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Thank you for visiting my blog about cards and other hobbies. Stamp Club is for anyone that would enjoy making cards and learning new techniques - we would love to have you come! We meet the first Saturday of each month or the following Monday (unless changed because of holidays). (Each monthly get together is held those two days - sometimes one day is more convenient than the other!) An Evite is sent out each month - so if you would like to come to Stamp Club, just email me and let me know to put you on the Evite list: helencashon@gmail.com . Sometimes we have Stamp-A-Stacks or other classes also.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Stampin' Saturday - 8-1-09 - Part 1A - Reinker Spread Technique

The blog posts for the cards and techniques we did on 8-1-09 are spread over about 8 (didn't count) blog posts - the last one is about puppysitting baby Baxter boy. First one is this Reinker Technique.

Also being posted is a blog with the Technique cards - that one will be updated with new technique cards along and along.

Reinker Spread Technique (and 3D variation of Fifth Avenue Floral Rose) on bottom

For tutorial, see http://pattystamps.com/pattys_stamping_spot/2009/watercolor-roses-technique-and-video-tutorial.html

This top card is the card we did at Stamp Club. Others are just other examples displayed during class.

Card is an almost direct CASE (sentiment changed) of a card on splitcoaststampers by jemur posted on 5/5/09. Rose is heat embossed with white embossing powder onto SHIMMERY WHITE CARDSTOCK, then sprayed with water until it puddles. Then, using Aquapainter, you touch the water in the various sections and it spreads. Need to be careful not to touch the cardstock though - just the water. The put aside to dry. If have too much water, can soak good bit of it up with the corner/edge of a paper towel and then set aside to dry. Card base and leaves are Certainly Celery cardstock. Ribbon is Certainly Celery ribbon (retired Sale-A-Bration 2009 item) - 16"; white striped paper run through the Big Shot with the Top Note die is specialty "Bride" scrapbooking paper - beautiful paper! Reinkers used for the Reinker Spread technique were Regal Rose and Apricot Appeal, I think. The original card indicates Regal Rose and Cameo Coral Reinker. Stamp set is Fifth Avenue Floral. Sizzlits Little Leaves die. Sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamped onto large oval layerd onto scalloped oval. Rose is from SU! Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set.

There was another card posted later that had a black card base, Whisper White Top Note, and Rose Red was used for the reinker. The black card base made it really pop. See mdoron5131 card dated 8/8/09.

Square card - dimensions: 5 1/4 by 5 1/4

Direct case of a card by cindybstampin posted on splitcoast on 6/15/09

Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set

The technique instructions said use a line image - the flowers in Fifth Avenue Floral work well with this technique. Embrace Life would work well also. Claudia Perry - Stamping in Columbus, GA blog- made a card using this reinker spread technique, but she heat embossed the Tres Chic background stamp (see the top of the two cards above) and Green Galore and Tempting Turqouise reinker. The second variation above is similar to one used on a card by asolven dated 7/6/09 on splitcoaststampers. It uses the Circle Circus set, embossed in white, then card sprayed with water and I don't remember the reinker colors - the card I was CASEing used Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry reinkers - and is a light brighter than what appears above. The cards they made with the two sets above turned out really pretty also.

Go to splitcoaststampers to Gallery and to SU! Only and do a search on Reinker Spread or just reinker -- or Fifth Avenue Floral -- and you will see all kinds of cards made with this Reinker Spread technique. Crystal French was the person that developed this technique.

I did try it with Pixie Pink reinker and it was too heavy a color. I think the lighter pastel colors probably work best with this technique.

This last example has nothing to do with the reinker technique, but is here to show you another way to use the Fifth Avenue Floral rose. This rose was stamped 3 times and two of the images cut out and popped up on Dimensionals. The bottom layer is the whole image, the second layer has part cut off, and the third layer has even more cut off. This would probably have been prettier had I embossed the image, and I don't really like the sponging, but was trying that to give it some more definition so could see the various layers. See example done by raqode7 on 5/8/09.

Stampin' Saturday - 8-1-09 Part 1B - Wiper Card

Wiper Card

See tutorial by Jan Tinklenberg at http://stampspaperscissors.typepad.com/stamps_paper_scissors/

Card is a direct CASE of a card posted by susie nelson (post name) on 3/23/09. The stamp set used is Cheep Talk. Cardstock: Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery, White. Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, and Cameo Coral. Turquoise ribbon. Some flowers popped up on Dimensionals.

The instructions indicate put wiper tab about 1/8" from edge. Get a good visual in mind/look at ruler to see 1/8". Card will not work as well if you move it further down.

Wiper part up.

Close up of wiper part.

Front of card with tab down and card closed into A2 size.

