Monday, March 28, 2011

My Favorite Things-Being Cute

Today's post features a little card I made using My Favorite Things-Being Cute Is What I Do set.  I really changed things up-NO COPIC markers.
I decided to pull out my good ole' colored pencils and Gamsol.  I have not tried this in years!  I was really surprised at how well I was able to shade using this technique. 

If this is something you would like to try you'll need the following:

high quality colored pencils (i use the Prisma brand)
Gamsol (I purchased some from Inky Antics long ago in a special bottle.  You can also purchase it from Gina K Design in a pump and The Stamping Bella)
paper blending stumps (the Taiwan brand is better than the China brand)
high quality paper (#80  is best)
sanding tool or nail file ( to sand your stumps to change color and keep even)
ink (waterproof- I use Momento ink)


Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink-Stamper's Select (White)
D.P:  Basic Grey -Curio
Stamps:  My Favorite Things-Being Cute Is What I Do
Ink:  Mometo (Tuxedo Black)
Color Medium:  Prisma Colored Pencils
Punch: Fiskars (Scalloped Sentiments)
Other:  button and hemp cording

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Papertrey Button Cards


Today I am posting some cards I created with Papertrey Ink's new button card stamps and Basic Grey's new Luscious collection.

All of the cards were stamped with Momento Ink.  I think the PI stamps work so well with this ink.  As you might already know, I use Momento Ink whenever I color with my Copic markers, but this ink also has a wide range of colors.  So often I will stamp with dye ink and get an image that is well- not as crisp as I would like it to be.  Not the case with these inks.  I also can find them in a dew drop size, so I am not spending a fortune stocking up (especially with my discounts at JoAnn's).

This stamp set is so awesome.  There is also a coordinating die that I am waiting for.  I have yet to see it in stock-it is taking forever!
The stamps come in an array of vintage images with words and a couple of choices for the card itself.  There are plenty of possibilities.

I have also been dying a lot of my own wrinkle ribbon.  Super easy to make and I use all of my Distress Ink to color them.  I just wish Tim Holtz made a teal distress ink.  I guess I will just have to go out and purchase some Glimmer Mist (which also works great for coloring your ribbon).

Hope you can find some uses for the buttons in your stash as home!

Cardstock:  Stamper's Select-White Papertrey Ink
DP:  So Luscious-Basic Grey
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink -Button Boutique and Hero Arts-Sentiment 
Ink:  Momento Ink (various colors)/Distress Ink- Antique Linen
Buttons:  JoAnne's 
Ribbon:  Offray and Handmade Wrinkle Ribbon/American Crafts (scallops)
Jute:  American Crafts