Friday, September 3, 2021

Magenta Super Saturday - New Stamps!

Welcome back to Super Saturday.  Today I am using the beautiful bird stamp from Magenta’s most recent release of new stamps. You can also see my card on the Magenta blog here.

I used water-based TomBow markers to color the image on the back of vellum – I just love this technique. You can also used alcohol based markers (Copic) or colored pencils - each medium provides a beautiful result.  I cut a piece of 29# vellum to 4 ¼” x 5 ½”.  I used my powder tool very liberally over the surface, stamped the bird image using VersaMark, then sprinkled Brutus Monroe Gilded Gold embossing powder over the top.  To heat emboss the image I warmed up my heat gun for about 30 seconds then kept it moving over the entire surface of the paper to slowly melt the embossing powder without warping the vellum. 

I selected several green markers and began coloring the leaves on the back side of the stamped image.  It takes a bit longer for the ink to dry on the vellum which provides more time for blending the colors.  I've listed all the colors I used below.

Once I completed the leaves I moved on to the bird, berries, and the fence posts. 
I wanted a colored background for the bird and at first I thought about coloring in that area on the vellum.  Instead, I blended Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide inks onto a piece of white cardstock, putting the lighter color in the center, and the darker color around the outer edges.  This will go under the vellum layer to create blue shading.  
I used 4 3/8” and 4 5/8” oval dies from the Hero Arts Infinity Dies to create a frame for the bird.  To create this look, I cut a piece of white cardstock and green cardstock to 4 ¼” x 5 ½”.  I used the 4 5/8” oval die to cut the opening in the white cardstock, then adhered this to the green cardstock.  I centered the smaller oval die in the opening, taped it down and ran it through my die cut machine. 
Next, I adhered the bird, embossed side up, to the back of the frame, adhered this to the inked blue background and finally adhered them to the front of an A2 card. 

Magenta Products Used:
The new stamps aren't available in the store yet so to order them, please e-mail Magenta and provide the stamp number.

Other Products Used:
Brutus Monroe Gilded Gold embossing powder
TomBow Markers ((Leaves: 245, 346, 195); (Bird: 25, 885, 905, 847): (Berries: 847, 565); (Fence 899, 977))
Distress Oxide Ink (Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon)
Hero Arts Infinity Dies - Nested Oval 

Friday, August 6, 2021

Magenta Super Saturday - Rainbow Greetings


Welcome back to my blog and Magenta Super Saturday.  Today I have a card that can be made very quickly.  It was inspired by a Kristina Werner video which you can see here.  I used Karin Watercolor markers, but I also think other water-based markers like Tombow or Zig would work well. You can also see my card on the Magenta blog here.  

To begin, I used VersaMark ink to stamp the greeting on a panel of watercolor paper that measured 5 ½” x 4 ¼”.  I embossed the stamped image with Brutus Monroe Gilded gold embossing powder, then taped the panel to my glass mat to prevent it from curling. 
I selected several markers in bright colors.  The colors I used are listed below. 
I colored diagonal stripes in rainbow order across the watercolor panel, leaving a small open space between each color to allow for blending.  To blend the colors, I dipped a 1/2” brush in water, then blotted it off on a towel. 
I started in the upper left corner and brushed over the green and blended it into the yellow.  I rinsed my brush, blotted off the excess water, then painted over the yellow and blended it into the orange. You can always pick up a tiny bit more water on your brush to help the blending process.  If you get too much water on your panel you can always dab it off with a paper towel.  I followed this process with each color, then let the panel dry.  You can also use a heat gun to try the panel if you prefer.
I decided I wanted to make the colors a bit more vibrant, so I added a second layer of color using the same process as above.  You don’t need very much water for the colors to blend.
When the panel was dry, I removed the tape, then used a die to cut the panel to 3 ¾” x 5”.  I also used the same die to cut two pieces of 65# white cardstock to the same size.  I adhered all the pieces together, then adhered them to the front of a white A2 card.  The extra white panels raise the painted image off the card and create a bit of dimension.  I added a few sparkly gems, and the card was complete.
I decided to make some thank you cards and followed the same process except I embossed with Brutus Monroe Alabaster white embossing powder.  The finished card is an A1 or announcement size card – the folded size is 3 ½” x 5”.  It would be easy to make several of these cards at once to have on hand or to make a set of cards to give as a gift. Thanks for visiting my blog today. 

