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Slimline Card

Slimline Card

The Lavinia Stamps that I used are miniature Dragon, Cherry blossom, Skeleton Tree Scene and Dragon Stone Castle.  The inks that I used are Distress ink Aged Mahogany, Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar.  I stamped the castle using VersaFine Clair Glamorous and the trees in VersaFine Clair Pinecone. I cut  white cardstock at 3 1/2" x 9".  I wanted a cloudy background so I used a cloud template that I made years ago.  Cut out a circle and  tape or glue on the big circle 6 scalloped circles.  I taped them so the scalloped circles are at different heights.  Lay the template on your paper and use either a blending brush or a dobber and brush the ink over the scalloped circles.  You rotate as you go and you will get a cloudy sky.  If you want more definition use more than one color.

     
I used Distress Ink Spun Sugar.  As I was making my clouds some on the blue came off and made for some subtle contrasting.
I stamped the castle using VersaFine Clair Glamorous.  I grounded the castle by tearing a piece of paper towel in a curved shaped to look like a small hill and used Distress Ink Aged Mahogany.  I stamped the Cherry Blossom in Distress Ink Picked Raspberry.  I wanted bushes around the castle and I didn't have any I liked so I used the Skeleton Tree Scene stamps and only inked the top of the trees with Versafine Clair Pinecone to give me the bushes that I wanted.
I used a yellow pencil to add a little color to the cherry blossoms.  I used a white and gold gel pen to give dimension to the castle and the bushes and  cherry blossoms.  I use gellyroll sparkle pen to trace the outline of the clouds to add a little sparkle to the background.  I mounted the card on a bright pink cardstock and then on a light pink card.  This card will in a business envelope.
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Having Fun Creating Backgrounds with Watercolors, Salt and Alcohol

Having Fun Creating Backgrounds with Watercolors, Salt and Alcohol

I used watercolor paper.  I wet the paper lightly with a brush.

I used watercolor colors that I put on a paper plate and added water to them.

I painted on the wet paper while it was still wet.  I have rubbing alcohol in a small spritzer bottle and while it was still wet I sprayed the alcohol on the paper.  The watercolor must still be wet for you to get the effect of a frosty background.  Let it dry completely before stamping on it.

The next one I did was with salt.  I used regular table salt.  You can also use salt that is chunkier. You wet the watercolor paper and start painting with watercolors.  Before it dries you sprinkle the salt on.  If it is not giving the effect of snow you can lightly spray some water over it.  I let it dry and then used a brush to get the salt off it that did not dissolve.  

Here is the paper before it is completely dried.

This is what it looks like when it has completely dried.

I did this one with salt and alcohol.  I sprayed the alcohol first and then added the salt.

After they were dried I cut them and started stamping.

The stamps that I used are all from Lavinia Stamps.  I used Pipin, Skeleton Tree Scene, The Fairy Foragers and Fairy Fir Tree.

  I first stamped the tree.  I stamped the top of the tree using VersaFine Clair Green Oasis with my stamping platform.  Leaving the stamp on the stamping platform I then inked the tree trunk using VersaFine Clair Pinecone.  I took a piece of white cardstock that is the same width of the card and created a snowbank for the card by ripping the cardstock towards you.  I stamped Pipin on the snow bank from Lavinia Stamps.  When I lifted the top of the stamping platform the white paper moved so I decided to leave Pipin lightly stamped. I very lightly stamped on each side of the large tree and skeleton tree stamp. I wanted it to be faint and look far away.  If you look closely I put a moon behind the tree.  I cut out of acetate a circle and I put it over the tree.  I use white distress ink to outline the moon.   I wanted a gold star at the top of my tree so I looked through my dies to find a star to cut out from gold glitter paper.  I set the star on the paper so I could position where I could place my fairy that will be placing the star on the tree.  I stamped the fairy with VersaFine Clair Nocturne.  I stamped the other fairy by the tree and then glued on the star.  I used a red gel pen to put ornaments on the tree and then put Glossy Accents from Ranger over the red ornaments to add dimension.  For the fairies wings I used silver and gold gel pens and then carefully put Star Dust Stickles over the wings.  Be careful putting Stickles over gel pens because it will cause the ink to run.  I wanted a snow effect so I used a white gel pen on the branches of the tree and on the tree trunk.

