Bubble Greetings…

Hi there!

I’m back today with a fun set of cards to share with you!  Fun to give, but even better, fun to make!


I used all the stamps from the Taylored Expressions Bubble Greetings set.  Let me say, if you buy only one stamp set  and you want it to cover all your card giving needs, make it this one.  It says what you most often need to send a card to say, and it has an was and fun component in the coloring of the letters.

I stamped the “hello FRIEND” and “THANK you” stamps onto watercolor paper and white heat embossed them, then smeared Distress Oxide inks onto my craft mat, spritzed them with water and smooshed the stamped card fronts into the color puddles several times, letting each layer dry before going back for more.


After the ink was dry, I went in with a matching Copic pen and “emphasized” the color at the bottom of each letter, lightening as it went higher.

The coral colored card below was die cut with a decorative die and had more of the Distress ink sponged on around the edges.


Next, I stamped the remaining two sentiments in Versafine Onyx black ink onto Strathmore smooth cardstock and colored those letters with Zig real brush markers.  Because the paper has a smooth surface to it, the colors move around and blend nicely before they’re absorbed into the paper and dry.


On the Happy Birthday card above, I’ve colored each letter individually with two different colors of markers, then blended them together with a water brush.

The Just a Note card below was super quick and simple because I just colored each letter with it’s own color and added a few puffy hearts from Bella Blvd to complete it.


Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ve found a fun idea to try when you get a moment to be creative!

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This post was written by Norine on February 7, 2018

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Lovely Layered Roses…

Hello, hi!

I’m back today with a wonderful little project that I LOVED the instant it came into my head!  (With a little help from various places in the webosphere).


I’ve been seeing this type of stamping project done in this vintagey - sepia toned color and wanted to try it on kraft cardstock.  When I was last in the store in Winkler, I saw (and quickly grabbed) the Birch Press Design stamp set called Brushed Birthday Greetings.

It looks like this.


You can see that each shape, the rose and two leaves, have two corresponding layers to them.  They are meant to be stamped in two layers to create a look reminiscent of fabrics from the ’40’s and ’50’s.


The fun part is, I used a single color of ink for this!  It’s the Walnut Stain Distress OXIDE ink.  The OXIDE part is important because it has a much better property for this type of inking and produces a nice solid color impression instead of a blotchy impression that you get with regular distress inks.


(I apologize - I’ve been intending to be much better about snapping photos during the making process as well as the finished result - but once again I got carried away in the making and totally didn’t do what I’d intended!  I promise to fix that.)

If you would like to try this technique, it would be a good idea to practice on a piece of printer paper.  Ink up your stamp once and then stamp it onto the paper three times.  This will show you how much difference there is between the generations of stamping.  For example, in the photo below there are two different intensities of stamped rose.  To create the flower on the left, I inked up my solid base stamp and stamped once onto a scrap piece of paper and then the 2nd time onto this sample.  Then I inked up the detail stamp and stamped it directly onto this base image - that’s called the 1st generation stamping.  The rose on the right is created from the 3rd stamping of the solid image and the 2nd stamping of the detail image.  (That’s what my notes written below mean.)


For a bit of variety on my tags, I combined 3rd and 1st generation stamping with 3rd and 2nd, to get a variety of contrasts.  Where there are two rose blooms on the tag, I stamped one image onto a piece of Post-It paper, and cut out exactly around the base flower shape to create a mask.  I layered it overtop of the first stamped bloom and then stamped both layers of a 2nd bloom, overlapping the Post-It paper.  When you remove the mask, it reveals two blooms, one tucked in behind the other.  The same applies to the leaves that are nestled behind the blooms.


I added some stamped and typewritten sentiments and Distress Ink - dyed some ribbon to match.  I would love to try this same technique with other colors of inks.  Blue roses on a pale blue background, right??  It’s a technique that is quite simple when you get right down to it, and a stamp set that can produce as complex a design as you like with just a few layered pieces.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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This post was written by Norine on October 4, 2017

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