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Blessed to Know You with Honey Bee Stamps

Tara’ s Blessed to Know You card featuring stamps from Honey Bee and Concord & 9th is a great way to let someone know you care.  Raya here for Tara again, she’ll be back next week, I hope waiting to hear if Fiona created any chaos in her life.   Decided to reshare this card because it gives me the sentiment Honey Bee and the fab orange background created with Concord&9 just give me the warm fuzzies.

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Happy Tuesday!  I’m working on getting myself mentally prepared for Thanksgiving next weekend (it’s a little bit harder when you live in the south, y’all), so a card celebrating how blessed I am seemed fitting!  Of course, I’m using the ‘blessed’ dies from the Honey Bee “Bitty Buzzwords” set (it’s just so pretty!) and I decided to pair it with an older stamp set by Concord & 9th which is still in stock – Just Because.

I started this project digging through some scraps to find something I wanted to die cut my word out of… here I’ve used some orange metallic card stock over a background made from Dina Wakley Media sprays.   Once I started with yellow, I really wanted to find a sunflower image to pair with it… but that’s just going to have to be something that goes on my wish list, I guess!  I noticed the sketchy blossom in this stamp set, however, and decided together with the leaves, branches & splatters that it would be a good fit!   I stamped in Distress Oxide Inks exclusively- Crackling CampfireWild HoneySpiced Marmalade & Vintage Photo.

I added a bit of shimmer to finish off my otherwise simple card.  While I don’t have any of the Mica Sprays, I do still have a good supply of Perfect Pearl Mist (which I’m guessing are like the Mica Sprays without the dye in them) and so I’ve used the color Sunflower here.  If you’ve got the Perfect Pearls powders, you could create your own sprays simply by mixing them with water in a spritzer bottle.   A bit of clear bling finished everything off!

Inky hugs,

Tara

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Happy Tuesday!

I set aside some ME time over this past weekend and took the facebook live class Dina Wakley was teaching using her Gloss Sprays.  I made a hot mess and had a blast… many of the backgrounds will be cut up for other projects since they don’t really have that ‘stand alone’ quality, but I learned a lot and had fun.  I can’t wait to get more colors and play some more!  I took a few of the pieces I created and turned them into a card to share with you for today’s TWEET theme.  Enjoy!

The main background features a resist technique we did with gesso.  I used colors from the first bundle for this project, I only have 6 of them so far but the other 6 are on their way.  I am already looking forward to purchasing the new release and getting 8 more colors!  The deepest color you see here is Night– it’s a lovely deep, almost indigo blue and it really helped to ground the other colors I was working with.  For this, I applied gesso to watercolor paper very thin, then thicker through a stencil.

The scribbly bird and sentiment (from Picket Fence) were both stamped on backgrounds I created using a gel plate.  It was my first time working with the gel plate (though I’ve had it for quite a while) and I enjoyed seeing how paints & gloss sprays worked together on it.  I had several pieces that came out quite pale, like these, and I think they are perfect for stamping on!  I did add a tiny bit of color to the bird with a Scribble Stick, which gave it a bit of a watercolor wash.

I kept my card very simple since the individual pieces had so many interesting details.  I wasn’t able to capture the glossy finish of these sprays in my photos, but they really are fabulous and give so much texture!  I expect you’ll be seeing a whole lot more from me using them in the future…  Can’t wait to see what TWEET project you create today!

Inky hugs,

Tara

MFT Floral Blooms

Hello Crafty friends, Nancy F here today to share on the Scrap’n Stamp blog. I decided to do something a little different, yet still playing along with the monthly challenge. I am doing an all mixed media style card, from used books pages to gel pressing. So grab your favorite beverage and sit back and enjoy it.

mixed media pages, stamped the floral  blooms on to pages of an old book and heat set it with some embossing powder. I then added gesso around the flowers

I started by stamping out these beautiful Flowers in bloom set from My Favorite things on to the pages of the book using my stamping tool and Versa Clair nocturn ink .  Then I heat set with clear embossing powder to help the image stand out from the writing, then repeated this process four times. 

I also had too many ideas flowing through my head by this point, from art journaling layouts to more cards. So stay tuned for more projects.

adding colour to the flowers with distress crayons and Dina Wakley paints


Now that all the stamping and embossing was completed it was time for the fun messy part, getting in with the paints and gesso. This is always my favorite part. 

To bring the focus more to the flowers I decided to add Dina Wakley media white gesso to the book pages, carefully going around the flowers. This really helped to mute the print down some and allow the flowers to pop. I decided to actually add some gel medium to the petals of the flowers, I felt this would seal the paper and allow me to wipe any mistakes away easily.

finishing off the edges of the book page with some ground espresso, and black soot

 I created three styles of cards with three versions of the painting. 

For the above, I would add my paint in and then wipe it away allowing it to stain the paper and give it a night tinted look. Once I was happy with how it looked I decided to distress the edges of the paper, using distress oxides and regular inks.

adding the flowers too some previously created gel pressed backgrounds

The cards themselves were larger than normal, cards measured 5 ½ X 7 ¾. I used some of my previously created gel backgrounds and really did not want to trim much off of them, thus keeping as much of the detail as possible. I chose the background to match or enhance the flowers.

A close up of one of the finished cards,

  Each gel pressed backgrounds were added to the card flat using a liquid adhesive. For a little dimension popped up the painted flowers using some foam tape. To complete the card I used a simple hello die and layered a few of them together to create dimension also adding a mirror layer to the mix.

I hope you were able to get some inspiration from the above and welcome your comments. Please also make sure to use the links below for your crafting needs. 

Have a Great Week! 



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