Saturday, July 28, 2012

Double stamped background

My friend Anne over at Gaal Creative is celebrating her 4th Blogoversary and has announced a new Gaal Creative Circle at Flickr .  This creative circle group is for anyone who reads Anne's blog and who would like to share their creations made using techniques or tips she features.  Of course there is a giveaway too so to join the fun!

For my initial post at Anne’s Creative Circle I created a card using distress inks.  I tried a new technique featured on the cover page of the Ranger Ink website.  The technique involves blending several colors of distress ink to create a background then misting a craft sheet with pearl mists and using that to stamp the  background.  I used a HA lattice background stamp.  A 2nd background stamp (HA polka dot) is used to repeat the process after hydrating the craft sheet leftovers with a small mist of water.  I heated the water image immediately so it would not migrate.  In person the stamped background images really sparkle.  This technique creates several layers of interest and the look of texture. It was a fun technique which I look forward to doing again.

Distress inks used for background: crushed olive, rusty hinge, dried marigold and edged in vintage photo. 
Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Simon Says: Layer

This week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Share was layering.  No specific guidance on what to layer...simply layer.
So I had a blast playing with my stamp and inks.  The focal point of my card is a Twinchie...a little 2x2 piece of art.  This little 3-D butterfly in the garden took 6 stampsand 7 ink products to create.  All that does notinclude the work on the background stamp. Hope you enjoy my garden scene. 

By the way how is your garden doing?  Here the season started wonderfully with a little daily rain.  Unfortuntely now the evening temperatures are dropping into the 40's at night and my flower's growth is stalling.  Hope it is a beautiful flower season at your house!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Challenge at: Simon Says Stamp & Show

It has been the longest time since I added anything to my blog so thank you for stopping in! The good news is my home remodel is complete! Yes, that 4 week project turned into a year, really it could be written into a full season soap opera but for now I want to stamp!
My new exciting plans include retiring August 1 after working for 43 years! I am thrilled to think of all the creative crafting I will be able to do.  So I thought I would warm-up my stamping skills will a challenge.  Simon Says Stamp & Show is a wonderful weekly challenge so I thought it would be a grand place to start especially since that is also where I stopped my blog posting.  My inspiration is a thank you card I want to make for special teammate as I say good-bye.  I sprayed the Tim Holtz clock mask and accented with distress inks.  I also used his fabric stamp on the top portion of the card and the card base inked with Tsukineko’s Delicata-Golden Glitz…I have added this to my favorite pigment ink list.  The other stamps are from Tim Holtz and 7 Gypsies.

Please leave me a note of where I can find you so I can get hooked back in with my stamping friends!  Thanks!