It's Topflight Stamps 4th birthday! I'm joining in the celebration along with a group of fabulous designers to share handmade birthday cards that showcase many of the unique products available at Topflight Stamps (including my stamps and embossing powders!) I hope you'll enjoy my cards and tutorial and then continue to hop along with us to see the variety of fantastic products from this talented bunch. (And make sure to stick around to the end to find out how you can win a gift card.) Updated... winner is on the bottom of the post!
If you're following in order then you should have arrived here from Rachel Greig's blog, but if not - no worries! Get the full list of participants and links to their blogs at the bottom of this post.
For my contribution I've used my stamps from PaperArtsy and my Boho Blends embossing powders from Emerald Creek to make a pair of mixed media birthday cards.
I put together a little tutorial to show you how I made these and which products I used to achieve the various effects. Ready to get started?
Step 1: I started out with Neenah Extra Heavy folded cards and used Lavinia Acetate Circle Masks along with Prism dye ink from Hunkydory and a blender brush to put down three circles of ink on the front of my card.
Step 2: I traced the Lavinia masks onto plain copy paper and cut out the circles to create masks for my stamps (the acetate masks will work too, but they're a bit thicker and so it creates a bigger gap between the stamp and the edge of the circle when you stamp over the mask. The thickness of the acetate is perfect for inking, though.)
I laid the paper masks over top and matched them up with the inked areas, then used designs from my different PaperArtsy stamp sets, stamping repeatedly, to fill the inked circles with pattern. (The set in the photo is my EGL10 set - Japanese Patterns. I also used EGL11 - Suzani Florals as well as my new EGL13 set, Botanical Illustrations.) I stamped with a combination of the Prism Dye Ink Pads as well as Hero Arts Ombré pads.
Step 3: I took the Prism Glimmer Mist in Glamour Gold and instead of spraying, I opened the bottle and used the tube for the sprayer as a skewer and drew rough outlines around my circles with the gold ink.
Step 4: I used bits of washi tape along the edges (two of the designs by Tracy Evans for AALL & Create) and then cut circles from the Colorful Circles washi from l'Encre et l'Image and adhered them onto the card (I used a glue stick since handling them during cutting takes away a lot of the stickiness.)
Step 5: For each of the cards, I chose one of the frames from my new EGL14 (Ornate Frames) stamp set and stamped on watercolor paper with embossing ink and then used some of my Boho Blends embossing powders to heat emboss the images. (For this piece I used Kano Green and Moroccan Sun.)
Step 6: I added sentiments to the birthday cards by using a small alphabet set to stamp my words, then I cut out my frames and edged them with more Prism ink (I used Smoked Paprika here) and then adhered them onto the card with Hunkydory Finger Lift Double-Sided tape.
Step 7: To finish, I added some self-adhesive rhinestones (Hunkydory Diamond Sparkles Glitter Gemstones - Gold Sparkles) onto the main frame to highlight my stamped sentiment and then just used a regular pen to scribble borders and add a few marks.
Voilà! Completed mixed media birthday cards. I love the look of layering ink, stamping, embossing, and washi tape all mixed together to highlight the celebratory sentiments and I'm excited to have these ready and waiting for the next time I need a birthday card :)
I hope you enjoyed both the cards and the tutorial... here are a few more close-ups so you can see both of the completed cards.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without prizes! Topflight Stamps is giving one lucky winner a $100 Gift Certificate to the store!
But wait, there's more. Each stop on the hop has an additional $25 Gift Certificate up for grabs for some lucky commenter. For a chance to win, make sure to visit every stop on the blog hop and leave a comment by March 29th. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on March 31st.
Updated with the winner - congratulations to Mary Herman!
Please contact me or Topflight Stamps to get the code for your $25 gift certificate.
If you want to follow along and see all of the posts in the hop (and comment on each to enter to win one of the gift certificates!) here's the list of participating designers:
I'm excited to share that today I'm releasing three new rubber stamp sets with PaperArtsy. This release includes EGL13 (Botanical Illustrations,) EGL14 (Ornate Frames,) and EGL15 (Tribal Fish.) Flowers, Frames, and Fish!
All of the stamps in these collections came from my sketchbook and were inspired by my travels, a few treasured items in my apartment, and my love of flowers and foliage.
Below you can check out my samples with each of the new collections and then head over to the official release post on the PaperArtsy blog to get more details and background for each set.
There's also a tutorial for a project that features all three stamp sets - although these may not seem like they go together, I had this concept in my head from the moment I began designing them and I'm thrilled with how well it worked in practice.
You can head over to the PaperArtsy blog to see more details for each project and to get the full tutorial.
