Posted in Cards - Any Occassion, Tips & Techniques

No line coloring….color outside the lines!

No line coloring

One of the latest crazes in the papercrafting/card making world is no line coloring.  It produces a beautiful effect, making it look more like you drew the image instead of stamping it.  Ilda Dias shared the stunning piece below on Facebook in Stamp Junkies, which she created by using the no line coloring technique by watercoloring with watercolor crayons. According to Ilda’s post on her blog, it did take her a little bit of time, but the result was remarkable.  Ilda used the Lovely Blooms clear stamp set by Studio Katia.  The watercolor crayons she used were a set she purchased from Michaels, their Recollections brand.  I checked the Michaels website, and while it seems they no longer carry them, you can purchase them on Amazon.  For this technique, Tim Holtz distress crayons, which come in a variety of colors, could also be used.  Check out the post for this gorgeous creation on Ilda’s blog, I Love Doing All Things Crafty.  This is your time to take a chance and color outside the lines! 🙂

 

Posted in Cards - Hearts / Love, Tips & Techniques

Happy Valentines Day!

The card that I want to share today was created by Ardyth Percy-Robb, using A Jillian Vance Design products.  It was made using a masking technique, that is shown in the video below.  Ardyth used the Lovely Hearts Inkboss Inkpression Plate, Stitched Dots Heart Die Set, Grande Greetings Love Word Die, Celebrate Cake Stamp Set, and Stitched Dot Rectangle Backdrop Die Set.  It appears that she used Catherine Pooler inks, which I have not yet tried, but I have seen a lot of positive feedback about them.  I think this looks like a fun, simple and easy card.  I, personally, enjoy fun effects that are easy and not complicated.  Masking is just one of those techniques that creates beauty with minimal effort.  Take a cruise over to A Jillian Vance Designs’ website and have a look the variety of products that they offer.  Also, make sure and check out Ardyth’s blog, MASKerade, for more of her beautiful creations!

Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

Posted in Cards - Any Occassion, Tips & Techniques

Drywall tape + ink = amazing!

My friend Andrea Buckley was kind enough to share the idea of this technique with me for this blog.  I am not going to lie, it sounds so un-glamorous, that I was skeptical at first.  However, once I watched the less than 10 minute video with France Martin of Frenchiestamps.com, I was ready to run out to my local Home depot right then!  Not only does this technique produce some really cool results, but it is super easy.  I am all about super easy for cool techniques!  It reminds me of the magic mesh that they used to sell some years ago, which you purchased in different colors.  The beauty of drywall tape is, there is virtually no waste!  You can color directly on the drywall tape and use it as an embellishment, and then you can use the image that remains from where you colored it, as well!  Unlike the magic mesh, where you would have to buy several packs to get different colors, you can purchase 500ft  of drywall tape for around $10….and then use whatever colors you choose!  As you will see in the video, it is as simple as cutting the desired length off of the roll, laying it on your paper of choice and then coloring.  And, voila!  Instant embellishment, background or accent!  Below the video, I have added some finished creations, by stamp artists Loll Thompson and Karen Dunbrook.  Within minutes of watching this just over 8 minutes video, I promise that you will be on the road to your local hardware store! Thank you, Andrea!

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

Posted in Tips & Techniques

Loving your stamps at first ink

Have you ever purchased an amazing stamp, that you had great plans for, only to have the image come out splotchy or incomplete?  To be honest, up until last year when I took a background card class, I thought I was broken, and had some curse that made me stamp incomplete images.  Oh the joy to discover that all I needed to do was condition my stamps!  It was a tip quickly passed on in the class, but one that I took to heart and that has changed the way I look at my new stamps!  Jennifer McGuire, of Jennifer McGuire Ink, shares a great tip here for using VersaMark Ink to condition your stamps.  There are also a variety of other techniques that you can use to condition your stamps.  Click here for some alternatives to stamp conditioning provided by scrapbook-advise.com by Memory Book Architects.  These include items such as using Staz-On cleaner, or even a sanding block!  You purchased that stamp because you loved the image….keep that love going by conditioning the stamp first to get the most out of it.  Always give your stamps some love!

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda

 

 

Posted in Paper Crafting Tools, Tips & Techniques

Bows for any occasion

I love the look of bows on my cards….whether they be bows made of ribbon or paper.  Earlier this month, we discovered how you could make a paper bow using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.  In this post, we see how you can create paper bows using a die or a punch.  With the arrival of dies and punches that are able to cut out paper bows, it is easier than ever to add a paper bow embellishment to your creations.  Below are pics of paper bows created using the The Stamps of Life Small Bow Dies, as well as the Fiskars Large Squeeze Punch Bow Tie.  Both of these bows are super sweet, and just slightly different, so you might as well have both the die cut and the punch in your crafting arsenal!

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Eat, sleep create, repeat.

Rhonda

Posted in Paper Crafting Tools, Tips & Techniques

Easy Bow Tutorial

Here is a easy step-by-step 3D paper bow tutorial by Mendi Yoshikawa, using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board. This creates a super cute bow, for you to use on your cards or other crafts. The envelope punch board can be used for a variety of envelope sizes, as well as making other fun things like embellishments and even gift bags. You can purchase the envelope punch board by going to the We R Memory Keepers site.

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Eat, sleep, create, repeat.

Rhonda