Welcome back. It seems to appear that Christmas crafting is here. I am still enjoying the Halloween season but it’s nice to be prepared. If we sent one Christmas card or 100, having a plan or an idea helps. I hope sharing my idea of how to use your stamps as a background helps with your Christmas crafting.
As crafters, we tend to be collectors and don’t utilize our stash as we should. I enjoy using some of my smaller stamps as a background and then using the larger images as a focal point on my cards. Let me show you how!
After choosing my image, I use a stamping block to randomly stamp the image on my background. I try not to be too consistent and I stamp off the paper so it doesn’t look too perfect. Depending how and if I want to color the images is what ink I use. I think I have sprinkled this information into previous blog posts, but I will create one specifically for ink and stamping. We all want the best results possible. If you choose not to color in your images, colored ink can give great a look too. Want a monochromatic look? Leave it be and enjoy creating the rest of the card.
I usually always color in my larger images because I use them as focal points. It can be fun to ink blend a background and use water reactive ink such as distress oxides, then use a background die to create a background that way. This way your focal images are part of a scene.
I hope I was able to give you some mid-week inspiration. Please check out my Instagram @sewmuchglitter to check out what I have been up to. Say HI while you’re there. If you have a fun way of using your craft stash for projects let me know in the comments. As always, if I inspired you to create a project similar to this, tag #sewmuchglitter. Spreading positivity and inspiration in 2020 will help us and others.
Happy Weekend! This project is a follow-up to several of my recent blog posts to give you some inspiration. If you missed any of my posts, go check them out. This is a great project for the slim line card. Now, let’s go see what is so turtley awesome!
First, create the slim line card base. Directions are in my mid-week pick me up post. Next create the layering base. I use a multi media paper for this because we are going to do some ink blending (my favorites and not are a past blog post as well, I see a theme here). The layering base can be the same size as your slim line card or slightly smaller to create a layering effect, it’s all creative preference.
Blend it out! I wanted to create a background inspired by the outdoors so I used my Tim Holtz distress inks ( I have the minis on hand because it’s more cost effective to create my collection this way). If you need blending inspiration, see my blend it out post or post a comment below. I started out with mowed lawn and blended that into wilted violet, which reached peacock feathers. Once everything was happily blended together, I reached for my water mister (Mini bottle from scrapbook.com but Dollar Tree spray bottles work great). I did mist the paper as well as larger droplets simply by taking my spray bottle apart and dripped the opposite end on top of my paper. Do not over saturate your paper. Now, blot your paper with a paper towel and viola! Effect finished.
Next up, stamping! I love stamping but do not always love coloring in my images but this time I made an exception. I used this tortie2stamp set from The Stamps of Life. Perfect for stacking tall on my slim line card. I used my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers but any method for coloring would be great. I colored in the images according to how I wanted my tortie’s to look. TIP: I used my blender marker to help blend out my coloring. If this isn’t an option simply stay within the color family and it is OK to switch back and forth between the colors to get your desired look. Next, I fussy cut the images (die cutting is perfect too) This is great because if you colored outside of the lines it gets chopped off! Don’t stop here, continue on.
Now everything is dried and cut it’s time for placement. I wanted a tall fun effect with my tortie’s so I stacked them high as if they are balancing off each other. I also wanted dimension so I used foam dots to adhere them to the layering piece. You can either directly adhere the layering piece to the card or pop that up too (you have full creative control). You are finished, unless you want to add a sentiment but don’t forget to sign and date the back of the card so the recipient knows you are sharing handmade kindness.
Comment below how you are inspired to stack your slimline card. Check me out @sewmuchglitter on Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest to see what I have been up to. If you have been inspired post your projects too and tag #sewmuchglitter. I love gathering inspiration from others and spreading creative inspiration as well. As I mentioned before, there was a theme in this post so don’t forget to read my other blog posts for tips and ideas.
Set time aside for yourself and have a great week! If there is anything you want to see in the future, let me know by commenting below.
Welcome back! In my last post I said I’d be back soon with my favorite blending tools, so let’s get started!
First off, there is no right or wrong blending tool. There is a better technique but tools are a personal preference. Use what you’re comfortable with and use what gets you your most desired results. The market is overwhelmed with crafting products and I admit that I also fall prey to buying the latest and greatest.
My most preferred blending tool is a blending brush. As you can see, mine are color coordinating. Using similar colors on brushes helps with ease of use and cleaning (or lack of cleaning). The brushes give me the smoothest blends and can fade as desired. These bristles hold color well and clean off well. Their soft providing a smooth blend. I got mine on Amazon.com and they were inexpensive (under $15), not bad for repetitive use.
Next up there’s a blending tool with foam Velcro (on the back) heads. I have a flat attachment and a rounded attachment. Both are for the same purpose but from different companies expecting different results. I find the flat head to leave a harsher line but I’ll discuss techniques later. These are foam and need more ink to get a fuller blend. They do serve a great purpose on smaller projects. The rounded attachment is also a foam but not as porous as they seem to have a slicker surface. These blend over my papers more smoothly than the flat heads. I still find myself reaching for more ink mid project and I DO NOT with the brushes mentioned above. I still use these in color families. The blending handles can be purchased at any major crafting store or my personal favorite, Scrapbook.com. The flat foam attachments can be purchased with multiples in a pack at your local craft store or the rounded attachments at Scrapbook.com as they are a Scrapbook.com exclusive. Both have great price points and both clean well. Let’s talk technique!
