Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Faux Patina Card - This is the video for the card we will be making in September:

We will also be making this thin "Joy Shaker card":

Friday, July 8, 2016

All stamp images used are copyright Stamping' Up!

Part 1: Partial Die Cutting

The following video shows how to use the circle dies with the Big Shot to cut a partial circle. Since I wanted the weeds from the Wetlands set to hang over the image of the truck and be a part of the frame, I thought this was the best way to do that.

Part 2: Coloring the truck: 

This video is in fast motion so you won't have to wait forever to see this slow process! There are a couple of things you should know about coloring with colored pencils. First is the brand must be a brand with a higher wax content so that they blend easily. I am using Prismacolor pencils. If you don't like the pencil scratch marks on your coloring then you should consider purchasing the Prismacolor blending pencil. This pencil is rubbed over the colors to make them blend together and pushes the pigment around so that is is a much more even color. Let me say, I am NOT an artist and I can get pretty good results with these.  Another thing to note is that you should always color with sharp pencils. The amount of color added depends on the pressure you use, not the point of the pencil. Finally, since I am a stamper and use dye based (water based) ink on this card also, any sponging with ink should be done BEFORE you color with the pencils as the wax in the pencils will repel the ink. 

Part 3: Putting It all Together

 The final video just shows what I did to finish the card.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Acrylic Block Technique

The following video shows the technique we will be using at our June stamp camp. Get more use from your acrylic blocks by using them to put watercolor backgrounds on watercolor paper. I would not recommend using this on plain cardstock. I have not tried it on the "shimmery white" cardstock and don't think it would work as well as you need the water and ink to absorb into the paper. I've used the shimmery white cardstock to watercolor on and it works well with markers as well as the watercolor brushes, however it does not hold up as well.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

New Stamping' Up! catalog:

June 1st is the first date you can order from the new Stamping' Up! catalog. I've already ordered things to arrive before our June stamp camp date and can't wait to show them to you. Don't forget to sign up (find the link at the bottom right of the page).

Monday, May 30, 2016

"Sitting Here"

Here's one of the cards we are making at June stamp camp and following is a video on how we are using the MISTI stamping tool to make it. If you are coming to camp you need to watch the video to the end as the MISTI will be all set up for you ahead of time.

All images are Copyright Stampin' Up!

Here's the video:

It seems when life gets busy, blogging doesn't happen! Well, I'm back and will try to keep up with this blog. Stamping is a hobby but if you want to do it right, I guess, you keep up with it and I am working on some videos to explain how to do some techniques that might be of interest to stampers, especially those who attend my camps. So, here goes:

The first card I'd like to show you how to make is a technique that is not stamping at all, but a way to use your die cuts. I am using the Rose Wonder die set from Stampin' Up! All inks and other things in the video are from Stampin' Up! unless I specify otherwise. The little black foam pad was discontinued years ago but you can use a pad made from "fun foam" instead.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Just Playin' Around!

Well, it's another Snow Day, and that gives me a chance to finish this card I started the other night! This is a little interesting because I didn't have the background scrapbooking paper I needed, so, again, I rolled a background. Then I found after coloring in all the little flowers and adding white to it and sponging it (how many steps is that??!) I had to cover up some of the dark green places on it. First I tried stamping and punching out flowers with Pink Pirouette paper and putting them on, but they were just the wrong shade of pink. So I had a piece of tissue paper laying on the counter and I stamped in, get this: Melon Mambo! So I liked them, and they were just transparent enough to give me the look I wanted, a light pink translucent flower with dark pink veining. Oh, well, it was an experiment on making my own DSP again!!!
This card is done in the same colors as the previous one: Pink Pirouette and Soft Suede with a little Always Artichoke thrown in. (Am I in a rut or what?!)