Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps - Technique a Week and July FB Challenge Reminder!

Good morning blogland! I'm so happy to be blogging today and sharing a new Technique a Week Post for Oddball Art Stamps. This is maybe more of a "how to" or "fun idea" than a specific/technical papercrafting "technique", but it's handy in a pinch, super easy, and lets you produce projects quickly with limited supplies. Who WOULDN'T want that particular trick in their crafty arsenal?!


Punches-As-Stencils

With the introduction of the Sizzix machine, and then quickly morphing into the wafter-thin die/die-cut craze, punches seem to be a thing of the past. I know I have COMPLETELY bought in to the die purchasing frenzy (literally. don't tell hubby.), but I still kept around a lot of punches. For one thing, I had already bought them! Why buy a border die when you already own the same thing in punches, am I right? Well, storage may be easier, but storage space isn't an issue for me at this time, so suffice to say, I saved my pennies for buying dies and markers and toys that are not duplicates of other items. Yay for more!

In addition, there are those more "casual crafters" (like my mom, for example), that have some things and like to play, but are not as fully committed (crazy) as the rest of us, and may not have ALL the latest gadgets. In this case, punches are fast and easy, but still allow them some flexibility in creation and imagination. Yay for that too!

Anywho...

For the latter types, I got to thinking...what other ways are there to stretch your crafting dollars? Especially when you may also be limited by storage space, work space, and easily overwhelmed by simply having all this STUFF to use. I realized that for those times where you may not have 3 hours free to color a background scene to go along with an image, or if you are feeling like more of a beginner in that area, there are some quick and easy shortcuts that can help add depth and dimension to your projects without making it feel like your crafting space has exploded with the force of a sun going nova.

You will need:

  • Punches of your choice. Dies will also work, by the way. Mix it up!
  • Scrap papers to use with your punches/dies
  • Main image panel(s) to stencil over
  • Ink
  • Sponges
  • Removable tape to help hold things in place while you're sponging
The Deets:

  1. I created my image scene digitally in Photoshop using Image No. 28 - Clouds Hearts and Stars and Image No. 175 - Sunni from Oddball Art Stamps. When I saw her adorable stocking feet and heart balloon, I imagined her skipping through the grass in her yard, not a care in the world. Lucky girl!
      
  2. So, in order for this to work, we're going to need some grass!! I really didn't want to cover up her feet though. Let's stencil!
     
  3. Uh oh! That grassy part is the part I want stenciled! It's in little pieces with not a lot of excess though. Don't worry! It's all fine! You can do this one of two ways...either use the smaller sections as they are, or invert the section that remains and use that. They both look like grass, they're just the opposite image of each other. If you happen to be using dies for this, just make sure you position your die so that the image you want allows plenty of scratch space to work as a stencil without ruining your main image panel.
  4. Now, secure your stencil over the image panel. Make sure it's straight (if that's what you want).
  5. Then start sponging. Start lightly at first. You can always add color, but you can't remove it. I use makeup sponges for this. See how I covered her feet a bit? That way it looks like she's in the grass.
  6. After I sponged the Celery ink, I removed the image and decided it needed a little more depth. So I chose Wasabi ink and repositioned the image panel so that the stencil was lower. This way it gives the illusion of layers of grass with the changing colors.


  7. Use these finished pieces any way you like! Initially, I was planning to sponge some stenciled clouds using some of my different cloud dies, but then I remembered these fabulous cloud digi images, so I used those instead! 

In the end, I polished it by using some Soft Sky and Baja Breeze ink on the sky area (the photo looks a bit washed out, but there is blue tint there, I promise), and around the edges. I made it into a card by mounting it on a base of the Baja Breeze cardstock, stamped a sentiment, and tossed on a touch of bling.


One thing to note...you can also use various shapes to stencil a "halo" effect onto your designs, leaving the INSIDE of the shape white/paper colored and highlighting the stenciled halo effect. The possibilities are endless, and the best way to learn is by doing! So grab some scrap papers, inks, and sponges, and see what YOU can come up with!

