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Easter Sunday With Scrap ‘N Stamp

Sunday, April 21st, 2019

Hello stamping friend, and Happy Easter! However you celebrate, or even if you don’t, I hope you’re enjoying your day. It’s Deb here today with a special Easter Sunday with Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team post. It’s my turn to share, so of course I had to include the celebration of the day. I’m using a brand new stamp set that I just ordered, called Dogwood Chapel, by Heartfelt Creations. This is also my first time using any stamps from Heartfelt Creations, and I must say, I’ve had a good first impression!

DOGWOOD CHAPEL

This stamp set is deeply etched red rubber, ready to use with your clear blocks and stamping platform. They give a nice, clear image, and the details are easily visible.

Easter Sunday With Scrap 'N Stamp

I used two of the 5 stamps from the Dogwood Chapel stamp set; the chapel and the dogwood branch. I wanted to create a scene as if the chapel is in the background, and you’re looking past a lovely flowering dogwood branch.

CARD DETAILS

I knew I wanted to watercolour these lovely images, so I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black in onto watercolour paper. Just to be sure there would be no ink bleeding, I heat set the outline images with clear embossing powder. To get the effect of the chapel being in the background, I first stamped the dogwood branch, and then stamped it again onto a piece of masking paper. I hand cut the image from the masking paper, and placed it over the stamped image. Next, I stamped the chapel image with the mask in place, so that the chapel is placed behind the branch.

The dogwood is actually the provincial flower of British Columbia, where I live. Here, we most typically see the white flower species, but I thought that may be a bit boring, so I decided to colour the pink variety.  I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, first applying the lightest pink over each entire flower. I wanted the colour to be kept very light, so I first scribbled with the marker onto a large clear block, and then picked up the ink with my water brush. Then, I applied the colour to the image with the water brush.

Easter Sunday With Scrap 'N Stamp

I did this for each of the colours, to keep the application light. It’s always easy to go back and add more colour – but you can’t easily take it away! The photo above shows how I scribbled onto the clear block; you can also use any slick surface, like a piece of acetate, or a water mat, if you have one.

CLOSE UP OF COLOURS

This photo is a close up, so you can see the colours and shading. For the petals/bracts, I used 2 different shades of pink, and added bright green and yellow to the middle. The leaves, as well as the bushes & trees near the chapel are in a multitude of greens – I was even mixing the greens on the block, before colouring! It’s such fun to do – creating your own blend. The chapel was shaded in a light gray, and yellow added to the windows, to give the illusion of it being lit from inside.

close up of colours

The path is coloured in a light brown, and then I added a wash of greens for the grass. To ensure a light blue sky, first wet the paper with your water brush, and then add lots of water to  your brush when picking up the ink from your block. Finally, stamp the sentiment from the Dogwood Chapel stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and again heat set it with clear embossing powder.

LAYER PANELS FOR YOUR FINAL CARD

Once you’ve finished watercolouring your image and allowed it to dry, attach it to a panel of light pink cardstock, with foam tape.

layering panels

Next, attach those panels to a light blue card base, again with foam tape. I was tempted to add some ribbon or embellishments to the card front, but I liked the simplicity of the image, and so left it plain.

GIVE WATERCOLOURING & HEARTFELT CREATIONS A TRY!

Don’t let the thought of watercolouring put you off! You do not have to be a top level artist; starting with colouring in a stamped image is a perfect way to build up your confidence. And using markers or pencils is also a great way to start, if the thought of buying actual paints puts you in a panic! You’ll find links below to the products I used to create this card – all available in a one-stop-shop at Scrap ‘N Stamp. I hope that this Easter Sunday with me of the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team has inspired you to get creative, no matter what medium you choose to use!

Easter Sunday With Scrap 'N Stamp

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One Stencil, Three Ways

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

ONE STENCIL, THREE WAYS

Boy, do I love getting a lot of use from my crafting supplies! Hello there – it’s Deb here, and I’m posting today for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team.  I really hope you enjoy today’s project, because it’s not just 1 project, but 3 different techniques for using one stencil. In this case, it’s one stencil, three ways – three different techniques to be precise.  I love using stencils, because of their versatility. Depending on the stencil, it can be the focal point, or a background. It can be subtle, or in your face. You can use the entire stencil, or just part of it. So enough talk – let’s get on with the fun! I have kept the pictures in this post to the most important ones, but if you’d like to see more of the steps involved, you can head over to my blog post for more visuals.

STENCIL WITH INK & BLENDER BRUSHES

This is probably the quickest, and most common way to use your stencil. I chose the beautiful Wisteria stencil from The Crafters Workshop. It’s a full 6″ X 6″, so you have the choice of what type of project to create. I chose to use the full stencil, but then cut down the panel to create a card front.

To do the stenciling, first cut a panel of white cardstock to the same size as the stencil. Hold the stencil in place with some Thermo Web Purple Tape around the edges. Next, apply the ink with the Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes.

One Stencil, Three Ways

Above, you can see the card front finished, with a die cut added. I shared this card on my own blog last week; you can read more about it in this post.

STENCIL WITH NUVO SHIMMER POWDERS

Now this technique is lots of fun – and a bit messy! There’s more pictures for this technique on my own blog, so you get more of an idea how to do it. First, because the Nuvo Shimmer Powders are highly pigmented powders that are activated by water, you need to get your work space set up. Put down a craft mat, or something to protect your work surface. Because  you’ll be adding water, you don’t want the water to seep under the stencil. Follow the directions on a temporary re-positionable spray adhesive; spray it on the back of the stencil, and wait until it is tacky.

