Friday, August 7, 2020

Magenta Super Saturday - Fun with Puzzle Stamps

Welcome back Magenta Super Saturday.  Thanks for visiting my blog.  For today’s card I used a Magenta puzzle stamp set that I’ve had for at least 13 years, and probably longer. 
I love these puzzle sets because you can arrange the stamps in a variety of ways and now that we have stamp positioners, it’s even easier to make beautiful compositions with these stamp sets.  You can see my card on the Magenta blog here.
I began by arranging the stamps in my stamp positioner.  I needed to make some “Thank You” cards so I decided to incorporate a sentiment into the design.  I used the small “Thank You” that Sally Penley designed for Magenta because the size and scale worked perfectly with the other stamps in this set.  I experimented with a few different arrangements and stamped on some scratch paper until I had the arrangement I liked.  I stamped the image on a piece of white cardstock and then colored all the floral images with my Caran D’ache Luminance colored pencils.  
When I was done coloring the flower images, I used a T-ruler and a pencil to draw a rectangle around the thank you greeting, similar to the line that is around the flower puzzle stamps, then colored in the area around the greeting.  I put the image back in the stamp positioner, restamped with VersaMark and embossed with Brutus Monroe Gilded gold embossing powder.   I drew over the pencil line around the greeting with a fine tip glue pen and also added a few dots of glue around the greeting, then covered that with gold embossing powder.  When the glue was dry, I heat set the embossing powder. To finish up, I trimmed down the image then adhered it to a slightly larger piece of gold foil cardstock, then adhered that to the front of an A2 card. 
Just for fun, I’ve added another picture of a card (and I apologize for the photo quality) that I made for my daughter-in-law’s first Mother’s Day thirteen years ago.  I used this same stamp set and added my adorable granddaughter’s picture to the design. 
Magenta has several puzzle stamps and they all begin with the code “CSET”.  You can see more puzzle stamps here.  Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Magenta Products Used:

CSET23 - Spring Passion
07.977.E - Thank you Small
Other Products Used:
Caran D'ache Luminance Colored Pencils
VersaMark Ink
Brutus Monroe Gilded Gold Embossing Powder

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Shaving Cream Background Papers

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  I'm doing a special Wednesday post for Magenta today which you can also see here.

My grandson who will soon be twelve, recently took an on-line video editing class.  We started a YouTube channel called "Lady and the Stamp."  Isn't that a great name for a grandmother who loves to stamp?  We just posted our first video which features Magenta Nuance along with “Happy Birthday” and “Thank You” stamps. I've also seen this technique done with acrylic paints and ink refills, plus I think you could also use food coloring.  Magenta's Nuance colors are so versatile and there is such a wide variety of colors that I thought it would be fun to try it with this technique.  You can see the entire process in the video below.  If the video link doesn't work you can also see it here
You simply spray shaving cream onto a cookie sheet or other flat surface, sprinkle Nuance over the top, spritz with a bit of water and let it sit for a few minutes.  Then you run pieces of cardstock through the color to create a beautiful marbled effect on the paper. 
These papers make great background pieces.  It’s a very fun technique so I hope that you will give it a try and then let us know what you think.

Magenta Products Used: 


Other Products Used
Neenah 110# Solar White Cardstock
Barbasol Shaving Cream
VersaFine Ink - Blue Lagoon
VersaMark Ink
Judikins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder (for the Happy Birthday and small Thank you cards)
Brutus Monroe Gilded Embossing Powder (for the large Thank you Card)

Friday, July 17, 2020

Magenta Super Saturday - Sparkling Flowers

Welcome back Magenta Super Saturday.  I had so much fun with today’s card so I hope you will enjoy it. You can also see my card on the Magenta blog here.
 In addition to using Magenta’s beautiful stencils, I also used a couple of new products – the newest color of Distress Ink called Specked Egg and Stickles Glitter Gel.  I really love the newest color in the Distress ink line.  The Stickles Glitter Gels are filled with glitter and other chunky pieces of metallics that really sparkle. 
I began by cutting a piece of 110# white cardstock to 4 1/8” x 5 ¼” then I used a blending brush to cover the entire piece with Distress Speckled Egg ink.  Next, I applied Distress Broken China around the outer edges, making a border of approximately 1” around the edges.  Finally, I blended Distress Mermaid Lagoon ink along the very outer edges. 

