Category Archives: Happy Little Stampers

Mixed Media Layered Butterfly Tags

 

  • Dies –
    • Sizzix Tim Holtz Detailed Butterfly Thinlit dies
    • Sizzix Tim Holtz Tag Collection Framelit dies
  • Stencils – Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layering Stencils: Diamonds (THS081), Flourish (THS032)
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tissue Wrap – Postale
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Dictionary paper
  • Napkin – Michel Design Works “Wisteria” cocktail napkin
  • Ornate metal corners
  • Distress Oxide inks – Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans, Worn Lipstick, and Black Soot
  • Ranger Perfect Pearls mist – Bronze
  • Ribbon

I worked on these tags over quite an extensive period of time: layering, drying, analyzing… They were a lot of fun to make though. I cut the tags from a Tim Holtz die set that I’ve had for years and comes in handy because I can make lots of different sizes with it. I made backgrounds on the larger two tags using Distress Oxide inks in blues. Then I added torn butterflies from the napkin applying them with gel medium.

Because I was layering the tag pairs, I added more details on the smaller ones as they would be most visible. I started by collaging torn dictionary paper and Tim Holtz tissue wrap with gel medium onto the gessoed tag surface. I then applied texture paste through stencils. Once that was dry, I layered Distress Oxide ink (Worn Lipstick) over the top and distressed the edges of the small tags with the Tonic Studios paper distressing tool. I added some spritzes of Perfect Pearls mist to add some sheen.

I used more Distress Inks for the butterfly layers, the base layer in blues and Worn Lipstick and the top layer with Black Soot. I then die-cut the black layer and placed it over the base layer so just the center of the body was attached and the wings stick up. I colored the white ribbon with distress ink for a perfect match and tied the two tags together.

Thanks for visiting. It was fun investing time and experimentation into these tags!

Challenge: Happy Little Stampers November Mixed Media Challenge: Tags

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Finders Keepers

  • Dies –
    • Little B “Circles”
    • Spellbinders “Standard Circles Large”
  • Stamps –
    • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection, “Falling Leaves”
    • Hero Arts “Branch Background”
    • Hero Arts/Basic Grey “Dotted Grid”
  • Embossing powders – Ranger Ink Wendy Vecchi – Red Geranium, Sunflower, and Forget-Me-Not; Ranger – Lime Green and White
  • Cheesecloth
  • Tea bag paper
  • Sticker  – Tim Holtz Idea-ology “Small Talk”
  • Ticket – Tim Holtz Idea-ology “Expedition” Ephemera pack
  • Inks – Tsukineko VersaMark watermark ink and Ranger Distress and Archival inks
  • Sequins – Neat & Tangled “Festive Fall Sequin Mix”
  • Flower – Prima
  • Twine – from the kitchen drawer

I’m kind of thinking I should rename my blog “Lots o’ Layers,” based on some of my projects! I certainly get caught up in enjoying the process and never am very sure of the outcome! For this piece I was inspired by a technique demonstrated in the November issue of Craft Stamper Magazine. The unique step that I took away was using white embossing powder almost as a paint rather than embossing from a stamped image.

I die cut a number of different circles and used one large circle for the base. I stamped the two larger circles with VersaMark and then also applied a bit more VersaMark ink with my finger before adding the embossing powder and heating. After stamping the leaves with Distress inks and moving the colors a bit with a waterbrush, I applied VersaMark ink with my finger, then white embossing powder and heat-set the powder. The bright colors of the ink and some of the embossing powders, along with the white embossing powder, made this a visually interesting collage. I added cheese cloth, paper from a tea bag cut into a circle, sequins and ephemera, layer by layer and topped it off with the little sticker sentiment: Finders Keepers. Thanks for visiting today.

Challenge: Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with Dies Challenge


Watercolor Butterflies – Hello

  • Stamps – Penny Black “Butterfly Trio”
  • Die – Technique Tuesday “Crocus” set
  • Enamel dots – Teresa Collins Designs
  • Zig Clean Color markers
  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock

After stamping the butterflies onto watercolor paper, I began watercoloring the background for this card using ink from the Zig Clean Color markers and a waterbrush. I added layers of color until I was happy with the look. Then I colored the butterflies with the markers and waterbrush  as well, and added the die-cut and dots. Thanks for visiting.

Challenge: Happy Little Stampers October Watercolour Challenge

 

 


Who’s taking the cake?

  • Stamps/Dies – Art Impressions “Mini Raccoon Spinner Set”
  • Rectangle dies – Simon Says Stamp  “Stitched Rectangles”
  • Patterned paper – BoBunny “Enchanted Harvest Collection” 6 X 6″ paper pad
  • Cardstock – Paper Accents
  • Copic markers
  • Fishing line

This raccoon is is running up the tree and really trying to take that cake! I stamped the raccoon and cupcake, then colored them with Copic markers. Once that was complete, I die cut them and attached them to the fishing line (these images are two-sided).

Detail of view of raccoon from the inside.

I put a panel of the bark patterned paper on the inside of the card base and die cut the outside opening and the other stitched frames. I attached the raccoon and cupcake suspended by fishing line on the back side of the card front, concealing the fishing line with another stitched frame.

This was a fun card to make and I know a certain raccoon lover who will really like it! Thanks for visiting.

Challenge: Happy Little Stampers September Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.

 

 


Eclipse Day: Sunny Wishes

  • Stamps – Darcie’s set JCS165
  • Dies –
    • My Favorite Things Die-namics #466 – “Sun, Moon & Stars”
    • Little B “Circles”
    • Spellbinders Edgeabilities “Classic Ric Rac”
  • Patterned papers
    • Echo Park “A Perfect Summer: Chevrons”
    • KaiserCraft Ubud Dreams (from 6-1/2″ paper pad)
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs
  • Cardstock – Paper Accents

In honor of the solar eclipse we experienced here in the path of totality, I made a card featuring the sun! I used a stamp set I’ve had for a number of years by Darcie’s. It was fun to repeat the sun’s rays with the die-cut from My Favorite Things and repeat the chevron from the paper with the die-cut made with the Spellbinder’s Ric Rac die. The sequins are an iridescent yellow, but they look pretty orange in the photo. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenge: Happy Little Stampers – August Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

 

 


Orchid Sympathy Card

  • Stamps –
    • Flourishes “Orchids”
    • Technique Tuesday “Pansy Stamp Set”
  • Embossing folder – Cuttlebug Decorative Tile
  • Patterned paper – BoBunny “Secret Garden – Lovely”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Zig Clean Color markers/waterbrush

For this simple card, the main attraction is the orchid. This is such a beautiful stamp set from Flourishes! I stamped it and then went in with Zig Clean Color markers and a waterbrush to color the image. I added the sentiment, still keeping it simple and elegant. I layered the main image with a subtle patterned paper and a simple embossed white layer, then adhered the whole shebang onto pink cardstock. I made this card for a close friend who recently lost her husband. Thanks for visiting.

Challenge: Happy Little Stampers August Watercolor Challenge