Sunday, October 13, 2019

It's the Most Wonderful Time of theYear - Scenic Holiday

 I just can't get over the beauty of these Scenic Holiday stamps from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous.  They are so beautiful just stamped. You don't even need to do anything and they are perfect.  But you know me, I did need to do just a little bit.
 First I wanted a background to frame the gorgeous scene. For this one I reached for the new Snowflake Shifter Stencil. I stenciled the snowflakes with a Distress Brush and Iced Spruce and Stormy Sky Distress Inks. When that was done I added some of the music from the Music and Advert Stamp set. I inked the music stamp with Pumice Stone Distress Ink and then used my hand to press it onto the paper in places so it was light and very uneven.
 In other spots I did the same type of stamping but I used the new plaid stamp from the Lumberjack set. And then I sprinkled some drops of Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain across the whole background piece.
 I stamped the Scenic Holiday image on a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock in Ground Espresso and Black Soot Archival. Then I cut it out using one of the Stacked Postage dies from Tim Holtz and Sizzix.
 Once it was cut out I used a VERY fine detail brush to watercolor the image. I used the brush end of my Distress Markers, scribbled some color in a small spot on my Glass Media Mat. I dipped the tip of a very fine detail brush in water, wiped it through the marker ink to pick up just enough ink, and colored in tiny spots here and there.
 Below the image I stamped the sentiment on the background.
 As you can see I machine stitched around the image on the stamp and the edge of the background. I also added mat to the postage piece and a 4.25x5.5" card base. The finishing touch was the was the bit of Crafters Thread wound around an Index Clip and then tied to the Idea-ology snowflake.
As it turns out, this is a card that isn't technique heavy, it just takes a little patience coloring in the beautifully detailed scene.
Thank you so much for stopping by.
Tami

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

There's a Feeling of Christmas - Yultide Gatherings

Oh this is another one of the beautiful botanical stamps from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous.  They are always a favorite and this one has some particularly festive elements that come with it. They can be used by themselves, or layered as I did with this card, to create a dimensional piece.
I began by stamping the large bouquet on Distress Mixed Media Cardstock in Black Archival Ink. Then I used my Distress Markers and a Waterbrush  watercolor it in.  As with any intricate watercoloring, there are so many colors in this piece that I didn't link to them. I just used what strikes me at the moment and don't keep track or is messes with my mojo. I encourage you to do the same. Don't get caught up in exact colors, just stamp the image several times and experiment with color.
Now, get ready for some fussy cutting! Are you glad the Tonic Mini Snips come in R and L versions? If you make this card they will get put to good use.
Now you will want to stamp the individual stamps onto Distress Mixed Media Heavystock, color them and then fussy cut them out. I will state right up front that this is quite a task. It takes patience, so put on a good Hallmark movie or something that doesn't need your complete attention and relax and cut away.
Some pieces are obviously easier to cut than others which gives you a nice break.
On this one the pine needles almost did me in!
See? Oh my word they took me the longest! When I was finished I went around each piece with the brush end of a brown Distress Marker and a very, very fine detail brush to cover the white edges with some color.
Before assembling the card, I stamped some of the music from the Music and Advert stamp set lightly in a few areas around the piece in the second image in this post.  I inked the music stamp with Pumice Stone Distress Ink and then used my hand to push it onto the paper in places so there are light, uneven pieces of the stamp. Then I went around the edges with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and machine stitched around it with Gold Metallic sewing thread.
Once the base piece is finished, start layering the fussy cut pieces into place. I added dimensional adhesives like foam dots behind the outer pieces and adhered them directly over the matching images.
Parts of the fussy cut images will be behind some of the other pieces. I added the holly and the pinecone on the top of the card. I also added some of the Idea-ology Metallic Dots here and there for some festive gold touches.
The poinsettia is in the middle of the card and I added it last as most of the other pieces had parts that fit underneath it.
Here is that pine piece.
You can see here how it fits under the leaf of the poinsettia. I cut some of my foam dots so they would fit under the fussy cut pieces and not stick out.
The detail on these stamps is incredible!
To finish it off I tied a little bit of black and gold twine around the bottom of the main piece. I got this a few years ago in the Target $1 bin. Then I stamped a sentiment from the Scenic Holiday stamp set onto some Distress Mixed Media Heavystock and added it at the bottom. I love the font and sayings in the sentiments on that set!
The larger base piece of this card is some Kraft Stock cut for a 5x7 card, so I think since the black card base is 5x7 that I cut a piece of Kraft stock to be about a 6 5/8 x 4 5/8. Then I applied Black Soot Distress Ink through the Gingham Layering Stencil all across the piece with a Distress Brush.

