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

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Girly Girl with Wicked Wednesday

Greetings! It's time for a new Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge. For the next 2 weeks, the theme is Girly Girl, and we are sponsored by Ppinky Dolls.


I used Pigasus (yes, that's how it's spelled) for my ATC. These friends are so sweet. I colored the image with Zig Clean Color Markers. My background was spritzed with some Rose Bud Fireworks! Spray from Imagine. In real life, the background has a lovely shimmer.


I added a couple of sequins with some On Point Glue from Imagine for a little dimension and added sparkle. That's it for me today. Please be sure to visit the Wicked Wednesday Blog to see what the rest of the team has come up with. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

I Believe in You


I've always found dragons to be very special. I love anything that has to do with dragons, and I find them to be such amazing creatures. When I found out that the Imagine Color of the Month was going to be Greenery, I was really excited. First, it's a beautiful color. Second, I knew I would get to use this adorable dragon from Lawn Fawn's Critters Ever After set. Dragons certainly don't have to be green, but I thought this guy would look fabulous in this shade. 

I colored the dragon with Memento Markers and then die cut him out. I really wanted to have a starry background, but I didn't want him to float in mid air, so I made a wall using the Stone Background Stencil from Stampendous. 

You'll notice I used several colors in the stones to make the wall seem more realistic. I used Memento Ink and 2 stencil brushes (about 1/2" in size). I started off with Gray Flannel, applying the color in a swirling motion to various areas of the stencil, but not throughout the entire thing. Next was the London Fog, then Bamboo Leaves for the look of moss, and lastly, Potter's Clay for some depth. I felt that it needed something else, so I uncapped my bottle of Tuxedo Black irRESISTables and touched a brush to the straw and then lightly tapped the brush a bit to create some teeny splatters on the stone. That was just what it needed. 


The sky was created with Watercolor paper and Fireworks! Sprays in the colors listed below. To add a few stars, I used Wedding White Pico Embellisher. This was also done for the base of my piece. I die cut a large Spellbinders oval to create a frame around my focal area, and cut down the background pieces to fit. You can see that I also left a large plain oval without Fireworks! just to break up the background a bit. 

My sentiment (from the Believe in Yourself set) was stamped with VersaMark, and then heat embossed with White Embossing Powder. 


This piece is card sized....but it's really only a card front. I plan on hanging it up in my craft room. Thanks for checking out my project today!

Supplies:
Imagine:
Fireworks! Spray: Tuxedo Black, Danube Blue, Bahama Blue, Rose Bud, Lilac Posies
VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black
Memento Markers: Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy, New Sprout, Dandelion, Cantaloupe
Memento Ink: Gray Flannel, London Fog, Potter's Clay, Bamboo Leaves, Rich Cocoa
Embossing Powder: Black, White
irRESISTables: Wedding White Pico Embellisher, Tuxedo Black

Other:
Lawn Fawn: Critters Ever After stamp and die sets, Believe in Yourself Stamp set
Stampendous: Stone Background Stencil
Spellbinders: Lacey Ovals (Largest Die) S4-314


Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: About 1 hour, including drying time

Monday, March 13, 2017

Specimen Sign: DecoArt & Stampendous Hop


Hello and welcome to the first day of the DecoArt and Stampendous Blog Hop. This week, we will be featuring all sorts of mixed media goodness.

Of course there are prizes to be won! Comment to win one of three HUGE prize packages that includes Andy Skinner stamps and DecoArt Media™ Paint plus more!  US winners only, see Stampendous Official Contest Rules here for more details.
Want to see all that’s in each prize package? Take a look below:
Stampendous:
  • ASCRS07 Cling Handle with Care
  • ASCRS08 Cling Skuldoggery
  • ASCRS09 Cling Unexplained
DecoArt:
  • Quinacridone Magenta
  • Cobalt Turquoise Hue
  • Cobalt Teal Hue
  • Primary Magenta
  • Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
  • Paynes Gray
  • Carbon Black
  • Titanium White
  • Prussian Blue Hue
  • Phthalo Blue
  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Diarylide Yellow
  • Pyrrole Red
  • Green Gold
  • Primary Yellow Media Mister
  • Titanium White Antiquing Cream
  • Patina Antiquing Cream
  • 8oz Bottle Lamp Black Americana Acrylic Paint



Supplies:
Stampendous:
ASCRS08: Andy Skinner Skulldoggery Stamps
EP505: Clear Bark Embossing Powder
VM001: VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad

DecoArt: Media Fluid Acrylics in Transparent Yellow Oxide, Quinacridone Gold, and Burnt Umber
Matte Medium 
White Gesso
Mister in Carbon Black

Other: Brushes, Copper Wire


I have some great pre-cut wooden pieces that I like to make small signs with. This piece is about 4" wide...perfect for the dog skull stamp from Skulldoggery. I gessoed the wood and then used some simple techniques to paint the piece. After I was happy with how the wood was painted, I stamped the images with VersaMark ink and embossed them with Clear Bark embossing powder. Then I opened up the Mister bottle and taped the straw to get the drops of black. I love how opaque the color is.

I added some copper wire so that the piece can be hung. I like how easy it is to achieve an aged look usg various colors from the DecoArt Media line. I love working with these paints and mediums. I'll have another piece to share with you on Friday that I am really excited about. Below are the rest of the folks hopping today. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Stampendous Blog

Pam Bray

Louise Healy

Asia King

Janelle Stollfus

Alison Heikkila (that's me)

DecoArt Blog

Monday, March 6, 2017

Creamy Cupcake

Hello! This week, the Stampendous team is sharing different projects for birthdays. Who doesn't love to get a birthday card? My card for today is bold and bright!

