Friday, November 15, 2019

Foiled Again! STAMPlorations Mid Month Stencil Challenge Reminder

Just a reminder for the November STAMPlorations Stencil challenge:

Foiled Again - this month I played with the foiled stencil technique and here is my second attempt with it. I used the Bubble Dance stencil, applied the Thermo Web Transfer Gel over the stencil, then let it dry. Once dried (it has a shiny gloss to it) I placed a red foil transfer sheet with the shiny side up on top, placed it inside a folded piece of computer paper and ran it through my laminator. I cut the panel with a stitched rectangle and embellished the card with the Christmas Reindeer die cuts and the Jingle Bells Phrase Die cut from gold metallic card stock.

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Friday, November 1, 2019


Wow it's November already and time for a new STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge. This month I tried a new to me technique - foiling with stencils. I really like this technique and it worked pretty easily. I need to improve on the spreading of the Transfer Gel over the stencil though.

Here is my first attempt and card using the ARTplorations stencil Holly Background:

I taped the stencil on top of a 4.25" x 5.5" piece of Kraft card stock. Using an icing spatula I spread Thermo Web Transfer Gel over the stencil.

I removed the stencil and set aside the panel to dry - it gets glossy looking when it is dry and ready to be foiled.  I used gold Deco Foil and laid it on top of the panel (with the shiny side up) and put it inside a folded piece of computer paper and ran it through my laminator. That part was easy peasy and fun!

I used a stitched rectangle die to cut out the panel and adhered a vellum Luggage Tag Nesting tag with the CUTplorations phrase die Peace Love Joy cut from red glitter paper.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Happy 6th Birthday STAMPlorations!!

Today we are celebrating STAMPlorations 6th birthday with 2 new cover plates: Doodled Birthday Cake and Doodled Birthday Gifts.

I chose to use the cover plate Doodled Birthday Cake to make a shaker card:

I cut the cover plate from 110 lb white card stock and adhered a piece of acetate to the back. I used a alcohol inked background that I had from my stash for the card front. Before attaching the cover plate die cut to the card front I sprinkled on a good helping of STAMPlorations Blue Shimmer Shaker Blend. I lined the die cut frame with thin strips of foam tape and adhered it to the card front. I die cut black paper with the Celebrate Big Word Phrase die and adhered that on top of the cover plate.

My second card is much simpler. I cut the Doodled Birthday Cake out of an alcohol inked background and glued it onto the card front. I then attached the Celebrate Big Phrase die cut on top of the panel. 

I hope you join in our celebration and win a prize (see image above for ways to win)! Thanks for coming by!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

STAMPlorations Stencil Challenge - October 2019 Mid Month Reminder

Welcome back to the STAMPlorations October Stencil Challenge. I'm sharing two more pages from my watercolor journal featuring the Flutterby Stencil.

I started with the stencil placed on the left page and blended distress inks over the stencil. After removing the stencil i misted it with water and turned it over (ink side down) onto the right page. I covered it with a paper towel and pressed down over the entire stencil before removing it.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

STAMPlorations Monthly Stencil Challenge - October 2019

STAMPlorations has started up the monthly challenges after a summer vacation. I have moved from the CAS DT to the Stencil DT and will be showcasing STAMPlorations' ARTplorations line of stencils.

The monthly challenges start on the 1st of each month and we will have a reminder post on the 15th of each month. There will be prizes for those that participate by entering a project using stencils on the challenge "linky": $15 gift certificate to the winner and $10 to the runner up.$5 gift certificates each to three randomly drawn players.

For my first project this month I created these two pages in my watercolor art journal using A Bloom and Three Buds stencil. The technique I used is reverse stenciling. I started by placing the stencil onto the page on the right and I sprinkled black brusho watercolor powder over the open spaces of the stencil. I then misted the stencil with water to activate the powder. Once I felt it had enough water I folded the left page over the right and pressed the pages together and rubbed over the entire page. That is the reverse stenciling technique. I love how the black Brusho powder when wet breaks down the black into these various colors!

Please go to the STAMPlorations blog to see the other projects the DT has created and to join in the challenge!

As always, you can use my special discount code: STAMPGIRLHARRIET for 20% off your purchase at STAMPlorations.

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday

I am really excited to be a part of the STAMPlorations stencil design team. I enjoyed being on the CAS DT and am looking forward to this new role since I love to use the ARTplorations stencils. I am sharing my projects over on the STAMPlorations blog - Stencil Sunday post today.

So here is my first post for STENCIL SUNDAY!

I used several different techniques to show how versatile stencils are. For my first two cards I used the ghosting technique:

After blending the card stock panel with distress inks, I laid the Dots All Over stencil on top of the panel and misted the entire panel with water. I used a paper towel to soak up the excess water, then lifted off the stencil. The water wicks away the color to leave a "ghost" image. Once the panel was dry I stamped the Better Than Autumn image and sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

 I used the ghosting technique again to create the oval background for this next card. Before I adhered the oval to the card base I sponged the line of birds from the Some Birds stencil with Black Soot distress ink. I die cut the Perched Bird from black cardstock and adhered it to the oval panel.

I used one of my favorite ARTplorations stencils for my next card -  Leaf Prints:

I went through my stash of alcohol inked backgrounds and thought this color combination was perfect for a fall leaves theme. After taping the stencil in place with painters tape I used my alcohol ink blending tool with some Ranger Alcohol Lift ink and rubbed it all over the stencil. This ink really lifts the alcohol ink off of the panel. I love how this came out!

For this last card I only used part of the Holly Background stencil for a very CAS design:

I traced the leaves and berries with a Tuxedo Black Memento marker and colored them in with Copic markers. I used red Stickles on the berries and a clear Wink of Stella brush marker on the leaves.
The sentiment "Christmas Blessings" is from the Holiday Hexagons stamp set (retired).

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

STAMPlorations June CAS Card Challenge

Wow it's June already! This month's CAS Card Challenge optional color twist is MAHOGANY.

Here is my card:

I thought that this flower image from Hope Blooms looked like it had a tree in the background so I decided to use the Brick Red (looks like Mahogany when stamped) Distress marker to color the stamp. The sentiment is from STAMPlorations Pocket Blooms.  I cut a frame from some patterned paper to place around the image and sentiment then adhered the panel to a Kraft card base.

I hope you join our challenge. Here are the guidelines:
  • Players can link up to 3 CAS cards.
  • Players can enter a CAS card with or without the optional color twist.
  • Non-STAMPlorations products are OK
  • To qualify for the prize, players must display challenge graphic and link back to the challenge post (blogs only)
  • Prizes: $15 GC for the winner (voted by the team); $5 GC to three (3) randomly picked players

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