Archive for ‘Direct stamping’

January 16, 2014

Paper craft project no. 114: Creating card fronts from your original art

Here’s a photo tutorial I did last year (April 2013), before I started this blog. I’d just discovered Gelatos and immediately fell in love with them. I originally uploaded this to my ARTplorations page on Pinterest and shared it on my Facebook page, but I thought now that I have a blog, I might as well share my old projects here too! (I used these card fronts for the Mother’s Day cards I sent to my sisters, mom, and sister-in-law; I just added some die-cuts and sentiment.)

2013-04-27: card fronts from my original artwork (a photo tutorial)


Thanks for stopping by!


October 8, 2013

Paper craft project #66: You are here

2013-10-07 OLC You are here

Edited to add (10/22/13): This card got picked as one of 5 Trigger Targets over at Moxie Fab World. Woohoo!  ***happy dance***

Here’s a one layer card I managed to create when I was lucid enough. (Still on the mend — but been having to take stronger meds which leave me in a haze for the most part).

I used CAS(E) this Sketch #48 for the layout and I was inspired by the photo in this week’s Tuesday Trigger over at Moxie Fab World (it made me think of chevrons/arrows).


Stamps: map, arrows, sentiment (Teresa Collins); hearts (Fiskars)
Inks: jet black, sienna (Ranger Archival inks); butter bar mid-tone, neon blue (Hero Arts)
Other: bronze spray mist (Ranger Perfect Pearls Mists)

September 27, 2013

Paper craft project no. 61: Love

2013-09-27 One Layer Card Love

Still feeling under the weather — it’s day 3 with joint pains and sore throat. DH is bit worried; if I still have sore throat tomorrow, he’s taking me to the doctor. Haven’t been able to get started on those autumn-themed canvases, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to after the weekend. Here’s a one layer card that I managed to make in between my Netflix marathons this week.

I’m linking this up to the following challenges:


Stamps: flower, sentiment (Fiskars)
Inks: jet black (Ranger Archival ink)
Other: lulu lavender, grape jelly, tangelo, dandelion, bamboo leaves, new sprout, tuxedo black (Memento markers); watercolor paper (Canson)

Have a great weekend!


September 22, 2013

Paper craft project no. 60: Follow your heart mixed media canvas

MIXED MEDIA Follow Your Heart - A copy
I’m itching to do some cards, but since we are still cleaning and re-organizing, I haven’t been able to make any new ones this weekend. I thought I’d share one of my early works — a mixed media canvas I did back in January when I was dabbling in mixed media and decided to make a go at being a mixed media artist. (I have sold several of my artworks and I am thrilled that they’ve got homes!) This particular canvas, Follow Your Heart, is my husband’s favorite — which is why I’m still torn between selling and keeping it. (I’ve put it up a few times on my Etsy shop, but kept deactivating the listing every couple weeks or so — now it’s up again there.)

I did this one on an 8-inch by 10-inch canvas panel (about 3/16″ thick). It is French vintage inspired. I worked on this late Sunday night and finished Monday morning. That weekend, I had been doing ATC/ACEOs and browsing online looking at tons of vintage ephemera. I have a couple of Tim Holtz’ Visual Artist clear stamps and I thought they were perfect for this project. I love purple so naturally I had to use purple acrylics. For painting the background, I used a regular kitchen sponge as my blending tool. (It works wonderfully!) It helped me achieve that muted, faded, vintage effect on the canvas I had envisioned in the beginning. After that, it was just a matter of stamping and decoupaging and stamping some more, and inking, doodling, and shading. I used acrylics (paint and ink), Prismacolor permanent markers, gel medium, rub-ons, distressed inks, and designer die cuts. It’s sealed with an acrylic sealer.

Here are a few more shots (just click on the thumbnails to enlarge):
MIXED MEDIA Follow Your Heart - B copy MIXED MEDIA Follow Your Heart - C copy MIXED MEDIA Follow Your Heart - D copy MIXED MEDIA Follow Your Heart - E copy

I’m linking this up to Inspire Me Fridays #121.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m hoping I’ll be able to get to my craft table later today and make cards! I’m also wanting to get started on a couple of mixed media canvases with a fall theme this week so we’ll see. Have a great week!


September 19, 2013

Paper craft project no. 59: Autumn blessings

2013-09-19 CAS Autumn Blessings

Whenever I clean and re-organize my supplies (I have been at it since Sunday — and I’m not done yet), I get both frustrated and excited. Frustrated because once I’m done, I have a hard time finding all the stuff; I usually end up putting them in a different container or spot. Excited because as I go through my stash, I’m bound to come across things I’d forgotten I have — like the packs of linen textured cardstock. And the 5-inch pile of paint chips I’d collected from my trips to the paint section at Wal-mart, The Home Depot, and Lowe’s. It’s like Christmas. So what’s a girl gotta do but use ’em? And use ’em I did.

For this A2 card, I picked out a few paint chips in autumn colors and die-cut some leaves out of them. I also used my score board and bone folder to emboss the bottom part of my dark panel before adhering it to the card base. I then adhered the die-cut leaves to the upper part. I stamped my sentiment on white cardstock, trimmed it, and adhered it to designer paper. Quick and simple autumn-themed card.

