Sunday, October 22, 2017

Fall Branch Greeting Card

Rubbernecker Stamps Branch Blossoms with Faber-Castell Polychromos

Although the main Rubbernecker Stamp's image is part of their watercolor stamp collection, I decided to stamp it in dye ink (Memento) and enhance it with colored pencils (Faber-Castell Polychromos). I colored the flowers in Autumn colors for a Fall greeting card. The Fireworks! spray custom colored bow matches perfectly, as does the Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall background paper.

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Making the Card

1. Cut brown cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; fold in half to form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base. Cut orange cardstock 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Adhere to card base. Cut orange/yellow plaid (Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall 6x6 Pad) 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches. Adhere to card base.

2. Cut a piece of Strathmore 500 Bristol Vellum to about 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches (a bit bigger than necessary for some wiggle room). You could probably use white cardstock but since I'm layering a lot of colors, I decided to use a really good paper for it.

Fall Branch Leaves with Polychromos Colored Pencils

3. Use a Stamp Platform or a stamp positioner to stamp the thick branch layer in Toffee Crunch Memento Ink near the center of the Bristol paper. Position the small branch layer and stamp with Rich Cocoa Memento Ink. Position the flower layer and stamp with Cantaloup Memento Ink.

4. Use colored pencils (Faber-Castell Polychromos) to color the image, layer yellow-oranges to orange-reds on flowers with the darkest at the centers. Add some browns to the branches. You may also add extra flowers or branches, even extend the existing branches if you like.

5. Cut a length of seam binding. Tie a small bow. Spray center with Dandelion Fireworks! Next spray with Cantaloup, overlapping the Dandelion. Finally spray the ends of the bow loops and tails with Tangelo. Set aside to dry.

6. Die cut image using third largest stitched rectangle die, centering the branch but leaving room for the sentiment in the top left corner. Use the Stamp Platform or a stamp positioner to stamp the sentiment in Rich Cocoa Memento Ink where shown. Adhere to card. Adhere bow where shown.

Rubbernecker Stamps Branch Blossoms with Memento Ink

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Haunted House Halloween Card with Distress Oxide Inks

Rubbernecker Stamps Spider Web Background and Tim Holtz plus Idea-ology

I absolutely love how beautifully the new Distress Oxide Inks can blend! For this card, I stamped the Rubbernecker Stamps haunted house then masked it and blended the ink before stamping the web in the background. For the purple edge around the main image, I used the same Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Ink that I used in the sky so it would match perfectly. I also used a couple of the same colors in the bow.

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Making the Card

1. Cut black cardstock 7 x 10 inches; fold in half to form a 5 x 7 inch card base. Cut white cardstock 4 5/8 x 6 5/8 inches. Use ink blending tool to add Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Ink all around the outside. Adhere to card base.

2. Cut Canson XL Recycled Vellum to 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. Stamp Haunted House in Jet Black Archival Ink (waterproof ink). Also stamp a copy on mask paper. Cut around house mask, leaving extra mask extending the grass on either side of the house. You want to mask the hill that the house will sit on. Put mask over house.

Rubbernecker Stamps Haunted House with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks

3. Working from the bottom to the top, use an ink blending tool to blend from Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Ink to Faded Jeans. Add a small amount of Black Soot across the top edge, corners, and slightly down sides. Stamp Spider Web in Jet Black Archival Ink over top of house - see image. Flick drops of water across image, let sit for a few seconds, then dab off with paper towel. Repeat as desired.

4. Remove mask. Use Copic Multiliner .2 (or other black waterproof fine tipped marker) to go over any lines that became dull due to the ink blending (e.g. the bats over the house, grass, etc.). Extend the grass line on either side of the house as shown. Extend the walkway. Watercolor image - I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. Adhere image to card base as shown.

5. Tie a triple loop bow with white seam binding. Pounce with Wilted Violet and Faded Jeans. You may want to spray with a little water to get the ink to spread out. Pounce again to darken some areas. Set aside to dry.

