Hello…in a different way!

Happy Friday !

I am using the “Say it with Love” January 2020 Sentiment kit created by Lisa Arana. The other day I made a bunch of gel press backgrounds/monoprints and was wondering how I could use them or incorporate them with my cards.

They are pretty bold in color and pattern so I decided to make these into envelopes instead. All I need now is a toned-down card with a sweet message.

This an A2 card in landscape orientation with the words stamped with a Misti for good allover coverage. Next, I used a black Micron pen and connected the words with squiggly lines. I used black, gold, and silver pens for a different look. Add the panel to a card stock color that matches the envelope for cohesiveness.

Add some visual interest with “Dots only” dies from Gina Marie Designs. These dies don’t cut the paper but deboss them instead. She has a whole series of these “dots only” dies in all shapes.

These are very simple cards that you can mass-produce and keep handy. Keep the stamp in the Misti and make multiple panels at a time without moving the stamp each time.

Until next time then!
You can still find all my cards on Facebook or Instagram

Much Love,
Charmaine

Small Details, exponential opportunities!

Happy Friday!

Unity has a brand new release today and I am showcasing this gorgeous, large and wordy, Small Details stamp today! I am absolutely in love with this full A2 sized stamp and it can be used in so many ways. Here are just a few… 6 to be exact!

I paired this gorgeous new stamp with the Gracielle Design Unusual day Poppy stamp and colored with Altenew watercolor brushes on watercolor paper.

Here is what I did:
Stamp the Small Details stamp with water-resistant black ink, like VersaFine or Altenew Obsidian  Pigment ink. Don’t worry if you don’t get a clear impression all over, this adds to the “grungy” look. Next, stamp the large poppy in the corner with the same ink.

I am not a watercolor expert, but I love how this came out. Wet certain areas with water using a clean brush or watercolor pen. Try to imagine what you want your flower to look like. I knew I wanted the majority of this flower to be pink so I added pink to the shadowy/ deeper parts of the flower. Dab off the excess paint and water; this will prevent the colors from turning into brown mud!

Repeat the process in the leftover spaces with orange watercolor. Dab off excess color and blend the two colors with a clean water brush. Lightly dab the paper with a clean towel in the areas where colors are too concentrated. Add white gel pen highlights and some shimmer with a Wink of Stella pen. I added blue to the center of the flower…because I could! 🙂

Two ink-blot looking stamps are included in the floral stamp set and are perfect for this messy card! I added this card to a kraft colored card stock top-folding base because the watercolor paper looked “dirty” next to white cardstock. Add your sentiment made with a Dymo label maker and you are done!

Father’s Day is this weekend and this card is very easy to make for your dad. I used one of my gel plate prints but you can easily make a background using Distress Oxide or Inks, even sprays! Any printed paper would work as well. I know you hoard pretty paper somewhere! 😉

Die cut three sets of letters with these dies (I believe they are MFT Alpha dies) out of heavy cardstock with the Small Details die cut on top. Stack and use liquid glue to move the letters into position.

My last card is the traditional stamp-and- mask techniques.

Stamp the background in a different color, this time to add softness to the card. This girl is from the June Kit of the Month 2020 and colored with Copics. Add dimension with an “emboss only” double-stitched die frame from MFT.

Here are the other three cards. Let me know if you need a tutorial on these!!

Hope and Strength on Acetate with Distress Oxide Spray background
Stamp with stitched die on Kraft, Tim Holtz Thinlits Alphas

I hope you have an amazing weekend and make sure to check out the
new releases and fabulous Sale going on!

Charmaine 
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Playing with Stazon, Distress Oxide and an envelope maker

Happy Friday!

We made it! Now let’s play!

I recently found a new ink, Stazon pigment ink, and was so impressed with its performance that it needed to be told to the world with a video! Here you go! All the supplies are listed on the bottom.

I want to send this card to one of you! Leave me a comment on the Youtube channel and I will choose a winner on Monday (6/15/2020).

