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.