Stampin' Saturday - 8-1-09 - Part 1C - Holy Triptych card

Cards made with Holy Triptych stamp set. All images, cardstock and ribbon from Stampin' Up!

This card is a direct CASE from a card by "inkpad" on splitcoaststampers. Original card dated 9/9/07. This is the card that we did in Stamp Club. The card base and the wise men panel is Naturals Ivory. Darker panel is kraft cardstock. Stamp sets used Holy Triptych and Baroque Motifs. Kraft Taffeta ribbon. Stamp-a-ma-jig used to place the frame over the Wise Men. All images heat embossed in gold. This top one was my favorite, the kraft paper is less expensive (and I like kraft cs) than the brushed gold below if you're going to make a lot, and I like the kraft ribbon better.

This card is similar to one above, except Very Vanilla cardstock is being used and Brushed Gold. Vanilla ribbon. Direct CASE from card done by darkahry posted 10/5/07 on splitcoast.

Direct CASE of card by Kathryn W. posted on splitcoaststampers on 10/25/07. The filagree part on the left was a challenge - it is just the filagree part of the frame stamp in Holy Triptych without the frame part. So the top had to be masked off and then the sides trimmed to get the side part of the frame off. Then versamarked and heat embossed in gold. White and Night of Navy cardstock used.

I've always thought this was a really elegant set, and wanted to showcase all 3 images of the set -- the Holy family, the Wise Men, and the angel. And this card is not CASED -- it was designed by me! The images are heat embossed in gold on Vanilla or Naturals Ivory cardstock and then layered onto Bravo Burgundy (retired color). The card base is 5 x 7 I think - needed to be bigger than A2 card size in order to hold all 3 images. Below the 3 panels is a strip of Handsome Hunter.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Stampin' Saturday 8-1-09 Part 2A - From the Past - OSW One Sheet Wonder

One Sheet Wonder

8 1/2 x 11 white cardstock stamped in Melon Mambo with Circle Circus

This technique is called One Sheet Wonder (hereafter called OSW). This is a quick and easy way to make a bunch of cards quickly. The cards below started off on an 8 1/2 x 11" sheet of cardstock. And some solid Melon Mambo cardstock is used when completing the cards as you will see below. The stamp set used is Circle Circus, and the different stamps are stamped in Melon Mambo ink. Note that the set has different sized stamps in it -- notice the two smaller size stamps. This also incorporates a very basic stamping lesson -- stamp off the edges, and I also tried to stamp in multiples of 3. (I did lose count after a while on these.) The sheet does need to be very busy - you will see why later in the cards. The smaller stamps help make the sheet busy. I also realized in the process of doing this to not alway try to put a stamp evenly in the middle of two other like stamps. With all the different stamps, it works better if you don't try to do this - it leaves room for the other stamps.

One this is done, I cut it up into 4 A2 cardfront size pieces. Then with each of those 4 A2 pieces, you cut them up differently. One was cut diagonally so you end up with two triangles. You will see this on cards 5 and 7 below. And putting the card vertically or diagonally makes a different effect also. I could have used the second triangle vertically on another card in the same or opposite corner like #5, but instead I turned the card to landscape position and made it horizontal - see #7.

Other quarter panels were cut into strips of various widths. Card number 6 shows why the original stamped image needs to be busy. If it was not busy, then there wouldn't be much on these two narrow strips.

There are several templates one can find on splitcoaststampers (http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/). Click on forums and then do a search on One Sheet Wonder and work your way through the various posts. Some variations have 3 squares glued on the cardfront, etc. Not all the parts of the template were used below - not even sure if I used all 4 quarters. I just put together what I was in the mood to put together. Kinda looked at one of the templates, but I didn't follow it exactly. Sometimes I might not have the time or patience to stamp the whole 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of cardstock so I will just stamp a half page (as most of you know, I have most of my white cardstock already cut into half sheets.) And sometimes I might just stamp a quarter panel and then just cut that one piece up.

Sally tried this and came up with some variations of her own with small squares or rectangles placed various ways on some of the cards.

Card #1

Also uses Curly Label Punch and Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set

Card #2

Also uses Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, and Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.

Card #3

Card #4

Card #5

Also uses scalloped oval, large oval and small oval and Teeny Tiny Wishes sentiment stamp set.

