Friday, September 4, 2015

Christmas Greetings!

Here's another cute little all-in-one stamp from the Stampendous July 2015 catalog. This sweet little Robin  is bringing Christmas Greetings to all in a quick, adorable card!

W160 Robin Greetings
Supplies
Stampendous
W160 Robin Greetings
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper

Dreamweaver
LJ891 Holly Swirls

Plus
Neenah Papers Classic Crest Cover Solar White 80#
Neenah Papers Classic Linen Cover Red Pepper 80#
Chameleon Color Tones - RD4, YG3, CG8, BL3, NU1, BR5, YO3, YL2, CB, BK4
1/4" stencil brush
Brilliance Ink Thyme
May Arts Ribbon
Beacon Adhesive Fabri-Tac
Zutter 1/2" corner rounder
Double-sided tape
Foam Tape

Instructions

Step 1:  Fold a 5" x 10" piece of red cardstock in half to form a square card top fold card, round the corners

Step 2:  Lay the Holly Swirls stencil on a 2 1/2" x 5" piece of white paper  and use a 1/4" stencil brush to stencil Thyme ink over the design, remove the stencil, round the corners and brush more ink over the background

Step 3:  Stamp the Robin Greetings image on Mixed Media White Paper (4" x 4") and color with Chameleon pens, trim around the image and edge with the black marker

Step 4:  Cut another piece of white paper 3 1/2" x 3 1/2", round the corners, use the Chameleon BL3 and CB pens to color around the outside edges, edge with black, mat on a 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" red mat that had been edged in black

Step 5:  Tape the holly background to the top edge of the card

Step 6:  Use Fabri-Tac to add the ribbon around the middle of the card

Step 7:  Use foam tape to add the Robin to the card

The list of today's "All in One" participating designers:


Happy Creating,
Louise

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Holiday Greetings

Welcome to Dreamweaver Thursday at Stampendous.  This week our theme is "All in One", which means stamps or stencils that have both an image and a sentiment. This beautiful Holiday Greeting stencils from Dreamweaver fits the challenge perfectly.


It's not hard, you can recreate this elegant card by just following these simple steps:

Supplies

Dreamweaver
DWLJ917 Holiday Greetings Stencil
DWLL332 Picasso Stencil
DWDEPT Transluscent Embossing Paste
DWDPK Dreamweaver Palette Knife
DWLM2010 Paste Spreader

Plus
Bazzill Basics Cardstock Parakeet - 7" x 10" and 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Neenah Papers Classic Linen Cover 80# Red Pepper  - 4 1/2" x 5 3/4"
Neenah Papers Classic Crest Cover Classic Cream 80# - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", trim to 4" x 5 1/4"
1/4" Stencil Brushes
Brilliance Ink  - Pearlescent Ivy, Pearlescent Thyme, Rocket Red
Double-sided tape
Candis
Chameleon Pen RD4, CG8

Instructions

Step 1:  Fold a piece of Parakeet cardstock in half to form an A7 card

Step 2:  Tape a mat of Red cardstock toward the top of the card, then a mat of Parakeet

Step 3:  Tape the Holiday Greetings stencil to Natural cardstock with removable tape, and use 1/4" stencil brushes to apply inks using the Picasso tool as a shield to keep colors clean and to add "veins" to some leaves

Step 4:  Remove the stencil, clean and dry it well, return the clean, dry stencil over the colored image

Step 5:  Paste emboss the image with Translucent Embossing Paste using a Palette Knife and Paste Spreader, remove stencil and place in water for cleaning, let paste dry

Step 4: Trim the dry image to 4" x 5 1/4" and tape to the front of the card

Step 5:  Use Chameleon pens to color three Candis embellishments to match and place near the bottom right side of the card

The list of today's "All in One" participating designers:

Happy Creating,
Louise

Monday, August 31, 2015

Christmas is coming to town!

Yes, Christmas is coming faster than I can believe. Once September arrives, it seems like the holidays are just around the corner.  This cute Christmas Train from the Stampendous July Catalog says it all!

This week the theme for the Stampdenous Design Team is "All in One", those stamps and stencils that have an image and a sentiment all in one design. This helps speed your card making during the busy holiday season.

W159 Christmas Train
To create this simple card follow these instructions:

Supplies
Stampendous
W159 Christmas Train
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper

Plus
Bazzill Basics cardstock Sea Water
Neenah Papers Classic Linen Cover Red Pepper 80#
Chameleon Color Tones - CG8, BK4, BL3, BL6, RD4, YG3, CB, D
May Arts Ribbon Black 1/4" ric-rak AAR10
Beacon Adhesive Fabri-Tac
Zutter 1/2" corner rounder
Double-sided tape

Instructions

Step 1:  Fold a 5" x 10" piece of blue cardstock in half to form a square, top fold card, round the top corners

Step 2:  Stamp the Christmas Train image on Mixed Media White Paper and color with Chameleon pens, trim around the image and edge with the black marker

Step 3:  Cut another piece of white paper 4" x 4 1/4", round the top corners, use the Chameleon Detail pen and a ruler to create a background similar to the train background, tape to a red mat that has matching rounded top corners

Step 4:  Use Fabri-Tac to add two rows of ric-rak near the bottom, tape the train above it

The list of today's "All in One" participating designers:


Happy Creating,
Louise

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Snowman Reflections!

