Stamping Techniques

Making a mess can be fun for adults too!

Hello my friends!  Many, many years ago, I learned a technique that still  amazes me to this day!  A little bit of shaving cream, ink and paper, and the sky is the limit for fun!

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So there is a love/hate to this technique.  (there had to be a catch, right?)  LOL  So it can be messy - that one is obvious as you can see from the photo above.  You may get ink on your hands but let me tell you....IT'S SO MUCH FUN!!!  I love that each time I drop my paper in this plate of squishy goo, I never know what it will look like until I scrape the mess off my cardstock.  Each piece is literally a one of a kind creation and you can change up the colors to match any kind of event.  (School colors, baby showers, seasonal etc) 

For this session, I went for some Fall colors since it is right around the corner.  Below are some of the samples I used with the following re-inker colors:

  • Lemon Lime Twist
  • Cajun Craze
  • Tempting Turquoise

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As you can see from the photo, even using the same colors will look different on each sheet of cardstock because of the fluid movement of color!  I typically let it dry - that does not take long, then start to look for some coordinating cardstock for a base.  Once I have that all picked, I decide how to showcase that beautiful work of art!  For this I knew I wanted to try to some copper paper and also had the new champagne paper too! (IT'S SO PRETTY!!!)   I was not sure how it was going to come together so I laid it all out so I could plan.  I also wanted to prove that my room, or my table are rarely clean at any given time.  For some reason, I like to work with lots on my table for inspiration.  (We as crafters never do that right?!?!?)  Here is what the finished project looked like:

Leaves together

The single leaf card is using the new champagne foil paper that you can purchase on September 1st!  It is so beautiful, to me, it looks like silver with a pink undertone.  I also mixed in more texture with the Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP and Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate.  I was so happy how things came together on these two cards!  Great news...the card on the right will be a class offering in September too! (YAY!!)

I hope you enjoyed the project - stay tuned because I am doing a video on this one.  :)

Until next time!

Deseree

 


The best therapy ever!

Hello my friends!  It has been awhile since I have shared a 'how to video', so I thought sharing one of my favorite techniques would be the best time to do another! 

Have you ever tried water coloring?  If you are a serious artist, we know you can do water coloring painting which I can tell you, I am not.  But what I want to show you is a way to achieve that beautiful water color look, without being that seriously focused, painter.  There are two tools I used to achieve this look which are blender pens and aqua painters.  Each have a specific duty for me, so let me break that down:

Blender Pens

These pens come 3 to a pack when purchased thru me.  I love these for precise coloring, and when I don't want to go for that serious water color look.  You can use blender pens with your reinkers, ink pads, markers and pencils.  Just keep in mind, you will get precision with these, verses the Aqua Painters.  My go to paper with blender pens will be Stampin Up! Ultra Thick Whisper White cards stock or White Shimmer Paper.  I like to use these with my water color pencils. 

Aqua Painters

These painters come two to a pack when purchased thru me.  They can be filled with water straight from the tap, and last a really long time!  I only use these painters on water color paper and boy are they fun!  Here is a video that walks you thru using aqua painters:

I typically don't like to make videos that are longer than 10 - 15 minutes but I wanted to share some important features for the new At Home With You Bundle that was new to the Stampin Up! 2017-2018 catalog.  I LOVE this bundle - here are snapshots of some of the projects I have completed with it:

  At home with you


Front door

Frontdoor open

 Cute right?  This set is so versatile and a must for water coloring.  I know myself, I want to have many occasions covered when investing in a bundle set like this and I have to tell you, this one was first on my list!  If you have any questions, please let me know and be sure to check out my class in September to try your hand at water coloring, you won't regret it!

Happy Stampin!

Deseree

 


What happened to Deseree? :)

Ouch, it has been awhile my friends, sorry about that but here I am so let's see what I have been up to! 

I cannot believe we are almost to the end of Saleabration 2017!  Did you get your favorites?  :)  I know I have stalked up on some pretty paper and LOVE the Avant Garden stamp set so stay tuned this week - I have more to share. 

I have a cute and easy St Patty's day treat that you are sure to love - Take a look!

St pattys

Sometimes it is so fun to surprise a friend with a little treat.  We have made quite a few of these at class these past months and thought I would share measurements so you can make more on your own!  I found this box by a very talented crafter, Georgia Giguere, and knew I had to make one and have done this in several versions.  Here is a direct link to her directions, she did a video to help:

http://www.stampingeorgia.com/2017/01/1-2-3-4-mini-treat-box-for-your-valentine-treats.html

If you don't want to take the time to watch the video, here are some quick measurements to get you going:

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Those that are left-handed will appreciate the natural downslope of my writing.  LOL  As you can see, you will cut up to the 1 inch score you did on the short side, and the rest is folding. (don't forget to cut out the small rectangle in the bottom corner)  If you are unsure of the construction, check out Georgia's video - she did it beautifully.  Let me show you some more versions of this box:

Bags for blog

I just love them and SO easy!  The combination featured above is made with the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper and the matching Embellishments.  This is one of the best things Stampin Up offers -all the products are made to coordinate perfectly.  How cool is that?!?! 

I would love to see what you come up with, so please share!

Until next time :)

Deseree

 


Oh how I love pretty paper!

Hello my stampin friends!  I have been busy creating in my room and I have a treat for you!  Do you ever have those friends or family members that are extremely hard to buy gifts for?  Well I do and this year, I have been thinking of how to get around that feeling!  I was playing with the paper pockets I had shown you about a month ago and thought, let's start with a 12 in x 12 in piece of paper.  Check.  Now I had this pocket, what can I put in it?  I came up with a care package of greeting cards!

