Quick Cards from Leftovers

Time to clean the desk again … and use up some of those images and papers that seem to reproduce with wild abandon on my desk.

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You’ll all recognize Tim Holtz’s Crazy Birds … well, this one is from a mini set. I love the smaller size — perfect for a 4Bar card (about 4 7/8 x 3 1/2, when folded). The background was made by spritzing Heidi Swapp sprays (mustard, chartreuse and sweet cherry). Layered, glued, added some Lawn Fawn sequins, and that’s a wrap! Oh, and a liberal dose of clear Wink of Stella on the bird. Bam!

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These frolicking girls (by Crafty Individuals/Magenta)  have always tickled me. This was stamped a while ago on some leftover card stock that was colored using Faber-Castell Gelatos. The card stock, as you can see, is very textured, so the girls didn’t stamp as smoothly as I wanted. But a part of me is okay with the sketchy look. The paper is an old scrap from Paper Source. 

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Friday Fixin’s — Using Those Gelatos

Last week I showed you some pieces I made using Faber-Castell’s Gelatos pigment sticks. It took me all week to figure out what to do with them! (Sometimes the creative block is a boulder!)

But I finally got crackin’! 

After trimming a few pieces, I played around with them. At first, I thought I’d go very simple, just mounting the image on a layer, then putting it on a card:

Even though I’m a simple kinda gal, it seemed too plain. Luckily, I had a new Martha Stewart border punch* to play with, so I added that:

(Tip: I ran the border through my “baby Xyron” sticker maker. It made it so easy to attach.) Not sure who made the paper — it may be from Stampin’ Up! The image came with the Gelatos and the name of the border punch is bangle chain.

Here’s the silver Gelatos piece:

(I edged the piece with black Sharpie and decided there was enough contrast so it didn’t need to be layered, as the gold did.)

One more:

This was extra fun because I ran a piece of white scrap paper through my Sizzix Big Kick using a Tim Holtz embossing folder then gently ran the silver Gelatos over the raised area. (Background stamped with Hero Arts large canvas stripes in white.)  After afixing the image (Crafty Individuals/Magenta), I thought about adding some punched flowers, but they were too fussy. Then I remembered the Candis* — little paper dots that remind me of a candy we ate as kids — and they added the perfect touch. (I afixed them using the Candi double stick foam pieces, which are tiny and just the right size. For more info on Candis, check out my CHA report in the Crafts ‘n things newsletter.)

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Fabulous Finds Friday — Marvelous Magenta

I have long been a fan of the elegant art stamps from Magenta, a Canadian company that has been around for as long as I’ve been stamping. The stamps, whether wood mounted or on cling, never fail to delight — and the samples the company shows at its booth always make me drool. Now THIS is art!

 Here’s a peek at some of the Magenta style shown at the Carson stamp show:

See the pretty red bird? The bird is a cork die cut from a new Magenta product, cork sheets. The bird is dyed using Alcohol Inks. Here’s a close up of the card and the sheet:

Another card made using a different cork design:

Magenta has another nifty new product — book kits:

Imagine what you can do with the pieces from this kit! Here is one of the samples:

So pretty!

Magenta is also the North American distributor for Crafty Individuals. Here is one image I love:

(This is one stamp.)

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