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps - July FB Challenge (Part B)

Happy 4th of July, everyone! Today I'm celebrating by catching up on DT projects and coloring my little heart out! I'm so happy to be sharing what was to be my original DT project for the first half of our new Oddball Art Stamps Design Team challenge card for our July challenge. The sweet little Unicorn image that I posted the other day jumped ahead of today's project in the design line because...CUTENESS! 

We have two different challenges per month at Oddball, the first one is the Facebook Challenge, which is always Anything Goes in theme. The challenge takes place on Facebook (obviously) and runs from the 1st through the last day of the month. Just upload your Oddball Art Stamps cards to the album and viola! There is also a themed blog challenge that you can check out and play along in!

Oh...and did you know...if you need this, or any other image (you do), you can receive 10% off your order using coupon code DTJENNIFER10. Perk package!

My second project for the first half of our Anything Goes Facebook Challenge this month features this fun girlie image...Winnie #12. She was colored up with a whole big pile of Copics, some Kaisercraft pearls, FSJ Pineapple spray, piercing tool and Sepia Copic pen, and sentiment stamp from Virginia Turtle.


That's it for me today. I hope you're all having a fabulous day! Don't forget to check out the Oddball Art Stamps Facebook Group for more inspiration. I hope to see you playing along with your Oddball beauties!

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps - July FB Challenge & Unicorn Re-release!

Hello my dears! I have a super sweet post to share with you today. First off, it's a new month (a few days late, but still a new month!), so there's a new Anything Goes FB Challenge posted in the Facebook Group. Check it out and play along for your chance to win prizes! NEW THIS MONTH...you may request our Image of the Month FOR FREE, to play along in our challenge. If you request the image, you must enter the challenge for that month using that image, or else you'll be put on the naughty list for 3 months. All the details are in the pinned post in the FB Group, so head over there to get the scoop.

This month's Image of the Month is the Re-drawn and Re-released Unicorn Image #10. Oh my GOODNESS, she is the sweetest!! I made a card with her to share today. Remember, our FB challenge is ANYTHING GOES! My favorite!!



I know that my DT Sisters have made some absolutely amazing projects with this image as well, so be sure to pay them a visit too! I hope you play along with us this month in our Anything Goes challenge! If you haven't yet, come over and join our Facebook Group, and check out all the wonderful images in the Oddball Shop!

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Creative Knockouts #200 - For the Girls!

Good morning stampers! Today I'm sharing my project for the challenge over at Creative Knockouts where the theme is....For the Girls

This week's sponsor is AMB Illustrations, and they are offering a wonderful prize to a lucky player!






Here is my project, featuring Sunflowers, which is a pre-colored set. I used several embossing folders and dies to make complimentary elements for the sweet colors in this set.

That's it for me today! Don't forget to swing over to the Creative Knockouts blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!



Friday, June 23, 2017

Aloha Friday #97 - For the Boys

Good morning! Aloha Friday is in full swing over at Kitty Bee Designs! Our current challenge is #97: For the Guys, and this is week #2. Our challenge this week is sponsored by both The Paper Nest Dolls and Just Me Stamps! Double your pleasure...and prizes!


My card features this boy wizard (wink!) from Just Me Stamps. I have two little boys who LOVE this character, so this was a perfect image for me for this challenge...I just love the way these images are drawn! The sentiment is from Scrappy Moms, which is now sadly out of business.






Colored with Copics. Papers from some pile or another (the studio is a MESS), brads from Making Memories (old school!) and die from Gina Marie Designs.

Thanks for stopping by, be sure to link up your school creations over at Aloha Friday, and I hope you have an AWESOME day!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Creative Knockouts #198 - Anything Goes!

Good morning stampers! Today I'm sharing my project for the challenge over at Creative Knockouts where the theme is...my favorite...Anything Goes!

This week's sponsor is Crafty Sentiments, and they are offering a wonderful prize to a lucky player!



Here is my project, featuring Funtime; she is so fun and sassy, I just love it! I used several embossing folders and dies with her, along with some glittered paper from DCWV. She's colored with Copics, of course.

