Jan 13, 2020

PaperArtsy Mini and Zinski Stamps Valentine Cards

Hi friends!  I'm sharing my first post as Topflight Stamps Blog Design Team member today HERE.  This quirky set of cards were made featuring PaperArtsy Mini Stamps and beautiful Prism Ink Pads.
I hope you will stop by and let Donna know that you're happy to see me blogging for her.  I'm super excited and truly appreciate your support.  Hugs, Autumn

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Jan 10, 2020

Tim Holtz Washed Out Dots & Hearts Valentine

My coworker gave me some amazing stationary that she could no longer use, so I had some fun doing stamped backgrounds with the panels.  I purchased the Dots & Circles stamp set simply because I love making backgrounds.  I did some layers with Fired Brick and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks.  I sprayed the stamp heavily with water and even did second and third imprints to get fainter and fainter panels. 

I added tissue tape and stamped Tim's Ornate Trims around the perimeter of the panel.   The focal image comes from Tim's Motivation 3 stamp set.  I stamped it onto some clean up inky paper and added white highlights with a uniball pen.  A very simple, but perfectly mailable card that pops!  I hope the recipient will be inspired.

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Jan 7, 2020

Tim Holtz Mixed Media Enameled Hearts Card

I have been having so much fun lately just playing around with techniques, making backgrounds, focal elements, etc.  All with no end goal, except to just play.  If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my Toilet Paper Moulding Video HERE (@sewpaperpaint).  I will be sharing a full tutorial/experimentation on that process here on the blog soon.  But first, let me show you these fun enameled hearts I made from simple stamping & embossing...

This project comes from some very old Tim Holtz stamps.  I used his SIXTH set of stamps here!  It's called From the Heart and is still available from Stampers Anonymous.  For reference, he now has 391 sets.  This set belongs to my friend @carolinasweetlee.  I stamped the heart four times in black Archival ink onto watercolor paper.  I sponged each heart with Distress Ink in the colors shown. 

Then I picked out some texty style stamps and stamped each one in various colors.  I used Newsprint & Type and Ledger Script

I used Ranger's Emboss It Dabber to coat the cutout hearts generously.  I dipped each heart in Ultra Thick Embossing Powder (aka UTEE).  I have tried using a Versamark pad for this and the thick powder won't stick to it as well.   I embossed my hearts with a heat tool, then while it was very hot, I dipped it in the powder again, and repeated for each heart so it was coated with EP four times.  You need to work on a glass mat or craft mat for this so it won't stick.  (PS. an old credit card will scrap EP off your glass mat beautifully.) 

When my hearts were all cooled, I took a sharpie/black permanent marker and went over the very edge of the cut to make sure there was no white  paper showing on the edge.  This gives an illusion of depth too. 

For my background panels I had a lot of fun with my Stamp Platform and another oldie but goodie stamp set, Slight Alterations CSM060, which belongs to my dear friend Madelyn.  I spritzed each layer of stamping heavily with water and let the panels bleed and also blotted here and there to get these washed out effects.  For this card I used another stamp in the set and overstamped with brown, then sponged the edges of my card brown too.  I just wanted you to see all of the variations lined up.  :)


For this card, I layered one of my hearts over a partially embossed Ornate Frame die and one of my background panels.  I added some of Tim's tissue tape to my background for contrast. The embossed XO is from one of Tim's alphabet sets. 

I went around the perimeter of the panel with a glue stick and applied Ranger's Foil Transfer sheets to the glue, burnishing with a bone folder until the foil released.  I love how it works with the shine of the enamel heart.  I added a few vintage buttons Carol gave me for my birthday.  <3   I hope this card has inspired you to play with some new techniques for your Valentine makes!  Make sure to follow or subscribe, as I have oodles more Valentines to share with you soon.  Hugs, Autumn

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Jan 1, 2020

Free Printable Valentine Affirmation Book Tutorial

Happy New Year!  It's time for a fresh new challenge at Mini Album Makers Challenge and I don't know about you, but these days I am searching for quick and easy projects to make.  So the thought came to me to share a free printable with you all to make your Valentine's Day crafting fun and fast.  Of course, my little books are in my favorite Tim Holtz layered/mixed media style.  But you can adapt them anyway you see fit.  The finished books will be four and a quarter inches high by two and three quarters inches wide (4 1/4 x 2 3/4").

You can find the free download HERE in my Google Docs.  (Terms of use: This download is offered free for personal use only.  Please credit SewPaperPaint.blogspot.com for use.  Not to be sold or used for classes without express permission.)  Print it onto medium weight cardstock, then cut at 4 1/4" on the 8 1/2" side.  (The top will have white space for binding.)  Then cut each section into 2 3/4" pieces for a total of eight little affirmation sheets.

To make your cover you can either use two sided paper or layer your patterned paper over solid cardstock, like I've done.  Cut a sheet of 8.5 x 11" cardstock into three long strips.  2 13/16 x  8 13/16".  Score at 4 5/16" and 4 1/2".  Burnish the folds well.  If you are layering patterned paper over the cardstock, cut your two covers to 4 1/2 x 2 3/4".  Group your pages within your finished covers and punch holes with a Crop-a-dile.  Bind with ribbon, twine, eyelets, rings, etc.

I always advise to make projects like this in bulk.  It is just as easy to cut three covers and three sets of pages at once, then decorate all three covers, then bind them (assembly line style) as it is to make one.  So go for gold and make a few for those dear to your heart.  Please share a link in the comments so I can see what you've done.

Make sure to check out my last Tim Holtz Valentine mini album tutorial post HERE.

And join us in this month's challenge at Mini Album Makers, whether it is your own book idea or your take on this one.  Our DT member Anne Redfern has generously offered an AALL & Create Stencil Prize Pack to one lucky winner, so come on and play!




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Dec 23, 2019

Inky Antics Oxide Spray Birthday Card

Happy Monday!  It's time for a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and the theme for the next two weeks is Party Time!  That means you have two weeks to play along this time.  I've created a card with Distress Oxide Sprays and fabulously fun images by Inky Antics.

This is my last week in the designer spotlight, but I have so enjoyed joining the Monday Design Team for the past month!

I was anxious to play with my new Distress Oxide Sprays my dear husband gave me for Christmas, so I sprayed several colors on a watercolor panel until I was pleased.  Next, I stamped the panel with the Tim Holtz Dots & Circles stamp set in Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass and Twisted Citron.  I used my Stamp Platform so I could stamp each design multiple times to get a more vivid color.  I cut my panel to size, then stamped Tim's Stitches stamps along the perimeter.  

This darling birthday girl is from the Inky Antics Sassy and Saucy stamp set.  I colored her with Zig Clean Brush Markers.  I drew her a hat with a marker on scrapbook paper and adhered her to my panel.  I stamped the coordinating sentiments from a very old Tim Holtz clear sentiment stamp set.  Then added a Shadow Script 2 die to complete the saying.  

I hope this fun card has made you want to party with your art supplies today!  I know I had a blast making it.  We hope you will join along with your Party Time creation for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the Simon Says Stamp shop.

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