Thursday, October 10, 2019

CongRats - A Retirement Card

It's Thursday, which means it's time to post the second card that I created as October's Guest Designer for Topflight Stamps! It's a retirement card for my husband, who retired last week. When I first saw Katzelkraft's Les Rats des Villes - City Rats Unmounted Red Rubber Stamp Set, I knew that eventually I'd be making this card.




Topflight Stamps Products Used:
Katzelkraft's Les Rats des Villes - City Rat Unmounted Red Rubber Stamp set
Les Drôles Accessoires-Funny Accessories Unmounted Red Rubber Stamp set
Onyx Black VersaFine™ ink by Tsukineko®

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Tuxedo Black Memento™ ink by Tsukineko®
Copic® Markers:
   Rat Fur: E30, E31, N0, N1, N2, N3. N4, N5, BV000, BV20, C3, C4, C6, C6, C7
   Rat Ears, Paws, and Tails: BV000, BV20, R00, R11
   Rat Eyes: B21, B23. YG01, YG03, Y13, Y19
   Podium: W00, W1. Y000, E21. E23, E37
   Track: E13, E15
   Stands: B60, N1, N3
   Crowd: Y11, Y13, Y19, YG07, R24 ,R59, B04, B06
   Trees: G24, G85
   Sky: C4, B21
Clear Glaze® 3D Glossy Gel Pen by Sakura
Black and blue cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Black Soot Tim Holtz®Distress® ink by Ranger Industries
Speech Bubble Die set by Spellbinders®
Mixed Messages Clear Stamp Set by Paper Trey Ink
Banner Stamp by Stampotique
Glitter Alphabet Stickers by Making Memories

Instructions:
  1. Three rats from the Les Rats des Villes - City Rats Unmounted Red Rubber Stamp Set were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto white cardstock, fussy-cut, colored with Copic markers, then edged with a dark marker to get rid of those nasty white edges. The rats' eyes and teeth were coated with several layers of Clear Glaze® 3D Glossy Gel Pen to add dimension and shine. 
  2. The winners' podium from Katzelkraft's Les Drôles Accessoires-Funny Accessories Red Rubber Stamp set was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto white cardstock. It also was fussy cut, colored with Copic markers, and edged with a dark marker.
  3. The rats and the podium were set aside while I worked on the background. They kept each other amused while I toiled. 
  4. I googled track and field race tracks, found a suitable free photo, downloaded it, then used PhotoElements to change it from color to a black and white charcoal background, which was lightened quite a bit before being printed onto Copic friendly cardstock using my laser printer. The background image was colored with Copic markers, softened even more with the colorless blender, then trimmed to be used as the card front.
  5. The banner was stamped with Memento ink, colored, fussy-cut, edged, then adhered to the background card front. 
  6. Glittery letter stickers were added to spell out "CongRats".
  7. The card front was edged with Black Soot Distress ink, then matted with black cardstock.
  8. Light blue cardstock was die-cut with a small speech bubble die twice and the tiny sentiments were stamped with Onyx Black VersaFine ink onto them. VersaFine ink always gives a wonderful clean impression when stamping small and/or detailed stamps.
  9. The winners podium and the rats were adhered to the card front and the tiny speech bubbles were added. 
  10. The card front was then mounted onto a 5x7 blue card.
BTW, Some links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! If you shop at Topflight Stamps, please use my coupon code, KATHIREREK855, for 10% off your order.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Halloween Decor Skellie Style!

When I first saw Stampendous' new Seated Skeleton stamp, I knew that I had to use it to create some home decor. Once I got started, this project took on a life of its own!




