Wednesday, January 22, 2020

coloring digital stamp with distress inks

Howdy. You may remember I was over on the STAMPlorations blog  with four digital stamp projects, coffee-to-go cups turned into tags.

Just a reminder that digital stamps from the STAMPlorations digi store are 30% off til end of January! I've used Microsoft Word and my Canon ink jet printer to print the digi stamp, Bloomdala Coffee Cup to Go.

You may also remember that I had a mishap with one of the cups and wanted to try it again... I had printed a cup on colored cardstock and wanted to apply some quick color with distress inks...


...but there was some "smearing" with the water-based inks. I salvaged it by heat embossing all over it with hologram embossing powder.



I mentioned that I would try the distress ink coloring technique again on Neenah solar white and be sure to let it dry thoroughly before applying the inks. I'm happy with the result. I turned this cup into a belated birthday card.

distress inks


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

STAMPlorations inspiration #251

Time for another Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team!

Hope you're enjoying my creations this month. I'm keeping it real simple. Easy to make. Easy to mass produce especially with a MISTI. Colored cardstock + heat embossing. Here's #3.


My thought process on this simple design... I chose the stamp set because I wanted to make a card with the sentiment in the center and floral (in this case herbs/wildflowers) images coming in from the top and bottom. This set offered both the images and a sentiment with a bit more "weight".

The trick? Stamp the sentiment in the middle. Arrange the florals (I actually first aligned them along the top edge so they could extend off the card which was in the corner of my MISTI) and stamp. Then just flip the card over and stamp the florals again. So quick!

With such a simple design, I try to use colors that carry a lot of suggestive power. And go well together. So thinking "nature" I chose a deep green cardstock. And then paired platinum embossing powder with the deep green to soften it up a bit and add a feminine touch. I think it turned out quite elegant thanks to the stamp set style and colors I chose.

You could win yourself a $10 GC to the store by leaving a comment on this month's inspiration posts! Check out today's post here. And as in the past, I'd appreciate it if you used my STAMPGIRLMARIA discount code for an additional 20% off your order from the store - at no extra cost to you, just perks for me ;)

Thanks for stopping over today. Have a great week. I'm stopping over at Craft Stamper's Take it Make it January challenge and AAA Cards challenge where it's all about one layer cards.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

simon says stamp - (snowflake) star mandala


Snowflakes aren't just for Christmas anymore. Right? See that die in the lower left of the graphic above? It came to live at my house. It's part of the recent Hey Bestie release at SSS. Thanks, Simon.

For my card today I turned the snowflake into a star for an encouragement card! Paired it with heart PP and some red and pink and I'm thinking it can lose the snowflake vibe. Maybe even work for Valentines.

patterned paper

I chose the PP and a coordinating scrap to back the sentiment sticker. Die cut the "snowflake" from gold (to "shine" like the sentiment says, ya know!) and trimmed off the little tidbits from the tips that really made it look snowflake-y.

Can't really see all the shine above. Check out this photo.


You'll find all the makes with the products from the release in the gallery here.

Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

simon says stamp - snowflake mandala


Snowflakes aren't just for Christmas anymore. Right? See that die in the lower left of the graphic above? It came to live at my house. It's part of the recent Hey Bestie release at SSS. Thanks, Simon.

My card today definitely leans toward Christmas (I used snowflake PP) but I actually intended it to be an encouragement card to be sent in the winter. Heck, add a couple hearts and it could even work for Valentine's Day!


MFT Circle die
patterned paper
washi tape

I was actually going to make a shaker card but took the lazy way out. This is a one layer card. Sorta.

I die cut the circle from the front of the cardbase, adhered acetate behind it and a piece of PP behind that. Then I glued the die cut snowflake on the front of the acetate and added the sentiment. There's a little bit of extra depth thanks to the adhesive between the layers. Kinda cool.


Check out all the makes with the products from the release in the gallery here.

I'll be back tomorrow with another non-Christmas card...

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

STAMPlorations digital stamp bloomdala coffee-to-go

I'm over on the STAMPlorations blog today with four digital stamp projects. You could win a $15 GC to the store for comments left here and there. Just sayin...

So. I'm pretty much a newbie to digital stamps. I love getting inky with actual stamps. And I'm a pro at ink smudges. But there are some benefits to digi stamps - no smudges, perfect coverage without a MISTI, image resizing, even layering images (though I've yet to give that a try).

I grabbed me a couple digital stamps from the STAMPlorations digi store (where all digi stamps are 30% off til end of January) and used good old Microsoft Word and my Canon ink jet printer to give them a try. I recommend this post for a great intro to digi stamps. It's where I figured out how to print them using Word.

Today I have printed from Bloomdala Coffee Cup to Go four cups in their original size, colored them using different techniques, fussy cut them and turned them into tags. Ready to learn more?

