My attempt from Day 1 – word dies.  Thanks for stopping by.

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I’ve been stamping and card making throughout the summer.  Here are just a few of the things I made.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Gelli Plate Class…

June 29, 2014

A friend of mine who used to own the Stampology store here in Chicago had a class last week where he demoed the new 3 x 5 Gelli Plate.  I have a bigger Gelli Plate but hadn’t really used it much, so I wanted to see what Dave had to show us on the smaller Gelli Plate.  It was great fun.  I had to take Dave’s advice and keep adding layers.  Sometimes the first layer or two don’t look very good.  But, just keep going.  Sometimes the back side of the paper looks better than the front!  As part of the class, we got a Gelli Plate and card makings for three different sizes of cards.  I made several gelli prints while I was there, and brought all the card fixing home to finish them off.  Here are the ones I have done.  The gelli print is the background on the focal point on each card. I used ink, paint, stencils, and other things to make marks in the paint to create the backgrounds.  Then I stamped on top of the background – usually in black ink.  (There are 12 pictures here.  Sorry for the long post.)  Thanks for stopping by.

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I’m part of a stamp club in Iowa – even though I live north of Chicago.  My birthday was last month, and stamp club members sent me birthday cards through the mail.  Here they are.  Thanks to all!!!  I really appreciate getting a bit of birthday cheer in the mail.  Thanks for stopping by.

Annette:

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Juliene:

 

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Carolyn:

 

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Barbara:

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Dorothy:

 

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Pam:

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Jan:

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Linda:

 

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This was the swap card from Juliene.  The tulips are popped up with foam tape to give them some dimension, and the pink card stock was run through a Big Shot with an embossing folder.  Very nice, Juliene.  Thanks!

 

 

 

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Earlier this year, I bought a couple of sentiment stamp sets and a background stamp from a new company called Winnie and Walter.  I’ve used them quite a bit and will probably continue to use them quite a bit. W and W recently released some new stamp sets, and I had to snag a couple of them.  They just arrived today. Here they are: Scenery: Big Bang Bling and The Big, the Bold and Extras.  I really want to try the Big Bang Bling soon.   As you can see, it has stamps that look like sequins – which are really hot in the stamping world right now.   I think it will be fun to use these stamps by themselves or perhaps stamp them and then put smaller sequins on top of the image.

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Here is a thank you card I made for my sister-in-law using the flowers, leaves and banners from the Extras set.  Used Distress Inks for the flowers, leaves and blue wash on the background.  Used Memento Black Tuxedo ink on the sentiment.  I really like the tiny stamp that is three little dots.  I think I’ll use that in a lot of different ways.  I can also see a lot of uses for the two-step flowers and leaves.  You can use them together or separately.  Just think of the possibilities.   Thanks for stopping by.

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Yesterday, I was still playing with stencils and watercolor and decided to make one more Mother’s Day card for a friend at work.  I asked her on Friday what she was doing for Mother’s Day, and she said she didn’t think her family was doing anything.  She just hoped she could sleep late.  So, I’ll give her this card tomorrow as a surprise.  I used a very watered down Dylusions lemon zest ink spray.  Those sprays are so intense.  You get really great color.  But for this technique, I wanted something a little less intense, so I used a lot of water.  The stencil is from Hero Arts.  Sentiment is the same wood-mounted stamp I used in a card I posted earlier.  It’s from the Northwoods.  The flowers are from a small Lawn Fawn set appropriately called “Mother’s Day.” If you look closely, you will notice that the wash of lemon zest color that is on the card base doesn’t go all the way to the sentiment.  That’s because I cut the card stock too short.  I decided to use it anyway.  The front of the card base is about an inch shorter than the inside, and the sentiment is stamped on the inside.  We do what we have to do.  Thanks for stopping by.  I think I have posted everything I am going to post today!!!

WATERCOLOR MOTHER'S DAY WITH YELLOW 2014

 

One of the techniques for the Online Card Classes: Watercolor for Cardmakers includes watercoloring with stencils.  Here is a picture of my card stock and the stencil I used, which is from TCW (I think).  I used Twinkling H2Os. The second picture is the card I made, which will go to my sister-in-law (late, obviously).  When I added the sentiment, I discovered that the Twinkling H2Os acted as kind of a resist, so I didn’t get a very good impression – even after two tries.  I went over the sentiment with a sharpie and then used a Wink of Stella black brush pen to give the sentiment some depth.  The big sentiment is from Winnie and Walter. The “mother’s day” is from a small Lawn Fawn set.  Sequins – PrettyPinkPosh. Thanks for stopping by.

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WATERCOLOR AND STENCILS MAY 2014