Tuesday, July 22, 2014

is it a Christmas tree...

or is it a ________...?

when I announced my new products last week,  I mentioned that I designed images that were not all strictly "holiday" images...

but could easily be used for holiday art...and used year round too...

this is the "holiday icons" SiSi (stamp-it stencil-it) & it includes 2 stamps & a coordinating stencil...


below is the "happy holidays" stencil...


take a look at these tree stencils...
do you see what I see?

it started like this...

I put rubbing alcohol onto my craft sheet, added a drop of the gold metallic mixative & a drop of tree branch archival reinker...
then mixed the reinker into the alcohol to dilute the reinker...

then placed the tag into the inky solution to soak up the color & then dried the tag...

honestly, I've not used this tag much in the past, but I'm LOVING this small size for super quick projects...

I'm planning to use them for all my holiday gift tags...
their small size will make them a quickie project...
I plan to make all the backgrounds at once...
with the rubbing alcohol/reinker technique, it will only take a few minutes...
once my backgrounds are done, I can finish the tags in small increments of time...

it's VERY interesting to note that even though the tag gets completely saturated, there is NO warping AT ALL...

that's because I used rubbing alcohol...NOT water...

the rubbing alcohol actually gives the manila tag a velvet feel...
a very fun discovery...

next, I used watering can archival to stamp small portions of the new lace to the tag top & tag bottom...



to create the oval, I used a  scrap of a reinker/alcohol background that I had created previously...

it's cut from a larger sheet where I used forget-me-not & cornflower blue reinkers, to create a monochromatic background...

the oval is the left over, cut-out part of tim's ornate frame die from Sizzix...

NOW...
if you look at the tree stencils below, I think they look like FERNS!

I stenciled leaf green & fern green archivals thru the upside down trees...




SEE...how the trees have been transformed into... ferns! 
I'm flippin'...happy that now I can use these stencils all year round...

you'll see I used jet black archival for my sentiment...
and added some gathered twigs distress ink to accent the oval edge...



next, I stenciled tree branch thru the "add a stencil"...
a small detail...BUT...
EVERY little detail & EVERY layer matters in the end!



back to the tag...
I used the "yikes, stripes" stencil with tree branch, then moved the stencil over to mask off the stripes & used cornflower blue to add another color of stripes...

if you don't position the stripes stencil exactly...
you'll get a third color of stripes...
see the manila peeking thru?
I think it accentuates the stripes & creates a faux dimensional effect!

it's a very simple background & easily customizable for any project you're working on...

I added gathered twigs to the tag edges & flicked on some water using the detailer waterbrush...

that bleaches out the distress ink & creates some water spots in the areas that were inked with distress inks, but the water didn't affect my permanent archival inks...

now...on to the oval...
I used watering can to stamp the flourish...
and the tarnished brass distress paint to add an edge to the oval...



what's a project without a flower?

I stamped just the pansy SiSi flower using jet black, onto a "clearly for art" scrap, that was covered with vintage dictionary text...

then positioned the stencil over the flower...
you'll see below that the pansy is a 2 part layered stencil...


I added orange blossom archival first, using the portion of the stencil that inks the outside edge & the flower center...
then I positioned the open part of the stencil & added yummy dandelion...
and cut out the flower...



I heated the clearly for art to soften the material & slightly bent the petals to create some dimension...

here's my finished tag...

don't forget a few black glaze pen dots & some pen stitching...



it may be a small tag...but I think it's CUTE & it makes an impact!

I like that the oval hangs a bit over the tag edge...
and I LOVE the super simple multicolored background!

so the moral of this post is to look at what you have & ask yourself...

"what else can I use this for...?

when I...

make art!
wendy

ps...like the stamp says...





Monday, July 21, 2014

combining the pieces...

one thing I REALLY love about rubber stamps is their versatility...
a stamped image doesn't need to look the same every time it's used...

this is easily accomplished by using bits & pieces from several images & combining them in a new way...

think about combining portions of stamps you already own with some new...
it totally freshens up older stamps & gives them a new life...

the background is manila cardstock with the reinker/rubbing alcohol technique, using the tree branch & dandelion reinkers...with one drop of gold metallic mixative added in for a bit of shimmer...

