Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Strange Bird Time Warp Polaroid

It's Tuesday which means it's time to share a project created for Topflight Stamps. I had so much fun participating in the AALL and Create's Polaroid Pops Challenge last week that I decided to make another Polaroid card, this time for the Day 4 - Birds theme. Since we have until the end of March to complete all the challenges, I'm going to keep playing and sharing my results with you. 

Just so that you know, Topflight Stamps is well stocked with AALL and Create's products, including Janet Klein's wonderful stamps!

This week's Polaroid was created with one of the fabulous birds from the Strange Birds Clear Stamp Set 464. The bird is perched on the tree from the Salvadore Clear Stamp Set 488The sentiment is a combination of a sentiment from the Strange Birds set and the sentiment from the Time Warp Clear Stamp Set 472.

Here it is -- #polaroidpopschallengeday4


Topflight Stamp Products Used: 

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Tumbled Glass, Blueprint Sketch, Kitch Flamingo, Picked Raspberry, and Twisted Citron Distress® Inks by Tim Holtz® for Ranger Ink
Copic® Markers: 
   Bird: B23, B24, RV52, RV63, RV91
   Bird's Beak and Foot: Y35, Y38
   Tree: E44, E47, E49 
   Clock, Y21, Y23, Y26,Y28
   Grass: YG23, YG25, YG45
Speech Bubble Die: Source Unknown
Repositionable Labels by Avery®
Stamping Platform
STAY-tion™ by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink
Removable Scotch Tape® by 3M

Instructions:
  1. Use magnets to secure a panel of white cardstock to the base of the stamping platform.
  2. Choose one of the five adorable birds from the Strange Birds Clear Stamp Set 464 and place it facedown onto the cardstock.
  3. Press the platform's lid onto the back of the stamp, then lift the lid.
  4. Ink the stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and stamp the bird onto white cardstock and onto removable label paper.
  5. Fussy-cut the label paper bird image and adhere it over its counterpart on the image panel to mask it.
  6. Remove and clean the stamp.
  7. Position the tree and the clock stamp from the Salvadore Clear Stamp Set 488 facedown on the image panel so that the bird appears to perch on the branch to the right of the clock. 
  8. Press the platform's lid onto the back of the stamp, then lift the lid.
  9. Ink the stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and stamp the tree/clock onto the image panel and onto removable label paper.
  10. Fussy-cut the label paper tree/clock image and adhere it over its counterpart on the image panel to mask it.
  11. Remove the image panel from the stamping platform and place it onto the STAY-tion.
  12. Position the Profusion Stencil 84 over the image panel and secure with magnets.
  13. Place a ruler horizontally across bottom of the image panel secured with magnets.*  
  14. Brush Tumbled Glass, Blueprint Sketch, Kitch Flamingo, and Picked Raspberry Distress inks* over the stencil onto the image panel until you're happy with the blending and coverage.
  15. Remove and clean the stencil.
  16. Shift the ruler to cover the top part of the image and re-secure it with magnets. 
  17. Brush Twisted Citron over the ruler onto the base of the image panel.
  18. Remove the image panel from the STAY-tion.
  19. Remove the masks from the images and color them using Copic markers.
  20. Add some grassy details and shadows to the base of the image using Copic markers.
  21. Trim the image panel to 3" square and adhere to a white 3.5" x 4" white "Polaroid" card.
  22. Secure white cardstock to the stamping platform with magnets.
  23. Position the sentiment with "Time Warp" facedown on the cardstock.
  24. Press the platform's lid onto the back of the stamp, then lift the lid.
  25. Use Repositionable Scotch Tape or a Post-It Note to cover all the words except "Warp". 
  26. Ink the stamp, remove the tape, and stamp the word.
  27. Clean the stamp.
  28. Position the sentiment so that the word "Time" is to the left of "Warp".
  29. Press the platform's lid onto the back of the stamp, then lift the lid.
  30. Use Repositionable Scotch Tape or a Post-It Note to cover all the words except "Time". 
  31. Ink the stamp, remove the tape, and stamp the word.
  32. Clean the stamp.
  33. Position the "Strange Bird" sentiment facedown so that the the words "Strange Bird" are lined up atop the the "Time Warp" sentiment.
  34. Press the platform's lid onto the back of the stamp, then lift the lid.
  35. Use Repositionable Scotch Tape or a Post-It Note to cover "I'm sort of a".
  36. Ink the stamp, remove the tape, and stamp Strange Bird.
  37. Remove the paper from the platform and thoroughly clean the sentiment stamps to rid them of any residue.
  38. Use a speech bubble die to cut the sentiment, then trim if necessary.
  39. Adhere the speech bubble die-cut to card.
Notes:
  • I chose to use the tree/clock stamp as a perch for my bird because I feel like I'm living in a time warp due to the pandemic and my usual odd sense of time.
  • I used Distress inks so that I could touch up the grass with Copic markers. Not all dye inks work well with Copics. Alas.
  • I use a clear ruler so that I can position it more accurately. Plus since it's plastic, it's easy to clean. I kind of destroyed the rulers that came with my STAY-tions because I used my beloved Purell® to clean them. Oops.
Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Happy Birthday!

