Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Penny Black - and - Vintage Sweetness!

In honor of the wonderful news here, that my talented friend Laura's designs will soon be available at Penny Black, I decided to post a new creation using some of my favorite Penny Black stamps.

The background image is Delicate Pattern, which is one of my favorite backgrounds of all time.  It is a really great one for resist techniques because the pattern isn't really solid.  It's made of lots of tiny little lines, like the threads in a tapestry.  Anyway, for this card I simply stamped it with Chrome Yellow Archival Ink.

The main image is Flamboyant.  I just got this one, so this is it's inaugural project. :)

The lace that I put down the side was cut from an old dresser scarf that my aunt gave me.  I stained it with Antique Linen Distress Stain to give it even more of a distressed feel.

I wish you could see this in person so that you could see the fabulous, shimmery look of the Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles that I added over the stamped image.  I just wasn't able to capture it with my camera.  It's really pretty in real life though...guess you'll have to take my word for it.  :)

So now...I'm waiting in anticipation of the reveal of more fabulous stamps by Penny Black...

Product List:
Brown Card (5 1/2" x 4 1/4")
Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection (Core di'nations cardstock)
Cream Cardstock
Stamps: Delicate Pattern and Flamboyant (Penny Black)
Ink: Chrome Yellow and Coffee Archival Ink (Ranger Industries)
       Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo, and Rusty Hinge Distress Ink (Ranger Industries)
       Antique Linen Distress Stain (Ranger Industries)
Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles (Ranger Industries)
Oriental Weave Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)
Sanding Block
Labels 3 Nestabilities Die (Spellbinders)
Flowers (Misc.)
Washers (Ranger Industries)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tuesday Trigger and more...

Moxie Fab - Tuesday Trigger

The challenge today was to create a project using this picture to trigger the imagination...
I couldn't stop with just one project, so I've posted three here, and I may not be done yet.  I may still do one using the same kind of bright colors that were used on this dress.

This first card uses watercolor techniques with Distress Ink to create a fun background.

I masked the butterflies with some Heidi Swapp butterfly masks that I've had for a really long time.  I used lots of different colors of Distress Ink, primarily Victorian Velvet, Dried Marigold, Old Paper, and Frayed Burlap.

Stamps were:

Honeycomb background (Darcie's)

Mesh Background (PSX)
and  the

I tried something new with this card.  First I created a soft background with Light and Bright Alcohol Inks.

Next, I laid down the butterfly masks and applied clear ink, then Frosted Crystal Embossing Antiquities powder.  When embossed, this powder has a bumpy, matte look.  I then applied Snow Cap paint dabber around the butterflies, and used the same paint to stamp a couple of designs in the two corners.  The cool thing it, the paint just wipes off of the smooth areas, but sticks down in the grooves of the bumpy embossing powder.

On this card I started with glossy cardstock.  I stamped a couple of designs with Archival ink, then masked the butterflies and began adding color to the background with Distress Ink.  I used water, ink,and lots of different stamps to create the background.  I used all of the same stamps and colors of Distress Ink as on the first card, but I also used the Old French Writing Background (Hero Arts).

And now, moving on to another project...

I had some scraps lying around from a previous project, so I thought I should try to put them to good use.

The stamp I used here is Balloon Ride by Hero Arts.  
Sentiment is from Impression Obsession.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Template Fun!

More class samples!!!

These cards are for the new Template Fun class at Stampin' Cat Studio on Saturday, April 28th.
This first one was created with the Lotus Blossom template.  
Fun, fun techniques we will be using on this one!
This colorful, blended background was created by using Distress Ink with my one of my favorite templates,
the Chicken Wire template.  I paired it here with the wonderful London Background stamp by Hero Arts
As you can see, the Chicken Wire template is extremely versatile.  I used it here to add some wonderful textural interest to this otherwise simple card.

Hope to see you there!!!