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Thursday, July 19th, 2018

I cannot look at this stamp set and not laugh. How adorable are these puffer’s?
I was going to watercolour, but I thought I would change it up a bit and use my Chameleon Color Tones. I have had them for awhile, yet this is the first time I have used them. I have to say, I enjoyed them very much. They were easy to use and I very much like the colours that are offered. They also come in a great box for storage.

On to my card for today. I am using Hero Arts “I’m A Puffer For You” stamp set.

I first die cut the panel using my Memory Box die, then stamped and heat embossed the waves using Nuvo embossing powder. I mixed up distress oxide inks to colour the water, starting with Salty Ocean, then Cracked Pistachio and finally Broken Glass, drying between each application. I did not want my frame to have colour, so I applied the colour with a rough brush and flicked small amounts of splatter towards to top of the panel representing beads of water falling from the puffer balloon.

I stamped the fish and proceeded to colour with the Chameleon Color Tones, starting with the lightest colour and ending with the lightest colour. What that means is, I start with the lightest colour, go to the medium colour, and once done with that colour I go back over the blending lines with the lighter colour. I go from medium to dark and go back and do the blending area with the medium colour. I colour using small circles as I don’t like to see lines. Needless to say colouring with pencils is time consuming for me, but also very relaxing. Once I am done with my colouring I go over everything with a light covering of Gamsol, or you can use Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol.

I attached the panel to my card base using foam tape and arranged placement of the fish. I styled each of them and propped them up on foam dots, adding Wink of Stella to the gills, fin, lips and eyes, and white gel pen on each of the fish covering the black circles. I added the hearts with glue, stamped the sentiment using Manganese Blue and the “Blub” sentiment using Jet Black ink.

 Scrap’n Stamp has $10.00 off the Chameleon Color Tones for the next week, so now is a good time to add them to your craft supplies.

I hope you have enjoyed this card today and thank you for visiting the Scrap’N Stamp Blog. I have a close up of my card on my blog which you can find here.

Tuesday with Tara {take 158}

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Happy Tuesday!  Today I’m sharing a card that started out with inspiration to create a one layer card… which changed into something else.  I did keep a one layer version to share with you as well though 🙂  I’m using some older, but new to me, color layering stamps by Hero Arts.  (check out this awesome sea turtle set which IS available… you could totally create cards with a similar vibe using it!)  As I said, I wanted to create a one layer card, revisiting a torn paper masking technique I really enjoy.  I mixed things up this time, masking off two edges of my card, blending shades of green & blue to create my ocean background, which I wanted to face as I moved away from the masked corner & edges.  I used Distress Oxide in Peacock Feathers & Cracked Pistachio for the base layer…

Then I lightly stenciled over the masked layer with Iced Spruce and a Tim Holtz Doodle Stencil

Here’s how the background looked when I removed the torn paper masks:

This was my second attempt at the background, and the one which ended up remaining a one layer card.  For my first, I masked the top left corner and I found the balance just didn’t feel right… which is why I decided it needed some extra layers added!  For my stamping, I used the same colors of ink, with the addition of Watering Can Archival Ink and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide.  Watering Can didn’t quite give the intensity of color I was looking for, so in some spots I stamped over it with Salty Ocean.

I added some shimmer to the stamped shells with a clear Zig Wink of Luna Pen and a bit of glitter with Nuvo Glitter Drops.  Here’s a look at my finished One Layer Card.

And here’s version 2.0- I added some additional stamped images (another starfish and the large seahorse) and some mesh ribbon and thin jute.  The sentiment was also layered up and additional bubbles were stamped in the Salty Ocean ink to balance the mix of colors.

I saw a quote by Picasso that made me smile considering this card making experience…

“I begin with an idea,

and then it becomes

something else.”

-Pablo Picasso

Works for me!  And I don’t know about you, but for me it happens all the time!  Here’s a close up of the layers on my second card:

Lastly, here’s a look at the two cards together so you can see the differences between them.

Hope you found some inspiration here today… and maybe you’ll try a one layer card this week (and maybe it’ll even stay a one layer card!  ha!)

Inky hugs,



p.s. see you back here on Saturday when we’re bringing you some Christmas in July with our next BLOG HOP!  Woohoo!

Tuesday with Tara {take 156}

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Happy Tuesday!  I hope you had a fabulous Canada Day weekend- and to our friends in the USA, we hope you enjoy the upcoming 4th of July celebrations!  I don’t know about where you live, but for me, even though it’s been HOT for a while, it finally feels like summer is here!  There is nothing aquatic about this card, except the shades of green & blue… but I’ve definitely been inspired by time spent at the pool!

I started with creating a mixed media panel in simple black & white- collaged torn book paper, stamps & washi tape are the base, with a rough layer of texture paste through a Tim Holtz stencil.  After the panel was dry, I trimmed it to size and added some color with Distress Oxide, Distress Stain Spray splatters and some Nuvo Glitter glaze smooshed across the surface… I added more details with some dots of assorted Nuvo products and a bit of pearly splatter as well.  A layer of black card stock gives a strong contrast to draw the eyes in.  Since there was so much great texture, I wanted a simple focal point.  Tim Holtz’s black & white paper dolls are great for this, with just a bit of black shadowing to the left of them.  A simple ‘thank you’ sentiment finishes off the card!

Here’s a couple close ups…

I just love all the textures and the simple black design underneath it all!  I pulled out my fave wooden block script stamp for some flourish (It’s probably nearly 20 years old!) and added some newer designs I hadn’t inked yet, a fun set of collage images by Ken Oliver.   I’ll be back to add to this post some product links, but this was really all about using stuff I had to make something new & fun.  I hope you like it!   (If you need something new to inspire you, I see that a bunch of great Finnabair products are 50% in the shop right now!  Check out this awesome butterfly stamp for starters…)

Have a fabulous week!

Inky hugs,