Here's a birthday card created with Stampendous!® new Slim Gnome Birthday Cling Rubber Stamp.


Stampendous!® Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Green and Yellow Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Copic® Markers:
   Skin: BV0000, E50, De21, E11, E000, R01, R000, R20 
   Beards (left to right): C0, C1, C2; W2, YR31, Y000; W0, W1, W3; C0, C1, C2; W1, W3, W4
   Clothes: (left to right): B00, B02, B04; YR16, YR27, V05, V06, V95, E23, E353, E37; B32, B34, YG45; C4, C6; V04, V05, V06, V93, C6, C8; RV52, RV63, RV93, RV95,V5, V6; YR16, YR27, BG43, BG95, BG99, B34, YG45; B12,B14,B16, B34, YG45, E23, E37
   Cat: C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C5, C8, RV52, RV63, RV95; V05, V06, V93
   Balloons: G0000, G00, B01, B00, Y0000, Y00, R0000, R00, V0000, V00, <B41, B41, <R81, R81, YR0000, YR00, YR20, YR30, Y0000, Y00
   Letters: Y11
   Confetti: B02, B24, G05, YR, YG11
Pink, Indigo, Light Blue Chalk Pencils by General's®
Mono Zero Eraser by Tombow
Q Tip

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of 12" x 12" Green cardstock to 8.75" x 8"
  2. Score at 4" and fold to form a top-fold Slimline card. Set aside.
  3. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the image onto white cardstock.
  4. Color the image and the grass with Copic markers.
  5. Use chalk pencils to add the background and blend the colors with a Q-Tip
  6. Use the Mono Zero Eraser to clean chalk off of the images.
  7. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the "Y" balloon part of the image.
  8. Color with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edge with a dark marker.
  9. Trim the image to 8.25" 3.5" and mat with yellow cardstock cut .25" larger.
  10. Adhere the matted image panel to reserved card front.
  11. Adhere the fussy-cut balloon atop its counterpart as shown.

Thank you for visiting today!

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Love is in the Air

It's Tuesday which means it's time to share a project created for Topflight Stamps. This week my TFS teammates and I are getting ready for Valentine's Day. I combined this challenge with AALL and Create's Polaroid Pop Challenge, which is to create polaroid cards showcasing Janet Klein's wonderful stamps. There's a theme for each day of January and we have until the end of March to complete all the challenges. Since there was not a "love/Valentine's Day" category, I decided to go with Day 2's Thing with Wings Theme. 

I used the girl from the Cat Lover Clear Stamp Set 256 and added the wings from the Wish Clear Stamp Set 360 to make her a fairy. I had her standing in a field of hearts from the Lil Love Clear Stamp Set 481 and then added cascading hearts from the Love Birds Clear Stamp Set 155 by Olga Heldwein to the sky.

Here's the polaroid. #polaroidpopschallengeday2


Topflight Stamps Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Copic® Markers:
   Skin: BV000, E50, E21, E11, E000
   Hair: N5, N6, N7
   Dress: BV13, BV17
   Tights: BV31, BV34
   Hearts: RV52, Rv63, RV91, RV93, RV99
Clear Starlight® Glitter Gel Pen by Sakura® of America
Stamping Platform
STAY-tion™ by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink
Removable Label Paper by Avery®

