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Technique Junkies – Dimensional Birch

Hey there fellow Junkies!!

Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here today with, yes another project featuring September Release, “Birches #S686” for my inspiration today.  What can I say.  I just LOVED this stamp! Today I wanted to share how I used some Art Anthology dimensional paints to create texture and vibrant color using this awesome stamp.

I began by stamping “Birches #S686” with Archival Jet Black Ink using my Misti tool so that I could get a nice dark background.  Don’t forget to take out the padding in your Misti when using these cushioned stamps.  I then laid down some Hero Arts Die inks in Butter Bar, Pumpkin Spice and Rust using the Faux Paint Swatch technique (but only using 1/2 of the tape) on the right of each tree.  I then broke out my Art Anthology Dimensional Paints in Kenyan Copper, Pumpkin Spice, Vegas Gold,  and Terracotta swiping them over the branches.  The dimension of these paints is fabulous and really looks like tree bark.

I’m really excited for you to see the October Technique Junkies Release in a few days, but until then, keep inking!

The Crafty Nurse

From The Heart Stamps – Mid-Week Inspiration

Happy Wednesday!  Today I have some mid-week design team inspiration using From The Heart Stamps!

My card today uses a beautiful bird image, “Warbler and Magnolias” which I colored using Daniel Smith watercolors.  I stamped the background in Hero Arts Vanilla shadow ink with My Favorite Things script stamp.  I finished off with Ellen Hutson ribbon and Lawn Fawn Sequins.

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I look forward to seeing you over at From The Heart Stamps Community both on the blog and on Facebook. 

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Butterfly Dreams

Hey Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse back with some inky inspiration for this wonderful almost spring day!  I hope you all get a chance to play a little in your craft room while you enjoy the coming of great weather.

For my card today I went monochromatic using the new March Palettini release “Vintage Butterfly Collection #P035.”   The technique today is from the Bodacious Backgrounds CD called, “180 Degree Stamping,”  The two inks are Altenew Deep Iris and Lavender Fields.  This technique is super easy and creates fabulous depth to your card.

The sentiment is from “Simple Sentiments Set 3a  #SS03A” simply stamped and popped up on foam. I added two panels of ribbon by Ellen Hutson and finished off with sequins filled with Stickles (I prefer not to see the holes).  I also added a line of Stickles on the edge of the card stock for a little added bling.

Thanks for stopping by the Technique Junkies Blog today and we all wish you lots of creative play today and always.

Bye, Bye for now!!

The Crafty Nurse

The House That Stamps Built; Designer Choice Challenge

It’s the second Wednesday of March and time for a new Designers Choice Challenge at The House That Stamp Built!  Today, Patti is hosting our challenge and she has chosen “More Than One Fold.

As with our other challenges, we are offering a $25.00 gift certificate to the Repeat Impressions store for our random winner.  Don’t forget, if you use a RI stamp, you get an extra entry!

For my “More Than One Fold” I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and was drawn to the kite card in hopes of bringing thoughts of spring to this nearly complete winter.

The Repeat Impressions stamps used were, “Kite 4511-I” and “Celebrate Life 8403-E” in Versafine Black Ink.  I edged the Glitz “Brightside” paper with Twisted Citron Distress Ink and tied Ellen Hutson Ribbon for the flag.

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I had fun looking for new inspiration to add “More Than One Fold” this week. We hope you’ll join us at The House that Stamps Built.  Happy Wednesday!

Sketch Saturday Challenge #401

Happy Saturday!  Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by Bugaboo who is offering the randomly chosen winner 7 images from their site!  How generous!  You have until Friday, March 4th for a chance to win.

Here’s the sketch:

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For my card I chose “Ringlet Kidz Topper”, which I colored with Copic Markers.  The paper is Simple Stories “DIY Boutique.” The cross stitch die is from My Favorite Things and the ribbon is by Ellen Hutson.

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I can’t wait to see what you come up with using the new Sketch Saturday Sketch!

 

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, December 8th 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 did a little layering of the Repeat Impressions “Poinsettia 2012-H.”  I used Copic Markers and stacked up the layers using foam tape.

My background is an embossing folder by Tim Holtz as is the die cut “noel” sentiment.  The ribbon is Ellen Hutson.

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.

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The House That Stamps Built; Project of the week: 11-16-15

Hello stampers!  The Crafty Nurse here with some creative play for The House that Stamps Built project of the week.   I can’t get enough of the Brushos Watercolors and today I’ve got a great way to use Brusho’s for adding color to your flowers and leaves. Don’t forget I’m offering a 10% discount to the Repeat Impressions Store (discount code on my blog sidebar).

