I am hosting the Splitcoaststampers Technique Challenge this week, and our technique is called Pencil Monochrome. You can find the tutorial HERE. While my little Porcupine (Hambo Stamps) looks gray in this photo, he really is Sepia IRL. The green DSP ...

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  1. A Little Porcupine Love
  2. Oxides = Love
  3. Swipe Your Credit Card! No Purchase Necessary.
  4. Hey Friend!
  5. My Monochromatic "Best"
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A Little Porcupine Love

I am hosting the Splitcoaststampers Technique Challenge this week, and our technique is called Pencil Monochrome. You can find the tutorial HERE.
While my little Porcupine (Hambo Stamps) looks gray in this photo, he really is Sepia IRL. The green DSP also matches the enamel dots! Dang florescent lights! I liked the texture the pencil gave to his "fur" so didn't burnish to blend. I used a Prismacolor Pencil and Memento Tuxedo Black ink on my little guy, and VersaFine Onyx Black (crisper result) for the sentiment.

I just adore Hambo Stamps. They are my favorite for whimsical images. Their digi store is full of super adorable images!


Stamps: Porcupine (Hambo Stamps)
Paper: Crumb Cake (SU!), Ivory (HL), Merry Merry DP (Pebbles)
Paper Size: A2
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Prismacolor Sepia
Accessories: enamel dots (MME), pierced frame dies (Stephanie Barnard)
Techniques: Pencil Monochrome 

Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps - Use more than one Stamp
Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes 
CCEE Stampers - Masculine Cards 
Hannah & Friends - Animals
 
    

Oxides = Love


This card is one of my favorites made with my Gel Press plate - a 3x5 size that is a ton of fun. I used Distress Oxide inks on my Gel Press by stamping with the inks directly onto the plate. I spritzed with alcohol, and then pressed down my Bristol Vellum cardstock for a monoprint. Technique inspired by my sweet friend, Lydia Fiedler. I stamped my tree (Stampin' Up!) in Early Espresso ink and then popped up the main panel with foam tabs.The sentiment is from Unity's I Want To Know You sentiment kit. I love how it's a different way to say "thank you."

Thanks for stopping by today!
    

Swipe Your Credit Card! No Purchase Necessary.

Happy Monday, crafting friends!

This project uses the super popular Distress Oxide Inks, and a fun background technique using a credit or other plastic (hotel) card.
My background was made using the "Swipe Your Credit Card" technique from Splitcoast. I let it dry and then used an alphabet stencil from Dylusions, sponging through the stencil until I got the depth of color I wanted (dark in some spots, lighter in others). 

My sentiment, fish and balloons are from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' Birthday Pals. I watercolored my fish with the Distress Oxide inks. I added a layer of dry embossed "water" for my fish using a Stampin' Up! embossing folder and my Big Shot,  and added some bling for the fish bubbles. I added some ombre DSP for the back panel base. A few Star Dust Stickles for her fins finished it off.

I like the mixed media look, and this was an easy way to achieve that! 
Stamps: Birthday Pals (Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps)
Paper: Heavyweight Cream (HL), Blue Raspberry (Poptone), Felicity DSP (Glitz)
Paper Size: 5.5 SQ
Ink: Distress Oxide Inks, VersaFine Onyx Black
Accessories: rhinestones, Seaside EF (SU!), Star Dust Stickles, Birthday Pals and Speech Bubble dies (retired SNSS), alphabet stencil (Dylusions)

    

Hey Friend!

I adore this bird. Her name is Magnolia and she is part of a set of digital images from Vera Lane. I haven't worked with digi images in awhile, and have forgotten how fun it is to make them whatever size you want! So I went a little crazy and purchased a few of Janet's images for future use. Magnolia also has a purse, but she is a little busy holding her balloon and heart for her friend. 


I colored with Copic markers, added a little wood heart and sentiment (SU!) and some cute patterned paper from MME. Her shoes were the prettiest pink, and then I added Gold Wink of Stella, and they turned brown. Sparkly IRL, but I was disappointed in the color. Should have used my Clear! Oh well!

Sending prayers to all my Texas and Louisiana friends for safety this weekend!


    

My Monochromatic "Best"

Hey everyone! 
Today I am sharing a monochromatic card using just one shade of ink - All That Jazz (Catherine Pooler).
It matches perfectly to the SU! Island Indigo cardstock. I stamped off some of the flowers (Stamp of Approval Naturally Inspired) and the script to give a different depth of ink color, and then sponged along the bottom to ground the flowers. I added tiny little turquoise rhinestones to the flower centers for some sparkle. So little stress when you don't have to figure out what colors to use!
A pretty one layer, flat, mailable design! 


    

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