Instructions:
  1. Use Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp the girl from the Cat Lover Clear Stamp Set 256 and the pile of hearts from the Lil Love Clear Stamp Set 481 onto white cardstock and onto removable label paper.
  2. Fussy-cut the images and place over their counterparts on the image panel to mask the images. 
  3. Stamp the pile of hearts three or four more times and fussy-cut all of them.
  4. Stamp the second pile of hearts to the left of the first pile then adhere a fussy-cut mask overtop.
  5. Continue stamping and masking until there's a row of stamped and masked heart piles on the image panel.
  6. Lightly brush Periwinkle Prism Ink the the masked images until you're happy with the coverage. 
  7. Lightly brush Pink Jellybean Prism Ink over the Periwinkle sky. 
  8. Use Pink Jellybean Prism Ink to randomly stamp the cascading hearts from the Love Birds Clear Stamp Set 155 around the the girl. 
  9. Realize that there isn't a love or Valentine's Day theme in the Polaroid Pops Challenges, so improvise and stamp the wings from the Wish Clear Stamp Set 360 on either side of the girl.
  10. Lift the masks and reserve for later use. 
  11. Use Copic markers to color the girl and the hearts.*
  12. Use Clear Stardust Glitter Gel pen to add glitter to the wings.
  13. Trim the image panel to 3" square and adhere to a 3.5" x 4" piece of white cardstock.
Notes:
  • The stamping platform was used to stamp all the images.
  • When stamping multiples of the same image, clean and dry the stamp after each impression.
  • The STAY-tion was used to secure the image panel in place during the addition of the brushed background.
  • Since the wings were stamped onto a Prism inked background, I could not color them with Copic markers. So I used a Stardust Glitter Gel pen to add sparkle to them.
Thanks for visiting today!


Thursday, January 6, 2022

Happy Birthday!

It's always good to have a supply of birthday cards on hand. Here's one featuring Stampendous!' new House-Mouse Designs® Birthday Cupcake Rubber Stamp.



Stampendous!® Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Mini POP Clear House-Mouse Designs® Stamps by Stampendous!® *
Truck Load Die Set by Stampendous!® *
Blue Cardstock
Copic® Markers:
   Mouse Faces, Ears, Paws, Tails: BV0000, E51, E50, RV1, R00, R000, R20, R21
   Mouse Fur Left: E35 E33, E31, R000
   Mouse Fur Right: W3, W5, W6
   Cupcake Wrapper: <B41, B41, B45
   Cupcake Frosting: G0000, G000, G12, G20
   Candle: BG000, BG10, BG11,
   Flame: Y13, Y15, Y38, YR16
   Ground: N0, N1
   Outline: B60
Brigham, Nathan Patterned Papers from the Oh Baby! Boy Collection by Basic Grey®
Nameplates Die Set by Spellbinders®
Clear Jewels by Katzelkraft

* The mini  stamps and  Truck Load Die Set are available for purchase online. 

Instructions:
  1. Cut cardstock to 5.5" x 11". Score at 5.5" and fold to form a 5.5" square card.
  2. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the image.
  3. Color with Copic markers.
  4. Trim the image panel to 3" x 4.25".
  5. Trim blue cardstock to 3.25" x 4.5" and use to mat the image panel.
  6. Cut Brigham (numbers) pattern paper to 5.25" square.
  7. Use the word dies from the Truck Load Die Sets to cut blue cardstock.
  8. Stamp the sentiment, from the Mini set, onto polka dot cardstock. 
  9. Use the oval nameplate die to cut the sentiment.
  10. Use the nameplate die to cut blue cardstock.
  11. Mat the sentiment die-cut onto the blue nameplate die-cut.
  12. Cut Brigham (numbers) pattern paper to 5.25" square.
  13. Adhere the word die-cuts to the patterned paper as shown.
  14. Adhere the patterned paper the blue card.
  15. Adhere the image panel and sentiment.
  16. Add jewels to the sentiment die-cut to finish the card.
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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

New Year = Cocktails?

Happy New Year! It's the first Tuesday of 2022, which means that it's my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps. I've made a New Year's card with the wonderful cocktail stamp and a sentiment from the Nicci Battilana Eclectica ENB06 Rubber Cling Mounted Stamp Set by PaperArtsy on a background created with the Nicci Battilana Stencil PS291 by PaperArtsy and SundanceLime Punch, and Pine Elements Inks by Lavinia Stamps.

Here's the card.