Supplies Used:
Stampendous Supplies Used:
Seated Skeleton (W211) Rubber Stamp
Beware Witch (QS5038) Stamp Set
Pumpkin People (SSC1321) Perfectly Clear™ Stamp Set
Moroccan Mesh Stencil (FM44086)
Aged Bronze Frantage Embossing Enamel (FREG042)
Mixed Media White Paper
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
VersaMark™ Watermark Ink by Tsukineko®

Other Supplies Used:
5" x 7" Canvas Board
Black Media® Black Gesso by DecoArt®
Media® Matte Medium by DecoArt®
Media® Liquid Glass by DecoArt®
Tim Holtz® Regions Beyond Paper Stash® by Idea-ology
Shadow Grey Archival™ Ink
Fall Words Die Set by Frantic Stamper
White Chipboard Frames by Technique Tuesday
Tim Holtz® Occasions Small Talk Stickers by Idea-ology®
Copic® Markers:
   Floor: E21, E23, E25, W1
   Chair: E23, E25, E27, E29, E49, V17, BV09
   Tabl: E23, E25, E29, E29
   Candlelabra: Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28
   Candles: V15, V17
   Cat: N4, N6, N7, N8, RV42, RV95
   Book Covers: V17, BV09, YR04, E35, E39, R56, R59, G85, YR04, YR27
   Book Pages: E81, E84
   Skeleton: T00, T0, T1, E40, YR31
   Hat: N6, N7, N8, YR04, YR07
Copic® Airbrush System
Eclipse Tape by JudiKins

Instructions:
  1. Cover canvas board with black gesso, let dry, and set aside.
  2. Cut Mixed Media paper to 4.75" x 5.75".
  3. Stamp Skeleton scene onto white cardstock and onto Eclipse Tape.
  4. Fussy-cut the Eclipse Tape version and place its counterpart on the white cardstock.
  5. Using repositionable adhesive, adhere scrap paper horizontally over the image panel.
  6. Airbrush RV91 over the image panel.
  7. Brush Shadow Grey Archival ink over the Moroccan Mesh stencil to add visual interest to the "walls". The popular make-up brushes work fabulously with inks and metal stencils.
  8. Remove the horizontal strip of paper and make sure all the adhesive is gone before creating a wooden floor with Copic markers.
  9. Edge the image panel with Archival Ink.
  10. Remove and reserve the mask over the rest of the image then continue to color the image with Copic markers.
  11. Stamp the cat from the Beware Witch Cling set onto white cardstock. 
  12. Stamp the female pumpkinhead from the Pumpkin People Perfectly Clear Stamp set onto white cardstock.
  13. Color both images with Copic markers.
  14. Trim the Poe image from the patterned paper and color with Copic markers.
  15. Brush all three frames with Media Black Gesso and heat set. 
  16. Press all three frames into a VersaMark ink pad, add Aged Bronze Embossing Enamel, and heat set.
  17. Repeat step 13 until the desired finish is achieved.
  18. Adhere the frames over the cat, pumpkin head, and Poe portrait.
  19. Using the Halloween die from the Fall Words Die Set, cut black cardstock.
  20. Use Matte Medium to adhere the image panel to the canvas board. Let dry.
  21. Brush Matte Medium over the image panel. Let dry.
  22. Use the Matte Medium to adhere the title, the framed images, and the Chit-chat sticker strip. Let dry.
  23. Brush Matte Medium over the entire piece. Let dry. Repeat.
  24. Fill the frames with Liquid Glass and let dry overnight.


Saturday, October 5, 2019

Jack O'Lantern People

It's World Cardmaking Day. Since it's October, I'll likely be celebrating Halloween most of the month!

Don't you love the great costumes on Stampendous' super-cute new Pumpkin People? This clear stamp set also comes with a skeleton dog and a skeleton cat! Such fun!


Supplies Used:
Stampendous Supplies Used:
Pumpkin People Perfectly Clear™ Stamp Set
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Nocturne VersaFine Clair™ Ink by Tsukineko®

Other Supplies Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Grey Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Pumpkin Party 6x6 Patterned Paper Pad by Doodlebug Designs Inc.™
Dot-Stripe Rainbow Petite Prints 6x6 Patterned Paper Pad by Doodlebug Designs Inc.™
Copic® Markers:
   Pumpkin Heads and hands: YR04, YR07, YR18, YG13, YG25, BG32, BG45
   Outfits: V09, V17, N4, N6, N8 BG45, BG49, BG57, E37
   Cat: C4, C6, C7
   Skellie Dog: T00, T0, T1, T3
   Background: Y32, Y35
   Ground: Oops. Forgot to record markers used. Sorry!
Jumbo Fishtail Banner Flags Stax Dies by Die-namics
Tim Holtz® Black Soot Distress® Ink by Ranger Industries
Stamp Positioner
Eclipse Tape by Judikins

