Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Last Day to Save on New Releases!

Today is the last day to save 15% off the new March releases!!!! Hurry!

Hello, Inky Friends!

Sometimes the best creative booster is to wander around a trade least it works for me. Not that I was exactly in a slump. But I had the pleasure of working in the Technique Junkies booth at the Scrap and Stamp Arts Show in Rockford, Illinois this past weekend. Seeing all the TJ Stamps and awesome products together in one booth, along with all the sample boards, PLUS the uber-talented Pat Huntoon, herself, doing make-and-takes...well, how could I NOT get super-charged with a head full of new ideas! Not to mention I came home with a LOT of new product to play with (shhh...don't tell my hubby! tee-hee). If you have an opportunity, I highly recommend these events! You can find a list of all the upcoming trade shows HERE.
My first project features one of the new releases for March, Play In The Puddles (SD702). I love the sentiment!
For the background, I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder and gently rubbed the raised areas using Nuvo Mousse (Powder Blue) and my finger. I then added some Art Anthology Spray (Siesta Key) to the piece. It was mounted on black cardstock (CS) and adhered to the card base.
For the main focal, I stamped and heat embossed the image using Versamark and some black embossing powder onto a piece of CS I had done a while back using the Gel Press Printing Plate. I added some of the same Art Anthology Spray (Siesta Key). I also added some highlights in the puddles with Art Anthology Sorbet Paint (Splashed) and a white gel pen. That gave the image a really nice shimmer in some areas.
I added a silver ribbon behind the focal piece and adhered it to the background using foam tape. A few drops of Nuvo Crystal Drops (Aquatic Mist) in the corner finished off the card with a twinkle. (Note: The Crystal Drops are self-leveling, so you just add a little blob and it magically turns into a perfectly round "blob".)
This next card features Downton Boy Kitty (SD705). Oh, and some more of that fun new "stuff" I got at the show!
I used an Art Anthology Stencil (Such A Drip) and black CS to start. Using a spatula, I spread Art Anthology Velvet Paint (Aloha) across the stencil, and then carefully removed the stencil. Be sure to clean your stencils immediately so the paint doesn't dry on it. Then I added some shimmer by spreading some Nuvo Glimmer Paste (Blue Topaz) in splotches on the CS. The sentiment (from the set "Things I Want To Do") was stamped onto vellum with Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black). I scored the vellum so I could fold the excess behind the top layer and not see the adhesive.
The Kitty was stamped on white CS with Memento Ink. I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens to color the image, and added some highlights to the hair and whiskers with a white gel pen. The image was then fussy-cut and mounted to the piece with some foam tape. I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops (Blue Lagoon) to the vellum and mounted the entire piece to a turquoise card base.

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I hope you enjoyed my projects, and I hope I was able to pass on some of that creative juice I brought back with me from the show!

Til next time,
Keepin' It Inky!