I really like the effect from the salt.  Since we had a ton of snow last week I kept with a snow theme.  

The stamps that I used were Meadow Mushroom, Mini Pinecone, Snail Set and Snail Mini.

I stamped the mushroom using VersaFine Clair Monarch.  I stamped the snails using VersaFine Clair Glamorous and VersaFine Clair Green Oasis.  I used white cardstock that I tore for the snow banks.  I stamped the pinecone with VersaFine Clair Pinecone and then stamped the snail with VersaFine Clair Nocturne.  I glued the snow and then I embellished with gel pens.  The snails were not showing dimension so I dotted their bodies with a gold gel pen.  I want the shells to stand out and used gold and silver gel pens to draw the lines on the shells.  I used Glossy Accents from Ranger on the shells so they stand out.  I outlined the snails, mushrooms and pinecone with a white gel pen to give the effect of snow accumulating on them.  After doing that they seemed to pop off the page.  I used a light purple gel pen on the mushroom.

These backgrounds are a lot of fun to do.  I found that I wanted to keep creating tons of backgrounds.

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Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Have you ever looked through your fall stamps and nothing inspires you? Take a walk outdoors and pick up some of the leaves that have fallen to the ground and use them as a stamp.

It has been raining here so I dried off the leaves I had picked up.  You want to use fresh leaves and not ones that have dried up.  
I knew that I wanted to use these stamps so I picked out Maple leaves to fit my stamps.
I cut white cardstock 5 1/2" by 6".  I arranged my leaves so I could get an idea on what I was doing.
I wanted  one of the fairies to be on the leaf.  I decided to try masking off the fairy before I embossed the leaf on the paper.  I put the paper in a stamping platform and lined up my fairy on the leaf and took the leaf out and stamped the fairy in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink.
I stamped the fairy again on masking paper and cut out around the fairy.  I peeled off the back and put it on the fairy on my paper so when I emboss the leaf it won't cover up the fairy.
I used  Brutus Monroe embossing ink but you can use any embossing ink.  I like the image from the front of the leaf so I embossed the front of the leaf including the stem.  I carefully turn the leaf over and placed it over the fairy.  I took a piece of copy paper and placed it over the leaf that is on my cardstock and used my fingers to rub over the leaf.  I made sure to press on the stem and all of the veins on the leaf.  Make sure that you press on the points of the leaf so they will be covered with the embossing powder. 
When you feel that you have pressed the leaf enough very carefully lift up the copy paper and the pick up the leaf from your cardstock.  I used white embossing powder but you can use any color you like.  I will show some leaves with colored embossing powder at the end of this.  Right before I turned on the heat gun I peeled of the masking paper because I was afraid that it would stick to the fairy if I embossed with it on.  I put the fairy mask on the backing so that I can use it again another day.
This is what it looked like with the fairy on the white leaf.  I embossed each leaf separately.  
This is what my cardstock looked like before I added Distress inks to it.
 I used a blending brush and when I applied the ink I didn't worry about going outside of the lines of the leaves.  I liked the affect of the color creating a glow around the leaves. When I was happy with the leaves I used different blues for the background.
Now its time to add the other fairies to the leaves.  I put it back into the stamping platform and figured out where to put the fairies.
It looked like it need more so I added the dragon and a simple saying.
I embellished the fairies wings with copper gel pen and added cool mint stickles to the wings.  I colored the lantern yellow and added white and orange gel pen for the hair.
When I was done I mounted it on black and then orange cardstock.
Here are the other leaves I embossed in different colors.  You can use all sorts of leaves not just maple leaves like I  used.
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Rubber band Background

Rubber band Background

I tried the rubber band background technique.  I really like the look of the background.  I took a clear block and wrapped different width rubber bands on it.  Some were twisted and some were flat on the block.  I used 3 different color inks.  I went lightest to darkest when I stamped. I took the ink pad and tapped in on the rubber bands to make sure they were covered and just stamped on my paper.  The green was the last color I used and I stamped diagonally on the paper for more texture.

