This challenge on the Stampotique Designers Blog is not early for me as I have already made quite a few Christmas cards! But it did give me the opportunity of using my two new stamps Birdy Up and Splatter, to create a Christmas tree (of sorts). The background is simply three shades of Distress Inks blended onto white card and then Dylusions White Linen spray flicked over for the snow.
I love Craft Stamper magazine, it always includes lots of new ideas and techniques to try out. The August edition featured one called ‘Fold and stain background’ which I liked the look of and, as the new Stampotique Designers Challenge theme is to try a new technique, it was a perfect opportunity to have a go. I have used Stampotique’s Jasmin as my main image on this card, together with some Tim Holtz’s remnant rubs. So, here is how to do the background: take a piece of text weight paper, fold in half and crease with a bone folder, fold in half again and crease, repeat in the same direction until you have a narrow strip. Unfold the paper and repeat the folds in the opposite direction. Open the paper out and refold randomly along the fold lines until you have a small folded square or rectangle. Select a few colours of Distress Stains that will blend well together (I used blues and greens). Hold a Distress Stain bottle over the corners of the folded paper and press down until the ink soaks through. Unfold the paper and fold again so that ‘un-inked’ creases are at the corners. Take another colour of Distress Stain and repeat the inking process. Continue in this way until you have good coverage of ink along the creases of the paper. Leave the paper to dry flat and then use a Distress Ink pad and ink applicator to colour in any white areas. The finished background reminded me of camouflage fabric so it would be good for boys’ and men’s cards if you used the right colours.
The latest challenge theme on Stampotique Designers Challenge blog is to use at least 3 layers and this gave me the opportunity to try out a technique I recently saw on Tim Holtz’s blog – using stencils with different mediums to build up layers. I started off by cutting a piece of watercolour paper to size and used texture paste through a stencil at the top right, and Picket Fence distress stain through a circles stencil on the bottom half of the card. After these were dry I added a layer of colour using Distress Stains: wild honey, picked raspberry and broken china, spritzing with water to allow the colours to mingle and blend. When the card was completely dry I added a third layer, using Distress Inks and two more stencils. For the stamping I have used Stampotique’s Arty and the flowers and words are from Paper Artsy’s JOFY collection (I have only just bought these so couldn’t resist using them!).
Another technique in the latest Craft Stamper was the inspiration for this card, and perfect for the current Stampotique Designer Challenge theme – polka dots! The background panel was taped to a craft sheet and Broken China distress ink blended over the surface. Then the ‘spots’ were added by using distress re-inker droppers – squeeze out all the ink first (back into the bottle) and dip into clean water to result in a watery mix of colour; hold the dropper over the card and allow droplets of the mix to fall onto the inked card; repeat with other colours, and leave to dry. When completely dry I also outlined each spot with a Distress Marker in a similar colour. I have used Stampotique’s Sheer as the main image and added a skirt made from a length of ribbon gathered along one edge, with tiny spots added using a Pearl Maker pen.
Yes it’s the 100th challenge on Stampotique Designers Blog and the theme is ‘anything goes’. So, here is my entry on which I’ve used only Stampotique stamps.
I started off by stamping Stella first, then masked her and stamped the Mushroom Group. The mushrooms were then also masked while I blended Distress Inks randomly over the whole background. The masks were removed and Stella and mushrooms coloured with ProMarkers, then Abstract Foliage stamped in black along the bottom. I wanted to add some texture to the background so I used a flower mask on the right side, inking over it with the same DIs, and on the left I have used texture paste through a harlequin stencil. When this dried I coloured over the paste with more DIs. I finished off with a few water splatters, adding the text and some tiny die cut butterflies.
I’ve finally got around to making two more pages for my sample book.
On page 9 I have not used a new technique, but some new stamps and a new stencil. The background was sprayed with glimmer mists and then I stamped the bottles in grey ink. These are part of a Hampton Art stamp set which includes the four bottles plus a variety of different labels. I then added a little texture by sponging ink through a tiny dots stencil. Finally I stamped Stampotique’s Stella on white card, added colour and cut her out. I have glued her to the page so that she is sitting on the bottle.
On page 10 I have used a technique that is described by Paula Whittaker in the May edition of Craft Stamper – sponge various colours of Distress Inks onto white card in blobs of colour, then spray lightly all over with water so that the colours blend and merge. When the card was dry I stamped the art quote stamp (by Stampers Anonymous) in red, then added Dina Wakley’s Silhouette Script which was stamped in black on white paper and cut out.
This is my entry for the current Stampotique Designers Challenge on the above theme. I have only just bought the mushroom group stamp so of course I had to use that! I’ve teamed it with Stampotique’s Smile (peeking from behind the mushrooms… or are they toadstools?), and used Two Sticks as my flowers (I doodled the petals by hand), together with a quote stamp by Tim Holtz. The background was made by the wrinkle free distress technique using two DIs – I wanted a fairly watery wash and to leave some white areas. I don’t think you will be able see from this picture, but I have also added tiny drops of Glossy Accents as raindrops.
A card made for the Stampotique Designers Challenge 94 on the theme of flowers, but also including a couple of budget saving ideas. I have stamped flowers onto scraps of left over paper, cut them out and then glued to purple card for my background. The bow was made using white ribbon which I dyed with Distress Inks – a good (and inexpensive) way of ensuring your ribbon colour matches the rest of your design. I stamped Moongirl on another scrap of white card and added some glitter to her wings.
Spring is the theme for this Stampotique challenge… I am certainly looking forward to it coming, as I sit here looking out at the snow!! I have chosen bright colours for my background which was created by inking an acrylic block with distress inks, spritzing with water and then pressing onto card. Then I stamped over in black ink using Stampotique’s Arty plus a few other stamps. For a final touch I have added some tiny pearls to the flowers.
This is my entry for the latest Stampotique challenge which is to use a sketch. I have used Stampotique’s Jasmine together with a few other stamps for this card. The background panel is brown coredinations card which has been sprayed lightly with Perfect Pearls mist.