Monday, May 25, 2015

MFT Ingenious Inking--Watercolor Wash

Today I'm joining the MFT design team for my first Ingenious Inking Challenge.
Our challenge is to create a watercolor wash on our project using inkpads and/or reinkers.

If you already have them on hand, MFT's dye based inkpads and reinkers
are the perfect medium for watercoloring, and they come in a rainbow of colors, too.

For my card, I used several inkpads to create the ombré rainbow background.
Tap the inkpad color on an acrylic block to use as your palette. Add water, depending
on the intensity or opacity of color that you want.

The surface was prepped with water, then color was added over it. The water
allows the colors to blend and mix to form new colors. After it was dried, I stamped the
sentiment, flicked on some white ink, and finished off the card with sequins and twine.

Visit the MFT blog for links to other design team members, and see how
they interpreted the challenge. If you want to play along, be sure to tag
your project(s) #MFTStamps and share on social media--we'd love to see!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Color Layering Hibiscus

Hero Arts new Color Layering stamps let you create images with added dimension
by layering colors of ink. A helpful chart can be found in the back of each set
to show you how to layer the stamps for best results.
I was eager to play with the hibiscus stamp, since the yellow variety happens to be
our state flower. Here are my projects--a card and pillow box.

I'll have to admit that the new Forest Floor background stamp is becoming a fast fave.
I love that the new 6x6" size lets you stamp your card with full coverage
in either landscape or portrait format.

It was perfect for the pillow box because only a single impression was needed per box.
After assembling, I tied the box with some twine and added a leaf,
a hibiscus, and sentiment.

I hope you'll give the Color Layering stamps a try. It's fun to create a variety
of images and have them on hand to add to a card or layout.
You can find all the Color Layering sets here in the Hero Arts Online Store.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch 124

Are you ready for CAS(E) this Sketch 124? Here it is, brought to you by Chrissy.

To say that I was stumped is an understatement.
I think I hid under a rock for a bit, then came up with this.

Winnie & Walter saved the day with the large "hi" die that arrived last week.
I inked it with three colors of Distress inks, flicked on some water, then added
the rest of the PTI sentiment. Done! 

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the creative design team 
interpreted the sketch and join us because we'd love to see your take on it!
You have until Thursday, May 28th to upload your card(s) and as a winner,
you'll be invited to guest design with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friends by Lia

Today I'm up at the Hero Arts blog, sharing a card made with a new
Lia Griffith stamp set called Friends by Lia. Here's a sneak peek.

Please visit the Hero Arts blog for the full card reveal and check out
the entire Lia Griffith line in the Hero Arts Online Store.

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, May 18, 2015

MFT Design Team Creative Challenge--In the Background

It's time for My Favorite Things Design Team Creative Challenge, and this month,
 we're exploring the different ways to showcase background stamps

If you've been a follower of my blog, you know that thanks to Laura Bassen, I love to "smoosh"
and add color to background stamps with open spaces. MFT's Circle Background is the perfect stamp
just waiting to be smooshed! Check out Laurafadora's smooshing technique here.

After white embossing the background stamp on watercolor paper, I inked up
an acrylic block with ink, spritzed it with water and "smooshed" the paper.
The embossing resists the ink and it pools into the open spaces of the image.
Continue inking the block, spritzing it with water, and use whatever colors you like.

It's a very forgiving technique and no two results are ever the same.
 I added the sentiment and hearts, using a white gel pen to add some highlights.

Visit the MFT blog to see how some design team members got creative
with background stamps. Thanks for stopping by!

My Favorite Things + Page Maps

Once again, My Favorite Things is teaming up with Page Maps and their awesome
sketch challenges. Here's this month's sketch.

I wanted to join the fun and here's how I interpreted the sketch.

I used the Cross Stitch Circle Stax and die cut some bright colors of card stock.
Most of the circles were inlaid, and the smallest was popped up for a bit of interest.

I heat embossed the sentiment to make it really pop, and for a finishing touch,
I added a sprinkling of stars.

Head over to MFT Card Challenge blog for all the details and join the challenge
by using and showing off your My Favorite Things goodies. Link up your card
and you could win up to a $20 gift voucher to the MFT Store!

Thanks for stopping by!