Magenta Items used:

07.999.N - Happy Birthday

07.979.G - Thank You

Other Items Used:

Karin Brushmarker Pro (Grass, Canary, Amber, Magenta Red, Violet Blue, Royal Blue)

VersaMark Ink

Brutus Monroe Gilded Gold Embossing Powder

Brutus Monroe Alabaster Embossing Powder

Friday, July 9, 2021


Welcome back to my blog and Magenta Super Saturday.  Today I have a card that is very quick and easy which you can also see on the Magenta blog here. 

I pulled a piece of background paper from my stash.  This particular piece was made using shaving cream and Nuance.  You can see my post on how to make the paper here. 

I selected this piece because I liked the swirl design and I thought it would work well with the Dandelion Trio stamp.  I cut the background paper to 4 ¼” x 5 ½” and adhered it to the front of an A2 card.  You can certainly use any paper, or scrapbook paper; just experiment by holding your vellum over the background paper to see which one you like the best. 
I cut a piece of medium weight vellum to 4 ¼” x 5 ½” and liberally used my powder tool over the entire surface then placed it in my stamp positioner.  The Dandelion Trio stamp is a two-piece set and I positioned the piece with two dandelions on the left side of the vellum.  I positioned the sentiment on the right side of the vellum and stamped both images at the same time with VersaMark ink.  I embossed with Brutus Monroe Gilded Gold embossing powder.  When embossing on vellum it is important to pre-heat your embossing tool and to keep it moving over the surface of the paper to keep the paper from warping or melting while the embossing powder melts.
I applied VersaMark ink around all four sides of the stamped image and then embossed with more gold embossing powder.  You can do this step multiple times until you have the amount of gold around the edges that you like.

On the back of the vellum, I applied small drops of glue under the gold and under parts of the stamped image.  By putting the glue under the gold embossing powder, it won’t show through to the front of the vellum.  I adhered the vellum to the front of the card and then put a book on top of the card to weigh down the vellum until the glue dried.  For the final step I added a few gold gems. 

Thanks for visiting my blog today. 

Magenta Products Used:

07.817.H - May the Love

0762.P - Dandelion Trio
MNUC - Nuance
Other Products Used:
Brutus Monroe Gilded Gold Embossing Powder
VersaMark Ink

Friday, June 18, 2021

Christmas in June

Welcome back to my blog and Magenta Super Saturday.  I’m trying to get a head start on my Christmas cards.  Today I’m using a panel that I created in a previous blog post.  You can also see my card on the Magenta Blog here

In my previous post, which you can see here, I created a card using alcohol inks and alcohol lift ink. 
I covered a piece of Dura-Lar acetate with alcohol inks, then used alcohol lift ink to stamp and lift the ink from the acetate panel. 
I then stamped the image onto a piece of white cardstock.  That’s the piece I’m working with today. 
The rest of this card came together very quickly.  I trimmed the stamped image to 4” x 5 ¼”, then placed it in my stamp positioner to stamp the image with VersaFine Blue Lagoon ink. 
I used a blending brush to apply Mermaid Lagoon Distress ink around the outer edges.  To add a bit more interest, I splattered some Iuile Silver watercolor paint over the image.  I love the Iuile watercolors, and the silver paint really sparkles. I mounted the panel on a piece of dark blue cardstock and then mounted them onto an A2 card.  To finish I added clear rhinestones to the center of each “ornament”.  

This card was super simple, and very quick to make.  I wish you could see it in person because the silver paint and the rhinestones really make it sparkle.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Magenta Items Used:  

0768.P Mandala Ornaments

07.1024.H Wishing You a Merry Christmas

Other Items Used:

VersaFine Ink Blue Lagoon

Iuile Watercolors (Available on Etsy)

Friday, May 21, 2021

Magenta Super Saturday - Fun with Alcohol Ink

Welcome back to my blog and Magenta Super Saturday.   Today I’m playing with alcohol ink and Alcohol Lift Ink.  You can also see my card on the Magenta Blog here.

I started by covering a piece of Dura-lar clear acetate with Laguna, Glacier, Mojito and Amethyst colors of alcohol ink.  I only used a couple of drops of blending solution to help move the inks around. 

I was going for the tiny dots of color so there would be a lot of texture in the finished piece. 