6. Add jump ring to spider adornment. Slide onto wire pin and pin to bow center. Adhere bow as shown.

Rubbernecker Stamps Haunted House with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Colorful Bird Shaker Card

Shaker Card With Doodlebug Designs Paper and Sequins

Here is a super colorful card with a shaker element. I used Doodlebug Design paper and sequins - they make the brightest colored stuff! And I absolutely love their patterned papers. The bird and greeting stamps are by Rubbernecker Stamps. I wanted the upside down bird to be extra colorful so it is the only bird that I did not add black to. Unfortunately it didn't stand out as much as I would have liked, but the bird's zany upside down antics still make the sentiment relevant. If I had to color this again, I would probably make the other birds look more like crows and robins.

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Making the Card

1. Cut white cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; fold in half to form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base. Cut purple cardstock 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Adhere to card base. Cut rainbow heart paper (Fairy Tales, Doodlebug Design 6x6 Pad) to 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches. Adhere to card base.

2. Stamp Be Yourself birds in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on white cardstock. Color with colored pencils (I used Faber-Castell Polychromos). Die cut using Nested Rectangle Small Stitch Die Cut Set (6th die in from outside). Adhere to center of card.

3. Using the same die from step 2 and the die two sizes bigger (4th die in) - line them up as a frame with cutting side down; use masking tape or other removable tape on them to keep them in position for cutting. Cut about 5 or 6 frames of white cardstock and one frame of purple cardstock.

Shaker Card With Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils

4. Line up and glue all white cardstock frames together to form a thick stack. Adhere to card, lining up around image. Cut plastic packaging with larger die (4th die in) - trim off stitching (it doesn't have to be exact - you just want it to be a little smaller than the outside frame).

5. Add various colors of sequins (Doodlebug Design Sequins) over bird image inside stack of frames. Optional: glue a few in place. Adhere plastic packaging. I use Gem-Tac - it works really well on slick surfaces.

6. To add the sentiment (Create a Garden 2) to the purple frame, either cut apart the phrases or mask them one at a time for stamping. I find that VersaMark works best for detailed embossing. Stamp sentiment as shown; emboss in white. Adhere frame to top of stack using Gem-Tac.

Shaker Card Featuring Rubbernecker Stamps

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Halloween Scene Distress Ink Blended Background Card

Halloween Distress Ink Blended Background Card

This Halloween graveyard scene comes alive with this colorful blended background. It's the perfect spooky card to send for Halloween, for an October birthday, or as an October greeting. The word at the bottom can be easily swapped (in fact the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Halloween Words set come with 18 dies).

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Making the Card

1. Cut Canson Bristol cardstock to about 5x7 inches. I find this cardstock to work really well with blending techniques.

2. Mount Graveyard Panel stamp on Stamp Platform or use a stamp positioner to center stamp on 5x7 cardstock. Add some Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink to moon part of stamp (I used my finger to dab around the areas by the bats since the stamp pad wasn't able to get in that area). Stamp. Do not remove stamp! You will be restamping several times. Wipe off stamp.

3. To create a slight halo effect around the moon, use round ink blending tool to bend over moon with a very small amount of Squeezed Lemonade. Heat set with a heat tool. Use a 3/4 inch circle punch to cut a circle in masking paper or Post-It Tape. Place over top of dry moon.

Distress Ink Blending Using Misti

4. Use an ink blending tool to blend from the bottom to the top in this order of Distress Inks, overlapping as you blend: Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot (use very little of the last). Dry thoroughly with heat tool.

5. Remove moon mask but keep it for step 7. Carefully ink the bats with the fine tip end of Tuxedo Black Memento Marker. Stamp. Repeat if necessary to get a nice dark black. Wipe off stamp.

Halloween Distress Ink Blended Background Card

6. Use a powder tool over the entire blended piece. Ink everything but the moon and bats of the Graveyard Panel in VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I recommend stamping it several times to get a solid image. While the ink is still wet, coat with clear embossing powder and heat. Optional: if you want the bats also embossed, use the fine tip of a VersaMarker to dab over the bats, sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat.

