Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Magenta Autumn 2015 Catalog

Great news! The Magenta Autumn 2015 Catalog is out! These are images by Christine Gaudreault of MarieLune Designs, and they are very beautiful! I think you will agree that these designs are timeless and could be used all year around. If you are local to Art 'n Soul, we have had a trunk show of these lovely stencils and stamps at the shop since October 18. If you have not been by to see them, you should definitely do so!

Wait just a moment for the catalog to pop in. If you are having any trouble viewing the catalog, please go the Magenta blog here

The stencils and stamps in this catalog are so inspiring, that the Magenta Design Team, including Helene Métevier have created a Look Book to inspire you. One of my designs made the back cover, so please be sure to browse the entire book!

Here is a look at my card that appears in the book.

I masked off the top and bottom of the panel (regular 80# Solar White card stock). Working in the unmasked opening in the center of the panel, I first, I inked up the sentiment stamp with Ground Espresso Distress ink, and stamped off onto a piece of scrap paper once, then onto my panel. I did this twice more so that the sentiment filled the length of the panel. Using an ink blending tool, I applied the Wild Honey Distress ink to the center of the panel, and then sponged the other colors (Spiced Marmalade and Rusty Hinge) around the edges. I heat set the ink, brushed a powder tool over the inked area, and stamped the leaf stamp three times in Versamark ink. Judikins Gold Detail embossing powder was then used to emboss the leaves.

To create the single "Dream..." sentiment at the bottom, I taped off everything on the stamp except that word, and inked it with the Ground Espresso Distress ink. After removing the tape, I stamped the word onto the bottom left of the panel.

I hope this Inspiration Book inspires you! I think you will love this collection.

Magenta Stamps used:
85.018.K Stylized Leaves
07.945.K Reality
Other Products Used:
Distress Inks: Ground Espresso, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge
Versamark Ink
Judikins Gold Detail embossing powder

Friday, October 23, 2015

Technique of the Week: Paper Towel Stamping

I love my creative friends, I honestly do. This technique is courtesy of my friend Eion. You know how much I love to use paper towels in my craft; well, Eion took this and ran with it. He was "playing around with ink" one night, and he wanted to stamp certain shapes that he didn't have. He rolled up paper towels into little stumps and inked them up and stamped with them! I love it!

Take a fairly thin strip of paper towel - maybe about 2.5" wide. Fold it on both long sides so that you have 2 smooth edges, and then roll it up. When you've rolled it all the way up, tape it so that it doesn't come unrolled. I made two different sizes for this card.

Ink up one of the ends of your roll, and stamp with it. Your stamping will look a little like a rose or cabbage rose. Love it! He also showed me that if you fold your paper towel into a small square, and ink a corner, you can make what look like distant hills or mountains. I used this folding to simulate leaves in the flower clusters.

I loved this, and I hope that you will give it a try. My stampings are a little heavy handed, and I think a light touch is more interesting.

Here is a bonus tip for you: If you get ink on your mat, and then get it on the front of your card when you are putting it together....ahem...and I never do this! But if you DO, you can clean it up with a touch of bleach.  All of you who came to the Christmas Party know that I keep a couple of water brushes with bleach in them (100% bleach), and this can work wonders. Not too much, just a light touch. A few well placed sequins don't hurt anything either!

Magenta Stamp Used:
Anyone Who Keeps the Ability-Kafka Quote 07.590.J
Anyone Who Keeps the Ability 07.590.J

Other Products Used:
Distress Ink:
Picked Raspberry
Worn Lipstick
Mowed Lawn
So Silk Beauty Pink paper

Friday, October 16, 2015

Technique of the Week: Bokeh

In Wikipedia, "Bokeh" is described as such: "In photography, bokeh (Originally /ˈboʊkɛ/, /ˈboʊkeɪ/ BOH-kay — also sometimes pronounced as /ˈboʊkə/ BOH-kə, Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as 'the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light'".

