Monday, April 24, 2017

April Showers and Puddle Boots

Hello! We all know the saying, April showers bring May flowers. Well, the Stampendous team is celebrating the April showers this week! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this card (or it's components) before. I colored the images for The Daily Marker's 30 Day Coloring Challenge. It's so much fun to try to color every day for an entire month. If you're not sure what I'm referring to, check out my Instagram HERE. Here's my project.

I started off by stamping the Puddle Boots with VersaFine ink in Tuxedo Black on to Canson Mixed Media Paper. Then I colored them with Zig Clean Color Markers. I fussy cut the image out, leaving a thin white border around the image.

The background was colored with the Laurel Burch Floral Reflections focal stamp. I adore the composition of these flowers. I've colored them a couple of times and they are just so pretty. I stamped the flowers in 2 opposing corners and colored them with my Zigs. My sentiment is from the Laurel Burch Floral Greetings set, and I stamped it with Rich Cocoa Memento ink from Imagine.

These images are so bold and bright, I really didn't want to add anything else to the card. I created a brown card base and called it a day. I don't know what it is about this card, but it's one of my favorites that I've made this year so far. I hope you like it too! Please be sure to visit the other folks from Stampendous that are posting along with me today. Their links are below. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Stampendous Blog

Alison Heikkila (that's me)

Kristine Reynolds

Monday, April 17, 2017

Orchid

Spring has sprung and in the NY area, there are flower shows popping up everywhere. This included the Orchid Show at the NY Botanical Gardens. I've never gotten a chance to go, but I'd love to see it some day. In honor of that, here is a card I made using the Tall Orchid Stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils.

Supplies:
Stampendous:
DWLL3006: Tall Orchid Stencil
V327: Sun and Rain Stamp
50445: Detail White Embossing Powder
VM001: VersaMark Ink

Others:
Zig Clean Color Markers: 044, 045, 050, 051, 082
Canson Mixed Media Paper
Bazzill: Snapdragon
My Colors: Brown Eyes, Fireflies
Creative Impressions Robbon 1/4" Mini Check Yellow & White Gingham- #80172
Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dy Glue
Scrapbook Adhesieves: White Foam Squares
EK Success: Corner Rounder
Dark Green Cardstock: unknown


Directions:
1. Tape stencil to Mixed Media Paper. Color the stencil in with the Zig Markers listed above. Remove stencil and crop.

2. Create a mat of Fireflies cardstock to the size of 5 1/2" x 2 1/4." Cut a strip of Snapdragon cardstock to the size of 4" x 2." Make the card base out of Brown Eyes to the size of 5 1/2" x 8."

3. Using the Sun & Rain stamp, stamp a piece of dark green cardstock with VersaMark ink. Sprinkle Detail White Embossing Powder on top, shake off the excess and heat emboss. Using a Corner Rounder, round the upper left and lower right.

4. Cut a piece of ribbon, as listed above, and adhere to the Snapdragon piece, about a 1/4" from the bottom using Zip Dry Glue. Wrap the edges around the cardstock to give it a cleaner look.

5. Attach all layers to the card base with Zip Dry, except for the sentiment. Attach that with foam squares.

Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Make your Own Sunshine with WW

Hello! It's time for a new Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge. For this theme, we are sponsored by the fantastic Vera Lane. I love these images because they are fun and quirky. The challenge is "Make your Own Sunshine."

I used images from the Aloha set. The set comes with 5 images, but I only used 2 today. I colored the images on Canson Mixed Media Paper and colored them with Zig Clean Color Markers. I recently splurged a bit on myself and bought the 12 new Distress Oxide Inks from Tim Holtz, and my background was created with those.

I didn't think the images needed more embellishing, so I kept the ATC simple. I'm hoping to get another couple done for this challenge, so please check back. Meanwhile, give the Wicked Wednesday Blog a visit to see what the rest of the team has created. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Lapis Lazuli Color Inspiration

Hello! Imagine chooses a color of the month of inspiration. For the month of April, it's Lapis, which is a beautiful blue. For my project, I took it a step further and used the gemstone Lapis Lazuli as my inspiration. The stone has veins of black and gold running through it, and sometimes has white speckles. 

