Friday, November 8, 2019

Magenta Super Saturday - Sparkling Christmas Trees

Welcome back to Super Saturday.  I love this beautiful Christmas tree stamp from Magenta’s last release.  It has so many possibilities.  You can also see my card on the Magenta blog here.  
For today’s card, I stamped the tree in the center of a piece of matte metallic gold cardstock with VersaMark ink and then embossed with Judikins Pine Twinkle embossing powder. 
I filled the large circles of the tree with Nuvo drops in a variety of colors then set it aside to dry overnight.  
I used the Nuvo Jewel Drops and Nuvo Glitter drops because they are translucent, but you could also use Stickles or other products.  Alternatively, you could color the circles with Copic or TomBow markers then cover the circles with Glossy Accents.
While the tree was drying, I stamped the sentiment on the bottom pf a piece of textured white cardstock with VersaMark ink, then embossed with gold embossing powder.  I used a Die-namics Inside/Outside stitched rectangle die to cut a rectangle out of the cardstock and create a frame.  I covered the back of the frame with foam tape then centered it over the Christmas tree.  I adhered both pieces to a white A2 card. 
The embossing powder and mirror cardstock make this card sparkle and it’s hard to capture that in a photograph but here's a closer look.  

Here's the finished product.  I normally add extra bling to my cards but the card has so much sparkle already I decided to keep it simple this time. 

I also created two other cards.
I stamped one on light blue mirror card paper and used another one of Magenta's beautiful new sentiments. 

The third one was stamped on textured white cardstock. These cards are fast to put together.   Applying the Nuvo drops only takes about five minutes so you can easily several cards in a short time.
Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Magenta Products Used:
02.322.N Embellished Tree

07.1022.I Wishing You a Merry Christmas

07.1019.F Wishing You Peace, Love, Joy
Other Products Used:
Judikins Pine Twinkle Embossing Powder
Judikins Detail Gold Embossing Powder
Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder 
Nuvo Drops (Rosewater, Pale Periwinkle, Aquatic Mist, Limoncello, Blue Lagoon, Orange Marmalade, Key Lime, Strawberry Coulis, White Blizzard)
VersaMark Ink
MFT Die-Namics Inside/Outside Stitched Rectangle Die
Mirror Cardstock

Friday, October 18, 2019

Super Saturday - Autumn Leaves

Welcome back to Super Saturday.  Have you seen the Autumn and Christmas 2019 release from Magenta?  It is filled with so many great images that I had a hard time selecting something for today’s blog post.  You can see the full collection here.  For today’s card I used the medium and small Maple Leaf plus the “Autumn Paints Leaves” sentiment.  You can also see my card on the Magenta blog here.
I began by placing a 4 ¼” x 5 ½” piece of watercolor paper (smooth side up) in my MISTI.  Then I arranged each leaf stamp in the upper left corner, stamped with VersaMark, then embossed with gold embossing powder.  I returned the paper to my MISTI but flipped it around to stamp in the opposite corner and followed the same process.  I cleaned the stamps after each stamping.  
Next, I repositioned the stamps on my paper, stamped and embossed, then repeated the process until the entire piece of paper was covered.  
When I’m stamping repeatedly like this, I use the paper backing from the stamp to determine the stamp placement.  Just position the papers where you want your stamps, put the stamp on top of the paper then close the lid of your MISTI to pick up the stamps.  Remove the paper backing and stamp. 
I taped the watercolor paper to my work surface to keep it from curling while I painted.  I put bits of Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon and Chipped Sapphire Distress inks on my mat, then used a small paintbrush to fill in the background.  Initially I kept the background color very light.  
I let it dry, then followed the same process for the leaves using Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Fired Brick and Candied Apple inks. 
When the leaves had dried I decided the background needed to be darker so I used the blue inks again but this time I used mostly Chipped Sapphire.  I think the darker background created a better contrast with the leaves. 
When the paper was dry, I removed the tape, then cut the piece down and adhered it to a piece of gold cardstock, then adhered that to a white A2 card.  I stamped the sentiment on a piece of white cardstock with VersaMark then embossed with gold embossing powder.  I used a bit of Chipped Sapphire ink around the edges.  I adhered the sentiment to a piece of gold cardstock, put some fun foam on the back so it would pop out a bit from the card.  Next I added a few gems for a bit more sparkle. 
I was having so much fun with this stamp that I created two additional cards.  I experimented with mixing different colors of metallic embossing powders together.  Each leaf has a different look because of the mixture of powders.  For these two cards I mixed copper, gold and rose copper embossing powders together.  The different colors show up a bit here but it was hard to capture with the camera.  It definitely shows up in person though.  
I stamped on rust color velvet paper for this card.  The embossing powder really sparkles on this velvet paper!  
For this card I used black So Silk paper which is a heavy cardstock with a bit of shine to it, but not as shiny as a metallic or mirror card paper.

