Saturday, May 30, 2020

Rainbow Stamping | Picket Fence Studios & My Sweet Petunia Hop

Hello!

I'm excited to be part of today's hop.  I have a couple of cards to show you today, created with my MISTI - and the A Rose, and Favorite Notification stamp sets.  All of the supplies used in today's cards, will be listed at the bottom of this post for your convenience.  


There are prizes to be won in this hop!  There will be a winner of a $50 gift certificate to My Sweet Petunia, and a winner of a $50 gift certificate to Picket Fence Studios chosen from all the comments on the hop!

Today's card focus on a really easy Rainbow Stamping technique.  One of my favorite things with MISTI, is the ability to stamp multiple times in the same spot - and always have your image perfectly aligned.  This allows for some fun with the inks you use.    


For my cards, I used Distress Ink Mini pads, although any mini ink pad could work for this first card.  I lined my card front, and the beautiful A Rose Stamp up in my MISTI, then began partially inking my stamp.  I started by inking with the Wild Honey Distress Ink.  Then I closed the door of the MISTI and pressed the stamp to the paper.  Then I inked the stamp with the Peacock Feathers color - without cleaning my stamp. This allows the color to mingle a bit on the stamp, and on the paper once it is stamped.  I again, pressed my stamp to the paper - aligning perfectly with the first stamping, thanks to the MISTI.  Finally, I inked the stamp with the Festive Berries Distress Ink, and pressed it to the paper.  


I cleaned the stamp, turned the card front, and repeated the stamping, through all three colors.  Then I trimmed the card front down, and matted it on a piece of Pitch Black card stock.  I stamped, and white heat embossed, my sentiment from the Favorite Notification Stamp Set, onto a strip of the same card stock.  The sentiment was attached to the card front, and then the card front was adhered to a white card base.  A few self adhesive gold pieces finished the card.  



I wanted to create another similar card, but make it a super easy watercolor card.  I began by stamping out the image, with the three ink colors, the same as above, onto watercolor paper.  


I took advantage of the water reactive properties of Distress Inks, and once my image was stamped, I used a mister to spray water onto the image.  You can get the ink to move just a little, or a lot, depending on how much water you spray.  


Once I was happy with the spread of the ink, I dried my panel with my heat tool, being careful not to move the color around much.  Then I put the panel back into the MISTI and stamped the image once more, in Versamark this time, so that I could heat emboss it in gold.  I again trimmed the panel down.  I stamped and white heat embossed another sentiment onto Pitch Black card stock, and cut the end of the sentiment strip at an angle, before adhering it to the card front.  I attached the card front to a white card base, and added a few more self adhesive gold pieces as accents.    


That's my two cards today.  These are super easy, as the MISTI and the ink do all the work on the stamp.  But they are super colorful and cheerful.  I hope you give it a try!  

Next on today's hop is Sandi MacIver.  Remember to comment as you hop, for a chance to win the gift certificates!  




Sara Sherlock (YOU ARE HERE)



Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used**:

Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.)

Please note, when possible, I try to offer multiple sources for the items I use.


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Everything Wonderful x 2 | Crafty Friends Blog Hop ft Honeybee Stamps

Hello!

It's that time of the month again!  Time for another Crafty Friends Blog Hop.  If you have not joined us for one of our hops before, the Crafty Friends Blog Hop is a group of friends who have all shared some common crafty beginnings, and we hop each month with a spotlight on a company we love. 

This month we have chosen to spotlight Honey Bee Stamps.  Melissa, the owner at Honey Bee, has kindly given us a coupon code to share with our hoppers, good for the next two days.  Use the code CRAFTYFRIENDS20 to save 20% on your purchase.  


I actually have two cards to share with you today.  I fell in love with the Everything Wonderful Stamp Set, and that gorgeous cluster of roses, and I had to color it twice.  All supplies used, are listed at the bottom of this post. 


The first card began by stamping the Everything Wonderful Stamp Set image, in Barely There Amalgam Ink, onto a bit of Strathmore Watercolor Paper.  I had heard that colored pencils worked really well on a smoother (hot press) watercolor paper, because it does have a little more tooth than typical coloring paper - allowing you to build up more color for a richer look.  I did not have any hot press paper to try this on, but the Strathmore paper is fairly smooth compared to most of the cold press papers that I had.  It did require multiple stamping, because of the texture, so a MISTI is a must! 

Once stamped, I colored in the image using Prismacolor pencils.  I colored multiple light layers, building up the color and blending, before using a final coat of pencil to burnish the paper and smooth out everything.  Once completed, I fussy cut the image out (There is a die, if you are less enthused about fussy cutting!).  