I used watercolor paper for my focal layer and I started off by spritzing Paris Dusk Fireworks! spray kind of on it's side, across the paper, as opposed to straight on to it. This created that outward spray effect that I wanted. Then I spritzed some Desert Sand Fireworks! spray, but directly above the project for some dice drops.

Next I stamped the small poppy from the Pretty Poppies set by Stampendous in the lower left corner. I also added some leaves. I heat embossed the image with Gold embossing powder, and while my heat tool was still on, I carefully sprinkled some black in a few areas. Then, using my Wedding White irRESISTables Pico Embellisher, I colored in a few areas of the poppy to highlight them. After it dried, I applied a second coat to give it more opacity.

My card base was cut out of a deep blue cardstock, and I edged all 4 sides with Golden Glitz Delicata ink for some added shimmer. And that's it! It's fun to use outlined images in this way, and the inspiration of Lapis Lazuli I think is pretty apparent. I hope you'll give it a try!

Supplies:
Imagine:
Fireworks! Spray in Paris Dusk and Desert Sand
irRESISTables Pico Embellisher in Wedding White
Embossing Powder: Black, Gold
Delicata Ink in Golden Glitz
VersaMark Ink

Other:
Stampendous: Cling Pretty Poppies Stamp Set
Dark Blue cardstock
Artist's Loft Watercolor Paper

Skill Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: 20 minutes, plus drying time

Monday, April 3, 2017

Succulent Pitcher and Houndstooth

Hello! This week, the Stampendous team is sharing project that "Contain Spring!" Meaning, flowers and succulents in all types of containers. I happen to love succulents, so I was really into this Succulent Pitcher stamp from the October catalog. And I paired it with my favorite stencil...the Houndstooth. Below are the directions on making this card. 
Supplies:
Stampendous:
V330: Succulent Pitcher
DWLJ913: Houndstooth Stencil
SSC1263: Campground Stamp Set
DCP1005: Fitted Frames Set A
DWDGWP: Glossy White Embossing Paste
DWDPK: Palette Knife
DWLM2010: Paste Spreader
MPW811: Mixed Media Paper
STF082: VersaFine- Onyx Black

Other:
My Colors Cardstock: Winter Lake
Imagine: Denim Kaleidacolor, Ink Potion No. 9, London Fog Memento Ink, Night Sky VersaMagic Ink
Zig Clean Color Markers: 038, 047, 048, 068, 072
Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry Glue
Recollections: Brayer


Directions:
1. Stamp the image on to Mixed Media Paper using VersaFine ink.

2. Color the image using the above mentioned Zig Clean Color Markers and fussy cut the image.

3. Click Denim Kaleideacolor ink pads together, roll on to a brayer, and spritz the brayer with Ink Potion No. 9 to encourage the migration of colors and to keep them wet longer.

4. Roll brayer on to Mixed Media Paper to slightly larger than the Houndstooth stencil. Let dry.

5. Tape Housndtooth stencil on to dried paper and apply Glossy White Embossing Paste using the Palette Knife and Paste Spreader. Let dry.

6. Using the large "L" Fitted Frame, cut another piece of Mixed Media Paper. Stamp the "enjoy life" sentiment from the Campground stamp set using Onyx Black VersaFine.

7. Lightly stencil the Houndstooth stencil on to the sentiment die cut using London Fog Memento.

8. Create the card base out of Winter Lake cardstock. Cut to 5 1/2" x 8."

9. Apply Night Sky VersaMagic ink around the edges of the card base.

10. Glue the layers using Zip Dry Glue.

Thanks for checking out my tutorial today. Have an inspiring day!