I hope you will check out Magenta’s newest collection.  It is filled with so many beautiful stamps and stencils, to include lots of great images for your holiday cards, too.  (You can find the collection here.)  Just click on "Stamps" or  "Templates and Masks" to see all of the new items.  Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Magenta Products Used:
0801.J Maple Leaf Medium

0800.G Maple Leaf Small

Other Products Used:
Metallic Embossing Powders (Gold, Copper, Rose Gold)
Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon, Chipped Sapphire, Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Fired Brick, Candied Apple)
VersaMark Ink
Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Dies
Velvet Paper
So Silk Paper

Friday, September 20, 2019

Super Saturday with Pam - Thinking of You

Welcome back to Magenta Super Saturday.  I love this stamp from Magenta’s last release.  The bird sitting in the water seems to be perfect for a “thinking of you” card.  You can also see my card on the Magenta blog here.
I began by stamping the bird on a piece of 4 ¼” x 5 ½” Dura-Lar (a clear plastic type material) using Jet Black Stazon ink.  Since I stamped on plastic, I let this dry overnight to be sure I didn’t smudge the image.  I positioned the stamp to allow enough room for the sentiment at the bottom, however the sentiment is stamped on the background paper.
To create the background, I used Distress Stain daubers.  On a piece of watercolor paper, I applied Crushed Olive stain using a light back and forth motion on the paper.  Next I applied Salty Ocean stain, overlapping the Crushed Olive slightly to blend the two colors.  I used the stamped image as a guide because I wanted the reeds in the image to be in the green area as it transitioned to the blue water.  I moved to Tumbled Glass for the sky, again overlapping with the previous color. 
I added just a touch of Wilted Violet to the sky and blended it with the Tumbled Glass.  The violet is very subtle but you can see it on the finished piece.  When the piece of was very dry, I stamped the sentiment at the bottom using black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder so it would stand out a bit.
I trimmed the Dura-Lar piece and the watercolor piece to 3 ½” x 5 ½” inches, punched two holes in the top and tied them together with twine.  I adhered the panel to a piece of black cardstock.  I used a foam applicator to apply the corresponding Distress Inks on the front of the card to extend the color from the watercolor panel.  The inks are a bit lighter than the stains so I think they blended well with the stamped image.

This stamp is very versatile, too.  Christine Alexander recently used this stamp to create two beautiful cards.  She used alcohol inks on one card and Distress Oxide inks on the second card.  You can see her Magenta blog post here

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today!

Magenta Products Used:
0764.O Egret in Reeds

07.954.G Think of you often
Other Products Used:
Distress Stain Daubers (Crushed Olive, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Wilted Violet)
Distress Inks (Crushed Olive, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Wilted Violet)
Dura-Lar Clear Transparency
Stazon Jet Black Ink
VersaFine Black Onyx Ink

Friday, August 23, 2019

Super Saturday with Pam - Celebrating Friendship

Welcome back to Magenta Super Saturday.  For today’s card I’m celebrating the joys of friendship – I made this card for someone who has been my friend for many, many years.  You can also see today's card on the Magenta blog here.

