Winner, winner

I like to play along with the DCWV blog monthly sketch challenges. For the January sketch I entered both the card sketch and the layout sketch and I was highlighted as one of the Top Ten entries for the layout sketch. Here are the sketches and my takes.

And… the layout

I was excited to be highlighted for sure. But the most fun part? They also give away goodies for entering and I was selected as one of the winners of a goody box. It arrived yesterday and it is wonderful. They sent six 6×6 specialty “paper” stacks– Burlap, printed corck, embossed papers, glitzy (glittery), foiled velum and chalkboard. Check it out…

There is still time to entry their February challenge and you might win some lovely goodies like these! Now I am off to make a thank you card to send to Megan, who organizes the entries for the challenge.

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So my scrapbooking process has been taking large fluctuations this past year and half or so. I will be “on” for a few months in a row and just cranking out projects and then I will go into “down” mode where I’m not making layouts at all. When I am down I find I am still compiling ideas, organizing photos, and getting my creative output in cards instead. I find that when I come back to creating layouts I can hit the ground running since I have organization and ideas already waiting for me. Here are the two of the four layouts I got done this week. (Photographing my projects is still a step in my  blogging that trips me up. I’ve talked about it before.)

I’m working from my backlog of kit club materials. I made myself cancel my club subscription since my file of kits was full. This is one thing I’m trying hard at… not bringing in new things when I still have old things here. I’m hoping to get through my supply backlog and go back to my kit subscription. I miss getting fresh new goodies in the mail every month. With the kit I can try a little of everything and know what things I really love to use and what things I’m finding I don’t really like. For instance I’m not really a fan of the ephemera packs that are full of text. I think it distracts from the title and journaling too much.

I’m hoping to be back often with more projects!

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Homemade ink pad

I’ve seen this done a million times and have tried it a couple of times but wanted to try again.

Task: Use a baby wipe and re-inkers to create your own ink pad.
My take: Tried to use colors to get a rainbow effect.
Results: The inks didn’t mix as well as I thought they would to get color blending and the lines of ink that I squired onto the pad showed up in the stamping. Not my favorite and I won’t likely do this one much. But it is different and colorful. I just threw together a whole batch of simple thank you cards to have on hand when needed.

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Fun foam stamping part 2

A few days ago I showed how I was doing a challenge to die cut some materials to use as stamps. Fun foam was the example and I didn’t have any at the time. But a trip to the craft store, for something entirely different, lead me past the fun foam isle! Plus, my first try at this technique ended up way to busy and I wanted a cleaner look. So here is what I did.

Task: Die cut fun foam to use a stamp. Then use the foam shape as an accent piece.
My take: I used fun foam as well the other materials I had tried and liked (cork & rubber shelf liner). I gave each heart a shadow using one of the other materials as a stamp.
Results: I like it. The fun foam stamped very nicely and worked well as a bonus embellishment. The only issue I had with this card was the stitching. The rubber shelf liner caused the presser foot on my machine to drag. I may have use a piece of was paper over it to get it to flow smoothly through the machine and then torn away the paper later.

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Velveteen Stamping

I’ve never done this technique before and wasn’t sure how it would work.

Task: Stamp a background stamp using white pigment ink on white cardstock then overstamp with images to get the background stamp to “bleed through” the images.
My take: I did just that.
Results: Interesting. I wonder how different it would look if the background stamp where done right over the top of the image. Right now the impression this technique gives is that the images is in the background. It may be different with different backgrounds and/or images. And on a technical note,  my background stamp was not completely clean when I stamped with it so my white ink had a slight pink tinge to it.

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Faux embossing

Task: Adhere die cuts to same color background to mimic embossing.
My Take: I did just that.
Results: Looks pretty good. My only issue is that my die cut machine cutting plates are a bit thick for the wafter thin die I was using and I got some unintended impressions from the die.

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The third way

A couple of days ago I posted about using a single stamp to get more than one style out of it. I got 2 when I posted and today I am here with the third. Today’s style is artsy with a watercolor resist technique.

Task: Use one stamp set to get different looks.
My take: Before I used this set to get a funky retro color vibe, an elegant/formal card and today is watercolor/artsy.
Results: I used embossing ink and clear powder on the smooth side of watercolor paper to stamp my images and then used ink pads and water to blend color around the embossed images to create the water color resist. I’m very happy with how it came out. Initially I had stamped the sentiment and then spritzed some water over the sentiment to get it to soften it, but it bled out in jagged, fractal like patterns that was unpleasant. So I just made another sentiment flag to cover up the ugly. Done!

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One stamp 3 Ways

Okay, I have my one stamp but I only got two ways out of it so far. But I do have plans for a third way so stay tuned!

Task: Take one stamp set and use it to make 3 different styles of cards.
My take: Make a retro funky style, an elegant style and an artsy style.
Results: I didn’t get to the artsy style yet. This stamp set seems to really fit that task well since it is already distressed in nature. I plan on a watercolor look. Watch for that post. For this challenge I wanted to see how different I could get. So I used some highlighter markers to ink my stamp and get funky color and movement. Getting everything lined up (I ended up using a stamp positioner) was a pain. Clear stamps would have made this job WAY easier. The elegant card came out very well I think with the fruit stamp being shadded with ink and embossed with thick embossing powder. Adding a touch of gold washi finished it off. I’m happy with how I got different looks out of this same set. Good challenge!

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More Class Challenges

I’m back again today with another class challenge from Clean and Simple Cards 4. This time I’m making a birthday card for my nephew.

Task: Use 5 items to make a card.
My Take: I set out with the idea to use washi and wood veneer. Washi I have a lot of and love it but use it rarely. Wood veneer is a favorite so I have plenty of it and some shapes I wasn’t sure what to do with. I ended up using 3 stamp sets, the wood veneer shapes and the washi tape as my five items. “Freebies” were cardstock, ink & adhesives.
Results: The card is a little busy and unbalanced color-wise. I would have pulled some red and blue down to the bottom right corner some how. Regardless, I’m satisfied and it will work well for my nephews birthday.

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Quick Pics

Just a couple of quick pictures of what I’m working on.

Task 1: Die cut fun foam and use it as a stamp.
My take: I didn’t have fun foam so I looked around for anything textural I could use that was thin enough to be cut with thin dies (although steel ruled dies and thicker materials were an option). I found thin cork (top heart), rubber shelf liner (middle heart) and sticky-back felt (lower heart) to cut. I used them as stamps then adhered them to the project too.
Result: Well the card layout is just too busy, but that is another problem altogether! Stamping with each material was doable but needed a little finessing. The felt and cork both absorbed a lot of color from the ink and became very dark, so using them as accent pieces made the color too heavy. I would have used them to stamp light colors of ink instead. My favorite was actually the rubber shelf liner it have fun texture and held the ink fairly well. I will try another design layout with these same materials for a cleaner and simpler design. Fingers crossed.

Task 1: Use ink pads direct to paper to create custom paper colors to match stamping.
My take: I used ink to create a paper strip that would highlight the negative space of the leftovers from the first card. I then stamped the message with the same ink for a balanced design.
Result: I really like the texture and color of this card. The subtle xoxo stamping was done with Versamark achieving tone on tone movement and balance. Very happy with the results here.

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