Topflight Stamps Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Classic Green Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Copic® Markers: YG21, YG25, BG53, BG57, B23, B26, R24 R39, E40, E41, E42, E43
Burst Layering Stencil by Tim Holtz® for Stampers Anonymous
Removable Label Paper by Avery®
STAY-tion™ by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink
Stamping Platform

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of 12" x 12" Classic Green cardstock to 12" x 5". 
  2. Score the cardstock at 6" and fold to form a 6" x 5" card. Set aside.
  3. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the cocktail from the Nicci Battilana Eclectica ENB06 Rubber Cling Mounted Stamp Set twice onto a piece of 6" x 6" white cardstock and onto label paper.
  4. Use Copic markers to color the cocktails.
  5. Fussy-cut the label paper versions and place them over their counterparts on the image panel.
  6. Place a strip of label paper horizontally over the bottom of the cocktail glasses to ground the images.
  7. Use magnets to secure the image panel to the STAY-tion.
  8. Brush Sundance Elements Ink over the masked images to create a yellow background. 
  9. Lightly mist the image panel with water to create some white splotches and dots. 
  10. Use magnets to secure the cocktail portion of the Nicci Battilana Stencil PS291 over the image panel.
  11. Brush Lime Punch Elements Ink was brushed over the cocktails. 
  12. Lift the horizontal mask, cover the top of the image, and brush Lime Punch Elements Ink over the base of the image panel.
  13. Use magnets to secure the Burst Layering Stencil over the base of the image panel and brush Lime Punch Elements Ink over the base to create a tone on tone pattern.
  14. Trim the image panel to 6" x 4.75", which left a scrap of plain Sundance Yellow inked cardstock. 
  15. Stamp the sentiment onto the scrap, then cut between the sentences.
  16. Use  Lime Punch and Pine Elements Inks to edge the image panel and the sentiments
  17. Adhere the image panel and sentiments to the green card as shown.
All my wishes for a happy, healthy, serene, and prosperous New Year. Let's hope that 2022 doesn't require daily cocktails!



Tuesday, December 28, 2021

2022 Calendar

It's Tuesday so it's my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps. This week my teammates and I are celebrating the new year and/or new beginnings. I decided to make a calendar card. It was created with the appropriately named New Beginnings Unmounted Rubber Stamp #578 by Crafty Individuals, which features a wonderful hatching baby dragon. I also used the Mystic Swirl Clear Polymer Stamp by Lavinia Stamps to make the background paper with Confetti and Della Blue Elements Inks by Lavinia Stamps.

Here's the card which will stand on its own and fit into an A7 envelope.


Topflight Stamps Products Used:

Other Products Used:
140 lb. Mixed Media Cardstock by Strathmore®
Cryogen White Curious Metallics Cardstock by Arjowiggins
Commodore Blue Cardstock by My Colors
Crocodile Textured Specialty Paper by FiberMark*
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Copic® Markers:
   Dragon's Body: B60, B63, B66, RV52, RV63, RV91, RV93, V000, V01, V22, V91, V93
   Dragon's Wings: V000, V01, V91, V93, BV20
   Dragon's Talons, Spikes, and Horns: RV63, RV91, V91, Y11, Y13, Y15, Y19
   Dragon's Eyes: BG45, BG49, Y13
   Dragon's Shell: BVe1, BV34, N1, N3, N5, Y000
   Inside of Shell: BV23, BV34, N1, N3, N5, Y000
   Rocks: BG000, BG90, BG93, E41, E42
   Sky: BG0000, B0000, <B21, <B41, BV0000, RV0000, V0000, Y0000, C0, C00
Stamping Platform
Sookwang Tape
Gold Staples
2022 Tear Off Calendar: Taylored Expressions or Vippies.com
Stamping Platform
Big Shot or other Die Cutting Machine