When the cardstock was very dry, I stamped “Happy Birthday” in the center of the card using VersaFine Black Onyx ink, then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I die cut the center of the card using an oval stitched die and set the oval piece aside for later.

I taped the Petal Blossoms stencil to the front of the cardstock and blended Distress Wilted Violet over the top. 

I removed the stencil and wiped the excess ink away, then repositioned the stencil on the cardstock.  Using a palette knife, I applied Stickles Solar Flare Glitter Gel over the top. 

I gently lifted the stencil from the paper and placed it and the knife in some warm, soapy water.  I wiped the gel from the edges of the card and set it aside to dry. 
When the gel was dry, I adhered the cardstock to the front of an A2 card. I adhered the oval sentiment to a piece of fun foam and then positioned it in the cutout area of the card. 

I also created a second card using Distress Oxide inks in the same colors.  For the stenciling I used the leaves template from the Floral Background Trio stencil set and Distress Mowed Lawn Oxide Ink and then applied Stickles Supernova Glitter Gel over the top of the stencil.
Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Magenta Products Used:
TM334 - Petal Blossoms

TM27 - Trio Templates Floral Background
07.975.I - Happy Birthday Large

Other Products Used:

Distress Ink (Speckled Egg, Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China and Wilted Violet)
Distress Oxide Ink (Speckled Egg, Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China and Wilted Violet)
Ranger Stickles Glitter Gel (Solar Flare and Supernova)
VersaFine Black Onyx Ink

Friday, June 19, 2020

Summer is here!

Welcome back to my blog and Magenta Super Saturday.  You can also see my card on the Magenta blog here.

For today’s card I started with a piece of 110# white cardstock cut to 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”.  I couldn’t wait to try the new Distress Ink color, Speckled Egg.  I really love the color and the name describes it perfectly – it’s almost the same color as the eggs one of my daughter-in-law’s chicken lay!   I also really love using blending brushes to apply Distress ink and Distress Oxide inks because you can blend the ink so smoothly.  
First, I used a blending brush to cover the entire surface with Speckled Egg Distress ink.   Next. I applied Broken China Distress ink around all four sides, coming in about ½” from each edge.  Finally, I applied Mermaid Lagoon Distress ink just along the edge of all four sides.  I set it aside to let it dry.
I stamped the Rosa Canina flower on a piece of white cardstock with VersaMark ink and then embossed the image with white embossing powder.  I used I-Crafter i-Brush Ink Blender brushes to apply ink to the image, but you could also use foam finger daubers.  Like the larger blending brushes, the small brushes also allow you to blend the ink very smoothly and with more precision in those small spaces.  I applied Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink to the center, Ripe Persimmon around the middle of the flower and Festive Berries on the outer edges of the flower.  I used a cloth to wipe the ink away from the embossed lines of the flower then cut out the image.  I also used an orange glitter pen to color the stamens of the flower.
I stamped the flower again on a piece of scrap paper, then cut it out, just inside the edges.  I used a little piece of tape to adhere it to the piece of cardstock as a guide for stamping the Swirly Leaves.  I used VersaFine Claire Green Oasis ink and stamped the leaves in opposite corners.  I removed the guide, then embossed the leaves with clear embossing powder.  I adhered the piece to an A2 card, then adhered the flower with foam tape so there was a bit of dimension.  Last, I added a few sequins for a little bit of sparkle.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!  I hope you have a fun (and healthy) summer!

