Thursday, May 7, 2015

12 Tags of 2015 - March

My tag for March is inspired by the techniques used on Tim Holtz's blog, but has the theme of Paris. Instead of using the paste technique, however, I used a Dylusions stencil by inking through it and then embossing with gold embossing powder. I did try the paste technique, but didn't particularly like the very chunky look with what I was making. I particularly did like how the fine line stamping looks a little faded, as to me, that contributes to the dream-like quality in the saying on the metal word band used.

Thanks for looking at my creations!

12 Tags of 2015 - February

I don't really go in for the Valentine thing much, so instead of that theme, I used the general design from Tim Holtz's blog as inspiration to make my February tag.

Thanks for looking at my creation.


My first exposure to stamping many, many years ago was through this marvelous company, Stubby Stampers. New owners, who I have known for years, recently took over the company to keep all their wonderful images available and revitalize the company with new stamps to come from Jambalayas Stubby Stampers.

I am helping out by doing some samples for stamps that they have available on the website, to maybe inspire some ideas of just some of the great things you can make with them. Below is a card using their "Friend" stamp #3897, found here:

I made this card using a nifty technique with embossing folders, diecuts, and some embellishments. Using a piece of white cardstock, I first inked my embossing folder on the side where the images are recessed, placed the paper in, and then passed it through embossing machine. Because I used a blue ink, I then had a piece of paper that was blue background with raised white flowers. I then colored each of the flowers with markers to get the yellow flowers with green stems and petals. 

Using a circular die cut, I then positioned that over my embossed and colored paper, and cut an opening. I cut two more smaller circles (one dark blue, and one light blue). I stamped and heat embossed the word "Friend" on the lighter circle. I then layered first the light blue (on a popdot) onto the dark blue. I glued my background embossed paper onto a light blue rectangle, glued down the dark blue circle, and then glued this down to the dark blue base card. I used a brown plaid ribbon and some flower-shaped Raindot stickers from Cloud9 Design as embellishment.

Thanks for looking at my creation. Check out Jambalayas Stubby Stamps website and Facebook page for more samples of cards made by some very talented stampers.