Saturday, 25 April 2015

Stamping Contrasts - Copics vs Watercolour


So today is a doubly sad day - not only is it the final day of our stamping contrasts series, but it is also the final post from our fabby DT Member Lydia who is leaving us at the end of the month.  I know lots of you love Lydia's work and she will be back for regular visits we hope, but I'm sure you'll love our new DT member too - we're keeping her under wraps for now but she will be revealed next Friday when she steps into Lydia's shoes :-)

Anyhow - Lydia's swansong is a stunner - along with Kate she is showing how versatile the stunning Magnolias for Her set from Altenew can be.  Today's contrast is all about colour with the different looks you can get from Copics vs Watercolouring.




Lydia


For my card I used Altenew 'Magnolias For Her' and masking to create the flower cluster, I first stamped in a light grey ink and coloured my images in with Copic Markers, and added a little shading with pencils. Once I was happy I then stamped over the image again and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

For the sentiment I used 'congrats' from Winnie & Walter 'The Big, the Bold and You' and the rest of the sentiment was from Altenew 'Dodecagram'. 

Kate


For my card i have used watercolours and the spotlight technique. 

On my card base i stamped the flower image multiple times in black archival ink.  Then i die cut the circle using Lawn fawns stitched circles  and placed it on the  card and stamped over just matching up the images underneath.

I love the soft flowing look of watercolours and let the colour just run where the water was.  The circle spotlight section was popped up with foam squares.

To finish i added the sentiment from the same set and some clear sequins.

http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk/shop.php#!/Magnolias-for-Her/p/39242291

Have we inspired you to join in the fun?
If you fancy having a go and challenging yourself to stamp a contrast along with us then link up your entry below - just pick a contrast from any we'll be demonstrating this week and make your own.   You could either make 2 cards to show the contrast or just choose one of ours and make the contrast to match it (so choose Lydia's copic coloured card and make a project coloured with watercolours like Kate did with whatever stamps - you don't have to replicate the project - just the contrast of using the the different colouring medium as your focus)   We'll leave the link open for a week after our final post on Saturday so you have time to see all the contrasts before picking one to join in with and then have a full week to play.   You never know, we might even find a prize for the best contrast ;-)



Friday, 24 April 2015

Stamping Contrasts - Die Cutting vs Stamping


For today's penultimate Stamping Contrast post Keren and Julia are focussing on Fresh Cut Florals from Wplus9 and their contrast is focussing on Stamping vs Die Cutting with a set that has matching dies. 




Julia


To me, the Fresh Cut Florals is the stamp set that introduced me to multi layer stamping. Before, I had no idea such delight existed, but seeing this set used for the first time was like a revelation. For today's card, I decided to focus on a) doing a color that contrasts with Keren's card and b) do a twist on the multi layering of colors. I decided to only go with one base color (light blue) and then use gold embossing powder for the second layer. Some of these stamps have more images (three or more layers), but I decided to leave it at two so the contrast between the blue and gold would be as stark as possible.

Keren
    

We wanted to do things focussing on die-cutting and when I looked carefully at the set, the little leaves jumped out to be used in a different way. By die-cutting the leaves over 40 times (yes, I know!) then stamping in different colours and using the leaf veins stamp to add as petal veins it helped make it look less like leaves and more like a flower. Having the dies were so helpful as otherwise I'd have been there for ages and also, the uniform white line around the flower petals helps separate the different colours more effectively. The flower set up involved tracing around a circle die, adding the outer layer first and then working inwards.
I cut around the whole flower and cut straight lines either side of the flower to give a more streamlined look. I've added this onto a base of acetate and added the Trio of Happy dies and some Christmas washi tape

 

Have we inspired you to join in the fun?
If you fancy having a go and challenging yourself to stamp a contrast along with us then link up your entry below - just pick a contrast from any we'll be demonstrating this week and make your own.   You could either make 2 cards to show the contrast or just choose one of ours and make the contrast to match it (so choose Julia's layered stamped card and make a project focussing on the matching dies like Keren did with whatever stamps and dies you have - you don't have to replicate the project - just the contrast of using the dies as your focus)   We'll leave the link open for a week after our final post on Saturday so you have time to see all the contrasts before picking one to join in with and then have a full week to play.   You never know, we might even find a prize for the best contrast ;-)




