Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

I had another turn at providing the shoebox for our stamp club this month.  This technique is called "faux patina". 

First start with the faux letterpress technique by rubbing the Antique Linen distress ink on the inside smooth side of an embossing folder.  This folder is from Darice.  Run through your embossing machine.  Layer three different colors of ink with a sponge starting with the lightest.  In this case, I used three different oranges of distress ink.  At this point, tap the cardstock with powder since the cardstock is fairly wet with ink.  Then come back and tap Versamark ink on the raised image and emboss with a coordinating powder.   I used an orange embossing enamel on this example.

The pumpkin strip embossing folder is from Sizzix (Tim Holtz) and done with the same technique.  Both pieces were mounted onto metallic copper cardstock.  A fun technique to play with.  Try various other ink combinations.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!
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Friday, October 18, 2013

Color Challenge for Stamp Club

Joyce supplied our challenge for next month and it's to use various fall colors like oranges, yellows and greens.  Here's my card following the sketch she also provided.

The designer paper is Graphics 45 Steampunk Spells and the pumpkin stamp is vintage and no longer available.  The leaf border punch is from EK Success.  I stamped the pumpkin in Versamark Ink and colored with various mica powders.

Here's a close up so you can see the wonderful shimmer that mica powders create.  Such an easy technique with a little shine.
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Monday, October 14, 2013

A Path to Follow

This photo depicts what it looks like in my part of the woods except a few more leaves.  I'm sure after the rain this week, most of the leaves will be on the ground.

This is, once again, another Memory Box Madison Window die card.  Very simple.  I used a photo transparency attached to white cardstock and adhered it to the back of the die cut.  The cardstock is all crumbcake from Stampin' Up.  The sentiment is from Endless Creations. 
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Memory Box Window

Here's another Madison Grand Window die (Memory Box) card.

The image behind the window is from Penny Black and stamped with Memories fall ink pad.  This card is very clean and simple and only took a few minutes to create.  Would qualify for Stampers Ten wouldn't it? 
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Getting Ready for Halloween?

Happy October!  Beautiful weather and colorful leaves!

I began this card with the background.  The branches background is a stencil from Crafters Workshop which was sponged with Mementos gray ink.  Then the background was sprayed with various oranges and yellows with the Copic airbrush system.  The main image is from SU and the sentiment is from Flourishes.  The fence is a MS punch. 
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Sunday, October 6, 2013

September Stamp Club Challenge

It was my turn once again to provide the sketch for our stamp club.  I followed the sketch except I did not put a sentiment on the front of the card.  Just didn't work for me with this design and layout.

The front was dry embossed with an embossing folder on coordinations paper and then sanded to better show the image.  The Spellbinder Cattail Delite die was cut on cork paper.  Added a bit of twine, designer paper and a burlap flower to complete the rustic card. 
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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Memory Box Window

I had fun creating several cards with Memory Box's Grand Madison Window die.

The image behind the window is a photo transparency.  The blue cardstock was embossed with a cuttlebug folder but is difficult to notice in this photo.  Applied a few strips of washi tape and the card is complete.  Have a great weekend!
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