Friday, December 12, 2014

Sprayed Gelli Tags

Had a chance to make some Christmas tags using Gelli print snowflakes, Silver Sharpie paint pen doodling, and some sprayed and spattered Heidi Swapp White Color Shine Spray for fun!

This was made with a store bought tag. I stamped in white then used my Sharpie Paint pen to outline the edge and add accents on the snowflake. I added some spatter be dipping a brush into my Heidi Swapp spray and spattering over the card.

These are Martha Stewart snowflake punched Gelli prints with MS petal ink added to the edges. I cut my tags using the Envelope Punch board and used the Silver paint pen to add the faux reinforcers. I also added Gelly Roll Clear Star highlights and some blue and white twine to top it off.

More Gelli print snowflakes with 1/4" circle centers punched from glimmer paper. I stamped my small snowflakes and sentiment, but then went over them with my paint pen because they were too faint. Lots of Silver Sharpie doodling and some dots and then a generous spray and some spatter of my Heidi Swapp white spray.

Vintage Texaco Birthday

     I used the sketch from splitcoaststampers sketch challenge as it was just perfect for the birthday card I was asked to make. I have my card rack at an antique/collectibles store in town and we've recently moved into an old gas station building. The owner's birthday is tonight and we're combining our Christmas party with a celebration of his bday. The vendors from the store have chipped in to buy him a vintage Texaco sign and asked me to make a card to go along with the gift. They specifically mentioned yellow as one of the colors so I went with that instead of white as the color behind the star.
    I stamped my gas pump first and wish I'd thought to remove the framing portion of the stamp, but at one point thought this was the only image I'd use. I embossed it in black and then watercolored with a wet brush dipped in ink from the ink pad lids. I had made a circle element based on the Texaco star but this ended up on the inside of the card. So, I used my Versamarker to ink up only the car portion and omitting the framing and then embossed the car in black ep. I used a sponge to add Suede to the edges and then also stamped some Suede spatter. For my base, I embossed my row of stars (referencing my Texaco star) and used the Sanded bg and sponging to go with my theme. Stamped my sentiment in Midnight Muse and matted my image panel in the same.

My star was made by punching a So Saffron circle. I laid my star stencil over this and sponged in Riding Hood Red. I then laid the bullseye from the same stencil over that and sponged the outer red circle. I punched a "T" in Wild Wasabi and glued that on.  
I used the same Sanded and Itty Bitty Backgrounds to add a bit of "texture" to the base of the card.
Stamps: Antique Autos, Sanded, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Happiest Birthday Wishes, Stampabilites: Aged to Perfection Paper: Wild Wasabi, Midnight Muse, Natural Ivory, So Saffron Ink: Midnight Muse, Riding Hood Red, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Versamark Accessories: Black ep, CB star border ef, Sponge, Memory Keepers alphabet punch, paintbrush Techniques: Omitting with Markers, Watercoloring with Ink Pad Lids, Embossing, Dry Embossing, Sponging

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Blue Christmas

I had so much fun making the Gelli prints with my daughter the other day. I used several of them on cards and made a BUNCH of tags. Here's a few of the cards from the blue snowflake prints.
Cut a large rectangle from a print then cut that into 4 smaller ones. Sponged along the edges and added some glitter and silver doodles. Cut snowflakes from another print and layered those. 
 Stamps: Season of Joy Paper: White, Gelli Plate print, Silver Glimmer paper Paper Size: A2 Ink: Encore Silver, MS chalk ink Accessories: Gelli Plate, Brayer, Homemade stencil-MS and SU Snowflake punches/transparency sheet, 1/4" circle punch, Silver Sharpie paint pen Techniques: Gel Printing, Doodling

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This one is from a print onto deli paper. It had a fainter print pulled onto the back side as well. Again, added silver paint pen highlights and hymn sentiments. Added some glimmer paper centers and a few music notes in silver.
 Stamps: None Paper: White, Deli Paper, Brushed Silver, Silver Glimmer Paper Paper Size: A2 Accessories: Gelli Plate, Brayer, Homemade stencil-MS and SU Snowflake punches/transparency sheet, Fiskars-music note punch, 1/4" circle punch, Silver Sharpie paint pen, Homemade Shimmer Spray Techniques: Gel Printing, Doodling

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Another from the deli paper print. My sentiment was hard to read so I went back with a Turquoise marker around the silver writing to add detail.

Kept it CAS for this one. Used a Turquoise marker for my doodled framing and swirl then added some glitter pen swirls as well. So much more shimmer IRL!
Stamps: Season of Joy Paper: White, Gelli Plate print, Silver Glimmer paper Paper Size: A2 Ink: Tempting Turquoise Accessories: Gelli plate, acrylic paints, Snowflake punches (SU and MS), Gelly Roll Clear Star, 1/4" circle punch, Tempting Turquoise Marker Techniques: Gel Printing, Doodling

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Guess Who Finally Got A Gelli Plate

    I finally broke down and bought myself a Gelli plate. I played around with a homemade gelatin plate first and it was so much fun! I bought the 8x10" size. Here are some photos from my session today.
Here's my homemade stencil getting placed on the plate (it still has a bit of paint from the last session). I used the SU and Martha Stewart snowflake punches on a transparency sheet.

I blobbed several colors of blue, including a glittery one, and some white and used my brayer to spread it over the stencil.

