Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tag you're it!

Hello Again Everyone!

Today I want to share a tag that I created for the
Stampotique Originals Designers Challenge "Tag it"

Stamps Used:

To create this tag, I started by stamping Daniel's heart background with clear embossing ink. I used White embossing powder and heat set it.  I inked over the entire tag and hearts with various blue distress inks.  (I believe Salty ocean and mermaid lagoon)

To add a little extra depth, I added a few flicks of water and allowed to dry. On a separate piece of card stock, I stamped the "brolly" with black Momento ink and colored it with a variety of alcohol markers in red and grey, then glued it on the card. 

To finish everything off, I used a black distress crayon around the edges then blended it in well.  The quote was hand written by me with a black micron marker, then highlighted with a white gel pen. 

(the ribbon was "stained" using Tim Holtz distress stains in brick red)

I hope you all enjoy this tag as much as I enjoyed making it, and I look forward to seeing your challenge inspiration.  

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hop on in for Mail Art Monday...


Welcome Back for another Mail Art Monday!

Stamps Used:
Creepy Rabbit by Tera Callihan
Hippitty Hoppitty

Today is an EXTRA fun piece for me because both of the stamps used on this piece are actually created by me!
(I hope you like them!)

To start, I used a piece of paper cut to 8.5in x 8.5 in
 (which makes and A2 envelope when used with my envelope punch board)
 I layered some Dylusions paints, Tim Holtz distress paint and Tim Holtz layering stencils to create my background.
(the colors I used were squeezed orange, pure sunshine, bubble gum pink, and white linen. I also used the Tim Holtz sponge dauber in picked raspberry and wild honey)

Next I added a few scraps of Tim Holtz tissue paper to add some visual interest.
After I got all of the background layers just right I stamped my bunny on the envelope and again on a separate piece of paper. I used a variety of markers to color him.

 To glue him to the envelope I used Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium, which really made the colors even more intense!
(yes I used this on the bottom and top of the bunny so he would be safe going through the post)

Lastly,  to finish everything off I stamped "Hippitty Hoppitty" by my little bunny!
Sorry I forgot to take progress photos, but you know how it is when you really get into a project! you have too much fun!

I can't wait to get this little guy paired up with the perfect stamp and mailed out to his new home!
Happy crafting!

Monday, March 6, 2017

At home on Mail art Monday

Hello Again! 

Today I am here to share some more fun and easy
Mail art Monday inspiration. 

This piece is actually a special one for me, because I was challenged by a friend (freezeframe03) to use my large chevron stamp on an envelope in a new way... 
So, I chose to go a sort of cart Journal-ish route... 

Stamps used:

To start I stamped my writing chevron on a pre-painted piece of paper I had laying on my desk. I created a mask to mask of the chevron then stamped the numbers to create a sort of house like shape. To finish off the "house" shape, I stamped the equal sign as a door then used a pen to draw some scribble outlines. (Then I cut it out)

To create the Envelope base I began with a plain white A2 envelope. I stamped my doodle frame on the bottom to look like bushes. I used a scrap of cardstock to create a address block, then stamped the various staples.  I masked off my address block and doodle frames then used Tim Holtz Distress ink in salty ocean to add my base layer of color for the envelope. 

(I did not glue the house down until the end)

I used various green markers to color in the "bushes", then re-masked everything off. I used more of the salty ocean ink to stamp the numbers in the background as well as a touch of cracked pistachio. 
I also used punchinella waste as a stencil to ink layered dots to add extra depth to the background (using the same 2 colors as for the numbers). 

So, there you have it... 
Nice and Easy! 

If you have a bigger envelope this would be great to add a few Alice in wonderland characters...
(Or anything really, the sky is the limit!)

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Stampotique New Release Stamps and Challenge Inspiration

Hello Again Everyone!

Today I want to share a card that I created for the Stampotique Originals Designers Challenge, as well as a few samples for the New release stamps for March!!!

For this weeks ribbon and lace challenge I used "Elaina" she is
one of the new stamp releases for this month, along with the Fragile stamp from the Barcode stamp
I am loving this new stamp! She is so fun and sassy!

Art Journal Page
(Why not one More with Elaina
She's so fun, and you know I love that "brolly" from last months release! )
(one more so you can see the shimmer from the wink of stella)

Just a fun head in the clouds greating card...
(How cute is this plane?!?)

(My 1st ever shaker card!)

ATC that I turned into a mini card to mail an ATC in :D 
Stamps: Cranium (by Daniel), Bla Bla Bla

Thank you for stopping by today.
I Hope you are inspired and you love all of these new stamps as much as I do!!! 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Celebrate Mail Art Monday

Welcome Back for another Mail Art Monday!

Today I wanted to share a birthday themed Postcard that I made for a friend.

Stamps Used:

To start, I used a piece of paper that I had already painted with some Dylusions paints, and a stencil.

Next, I stamped the set of birthday kids, and colored them with a variety of zig clean color markers.

After these were colored, I decided to add some more texture to the background with white Dylusions paints and a homemade stencil (I used a die cut to make it). 

On a separate piece of paper I stamped my sentiment. I also decided the background needed just a touch more stamping...  

Once I felt everything looked just like I had hoped I glued my sentiment on and glued my postcard to a sturdy piece of black card stock. I also hand drew some stitching around the edges. 

Thank you for visiting, I hope you enjoy this Mail Art Monday inspiration. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Banksy Takes over the post Again!

Hello Again!
Welcome back to another Mail Art Monday!

Today I want to share the Envelopes I made for the VLVS Banksy Mail Art swap on the
(I hope some of you joined in!)

To start I created a pair of A2 sized envelopes using my Envelope punch board and some blue watercolor looking scrapbook paper.  

