Hi and thanks for checking out my crafting blog. While it will primarily be dedicated to paper crafting, particularly card making, I do love a variety of crafts. So you never know what might show up here. Hopefully you can pop by often to see what this nerdy girl is currently crafting.
In my last post, I mentioned that Artsy Inkers was gearing
up for a stamping party.But alas, if
you did not sign up, you missed out on Winterfest 2015.Even though there isn’t a party currently
going on, you can still join the message board and participate in challenges
and stamp related discussions.And then
you will already be a member when our next party comes along (tentatively
scheduled for the beginning of June).
I had a blast during Winterfest and learned 5 new
techniques.Well, technically, they are
new to me techniques.So for the next
couple of blog posts, I will share what I learned and the projects I created
with the new techniques.
So the first one is watercolor dry embossing.There is a step-by-step tutorial on
splitcoast stampers.But here is the
gist.Emboss a piece of watercolor paper
with an embossing folder, preferably one with a lot of debossed space.Use a brayer to apply Versamark to the raised
portions and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.Now you are set to watercolor.
Here is the first background I created. I used an embossing
folder by Darice and colored the image with Distress Inks in Spun Sugar, Dried
Marigold, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade and Ripe Persimmon.
To make the finished card, I trimmed the piece down and
mounted on green cardstock.The ribbon
was originally cream but I dyed it with Shabby Shutters.The flower was created for another
challenge.For that challenge, we had to
create a flower using three layers of punched pieces, but the punch did not
have to be a flower punch.I used a
butterfly punch.I punched a dozen
butterflies and colored them with Distress Ink with Picked Raspberries,
Squeezed Lemonade, and Ripe Persimmon. I used a 3D glue dot to create the
flower. I colored a pearl with a Copic marker for the center.That is my money saving tip – don’t buy
pearls and gems in a bunch of colors, just buy white and clear and color them
with a permanent marker.I have a set of
Bic markers for color gems and Copics work too. On the little tag, I used a sentiment stamp by Inkadinkado
and a butterfly by EK Success.
For the next one, I used a background embossing folder by Cuttlebug.
I colored it with DI in Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Fired Brick and Mustard
Seed (another favorite color combo). The tree stamp is by Recollection. The
shadow effect on the tree was a happy accident - the middle of the tree didn't
stamp so I restamped but didn't have it lined up quite right. The flowers are a
Cheery Lynn die and colored with DI. The ribbon is seam binding that I dyed
with DI. And of course, the pearls were colored with Bic markers. I forgot to take a picture of the background before I finished the card.
For the final piece, I used an embossing folder by Darice. I
colored the birds with Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Peacock
Feather, Dusty Concord and Shaded Lilac. I used Shabby Shutters for the
background. To finish the card off, I added the branch and bird made from air
dry clay and a cake decorating mold. Don’t worry, I bought the mold for using with
air dry clay and it will not be used in the kitchen.I colored them with Distress Ink in Peacock
Feather, Shaded Lilac, Mustard Seed, Black Soot and Vintage Photo. Again, I forgot to take a picture of the background before finishing the card.