Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
And this one uses another of the SU tree image layered on a background (Just for Fun) stamped in red. Looks much different than the one posted yesterday stamped in blue!
I'm off to make more cards. I'm up to about 60 now!
Thursday, December 6, 2007
The card on the above left uses a stamp from Stampers Anonymous. I dry-brushed gold acrylic paint on the back of acetate, then stamped on the front with Staz On. The card on the above right is similar to one I posted awhile back which I had done for a "make-n-take" at the store. I used alcohol inks on glossy cardstock, Twinkling H2Os for coloring in the images (sprinkled with glitter while wet) and a Stampendous clear stamp set.
The Santa stamp on the next card is by Inkadinkado. These colors didn't scan well, as the base card and background of stamped image are cream and the ink and layer are dark green. I threaded gold beads onto cream sheer ribbon before attaching to the layer. This was actually CASEd from somewhere on the web - sorry I can't remember where to give credit.
The blue card uses 3 stamps from Just for Fun. This is actually their "Project of the Month" card on their website. I love the little girl and her doll. The words are all one background stamp and the snowflakes a border. I added Stickles dots inside the snowflakes.
I'm working on more - will share tomorrow. So many stamps, so little time...
Monday, December 3, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
I'm off to Chicago again tomorrow for a few days. My oldest daughter is taking flamenco dance and will be in a studio recital tomorrow evening. Looking forward to that, plus getting to see three of my girls, but not the cold weather! It will seem even colder coming from the 70-degree weather the past few days here in Texas.
Friday, November 30, 2007
I tested this on a plain shipping tag. The directions say to paint a medium coat for fine cracks and a thick coat for heavier cracks, so I painted thickly on the top portion of the tag and a thinner coat on the bottom to see any differences. I apologize for the poor photos - this was very hard to get a closeup without glare.
The first photo shows the tag just after painting (with glare). The second photo shows the dry paint crackled.
I was disappointed in this product and doubt I will purchase more. It is expensive and does not produce a nice crackle finish as I expected. The thinner coat of paint hardly crackled and the thicker coat looks more like parched ground rather than cracks. I think a regular crackle product produces a better effect. You can also crackle by painting over any white glue while wet - using Elmers glue and inexpensive craft paint would do the trick more cheaply than this product. One amazing thing about this paint, though, is it's self-leveling - you paint it on very thickly and messy and it levels out to a rather smooth application.
She always offers wonderful images and only asks that to download you first link her site on a message board, website or blog. Save it to your favorites and check it out every day until Christmas! (Be sure to read the "fine print" on what you can and can't do with these downloads.)
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
INTRODUCTION TO STAMPING INKS
Inkpads fit into three basic categories, although there is some crossover and a few “exceptions.” The most important thing to remember is to first select the material you will be stamping on and then choose an appropriate inkpad for that application.
Water-based and washable (semi-permanent once dry)
Dry quickly (and, thus, not used for heat embossing)
Best for detailed stamps
Usually dry on all papers, including glossy, though may need to be heat-set
May fade over time
Slow drying (used for heat-embossing)
Smears easily until dry
Cannot be used on non-porous surfaces (glossy or matte papers) unless embossed
Resist and embossing inks are included in this category
* Note: Brilliance pigment ink is the only ink that will dry on vellum!
Either water-soluble or solvent-based
Can be used on non-porous surfaces, including glossy paper, transparencies,
Use when coloring image with water-soluble media
Special cleaner may be needed
Rich, opaque colors with matte finish
Can be embossed
Permanent when heat-set
Some brands juicier than others (ie. Colorbox)
Actually a pigment ink but “in a class by itself”
Can be used for resist technique, heat-embossing, watermark background
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
I made a tag and pocket using an Accucut die and embellished with the polka dot patterned paper. The dots on the back of the pocket were stamped with a brand new pencil eraser!
Here's the tag out of the pocket. I used my new large corner punch and added Diamond Glaze for shine. The striped ribbon mimics the striped bowls and adds contrast to all the dots. This is going to Teresa - hope she likes it.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I found these Christmas stamps at Michael's last week - too cute to pass up, especially for $1 each!
And two more from Joann's. Now, why in the world do I "need" this many Christmas stamps!
Saturday, November 10, 2007
This week has been very hectic - my "part-time" job has morphed into over 30 hours this week with no days off. And I'm trying to finish a few swaps before the deadlines. I did manage to finish the Circus 4x4
I collaged different circus images I found on the Internet with part of a circus ad in our newspaper. The pages are copies of the original with additions of Stickles on the elephant and the "tent" border, a Bingo marker for the ball and a tiny red pompom for the clown's nose. I also used a new "make-your-own-rubons" product for the circus title. This is made by Grafix - you can draw, rubber stamp or print a design with your computer on this film, apply the special adhesive sheet included and then remove the liner and use as a regular rubon. It was the first time I'd used this and I like it. It wasn't nearly as difficult as I thought it would be.
The backs of these were supposed to be decorated as well. I used real popcorn bags from the dollar store for the backs, folding over about half an inch on the top front to simulate a "bigtop." The ticket stamp is from Invoke Arts.
Now all I need to do is get these in the mail!
Friday, November 2, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
So here's some treats for you. If you use them in your art, I'd love to see what you do!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Here's a "cuttlebugged" thank you card I made for my SIL and BIL for letting us stay with them. The raised areas are lightly chalked.
And here are a few more Halloween cards using my new "Jack" stamps from Just for Fun. Aren't they fun stamps?!