Sunday, September 29, 2019

National Coffee Day with Joy Clair~

Hi guys!!
We are celebrating National Coffee Day with Joy Clair.
 Joy Clair has some great
 Coffee stamp sets to create with.  You can start the blog hop HERE.
I am creating with two of my favorite sets, Teacher and
 Coffee Quotes by Joy Clair.  Super easy but you will need an embossing
 folder to create the 
 background for the travel coffee mug.

I used an embossing folder by Tim Holtz that has travel coffee mugs on it.  The color was
added by using Distress Oxide inks and water.  The background was run through the
 watered down ink mixture and then heat dried after each color.  I used coordinating
brown tone Distress Oxide ink colors.  The travel mug from the Teacher stamp set  was stamped out on cardstock, colored in and then trimmed out.  The same for the sentiment stamp from the Coffee Quotes stamp set.  Twine was added and then the cut out coffee images.
Black ink splats were added to complete the card.

Enjoy 25% off ALL Coffee themed stamps by Joy Clair!!

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Relax with Joy Clair & Rinea~

Hi guys!!
It's my turn on the Joy Clair blog.
I've created a card using the newly released Shadow Of The Almighty by Joy Clair and some really pretty foil papers by Rinea.  I am using the Woodlands Artist Pack by Rinea, for
 the tree bark background.

The foil paper embossed beautifully and looks great in front of the contrasting teal Rinea foil paper.  The leaves are cut out of brown foil paper, from the Woodlands pack by Rinea, using a steel die by Elizabeth Crafts.  So easy to get great looking elements to add to your card!!  The foil paper really makes the dimensional elements pop off the card.  The paper is easy to bend and maneuver in different directions. 

The stamped images are stamped on mixed media paper, trimmed out and added to the card front.  I used dimensional adhesive (foam squares) on the chair and sentiment.  Black ink splats were added to complete the card.
Thanks for stopping by~

Friday, September 20, 2019

Write your Story ART Journal by Clear Scraps~

Hi guys!!
It is my turn on the Clear Scraps blog today.
I'm creating with one of the Wood Albums and I'm loving how it
turned out.  Let me show you~

 I created with the "Write your Story" wood album and matching 6" stencil.  So fun and easy to make it your own.  I will use this one as an art journal~Creating the cover was the fun part !!!  The cover was painted with acrylic paint and then sanded lightly.  The feather was stenciled first using the 6" Write your Story stencil.  I used about 4 different colors of Archival ink but as you can see it all looks black.  So black it is!!!

The stencils added to the background to create interest and dimension are ~ 6" Chevron, 6" Swallowtail Butterfly, 6" Quaterfoil, 6" Plaid and 6" Shiplap Clear Scraps has some really cool and fun images that look great for mixed media backgrounds.  Just start adding one at a time~

I used black, cobalt, beige and white ink with the 6" stencils (for the background).  The cool thing is if you have an area you don't like just add more stencil images until you get the look you are looking for.  I love that, can't mess it up!!  No way!

I added mixed media paper to the wood album because I  will be using this as an art journal~so excited to create a page!!

The inside cover the 4"x 6"stencil  "All Created" was used by Clear Scraps.  On the side page (black) the 6" Diamonds stencil was used to create a background.
I also used red rubber stamps by Darkroom Door for a the art images.  Beacon 527 was used to glue the inside pocket on the wood inside cover.

This is the back cover~another pocket to hold any extras or notes.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT  Member

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Darkroom Door September Challenge~

Hi guys!!
There is a great challenge going on over on the Facebook fan page 
for Darkroom Door. 
I used Bird Life, Craved Leaves Vol.1 and Love Birds.  Also used the
 Lrg. Diamond Stencil to create the background for the card
 along with two colors~Walnut and Soot Distress Oxide inks.

September Challenge: Monochrome Stamping!
This month we challenge you to create a card using a Monochrome colour palette! Monochrome means black & white or varying shades of one colour. In this case, you can use black plus one colour (as seen in the sample card below).
You can use any Darkroom Door stamp or stencil. Your project can be a card, tag, art journal page, scrapbook page, mixed media project... anything goes! Your project just needs to include a Darkroom Door Stamp or stencil as the main feature.
Here's how to enter the challenge:
* Create a project using a Darkroom Door stamp and/or stencil. You can use other products too, but Darkroom Door products must be one of the main elements or features of the design.
* Post a photo here in the Darkroom Door Inspiration group with the tag #darkroomdoorseptemberchallenge
* You have until September 30th, 2019 to enter.
* Project must be new and not previously uploaded to the group.
* Create as many projects as you like! (of course you are always welcome to upload ANY other project you create with Darkroom Door products too, not just ones for the challenge! We like to see what you are creating!)
One winner will be picked at random (within the first week of October 2019) and will receive a Rubber Stamp set and stencil (or equivalent) of your choice.
To inspire you, here's a card by Belinda Spencer where she has used the Under The Sea & Brushed Sentiments Stamp Sets with the Leaves Border Stamp and Filmstrip Stamp!
Good luck and happy creating!!
Hope you join us!!!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Another Chickadee Bird card with Blue Knight Rubber Stamps~