I added random text to the background, using watering can...

next, I stenciled the checkmate stencil to the top of the card, using tree branch archival...

you'll see that the card bottom was made my masking off half of the new vintage lace background stamp...
only the bottom half was inked with tree branch archival & stamped...

in my sample below, you'll see the new chrysanthemum stamp-it stencil-it (SiSi) used with the leaves from the new pansy SiSi...

I stamped just the flower on a manila scrap, inked over the flower with beautiful forget-me-not & then over stamped with polka dots, using watering can archival...and cut it out to layer...

I stamped the pansy leaves on a manila scrap, inked them with leaf green archival & added some random text, using watering can archival...

I added some new flourishes & the sentiment...
both stamped in jet black archival...

by using other archival colors for the background, the main jet black images really stand out...

this process also makes it easy to layer multiple stamps & stencils in the background...

the bow (LCS097 shopping is an art) was stamped on a watercolor cardstock scrap & inked with fern green archival...

and the card front got mounted to a black card...


here's what the pieces looked like originally...

my MOST FAVORITE EVER...
vintage lace background stamp...


the pansy leaves...
they can also be used upside down...




the chrysanthemum flower...



the flourish...



and the other flourish...



I used the same principle with the sample below...

did you catch this on the Friday post?

I used just the flower from the SiSi pansy with the leaves from the funky flower on SCS126, shown above to make a whole NEW flower!





before I head to the studio, I wanted to say...

THANK YOU SO MUCH for the awesome comments...
I'm so happy that you're excited about the new release too...

store owners will receive their "official" announcement on Friday, but you can contact them & let them know if there is anything specific you'd like them to order...

I'm super excited to have new supplies to...

make art!
wendy

ps...I just ran across this oldie stamp...
it still makes me laugh...




Friday, July 18, 2014

NEW stamps, Sisi's & stencils...

finally...
I can share what I've been working on...

it's a LONG post...so be prepared...

ready set...GO!

I have 3 new small stamp sets...

#1...

PAPER DOLL ART...

I have some fun samples with her...
she's great for cards or art journal pages...
I like her...
she's got attitude!

that chevron piece top left?
it has MULTIPLE uses...

it makes an apron for her...
or make her shorter by cutting off part of her skirt & using the chevron piece as her skirt...

use just a portion of it to create a crown...

stamp 2 & it makes a pair of cool wings...
can you see it?

stamp multiples to create a layered flower...
a good way to use up scraps...

and it's also a lampshade when used over my lamppost stamp...
ps... it's flippin'...ADORABLE!


LOVE THE FLOURISH with lots of my flowers...
and the sayings will be fun for art journal pages...


#2...

SAY IT WITH ART...

the sentiments on this set were designed & sized with card & tag makers in mind...

that lace at the bottom is sized to fit #8 tags perfectly...
Rick had to hide it so I wouldn't use it on every single tag I made...
I'm not kidding...

the little pattern has nice straight lines for easy cutting & layering...
wait 'til you see the samples!

they look like mini quilts!


how stinkin' CUTE is that mini flower? I especially LOVE it with the flower inked with forget-me-not & the stem with leaf green archival...
then I add black glaze pen dots to the flower center...


#3...

HOLIDAY ART...

you asked for holiday stamps, studio 490 style...
here it is...with a twist...

when designing this set, I wanted holiday images, but I also wanted to include some images that could be used year round...

I like versatile...

I didn't want 100% holiday specific...

so...
that frame can be used without the sentiment...just block it off with painters tape or a post-it & you have an everyday frame, that can be used horizontally or vertically, depending on your need...

cut it up to make corners...

it's super easy to emboss & then color in the little rectangles...

the sentiment is lowered in the frame so that the bow can be cut out & layered over the top of the frame & not cover up the words...
it's a quick & easy gift tag & a good way to use up card stock scraps...

the bow can be used for lots of non-holiday projects...
I'm loving it for the stems on flowers...

it's cool on the top of tags too...

and the fir tree is a basic tree, not specifically a holiday tree with ornaments...

the word tree makes a statement as a card front...





this release also includes 2 large individual background stamps...

#1...

LOTS OF LEAVES...