Stampendous Blog

Kristine Reynolds



Sunday, April 2, 2017

Coloring Books for Coloring Glass


Imagine has so many fun coloring products, and I've used a lot of them. But StazOn Studio Glaze was a product I had never used, and I decided it was time to give it a try! Glass Painting is a lot of fun, and StazOn Studio Glaze makes it so easy!

Coloring books for grownups seem to be all the rage lately, but what if you want to do something beyond the page? Sometimes it's a shame to hide those pretty designs in a book. This tutorial will show you how to use your favorite coloring book pages on glass.

1. As you can see, I had started to color this page already. But I thought it was so pretty, that I wanted to put it on a glass. This coloring book happens to be small, but you can use any size book. I photocopied the page and finished off the lines that were incomplete because they went off the page.

2. The bottom of my glass was really narrow, so I cut a few slits upwards into the image so that I could get it to fit better. Also, to make this project a whole lot easier, I took a piece of fleece fabric (because it's nice and thick, so it holds it's shape well), and covered it with an old pillowcase that I use for messy projects. I fluffed it around the glass to create a bed to lay the glass in, so that I could keep it face up easily without it rolling.

3. I began to trace the outline of the flower on to my glass using Jet Black StazOn Studio Glaze. The walls of my glass were really thick, so it made it a little tricky to follow the lines, but eventually I was able to compensate for the thickness.

4. Once I completed the outline, I freehanded a couple of swirls and let the Jet Black dry.

5. I filled in the first row of petals with Midnight Blue. Because I have the black outline, I can move right on to my next color without worrying about the colors bleeding.


6. Next up, I used Gothic Purple. The Studio Glaze is nice and thick, but I wanted to make sure I filled in the tiny points at the base of the petals, so I used the Taper Point DoodleStix to push the color into the petal. I love the stiffness of the DoodleStix. They are perfect for working with Studio Glaze.

7. I used Emerald City on the 3rd row of petals. And the Taper Point DoodleStix came in quite handy once again.

8. Next I filled in the center circles and used the Chisel tip DoodleStix to clean up any spots that I accidentally got paint on the black outline. It worked perfectly! Then, I let it all dry.

Look at how those colors shine! As this was my first time using the Studio Glaze, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I love the translucency. I laid the colors on pretty thick, hoping to get a true stained glass effect, and I think I got it.

I took my finished glass outside to see it in the light and I love how it looks. The colors are bright and bold. And one of the best parts is that I don't have to bake the glass. Now, I'm off to go have a drink! Thanks for checking out my tutorial. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies:
Imagine:
StazOn Studio Glaze in Jet Black, Midnight Blue, Gothic Purple, Emerald City

Other:
IKEA: Rattvik Glass
Coloring Book Page

Skill Level: Basic
Time to Complete: About an hour, depending on pattern intricacy, plus drying time.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Lunar Eclipse: DCWV Collaboration with Imagine


Hello! The Imagine team was given various papers from different DCWV collections. I was given Zodiac, which is really an outer space/lunar set. Gorgeous blues, purples, and holographic papers with wonderful starry patterns. Needless to say, this collection was right up my alley.

I had taken a photo of the lunar eclipse that occurred back in September of 2015 with my cell phone, through my mom's telescope. I absolutely love this photo, and I knew that these papers would highlight it perfectly.


I cut out a few circles in a variety of sizes from DCWV's Brights Collection. Then I sprayed my craft mat, blew on the spray a little and tapped the circles into the color. Here, I am using Tuxedo Black, but I also did this with Paris Blue. For the gray circles, I used Sheer Shimmer Frost.

I sprayed Sheer Sparkle Shimmer to the background paper and to the cut out circles, for some extra sparkle. I dribbled a little Sheer Shimmer Frost in the background paper as well.

This pretty ribbon from Creative Impressions has a glimmer to it, so it was perfect for grounding all of my pieces and for adding even more sparkle. I attached it with my On Point Glue. The words and geometric design on the lavender paper is holographic too.

I used my PITT pen to just write my title and date the photo was taken. I wanted to keep the words and numbers to a minimum.

