Monday, January 2, 2017

Spritz Color on Good Thymes D1717 and other stamps.

I like the spritz technique. I used it on there lovely leaves. I created my own spritz with 3 re-inker colors; Blossom , Crystal Blue and Tangerine. Using the Close to My Heart spray pens - Z1380 that come in a package of 3, I put about 6 drops of re-inker in until it was level with the first line in the pen. I then filled the pen with water. 
I took a 3 x 3 acrylic block and spritzed the 3 colors in different areas of the block. Spritz enough to cover the area, but not enough to make it run. Then turn the block over and 'stamp' it on the paper. Press down firmly and count to 10 so the color is absorbed into the paper. Let the paper dry. Once it is dry, stamp the image over the spritzed area.

 Blossom , Crystal Blue and Tangerine sprays where spritzed on the acrylic block and then stamped on the white paper. Once dried The Parsley stamp from the Good Thymes D1717 stamp set was the stamped in black.

These stamps are from the Adore You S1701 stamp of the month for January set. The heart behind the cutout heart is from the new Basic Hearts Z3317 Thin Cuts Dies.
 Here the spritzes were used on the square paper. The heart background was created by stamping Blossom , Crystal Blue and Tangerine ink pads on areas of the 3 x 3 acrylic block. Stamp lightest color to darkest so you do not contaminate the stamp pad with a darker color. Once the colors or on the block, spritz the block lightly with water. Again you want to cover the block with water but not so much that it runs. Turn the block over and stamp it on white paper. Press hard so the color spreads and absorbs into the paper. Once the paper is dry, stamp the image. The re-inker spritz created a finer dot background, more spread out. With the ink pad on the block you see more droplets on the block. I like the difference in the 2 techniques.

 Here the 4 leaves are from the Lovely Leaves A1195 stamp set over the spritzed bakground.
I used the Thoughtful Flowers S1612 Stamp Set of the month from December for this card with the spritzed bckground.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Whimsy 8 x 8 album with lots of flaps.

I wanted to make an 8 x 8 album from scratch. I found a You Tube video from Tmika at scrapdaworld showing her make a 8 x 8 album. I loved how her design had a lot of flaps. I made my book from her video. The book has 4 inside pages. All the pages are covered using the Whimsy paper collection. It took all 24 sheets for the album. All four pages have tags that extend to the right that than can be used for photos and journaling.

Here is the cover. The flowers and leaves are from the  CTMH Flower Market Cartridge

This is the inside cover and first page. There is flap on the right hand page that flips down. 

Here is the first page with the flap open showing the pocket inside with a brown tag in it.

This is the back of page 1 and the front of page 2. The back of page 1 flips open and the right is a gate fold flap.

Here are the flaps open. The back of page 1 reveals two side pockets.

This is the back of page 2 and the from of page 3. Page 2 has two flaps that open to reveal 3 more smaller flaps. Page 3 has three large flaps.  

Here is page 2 with the flaps open showing the 3 smaller flaps ready from 4 x 6 photos.

 Here is page 3 with the three large flaps open. Two open to the left and one to the right.

This is the back of page 3 and front of page 4. Page 3 has a water fall of 3 - 4 x 6  flaps. Page 4 have a pocket and tag brown tag.

This is the back of page 4 and the inside back cover.

Here the flap on page 4 is shown open.

Here is the back cover.
Using the Whimsy collection for the album made covering it easy. All the pages in the collection coordinate. Thye are lovely pastels that make the album suitable for  any use. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Spritzed Lovely Leaves-A1195

I like the spritz acrylic block technique. I used it on these lovely leaves. I used 3 re-inker colors; Blossom , Crystal Blue and Tangerine. Using a 3 x 3 acrylic block I patted on the 3 ink colored from the ink pad. I tried not to over lap the colors so I would not contaminate the ink pads. I then took one of the Close to My Heart spray pens - Z1380  and filled it with water. I spritzed water on the acrylic block with the ink on it. You want to cover the block but not make it so wet the water runs. Now use the inked and spritzed block and stamp it on the paper. Make sure to press down on the block and watch the water and ink spread out onto the paper.  It may take a couple of tries to get the look you want. Do not give up. Let the paper dry and then ink up your stamp and stamp the design over the spritzed paper. I my example below the lower left corner did not get fully covered with ink , but I like the way it looks a little rough with the other areas looking smooth. 

Here is the assembled card with the spritzed paper.
Spray Pen - Z1380

Lovely Leaves - A1195

Monday, November 21, 2016

Yuletide Joy stamp of the month set S1610

I have a friend, Laura Papicak, who with friends at her church, Our Savior Lutheran Church make cards each month for the parishioners who can not attend church.  She inspired me to do the same for the parishioners of my church, St Paul Lutheran Church.  Below are 30 cards for the church to send to parishioners who can not attend church. I made them using the Yuletide Joy stamp of the month set S1610 and the Merry Christmas stamp M1148. I hope the cards bring joy to the people who receive them and let them know that the church members remember them. 

I used cranberry and white card stock and cranberry ink. The stars are heat embossed with Recollections tinsel ruby embossing power and VersaMark Ink. It really makes the stars sparkle. 

Yuletide Joy stamp of the month set S1610 

Merry Christmas stamp set M1148

VersaMark ink pad Z891

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Forest Feast A1197 Stamp Set

I just sent out my Thanksgiving cards, I am a little late. I could not resist this cute squirrels in the Forest Feast stamp set A1197.  The make a cute Thanksgiving card hoping my family would enjoy them. I hope you and your family have an enjoyable Thanksgiving.

I used paper from the Swan Lake paper packet and Peacock card stock along with Goldrush ink. The buttons and ribbon help to bring the card together.

 I colored the images with Pastel Peach, Clay, Bronze and Warn Gray markers.

Forest Feast stamp set A1197

Swan Lake paper packet X7212B

Saturday, October 22, 2016

CTMH True Love

What better sentiment for a card maker then the one in the CTMH True Love stamp set - "This is a PAPER HUG". I make a lot of cards and hope that the receiver of them receives them with love and joy, this saying expressed that wish. I love the stamp set with the cute boy with a balloon and the girl with the heart. The boy and girl make a nice stamp to color as I did below . It is very versatile.
The card was made using the MOJO Monday 470 sketch challenge and the CTMH  Swan Lake paper  for the Between the Fold 32B challenge. and Color Dare #216 challenge  I think the combination make a lovely card.

The color I used for the gitl

True love Stamp Set D1711

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Party Time Workshops Your Way stamp set

I wanted to make a masculine birthday card using the Sketch # 128 from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge  and the Heart 2 Heart  Challenge for wood paper. I thought that the usage of Close to My Heart wood and craft paper created a masculine feel . The edge is masculine too with the Martha Stewart notched square edge punch.  The ribbon is the black and gold ribbon from Close to My Heart.

Party Time Workshop Kit

The kit is an easy way to create cards as it comes with paper and stamps enough to create 10 cards.