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This page is dedicated to instructions for various techniques we use in class - or maybe something I've found that I think you would be interested in.  Check it out!

July 8, 2014

This is a card we made in April 2013 - but the technique is so much fun, I wanted to share the details.  The stamp set is from Rubbernecker.com - and is designed to work with the watercolor technique.

You can see the detail up close of the melded colors.  This is created by using several colors of ink and misting the image with water before stamping it on the paper.

For this card, I used Tim Holtz's Distressed Inks.  I covered the entire image with Wild Honey and before stamping, I lightly inked the same image with Barn Door.  I tried to get the edges of the image with a bit more ink with the Barn Door, allowing the Wild Honey to show through.

The next step is to use a mister (CTMH sells a great little misting pen set) with plain water and spray the image.  NOW you can stamp it down on your paper.  You can see in the sample to the left where the water was and how the lighter color comes through.

The final step for this card was to stamp the outline and stem image - and it is not designed to be matched up perfectly.  It is the illusion that matters!

Here is another image that was created with the same technique.  The leaves are not as big as the poppies above, but give the same effect.  You only need to have a stamp that has a solid image (not a line image you would color) so the inks can blend together.

Here's a video from Rubbernecker showing this stamp set using the technique, only they used one ink pad and several markers to achieve the same effect.
We will be using a similar technique in class this fall to create a background that looks like watercolor - so stay tuned!

June 17, 2014

We made the Pop-Up Box in June.  Instructions can be found on the Splitcoast Stampers website

I did make a few adjustments to the instructions they gave - here are my suggestions: 

Step 1
  • Because you will be cutting off  2” of this paper in step 2, I just started with a piece of 6.5 X 12” cardstock and used left-over paper for the pieces that 2” strip was used for.
  • If you want to get 2 boxes from a 12X12 piece of paper, just make your box 6” tall instead of 6.5”.   That half inch really won’t be missed!

Step 5 –
  •  If you didn’t create the 2 X 12 strip in Step 1, just cut 2 pieces 1” X 4.75”

Step 6 – cutting pattern paper
  • Cut two pieces of 2.5”x6.25” paper for the back panel instead of using white cardstock for the outside.

Have fun making your own creations with these instructions!

June 10, 2014

We made this card in May.  The background is regular kitchen foil that has been embossed.

The embossing folder I used is the Chevron 5X7 folder from CTMH (Z1925). 

Click here to download the photo instructions for this technique. 
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