Friday, 17 February 2017

STAMPlorations~ Smile Tag Tutorial

Good afternoon crafty friends, I'm over on the STAMPlorations blog today with a fun tutorial using black gesso and Art Alchemy Metallic Paints. 

I love the dimension and texture you get when you dry-brush metallic paints onto black gesso. :o)

You can catch the full step-by-step tutorial here.  


Monday, 13 February 2017

STAMPlorations~LOVE TAGplorations Blog Hop~ Day 6

Happy Monday friends, and welcome back to day 6 of the

Don't forget to click on the above photo to continue HOPPING! :o)

Be sure to comment and link-up to win some amazing prizes:
- (3) randomly drawn winners from all comments left on the STAMP blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $10 gift certificate to the store
- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Love TAGplorations linky party will receive their choice of stamp set (Pocket Blooms, A Full Heart, or Two of Us)
- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Love TAGplorations linky party will receive their choice of any 2 of the new love-themed dies (Love, Always, XOXO, Forever, You & Me, Clustered Hearts)
- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Love TAGplorations linky party will receive their choice of tag set: Luggage Tags or ATC/Tag Builder
You have  until 11:55pm (PST) on February 14, 2017 to comment and linkup! Winners will be announced March 10th.

 I colored the image with grey tones with SN Markers and fussy cut them it out.

I used Hickory Smoke Distress Ink for the background and applied RangerTexture Paste mixed with Pink Gelato thru the Hearts All Over stencil. Once dry, I stamped hearts from the Two of Us Stamp Set with Magenta Hue Archival Ink. I adhered the image and added some faux stitching and highlights with my Molotow Pen. I adhered the tag to pink cardstock base to create a border and tie in the pink from the tag and finished it off with a silver enamel dot. 

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you've enjoyed Day 2's tag and this one and were inspired to link up and get crafty. :o)

Saturday, 11 February 2017

STAMPlorations~ Cupcake Inspirations

Hello crafty friends, today I have a fun journal page to share with you for the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge  that STAMPlorations is sponsoring.

It's a color/ theme inspiration photo challenge...and MMmmmm Cupcakes...who doesn't love a delicious cupcake???  

Each challenge, they provide a cupcake to inspire you to create a card  or other craft project following the suggested theme or colors.  Here is this week's cupcake photo inspiration ;o)

I used the color combination and cupcake theme for my art journal page using  STAMPlorations Two Cupcakes Digital Stamp and  ARTplorations Bubble Dance stencil
I started with Brusho's in Scarlet, Brilliant Red and Black and applied it to my pages with Art Basics Soft Matte Gel Medium. Love this technique, as it gives such vibrant results without losing the color from adding water. Plus is seals your page at the same time. :o) Then I added white acrylic paint thru the ARTplorations Bubble Dance stencil randomly thru the background to tie in the white from the inspiration photo and to create some background texture. I then added white and black paint splatters. I printed the STAMPlorations Two Cupcakes Digital Stamp onto Design papers and onto Kraft Cardstock for the base layer (to get the cake color) in the regular size and then enlarged it to get the larger cupcake image. I fussy cut out all the pieces and then paper pieced them together and colored them the cupcake tops with Spectrum Noir Markers. I painted a black border to frame my pages and then added some white with my Uni PoscaWhite Pen.  I then adhered the cupcakes to my page and sealed them with Soft Matte Gel Medium and once dry added some highlights with Distress Crayons and Faber Castell Pitt Pens. I doodled onto the stenciled bubbles with black Fine Pitt Pen to break it up a bit and added some white gel pen highlights to the cupcakes. I finished by stamping my sentiment using different pieces of several sentiments I had onto the same text paper I used for the cupcake tops. Added a little Red Barn Distress Ink and then doodled a frame around them with the Black Fine Pitt Pen. 

I felt the cupcakes needed some more texture so I added Christmas Red Stickles, White and Black Nuvo Drops and Glossy Accents with silver and black micro beads. 

I sure hope I've inspired you to join in the fun Cupcake Inspiration Challenge and see you again soon.