After I covered the entire piece and the ink was dry, I placed it in my stamp positioner.  I inked up the Mandala Ornaments stamp with Alcohol Lift ink and then stamped the acetate.  If you haven’t used Alcohol Lift ink, this product “lifts” the alcohol ink from a smooth, plastic surface like Yupo, vellum or acetate.  The ink remains on the stamp and you can then stamp on cardstock.

I removed the acetate piece from the stamp positioner, inserted a piece of white cardstock, then stamped the image.  The stamping picks up all the color variations of the alcohol ink which I love. 
Next, I used a paper towel to “lift” the stamped image on the acetate.  I very lightly blotted the alcohol ink with a wadded up paper towel, rotating the paper towel before moving to the next section.  The stamped image will begin to emerge and since I stamped on clear acetate, I’ll be able to place the final image over another piece of cardstock to enhance the stamped image.  When the ink is still wet you want to be careful not to rub the image because that will smear the ink and you will lose the crispness of the image.  You can also return the acetate to the stamp positioner and stamp again with the Alcohol Lift ink to remove more of the alcohol ink (and you can also stamp again over the previous cardstock stamping.)
When complete, I trimmed the acetate image to 3 ¾” x 5” and also trimmed a piece of white glitter paper to the same size.  In real life, the glitter paper under the acetate really sparkles.  Unfortunately, it was very hard to photograph.  I put tiny drops of glue in each corner of the glitter paper and placed the acetate on top, then set it aside to dry.  I adhered this to a piece of dark purple cardstock, then adhered it to the front of an A2 card.  

In my next post I'll show you how I finished the image I stamped on cardstock. 

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  

Magenta Products Used: 

0768.P - Mandala Ornaments

Other Products Used:

Dura-Lar Accetate
Alcohol Lift Ink
Ranger Alcohol Ink (Laguna, Glacier, Mojito, Amethyst)
Ranger Blending solution

Friday, April 30, 2021

April Showers Bring May Flowers


Welcome back to my blog and Magenta Super Saturday. There’s an old saying that “April showers bring May flowers.” The inspiration for this card comes from a card Kristina Werner posted on her blog which you can see here.

You can also see my card on the Magenta Blog here. I started my version of the card by taping a piece of watercolor paper to a solid surface (in my case it’s an old cutting board) to prevent the paper from curling.  I used my Elizabeth Craft watercolor paints and applied them in a rainbow order. 
I started with Sap Green, moved to Deep Green, Viridian, Turquoise Blue, Prussian Blue and finished with Mauve.  I set it aside to dry thoroughly before adding a second layer of paint.  You can also dry the paper with a heat tool.  For the second layer I used my Iuile watercolors which are available on Etsy.  There are multiple sizes of watercolors available but the dot cards have a lot of paint on them! They are so sparkly but they look their best on dark cardstock.  However, applying the colors over a base color created a soft, shimmery background. 
I chose colors from the Rainbow Dot Card and the Christmas Series Dot card that were similar to the colors I used in the first layer.  Also, it’s important to use a very small amount of water so the base color isn’t reactivated. 
It’s hard to capture the shimmer effect but in real life there’s a beautiful glow on the cardstock.  After the second layer of color was dry, I removed the tape and cut the piece to 4” x 5 ¼”. 
I placed it in my stamp positioner and stamped the large floral image from the “English Garden” stamp set using light green ink.  I colored the image with colored pencils then returned the piece to my stamp positioner.  I stamped the image again using VersaMark and then embossed with white embossing powder.  I repositioned the stamp, stamped again with green ink, then colored and embossed.  I stamped and embossed the “Happy Birthday sentiment then stamped, colored and embossed the floral image one more time.  
I also stamped the small leaf the comes with the “English Garden” stamp set in the lower right corner.  The last step was to adhere the image to an A2 card made from Kraft cardstock. 
One last tip, when I’m planning to stamp an image multiple times, I make a sample.  I cut a piece of scrap paper the same size as my cardstock and then use it to test my layout or in the case of this card, repositioning the stamp several times to determine the best layout. 

Thanks for visiting my blog today. 

Magenta Products Used:

07.975.I - Happy Birthday - Large

CSET47 - English Garden

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Watercolors

Iuile Watercolors (Available on Etsy) Rainbow Dot, Christmas Series Dot