Thursday, October 1, 2015

Frightful or Delightful!

As you may know by now, this week's theme for the Stampendous Design Team is "Pumpkin Pie" so we're sharing some of pumpkin designs that were featured in the Stampendous July 2015 catalog.

Yesterday I shared a quick and easy stamped card for Halloween with you. Today I'm featuring a
card that is a little more work, but the WOW factor makes up for that, and it is SO MUCH FUN! I think this was my favorite out of everything I made for the July catalog!

The Dreamweaver Jack O Lanterns and bats stencils make for a spooky Halloween combination on this fun card. A Creative Palette background finishes off the Jack and bats perfectly.

CP811 Creative Palette
FREG025 Frantage Embossing Enamel aged copper
FREG026 Frantage Embossing Enamel aged black
FRG08C Frantage Glass Glitter Bronze
FRM04 Frantage Mica Flakes Tea Stained

DWLL531 Jack O Lanterns Stencil
DWLL525 Bats Stencil
DWDEP Dreamweaver Regular Paste
DWDMBP Dreamweaver Matte Black Embossing Paste
DWDPK Dreamweaver Palette Knife
DWLM2010 Paste Spreader

Neenah Classic Linen Cover Epic Black 80# 08126
Core'dinations Cardstock Burnt Sugar GX-VC570
May Arts Black jute SM08
Chameleons Pens - Y03, OR4, YL2, BR5, OL3
Double-sided tape

Step 1:  Fold a 7" x 10" black card in half to create an A7 card
Step 2:  Wrap 3 pieces of black jute near the left side of a 5" x 7" piece of Burnt Sugar cardstock, taping on the back side, and tape the cardstock to the front of the A7 card
Step 3:  Paste emboss the Jack O Lantern stencil (LL531) with Regular Embossing Paste on black cardstock using a Palette Knife and Paste Spreader, remove and clean the stencil, let paste dry
Step 4:  Use Chameleon pens to color the Jack O Lantern image, cut the image out, leaving a small black edge all the way around the image
Step 5:  Use a Creative Palette, acrylic paints, and a brayer to create a background "sky" on black cardstock, let dry, then trim out a 4 3/8" x 4 3/4" piece of it
Step 6:  Paste emboss the Bats stencil (LL525) in the upper right corner of the sky background using a Palette Knife and Paste Spreader, remove and clean stencil, let the paste dry
Step 7:  Mat the Bats on a small black mat and adhere near the right side of the card front
Step 8:  Adhere the Jack O Lanterns near the bottom left side of the card front
Step 9:  Sprinkle a combination of aged copper and aged black embossing enamels plus some bronze glass glitter, and tea stained mica flakes, along the bottom of the card by the Jack O Lanterns, heat from below to set, add more if desired

So while it takes a little more effort, it is SO worth it!

There's more "pie" for you at these designers today:

Don't forget the Blog Hop featuring Stampendous and Spellbinders starts today! Head over to the Stampendous Blog for all the details!

Happy Creating,

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pumpkin Cat

It's Pumpkin Pie week for the Stampendous Design Team. No, we're not all making Pumpkin Pies, though that sounds like a great idea!  I like to use the recipe on the Libby's Pumpkin can, it turns out perfect every time. What recipe do you use for your Pumpkin Pie? It's one of my favorites. I even found a recipe on Pinterest for a crust-less one. It was good, but what's the point of pie without the crust!'s my creation for you today. This little black cat looks like he's trying to make Pumpkin Pie out of this Jack-o-lantern!

"Hop on Top!"
R232 Pumpkin Cat
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®

Bazzill Basics cardstock Palo Verde
Bazzill Basics cardstock Yellow
Neenah Papers Classic Linen Cover Epic Black 80# 08126
Chameleon Color Tones - YL2, YO3, OR4, BR5, GR3, CG8, CB
May Arts Ribbon Black Jute
Double-sided tape


Step 1:  Fold a 7" x 10" piece of green cardstock in half to form an A7 card

Step 2:  Stamp the Pumpkin Cat image on Mixed Media White Paper and color with Chameleon pens, trim right next to the design background

Step 3:  Tape the yellow paper to a black mat, the colored image to a black mat, then tape the image to the yellow layer

Step 4:  Wrap a piece of black jute around the image 3 times and tie a bow

Step 5:  Tape the image to the card front

This cute stamp makes for a very quick and easy Halloween card.