Prismacolor Pencils Used: 
(in no particular order)
914 Cream, 942 Yellow Ochre, 940 Sand, 926 Carmine Red, 928 Blush Pink, 1001 Slamon Pink, 1008 Parma Violet,
289 Grey Green LIght, 912 Apple Green, 909, Grass Green, 908 Dark Green, 945 Sienna Brown, 946 Dark Brown,
1070 30% French Grey, 1074 70% French Grey, 1076 90% French Grey, 938 White



I wanted a little texture on the background of the card front.  So, I stamped a piece of Banana Cream card stock with Whip Cream ink, and the Buffalo Plaid Stamp.  This added a subtle pattern.  Then I die cut a circle from white card stock.  I layered the colored image with the circle and background, using foam tape.  I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in white on a bit of Pitch Black card stock, and adhered that to the card front with a bit of liquid glue and foam tape.  Once the card front was attached to a white card base, a few white Nuvo drops finished the card.  


For the second card, I wanted to color the image with watercolors.  I adore the look of watercolored florals, and while, I have played around with watercolor here and there, I  really have not delved very deeply into playing with, and learning, the medium.  You can only learn by doing, however, so I grabbed a sheet of watercolor paper, and stamped the image.


I stamped the image in Antique Linen Distress Ink (multiple times again, in the MISTI), onto Fabriano Artistico Extra White Watercolor Paper.  This paper is a bit heavier weight, and has a bit more tooth, than the previous paper I used, making it more suited to the wet medium.  I taped the panel onto a hardbord, so I could move the panel as I painted. 


I used Distress Inks to paint the image.  I pressed each ink pad onto my glass mat to create a spot of color that I could pick up with a brush to paint.  I wanted to make sure that my image felt cohesive, so colors from one portion of the image, show up in varying amounts elsewhere in the image.  For instance, the pinky-purple tone (Seedless Preserves)  I used on the roses, is also adding some color variation to the leaves, and was splattered on the background.  So that color appears throughout the image, tying the whole thing together.  

Distress Ink Colors Used: 
(in no particular order)
Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans, Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn,
Forest Moss, Ground Espresso, Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone


Once the image was completed, and dry.  I trimmed down the panel.  I white heat embossed the sentiment onto a bit of River Stone card stock, and adhered it to the watercolor panel with liquid glue.  Then I attached the card front to a white card base.  A few white Nuvo drops completed this second card.  


I really like how both cards use the same image, embellishment, and even the sentiments are similarly done, but the cards each have their own "feel".  Do you have a favorite?  


The next stop on the hop is Lydia, over at Understand Blue.  

For your convenience, here is a list of all of the stops today, just in case you get turned around.  


Sara Sherlock (You are here!)



Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used**:

Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.)

Please note, when possible, I try to offer multiple sources for the items I use.

**If a particular item I used was out of stock when I was preparing my post, or the item I used was discontinued, I have provided a link to a similar item - that is available - when a substitution would not affect the card design.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Picket Fence Studios May Release

Hello!

It's the 14th, which means it's time for a new release from Picket Fence Studios.  If you like to color, there are so many fun new stamp sets this month  I'm excited to share my samples with you.  But, first, here is a quick peek of the entire release.

FULL MAY 2020 PICKET FENCE STUDIOS RELEASE:




As always, I have several cards to share with you, today, using these new products.  All of the products used in these cards will be listed at the bottom of this post, for reference. 

Card #1 | The Cheese to my Burger

I began this card, by stamping the hamburger from the Dad's Day Stamp Set, in Barely There Amalgam Ink, onto Sweet Sentiment Coloring Paper.  I colored in the image using Prismacolor pencils and a white gel pen.  Once finished, I trimmed the panel down, and set it aside. 

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I stamped, and white heat embossed, the sentiment from the stamp set, onto a strip of Pitch Black card stock.  I also stamped a panel of white card stock with the Gingham Stamp, in Rich Coral Ink.  Everything was layered together, and I tied a bit of Candy Apple Twine around the Gingham Panel, before adhering the card front to a white card base, using foam tape.  

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Card #2 | Paradise Created

For this card, I stamped one of the flower images from the Bird of Paradise Flowers Stamp Set, Black Hybrid Ink, onto the Sweet Sentiment Coloring Paper.   I colored the image in with my Prismacolor pencils, and then fussy cut the image out.  I then, stamped a panel of Fresh Forest card stock, with the Exotic Leaves Stamp, using Fresh Forest Ink.  I die cut that panel using a circle die.  

Picket Fence Studios, Birds of Paradise Flowers, Exotic Leaves, stamping, coloring, papercrafts, handmade card, Prismacolor pencils

To create the card background, I first lined everything up on a top folding white card base, in my MISTI.  I stamped the sentiment, from the Birds of Paradise Flowers Stamp Set, in the black ink, and then sprinkled a little Gold Silk over the white card front.  I layered on the leaves background, and floral image using foam tape.  

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Card #3 | Gold & Gray Roses

I began this card, by repeatedly stamping the A Rose Stamp onto River Stone card stock in Versamark Ink.  Then I heat embossed the roses in gold.  I also stamped and gold heat embossed a sentiment from the Fancy Sentiments Stamp Set, onto Pitch Black card stock.  

