Tuesday, September 30, 2008
http://shyramurphydesigns.blogspot.com/There's 3 cards. I'll be doing more this week! ~Shyra
September 25, 2008 10:12 PM
Anyway, the background was made using the Spritz & Flick technique. #4 on my list of Favorite IBT Techniques! (NOTE - you can see the complete list along the right hand side with links to each technique!)
Distress Inks - Ranger
Ink Blending Tool & Foams - Ranger
Archival Ink - Ranger
Mini Mister (filled with water) - Ranger
Cut & Dry Nibs - Ranger
Harvest Trio images - TAC
Leaves (in the background) - Clearly Impressed
Stitches - Fontwerks
1. Apply Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink over an entire piece of cardstock cut to card size. Remember to use swirling motions and keep your foam moving at all times. Never stop on your paper... it will create less than desirable results leaving marks where the foam pad came to rest.
I like to work extra ink into some areas while leaving others a bit lighter. It just adds depth to the finished piece. You may want a more even coverage for your creation. Just experiment...
2. Once you are satisfied with the ink coverage, squirt 2-3 pumps of water into your hand and "Flick" it onto the inked cardstock. Let it set for 20-30 seconds and pat dry. DO NOT RUB!! You want to just pick the water up off the surface, not wipe it away because you will wipe the ink away as well.
You will end up with water marks in your ink like this....
3. Stamp leaves over the cardstock panel with Walnut Stain Distress Inks. Apply Walnut Stain Ink to the edges of the cardstock as well.
4. Stamp Harvest Trio using Archival Ink. I love using this ink as it dries quickly and is waterproof. I use it all the time when I want to color my images in!
5. Color your image in using Cut & Dry Nibs and Distress Inks.
6. Mount images using pop-dots or double sided foam tape.
7. Stamp stitches around the edge of the cardstock panel. Mount on rust & brown cardstock panels, stitch on buttons. Mount on card base.
Monday, September 29, 2008
I just love Autumn when the temps start cooling off, the leaves start turning and the corn harvest begins. It's a beautiful time of year and my favorite too boot!
I have decided that this week will be Autumn related fun!
I want to start the week off with a scrapbook lay-out I made honoring some beautiful tree lines located not too far from where I live. It includes a bit of stamping and quite a bit of embossing using both regular embossing powders as well as Distress Embossing Powders. (all Ranger of course) The stitches were stamped using Archival Ink and Distress Inks were used elsewhere.
Hope you enjoy!!
Supplies: Prima pattern paper, flowers & leaves; Distress Inks, Distress Embossing Powder, Embossing Powder, Embossing Inks, Archival Ink - Ranger; Cardstock & mini brads - Bazzill
Sunday, September 28, 2008
On to the stamps!!
Paper Artsy offers 4 very distinct lines of stamps - Paper Artsy's original line - Ink and the Dog; Urban Snapshots, Paper Artsy Mini's (the perfect size for ATC's!!) and Squiggly Ink. In addition to the stamps they also offer some awesome German Scrap designs as well!!
I have to tell you about how these stamps are packaged...each set comes with it's own heavy duty plastic index card. It's got the stamped image on one side and the stamp is stored on the other. I love it!!
But I love the stamps even more!!!
Just a bit about each line....
Urban Snapshots are contemporary images with a twist. Modern day images paired with great quotes, sayings and sentiments. Such as Nature, Stage Lights, Young Love and...well, I'll let you find your favorites. These stamps will surely spark your creative imagination!
Paper Artsy Mini's are the best of Paper Artsy's images shrunk down to credit card size for use on ATC's, Cards, Inchies and more! Individual stamps mounted on EZ Mount foam ready to go right out of the package. You'll see very quickly which is my favorite below!
And last but certainly not least....Squiggly Ink! Wildly fun stamps with all of the squiggles, dots and doodles that is so very popular right now... You'll definitely find something that is a must have for your stamp collection!
Below are some of my favorite images offered by Paper Artsy....
Sportsman - (mini 08)
Father - (mini 08)
One True Friend - (Kids Plate 6)
Jack & Jill- (Kids Plate 6)
Two Roads... (Nature Plate 4)
Now, you might be wondering why I didn't use any stamps from the Squiggly Ink line of stamps....
I am saving that set for one lucky reader!!!
Yep, that's right...just tell me what your favorite(s) stamp(s) are in the entire Paper Artsy line and you just might be the proud new owner of...
You have until October 5th to post your favorite stamp set. At which time I will draw out one lucky winner using Random.org. So...have fun window shopping and remember.....
YOU CAN"T WIN IF YOU DON"T POST!!!!
Have a great evening everyone ~
Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Left Brain 32%
Right Brain 68%
Reality-based (Your most dominant characteristic)
Verbal (Your least dominant characteristic)
Your Right Brain Percentages 68%
Friday, September 26, 2008
Now I get to have some fun and pass the award on to another Sweet blog who is btw a fellow Hoosier!!! Kristin Hubick's Retro Cafe Art! She's an amazing artist and shares lots of very cool altered goodies she creates!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I wanted to make something dedicated to the guys in our life and the Curious By Design - Boys I Collage Sheet was PERFECT for this fun and unique collage project. It incorporates not only the CBD Collage images but it also has loads of Tim Holtz's Doo Dads and many other dimensional embellishments.
Just a note ~ The rusty mesh comes in a long strip folded like an accordion album approximate ATC size. You will need to cut it into pieces using heavy duty shears. BE VERY CAREFUL...as with any metal screening or mesh there are lots of sharp little edges which can cut you.
