Tuesday, May 31, 2011

ATC's Galore!

All of these ATC's were featured in the April issue of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine. And if you haven't tried one yet, what are you waiting for? They are a fun way to be creative but also have the instant gratification of a quick project.

The first ATC was very simple to create. The background was inked with several colors of distress inks, ran through a Cuttlebug, then inked again with a darker color of distress ink. The second inking brings out the emobssed areas. Then the foreground area was stamped and inked, the edges were torn, and then a few beads were added to the corners.

The second ATC was stamped, then the background inked with several colors of distress inks, then the entire surface was coated with crackle paint.

This last ATC was created in a very similar manner. The background was again inked with several distress ink colors and then the images were stamped.

All three of these were created using very similar techniques, but the end product on each one is stunning and unique.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope I've inspired a but of creativity for you today.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The second May challenge is up at Better Living Through Scrapbooking. Head on over, create a layout (or two or three), and get entered for the May challenge prize, a gift certificate to Gauche Alchemy.

This was my DT contribution. I had the freedom to choose my own theme this time, so I let my photos be my inspiration. I just went looking through all of my pictures until I found one that screamed out to the scrapped.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Crayon Resist Stamping Tutorial

Crayon Resist Stamping is a fun technique that allows you to quickly and easily create highlights in stamped images. And with multiple variations on the technique, it's one you won't easily become bored with.

Start by gathering all necessary supplies.

Step One: I wanted to create a background so I chose two similar flower stamps, one just slightly smaller than the other and randomly stamped both flowers onto the cardstock. Allow the ink to fully dry on the cardstock before moving on to the next step.

Step Two: Using a wax crayon, trace areas around the flowers where you want to highlight, keeping in mind that any areas that have been highlighted with the wax crayon will resist any future applications of ink. As the crayon I was using was clear, it's really hard to see in the picture but it does show fairly well in the bottom flower with the light reflecting off the wax.

Step Three: Add desired ink colors to complete the background. Tip: The darker the ink colors used, the more the resist areas will stand out in contrast.

Step Four: To complete the card, I added a bit of glitter glue in a few places for a bit of sparkle and then added the sentiment and butterfly.

Variation One - Crayon resist on colored cardstock

This variation is done using the first three steps above, with the only change being using a colored cardstock instead of white cardstock. This option gives a nice tone on tone color.

Variation Two - Multiple layers of color

For this variation, use steps one through three above; however, with step three use a light colored ink. Once the ink has dried, repeat step two and add highlight areas with the wax crayon in different spots than the first time. Then repeat step three, this time using a darker color ink. Once you have completed the second inking, you will have areas of white showing from the first resist, then areas of the lighter ink showing from the second resist.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Thank You Card

Here's a card that was in a previous issue of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine. I love to make shaped cards. Something a bit different from the standard card shape. And of course, what card would be complete without a bit of bling?

I hope you've enjoyed your visit today and will be inspired to make your own fun creations!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Eclipse Stamp Masking Tutorial

Here's a fun stamping tutorial that I hope you will enjoy.

Stamp masking is a wonderful way to combine multiple stamps together to create new and unique images. And it really is an easy technique to master.

Start by gathering all necessary supplies - cardstock, stamps, ink, scissors, and repositionable adhesive (not shown).

Step One: This technique takes just a bit of pre-planning prior to actually stamping. You'll first want to determine which image will be in the foreground and which image will be in the background. In this case, the fairy image is the foreground image so it will be stamped first.

Step Two: On a scrap piece of cardstock, stamp the fairy image again and cut it out.

Step Three: Take the image that was cut out and, using a repositionable adhesive, adhere it directly above the first stamped image. Since both images were stamped onto white cardstock, I have inked the cut out image so it is easier to see.

Step Four: Stamp background image and then remove the cut out image. Now you have a layered stamped image that only needs to be colored and added to any project.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and will give stamp masking a try.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Layouts Inspired by Tybee Island

Both of these layouts were in previous issues of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine and I can finally share them. They were inspired from a recent trip to Savannah and Tybee Island, GA. Such a beautiful area to visit and full of history.

The pictures on this first layout were taken in the Savannah City Market, right in the middle of the historic district. The horses are used for carriage tours through the cobblestone streets of the city. We just happened along when they were all resting.

The pictures for the second layout were taken at the Tybee Island Lighthouse in the Lighkeepers cabin. My niece found a mirror and was playing with the camera. She did manage to get a good picture of herself.

There are my inspirations, what's yours?
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