Friday, September 7, 2018

Magenta Super Saturday with Pam




This beautiful new extra-large Happy Birthday card is a great stamp for a quick card.  It has a great presence and stamps beautifully.  This card also appears on Magenta's blog today which you can find here.

To create this card, I used my MISTI to stamp the image on a piece of white cardstock cut to 4” x 5 ¼” with the Tsukineko "Spectrum" Kaleidacolor rainbow ink pad.  I cleaned the stamp (without moving in in the MISTI) and then re-inked it with VersaMark ink.  I stamped the image again and then embossed it with Judikins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder.  Since VersaMark is clear, the multi-color from the Kaleidacolor rainbow pad shows through and the embossing powder really makes the sentiment sparkle. 
Next, I lightly flicked gold watercolor paint over the image.

When the paint was dry, I added strips of ¼” double sided tape to the top and bottom of the card panel, leaving the protective paper in place.  Then I added strips of 1/8” double sided tape to the top and bottom of the card panel, also leaving the protective paper in place.

I removed the first protective strip from the tape, placed the panel on a coffee filter and covered the tape with Elizabeth Craft Amethyst Microfine Glitter.  I used a large brush to remove the excess glitter and then burnished it with my finger to make it shine.  I repeated these steps for each strip of tape using green, royal blue and fuchsia glitter.  I chose those colors because they coordinated with the colors of the Spectrum ink pad. 

To finish off the card, I adhered the panel to a 4 ¼” x 5 ½” piece of gold soft finish card stock and then adhered this to the front of an A2 card. 

This was a quick and easy card and I hope you will give it a try.  Magenta also makes an extra large Thank you stamp (07.978.N) that will also work well with this technique as if almost fills the front of an A2 card.  Like the Happy Birthday, the Thank You stamp also features Sally Penley’s beautiful calligraphy.   There are links below to the stamps on Magenta’s web page.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my blog!
Magenta Products Used:
07.999.N Happy Birthday Extra Large
07.978.N Thank you Extra Large

Other Products Used:

Tsukineko Kaleidacolor Ink Pad, (Spectrum)
Elizabeth Craft Microfine glitter (Amethyst, Green, Royal Blue, Fucshia)
Elizabeth Craft Double side tape (1/4", 1/8")
VersaMark
Judikin's Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder
MISTI




Friday, August 24, 2018

Magenta Super Saturday with Pam


Welcome back to Super Saturday!  I hope you will enjoy this fun card.  Even though there are several steps, it comes together very quickly.
For the stenciled layer I used a piece of textured white paper from Paper Accents.  The texture adds a bit more interest to the finished card.  I taped the Magenta Square Lace template (TM255) to the paper then used foam applicators to apply Wilted Violet and Mermaid Lagoon Distress inks over the template.  I overlapped the colors so they would blend.  I removed the stencil, cleaned it and then aligned it over the inked design and taped it down again.  I used a VersaMark ink cube to cover the Distress ink design.  I removed the stencil and then embossed it with Judikins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder. Cut the image to 4 3/8” square.

On a separate piece of white textured paper, I used a MISTI to stamp the Sally Penley calligraphy medium sized Thank you (07.979.G) with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.  Without moving the stamp or the paper I cleaned the stamp and then stamped over the image with VersaMark ink, then embossed with Judikins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder.  Cut this piece to 2 ¼” square.

 For the layer pieces, use a foam applicator to cover one piece of 2 3/8” square white cardstock and another piece of 4 ½” square white cardstock with Mermaid Lagoon Distress ink.  Cover a piece of 4 5/8” square cardstock with Wilted Violet Distress ink.   

Apply the Wilted Violet layer to the front of a 4 ¾” square notecard.  Next add the Mermaid Lagoon layer, followed by the stenciled white layer. 

Adhere the image with the sentiment to the Mermaid Lagoon square then adhere to the center front of the card using foam tape for dimension.

That’s all there is to it – the embossing powder adds lots of sparkle and fun to this quick card.  It would be very easy to make several of these at one time using different colors and sentiments.  

You can also see my card on the Magenta blog here where you will also see many beautiful ideas for Magenta stamps and stencils.

