More Random Cards

Two more leftover pieces that finally found homes:


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Fast and simple!

And this one:


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The backgrounds on the stamped pieces were brayered and the larger background is the same as in the last post.  The images (Stampendous!) were black embossed.

Now these can go off to someone’s mailbox!


Organizing My Mists

In my continuing efforts to get organized, I decided to work on my mists, sprays and daubers. (I didn’t take a before picture, but you can probably use your imagination to envision the mess! Oh, they were in a jumble.)

Now look:

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The first thing I did was put a small piece of sticker paper on the top of the bottle. Then I added a dab of the ink/spray color to the top so I could easily see the colors.
This box has my miscellaneous sprays — Maya Road, ColorBox, Mister Huey, Heidi Swapp, Stephanie Barnard, etc.

This box below has all my Ranger inks: Dylusions, Distress, Acrylic Daubers, etc. (Yes, I need to add color to the tops of my Distress Inks.)

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I also have a smaller box for my Hero Arts paint and ink daubers.

Now I can actually find the colors I need! What a pleasure!
Think I’ll go mist something…

News You Can Use

Earlier this year I made two jewelry pieces to be donated to a journalism group for a fundraising event.

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I used newspaper stories and headlines to create the background on Formica chips, sealed with Mod Podge. When the Mod Podge was dry I used a VersaMark pen on the edges, then added gold embossing powder. And finally, some beads and gems.

Naturally, I needed something cool to hold them, so I fashioned these recycled gift boxes from a box that held soap:

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Again, I covered the box with newspaper (hey, this was for a bunch of journalists!) and punched a hole in the sides for a ribbon. But the most fun was the flower, made with the Tim Holtz Tattered Flower die (Sizzix) and, you guess it, newspaper. I spritzed the flower with Ranger’s Perfect Pearls (I think gold and another color… I’m so bad at remembering.)

Here’s a close-up of the flower:

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Thanks for swingin’ by!

Awash in Color!

Every so often I get on a kick to use something that’s been stashed away too long. This week it was my color spritzers. I’m not always successful with spray misters, but I thought I’d re-visit the technique, so I pulled out my beautiful, vibrant Stamp Zia water color sprays. These colors are so bright, they always make me happy! (Even though my efforts pale besides the stunning artwork done by Stamp Zia’s Zana Clark — you really must see her work.)

I started with water color paper, because it is sturdy and takes liquid color well.

First, I sprayed on dry paper, then stamped and white embossed this new image from Stampendous!:

(sentiment by Hero Arts.) The white embossing shows up much brighter in person.

For the next sheet, I wet the paper first, then sprayed with the colors, which blended nicely. Then I stamped and embossed this big, beautiful Stampendous! blossom, cut it out and glued it to the grey base.

I like the softer colors from the wet paper.

Next up was a resist technique:

(this came out VERY yellow in the photo… it’s really more of an ivory background and prettier!) I stamped the flower (Hero Arts) using VersaMark clear ink, embossed with clear powder, then sprayed with color.

For the next piece, a little tag, I sprayed the colors on my craft sheet, then smooshed my paper (yes, “smoosh” is the technical term!) in the wet spray. I dried it with my heat tool, then spritzed it with Ranger Perfect Pearls mist (which makes evrything look better!).

The next card I made a while ago… so I don’t remember what sprays I used. But as long as I was showing sprays, I figured I should use up this piece.

I sprayed over a stencil from Crafter’s Workshop (they have the cutest designs!), trimmed the sheet, added a bow and some Ranger Liquid Pearls to the centers of the flowers, then attached the piece to my card base.

The fun thing about playing with sprays is that you can make several background sheets at once, giving you a nice stash for later.

Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by.