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Stamps, Stencils & Dies- Oh My! BLOG HOP

Friday, May 1st, 2020

Welcome to our May 2020 Blog Hop!   This month the team is show-casing some great sets by Wendy Vecchi which include coordinating stamps, stencils & dies.  The sets will be 20% off in the SNS online store until May 7.  You can see all the current specials, including this one right HERE.

As always, we encourage you to please leave us some comments along the way!   We will be selecting one person from the comments to win a $50 gift certificate to spend in the SNS online store (to be announced May 14).

I am using the “A Million Thanks” set, and since I’ve shared cards with it before (see them HERE) I decided to challenge myself and use parts that I hadn’t worked with on my other cards.  This meant working with the butterfly stamp & die, a sentiment I hadn’t used yet.  I also challenged myself to use the background stencil pattern.  I had a good sized scrap of water color paper which I had inked up doing some clean up on my work space (I’ve been using Wendy’s Make Art STAY-tion and it’s pretty great!) and I decided to work with that.  I inked up the stencil with some Wilted Violet Distress Oxide and since it’s small, I repeated it to cover the strip.

I decided since I was working with small images, I should go add some texture to keep it interesting.  I stamped the sentiment on a piece of canvas  I had and set it aside to dry for a while before I trimmed it down and frayed the edges.  The butterfly was also stamped on water color paper in Distress Oxide Ink, then blended with a water brush.  After I had all my pieces, I tried several layouts before I settled on this one, which allowed me to add more texture with some fringed ribbon and twine.

And that’s it!  It’s a pretty fun set with some neat elements, I think you’ll see them used somewhere else along the blog hop… but you can also look at my previous post to see what else this set includes!  You can see all sets, which are on sale until May 7, right HERE!  I know I have a  few on my wish list, I’m sure you will too!

Next up on the HOP is Nancy, and I think she’s actually featuring the same set as me today!  Here’s the full hop order- PLEASE take a moment to leave us some comments, it encourages us so much!

 

 

Inky hugs,

Tara

Sending Paper Hugs Blog Hop!

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Welcome to the Scrap ‘N Stamp Paper Hugs Blog Hop!  I’m so excited to send paper hugs your way along with our design team… these projects are soon to be blooming with creativity to bring some cheer to your day!

As usual, we encourage comments on our posts… and will be randomly selecting someone from those comments to win a $50 gc for the SNS online store!   Be sure to read through to the end of this post for links to the rest of the girls cards!  Any orders placed this weekend could get a FREE ‘paper hug’ sentiment stamp like the one I used on my card- just put ‘send me a hug’ in your order comments!  (freebies are while supplies last)

I’m gonna kick things off with this card featuring this gorgeous Colossal Coneflower stamp by Gina K Designs.  This stamp set is really gorgeous, with several leaves, blooms & sentiments to mix and match.  I kept it simple with just one flower on my card, pairing it with the Paper Hug stamp by Picket Fence Studios.

I stamped onto some watercolor paper in a pale grey Archival ink so I wouldn’t have dark lines competing with the vibrant colors I wanted to use.  I took my inspiration from an image of echinacea in this gorgeous mix of fuchsia and orange.  I went in with my Aquarell Watercolour Pencils (if you don’t have any, try starting with a set like this one by Nuvo) and just shaded away until I got a color blend I was happy with.  I love blending it all together with a water brush since it’s so easy to work with.

I finished things off with a bit of shimmer… I splattered some shimmer of Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle.  I used one of the bottles of Perfect Pearls Mist, which I don’t believe they make any more, but I think you can get the same effect mixing some pearls with a bit of water and splattering with a brush.  It adds such a pretty bit of shimmer to this simple card!  I decided to trim down a 5×7 kraft card base to just 3.75″ wide and make a tall & slim card.

I added a the ‘paper hug’ sentiment, which I inked in a purple ink, then penciled over in orange to add an ombre effect.  A gold pen lightly over all of it adds a bit of extra shimmer too!

 

I can’t wait to share with you what the rest of the team has been creating- hope it brings you warm fuzzies like a real hug, which I know most of us aren’t getting near enough of these days with all the social distancing that is going on 😉  Next up on the hop is Chala– enjoy!  Here’s the full list of links:

 

Happy Hopping!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Stencil Us In Blog Hop

Friday, March 6th, 2020

Welcome to the Scrap & Stamp March Blog Hop- STENCIL US IN!  The girls have been working to inspire you to try something new with the stencils in your stash (and perhaps you’ll add a few to your shopping cart)!  Leave some comments along the way for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the SNS online store.  If you’re shopping this weekend, you’ll enjoy 20% off all in stock stencils!  Sounds like a great time to try something new!

My card today features Repeat Tile Remnant (TCW2114), a 4×4 stencil by The Crafter’s Workshop.  I inked up my card with Distress Oxide Inks in Evergreen Bough and Forest Moss.  Since the stencil is so small, I had to put some thought into how I was going to use it.  I love pulling out texture pastes, but wasn’t quite ready for the mess I would make working on a larger panel!  Since I’ve been embracing GREEN lately (bring on spring!) I pulled out a couple shades of green Distress Oxide and experimented with the ‘repeat’ elements of the design.

I took some photos of the process, which I set up on my Make Art STAY-tion.  Here’s what the stenciling set up looked like…

Here’s how the stencil lined up to repeat.  I used a random blend of the two colors in varying intensities as I went up my panel (I was inking on a large tag which was precut from watercolor card stock).

Once I covered the tag, I decided to stagger the stencil to fill in some of the white space.  I kept a lighter hand for this step to add more color variety and texture.  The magnets in my STAY-tion really helped to keep the stencil in place as I went.  I think the hardest part was knowing when to stop and how much white space to leave!

I trimmed the panel to fit on a 5×7 kraft card, layering it on a dark grey card stock panel.  I cut a  Skeleton Leaf by Tim Holtz from the same paper stamped the sentiment beneath it.  It’s great to have get well cards on hand, and this lovely sentiment is from Scripty Sayings 2 by Gina K Designs.

I finished the card with some white Distress Spray Stain on the kraft card and a small bow from green crinkle ribbon.  Hope you like it!

Here’s the link lineup for our hop!  You’re off to see KIA next!  Have fun, and don’t forget to leave comments for a chance to win $50 to shop with in the SNS online store 🙂

Inky hugs,
Tara