Thanks for watching and I hope you have a great weekend!

Charmaine
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Wedding Peonies

Happy Friday!

I love making cards, no, I am obsessed with making cards. But when I HAVE to make a card, I struggle BIG TIME.  I had to make a card for a friend whose daughter is getting married this weekend and I put it off until yesterday! Nothing like procrastination, huh??

The bride will have light pink peonies in her bouquet, so I decided on using the Peony Hugs stamp set. And I knew it had to be bigger than an A2 card, so I chose an A7 ( 5×7) card. (Just make sure you have that size envelope in your house!!) I cut and folded a piece of Neenah Solar White 110lbs card stock as the base and placed a piece of acetate with silver foil dots (from A.C Moore) over it. Use double-sided tape in the middle of the card because this will be covered up.

Next, I stamped and silver heat embossed (Hero Arts Silver EP) two peonies on white vellum. Heat the vellum at an angle to prevent warping. Carefully cut these out on the outside of the embossed line. I tried to color the peonies with a Copic marker but stamped and cut this same stamp in pink card stock instead. This way both peonies are identical in color.

For the center, I used Heffy Doodles Skinny rectangles and cut a frame out of white card stock. Don’t stack the frames because you will need the flowers to be flat on the card. Next, cut a matching rectangle out of Neenah Desert Storm card stock (or Kraft) and glue these together.

Adhere the peonies to the corners of the white frame and let the vellum leaves fill the brown space in the center. You can use double-sided tape for these as well. The letters are three stacks deep adhered with liquid glue. This glue will give you a little longer time to reposition if need be. The top letter layer is out of silver card stock. I used Tim Holtz Sizzix Classic Upper and Classic Lower Thinlits for the names.

And to finish, I added the beautiful sentiment from the May Kit of the Month to the inside of a folded Desert storm card stock that is cut slightly smaller than the A7 size. I used Altenew’s Obsidian Pigment ink for a crisp impression.

I hope you like the post and card just like my friend does. And I have to give a huge shoutout to the Unity design team for helping me put this card together! I was struggling, BIG TIME! Thanks, girls!

Have a great weekend!

Charmaine
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I miss seeing you

Happy Friday!

I hope you had a great week and have plans for relaxation this weekend. Maybe some crafting as well? And have you seen the new red rubber releases over at Unity Stamp Co??? What do you think of those pretty dragonflies?? See how I create a peekaboo card using Vellum.

I am going back to work at the hospital on Monday and I wanted to make a card for my coworker who is near and dear to my heart. I want her to know that I missed seeing her and that I am in serious need of adult conversation!

Here is what I did:

This is still a traditional top folding card with a place for a stamped sentiment inside, but with the vellum, it creates an illusion of just having two layers.

The three stamps I am using today are

Stamping supplies

  • Misti
  • Versamark Watermark stamp pad
  • WOW Metallic Gold Rich Super Fine embossing powder
  • Distress Oxides Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn
  • Smooth Bristal A2 sized card stock
  • Top folding A2 landscape orientation card
  • Vellum (5 1/2″ x 5″)

Directions

Stamp and cut out two dragonflies, I used my Scan ‘N Cut to save time. Color these ( I used Copics) and set aside. Next, cover the Bristol Smooth paper (or any paper that will blend well with distress oxides) with variations of Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn. This will give the page some depth/light interest. Place your colored paper in the Misti and use your antistatic tool all over the paper. Stamp the Botanical Background with Versamark and apply the Gold Embossing powder all over. Heat set this and adhere to the front of the top folding landscape card.

Measure your vellum over the embossed area/card so that you have a “lip” on the back of the card of about 3/4″. Position the dragonflies in such a way that there is a spot for a sentiment on the left side of the vellum. Place the sentiment in the Misti over the vellum, use antistatic powder, and stamp with Versamark. Heat emboss with the same gold embossing powder. I used double-sided tape to secure the vellum to the back of the card.

Finish the card with applying dimensional foam squares to the back of the “front” dragonfly and regular double-sided tape for the inside dragonfly.