Card #6

Card #7

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Stampin' Saturday 8-1-09 Part 2B - From the Past - Marble Roll background

Another one of the "From the Past" things we did on August 1 was make a Rolling Marble background. Yes - the kind of marbles some of us played with when we were little. Remember shooting marbles, cats eyes, etc.?
We didn't two any make 'n takes with this technique - I just explained it. I did two sample cards to show - both using Mellow Moss reinker. One was done on vanilla cardstock and the other done tone on tone -- on Mellow Moss cardstock. I think I like that one the best. The stamp used is from the Eight Great Greetings set. When Laneah first showed us this technique, she used Mellow Moss, and I really liked that color. So that is why I chose to use Mellow Moss reinker and cardstock. The one with the tone on tone is one of my favorite cards of all done that day. And ---- it was not CASED. Helen created it!
Basically what you do is take a plastic case like your SU! stamp sets come in and, with removable tape, tape your cardstock on the top of the box. Then put 4 - 6 marbles in the bottom of the box. Then drop a drop of reinker in two different spots on the bottom of the plastic case. Then roll the marbles around so that they get ink on them from the two reinker spots. Then you flip the box over and either roll the marbles back and forth on your paper (which usually makes streaks) or shake the box vigoroulsy (which usually makes splashes like shown on these cards).
The plastic case I was using was almost exactly A2 card front size, so the marbles didn't go all the way to the sides of the paper - which was fine cause I cut it down to layer it, but I think in future I will use a bigger container.
Everybody there learned a lesson from Helen's experience -- hold the case tightly with your hand - with your hand over the side of the case where it opens. There was excitement during the lesson as I was shaking the case and it came open -- and I slung inked up marbles across the table. Thankfully no one got ink on them - I was horrified til I checked everybody out. Whew! It was good for a laugh!

Stampin' Saturday 8-1-09 PART 3 of 3

This blog posting will be posted in 3 parts since it's long. And I am remembering to start with what I want on the end first.

As those who were at Stampin' Saturday know, Earl and I were grandpuppy sitting that weekend for Candi and Mark's bulldog puppy, Baxter. So I'm uploading some pictures of baby Baxter. Actually, he is a toddler -- I remembered to ask Candi how old he was -- 4 1/2 months ... she said he was born March 17. He is just sooo cute now, we think - course we're biased! I just wish he would stay this cute and lovey. And he smells good -- like puppy - you can bury your nose in his fur. (Or at least I can - don't think it would be a good idea for Earl to do that. Earl has gotten along pretty well with him as long as he doesn't rub his face or eyes.) (Earl is snookered with baby Baxter too.) Earl commented he hadn't ever seen a dog sleep on its back before - so he took some pictures of Baxter sleeping on his back, snoring away. (Baxter snores a lot when he is sleeping.) Am uploading some of the pictures we took -- and one we took at Candi and Mark's the following weekend - cause I didn't get any "sitting pretty" pictures while he was here. Oh - forgot to say -- Candi and Mark took him to the doctor for "that" surgery (for "tutoring" as Nora's joke said) and then they left for a fun weekend, and left Earl and I to pick him up. He cried on the way home from the vet, and told me to tell Candi: "Mommy -- that was NOT doggie day care like I thought it was!" (He had been to doggie day care a time or two when they were not going to be able to be home to take him out midday -- when she first took him to doggie day care, he trotted right off from Candi to play - hurt her feelings it did cause he didn't cling!) He was fine when we got him home, and with the laser surgery, the incision was hardly visible. It didn't bother Baxter at all. We werer supposed to keep him on less activity -- that is not easy with a puppy. Earl and I did commence to spoil him, giving him a treat every time he went to the door and went to potty. So we had him trained when they got back to "let's go outside, just so we can come back inside and get a treat!" Most of the time we gave him part of his dog bone treats, sometimes a few of his kibbles food, and sometimes ice cubes -- he likes ice cubes for treats. He would take them in the den and chew them up, just like chewing up a bone. The brown fuzzy thing, which I think you will see in the pictures, is a big stuffed dog Mark gave Candi for some occasion -- until they could get a real dog. It is named Arby. Baxter loves to sleep on Arby, and also kneads and sucks on it -- wonder how soon Baxter got taken away from his Momma? Anyway, Candi said he does that when he gets tired - it looks just like he is nursing. (I'm wondering if I should write this -- Baxter is a he, after all, and a bulldog -- but it is really cute to watch him. (We took video). The next weekend, August 8, Baxter boy started school. They had to play catch up from missing the previous Saturday when Baxter boy was with us and Candi and Mark were at Amelia Island for a "together" weekend before football season with its long, long days starts.

So, here are our Grandpuppy pictures from August 1 and the "sitting pretty" one from August 8. Just a few. Course if you rreeaallly want to see more, Candi has lots of pictures on her kodakgallery and Earl and I are collecting quite a few of baby Baxter pictures too. (Just kidding.)

Baxter "sitting pretty" above on August 8, 2009.

Baxter taking a nap on back - August 1, 2009 -- while with Helen and Earl.

Baxter with Arby "nursing."

Baxter looking up at Mommy Candi after they came back August 1.

Baxter taking a nap August 2 on Arby.