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of grey 12x12 cardstock in half, score, and fold to create a 6x6 carad.
  2. Cut the house-patterned paper from the Pumpkin Party pad to 5.75" square and edge with Black Soot Distress ink.
  3. Position the Pumpkin Couple image side down onto the base of the stamping platform. Press the lid into the stamps and lift lid.
  4. Use magnets to secure a piece of cardstock to the stamping platform.
  5. Ink the stamps with Memento ink and stamp the image. Re-ink the stamp and re-stamp if necessary.
  6. Stamp the feet and legs of the male pumpkin person onto Eclipse Tape, fussy-cut, and adhere over its counterpart on the image panel
  7. Use an acrylic block to stamp the skeleton dog. 
  8. Remove the mask and color the image with Copic markers.
  9. Trim image panel and edge with Black Soot Distress inks.
  10. Cut a piece of striped patterned paper 1/4" larger than the image panel. Edge with a YR04 Copic marker.
  11. Using one of the dies from the die set, die-cut purple polka-dotted patterned paper. 
  12. Cut the die-cut in half and edge with Black Soot Distress ink.
  13. Use VersaFine Clair ink to stamp the sentiments as shown.
  14. Adhere the banners and the image panel to the card front, edge with Black Soot Distress ink. and adhere to the card.
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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Three Cheers for Autumn, October, and Me!

Guess what! I was selected to be the October Guest Designer at Topflight Stamps. I was so over-the-top excited that I made two fall themed cards that both feature Lavinia Stamps to start my reign as Miss October!

Here's my Green Man card!


Products Used:
Topflight Stamps Products Used:
Small Green Man Stamp by Lavinia Stamps

Other Products Used:
Watercolor Paper by Strathmore®
Acorn and Pinecone Versa Fine Clair™ by Tsukineko®
Tea Dye, Frayed Burlap, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Bundled Sage, Crushed Olive, and Forest Moss Tim Holtz® Distress® Inks by Ranger Industries
Brown and Olive Green Le Plume II™ Markers by Marvy® Uchida
Brick/Wood Embossabilities™ Set by Spellbinders®
Autumn from the Fall Words Die Set by Frantic Stamper
Green and brown cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Blender Pen
Stamp Platform

Instructions:
  1. Cut brown cardstock to 6.25" x 9", score, and fold to form an A6 card.
  2. Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 5.75" x 4".
  3. Position the Green Man onto the Stamping platform, secure the watercolor paper, ink the stamp with Acorn VersaFine ink, and stamp. Re-ink the stamp with Pinecone VersaFine ink, and stamp again. Repeat if needed. Heat set.
  4. Brush Distress inks, in the order listed above (mostly light to dark), to both sides of the watercolor panel, concentrating the darkest colors at the edges. Heat set.
  5. Use Marvy markers (or other watercolor markers) to color the face of the Green Man image. 
  6. Place the image panel into the embossing folder and let it take a ride through the die-cut machine. Wheeee! 
  7. Position the "Autumn" die as desired. I used a magnetic platform, but you can always secure the die  in place with repositionable tape. Run it through the machine. 
  8. Die-cut the word again with brown cardstock.
  9. Edge the image panel with the darkest ink, then adhere it to green cardstock cut to 6" x 4.25".
  10. Inlay the brown Autumn word into the image panel, then glue the inked watercolor paper over it.
  11. Adhere the matted image panel onto the brown A6 card.
Here's my second card with the Oak Leaf Branch and Oak Leaf Branch stamps.


