Friday, July 21, 2017

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store - Give Thanks Card with Ink Smooshing Technique

Hello everyone!  I can't believe we are already over half way through the month of July!  It won't be long and Fall will be here before we know it.  Isn't it funny when we are little time seems like forever and then we get older and it just seems to fly by.  I guess it's never too early to get busy in the studio/craft room and start creating for the next season or holiday.  Today, I have a Fall card to share with you and a tutorial for ink smooshing (a very technical term lol) with a piece of acetate.


Here is a look at the card I designed.  Oh and check out the leaf and acorns.  The stamp set Give Thanks SS-009 from the Stamp Simply Clear Stamps was a release from last year but now there are coordinating dies for the stamp set so that is really cool.  No more fussy cutting.  :) 


Now I know it is hard to see in the photo but there is a piece of acetate where the ink is.  I smooshed down the corners of the ink pads to apply ink to the piece of acetate.  For my card I am using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks - Peeled PaintSpiced MarmaladeVintage Photo, and Walnut Stain.  Then lightly mist the ink with water using the Distress Sprayer.


Carefully pick up the piece of acetate, turn it over, and smoosh it down onto a piece of Ranger Watercolor Paper.  Use a heat tool to dry the paper and repeat the ink smooshing until you reach the desired look.  You can wipe off the piece of acetate, add more ink, mist and smoosh it onto the paper as needed.  I did about 4 layers of ink on my paper.


Next, I used the Distress Sprayer to add water droplets on my paper.  I let the water sit on the paper for a few seconds and then use a paper towel to blot up the water.  I used the heat tool to dry the paper again.


Here is a look at the paper after adding the water droplets.


I want to add some heat embossing the the paper so I made sure it was good and dry and then I used the EK Success Powder Tool.  This is a great little tool that adds a small amount of powder to your paper and helps so you will only have embossing powder where you want it.  


I used VersaMark Ink to stamp the leaf and the acorn from the Give Thanks SS-009 stamp set onto the watercolor background and then added Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder and used a heat tool to melt and heat set the powder.


I used the new Stamp Simply Steel Dies Give Thanks SS-DIE005 to die cut the leaves and acorn.  I have a few extra die cuts and I'll save those for another card.


For the card front I  am using a piece of ivory cardstock and I inked the outer edges of the paper with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks - Peeled Paint.


I cut a piece of pattern paper from the Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood 8 x 8 paper pad.  Then I inked the outer edges of the paper with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks - Spiced Marmalade which is a perfect match to the paper.


I added the pattern paper to the bottom half of the card front.  Then I tied on a piece of  May Arts Brown Silk Ribbon and frayed the ends a little bit.  I added some Foam Tape to the back of the leaf and one of the acorns for some dimension.  I added some KaiserCraft Chocolate Pearls to embellish the card.  THEN...   ...well I am sure we have all been there when we look at our card and think---just one more thing.  Yes, this is that card.  I should have stopped where I was at but I got a little ahead of myself and I wanted to add some shimmer.  So I added Zig Wink of Stella Gold Glitter Brush Pen to the leaf and the acorns.  I knew within the first couple of strokes of the brush I should have held back lol.  But there was no turning back and I had to commit to it.  Adding the  Zig Wink of Stella reactivated the inks.  So I lost some of the pretty vibrant colors.  But on the upside there is lots of sparkle.  :)


To finish off the card I added the card front to a brown A2 top folding card base.

I hope you enjoyed today's card and tutorial for ink smooshing.  If you have any of the stamp sets from the last Fall release or if you are looking for some new stamps and dies check out The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store for the stamp sets and the new coordinating dies.  If you would like to see more card inspiration I encourage you to check out the Stamp Simply Blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Hugs & Smiles,
Heidi

Supplies
Stamps:  Stamp Simply Clear Stamps Give Thanks SS-009
Paper:  Ranger Watercolor Paper, Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood, Cardstock - Brown Ivory
Ink/Pens:  Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks - Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, VersaMark Ink, Zig Wink of Stella Gold Glitter Brush Pen
Dies:  Stamp Simply Steel Dies Give Thanks SS-DIE005
Ribbon:  May Arts Brown Silk Ribbon
Accessories:  Distress Sprayer, EK Success Powder Tool, Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder, KaiserCraft Chocolate Pearls, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner, Foam Tape, Heat Tool

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store - Altenew Dahlia Birthday Wishes Watercolor with Distress Oxide Inks

Hello and happy Friday!  Today, is my day to post for The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  I have a watercolor card to share with you using some of the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks.


