Tuesday, August 30, 2016

1 stamp, 3 ways - totally fabulous ink blending

Originally I challenged myself to use 1 stamp 3 ways each month as a way to give love to some of my unused stamps sets. But often I choose my favorites, hee hee. And I'm playing favorites again this month! 
I love the Organic Blooms set from Mama Elephant and I had a blast creating 3 cards with it! Here is the first:
To create this card, start by stamping the image off the edge of a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 piece of smooth watercolor cardstock. I always choose Smooth Bristol.
Next stamp again on masking paper. Since the masking paper is white and I'm usually working on a white background, I stamp in a color different from the one I'm using on my project. I also choose something permanent so I can't smudge it and fast drying because I'm impatient.
Cut out the mask and place on project.
Apply Distress Inks with an ink blending tool, starting lightest shade first. I find the key to ink blending is a smooth paper and lots of ink on the tool.
Once ink is blended to perfection, remove mask and admire handy work.

Then get back to work and add a die cut sentiment. Totally Fabulous from Essentials by Ellen has a fun pop-up factor. Just put a little black cardstock behind it before mounting to a card.

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, August 20, 2016

pineapple party

We are definitely homebodies around here but our natural tendency to stay in on Friday nights has been compounded by Shaun's accident. While he is recovering this summer we are spending even more time staying in. I wanted to brighten Shaun's weekend a little bit and celebrate our new summer "normal" so I decided to throw us a silly little party, inspired by the new Essentials By Ellen Stay Golden stamp & die sets...
A little card for my guy...
A tag on a pineapple because its fun...
Pineapple confetti...
And a pineapple treat box...