Blue pocket

Would you like to see the cards?  Here they are:

Inside blue pocket

The top project, to the left, is a cute gift card holder and then 3 every day cards.  (A Birthday, Thank You and Thinking of you card)  How cute is that?  I also love how custom you can make these and who wouldn't love a little gift like this?  I can see giving this to cheer up a neighbor, thank a co-worker or maybe to a friend that you just want to treat!  How about a Christmas gift?  Take a look at this:

Green envy

This one is my favorite!  Would you like to see what is inside?  Let's take a look:

All trees

I have fallen in love with this technique!  Simple masking with daubers and ink and of course, Sheltering Tree.  This card layout can be used for some many occasions by just changing the colors!  What do you think?  Sounds like fun right? 

I will be hosting a class to make your own gifts just like above.  This will be a limited seating engagement where you will be able to make 2 pockets and 6 cards to fill them with.  There are a few ways you can get a seat:

Option 1 - Purchase your favorite 3 packages of the Designer Series Paper that is currently on sale and bonus...you get to pick one FREE! (you will need to purchase these by October 31 to get your FREE package of paper - see my website for detailed info on this special)

Option 2 - Pay a flat fee of $20.

Option 3 - Join my team of merry Krumm Cakes and your class is FREE!

I will be hosting this event on the following dates:

Saturday, November 26th (thanksgiving weekend)

Saturday, December 10th

This will be limited to 8 stampers per event so please RSVP ASAP to get your seat!  Sound like fun?  Let me know if you would like to attend!

Happy stampin!!

Deseree 

 


It's time to reflect...

So I have seen these types of cards for years and always wonder..."how did they do that?".  Well I finally found a great video demonstrating the "Reflection Technique" to get started, but learned some helpful hints along the way so here is what I made:

Lovely trees

This was so easy and love that I can use my favorite stamp set, Lovely as a Tree!  This look can be easily attained with your favorite stamp set, a window sheet, a little bit of ink and a sponge or two.  Would you like to know how?  Here we go!

 

What do you think?  Easy? I had so much fun learning this technique that I had a meeting with my team the Krumm Cakes, and look how they did with this technique:

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I was so proud of the work they did, can you tell that one of the cards above was one of my team members FIRST CARD FROM START TO FINISH all by herself?!?!?  Yes - no lie and so beautiful!  (Can you tell I am very proud of my team?!?!?)  Here is another view of some samples I created because I just had to try a Fall version:

Trees with fall

I hope you love the video and samples - I had fun making them!  If you sit down and take a chance on this fun technique, please send me what you came up with - I love seeing people creating!  If you have any questions along the way, please ask, I love to help! 

Until next time - have fun stampin!!

Deseree

 


How about a new bow technique?!?

Hello my friends!  I thought I would share a technique I learn from my very good friend Brenda Boeve.  Take a look at this bow:

Flower card

Isn't it cute?!?  I love how easy this is to make but such a statement piece!  Here is a few more looks at this cutie on different cards:

Blue cards

Dandalion

Here is a video to show you just how to make your own.  And a challenge to you...in the video, what do you think my favorite color of Bakers Twine is?  Those who guess correctly will go into a drawing for your very own Paper Pumpkin kit!  Take a look:

 

I hope you love this and can't wait to see what YOU come up with.  Happy crafting!

Deseree

 


How about a little hair gel?

Hello my stampin friends!  Last week I brought back an old technique that some of you may have heard of and some of you, well, this could get a little crazy!  LOL  Here is the card:

Fishes

It may be hard to tell from the picture but the circle is a baggie filled with hair gel!  (YES - HAIR GEL!!!)  This card is so fun to make and thought I would try my hand at a short video so you can create one too!  Here it is:

 

I hope you enjoyed the video and if you have any questions, just let me know!  Have a great rest of your day!

Deseree

 

 


An Artist Emerges....

I have a love/hate relationship with watercoloring.  If you have ever tried watercoloring in your craft projects, you know what I mean.  When creating a project, you really have to be patience and trust that it will be beautiful in the end even though it may be a hot mess when you begin.   I find as my project dries...I love it more and more.  Here is a card that was featured for class last weekend:

Watercolor

Every time I look at this card I think, "Man, I did that!".  Yes, sometimes we are our biggest fans but to me, watercoloring is an art - the same card can look so different from person to person, sample to sample.  I was having so much fun, I just keep "painting" and here is a few more I did:

  Watercolor samples

When I watercolor, there are three 'must haves' for me.  Number one, I only use watercolor paper.  The reason for this will be when you start.  Watercolor paper will allow you to push color where you want it.  If the color is too dark, just add water so the paper itself, becomes very forgiving.

Second, you must stamp your image in permanent black ink.  I am loving Momento Tuxedo Black ink right now because it is a crisp, clean black.  Once your image is completely dry, you can begin with you coloring. 

Last, I prefer using Aqua Painters.  At first, I had trouble with too much water coming out because I was squeezing too hard but when you get the hang of them and use them in conjunction with watercolor paper....it is pretty amazing!  I LOVE when my stampin friends find a technique that they are good at and love to try!  Here are two made by the talented Heidi Frohman from Detroit Lakes:

Heidi

I do believe this was Heidi's first time with this technique but she will have to verify that.  Aren't they gorgeous?!?! 

I hope this inspires you to take a try at this technique and if you don't have the supplies, no worries!  This card and technique will be featured at class in February!  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

 Deseree

 

 

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Mixing Technique

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How about mixing it up a bit?  That is what the post is about taking several techniques and mixing them together and coming out with this....

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