, using a finger dauber works well. Be aware that this ink has nice coverage with a transparent quality, so a little goes a long way.

Trim the image close and mount onto a card front. Add ribbon or other embellishments as desired.

Claudine Hellmuth’s Beeswax Collage DVD review was just published at ScrapFriends and I was lucky enough to be on the review. I met Claudine for the first time at CHA in February this year and just knew we needed to review one of her DVD’s. Pure fun is all I have to say about Claudine and her teaching style – LOVE it! She has this knack of taking an intimidating medium like beeswax and explains it in simple terms without making you feel like an idiot! I am adding beeswax to my favorites for mediums to work with in papercrafting thanks to Claudine!

Here is a birthday card that I made using the techniques from the DVD. It’s a “Poppet” card, using a copy of my head on a made up body. The tropical fabric is a bit “me”, but the style of attire is really not – I’m a t-shirts, jeans and sneakers kinda gal. The ENTIRE thing is held together by Ranger’s beeswax, using the natural color kind, with no additional adhesive required. What I like is that it doesn’t have a strong odor like some beeswax does. It’s really quite fun to look at in person, but here’s a pic for you anyway. 🙂

beeswax poppet card

   

Making cards is really a fun and relaxing time for me, especially when I’m using great stamp images! These are from Faerie Song Artstamps‘ Pixie Magic sheet. Bring a bit of magic and faerie dust to your projects by using glitter, Stickles or even Glaze pens. Shimmer and sparkle is in!

Can you say busy? Scrapbook Central was certainly busy, busy, busy on Saturday, May 4th for National Scrapbook Day. There was a 3-day crop there with a guest scrapbook author, Kitty Foster, in town from Georgia. I met Kitty at the ScrapJam scrapbook getaways, gosh, at least 5 years ago now maybe more. She became a writer and worked at Inque Boutique for a time too! Such a small world for sure…

Here’s Kitty with La Verne eating Belgian Waffles for breakfast on Saturday – you had just one each right girls??

I did actually get some Cards for Soldiers done! It was a good sense of accomplishment for the 82 cards ALL using scraps! Ok, the card base was cardstock that wasn’t really a “scrap”, but the embellishments and patterned paper or stickers were all hanging around for quite some time. I also made 2 Mother’s Day cards.

We sold 2 large Alterable Magnetic Easels too! Wait until I make some samples to put in the store – should be good for sales!

Likes

Photobucket

Some Odd Girl

Sizzix Blinkie

Origami Owl anyone?

me

Archives