Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Backgrounds Stampfest

Yesterday Lynette and I spent the day stamping.
We found several ideas online and made several cards.
These wood grain background cards were inspired by  Karen Dunbrook's Snippets blog.
You can always click on images to see a larger version.
We inked the top (logo side) of the wood design embossing folders with antique linen distress ink.
Spritzed it with a fine mist of water, then placed paper on top, pressing it down by hand
smoothing the entire surface with our fingers.
 To stamp the floral images, we misted the stamps with water first.
Then colored directly onto the stamps with a brown Staedtler watercolor crayon.
 Some images were stamped 2 or 3 times without reapplying color for lighter imprints.
The sentiments were stamped with distress walnut stain
using Hero Arts Real Dill and Stampin' Up!'s Golden Silhouettes.
Stamps: Stampin' Up!, Hero Arts Real Dill, Stampendous, Verses
Embossing folders:  Sizzix Woodgrain and Wood Planks

we used a combo of  mowed lawn and peacock feathers distress ink for this background.
Applied the ink directly to an acrylic block, spirtzed with water
then pressed onto 4 x 5.25 inch piece of cardstock. 
I found that I could "stamp" multiple times to add more and more color to the paper.
Above is Lynette's sympathy card.
 
Here's a different Embossing Folder Stamping technique we learned from Sandra's blog
Inked Stampin' Up!'s French script stamp with peacock feathers distress ink, 
stamped directly on the top/logo side of the embossing folder, 
added the paper and ran it through the Cuttlebug.
Distress inks work well with this because they stay wet a fairly long time.
Lynette and I made these Easel cards inspired by Hetty Sanders' Z-fold design.
Embossing folder-Stylized Flowers
Stamps-Stampin' Up! Michael Strong
Inks-Distress peacock feathers, mowed lawn, pickled raspberry
Versafine onyx black 
Lynette made hers into a Confirmation card for her granddaughter.

Lynette inked Judikins musical notes background stamp with tea dye distress ink, 
stamped directly on the top/logo side of the Birds & Swirls embossing folder, 
added the paper and ran it through the Cuttlebug.
Then Lynette sponged the...
birds with tumbled glass then broken china.
leaves in shabby shutters then peeled paint
and sponged tea dye in the other areas.
 (Note: added updated ink info April 21)
Here's Lynette's finished Easel Card.
Below is mine.
I used walnut stain distress ink by mistake (instead of the lighter tea dye) 
when stamping the musical notes on the embossing folder.
I didn't want it to be that dark, so I set it aside until today when I sponged with 
broken china, mowed lawn, spun sugar and edge sponged with frayed burlap. 
I added a bottom layer on the easel card using part of Birds and Branches embossing folder by Sizzix.
Used a Hero Arts sentiment stamp.

Inspired by Heather Telford's Watercolor technique we used Lynette's Angora watercolors, 
brushing on color in layers as shown. 
Lynette found that she could control the color with paper towels removing color here and there.

I kept adding watercolor to my papers, then held the paper up to create drip lines.
Stamps: Michael Strong, Stampin' Up!, Tim Holtz, Stampendous.
Thanks for visiting!

8 comments:

  1. All these cards are wonderful, too! Nice to see, that your enjoy the technique. Have a nice day

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  2. what an awesome array of great cards...thanks for casing me, it is a real honour.
    hugs,
    K

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  3. great background ideas Laura . Thank you for taking the time to share .

    cheers;
    Lynn G.

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  4. Love them all, the top two sets look oriental to me. Great job.

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  5. Laura, you and Lynette did a lovely set of cards! Thank you for sharing with us. Peg

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  6. So many lovely cards -- you are lucky to have a stamping friend close by!

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  7. All the cards are lovely, what a great time you must have had creating. I love the intensity of colour you achieved with the watercolour.

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