Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge: Fall/Autumn

Hello, Crafty Makers!

I have spent the past two weeks or so working on an old technique called "Joseph's Coat."   I have done several iterations (some far more successful than others) and this Autumn themed card is my favorite thus far.  This was created for the Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge.

"Nature's First Green"
It is always fun to discover techniques both old and new and add them to your skill toolbox.  While some may have really elevated reasons for trying techniques, I normally don't.  For example, I was looking for projects that would allow me to make use of the five reams of glossy cardstock I have been holding on to since the year 2000.  I think eighteen years is long enough.  This technique was the perfect solution. For those of us who are blending challenged, it is good practice in blending and working with both types of Distress Inks®. 
There are a ton of colors in my "forest" background.  In my first attempt, I used Distress Oxides™ but that panel did not turn out right.  On this panel, I used regular Distress Inks™.  The Oxides work fine, but they didn't create the kind of depth I wanted.  I used Teresa Collins for ColorBox® "Gold Shine" to color my "Hello" die.  To get the best effect, I cut several of the sentiment (kraft paper), glued them together, and then pressed them down into the ink pad.  

Other Challenges Entered:
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Dark Chocolate, Antique Gold, Glossy, Vellum, Kraft 
American Crafts "Autumn Leaves" Collection, Hero Arts "Hello" Stamp and Cut.
Distress Inks:
Wilted Violet, Vintage Photo, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Scattered Straw!
Other Inks: 
VersaMark Embossing Ink
Teresa Collins/ColorBox "Gold Shine" (Pigment Ink)
Clear Embossing Powder

Die Cutting Machine
Anti-Static Pouch
Bone Folder

Note:  Chunky stamps work best for this technique but you can get fabulous results with line art stamps as well.  The key, I found, lies in choosing the right ink colors and not over blending.  

Thanks for stopping by!
Chana Malkah

Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge - Quit Buggin' Me!

Hello, Crafty Makers!
This week at Shopping Our Stash, the challenge is to use an insect somewhere on your card.   I don't do "cutesy" or "critter" cards, so there wasn't much in my stash that could be used in this challenge.

"The Butterfly Effect"
Every maker has at least one butterfly stamp, die, or embossing folder in their stash.  I decided to approach this challenge as an opportunity to continue practicing the technique of using Distress Inks to create watercolored backgrounds.  I also wanted to work more with pastel ink colors and heat embossing.

Stash Items:
  Everything used is over 5 years old.
Materials Used:
Neenah Cardstock: Solar White and Ebony
Vellum: Papertrey Vellum Cardstock
Distress Inks: Carved Pumpkin, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron
Embossing Powder: WOW Bright White Extra Fine
Embossing Ink: VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad

I followed this tutorial by Kelly Latevola

Happy Making!
Chana Malkah