I based the layout of my card on the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch #46. I’m also linking this card to An Inky Situation Linky Party #9: Fall Leaves; Creative Knockouts #3: Texturize It; Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog #89: Autumn (with a sentiment); Milk Coffee Fabulous Fall Colors Challenge; Sarah Hurley Challenge #84: Autumn Glow; Fab’n’Funky Challenge #185: Leaves; Inklings & Yarns Inky Linky #30; The Perfect Sentiment Challenge #92: Find Me Some Fall; and Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge: Fall/Autumn Colors.


Stamps: sentiment (STAMPlorations)
Ink: raspberry jam mid-tone (Hero Arts Shadow Ink)
Other: textured cardstock (The Paper Company); designer paper (Prima Marketing Ink.); leaf die (Sizzix Sizzlit); die cut machine (Sizzix Tag-a-long); paint chips; score board (Martha Stewart Crafts); bone folder; glue dots

Thanks so much for visiting. Please feel free to leave a comment — and if you have a blog, make sure to include your link. I would love to visit and see your creations!


PS: Will you join me in a holiday papercrafting challenge? It ends this Sunday and I would love to see what you create! Details are here!

September 18, 2013

Paper craft project no. 58: Get well soon

2013-09-18 OLC Get well soon

Here’s an A2 one layer card before I call it a day. Still way too exhausted from all the cleaning I’ve been doing all week. First, I used my bone folder and score board to create embossed borders on the base card. Then, I layered different colors of Memento markers onto a vase silhouette stamp. Before stamping, I spritzed a bit of water on the stamp. Next I stamped a few butterflies. And because I was too tired to rummage through my boxes of stamps and look for a get-well-soon sentiment, I simply took a black marker and wrote the sentiment.

I’m linking up this card to the following: Less is More Week #137: Get Well Soon; Addicted to CAS Challenge #22 Code Word: Get Well; and One Layer Wednesday – Fly Away with Me.

Stamps: vase silhouette (Hero Arts); butterfly (TPC Studio)
Other: dandelion, cantaloupe, tangelo, lady bug, cottage ivy, grape jelly, danube blue, tuxedo black (Memento markers); score board (Martha Stewart Crafts); bone folder

Thank you for taking a peek! I think I’ll head on to bed to get some well-deserved sleep. Goodnight! :-)


PS: Will you join me in a holiday papercrafting challenge? There’s still 4 days left. Details are here!

September 17, 2013

Paper craft project no. 57: Queen for a day

2013-09-17 CAS Queen for a day

All day today I’ve been itching to get to my craft table and make a birthday card. However, I needed to finish cleaning up our room and put away the things I wasn’t able to put away last Sunday when I started that cleaning and re-organizing chore. I’ve been wanting to create a card that I can enter to the Fusion Card Challenge #17. I combined the inspiration photo and the sketch, although I didn’t completely follow the sketch. I had the card already made in my head, as I wanted to use a particular Alice in Wonderland clear stamp I have and for some odd reason, the phrase “Queen for a day” was stuck in my head that I knew I had to use that in the card. So after I had put away the last of the clutter in our room, I got a chance to sit down at my craft table. Halfway through, I knew exactly why this card was just begging for me to create — today’s the birthday of one of the nicest, kindest, and craft-savvy ladies I’ve met online: Gina. So Gina, this is for you, and it may be late in the day, but it’s still your birthday — and you are Queen for today! :-)

To create this card, I embossed the card base with the quatrefoil embossing folder then lightly sponged the surface with distress ink. Next, I die-cut white cardstock using the ATC die, stamped the Alice image on it, and masked the image before stamping the newspaper background. I colored Alice with my distress markers then blended butter bar, soft apricot, and vintage photo inks all around. Since I didn’t have a stamp that spells out “Queen for a day”, I turned to Adobe Photoshop CS. I found a blank vintage banner and typed the text on that, making sure the text followed the path of the banner. I printed it on cardstock, fussy cut it, and then colored it with vintage photo distress ink and marker. I adhered the ATC and banner onto the card base using glue dots. I punched out the curly label, stamped the sentiment, distressed it in the same ink colors I used for the ATC, and then mounted it onto the card using foam dots to give the card dimension.

I’m linking this card to these challenges as well: Through the Craft Room Door Challenge: Anything Goes; Created with Love Challenges: Anything Goes; Make It Monday #158; Tammy’s Scrapin Corner Challenge #80; Challenges 4 Everybody #29: Anything Goes; Scribble & Scrap Challenge #1: Always Anything Goes; A Creative Romance Challenge: Dies or Punches; and The Corrosive Challenge #183: Maiden, Mother, Crone.

Stamps: sentiment (Fiskars); Alice in Wonderland (STAMPlorations); newspaper background (Hero Arts)
Inks: jet black (Ranger Archival ink); vintage photo (Tim Holtz Distress ink); butter bar mid-tone, soft apricot (Hero Arts Shadow Ink)
Other: picket fence, tattered rose, fired brick, faded jeans, mustard seed, worn lipstick, broken china, barn door (Tim Holtz Distress markers); artist trading card die (Sizzix); quatrefoil embossing folder (The Paper Studio); curly label punch (EK Success)

Thanks for stopping by! I’m going to make me some more cards! Enjoy the rest of your day/evening wherever you are in the world :-)


PS: Please join me in a holiday papercrafting challenge. Details are here! :-)

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