Friday, April 21, 2017

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store - Tulip Watercolor Card with Distress Inks

Hello everyone and happy Friday!  Today, I have a watercolor card to share with you using some of the Stamp Simply Clear Stamps and Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

For my card I started out with a piece of the Ranger Watercolor paper and I stamped the image of the tulip from the Get Well Tulip SS-014 stamp set with  VersaMark ink.  Then, I added Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder on top of the image and poured the excess into a coffee filter and then back into the jar.  I like to use a coffee filter when I am heat embossing or working with glitter.  I can dump all of the excess into the coffee filter and then easily add it back into the container.  Plus the coffee filter can be used many times.  Ok, back to the card -- I used my heat tool to melt and heat set the embossing powder.

When an image is heat embossed it makes it very easy to watercolor.  The raised edges of the embossing hold the watercolor in each area and allows you to very quickly watercolor.  If the image wasn't embossed you would have to color each area one at a time and you couldn't color areas right next to each other until they were dry or the color could bleed into the different areas.  I used Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet for the tulip and for the leaves I used Cracked Pistachio and Mowed Lawn.  I did a couple of layers of the watercolor starting out light and then adding darker color for the shading.  For the background I used Cracked PistachioMowed Lawn, and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks.  I used the heat tool to dry the paper and then I lightly misted the paper with water.  I used a paper towel to blot up the excess water leaving little water droplet marks.

I trimmed the watercolor paper down to the size I needed and then I added a bow using some of the  May Arts Variegated Silk Ribbon Turquoise/Brown.  I love all of the colors of the variegated silk ribbon.  Then, I added a Prima Loraine Blue Lagoon Flower to the center of the bow.  For the sentiment I used a verse from the Fear Not SS-016 stamp set from Stamp Simply Clear Stamps.  I used VersaMark and Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder to stamp and heat emboss the sentiment.  Then I used some of the Peacock Feathers ink to add little paint splatters on the background of the card.  I added some 3D Foam Squares to the back of the watercolor panel and then added that to a white A2 top folding card base.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed the card share.  To see more inspiration from the design team hop on over to the Stamp Simply Blog.  If you are looking for some paper crafting goodies check out The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  I hope you have a beautiful weekend!  I know I am looking forward to it!  It has been rainy, cold, and gloomy here in Minnesota the past few days and the weather man said it's going to be nice and sunny on Saturday and Sunday.

Hugs & Smiles,

Stamps:  Stamp Simply Clear Stamps - Get Well Tulip SS-014, Fear Not SS-016
Paper:  Ranger Watercolor, Cardstock - White
Ink:  VersaMark, Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio, Mowed Lawn.
Ribbon:  May Arts Variegated Silk Ribbon Turquoise/Brown
Accessories:  Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder, Prima Loraine Blue Lagoon Flower, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, E-Z Runner, Heat Tool, Paint Brush

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Exciting News - U-Paint Metal Crafts Creative Team Member

Hello blogging friends!  I have some exciting news to share with everyone.  I am going to be working with and designing for a new company.  The company is U-Paint Metal Crafts and they have over 300 U-Paint Metal Craft Kits to choose from.  The metal pieces are designed for all Designers, Artists, Makers, DIY Crafters/Hobbyists. The detail on the designs is so beautiful!  I have some pictures to share of the metal pieces including some of the solid brass deco trim strips and bookmarks.  The U-Paint Metal Crafts line was developed and launched last year to present to the Craft Industry at a retail level.  U-Paint Metal Crafts is under a larger company The Frank Morrow Company that has been in business since 1929!  

Now for the really great news---Everything is made in the U.S.A.!  
The products can be purchased on the U-Paint Metal Crafts website and also on Amazon.

Ok, now that we have all of the "business" out of the way lets take a look at the beautiful designs from U-Paint Metal Crafts.

Here is a look at one of the large kits.  
This is the Butterflies kit and below are the dimensions for each piece.  
Dragonfly (4 3/8″ H x 5 7/8″ W)
Butterfly (3 3/4″ H x 5 1/4″ W)
Swallowtail Moth (5 3/4″ H x 4 1/2″ W)
Art Deco Butterfly – Solid (2.875″ H x 4.75″ W)

Each kit comes in a large zipper bag which is great for storage.

