More Layering

In my last post I used a new layering die from Hero Arts. The company also has some lovely layering stamp sets, which is a popular technique today and adds depth to stamped images.

I love these layering stamps.

Normally, I would stamp these on white card stock with inks in pretty floral hues. This time, I took a slightly different path, starting with a white base (Hero Arts Unicorn white pigment ink) on darker card stock:

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I started with the white pigment base, heat set it, then added the pink and purple layers (Stephanie Bernard’s ColorBox die inks). I created a mask (using just the bottom layer stamp) to add the leaves. The sentiment (Hero Arts) was stamped on a scrap, cut out and edged with a white Faber Castell PITT pen. I added some dots of Viva cream Pearl Pen to the centers.

The next one is a slight variation, but the same technique, same stamp set:

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The black piece was cut using a pierced rectangle die from Richard Garay’s Celebra’tions line (Spellbinders).

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Happy Craft Month!

March is National Craft Month! Imagine, an entire month to celebrate making things!

I’m starting the month right with some cards featuring new “layering” items from Hero Arts.

First up is this great layering die, Large Lotus (Hero Arts DI 161). This die, like the other layering dies in the release (pineapple, star, etc.) is designed to just partially cut an image. (Although it doesn’t have to be limited to  a partial cut, as I’ll show you below.)

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In this card, I used the die as it was meant to be used, with just certain portions die cut so you can pop up the leaves. Cute, eh? After cutting the panel, I decided I wanted to layer on some color, so I created a mask by cutting the die on plain copy paper.

To get the center “hole” I simply cut the flower out by carefully snipping the edges of the outer petals.

Which led to an aha! moment … wait for it…

I colored the lotus using Stephanie Barnard’s ColorBox die inks Banana, Tangerine and Guava. Here’s a close-up:

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I couldn’t resist adding some clear Wink of Stella for extra sparkle.

I edged the white panel with gold Delicata ink and glued it on this Stampin’ Up! card stock (being careful not to put glue on the popped up petals! I added some Doodlebug Designs sequins and the sentiment. “Sending,” (Simon Says Stamp die SSSD111432), was cut from white card stock then colored using a black Wink of Stella pen. The rest of the sentiment is from an old Hero Arts Mini Message set CL307.

OK, now I can show you how I cut out the lotus and used it as I would any other die cut piece:

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I die cut the lotus from some watercolored scraps leftover from another project, carefully snipped where the petals were connected to the paper and layered it over this embossed background, the new Em-Bossing Fold’ers Grid from Spellbinders®… such a contemporary pattern! Love it! I edged that panel using a gold metallic marker, added a sentiment (Hero Arts) and some gems.

Here’s another version, again using leftovers (old alcohol ink coloring), and put it on a gift tag using Glue Dots™:

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Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy a month of crafting!

 

Technique Tuesday’s Lovely Camellia

In my last post, I teased a picture of a new stamp from Technique Tuesday’s Greenhouse Designs — the beautiful camellia.

I admit, I went a little camellia crazy… because the flower is so much fun to color and easy to cut out if you want it just as an element.

Here’s my first, very simple, set:
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As you can see, I had a great time experimenting with different coloring techniques. I stamped the flower on plain white card stock in VersaMark embossing ink and used black powder to heat emboss. Then I just colored myself silly, experimenting with just about every coloring agent in my desk.

I used a lot of Faber-Castell PITT Artist Big Brushes, scribbling various colors on my plastic palette, then using my water brush to paint in the petals. I also used my VERY old set of LuminArte Sparkling H2Os** (Sunburst, Yellow Rose, Lemongrass and Moss Green for the yellows; Chiffon Pink, Cherry Sorbet and English Lavender for the pinks/purples.) I love the subtle shimmer. (**I’m not sure who is making these anymore, but you can still find them by checking on the internet. These are a water-based, mica-filled dry paint that is activated with water. So yummy.)

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When the flowers were dry, I cut them out (the perfect thing to do while watching TV!).

To make the card base, I ran the front of my folded card stock through this beautiful embossing folder from Stampin’ UP/Sizzix, called Softly Falling. (I can’t wait to use this folder as snow on my holiday cards!) I rounded the card corners using a heavy-duty corner rounder.

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Then it was just a matter of adhering the flowers to the card base, using foam tape. On some, I added the lovely Wink of Stella clear to get a little sparkle.

I plan to make several sets to give as gifts. (The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday’s new Random Thoughts stamp set, cut with the coordinating Little Labels dies.)

Here’s a close up, showing off the Wink of Stella glimmer:
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More camellias to come!

Fabulous Finds: Elizabeth Craft Designs & Technique Tuesday

A bit of industry news:

Elizabeth Craft Designs is amping up the creativity with a new designer and 14 — yes 14 — new YouTube videos by company founder Els van de Burgt.

Artist and illustrator Bianca Petroschi is the team’s fourth licensed designer, with some lovely realistic birds and animals. The first collection from the Petroschi Designs by Bianca line has both cling-mounted deep etched red rubber stamps and also some clear sets.

Check out her cute hedgehog card, for instance, or scroll through her blog.

The company also has introduced a new Soft Finish Cardstock. I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet, but according to the company, the cardstock is “velvety to the touch, with just a tad of surface texture. Available as 8.5″ x 11″ sheets in two heavy and substantial weights, the Soft Finish Card Stock is sturdy, porous, and used easily with inks, paints, markers, spray mists etc. It absorbs color and holds its shape without tearing.”

Sounds like a great surface for mixed media, card making, die cutting and embossing. I’ll be eager to test it.

Technique Tuesday also has a new designer — the talented Cath Edvalson. Cath was early in the card making scene with her first business, Cards by Cath, selling handmade cards. But most of us know her best as the former editor at Paper Crafts Magazine and the Moxie Fab World blog (one of my early blog addictions! How I miss that sassy blog!) I miss Moxie Fab, so I’m delighted Cath is back, both designing for Technique Tuesday and with a new blog, Hip & Hooray.

In her first stamp and die release, Cath found inspiration in lace, stained glass and good old fashioned New England folk art.

Here’s a link to a video showing this month’s release, including Cath’s first stamps and dies. Glad to have you back, Cath!

I’ve also been playing with one of Technique Tuesday’s beautiful Greenhouse Society designs — the pretty camellia. You’ll see how crazy I got when I post some cards — LOTS of cards! — this week. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek:

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Thanks for stopping by … and stay tuned!