7. Replace the moon mask before continuing. Sprinkle some water on your fingers and flick across the background. Let set a few seconds then dab with paper towel. Repeat until you like the look. Add some water to the white gold Gansai Tambi paint (Starry Colors). Flick across background either by tapping a loaded brush against the side of your finger or using the brush to apply some of the paint to an acrylic block then flick off the edge with brush. Carefully (!) dab off any paint on the embossed areas (try not to touch background at all!).

8. Cut dark blue cardstock to 7x10 inches; fold in half to form a 5x7 inch card base. Cut orange cardstock 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches. Adhere to card base. Trim inked graveyard scene to 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. Adhere to card front.

9. Die cut 4 or 5 copies of Beware (Tim Holtz/Sizzix Halloween Words: Block) from orange cardstock. Cut a piece of Canson Bristol about 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. Blend ink from bottom to top in this order: Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door. Die cut with Beware. Glue all orange copies of each letter together to form a thick stack. Glue blended letters to tops. Adhere to card front where shown (hint: I used the leftover cardstock from one of the block Beware die cuts to line them up - just be sure not to get any glue on it).

Rubbernecker Stamps Halloween Distress Ink Blended Background Card

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

A Drink a Day Card Featuring Rubbernecker Stamps

Rubbernecker Stamps colored with Color Burst

Another fun set from Rubbernecker Stamps: the two part Watercolor Margarita Glass and sentiment Drink a Day. For a more festive look, I added some Stickles to the ice cubes as well as the lime rind. I also added clear Wink of Stella to the drink and lime (it doesn't show well in the photos but looks great in person).

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Making the Card

1. Cut black cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches; fold in half to form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base.

2. Cut yellow polka dot patterned paper (Doodlebug Design Petite Prints), 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Adhere to card base. Cut black cardstock 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches. Cut striped pattern paper (Lori Whitlock/Echo Park, Sunshine Beach) 3 3/8 x 4 5/8 inches. Adhere to black card stock then to card base.

Rubbernecker Stamps colored with Color Burst

3. Mount drink stamp, inside/liquid part, (Watercolor Margarita Glass) to stamp platform or positioner. Use Chartreuse and Lime Green Color Burst to color drink and lime - paint on with a watercolor paint brush. I made the rind darker green, you can't see it well in the photo but is helps darken the Stickles. Stamp on Watercolor Paper leaving plenty of room around image.

4. Mount the drink outline (Watercolor Margarita Glass) to the stamp platform or positioner. See my previous wine glass post for a description and photo showing how I line up the stamps using a platform (works similarly for a positioner).

5. Optional: add Clear Wink of Stella to drink and fruit.

6. Add Diamond Stickles to ice cubes in glass. Add Lime Green Stickles to lime rind. Once dry, cut around stamped image, leaving an edge all around.

7. Stamp sentiment (Drink a Day) on black cardstock in VersaMark or embossing ink. Emboss using WOW Opaque Primary Sunny Yellow. Cut down, leaving about 1/4 inch on top and bottom but extra on sides. Cut tails on right side. Position on card with Margarita glass and decide where to trim left side (I use a pencil to make a mark where to cut). Use dimensional tape to adhere to card where shown, tucking sentiment under glass.

8. Adhere enamel dots as shown.

Rubbernecker Stamps colored with Color Burst

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Bunch of Bears Friends Winter Prima Watercolor Card

Bunch of Bears by Rubbernecker Stamps Watercolor by Prima

This adorable stamp by Rubbernecker Stamps is so precious, I wanted it to be the focal point of this card. In order to keep attention on the image, I added the sentiment just above the bears' heads. The color palette is fairly simple - browns, blacks, and a little blue and red for a pop of color. The card could be used for the holidays or simply as a winter greeting.

