Friday, November 29, 2013

Triple Stamping Seahorse

So awhile back Hetty made this GORGEOUS card with the Large Sea Star and I decided to copy it using the Seahorses instead.  (I also just noticed that the seahorses have a die cut to go with them!!!  So exciting!!!)

Here's the link to Hetty's card:  Hetty's Blog

Here's the card I made copying it:

I used Tim Holtz ink (Tea Dye, Antique Linen) and Stampin Up! paper (Vanilla, Soft Suede) with a bit of linen thread and some crystal effects for the water droplet effect.  The seahorse charm I got from Michaels.

The dimensions of the squares are 3x3, 4x4 and 5x5.  The Soft Suede mat is 1/4 inch larger.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Michael Strong Card of the Day - Friday

The last card of the week!  I had to use my Seahorse again but still wanted to keep my rainbow theme so here's what I came up with:

This card uses a technique called "Triple Stamping".

I cut some watercolour paper 3 x 3, 4 x 4 and 5 x 5.  Then I layered them on top of each other with a bit of adhesive (not too much because you have to remove them from each other.)  I have something called a "Rainbow Sponge" which is basically just a really condensed sponge.  I put 1 drop of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple re-inker side by side on the sponge and then lightly misted it.  Then I dragged the sponge in an arc across the paper.  I then misted the paper a little bit so the colours would run.  I let dry and then stamped the Seahorse all over in black ink.  (Where the papers overlap the stamping will not be perfect but this will be covered up.)  You now remove the layers from each other and mat them (I used a ¼" mat so I cut my black 3¼ x 3¼, 4¼ x 4¼ and 5¼ x 5¼.)  Now adhere the layers on top of each other and attach to a base (5½ x 11, scored in the middle.)  I added a bit of ribbon, brads and the "Happy Birthday!" sentiment.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Michael Strong Card of the Day - Technique Thursday

I wanted to do a colourful technique so here's a rainbow stamping technique!

Step 1:

Take a clear block and smear some yellow ink directly onto the clear block.  I used Tim Holtz "Squeezed Lemonade" and it fit perfectly in the middle of my block.

Step 2:

Take a red ink pad (I used "Pickled Raspberry", which is pink) and smear it directly on the top of the clear block.  You can overlap with the yellow if you want.  (I did since you can't see the yellow transference on the red pad -- but I wouldn't put my yellow ink pad on the red ink.)

Step 3:

Take a blue ink pad ("Salty Ocean") and smear the pad directly onto the bottom of the clear block.  This is what it looks like:

Step 4:

Lightly mist the clear block and let the colours run together.  The more water on your clear block the more the colours will run together so don't put too much or they might turn muddy:

Step 5:

Press the clear block firmly down on some paper.  I used watercolour paper which helps the inks run a little.  Take the clear block off the paper and mist the paper a little if you want the colours to run more.  I misted my paper to get this rainbow effect:

Once the paper dries you can stamp on it!

I was SOOOOO excited that my Seahorses arrived I had to use the big one!  Thanks so much Mike for the FABULOUS prize!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Michael Strong Card of the Day - Wednesday

Mike's large Flower was stamped in Stampin Up! colours ("Real Red", "Tangerine Tango", "Daffodil Delight", "Wild Wasabi", "Pacific Point" and "Rich Razzleberry") with another saying I love from the set "Friendly Advice" by Inkadinkado.  I did sponge around the edge a little with black just to make it stand out a little better.

Michael Strong Card of the Day - Tuesday

The card today uses Mikes small flower stamp along with a smaller circle, set of 3 circles and outline stamp from Stampin Up!  The ink is from Stampin Up! (Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Summer Sun, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point) as is the ribbon.  The black splotches are enamel accents.  The sentiment is also Stampin Up!  This was a quick and easy card to make and I really like the bright colours.

To create the card I stamped Mikes flower in yellow across the middle of the paper.  Then I stamped the solid circle, circle outline and 3 dots in yellow around and overtop the flowers.  I then did the same thing in red at the top and blue at the bottom.  I did the colours out of order because I found it was then easier to divide my paper in fifths.  I filled in the middle parts with orange and green, overlapping with the existing colours slightly.  The sentiment I had to put in the middle on the yellow so it'd be easier to read. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Michael Strong Card of the Day - Monday

I'm card captain again this week.  Lately I've seen quite a few cards that are "rainbowy" in nature so I've made a few of those with Mike's stamps.  Here's the first.  It uses Stampin Up! paper and buttons ("Real Red", "Tangerine Tango", "Daffodil Delight", "Wild Wasabi", "Marina Mist" and "Elegant Eggplant") with a saying I love from the set "Friendly Advice" by Inkadinkado.  Mike's small heart was embossed in white and punched out using his die cuts.  I tied a silver bow to the blue button just to make it a little different.