Here is the card I designed.  I also did the masking technique on my card.  The floral stamps I used are from Altenew Dahlia Blossoms and the sentiment is from Stamp Simply Clear Stamps Birthday Blessings SS-Sent003.


I know it's a little hard to see the stamping and right now it looks like a hot mess but I promise it will get better lol.  All of the stamping was done using a VersaMark Ink pad and then heat embossed using Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder - White.  You can click on the picture to enlarge it and see more details.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks Broken China and Faded Jeans to watercolor the background.  I used a heat tool to dry the paper and then I added water droplets with the Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer.  You will see this in the photo below.


Before I started to watercolor the flowers I used a paper towel to blot up the water droplets on the background and then I used a heat tool to dry the paper again.  I love the look the water droplets adds the the background.  For the flowers I used Distress Oxide Inks Worn Lipstick and Fossilized Amber.  Before I added the color I added clean water to each flower.  Doing this helps the color to blend and flow when it is put on the paper.


For the leaves I used three colors of the Distress Oxide Inks Cracked PistachioPeeled Paint and Broken China,  When the Peeled Paint ink was watered down it was a pretty yellow/green and then I mixed the Cracked Pistachio and Broken China to get a nice blue/green.


I used the Zig Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen to add some shimmer to all of the flowers and leaves.  Be sure to scribble off the pen on some scratch paper in between colors and before you put it away to clean the brush tip.


To finish off the card I stamped the sentiment from the Stamp Simply Clear Stamps Birthday Blessings SS-Sent003 using VersaMark Ink.  Then I heat embossed it using Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder - White and my heat tool.  Then I backed the card front with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Tape.  I added the card front to a white A2 top folding card base.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed the card share and some pictures of the process.  If you would like to see more inspiration from the design team hop on over the Stamp Simply Blog.  Also, check out The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store for all of the supplies used on my card.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs & Smiles,
Heidi 


Supplies
Stamps:  Stamp Simply Clear Stamps Birthday Blessings SS-Sent003, Altenew Dahlia Blossoms
Paper:  Ranger Watercolor (smooth side), Cardstock - White
Ink/Pens:  Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Faded Jeans, VersaMark Ink, Zig Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen
Accessories:  Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder - White, EK Success Powder Tool, Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Tape, Paint Brush, Heat Tool

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store - I Adore You Distress Watercolor Card

Hello blogging friends!  I hope you all had a very Happy 4th of July celebration and long holiday weekend.  For many years our town has had the parade on the 3rd of July and it comes right by our house.  We always have a big cookout and invite family and friends.  This year we had close to 40 people over.  It was a lot of fun to see everyone, celebrate, and have lots of yummy food.  

Today, is my day to post for The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  I have a Distress Watercolor card and tutorial to share with you.


Here is the card I designed.  I used the Altenew - Adore You Clear Stamp Set and the masking technique for my card.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink for all of the coloring.  I did a combination of ink blending and watercolor.


To do the masking technique I stamped out each of the images I was going to use on to a piece of full sticky post-it note paper.  You can also use masking paper.  I have some of the masking paper in my stash and it works great!  The post-it notes just happen to be on my desk and it was the first thing I grabbed.  Once I stamped all of the images then I fussy cut them.  For masking I like to cut the images just inside the outline.  This helps to prevent getting the white space in between the images.  I stamped each image with Versamark Ink and then heat embossed using Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  For masking you want to stamp the image that you want in front first.  Then you add the mask on top of the image and then stamp another image.  Repeat.  When doing the masking technique you can stamp several images and once all of the masks are removed it will look like one larger image.


I wanted to do some ink blending for the background so I left all of the masks in place and I stamped and fussy cut a few more of the smallest flower.  I started with the ink blending right next to the flower cluster.  I started with Cracked Pistachio.  To do the ink blending I used the Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools.  I used a lighter hand to ink blend the Cracked Pistachio.  I didn't want it to be too dark right next to the flowers.  Then, I added Peacock Feather, Mermaid Lagoon, and finished with Wilted Violet.  I used a heavier had for applying the Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet.


For this next part I got a little bit ahead of myself.  I used the Distress Spray Bottle to add the water droplets and then a paper towel to blot the water.  If I was going to do this again I would remove the masks before adding the water.  But luckily it all worked out.  :)


Here is a look at the card front once I finished the watercolor.  I used Wilted Violet and Picked Raspberry for the flowers.  I used both colors for the smaller flowers.  I used Black Soot for the flower centers.  For the leaves I used Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feather,  Once the paper was dry I used a dry paper towel to go over the embossed areas and remove and excess color from the Distress Inks.  You can click on the image to enlarge and see more of the detail if you would like.