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Making the Card

1. Cut red cardstock 4 1/4 x 11 inches; fold in half to form a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch side folding card base.

2. Cut red/white snowflake paper (Hollyday 6x6 Paper Pad) to 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Adhere to card base.

3. Use a stamp platform or stamp positioner to stamp Bunch of Bears on watercolor paper in waterproof black ink. This paper usually has texture; the platform/positioner will allow you to re-stamp if necessary. Watercolor the image. I used Prima Watercolor Confections.

Bunch of Bears by Rubbernecker Stamps Watercolor Confections by Prima

4. Once dry, die cut image with 5th die counting in from the largest (Nested Rectangle Small Stitch Die Cut Set), leaving a bit more room at top for sentiment. Stamp sentiment (Best Friends Etc) in black ink as shown using stamp platform or stamp positioner. Create a mat by cutting red cardstock with 4th die in (Nested Rectangle Small Stitch Die Cut Set). Adhere image to red mat.

5. Adhere matted image to card base as shown using dimensional tape.

Bunch of Bears by Rubbernecker Stamps Watercolor by Prima

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Dogs Are Best Friends Too Card with Copics


These dogs are so adorable! I couldn't wait to make a card with them. I colored them with Copic markers then used the matching dies to cut them out. I used mounting tape to pop up a couple of the dogs, giving them dimension. The Doodlebug Designs Puppy Love paper is the perfect accompaniment for the background of this card.

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Making the Card

1. Cut brown cardstock 7 x 10 inches; fold in half to form a 5 x 7 inch card base.

2. Cut brown patterned paper with doggie heads (Puppy Love 6x6 Paper Pad) to 4 3/4 x 6 inches. Make a small hole about 1/2 inch from bottom right and 1 3/8 inches from right side (optionally, you could wait on putting the card together until you have finished all the parts, then decide where you want the brad inserted). Insert paw brad and flatten in back. Adhere to card base at the right side leaving 1/8 inch on top/bottom/right side.

3. Cut brown cardstock 1 7/8 x 5 5/8 inches. Cut heart paper (Puppy Love) to 1 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches; adhere to brown. Adhere to card where shown.


4. Using 2nd largest stitched rectangle die (Nested Rectangle Small Stitch Die Cut Set), die cut teal cardstock. Using 3rd largest stitched rectangle die, cut teal/light teal doggie background paper (Puppy Love); adhere to teal stitched rectangle.

5. Stamp the three dogs (Dogs 1) in alcohol marker friendly ink (Memento Tuxedo Black) on alcohol friendly cardstock (X-Press It Blending Card). Color with alcohol markers (I used Copics - the list of colors is below Supplies). Die cut using matching dies (Dogs 1 Die Set). Adhere bulldog where shown on teal/light teal dog background stitched rectangle (I did not use dimensional tape on this one). Adhere the other two dogs using dimensional/mounting tape. Adhere to card base where shown.

6. Stamp sentiment "Best friends..." in VersaMark (or other embossing ink) on vellum. Emboss using fine black embossing powder (I use a powder tool first to prep the area). Cut around sentiment in rectangle about 1 5/8 x 1 7/8 inches. Optional: round corners with 1/4 inch corner rounder. Use glue in very small dots behind words (you don't want it to show), adhere where shown, tucking under paw print.

7. Cut prongs off of bone brad. Use Glue Dots or other strong adhesive behind it to adhere to card as shown.


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Copic Markers Used (Note: I wasn't completely diligent in keeping track, e.g. I may have used other shades of gray when coloring the shaded areas than I listed).
  • C0 Colorless Blender
  • Bulldog: E55, E57, E59, E50, W0, W2, W4, W6
  • Spiked Collar: R22, R24, R29, C2, C4, C6
  • Schnauzer: N0, N1, N2, N3, N4, N6, N8
  • Tongue: R81, R83, R85, C2
  • Tall Dog: E33, E35, E37, E50
  • Blue Collar: B24, B26, B29, C4
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