February 07, 2013

Card of the Month: Purple Butterfly Card



1. Stamp
From the Garden Stamp Set by Fancy Pants Designs

2. Ink Pads

3. Others
Border Punch
Mulberry Paper
Handmade Purple Paper with Flourishes
Butterfly Punch or Die-Cuts

January 29, 2013

Love Mini Card



1. Stamps:
From the Garden Set

2. Ink Pads

3. Others:
Glitter Glue
Flower Punch
Paper Flower
Green Metallic Brush Pen

And an announcement...
We'll be closed for some time...not sure when we will re-open...but we'll still post some cards/projects here! So check back and/or visit my other blog The Leaf Studio!

January 08, 2013

January 01, 2013

December 12, 2012

December 03, 2012

November 16, 2012

Tip #16: Coloring Images with Walnut Inks


This Walnut Ink (in Eucalyptus) come as a spray, but you can use it with a sponge dauber (or any art/ craft, even cosmetic sponges) to color images.

You'll need a stamp (LS-B41 Maple Leaf), an ink pad (Memento Rich Cocoa), Walnut Ink (Eucalyptus) and a sponge dauber.

1. First, stamp your image(s) and let dry. Then, spray a small amount of Walnut Ink onto your craft sheet (if you don't have one, on a plastic bag or plastic table cloth)...I added a little bit of water because I wanted a more diluted color

2. Pick up the solution with the sponge dauber
3. Sponge the stamped images
4. For some shading, just sponge more ink onto parts of the image
Here's a sample card using the panel above.

November 12, 2012

October 29, 2012

Tip #15: Coloring Images (Stippling)


Here's a tip on how to color a stamped image using stipple brushes...
1. Stamp:
LS-B38 Pumpkin

2. Ink Pads:
Brilliance Dew Drops Pearlescent Ivy, Pearlescent Rust and Lightning Black

3. Others:
Stipple Brushes

1. Load stencil brush with ink by tapping it on the ink pad
 2. Tap excess off on a scrap piece of paper
 3. Color the stamped image 
 And here's a card idea:
(Sentiment Stamp: BasicGrey Mini Clear Stamp Sets)

October 25, 2012

Technique #15: Stamping on Plastic


1. Stamps:
BasicGrey Mini Clear Stamp Sets

2. Ink Pads:
Brilliance Dew Drops Pearlescent Purple and Pearlescent Poppy

3. Others:
Photos printed and trimmed to fit the slides

1. Using Brilliance (or StazOn) ink pads, stamp the image of your choice on slides. Let dry.

 2. Insert photos
 3. Add magnets to the back...and voila!

October 23, 2012

October 10, 2012

September 24, 2012

Tip #14: Coloring Images with Craft Chalks


Chalks are an easy medium to color stamped images!
You can either:
A. Rub the colors on the cardstock with your fingers or...
B. If you don't want to get messy, use a cotton swab to dab the colors.
1. Stamps:
LS-B40 Maple Leaf Small
LS-B41 Maple Leaf

2. Ink Pads:
Dye Inks in Orange and Red 

3. Others:
Hole Punch
Chalk (Hampton Art)
Spray Sealant (optional - if you want to preserve the colors)

September 17, 2012

Technique #14: Stamping on Dryer Sheets


Used dryer sheets can be used as card backgrounds or projects' embellishments!

As a background, as seen in the Card of the Month:
1. Tear it to the desired size.
2. Stamp on it several times.
3. Turn it around and rub a dye ink pad (purple) for some color. Let dry. And use it on your card or other projects.

And as embellishments...this is how the flowers from the previous post were made:

1. Rub dye ink pads on the dryer sheets.
 2. Stamp on it (clear stamp from Fancy Pants Designs Bella Brush). Let dry.
 3. Run the sheets (I stacked  8 sheets here...) through a die cut machine (Cuttlebug, using die cut from Sizzix - Flowers#2). Or just cut it by hand, with the help of templates. 
 4. Assemble your flower embellishment (some of the petals from this flower were not stamped).
 5. Add a brad to the center (you don't even need a hole punch...just poke it through the dryer sheets).
6. Use them in your projects!
(background stamp from Fancy Pants Designs Bella Brush)

Other ways to dye the dryer sheets:
  • Dilute dye ink in a container with water and dip the sheets in
  • Spray ready-made ink sprays directly on the sheets
  • Drop dye inks on the sheets and spray with water
  • Use acrylic paints

September 10, 2012

Project #14: Dryer Sheet Flowers


Make these flower embellishments from used dryer sheets and use them on your projects!
1. Stamps:
Script clear stamp (Fancy Pants Designs Bella Brush)

2. Ink Pads
Memento Tuxedo Black
Dye Ink in colors of your choice

3. Others:
used Dryer Sheets
Die-Cut and a die-cut Machine (optional) - you can also hand cut!

Tutorial coming soon!

September 03, 2012

Card of the Month: Fall Flowers Thanks Card


Happy Labor Day!!!

1. Stamps:
LS-B37-Bold Leaves
also available in a set (Leaves & Branches Set)

2. Ink Pads:
Dye Ink Pads in Purple, Orange and Red

3. Others:
Kraft Cardstock
used Dryer Sheet 
Foam Tape
Border Punch (EK Success)
Glitter Glue (optional-for flower centers and sentiment border)

August 31, 2012

Technique #13: Stamping on Paper Napkins


You can stamp on pretty paper napkins and use them as a background for a card, make them into tags, bookmarks, etc...or a decorative wall hanging, like the project from the previous post...

1. Peel off the white layers of the decorative napkin.

 2. Glue the decorative napkin to a piece of white cardstock and trim it to size.
 3. Ink and stamp the Starfish Border several times.
 4. Punch the Corners and the edges of a 8.5" x 8.5" piece of cardstock.
 5. Heat emboss the edges of the cardstock with platinum UTEE (see tutorial here).
6. Adhere the napkin panel onto the embossed cardstock.

7. Attach ribbon with staples, so you can hang it!

August 29, 2012

Project #13: By the Sea Wall Decor


1. Stamp:
PO-B49 Starfish Border

2. Ink Pads (Imagine Crafts):
VersaMagic (Turquoise Gem, Ocean Depth and Aegean Blue)

3. Others:
Decorative Napkin
Glue Stick
Platinum Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (Ranger)
Decorative Border Punch and Corner Punch (Martha Stewart)

How-To coming in the next post...