Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Hi there! Today I have a fun idea for the upcoming gift season in how you can use watercolor pencils to create a dry watercolor palette and incorporate it into a gift. Here's a peek. I hope you'll go check it out on the A Walk Down Memory Lane Blog.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Hi there! Today we are celebrating the 100th challenge for Inspired By Stamping! There are tons of inspiration photos up on the blog to choose from so you're sure to find something to get you creating. I chose several elements and pulled them all together for my card today.
I chose one of the sketches and modified it a bit and then went with a few of the colors from one of the color schemes, drew from the nature theme as well as using gold! I have what could be a non-traditional Thanksgiving card or even an after Christmas thank you card. I started by stamping my wreath onto a die cut using the Christmas Wreath set. I then stamped, colored and trimmed out my bow. The sentiment was heat embossed using gold and comes from the Spring Bouquet set. Some gold sequins finish it off.
Here's a closer look at all that lovely sparkle! I hope you'll come on over and join us!
Friday, November 13, 2015
Hi there! Today I have a fun technique that's been around for quite some time but maybe you'll be inspired to re-visit it. It's called cracked glass and is super simple but gives a unique touch to your project. I'm sharing for the Inspired By Stamping blog today. Let's get started!
Here are some of the basic supplies you'll need for this technique. Versamark ink and Ultra Thick Embossing powder and a heat gun as well as stamps and ink. If you don't have UTE, just use whatever clear embossing powder you do have. I began by die cutting my focal point label and did all my stamping.
The next step is to completely cover your stamped die cut with Versamark ink. Then you cover it with your clear embossing powder. You will need to do this many times until you get a nice thick layer. I was using UTE and had to do it about 6 times. You can either add more embossing powder while the last heat set part is still hot or let it cool in between and add more Versamark ink and then pour more embossing powder on.
Here is a close up (sorry it's a bit blurry!) of the sheen and thickness of the melted embossing powder. You can see I missed a couple little spots but that's okay as another step will cover them up. As soon as you are done with your last layer of heat embossing go put it in the freezer! Just for about 2 or 3 minutes.
Here it is out from the freezer. Your panel will warp a bit but that is fine. The next step is to take your die cut in both hands and gently bend it to crack the embossing powder. That is your cracked glass!
If you want you can rub some Distress ink into the little cracks and possibly missed spots like I had. Then you are ready to make your card!
And here is my final card. This is a fun technique which I hope you'll try or re-try!
Thanks so much for joining me today!
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
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Hi! Today I have a post up on the A Walk Down Memory Lane blog showing you some basic ways you can use watercolor pencils. This is a fun medium and I'll have future posts on some other fun ways to use them. I hope you'll go check it out!
Monday, October 26, 2015
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Friday, October 23, 2015
Hi there! Today I have a fun twist on creating a snowflake effect for your winter and Christmas cards. Let's get started!
Here are some of the supplies you'll need for this technique. The main things are a pencil with a flat, round eraser that's clean, Versamark ink and white embossing powder. I chose to use two new release stamp sets called Winter Friends and Festive Greetings.
I recommend doing all your stamping and coloring first. I knew I wanted to use this pretty tree stand as my focal point so I repeatedly stamped it across my panel and then colored it with Copic markers. I chose Copic markers because the embossing powder won't stick to the colored images and my snow dots are going on top of a lot of the images. Here my embossed snow dots are finished as it was hard to tell what was going on when they were just Versamark ink. To create your snow dots you tap the end of your pencil eraser into the Versamark ink and "stamp" it onto your cardstock. Then you sprinkle your embossing powder and heat set it. Fun, right?!
I really love the pop emboss resist gives so after my heat embossing was cooled I used Distress ink to color my background using a sponge applicator.
And here is my completed card! It's still flat so it's good for mailing out which is what I especially prefer for Christmas cards.
I hope you enjoyed today's card and maybe will be inspired to add some snow dots to some of your projects! Thanks for joining me today.
Monday, October 19, 2015
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Hi there! Today we have a new Inspired By Stamping challenge for you. Use any combo of the inspiration pieces and create a project to share with us. Here are the inspirations for this month:
I chose to use some of the colors and the sketch.
I turned the sketch to be a portrait orientation and used the Tree of Seasons stamp set to stamp parts of the tree branches onto my die cut squares. I then used the stamp the represents foliage and used fall colors. I die cut my center label from Fancy Labels 2 and stamped the sentiment from Autumn Blessings. I used Copic markers to color the leaves and pumpkins.
I added distress ink to the edges of my label and card base, machine stitched around the base layer and tied a little twine bow to finish it off. I hope you'll come join us this month!