Hello everyone! I took a little walk down memory lane yesterday when I did some spring cleaning of my stamping stash at home. My stamps are organized but I have 14 years of samples that needed lots of attention. As I looked through the old samples it struck me that there was a time when we used stamps instead of die cuts. I enjoyed looking at the cards and remembering when I made them and many times with whom. For the most part, the cards showed a creative use of stamps and inks. Look through your own stash at old sample cards – it may inspire you to start stamping as much as die cutting!
Today I have many cards to share with you so let’s get right to it.
Classes … Classes … Classes
Sat, April 26 at 10am to noon and 2 to 4pm – A Trio of Triangle Fun! – Scroll down to last week’s blog for samples and class description.
Sat, May 3 at 10am to noon and 2 to 4pm and Wed, April 23 at 1pm – Flowers, Flowers, Flowers – Use new Impression Obsession dies to create floral scenes. Learn how to “rust” a water pail or watering can; how to make dimensional flowers; and how to add Flower Soft to your scenes for colorful, realistic flowers! NOTE: These samples were inspired by samples posted by Kittikraft – thanks!
Sat, May 10 at 10am to noon and 2 to 4pm and Wed, April 30 at 1pm – More Flowers– Penny Black has the most gorgeous new flower clear stamp sets. We will use two of them (Petal Power and Friendship Flowers) with both dye and pigment inks; create a background using an acrylic block; and color bold images with multiple inks and line images with Copic markers. On all these cards I used only 1 die cut ("Smile" from the new Penny Black "Hooray" die set) – hard to believe!!! Join us and create some beautiful cards. Bring class kit.
Other Sample: Crackled Die Cuts
Here’s a really fun technique that can work on any die cut with a little surface area (so crackles show). I die cut the fern (Memory Box Delicate Fern) and Memory Box Tulip Stems; colored them with distress inks; then heavily painted on Viva Décor Crackle Paint Transparent. Set it aside for about 30 minutes and you will see the surface crackle! Next reapply ink in the darkest shade used to bring out the crackled finish even more. Fun, quick and easy!
1 more Sample: Memory Box die Butterfly Vine; IO die Border Duo 1
Enjoy your week!