For more "Pumpkin Pie" inspiration, stop over at these designer's blogs:

Some of our team members will be participating in a Blog Hop with Spellbinders starting tomorrow, you should check it out over at the Stampendous blog tomorrow, there will be prizes!

Happy Creating,

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Distress Dreamweaver Style!

It's Dreamweaver Thursday for the Stampendous Design Team, and we're excited to share some of our ideas for using stencils with all the other wonderful products Stampendous offers to create great distress style projects. DecoArt also generously provided the designers with product to recreate Andy Skinner's wonderful rust technique. See the Stampendous blog from Monday for a great video of Andy's rust technique.

Here's my distress project for today:

Here are some of the supplies I used. 

  • Fold a 6" x 9 1/4" piece of Core'dinations Tea Dye cardstock in half to form an A6 card
  • Brush Quinacridone Gold from DecoArt around the edges of the front of the card, let dry
  • Stamp the scratch pattern from the Andy Skinner Industrial set (ASCRS03) with Titan Buff from DecoArt, let dry
  • Brush a combination of Quinacridone Gold, Paynes Grey, and Dura Clear Ultra Matte Varnish around the card edge, let dry
  • Stamp the rust pattern from the Industrial set with Memento Tuxedo Black on cream cardstock until the piece is mostly covered in the rust pattern
  • Brush a coat of Quinacridone Gold over the stamped rust pattern, let dry
  • Paste the Pumpkin stencil, LL515, on cream cardstock with Regular Embossing Paste, remove stencil and sprinkle the wet paste with aged ochre emobssing enamel, tap off extra and heat set
  • Brush a coat of Quinacridone Gold around the edges of the pumpkins, let dry
  • Brush a combination of Quinacridone Gold, Paynes Grey, and Dura Clear Ultra Matte Varnish around the card edge, let dry
  • Brush a large button with the same combination, sprinkle with some crushed Fran-tage fragments, pat into the varnish, let dry, then brush another coat over the fragments
  • Layer everything together, use a Craft Glue Dot to add the button

Here's the list of today's "distressed" designers:

Happy Creating,

Monday, September 21, 2015

De-stressing with Distress Art!

Welcome to the Stampendous Design Team's Week of Distress!  No, not the bad kind of distress, we're playing with products from Stampendous and Andy Skinner to create some fun Distress Art. There's nothing like playing with art supplies to help me relax. I just love the distressed look on projects, and I love that there are no mistakes in distress projects, you just make it work by adding more layers!  If you really need precision in your creations, this style may not be for you, but you should try it just for the fun of it, you may be pleasantly surprised!

Here my "de-stressing" project for today:

The Stampendous Creative Palette is the perfect way to start a distress project. I used acrylic paints to create various fall backgrounds. I keep a stash of these for when needed, so today I went to my stash and found a piece I could use to stamp and die cut my three oak leaves, CRS5052 Jumbo Leaves and DCS5068 Leaf Die Cut Set.

The background is a piece of green mat board left over from a framing project, distressed with a little red and brown inks, and stamped multiple times with the peeled paint background stamp from Andy Skinner's Industrial set, ASCRS03 in Memento Tuxedo Black.  The final touch was some Spoonful of Rust from Stampendous sprinkled in two corners and heated from below. This takes a little more time because you are heating through mat board.

The middle layer is a piece of Mixed Media White Paper from Stampendous, rouged with various colors of Brilliance and Memento inks (Rust, Rocket Red, Sunflower Yellow, Olive, Ivy, Rich Cocoa and Tuxedo Black). Heat set the inks and sprinkle with the Spoonful of Rust and heat set from below.

The molten looking element under the Autumn layer is from a "mistake" I made when pasting the word Autumn the first time, sprinkling it with aged wine embossing enamel and heating it. The paste had bled under the stencil a little (ok, a lot), but I thought the powder would hide it, it didn't so I scraped it off, but I loved how it looked, so it became an embellishment! Here's a close up:

Paste emboss the Dreamweaver Autumn stencil with Matte Black Embossing Paste on a scrap piece of left over paper from the leaves, let dry or use a heat tool, but be careful or it will bubble.

Layer it all up using glue to hold everything in place, and put it in a pretty frame. I had a lot of fun making this piece, and love that everything can be fixed when you're distressing it anyway!

Today's "distressed" designers are:

Louise Healy

Happy Creating,

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Stampendous and Tombow Hop!