This week the Stampendous Design Team has been asked, "Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?". Of course we wanna build a snowman!  Of course I've also had that song from Frozen stuck in my head all week! We've been featuring the fun Stampendous Build a Snowman Set in our creations.

All the inspiring ideas from the Stampendous Design Team have been snowballing around in my head forming this fun creation using a combination of a Snowman from the Stampendous Build a Snowman set and Dreamweaver products. Our Dreamweaver Thursday is sure to be a blizzard of great ideas from the team.

Here's my snowman for today:

"Reflections of a Snowman"
I just love how his reflection turned out! It is even cooler (pardon the pun!) in person because you can see the glittery, glossy finish of the "pond". But I'm getting ahead of myself...here's the how to:


  • Put the snowman pieces you want on an acrylic handle (not the arms yet), ink with Memento Tuxedo Black and stamp the image on white cardstock off toward the left side
  • Ink the stamp again, but this time stamp it onto another acrylic block, then use the acrylic block as your stamp to stamp the reflection underneath the main image, some parts will stamp clearer than others, but that's ok, you don't want the reflection too perfect, this gives you the true reverse image for the reflection
  • Make a mask for the main Snowman by inking the stamp again and stamping it on a post-it note or other thin paper, cut it out along the two sides, set aside for later
  • Take the snowman pieces off and choose one arm to put on the block, ink it and stamp it on the main image, stamp a second time on the reflection (don't reink first, there should be enough to get a light image), this one is not backwards, but it still works! Repeat for the other arm
  • I used a Tuxedo Black Memento Dual Marker to add lines to the scarf and mittens in the main image, and London Fog Memento Dual Marker in the reflection
  • Color the main image, I used Copics - BG10,, BG01, BV00, BV02 for the hat, scarf and mittens, YR21, YR16 on the nose, B0000 to highlight the snowman and snow, C7 on the buttons
  • Color the reflection to match the main image but only use BG10 and BV00 on the hat, scarf and mittens, YR21 on the nose with just the smallest touch of YR16, B0000 on the snowman
  • Place the mask you created over the main image (if your paper isn't sticky, you can put a removable glue dot or two on the back to hold it in place)
  • Place the Snowflake Stencil (DWLJ819) over the top half of the image angling it to avoid the mittens, tape in place with removable tape
  • Use a palette knife to apply Translucent Embossing Paste (DWDEPT) to the snowflake openings, remove the stencil and place it in water for cleaning later, take more Translucent Paste on the palette knife and spread a thin coat of it over the reflection area to create a "pond", sprinkle all the wet paste with  Crystal Snow ultrafine white glitter (GX900U), tap off extra, let paste dry well
  • When the paste has dried, sprinkle Spoonful of Snow Embossing Powder and Elements between the main image and reflection and around the edges of the "pond", heat from below to set
  • Stamp a sentiment from the new Holiday Expressions set (SSC1231) on white with Tuxedo Black ink, mount on purple and blue mats
  • Fold a 7" x 10" piece of blue cardstock in half to form an A7 card, adhere a 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" purple mat to the front
  • Adhere the snowman image, then use foam tape to add the sentiment

I could decide which sentiment to use, so I'm going to have you vote! Here's the other option:

"Reflections of a Snowman II"
Leave me a comment with your vote on which sentiment I should use. Oh, one more thing, can you find my mistake in the reflection? No not the arms, I already mentioned those. I forgot to color the buttons on the main image until after I had the card complete, so there was no way to "fix" the reflection because it has paste over it. It's one of those little things that NO ONE WILL NOTICE!, so don't stress out about little things like that, only you will know!

Time to go build some more snowmen with these great designers:


Happy Creating,
Louise

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Doesn't have to be a snowMAN!

In case you haven't heard, our theme this week for the Stampendous Design Team is "Do you wanna build a snowman"! Catchy huh! Trust me, that song will be stuck in your head for days after this!

But really, the Build a Snowman (SSC1184) set of stamps from Stampendous is adorable, and you can create a whole village of snowmen if that's what you want to do!

Today I have used mainly the heads of the snowman set. There are three different ones and they are all adorable, and, of course, best buddies!  The color scheme I chose is red and lime green, not traditional colors you think of when you think of a snowman, but it works! Here they are:

"Snow Buddies"

These Snow Buddies might be looking in at you from the great outdoors, or maybe you see a portrait gallery. Which ever way you look at it, they have to make you smile! This is a quick and easy design, just follow these steps:

