Posts Tagged ‘Cards’

Gel Press Bliss

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Hello and Happy Friday Crafty Friends,

I am so happy to be on the blog today sharing a couple of cards I created using the Gel Press, some Dina Wakley media paints and a couple of beautiful stamps from Picket Fence Studio. I hope you enjoy and find some inspiration.

I love love love the gel press and all the wonderful things you can create with them. I will have a lot more projects using them in the future.

These cards came about as a happy accident, I literally was just playing around with the gell press, trying different colors and stencils, and man once you start on this journey, you really cannot stop doing the prints.

I pulled out all my products, my paints which are Dina Wakley Media, my gel press, of course, a stencil i had in my stash from a Tim Holtz tag kit and my ink roller. I cut down different sizes and types of paper I would need for pressing. By using different weights and types would give for more options in future projects etc. (The best tip  I heard is to have all your paper precut and ready to go before you start, I have caught myself without and had to stop midway through creating. Not fun when you are on a roll and covered in paint.) Which has happened to me lol, I sometimes just go for it and forget to plan and end up just grabbing random scraps from around my messy craft room and desk.

Once I had the backgrounds where I liked them, I set them aside too dry. I had recently purchased these two wonderful Picket Fence stamps from Scrap’n Stamp, which was just sitting on my desk waiting to be used. I felt the April girl would be the right fit for the look of the background. I decided to create two different versions of the card. For the first one, I stamped her on to a piece of collage paper that I had in my stash. I stamped her using Archival ink. The second image I stamped on to heavy weight white cardstock.

I cut out the image from the Collage paper and added her to the Gell press background paper I had previously created. I love how the paper just disappears and you are left with just the stunning image that popped and showcased all the stenciled texture. I pulled out my stamp press and added the sentiment using Versa Clair nocturn ink. I love how bold and crisp this ink is, I highly recommend it.

I popped up the inked panel, which measures 4 3/4 x 4, on to some teal card stock which I cut down to 5 x 4 1/8, using some foam tape and then adhered that on to a layer of black cardstock, just to make everything pop. To finish off the card and cover up some a little issues I added some really vibrant sequins from my stash and drew some sketchy lines with my black pen.

For the second card, I decided to change it up a bit and add some die cutting to the mix using the My Favorite Things stitched rectangle dies. I love the added texture and interest it adds. I cut down multiple layers of card stock, once again using the black and teal cardstock, to layer both the focal image and the gell pressed background. I die cut the stamped image and inked background as I thought this would make it all pop. I adhered the teal and gel pressed background flat down to the black cardstock, which in turn I popped up on to the white card base. For the focal image, I popped her up on to teal layer and flat to the black. Giving just enough dimension to the card.

To finish the card off I layered the Tim Holtz sentiment stickers on to that same teal cardstock and strategically placed them onto the card trying ton to cover the image up too much. Finally, to bring it all together I added the same pretty sequins to just the right areas of the card, it just added that little extra something that was missing.

If you have not had the chance to play with a gel press I highly recommend that you do, you can even start off small as Scrap’n Stamp carries various sizes, one as small as 3x 5 and all the paint and supplies you need to get started. I do warn you though it is highly addictive.

I hope you have a wonderful long weekend with a lot of time to have fun and create.

~Nancy


Tuesday with Tara {take 200}

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

Wow… it’s hard to believe that I’ve been bringing Tuesday with Tara posts to you here on SNS for 200 weeks! When I hit 100 posts, I shared a few favorite projects with you (here’s a link to that post) so today, here’s some of my faves from posts 101-199 🙂 I have selected a sort of ‘top 10’ and did not include any Blog Hop projects OR Christmas projects! It was hard to narrow down, but I just picked some that still make me smile!

take 133- abstract floral journal

take 165- just celebrate

take 191- miss you

151- art mug

167- friend

160- beach spread

187- good luck

138- coffee bird

143- watercolor

115- pumpkin spice

I’d love to hear back which of these is a favorite for you! I’m also curious… have you noticed some of my ‘signature’ items that I love to use on my projects? One of my favorite artists/designers is Tim Holtz, and Raya has put together a prize package featuring some of his great products that YOU could win! I’ll select a random winner from the comments to announce next Tuesday 🙂

Inky hugs,

Tara

Out Of This World!

Friday, March 15th, 2019

Hello Everyone! It’s Susan and I’m back at Scrap’n Stamp Canada sharing one of my favorite things to make.  A galaxy sky background. It looks awful while you’re making it but then when you put that last color on it magically changes into a beautiful sky right in front of your eyes. This is a pic heavy post so as to be able to show you each step.

I started with Mustard Seed Distress ink and randomly added some sections of color. Another thing I love about this technique is that you don’t have to worry about perfect blending – just get the color onto the paper. Next I added Picked Raspberry.

   

Then comes Dusty Concord, Cracked Pistachio is next. I bet you’re wondering how is this going to be a galaxy sky? Don’t worry, the next two steps is where the magic happens.

   

I added a layer of Chipped Sapphire over most of the paper but making it lighter in the center. Now it’s starting to look like the sky.

Now for the Black Soot. Add a layer all over the page, being heavier near the edges and lighter in the middle.

Voila, night sky. But we still need some stars. That’s easy and fun too!

Squeeze a little white acrylic paint onto a craft block, add a couple spritzes of water and mix it up. For the first layer of stars I like to use a toothbrush. It’s great for getting a lot of little stars. Just load up the toothbrush with ink and drag your finger along the bristles. That’s it. In seconds you’ve got a sky full of stars.

For some bigger starts I use a paint brush. Load it up with the watered down white paint and then knock the brush against my other hand. This gives me bigger stars.

I also added a few droplets of water and then dabbed them with a paper towel. I should’ve done this step before the paint but it still worked.

I used the Interactive Rectangle Word Dies from My Favorite Things to do the sentiment. It cuts all but the left edge leaving a flap for the recipient to lift to see the rest of the sentiment. The sentiment on the top of the flap is stamped with versamark ink and then heat set with white embossing powder .

The sentiment underneath is stamped with black ink.

 

I used my Prismacolor pencil crayons to color in the space boy and all the planets from Lawn Fawn’s Out of This World stamp set and the cut them all out with the coordinating dies I added some of them to the card panel with craft foam and some were adhered directly to the panel. The strings are drawn on with a thin black marker. I didn’t show any of that because I just did simple coloring. If you’d like to see that done, leave me a message and I’ll do a post on that for you.

I hope you’re inspired to try this technique. If you don’t have these exact colors or these inks, that’s okay, just choose similar colors in whatever inks you have and give it a go. If you do try it and share it, please tag me as I’d love to see.

 

Happy Stampin’

and thanks so much for visiting!

 

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