Thinking of You….

Hey, hi!

Sometimes, when I think of a cool idea that I want to remember to try, I make a note in my phone to remind myself.  Well this one has been popping up every time I look at my list of errands to run and tasks, for a VERY long time!  And when I got this PhotoPlay stamp set called Thinking of You from the store last fall, I knew this is the set I’d use for this idea.


Let me walk you through the process.  The basic idea, is to fill in a background of images, leaving a space masked for the sentiment to stand out.  You can do this with any of your large background stamps, or a group of many small stamp images.  Here’s where I started.  I assembled some oval dies, a roll of Post-It paper, the stamps I intended to use, and my MISTI.


I began by die cutting an oval from the Post-It paper the size that would best frame the sentiments in the Thinking of You stamp set.


I cut the oval out and discarded the negative piece.


Next, I butted my watercolor paper card panel into the corner of the MISTI, positioned the oval sticky paper where I wanted it to be and laid an assortment of the little stamps from the Thinking of You stamp set all around the oval paper mask and started stamping.  Using the MISTI makes it possible to repeat your stamping and get it PERFECT every time you stamp.  Because I’m stamping on watercolor paper, which has a subtle texture, I know the first stamping won’t be perfect, so the opportunity to repeat the inking and stamping multiple times, stress free, is a game changer, lemme tell you!


Once I was finished the first stamping, I cleaned off the stamps and moved them around, stamping and filling in all the areas until the whole card front was covered.  I found it was best to work in clusters to make sure the card was evenly covered and that there were no areas left with not enough space for a stamp to fill in. Y’know?


The next step was to use a black liner pen to draw an outline around the oval sticky paper before peeling it off.


Now I have a nice clean space where I can stamp the sentiment.  If you don’t have any dies or Post-It paper on hand, you could trace your shape and hand cut it, or use an electronic cutter like the Silhouette, to cut the shape from scrap cardstock, then adhere it in place using temporary adhesive.  For this purpose, you’ll find it sticks well enough for the job, then removes easily when you’re finished, in the meantime, providing a nice firm edge to draw against when you outline the shape with the liner pen.


I used my watercolor paints to fill in the shapes as well as the background of the card panel, then set it aside to dry.


Here’s is the finished card from that stamp set.



That was too much fun to stop at just one card!  I wanted to try it with a background stamp so I chose the Botanical stamp from Carta Bella, and stamped the card front with the oval mask in place, onto two different colors of card stock, grey and light teal.



I stamped onto the grey card stock with clear Versamark ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  (It looks white in the photo, but that’s just the reflected shine.)



I rotated the card front for this card to create a landscape oriented card, and stamped with Versamark ink again, and heat embossed with white embossing powder this time.  I decided then that they needed something more, so I used the black Copic liner pen on the grey card and a white Signo Uniball pen on the teal card, and drew stitches all along the inside of the masked oval line.  A few Tonic Studios Nuvo drops to complete the cards.


I hope you give this technique a try!  It’s very versatile depending on the stamps you own, and fun to do!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

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This post was written by Norine on April 4, 2018

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Making art with….wait for it…Face Paints!

Weird how things work out… A couple of weeks ago, our own Laura (4boys&ageek) tagged me on an Instagram pic of a new Prima product that looks like a lot of fun!  Water soluble oil pastels!  She wondered if I had seen these or tried them and I was aware of them, but trying to resist buying more product.  (I’ve since caved.  They were cheap. Plus they have 24 colors!)  At the time I was cleaning my scrap room and doing a lot of purging and that always means rediscovering things I’d forgotten about.  In one drawer (labeled Mixed Media Supplies - for the interested) I found 2 tins of our old face paints - Caran D’ache by Aquarelle.  My boys got a LOT of use out of those crayons back in the day.  You dip the tips in water and color on your skin like you’re back in kindergarten.  As a result, one tin was down to 6 very small used up crayons making it necessary in more recent years to purchase a new tin with 15 colors in it!  But the boys have grown up, as boys do, and coloring on themselves doesn’t have the same appeal (unless it’s October 31) as it used to so they were all new and sharp and wouldn’t you know it ALSO water soluble oil pastels!!  So then, lets try these out!!

The technique I was keen to try was coloring on a large background stamp, brushing it with a water brush to activate the color and then stamping with it onto watercolor paper.  Like so:



It worked beautifully!  And there was still enough pigment on the stamp to re-wet with the wet brush and stamp again!  And then apply some more color and stamp again!!  I was able to make all three of these cards from that one stamp.


I found I was able to “re-activate” the pigment on the watercolor paper after stamping too, to intensify the color and help the shades blend more.  And finally it get’s quite pale and indistinct, which I love almost as much!


All in all, a fun discovery, trial and outcome!  And like I said, I have the new Prima crayons in hand now so watch for something coming from them too!  If this looks like something you’d like to try, just pester Lori, I know she’d be happy to bring it in for you!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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This post was written by Norine on November 4, 2015

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