I've used this one whole & I've used just portions of it...

it's great for spotlight frames...

use it like shown or turn it upside down & stamp it across the top of a card to create hanging leaves...
add some small flowers...

super fun...

you'll see soon...


#2...

VINTAGE LACE...

I KNOW I shouldn't have a favorite...
but this might be my most favorite background stamp EVER...

Rick had to hide this one too...

there are so many "sections" on this guy...
mask off half of it...
to use on the bottom half of a card...

or
use just the middle section...

cut out & layer the "quilt-like" pieces...

it's fun to add bits of color to certain sections with markers...
and I LOVE adding glaze pen dots too...

it has so many possibilities & it coordinates perfectly with the lace on SAY IT WITH ART...


next up...

3 NEW STENCILS!

if you already have my ornate dots background stamp...


you'll LOVE this coordinating stencil...

#1...ORNATE DOTS OVERLAY STENCIL...

this stencil can be used alone...
or...
stamp the ornate dots background in any color ink...
then overlay the stencil...

now we can add color to just the dots...

or...

we can add white or colored embossing paste to just the dots...

or...

translucent embossing paste can be added over the inked & colored dots...

or...

it will look great with the metallic embossing pastes applied thru the dots...

flipping FUN & another way to use the ornate dots background stamp...it makes the background stamp look totally different...
which makes me H A P P Y!

here's the cutie...



#2...

BASICALLY BRICKS STENCIL...

the bricks are back & BETTER than ever!
YIPPEE!

this stencil is great to use with embossing pastes to add texture to your background...

and it looks great when inked thru, for flat backgrounds...

great for cards, tags & art journal pages...

it's simply...awesome!



#3...

HAPPY HOLIDAYS STENCIL...

I wanted this stencil to be perfect for the holidays, but I designed it to be used for other occasions too...

see those trees? they can be layered with the tree from HOLIDAY ART and also with the HOLIDAY ICONS sisi I'll show you below...

the gift is a 2 part stencil...

stencil the box in one color...
lay the ribbon portion over the box & ink...to easily create a multicolored 
giftbox...

it's also fun to stencil the box & cut it out to make it dimensional...

there are 2 sizes of MERRY CHRISTMAS to coordinate with the 2 trees...

this stencil is great for cards & tags too...



next...the hugely popular...

STAMP-it STENCIL-its...
aka...SiSis...

these guys make life SO EASY!

they include a large stamp or 2 smaller stamps and the coordinating stencil...all in the same package...

I have 6 to show you below...

#1...

CHRYSANTHEMEM...

quite simply...
I LOVE this...

use it as is or combine it with other stems & leaves...

I cut out just the flower & used it with flourishes on a card...

so FUN...

the bird is a smaller version of my current bird stamp...
I'm thinking momma & baby bird?




#2...

PRETTY LITTLE POSIES...

remember that bow I talked about earlier?
it's the perfect finishing touch for this bouquet...

stamp the bouquet, lay the stencil over the stamped image...
color the flowers then add translucent embossing paste to just the flowers...

it's a great effect!
need a quick card?
this is IT!


#3...

FLORAL FRAME...

this makes a great card front...

use the stamp & stencil together & color in the individual areas with inks or with distress markers...

OR...

use just the stencil with ink...

OR...

spread embossing paste thru the stencil...

I used black embossing paste...it looks like velvet & adds no weight to the card...

gold embossing paste thru the stencil on black card stock will be so classy!  that's on my TO-DO list...




#4...

PANSY...

Rick had to hide this one too...

there are so many ways to use the PANSY sisi...

if you look at the stencil...you'll see that the flower is layered...

this makes it easy to add color to the outside edge of the flower...
then reposition the open flower part of the stencil & ink inside the petals...

SUPER FUN!

LOVE the mini butterfly, which is sized to layer over the butterfly on my current LITTLE BITS stencil...
totally changes the look of the larger butterfly...

the open flower stencil can be used alone...with some hand drawn funky stems & leaves...

I made lots of samples with this one until Rick hid it on me...

one more thing...
the flower center is a standard size office hole punch...
making it simple to punch out & create a dimensional flower center...



#5...