Cut a panel of watercolour paper to size, and then lay the stencil, tacky side down, over the paper. (just for good measure, I also put Purple Tape around the edges, but it wasn’t necessary). Next, sprinkle the Nuvo Shimmer Powders over the stencil. I used two different colours; Lilac Waterfall and Violet Brocade. Alternate placement of the powders, to mix up the colours.  Once you’re sprinkled on some powders, lightly spray with water. The photo below shows the powders reacting to the sprayed water. I know – it looks like a hot mess at this stage!

Stencil with Nuvo Shimmer Powders

You can see in the photo above that the shimmer powders are a mixture of colours; not just a flat one shade. You can add more powder, and then more water, to areas where you may have missed, or where you want more colour. The photo below shows the powders now dried, and the stencil removed. Note – you don’t have to wait for the image to be dry, before removing the stencil. And the great part is that the temporary adhesive has blocked the water from seeping under the stencil, so you can still see the individual petals.

One Stencil, Three Ways

In case you’re wondering where the shimmer is – I took this next close up photo, just so you can see it! Even so, the photo doesn’t really do it justice. In person, it’s gorgeous!

Gorgeous Nuvo Shimmer Powders

STENCIL WITH EMBOSSING PASTE & NUVO SHIMMER POWDERS

I guess technically, this is a 3rd and 4th way to use the stencils! You can use embossing paste as it is, but I wanted to add colour to mine, so I added the same Nuvo Shimmer Paste as I did in the technique above.

This is another technique that can be a bit messy; I try my best to set up my area to control any out of control paste! First, I got out two large pieces of wax paper – yup, from the kitchen cupboard! Next, I used my palette knife to put some of the white embossing paste on each piece of wax paper. The reason I used 2 pieces is that I wanted to use both the Lilac Waterfall and the Violet Brocade Shimmer Powders, without getting them mixed together.

Sprinkle one of the shimmer powders onto one of the pastes, and the other one onto the other paste. Use your palette knife to mix them up.  ( I have a photo of this step in my blog post).

Once you have your powder and paste mixed up, apply them one at a time on top of the stencil. Hold your palette knife like a regular knife, and apply it like you’re buttering toast. It’s that easy!  Apply the paste in different areas, so that you can see the two different colours. If you want extra ‘high’ texture, build up the paste. For a lower profile texture, skim the palette knife over the paste, skimming off any excess sitting on top of the stencil.

I was so excited to see the results that I forgot to take a picture before removing the stencil! So sorry about that! But below, you can see the result, with the stencil removed.

Stencil with Embossing paste

FINAL CARD

I decided to create a card front using the embossing paste panel that I created. I trimmed it down just a bit, and added a panel of light purple cardstock behind it.

One Stencil, Three Ways

The sentiments are from the Concord & 9th Everyday Bouquet set. They are stamped in Seedless Preserves Distress ink; one onto a scrap of white cardstock, the other directly onto the bottom of the panel. The top sentiment is die cut using the matching Everyday Bouquet Dies; they include the cute double frame, which is die cut in the same cardstock as the panel behind.

I do hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post, and are inspired to look at your crafting supplies with new eyes! By using different products, you can stretch your supplies and your crafting dollars. Not to mention, coming up with amazing new projects to share with your friends!

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Have a Bright & Sunny Day!

Monday, March 4th, 2019

HAVE A BRIGHT & SUNNY DAY!

Hello stamping friend! It’s Deb here, for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team. I know that winter isn’t quite over yet, but we’re having beautiful sunshine & blue skies here in Vancouver! I thought I’d share some of this great weather, and hope that you have a bright & sunny day, too. The Beach Bunnies stamp set & dies from My Favorite Things are my choice for sharing today. Who can resist smiling at cute bunnies?

BEACH BUNNIES

I love creating happy little scenes with these types of sets. They have all the pieces you need, and using the matching dies makes everything come together so easily. I always recommend purchasing the dies at the same time as the stamp set. I used to fool myself, and think ‘oh, I can cut those out by hand’ – only to be sadly disappointed in ragged edges and snipped off bits. So – personal experience shared – buy the dies! 🙂

Have a Bright & Sunny Day!

Just look at those cuties, having fun – and ice cream!

CARD DETAILS

I decided to frame the beach scene, so I used my Hero Arts Nesting Rectangle Infinity Dies and some blue cardstock to create the frame.  Next, I made small pencil marks where the frame was to go, and then masked it off with my Thermo Web Purple Tape. This tape is great, because it won’t tear your cardstock when you remove it. I then used some Distress inks to blend in the sky with Tumbled Glass, and the sand in Gathered Twigs. That was the quickest part – next, you need to create the images.

On white cardstock, stamp each of the images in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Use your favourite colouring medium; I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I kept the colours light & bright, because hey – beach weather! After colouring, use the matching Beach Bunnies dies to die cut each image.

Have a Bright & Sunny Day!

LAYER IT ALL TOGETHER

After you’ve done your colouring and die cutting, you’re ready to layer your scene together. Erase the light pencil marks, and attach your die cut frame to the white panel. Next, stamp the sentiment from the Beach Bunnies stamp set underneath the frame, in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Attach all of the die cut images with foam squares or tape, arranging the beach houses in the middle of the frame. The clouds of course go above, as well as the little bird.  Attach the ice cream to the hand of the little girl bunny, and attach both of the bunnies outside the frame, on either end of the sentiment.

Have a Bright & Sunny Day!

CREATE YOUR OWN BRIGHT & SUNNY DAY!

Are you ready to have a bright & sunny day? No matter what the weather outside is doing, you can create your own! I hope I’ve inspired you to have some fun, and make your own weather. All of the supplies can be purchased from the Scrap ‘N Stamp online store – you can use the links below to go directly there!  Be sure to check out the fabulous new products that have arrived, and look at the current specials. There’s always something you need!