This card isn't simple but technique-wise it is pretty straight forward.  It takes a bit of time so this card probably wouldn't be duplicated and I definitely wouldn't give it to anyone who couldn't fully appreciate the work that went into it. You know who those people are!  Or better yet, frame it and use it as a piece of art.
Thank you for visiting today!
Tami


I am an affiliate with Simon Says Stamp and Scrapbook.com so the links below send you to one of those stores depending on which logo you choose.  If you wish to purchase something from either store and use one of my links below, I get a small percentage of your order, at no additional cost to you. This helps me to defray the costs of this blog, the time, the ideas and tutorials I post here. Your help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Halloween Hanger Class Kits


I’m teaching this class tomorrow night in Orange County. Yay! The tag base is one I had Sizzix custom make for me. It is about 5.5x8 inches and features some of the 2019 Halloween dies from Tim Holtz.

I was asked about kits awhile back, so I have some class kits for sale in my Etsy Shop.

These kits are simple and would be easy and fun to make with a crafty friend or two. They can be finished in just a couple of hours if you wanted to have a little craft get-together. Everything is cut and color photo directions are included.

I have them ready to ship out now. Free shipping if you buy 2 or more.

You can purchase a kit here.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Peace on Earth - Modern Christmas Distress Marker Stamping

For my last card on World Card Making Day 2019, I decided to go with a peaceful card.  These stamps and the stencil are all from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous.
The sentiment on the Modern Christmas set is meant to look like a label. As you can see, the black art is stamped in Black Soot Archival, but the letters show the color of the underlying paper.
I tied some Craft Thread around the stenciled part of the card but kept the embellishments to a minimum. Speaking of stencil, lets talk about how to use this beautiful Shifter Baubles stencil.
Again, when stamping a full background stamp or using a stencil, I opt for Sticky Grid by Sizzix. They are really nice low tack double sided sheets.
I learned from Tim Holtz that it works best to tape the stencil at the top so you can lift it to check coverage.  For stencils with small areas like the Shifter Bauble, use the Distress Brushes.
Here you can see it is easier to lift the stencil and peek to see how the progress is going.
Then wipe off the green ink and flip the stencil over to get it to line up and mask off the green baubles before you start the red ones.
Edge the base piece with brown ink.
To stamp the Modern Christmas Deer, I used Distress Markers. This takes a little bit of patience and a lot of hot air. LOL!
Position the stamp on some Mixed Media Heavystock. Choose some red and green Distress Markers.  They need to be juicy, so if you have some that are a little dry, set those aside for a different technique.
Color the sections on the stamp with different marker colors. Vary the reds and greens so that they don't butt up against each other when possible.
Work a section at a time. Color on the stamp and then put you mouth next to the stamp and breathe on it, like you breathe on glasses when you want to clean them or like you breath on cold glass when you want to fog it up. The water vapor from your lungs will attach to the ink and allow you to stamp it. It allows you to transfer the color to the paper without it running into each other like it would if you sprayed it with water. That is a different look and technique.
Continue coloring and breathing and stamping.
Until the entire image is colored and stamped. Then you cut it out and ink the edges.
The tree in back was stamped with three colors of green ink, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, and Shabby Shutters. Then inked all over with the green Distress brush and edges with a Brown Distress Ink.
On the very back page I stamped here and there with the plaid stamp from the Lumberjack set. I used my hand instead of a stamping block or platform so that it was light and uneven.
Finish it off with a little bit of machine stiching and you are finished. This is another card design that can be replicated fairly easily and quickly if you do each step multiple times before moving on to another step.

Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my World Card Making Day posts. I appreciate it so much!
Tami

I am an affiliate with Simon Says Stamp and Scrapbook.com so the links below send you to one of those stores depending on which logo you choose.  If you wish to purchase something from either store and use one of my links below, I get a small percentage of your order, at no additional cost to you. This helps me to defray the costs of this blog, the time, the ideas and tutorials I post here. Your help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Happy Holidays - Merry Misfits

This Merry Misfit reindeer was so much fun to make a card with, that it's only appropriate to use this card to celebrate World Cardmaking Day 2019. I can't wait to get started telling you how I made it. All products used to make this card are from Tim Holtz and several companies: Stampers Anonymous, Ranger Ink, Advantus Idea-ology, and Sizzix.
For the Plaid and Woodgrain backgrounds seen above, I used both stamps in the Lumberjack set from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous. I used the Archival Resist Technique for this that I have written a detailed tutorial for here. But as a quick reminder...
 Take two pieces of Alcohol Ink Cardstock. It is a glossy cardstock on one side. You need to use the glossy side. Put one piece at a time on a stamping platform or whatever you use for stamping. I hold my pieces down with some Sticky Grid sheets from Sizzix so I can use the entire background image.
 Stamp the Plaid in Barn Door Archival Ink on the glossy side of one piece of Alcohol Ink Cardstock, and Ground Espresso Archival Ink on the other.
 It's ok if the stamping isn't perfect. It adds to the distressed look and is cool. Now get out some Distress Ink to finish the technique.
Once the Archival Ink is dry, go directly onto the paper with a Distress Ink Pad to apply the background color.
 You want to rub the Distress Ink pad felt onto the glossy cardstock and you can see that it begins to color it. I work in circular motions over the whole surface.
Once the Distress Ink has saturated the background, wipe the excess away with a clean cloth.
 I used Evergreen Bough Distress Ink over the red plaid and Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the woodgrain.
I hand cut the woodgrain into planks.
Attached it to a black cardstock base with a little space in between each plank.
I cut a piece of the plaid paper out with one of the Stacked Deckle dies so that it just fit the deer and the sentiment. I cut a mat just a tiny bit bigger out of black cardstock.
I wanted snow to be a part of this card so I pulled out the Mini Snowcap Layering Stencil that is part of the Mini Stencil Set #38 from Stampers Anonymous and Tim Holtz.
Put some Distress Grit Paste through the stencil with a palette knife, onto a thin piece of white cardstock.
Immediately dust it with Distress Rock Candy Glitter using a Glitter Duster.
Let it dry and then fussy cut them out and adhere them in a few spots on the background of the card.
I didn't put this directly on the background because the ink from this technique would bleed through and color the snow and I wanted it white so I opted for the extra steps.
From this direction you can see that I stamped and cut an extra nose and set of hooves to add dimension to the deer. I also sprayed it with Distress Resist Spray to give it a shiny orange peel texture. The deer is popped up off the card as is the sentiment. I put some Grit Paste across the top of the sentiment to make it fit in with the rest of the card and so it looked like the deer was standing on some snow.
Lastly, I flicked the background with some Picket Fence Distress Paint, followed by spraying the entire plank background with Distress Resist Spray and dusting it with Rock Candy Glitter from the Glitter Duster.
Then it was time to add the snowcaps, and the plaid piece which was raised up off the card for more dimension.  The final touch was to carefully add Hardware Heads to each plank with the tiniest little drift of snow on each of the Hardware Heads.
This is a fun card to make because it's like a mini little project card. It will take a little while to do all the steps but it's fun and well worth it!
Tami

I am an affiliate with Simon Says Stamp and Scrapbook.com so the links below send you to one of those stores depending on which logo you choose.  If you wish to purchase something from either store and use one of my links below, I get a small percentage of your order, at no additional cost to you. This helps me to defray the costs of this blog, the time, the ideas and tutorials I post here. Your help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!