The final day of the Stampendous and Tombow Blog Hop is here. It's been a fun-filled hop full of great ideas with products from two great companies! We hope you've had as much fun as we have. Prizes
There will be 2 prize packages that include:
To win:
  • Have a US Mailing Address
  • “Like” TombowUSA on Facebook and Stampendous on Facebook
  • Follow @tombowusa and @stampendous on Instagram
  • Follow @tombowusa and @Stampendous
  • Follow Tombow USA and Stampendous on Pinterest
  • And comment on all the blog posts from both teams all week. Including our pre-game posts Mon-Thurs and our Weekend hop Fri-Sun.
  • We’ll give you until Tuesday, September 22 to get all those great comments in, then we’ll choose 2 winners on Sept 23rd.
Be sure to comment and tell us where you’re from, because our Australian Distributor The Stencil Specialists are sponsoring a prize for one friend “down under” to win a Stampendous Stamp, a Dreamweaver Stencil and a surprise goodie from their terrific stock of Stampendous merchandise

For today I've been working with the FABULOUS Tombow Recycled color pencils set that Tombow so generously provided for each designer! The colors are wonderful, and they are easy to work with too!

This beautiful stamp is CRR236, Cling Crystal Angel, from Stampendous. Isn't she lovely!

  • Stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Add some color along the edges of the image and in the corners of the background with the Recycled colored pencils from Tombow USA
  • Use Odorless Mineral Spirits and a blending stump to blend the colors
  • Use a dries clear liquid glue to add some Ultrafine Crystal Glitter to the snowflake and corners
  • Stamp the saying from SSC1231, Holiday Expressions and add color to the edges
  • Mount into a beautiful card
It's as simple as that! Here are the colors of pencils I used: 13 Light Blue, 16 Ultramarine, 05 Yellow Ochre, 31 Brown, 29 Light Orange, 22 Pink, 35 Silver, 34 Gray. For a little more detail, here's a close up:

Check out these other designers final blogs:
Louise Healy

Happy Creating,

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Dreamweaver Angel

I'm breaking away from the weekly theme today for Dreamweaver Thursday. This easy and quick card is perfect for the holidays when you need to keep things simple.  The color is very non-traditional, but I love how she sparkles!

GX220U Ultrafine Crystal Glitter

DWLL578 Standing Angel
DWDSP Silver Embossing Paste
DWDPK Dreamweaver Palette Knife
DWLM2010 Paste Spreader

May Arts Ribbon
Bazzill Basics cardstock Mauve
Neenah Papers Classic Crest Cover Solar White 80#
Double-sided tape


Step 1:  Fold a 4 1/4" x 11" Mauve cardstock in half to form an A2 top-fold card

Step 2:  Tape a 2 7/8" x 3 7/8" piece of Solar White cardstock to the front of the card

Step 3:  Paste emboss the Angel stencil on Mauve cardstock with Silver Embossing Paste using a Palette Knife and Paste Spreader, remove stencil and place in water for cleaning

Step 4:  Sprinkle the wet paste with Ultrafine Crystal Glitter, tap off extra, let paste dry

Step 5:  Tape the Glittered Angel layer to the white mat on the front of the card

Step 6:  Tie a piece of grey and white ribbon around the front of the card and tie in a bow

Here are the team members sharing today:
Louise Healy

Happy Creating,

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Get Ready to Hop!

The Stampendous Design Team is excited to announce that we will be hopping with the team from Tombow USA in a Blog Hop this weekend! You won't want to miss a day of it!

To kick things off, the Stampendous Design Team is sharing some creations made with the wonderful products Tombow so generously shared with us.

Today I'm showing you a quick and easy technique, perfect for Halloween.

This technique is sometimes called the Subtractive Eraser Technique, and sometimes you'll see it referred to as Pencil Magic. It only requires these simple tools:

  • Simply rub the Tombow Homo-Graph 2B pencil on sand paper (or an emory board) and collect the "dust" on a small piece of wax paper
  • Pick up the shavings with a foam applicator and rub it over white cardstock,  shave more as you need it to fill the cardstock
  • Place your stencil where you want it, hold it in place or use a little removable tape to keep it in place, and use the MONO NP Eraser to rub away the pencil from the stencil openings.  This eraser works perfectly, plus they have a tiny eraser, the MONO zero, that is AWESOME!
see how much detail you can get!
  • I did a second stencil too

That's it! Mount it onto a great card and you're finished. Here's a close up:

Stampendous has a great video on this technique, here's the link for the Pencil Magic video.

So check out some other Pre-hop ideas with these designers today!

Happy Creating,