Jan 292018
 

Hi everyone,

Cheri here with my Pick of the Week for you. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting tired of snow and cold, so I decided to pick some flowers and spray some vibrant colors around my snowy world to share with you. I love making ATC’s so I picked that as my way of showing off the flowers.

The stamps I used on my ATC’s are RI#4308-J “Lilly of the Valley”, RI#904-L “Daffodils”, RI#1320-M “Spring Blossoms”, RI#5125-C “Dragonfly Sil, Sm” and the sentiment is from the #9900 “Hello Series”, the word “love”.

Here are the supplies I used: Heavy gesso (but you can use any gesso), six ATC cards (2.5 x 3.5) cut from 140# watercolor paper, water in a spray bottle, various round, found objects, inks/paints (I used ColorBursts pigment powders), paint brush and Washi tape.

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I first connected my ATC cards together with Washi Tap. This is not removed and becomes part of the background.

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I then sprayed the whole area with water and sprinkled on the pigment powder. I choose three colors and let the pigments work with the water adding more water and powders where I thought they were needed, being careful not to add too much in order to avoid muddying the inks.

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I then sopped up the excess with a paper towel. Such pretty results.

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Keeping the panels together, I dried them completely with my heat gun (you could also let them air dry), but they have to be completely dry before starting the next step of applying Mod Podge (This should have been added to the supply photo).

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Dry completely again and using the found, round objects I dipped them in Gesso and “stamped” circles around the panel. Once again, dry completely before moving to the next step of separating the ATCs. I used a ruler and my craft knife, but you can use whatever you have to separate them cleanly. There were a few pieces of Washi Tape that needed to be stuck down again and I used little bits of wet glue to do that. But the Mod Podge should have sealed them well.

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The next step is to stamp on them. Because I used Mod Podge to seal the cards, I needed to stamp my images with an ink like StazOn that stamps on non-porous surfaces. If you don’t use Mod Podge any dye or pigment ink may work fine. I let the StazOn ink dry completely (I left them overnight).

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Now I have six beautiful ATC’s. See how the Washi Tape gave an additional interest to the background? Love it!

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my Pick of the Week!

For this week only (Jan. 29 – Feb. 4, 2018), get 20% Off the stamps used in Cheri’s project when you use the coupon code POTW12918

Dec 042017
 

Hey there, House friends!

Cheri here with a new Project of the Week for you!

If you’re a card maker, you have probably had moments when you can’t find your mojo and a card creation is nearly impossible to create. I’ve had a few of those moments myself (okay…more than “a few”). When I can’t find my mojo, I use someone else’s and look through online card postings until I find something I find inspiring and use that as my “jumping off point”. In other words, I “Copy And Share with Everyone”…CASE…someone else’s card.

In the card making world, it’s a compliment to have your creation CASE’d, and it’s customary (and appreciated) to give credit to the original card if you post yours online.

I find tons of inspiration right here each and every week when I see what the Rock Stars have created for each of the many challenges we have during the month. That said, my POTW for you this week is to show you cards I’ve CASE’d from three of these talented ladies.

First up is one I CASE’d from Patti’s October TicTacToe challenge. Isn’t that the cutest card?

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I took Patti’s card and created this one. The CASE part here is I used the same stamps and while my card is a bit different from Patti’s I used hers for the inspiration for mine. (My regret is I didn’t put googly eyes in the background. I loved that touch she gave her card). Stamps used are RI#2307-E “Trick or Treat Ghost” and RI#2316-G “Boo”. The ghostly circles/orbs in the bg of my card were made by dipping a pen cap into white pigment ink.

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Most of us don’t copy the original card to the very detail, we often change it up, but use the original as a starting point.

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This is a card Shirley made for an inspiration challenge back in January. I needed a birthday card for my brother, and thought this would be a fun card to CASE and make for him. Stamps used on both Shirley’s card and mine are from the Holy Crap stamp collection. On my card I also used RI#2710-D “Sm. Pine Tree” and RI#2709-I “Large Pine Forest”. I also added some borders around the bottom layer.

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The last CASE example I have for you today is this card made by Heather.