Now you have two dragonflies looking for one another in a garden! At least that’s what happened in my mind! Please let me know if you have any questions!!!

Have a great weekend!

Charmaine
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Too glam! Guest designing for Sassy & Crafty

Welcome back to another guest designing opportunity for Sassy and Crafty! This post is dedicated to the other glam girl that is part of the Own it stamp set.

Here is what I did:

The A2 background is the result of a marathon gelli press printing evening. I used a few acrylic paints and various stencils to get the variations seen on the background. I cut out a triangle on the bottom right corner as big as the girl, and then set it aside.

I stamped the girl with Gina K designs Black Amalgam ink with a Misti. Remember to keep the stamp in the Misti to re-stamp with a darker ink in the end.

Coloring the girl is similar to last week’s:
Skin E4, E11, E000
Hair: E09, E07, E79
Shirt: BG13
Background: BG000
I used Gold Wink of Stella for handles of the makeup brushes.

Sentiment: Sunny Stamps Studio flag banner, adhere foam tape underneath for dimension.
Ink: Altenew Black Obsidian pigment ink.

Finish the card by re-stamping the girl with Altenew Obsidian ink and aligning the colorful background over her. Glue the two pieces together. Cut off the excess paper, adhere to a 4.25 x 5.5 top folding card and position the sentiment on the card.

I hope you like this glam girl and will support Amy and Beth over at Sassy & Crafty! Go Small!!

Happy day!

Charmaine
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Gel printing with a bit of sass!

Happy Friday!

I hope you all had a great week and are ready for a quick and fun video on how to make backgrounds using a gel plate. I just discovered this gem of a technique so I am not even going to pretend I know what I am doing! But, sit back and relax. Enjoy this 5-minute video and watch how I use this Unity Stamp three times and get three different looks. I have helpful tips at the end of the post.

Here are my supplies I used:

(Disclaimer: I bought these off the shelf without doing any research on brands/products/performance, but they all worked great!)

  1. Gel plate
  2. Brayer
  3. Acrylic paints (regular and metallic)  (the $1 kind!)
  4. Stencils
  5. You will stamp set
  6. Ann Butler Background Builder Strips Stamps
  7. Heavy cardstock (A2)
  8. Bubblewrap
  9. Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink
  10. Clear Embossing powder
  11. Random things to make impressions.
  12. Tim Holtz Clipping Stickers

Things I learned:

  1. There is no wrong way, just have fun.
  2. You don’t need a lot of paint on your plate. Brayer it off on a piece of paper.
  3. Do clear heat emboss the stamped images, this will prevent smudging and image deterioration. The pigment ink will just sit on top of the acrylic paint and won’t absorb.
  4. You don’t have to clean your plate in between prints. This will build interest on each layer.
  5. Remember the color you apply last, goes on first.
  6. If you use word or number stencils, remember to flip the stencil so it appears backward on the plate. Think mirrored image.

I hope you enjoyed the video. Shoot me a message if you have questions!

Charmaine
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Own it!

Hello Fabulous People!!

I am so happy to be a guest designer for  Sassy and Crafty this week to show off this amazing new stamp set! I hope I can show you a few tricks to make an image pop with tools you may already have!

I am using the new Sassy Girls – Own it stamp set and I am so pleased with the details in this stamp.

Here is what I did:

I used Copics as my coloring medium thus needing an ink pad that is Copic friendly, such as the Gina K Designs Black Amalgam Ink. I am also using a MISTI for stamping. Once you stamp her in the middle of an A2 sized heavy cardstock base, leave the girl in the MISTI and don’t move her. I’ll show you a trick to make her appear crisper at the end.

Masking techniques are fun to use and can add amazing dimension and depth to a one layer card. Go ahead and stamp another girl on masking paper. Cut out and put aside.
Her hair is a mixture of yellow, red, and brown Copics. First, apply Y06 in the highlighted areas, or where the light would hit her hair and flick R17 into the yellow areas. This is not a true recipe, but I always play with my redheads to get a fun look. Flick E39 into the red areas and work closer towards her hair part. Finally, use E79 in the part and on the hair behind and next to her neck, anywhere shadows would fall. Finally, use a white gel pen to create more highlights if it looks flat.

