Thursday, May 27, 2010
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I like the way this layout uses a variety of orientations for the elements of it. Specifically, how the tilted mat is accented with the straight lady bug pictures. The theme is revisited in the title, too, with the bug straight and the letters all catamawampas. (My blog - my word; I'm just saying!) The black paper has a sparkly effect on that - so cool - and the brad embellishments further the effect. I also LOVE the black polka dot ribbon on this, but it got me to thinking about our simply dot letters. I admit, I had a blast playing with the Close to My Heart "Irrisistibles" during the retreat. They are chipboard pieces of all sorts of designs that have embossed patterns on them. One of the collections is a set of letters that have little dot patterns all over them. See, when you sponge ink onto the letters, the dots stay white, so I can just picture this layout with those dotted letters (in black) as the title, or maybe adding a date to it.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
This week at the H2H Challenge blog, they asked the question, "What technique inspires you?" For me, that's "Rock-n-Roll" stamping, without question. It's a technique that is SO easy with the Close to My Heart Acrylix stamps and the effect is awesome!
On my entry, I used a retired stamp set that I just can't part with, called "Skeleton Leaves," but the technique is easier to see with my sample pictures using another retired set, called "Nature's Vein."
First, I stamped my image in a light color; I used Creme Brulee'. Then, after cleaning my stamp off, I used Bamboo to restamp the image, but this time I rocked the edges of the stamp into the ink. I made a point to leave the center of the image clean of this new color and also "rolled" the stamp so that as the ink got closer to the center, there was less of it. I stamped it directly on top of the first image, giving my artwork a slight two-toned effect. It harder to see in the pictures, but there was a definite "glow" to the center of the leaf.
After cleaning the stamp again, I used Smokey Plum for the final accents. I used the same method of rocking and rolling the stamp into the ink, but this time my goal was to collect just a little of the edges of the stamp.
Here is another example using the "Skeleton Leaves" stamp set. On this one, I used Sunflower ink as the first stamp, Autumn Terra Cotta as the second stamp and Cranberry as the final one. I love how this techniques creates a finished image!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
I didn't mention it on the last blog, but I have to point out how Kym makes little lines and dots along the edge of the circle making it look like it has stitching on it. Some of her layouts DO include stitching, but this is faux, yet so evenly marked! And I'm still not sure how she got all the intresting images onto the B&T. Maybe she stamped them in Colonial White? I have to find out about that!
Friday, May 7, 2010
She used 8 different stamp sets to create her under design. When you see it up close, you can understand how some of the images were pieced together. And all throughout the images, she added her "bling" - little sparkles and bitty sparkles make a BIG impression at a mere glance!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
I wanted to show you another example of stamp rolling and masking on this layout, and also another flower image. The image is on the right hand page. It is stamped in Creme Brulee' using the heart-shaped stamp. I made 5 images in a circle with a little overlap to build that flower and then cut it out. After that I sponged the edges with Tulip ink to give them more accent. I put a white fluted "Just Blooms" flower in the center and connected it with a Filigree charm.
Some of the Just blooms I inked to match the paper, and I sponged the edges of most of the punches. I used many different things for the centers including buttons and brads. I used the Hollyhock corduroy covered brads as well as some of the pearl embellishments.
The teal and pink flower is made with 8 circles from our new circle punch. I sponged the edges of the Juniper side of the circle in Juniper and the pink side, I sponged in Hollyhock. I really like the way that turned out, but I wasn't pleased that one of my petals got moved before it dried, so it's a little askew. Still, sometimes the petals have to be overlapped to fit as a flower. I added a chocolate flower from the chocolate mini medley and a square brad from the same set to finish it off.
This last flower was made with 4 circles. For each petal, I folded a circle punch in half and then in half again. I unfolded the punch one time, back to half way and then folded the corners in to the center. Those folds are inportant with this flower so that the ultimate fold can be made. Unfolding it all the way, I collapsed the circle in on itself, folding in the sides until they met in the middle. Once that fold was made, I turned down the edge of the petal, revealing most of the Juniper color and covering most of the Hollyhock that showed on the outside of this petal. I know that's pretty involved, but does it make any sence at all?
Sunday, May 2, 2010
This is a simple layout where I again used 2 different striped sheets so all my stripes could go the same direction. I cut the 1/2 inch strip against the stripe (at the bottom of the right page) from one page and cut the other two pieces, 5 inches and 3 inches from the other page. The other B&T (background and texture) paper with a Juniper print is cut in a 4 inch strip on the far left hand, and two 1 1/2 inch strip - one on the bottom of the right page, and the other cut twice. The first piece is 3 inches long and goes on the stripe on the right page and the second is cut to 5 inches and goes between the right edge and the first mat on the left side. There are also three mats in Juniper, two of which are 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 and the third is 5 1/2 x 6 1/2. I sponged all the pieces in Juniper with a little heavier sponging on the Juniper mats. I also sponged the bases, but in Creme Brulee'.
Before I added any embellishments to this layout, I stamped the covered bases with both ivy and the 4-petal stamp. The 4-petal stamp I used on the right side of the left page in just a half-circle and also in the corner of the bottom mat - both in Creme Brulee'. For the one on the mat, I overlapped 2 of the petals to make it a 6-petal flower quarter in the corner. For the ivy, I started near the bottom of the left hand page and stamped it several times across the corner and onto the right page. When I stamped it, I "masked" some of the stamp so that the head of the ivy wouldn't show over and over. the bottom of the To mask a part of the image, just use a piece of scrap paper and cover the area where you DON'T want the image to show. When you stamp the image, the masked part will be stamped onto the scrap paper instead of your project so just the part that you want will be on your page. I even created a second stem on the left hand page by overlapping and masking the ball at stamp at the same time. On the right side, I stamped the 4-petal flower in a full circle (in Creme Brulee') at the top of the layout and at the bottom with both of the flowers overlapping the mat. I also stamped a half circle on the right side of the mat without overlapping it. On that one and the one at the top, I added a little of the tulip ink (in a 2nd generation stamp) using the stamp rolling method.
I layered a couple of different flowers from the Just Blooms spring collection onto each other and the stamped images to finish off the look, even sponging some of the petal tips in Tulip and sponging the centers the same way. Those flowers that hung off the edge of the page or the mat, I just cut to give it more depth and a different perspective.
The top center flower earned my largest Filigree Charm and I used a couple of others on the other side to give it a partner. I also lightly sponged the raised edges of the white butterfly in Creme Brulee' to give it depth before I applied Tulip to the outside edges of it. I didn't have any more brads or centers, so I just used the butterfly to cover the flower center so it wasn't so obviously bare. There is one other flower on the other side that will be easier to explain with a close up picture and I'll do that when I share the fourth and final layout.