Supplies:
Imagine:
Fireworks! Spray: Paris Dusk, Tuxedo Black
Sheer Shimmer Spritz: Sparkle, Frost
On Point Glue
Craft Mat

Other:
DCWV: Papers from the Zodiac Collection and the Brights Collection
Creative Impressions: 70258- 1/4" Black Glimmer Ribbon
Faber Castell: Black PITT Pen in Small
Coluzzle: Circle Cutter (No longer available, so use whatever circle cutters you already have)

Skill Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: About 35 minutes, plus drying time.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Unicorn Rose

This week, the Stampendous team is previewing some of our newest favorites from the April catalog. The new products will be available for customer's to purchase starting on April 1st, and we know that you are going to love them! Today I am sharing a card featuring the new Unicorn Rose stamp. I looooove unicorns, and this image is just so pretty. Below you can get the full instructions on how to make this card.


Supplies:
Stampendous:
Q231: Rose Unicorn
DCP1005: Fitted Frames Set A
TP121: Vintage Pink Embossing Tinsel
FRG04: Gold Halo Mix
VM001: VersaMark Ink Pad
STF082: VersaFine in Onyx Black
HANDLE: Acrylic Stamp Handle

Other:
My Colors Cardstock: Lilac Mist, Sky, Pink Delight
Zig Clean Color Markers: 021, 026, 028, 041, 043, 045, 302, 803, 901
Imagine: VersaMagic Ink in Pretty Petunia, Spot On Glue
May Arts: Ribbon
Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry Glue
Canson: Mixed Media Paper
Scotch ATG Gun


Directions:
1. Stamp Unicorn Rose on to Canson Mixed Media paper with VersaFine ink.

2. Color the image using the Zig Clean Color Markers listed.

3. Use the small "Q" Fitted Frame to die cut the image.

4. Apply Spot On glue to the horn, and sprinkle Gold Halo mix on to it.

5. Cut the large "Q" Fitted Frame out of Sky cardstock.

6. Create the card base out of Lilac Mist and cut to 5-1/2" x 8."

7. Ink the edges of the card base with VersaMagic in Pretty Petunia.

8. Cut a 5-1/4" x 3-3/4" mat out of Pink Delight.

9. Apply VersaMark to the bottom of the pink mat and sprinkle Vintage Pink Embossing Tinsel, keeping a heavier layer at the bottom and gradually thinning it out.

10. Heat set the embossing powder from underneath.

11. Cut a piece of sheer green ribbon and apply towards the bottom of the mat using a dry glue.

12. Attach all layers with Zip Dry Glue.

Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Enjoy Your Day




Hello! Stampendous is excited about the release of their new April 2017 Catalog products for Summer! There are terrific new stamp images from Fran Seiford, Laurel Burch, Pink Your Life's Nicoletta Zanella, and House-Mouse Designs' Ellen Jareckie! These stamps are now shipping to wholesale customers who are busily stocking their stores for you. Friday, April 1st you can order these images on the Stampendous website. Remember that Stampendous website orders are shipped to you from a local, independent retailer when they have them in stock. I decided to work with the new Paisley Pattern Cling Stamps for this card, plus one of our newest sentiments. 

Supplies:
Stampendous:
CRS5100: Paisley Pattern
RL272: Enjoy Your Day
DP112: Clear Turquoise Embossing Powder
VM001: VersaMark Ink Pad

Other:
Imagine: Fireworks! Spray in Bahama Blue, Rose Bu, New Sprout. VersaMagic in Pink Grapefruit and Pretty Petunia. Memento Ink in Bahama Blue
My Colors Cardstock: Sky
Beacon Adhesieves: Zip Dry Glue
Recollections: Watercolor Paper

Directions:
1. Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 5-1/4" x 3-3/4."