That's it for me today! Don't forget to swing over to the Creative Knockouts blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!


Aud Sentiments #182

Happy Thursday! We have a new challenge for you at Aud Sentiments this morning!

The current challenge is sponsored by Doctor Digi! More details on the prize can be found on the challenge blog post for this challenge. As always, fantastic and generous loots are up for grabs! The challenge theme for the next 2 weeks is "Bingo", and here is the card. 


Here is my project, featuring Techie Sentiment Sheet. I printed it out in color and then cut out the Ghosts and Pac to create this project. The pellets are KaiserCraft pearls. I tossed some shimmery paint at the black cardstock to help jazz up the background, and stamped the sentiment in FunStampersJourney Whipped Cream ink (sentiment from Jaded Blossom's Funny Valentine).



Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to link up your lovelies over at Aud Sentiments for your chance to win! Remember, you MUST include a sentiment to enter our challenge! We love seeing all of your creations on the linkup :)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Creative Knockouts #196 - Fancy Flourishes

Good morning stampers! Today I'm sharing my project for the challenge over at Creative Knockouts where the theme is...Fancy Flourishes!

This week's sponsor is Fred She Said, and they are offering a wonderful prize to a lucky player!




Here is my project, featuring Wheelbarrow Outline. I filled it with Flower Soft coated blooms for that 3D fun, and colored the rest with Copics. I knew I wanted to use Flower Soft with this, so I printed it a little bit larger. Some glittery paper, some flourishy embossing, and viola!

That's it for me today! Don't forget to swing over to the Creative Knockouts blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps TAW: Sprays 3 Ways

Good morning blogland! I'm super excited this morning! Why, you ask? Because I have the chance to bring you another Technique a Week tutorial from Oddball Art Stamps

Sprays - 3 Ways!
So, who knows about crafty "sprays"? There are about a million different brands, versions, colors, etc. You can get them with or without "sparkle" (mica powders within the liquid matrix). There are also many, MANY ways to use these fun, messy (but SUPER cool and versatile) products, no matter which brand you may favor. Today I'm going to show you 3 EXTREMELY EASY ways to use this great stash item -- admit it, if you don't currently have any, you've probably bought them at one time or another! I'll also include some personal tips that can give you even more reason to reach for the sprayer the next time you get the urge to create. Oh, and note that ALL of my techniques use these products on paper and then those pieces are made into cards. These are also a great tool for mixed media artists!
 

You will need:
  • Cardstock and/or watercolor paper
  • Spray bottle or small dish with water
  • Paint brush
  • Sprays of your choice
That's it! Seriously. That's the whole supply list.

The Deets:

These sprays are basically a water-based ink wash, sometimes with clear or colored mica added to the mixture to enhance the shimmer and shine of the final product. Some of the bases are better than others (better colors, brighter pigments, stays rich and true even when dry, etc.), and some of the bottles and mechanisms are better than others as well. I've personally used more than half a dozen different brands over the years, and my personal opinion is that the Fun Stampers Journey sprays are the best. They give gorgeous color, have a full sprayer bottle that lets you give a perfect fine mist, or partially engage the mechanism for blotchier "spitting", the mixture of the powder and liquid is excellent for even coverage, and I have never had a mechanism clog on me as I have with some other brands.

Anywhoooo...here's what we'll be seeing today:
  • Watercoloring backgrounds with diluted shimmer spray colorwash.
  • Sprays + Stencils = WOW!
  • Direct to paper spraying.
  1. Watercoloring a background - here's what you will need:


    1. Get your paper wet. You can spray it with the water bottle, or get a little container of water and use your brush to get the surface wet. For this project, I used watercolor paper. I made it even LAZIER by opening the top of the spray bottle and sticking the paint brush in to get the water I needed to wet the surface. 
    2. I told you this was easy!
    3. Shake up your spray so you mix all the pretty sparkly bits into the liquid matrix. You want that good stuff to be showing itself on your project!
    4. Open the top of your spray bottle. If you're doing a large project, or watercoloring with multiple colors, you may want to transfer a bit of the spray(s) into another container to avoid contamination and the potential for spills.
    5. Wash color onto your wet paper in whatever background pattern/look you're going for. You really can't go wrong! Trust me! And, it's fun. ;)

    6. Once it's dry, you can use it on your project however you'd like. (Photos of all my finished projects for this tutorial are at the end of the post).
       
