Friday, May 29, 2015

Rubber stamp faux mosaic

I think that is the name they gave this technique anyway.  I had seen this technique quite awhile ago but that was before Pinterest, LOL!  So when I had some extra rubber, you know back in the day when you had to cut the stamps out yourself, I saved the rubber to do this technique ..... well as I do I saved it away for when I wanted to try it and then when I came across it much later I thought what was I saving this rubber for, but I continued to save it just in case I remembered, then the other day cardmaker magazine blog had the technique on their blog and I was so excited that I found what to do with my extra rubber that I pinned it and made it the next day.  Well I just went to go get the link for you and it has been taken away.  I will try my best to explain.

I took my left over rubber that I saved.  Found a stamp block that I have never used, it came in a set of stamps I bought at a yard sale, so I just used that to glue my cut up pieces of rubber, leaving a little bit of a gap between the pieces.


You will have a colored picture or any image you have ready the same size as the rubber you have done or smaller.  I then inked up my rubber with Versamark ink or any clear embossing ink you may have, and placed my stamped and colored image on top of my rubber so I could make sure it was lined up correctly, I put another sheet of paper over that and while holding one side down I would rub one half of the image and then do the other half the same way and carefully lifted my image off and then added my clear embossing powder.  Heat set the embossing powder.  Now this is the mistake I made you were suppose to let it cool completely before inking your image but I went right to inking and I think that is why I had a little bit of a blur around the edges.  I believe the girl use a brayer to add ink, but I just took my blending ink tool from Tim Holtz to apply my ink.

Here is my finished card I made for my little brother.



Stampscapes -- Cabin, colored w/markers and used the technique above
Spellbinders -- Labels 29 and A2 matting basics A dies
Hot off the press -- Sarabooks ivory papers and tag
Gina K designs -- tag lines sentiment stamp
Poppystamps -- Leafy sprig die
Button
Twine

I hope if you have some extra rubber lying around and want to try this that my instructions are clear enough for you.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend,

Connie

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Postcard Birthday

 I made this card for my Sister in law.

 I am sharing it over at  Stephanie's Roses of Inspiration.  I really didn't expect Stephanie to have it this week, you see she lost her Grandpa last week and had to travel a long distance to see him for the last time. Continued prayers for you Stephanie that God may bring you peace and only smiles come to your face as you remember your sweet Grandpa.

I have always loved postcards on cards but the stamps were usually quite large and I didn't want it to cover my whole card, then I saw this the other day at my LSS and I decided to buy it.  It has a nice distress feel to it too that I like.  Since my other love is flowers well that had to happen too :)



When cutting out the flower dies I didn't quite like how they were coming together so I did a few extra cuts in the flowers to get them to shape the way I wanted them to look.

Whimsy stamps-- Vintage postcard
K&co. -- Blue Awning paper
Technique Tuesday -- Happy Birthday sentiment stamp set
Spellbinders -- A2matting basics A and Flour bouquet dies
Forever in time -- Pearls
Martha Stewart -- Leaves Punch
EK Success -- little flowers punch
Stickles -- vintage photo for the little flower centers

I hope you all had a nice weekend.  My heart goes out to those people that have been struck by the tornadoes and flooding.  We are thankful that even though we had the tornado warnings all we had was very high winds and pelting rain.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and Have a wonderful week,
Connie

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Thumping Technique

My cardmaking group had another challenge to use thumping technique on your card.   I was in need of another sympathy card so I decided to use this technique on that card. You can google and probably find better instructions but the short of it is to take your water based markers and color your stamp, then take another color and just pounce the second color over it and stamp onto your paper, I did the technique on the flowers and the stems using distress markers. The vellum has been heat embossed with white embossing powder.



Unity Stamp Company -- Insightful Meadow, colored w/distress markers
Spellbinders -- Classic Ovals and Floral ovals dies
My Mind's eye -- Indie chic paper
Taylored Expressions -- Care & comfort stamp sentiment
Bazzill -- Brads

I hope we can all take out time tomorrow to think about all the men and woman who gave their life for our freedom, and their families who miss them so much.

Thanks so much for stopping by, look forward to hearing from you,

Connie

Friday, May 22, 2015

Wish Big

I was able to get some time to play yesterday, I decided to go with something quick because I need to make sure I would be able to hand deliver it to a friend at church on Sunday. There are 4 layers on this card, I forgot to get a side picture but I really want to get this posted before everyone starts to wake up.  The images are from Hunkydory, they do some Lovely and whimsical images.  I broke out my Grand dies so this card measures 5 1/2 inches.  Since I won't be mailing it I didn't have to worry about all the layers.



After die cutting the base, the top layer and the tag, all I had to do was stamp the sentiment and add a few gems here and there, of course it needed a butterfly too :)

Hunkydory-- Flutterbye Wishes-- Pink Posies
Spellbinders -- Grand Scalloped Circles dies
Martha Stewart -- Butterfly punch
Taylored Expressions -- Designer Mini tags dies and Many Minis Occasions stamp sentiment
Recollections -- Indesecent gems on flowers in background
Clear gems on butterfly

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.  We have a bit of rain in our forecast once again, thank goodness for a few breaks so we could get the lawn mowed, I am a bit behind on my weeding though. Haven't done any of that while the kids have been home visiting, but they will be leaving this weekend and the next time we have a dry spell I will be a busy girl out there .

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by, I really appreciate you letting me know you visited,

Connie

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Happy Day

I am linking this card this morning that I made for my great nephew with Stephanie's Roses of Inspiration .

  I was visiting with my nephew and his wife a couple years ago and their little boy was really into animals big time, planning on working at a zoo when he grew up. He asked me if the next time I made him a card could I put animals on it, I did last year and I did again this year, although when I just saw him at our family reunion he is now into that Minecraft game, I imagine his likes will continue to change as he grows, since I didn't have anything minecraft I went with the animals again :)



On the oval die cut (sentiment) I tried the technique where you add the ink to the outside edge of your spellbinder die, the edge that embosses, then you place it over your image and die cut it, the ink will transfer only to the outside edge, it works pretty good, but sometimes you have to touch it up a bit.  It was one of the techniques I learned while working for Spellbinders a few years back.


My mind's eye -- Lost and found 2 paper
Inky Antics -- Balloon kitties, colored w/markers
Hot off the press -- Dazzles- Black Jewel
Spellbinders -- Classic Circles, Inverted scalloped Circles and Big Scalloped Ovals

I am enjoying a wonderful visit with my Daughter and Son in law this week, I hope to be back in a couple of days with another card, they have some work they need to do, so I will sneak away to my craft room while they are gone.

Hope your enjoying a wonderful week so far,
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by, Love hearing from you,

Connie