My stamping adventures

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Art journal week #40 Triangles and #41 Halloween

wk #40 (left side) Triangles
stamp used:  Just For Fun faux post cube
Stamped the triangle side three times to create a fun tree.  drew in a tree trunk, added some color with Pebbles chalks.  Oh, yes also drew a snow hill at the bottom of each of the trees and sponged on some more of the chalks.  easy peasy!
wk #41 (right side) Halloween
stamps used:  Just For Fun
stamped the spider web with grey ink down the page making sure to connect each one.  spiders were stamped with black ink along with "Beware"...Happy Halloween was stamped with grey ink.  The coffin was stamped on brown cardstock then fussy cut ..... stamped the bones hand on white cardstock and fussy cut them, then glued them inside the coffin.  glued the coffin with bones hands on the journal page.  got out a blending tool and added some dark spooky color along the page to finish it off.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Soot stamping

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.
Krylon Clear Matte finish spray
glossy cardstock
basic instructions:
1.  burn surface of glossy cardstock with candle.
2.  stamp dry stamp into soot.
3.  remove stamp to reveal the image on card.  the dry stamp removes soot.
4.  spray card in a well ventilated area or outside with Krylon spray.
5.  allow to air dry and repeat step #4.
6.  finish card with ribbon and cardstock.
come back soon for more soot stamping.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Art Journal week #38 Abundance and #39 Changing seasons

wk #38 (left side) Abundance
stamps used:  Penny Black
Stamped the saying in the bottom corner first then got out some fun bright color inks, and randomly stamped the butterflies.  simple and sweet.
wk #39 (right side) Changing seasons
stamps used:  Stamps by Judith leaf, Fred Mullett maple leaves, Stamp Francisco face, SU leaf w/punch
The square on the bottom with face and leaves is left over from another project so I figured why not use it!  stamped the leaves along the left side just for fun.  all the words are hand written.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Stamp on silk

stamps used:  Unity stamps
Was going through my stash and found some silk scarves so figured ... why not? ... stamp on them ... so ... I did!  
Got out acrylic paints and went to town just stamping randomly on the scarf.  For the top scarf I just stamped images with acrylic paints then added ribbon and beads to the ends.  The bottom scarf I found some fabric color wash sprays and sprayed the white scarf.  It's a little dark but that is because of the color washes.  After it was dry I again stamped images with acrylic paints ...... added ribbon and beads to the ends and they are done!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Art Journal wk #36 Wing It and #37 Trash to treasure

week #36 (left side) Wing It
stamps used:  Joggles bird, MFP wings/sayings
week #37 (right side) Trash to treasure
I have been very bad with sharing my art journal pages from the weekly challenge I am participating in for the year.  So it is time to start playing catch up here.
wk #36 Wing It page
first I stamped the wings with grey ink a few times on the page.  blended some color with distress inks on separate piece of cardstock and over stamp the wings on it.  fussy cut the wings and adhered to the page.  stamped bird on separate piece of cardstock, added some color with blending tool and distress inks.  stamped the bird a second time on some pattern paper and did some paper piecing.  set her (the bird) aside stamped bigger wings on some of the left over cardstock I blended distress ink on to and fussy cut the big wings out and adhered to page.  adhered bird over the big wings.  stamped a couple of the sayings on the page and called it a day for this page.
wk #37 Trash to treasure
Now for this page I did all die cuts I had left over from other projects.  simple but to the point.
I have a small plastic container on my table with left over pieces ... whether they are die cuts, stamped images or whatever....and I have them in front of me so if I need it I have it.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Paper piecing and more

stamp used:  Unity stamp co.
Stamped Unity Constance Angie girl with VersaFine black ink on white cardstock then stamped her again onto pattern paper and cut out sections or the whole image to paper piece it onto the stamped girl on the white cardstock.  Paper piecing is a simple and easy way to add color and patterns to an image.  add some twine or ribbon for extra dimension and I also did some spot coloring with my Prisma color pencils on one of the cards.  Oh yeah, did I forget to mention I made them into circle cards.  To do that just place circle die on a folded piece of cardstock.....what you do is place the circle die hanging off the folded edge just a little so when you die cut it, it stays a folded card just in the shape of a circle.  

Saturday, November 4, 2017

A little late Halloween

stamps used:  StarvingArtiststamps

Better late than never as the saying goes.  I did send out a few of these accordion flap cards to friends and relatives but also did these cards for a local card swap group I'm in.  
you can see it in the top row.  some great cards here.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

GIU blog hop - with video

I'm participating in the Growing in Unity Blog Hop today with some other GIU girls . Please be sure to visit each blog for a chance to win 1 of 2 prizes from Unity stamp co.  I enjoyed being a GIU girl this past September and hope to join in again next year.
Today I wanted to show you another fun background technique from the past using plastic wrap.  Any brand of plastic or cling wrap will work for this technique.
stamps used:  itty bitty Snowbody, Spirit of a Mermaid,  Different & Beautiful, Magical Days
supplies:  plastic wrap, dye inks (pads or reinkers), glossy cardstock
Basics for this technique is add lots of ink to glossy cardstock then spritz it with water.  Cut a piece of plastic wrap bigger than your inked cardstock and lay it over the wet and inked cardstock.  Wiggle it around to make wrinkles.....the more wrinkles the better then put it aside and let it dry completely.  No heat tool because it will melt the plastic wrap.  This is one technique that requires patience.  After it is dry peel the plastic wrap off the cardstock to reveal the background.  It will look different each time you do it.  Now you can stamp and emboss over the background or stamp, color and fussy cut then mount piece on background piece.  
You can see video here in this post or at Sue's YouTube

Please visit blogs from all of GIU gals participating below and leave comments along the way including here to be included in Unity stamp co. prize package.  
  2 winners will be picked on Wednesday and posted in the GIU FB Page.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Go West

stamps used:  MFP, SU
Used an old technique here called resist.  stamp and emboss image with white embossing powder.  let it cool.  sponge ink over and around the image.  buff the image to make it pop.  stamp saying with black ink over sponge ink.  

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Go for the gold

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.
This is one of those just go for it cards.  the background I dragged some gold paint down the card then I stamped the girl and spot colored her with my prisma color pencils.  the cut out banner tag was gold embossed several times then I pressed an inked stamp into it.  just an old technique I learned years and years ago.  I know it has a fancy name for the technique but for the life of me I don't remember it.  anyone remember?  

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Seas the day

stamps used:  SU So many shells
This is a multi step stamp set or two step stamping which I do like because of the great effect.  Now with these two cards I went waaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy out of my comfort zone with the colors just for the fun of it.
I did a multi color card with the big shell ... not sure but think it is a conk shell ... anyone out there know for sure???   anyway like I said I went crazy with multi colors ... what do you think?  I like it but my favorite color combo is the greens.  Bet that is not a surprise to my friends who know I like to do green cards.  Pink is really not my color but matching it up a darker red color it is o.k.  enough said about pink.  
o.k. everyone out there Go out and Seas the Day!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fun circles

stamps used:  SU
I made these two cards from a friend's SU stamp set as a challenge.  don't remember the name of the set but it had a bunch of little stamps including this circle and rectangle patch stamps.  I took the circle and stamped it in black and made the circles into spiders ... added a gloopy border punch that is stamped with a halloween greeting...also added googly eyes.  next I stamped the circle with red ink and made them into ladybugs!  too cute.  I took a black pen and hand drew the ladybug details .... stamped the rectangle patch with the same red ink and stamped the hello from the same stamp set.  it was a fun challenge and I think will do it again.