Friday, October 28, 2016

RubberStampMadness Holiday 2016

Hello, Friends!!!  
Thanks so much for being there even though I'm not posting much at the moment.  We are making progress on the house and I hope to have a bit more creative time (and blogging time for things I haven't shared yet) in the near future.  In the meantime, I'm thrilled to once again have something published in RubberStampMadness.  This 2016 Holiday issue is wonderful.  Along with lots of holiday inspiration is an article that focuses on tags.  There are 13 different tags in the article and one of them is mine (insert happy dance)!!  I share picture space with Sue Wisniewski, isn't her tag beautiful!! 
My tag uses mostly paints and Clare Lloyd stamps from PaperArtsy

I hope all is well with you and that you are having a good week!! 
Hugs, Wanda

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Creating a Background and Making it into a Christmas Card

Hi There!!!  I'm over on the Elizabeth Craft Design's Blog sharing how to make this background and then use it to make a Christmas card.  I hope you have time to check it out!!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

I Will Write Peace on Your Wings

Hello!!!  I'm sure you're in shock with me posting 3 days in a row... lol.  I'm hoping to get some more posts in this week sharing some things that aren't new but haven't yet made it to my blog.  Today's project, however, is new and I even had my camera close and took some process pictures.  

The quote is another new Quietfire Design stamp.  Suzanne's calligraphy is so beautiful!!  I'm glad she takes her hand-penned words and makes rubber stamps for us all to use!!!  

To begin with I took a blank page that had been torn from a Dylusions journal.  I have little pile of these papers and have been trying to get them used.  In the process I'm finding I Love this paper!!  I knew I liked it but the more I use it the more I love it!!  

Wendy Vecchi makes sprays using her Archival Ink reinkers and 91% rubbing alcohol.  We used them when I went to her workshops in Ankeny (yes, I still need to write that blog post) and I've begun making some at home.  So far I've mixed up Cactus Flower (one of my favorite colors), Pink Peony, Sunflower, and Garden Patina.  I sprayed all of those on this paper.  I sprayed quite a bit letting them pool and mix.  I did a little blotting with a paper towel, not all over, and the pattern from that shows in some spots.

I cut a piece from that paper 4" x 5 1/4".  I stenciled on it using a new Wendy stencil and Pink Peony ink.

This is Wendy's new butterfly stamp (in the Artful Thoughts set).  I've stamped it on the left over paper with Jet Black Archival Ink and cut it out. 

Distress Ink Salty Ocean was used to add more color to the butterfly.

I wanted more in the background and used Quietfire Design's crackle image with Garden Patina ink just stamping bits of the image here and there.  

As I was deciding how to finish things up I remembered a page we did in Wendy's workshop where we were using that beautiful butterfly and we also used one of Tim Holtz's die cut trees.  They worked really well together and I liked it enough to decide to buy the dies so I got them out, cut a tree from cardstock and inked and embossed it.

The quote was stamped with Jet Black and embossed with clear powder.  Wendy's fern leaf image (Messages For Art set) was stamped along the bottom with Leaf Green ink.  Black pen doodles around the edge and a bit at the base of the tree to help ground it.  The butterfly is attached only along the body and Wild Orchid Enamel Accent dots added.  I am loving the enamel accents!!!  Besides beautiful colors I really like that the tops aren't tacky after it dries.  If you use them in a journal, it won't want to stick to the opposite page when you close the book.  Everything is layered to black cardstock.  

I hope you've enjoyed today's post!!!!  

Hugs, Wanda

Monday, October 10, 2016

The Extraordinary

Hey!!!  I hope your Monday is good!!  The card in my last post was made about a month ago and I've had the left over piece after cutting the leaf - it was just too nice to toss - sitting here and I took time this weekend to use it. I trimmed up the paper a bit, tearing the bottom and cutting the top and sides.  I put a piece of Tim Holtz Textured Surface burlap behind the leaf and then stuck this to a piece of white cardstock that was first sprayed with water, crumpled, and dried.  There is stenciling around the leaf - Tim Holtz stencils, one I used texture paste with and the other Archival Ink.  Walnut Stain Distress Paint is splattered over the piece.  A black pen was used to add "stitching" around the leaf.  The words are black Idea-ology Small Talk Stickers and the white was done with a gel pen.  I added some dots of Cheese Puff Enamel Accents, not easily seen but they catch the light and add a detail.  All this is attached to a folded black card that measures 4 1/2" x 6 1/8".

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Great King Over All The Earth

Happy Sunday to you!!!  I hope your day is wonderful!!

The first thing I did for this card is create the large leaf.  I used that custom blend distress pad, pressed the ink on my craft sheet, sprayed it with water, and pressed the paper into it - a blank page torn from a Dylusions journal.  I used the Sizzix, Tim Holtz big die and embossing folder set - cut the leaf, embossed it, and then inked over the high spots with Distress Tea Dye.  It made a beautiful, fall leaf. 

The other parts of the card.  For the background I used another Tim Holtz embossing folder and inked around the edges with Tea Dye.  For the strip across the middle I used an old Embossing Arts Co stamp and the Custom Blend Distress Pad, stamped up a paper and then tore the strip from it.  The scripture is an Our Daily Bread Designs image stamped with Archival Ink Jet Black and die cut using a Stitched Rectangles die (Tim Holtz - Sizzix).  The piece behind the scripture is a kraft piece from Tim's Substrate Sheets set.  I wet a whole piece, crumpled it well, opened it up, inked over the wrinkles, dried it and cut it out using deckle scissors.  

Saturday, October 8, 2016

For the rest of my life....

Quietfire Design has some new stamps.  They can currently be found in the What's New category on their website.  I've used one of them, For the Rest of My Life, on this card.  

I started with a background I already had that was created using Dylusion Sprays and the shaving cream technique.  Over this I stamped the quote with Archival Ink Jet Black.  Next I stamped the Doily image (Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 - Stamper's Anonymous) with Archival Ink Buttercup.  I stamped part of it in the upper right corner and then again in the lower left corner letting them overlap a bit in the center.  Then I've stamp a some Wildflowers (Tim Holtz - Stamper's Anonymous) with Jet Black ink and embossed them with clear powder.  The orange dots are stenciled (Wendy Vecchi Lots of Dots stencil - Stamper's Anonymous) with Archival Ink Tiger Lily.  The bottom of the paper is distressed.  There is orangey twine wrapped around the piece and tied.  This is attached to black cardstock and then a folded white card.  The Red heart started as a gold metal filigree heart.  I altered it by inking it with Wendy's Archival ink and then embossing it with her powder.  There are actually 3 layers as I kept changing my mind.  First I did Tiger Lily but it just didn't stand out enough for me.  Then I reinked and used the orange blossom powder.  Still not quite right.  Finally I inked it with red geranium and used the red geranium powder.  This is glued on and an Idea-ology (Tim Holtz) Mirrored Heart glued on top.