Because the background is so busy I didn't use a lot of stamps. I only used 3 stamps.  I used Aria, the butterfly from Fairy Bugs and Mystic Swirl in Versafine Clair Nocturne.  I went around the Mystic Swirl with a gold gel pen to have it stand out and also put some gold and white in Aria's hair.  For Aria's wings I outlined with a gold gel pen and filled in with Nuvo Dream Drops Indigo Eclipse.  I colored the butterfly wings with an orange gel pen and then put Stickles Star Dust on them.  I used distress Dusty Concord ink to ground Aria.  I  took a paper towel and tore a shape to look like a hill, put the paper towel under Aria  and used a blending brush to apply the ink for the ground.
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Sebastian

Sebastian

I sprayed heavy weight paper with 3 colors of Dylusions.  I sprayed the orange first over all of the paper.  I then sprayed the purple and was surprised at the how the color turned out.  When I spray I had the sprayer at the same level as the paper and sprayed a full pump so it sprayed across the paper.  If I sprayed half pump I would get big drops instead of a nice spray. Then I sprayed with the teal color and again was surprised that it was more green then teal.
I stamped Sebastian in nocturne.  I stamped the barnacles in summertime and then went over it with glamorous because I thought it needed to pop a little more.
I stamped the seaweed in green oasis and for the shadow I stamped in verdant.
I used gel pens to outline and dot Sebastian and the seaweeds.  I  had put red stickles in the centers of the barnacles and didn't like it so I scraped it off leaving some of the red glitter.  I also very sparingly used green stickles on Sebastian.  I added some drops of glossy accents for bubbles.
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Mermaids and Fishes

Mermaids and Fishes

Lavinia stamps used: Althea, sea creatures, marine kelp, Flo, mini urchin, and mini crown.

I used distress and oxide inks with a blending brush.  When I was done with everything I thought it needed more around the edges and used distress faded jeans to darken around the edge.  I used olive marker to darken some of the marine kelp to give dimension.  I used gel pens and wink of stella cuz I love sparkle.  Of course Althea needed major sparkle and I used Spin It Ice Queen glitter for her body  and alittle darker blue for her tail and wings.  For Althea's hair I used two blue gel pens and a white one.  The green on the sides are from Althea's hair that I inked green and stamped down the sides.

 

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Caretaker

Caretaker

Here are the inks I used to create the background.  For 

something different I went on a diagonal when applying the 

inks with a blending brush.

I used used 7 Lavinia stamps on this project.

I stamped the images with Versafine Clair inks.

 Here is the image without any embellishing with gel and glitter pens.

 

You can see that the card is pretty but doesn't pop.

I love sparkles so I add a lot of sparkles to it.  If you

are not a sparkle person embellish the project with

white and colored gel pens.

Here is the finished project.

 

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Stenciled Background

Stenciled Background

I used blending brushes to apply Distress Oxide of Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire and Worn Lipstick on 80 lb. super smooth heavy cardstock .
I taped the stencil over my blended cardstock and used a blending brush
to apply Distress Oxide Speckled Egg.
I used a fan brush dipped in water to add some water spots to the card base.
Now finally adding the stamped images using various VersaFine Clair inks.
I used all Lavinia Stamps.  I used the dragonflies from Fairy Bugs,
Meadow Mushroom, Slender Mushrooms Mini, Cherry Blossom and Mystic Swirl.
I detailed the card using gel pens and Wink of Stella pen. I grounded the mushrooms using a piece of torn copy paper brushed with a blending brush over the torn edge using Distress Oxide Wilted Violet. To form a focal point in the middle of the card I used VersaFine Clair Monarch to go around the outside edges of the card with a blending brush.
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