Sunday, September 3, 2017

It's time to start making Christmas cards again, already!! And this month I have struggled to use the new layering photopolymer set Good Greetings from Stamping' Up. I loved the set but when I say "struggled," I mean I was trying out different ways to stamp it, in different colors, trying to get it lined up perfectly, etc.

Anyway, if you are a beginner stamper, layering stamps might  not be the way to go as they are just a little bit more challenging. Finally, I found the correct colors after trying Old Olive and Always Artichoke, I changed to Old Olive and Garden Green which gave a much better color for the holly leaves.

Also, stamping this on plain cardstock just didn't do anything for me as holly leaves are shiny. With this in mind I switched to glossy cardstock for this example.

If you've ever used glossy cardstock before you know that you have to be careful not to rock or even slide your stamp slightly when removing it from the paper, which is difficult to do because of the slick surface. Also, the drying time is a little longer between ink colors so smudging can be a problem for us impatient stampers!!

I've shortened this video tremendously as I didn't want it so long and I would like to share a tip that I show in the video that really helped line up the stamps. When I tried to line up the berry stamps on the image, the stamp stuck to the glossy card surface more than the lid of the stamp positioned, which pulled the stamp off the lid and it stayed stuck to the glossy surface of the card... not exactly making me happy!

To counteract this problem, I used a couple magnets to hold the glossy in place and then put a piece of acrylic sheet overtop of where I wanted to place the berries. Then held that down with another magnet. Then the stamp was positioned on the clear sheet where I wanted it and when I closed the lid the stamp stuck to the lid and even though the acrylic sheet lifted, it could be peeled off the stamp without moving it on the lid.

I hope this explanation is helpful and I'm sorry to have you read all this text but I was hoping it would better explain my shortened video!

Anyway, Happy Stamping and Enjoy!! To watch the video in full size on YouTube click here.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

When embossing with white embossing powder on a white or watercolor paper with a clean VersaMark ink pad it is difficult to see where the ink is until the powder is on it. With this card I wanted to stamp three of the same images across the top, alternating the position. I tried this with the single image on an acrylic block, but as you will see in the video, they were not level. So, how could I get them level every time?! I thought about using the MISTI, but then had to figure out where to put the stamp so that it didn't move, but the paper would. In this video, I share how to accomplish this and you will see that the leaf image is well lined up across the paper.

Monday, July 10, 2017

It's been awhile since I've done anything, but now that I have a new hip, maybe my stamping will improve! LOL Anyway, I just made this card using the This Little Piggy set from Stamping' Up and wanted to share with you. The background is a discontinued stamp, because I didn't have a newer "geometric" one. I think the card needed either stripes or some geometric background, so whatever you want to use will work as long as it isn't too detailed. This pig is so happy rolling in the mud that I had to share him, a way to use the stamp in a different way than it was meant to be used.
Anyway, enjoy, and don't forget to give it a "thumbs up!" on YouTube!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Color Layering Stamping
There are several stamp sets that use a technique called "color layering," and the one I'm using today is from Hero Arts called Color Layering Fuchsia. I am also using a sentiment from Stamping' Up's Dragonfly Dreams. I am using two colors of green for the leaves and stem: Old Olive and Garden Green, and four shades of pink or purple. One of the purples I am using is Lovely Lilac (a discontinued Stampin' Up color - sorry!) and three NEW colors available June 1st from Stampin' Up: Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, and Powder Pink (which I accidentally call Power Puff Pink in the video!).

FYI: There are four sentiments in the Hero Arts set, but I wanted different sentiment. The four that are in the Hero Arts set are: "Thank you," "With sympathy," "you're precious," and "one of a kind."

Since I am making several of these cards, I've lined up my stamps ahead of time on two MISTI's and one Hampton Art Stamp Perfect stamp position tools.
Here's the video and if you like it, give it a "thumbs up!"

Friday, April 14, 2017

Another video for stamp camp next week! This was not my idea, but one I found on Jennifer McGuire's blog and I thought it would work well with this stamp set. Hope you like it!
 With "stamp camp" only seven days away and me struggling for what to do and what to make, I decided to mix it up a bit with this project. A trial-fold window card. You will need a sheet of 12" cardstock cut to 5 ½" x 12". The white piece that will show through the window is cut at 5 ½" x 3 ⅞" to allow for folding the layers so they lay flat.
 In the video I try to tell you all the marker colors I used but ran out of "recording time" so they are here:

  • Always Artichoke
  • Old Olive
  • Garden Green
  • Pear Pizzazz
  • Smokey Slate
  • Crumb Cake
  • Real Red (mixed with Chocolate Chip)
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Wisteria Wonder
  • Marina Mist
Seems like a lot of different colors, but you are "watercoloring" a scene. I have used watercolor paper, but Bristol Smooth works fine, too. The stamp I am using is from Art Impressions #UMM3175 and is a lighthouse with Ps. 91:1 in script around the outside of the image. 
 If you like the video, be sure to give it a "thumbs up" and subscribe to my channel! Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Another snow day in the Northeast!! We had 28" of snow as of last night so I had a chance to use my new My Monthly Hero set that arrived this past week. Hero Arts has a monthly subscription plan that I recently subscribed to. This month was a cute garden set with dies to match 3 rabbits, gardening tools, ducks, veggies, a picket fence, and a die to make the earth to stick the veggies in. Here's some of the cards I made (also using the paper that came  and a little light blue vellum from last month's kit):
I stamped all the images on XPress paper with Black Momento because I was coloring the images with Copic markers. I'm not an expert on those markers by a long shot, but I was happy how they turned out just the same.
 I didn't color them with bright colors, but more natural colors for the veggies.
 I just love the picket fence and the watering can.
 This one would be really cute if I only had a stamp that said, "I dig you!"
This shows the die that I cut out of the brown cardstock that allows you to stick the veggies down into the "dirt." I trimmed the tips off some of the carrots so they wouldn't stick out.
 Had to use the ducks somehow!