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Archive | August 26, 2011

I Love You

This week was an especially difficult anniversary for my husband and I – the tenth anniversary of the stillbirth of our son. As that date approached I knew that being apart as we remembered that awful loss was going to be extra hard. I wanted to do something special to bring some comfort to my husband as he tried to endure reliving our past nightmare while living through the current one.

DOC rules severely limit my options to reach out to him, however. I finally settled on making a handmade card as my best option. But even sending a card has challenges, because anything sent into his correctional facility can’t have adhered layers on it (too much risk of contraband or hidden messages). So I had to come up with a design that, basically, didn’t use any glue. Then I realized the solution – creating visual layers with ink, basically creating a painting!

I dug out my stamps and various mediums, and started playing. This was the result.

I love you card

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Cards | I Love You

This week was an especially difficult anniversary for my husband and I – the tenth anniversary of the stillbirth of our son. As that date approached I knew that being apart as we remembered that awful loss was going to be extra hard. I wanted to do something special to bring some comfort to my husband as he tried to endure reliving our past nightmare while living through the current one.

DOC rules severely limit my options to reach out to him, however. I finally settled on making a handmade card as my best option. But even sending a card has challenges, because anything sent into his correctional facility can’t have adhered layers on it (too much risk of contraband or hidden messages). So I had to come up with a design that, basically, didn’t use any glue. Then I realized the solution – creating visual layers with ink, basically creating a painting!

I dug out my stamps and various mediums, and started playing. This was the result.

 

Supplies – Cardstock: Bazzill Smoothies (Walnut Cream). Ink: Tim Holtz Distress (Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot), Tim Holtz Distress Stain (Peeled Paint, Pine Needles, Faded Jeans), Studio Calico Mr. Huey’s Mist (Classic Calico). Clear Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Background Basics: Text Style), Tim Holtz for Stamper’s Anonymous (Nature’s Elements), Technique Tuesday (Words We Love). 

First, I used half of an 8.5×11 sheet of the Bazzill cardstock to create the card blank out of. This conveniently left me with the other half of the sheet to use to practice my effects on before stamping them on the “real” card.

The first layer of the stamping that was laid down was the text background stamp by Papertrey Ink. Using the Antique Linen Distress ink, I stamped that background strip twice across the bottom area of the card, leaving enough room at the bottom to add the sentiment stamp later.

Next, I started adding the foliage. First I added the large spray of leaves from the Nature’s Elements set, in Peeled Paint Distress Stain. Then I added the slightly smaller green floral element, stamped in Pine Needle. Finally, I filled the blank area between their stems with the small floral stamp in Faded Jeans. I selected the Distress Stain for these elements because I wanted a soft, watercolor look. Practicing on the scrap piece of cardstock really helped get the order of the stamping of these elements right, as well as figure out which piece should be which color. It also gave me practice learning how much stain to use on the stamps for the effect I wanted.

The butterfly from the Nature’s Element set was stamped with Distress Ink (not stain) in Brushed Corduroy because I wanted a crisper effect for that image than I had wanted for the foliage that I did with stain. The last stamp placed was the sentiment from the Technique Tuesday set, in Black Soot Distress ink.

As a finishing touch, to knock back the glaring perfection of the Walnut Cream background, I gave the card a spritz with the Mr. Huey’s spray mist. I sprayed from near the top of the right side so that most of the spray was concentrated in that area.

Mike loved the card and I learned a lot about working with my various different inks and stamps doing this. I liked the challenge of trying to see what effects I could achieve solely with my inks. I’m sure I will be doing more of it in the future!

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Noteworthy | 8.26.2011

Children are heading back to school, CHA product is hitting stores every day, and on-line there are all kinds of exciting things going on in the scrapbook world. Here are some noteworthy happenings this week:

BasicGrey has been exploding with announcements this week. The company just started a blog, and leading the way is their new (also just announced) social media coordinator Melanie Bauer. This is noteworthy on its own, as the company has not had a blog previously – instead most new product peeks and announcements by the company could be found via designer Kelly Goree’s blog. Adding to the excitement, the company has also announced a long-awaited design team search this week. All of the requirements are posted on their blog.

Perhaps the most exciting BasicGrey news is that their new lines are hitting store shelves now. Scrapbook.com has received over 150 new items just this week. Nordic Holiday is one of my favorite new holiday lines this season. I can’t wait to try it out.

Jennifer McGuire has a new class called Inspiration Showcase coming online September 12th-23rd, that features special guests like Tim Holtz and Kristina Werner, and more than 40 techniques. At an affordable price ($19)  for what looks to be a value packed event, even I could not resist signing up. Here is a bit from the class description:

In this class, you will follow the creation of a 12×12 canvas utilizing over 40 fabulous techniques including tried-and-true favorites as well as new tips and techniques. This technique-heavy class will explore the many forms of resist, creative uses of distress inks, die cut and embossing techniques along with fabulous finishing touches and using your stamps with more than just the usual suspects of ink and paper.  Through daily videos, you will learn creative ways to make your supplies go farther, such as creating your own embellishments and making the most of your inks, stamps and papers.

Authentique has begun releasing images of their soon-to-be-released line “Free Bird”. All the details are not released yet, but they have said this line will feature 32 designs in eight color themes. The 6×6 patterned papers in this line will be sold in individual sheets instead of just in paper pads – something that is definitely groundbreaking. Having 6×6 papers “freed” from the paper pad that they are normally sold in is something I am sure 6×6 paper fans will be excited about.

Making Memories sent out an email on August 22and, announcing that consumers can now buy from them at a wholesale price:

Making Memories is offering YOU the opportunity to buy direct from the manufacturer!
Not only will YOU find product you’ve not been able to locate in years but YOU will get it at Wholesale pricing!
As incentive to the launch and for a limited time, we are offering 20% OFF WHOLESALE!  Use code:  SHOPMM at checkout.
Simply Click:  Shop Making Memories
This is your opportunity to save on your favorite makingmemories products!

Some of the offerings are products I’ve not seen in years, while others are less than a year old (for instance, the 2010 holiday lines are there). When Scrapbook Update contacted Making Memories for more information, a company representative stressed that this is not a liquidation sale, and that they have product launch plans going forward into 2012 and beyond.

Tutorials from Tim Holtz are always popular, and this one is no exception. In this post on Tim’s blog he shows why the new Snow Cap mixative (from his Adirondack alcohol ink line with Ranger) is a game-changer, and shows the possibilities for getting more out of your alcohol inks, especially on metal surfaces.

After reading I purchased some from www.simonsaysstamp.com. This Scrapbook Update sponsor carries a full selection of alcohol inks, and most all things “Tim” as well. Once my Snow Cap mixative arrives, I’ll be sure to do a video post here at Scrapbook Update to share my personal findings.

Here at Scrapbook Update I’ve been sharing back to school inspired posts, and I’m not the only one! Bella Blvd has had new projects posted each day this week for their own B2S week. Above is a peek at a project they posted earlier this week. They all feature Bella’s Midterm line, which is of course perfect for school scrapbooking. I also spotted fantastic blog posts from Fancy Pants Designs and Core’dinations celebrating the back to school spirit. Based on the peeks I’ve seen of Studio Calico’s September kit  (named Glee Club), I have the feeling that it is going to be filled with product perfect for fall, as well.

“Noteworthy” is a new regular weekly column at Scrapbook Update. Have something new & noteworthy to share? Feel free to leave a comment, or if you have something you would like considered for next week’s column, email may@scrapbookupdate.com with a link or press release.

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