Thursday, November 23, 2017

Imagine That Digistamp - Thursday Inspiration

Good morning my dear stamping friends! How about some Turkey Day inspiration??

Today I have a new Design Team project to share with you from Imagine That! Digis by Kris. On Thursdays there's always a fun inspiration post on the Creative Playground blog, which is great to get your weekly fix of DT project postings! Today I'm sharing one of my first Christmas cards for this season. I know...I'm super late! More on that card in a moment. 

Did you also know that ITDBK has a monthly challenge that begins the first Saturday of every month?. If you create a new project for our challenge using ITDBK images, you will receive the Featured Set of the Month FREE, just for playing along! The challenge "theme" is Anything Goes (my favorite, you know). Check out all the details at the Creative Playground HERE. This month's FS is the sweet new "Reindeer Carols":



Don't worry, you still have over a week left to play along! 

As I mentioned, I've got some more traditional Christmas card action going on today!







I used the pre-colored images here, but I added in the use of the awesome 3D kit to build up the layers on this. I'm completely 3D challenged, but these kits make that a BREEZE. I can't even tell you! I love how this turned out, and the kit also comes with these gorgeous new papers as well. Click the links above to head off to the store for some holiday shopping!

That's it for me today! Be sure to check out the Creative Playground for more ITDBK inspiration, and get your crafty on for your chance to receive our November FS for free!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Oddball Art Co. Tutorial - Shaving Cream Backgrounds

Hello stamping friends! I'm here today with a new Techniques & Tutorials post for Oddball Art Stamps. This technique is another funky, fancy and fun background paper technique. You know I love those! 


Shaving Cream Marbled Backgrounds

This technique has been around FOR.EV.ER. And it's incredibly easy. My kids have done this one before too; it's messy and fun and produces unique results every time. Intrigued?? Let's go!

Ok! Assemble your supplies. You will need some nice cheap foam shaving cream (Gel doesn't work nearly as well. Get foam. The cheaper the better.), inks or watercolor paints, a tray of some kind to create the magic in, something to scrape the foam off the paper once you dip it, and something to swirl the foamy ink around before you apply it to your paper. You'll see what I mean.

 

The first step is to choose the colors you will want for your background. As you can see above, I have chosen red, green, blue and black, to match up with the colors I used in Image No. 252 Fearsome Fiona. Take your tray and add a layer of shaving cream to it. As you can see above, I used a plastic tray that some ground turkey came in. I washed it out and it was perfect. The nice thing about these is you can either wash and reuse when you're done (no worries about stains), or throw the whole mess away and start over next time you want to do some messy art!

Awesome! A nice layer for our ink or paint to sit on. Start adding drops. Anywhere you want. You can't do it "wrong", it's all right!

Yay! More colors?

Now, we are going to swirl/marble the inky shaving cream around to get some funky random patterns to imprint on our paper. A note - I pre-cut several sheets of plain white cardstock to A2 size (4.25"x5.5") before I started this project. These will be the papers that get marbled.

You can see that I used a stylus here for my swirling. I might recommend something more like a popsicle stick that has 2 sizes you can manipulate to change the way your pattern comes out. The stylus was quite skinny and I had to swirl a lot. 

 

Yay! We've swirled, and now we place our paper splat down on top of our marbled, inky, shaving cream masterpiece. We're having fun now! 

Yikes! It looks kinda ugly! Let's fix that. Once you place and press (not too hard) the paper into the inky shaving cream pot, peel it out by one corner. I put my tray on a scrap piece of cardboard, so I put the foamy paper down just next to it after I lifted it out of the tray. You will now want to scrape the foam off RIGHT AWAY. You don't want the paper to get any soggier than necessary. You can see I used a bone folder for this task, but you can use anything with a straight, flat edge. Ideally you want to scrape only once, because setting the scraper down a second time will leave a line on your paper where the edge touches.


Here is how it looks after it's scraped. Every piece will be unique. For this piece I started at the top and scraped downward. I wiped the bone folder off over the sink (or trash) and then moved on to the next piece. After 4 of these quarter sheets, I added another layer of foam and more ink, swirled it around, and did another 4 quarter sheets. 


You're done! Once they are dry, you can use them just like any other paper you've ever used. Decorate and assemble the rest of your project in any way that you envision. I'm a cardmaker, so this is going to be a card! I created the final project using Image No. 252 Fearsome Fiona, which I've colored with Copics and Prismacolor pencils. The bat is a die from Fun Stampers Journey. The other dies are all from Gina Marie. Ribbon and tear drops from my stash.


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If I've inspired you to create something, please link it up so I can take a look! Have a fabulous day and thanks for dropping by.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Kitty Bee Designs - November Spotlight!

Hello everyone, I hope you're having a great weekhave a super fun Kitty Bee spotlight card for you today from the FANTASTIC Kitty Bee Designs. I am SO in love with all of these little Panda darlings. Ok, fine, I'll be honest - I love all of the darlings. If you are new to Kitty Bee, you HAVE to check them out. Seriously. They are adorable and awesome to color; the shapes and designs lend themselves to all kinds of color and sketch combos!

Check out this adorable Pumpkin Panda. Yes...Pumpkin. Panda! He's so much fun! My son came in while I was coloring and he said "oh that's a really cute panda stamp, I like it!".

Not sure if you saw my blog post the other day, but I have officially declared Halloween cards continue to be both acceptable and ENCOURAGED, because Halloween is awesome ALL the time. After Thanksgiving I will change gears, but until then, I saw Halloween away! It's my favorite holiday, so I'm all about the celebration. There's no better way then with a panda playing dress-up:


Thanks for stopping by today! Have a fabulous day and stamp happy!


Imagine That Digistamp - November Challenge Mid-Month Inspiration

Good morning my dear stamping friends! I'm so happy it's the weekend!

Today I have a new Design Team project to share with you from Imagine That! DigistampITD has a monthly challenge that begins the first Saturday of every month. If you create a new project using ITD images, you will receive the Featured Set of the Month FREE, just for playing along! The challenge "theme" is Anything Goes (my favorite, you know). This month's FS is the super cute "Reindeer Carols"...just in time for your Christmas cardmaking needs! There is also a matching 3D Kit to accompany this set, you can find it in the store HERE.



We are about halfway through the challenge, so you have a few weeks left to play along! The linkup closes on DECEMBER 1ST, so head over to the Creative Playground and link up your project HERE.

On to my inspiration!! Today I used the Reindeer Carols set, I couldn't resist those sweet faces! I love the floating music notes and the old-fashioned lamp post they are gathered around. 




I also incorporated one of the printable digital papers included in the Poinsettia 3D Kit. Die from MFT, red velvet bow, snowflake gem, and snowflake sequins are from my stash and are probably 10 years old! Sheet music embossing folder from Darice.

That's it for me today! Be sure to check out the Creative Playground for more ITD inspiration, and get your crafty on for your chance to receive our current FS for free!

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