Thursday, 23 April 2015

Stamping Contrasts - Scrapbooking



We have an extra special treat on our series today as Louise is back for a visit - and appropriately on her old day so we're having a flash-back Thursday today :-)   Louise is the Queen of project life and scrapbooking so for our Contrast we choose Project Life VS Cards using Scrapbooking stamps.  We opted to play with Bright Lights from Hero Arts and these are our contrasting projects!




Louise


We are showing two different ways to use the Hero Arts set 'Bright Lights'. I am using them for a Project Life layout. They are PERFECT for documenting life, whatever your chosen medium is!
The 'memories' stamp fits perfectly in pre-labeled 3x4's-it is the perfect size.
I went to town a little with the city scape stamp-making a glitter peephole tag for an embellished card-how cute is that stamp?!   And talking of cute - if you build up sequins on the camera stamp it makes the perfect lens!  Take a look at the shot below to see that cute detail.



I hope it gives you some inspiration-this is a really versatile set you NEED in your collection!


Tara


This set has some great sentiments for cards but as the first dance at my wedding was to the You and Me song I was drawn to making a card for my hubby so went down the lurve route.  I die cut a heart from pink paper from the Lawn Fawn Beachside pad and a couple from white card so I could give it some dimension so I could layer them up after embossing the ampersand from the stamp set onto it with white embossing powder.  I stamped the leaf from the set with the Hero Arts Ombre pad 3 times directly onto the base underneath where I wanted to add my heart to create a visual triangle.   I used a little loose watercolour paint to add some splatters to match the heart - just flicking them on with a paintbrush.   I die cut the fabulous arrow from Reverse Confetti and adhered that to the back of heart and stuck the heart down with foam tape for more dimension.  I stamped "You" and "Me" onto white card and trimmed it and stuck that on with foam tape too - the different heights all add interest to a CAS design.  I finished with a strip of grey washi tape in a geometric pattern to tone down the girlyness and a second visual triangle of enamel dots.

http://www.makethedayspecial.co.uk/shop.php#!/Bright-Lights/p/39726425

Have we inspired you to join in the fun?
If you fancy having a go and challenging yourself to stamp a contrast along with us then link up your entry below - just pick a contrast from any we'll be demonstrating this week and make your own.   You could either make 2 cards to show the contrast or just choose one of ours and make the contrast to match it (so choose Louise's project life page and make a card like I did with whatever scrapbooking style stamps you have - you don't have to replicate the project - just the contrast of using scrapbooking stamps in a different way)   We'll leave the link open for a week after our final post on Saturday so you have time to see all the contrasts before picking one to join in with and then have a full week to play.   You never know, we might even find a prize for the best contrast ;-)


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Stamping Contrasts - Layers


We've had lots of new visitors to the blog this week so it does look as though you are enjoying our Stamping Contrasts series.  We plan to bring you more specials throughout the year so do keep coming back won't  you ;-)

For today's contrast Jenny and Kate are bringing you ONE LAYER - vs LOTS OF LAYERS using Home Sweet Home by Lawn Fawn



Kate


For my  card i wanted to add lots of dimension. 
What better way than to make a shaker card.
I started with the co-ordinating die set to make the windows from the front panel.
The houses are stamped onto a die cut panel and coloured with copics. 
I then added the small beads for the shaker. 
The  card still needed more dimension  so i added the birds on foam squares and the two bows.
I stamped with milos abc on the inside to say new home.