For this project the supplies I used are:

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Before we begin, I wanted to share with you how I store my Brusho’s.  I use a push pin to create a hole in the top and then keep the pins in the bottle so I don’t lose any powder.  When you want to use the pigment, remove the pin and shake it out.  Easy as pie.

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To prepare our ink palette shake the Brusho’s pigment into the wells.I used Orange, Sunburst Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, and Sea Grass Green.

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Step 1:  Ink stamp with distress ink.  The first one I used was Fossilzed Amber.  Make sure the entire stamp is covered.

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Step 2:  With your water brush, apply a dabs of water to the surface of your inked stamp.  This is why we are using Distress Ink because it plays so well with water.  You can see that it’s activated that Fossilized Amber ink.

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Step 3: Dip your water brush into the dry Brusho’s powder and apply to inked and watered stamp.

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Step 4: After applying all your colors, hold up the image and give it a spritz of water.  Here is a sample of how much water should be used below.

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Step 5: Time to Stamp.  The trick here is to make sure you use watercolor paper and once you stamp down, hold it for a count of no less than 5 seconds and 10 if you are not too impatient.  That way the pigment makes good contact with the paper and really soaks in for the most vibrant outcome. 

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Step 6: If you need a little extra pigment you can always do a direct to paper application of the Brush’s with your water brush as I’m showing here.

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Step 7:  Choose some alternate base Distress Inks to change up the colors of the leaves.  I used Dried Marigold and Worn Lipstick.

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You can see my sample and tell the differences in the base color. The top right is Fossilized Amber, The left is Dried Marigold and the bottom right is Worn Lipstick.

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Step 8: Finish stamping your panel and distress.  I used Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs.

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Here is my final card made by watercoloring with Brusho’s. To finish the card I cut out the panel using a WPlus9 stitched die, added Ellen Hutson Ribbon, and die cut a Papertrey Ink Thanks die which I topped with Pico Embellisher in shimmer.   I can’t wait to break this technique out on other floral stamps.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed how to watercolor with Brusho’s.  I hope you’ll join us this week for Karen’s Designer Choice Challenge at The House That Stamps Built  which focuses on “sentiments” where you will have a chance at a $25.00 gift certificate.

Beginning Wednesday, November 18th, we are having a “Photo Inspiration” Challenge that I know you’ll love!

I wish you a wonderful rest of the week!

The Crafty Nurse

Cards in Envy Challenge: Just Beachy

Happy Monday!  Summer is in the Air for our Cards in Envy  “Just Beachy” Challenge this week. Please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 card without any large lumps or bumps. The challenge will run through Sunday, July 19th.  Our design team will also be choosing their favorite cards to feature on the The Cards in Envy blog.

My card features a Saturated Canary image called, “Smokin’ Hot.”  I colored this bathing beauty with Copic markers and cut her out using a Papertrey Ink tag die.  The ribbon is a gorgeous aqua from Ellen Hutson’s store.  The background die is Simon Says stamp stitched die and the circle is My Favorite things.  I created the word “sun” with letter stickers from my stash and the wood boat is is colored with copics.

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Can’t wait to see what your Just Beachy looks like for you!

 

Technique Junkies Vintage Ship Collage

Happy Tuesday Junkies!  Today I’m coming to you with a little inspiration featuring the stunning Palettini Background Stamp called, “Vintage Ship Collage.”   For more ways to use background stamps, check out Pat’s great ideas called, Collage stamps 4 ways.

For this card I used older Technique Junkies technique from the Feb/March 2007 newsletter called, Distressed Dragging.  I modified this technique to use a straight edge rather than a torn edge.  The ribbon is from Ellen Hutson and is a gift with every purchase.  The metal findings are Tim Holtz.

Oh, and don’t forget Technique Junkies having a %15 off sale on all new May Stamp Releases and it’s almost over!

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Lindy Doodle

Happy Sunday!  Today I put together the “milk” challenge at Doodle Pantry and the January Lindy’s Stamp Gang color challenge.  I didn’t have a specific “milk” digi, so I took license and used one with ice cream which is made from milk.  For the inks, I used Lindy’s Magical’s in Cape Code Coral, Sprays in Jazzy’ Jivin’ Purple, Don’t eat Yellow Snow, and Pop Rock Purple.

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The Doodle Pantry Challenge also had an option to use brads or buttons so I added a brad from the depths of my stash.  As far as technique, I white heat embossed the “Life of the Party Dots” from Hero Arts/Basic Grey, then wet some 140lb Strathmore watercolor paper with water, diluted the magicals and applied the inks sporadically to the wet paper to mix.  The circle is die cut from the stitched circles at My Favorite Things and embossed with a Darice folder.  The ribbon is a freebie from Ellen Hutson which she sends you with each and every order.  Isn’t that generous?

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