Just Because…

Hi friends!  I’m back today with some cards to share with you.  I’ve been itching to use the Stamping Bella “Just Because” stamp set, and today I’m sharing 4 different ways to color the same stamp.



The first card I want to share, is stamped on Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock and colored with Zig Real Brush markers.  They are water-based, and you can very easily blend the colors by either coloring with a darker colored marker and then dragging the color with a lighter colored marker until the tint runs out, OR laying down a dark color with the marker and then using a wet brush to blend the color out to lighter at the edges as I did in the photo below.



Once the image was colored and dry, I went over the blue ribbon with a Wink of Stella marker to give it a very subtle glitter/sheen.  Hard to photograph, but cool in real life.


Here is the finished card.  I started by machine stitching lines onto the grey cardstock and layering it with a thin strip of floral patterned paper and then letting some of the white card base edge show.  Then I fussy cut the image out and adhered it on the stitched cardstock and finished it off with a foam mounted sentiment strip and some dew drop gems.

This next card was stamped on Neenah Solar White cardstock (110 pound) and colored with Copic markers.


The magic in this way of coloring is also in the blendability of the colors.  The best results come from starting with a dark color, then adding a medium shade and finishing with a light color.  For small areas like the leaves you can get away with just the dark and the light, and still get a nice color gradation.

The cool thing about the sentiment on this card is that the original stamp is a single line of text, but for the purposes of fitting it in on this card, I did some stamp surgery and cut each word from the other so I could line it up vertically like you see.  I cut the colored image out using an oval stitched die and then finished the card with some Tonic Studio Nuvo drops.


The next two cards are stamped on watercolor paper, but the first is stamped with Ranger Distress Ink in Antique Linen and the second is stamped in black with Versafine Onyx black ink.


The reason for stamping the image in Antique Linen (a really pale shade of ink that dissolves into the ink that is painted over it) is so that I could try the “no-line” style of coloring where you let the highlights and shadows of color define the image edges, rather than the lines.  It’s tricky.  I have a lot to learn.  I cut the image out, using a tag die and added a Distress Ink-dyed seam binding ribbon tied to the top.

But I don’t hate the black outlines of a stamped image.  So that’s how I colored this last card.  I stayed very loose and patchy with the color of the background, water and jar.  Then I blended some red and purple for the blooms.  I cut the image with a square stitched die and mounted it on the card front with foam tape.  The “just because” sentiment is included in the Stamping Bella Mason Jar stamp set.  And that little enamel pink heart by the sentiment?  That’s also Tonic Studios Nuvo drops.  It’s created by drawing a “V” with the tip of the bottle and letting it settle out into a heart shape.


I think it makes a favorite rubber stamp even more favorite when you can get a few different looks from the same stamp.

Thanks for stopping by today!  We’ll see you again on Sunday!

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Carta Bella Flora….

Hello friends, I’ve got something particularly lovely to share with you today!  If it’s not already too late, you must RUN to the shop and buy the Carta Bella Flora line!  I bought the ephemera package and both the small 6×6 pad and the full size paper pack.  If all you can get your hands on is the full size paper pack you’ve got an instant card kit!  Within the collection of papers are 3 (THREE) sheets of 9 mini-cards for cutting small - good for project lifers or card makers.  Here are the 6 I quickly assembled one afternoon, and there is oodles more left over for at least a dozen more cards besides some beautiful scrapbooking product!  And here’s something goofy…in the cleaning up of the mess I’d made, I discovered the 12″x12″ sheet of stickers and alphas!



For this card, I cut the swoopy angle with scissors then went back and trimmed the edge with a pair of scalloped edged scissors.  Remember those fancy edged scissors we all used to have?  These are one of the few I actually kept.






And finally, besides telling you how lovely and versatile the Flora line is, I thought I’d show you a fun technique as well!  This card below was just crying out for a message on that triple banner.


So I found a sentiment stamp that ran in a long line….


…and did some stamp surgery.


Far from limiting the use of this stamp, cutting them apart like this, allows you to use them in a vertical fashion as well as horizontal.  And their original use is not impeded because they can still be lined up on an acrylic stamp block or stamping tool such as the Misti or the Precision Press, as perfectly as if they were still whole!

As well, I fussy cut a bit of the floral design from one of the 6″x6″ papers, adhered it and then coated the surface with glossy accents to create a clear enamel-like finish.  You can see a bit of the shine in the photo below.


So by adding some machine stitching, some Nuvo Drops for accents, some washi tape and gold thread, as well as stamped or die cut sentiments, I was able to create these 6 cards in a matter of hours.  This is a gorgeous line and a kit I return to again and again!

Have a great day!


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This post was written by Norine on April 5, 2017

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