Magenta Products Used:
48.020.M - Rosa Canina

85.020.N - Swirly Leaves
Other Products Used:

Distress Inks (Speckled Egg, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Persimmon, Festive Berries)
VersaFine Clair Ink (Green Oasis)
I-Crafter i-Brush Ink Blending Brushes
Blending Brushes

Friday, May 22, 2020

Sending you Sunshine

 Welcome back to my blog and Magenta Super Saturday.  For today’s card I wanted to create something cheerful with bright colors.
Daisies always seem like such happy flowers to me so I thought the new large Painted Daisy would be perfect for today’s card.  You can also see my card on the Magenta blog here. 
I put the stamp in my stamp positioner and stamped on five different pieces of Bristol 110# white cardstock with VersaFine Smokey Gray Ink.  I painted each flower with Zig Clean Color markers in shades of yellow, pink and orange (all the specific colors are listed below.)  After the ink was thoroughly dry, I returned each image to my stamp positioner, then restamped with VersaMark ink.  I embossed them with Brutus Monroe Gilded embossing powder, then cut out each flower. 
For the card background paper, I applied Broken China, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch Oxide inks to a piece of 4 ¼” x 5 ½” white cardstock and then sprinkled a few water droplets on top and let them dry. I repeated the process on a second piece of cardstock, so I would have a piece for the sentiment.  On the second piece, I also splattered gold paint over the paper because I planned to emboss my sentiment in gold.

I adhered the first piece of background paper to and A2 card then started arranging the flowers on top.  I had originally planned to put all five flowers on the card so the card would be covered with lots of color.  As the card came together, I decided that I liked it with three flowers (and then I used the remaining two flowers on another card.)  I adhered the flowers to the front of the card, then trimmed the edges of the flowers even with the card front.  

Next, I ended up changing the sentiment and instead of stamping it on white like in the picture above, I stamped it on the second piece of blue background paper and embossed it with Brutus Monroe Gilded embossing powder.  I cut a small strip of white cardstock a bit larger than my sentiment strip then decided I wanted it to have the same colors as the flowers.   I scribbled some ink from three Zig markers (Pink, Yellow and Orange) onto my glass mat and spritzed with water.  Then ran the white strip through the ink.  When I had the color the way I wanted it, I set it aside to dry. 
I adhered the sentiment strip with a bit of fun foam behind it to add dimension.  After I assembled the card, I added glossy accents to the center of the flowers and add added a few gemstones for a bit of sparkle.
For the second card, I made another piece of blue cardstock using a piece of white cardstock cut to 4” x 5 ¼”.  I splattered it with water and some gold paint.  I adhered the two flowers on top, then trimmed the petals even with the edges.  I adhered this to an A2 card.  I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock, embossed with gold embossing powder and used die to cut a circle. I scribbled Pink, Orange and Yellow Zig markers on my glass media mat, and with a slightly wet paint brush picked up the ink and sprinkled it onto the sentiment piece.   I used a slightly larger circle die to cut a piece of the blue background paper and adhered the sentiment piece on top.  I added a piece of fun foam to the back for dimension then I added a few gemstones for some sparkle. 
Thanks for visiting my blog today!
Magenta Products Used:
0815.N - Painted Daisy Large 

07.952.F - Sending you Sunshine

07.674.F - Circle of Friends 3

Other Products Used:
Zig Clean Color Brushes (Light Pink, Pink, Dark Pink, Tea Rose, Sugared Almond Pink, Lemon Yellow, Yellow, Bright Yellow, Orange, Scarlet Red, Red, Carmine Red)
Brutus Monroe Gilded Embossing Powder
VersaMark Ink
VersaFine Smokey Gray Ink
Distress Oxide (Broken China, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch)

Friday, May 1, 2020

Magenta Super Saturday - Bluebird of Happiness

Welcome back to Magenta Super Saturday.  I hope you are all healthy and staying safe.   

