Sunday, September 30, 2012

Thanks Card with Jen Matott

Jen Matott here to share a card that I made using the Spellbinders Majestic Elements Exquisite Circles dies,  Fabulous Phrases, and Card Labels stamps. I love Halloween and the traditional orange and black color schemes. I wanted to create a card that used those colors without the Halloween theme!  This card came together with lots of different materials.

 First, I started with a piece of watercolor paper and some Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos in the yellow set.   I created an yellow-orange background paper.  Gelatos are so much fun to work with and can create a paint look to surfaces.  For this one, I simply scribbled some of the Tangerine and Lemon onto the paper and used a waterbrush to spread the color over the page.  When it was dry, I cut it smaller and used the dies to cut the opening.

 The negative space of the paper was filled with a black dotted paper.  I die cut another shape with a smaller die with book paper.  One of the Card Labels was stamped (the circles) using Faber-Castell's Stamper's Big Brush Pen in Black.  The smallest die was used to create the popped up center!

 After putting the pieces together, I added the Jellie Dots in Black Soot & Root Beer with Scrap Happy Glue and Stick 'Em Up tool.   I love these little gems!

 Using the Stamper's Big Brush Pen again, I stamped the frame and sentiment.  Before adding it to the card, I tied a piece of orange ribbon on and popped it up!

 Here's a close up of the popped up center and Jellie Dots... I love this die set as well!  Just so pretty and lots of combinations.

I hope you liked my Halloween color scheme inspired card.  Even though this isn't a holiday card, it has the same bold colors.  It's fun to use colors that are associated with holidays for bold effect!

Stamps:The Rubber Cafe' - Card Labels & Fabulous Phrases
Ink: Faber- Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush Pen in Black, Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos in the yellow set
Paper: book page, watercolor paper by Strathmore & Prima
Adhesivea: The Rubber Cafe'- Scrap Happy Glue, misc Pop Dots
Embellishments:  The Rubber Cafe'- Jellie Dots in Black Soot & Root Beer, Ribbon: Snug Hug seam binding
Tools: The Rubber Cafe' - Stick 'Em Up
Dies: Spellbinders Majestic Elements Exquisite Circles

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sooty Spooky BOO!

Hi  Everyone! 
Today I have a fun tutorial, involving a technique I learned years ago.  It's a fun one and is really perfect for any Halloween card or project!  I think it's called Stamp Soot techinque, and once you read on you'll understand!

I love houses - some would say I'm obsessed about houses! So when I got my hands on this wonderful stamp from The Rubber Cafe' - called the Bat Motel I just knew it was time to 'dust' off this technique and try it again.

To get started you need Glossy White cardstock.  Mine's from Stampin'Up! but Ranger makes a glossy white paper as well.  I wanted a little color for my moon, so before getting started I took a sponge and with Mustard seed distress ink applied a small amount in a circular motion.

The rest of the supplies you need for this are a clean un-inked rubber stamp, a candle and some spray fixative, to finish the surface when you're done.  I found a matt finish by Mod Podge that seemed to work just fine, and seemed to be the least expensive out there.

With my lit candle hover the glossy side towards the flame.  Keep your paper flat and moving as close as you can over the flame- this will produce a soot that will be left on your paper's surface.
 when you get close enough the flame will leave a layer of soot on your paper and that's what you're going for.  It will not start on fire, the glossy coating seems to help keep that from happening - so you'll be surprised how close you can get without your paper catching on fire in order to get the effect you want.

Continue to do this covering as much area as you'll need, and until you get the effect you're looking for.  I went over the inked area of my moon as well, but was careful to not cover it too much.

Now youre ready to stamp!  Take your non-inked rubber stamp and place it directly down onto your sooted paper, being careful to lift the stamp straight up when you're done.  The rubber of the stamp will lift the soot off leaving you an impression or stamped image.

Clean your stamp with water, right away -before moving to the next step.

To finish - take the Fixative Spray (ModPodge) and spray your projects surface in a sweeping motion over the entire image covering in light layers.  Once dry will help to keep the soot from smudging or lifting off the surface of your card or project.

And Oila!  That's it!  Pretty neat huh?  To finish take your image and cut it down so you can apply it to your card and finish as desired.

I used a fun 3d template that I found in the latest Scor-Pal book.  I love the dimension and think this was a perfect way to enhance  my Spooky Sooty Bat Motel!
Enjoy  and have a great weekend!

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe' - Bat Motel
Ink: Ranger Distress ink, Mustard Seed
Paper:  Stampin'UP!- Glossy White cardstock, MME patterned paper, Cooredinations- black wood grain.
Embellishments: Halloween brads, Harlequin ribbon, Boo Metal tags
Tools:  The Rubber Cafe' - On the fence Die, MS pumpkin punch and small fence, EK Success punehes, Score-pal

Friday, September 28, 2012

Something a little "TRICKY" and a give away of a little "TREAT ""

As promised we have a little treat to giveaway .... Cherry did a stunning job creating a simple but beautiful Christmas card .. using Large Pine (click on the link for more details)

 The Winner is Angela Fletcher - Please email with your mailing address . 

The "Treat" was given now its time for the "Trick"
Check out what Kristine made ....

Have you ever made a Center Stair step card?  Splitcoast stampers has a great tutorial, here are the  Directions for the card . 
I challenge you this week to take this tutorial or any of the other wonderful tutorials on Splitcoast Stampers and make your not so standard card. 
I will suggest that if you do not have a scor-pal it makes those tutorials a lot easier .I kept this one simple so you could focus on that adorable Lab from the Where's my Treat set from The Rubber Cafe.

Here's a close up look at that adorable dog!
I colored the image with alcohol markers and glued everything together with Scrap Happy Glue.

Have you tried a Center Step Card yet?
Once you make your first one you'll be hooked! They look great with very little effort because of their unusual design.  Create the card base, add paper, images and embellishments and you're done!

Here's a look at another sample the Bat House using the center stair step technique. Just click on the link above .

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - Where's my Treat 
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - Pugnacious White Paper,  My Minds Eye Mischievous pattern paper, Bazzill Basic Cardstock
Ink: Memento tuxedo Black dye ink, Alcohol Markers,
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe' - Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments: May Arts Ribbon, Spellbinders dies
Tools: Score-Pal


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Stamping with Scrap Happy Sheer Glue Card Duo!

Happy Thursday!

Michelle here with a Glue-ista tutorial, and this time it's stamping with glue!

Had a brain fade when I did this tonight...and I forgot to use my handy dandy Lil' Inkerz Sponge, but this just shows you that it can be done without in a pinch!  This way is a tad bit more messy, but it cleans up!

I stamped my images on some coordinating designer papers and set them aside to dry.

 After they dried a bit, I covered them with the glitters.

Next I fussy cut all of my elements...I usually make more than I need...I use up the glue and I have spares for another project.

 I added a bit of a ruffle with a honeycomb paper pad and then used elements from the designer paper to create my card.  I thought about distressing, but decided to go for a clean feel instead.

A touch of Candi here and there for fun.
 And here is card two.

A touch of faux stitching and more candi!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - Rose Garden, Large Trailing Butterflies
Paper: My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing in Tangerine and Lavender and Inky Antics Ivory HoneyPop pad
Adhesive: The Rubber Cafe' - Scrap Happy Sheer Glue
Embellishments:The Rubber Cafe' - You're So Fine Glitters:  Blue Skies, Copper, Limeade Green and Candi Dot Embellishments