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I kept pretty closely to Heather’s great card but thought it would make a fun Christmas card by just changing up the colors and a few details. We both used RI#5116-I “Cat Sitting Sil” I changed the sentiment using RI#8909-G “Magical Christmas”, and added a die cut snowflake in place of her floral.

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There you have it for my POTW for you. I hope you’ve found some inspiration and will be encouraged to CASE cards of others when you’re at a loss for inspiration…just give them credit if you post them online.

Thanks for stopping by!

Oct 092017
 

Hi house guests, Cheri here with a new Project of the Week for you. This is more like a two-fer….two projects showing ways to use those individual solid stamps that often times sit in our stamp collection waiting for some love.

The first is a technique using Distress Oxide Inks and direct to stamp layering and the second is an older technique called “faux artisan tile” showcasing those inked stamps.

Disclaimer: I don’t have a lot of photos….my process photos somehow got deleted in the transfer from camera to computer. It’s a new camera and I’m still getting used to it. I think I hit the wrong button.

Here at the supplies you’ll need: Distress Oxide Inks (colors of your choice), solid stamp, VersaMark Ink, clear embossing powder, embossing buddy and a MISTI or other stamp positioner tool, card stock.

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Layer Inking process: Swipe the card stock panel with the anti-static tool. Adjust your card stock panel and stamp on your MISTI. Arrange your stamp in the center of the cs panel.

I used 3 different colors for each stamp in my example. Take your lightest ink and begin stamping, either selective areas or over the whole stamp. I did both in my projects. Stamp the inked stamp to the cs panel. Take the next lightest color and do the same, repeat with the darkest color.

Faux Artisan Tile process: Leave your stamp in the MISTI and clean the ink off.

  1. Once you’re happy with your image, remove it from the MISTI. Before proceeding to the next step, your image must be completely dry. This is very important. You can use your heat tool (not in photo) to speed this up.
  2. Use the anti-static pad and swipe it over the dry image. Place the cs panel back in the MISTI and Ink the stamp again, this time with VersaMark Ink.
  3. Stamp the image again with the VersaMark, then taking the image out of the MISTI cover it with clear embossing powder and heat emboss.
  4. Repeat steps 2-3 multiple times – at least 3 or 4 times.
  5. Cover the entire card stock panel well with VersaMark ink, cover with clear embossing powder and heat set.
    Here are my completed projects.

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Stamps used RI#5127-K “Maple Leaf Sil” and RI#3213-G “For the Beauty”.

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RI#5106-H “Butterfly Sil” and RI#9206-H “Beautiful Days”

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RI#2719-K “Large Pine Sil” and RI#2203-H “May Your Heart” (I used only a portion of the stamp).

There you have it… two ways to show those solid stamps some love. I hope you found some inspiration and fun here today and give these projects a try.

Aug 142017
 

Hi there,

Cheri here with a helpful stamping tip for you instead of a project.

Often times, especially with rubber stamps, it’s difficult to decide just where you’d like an image on your project. The stamp positioners, or MISTI are wonderful tools, but in the case of being undecided as to where you’d like the image or sentiment, this is a great tip and comes in handy for me often.

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Shown in this photo are two pieces of packaging materials. The one on the left is a sturdier piece of acrylic that came in something, while the one the right is a celophane package. Both work equally well.

I cut the pieces a little larger than an A2 card because that’s the card size I usually make.

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You don’t need the MISTI or stamp positioner for this step, but in the photo I used the MISTI because my cardstock was already in it.

I placed the acrylic piece right on top of my CS and began placing my stamp around it while I decided where I might like the image to be.

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At this point, you can move the acrylic piece around and around the area of your CS and get a good idea of where it pleases you. If you’re using a MISTI, you can wipe the image off the acrylic piece, move the stamp and repeat the step.

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The same process applies to the sentiment. It’s a great way to get the right sentiment in the right place.

When you’re ready, just slide your acrylic off the CS and ink and stamp. Finish as you’d like.

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The stamps I used here are RI# 3602-P “First Light” and RI# 3212-H “To Everything”.

I hope you like this little tip, it’s been helpful to me for many years and I hope it is for you.

Have a happy day and I hope you get some craft time.