2. Spray the watercolor paper with Fireworks! Spray in the colors listed. Let dry.

3. Ink up one of the medium sized paisley stamps with Pink Grapefruit VersaMagic and stamp it all over the paper.

4. Ink up the small paisley design with Pretty Petunia VersaMagic and stamp it in the empty areas of the paper.

5. Trim off 1/4" from the right side of the paper and set aside.


6. Cut off 3/4" of the right side of the paper and set aside.

7. Trim off 1/8" from the left side of the paper and throw away.


8. Using VersaMark ink, stamp Enjoy Your Day on the large piece of paper, near the bottom.

9. Sprinkle with Clear Turquoise embossing powder and heat set.

10. Create the card base with Sky cardstock, cut to the size of 5-1/2" x 8."

11. Ink the edges of the card base with Memento ink in Bahama Blue.

12. Glue the pieces to the card base, leaving a space in between each strip to all ow the blue base to show through.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

On Point Glue Feature


Greetings! I am featuring a new product that I am absolutely in love with. It's called On Point Glue from Imagine, and I have a feeling that you're going to love it too. Check out the video in the link to learn all about it. The tip on the adhesive alone is a reason to work with this product. It's SO tiny and perfect for the skinniest die cuts, among plenty of other things. 

I used a creepy-cool stamp from Stampotique called Minky Girl and just stamped her with Onyx Black VersaFine. I got inspired by her polka-dot skirt and the heart on her shirt. I found a red sequin heart that fit over it perfectly and attached it easily with my On Point Glue. Then I added some more sequin hearts.

I wanted to show that On Point Glue can be used for different things, so I decided to write "hello" in pencil, then rewrote it with the glue. Next, to add some "spah-kle," I shook on some Red micro glitter from Stampendous. Also, since I wanted her polka-dots to really stand out, I filled them in with the On Point Glue and shook on some more micro glitter. It takes a few minutes to dry (which is great in case you need to move things around with other techniques), so after I shook off the excess, I left it off to the side for a bit. After it dried thoroughly, I brushed off any remaining excess glitter, then added it to my black card base.

That's it for me today! I hope I got your creative juices working on different ways you can use my new favorite liquid glue! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day! 
Supplies:
Imagine:
VersaFine in Onyx Black

Other:
Red Sequins, Black Cardstock

Time to Complete: 10 minutes, plus drying time
Skill Level: Basic

Monday, March 20, 2017

Travel Home Bear

Hello! This week, the Stampendous team is featuring "On the Road" projects, or those with a travel theme. I'm going to be honest, I really love the card I'm sharing today. It's really different from what I normally do, and I think it came out great. I've got all of the instructions below in case you'd like to make it for yourself.


Supplies:
Stampendous:
SSC1254: Travel Home Perfectly Clear Stamps Set
DCP1005: Fitted Frames Set A
STF082: VersaFine ink in Onyx Black
MPW811: Mixed Media White Paper

Other:
Zig Clean Color Markers: 044, 060, 061, 062, 065, 068, 072, 075, 092, 093, 302, 400
My Colors Cardstock: Brown Eyes
Canson: Mixed Media Paper
Ranger: Water Brush
Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry Glue
Glue Dots: Pop Dots


Directions:
1. Stamp the part of the luggage image you'd like to color with VersaFine ink  on Canson's Mixed Media Paper.

2. Color in the image with the listed Zig Clean Color Markers and the water brush.

3. Die cut a portion of the colored image with the Small E Fitted Frame.

4. Die cut with the Large E Fitted Frame around the area you cut out previously.

5. On Stampendous' Mixed Media Paper, stamp the entire luggage image on the lower left corner. Do not color.

6. Stamp the sentiment in the upper right corner.

7. Lay the Large E die cut piece exactly on the exact spot of the fully stamped image and glue it down with Zip Dry Glue.

8. Apply Pop Dots to the back of the Small E Fitted Frame die cut and place on top of it's matching spot on the fully stamped image.