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Things have been busy lately with lots of new product announcements, new online classes, and other goings on, so today is a quick combo post to share info on two of my upcoming live online workshops along with a new free mixed media tutorial.
First up... I'm up today with my quarterly Paint & Texture column on the StencilGirl blog and this month I'm sharing a few ways that you can make and use acrylic skins with stencils in your art journal (or mixed media, scrapbook layouts, and lots more.)
I'll share the steps for creating the bulk of the art journal page shown here. Head on over and check it out!
Products from this tutorial...
I've been incredibly busy putting together and teaching live online workshops all year, and I still have a few more coming before we close out 2020.
MASKquerade is an online class packed full of fun and easy mixed media ideas to add to your techniques toolbox. We'll stamp, stencil, collage, and make marks to hide and reveal elements as we build the layers in our mixed media projects.
Class is on Saturday, October 24th at 11am eastern time (3pm GMT) and is being held in partnership with Stampers Grove in Scotland. (If you can't make it live, the class will be recorded and archived in the group to watch and re-watch later.)
Flip Art Folio is an online class where we'll make a handmade folio with pieces of art nested inside to form a layered flip-book. We'll mix paper, fabric, and more to create a beautiful hardbound folder to display, tuck in a bookshelf, of give as a gift.
Class is on Saturday, November 7th at 1pm eastern (5pm GMT) with a pre-class video about a week before. Both video sessions will be recorded and archived in the group, but you must be registered before class begins in order to participate. This workshop is in partnership with Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, Virginia.
And save the date! I have a second class with Artistic Artifacts, "Ornaments & Amulets," which will be held on Saturday, December 5th. More details and registration coming soon.
One last quick note... my latest stamp release from PaperArtsy is now in stock and available in the shop!
I'm super excited to announce the release of my three latest stamp collections with PaperArtsy: EGL10, EGL11, and EGL12. I love to incorporate floral and other ethnic patterns that I've discovered in my travels - both in real life, such as the Suzani patterns from Uzbekistan, and the travels in my mind like the ones to Japan (someday I'll get there!)
You can head over to the PaperArtsy blog for the full release post with all of the details and even more project photos, but here's a quick overview of some of the samples and inspiration for each set.
EGL10 is the set I call Japanese Patterns - it's entirely inspired by designs I found in an antique Japanese design book. Each hand drawn element is designed to be able to work on its own, or you can repeat them to make backgrounds and collage or patterned papers.
For my samples using this collection, I made a bunch of different patterned papers and collaged them to create patchwork backgrounds with stamped butterflies and medallions in the foreground.
EGL11 is my Suzani Florals set - this was inspired by traditional embroidered Suzani designs from Uzbekistan. (This may look familiar to some of you as these are smaller and more detailed versions of the designs that came in the 9" x 12" stencil in my July 2020 Suzani StencilClub collection.)
I used the small stamps in this set to make some collage papers for a mixed media piece and card. The large floral stamp was stamped on some scrap paper with white paint on it, colored with colored pencils, and then cut out and adhered to create the focal point.
EGL12 is my Suzani Motifs section - flowers and medallions that are great for cards, tags, art journal pages, scrapbooking, and lots more.
My samples with this stamp set included a card and a handbound Concertina book with patterns and hand painting inspired by Ajrak block printing from India. You can read a bit more about the inspiration behind the background papers on this pieces in the announcement blog post.
If you head over to my post today on the PaperArtsy blog, you'll find a short tutorial showing how I made a set of ATCs using all three stamp sets, including how I made my own patterned faux washi tape.
I'm thrilled to finally be able to share these designs and some of the projects I've been making with them... I hope you like them as much as I do, and I can't wait to see what you all make with them!
My newest online workshop, Interactive ATCs, is now up and open for registration! This live 2-hour online class, held in partnership with Scrapbooking Fairies in Alberta, Canada, will take place live in a private Facebook group on Saturday, August 22.
We'll turn your traditional Artist Trading Cards into interactive artwork that can also be used in art journals and more as we mix stamps and stencils with paint, collage, and mark marking for a layered background and embellishments. The class also includes downloadable patterns and hand-drawn labels.
(Or go straight to registration)
I'm excited to share that my latest online class, Patchwork Pages, is now open for registration!
In this 2-hour class, being held in partnership with The Artistic Stamper in the UK, we'll mix collage, stamping, and mark making to create patched-up layers of texture, pattern, and color. Our project will be an art journal page or mixed media piece, like the ones in the samples, with a few page components left over for use in future projects.
