Using a Variety of Supplies

Diversity is always great in artistic supplies.  Today I wanted to share a card with you that uses a variety of companies.  After all, do ALL your clothes come from the same store?  Probably not.  So, along with that theory, here is a colorful scene that uses Stampscapes Images, Marvy  and Adirondack Dye based inks and a Signo White Gel Pen.  This scene is a re-creation of one done by Kevin Nakagawa from Stampscapes

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This misty forest scene makes me want to go hiking!  To get the sweeping motion of the ink carried across the cardstock, you will need a Colorbox Stylus which has sponge applicators.  You can find this tool in almost any craft store.  It does take a little getting used to and be sure to use a light touch.  But when using the stylus tool, you have to have the right inks. 

While I love my Stampin’ Up! inkpads, they tore up my sponge tips with this technique.  Which, I’ll be honest – will frustrate you and you’ll need new tips!  Stampin’ Up’s fast drying edge is great for clean and simple stamping, but not for this technique.   What you need, is the right ink – a wetter dye based ink like the Marvy Matchables or Adirondack Ink Pads.  Both of these have a wetter saturation and work better with the stylus tool and glossy cardstock. 

Note – Marvy has discontinued several of their colors of ink pads here in the US (just a few months ago), so if you come across them – nab them up!  Not to worry, the reinkers are not being discontinued, so you’ll have access to the full color spectrum for their markers (which let’s be honest – ROCK!) and you can always use the reinkers just like paints, which is great for this technique.

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To stamp the images first, use a black that sets well without bleeding – I use Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  It’s the best non-bleed ink I’ve come across.  Then create your under layer with your lighter tones first.  Remember, you can always darken any scene up, you can’t however make it lighter.  It’s the same theory in painting.  Get your undertones first. 

Once I have my scene set up, I can add highlights and contrasts using darker colors.  I framed my scene here using darker blues, greens and browns.  Leaving some light can be hard – I have to admit, one of my challenges – but I promise, you’ll love that contrast at the end – so resist, resist, resist!  For finishing touches, you’ll want to use white pigment ink and a q-tip to create the fog.  The highlights were made with a white gel pen. 

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The depth in this card captivates you.  the light in the sky balances the darkness.  It really seems like the beginning or end of an old movie – you know and the dark circle opens or closes the scene?  I hope you enjoyed it!  Now go have fun with all your supplies!

Personal Note – thanks to so many of you emailing me lately!  I have to admit I haven’t been stamping too much lately due to an injury to my right thumb which affected my right wrist.  Of course I’m right handed – and it’s just doesn’t work with my left hand!  No matter how hard I try. Smile  This also kept me off the computer for any long sort of typing.  The angle has been tough – including using a mouse.  So, after a lot of trying to work my way through it, I actually had to take a real break to recover!  Not so easy. 

Thankfully, I’ve been back in the studio and even trying some other artistic mediums that aren’t as much pressure on my thumb and wrist – like painting!  It’s been therapeutic to be creative again!  I’ve only been able to watch stuff online and make sketches and notes on projects and upcoming classes.  Thanks for stopping by today, I look forward to seeing you around the grove for more.

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Products Used:

Adirondack Ink Pads  Colorbox Stylus Tool Marvy Matchables  Signo White Gel Pen

Sparkling Holiday Messages

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I’m bringing a little sparkling Mojo Monday into your life today!  Here’s a little word play with a cluster of all the holiday greetings I could get my hands on today. Smile

This card came pretty easily into my mind, then the execution took a bit longer than I thought!  Ever had that happen to you?  Ironically I struggled with the final sentiment.  I did it three different ways, and then changed the banners too…lol!  They were originally in white stamped with Real Red and Pear Pizzazz.  But that was lost on the background, so a final remedy of color it was.  I hope you enjoy this card, it’s really growing on me, and is quite sparkly!  This would be actually an easy one to mass produce and it’s quite fun, I have to admit!  Here’s the original sketch and my interpretation.

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Creative Tips on Word Clusters –

  • Create your word cluster onto the largest acrylic block you have.  If you are a wood stamper, then you’ll have to stamp it out and use a Stamp-a-Majig to figure out the placement.  Once you have your stamps arranged on your block, ink up in Versamark, stamp onto a scratch piece first, then ink up again and stamp onto your background.  Mine is 3.5 x 4.25”.Christmas Messages 007 022
  • I added Heat and Stick Powder so that the Dazzling Diamonds would really stay put.  You can just emboss with straight glitter, but for me, I like to keep my glitter exactly where it belongs, so I use Heat and Stick Powder.  It’s an extra step, but the recipient appreciates the glitter on the card and not everywhere else!Christmas Messages 007 012
  • Stamp your banners onto a 5/8” wide strip of Real Red and Pear Pizzazz and cut the ends using your Hexagon Punch.
  • Attach your Whisper White background onto a piece of Real Red – 3 5/8 x 4 3/8” for a 1/16” border.  Next, adhere that to a piece of Pear Pizzazz that measures 4 1/16 x 5 5/16”.
  • Adhere a 5/8” strip of Read Red onto your Whisper White somewhere in the lower third of your project.  Trim the edges to match the width of the Pear Pizzazz.Christmas Messages 007 014
  • Stamp a Christmas Greeting onto a piece of Pear Pizzazz card stock and emboss with Silver Powder.  Make a banner with your Hexagon or Square Punch.  Pop up with Stamping Dimensionals and attach to your card.  Add a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels for a little interest.Christmas Messages 007 015Christmas Messages 007 018
  • Run a little bit of Snail onto the top of each flag and create a banner with a piece of Linen Thread.  Drape across the top of your card and attach to the back of your Pear Pizzazz.  Pop your Pear Pizzazz panel up on Stamping Dimensionals onto your Whisper White card base of 4.25 x 5.5”.Christmas Messages 007 004

It’s a fun little card, right?  The greeting background came out better than I expected and really looks great with the subtle glitter.  Enjoy making yours!

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