Jenny


I quite like making ONE LAYER cards, it takes away some of the creative decisions you have to make knowing that your card base is your only blank canvas. Just because you're not adding layers doesn't mean your project has to be flat though... here I've cut away a strip of the front panel and trimed around the stamped image.  I added a piece of patterned paper to the inside which will show when the card is closed, this would work equally well through an aperture anywhere on the card front.
I decided to use the little birdies and nest for a new baby congrats card.
To make a longer branch for the nest to sit on I've selectively inked and stamped the small twig three times across the card front, if the lines dont quite match up on the branch you can always use a black fineliner pen to fill any gaps :)


I used a craft knife to cut away the section on the card front and then coloured the images with Prismacolour pencils. To make a subtle blue sky I used chalk, yep I still have mine and they're very useful for soft backgrounds like that :) Trouble is they're not always camera friendly!!

Have we inspired you to join in the fun?
If you fancy having a go and challenging yourself to stamp a contrast along with us then link up your entry below - just pick a contrast from any we'll be demonstrating this week and make your own.   You could either make 2 cards to show the contrast or just choose one of ours and make the contrast to match it (so choose Kate's shaker and make a one-layer card like Jenny did with whatever stamps you have - you don't have to replicate the card - just the contrast)   We'll leave the link open for a week after our final post on Saturday so you have time to see all the contrasts before picking one to join in with and then have a full week to play.   You never know, we might even find a prize for the best contrast ;-)


Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Stamping Contrasts - Colour


It's day 3 of our week long stamping contrasts series - we do hope you're having as much fun as we did as a DT getting together to bring this series to you.

For our contrast today - Keren and Sarah are showing you what a difference colour can make - you can achieve such a different look from a set like Painted Butterflies by playing with Colour VS Monochrome.




Keren

Colour is definitely the easier one.. I wanted to do something really bright without it being 'rainbow'. We had both picked 'Painted Butterflies' by Altenew and I wanted to showcase the little butterflies in the set. I had the idea of them flying beyond the card and so cut out an acetate hollow heart shape. I folded it in half and then started to add the butterflies. These are a 3 step inked stamp- and trust me, this set is so forgiving, you won't need to worry if they're precisely lined up.
Once I'd stuck them all down, I added foam pads at different stacked heights so the heart would remain folded on the card and then added a thin strip of acetate in the middle to rest the white embossed sentiment onto.


Sarah




Isn't Keren's card spectacular?!  Initially I scratched my head in terms of how I could use the layered butterfly stamps from Altenew in a black and white design.  Black on black would just look like a smudge :)  I decided to stamp the butterfly in Black Soot Distress Ink on watercolour card.  I didn't stamp all of the layers and tried my hand at watercolouring to give the butterfly some dimension and interest. I splattered some ink in the background and added a sentiment from the same set.  The central panel is die cut with a Lawn Fawn stitched square and matted on black card.  I think it came out quite atmospheric and a real contrast to Keren's gorgeously vibrant (and dimensional) design.


Have we inspired you to join in the fun?
If you fancy having a go and challenging yourself to stamp a contrast along with us then link up your entry below - just pick a contrast from any we'll be demonstrating this week and make your own.   You could either make 2 cards to show the contrast or just choose one of ours and make the contrast to match it (so choose Keren's colourful card and make a monochrome one like Sarah did with whatever stamps you have)   We'll leave the link open for a week after our final post on Saturday so you have time to see all the contrasts before picking one to join in with and then have a full week to play.   You never know, we might even find a prize for the best contrast ;-)




Monday, 20 April 2015

Stamping Contrasts - Christmas


We're so glad you're back to join us for our second day of our special week of stamping contrasts.   Today we have an interesting challenge - Christmas vs Non-Christmas using a Christmas stamp set.  There are so many gorgeous stamps which only see the light of day in December so we thought we'd try and make you look at them in a different light so you can show them a little all year round love! 



Jenny

You'd think making a CHRISTMAS card with a Christmas stamp set would be easy... not for me when we're in April!!! At least the Winter Wonderland set is a 'subtle' stamp set for Christmas cards and to match the serene feel of the set I inked a soft winter sky and stamped the trees using  Brown Sugar pigment ink. On a separate panel of card I stamped the deer in Hazel Ink and used Prismacolour pencils to add shadows to the body. I partially cut around the front half of the deer using the matching die and sponged a little blue ink at its feet to continue the scene onto the panel. To finish, I stamped a sentiment from the set and mounted both top panels of card using foam dimensionals.