  • Fold a 7" x 10" piece of red cardstock in half to form a top fold A7 card
  • Cut a 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" piece of lime green cardstock and use a Micron 02 pen to add a little design along the outside edges, adhere to the front of the card
  • Cut a 3 1/8" x 5 3/4" piece of white cardstock and use the Micron 02 pen to add a design to the outer edge, adhere near the top of the green layer
  • Cut three pieces of white cardstock 2" x 3 1/4", use Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the three heads on the white pieces, color with Copic markers (or whatever you like to use for coloring)
  • Measure down 2" from the top of each and make a mark on each side, draw a light line across, stopping and starting on each side of the scarf tails, cut away the extra paper going around the scarf tails
  • Use the Micron pen to make the edge design on each head layer
  • To add the lines for the "bodies" of the two smaller snowmen, you can either use a fine black marker and draw them in by hand, or I created masks for the heads, placed a sticky note over the design on the edge, and stamped the bodies from the set where I needed them
  • Mat the two smaller snowmen on 2 1/8" x 2 1/8" red mats, and the larger snowman on a 2 1/8" x 2 1/8" lime green mat
  • Adhere the two smaller heads near each corner on the top of the white mat, and use foam tape to add the third snowman in the middle
  • Stamp the Snow Buddies sentiment of white (1" x 1 7/8"), and mat on a 1 1/8" x 2" red mat, adhere near the lower right at an angle
  • Put green jute or thread through two red buttons and tie, use Glue Dots to attach near the bottom left side of the card
  • Use a dries clear adhesive and ultrafine Crystal Glitter to add a little sparkle to the hats
This close up will help you see how I cut them, added the bodies and the great sparkle from the glitter:


Here are the colors of Copic I used:  YR15, YR68, B0000, R00, R27, R39, R81, YG0000, YG03, YG23, W8.

I hope you are enjoying building snowmen with us this week.  This is a great set and so much fun to use!  Tomorrow we are going to be incorporating Dreamweaver into our theme, so be sure to come back then.
Now keep building more snowmen with these designers:

Happy Creating,
Louise

Monday, August 24, 2015

Do you wanna build a snowman

Ok, now that I've got that song going round and around in your brain...this is our weekly theme for the Stampendous Design Team. We released a darling Build a Snowman set a while back that fits this theme to a tee!
Build A Snowman Perfectly Clear Stamps Set - SSC1184
SSC1184 Build a Snowman
As you can see, it's a great set that lets you choose shapes, sizes, and arms. It even has a cute saying and five snowflakes.  Here's how I used it today:

"Yes, I want to build a snowman..."
This set is very easy to use and get everything lined up perfectly. The snowflakes were all put on an acrylic handle, inked with Memento Summer Sky and stamped all over the three smaller panels. The snowmen were stamped on another panel with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic Sketch Markers. The "snow" across the bottom of the snowmen and on the pompoms,  is Stampendous Spoonful of Snow, sprinkled on and heated from below. Then it's just a matter of layering everything and assembling. The gems are Kaisercraft Silver Rhinestones (SB700).

This close up shows the texture and dimension the Spoonful of Snow adds!


Here are the measurements and supplies:
Blue base card 7" x 10", score at 5", fold to create an A7 card
White layer 4 3/4" x 6 3/4"
Blue mat  2 1/8" x 5 5/8" (x2)
White layer for stamping snowflakes 2" x 5 1/2" (x2)
Blue mat 2 5/8" x 2 5/8"
White layer for stamping snowflakes 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Blue mat 3" x 4"
White layer for snowmen 2 7/8" x 3 7/8"

Memento Tuxedo Black (snowmen)
Memento Summer Sky (snowflakes)

Copic Sketch Markers - BG10, BG72, B0000, C1, W6, YR15, YR68, R00, R85, E27

Stampendous Spoonful of Snow - EJS02

Kaisercraft Silver Rhinestones (SB700)

Do you wanna build ANOTHER Snowman?  Check out these other designer blogs for more ideas:

Louise Healy

Happy Creating,
Louise

Friday, August 21, 2015

Dreamweaver Double

Did you do a double take on the date? I know it's not Thursday, but the Stampendous Design Team is showcasing Dreamweaver Stencils this whole week! How lucky are we to get to work with these beautiful products, very lucky!

I love the I Beam background stencil, it is so versatile. You can paste it, emboss it, glitter it, or just stencil color like I did. It looks fabulous no matter what technique you use. And the feather...well the Feather stencil is fabulous too! Put them together and WOW, a great combination. 


This was so easy to do. Stencil the background on the front of a blue card using 1/2" stencil brushes and a combination of blue and green ink, the design is easy to line back up depending on the size of card you use. Stencil a second, narrower piece to match, layer that on green then blue cardstock, tie a beautiful May Arts ribbon around it, and attach it to the front of the card.

The feather was paste embossed on the same blue cardstock using Glossy Blue Embossing Paste (which is discontinued, but if you hurry, you can still find it at Stencil with Style!), but any of the pastes will work as long as the glitter you use is an opaque glitter (the label will tell you if it's transparent or opaque usually).  After removing the stencil and placing it in water for cleaning later, I sprinkled the wet paste with a combination of blue and green glitters, let that dry thoroughly, then cut out the feather. Use foam mounting tape to add the feather to the card tucking the end under the ribbon.

These team members have more Dreamweaver ideas to share today too:
Louise Healy



Happy Creating,
Louise