Monthly Archives: October 2016

A Blog Named Hero – Friendship Flags – Geometric Challenge

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse here with a project using Hero Arts stamps for the “Geometric” challenge at A Blog Named Hero.

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For my card today I began by creating a rainbow background by gold heat embossing Hero Arts “Tiny Flags” and using distress inks in rainbow order. Geometric cards can really be fun as they create such sharp and clean lines. Using the Hero Arts Friendship Definition stamp as my base background, I chose a friend sentiment as my focal image.

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I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our October “Geometric” Card Challenge!  See you there!

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The House That Stamps Built: Color Challenge

It’s the first Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built color challenge!   You have until Tuesday, October 11th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.  Also, if you use a Repeat Impressions stamps, you will receive an additional entry for a better chance to win.

Here are this weeks colors:

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For my card this week I used Repeat Impressions “Plate 2300” which is a collection of Halloween images. I started by creating the background by stenciling black pan pastel through the Tim Holtz web stencil.  I then stamped the Repeat Impression bats and spider webs on a blue panel.  My sentiment is also from the Halloween Plate 2300.

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Come join us at The House That Stamps Built, you may be our next winner! Oh, and don’t forget to get your discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.

The House That Stamps Built; Project of the week: 10-3-16

Hello stampers!  It’s my week for The House that Stamps Built project of the week!  Today I’d like to bring you a Distress Crayon and Collage technique great to use for some of your fall projects.

For this project the supplies I used are:

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Let’s start with the card base.  Grab some watercolor paper and apply several Distress stains (or sprays) to your nonstick surface.  Then add a few spritzes of water to get the ink moving and dip your paper into the ink to soak up some lovely color.  Did you know that Distress Sprays are exactly the same formula as the Distress Stains, just in a spray bottle?

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Dip your watercolor paper into the ink.  Alter the way you dip by tapping or dragging. You can go back in a few times until you get the patterning you like. Then heat set.

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Next, I did a little stamping with Repeat Impressions Falling Leaves using Sepia archival ink as we are going to apply more wet medium and need a waterproof ink.

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Now, lets stamp the Large Oak, Maple, and Pinecone stamps on the Tim Holtz Tissue Paper.  I used black soot, which I made from the Distress Reinker and a DIY ink pad as they don’t sell a regular Black Soot pad.  The Black Soot is a truer back while the Jet Black archival has a bit of a blue tint.

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Once stamped, it’s very important you let dry or heat set.

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Loosely cut out the images.  There is no need to be very fussy.

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Compose your images the way you would like and begin adhering them to your background using the Distress Collage Medium.  You can use either the standard collage medium, crazing, or vintage medium as it really doesn’t matter.  You can also use regular matt medium of you don’t have the Distress line.

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Once all is adhered I heat set again.  It you used crazing and applied it thick enough, you’ll have little cracks which look really great with the Distress Crayons.

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Now it’s time to add the Distress Crayons.  I used Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, and Spiced Marmalade.  To camouflage the edges, apply the distress crayon around the adhered stamped leaves and rub in with your finger. I added a little bit of Mustard Seed in the background as well as white as highlight.

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Here is the finished piece after the Distress Crayons. I think you can’t hardly see the edges of the collage pieces.

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I stamped and embossed my sentiment.  So that your sentiment lines up perfectly with your die cut card base, simply cut your sentiment with the same die you used on your card based and viola, a perfect fit.

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I hope you’ll try some Distress Collage on your cards this week and we’d love to see you enter them in our weekly challenge here at The House That Stamps Built.  Each time you do, you are entered in for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate.

I’ll leave you with my final project using the Distress Collage technique.  Happy Crafting!!
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The Crafty Nurse

Cards in Envy Challenge: Frame It

Happy Monday!  We are celebrating “Frame It” for the Cards in Envy challenge this week. That means we’d love to see cards that showcase anything framed.  Please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 envelope without any large lumps or bumps.

The challenge will run through Sunday, October 16th. Our design team will also be choosing their favorite cards to feature on the The Cards in Envy blog.

My card features watercolor the “Art Impressions Way”.  This is a great tutorial method that Art Impressions offers using their rubber stamps.   My sentiment is from WPlus9’s Doodle Buds.

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I hope you’ll join us at Cards in Envy for our Frame It challenge.  Happy Crafting!

Technique Junkies Blog Hop!

Is it October already?  For me, that means another year older!  It also means it’s time for the Technique Junkie Design Team’s  blog hop showcasing the new Technique Junkies new releases for October.

It’s holiday time here at Technique Junkies and I know you are going to love what the design team has come up with.  Don’t forget that Pat always provides a 15% discount and this month it’s extending through October 10th so stop by the Techniques Junkies Store to score your goodies.  In addition to the stamps, the store is carrying stencils, art anthology colorations, and a variety of new dimensional mediums perfect for those who like to play with ink.

My first card features the gorgeous new stamp “Christmas Ornaments Trio Set of 9 #SS055”. Using a circle template I created multiple “bauble shapes” with Distress Inks in Fossilized Amber, Mustard Seed, and Twisted Citron. Then, using my Misti tool, I stamped the star ornament in this set making sure to mask the tip so it didn’t overlap.  I doodled an edge to frame it and used the Distressed Stain Embossing Technique from the Artistic Effects CD for my background.  The sentiment is also from this set and goes perfectly with this ornament set.

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My next card features a clean and simple card (which I hardly EVER do) using “Mistletoe #SD745” stamped repeatedly on the top of a card front.  I colored the leaves with G94, YG03, and R59 Copic Markers, then Distressed the edge with Antique Linen. My sentiment is from “Christmas Ornaments Trio Set of 9 #SS055”

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My next card features “Christmas Mug Shot #SD732” that I embossed in white over black card stock spritzed with Dylusions white spray.  For the background, I white embossed “Baubles #S713” then sprayed the background with Art Anthology Colorations in Avocado, Siesta Key’s, and Fern Leaf.

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Now, that I’ve shown you what I have to offer, I don’t want you to miss any of the other design teams creativity so I encourage you to start hopping at the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog.

If you are arriving from  Karen’s McAlpine’s Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous project Karen!

The next stop is at Beth Norman’s Blog.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

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Lanette Erickson

Karen McAlpine

Kathy Stacy – Thanks Me!!

Beth Norman

Pam DeChellis 

Judy Jackson

Tonya Davidson

Pat Huntoon 

I sure hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies October Release Hop! Don’t forget – 15% off October Stamps through October 10th only!

Send a Smile 4 Kids Early Holidays Wishes

Happy October!  This year has just flown by but we are coming into my absolute favorite time of the year. Today, I’m posting some early holiday inspiration for the Send a Smile 4 Kids “holiday” challenge.  Send a Smile 4 Kids is a great organization that provides cards to hospitalized children who I’m sure can use some holiday cheer this time of year.  We all know how hard it is to be away from your family, so how about entering the challenge and sending in some cards for kids?  Check out the guidelines here.

The sponsors for this challenge are:

Bugaboo who is offering a prize of: 7 images of winner choice

Dies R Us who is offering a prize of: $15.00 Gift Certificate

My card today features the sweet Bugaboo Bear called, “Ornaments Bear”.  I colored him up with Copic Markers and stenciled white pigment ink using a stencil over pattern paper.   The oval die is by My Favorite things.

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I hope you’ll join us over at Send a Smile 4 Kids for the Early Holiday Challenge.  You have until Friday, October 14th to enter.

 

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