9. Create the card base using Brown Eyes cardstock and cut to 5 1/2" x 8."

10. Glue the white layer to the card base with Zip Dry Glue.

Below are the ladies posting along with me today. Please stop by and leave them some love. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Stampendous Blog

Alison Heikkila (that's me)

Louise Healy

Friday, March 17, 2017

Found Objects: DecoArt & Stampendous Finale


Welcome to the last day of the DecoArt ad Stampendous Blog Hop. I am really excited about my project for today. It's something I've wanted to try for a long time, but never did. And now, I absolutely know I will want to make more! To get all the details on the hop, including prize info, please head over to the Stampendous! Blog.

Supplies:
Stampendous:
ASCRS06: Andy Skinner Toxic Cling Set (Scratch stamp)
DWLJ883: Multiple Tile Grid Metal Stencil
ASCRS04: Andy Skinner Curiosity Stamp Set (Scroll stamps)
STF082: Onyx Black VersaFine Ink

DecoArt:
White Gesso
Texture Sand Paste
Texture Paste
Tinting Base
Media Fluid Acrylics in: Prussian Blue Hue, Quinacridone Magenta, Green Gold, Primary Yellow, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Paynes Gray, Silver Metallic, Quinacridone Gold, Titanium White
Antiquing Cream in English Red Oxide
Mister in Black

Others:
Random found objects
Beacon Adhesives: Quick Grip Contact Cement
Artist's Loft: 8x10 Canvas Board


I started off by just laying my assorted found objects on to my canvas. When I had an arrangement that I liked, I adhered them to the canvas with the Quick Grip Contact Cement. It dires quickly, so I then went over the objects with Gesso.

Then I started to play with some Modeling Paste, a stencil and stamps. I laid the Tile Grid stencil down and used a palette knife to apply the paste on top of the grid. I wasn't too careful with it and kept it textured rather than very smooth. Then I spread some paste around the poker chip and little straws (those thin pink lines). I heat set the paste a little and pressed the Andy Skinner scroll stamps into the paste. I also went around the entire edge of the canvas board with Texture Sand Paste. I let this dry overnight.

Next, I mixed some Prussian Blue Hue with Tinting Base to lighten up the color and help it spread further. I applied it to the found objects and slightly beyond. Then I went in with Quinacridone Magenta, blending it a bit with the Prussian Blue Hue. I followed that with Green Gold. The color wasn't as strong as I wanted because of it's transparency, so I added some Primary Yellow and Cobalt Turquoise Hue.

After the paint dried, I used Antiquing Cream in English Red Oxide on top of the green areas to dull it down. I made a wash of Paynes Gray as well as a wash of Prussian Blue Hue and applied them to the blue areas to create depth.


Next I applied Metallic Silver all over, but I worked in small areas. I didn't want the silver to be too heavy, so I kept a water spritzer nearby and misted some areas and then dabbed off the excess with a paper towel. This gave a nice texture to the paint. I used some dry brushing techniques on the found objects too.

After the silver dried, I added Quinacridone Gold by dry brushing it to the high points of the foun objects and the paste. I took my time with this to make sure it wasn't too heavy or too light in any areas.

I opened my Black Mister bottle and tapped the straw to get a nice splatter all over the canvas. Next, I used Onyx Black VersaFine with the Scratch Andy Skinner stamp in random areas all round the canvas. I felt it needed something more, so I dipped a small brush into Titanium White fluid acrylic and splattered it all over.

When I look back at the photos, it's hard to believe how vibrant the colors were originally! I like the dulled down metallic look of them now.

Above you can really see the dimension of my found objects.

 


I loved making this canvas, and my kids are inspired to make some now too. This was a lot of fun, and I look forward to experimenting more with these amazing paints and mediums. Thank you so much to DecoArt Media for supplying us with these fantastic products. Please be sure to visit the rest of the folks in the hop today. They are all listed below. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Stampendous Blog

Pam Bray

Jamie Martin

Louise Healy

Asia King

Janelle Stollfus

Lea Fritts

Alison Heikkila (that's me)

DecoArt Blog