Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Come Join the June Challenge!

Hey Friends,
The Blank Page Muse Design Team has revealed their projects for June. The theme this month is "Let's go to the beach." Don't miss out on some brilliant projects. Grab your sunglasses and sunscreen! Please join the June Challenge and enter your beach themed project.  Challenge is open until July 8th. Rules to link up can be found HERE.


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Sunday, 10 June 2018

June Challenge Reveal - Blank Page Muse - Beach

The Blank Page Muse June Challenge theme is "Let's go to the Beach."  The blog hop runs from June 10th - July 8th and will feature projects about the ocean and seaside.  Here is my project reveal for the June Challenge.  I used the lovely Misty Mermaid stamp by Rick St. Dennis and worked with transparency to create the layers.  For more inspiration, check out the rest of the June Challenge Design Team Reveal.

I hope you enjoy my tutorial for my underwater tag. Let's dive in!

BPM Supplies:
Raindrops Waterdrops Rubber Stamp Sheet Set
Hearty Doodles by Katie Lamb
Misty Mermaid Art Rubber Stamp by Rick St Dennis

Other Supplies: 
  • transparency
  • embossing ink pad
  • blue embossing powder
  • heat gun
  • glitter glue (blues & greens)
  • dimensional paint (flesh)
  • permanent markers (browns & pinks, blues)
  • various blue ink pads
  • clear embossing powder
  • watercolor paints
  • white ink pad
  • dimensional clear gloss medium
  • shell & anchor embellishments
  • ribbons & fibers
  • sponge applicator
1. Use embossing ink to stamp the mermaid image directly onto transparency.  Heat set with blue embossing powder. (TIP: To prevent stray embossing powder from adhering to your project in unwanted places, simply swipe the surface to be embossed with an anti-static embossing cloth/pad before stamping the image.)

2. Turn over the embossed image and work on the reverse side to carefully fill in the mermaid's scales with different colors of glitter glue.

3. Use permanent markers to color the mermaid's hair on the reverse side. Then fill in the face and upper body with flesh colored dimensional paint. Set aside to dry.
(Flip over to the right side when thoroughly dry.)

4. Stamp raindrop splatters onto white cardstock using blue ink. Next, stamp the raindrop splatters with embossing ink and heat set with clear embossing powder.

5. Use watercolor gelatos in shades of blue to color over the raindrop images.  Use a wet brush to blend and spread the color to create the bubbly water.
6. Use a dark blue ink to stamp a net pattern around the edges. Add random impressions of texture dots background stamp extending off the edge of the paper.
7. Use permanent markers to add the final details to the front side of the mermaid. (lips, checks, eyeshadow, flesh shading)

8. Use white ink to stamp bubbles on the reverse side of the mermaid transparency. To create added depth, be sure to overlap the mermaid when stamping and use second generational stamping (make an impression without re-inking) so that those bubbles appear lighter and; therefore, will appear further away.

9. Turn the transparency to the front side and use a blue permanent marker to shade some of the bubbles. Then apply clear gloss dimensional medium to accentuate some of the bubbles and set aside to dry.

10. Matte the painted bubbly background with a narrow border of white cardstock. Then adhere the mermaid transparency over the painted tag. Next, punch a hole in the top of the tag and attach a collection of coordinating ribbons & fibers. Finally, add some shell embellishments and an anchor charm to the top of the tag.
A Closer Look:

June Creative Challenge: June 10th - July 8th
Come checkout the Blank Page Muse Creative Challenge. This month's theme is "Let's Go To The Beach." Create a new project following the theme and add it via the Inlinkz linky tool. There will be a random drawing prize for a Blank Page Muse Gift Certificate. You can find all the guidelines HERE.
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Saturday, 9 June 2018

Here Comes Summer - Challenge

Feels like it is officially summer now that I've made this yellow polka dot bikini card. I wasn't really sure what sentiment to add so I left it blank for any occasion. This was the first stamp set I ever bought that came with the dies to match and I must say that was so convenient that it will be hard to resist buying more that come as sets.

This card is entered the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
the Allsorts Challenge Blog (week 471)
That's Crafty Challenge Blog
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Saturday, 2 June 2018

Creative Inspiration Magazine - June 2018

Come watch the lovely video magazine.  It is a labor of love compiled by the wonderful Bev Code with contributions from fabulous crafters all over the world. 
You will be inspired by beautiful layouts, cards, ATC's, 3D projects, & more.
Thanks again Bev for your time & talent.
Here are a few sneak peeks from the latest edition, June 2018.

Friday, 1 June 2018

"Quick Idea" - Simple Sentiment Card

Here is my "Quick Idea" for the Blank Page Muse Blog.  I hope my simple sentiment card gives you the courage to create your own sprayed and drippy background.  Don't forget to share your creations with us on the Blank Page Muse Fan Group...HERE!

You can find the complete set of directions HERE.
Blank Page Muse Stamp:
Everything is Going to be Alright Rubber Stamp

Other Supplies:
  •  mist sprays
  •  black ink pad
  •  black gem
  •  liquid adhesive
  •  mounting block
  •  red card base 5x7"
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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Come Join the May Challenge!

You can find the big reveal for the May Challenge HERE
There you can follow each designer's blog link to their full project tutorial. 
Now that you have gotten some creative inspiration, we hope you will join us and link up your own project.  Remember, the May theme is to incorporate "embossing" to your project.  The challenge is open from May 10th until June 8th, Midnight Pacific time.  Challenge rules can be found HERE.

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Saturday, 26 May 2018

Rubber Dance Challenge - May

Hey Girls,
This card is submitted to the Rubber Dance Challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday ChallengeI used the color combo of red, lime, & violet. The Distress Inks work together so well to create the lovely speckled background. After adding the gear stamp in black, I add a bit more color with a sponge applicator to add depth. The clockwork bird was the perfect embellishment to add to the corner.  Lastly, I stamped some bolt clusters in silver and placed a few brads in the center of some gears to finish it off.

A Closer Look: 

Blank Page Muse Stamps:
Cogs & Gears Steampunk Background Rubber Stamp

Bird Small Steampunk Cogs Gears Art Rubber Stamp

You can find these lovely stamps at Blank Page Muse. 
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Rubber Dance Challenge:
Stamping must be obvious on your project but you do not have to use Rubber Dance stamps to participate in the theme/color challenge. Full set of rules to participate can be found HERE.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
This week the challenge is to "Use More Than One Stamp"  As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.