1.  My first thought was I had to "rainbow" a cup. Cuz... why not?




Since I knew I would use alcohol markers, I printed the cup on Neenah Solar White cardstock. My markers are from Action Deutschland, they're similar to Touch markers. Though I did try to keep within the lines, I noticed no problems with the printed image bleeding.

I added a purple gem to the center to add a spot of bling to the tag.

2.  For my second cup I chose kraft cardstock and colored with Prismacolor pencils.



Here I also used Neenah kraft, it's nice and smooth and the Prismacolor pencils work great on it.

3.  My third cup nearly ended up in the garbage can. I thought I'd be clever and print on colored cardstock and then just apply some quick color with distress inks...


...not so pretty. Here's where my lack of experience with digis comes in. I think somehow there was some "smearing" with the water-based inks

Could be a cardstock issue. I used Hero Arts Arctic. The surface is more grainy.

Could just be the result of using distress inks on colored cardstock. (The photo you see above is after I decided to try to make it work and applied even more ink and some darker colors. I had originally hoped to just put down some pink tones on that bloom that comes in on the left. That really didn't work.)

Could be the ink wasn't completely dry. I've read you should use your heat gun to dry the printed images, or let them dry 24 hours before coloring. Don't know. (All I know is after this I did dry my other printed images with a heat gun!) It was, as I've heard many cardmakers say, a hot mess. Maybe I'll try distress inks again, on a heat-dried image printed on Neenah white to see what happens. (And to think I was just trying to save myself some time using an "easy coloring method"!)

But my perserverance paid off. After adding more ink and darker tones, I masked the lid, applied Versamark and holographic embossing powder and voila!


The image is still there. Tough to capture on camera however!


4.  My last cup is watercolored. I love the result - makes me feel all Debby Hughes-ish for some reason ;)



It's funny, I had no plan for the coloring. Only knew I wanted browns and blues. Pulled out my Altenew watercolors. I started at the left edge and worked my way right, deciding on the colors and color placement as I went along.

BTW, I printed the cup in light gray onto Derwent watercolor paper. In Word, in the Picture Tools "Format" tab, under the "Color" tab there is a "Faded" option. I used this and it printed in a light gray. Thought this would be good for this technique, similar to stamping in a pale color ink before no-line watercoloring. No problem with the image smearing or fading, even with the addition of water.

Don't forget to leave a comment here.  And here too, for another chance to win.

May your coffee be strong and your work week short!

I'm playing over at:
Always Fun - One Layer
The Flower Challenge - Shaped Cards (this coffee cup could easily be turned into a shaped card)




   


CAS cards challenge january reminder

Hello there! It's time for a reminder about the CAS Cards challenge at STAMPlorations. First, the inspiration...


As always it's anything CAS goes. This month the optional twist is Anything Metallic.

washi tape

Metallic... how about a car, watercolored with shimmery blue? And how about some silver heat embossing?  Here's a closeup of the dimensional metallic touch.


CAS card tip: One of my favorites. Add a strip of washi tape (or cardstock) along the bottom edge of your CAS card. A perfect way to ground an image with a little bit of texture.

I'm looking forward to seeing what inspires you and your CAS card creations this month! Your project might be chosen as the winner of a GC to the shop. Check out how the DT was inspired by this month's photo here.

And don't forget about my STAMPlorations discount code STAMPGIRLMARIA for 20% off should you find yourself shopping ;)  Thanks for stopping over. See you in the gallery.

I'm joining the fun at:
Challenge up your Life - Anything Goes
CAS Watercolor - Cool Colors



Tuesday, January 14, 2020

STAMPlorations inspiration #250

Wowzers! 250! Welcome to our 250th Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team!

I'm keeping it real simple for this month's inspiration projects. Easy to make. Easy to mass produce especially with a MISTI. Colored cardstock + heat embossing. Ready for #2? Needing a card for a little guy's birthday...


Thought I'd share my thought process on this simple design. I chose the stamp set because of its playful nature, perfect for a little guy. I like the punny sentiments and chose one of the larger ones to go with the larger bot.

With such a simple design, I try to use colors that carry a lot of suggestive power. And go well together. So thinking "robots" and "R2D2" (cuz this bot reminds me of him) I chose blue cardstock for its association with the galaxy/sky. And, well, what says "robot" and "stars" better than silver embossing powder, right (although it looks white in the photo, doesn't it?) And it goes well with blue.

Randomly stamped the stars (from Three Kings) around the bot to make it appear that he's floating through the galaxy and voila! Doesn't get much CASer than that!

You know the routine. You could win yourself a $10 GC to the store by leaving a comment on this month's inspiration posts! Check out today's post here. And as in the past, I'd appreciate it if you used my STAMPGIRLMARIA discount code for an additional 20% off your order from the store - at no extra cost to you, just perks for me ;)

Thanks for stopping over today. Have a great week.

I'm joining the party at:
Always Fun - One Layer
Basteltraum - Himmel/Sky
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