Hand-carved feather stamp

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

So, I've been having so much fun making hand-carved stamps I made a few more! I love feathers and I really wanted a bold feather stamp, so I sketched a simple dotty feather, transferred it to my rubber carving block and carved it out using my lino cutting tools.

I used Distress Inks - Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean and Mustard Seed to stamp a simple background pattern. The sentiment is also hand-carved, that was a little more tricky to carve but I took my time and it turned out ok! The yellow cardstock is from the Core'dinations Essentials Brights Collection and I embossed it using a chevron embossing folder from Crafter's Companion. I made a second card using the same color palette but created a watercolor effect background instead.

To create the watercolor effect I repeat stamped the thanks sentiment using Mustard Seed Distress Ink, then brushed it with a wet paint brush to blend the ink, then while still wet I splattered some Salty Ocean Distress Stain on top. Once dry I stamped the sentiment using Salty Ocean Distress Ink.

The feathers I stamped, simply cut out and popped on some foam pads for dimension. The thanks sentiment is also hand-carved!

Here's what the carved feather stamp looks like! I'm pretty sure you're going to see some more hand-carved stamps soon, I think I'm addicted, I've even ordered more rubber stamp blocks to carve!

That's all for now! Our dry spell has finally broken here, it hadn't rained in nearly two weeks, we just had a downpour and the water butt is overflowing! I'm glad I won't have to water the garden this evening! : )

Cheery florals using hand-carved stamps

Friday, June 20, 2014

I have to say I'm loving making these hand-carved stamps, I'm thinking up ideas for more of them already! I did find the rubber blocks a bit hard to find, they don't sell them in the craft shops here so I had to buy some online. I already had the lino cutting tools from my school days, believe it or not, they're about 20 years old, still working well though! : ) I used Distress Inks to stamp them here and they stamped really well.

I used Mowed Lawn, Barn Door and Picked Raspberry. If you're interested in getting started with hand-carving your own stamps, then I highly recommend Geninne's Art Blog, she gives some wonderful tips. She's also written a book Making an Impression: Designing and Creating Artful Stamps, which I bought a while ago and just love!

The sentiment stamp is from Lawn Fawn, which I thought went pretty well with the style. I also made a second card, with some fun folds, this one's called a swing card. Here's a link to a tutorial.

It folds completely flat, so perfect for mailing! I used some of my hand-carved stamps again, this time I did a little fussy cutting and added the flowers to the swing panel using foam pads.

The patterned paper is from Love Notes by Crate Paper and the sentiment stamp is again from Lawn Fawn. What I love about the swing card is that fun center panel that flips round to reveal your message!

Ok, that's all for now, I hope I inspired you to maybe give stamp carving a try or at least try out the swing card, it's a lot of fun! Have a great weekend, we're off to a flower and garden festival in my hometown and the weather looks promising! : )

Watercolor effect and hand-carved stamps!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

I've a fun watercolor effect card to share today, I used Distress Inks and some hand-carved stamps to make it! I tried a few different watercolor techniques but this one was the easiest and I really liked the results.

So I stamped the floral pattern onto some white cardstock using Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry and Mowed Lawn, then once I'd finished stamping the whole pattern I simply spritzed it with some water so the colors bled and left it to dry! Easy! : )

The 'hello' was cut from some black cardstock (No.28) Tim Holtz Kraft-Core from the Nostalgic Collection from Core'dinations using my Silhouette Portrait. I popped it onto some vellum and added a sticker sentiment We've Got Your Sticker - Happy from SRM Stickers. The baker's twine was also from SRM Stickers. The green cardstock is Meadow from Core'dinations and I used a David Tutera white smooth card base (A7) which comes with a matching envelope!

Here's my little collection of hand-carved stamps! They're so much fun to make and stamp with! I love how instant the process is to! More about these in another post. That's all for now!

Core'dinations and Stampendous (Day 3)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Core'dinations has teamed up with Stampendous all this week for some fun blog hops! Of course there are some great prizes up for grabs, so scroll down to the end of this post for all the details. SO here's what I made for the hop, a little gift set of notecards neatly packed in a gift bag!

For this pretty notecard set I used the David Tutera A1 Ivory card bases with matching envelopes. I embossed a selection of cardstock from the Signature Series Graphic 45 Lights collection using a chevron embossing folder which I lightly sanded. 