I wanted to stamp and emboss the sentiment on to a piece of black cardstock so I used the EK Success Powder Tool on the paper.  When you use the Powder Tool your embossing powder will only stick where you want it to.  I used Versamark Ink to stamp one of the sentiments from the Adore You Clear Stamp Set and then I added Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I used a heat tool to melt and heat set the powders.  Then I let the paper cool for a couple of seconds and wiped away the powder residue from the  Powder Tool.  I cut the sentiment into a strip and then fussy cut the end for a banner.


I love the bright and vibrant color from the Distress Inks.  For a little bit of sparkle I added a few Iridescent Sequins.


Here is a close up of the sentiment.  I used some Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Tape to pop up the sentiment.


Here is a close up of the flower cluster.


To finish off the card I added Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Tape to the back of the watercolor panel and then added that to a black A2 top folding card base.

I hope you enjoyed today's card and tutorial.  If you would like to see more inspiration from the design team check out the Stamp Simply Blog.  Also, check out The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store for all of your paper crafting needs.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Hugs & Smiles,
Heidi


Supplies
Stamps:  Altenew - Adore You Clear Stamp Set
Paper:  Ranger Watercolor Paper (Smooth Side), Cardstock - Black
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feather, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Mowed LawnBlack Soot, Versamark Ink
Accessories:  EK Success Powder Tool, Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools. Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder, Distress Spray Bottle, Ranger - Glossy Accents, Iridescent Sequins. Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Tape, Paint Brush, Heat Tool

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store - Distress Oxide Ink Backgrounds and Stamping with Water Tutorial

Hello everyone and happy Friday!  Today, is my day to post for The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store and I have a fun, easy, and inky tutorial to share with you using some of the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks.  These inks are fantastic for backgrounds!  


Here is a look at the cards I designed.  You can click on the image to enlarge the picture and see more detail.  I wanted to play around with a few color combinations so I couldn't just make one card lol.  For two of the cards (the top and left cards) I did ink blending and for the card on the right I did some ink smooshing--now there is a technical term for you lol.  So you can create this background with ink blending or ink smooshing.  It just depends on the look you like.


For the first card I did ink blending on the smooth side of Ranger Watercolor Paper,  I used  Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks Fossilized Amber, Broken China, and Cracked Pistachio.  I used ink blenders to get a nice smooth blend.


I am using one of the stamps from the Altenew - Floral Shadow clear stamp set.  To wet the stamp I used water.  I hold the stamp about 6 inches away and I spray four times with the  Distress Sprayer Bottle.  If you have a different spray bottle you'll have to text it out and see how many times you need to spray the water to get a good coverage on the stamp.


Once I spray the stamp with water I stamp it onto the paper and I hold it in place for about 10 seconds.  This way the water has a good chance to soak into the ink and paper.  Doing this will remove some of the ink so be sure to use a baby wipe to clean the stamp in between each time of stamping.  Once you have all of the stamping done use a heat tool to heat set the ink and dry the paper. Easy peasy!


Here is a close up of the finished card.  The sentiment is also from the same stamp set.  I used VersaMark Ink to stamp the sentiment onto a piece of black cardstock.  Then I add Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder and used a heat tool to melt and heat set the powder.  I cut the sentiment into a strip and then fussy cut out a notch to make a banner end.  I added some Foam Tape to the back of the sentiment to pop it up a little.  I used a variety of enamel dots from My Mind's Eye Record It "Pretty Things"Simple Stories I AM, and Simple Stories Enchanted on all three cards. Then I added the card front to a white A2 top folding card.


For the second card I did the ink smooshing technique and I added ink to my craft mat and sprayed it with water.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks - Worn LipstickSpiced Marmalade, and Fossilized Amber.  Next just smoosh, drag, or tap down your piece of paper in the inks. Use a heat tool to dry the ink and your paper.  You can do this step as many times as you would like as long as you heat set your paper in between the layers of ink.


Here is a look at the paper once all of the inking is done.  I love all the layers of color!  To finish the background do the stamping with water just like the first card.


Here is a look at the finished card.




Here is a look at the background after the stamping is done.


 I wanted to add some water droplets so I used the Distress Sprayer Bottle.  If you squeeze the trigger slowly and halfway you will create larger water droplets.  Let the water sit on top of the paper for a few seconds and then use a paper towel to blot up the water and used a heat tool to dry the paper.


Here is a look at the last card.  Stamping with water--it couldn't be any easier.  Now, I want you to know I am not the first person to do this technique.  You can also do this technique with Distress Inks.  Bold images seem to work best.  You can add less water for a crisper stamped image or more water for a watercolor look.  Its up to you--have fun playing with your inks!

Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope you liked the tutorial.  To see more inspiration you can visit the Stamp Simply Blog.  Also check out The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store for inks, stamps, dies, paper and all kinds of paper crafting goodies.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs & Smiles,
Heidi


Supplies
Stamps:  Altenew - Floral Shadow
Paper:  Ranger Watercolor Paper, Cardstock - White, Black
Inks:  Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks - Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans, Wilted Violet, Vintage Photo, VersaMark Ink
Accessories:  Distress Sprayer Bottle, EK Success Powder Tool, Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder, My Mind's Eye Record It "Pretty Things" Enamel Dots, Simple Stories I AM Enamel Dots, Simple Stories Enchanted Enamel Dots, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner, Foam Tape, Heat Tool

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store - 2017 SUMMER Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hello everyone and happy Friday!  Today, is my day to post for The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store and I am also participating in the 2017 SUMMER Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

If you would like to play along create a card with coffee, tea &/or cocoa images and then visit the Coffee Lovers blog and link your card.  It's always fun to see all of the cards and you will have a chance to win some fabulous prizes!  The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store is one of the Super Sponsors with a $25 GC!

When: Friday, June 23 - Friday, June 30
Time: 6 am pacific
THEME: Summer
USE: coffee, tea &/or cocoa images

You can click HERE to find out all of the details about the 


Here is a look at the card I designed.  I used some of the fun images from the Altenew Coffee Love clear stamp set.  The background was done with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks and I have a tutorial to share with you on how I created the background.


To start I inked up a piece of Ranger Watercolor Paper with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.  I inked up the top portion of the paper with Vintage Photo and the for the bottom I used the Walnut Stain.  The inks meet and mix on a diagonal angle.


I used the  Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer to add some water droplets on the paper.  Adding the water will make the inks oxidize.  I used a paper towel to blot us the water drops and then used a heat tool to dry the paper.


Next, I smooshed the Oxide Inks Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain on my craft mat and used the Distress Sprayer to add the water.  I sprayed enough water until the ink started to bead up.


I smooshed the paper down in the ink and then used a heat tool to heat set and dry the inks.  I just kept repeating the process until I liked how the paper looked.  I think I smooshed the paper in the ink four or five times and and used a heat tool in between the layers of ink.  That is the beauty of the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks because of the fusion of dye and pigment inks you can layer the inks and they won't muddy up--as long as you heat set in between the layers.  I wanted to add the water droplets to the paper first and then do the ink smooshing to have the different colors and layers of inks on the paper.  Doing this creates more depth and interest to the background. I love creating background with these inks!


I did some masking and stamped the coffee pot and cups using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on to a piece of white Copic friendly paper.  The Copic markers I used are also in the link list below.  I used one of the dies from the Spellbinders Celebrations Die - Pierced Rectangles set to die cut the rectangle shape.


I used Memento Tuxedo Black Ink to stamp the sentiment from the Altenew Coffee Love clear stamp set.  I added a few Webster's Pages Sequin Mix - Party Time by the sentiment.  I also added a little bit of sparkle with the Zig Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen on the little heart and black border on the cups.  Then I added Ranger Glossy Accents on top of the Wink of Stella.


Here is a close up look at the background paper.  You can also click on any of the images to make them bigger and see more detail.  As you can see from the picture I also added some blue ink splatters.  I smooshed the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Broken China onto my craft mat and then added some water and used a Watercolor Brush to flick on the color.  I also did this on the paper with the colored images but I didn't want to have any of the color on the images so I reapplied the masks and then added the color.


To finish off the card I added some  May Arts 1/4'' Teal Silk Ribbon to a couple of the corners.  Then I added Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam Tape to the back of the colored image and the background and then layered the two pieces together.  I added the card front to a black A2 top folding card and that finished it.

I hope you enjoyed today's card share and tutorial on the background.  If you would like to play along with the 2017 SUMMER Coffee Lovers Blog Hop you can click HERE for all of the details.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs & Smiles,
Heidi


Supplies
Stamps:  Altenew Coffee Love
Paper:  Ranger Watercolor Paper, Cardstock - White, Black
Ink/Markers:  Tim Holtz Distress Oxide - Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Broken China, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Copic Markers - E23, E34, E29, B000, BG000, BG53, BG72, RV00, R85, W1, W2, W3, C0, C1, Zig Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen
Dies:  Spellbinders Celebrations Die - Pierced Rectangles
Ribbon:  May Arts 1/4'' Teal Silk Ribbon
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer, Ranger Glossy Accents, Webster's Pages Sequin Mix - Party TimeScrapbook Adhesives by 3L Foam TapeWatercolor Brush

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