Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Stamp Spritzing

Hello, friends! Fall is definitely upon us, and I have been at my craft desk lately creating some fun fall projects! I pulled out my watercolor paper and new Warmth and Cheer paper stack and created this warm and cozy card.

I used the Fall Fest stamps and dies for this project, along with one of my favorite stamping techniques for solid images. To create this pretty watercolor look, I inked up my stamps and spritzed them lightly with water before stamping onto watercolor paper. This technique creates such an artistic, soft effect!

While I was digging for paper in my file drawer, I found a pre-cut kit I had made for a Stamp Club class years ago, and it was begging to be finished! The second project uses one of my favorite past paper designs and a quilting technique.

To create the quilted panel on this card, I layered 1" squares over a piece of vanilla cardstock and then cut a label shape with my dies. I then dry embossed the whole piece, layered it over an embossed panel, and added some fussy cut leaves and a wood embellishment. 

Fall is my favorite season, and I plan to enjoy every minute! I hope you are enjoying it as well!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Jars of Love

The new Jar of Love set from Stampin' Up is all kinds of cute, and I decided it was perfect for our latest Stamp Club project. We had so much fun putting together different combinations of colors with the various sentiments in the set!

We started with a piece of resist paper and sponged it with Pool Party ink. For the example card I used Rose Red, Blushing Bride, and Calypso Coral for the flowers and Pear Pizazz and Lucky Limeade for the foliage. The jar is stamped in Smoky Slate, and this lovely iridescent glitter is from Michael's. This versatile set has truly endless combinations!

While I had my stamps and dies out, I decided to make a second card with a totally different vibe. This cute project in the annual catalog was calling to me, so I cased it with my own supplies. The little fish is just irresistible! 

The adorable set will be a go to for a long time in my stamp stash. I will have fun filling jars with all kinds of fish, fireflies, and flowers! 

Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

An Oldie but a Goodie

Today I'm going old school with a fun technique for creating mega impact with maximum ease. This stained glass technique has been around forever, and the results are simply stunning!

To try this technique you will need a square piece of acetate, glossy accents, glitter, Stazon ink, a line stamp, one to three shades of reinker, and tissue paper cut slightly larger than your acetate square. 

Cut a square of acetate to the size you prefer for your finished accent piece and stamp a line image on the front side in Stazon ink. Flip the piece over and cover the back side with a thick coat of glossy accents. Drip three shades of reinker onto the glossy accents and swirl with a Popsicle stick. For best results, use shades that are adjacent on the color wheel. For extra pizazz, sprinkle the back side with iridescent glitter.

Place a square of tissue paper slightly larger than the acetate over the wet glossy accents and smooth slightly. Be sure to leave the glossy accent coat quite thick. Leave to dry overnight.

When dry, trim off the excess tissue paper and mount to your card as you would any other embellishment. This technique creates a visually stunning effect on an otherwise clean and simple project! Because the finished piece is quite heavy, use strong tape when mounting it to your project.

I hope you will have fun reviving this fun retro technique! Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

More Birthday Fiesta!

This Birthday Fiesta stamp set from Stampin' Up might be the most adorable thing I've played with in a long time. I love the bright colors that seem to naturally compliment these images, and I've had fun combining them with the Sabado Domingo paper stack from the Paper Studio too!

I have been waiting for a fun project to use these adorable glassine bags with, and this seemed like the perfect time! I dry embossed my glassine bag and trimmed the top slightly. I decorated the outside of the bag, leaving the cute inner tag with the llama for writing the sentiment. Oh my gosh, that little llama is to die for!

For the second project, I created an identical tag and tucked it into a scrapbook page protector. I used my Fuse Tool to close three sides, filled it with glitter, and sealed it up. These cute pockets can hold all kinds of fun things: glitter, sequins, gift cards, and money. The possibilities are endless!

The last time I was at Hobby Lobby, I found these cute fusible fringe rolls too, so I had to top the pocket off with one of those. This Fuse Tool is way too much fun!

I hope you are having a wonderful fall, my friends! Thanks for visiting!