Oct 12, 2019

PaperArtsy Eclectica Sara Naumann Coral and Aqua Cards


Hello friends!  I'm sharing a few cards on the PaperArtsy blog today for the current topic Coral.  I've used the exquisite PaperArtsy Eclectica {Sara Naumann} Collection (ESN33) and (ESN34).


I hope you'll hop on over for all of the details and check out the other designers' inspiring projects for this fortnight's theme.  


Oct 1, 2019

Ranger Archival Ink Fall Bundle with Wendy Vecchi Stamps


I'm so excited about the beautiful new palettes of Archival Ink that Ranger Ink has released this year at special bundle pricing.  I'm currently working with the Fall Bundle and can't wait to get my hands on the Christmas Bundle

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I wanted to try out Wendy's Old Quilt background stamp with the Flower Pot Stamp, Stencil & Die set in Red Geranium Archival Ink.  When I stamped it out the result was too clean and simple for my taste.  But when stamping with Archival Ink, you ink over it without smearing the ink - yay!  So I fixed it up with a dip in watered Wendy's Make Art Blendable Dye Ink Pads Acorn. 


The idea popped in my head one day that I could fold a piece of cardstock in half and die cut Wendy's Flower Pot to make a jumbo sized pot that could literally overflow with these darling die cut flowers.  To hide the crease, I used the Tim Holtz 3D Lumber Texture Fade.  I cut two of these, then dipped them in puddled Acorn ink.  I cut the top off of one and mounted with foam tape over the other for dimension, sponging the edges of the pieces with Sepia Archival Ink. 


I used the Archival Ink Pads in Sepia and Fern Green to stamp the grassy elements behind my die cut flowers.  The sentiment is from the Letter It Thank You Stamp Set.  I will definitely be using the pot die this way in the future - what fun!

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Sep 23, 2019

Fall Leaves and Autumn Bees Tim Holtz Cards


Happy September friends!  I'm sharing a simple and not so simple fall card batch with you today.  The first card features layered stamping with the Stamp Platform and a mix of Distress Inks and Oxides for a rich, ethereal effect.  I used the Falling Leaves stamp set that came out several years ago.  I did my stamping on an inky background I had made then gave it a good splash of inks for texture and cut it with the Stacked Baroque die set.  I traced the die to get a small mat and cut it by hand, then embossed with the 3D Lumber Texture Fade


I had a lot of fun with the background panel.  It was one of those play times with my inks and Oxides, but the end result was kind of a hot mess!  LOL!  To salvage it, I inked one of Tim's embossing folders with Gathered Twigs and spritzed it then ran the paper through.  I repated this twice to get a deep brown.  I just love the contrast it created!




For my next card, again I was pulling out old backgrounds I had made during random play times.  I make backgrounds whenever I don't feel super creative.  It is always fun to do, no matter how you feel!  You may remember THIS card featuring a corrugated panel from last year.

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I've layered with backgrounds using the Botanical and Batik and Lattice and Flourish stamp sets.


To make my elements appear to have a patina, I cut the Wildflower Stems 2 from brown card and dipped in Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide.  I embossed the Geo Insects in Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder, then rubbed with watered white gesso and let it dry, then rubbed with Evergreen Bough DO to create a patinaed metal effect. 


This I layered over another inky scrap and a Ticket Booth stamped and die cut image.  I used the stitching from the Patchwork Pieces stamp set to blend the edges of my panels together.  I died Tim's Trimmings ribbon with  more Gathered Twigs and frayed it out as much as possible, then tied around my background. 


I am so crazy over this bee!  And here he is with my other fall cards in this palette.  Find my Pumpkin card post HERE.  Thanks for joining me today and happy autumnal crafting!


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Sep 17, 2019

Tim Holtz Leaves and Pumpkin Hay Rides Cards


Last year I made these altered pumpkins with the Tim Holtz Sizzix Bigz die.  I glued a backing piece to them, then painted them with Distress Paint and then embossed a Stampers Anonymous background stamp on them, then rubbed with gesso to tone down.  I loved them so much, but could never get my ideas together to turn them into a card.  Until now....


I just can't stop playing with my Stamp Platform and Layered Stamping like I shared on THIS video on Instagram @sewpaperpaint.  I put all of my leaves on the platform to make one big background, then inked them up with Evergreen Bough DOX, then with Bundled Sage DI, then with Gathered Twigs DI.  Using a mix of Distress Oxides and Distress Inks together create such depth in the image!  The leaves are from last year's Nature's Wonder stamp set.  I overstamped with the tiny script from the Entomology stamp set and splashed liberally with watered inks. 


My pumpkins were cut from chipboard and I dyed the tops with Vintage Photo and curled and distressed the stems to add dimension.  I added twine bows and stamped a Sizzix tag with mini alphas to spell out "Hay Rides."  


I layered with some cool ribbon, book pages, vase filler and stamped images from the Ticket Booth stamps and dies.  


And here is the sister version with the squatty pumpkin.


Notice on this pumpkin I didn't do the gesso wash over the embossing.  Two completely different looks.  And the backdrop for these photos are the actual maple leaves that are suddenly covering my front lawn!  Meanwhile it is still 98 degrees outside, but hey the leaves are falling and soon the hay rides will begin!  :)


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Sep 12, 2019

Tim Holtz Fall Foliage Funky Mushroom Cards


OK, I have put out two aqua and cream pumpkin pillows and bought all new fall scented candles and am trying desperately not to break out the orange plaids just yet, but I am excited that fall is near!  Usually I get sad at the end of summer because it means no more swimming, but since the pool is cold already why bother.  I'm thankful for fall every year and love to savor it by spending cozy days in my studio making pretty leafy things.  


I was sharing a my fun layered stamping technique with my friend Barbara.  I've shared this on my video tutorial series on Instagram under #stampreel before (@sewpaperpaint).  I used the Ornate and Lace stamp set by Stampers Anonymous.  The imprint on the left is with Distress Oxides and the one on the right with Distress Inks.  Well, these awesome colors: Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint and Gathered Twigs over a base dipped in Frayed Burlap and Shabby Shutters got me so in the mood to make a woodland card!



So I tapped my craft mat with these pads, spritzed and dipped tons of dies from the Funky Foliage set by Tim Holtz for Sizzix.


The mushrooms were dipped and then colored with a waterbrush for further detail.


I used a tea bag and corrugated packaging to create a little hill base for my foliage. 


The holey paper is some sort of vintage sticker roll I hoard, topped with a Small Talk sentiment.


I wanted to use the second panel too, but somehow I shadow stamped by moving my paper around when I was doing the third imprint, so I cut out the center (best portion) of the paper with the Stacked Postage die.  I layered on a panel I had inked and stamped with Tim's Ledger Script stamp set in Frayed Burlap.  


I found this button/leather on the ground and it went along perfectly with the layered Tissue tape, corrugate and holey paper.  I edged the panel with the new Ranger Mixed Media Embossing Powder in Lime.  The focal point die is from the Wildflower 2 set, cut from metallic brown card.  Forever comes from the Script Friendship set.  I'm not stopping here, but ran out of time.  I've already covered my craft table with more fall project elements and have two cards in the works.  Where does the time go?  Have you started fall crafting yet?  Share links with me in the comments...


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