Products Used:
Topflight Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Brown Cardstock by Bazzill Basics®
Eclipse Tape by Judikins
Copic® Markers:
  Skin:  E000, E11, E21, E50, BV000, R20
  Hair: W1, W2, Y00, Y11, Y13
  Boots/Hat: E33, E35, E47
  Dress: BG70, BG72, BG90
  Stockings and Wings: BG70, B72, BG90, BV000, BV00
  Buckle: Y21, Y26, Y28
  Mushroom: R24, R37, E40, E42, E40
  Tree Branch: 374, E77
  Leaves: Y15, YR12, YR, 14, YR16, YR18, YR24, YR27, R24, YG01, YG03
  Grass: YG03, YG11, YG13
Summer Sky, Angel Pink, New Sprout, and Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
White Deco Marker by Pébéo
White Gelly Roll® Gel Pen by Sakura
Brown Triplus® Fineliner by Staedtler
Scalloped Stitched Rectangles Dies by Gina Marie Designs

Instructions:
  1. Cut a sheet of brown cardstock to 5.5" x 8.5", then score and fold to form an A2 card.
  2. Die-cut the other half of the cardstock with the larger Scalloped Stitched Rectangles die. Set aside.
  3. Using Tuxedo Black Memento ink, stamp Hop Skip Jump Stamp  onto white cardstock and onto Eclipse Tape.
  4. Fussy-cut the Eclipse tape version, then adhere it over top of the image stamped onto white cardstock. 
  5. Tear a piece of paper and sponge or brush Sky Blue ink horizontally over the image to create a cloudy sky.
  6. Repeat this step with Angel Pink ink.
  7. Flip the torn paper and sponge or brush New Sprout ink to create the grass around the mushroom.
  8. Using New Sprout ink, stamp the Oak Leaf Branch onto the upper right hand corner.
  9. Lift the mask and color the branch, leaves, fairy, and mushroom with Copic markers.
  10. Use the green Copic marker to add grass over top of the sponged green background.
  11. Use Copic markers to add some leaves into the grass.
  12. Use the White Deco Marker to add white spots to the mushroom if needed. I needed as my reds bled a bit lot and turned my white dots pink.
  13. Then discover that the red Copic markers bleed through the acrylic paint in the White Deco Marker. Get irritated. 
  14. Use the White Gelly Roll Gel Pen to rescue the pink dots and make them white again. Say "Yahoo!" really loudly.
  15. Trim the image panel so that it will fit behind the brown die-cut scalloped frame.
  16. Adhere the scalloped frame over the image panel, then adhere the whole shebang to the brown A2 card.
BTW, Some links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! If you shop at Topflight Stamps, please use my coupon code, KATHIREREK855, for 10% off your order.

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Skeleton Steps Out!

 Here's a card featuring the fabulous Cling Pumpkin Spooks 6x6 Rubber Stamp. I think it's "all together ooky." Don't you?


Supplies Used:
Cling Pumpkin Spooks 6x6 Rubber Stamp
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Nocturne VersaFine Clair™ Ink by Tsukineko®

Other Supplies Used:
Navel (Orange) Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
140 lb. Mixed Media Paper by Strathmore®
Tim Holtz® Dried Marigold, Carved Pumpkin, and Ripe Persimmon Distress® Oxide Inks by Ranger  Industries
Tim Holtz® Spiced Marmalade and Carved Pumpkin Distress®  Inks by Ranger Industries
Tim Holtz® Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, and Frayed Burlap Distress® Markers by Ranger Industries
Copic® Markers: W00, W0, W1, E40
Grab a Guy Gold Starburst Spray by Lindy's Gang®
Tim Holtz® Occasions Chitchat Idea-ology® Stickers by Advantus
Stamp Platform
Distressing Tool
Liquid Glue

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of 12x12 orange cardstock to 6x12, score, and fold in half to form a 6" square card.
  2. Cut a piece of Mixed Media paper to 6" x 8".
  3. Smoosh Distress Oxide inks onto a craft mat, spritz with water, and press a piece of mixed media cardstock into the puddles of lovely color. Heat set.Spritz with water, dab with a paper towel, and heat set.
  4. Repeat steps #2 and #3 until you're happy with the result.
  5. Heat set the mixed media cardstock until absolutely totally dry. Then heat a bit more just because. 
  6. Position the Pumpkin Spooks 6x6 stamp stamping side down onto the base of a stamping platform then lift.
  7. Use magnets to secure the inked cardstock in place on the base of the platform.
  8. Ink the stamp with Nocturne VersaFine Clair ink and stamp.
  9. Repeat step #8 until you are happy with the stamped image.
  10. Heat set. 
  11. Lightly spray the image panel with Starburst Spray and heat set.
  12. Trim to 5.75" square then use a scissor blade and/or distressing tool to rough up the edges. I like to use both.
  13. Use Distress ink to sponge the edges to add a bit of color to the frayed bits.
  14. Color the jack o'lanterns' stems, mouths, eyes, and hat with Distress markers.
  15. Adhere the image panel to the orange card.
  16. Re-ink the Pumpkin Spooks stamp with Memento ink, then stamp the image onto Mixed Media cardstock.
  17. Fussy-cut the skeleton and color with Copic markers. Edge lightly with the W1 marker.
  18. Adhere the fussy-cut colored skeleton over his counterpart on the card.
  19. Add the sentiment stickers to finish the piece.
Thanks for visiting!




