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October 2009

Weekend Holiday Stamping

I spent all my weekend stamping time creating Christmas cards.  What fun it is for me to figure new ways to make snow or to paint a vintage scene. I would like to share the three very different cards that I made.

KC The Moose is Loose 11

I wanted to create a simple nature type winter scene so I pulled out my Kittie Kits with the cabin and three different size trees.  I stamped the cabin with black craft in on watercolor paper and heat dried.  I masked the cabin and stamped the trees all around it using darker green ink. I stamped a few tree tops using a lighter shade of green to make the trees appear to be in the distance and then painted the cabin.  I heat set all the ink and then sponged  pale yellow along the tree tops and then lightened the shade as I moved upward in the sky. I heat set again. I used a small brush to paint white craft ink on the roof top and around the windows and then used a larger brush to paint all around the ground area and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. I put a fine layer of glue on the roof and ground area and applied white Flower Soft to create a soft natural looking snow. I finished the card with simple designer paper, crimped crisp white paper along with brown gingham.

KC Sarah Kay Noel Eve 

I love all the Stampavie Sarah Kay Noel 2009 collection and I think each image is my favorite as I use it in a project.  They are all so full of detail and bring back memories of old-fashioned holidays.  I stamped the image on watercolor paper and again on scrap watercolor with black craft ink and heat set.  I painted all the images using reinkers and then began cutting out the skillet, coal bucket, teapot and dress to pop up over the scene.  I embossed all the pieces and scene with clear embossing powder while the ink was still wet to create the appearance of a tile. I popped up the images with glue dots and then layered over Graphic 45 designer paper.  I ran white taffeta ribbon over an Antique Linen ink pad to color for aging and created a multi loop bow.

KC Moose 2

I wanted to create a shaker card using my new Shake It window pouches and fill it with white Flower Soft for snow.  I stamped the Rubbernecker trees and moose on watercolor paper and painted andI sponged in a light blue sky   I used a small brush to paint in falling snow and snowy ground and embossed with white embossing powder. I cut the moose heads out to pop up out of the trees with glue dots. I applied a small bit of Flower Soft in the pouch and attached it over the scene.  I cut a frame with Nestabilities using BasicGrey Eskimo Kisses and popped it up over the pouch and finished my card. I learned a lesson with this project.  Do not use glue dots when creating a shaker card as the snow will stick to it.  Duh!

Project 1:  Stamps:  Kittie Kits The Moose is Loose    Paper:  Watercolor, SU Designer Paper, White     Ink:  Black Craft, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Scattered Straw,  Vintage Photo, White Craft   Accessories:  White Embossing Powder, Flower Soft, Gingham, Crimper

Project 2:  Stampavie Sarah Kay Noel Eve    Paper:  Graphic 45 Designer, Watercolor ,Vanilla   Ink:  Black Craft, Fired Brick, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, Sahara Sand, Going Gray, Really Rust, More Mustard    Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder, Versa Pen, Taffeta, Deckle Scissors, Sponges, Brushes, Glue Dots

Project 3:  Stamps:  Rubbernecker Moose, Trees    Paper:  BasicGrey Eskimo Kisses, Watercolor, Olive   Ink:  Black Craft, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, White Craft   Accessories:  Shake It Window Pouch, Button, Grosgrain, White Embossing Powder, Brushes, Sponges, Glue Dots 


Fun Challenges

I really enjoy taking part in the Splitcoaststampers challenges.  They always present an opportunity to try something new, push out of a comfort zone or stretch to accomplish greater skill on a technique that can already be done well. 

I love paper piecing. It seems a stamped image can be brought to life by adding layers upon layers to the main base of the image.  For this month’s Dirty Dozen/Dirty Dozen Alumni challenge we were asked to create a project using paper piecing and either fall or Christmas colors. I wanted to create a life like project using Noel Stocking by Sarah Kay. The image has so many details that allow for layering from the stone fireplace right down to the little black and white cat.

KC Sarah Kay Noel Stocking a

I stamped the image a few times with black craft ink on burgundy designer paper, white cardstock and watercolor paper and embossed them all with clear embossing powder.  I painted the fireplace opening on one piece and the stone on another, clear embossed over the wet paint and then cut them out and pieced them together.  I painted and cut out an additional burning grate of wood to pop up over the original. I cut the girl’s dress out and popped it up over the original image, painted and cut out an additional head and apron and popped them up as well.   I created the stocking with designer paper and painted the toys and candy cane portion on watercolor paper and pieced together to hang from the mantle.  The tiny little cat was popped up in front of the fire with the the intent  that his little tale would hang out of the frame.  I painted a wood panel background as a base to build the scene up on and then finished the scene by attaching a frame.  The perfect finishing touch to me was to add an old fashioned Christmas tree complete with gold bows and tiny ornaments.  Well…..in truth….the ornaments were added because I somehow got a puncture wound on my finger without realizing it and bled on the beautifully finished tree.  I was not going to start over due to a couple drops of blood so I punched out several ornaments with my 1/8th circle punch and attached them as camouflage with Crystal Effects.  I love the multi loop gold bow on the bottom of the tree.

