Saturday, January 14, 2017

Stamp TV’s MIUM Third Times a Charm

Hi everyone! I wanted to share with you a birthday card I completed for the StampTV challenge “Mix It Up Monday,” (MIUM). This is a big test for me because my “goal” for 2017 was to create at least 3-4 projects (cards, mixed-media, journal pages, etc.) a week and blog about them all.

For the latest MIUM at StampTV, our theme is “Third Times a Charm.” You can create anything your heart desires, but you need to have an item repeat three times. This was a fun one. I dug through all of my GKD stamps (I do have a few…HAHA) and picked Theresa Momber’s “Country Road 2.” I love all things floral so I picked the largest of the three flowers image.

My first step was trimming Bristol Smooth cardstock down to 4¼” square. Next was embossing the flowers with white embossing powder and start the water coloring. The Zig Brush Markers colors I used for the background olive green and blue gray. The flowers were light violet and deep violet. I added some gold gel pen to the centers. I fussy cut the flowers and added them to the square panel. Sponging some of GKD’s Moonlit Flog to the edges and some of the background was done with a sponge dauber. The sentiment was stamped with GKD’s Onyx Black. For the finale touches I splattered some yellow gold watercolor and some various sizes of gold sequins.

I would like to mention that Zig’s brush markers are amazing on the Bristol Smooth cardstock. In fact, I feel they do better on this stock than on any other watercolor stocks.

“Birthday Wishes” will be entered in the following challenges:
StampTV MIUM – Third times a charm (you will have to sign in on this site)
613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes w/optional twist
Fashionable Stamping – winter or spring

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you have any questions, please contact me.
Until next time...wishing you happiness and artiness!
Aletha Jane

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Winter Cheer Card for My Husband

I hope that everyone had some fantastic and fun holiday festivities. Ours was very quiet, which we enjoyed. The card that I am getting ready to show you was made for my husband. This took me a while to create because of the trial and error period with the inks and grit paste. But I do like the outcome and I fell in love the Tim Holtz Grit-Paste. (Note: the size I used for this card was a mini and it came from Simon Says Stamp limited edition holiday card kit.)

I am probably making this blog too long, but I wanted to show you what NOT to do.

Photo 1: I trimmed the Desert Storm cardstock down to 4-A2 size card fronts. I used the Tim Holtz Pine Needles and Bundled Sage distress inks with his Woodland stencil. I then covered the inks with Tim’s Glaze medium. I knew that this would make the inks waterproof without smearing and I thought maybe it would work with the grit-paste. NOT!!! The grit-past absorbed the inks colors. 

Photo 2: For my second attempt, I used an Olive Grove Memento ink on the metallic card front. Before that had time to dry, I used clear embossing powder over the images. After the cooling down, I added the grit-paste and let that dry. This was a lot better, but the paste absorbed some of the blue from the ink.

Photo 3: I stamped and embossed the three trees. My thought was to let the grit-paste dry and add Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops. This was another NOT!!! I made things worse. 

Final Tree Layout: I stamped three trees (I changed the layout also) with the distress inks on Metallic Cream cardstock. I had the idea of using the grit-paste with the snow part of the stencil. This was stenciled on the Desert Storm cardstock. After these were dry, I fussy cut the snow and added them to my trees. I am very satisfied now, but there has got to be a better way to use the grit-paste on the actual stamped image. I will find that technique and share it with everyone. I really like the way the grit-past dries, lots of texture. 

Here are several pics of my final card. My husband loved it and that made me happy. Final touches are the Penny Black die "Winter Cheer," the red nose on Rudolph, and the snow in the background with the White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops.

Just wanted to let everyone know that this Simon Says Stamp kit is sold out, but you can purchase the items separately. Simon’s January 2017 Kit ‘Snow Much Thanks” is still available. I got mine last week and it is gorgeous. I love the snowflakes designed by Kristina Werner. Check out her YouTube videos here

I would like this card entered in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamps Blog - Work It Wednesday
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and if you have any question, please contact me. I do love follows and all comments!
Aletha Jane

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