Hope you enjoy!!
Hannah Grey Supplies:
Vintage Photos - Boys 1 Collage Sheet
Various Tim Holtz Doo Dads
Wooden Bingo Chips
Large Silver Crown
Gold German Scrap Accents
Sepia Accents - Ranger
Glossy Accents - Ranger
Tim Holtz Sprocket Gears
Tim Holtz Philosophy Tags
Ticket, Skeleton Leaves & Wire - Unknown
Hanger - Unknown
Heavy Duty Shears
1. Carefully cut 9 panels from the rusty mesh. Each panel should measure approximately 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ (ATC size).
2. Trim images and word strips from collage sheets.
3. Cut out desired “Doo-Dads” from Tim Holtz Collage Sheets.
4. Layer each panel as if it were an ATC card. (Note: I used Glossy or Sepia Accents to adhere all of the items to the mesh. It was thick enough that it held the pieces in place but didn’t drip/run.)
5. Add embellishments to each card.
6. Apply a layer of Glossy or Sepia Accents to various pieces to give additional dimension. Let dry.
7. Wire the panels together and attach hanger.
Here are some photos of each individual section...
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The first thing you will notice about these sheets are they are perfectly clear and larger than standard storage sheets. (Note - even though these sheets are a bit larger they still fit into standard 3-ring binders.) Both very unique when compared to other stamp storage systems on the market.
The storage sheets are made from a clear solid plastic so the pages won't separate like the heavy fiberboard or thinner storage sheets currently available. They are light weight enough that you could fill several sheets and store them in one binder without the normal added weight and bulk of other UM storage sheets.
Amy sent a little flier that states these boards are compatible with Static Cling mounted stamps; Acrylic stamps; Halos (if loop is attached) and other self stick methods of UM stamps. So I put it to the test...and they all worked very well! I was very impressed.
Up until now ALL of my acrylic stamps have remained in their original packaging stuffed into 3 giant baggies...sitting on my floor. Why? Because I just couldn't find a good system to store them all. CD jewel cases just will not work ~ you are very limited on the size of stamps stored in the cases. Besides size, most of the time, whole sets have to be stored in 2 or 3 seperate cases!! In the end the CD cases take up loads more space that my baggies do. I have some of the other 3-ring storage sheets...the fiberboard & it's thinner brother but the acrylics never seemed to stay stuck...they were constantly falling off for whatever reason. So, in the bags they sit. ..... WELL....NOT ANY MORE!!! These sheets are PERFECT for acrylic stamps! The stamps stay where they are put and you can store so many stamps on one sheet! It's amazing!!!! While playing around with the Stamp n' Stash sheet I was able to put 3 full sets of the Inkadinkado stamps on one side of the Stamp n' Stash page! If you were so inclined you could actually store 3 more sets on the other side! All of the stamps stuck perfectly with no peeling away, sliding or popping off like they did on the other storage boards.
I have to tell you, I am sold...ALL of my stamps will now have a new home thanks to the Stamp n' Stash storage sheets. I most definitely give them two thumbs up!!
You will win everything shown in the photo plus a few extras not pictured. ;) (sorry it's blurry...trying to take the pic with my dog's help!!)
All you have to do to be entered to win is make a card and post a link here or on the World Card Day announcement to your card! That's it!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Whew...it was one hectic weekend...not only did I not get back to post the Image Transfers on Sat. like I had planned I didn't get to post my newest Rubber Stamp Feature yesterday either! Well, I'm here now and ready to get caught back up!
We all know how tedious and difficult image transfers can be ~ well here is a quick and easy Image Transfer using Streuter Glue Film. I am going to be using the Clear Glue Film but the Pewter Glue Film would be perfect for making a Faux Tin Type Image Transfer! An added benefit to using this method is you don't have to have any special copies of your image in order for it to work. Many image transfers require a toner-based copy which isn't always easily obtained for various reasons. Streuter's Image Transfer will work with Ink Jet copies; Laser copies; Glossy Images (from a magazine or collage sheet); etc. It's the most versatile image transfer technique I've tried.
Streuter Glue Film - Clear
1. Trim collage image to desired size. Using the trimmed collage image as a guide, cut a piece of Glue Film to fit your image.
2. Remove the liner from the Glue Film and discard. Place the Glue Film on a piece of cardstock or pattern paper. Layer the Collage Image **FACE DOWN** on the Glue Film. Trust me, I've messed up and ironed it face up a couple times without thinkin...it's very easy to do when you're used to using the Glue Film as an adhesive - LOL!!
3. Iron to meld all 3 layers together....
4. Spritz the back of the collage image and let it set for 20-30 seconds. This gives the water a chance to soak into the paper.
5. Gently begin to rub the paper as shown...this will slowly expose the collage image. Spritz with additional water if needed.
6. Once you are satisfied that you have removed enough of the paper set aside to dry.
NOTE - these will not be perfect ~ notice how the upper right hand corner has a bit of the image missing... It just adds to the vintage, distressed feel of the image!
Once dry, your image transfer is ready to be used on your project!
I have used this particular image transfer for a Halloween ATC. The great thing about Streuter's Glue Film is you can make very large image transfers where you would run into limitations with other types of image transfers.
additional supplies: Pattern paper - Cosmo Cricket; Dresden Trim - The German Store; Distress Ink- Ranger
Additional Supplies: Distress Inks, Archival Ink, Distress Stickles, Stickles, Color Wash, Ink Blending Tool & Foam - Ranger, Flourish Stamps - Autumn Leaves