KC Sarah Kay Noel Stocking

Last night I had the opportunity to play in the CAS (Clean and Simple) challenge.  This style of card is much harder than it looks and is not really my forte but I enjoyed stretching myself to try. I thought this large leaf stem from Rubbernecker could stand on it’s own as a feature for a simple card.

KC Fall Trilogy 2

I stamped the image with medium green ink and used a blender pen to add pale yellow and darker green to the leaves and stem.  I put clear embossing powder over the wet paint and heat embossed to make the leaves pop.

Project 1:  Stampavie Sarah Kay Noel Stocking, Lovely as a Tree   Paper:  BasicGrey DP, Watercolor, Natural Vanilla, White, Cranberry Crisp   Ink:  Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick, Black Soot, Lemonade, Going Gray, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard     Accessories:  Gold Metal Ribbon and Cord, Glue Dots, Brushes, Mounting Tape, Black Glaze Pen,Gold and Clear Embossing Powder, Snips

Project 2:  Rubbernecker Fall Trilogy   Paper:  Watercolor, Old Olive    Ink:  Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Scattered Straw   Accessories:  Blender Pen, Clear Embossing Powder, Grosgrain


Weekend Stamping Fun

Good Monday morning.  I hope you had an enjoyable weekend.  Our weather cooled down here in Florida dropping into the 40’s at night and the high yesterday was in the low 60’s.  We have been having exceptionally high temps for this time of year with highs in the 90’s so I enjoyed the cooler weather. I had a three day weekend and enjoyed being home, relaxing and having some wonderful stamping time.

My first project was made for the Stampavie bi-weekly challenge. The challenge was to make a Halloween card using at least one Stampavie image.  I must admit I was stumped as Stampavie has no Halloween images in their line.  Jay Jay, our challenge coordinator suggested that we modify an image so I finally decided  to “spook up” the Rachelle Anne Miller’s owls, Hoo Hoo There and use them with a spooky tree and old cemetery images from the Rubbernecker Halloween collection. I modified the image by cutting off the existing branch so they could be placed in the tree.

KC Miller Hoo Hoo There

I stamped the owls on scrap watercolor paper, painted and cut out.  I stamped the tree and head stone images with brown craft ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I punched a circle out of scrap paper, placed the mask over the sky area, sponged the circle with bright orange ink to create the moon and embossed with clear embossing powder. My final step was to watercolor in the sky and ground area. I love the color combination on this project.  I wanted the sky to appear dark but not actually spooky Halloween black as these owl characters just can’t pull that off.  They only thing they could do to you is hoot you to death. I hope you will come and join us for the challenge and have a chance to win a prize.

My second project was made for the SCS Inspiration Challenge. Xanier Taler decorative tile site was given for our inspiration.  I was inspired by the tile below but decided on creating orange fall leaves instead of flowers and used the new Rubbernecker Fall Trilogy set.

big blossom

KC Fall Trilogy

I used Joan’s tap and smash technique to ink up the stamp.  I chose to work with three colors of ink, Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint and Aged Mahogany.  I tapped and smashed the ink pads directly onto the stamp starting with the lightest color first and then repeating with the darker colors.  I stamped the image on watercolor paper and heat dried.  I used a wet brush to fill in the leaves and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I love the simple image layered over the dark green background created using the same image.

My third project was created for SCS Featured Stamper challenge. Riley, aka dancerriley was our featured artist and here is a link to the project that inspired me.

KC Tim Holtz 

I stamped the Tim Holtz image on natural white cardstock with Aged Mahogany ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I thought this image would look great paired with this BasicGrey designer paper.  I sponged all the paper with Old Paper to give an aged appearance. I had the whole card almost totally constructed and got a big brown ink on the main image layer.  Ugh!!!!  I decided to try and cover up the boo boo by taking the ink pad directly to the paper to create an aged background. I created a multi loop bow with cream organdy ribbon and heated to curl and age.  The ribbon color was still to bright and new looking so I finished by sponging on Old Paper ink. This was a fast and easy holiday card that took only 15 minutes or so and could easily be mass produced.

