Jun 27, 2020

Summer Mini Card Camp-Day 4

Have you been able to follow along and experiment with us?  I certainly hope so!  
Kelly @ sandcastlestamper organized four of us to host a Mini Card Camp - virtual of course!  The beauty of it being virtual is that you can join in on any day at any time.
The line up of camp classes and instructors this week are:
Monday/June 22 ~ Kelly @ Sandcastlestamper

Tuesday/June 23 ~ Darlene 

Wednesday/June 24 ~ Jeanette 

Thursday/June 25 ~ Barb

Visit their blogs and try some of their great ideas!

I am late in posting my response to Barb's tutorial hosted on Thursday.  My sincere apologies Barb.

However, I learned a lot from this technique and had a lot of fun while I was making mistakes learning (haha hehe)

Barb's tutorial called for using a stencil, water color markers, an aqua painter and rainbow colors. 

The technique is to adhere the stencil securely to the water color paper.  Then using the water color markers and aqua painter, color in the open spaces of the stencil.  

Barb recommended Pixie Spray - a spray adhesive she applied to her stencil and then adhered the stencil to her paper.  I thought, "Well, I don't have any Pixie Spray but that's ok, I can do this".  

Then I set about finding a good stencil. I have DOZENS of stencils, but most are small and finely detailed, not great for this technique.  I thought "No problem, I'll improvise a little but keep the essence of her tutorial".

Well, here's the best of three attempts!  I blended rainbow colors (green, orange, yellow & blue) for the background.  So far, so good.  Then I tried various ways of taping down the Bamboo Stencil, holding it, etc. and using a dark green marker.  

First lesson: Paper needs to dry before trying the stencil and marker step.  So I started over.
Second lesson: More tape doesn't work!  Now I'm going to buy the Pixie Spray!  Started over.
Third lesson: every type of ink pad will not apply ink on the paper, it just stays on the stencil.  This is a thin plastic stencil so I thought that it would work!  Started over again!

Here's my finished card modifying Barb's tutorial:

The background is colored with Karin Brushmarker Pro markers, and blended with an aqua painter.  This bamboo is stamped on top after the panel dried.  I did honor Barb's black die cut element with the "Party Grill" die by Memory Box.  Added the seashells brad and my card was finally finished.

Thank you Barb!  I'm sorry that I had to modify the technique due to supplies on hand.  But thanks to you I did get a good testing of my new markers.  Plus I learned about Pixie Spray and how useful it is!

That brings the Summer Mini Card Camp to a close...but stay tuned for another version of Mini Card Camp this Fall.  We hope that you try some or all of our tutorials.

Jun 24, 2020

Summer Mini Card Camp-Day 3!

Modified Stencil/Modified Silhouette

Hello, Hello!  Have you been playing along with our Summer Mini Card Camp?  Go ahead - jump on in, the water's fine (virtually/figuratively of course!)

Want more information?  Check out Kelly's blog @ sandcastlestamper  
Kelly is the ringleader, and this was her brain child!  Check out her blog and get all the details!

The line up of camp classes and camp counsellors this week are:
Monday/June 22 ~ Kelly @ Sandcastlestamper

Tuesday/June 23 ~ Darlene (me!) 

Wednesday/June 24 ~ Jeanette 

Thursday/June 25 ~ Barb

Today's Counselor, Jeanette inspired us with her tutorial on using a die cut as a stencil and then modifying a stamped image by coloring it with a black marker, making a silhouette.  Check out her great tutorial with the link above.
I chose this great Spellbinders Die, but since I bought it second hand, I don't know the name (sorry!) 

I cut out the image using 65# white card stock. Then I took a look at the mask of the image (the piece left over after cutting). Hmmmm...maybe I could use that as a mask also?

So here's my practice run:

Remember Creamy Caramel by Stampin Up? That's the card stock base.  First I sponged the green, which is quite striking, but too dark for a black silhouette image, so I'm saving it for something else.  The next was inked with Crushed Curry by Stampin Up and the silhouette is also from an old Stampin Up set.

OK!  Now I have the general idea so it's time to use the die cut medallion as a stencil.

