I'd like to hit 1500 followers by the chime of midnight starting the brand new year 2014! I think we can do it and if you do then I'll have a nice surprise goodie for an Ink Stained friend! This is going to be a quicky - you only have until midnight 12-31-13 so hurry!
To be entered to win all you have to do is become a follower (only if you intend on sticking around) ...
If you already ARE a follower - THANK YOU!,
just tell me so and spread the word.
If I hit 1500, you'll be entered to win a prize package which will include all sorts of fun stuff...
including stamps, pattern paper, ephemera (from my Etsy store), charms, ribbon, fibers and MORE!!!
Good Luck Everyone ~
You have until midnight to hit 1500 & be enter to win :)
It's getting to be that time again to start working on our new Technique Calendar for 2014! If this is your first "new year" at Ink Stains I'll explain a bit...each January we work on creating a new calendar - a technique for each month.
I try to choose a different shape ~ we've used CD's, ticket shape, pennant, house, etc. Well, this year I've had several requests to use "shipping" shaped tags. So, ask and ye shall receive! Of course there are all sizes of shipping tags - everything from about 2" on up.
Here is a list of the common shipping tag number and their sizes:
#1 (2¾" x 1-3/8")
#2 (3¼" x 1-5/8")
#3 (3¾" x 1-7/8")
#4 (4¼" x 2-1/8")
#5 (4¾" x 2-3/8")
#6 (5¼" x 2-5/8")
#7 (5¾" x 2-7/8")
#8 (6¼" x 3-1/8")
#10 (7¼" x 3-5/8")
#12 (8" x 4")
I will be using the #8 tags.
Now you'll also need a template for the mini calendars. Here are a few places you can find them:
Of course there will be 12 different techniques ~ one for each month but I can't tell you what they are going to be for sure....I have a list of way more than 12 so I'm going to have to narrow it down somehow - LOL!!
I thought it would be fun to start the New Year off with a give away so I will be making up a few calendar sets which will include: 12 tags (manila, kraft & black tags), a book ring and mini tear off printed calendars to a few readers!
So, all you have to do is leave a comment and you'll be entered to win one of 5 sets of tags/ring & a tear off calendar.
A beautiful kit consisting of aqua, pale blue, almond and forest green cardstocks (both plain and pattern designs) and a torn paper theme running through out.
When I saw the rubber stamps I knew I wanted to create a shadow box because the aspen trees would work perfectly for layering....
It just so happens I had the perfect box in my stash to create the shadow box....
it was actually filled with to/from labels when I bought it but it was such a nice box I couldn't throw it away. It's been sitting in my cabinet just waiting for the right project.
And here it is....
I stamped the trees several times and mounted them with one, two or three layers of double stick foam tape to the background. I also added a pair of skis and the sentiment inside.
I added some highlights here and there with my clear Wink of Stella glitter pen.
I stamped 3 of the small leaves and a large leaf which was paired with an aspen skeleton leaf (also from the kit) for the front of the lid.
I took a photo w/o the flash to try and show some of the depth...
I also made a few cards as well...
This final card is something a bit different...
When I was playing with the stamps from the Gnomie kit I decided he was so much fun that I thought it would be fun to keep his magic going and incorporate him into a card or other project with future kits! Here is the first of many....
I'm sure by now you all know how much I love to take something that is destine for the trash bin and breath new life into it. Well, tomorrow is the December Club Scrap Blog Hop and the base for my project comes from a box I bought that was full of to/from labels.
I took the labels out and put them with my other labels and was left with this nifty box.... Of course I couldn't throw it away...I HAD to find something to do with it. When I saw this month's Club Scrap Kit - Aspen, I knew it would make a perfect base for a shadow box!
I wanted to make the "window" a little bit rustic to match the Aspen theme so I die-cut a sheet of the wood vener - I wanted to use the negative piece instead of the actual die-cut frame.
It just so happens it fit into the box lid perfectly!
So I glued it to the inside of the lid and let it dry.
I wanted to cover the black and in keeping with the kit design I tore strips of the forest green cardstock and glued it over top of the lid.
Now this matches the look of the kit!
I stamped up a storm using several of the images in the kit,
fussy cut & tore 'em; added them using layers of foam tape, highlighted it here and there with my clear Wink of Stella sparkle pen and....
You'll have to wait till tomorrow to see the finished project ;)
I wanted to share this fun UTEE - Cracked Glass Santa card I made.
The background on the left is a tree stamped with Pine Needle Distress Stain and the right side was made using a combination of Barn Door & Peeled Paint Distress Stains.
Santa was colored with various Distress Markers then covered in multiple layers of UTEE, allowed to cool then cracked.
A closer look at Santa. Someone once asked me how my cracks don't end up on the face. I start off by cracking the edges first. If you start off by cracking in the center that's where the cracks will show up the most, usually obliterating the face. Start off with smaller cracks along the edge and sort of bend the image where you want your cracks to go. After two or three attempts you'll get the hang of controlling (as best as possible) your cracking.
Hope you're all enjoying the season!
We have our first two Christmases this coming weekend!
Of course I'm not ready but hopefully by the time it rolls around I will be :)
My sister in law asked me to make a canvas collage for her mother for Christmas. Her mom's dh passed away earlier this year so it's sort of a high pressure (in my mind) thing. I didn't even know the man so I didn't know which direction to go. My mom said he liked travel & fishing so I went from there.
I had been putting it off because there were so many other things going on I just hadn't had time and I was worried about doing it. Well, the guys were both down with a cold and due to the snow storm I wasn't going to go anywhere by myself so I decided it was a fine time to work on it...
I started off by gluing map bits down to my canvas.
These pieces are all from an Indiana map :)
I then mixed up a wash of Burnt Umber & water...
Painted the entire surface
then dabbed it here and there to give a mottled effect.
Really tones down the bright white and gives a more uniform color.
I then arranged the photos till I got a lay out I liked and took a photo of it so I would be able to replicate it.
Now for these next several steps I was so into the creating mode I totally forgot to take pictures.
I printed out several collage images (from Altered Pages) with things relevant to the person...vintage travel, fishing and the letter "W". I decoupage them onto the canvas in strategic areas and let it dry.
I then applied a heavy body gesso with a spatula (embossing paste would do the same thing) to add texture here and there. After the gesso was dry I applied another layer of the Burnt Umber wash.
Finally when that layer was dried I applied adhesive and gold leaf to various areas.
The leafing not only adds color and shimmer but it also highlights the textured areas as well.
Here is a different angle to show off a bit of the gold leaf.
Next I added the photos...I know a totally different lo than the one above. By the time I matted the main photo it didn't fit in the area I had it so I had to rearrange the photos several times till I settled upon this design. Adhered everything to the canvas, added black ribbon to the edge, and signed my name!
And here it is finished hanging on my wall...
A close up of a couple of the details....
I love how the wash gives a more even tone to the background images and keeps them in the background so they don't overpower the photos.
You can see a bit of the texture on the right side...
So, there you go....
two wintery afternoons, some photos, collage images and lots and lots of glue!
What fun :)
My SIL is going to give it to her mom for Christmas so it will be a while before I hear the final verdict. I sure hope she likes it.
Winter for those of you about to be hit with the white stuff ~ we have a winter storm warning...can't say as I'm excited about the cold (since the temp last night was in the negatives!!!!) but after the teases of less than in 1" at a time I'm ready for a good old snow storm!
And some Christmas
because only 12 more days!!!!
Hope you join me tomorrow for the Club Scrap Gnome Blog Hop!
This was an extra set of stamps/kit and I can't wait to share it with you...