Monday, July 11, 2016

Doing things a little differently

I have always loved wood mounted stamps.  At one point in my stamp collecting life I would buy only wood mounted stamps and eschewed cling mount and especially clear stamps.  But life changes.

Wood stamps are heavy, cumbersome, and difficult to store.  This I found out.  Especially when you have millions of them.

Plus, the quality of the cling mount and clear stamp varieties have really improved in the last couple of years.  Kind of like appliances.  And of  course the invention of the Misti stamping tool is a total game changer.

And now that I have discovered some new products, I am taking the leap and removing my beloved stamps from their wood mounts.  Well, many of them, anyway.  The process is slow and painstaking, but I think the results will be worth it.

First--the products I am using:   EZ Mount Cling Thin--this stuff is fabulous.  Easy to cut, so once the stamp is off the block, converting to Cling Mount is EZ!  But not all stamps are worthy of this process.  My rarely used but still coveted collage stamps are undergoing a different process!

Thus the second new product I am using:  Allene's Tack It Over and Over repositionable glue.  Available only online at JoAnn'  I remove the stamp (not the mount, just the red rubber) and paint on a mayonnaise layer of this glue.  Let it dry until it is clear, then voila--the stamp is easily stickable to a regular acrylic mount or your Misti.  Of course you must use a stamping mat since there is no foam backing, but the Misti makes this really not a problem.

So here is a picture of one of the stamp albums I am making from my collage stamps:

I have inserted 110 lb cardstock into a page protector and "clung" my newly glued-on-the-back-with-Tack-It-Over-and-Over stamps on top of the page protector.  The 110 lb weight gives a little bit of strength to the backing, plus you can stamp your images on the facing side so you have a stamp register.

Here is a picture of the Tack It Over and Over:

Another product I foresee using is Tack and Peel.  I bought it originally to use with the glued Tack It Over and Over stamps, but you don't need it.  But you can use it if you don't want to put glue on the backs of your rubber stamps.

Since starting this process I have emptied drawers of stamps (drawers that can hold other things now!),  What am I doing with my no longer needed blocks?  Of course they are going in boxes in the garage--who knows when I will need them!!!!!!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Stenciling again!

Seriously, July already?  I must have been busy, but it's all a blur!  I have started stenciling again, and today I am sharing a cupcake card I made.  New techniques for me--stenciling on black background first of all and second of all using one of the newer plastic stencils for the background.  Here is the card, and yes, I know it's not perfect, but I like it:

Grrrr--just finding my pictures has suddenly become a gigantic problem!  You think you know a system, and then all the rules change!  But I did find it!

I stenciled the cupcakes using white embossing paste (regular) onto black cardstock using a Dreamweaver stencil.  After the stenciling was dry, I then replaced the  clean stencil on top of it and dabbed on color with stencil brushes and applicators.  I found out that you really need a heavy coat of the white embossing paste on the black paper!  You can see my efforts don't quite measure up!  But hey, I'm just getting started again after a year or so!

Oh, I used pigment inks, so it took days for the ink to dry.  But the color pop is WOW!

The background confetti is stenciled in the same way, but with a plastic stencil from Hero Arts (yes, new!) on white card.  It took forever to replace the clean stencil onto the pasted card because you have to puzzle out which way it goes!  But I like the look and will definitely make some more cards like this one.  But better!  I may stick to white cardstock for a while until I get my groove on.

BTW I ordered several more  Dreamweaver stencils from Stencil with Style.  They are going out of business and you can probably only get these brass stencils in future from Stampendous, and a limited number of images at that.  Stencils are disappearing from the Stencil with Style website at a pretty good clip as inventory is reduced.  I love my stencils!  I now have a dedicated drawer in my craft room for them.  I even have an old timey lightbox!  There are tons of techniques to try!

Thanks for looking!  I'll be in my craft room.......

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Valentine Sprinkles

Above is a card I designed to send to the college students from our church for Valentine's day.  We wanted to remind them that they are still loved even though we don't get to see them very often.  Inside the card says  "I hope your day is sprinkled with love".  The inside is signed by all the members of the congregation.
     Here are the details:
          Accucut card base (with three die cut squares along the right border
          Hobby Lobby red paper overlay, also cut with Accucut die
           Cricut designed "print then cut" elephant and heart border.
I also placed extra print then cut hearts in the square openings.

Below is another Valentine project, this time for Tuesday night stampers:

I made SVG Cuts Valentine "crackers" from patterned papers.  I then imported my little raccoon stamp images from Stampendous into Cricut Design Space and print then cut them out with a patterned heart image.  They are colored with Copic markers and then the sentiment stamped on top of the patterned paper hearts. Can you see how intricate the little raccoon fingers are cut out with the Cricut?  I could never cut these by hand so neatly and closely.  I love precision die cutting!  And I will be using my stamped images more now that I have a way of cutting them out so easily!