I experimented with the Square Tile stencil, Nuance and Nuvo Glimmer embossing paste.  I used a die to cut a 4” square piece of white, mixed media paper.  Then I cut it in half diagonally.  Since I planned to use embossing paste on the paper, I decided to cut it in half before applying the paste, rather than after it dried.  I wasn’t sure if it would cut smoothly after the paste dried.)  
I taped the triangle to the back of the stencil then applied some sparkly embossing paste, removed the stencil and set it aside to dry.  I immediately washed the stenciling paste off the stencil.

After the paste dried, I tapped small amounts of aquamarine, turquoise and cerulean blue Nuance onto a craft sheet and sprayed lightly with water to create “paint”.  I spritzed the paper very lightly, then used a paint brush to pick up each of the colors and drop it onto the card, between the stenciled areas.  
I did this until the entire piece was covered. 
I ended up getting the color on the stenciled area, so I used a paper towel to blot off the excess color. 

Next I used Distress Oxide Sprays to create a background piece.  I sprayed Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China and Wilted Violet on another piece of mixed media paper.  I sprayed each color, added a bit of water and heat set.  
I sprayed another layer of color, dried and then added a third layer of color.  
I loved the final result and how the blues and purple blended together.  The color changes when I photograph it - the purples show through a lot in real life and you will see that on some of the other photos.

For the last step, I stamped the sentiment on a circle of cardstock.  I applied some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink around the edge to soften the bright white a bit.

I cut the Distress Oxide piece to 4” x 5 ¼” and the attached the stenciled triangle.  I trimmed the ends of the triangle even with the sides of the cardstock, then adhered to a piece of Glamour Green cardstock and then adhered it to an A2 card.  I adhered a piece of fun foam to the back of the sentiment circle, then adhered to the front of the card.  I added a few gems for a bit more sparkle.

By the way, this sentiment comes in two additional versions – Circle of Friends 1 which you can find here and Circle of Friends 2 which you can find here

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today!

Magenta Products Used:
TM302 - Square Tile

Other Products Used:
Nuvo Glimmer Paste
Distress Oxide Sprays (Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China, Wilted Violet)
Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass)

Friday, August 2, 2019

Magenta Super Saturday - Creating Smiles

Welcome back to Magenta Super Saturday.   This sentiment is another one of my favorites and today I’m using it for a thank you card.   I combined it with the Rows of Diamonds stencil for a card that I hope will make the recipient smile.  You can also see my card on the Magenta blog here.

I started by taping my card stock to the back of the Rows of Diamonds stencil, then placing it on my Wendy Vecchi Stay-Tion.  I love this new tool for working with stencils - the magnets hold the stencil firmly in place but they are easier to move than the magnets we are used to in our stamping platforms like the MISTI. 
I applied a rainbow palette of Distress inks over the stencil (I’ve listed the colors below.)  
Without moving the stencil, I used a microfiber cloth to gently wipe the ink from the stencil then I used VersaMark cube to apply ink all over the colored areas.  (I like the cube size of the VersaMark ink for this type of applicationg because you can get into all the small spots on the stencil more easily.)  I removed the stencil, covered the image with clear embossing powder and heat set it.  I applied Distress Antique Linen ink to “age” the paper then wiped the image again with a microfiber cloth to remove the ink from the embossed areas.  Next I trimmed the piece to 4 1/8" x 5 1/4" then used a rectangle die to cut out the center of the cardstock.  You could also use an X-acto knife to cut out the rectangle.  
I applied foam tape to the back of the image so it would be raised above the sentiment on the completed card.
Next I stamped the sentiment on a separate piece of cardstock with VersaFine Vintage Sepia, embossed with clear embossing powder then applied Distress Antique Linen over the image.  I centered the stenciled piece over the sentiment, the adhered that to a piece of So Silk Glamour Green cardstock that had been adhered to an A2 card.  
After the card was assembled, I sprayed it lightly with Imagine Craft Shimmer Spritz to add a bit of sparkle, then added a few gems for just a bit more sparkle.
This card came together very quickly so it would be easy to make several (in a variety of colors) to have a stash of multi-purpose cards.  Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Magenta Products Used
TM309 Rows of Diamonds

07.861.K - You Make My Heart Smile

Other Products Used
Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet)
Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-Tion
Imagine Craft Shimmer Spritz
VersaFine Vintage Sepia Ink