HOLIDAY ICONS...

this SiSi coordinates with the other trees...

this tree is taller & skinnier...
great for using with the others to create outdoor scenes...

the gift Box is partially covered by the stamp (do not open until Dec 25), but this gift box is taller than the box on the HOLIDAY ART stencil...they work well together & look great cut out...

the holly is so cool...

just stamp the holly...
lay the leaves part of the stencil over the stamped image & ink the leaves...
then position the berries part of the stencil to easily ink the .berries

it's really cool to add translucent embossing paste to just the berries...really makes them POP!

this stencil can be used all year round too...


#6...

FOR THE HOLIDAYS...

OK...this SiSi is in the top 3 of the list...

the wreathe can be a holiday wreathe or it too can be used for any occasion...

I created a congrats card using the wreathe with just the flower portion of the PANSY...

I designed the bow as an open image...

that allows us to stamp any background stamp or to stencil over the bow to change it up...
it can have text, polka dots, plaid, checkmate and never look the same...

it's an easy one to cut out & add dimensional tape to pop it up...



I thought I'd show you some samples to get YOUR creative juices flowing...

here's the FLORAL FRAME colored with distress markers...

I even cut it out & added it over the card front for a little extra dimension...


and here's a peek at the same FLORAL FRAME, with black embossing paste spread thru the stencil...


they look so different...

can you imagine the metallic embossing pastes thru the stencil on black card stock now?

the next 2 samples show the lace from SAY IT WITH ART...

this tag is completely flat & the lace is stamped with tree branch archival...

you'll see that I used just a small part of it for the bottom of the tag...


same lace stamp...but this time embossed,  colored in & layered...
this was a BLAST to create!





the BASICALLY BRICKS can be used with embossing paste like this...

and YES...you CAN layer embossing paste...
both the bricks & the wreathe are embossing paste...

you can use white embossing paste & premix the brick color in a mix & store jar, using reinkers, then add the wreathe over the DRY paste bricks...

or plan B...
spread white embossing paste thru the brick stencil then add color using archival inks with the blending tool like I did here...

I used a combo of red geranium, carnation red, some potting soil & some watering can archival...over the DRY paste...

with the stencil in place, you can also add light touches of watering can archival to the brick edges to darken them...the new round mini blending tool is perfect for this!

I like it!

oh...and I stamped thru the wreathe stencil to add some text...

tiny text...works on all projects...



or plan C...
ink & stamp thru the stencil for a flat, but dimensional looking brick wall...

that's the PRETTY LITTLE POSIES sisi...

here's some holiday fun...

this is on a #5 (smaller) manila tag...these will be super quick for the holidays...

you can see that I changed the sentiment inside the frame & turned it 90 degrees...

the holly was inked with leaf green archival & then stenciled over with the checkmate stencil, using fern green archival...

I used carnation red for the berries, stenciled words & little bird...


next is another #5 tag...
LOVE LOVE LOVE the layered gift boxes!

can't wait to use them on a birthday or anniversary card...

don't forget that you can stamp THRU a stencil with an un-mounted stamp! see the text & polka dots on the box...but not the bow?

see the checkmate stencil on the tree?

for you PINK girls...

PINK...YIKES...

use carnation red with a very light touch to create a pinkish color...
like I did for the top border...




here's how I used the LOTS OF LEAVES background stamp to create a frame...

can you see why he HID the PANSY?
haha!


I may be blonde...
but I'm not stupid...

I found it & used it again!


               


this next card is completely flat except for the bow...

the large word tree stamp makes it a fast one to mass produce...

dandelion archival for the star...
leaf green for the tree...
jet black archival for the trunk...
all on one stamp...





the next sample shows the tag top, stamped using just a small part of the giant VINTAGE LACE background stamp...

it's also stamped over the art parts flower...

and I used the LOTS OF LEAVES background over the art parts stem...

I'm addicted to cutting down the #8 tags to 5½ inches tall...
I love the proportions...

removing that ¾ of an inch is dramatic...
try it!


and the last one for today...
a self portrait!

and the sentiment fits...



I LOVE my life...
I LOVE my art friends...
and I REALLY LOVE to make art!

I'm so excited to hear your thoughts...

talk to me...

while I make (MORE) art!
wendy
ps...come back next week & I'll share more samples...

UPDATE!
these will start shipping on MONDAY July 28th...
so NO long wait to make art!