Next I stamped all 3 of my Banksy stamps in black Stazon ink. (stamps listed below)

I masked off my address block, with an business card that I often use as a mask. 
(Hence the ink all already all over
I traced around this with a black Micron pen.

Now to enhance the blue color, I used Distress inks in salty ocean and tumbled glass. 
The stencil I used was by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous (THMS055)

Next, I added a few flicks of picket fence and black soot distress stains. 
After I removed the mask I added a few doodles around the inside of the address lock with my white gel pen and a black Micron. 

I hope you all enjoy these fun envelopes, and I hope you feel inspired to get inky!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Love Bugs

Hello Again Everyone!

Today I want to share a card that I created for the Stampotique Originals Designers Challenge
 "Love Bugs"

Ok, so this theme started off as a bit of a challenge for me, but I "love" how it came together...

Anyhow, for this piece I began by stamping Daniel's hearts in black ink, then used red ink to cover the card base... 
(yes my fingers were red after this step so, be careful coloring your character... lol.  I used a baby wipe before moving on.)

Next, on a separate piece of card stock I stamped Newton and Mervyn.  I stamped mine in archival black because I knew I wanted to use alcohol based markers to color them.  I would recommend coloring them before cutting them out, as I also did this backwards, but then you have more to hold onto while coloring.

 I then added Mervyn's head to Newton's body. On a scrap piece of cardstock I drew a heart for my little guy to hold and stamped out the barcode text so that I could add "handle with care" to my little heart. I used glossy accents to glue it all together and that was it. Nice and simple!

For the finishing touch I drew my little bee and colored him with gel pens.
 (i wish I had the Stampotique Bee that Jo has drawn, but it's still in my wish list...)

I hope you all enjoy this little card and feel inspired to play along! 
Hope you had a Happy Valentines Day! 
(I hope you also got to enjoy some candy!)

Monday, February 6, 2017

Stampotique New Release samples

Hello Everyone! 

As you may already know, Stampotique Originals has 6 new release stamps this month!!! 

(And even better yet, they are going to change their releases from 2 large ones a year, to 1 small release each month!!!!!!)

(Artist trading card)

You can find all 6 of the new images HERE

(You may notice I only have 5 projects...Yes I know Epic fail on my part.. but rest assured I have some awesome pieces with the dream catcher, but you will have to wait! lol )

(The 4 piece's below are all A2 sized cards)
A friend has me on a bit of a card kick! 

This one is so fun to color!

So some of you may or may not know, but I LOVE rain themed items...
This "Brolly" umbrella was instant love!!!! 
Not only is it awesome on its own, but it fits a ton of my people/animal stamps!
(I already have 3 other pieces made with it!!!!!)

(I LOVE this new swing by Arwen!!!!!! Of course Buru was my first thought to go with it! This is an instant favorite It fits so many of my characters!!! More will be shared soon hopefully)

(Just in time for spring/Easter)

Thank you for visiting!
 I hope you've enjoyed all these pieces, as much as I enjoyed making them!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Mail Art Monday with a grungy twist

Hello Again Everyone! 

It's me Tera, here again with another fun
 Mail Art Monday tutorial

For this piece I was inspired by this months inspiration board.
I just love the vintage, grungy feel of everything.  I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I do!

(and be shocked I actually remembered to take a picture at each step!!)

Other Supplies: 
Black ink (Versafine Onyx Black)
Distress inks- Ground espresso, weathered wood, Iced Spruce, hickory smoke, pumice stone
distress ink blending tools
water (for droplet effect)
Distress Spray stain -Black Soot , white (picket fence)

Begin by masking off where you want your address to be (I traced around this with my black micron).  Next I stamped my focal image to build around in black ink. 

 To start my layers for the background, and give this piece depth, I stamped the next two images in "Hickory Smoke" distress ink.  

Next, I wanted to add some more foreground/mid-ground layers so I went back to black and used some of my smaller stamps to partial stamp some of the spaces.

I liked how this step looked so I used distress inks to ink the background with my ink blending tools.  This pulls the piece together, but I wanted a little more grungy feel, so I added some water droplets, as well as drops and splatters from the 2 distress stains. 

(this is the 1st layer of ink)

I let everything dry then removed my mask to reveal the final piece. 

(Now to find the perfect postage stamp to go with it!) 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Favorite Stamp Challenge

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed your Holidays and got to spend some time with family! 
I had a wonderful time, but I'm glad for the holiday hustle and bustle to be over! 

Today over at the the Stampotique Originals Designers Challenge we are having a new challenge.  The theme is "favorite stamp", for those of you whom know me this is a difficult challenge... I have so many favorite stamps!!! So for this I decide to use this I decided to use my newest stamp I'm in love with!!!! (Penelope)... which was hard to choose between her and my other love Buru, but she may be edging past him slightly... 

After all, Who doesn't love a lady with scissors?! 

For the card base I used the ink blob method, which is basically pressing my ink pad upside down on my craft mat, then spritzing it with water to make the colors run like water color.  I also added a few flicks of my perfect pearls spray ink for shimmer. 

After that dried, I stamped Penelope directly on the card (yes some colors show through but I'm ok with that). I chose to color her with a variety of markers in coordinating colors to the card background. 

On a separate piece of paper I stamped her head and hand with the scissors since I couldn't get my markers to cover the color as well as I'd hoped. Then I just cut out these 2 small parts and glued over the original, which was way easier than fussy cutting a whole character!

To finish of the card I stamped the "approach with caution" on a separate piece of paper then glued it on.  This is a great any occasion card!  Especially if you have a friend who's having a bad day that may get a kick out of a fun lady with scissors!!