March 14, 2008

For You Card The pink and brown color combination is a popular one, and one of my favorites. This card also features the beautiful Berry Bliss DSP and the direct to paper technique. Stamp set: One of a Kind Cardstock: Whisper White Purely Pomegranate Close to Cocoa Berry Bliss Designer Series Paper® Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch Build-A-Brad 1/2" Circle Punch Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon Heat Gun Adhesive Crystal Effects® Sponge Dauber Crop-a-Dile Tips and Tricks: 1. To prepare the cardstock used for the stamped image, use Whisper White cardstock, and the three ink colors listed above, starting with the Pretty in Pink. Hold the pad in hand, and gingerly swipe the cardstock in a circular motion, covering approximately 1/3 with the ink. Repeat with the Purely Pomegranate and Close to Cocoa until you have the desired coverage. Then cut the cardstock to size and stamp. 2. Ink all the edges of all the pieces of paper and cardstock with Close to Cocoa ink and a sponge dauber. 3. To "build a brad," punch a 1/2" circle using the 1/2" circle punch from Purely Pomegranate cardstock. Adhere to the bottom piece of the brad with a drop of Crystal Effects®. Put a drop of Crystal Effects® on top of the punched circle, and add the clear top of the brad, gently pushing it down. The Crystal Effects® will "smoosh" out." 4. To achieve the melted ribbon, carefully melt with the heat gun while holding the taffeta ribbon with a tweezers or clothespin. Take care not to burn yourself! Thanks for looking! Anita
I Made the Design Team! - My Knight Card During the past couple weeks I had been working on samples to submit to Artistic Outpost. They were looking for two new design team members, and since I absolutely LOVE all their rubber stamp sets, I took the plunge, hunkered down with some courage and faith, and went to work. I must add that two of my sisters and fellow stampers were very encouraging and urged me on when I was struggling with my mojo (thanks Denise and Nancy!) wasn't that I didn't have any ideas, but rather trying to nail down only three was a real struggle for me. Nonetheless, I made the team, couldn't be happier, and to add icing to the cake, found out that one of my sisters from the Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers 8, Etha, was selected also! How cool is that! This is one of my projects. I used the beautiful set "My Knight" to create a collage of elements. Unfortunately, as I was creating I changed my mind many times, and forgot to write down everything I used for this card-I do know that I used almost all Ranger Distress products-Distress Ink, Distress Embossing Powder, and Distress Paint, and I used at least three colors-green (Shabby Shutters?), blue (Broken China?), and Black Soot. One tip about the Distress EP is that is does not get glossy like most, but instead has an almost sandpaper-like texture that resembles crushed velvet (I think so anyway). I've read others' blogs and noticed that they haven't been pleased with the results. I think that this product is one of those "think outside the box" kind of things-it's a unique product that will yield unique results. I did dab Versamark ink on the top layer of card stock (not the stamped image), and took pinches of various colors of Distress EP, sprinkled it on the Versamark, shook off the excess, and heated it up. I was very pleased with the result. I promise that the next time I use so many elements and "ingredients" to give more details of how I accomplished the look. It was a lot of fun to make a "manly" card, and yet incorporate some fun-to-use products. The keyhole is a piece of Tim Holtz's Grungeboard-a totally cool product that has the appearance of chipboard yet most closely resembles leather although it is a paper can be inked up, painted, embossed...and I did all three on this piece. Be sure to check out Artistic Outpost-the two newest plates, "Happiness" and "Home" are now available (both of which are very cool), and when you purchase any two sets you'll receive "Mini-Masterpieces" FREE! I'll be posting samples of those soon-I just received them yesterday, and believe it or not, have them cut out already!

Anita Van Hal

I'm primarily a self-taught mixed media and folk doll artist who lives in the west-central part of North Dakota. I love living the creative life!

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