This is a popular technique in card making  and very easy to accomplish. In this card, I applied color by applying two of the new Distress ink colors directly to paper. I used 80# Solar White card stock  Super easy and fast.

I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink, and embossed with White Diamond embossing powder from Judikins.

Taking a finger dauber, I applied the circles with Memento Luxe Wedding Dress ink. The dots are applied randomly, and it's best to apply them as second and third generation dabs. In other words, ink up your dauber and stamp it off onto scrap paper. Then dab onto the inked surface several times before re-inking again. The effect is like out of focus lights in the distance. The streamers were added with Magenta stamp 41.036.D Calligraphic Accent 3, using more of the Wedding Dress ink.

Various sequins were randomly sprinkled around using Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive.

This technique is very easy to do, and always striking. I hope you give it a try! Oh! if you are local this card is a sneak peak at one that I did for the Art 'n Soul Annual Christmas Party. I hope you will join us at Art 'n Soul on Sunday October 18 from 1:00-4:00, and see all of the cards we have made to inspire you!

Magenta Stamp used:
Calligraphic Accent 3 41.036,D
Other Products used:
Hero Arts G6117 Happy Happy New Year
Distress Ink: Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch
Memento Luxe Wedding Dress Ink
Versamark Ink
Judikins White Diamond embossing powder
So Silk Fair Blue paper
Various sequins
finger dauber

Friday, October 9, 2015

Technique of the Week: Stencil Kissing

In conjunction with the Art 'n Soul newsletter article "Technique of the Week" this week, I tried a technique called "Stencil Kissing." I got this technique from a customer (you know who you are). You may recall a previous technique called Stamp Kissing. This is similar, but uses a stencil to transfer the pattern, rather than a detailed stamp. A very detailed stencil is the best for this technique.

1. First, get a stamp with a lot of solid area. I used Magenta 0685.O Bird on Branch Silhouette.

2. I inked up the stamp with a range of Memento colors, starting with the lightest first (Dandelion, Canteloupe, Tangelo, Morocco, Potter's Clay, and Rhubarb Stalk). I wanted a variety of Fall colors for my image.

3. I chose several Magenta stencils to experiment with (TM140 Daisy Love; MC01 Blossoms; and one of the Zen Trio Templates TM54). The one I used to make into my card was TM140 Daisy Love.
 The pictures I'm showing here are using all three of these stencils.

4. Once my stamp was well inked, I stamped it down onto the stencil. This lifts some color from the stamp and leaves the pattern.

5. I then pressed the stamp onto a piece of white cardstock and the patterned image was transferred. 

6. I added a "Thinking of You" sentiment using Magenta 07.869.D, stamped in Memento Potter's Clay, and cut the image out using the Memory Box die MB 30036 Stitched Circle Layers (second largest size).

7. To finish the card, I mounted the image onto a piece of watercolor paper that was colored with Magenta Nuance colors in Bright Yellow, Golden Yellow, Grass Green and Jade. The colors were activated with "pearly water" (mixture of 2 oz water and 1/4 tsp perfect pearls powder).

8. The panel was adhered to a base card, and I sprinkled on a few sequins, sticking them down with Ranger Multi Medium matte adhesive. I did 3 stampings, and I absolutely love how all of them turned out. I hope you give this a try!

Magenta Stamps and Stencils used:

Magenta Nuance colors used:

MNU-002  Bright Yellow
MNU-008 Golden Yellow
MNU-009  Grass Green
MNU-004  Jade

Other Products used:

Memento Inks: Dandelion, Canteloupe, Tangelo, Morocco, Potter's Clay, Rhubarb Stalk
Memory Box die: MB 30036 Stitched Circle Layers
Tim Holtz watercolor paper
Perfect Pearls Pearl powder
Various sequins
Ranger Multi Medium matte (the best thing for gluing sequins)
Neenah Solar white 110# card stock