Thursday, August 28, 2014

Freshly Made with Chalkboard Papers

Joining with this week's Freshly Made Sketches, I chose papers from We R Memory Keepers -- "Chalkboard."  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and the flowers from Petaloo, the Penny Lane Garden Collection.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Magic...and Mystery...and Frustration...of Bister



or bistre
  1. a yellowish-brown to dark-brown pigment made from the soot of burned wood
  2. any of various colors in this range

I saw all the fascinating bister cards on Pinterest and had to have it for myself.  It's a tricky product, but I've learned some things:  First, "less is more!"   Secondly, the cardstock you use has to handle water; I used 140 lb. watercolor paper which didn't take a good stamp impression afterwards, and I used 90 lb. watercolor paper, which wrinkled but worked okay, and I settled on Ranger's Specialty Stamping Paper.  It works great with the bister, but stamping requires an ink that does well on a non-porous surface.   Here are the results of my bister work last night and this morning:

(Click on the photos to enlarge them.)

Specialty Stamping Paper .. CASE of Ank de Back card on Pinterest . Dragonfly colored with alcohol markers

90 lb. watercolor paper smooth side
Specialty Stamping Paper bleached and colored with  Blendabilities

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Stamplorations Sketch in Black and White

It's the bi-weekly Sketch Challenge on the Stamplorations Blog. 

"Gentle Leaf" die from Poppy Stamps and sentiment from Hero Arts

Freshly Made in 5x7

I generally make two sizes of cards: 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and 5x5.  For this Freshly Made Sketch, I went to a 5x7 so I could use the die I wanted.  The border is designer paper, anchoring a pair of the Hero Arts Fancy Palm. The sentiment is an old favorite from Inky Anticipation. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tag You're It Challenge #4

Time for another tag....Tag You're It   The tag was cut from a background created with watercolors and salt. Sizzix Banner Die (SU!), Penny Black "Smile" die, SU! flower image - Bloom with Hope

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Less is More with an Animal and Bister

Bister is a "new" product for crafters in the US---Europeans have been rolling out fabulous backgrounds with the product for sometime.  I have started learning how to use it and decided it would work as the background for my LESS IS MORE card this week.  "Animal" is the theme, and I was delighted to be able to use my newest stamp:  "Filly Sketch" from Stampendous.  It's a real horse, not one of those clunky or cartoonish little equines.   The sentiment is from Power Poppy. 

(People who visit my blog often comment about the old chair in the background; it's on my back porch and is the best place for me to photograph my cards.   I love the chair, but it's in pretty sad shape.  I've used it for a senior portrait session---it was in the river.  During the winter, I set it out in the snow to photograph items. In my bedroom is another one, but it's in very good condition and has a pretty cover of white paint with some blue stripes.)  

Friday, August 15, 2014

Freshly Made with Music

The Freshly Made Sketch for this week inspired me to be "musical," in element choice only!  "Listen and you will hear a symphony" is an Impression Obsession (Heart Art Studios)  sentiment I've had for several years but never remember using---until now.