First I cut out the panel, then sponged Crushed Curry ink onto the panel, using the die cut as a stencil.

Much to my surprise I actually have a stamp that works as a silhouette!  It is inked with VersaFine Black Onyx ink and stamped on top of the sponged panel.  

A bit of Crushed Curry polka dot ribbon from Stampin Up and the panel is ready to mount onto white card stock.

A big thanks to Jeanette for such a great technique!  I am going to be doing this again because it was a lot of fun!

Tomorrow, Barb is on deck!  Be sure to check her blog tomorrow for another great tutorial.  C'mon & join in the fun!

Jun 22, 2020

Welcome to Summer Mini Card Camp-Day 2!

I'm so glad that you're here!  Welcome to day 2 of Summer Mini Card Camp!  

As The Camp Counselor for Tuesday we are going to make our own Designer Paper.  I'm showing 3 options but you can do your own original idea or pick one of mine.  

We begin with a bit of a scavenger hunt around your home.  Look for items that you can ink up with water based ink (that way you can wash off the residual ink).  

For my tutorial I used the following:
  • A piece of rubber gripping mat for under area rugs
  • A nylon laundry bag with small holes
  • A piece of bubble wrap (the kind with small bubbles)
Go search and see what you come up with!

My other supplies were:
  1. 3 bright non-alcohol ink pads.  I used Stampin Up's Melon Mambo, Mango Melody and Emerald Envy
  2. 2 colors of coordinating card stock 
  3.  White card stock
  4. Foam pad for stamping
  5. Make up sponges or some other way to transfer ink to paper.  Sponge daubers probably wont work, you want to get it really inky
  6. 2 nesting dies, largest should be around 3.25 x 2.25, ovals or circles in that general size range would work.
  7. Images or sentiments that fit within the smaller nested die cut
First I'll demo the bubble wrap. Lay it out flat, and I used an 8.5x11 card stock.  I inked the bubble wrap with the stamp pads. (I was worried that using sponges might color between the bubbles, but if you have success, let me know!  Press it down with your hand being careful not to move the paper to avoid smudges.  Lift the paper carefully and admire your DP!
Close up of the crinkly pattern...I'm
thinking all red for Christmas...!

Here's your new Bubble

Now for my personal favorite - the laundry bag!  Place your foam stamp pad inside the bag, cover with a piece of scrap paper if needed to protect the pad from ink.  Put your card stock on top of the pad.  I taped my edges of the laundry bag to the counter to keep it from moving.

Ink up those sponges and go to town!!  Here are some photos to help you get the idea (but I think you get it!)

I found it helpful to tape the edges
of the bag to keep it from moving.
Bottom up inside the bag:
foam pad, scrap paper, card stock. 

3 Inks sponged on, holding bag securely
Carefully remove polka dot DP from bag

My mind is racing with the possibilities for this...such fun.

Ok, so my last one has a lot of potential, but I'm not thrilled with how my attempt ended up. I will definitely be trying again.  
I cut a piece of rubber rug gripper mat, cut it into a heart shape, then sponged ink onto it.  Then I tipped it over onto white card stock and "stamped" with my 

My first attempt didn't imprint very well, so I re-inked and tried again, being careful to press the edges of the heart. 
Feel free to stop here with a DP that you've created and make any type of card that you like!

Here's what I did with the bubble wrap and the laundry bag DP's:

Each were trimmed to 4.5 x 7.5 inches.  These are horizontal cards so score the 4.5" top to bottom at 2 7/8" and 3 7/8".
Fold the score lines:

Open the card stock flat and place on your Big Shot cutting pad.  Place the CENTER of your larger die on the 2 7/8" score line. Secure with post it note.  Place edge of top cutting pad even with teh 2 7/8" score line and run through your cutter.
Center of die and cutting pad
lined up on 2 7/8" score line

Run through cutter, LEAVE CARD STOCK IN PLACE.  Shift the cutting pad to the other side and line up the edge with the 3 7/8" score line.

Line up edge of cutting pad with
score line at 3 7/8"
You will NOT be cutting the one inch space between score lines!