Magenta Products Used:
TM255 - Square Lace



Other Products Used:
Distress Inks (Wilted Violet, Mermaid Lagoon)
Paper Accents white cardstock
Judikins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder
VersaMark ink cube

Friday, August 10, 2018

Magenta Super Saturday with Pam



Hi everyone!  I’m so excited to be joining the “Super Saturday” group on the Magenta Blog.  I love the new Magenta collection that will be coming out very soon.  The card I’m sharing with you today features the “3 Poinsettias – 3 Flowers” (03.218.Q) and the medium “Thank You” (07.979.G) stamp that was designed by calligrapher Sally Penley.  Both of these stamps are from the new collection.  This beautiful poinsettia stamp is so versatile that I’m sure I’ll be using it all year!


I made the background using a variation of a technique that I saw on a Jennifer McGuire video. I used Distress Ink mini pads to cover a large acrylic block with splotches of color.  I sprayed it very liberally with water, then put the block, ink side down on the smooth side of a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor paper.  I pressed the block to move the ink around over the whole piece of paper, then put something heavy on top of the block and let it sit for a few minutes for the colors to sink into the paper.   When I lifted the block off the paper, I used a paper towel to wick up any of the ink drops I didn't want on the finished piece.  This technique is so much fun (and fast!) that I usually make several pieces to have on hand when I need them. 

This example uses Dried Marigold, Carved Pumpkin and Festive Berries Distress Inks.


Finished panel after the ink has dried.


You can vary the color pattern, and intensity of color on the background by the colors you choose, the way you apply the ink (randomly or in a pattern), the amount of water you use and amount of time you leave the block sitting on the paper.  To see more on this technique, check out the video on Jennifer McGuire’s website here.


For today's card I used a piece of background paper from my stash that had been created with Broken China, Tumbled Glass and Wilted Violet Distress Inks on Tim Holtz Watercolor paper.  I used the MISTI stamp positioner to stamp the Poinsettia image with VersaFine Smokey Gray ink.  When the ink was dry I colored in the flowers with Luminance colored pencils (Manganese Violet, Violet, White, Orange, White.)  I put the watercolor panel back in the stamp positioner in the same place.  Then I restamped the poinsettia image plus the “Thank you” sentiment with VersaMark ink, then embossed with Judikins Gold Detail embossing powder.

You can also see my card on the Magenta blog here.  While you are there check out all the amazing art work the Magenta Design Team has created with all the beautiful new stamps from their upcoming collection.

Magenta Products Used:  
02.318.Q 3 Poinsettias - 3 Flowers 

07.979.G Thank you - Medium 
Other Products Used:
Distress Inks (Wilted Violet, Broken China, Tumbled Glass)
Versamark Ink
VersaFine Ink (Smokey Gray)
Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper
Judikins Detail Gold Embossing Powder
Luminance Colored Pencils (Manganese Violet, Violet, White, Orange)

Thanks for visiting my blog today.    I hope you will come back soon.






Monday, July 30, 2018


Hi there!  Welcome back to my blog where I’m sharing my second card as a Magenta Guest Designer which you can also see on their blog here.



For this card I used two Magenta stamps that were released several years ago but they are a couple of my favorite stamps.  The vertical “Happy Birthday” is very useful with many different stamps and the floral tile stamp looks beautiful when colored with watercolors, Copic markers, or colored pencils.

To create this card, I stamped the “Floral Tile” stamp and the “Happy Birthday” stamps on two separate pieces of smooth, black cardstock with VersaMark ink. I also used a VersaMark Pen to add small dots of ink around the “Happy Birthday” image, somewhat like the dots around the flowers on the “Floral Tile” stamp.  Next, I heat embossed the images with detail gold embossing powder.


I used the Finetec Pearlescent Watercolors for the flowers and leaves.  The shimmer of these vivid colors really come to life on dark cardstock.  Since I used cardstock, rather than watercolor paper for this card, I used the water very sparingly. 
After the paint dried, I cut a piece of gold metallic cardstock to 4” x 5 ¼” and adhered it to the front of an A2 card.  I cut the “Happy Birthday” image to 3 ¾” x 1 ½” and the “Floral Tile” image to 3 ¾” x 3 ½” and adhered them to the gold cardstock.   


 Magenta Products Used
R.0427

07.430.I

Other Products Used:
Finetec Pearlescent Watercolors
VersaMark Ink Pad and Pen
Judikins Detail Gold Embossing Powder

Monday, July 16, 2018

Magenta Guest Designer

Welcome back to my blog.  I'm so excited that for my next post I've been asked to be a guest designer on the Magenta blog which you can also see here.

The Floral Burst stamp from Magenta's Spring 2018 release was one of my favorite stamps so I have created two cards using this stamp and the same technique.