Here's what's left....these type are good to layer over previous solid prints, but I just used what I had here.

I have a large dictionary from the thrift store and I laid a sheet of that over my paint.

Here's that print...not my fave!

I took my brayed and rolled out the rest of the paint since I didn't have any solids to print over. 

I laid some bubble wrap down into the paint and pressed.

Here's the print of that. 

Here's a print from a previous session that I'm going to add some bubble wrap print to.

I pressed the wet bubble wrap over the previous print.

Here's how I get the look I like best. You lay the wet stencil down with the wet side up.

Here's the first pull from that.

Starting the same process; this is still using the original paint that's still on my brayer.

There are all prints I took from the one application of paint! Because my stencil is smaller, most of these have 2 prints on either side of the sheet.

Here's a card I made with a print my daughter and I made yesterday using a store-bought snowflake stencil. I also punched the other snowflakes from a solid print and layered those over the snowflake print.Stamps: Season of Joy Paper: Tempting Turquoise, White, Whisper WHite Paper Size: A7 Ink: Tempting Turquoise, MS chalk ink Accessories: Gelli plate, acrylic paints, Stencil, Snowflake punches (SU and MS), hexagon punch, Rhinestones, Whisper White Organza ribbon, Gelly Roll Clear Star and Silver pens Techniques: Gelli Plate Printing, Sponging

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Passing it on to the next generation!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Playing With Hand Sanitizer

Who would have thought that hand sanitizer could make for such beautiful backgrounds. The technique is simple: swab glossy card stock with the gel and drip on some alcohol inks and watch the magic happen!

This one has water based blue reinker dripped and spritzed on it as well as some gold sharpie paint pen spatter.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Fountain Pen Inspired Enamel

I had a chance to play along in the Inspiration Challenge today which took us to Audrie's fountain pen Pinterest board. I fell in love with this beautiful pen, and especially loved the view of the circular top of the pen. 

I started by working on a circle piece for my main image. I stamped the flowers in gold and embossed in the same. I then used a white Prismacolor pencil to start the mother of pearl pieces.
I also took a gold glitter pen and gold sharpie to add highlights to the flowers.

I added color over the white and also used the bronze and gold sharpies to add dots to the main piece and also the oval. Both of these have two coats of UTEE on them.
My gold stripes were made with my Gelli plate and textured fun foam. I stamped the pen in gold and embossed in clear.

My base is partially embossed in a script ef and has gold washi at the join with the flat part. I accented this with scoring and gold and copper cords. I embossed the sentiment in Turquoise ep.
Stamps: Vintage Vogue, French Foliage, Happiest Birthday Wishes, Studio G pen Paper: Black, Early Espresso, Brushed Gold Paper Size: A2 Ink: Versamark, Encore Gold, Whisper White craft Accessories: Gold Acrylic Paint, Textured Fun Foam, Gelli Plate, Bronze and Gold Sharpies, Sakura Gold pen, UTEE, Gold washi, Gold and Copper Cord, Prismacolor Pencils, Gold, Tempting Turquoise and Clear ep, various circle and oval punches, Scoring Board Techniques: Dry Embossing, Embossing, Monoprinting

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Ink Spray Smash.....go crazy making cards!

           Today's HYCCT Challenge was called "Get Smooshed" and I think we all know what that refers to....ouch! I may not love the test, but I do love the technique that I chose to, spray, smash. It is a simple way to make some really pretty backgrounds. I had a piece of waxed paper lying around so I used that for my technique. I smooshed my Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks onto the waxed paper. I dotted some Smooch paint on there too for some shimmer. I filled a spritzer with rubbing alcohol which dries really fast and then spritzed away over the ink to get it good and wet. I cut a piece of glossy cardstock in half and smashed each half into the sprayed inks. 

This is the second piece; the colors aren't quite as vibrant on the second  print, but still a fun piece.
This one is made from the second piece-I've punched out tiny flowers and added pearl centers.
Here I've stamped my leaf on the 2nd piece and fussy cut it.
I embossed in clear on this piece then ran a pink marker over the stems and wiped the ink off the embossing.
Another leaf print this time stamped in gold and embossed with a mix of clear and espresso ep. This was from the first print.
I stamped in Sepia and embossed in clear here. I tried the out of the box die cutting technique but didn't quite get it right. I inlaid the framed image panel.
Here's another with black embossing. Kept the setting CAS

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Keeping Up Connections

     I'm so excited to be hosting a challenge this year for the month long Hope You Can Cling To Challenges at splitcoaststampers. I called my challenge "Keeping Connected" with the challenge of connecting 2 or more elements on the card with twine, tape, doodles, etc and/or depicting a means of maintaining relationships: letters, phone call, girlfriend time, etc.
     Here is my clean and simple sample card for the challenge.
    I purposefully kept my sample card simple. I used my phone images paired with the connection oriented sentiment and connected the images with a piece of pink twine. 
     My connection to breast cancer is mainly through my mom, though I've had several friends face their own battles over the years as well. Mom is still on her journey with new challenges popping up recently.  I hope the challenge will encourage us all to try hard to keep up our connections with whomever we know that could use some encouragement.
     The challenges for this month are really fun. The card drive is a great way to "do something" during this month of breast cancer awareness campaigns, and there are even prizes at the end.