When you're done you will have a swinging panel as you open & close your card!

Cut the 2 nesting dies using your matching card stock.  Glue to swinging panel. Nest the smaller die cut with your image or sentiment onto the swinging panel. There you have it! A Double Swing card!
Line up coordinating die cut
Only tape this coordinating layer
up to the 3 7/8" score line

Line up your large die cut with the swinging panel.  

Here's the important part:
only tape it to the LEFT part of the swinging panel (from the 3 7/8" & left)

Flip your card over.  Then using a second matching die cut, layer the other side. 

Layer the smaller die cut with your image or sentiment to the front and the inside of the swing panel.
Front sentiment panel

Inside sentiment panel

Here are my two cards: 



Thanks for hanging in with me through the long post!  I hope you try one of these ideas - or even better - use it to spring board to your own idea!

Be sure to jump over to the other Camp Instructors and admire their work!

The line up of camp classes and instructors this week are:
Monday/June 22 ~ Kelly @ Sandcastlestamper

Tuesday/June 23 ~ Darlene (me!) 

Wednesday/June 24 ~ Jeanette 

Thursday/June 25 ~ Barb


Summer Mini Card Camp Begins with Kelly's Tutorial

Hello friends!  Kelly has organized a Mini Card Camp (you can check out her explanation and first tutorial here: Sandcastlestamper)

Her tutorial is "Bold Color - No Color".  How fun!  The idea is to create a background of bold colors and use all white images on top.

Here's my take:

I used Gina K's Pure Luxury white card base because it has a very smooth finish for sponging.

I sponged on the background using Stampin Up Colors:
  Mango Melody
  Pacific Point and
  Emerald Envy.

I punched a small circle, and applied the Mango Melody first.  Then the Pacific Point and lastly the Emerald Envy.  I used circular motions with the sponge to get a whispy sort of look.

Then I removed the circle mask and applied the reverse of the punch.  That protected the previously sponged areas around the white circle.  
Then I added a lot more of the Mango Melody to get the darker sun image.

The Butterflies and their outline is a Memory Box Die "Fluttering Branch".  The branch is glued using a needle nosed glue applicator and the butterflies are glued only on their center, allowing the wings to be lifted giving it some dimension.  Here's a side view:

The Dragonfly is a very old punch from my stash.  All are on a shimmery white card stock from A Muse.

Kelly, this was such fun!  Thank you for organizing the Mini Camp and for a great tutorial.

Why don't you join in the fun?  Play along and let us know that you've posted your card for the tutorial(s).  

The line up of camp classes and instructors this week are:
Monday/June 22 ~ KellySandcastlestamper

Tuesday/June 23 ~ Darlene (me!)
Wednesday/June 24 ~ Jeanette Creativeplay

Thursday/June 25 ~ Barb

Looking forward to admiring your creations using ideas from our Mini Card Camp!

Jun 15, 2020

Roses in Her Heart

Here it is - Duel time!! I am pleased to be the hostess for the Dazzlers, and also pleased to work with Judy who is this round's hostess for the Divas.
We selected roses for the theme as it's June and roses have started blooming just about everywhere.

For the image, I picked a oldie-but-goodie from my stash:Uptown Rubber Stamp's "She Who Has Roses".  It was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Recollections 110# card stock.

Designer Papers all came from a personal favorite of mine: SEI's "Field Notes".  Gorgeous!!  Here's the front of my card:

The rose die cut is Stampin Up's Rose Garden thinlit die set.  I sponged it with SU inks and glued it to some of the orange designer paper.  Then fussy- cut and popped it up on the front.

All of the ribbons in the Dazzler kits wre from Michael's and are glittery.

Rhinestones are from Stampin Up.

Scroll down for a side view of the front.

Here's the inside with another selection of the DP series and the image:

I colored it with my new Karim Brush Markers!!!  (Very nice markers, can't wait to play with them some more!)

I colored the roses yellow because my Mom has some small yellow roses blooming in her yard now.  The other day she told me that they were her favorites.  

That's it for me this round.  Be sure to check out the other Dazzlers and the Divas and admire their creations.  Links are in my sidebar!