Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Technique Play - Distress Paint Resist

Hello friends. Today I'm sharing a card once again using the Distress Paint resist technique that I love SO MUCH! I love, love, love how it resists in a matte finish and dries flat like printed paper instead of raised like ink. You honestly can't tell it's been stamped. I think it is a beautiful technique.

The star bursts in the background are stamped in Antique Linen Distress Paint. Even though I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment over the top the star bursts still shine through the ink. Isn't that a cool trick? This collage is really an eclectic mix of just about all of my favorite stamp companies. There is some Jim Holtz, Penny Black, Hero Arts, Impression Obsession, Simon Says Stamp and of course the beautiful sunflowers from Lawn Fawn. 

The flowers were colored with copic markers and the background is done in a combination of Walnut Stain, Victorian Velvet, and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. I finished it off with some pearls, white gel pen and ribbon painted with Seedless Preserves and Walnut Stain Distress Paints.

Here is a close up of the star bursts through the ink.

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Into the Woods Gift Tags

Hi everyone! Happy Fall! I am loving the changing leaves, the fresh crops of apples and pumpkins and the cool crisp air. I was putting together a fall themed care package for my son and inspired by the current Lawnscaping Challenge I had to use Lawn Fawn's incredible "Into the Woods" stamp set, 6x6 paper pad as well as their "Tag You're It" stamps and die sets to make these adorable gift tags. The "Into the Woods" set is probably my all time favorite stamp set. Who wouldn't smile to get a gift with these cute little guys?

I would have included a picture of the tags on the packages but got excited to get them mailed and forgot to snap the picture. I just may need to find someone else to send a care package to.

Happy Stamping!

A Quick Happy Birthday Card

Just popping in with a quick happy birthday card. I love how the pop of color on the sides can make such a difference and it is so easy. I just cut small strips instead of using a larger piece under the main card front. What can I say? I am very stingy with my patterned paper. 

The greeting is colored with memento markers. I love this technique because it is simple and you can get so much versatility from your stamps this way.

Sometimes simple is just awesome!

Happy Stamping!!

Technique Play - Creative Chemistry Floral Arrangement

I have been so inspired by the online card classes this month. You can check them out here. I haven't posted much because I've been working on an art journal for my daughter. It's my first time to branch out and do something besides card making and I'm finding it to be more fun than I thought. 

Today I am posting a birthday card that uses a lot of techniques I have learned from Creative Chemistry 102. One the striped background you can see the silhouette of the dot stencil pattern with a combination of distress inks overlaid on the top. The random lines are stamped in Peeled Paint. The shadow effect is really cool.

The numbered background behind the flowers is a Hero Arts stamp that is inked in Picket Fence Distress Paint. I LOVE this resist technique. It's beautiful for one, but I love that it is smooth when it is finished rather than the raised effect of embossing powder. It makes it look more like a printed paper. I also love the option of not dragging out the powders and my heat tool. 

Above is the same distress paint resist technique on a tag, and below is a better shot of the same technique as a backdrop for the flowers. 

The vase for the flowers is manilla card stock covered in Broken China Distress Paint. When it was dry I applied some Metallic Bronze Distress Paint and spayed it with water. I rubbed it off when it was only semi dry creating a really cool aged effect. I die cut the vase from a Memory Box die that you can find linked in the supply list below.

The flowers are Avery Elle Petals and Stems with matching dies. Add a gold heat embossed sentiment, some gold sparkle twine and some liquid pearls for accents and wa la...done. Who knew chemistry could be so much fun?!

Happy Stamping!