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Coloring Ornaments Without a Stamp

Saturday, November 27th, 2021

Hi Everyone! It’s Susan and I’m here today to share a card using the Random Acts of Cardness prompt of ORNAMENTS.


I was recently gifted a set of Tombow Dual Brush Pens and I LOVE them!! I’ve only used them a few times and need more practice with them but they are seriously a LOT of fun to use.

The only stamp set I used was the Taylored Expressions Beautiful Baubles Add-ons. To make the ornaments I lightly traced some circle dies with a pencil to get the shape then I colored them in with my Tombow pens.

I recorded the whole process and you can watch the edited version on my YouTube channel. Just click the link below.

https://youtu.be/ZKIMuXVvpJw

 

Happy Stampin’
and thanks so much for visiting!
Stay Safe Everyone!!
 
Susan
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Winter is Coming

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

Despite the title, this post isn’t about Game of Thrones (for those of you who are fans). But yes, winter is coming!  It’s hard to believe that we still have almost a month until the start of winter. You may have read or seen on the news the devastating rain & flooding that we’ve had here in B.C., which is were I am, and the Scrap ‘N Stamp store.  I’m very thankful that the area in which I live is relatively unaffected. But I’m very sad for those who have been displaced, lost their homes, and all of the animals (pets, livestock and wild) that have suffered. Wherever you live, I hope that you’re safe!

ACTS OF CARDNESS PROMPT

Over on the Scrap ‘N Stamp Facebook page HERE, you’ll find the daily word prompts for the Random Acts of Cardness.  The idea behind the challenge is that it will get everyone making cards daily, but not just making them. Sending them!! Yes – you’re supposed to be giving or mailing your daily creations! At this time of year, it’s not that difficult. For today’s prompt I chose the word ‘winter’, so that you can make this as one of your holiday or Christmas cards.

I pulled out one of my favourite sets from last year, by Colorado Craft Company. It features the whimsical art of Anita Jeram, in a stamp called Kittens & Mittens.

Winter is Coming

Aren’t those kittens adorable?! I can’t wait to get my hands on the latest release, coming soon to the Scrap ‘N Stamp store.

CARD DETAILS

Start with a panel of watercolour paper. Wet the paper with either a spritzer or water brush. Smoosh the Faded Jeans Distress Oxide onto your craft mat, and then pick it up & apply it with a water brush. I did a heavier application on the top for the sky, and then lightly on the bottom. Sort of a reflection of the sky onto the snow. Allow the panel to dry, or speed it up with a heat tool.

Next, stamp the Kittens & Mittens in Nocturne ink. Choose your colours; I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush to paint. The colours I chose are Light Gray, Carmine Red, Beige, Yellow, Brown, Blue and Blue Gray.  After colouring the kittens, add some shadows under their feet, using the Light Gray marker.  You can see on the blue hat that the area wasn’t quite dry – so I went with it, added more water, and made it a fuzzy hat!

Now, use the snowflake stamp with Versamark, and stamp it across the top. Cover it with white embossing powder, and heat set.  I felt like the snow wasn’t standing out as much as I wanted, so I added some splatters of watered down white gouache paint.  While this is drying, stamp the sentiment onto a piece of bright blue cardstock in Versamark, and again emboss with white embossing powder.  Attach the sentiment to the top of the card front, and then wrap some silver cording across the bottom.

Attach the card front to your bright blue card base using foam tape. Finish off the card by adding a small Nuvo Cherry Heart.

Winter is Coming

Anyone who receives this card is guaranteed to smile!

JOIN THE CHALLENGE

I hope you’ll play along with my prompt today. After all, winter is coming, so we may as well enjoy it! Be sure to share a photo of your project with the hashtag #snschallenge.  At the end of the month, one lucky participant is randomly chosen, and wins a $50 Gift Card to shop Scrap ‘N Stamp!

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Tuesday with Tara {take 326} Cup of Joy

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s card is Sending you a Cup of Christmas Joy for today’s Random Acts of Cardness theme, coffee.

I finally took some time to play with the new Villainous Potion Distress Inks this week and I challenged myself to use them for this theme!  I first got inky, creating some background paper with a mix of regular Distress & Oxide Inks. I splattered a bit of silver over it and also inked up some thin crinkle ribbon to match.  Love it!

I pulled out the Coffee Understands set by Picket Fence Studios and the Sending Christmas Joy die by MFT.  While I love this big sentiment, sometimes it’s a challenge fitting other images with it on a card.  I played around with my layout a bit and decided on a 5.5″ square card with the girl from the stamp set stamped beside it, since she’s almost as tall as the text.  The tall to-go cup is a great fit to sit over the open “O” in JOY.

I decided to pull it all together with some snowflakes on the background, using Distress Oxide ink through a snowflake stencil (by Paper Rose) which is really bold on the Kraft card base.  I layered it all together and decided to keep it simple and call it done!  The offset layers are a fun & different twist, but the ribbon seems to balance it all out.

And yep… my fingers are still inky!

Inky hugs,

Tara