Supplies:
Stampendous:
FMS4072: Creamy Cupcake Metal Stencil
Pen from any of the Stencil Duos sets

Other:
My Colors Cardstock: Coral Rose
Zig Clean Color Markers: 025, 033, 062, 080
Memories Mist: Blue Martini, Lavender Tea
Imagine: Turquoise Gem Versa Magic, Rose Bud Fireworks! Spray
Canson Watercolor Paper and Mixed Media Paper
Beacon Adheseives: Zip Dry Glue


Directions:
1. Using Canson Mixed Media Paper, tape down the stencil and trace it with the pen from a Stencil Duo set.

2. Take off the stencil and color in the image using the above listed Zig Clean Color Markers.

3. Cut out the cupcake leaving a border around the image.

4. On the watercolor paper, spray the Memories Mist and Fireworks! Spray.

5. Trim dried watercolor paper to 5" x 3 3/4."

6. Create the card base with Coral Rose cardstock cut to 5 1/2" x 8."

7. Ink the edges of the card base with Turquoise Gem Versa Magic.

8. Glue down all layers with Zip Dry Glue.

I think I need to go an bake some cupcakes now. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Embossed Earrings



I love texture. I love feeling the different tactile differences that things have, especially in art. The use of dimensional objects in art always intrigues me, as well as taking things that are flat and have no texture, and altering them in some way to give it life. Today, I have a pair of earrings that I created using Imagine's Sheet Metal, and you'll get to see how to take the small, flat square to something really fun and personal.


1. I went through the Sampler Pack of Sheet Metal, as well as my embossing folders and I chose a cool skull with wings to go on the square pieces.


2. Remove the blue coating on the Sheet Metal and position the piece where you want it in the embossing folder. Using a border made it pretty simple. You can tape the Sheet Metal down with some washi tape if you are worried it's going to move, but I didn't do that. I'm really livin' on the edge!

3. Run the folder and sheet metal through the Sizzix Big Shot machine, using the multi-purpose platform with both tabs open. Repeat for the second earring.






4. Apply Royal Purple StazOn ink to the Sheet metal. You can do this 2 ways. Please see photos above to decide which is best for you. The 1st photo is a "cleaner" application. But both work very well.

5. Once you've applied Royal Purple to both pieces, apply a layer of GlazOn. I applied it pretty thick. The directions call for a thin layer, but I was hoping to get a bit of a texture from the glaze, and that's just what happened. Allow for extra drying time if you apply GlazOn thickly. You can see the almost wrinkly texture in the photo below. I think this makes it look a little older, which I like.

6. After the GlazOn is dry, apply some Spiced Chai StazOn to the raised surfaces of the Sheet Metal. Don't overdo it. You don't want to hide the Royal Purple, but you want to age the piece a little with the Spiced Chai.

7. Now you can play with beads! I chose beads that had varying shapes and textures, to add more interest to the earrings.

8. Using 2 sets of pliers (I use a round nose and a needle nose), open a jump ring side ways. Meaning, don't pull the jump ring apart like a mouth. Instead, swing the ends side to side. This keeps the circle intact when you go to close it again. Loop an eye pin and one of the Sheet Metal Squares on to the jump ring, and carefully close it back up.

9. Add your beads to the eye pin and create a loop at the top. Open a second jump ring, add the ear wire and the completed eye pin of beads. Close the jump ring up.

Now you've got a fun, and surprisingly lightweight, pair of earrings to show off!

Supplies:
Imagine:
Sheet Metal
StazOn: Royal Purple and Spiced Chai
GlazOn: Original

Other:
Cuttlebug: Haunted Damask Border Embossing Folder
Sizzix: Big Shot Machine
Fire Mountain Gems: Ear Wires, Jump Rings, Eye Pins, Branch Beads
Michaels: Beads

Skill Level: Intermediate (because of the use of jump rings and eye pins)
Time to Complete: About 20 minutes, plus drying time

Friday, March 3, 2017

Numerical Gift

Greetings! As I mentioned on Monday, the Stampendous team is highlighting stencils all week, which makes me very happy. I adore using stencils because they are so versatile. Here's a fun and simple birthday card. It would be really easy to change the colors around to fit the person you'd be giving this to. Check out my tutorial below.

Supplies:
Stampendous:
FMS4068: Numerical Gift Stencil
MPW811: Mixed Media Paper
FREG021: Chunky White Embossing Enamel
DWNHB-12: 1/2" Stencil Brush

Other:
Imagine: Kalediacolor Ink Pad in Fresh Greens, VersaMark Ink Pad
My Colors Cardstock: Parrot, Mint Julep
May Arts: Ribbon
Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry Glue

Directions:
1. Tape the stencil on to Mixed Media Paper.

2. Using the lightest shade in the Fresh Greens palette, apply ink in a circular motion on to the stencil brush, and then to the top of the mounted stencil.

3. Continue this with each color, working from lightest to darkest, and working your way down the stencil to the bottom.

4. Cut out the image.

5. To make the card base, cut a piece of Parrot cardstock to the size of 6 1/2" x 10."

6. Create a mat for the card base out of Mint Julep cardstock.

7. Ink the edges of the mat (2 at a time) with VersaMark ink and sprinkle Chunky White Embossing Powder to make a border.

8. Heat the powder from underneath until it melts and repeat on the 2 other sides.

9. Glue ribbon about a 1/2" away from the bottom of the mat.

10. Glue all layers.

I hope you've enjoyed my tutorial. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!