Julia


Surprisingly enough, creating this card was actually super easy (in terms of coming up with the idea), but a bit time consuming since I used all these rainbow colors. I grabbed one of the tree trunk stamps from the Winter Wonderland set and simply turned it sideways. The sides of the front panel were masked off so I wouldn't get any ink on them and then I started stamp the tree trunk in all these colors, using Hero Arts shadow inks and cleaning the stamp inbetween with the Hero Arts Cleaning Fluid and the Scrubber Pad to make sure I wouldn't get any contamination. Rounding off the card is the sentiment by Paper Smooches called Uplifters, and the little dots I stamped are again from the Winter Wonderland set and I covered them with my glitter pen to get some shine. Easy peasy!


Have we inspired you to join in the fun?
If you fancy having a go and challenging yourself to stamp a contrast along with us then link up your entry below - just pick a contrast from any we'll be demonstrating this week and make your own.   You could either make 2 cards to show the contrast or just choose one of ours and make the contrast to match it (so choose Jenny's and make a non-Christmas card with a Christmas stamp set just like Julia did)   We'll leave the link open for a week after our final post on Saturday so you have time to see all the contrasts before picking one to join in with and then have a full week to play.   You never know, we might even find a prize for the best contrast ;-)


Sunday, 19 April 2015

Stamping Contrasts - A Week Long Blog Special


We've got something a little different for you on the blog this week - the DT have paired up this week and each day this week we're bringing you two projects both made with the same stamp set but with a contrast to the stamping - so masculine vs feminine, CAS vs lots of layers, colourful vs monochrome.  We hope this shows you how to get some different looks from the sets you already have and to give you some ideas how to stretch your stamping. 

To kick things off - Lydia and I have teamed up to play with one of the super versatile floral sets from Wplus9 - Fresh Cut Containers and our contrast is FEMININE VS MASCULINE.

  



Lydia

For my FEMININE take I stamped the watering can in Hero Arts 'Wet Cement' as this is a very light ink I wasn't too worried about stamping over this with my flowers and leaves so they would appear to be flowing over the sides. I stamped the flowers and leaves in bright, fresh inks as what is more feminine than pretty flowers?!?! I also added shading to the florals with a little coloured pencil and a little glitter never hurts.

For my mat I added a scalloped pink layer to draw out the colour of the roses. The beautiful sentiment is from Winnie & Walter 'A Tree For All Seasons'.


Tara


To take the same set down the MASCULINE route, I opted for a mostly green colour palette on kraft card which I always think works well for masculine cards (which are actually my favourites to make - I know I'm weird!)  I used the rock and roll technique to stamp the watering can and bowl in two shades of grey ink and then added a little more depth with pencils.   To fill them I used 3 shades of green and a little brown and just used the leaves rather than the flowers.  To hint at some florals I used the dotted stamp with lemon pigment ink over the top.  I added some rocks by inking the stamp Lydia used to create roses in brown and adding some shading with pencils.  The sentiment comes from Altenew Label Love stamped on green to match the mat and to tie the card together.  The angular quality adds to the masculinity too.   Even if you don't have this set - look at the floral stamps you do have, and give it a go - we have lots of male gardeners in our family so cards like this always go down well.


Don't forget to come back each day this week to see what other contrasts our talented team is bringing you

Have we inspired you to join in the fun?
If you fancy having a go and challenging yourself to stamp a contrast along with us then link up your entry below - just pick a contrast from any we'll be demonstrating this week and make your own.   You could either make 2 cards to show the contrast or just choose one of ours and make the contrast to match it (so choose Lydia's and make a masculine card like I did with whatever floral stamps you have)   We'll leave the link open for a week after our final post on Saturday so you have time to see all the contrasts before picking one to join in with and then have a full week to play.   You never know, we might even find a prize for the best contrast ;-)