Saturday, June 25, 2016

Magic Fox

I made another Magic Card. I was trying for masculine here, for my son. I used the stamp set, The Wilderness Awaits, some retired DSP, the Hello You Thinlits and colored the fox with Copic markers.

Friday, June 24, 2016

A Most Versatile Thinlit

What a fun way to make a treat holder, or a unique envelope for a card. There are sooo many clever and fun things you can do with this die!

My First Magic Card!

I've been wanting to make a Magic Card ever since my friend Kathy showed them to me. There is a video tutorial on a previous post:
I made using the You've Got This stamp set. The paper is Affectionately Yours designer series paper. I love this card so much, I'm going to make another one, only a masculine version for my son.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Tips for Tools: Big Shot & Fine Tip Glue Pen

The Big Shot
Fine Tip Glue Pen

Why Adult Coloring Books?

These images were so much fun to color! Who needs adult coloring books that just sit useless in their bound pages when you can use stamps and create cards to send to family and friends? You can color stamped images with  Stampin' Up! inks and a Blender pen or Aqua Painter, or you can also use colored pencils or Copic Markers. Stamps are more fun than a coloring book because you can choose your images and put them together any way you like. There's room for much more creatively using stamps! When designing  your own adult coloring therapy with stamps, the type of ink pad you use DOES make a difference.

Black: Memento vs StazOn … What’s the difference?
Opposites Attract.
Water-based coloring method – Use StazOn (alcohol-based ink)
Alcohol-based coloring method – Use Memento (water-based ink)

 Memento Tuxedo Black Pad and the Jet Black StazOn Pad.  If you just want to stamp something in black, you can use either one. If you’re going to color in an image, it’s very important to pick the right type of ink based on what you are going to use to apply color to the stamped image.

If you’d like to color with an Aqua Painter or blender pen then you are using water. Therefore, you want to use the Jet Black StazOn pad. The Memento pad is water-based. That means that if you wipe water across it, it will smear. The StazOn pad is alcohol based. That means it won’t smear when you watercolor.

If you are using Copic markers, you want to use the Memento Pad. If you use alcohol-based markers on an image stamped with an alcohol-based ink pad like StazOn, your image will smear.

Ink Pad Overview
Stampin' Up! Ink Pads
Feature a patented, flip-top design that stores the inking surface upside down, so the pad surface stays moist. these are fast drying, dye-based inks.

Stampin’ Up!  Craft Inks
Contain rich pigment that is ideal for scrapbooking, embossing, and other craft projects and are the best choice for long-lasting color.

Clear Embossing Ink
These pads are juicy and have no color, and they dry slowly.  Use with embossing powder to add the color in a raised effect. 

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Waterbased, acid free, fade resistant and water resistant once stamped and color will not migrate. Dries on all paper surfaces including coated and textured papers. Perfect for finely detailed and solid images. Permanent, fast drying and can be used with watercolors or solvent based markers like Copic.

StazOn Ink Pad
Stazon is Solvent Based, permanent and can be used on acetate, glass, metal, plastic and glossy paper.  It is fast drying.  (these pads are sold with a reinker bottle as the pad will need to be reinked each time you use it). Use this ink when using the Aqua Painter.

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Lovely Watercolor

Before coloring the larger flowers with Flirty Flamingo Inks and an Aqua Painter, I embossed the centers so that the colors wouldn't run.

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Strip of Floral

One of my favorite things to do, is sit in our big swing under a Japanese Maple overlooking a flower garden that contains a birdbath and feeders. Watching the birds and hearing their song is so uplifting. My Australian Shepherd, Cricket, sits cuddled up next to me on the swing hoping to be petted constantly. I've never had a dog who loves to be petted as obsessively as Cricket does.

This card reminds me of some of some of the flowers in that garden. There is always something blooming in each of the gardens on our property. I'm fortunate enough to have a husband with 10 green thumbs! Seriously, remember Mr. Captain Kangaroo? Mr. Green Jeans has nothing on my husband! He has an extensive library of gardening books and is extremely knowledgeable of all things green.
I colored these flowers with Copic markers, but they can easily be done with Stampin' Up! inks and a blender pen or Aqua Painter

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