Friday, August 31, 2012

Fall Favorites - September SOTM

Welcome to the September Stamp of the Month (SOTM) Blog Hop! This month's stamp set Fall Favorites is a Limited Edition containing Eleven great stamps are great for watercolors and chalking!  Check with your consultant to get this set before it is gone.

If you came here from Dawn Heuft's Blog you are on the right track. If you would like to see a complete list of SOTM bloggers click here. We have sixty consultants who have projects to share with you.

Here is my card:
This card is basic white card and the cover is white cardstock base with a black cardstock border. 

*  I first stamped the four fall images at the base of the card with versa mark and then heat embossed with black, then I masked the image and stamped the scarecrow image above and slightly over in versa mark and heat embossed with black powder. 
*  Once both images were heat embossed, I started with Creme Bruele ink and a brayer and applied ink over the entire image.  Then I took sunset ink and used a sponge to feather that color around the images leaving the center of the card creme bruele.  Finally I took tulip ink and feathered that color over others, on the outer edges of the card.  This provides the sunset feeling in the background. 
*  I used one of my favorite techniques - the bleaching technique.  I used bleach and the water pen to apply bleach within the outlines of the images (heat embossing the image helps keep the bleach inside the lines).  Because CTMH papers are buffered, bleach will not remove the color from our cardstock, however, it will remove our ink placed on our cardstock!  So, once the bleach is applied, the color comes out of the areas applied to.  For a brighter white, apply additional coating of bleach (check that white bird out!), for less bleaching you water the bleach mixture a bit and apply it lightly.  Ensure that the card is dry before proceeding to the next step.
*  Come back in with a clean water pen (rinse out the bleach and refill the water in the barrel to ensure bleach is cleared out).  Pick up ink colors from ink pads to color in the images!  You may need to apply a couple of layers of ink depending on intensity of color you want and strength of the bleach (it may continue bleaching color on the first application if you applied a lot).

and a detail shot:
I added a saying from another set by stamping this in a bubble cloud which I cut using Cricut Artiste and backed the saying with a black cardstock mat 1/4" larger.  The saying is popped up with 3D tape.  Finally, I added our new brown and tan sparkles to the center of the flowers and tiny black sparkles to the scarecrow and birds eye!
Here is the entire Stamp of the Month (SOTM) set - Fall Favorites:
Continue enjoying more ideas, using this stamp set, by joining Jen Patrick at her blog.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH New Product Blog Hop! We are excited to show off some of the products introduced in the NEW Fall/Winter Idea Book - especially the new Cricut Artiste cartridge!!! 700 shapes - and lots of 3D items! 

If you have come to my blog from Heather's site, you are on the right track. This hop is ANYTHING NEW in the just introduced Idea Book!

I chose to work with Pear & Partride paper pack but with a twist.  I made an album card with the new Artiste cartridge and a few sheets of cardstock.  I am so excited about the project diversity we will have.

Each layer is different accent layers from the same key (L, in this case).  The outside is made from the Pear & Partridge stripe paper and is the 3D button (using shift and non shift), the internal layers are done with Cranberry, kraft and colonial white using combinations of accent 1, 2 and 3 (shift and non shift).

I used the new Opaques Pearl Flourish on the initial page to add some romance to the rub on heart.

Some very old rub ons added a perfect touch to the ends of each tab in the album card.  The entire book was tied up with a nice little bow. 

The final touch was the nifty little hook and loop dots.  These great 1/4" dots are the perfect closures for Cricut projects.

I really wanted to highlight the versitility of Pear & Partridge paper, it really is a beautiful package for many applications!

If you are ready to shop, click on the idea book from my blog to get started!

Please continue to hop with Lisa Sargent.