Mar 24, 2023

Studio Light Floral Butterfly Stamped Card and Altered Envelope

Happy spring friends!  It's butterfly bliss in my neck of the world with the gorgeous spring Studio Light Grunge Collection.  I have had just so much fun playing with these new stamps, as you've seen from my previous posts.  Today I have two very different projects to share with you.  First, a CAS square card featuring the new Floral Butterfly stamp (SL-GR-STAMP402).  Isn't this stamp gorgeous!  I used Distress Inks to watercolor the image (Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Antique Linen and Squeezed Lemonade).  I finished with a sentiment by Jenine's Mindful Art (JMA-ES-STAMP340).

For my next project, I made an envelope from an older Grunge Cutting Dies set.  On the front, I used the Butterflies stamp (SL-GR-STAMP399) as the focal image and filled in with stamps from the Spring Crafts set (SL-GR-STAMP398).  I particularly like the line sentiment stamped to add a baseline for the handwritten address.  

I watercolored the imagery and used my Studio Light ink blending brushes to add Aged Mahogany, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo and Fossilized Amber.  I flecked with water to add some texture.  

The envelope die is so cool!  It has these great rings for a closure.  I attached brads and some twine.  

For the back, I used the Floral Butterfly stamp (SL-GR-STAMP402) and added in some Shaded Lilac Distress Ink, for an unusual pop of color.  I'm hoping this happy mail will make someone I know smile.  It had so much fun making these projects and hope they've inspired you today.  xx, Autumn

Spring 2023 Studio Light Grunge Collection

Mar 21, 2023

Studio Light Lily of the Valley Stamp Slimline Cards


Hi friends!  Today I have a couple of simple slimline cards to share with you featuring the new Studio Light Grunge Collection Lily of the Valley stamp (SL-GR-STAMP395).  What an incredibly beautiful stamp it is!  I could not stop with one card and enjoyed coloring two panels in different colorways.  My Grandmother and I always sang together and one of our favorites was, "He's the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star.  He's the fairest of ten thousands to my soul.  He will never, ever leave me, nor forsake me still, if I live by faith and do His blessed will."  Such sweet memories...

For my first card, I created a background of Tea Stain and Victorian Velvet Distress Inks.  I really love these colors against the soft greens.  

I used an older Grunge Collection Cutting Die set (SL-GR-CD198) to cut my coloring panels from Bristol.  I love the jagged edge of these dies.  

For my next card, I used a palette of watercolors.  I picked a deep purple to contrast with rich greens.  

Next time I'll have to do some fussy cutting of these very delicate flowers for a more mixed media look, but I love the fact that these stamps can be used "as is" without much else needed.  I hope you've enjoyed these cards today and you'll check out the entire new Grunge Collection.  xx, Autumn

Studio Light Grunge Collection

Mar 18, 2023

Studio Light Grungy Hearts Mask Cards


Hi friends!  I've been playing with the new Grungy Hearts Mask (SL-GR-MASK180) by Studio Light and pulled out my Dina Wakely Gloss Sprays for a change.  I used Marine and Eggplant over the mask and die cut the panel with the Christmas Grunge Collection cutting dies.  I just love this die set for the cool border.  I overstamped my panel with the Text Background stamp (SL-ES-STAMP369), embossed in white.  I cut hearts from the Handbag Pillow Box die set (SL-ES-CD498) to add layers to my work.  The butterfly wings are from the Butterflies Grunge stamp set (SL-GR-STAMP399) and the sentiment is from the new Sunshine sentiment stamp set (SL-ES-STAMP387).  

