Creations by Lynn Weiss ~ Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Friday, June 28, 2013

Soft Wildflower Meadow

I played around with a fun technique using White Craft Ink and the Wildflower Meadow stamp. Not sure what the technique is called, but I love the results!

I just stamped the image onto Crumb Cake using the White Craft ink and let it dry...or you can use your heat tool to speed up the process. Then I used my Aqua Painter and various Classic Inks to add color to the flowers & hummingbird. The result is soft, pretty blended colors that mix a bit with the white ink. You cannot tell by my photo, but I also painted over the top with some shimmer spray to give the flowers some extra sparkle when the light hits it.

I was inspired to try this technique when I saw this pretty card . She used blender pens instead of the aqua painter on that's another alternative. I just prefer the aqua painter myself, so that's what I used. Here's another card I also created with this technique. Both cards use the new In Colors as my color palette. (with the addition of Wisteria Wonder to the top card)

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

An Epic Blue Ribbon Grad (and birthday too!)

Today I have a couple cards to share using the exact same for a graduation and one for a birthday. I love how versatile the Blue Ribbon stamp set is!

The Epic Day DSP has a lot of fun it was easy to make the cute little pennants. I was also able to personalize them really easily by adding the year using the Designer Type Photopolymer Stamp Set. Here's the birthday version...
I decided to wait to personalize the little banner when I know who the card is going to.

Have an epic day!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Easy Watercolor Background Tutorial

I shared a card here on Friday and have since gotten several emails asking exactly how to do the background. It's a really fun technique to play around with and very simple to get beautiful results. I'm not really sure what it's I'm just going to call it the watercolor background technique. I took photos of each step to show you exactly how to do this.

Step 1: Gather supplies. For this project I used:

  • Acrylic Block I
  • Stampin' Write Markers: Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz & Old Olive
  • Whisper White card stock cut 5 1/2" x 4
  • Stampin' Spritzer filled with water
Step 2: Swipe markers across acrylic block to create strips of color, blending each color into the next as shown below.
Step 3: Lay the block onto Stampin' Scrub and spritz with water. I found that about 4-5 spritzes across the block was perfect...but this is really where you'll have to experiment to find the look you are going for.

Step 4: Pick up block and tilt slightly if you wish to blend colors will look something like this.
Step 5: "Stamp" your background onto your base, being careful to lay it down straight. I left about a 3/8" border along the top (which will actually be the side of my finished card) Hint: press on the block and allow it to sit for a minute so the paper will absorb all the ink & water.
Allow the panel to dry before going on to the next step. I just kept making more back grounds and when I was done with that the panels were maybe an hour or so. Or if you are in a hurry use your heat tool to speed up the dry time. Hint: Create a small background, using this same technique & colors, on some scrap for any images you may want to stamp & punch out.

Step 6: Use post it notes to mask the edges of your watercolor background. Hint: if your ink pads are very juicy, you may want to also use some scrap paper over the post it notes so that the ink doesn't bleed through.

Step 7: Stamp your focal images first. I used the Papillon Potpourri stamp set with Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry & Island Indigo ink.
Step 8: Stamp your small scrap background to punch. I used Rich Razzleberry.
Step 9: Fill in with a swirl...I used the pretty flourish from Everything Eleanor inked in Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo & Coastal Cabana.
Step 10: Stamp En Francais over entire design. I inked mine in Island Indigo and then stamped it off once so it wasn't so dark. I also pressed in the areas that I wanted it to be a little darker.
Step 11: The best part! Pull off the post it notes to reveal your fabulous work of art! Proceed to embellish as you wish to create your finished card. Here's what mine looks like...
I used the Needlepoint Border to emboss my edges, popped up the punched out butterfly and stamped my sentiment, from Blooming With Kindness, in Coastal Cabana and adhered it to a base of Pool Party card stock.

I hope you'll give this technique a try, if you haven't already. I also hope you like this look because I'll be sharing several more cards I have created using this technique in the next couple weeks.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Grateful Creative Elements

I love the pretty, blended colors that make up the background strip of this card using markers & an acrylic block. After I created the background panel, I masked the edges with post it notes and stamped flowers & the swirl from the Creative Elements stamp set along with En Francais.

Can you guess which punch or die cut I used to create the label for my sentiment? At first I was just going to use it as a stamped strip, but after playing around with some of my framelits I came up with an easy way to make this die cut label using the Apothecary Accents Framelits. Check it out...

  1. Just cut a strip of card stock just under an inch approximately 15/16 or 7/8 inch wide. 
  2. Stamp the label image from Creative Elements
  3. Line one end up under the framelit, allowing the other end to lay on top, as shown above.
  4. Place top cutting pad on top of framelit carefully. Tip: you may want to use post-it notes or temp adhesive to hold it securely in place...if like me you don't yet have the Magnetic Platform Pad. It's on my next order and can't wait to get it!
  5. Start to roll thru the Big Shot, but stop after it cuts the end, and reverse back out instead of rolling all the way through. Hope that makes sense...rolling all the way through will just kind of crease up the other end a bit.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 to cut the other end of the label.
I then embossed my sentiment, from Apothecary Art, using White EP. I think I'll be using this image so much more now that I've discovered this!  

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Father's Day Coast To Coast

I was doing some re-organizing in my stampin' space recently and started looking through some of my favorite retired stamp sets. One of my very favorites has to be Coast To I decided to use it for my Dad's Father's Day card this year.

This beautiful lighthouse image was stamped in Black Staz-on onto a leftover Behr paint chip that I brought home when trying to decide on a color for my bath a while back. Good way to recycle! Two of the colors were almost a perfect match to Night of Navy & Brocade Blue (retired), and just for good measure I added some Cherry Cobbler!

The En Francais background was stamped in Night of Navy. The "Happy Father's Day" greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and I stamped it inside a Bitty Banner image inked with just my marker to eliminate the original wording. I also used Tiny Tags (a newly retired favorite) along with "Dad" from Fancy Flexible Phrases.

Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful Dad's out there! I hope you get to spend time tomorrow with all the favorite Father's in your life!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Hello In Colors!

I guess it's been a little while since I posted! I've been really busy around the house, painting and gardening, etc... Such a busy time of year, and unfortunately not enough time to stamp lately! Here's a cute card I made when I first got the new batch of In Colors. I wanted to create something that used all five here it is.

Stamps: Papillon Potpourri,  Creative Elements, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card stock: Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding & Strawberry Slush
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding & Strawberry Slush
Accessories: Elegant Butterfly & Bitty Butterfly Punches, Basic Pearls & Fancy Fan Embossing Folder

Have a colorful day!