  2.  Spraying a Stencil - here's what you will need:

    1. I printed this awesome Oddball sentiment (from Image No. 207) onto regular white Neenah 80# Solar White cardstock, just like I do for every digi that I print for cardmaking. I cut it to size (4.125" x 5.375") before I prepared to spray and stencil my pattern onto it.
    2. After it was ready to go, I lined everything up just so, and taped down both the base layer and the stencil. You want to get as close of a fit as you can so that you minimize the bleeding of the spray on the edges of the stenciled image.

    3. Now, you spray! Make sure you use a backdrop paper to catch overspray so you don't have a gigantic mess on the rest of your crafting table.

    4. Yay! Looking good. Spray some more if you want!

    5. After a minute or two, when you're sure the paper underneath is dry, you can blot the stencil with a paper towel so it doesn't bleed or run when you take it off. Then carefully remove it from the paper and get it out of the way so you don't have any accidental messes (we have all been there, ask how I know...).

    6. You're done! Really!
       
  3. Spraying Direct-to-Paper - here's what you will need:

    1. Yep, paper and sprays of choice. Nothing is missing from the photo!
    2. Now, as I mentioned earlier, sprays (and sprayERS) all work a little differently. You may have to play around with them to get the angles and pressures right for the look(s) you want. Don't be afraid to go through a few pieces or scraps of cheap cardstock while you're learning. You WILL be surprised at how differently the various brands act, so my BEST advice of this ENTIRE ARTICLE is "test-spray often". Enough said.
    3. Direct-to-Paper is EXACTLY as it sounds. Spray. Onto. Paper. I like to cut mine to size first so that you don't end up removing any awesome bits at the edges if you had to cut it later. That would be tragic.



...viola! Sprays 3 Ways! You can also use these fun products to spay ONTO things you will use on your project, like patterned paper, fabric or paper flowers, tags, vellum, etc. etc. Experiment and enjoy!

Here are the finished projects using the sample pieces I created for today's tutorial.



Card showcasing Melody the Mermaid, Image No. 321.



Card features sentiment from Image No. 207, along with Whimsical Hearts Image No. 224.



Cuteness courtesy of Kawaii Panda Pack, Image No. 316.

I hope you're inspired to try a new technique! If you make a project using this tutorial, feel free to link it up so I can come "ooh" and "aah" over your creation!

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Penny's Challenge #332: Anything Goes!

Good morning stampers! I hope everyone's week is going well! The new challenge at Penny's starts today though! Our sponsor this week is Sasayaki Glitter. Who DOESN'T love Bugaboo?! Prizes are up for grabs, WOOT. You have until Tuesday night to link up with us on the Penny's Challenge blog.

Today's card features this super fun Sweet Lilly from Sasayaki Glitter. I got this image earlier this spring for a DT card, right when I started having all my medical issues and eyesight problems. I wasn't able to use it then, so I was SO excited to get it colored up for the challenge this week!



Colored with Copics, dies from Gina Marie, tag, gems, and paper from my stash. 

That's it for this post! Don't forget to swing over to the Penny's Challenge blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Penny's Challenge #330

Good morning stampers! I hope everyone's week is going well! Busy busy busy, I bet! Spring and the end of school around the corner - yikes! I feel like I'm going 100 mph right now.

The new challenge at Penny's starts today though! Our sponsor this week is Bugaboo. Who DOESN'T love Bugaboo?! Prizes are up for grabs, WOOT. You have until Tuesday night to link up with us on the Penny's Challenge blog.

Today's card features this super fun "Unicorn Be You" from Bugaboo. I got this image earlier this spring for a DT card, right when I started having all my medical issues and eyesight problems. I wasn't able to use it then, so I was SO excited to get it colored up for the challenge this week!