Sunday, September 29, 2019

National Coffee Day Blog Hop!

It's National Coffee Day, though truth be told, every day is Coffee Day. Some days it's even COFFEE DAY! 

In honor of the official holiday,  there's a blog hop sponsored by the Coffee Loving Cardmaking Group and Stampendous and my teammies are participating. 

There will be a plethora of fabulous coffee-themed cards and PRIZES! Visit Coffee Loving Card Makers for all the information.



The generous folks at Stampendous will be giving away the Pumpkin Latte Cling Set, which is pictured below.


If you want to win this fabulous set, visit Stampendous'  Blog for information. Please note that this prize is available ONLY to those with U.S. Mail Addresses.


Being a bad me, I didn't make a new card for this hop, but you can still win by commenting on either or both of my cards that used this set. I used the set "straight up" and also made a shaker card. 

Well, what're you waiting for, grab a cuppa and start hopping!!!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Namaste Skeleton Yoga Card

Here's a serene scene featuring Stampendous' Skeleton Yoga Perfectly Clear™ Stamp Set. I guess this slender dude is grabbing some sun before it's time to get his spooky act together! 



Supplies Used:
Stampendous Supplies Used:
Skeleton Yoga (SSC1323)Perfectly Clear™ Stamp Set
Meadow's Edge (SSC1294) Perfectly Clear™ Stamp Set
Frog Yoga (SSC1269) Perfectly Clear™ Stamp Set
WindowRama (DCP1012) Die Set
Build A Wreath (DCP1007) Die Set
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®

Other Supplies Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Black Cardstock by My Colors
Concord Jam (Purple) Cardstock by My Colors
Midnight Magic 6x6 Pad by Recollections®
Copic Markers:
   Skeleton: T0, T1, T2, YR30
   Grass: Y0g, YG11, YG13, YG17
   Sky:    Flowers: V09
   Sun: Y11, Y13
Monarch VersaFine Clair™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Black Soot Tim Holtz® Distress® Ink by Ranger Industries
Tim Holtz® Frames and Trims Industrious Idea-ology® Stickers by Advantus
Eclipse Masking Paper by Judikins

Instructions:

  1. Cut a piece of 8.5" x 11" purple cardstock in half, score, and fold to form an A2 Card.
  2. Cut patterned paper to 4" x 5.25" and edge with Distress ink.
  3. Stamp Skeleton Yoga onto white cardstock and onto Eclipse paper. 
  4. Fussy-cut the Eclipse paper impression and adhere over its counterpart.
  5. Stamp the grass, flowers, and sun front he Meadow's Edge Stamp Set as shown.
  6. Lift Eclipse tape mask and color the images with Copic markers.
  7. Using the circle from the Build-a-Wreath die set, cut the image panel.
  8. Using the circle from the WindowRama die set, cut black cardstock.
  9. Mat the image circle onto the black cardstock.
  10. Using Monarch VersaFine Clair ink, stamp the sentiment onto patterned paper.
  11. Adhere the matted image circle to the patterned paper card front.
  12. Adhere the border trim Industrious sticker across the card as shown.
  13. Trim the sentiment, frame with one of the frames from the Industrious sticker set, and adhere the framed sentiment to the center of the the horizontal border trim.
  14. Adhere the card front to the card.
  15. Finish the card by adding two Industrious corner stickers to the upper corners.
Thanks for visiting today!