I love the new “Warbler Spring” stamp from Magenta’s new collection. It just feels so happy and we can all use some happy right now.  You can also see my card on the Magenta blog here.
To create this card, I started by taping two pieces of white, 140# hot press watercolor paper to a board. I applied water to the entire surface with a large brush then added a bit of Viridian and Turquoise Blue watercolor paint from my new Elizabeth Craft watercolor set (I absolutely love these new watercolors!)  I wanted the color to be very subtle, so I moved it around on the paper until I was happy with the intensity.  
On one piece I tried to keep the center lighter since that is where the bird would be stamped.
When the paper was dry, I put the piece with the lighter center in my stamp positioner and stamped the bird image using Hero Arts Soft Granite ink.  I colored the image with colored pencils. The hot press watercolor paper has a very smooth texture, so the coloring was very easy. I used my anti-static powder tool all over the image then returned the piece to my stamp positioner.  I re-stamped with VersaMark ink then embossed with clear embossing powder. I cut out the bird image with the 4 ¼” oval die from the Hero Arts Nested Oval die set then used the 4 3/8” die from the same set to cut a second oval from a piece Glamour Green So Silk cardstock.
I cut the second piece of watercolor paper to 4” x 5 ¼” then used a ruler to determine the center of the card and marked the center with a pencil.  I used the pencil mark as a reference point for the leaf stamp by aligning the stem of the acacia leaf with the pencil mark.  I stamped with VersaMark ink repeatedly around the card.  
After stamping the image a few times, I embossed with Ranger Verdigris embossing powder, then stamped a few more times and embossed again until I worked my way all around the card.  

When I finished the embossing, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to color the leaves but ultimately decided to just lightly color them. 
I adhered the leaf piece to the front of an A2 card. Next, I adhered the two ovals together and before assembling I adhered an oval piece of fun foam to the back for a bit of dimension, then adhered to the top of the leaf piece.  I added a few light-colored sequins to reflect the light.
Thanks for visiting the blog today. Be sure to check out Magenta’s most recent release. You can see all the beautiful new stamps here and all the great stencils and masks here.

Magenta Products Used
40.348.N - Spring Warbler

0818.J - Acacia Branch Small
Other Products Used
Elizabeth Craft Watercolors
Ranger Verdigris Embossing Powder
Judikins Clear Embossing Powder
VersaMark Ink
Hero Arts Soft Granite Dye Ink
Prismacolor Pencils
So Silk Cardstock

Sunday, April 26, 2020


Welcome back to Magenta Super Saturday.  I hope you are all healthy and staying safe.  

In my card today I have used several stamps from Magenta’s newest release.  The sentiment stamp is an older one but I have always loved its message of hope and really think we can all use this message during these uncertain times.  You can also see my card over on the Magenta blog here.

For the card layout I wanted to arrange several images in a grouping, so I began by putting a piece of scrap paper in my stamp positioner.  I arranged the stamps and then stamped on the scrap paper to make sure I liked the arrangement.  Then I rearranged the stamps to cover the rest of the area.  I tried several different arrangements until I was happy with the pattern.  
Next, I put a piece of white cardstock in my stamp positioner and put the final scrap paper version on top.
I arranged the stamps for the first stamping using the scrap paper as a pattern. I removed the scrap paper and stamped a piece of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" cardstock with VersaFine Olympia Green ink.  
I colored the images with Prismacolor pencils then returned the cardstock to my stamp positioner.  I restamped with VersaMark and embossed with clear embossing powder. 
When the embossed image had cooled, I returned it to my stamp positioner, put the scrap paper back on top, then arranged the stamps over the other section.  I followed the same process – ink, color, re-stamp and emboss over the second section. I adhered the panel to the front of an A2 card.
I splattered watercolor paints on another piece of white cardstock and let it dry.  Then I cut two strips - one to 5/8" x 5 1/2" and the other to 1 1/2" x 5 1/2". I stamped the sentiment on the larger piece with VersaFine Black Onyx ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  
Next, I cut two strips of So Silk Beauty Pink cardstock.  One measured 3/4" x 5 1/2" and the second piece measured 1 5/8" x 5 1/2".  I adhered the smaller strip along the top of the card and the wider strip across the bottom of the card.  I adhered the white strips on top of the pink strips so that just the edge of the pink along the stamped images showed.
These stamps are just a few of the beautiful new stamps you can find in Magenta’s newest release.  You can see all the new stamps here and the new stencils and masks here.  Thanks for visiting my blog today. 
Magenta Products Used:
0814.G - Daisy Star Small

0816.G - Daisy Painted Small

0818.J Acacia Branch Small

0821.E - English Garden

07.513.I - Hope

Other Products Used:
VersaFine (Olympia Green, Onyx Black)
Judikins Clear Embossing Powder
Prismacolor Pencils
So Silk Cardstock