Colored with Copics, dies from Gina Marie and Spellbinders, tape and paper from my stash. 

That's it for this post! Don't forget to swing over to the Penny's Challenge blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Creative Knockouts 194 - Humor!

Good morning stampers! Today I'm sharing my project for the challenge over at Creative Knockouts where the theme is....Funny Cards

This week's sponsor is KennyK Stamps, and they are offering a wonderful prize to a lucky player!






Here is my project, featuring Cookie Guy, colored with Copics. I had this fun paper from a bunch of back to school projects I made in August and September, and it's PERFECT for this guy! On top of the fun-factor, I need teacher thank you cards for the end of the year for the kiddos, and this one is perfect for DS#1's science teacher!!

That's it for me today! Don't forget to swing over to the Creative Knockouts blog to link up your projects for your chance to win! My DT sisters have created some beautiful inspiration, so leave them some love too!



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Oddball Art Stamps TAW: Salted Backgrounds

Good morning blogland! I'm so happy to finally be posting again. I had some issues with my eye health, which also affected my vision. Very scary stuff, but I am doing much better now. Several medicated drops every day...better living through chemistry! To celebrate I'm getting back on board with my various Design Teams; all of the owners and coordinators were so amazing and supportive during this unpleasant ordeal. Thank you all!!

I am coming back with a BIG post that I'm so excited to share with you! It's a step-by-step photo tutorial that I've created for Oddball Art Stamps' "Technique a Week" feature. They started up a few months ago, but this is my first one - I hope you enjoy it!

Salted Backgrounds


Salted backgrounds are a wonderfully funky way to add uniqueness and character to any project. They're also incredibly easy to create!

You will need:

  • Glossy cardstock
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Ink pads and/or reinkers
  • AquaBrush or Paint brushes & water
  • Salt (I like coarse salt because the uneven sizes give a more mottled look to the finished product, but ANY salt will do!)
The Deets:
  1. Cut your paper to size and spray it with water from the spray bottle. You want a good amount of beaded water on the top of the glossy surface.
     
  2. Using your AquaBrush or wet paint brush, pick up some ink and begin adding it to the wet cardstock in the general arrangement you'd like the finished product's colors to be. You can get the ink in one of two ways, depending on your style of ink pads. If you have the type that you can press against themselves when they are closed and transfer a small amount of ink to the inside cover of the ink pad, you can do that. Alternatively, you can add a couple drops of reinker to the inside of the ink pad or any other plastic surface you have readily available.

  3. Continue adding ink to the cardstock surface until you are satisfied with the look. If your paper begins to dry out, spritz it again from your spray bottle to keep the ink flowing easily over the top of the paper. You may need to experiment to find the right amount of water; too much will muddle the colors.
  4. Now the fun part! Grab your salt...
  5. Add salt to your project while the surface is still fairly wet and the ink is bleeding slightly. You can shake, sprinkle, flick, fling....any transfer method you'd like will get the job done ;)
  6. After you get it salted, you won't want to pick it up until it is dry. (Plan accordingly!) If you're in a rush, you can help it along with your handy dandy heat gun. Otherwise, let it sit off to the side to dry normally.

  7. Once dry, gently brush off the excess chunks of salt that are still sitting on top of the paper. You will be left with a lovely salty haze on the top of the project, as well as some more obvious areas where the grains were sitting as the water evaporated and the ink ran.
  8. Use these finished pieces any way you like! I put mine into this card featuring Creepy Claire, Oddball Art Image #64. I kept the card fairly simple to showcase the background piece. This technique is SO PERFECT for Oddball's fantastic style of digi stamps!


...that's it! It's such a fun, easy technique that LOOKS like it took you way more time than it did! I colored up Ms. Claire with Copic markers, and added some Art Institute Glitter to her wings. The die is from Fun Stamper's Journey, and the Magic Mesh has been in my "misc." drawer for 10 years.

I hope you're inspired to try a new technique! If you make a project using this tutorial, feel free to link it up so I can come "ooh" and "aah" over your creation!

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