I added a little bit of contrasting ribbon and washi tape to each notecard. As the focal point on each notecard I used a different Stampendous stamp from both Cling Jumbo Lovely Garden and Cling Jumbo Hydrangea Garden, stamped using VersaMark ink and embossed in a soft white. To create a subtle watercolor effect I colored each stamp lightly using a mix of Distress Markers and blended with a wet artist's brush. I used the matching dies to die cut each stamp. 

For the sentiments I went for a chalkboard look using Stampendous Vintage Typewriter stamp set embossed in white on Core Essentials Night Fall cardstock. I decorated the paper bag using the same techniques with the addition of a Core Tag.

Supplies:David Tutera A1 Ivory Canvas Cards and Ivory envelopes, Signature Series Graphic 45 Lights, Core Essentials Night Fall cardstock, Sand-It Gadget, Dust Buddy, Core Tags, Darice Paper Crafter 3 3/4"x5" paper crafting bag, Darice Washi Masking Tape (Blue Lattice, Pink w/white), Stampendous - Cling Jumbo Lovely Garden, Cling Jumbo Hydrangea Garden, Lovely Garden Die Cut Set, Hydrangea Garden Die Cut Set, Vintage Typewriter stamp set. Other: May Arts Twill stripe ribbon, Seafoam white embossing powder, heat gun, VersaMark ink, Big Shot, sewing machine, chevron embossing folder, Ranger Distress Markers (Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Squeezed Lemonade, Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass, Evergreen Bough), sequins. 

Of course there are prizes this week! Three prize packages will be awarded. The package from Stampendous includes the Lovely Garden Stamp Set; the Matching Lovely Garden Cutting Dies; a Sand It Kit from Core'dinations which includes a sanding block, replacement sandpaper, and a "must-have" Dust Buddy clean up cloth; AND Core'dinations will also be sending the lucky winners some of our fantastic 6" X 6" paper pads. PLUS an extra special bonus - our friends at Dreamweaver Stencil will be adding the gorgeous Stone Wall stencil that Jamie Martin from Stampendous
used in her terrific card she'll be posting this week (you can see a peek of it on the blog banner!)
We'll draw three random blog posts from all the posts this week. Then we'll choose one comment from each. Of course we'll love you even more if you pin our projects to your Pinterest Boards or if you Tweet, or Share on Facebook, follow us, like our pages. You know the drill! Here's who is posting today!
Clare Buswell (you are here!)

Want a look at our awesome Vintage Cardstock? This could be yours so comment all week long for your chance! Please note: variety of 6x6's for winners will be chosen based on availability.


Birds in the Bracken

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Just popping in with a card I had published in the April issue of Craft Stamper Magazine (UK). The fabulous birds stamp is from Noolibird and it's called Birds in the Bracken. They have a wonderful collection of craft stamps and I just love their style!

Here I stamped it using Memento Bahama Blue ink and layered it onto an embossed white background, embossing folder is Modern Vines from Anna Griffin.

I made the kraft flowers using Sizzix Flowers 3D and the foliage is die cut using Spellbinders Foliage dies and some Tim Holtz Kraft-Core from the Nostalgic Collection by Core'dinations. That's all for today! : )

Core'dinations Wedding Cards

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I've some wedding cards to share today using Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock. For some shimmer I used some Glitter Silk Opulent Opal and teamed it with Precious Pink cardstock from Graphic45 Signature Series Lights

Watercolor is just everywhere right now, I really love this trend and hope it sticks around a while longer! Here I stamped some flowers from Stampendous Cling Jumbo Lovely Garden using Silver Pearl embossing powder onto some Smooth Core Premium 110lb White Cardstock. To achieve the watercolor effect I lightly colored the flowers using Distress Markers and wet with a paintbrush to blend the colors. The sentiment stamp is from Waltzingmouse Stamps. Next I went with a white on white card. 

I love the simple texture the embossing adds to the card. It's easy to make a very classy wedding card this way, with the addition of some simple embellishments like the pearls and lace. I used David Tutera A7 Smooth Cards for my base cards.

I used a mix of Glitter Silk Opulent Opal and Core Essentials Snowflake cardstock on this card. The butterflies I die-cut. For more details on these DIY wedding cards visit the Core'dinations blog.