While I had the Grungy Hearts Mask sprayed down from my first panel, I decided to make a monoprint from the remaining ink.  I gave it a spritz of water and pressed firmly onto a second panel, with a scrap paper over it to soak up any bleeding.  I then stamped the edges of this panel with the Dots Background Stamp (SL-ES-STAMP370) and sponged the edges with Uncharted Mariner Distress Ink.  I inked another die cut heart from the Pillow Box dies with the same ink and then cut the new Numbers & Flowers Cutting Dies (SL-GR-CD503), spraying with more Gloss Spray.  I finished with adhesive pearls by JMA and sentiments from the new Stickers pad (SL-ES-STIC06).  I hope these cards have given you some ideas for playing with your stencils and you'll check out this fab new Grungy Hearts Mask!  xx, Autumn

Studio Light Stamps, Stencils & Cutting Dies

Mar 14, 2023

Studio Light Spring Grunge Stamp Release Daffodil Cards

Hi friends!  I'm so excited that the brand new Grunge collection by Studio Light has landed at my door!  I spent the weekend getting lost in creativity and what fun I had!  For this post, I've focused on the Daffodil Flowers stamp (SL-GR-STAMP396).  These flowers have just bloomed in South Carolina and are a sure sign the seasons are changing!  I started by using the stamp true to its design and made a slimline card.   

I used an older set of Studio Light Cutting Dies (SL-GR-CD346).  I scored a piece of white card in half and used the new Studio Light Stencil Tape (SL-ES-STTA01) to hold the largest die in place in my cutting machine.  I edged one side just over the score line so I ended up with a folded, decorative edge card.  This tape is a low tack tape and works great for die cutting and stenciling.  I wasn't sure the die would cut both layers of card, but I angled the die into the cutting pressure and it worked just fine!  

I cut the smaller layer for my focal panel and stamped the Daffodils and watercolored them with markers and Distress Inks, adding some of Studio Light's 3D Gloss Gel (SL-ES-3DGL01) to create water droplets of "melting snow".  Such fun, though hard to photograph!  I finished with a sentiment by Jenine's Mindful Art ( JMA-ES-STAMP340).  

Once I had used the stamp "as is", it was time to dissect it!  I realized I could cut away the background and have one big beautiful daffodil.  I tried out one of the new coordinating masks for an alternative background, using Dots Circle (SL-GR-MASK181).  I first dipped my Bristol panel into watery Antique Linen Distress Ink, then used Shaded Lilac and Seedless Grape through the stencil to add a color pop.  I added my daffodil, colored with Peeled Paint and Fossilized Amber Distress Inks.  

I stamped the Essentials Grid Background stamp (SL-ES-STAMP371) inside of the purple dotty circle and again on the edges of the card in Vintage Photo, then stamped some of the gorgeous new Flowers & Butterflies (SL-GR-STAMP397)pieces, using the butterfly to make a faux postage stamp using postal edged scissors.  I used the sentiment line that reads, "just craft away and make something new" to edge the card panel.  This is from Spring Crafts stamp set (SL-GR-STAMP398).  I adore this little word/stitching stamp!  

For a little extra dimension, I sandwiched some dyed cheesecloth between my background and daffodil.  

For my final card, I went slightly more orange with my daffodil, coloring in a combo of Scattered Straw and Spiced Marmalade.  I used Peacock Feathers and Mowed Lawn for the stem.  For my background, I first dipped my panel into a light watery dip of Spiced Marmalade.  Then I sponged over the new Floral Grid Mask (SL-GR-MASK179) with more SM and also Rusty Hinge.  I then dipped the right side of the panel into watery Peacock Feathers.  I used another older Grunge Cutting Die (SL-GR-CD26) for the white cutout portion.  

I used the new Sunshine Essentials stamp set for my sentiment (SL-ES-STAMP387).  I just love this sentiment with this flower!  

Before mounting my flower, I partially stamped the Grid Background stamp (SL-ES-STAMP371) over my sponged grid.  I thought it helped the black sentiment to pop more.  I also just love this stamp and how it adds the perfect grunge factor.  I hope these cards have given you some inspiration today and you'll take a look at this gorgeous collection by Studio Light.  xx, Autumn

New Grunge Collection by Studio Light

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