Her skin is a mixture of E11, E000, and 0, the blender. Apply E11 in the shadow areas around her forehead, where her clothes end (or start), sides of her arms and neck. For her face, apply E11 at her hairline and draw smile triangles for her cheekbones. Take E000 and go over E11 and extend it over the skin areas. This will give you a good blend and an additional shadow line. Use the blender in her chest area or where too much color is.
I used B99 for her dress with white Gel pen highlights. A gold Wink of Stella brush added some shine to her earrings and the mascara bottle.

Background

Let’s finish the card with a WOW background. Cover the girl with the already cutout mask and pull out Distress Oxides. I used Blueprint Sketch all over with Chipped Sapphire around the edges. Blend Black Soot all around the edges again. Miss Inks has this wavy patterned styled stencil and I used Fossilized Amber with this stencil. Heat set all of this for about 30 seconds. Next, use an antistatic tool all over the card. I used Versamark and Ranger Liquid Platinum to stamp and heat emboss the “Own It” freehand on the top of the card. I did get some loose embossing powder in between the words but it added some “Glam” to it.

Now for the last trick! Uncover your girl and place her back in the MISTI. I used Altenew’s Obsidian Pigment Ink, which gives super crisp impressions, over the whole image. The Amalgam Ink didn’t give me the black I wanted, but I needed it for the Copic markers. So now you get to have the best of both worlds!

I hope you learned a few new things and will support Beth and Amy in their new venture together! You can also follow me on my Facebook page for more inspiration!

Have a great weekend!
Charmaine
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Slimline Possibilities

Happy Friday!

It is such a happy Friday because Unity Stamp Company is releasing RUBBER STAMPS today! I am so happy to show you one of the fabulous stamp sets available for purchase.

I am also trying something new for me, a Slimline card. I don’t have any fancy dies for this so anyone can make this card today. This stamp set is named Possible not Easy and designed by our newest team member, Sandhya Iyer. Make sure to show her some love!

Here is what I did:
Slimline cards are 8 1/2″ tall by 3 1/2″ wide and they will neatly fit into Number 10 envelopes with room to spare. Fold one 8 1/2″ x 11″ Neenah 110lbs cardstock in half and cut off the excess card stock.
Now, let’s add a pretty and dimensional background by using an embossing folder on a separate 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 piece of card stock. So how are you suppose to emboss an entire 8 1/2 long piece of paper with a 6×6 embossing folder? After I used an Echo Park diamond weave folder and ran it through my Gemini Jr, I just turned my paper around and lined the paper up with the existing embossed diamonds. Adhere this to the front of the card base with double-sided tape.

Now for the fun part. Stamp several flowers on heavy card stock, like110 lbs paper, because once these are cut out, they tend to be a little flimsy. Good card stock prevents the flowers from curling. I also used Copic friendly ink like the Gina K Designs Amalgam ink. Choose a patterned paper that is not too busy but will still make your flowers the main attraction. Stamp and cut these frames, three to be exact.

I colored the flowers with Copics using three shades of yellow (color dark to light) and I used two shades of green for the leaves. 

The “Joy” sentiment is part of the Simon Says Stamp “Joyful” die and I cut three of these, stacked and glued together. Adhere the three squiggly squares evenly spaced to the card base. Finally, position the flowers offsetting two of them and one smack in the middle.

Two more cards were made using this stamp set and I must say, this set is definitely going in my favorites pile.

I want to spread some joy to celebrate Unity’s joy today. In the spirit of joy and giving, I am gifting this slimline card to someone leaving a comment on the blog post posted by Unity Stamp Company on the Show and Tell Page. Tag me to tell me what you think of this card! 

Try something new today!

Charmaine
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