You might have noticed I updated my blog look a bit, I made it a bit more streamlined, it needed freshening up! That's all for now, thanks for dropping by today! : )

Core'dinations and Authentique

Monday, June 9, 2014

I hope you had a great weekend! It was a bit showery here but we still managed to do a bit in the garden, I've lots of plants in the cold-frame ready to go in the ground, all grown from seed. Niall prepared one of the vegetable beds for the beans to go in, I just have to build the bamboo frame now!

I've a couple of Core'dinations cards to share, these were on the Core blog on Friday. I used Core Essentials Brights Cardstock and Authentique Flourish Collection.

I used a floral detail in the patterned paper as a focal point and added some dimension with paper flowers and some leaves cut from embossed Core'dinations cardstock. I used David Tutera Kraft Card bases for both my cards today. The sentiment is from SRM Stickers - Sentiment Happy Birthday and the ric-rac sticker is from We've Got your Border Baby Boy. Ribbon is from May Arts.

On the second card I added a strip of vellum with another sticker sentiment from SRM Stickers - Sentiment Thinking of You and a little pink ric-rac from We've Got Your Border Valentine.

I layered some more patterned paper from the Authentique Flourish Collection onto some stars embossed cardstock from Core Essentials Brights. Fore more details and inspiration visit the Core blog. That's all for now, have a great week! : )

Core'dinations Chocolate Box

Friday, June 6, 2014

Just popping in with a quick Core'dinations card. This one was made using their fab Chocolate Box Collection, it's made up of rich chocolatey tones and once sanded reveal a contrasting color beneath, I used Blueberry cardstock on mine.

The flower stamp from Penny Black is stamped onto some Core'dinations 110lb Premium White Cardstock and colored with Distress Markers, they blend really well on the smooth surface. The Poppy Anna Griffin embossing folder works really well with the Chocolate Box I think! Visit the Core blog for some more inspiration using the Chocolate Box Collection. That's all for now, have a great weekend!

Art Journaling - Grids and protecting your binding

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Back again with some more art journaling! If you're a bit daunted by the big white space of your journal pages then grids are something you should try. They're also great if you're struggling with finding time for your art journaling because you can just do a box every other day or so.

I divided each page into four but you could make the boxes smaller and have more spaces to work with. You could even divide a two page spread into enough boxes to cover a month to look more like a calendar page.

These two pages cover some moments from a two week period in May, just certain things I wanted to capture, all from my garden. Below are one of my favorite flowers - Aquilegias or Columbines. In another of the boxes I included a snapshot of one of my favorite seating areas in the garden.

Here's a little snippet of work in progress, as you can see I didn't do the boxes in order! (There are no rules in art journaling remember!) I sketched out the flowers roughly in pencil first.

Then I blocked in some color using acrylic paints but in a watercolor style, only because I didn't have the right shade of purple in watercolors. I love the versatility of acrylics!

After that I added some detail using Distress Markers and moved on to fill the next box with some lilacs.

Some wild garlic, I tried to work fairly quickly with these boxes and not get caught up in too much detail. I love the white text on the dark background. As you can see I'm still loving the splattered paint look!

Another favorite flower of mine, Rosa Rugosa in bud then (now in full flower!). I used a mix of watercolors, acrylic and Distress Markers for all the squares.

We actually had one nice sunny day there at the end of May and I had some washing on the line and I noticed how pretty the shadows of the leaves on the trees were cast on some pillow cases, so I captured that too! It was 'a great day for drying!'

Ok, I've a quick tip to share, one I discovered as I was reading up about art journaling. If you use a journal like mine (i.e not spiral bound) and you use a lot of wet mediums like watercolor, inks etc, the excess moisture can damage the binding.

So here's what I do to protect it. I add a strip of wide masking tape down the centre of the journal along the spine and trim it neatly.

Then I cover it with a layer of gesso, I just have clear gesso so I added some white acrylic paint to it to blend with the page and hide the masking tape. Then just leave to dry and your pages are ready next time you do some art journaling. I like the little bit of extra texture it adds to the pages too! : )

Using the grid was fun and I'm sure I'll try a few more spreads and experiment with different size boxes. It's nice to mix up the pages a bit but my next page will be a full one, one of my borders in the garden is full of lupins coming into flower and irises just waiting to be captured! All blues and purples!

Ok I hope you found some of that helpful or it inspired you in any way to do some art journaling. Let me know if you share an art journal online in the comments, I'd love to see some of your creations!