Stamp, Color, Cut with Spellbinders

Today I’ll show two cards (that I teased in my last post) using the lovely floral bouquet from Spellbinders’ Designer Series Feather from the Earth Air Water Collection by Stephanie Low. (There’s also a cool feather in the set, which has stamps and coordinating dies.)

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I stamped the bouquet in VersaFine black ink (from Imagine Crafts), then painted using various markers. (And cut it out with the matching die.) To get my color, I scribbled the  markers on a palette, then picked up the colors using my water brush. (I use this technique a lot when I want a watercolor look without a heavy saturation of water.)

When using markers, I use a variety, including Ranger Distress Ink, Faber Castell’s PITT Artist brushes, Tombow markers, etc. I also will dab water-based ink pads on my palette and pick up the color with the water brush. The sentiment was cut using a Technique Tuesday die from the Celebrate set.

Here’s a variation:

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The components are mostly the same, but the frame is from Simon Says Stamp.

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Fabulous Finds Friday: Spellbinders Magic

I am always amazed and awed at the variety of styles Spellbinders presents each year. Here are a few catches from the latest release.

Love the soft watercolor look of these stamps …

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… and the tiny details on stamps such as this one below:

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… not to mention this pretty watercolor look:

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And for something different, the mixed media stylings of the delightful Seth Apter:

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Stay tuned for an upcoming project using THIS new Spellbinders stamp/die set! Have a great weekend.

Fabulous Finds Friday — Concord & 9th

One of the pleasures of attending an industry craft show is seeing new products and meeting new people. One of my favorite finds this time has been the stamp company Concord & 9th, which is less than two years old.

I am inspired by the company’s unique and innovative dies. I’ll try to explain two of them — the Happy Card Frame Die and the Love Notes Envelope die.

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The Happy Card Frame die, with its interchangeable components, offers so many creative possibilities.  The smaller die frame has a gap in it where there is no cutting blade.  After you cut out the frame, the card portion is still attached. Then you add an insert die in that gap (in the above card the insert is the “happy.” There is also a pretty flower, which you’ll see in a minute). You line up the sides of the insert with the gap in the frame. When you run the die through again, with that extra piece in place, you cut out the sentiment and it is attached to the frame. Cool, huh?

But don’t listen to me … check out the excellent video  here!

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(Again, check out the video.)

Both cards also use the coordinating Happy Words stamp set.

Here’s the die set using the flower insert  (flip the die around so the connection is now at the top of the card instead of the bottom):

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There are so many other ways to mix and match the components (see the video!) For instance, you can also cut out that portion of the die and use it separately:

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Pretty sweet, eh?

Stay tuned for a sample of the Love Notes Envelope Die — it’s a good one!

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Fabulous Find — Lawn Fawn

I’ve always been a fan of Lawn Fawn stamps and dies, but the latest entries are sending me over the moon!

I love this pop-up box die:

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The box folds flat to fit into an A2 envelope. Genius!

Here are some other fun finds from Lawn Fawn:

Clever dies to create boxes and stitching guides….

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… and just overall cuteness…

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More Fabulous Finds from Creativation

Here’s another look at some of the Fabulous Finds found at the Creativation craft and hobby show in Phoenix last month:

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(Layering stamps clockwise from top: large roses, Hampton Art; koi and rooster, Hero Arts; small vintage roses, Altenew)

Stamp layering (images you layer to create depths of color and design) is so pretty … and still oh-so popular, with more and more companies producing layering images. And ditto for stamps with coordinating dies. I became a huge fan of Altenew stamps, a company that elevated the stamp layering technique, when I first saw the company a few shows ago. They really ignited a trend.

Also fun, Hero Arts (love the koi and rooster and … a croissant? Whaaaat? So yummy); Waffle Flower  (marble, cross stitched cacti and roses, and more); Hampton Art, and more.

Here’s a cute layered/stitched cactus from Waffle Flower:

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… and a nifty marbling stamp, also from Waffle Flower.

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I also love the flower border stamps!

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Late Valentine for My Guy

Even though Valentine’s Day has come and gone, I wanted to share this masculine card I made for my special Valentine:

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I just loved playing with the Hipster Animals stamps from Hero Arts! I stamped a bunch, cut out three of the dogs, accessorized them, colored them with Nuvo Aqua Flow watercolor markers and mounted them on an off white panel. (This would also make a good birthday card … there are so many varieties to choose from in this stamp set.)

The XOXO sentiment was made using my Brother P-touch label maker. (I’m loving this label maker, which offers different fonts, designs, etc. So much variety … you’ll be seeing more labels on my projects. Check it out here.)

Creativation Fabulous Finds

There was so much crafty goodness at the  Creativation (Craft and Hobby Association) trade show last month, it’s hard to know where to start. I’ve already highlighted a few fabulous finds on my blog, but here are some random finds and trends.

First, the trends: it’s all about texture and shimmer, stamp layering, stamp and die sets, and coloring options. Planners are still vital, and everyone, it seems, now has a stamp positioning tool. I’ll have more detailed reports, and samples, as I get to them!

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Mixed media continues to grow in popularity, and everyone seems to have a paste, a spray or a paint. Ranger, naturally, has some exceptional coloring tools, including the wow-inducing Distress Oxide Inks, a dye/pigment fusion that creates an oxidized effect when sprayed with water, and Dina Wakley’s Media Scribble Sticks, water-soluble crayon-like pigments that can color over acrylic paint and other mediums. Head to the Ranger site or to Tim Holtz’s blog for the best info on these.

Ecstasy Crafts has lustrous and glittery pastes, embossing powders, glitter glues and more in its Cosmic Shimmer line. I am especially intrigued by the Metallic Gilding Polish. The sheen is beautiful, but what’s really cool is the built-in applicator right on top of the jar!

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Tonic Studios also has a great selection of pastes, etc. I love NUVO products (especially the pretty packaging!) including beautiful glitter glue, dimensional crystal drops, glitter pastes and more.  (Tonic used to make my favorite tag and ticket punch. Each time I visit the booth, I beg them to bring it back!!)

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Tonic also has some cool stencils — the stencils have little handle-like protrusions that make it easy to pick them up.

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And there’s still more glorious shimmer from Lindy’s Stamp Gang:

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Stay tuned for more …