Techniques. Start off the project 1st to avoid harsh lines. Remember I prefer a glass mat or a craft mat for easy cleaning. Next, I start small. DO NOT BLEND LARGE AREAS AT ONE TIME. You’ll never get the results you want. Once you get a smaller blend, move out to larger areas. Before you know it, you’ll have a fully blended project! I learned this the hard way and gathered my inspiration from Tim Holtz and experience. Don’t stop here, there’s more!
Color coordinating. As I stated in a previous blog post, I use Distress Oxide and Distress Inks. I stated the formula difference in simple terms. Go check out my blending post. I use Distress Oxide and my other inks aka. Other brands, with the same tools. Clean in-between by simply rubbing on a paper towel or baby wipe. TA-DA cleaned! May be stained but won’t contaminant each other. Remember Oxide is a hybrid. Now, my Distress inks are a little different. I only use specific tools on that formula (not hybrid) they can get contaminated. For the purpose of cost, I use my Velcro heads for this. I’ll show you how I store them in another storage post coming up. Subscribe so you don’t miss that!
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Thanks for joining me today! If you’ve missed any of my previous posts, go check them out and leave a comment to let me know what you think. I think it’s important that we inspire each other and let our creative sides show! My last post focused on my favorite (and not so much) papers for different mediums. This one will focus on ink blending. So, let’s GO!
Let’s start with the latest Distress Oxide release……SPECKLED EGG! Distress Oxide is one of my favorite inks to blend with because it blends so well and looks great (it also has some special talent that I’ll share later). Color technique escape me sometimes but I do have a color wheel to cheat (this tells me what colors compliment each other, but ultimately when in doubt. YouTube! These color combinations were inspired by Kristina Werner, one of my go to YouTubers (when I’m in doubt of my color combos). The color combo on the left is: speckled egg, seedless preserve, and picked raspberry. You may notice my two ink cubes are distress ink and not oxide, but I used what I had and they blended well. Distress inks: dye ink, dries quickly. distress oxide: dye and pigment making it a hybrid, dries slower. The color combo on the right is: speckled egg, peacock feathers, and chipped sapphire. This color combo blended more smoothly because they are all similar colors but both combos will be great backgrounds. I did use my Canson XL mixed media paper and color blending brushes. Let’s see what’s next!
For these next backgrounds I used heavy card stock (80lb) from The Stamps of Life, this tends to pill (paper peel) because it can’t handle water or being worked over multiple times. I wanted to experiment how it would hold up, and it didn’t completely disappoint me but I will save this paper for other card making techniques in the future. For these backgrounds I used a stencil in two different ways. Remember I told you that Distress Oxide has a special talent….It’s water reactive! Let’s start on the right side: ripe persimmon and peacock feathers. I blended these two colors together then placed the stencil over the paper (secured with washi tape) and pressed a wet paper towel (a baby wipe works well too) over the stencil, as much as my paper could handle. When I removed the stencil, this was the result. It added another dimension to my background. The right side: twisted citron, worn lipstick, and dried marigold. For this technique I secured the stencil on the paper first and then blended over it. I like to use a glass mat or a craft mat when blending because it is easy clean up and I can start off the paper first for a seamless blend.
I hope you enjoyed these techniques sprinkled with tips and tricks. Let me know what your favorite color blends are in the comments below. If you try these techniques don’t forget to share to your social media and tag @sewmuchglitter and hop on over to Instagram @sewmuchglitter to see what I’ve been creating, leave me a comment and let me know what inspired you.
Oops! I almost forgot to share the details of my last technique. I used Distress Crayons on my mixed media paper and blended them out with my fingers, used the wet stencil trick on top and then die-cut the background. Making backgrounds in bulk is fun and satisfies my creative itch. Die cutting my creations creates extra elements for my projects and allows me to stock up for future card making.
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Happy daylight savings time. These are the hardest days to get used to the older I get. But, it does mean brighter days are ahead. We don’t experience much rain or cold weather in San Diego but when we do, it is extreme. With the news freaking out about this virus spreading like wildfire, I am excited to get fresh air and spring cleaning underway.
Speaking of spring cleaning, it is also time to evaluate my crafting organization. I recently re-organized my stamp and mini ink collection. You can check it out on my Instagram: sewmuchglitter. Michael’s is a great resource for organization and coupons!
As a crafter, I don’t normally purge my collection. So, I try to save space as I can. And of course, we all want the latest and greatest to improve our crafty skills. When new products come out, they are not always the same quality as others. I find that I cannot use the same blender applicator with different type of inks because they are all meant to be used in different ways. I LOVE using Tim Holtz distress inks but they are a different formula than my other inks. So of course……I want them to have their own applicator because it is one more thing I can shop for (shhh. our secret). In the name of saving space and using the right supplies for the right job, I found a fun way to store my applicators.
I have the scrapbook.com blending tool and enjoy using the domed applicators but find that Tim Holtz applicators are more available and I can use those fun COUPONS! I discovered that either of those applicators fit nicely under my mini distress inks, and they still fit in my storage. WIN WIN! In order to get them to stay in place I use Velcro dots. The opposite side of the applicator adheres perfectly. I have found Velcro dots at Walmart and the Dollar Tree. That is my fun tidbit for now. I hope this helps or inspires you. I would love to hear how you save space while still adding to your crafting collection. Let me know in the comments below. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram where you can see my new stamp storage.
I hope you have a fabulous week! I am having a lot of fun exploring my creativity with the 30 day coloring challenge. You can hop in and out as you desire or just check out everyone’s creativity. I have the # on my Instagram where you can find the details and beautiful artwork.
I’ll be back soon with a fun tutorial that will add sparkle to your spring gatherings!