Here is a look at the back side of the packaging.

The metal pieces come in large and small kits.  You can also purchase them individually.  This image includes L--to--R:  Garden Sprite, Garden Trellis, Flower Bouquet, Roses Blooming, Hummingbird.

Here is a close up of the Flower Bouquet so you can see all of the amazing detail.

 This image includes metal pieces from the Butterflies kit and the Herbs Kit.  I absolutely love all of the detail in the butterflies!

I thought the Bird house and  Tulips would be perfect for Spring.

Check out these beautiful bookmarks!  The bookmarks have vintage designs from the 1920's - 1950's. The one on the top is the Rose & Leaf Scroll and the bottom one is Swirling Leaves.  The detail on the bookmarks is amazing!

Be still my heart---Oh these decorative trims are beyond gorgeous!!  I can't wait to create with these!  So many possibilities my mind is spinning lol.  
From the top down this image includes the following.

I think working with the U-Paint Metal Crafts is going to be so much fun and this is their very first Creative Team!  You can apply paint, glitter, stains, gilding, embellishment mousse, tints and all different kind of products to make the designs uniquely yours.  You can custom design the pieces to match your home decor.  The pieces can also be used as molds for clay and you can use some of the bookmarks to emboss beautiful designs on your paper crafts.  The brass can be cut, sanded, and shaped for jewelry so I am very excited to try designing some jewelry with those pieces.

Be watching for an upcoming announcement to share links for the 
U-Paint Metal Crafts Blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a beautiful day!

Hugs & Smiles,

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store - Wedding Wishes Stamp Layering Card

Hello everyone and happy Friday!  Today, I have a pretty wedding card to share with you using the Stamp Simply Clear Stamps Wedding Wishes SS-Sent 001 and  Altenew Beautiful Day Clear Stamp Set.  The wedding wishes is a wonderful stamp set with the 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 verse.  It also includes wedding wishes, best wishes, thinking of you, just for you, and congratulations.  The sentiments will work well with several occasions.  I think the beautiful day stamp set is one of my favorites.  I just love the floral image!  It reminds of when I was younger and seeing the wild roses growing along side the country roads and smelling the sweet fragrance.

Here is a look at the card I designed.  For the stamp layering I used the  Altenew 4 Cubes Rose Petal (rose quartz, puffy heart, purple vine) for the flowers. For the leaves I used 4 Cubes Sea Shore (mountain mist, volcano lake).  When I was done with the coloring part of the stamp layering I used a heat tool to heat set the ink and make sure the paper was good and dry.  Then for the outline images I stamped with VersaMark Ink and added Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I used my heat tool to melt the embossing powder.

The gold embossing gives the card such an elegant look.  I stamped the sentiment from the Wedding Wishes SS-Sent 001 clear stamp set using VersaMark Ink on to a piece of  Vellum.  Then I added the Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder and used my heat tool to melt the embossing powders.  I tell you I have been stamping for many years and the embossing still gets me.  It is still fun to watch the melting process and it's so pretty.

Before adding the Vellum to the card front I added some May Arts Silk Ribbon Tiffany and 1.5" Delicate Vintage Lace by May Arts around the card front.  I love how you can see the lace and hints of color through the vellum!  To finish off the card I added a bow and a Kaisercraft Fairy Floss pink flower to the center of the bow.  The Tiffany colored ribbon is a perfect match to the volcano lake ink from Altenew.

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

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

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

Hugs & Smiles,

Stamps:  Stamp Simply Clear Stamps Wedding Wishes SS-Sent 001, Altenew Beautiful Day Clear Stamp Sets
Paper:  Vellum, White Cardstock
Ink:  Altenew 4 Cubes Rose Petal (rose quartz, puffy heart, purple vine), 4 Cubes Sea Shore (mountain mist, volcano lake), VersaMark Ink
Ribbon:  May Arts Silk Ribbon Tiffany, 1.5" Delicate Vintage Lace by May Arts
Accessories:  Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder, Kaisercraft Fairy Floss (pink flower), Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L , E-Z Runner


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