Sunday, March 1, 2015

Leave a Little Sparkle

Happy Sunday, everyone! I hope you've had a great weekend. Today, I thought I'd share another card I made for the Stampers Anonymous CHA booth using new stamps and stencils from Tim Holtz.

I had made this glittered frame using Tim's Ornate Frame die ages ago but never used it for its intended project. I saved it, knowing the right project would come along and, when I saw this sentiment stamp from Tim, I knew it would be perfect! This could be a card, but I actually made it to be a decor piece that you could hang, or display on an easel. Here's a quick rundown of how I made it:

The frame was cut from chipboard using the Ornate Frame die from Sizzix. I painted it gold, then coated it with Ranger's Glue 'n Seal and covered it with Platinum Dry Stickles.

The base is a panel of chipboard that I covered with burlap. I dabbed Picket Fence Distress paint here and there and added idea-ology metal foil corners. Next, I cut a piece of watercolor paper using Tim's Big Ticket die. I used the Stenciled Embossed Resist technique I shared a couple weeks ago on the Ranger blog to create the background and then cut an opening in it to match the opening in the frame.

The sentiment was stamped on a piece of plain watercolor paper and adhered to the burlap panel. I adhered the glittered frame to the ticket and tied it with a length of ribbon that was dyed using Broken China Distress Stain spray. The ticket was mounted to the burlap panel with foam dots to give it some dimension.

I think this would make such a great card or gift for a special friend or daughter. In fact, I might just have to make another one for mine!

Speaking of sparkle, I just had to share this pic with you. Some of you may know I live in Mississippi - definitely not a state known for its snowfall. Well, we had a brief but beautiful snowstorm last week that was one of most beautiful I've ever seen! It was completely gone the next day, but I had a great time playing in it with my husband. Our backyard has never looked more picturesque!

You can find all the supplies I used via the links below. Have fun shopping!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Eileen Hull + Stampendous ATB Blog Hop

I am so excited to share this project with you! This week, the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team is joining forces with Stampendous to share some incredible Artist Trading Blocks. Make sure you read to the bottom - there are going to be some great prizes given away!

I received two sets of very cool stamps from Stampendous to work with and something I'd never seen before: Spoonful of Rust Embossing Powder and Elements. These were definitely my kind of supplies and I knew I was in for some rusty, steampunky fun!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you got a glimpse of the Spoonful of Rust while I was working on my project. Judging by everyone's reactions, you love it as much as I do! I have never tried a product that produced such incredible results the first time I used it. Most definitely a must-have! And, how cool is that steampunk bird? I love that little guy! I used this challenge as an excuse (not that I need one) to pull out my DecoArt paints and get artsy. I love all the texture from their Texture Sand Paste and Crackle Paint.

I mean...seriously? How incredible is that? The mixture is made up of various sizes of material. There is the rusty stuff, that is similar to normal embossing powder. Then there are the black specks, which are bigger, and the flat paint chip-looking pieces. It all melts and melds into such an amazing texture. You can even embed things in it!

I wrote up a super quick tutorial so you could see how it all came together. Very easy, very messy, very fun!

I began by cutting two box pieces from chipboard using Eileen Hull's 3D Block die from Sizzix. I covered them with gesso, then brushed on DecoArt Crackle Paint and Sand Texture randomly. I painted over all of that with DecoArt Media paints, then stamped using gesso and one of the Grunge stamps from Stampendous (all product links are below).

Next, I stamped the splatter stamp from the same set using Ranger's Coffee Archival ink.

To tone down the blue, I made an antiquing wash by mixing DecoArt's Transparent Red Iron Oxide, Yellow Oxide, and Ultra Matte Varnish. After brushing that on and letting it dry, I sprinkled the Spoonful of Rust in random spots and heated it. This is a bit different since you don't use embossing ink, you just sprinkle it and heat it from underneath. It's a little tricky since the chipboard is so thick - you have to keep your heat gun moving so you don't scorch the paper before the powder melts.

The little steampunk bird was stamped on white cardstock and colored with Spectrum Noir markers. I cut it apart and layered it, mixing a few of Tim Holtz's gears with it. The word and postcard stamps are from the same set. After my stamping was done, I glued my panels together using Beacon's 3-in-1 glue to create a box.

Wow, so much rusty, grungy goodness! I love the way the stamps, powder, paint, and embellishments all come together on Eileen Hull's fantastic block. I'm an ATB addict for sure!

Make sure you check out my fellow artist's blogs for loads more inspiration:

We know this form of crafting will spark your interest and give your mojo a serious boost! That’s why we have prizes!!!  We’ll choose three winners at random from the comments on all blogs in the hop. Then from those three we’ll randomly pick a GRAND PRIZE winner! Two of the winners will receive Stampendous PenPattern Petal and PenPattern Flutter cling stamps, just like you’ll see on Kristine Reynolds' amazing ATB sample. They’ll also receive enough pre-cut, premium matboard from Sizzix to make two boxes of your own, plus some extra pieces for fiddly bits! The Grand Prize winner will receive the stamps as above, a whole package of matboard, AND the Sizzix die to cut your own ATB boxes! Uh, WOW! If that weren’t enough, eligibility for these amazing prize packages has expanded to include our international fans too!

Here are all the important links for Stampendous, Eileen Hull, and The Artists on the Block:

Follow Stampendous:  Facebook * Twitter * Pinterest

Follow Eileen Hull: Facebook * Twitter * Pinterest * Google +* Instagram

Follow The Artists on the Block: Facebook * Twitter * Pinterest

You can find Eileen's 3D Block die at Inspiration Emporium. Remember to use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% on your entire order. The rest of the supplies I used can be found at Simon Says Stamp and Amazon. Have fun shopping!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my ATB project. Have you made one yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Make sure you leave a comment to be entered into the contest. I'd love to hear what kind of ATBs you've made, or what you'd like to try in the future!