To create this card I stamped "Floral Burst" twice using VersaMark ink on black cardstock.  I heat embossed the images with Judikins White Detail embossing powder.  When the embossing powder was cool, I colored over the embossed images with various Copic markers (Amethyst, V17; Fushia, RV09; Cadium Yellow, Y15; Cadium Orange, YR07;  Acid Green, YG07; Lettuce Green, YG09.)

I stamped "Think About You Often" with VersaMark on small piece of black cardstock and embossed with Judikins White Detail embossing powder.  I matted both pieces of black cardstock onto Beauty Pink So Silk Paper and then added a few gem accents.



I used the same technique for this card but stamped "Floral Burst" one time then colored with Copic Markers.  I added "Kindness is a Renewable Resource" in the lower right corner rather than on a separate piece of cardstock.  I love this sentiment for thank you cards.

Magenta products used:

14.664.P

07.939.G

07.954.G
Other Products Used:

  Copic Markers:
Amethyst, V17; Fushia, RV09; Cadium Yellow, Y15; 
Cadium Orange, YR07;  Acid Green, YG07; Lettuce Green, YG09

Judikins White Detail Embossing Powder

Versamark Ink 

Black Cardstock

So Silk Beauty Pink Cardstock

Various gems in colors to match the copic markers

Magenta will have a new release of beautiful stamps and stencils available very soon.  They feature beautiful artwork by Helene, Nathalie and Ellie and amazing calligraphy by Sally Penley.  I love every product in the new release!

Thank you so much for reading my very first blog post for Magenta!  I hope to see you again soon.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Getting started...

Well folks, I finally did it, I've finally started my own blog.  This site will be "under construction" for a while so I hope you will bear with me as I continue to tweak the layout and content.  I'm really looking forward to "sharing art" with you.

Today I'm sharing a card using a beautiful Elizabeth Craft die and Elizabeth Craft Microfine Glitter.  I recently had the opportunity to work in the Elizabeth Craft booth at the Puyallup Stamp and Scrapbook Expo where I got to see their beautiful dies, stamps, and new glitter colors plus lots of amazing sample cards that featured their products.  This particular video from Elizabeth Craft inspired my cards:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzGWhAsed_g




The great thing about this technique is that you end up with two cards.  To get started, I used VersaFine Clair Warm Breeze Ink to stamp a sentiment from the Penny Black Special Thoughts (30-338) stamp set, in the upper right corner of a panel of white cardstock cut to 5 1/4" x 4".  I embossed the sentiment with Judikins Clear Embossing Powder.  (I love the new VersaFine Clair inks!  They colors are amazing and they also work great with embossing powders.  I plan to be doing lots more with these inks.)

Next I applied Distress Oxide inks (Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China and Wilted Violet) to a craft mat and sprayed it lightly with water.  I cut a mask for the sentiment from a sticky note and placed it over the sentiment on the card panel.  I dabbed the panel into the Oxide ink, working around the sentiment, then dried it with a heat gun.  I repeated this process two more times until I got the depth of color I wanted.

I die cut the panel with the Elizabeth Craft Flower Lace 2 die.  I also die cut a second piece from a panel of white cardstock that had been cut to 5 1/4" X 4".  This gives you two die cuts and two open panels.  To the back of the Oxide Ink panel, I applied a piece of Elizabeth Craft double sided adhesive, cut slightly smaller than the panel.  I turned it over, sticky side up and pieced in the white die cut, pressing it into the adhesive firmly.  Then I put the panel on a coffee filter and sprinkled Elizabeth Craft Blue Streak MicroFine glitter over the panel.  Tap off the excess glitter and burnish it with your finger.  The more you burnish the glitter, the more it will shine.  Wipe off the panel with a microfiber cloth.

To finish the card, I adhered the panel to a piece of Glamour Green So Silk cardstock and then adhered it to an A2 size card.  I added a few gems for accents.



For the second card, I followed the steps above and pieced the Oxide ink die cut into the white cardstock panel.  I used Elizabeth Craft Amethyst Microfine glitter and in addition to gems, I also used the swirls from the die cut for additional accents.

Products I used:

Elizabeth Craft Flower Lace 2, #1383
Elizabeth Craft Microfine Glitter (Blue Streak, Amethyst)
Penny Black Special Thoughts, #30-338
Distress Oxide Ink (Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China, Wilted Violet)
VersaFine Clair Ink, (Warm Breeze)
Judikins Clear Embossing Powder
So Silk Cardstock

I really loved how easily these dies cut through the cardstock.  It would be easy to make several of these cards, with or without a sentiment.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog.  I hope you will visit again.