Hi guys!!
I did another card using the Chickadee Stamp by Blue 
Knight Rubber Stamps but with a Christmas
spin, take a look~

The images were stamped with archival jet black ink and colored with
Pan Pastels. The berry branches were added by hand with a black FT pen
 and red acrylic paint.  I used a small portion of the greenery and filled
in the background.  Super easy and super fun!!!
Thanks for stopping by~

Friday, September 13, 2019

Chickadee Bird with Blue Knight Rubber Stamps~

Hi guys!!
I have a card to share using the Chickadee stamp by
Blue Knight Rubber Stamps.
The background is created with an embossing folder, Pan Pastels and
Distress Oxide ink.  The bird is stamped with Archival /Jet Black ink.
The Chickadee bird is colored in with Pan Pastels.  I used gray on the bird
 which is kinda of hard to see in the photograph.  The branch was stamped out
twice and a second piece is added under the pine-cones.  I want to  create
another card using this stamp but put a Christmas slant on it~ so heads up
I will work on that!!!

Thanks for stopping by~
(This isn't a sponsored post just me creating with some awesome stamps.)

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Med. Pallet Mason Jar by Clear Scraps~

Hi guys!!
My turn on the Clear Scraps Blog!!   Super fun project using the newly released Med. Mason Jar and All Create 4x6 stencil by Clear Scraps.   The Med. Mason jar is in the pallet family of shapes created by Clear Scraps.

1. Sand lightly and wipe off with a soft cloth.
2. Paint jar lid gray and body of jar a color of your choice.
3. Sand again for a distressed look.

4. Create a guide for the stencil so the spacing will be correct.
5. Move the stencil according to where the breaks in the pallet board are when you are applying the words (ink works best for words).
6. Stamp the paint brushes (Darkroom Door) out on watercolor paper and trim out.  Color the brushes in with watercolors or markers.

7. Adhere the paint brushes with Beacon 527 along with a few paper flowers.
8. Splat with white acrylic paint lightly.

9. Wrap the jar lid with twine and then tie on ribbon. Fold the ribbon in a figure eight pattern and then tie on.
10. Use crop-a-dile to make holes in top of mason jar for a hanger.
These are fun to create and what great gifts!!!

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Friday, September 6, 2019

Mermaid & Pearl card with Joy Clair and Rinea~

Hi guys!
It's my turn over on the Joy Clair blog I have created a couple of cards using the same stamp set by Joy Clair.  It is one of the newly released sets called Mermaid at Heart.  The first example is created with Rinea paper and is so shiny!   This paper is perfect for this card~

The images (mermaid tail and clam shell) are created with Distressed Oxides.  Gather coordinating colors of inks, add water and run the paper through the ink.  Heat dry after each color.  Stamp the mermaid tail and clam shell (using Archival /Jet Black) and trim out.  The Rinea paper is from the Variety Frosted Artist Pack.  I used two different shades of blue/turquoise paper, from this pack, to create a card base for the stamped sea images.

Stencil work was added, to the background, using ARTplorations / Helen G. designer.   Really love the look the stencil shape added to the card.  Trying for a water effect.  The sea images are added with tape runner and foam squares for added dimension.  The clam with pearl are from the "Pearl of Great Price" stamp set by Joy Clair.

The background on this card was created using an embossing folder and duel tip markers by Leisure Arts.  The markers are water based and so very easy to use like you would watercolors.  The markers were used with a non stick mat and water.  The marker ink was dabbed on the embossing folder to create a sea coral resting in the background.  The mermaid tail is stamped on white cardstock and then colored in with the same marker ink that was created by adding water to the marker color.  The sentiment is called Scriptures of Love by Joy Clair.  Black ink splats were added to complete the card.
 Thanks for stopping by~

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Gone Fishing with Clear Scraps!!

Hi guys!
It is my turn on the Clear Scraps blog.  I will be sharing how the newly
released  XL Wood Vintage Truck was created using stencils and paint.
Super fun project!!

1.  Sand the truck lightly with sand paper and wipe off with a soft cloth.
2. Paint the truck with acrylic paint of your choice.  Mark off the tires.
3. Paint the tires black and the hub caps gray or silver.
4. Paint the side bars brown.
5. Sand lightly and wipe off.
6. Create a fishing pole out of a yard stick.  Attach it to the side bar of the truck.
7. Apply the "gone fishing" stencil by Clear Scraps to the front of the truck.
8. I used Jet Black Archival ink. 

9. I used the 6"Beach Fun and 6"Ocean friends stencils to add the fish and hook to the "gone fishing" (I wanted it to look more like a logo on the side of a truck).
A few tips to keep in mind when creating this project~
Rubbing Alcohol will take off the acrylic paint in case of a goof up.  Remove the problem area and then touch up with more paint. I use cotton balls.
To get the tires round (without a stencil or guide) I use my pinky finger as a stabilizer (like a compass) to get the shape of the top circle.
To put the "gone fishing"on~first apply the "gone" above the rear tire and then apply "fishing" above the running board.
One more~I used ink with the stencils and not paint. You will get  really crisp words this way.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member