Project 1:  Stampavie Rachelle Anne Miller Hoo Hoo There, Rubbernecker Halloween Collection    Paper:  Brocade Blue, Pumpkin Pie, SU Designer Paper, White, Watercolor    Ink:  Black Craft, Close to Cocoa Craft Ink,  Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Pumpkin Pie    Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder, Deckle Scissors, Crimper, Circle Punch, Rice Baggy (for background)

Project 2:  Rubbernecker Fall Trilogy    Paper:  Old Olive, Watercolor, Cranberry Crisp    Ink:  Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint, Aged Mahogany   Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder, Grosgrain

Project 3:  Tim Holtz Collection    Paper:  BasicGrey, Natural white   Ink:  Aged Mahogany    Accessories:  Organdy, Clear Embossing Powder


Winter Love

I had lots of fun this morning creating a winter card with a darling snowman couple in the Let it Snow set by Impression Obsession.  I think they are so cute.

KC Impression Obsession Let It Snow 2

I stamped the image with black craft ink and heat dried. I masked the snowmen and stamped the trees from Flaky Friends and Loads of Love and heat set.  I painted the whole piece of watercolor paper excluding the snowman images with clear water to prepare the paper for accepting my blue sky wash. Leaving the images dry keeps the color wash of the sky from running into them. I painted in the sky area and over the trees with a wash of aqua reinker and then added a light blue to create the night sky. I used a light wash of yellow around the star to create a glow. I painted the trees and snowman using reinkers and a brush and heat dried.  I used a small brush and white craft ink to paint in the falling snow and the snow on the tree. I wanted to cover the bottom image lines of the snowmen so I also painted the white craft on the ground area.  I heat embossed the whole project with white embossing  powder.  I then applied glue to the ground area and applied the white Flower Soft.  I added a touch of Flower Soft to the pompom of the snowman’s hat. I cut an additional star and popped it up over the tree and added Stickles to add some sparkle. I love the new Eskimo Kisses paper by BasicGrey and thought it was the perfect thing to layer behind this snow scene.  I tried out my new Shapeabilities snowflake dies to complete the project.

I hope you have a wonderful week.

Stamps:  Impression Obsession-Let it Snow    Paper:  BasicGrey Eskimo Kisses, Burgundy, White, Cold Pressed Watercolor   Ink:  Black Craft, Aged Mahogany, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Aqua, Bashful Blue, Going Gray , white Craft    Accessories:  Flower Soft Polar white, Shapeabilities, Crimper, Needle, Piercing Template, Stickles, White Embossing Powder, Glue, Brushes


Holiday Inspiration

After a long work week with no stamping I’ve enjoyed getting my fingers inky today.  There is nothing more fun and relaxing to me than putting all my focus on a creative project.  I started my morning a with few good cups of strong coffee and then set out to play in the SCS Inspiration Challenge.

My first project was an experiment to create a spooky Halloween sky with watercolor.

KC Halloween Set 1 2

I punched out a circle mask and placed the hole over the top part of my watercolor paper. I painted the moon in with a bright wash of reinker and then heat dried so the ink wouldn’t run.  I removed the mask and washed on a fine clear water base on the rest of the watercolor paper to prepare it to accept the blue ink and allow it to run down the paper. I then began applying a wash of blue reinker to create the night sky.  I purposefully pulled some of the blue over the moon to create cloudy shadows.  I had the paper sitting on an angle to allow the darker blue ink to run down the paper. I heat dried the whole piece of paper and then applied the images with versa and heat embossed with black embossing powder. I may have gotten a little too much blue on the moon but I really like the outcome.

My second project was a delight to create.  I love the darling little girl delivering her Christmas package.

KC Sarah Kay Noel Charity 1a

I stamped the image on cold pressed watercolor paper with black craft ink and heat dried.  I painted the door by outlining all the lines with dark brown reinker and then used a brush with clear water to pull the color out to the panels of the door. This technique leaves darker shading around the seams and frame of the door . I used the same technique to paint the little girl’s clothes.  I applied a finely painted layer of Liquid Appliqué to the pompom of the hat and to the snowy steps and heated.

KC Sarah Kay Noel Charity

I love the touch of white in the designer paper and the white mat with all the olive and think this allows the painted image to pop and allows nothing to distract from it.  I thought the touch of red in the gingham multi loop bow brought out the red in the scene.

Project 1: Stamps: Rubbernecker Halloween Set 1, Rubbernecker Stamp Oasis Spooky Tree
Paper: Black, Watercolor, Barely Banana
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Lemonade, Versa
Accessories: Black EP, Deckle Scissors, Crimper, Oval Punch, Brushes, Heat Gun

Project 2: Stamps: Stampavie Sarah Kay Noel Charity
Paper: Cold Pressed Watercolor, White, Olive, Designer Paper
Ink: Fired Brick, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Mustard (hair)
Accessories: Gingham, Liquid Appliqué, Watercolor Brush, Nestabilities, Baggy of Rice (frame background texture), Nestabilities