Friday, March 6, 2015

Doodling with Stamps

Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness! This idea/technique is brilliant and so much fun! I first saw this technique on the February Paper Trey Ink release. Ashley Cannon Newell made this card. Honestly, I looked at what she made and looked at the stamp set she used...and didn't get it at all. It is unusual to be so stumped. I guess I wasn't the only person who asked "How did she create that card with those stamps?". She made a "Make It Monday " video to explain her idea and process. (Take a look here.)
I always like to try out a new technique by recreating the original look as closely as simplifies the learning process for me. Once I have the technique down, then I start experimenting. I have a stack of stamps I want to try this with! For this card I used Paper Trey Ink's Rosie Posie stamp set with Distress inks. "Hello There" is from Stampin' Up! and is embossed with black embossing powder.

Paper Trey Ink "Make It Monday" videos have a challenge associated with them, and you can see how other people are using the technique. Want to find some more inspiration? Scroll down to the end of the post and start looking at all the fabulous cards!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Mistletoe Bokeh Card

I am torn on calling this a mistletoe snowflake card...because the bokeh effect is so understated that is might be just snow blobs and a few snowflakes. Ha!

I am completely fascinated with the bokeh effect...especially recreating it for paper crafts. When I saw this card, I started working on my own version. Let it be said, I love Julia Stainton's version. I wish it were mine! This is what I came up with.

I have a short 5 minute video showing how I put it together:

Basically it is lots of small, medium, and large vellum circles glued on top of a  glittered mistletoe cut out, with a few vellum snowflakes thrown in. I used Glossy Accents to glue everything down...and yes, the glue does show through the vellum. I think, in this case, that the glue showing through adds to the effect. I thought a lot about it...and finally decided that if it was good enough for Julia, it was good enough for me! I think it adds one more layer of dots and circles.

I also place everything where I want it, and then go back to glue it down. The most indispensable tool for this process...the Silhouette Pick-Me-Up. The sticky end makes picking up each circle long enough to put a dot of glue down a piece of cake.

And then the freak out happens! "Why are the vellum circles curling? It's ruined! All that work! Ruined!"

The vellum will curl when the adhesive is wet (just like paper)...and when it dries, everything goes back to beautiful. (Whew!). Walk away and let it be. Everything will be alright! (I am using cardstock weight vellum).

 If I have any kits left over from the upcoming craft fair, you'll be the first to know!

How is your Christmas crafting coming along?


I have kits available in my Etsy store (DCPapercraft) at this link. If you are local to me (Knoxville), just message me!