Or, take me straight to registration
It's time to tap into your inner child... mixed media style. My latest workshop, "Mixed Media Menagerie," brings whimsical creatures, layers and texture, mark making, and more together into a fun and interactive handmade art journal.
The class is being held in partnership with Everything Scrapbook & Stamps in West Palm Beach, Florida and the live portion of the workshop will be held on June 27th from 1-3:30pm eastern time. In addition to the scheduled live, there will be one more video in the group for a total of more than 4 hours of video. Plus tutorials, patterns, a fun marbled paper technique, and more.
(Or go straight to the shop to register now.)
I'm excited to announce my latest live online workshop, "Circle Play," in partnership with Stampers Grove in Scotland. In this live, 2-hour online class we'll mix collage, monoprinting, stamping, and mark making to turn circular stamps into fabulous flowers or other creations. We'll start with a layered background and then combine stamps, mark making, and collage to turn ordinary circles into a delightful mixed media garden.
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I hinted yesterday in my post announcing my latest rubber stamp release with PaperArtsy, and now for the big reveal... I'm teaching an all new live online class, in partnership with Papercraft Clubhouse in Westbrook, CT, featuring my new EGL09 stamp set (or the faces, motifs, or images of your choice.)
Pocketful of People will combine stamps and stencils, painted papers, pens and markers, and heat embossing to make fantastical art dolls that live together in a pocket in your art journal or another substrate of your choice. (Or just make the art dolls and skip the pocket!)
In our private Pocketful of People Facebook classroom, I'll share ideas for alternative options for faces - other stamps and images, as well as ideas for turning the pieces into something else if you prefer not to make art dolls. They can also be totems or even a uniquely whimsical Pocketful of Posies.
The main class is taught during a 2-1/2 hour Facebook Live in a private group, but it also includes exclusive downloads, an additional live video and demo from me where I'll discuss shape and form in choosing your images as well as ideas for coloring and preparing art parts for the class. (There's some homework, so make sure you join early to get ready!)
Class is only $40 and you end up with more than 3 hours of live demo time; more than you get in a regular full day in-person workshop. You also get a coupon from Papercraft Clubhouse and the online forum for sharing and questions - students in my previous live online classes have been pleasantly surprised and very much enjoyed the interaction and ability to see and share with each other as well as with me.
Read all of the details and see lots more photos of my Pocketful of People - I hope to see many of you there!
I'm excited to share that today is the big reveal for my next three rubber stamp sets designed for PaperArtsy. These sets continue the trend of 100% hand-drawn designs that mesh together influences from my travels and many cultures around the world. Below you can see each of the new sets (which are also now available in my shop,) as well as a few samples using them.
First up, EGL07 - the one I call my India set.
I love the motifs here... the lotus, hamsa, and elephant are all more detailed versions of some of my hand carved stamps. The paisleys and the octagon were drawn based on vintage Indian textile patterns. I love to combine these with my other stamps, but for the release I've done a few projects that just use this collection.
First up, a stamped background that could go onto a scrapbook layout, an art journal spread, or be done on a smaller scale for card and tags.
I've also made four little stamped spreads in one of my mini art journals (this one measures 3" x 3", so the double spreads are 6" wide by 3" tall.)
Next up is EGL08, or my Mark Making Circles set. I wanted a bunch of circles that were full of my own hand-drawn images and marks, but I also wanted to be able to layer them so I created two frames that will fit around all nine of the smaller circles. (I snip the centers out of my frame stamps so that I can see to position them when stamping around the pattered circles.)
You can see more images of these art journal spreads on the official PaperArtsy release blog post.
For my Mark Making Circles set, I made a quick and easy card, stamping 9 of the 10 images in the set onto painted cardstock. Then I used acrylic and dye inks on collage for the background and repeated the circles to make a cruciform shape as the focal point. I love the versatility of this set.
The last set is probably my favorite of all of my sets so far... it's a bit of an odd duck, and a total and complete mix of many different influences combined with a large dash of whimsy. EGL09 is the one I call my "Tribal Faces" set.
I made a very quick card with a watercolored background and some marks to show how you can stamp these without doing detailed coloring and still get cool results.
I also made a set of accordion art dolls using all of the different elements in the set - not just the faces. To complete the look, I gave them all Ikat printed robes that I drew and colored based on Uzbek chapins and textiles. (I call this piece, "The Usual Suspects."
I also did one more mixed media piece that uses all three sets together:
You can see a short tutorial for the above piece on the PaperArtsy blog as well as more photos of the finished project.
I hope you like these new stamps as much as I do. And keep an eye open for an announcement tomorrow for a brand new live online class featuring one of these sets.
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