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of 12x12 blue cardstock to create two 7" x 5.5" pieces.
  2. Score both pieces lengthwise at .5" and 5".
  3. Pinch the middle of one piece then mountain fold to form the front panel.
  4. Pinch the middle of the other piece then valley fold to form the back panel.
  5. Set aside.
  6. Use Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp the New Beginnings Dragon image onto a piece of Cryogen White cardstock. This cardstock is sparkly and when you use Copic markers to color and image, the image gets sparkly. It also makes plain ordinary dye ink sparkle. See the close-up photo below which shows a bit of the sparkle.
  7. Cut a piece of blue cardstock slightly larger than the image panel and use it to mat the image panel.
  8. Cut a piece of blue cardstock slightly larger than the calendar.
  9. Adhere the calendar to the cardstock and then use gold staples to secure it.
  10. Set the matted image panel and the calendar aside to work on a background panel.
  11. Smoosh Confetti and Della Blue Elements Inks onto a craft mat, spritz the inks with water, then dip a 4.25" x 6.75" piece of mixed media cardstock into the puddles until happy with the coverage and blending.
  12. While the cardstock is still wet, use a 2" Speedball Brayer to apply Della Blue Elements Ink to a the shiny side of a piece of crocodile textured specialty paper.
  13. Immediately place the wet inked cardstock ink-side down onto the inked textured paper.
  14.  Place those two pieces of inked mixed media cardstock and inked specialty cardstock atop the platform of a Big Shot.
  15. Add both cutting plates over the inked paper combo, then crank the sandwich through the machine a few times to transfer the crocodile pattern to the inked paper. 
  16. Remove the papers from the Big Shot and dry the platform with a paper towel.
  17. Heat set the newly patterned and inked mixed media cardstock.
  18. Wipe the ink off the specialty paper and set aside to dry.
  19. Place the dried patterned and inked mixed media cardstock onto the platform of the Big Shot, top with the two cutting plates, and some scrap cardstock, and crank the sandwich through the Big Shot a few times to flatten the background panel.
  20. Use magnets to secure the flattened background panel to the base of a stamping platform.
  21. Place the Mystic Swirl Clear Polymer Stamp facedown on the upper left of the background panel.
  22. Press the platform's lid onto the back of the stamp, lift, and ink the stamp with Della Blue Elements ink. 
  23. Re-ink the stamp and stamp again if necessary to attain a good impression.
  24. Keeping the stamp in place, flip the background panel 180°, and secure with magnets.
  25. Re-ink the stamp with Della Blue Elements ink and stamp. Again, re-ink and stamp if necessary.
  26. Use Della Blue Elements ink to edge the background panel.
  27. Adhere the image panel and the calendar as shown.
  28. Adhere the card front to the mountain folded front card base.
  29. The two folded sides of the card front will cover the two folded sides of the card back.
  30. Add tape to the inside of the left side of the card front and the outside of the left side of the card back.
  31. Remove the tape liners, align the sides, and press.
  32. Repeat Steps #30 and #31 for the right side of the card.
Notes:
• My card is a bit wobbly, so I think that next time, I'll make the sides wider by not trimming the 7" x 6" panels. Stay tuned! 

Here's the close-up of the colored image. I had to really tilt it so the camera would catch the shimmer. 


















Thanks for visiting and Happy New Year!


Saturday, December 25, 2021

Merry Christmas!

Poor Amanda Mouse! She's snug asleep in her bed and her friends decide that it's time for her to wake up. I guess they're impatient to open those gifts!

Here's my card with Stampendous!® House-Mouse Designs® Christmas Morning Rubber Stamp.


Stampendous!® Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Classic Green Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Holly and Mistletoe Patterned Paper from the Christmas Time Collection by Graphic 45 Papers®
I Heart the Bells Patterned Paper from the Joy to the World Collection by Graphic 45 Papers®
Copic® Markers:
   Mouse Faces, Hands, and Tails: BV0000, BV000, E51, E50, R00, R01, R20 (Cheeks), R22 (Noses)
   Fur (from left to right): E33, E34, E35, D37, E44;  E35, E43, E44, E53, E55, E57;  E23, E25, E37;  E23, E33, E34, E43
   Hats: R24, R37, B000, B60, C00, C0, C1
   Horns: Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28
   Bowl/Bed: B00, B12, B91
   Pillow: B60, B000, C1
   Blanket, Ribbon, and Bows: G03, G05, G17
   Gifts: R24, R39, R59

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of green cardstock to 7" x 10". Score at 5" and fold to form a 7" x 5" card.
  2. Cut a piece of Holly and Mistletoe patterned paper to 6.75" x 4.75". 
  3. Cut a piece of I Heart the Bells patterned paper to 2.25" x 4.75".
  4. Fold a piece of scrap paper in half and dump some Gold Tinsel embossing powder into the fold.
  5. Drag the right edge of the strip of patterned paper from Step #3 along the VersaMark pad, then through the Gold Tinsel embossing powder. Heat set.
  6. Adhere the strip of patterned paper to the left side of the Holly and Mistletoe patterned paper to create the card front.
  7. Drag the edges of the card front along a VersaMark pad, then through the Gold Tinsel embossing powder. Heat set.
  8. Adhere the card front to the card.
  9. Use Memento ink to stamp the image onto white paper.
  10. Color the image with Copic markers.
  11. Trim the image panel to 4.875" x 3.6225".
  12. Cut a piece of green cardstock to 5.125" x 3.875".
  13. Drag the edges of the green cardstock cut in Step #12 along a VersaMark pad, then through the Gold Tinsel embossing powder. Heat set.
  14. Mat the image panel with the gold-edged green cardstock.
  15. Adhere the matted image panel to the card.
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