Wednesday, September 28, 2016

STAMPtember Holiday...

Hi Everyone!
This month is almost over (can you believe that?) and so is STAMPtember over at Simon Says Stamp!  I made a card using the exclusive Tim Holtz stamp/stencil set created for SSS STAMPtember celebration!  The stamp has 8 images and an exclusive stencil which works perfectly with the stamps.  Follow along and I'll show you what I made...
I started with a piece of Distress Watercolor Cardstock.  I stamped the tree image with Distress Embossing Ink and heat set it with white Embossing Powder (hard to show that step since it's all white!)
Once the image was cooled, I used a Detailer Waterbrush to color the over the image with Distress Ink and water.  I used Fossilized Amber for the star and Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn and Pine Needles for the tree.
Again, this step may be hard to see, but I masked the tree image and used Texture Paste Transparent Gloss through the exclusive SSS stencil to add snow to the top portion of the card.
 A light layer of  Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and the snow starts to show up.
It took a couple washes of color to create the look of snow I wanted.  Just a perfect winter background.
 I added the tree image to the inside of a folding card by stitching around the edge.
For the outside, I picked a few colors of green to pounce over the plaid image, then lightly spritzed it with water.
This allowed me to create a "watercolor" plaid band for the front of the fold up card.
I thought the Merry Christmas phrase would work here (its the perfect size) but it wasn't until I identified a Sizzix shape for a foundation that I knew what to do.
I cut one of the Stitched Ovals from Watercolor Cardstock then embossed the Merry Christmas with gold embossing powder.
 So the finished card front looks like this...
 Then you open it up to my favorite tree image!
Hope you like the card - I love the ease of water coloring over the embossed image.

Tim has a post up on his blog comparing Christmas stamp images and he shows MANY more samples using this stamp/stencil set (click here).  Definitely worth your time just for the holiday inspiration!
now carry on,

Friday, September 23, 2016

Happiest of Holidays Card

Hi all!
I'm here today sharing another easy Christmas card using the new Stampers Anonymous stamp sets Doodle Greeting #1 and Stripes and Holiday Type. 

I have cut a piece of Distress Watercolor cardstock to work on.  I love the Distress Watercolor cardstock because it is so thick.  I takes repeated wet mediums and yet yet maintains its rigidity.  Perfect for this technique.
1. Use Archival Ink to stamp the image onto the card front.
2. Create a palette on the Craft Sheet of Peeled Paint, Fired Brick and Pine Needles.  Add spritz of water from the Distress Sprayer and pick up the ink using a Detailer Water Brush.  Color in the image and let dry.
3. Cut a piece of tracing paper (I like it because it is so thin) in a circle to completely cover the stamped image.
4. Add removable tape to the back to keep in position.
5. Stamp over card front with Holiday Type in Red Geranium Archival Ink.

6.  Peel off the mask paper.
7.  Cut card to size and lightly ink the edges with Distress Ink Gathered Twigs.
8.  Mount on red cardstock.
9. Add Alcohol Ink Meadow to a Mirrored Star and adhere to card front with Glossy Accents.
10.  Wrap idea-ology Trimmings metallic ribbon around card front and tie a bow.
NOTE: I also used the Holiday Type stamp to add a bit of detail on the inside of the card.
This is one of my favorite cards I've made lately.  I  love these two stamp sets...perfect for all kinds of holiday cards and tags!
Now carry on,