Sunday, May 30, 2010

SCC VSN: Serigraph Technique

This is such a fun technique to create a background using a brayer, four colors, of ink, and heat embossing. I wasn't sure how it was going to look at first since the brayering looked sort of choppy. But once I heat embossed and added the darkest color, it started looking much better.

Since I used Distress Inks, I also spritzed the brayered ink with water to get that cool splotchy effect.

The focal images for both cards were colored with Copic markers.

Anyways, here are my two Serigraph technique cards.

Aloha uses Bombshell's Hula Girl set.

Butterflies uses Bombshell's Butterfly Queen set.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Bombshell Stamps' Hump Day Hop!

It's that time of the month again! ;) No! Not that! It's time for the monthly Hump Day Hop sponsored by Bombshell Stamps!

Kas, Bombshell's Hump Day Hop Captain, set this month's theme, "Look Ma! I did it!" The challenge was to make a handmade embellishment and include it on a project.

Being me, I did one project and mailed it off. I hope the recipient doesn't visit here and see it before the mail gets to her.

It's another tin using the same Paint Dabber resist technique I used on the other tin (see below). What can I say! I really like this technique. It's quick, easy, and yields cool results!

However, this time I used the Skull & Rose from Bombshell's Man's Ruin set, the rose from the Señora Muerte set, and the rose garland from the Love & Luck set.

The front of the tin:

The back of the tin:

I stamped the skull & rose image, colored it with Copic markers, masked it, stamped the roses over it with my trusty Pearl Paint Dabber, and then blended three colors of pink Distress ink over it.

The roses along the side and back were stamped and colored with Copic markers and then overinked with the same three colors.

The handmade embellishment is actually not handmade, it's hand compiled. *grin* Yeah. I cheated. I took a Heidi Swapp acrylic star, dabbed one side with the Pearl Dabber and used alcohol ink on the other side. The clear acrylic "S" was alcohol inked, adhered to the star. I dabbed an acrylic "l" with paint and stamped "Bombshell" on it with StazOn. Then I added the "l" and a rose to the star plus S.

Oh the rose and the ball chain were colored with black alcohol ink.

Now that you've seen my project, hop along to the others. Remember to comment at each stop on your way to earn a chance to win a fabulous prize. Plus, if you come back later, I might have a second project up.

The Hoppers!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Smeared & Smudged Sketch Challenge!

The talented Kelli created a sketch for Smeared & Smudged. Go check it out!

Here's my take on the sketch:

I used Smeared & Smudged Elementals set to create this card. The image was colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Eco-Houses Citrus Thinner. The tiny squares were stamped with the curly hair from the Elemental image using my new Olive Distress Ink. Everything was edges with a combination of Olive and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

The patterned paper is from Memory Box.

You still have time to use this sketch to enter to win a cool prize. Go for it. You can't win if you don't play!

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Bright, cheerful, and somewhat useful!

It's a handled bandaid tin from ProvoCraft that's perfect to hold ATCs, gift cards, or other small goodies!

Front of tin:

Back & side of tin:

I did the Dabber paint resist technique for the big butterfly. I stamped the large butterfly from Bombshell's Butterfly Queen set with my Pearl Paint Dabber. I sponged four or five colors of Distress Ink over the butterfly, wiped it off, then and then added gemstones for the butterfly's body and stitched and added rhinestones for her antennae.

Then I stamped a bunch of butterflies in a row (I'm a Virgo, so I must have things in rows). I colored each butterfly with my Copic markers, inked them with the same colors of Distress Ink. I do love my Distress Ink. I also outlined each butterfly with grey Prismacolor marker, added glitter pen accents, and Glaze eyes. I adhered everything to the tin, then added ribbon to the lid's edge and added rhinestone borderss because I had to have some bling. It's the law.

I alcohol inked the top of the tin. I also used alcohol inks on a clear plastic Heidi Swapp letter, glued on a Pearl Dabbed charm, added a ball chain, and hung the monogram from the handle. I added three ribbons and a stacked flower to the handle to complete the tin.

Now I need to decide if I should give this to Stephanie for organizing the dt swap over at Bombshell or give it to my friend, Stacy, who loves everything orange. I'm leaning towards making a second one for Steph in "her" colors. Decisions, decisions.

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Gosh. Time flies!

I've neglected my poor ol' blog again. I was doing so well staying updated in April. Then I started working on a set of 16 Bombshell ATCs and another set of seven Bombshell ATCs. The 16 are done, though I did 17 because apparently I can't count. They're all the same and are fairly simple. I'll share them eventually. I've done three of the seven for a technique swap and am having big fun playing and experimenting.

I had a great mail week last week and got great new sets from both Smeared Ink and Bombshell Stamps. I finally got around to cutting and mounting all of them today and did a "quick" play with Smeared Ink's Elementals set and a new-to-me technique.

Here's the card.

Here are the details.
I applied Adirondack Pearl Paint Dabber (Ranger) to the stamp and stamped on white cardstock. I used my heat gun to dry the acrylic paint because I'm too impatient to let it dry on its own. :D I then sponged two shades each of blue and pink Distress Inks (new colors) over the image, tore the edges, inked 'em, matted the piece with Memory Box cardstock, heat embossed "Goddess" with white ep, and added "blessings of the" with Doodlebug rub-ons. Adhesive pearls from Recollections were added as embellishments.

It was the first time doing this technique and I'm fairly pleased with the results.

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Better be good!

Don't speed! Don't roll through stop signs! Don't run red lights! Don't tailgate! Signal before switching lanes! Or else.

This one uses the To the Rescue set with Bombshell Angel's Pin-up. I did use the nurse's shoes and changed 'em into boots. Just because I could. Everything was colored with Copics because I've become addicted. The patterned paper is from a pad by October Afternoon. No sentiment because I haven't decided what to do with the card yet.

By the way, if you haven't visited Bombshell Stamps lately, there are EIGHT new sets of rubber stamps.

People had asked for some motorcycle sets to be added to the Hot Rod line. Shannon listened and added SEVEN sets plus a new digital set to dress your pin-up as a Biker Chick.

The eighth set is Rose's Portrait and is totally gorgeous, plus you can pick up free digital sentiments that will fit the banner from this set in the forum. All sets are available for pre-order now.

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