Happy Valentine's Day to you, too!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Bunco Party!

Aren't these little guys adorable?  My sister hosted a bunco party in January and we thought these cute frosty little penguins would look great on the bunco punch cards.  The penguin is imported from Cricut Design Space and is a Make It Now project.  There is a penguin for every season!  I have designs on the little Valentine penguin next!
     We also imported the pattern for the background and made the background, the featured penguin, and the lettering (from A Child's Year Cricut cartridge) into a Print Then Cut.  Due to technical difficulties, we had to cut the large die separately and paste it onto the front of the card, along with the little sequin snowflake.  The die is altered from an existing Cricut image.
     Here is a picture of the cards on the lanyards used for the party:

It was a fun bunco party, but it was also a party to make the cards!  Thank you Cricut and Design Space!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Stamp A Faire Threads Challenge


Another technique new to me from this year's Stamp A Faire from PaperTrey Ink is the use of "thread nests".  They are very cute and do look like little bird's nests.  The best thread to use for this technique is thread right off the spool, because it curls so nicely.  Here is a link to the videos that showcase the use of the thread nests:

There are two videos--the first shows how to make the thread nests.  Thank you, Laura!  and the second video showcases using twine on cards.  Thank you, Danielle!

I used a combination of the techniques on the card above.  What goes best with thread?  Buttons!  I used a different window card this time.  There are three small window circles along the edge of the card.  I filled the circle areas with thread nests and antique buttons.
   The other side of the card features Anna Griffin paper, a Tim Holtz sewing room die, and a Paper Trey Ink button card die and stamp  (I love this set of stamps and dies!)

I used rather heavy twine, and it was hard to lay down.  I used glue dots beneath the buttons and a bit of Glossy Accents to hold down the twine, but this twine is hard to grab with the Glossy Accents.  It took a lot of patience, and if I do give this card to someone (can't really be mailed because of the bulk) I will have to secure the twine better.

I am really enjoying the Stamp a Faire videos today!

Stamp a Faire Mix and Match

This afternoon Betsy Veldman gave a wonderful talk on how to mix patterned papers.  She gave some very good tips which I had never thought about before.   I really appreciate the tips and thank you, Betsy Veldman!  Here is the link to the video:

I had laying on my desk some patterned papers from a Basic Grey / Hero Arts paper pack and I looked at them and thought, "These are just like what Betsy was talking about--a large, medium, and small print.  I actually had used them in a previous project--that's why they were just laying loose.  So I grabbed them and started thinking about my card.
   Remember, I am trying to use my window dies, and for lack of a better thought, I decided to cover the front of the window card with these papers.  I did just what Betsy said--I used a larger amount of the largest print, a middling amount of the middle size print, and a smaller amount of the smallest print.  My card reflects the sizes of the prints from top down (or bottom up, if you prefer).  And because the largest print was of funky looking birds, I  also grabbed one of my favorite stamps--funky birds!  This is a Magenta print, and I thought it would be perfect for my card.  I stamped the image in Memories black ink, coloring with Copic markers and the new Kiryana (sp????) metallic markers.  My image is so bright and colorful!  After trimming and attaching the stamped image to the inside of the card (mounting on a background of bright yellow), I felt the card was a little plain.  So for some drama, I added narrow strips of black cardstock.  These strips really set off the sunshiny yellow and orange.  I also stamped a Paper Smooches sentiment in black ink.   Lastly I added a Tim Holtz tiny tag, stamped and set with a green eyelet.  Oh, did I mention I really put some window plastic on the window.  Covering the entire front of the card allowed me to do this easily.  Who wouldn't want to receive such a bright and colorful card?!  Here is a peek at the inside:

Stamp a Faire Pattern Challenge

I didn't use my window dies for this challenge because they didn't really fit the offered patterns, so this card is a little smaller-A2 size to match the Paper Trey Ink patterned paper from the County Fair Make It Market kit I got last year.  I love this stamp set!  And this card would be perfect for a birthday card.  Here is the pattern I used:

Of course, Melissa's card is all girly and feminine, and very beautiful (I love the pumpkins!) so you have to look closely to see that mine fits the pattern.  You can see her card here:

All items on my card are from my kit, with the following exceptions:  white cardstock, red cardstock, Colorbox chalk inks, colored pencil (to enhance the ink), and few dots of dimensional pearl paint.  And doesn't this card look pretty next to my chalk painted Mason jars!  (Not yet distressed, so I will post about them later.)

Hooray for summer, sunshine, and fun!