Picket Fence Studios, A Rose, Fancy Sentiments, Thank you card, handmade card, heat embossing

I fussy cut out the embossed roses, and laid them out on a card front cut from Pale Rose card stock.  When I found the arrangement I liked, I adhered the roses down using a bit of liquid glue.  Then I trimmed the overhanging pieces away.  I used just a couple of gray Prismacolor pencils to add shading to the roses, before adhering the sentiment strip with foam tape.  I matted the card front onto another piece of the Pitch Black card stock, before adding that to a white card base..  A few scattered Fashion Gold pieces finished the card. 
 

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Card #4 | Seriously, No

This card began by stamping the Lexi Girl Stamp, in Barely There Amalgam Ink, onto coloring paper.  I colored the image in using colored pencils, and used a white gel pen and black pen to add the final details.  I cut the image out using the coordinating die, then set this aside. 

Picket Fence Studios, Lexi Girl, Seriously Literally, handmade card, coloring, Prismacolor pencils, papercraft, stamping

The sentiment is from the Seriously, Literally Stamp Set.  I stamped the "omg. no." in Black Hybrid Ink, by masking off the rest of the sentiment while inking my stamp.  I then removed the mask to stamp onto white card stock.  I cleaned the stamp, then masked off that portion, to stamp the rest of the sentiments in Candy Apple ink.  Then I die cut the oval shape.  I added my sentiment panel, and colored image to a Blue Lagoon card front, that I had embossed lines into for some detail.  Then I attached the card front to a white card base.  

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Card #5 | Shell in Your Pocket

This card is very quick.  I stamped the image and sentiment from the Nautilus Shell Scene Stamp Set, in Black Hybrid Ink, onto a card front.  Then, I colored in the image with Prismacolor pencils.  

Picket Fence Studios, Nautilus Shell Scene, Prismacolor pencils, handmade card, stamping, coloring


I matted the colored panel onto a piece of Oatmeal Cookie card stock, before adding the card front to a white card base.  


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Card #6 | Wedding Cake

For this final card, I stamped the cake image from the To the Lovely Couple, onto Tin Pail card stock, using Black Hybrid Ink.  I, again, used Prismacolor pencils to color in the image, then stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink, and gold heat embossed it.  

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I felt as if the card panel needed a little something more, so I added some Whip Cream Ink through the Floral Damask Stencil, using a foam dauber.  This allowed me to be more precise in working around the areas that were already stamped.  Once the ink had dried, I added a small strip of gold foiled card stock to the right edge of the card front, before adhering it to a white card base.  

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These new stamps are quite fun - and really gave my colored pencils a workout this month!  I hope you've found some inspiration, and perhaps a few new stamps to add to your stash.  

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used**:

Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.)

Please note, when possible, I try to offer multiple sources for the items I use.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Thinking Multiples

Hello!

I'm sending out a lot more cards lately, are you?  I have always loved pretty and simple cards, and right now it's so helpful to have a few stamp sets that work well with that style, and are perfect for making cards in bulk.  The Uplifting Thoughts stamp set from Concord & 9th is one of those sets.   The large graphic stamps make beautiful backgrounds, and the scripted sentiments are perfect for those cards that are a little tougher right now.  

Concord & 9th, Uplifting Thoughts, Thinking of You card, handmade card, heat embossing

I adore the pairing of Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder on gray card stock.  The cool golden tone in the embossing powder adds warmth that a silver would lack, but is not a glaringly yellow against the gray, the way a gold powder would be.  I stamped the leaves image in Versamark ink, onto several panels of the River Stone card stock at a time.  I stamped the lower corner first, on 5 panels, and then heat embossed all of that stamping.  Then I rotated my card stock and lined it up in my MISTI to the measurements I needed, to stamp the upper corner.  I then heat embossed that portion of the stamping on all 5 panels.  The heat embossing goes really quickly when you group it up like this, because once your heat tool is hot, the additional panels are done really fast.

Concord & 9th, Uplifting Thoughts, Thinking of You card, handmade card, heat embossing

I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment onto vellum strips, and then folded the edge of the vellum strip over the edges of my card front and adhered the strip on the back side of the card panel with a piece of White Liner tape.  I added a tiny sliver of the White Liner tape to the back of the sentiment, to adhere the end of the strip to the card front.  Then I attached the card fronts to top folding white card bases with the liner tape.  A few Nuvo drops finished the cards.   

Concord & 9th, Uplifting Thoughts, Thinking of You card, handmade card, heat embossing

This was a very fast set of cards to make - it took longer for the Nuvo drops to dry than to create the five cards!   And now I've got a few more cards to address and get in the mail.  


Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:

Use this easy list to find the products I used in my projects. (Contains affiliate links - where I earn a commission from purchases made from my links, at no cost to you. Your support helps me keep this blog going, and continue to create - Thank you! Affiliates and disclosures can be found here.)

Please note, when possible, I try to offer multiple sources for the items I use.