Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
I've got another spring themed project for you today, and it's bursting with soft, pretty pastel colors: pink, lavender, blue, yellow and spring green.
Often it’s difficult to find printed papers or embellishments in color combinations that match your photos. But since Clearsnap has so many different types of inks in SO many beautiful colors, its easy to make your own papers and or embellishments that will match your photos PERFECTLY.
Here’s today’s project, a layout titled “Spring Fair”...
(Special thanks to Laura E for the photo of her beautiful girls!)
This 8 X 8 scrapbook page features a pretty bouquet of inked and "smooched" chipboard flowers. The flowers, part of Hampton Art's Flower Press line, started out as plain white chipboard. First they were tinted using ColorBox Pigment Inks. Then they were stamped with a coordinating stamp - made to fit each flower – that was inked with Fluid Chalk Ink. Finally accents were added or filled in using Smooch Accent Inks.
ColorBox Pigment Inks were the perfect ink to use to “paint” the chipboard; they are easy to blend, are very opaque and cover well. I decided to use the ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink to stamps the designs on the flowers with as they add a soft but crisp look and dry quickly. And to add a bit of color AND shimmer, the Smooch Accent Inks were the obvious choice. They are opaque and cover in one coat, so there was no bleed through of the base ink color, and they have a fabulous precision applicator built into the top so that I could get into all the little nooks and crannies of the stamped designs.
It was easy to ink the chipboard flowers as the surface is nice and smooth and since they are bright white the inks really "pop" once you apply them. I placed each flower on a clean white paper towel, and working one at a time with the ink pad held upside down, I dabbed the ink onto the chipboard until I had the coverage I wanted. I used the Pigment Inks in the mini size as they are very easy to handle.
After the flowers were dry and I stamped the accents on them and then used spring shades of Smooch Accent Inks to fill in some of the designs of each of the flowers.
Here's a few closeups of the flowers:
I used some pretty pearls, from Hero Arts, to embellish the centers of the flowers. I also used them to "dot" the "i's" in my title:
Once all the flowers were done, all I had left to do was stamp the title and assemble the layout.
Here are the supplies and directions you'll need to create this project yourself:
"Spring Fair" 8 X 8 scrapbook layout
Skill Level: moderate
SUPPLIES: Clearsnap: ColorBox Pigment Inks: Orchid, Aqua, Sunflower and Heliotrope (mini or full size), ColorBox: Fluid Chalk Ink: Chestnut Roan and Blue Lagoon (mini or full size) and Smooch Accent Ink: Carrot, Pool, Taffy, Grape Soda and Sundance
Clearsnap: ColorBox Pigment Inks: Orchid, Aqua, Sunflower and Heliotrope (mini or full size), ColorBox: Fluid Chalk Ink: Chestnut Roan and Blue Lagoon (mini or full size) and Smooch Accent Ink: Carrot, Pool, Taffy, Grape Soda and Sundance
Hampton Art: Flower Press: White Chipboard Flowers, Large White Chipboard Flowers, Petal Patterns Clear Stamp, Petal Words Clear Stamp, Large Petal Patterns Clear Stamp and Large Petal Words Clear Stamp
Bazzill: Lime Sherbert, Coconut Swirl and Banana Blis cardstocks
Tools: acrylic block scissors,paper trimmer and adhesive
1) Select 3 large, 3 12pt and 3 chipboard flowers and ink them using your choice of ColorBox Pigment Ink colors. Place the flowers on a clean white paper towel, and then holding the ink pad upside down, dab ink onto chipboard until desired coverage is reached. Set flowers aside to dry.
2) Using Chestnut Roan Fluid Chalk Ink, stamp flowers with your choice of coordinating stamp design and set aside to dry.
3) Use your choice of Smooch Accent Ink colors to fill in portions of the stamped designs and set aside to dry.
4) Cut an 8” X 8” piece of yellow paper.
5) Cut a 1 ¾” X 6 ¾” piece of white cardstock. Stamp “spring fair” title near the top using Blue Lagoon Chalk Ink. Adhere piece about 1/8” from the left side of the yellow background, having the top and bottom evenly spaced.
6) Cut a 6 ½” X 7 ½" piece of lime green cardstock and adhere about ¼” from the right side and from the top and bottom of the yellow background cardstock.
7) Adhere photo about ¼” from upper right corner of layout.
8) Arrange and adhere flowers on layout.
9) Cut apart your choice of size and color pearls and adhere them to the flower centers. Select 2 pearls to “dot” the “I”’s with.
You can also make these pretty little flowers to use on an altered project or card – they’ll be cute on whatever you use them on!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Hello and welcome to Clearsnap's BRAND NEW BLOG!
I'm Tami Sanders and I'll be one of your hostesses here. I hope that you will find this blog to be a place full of the three I's: inspiration, information and ideas!
For the next few weeks, the theme for the blog will be SPRING! Spring is such a beautiful time of the year, the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing and the trees have a fresh set of shiny new leaves.
Here in Texas, the wildflowers are blooming. There are flowers everywhere, blanketing the roadsides and meadows like a colorful quilt, red, blue, purple, yellow, pink and white. The wildflowers haven't been this pretty in years! I've enjoyed the gorgeous Texas spring landscape so much this year that I decided to use it as inspiration for the very FIRST project for this blog.
I started by selecting the colors I wanted to use: blue for the bluebonnets, red for the indian paints, yellow for the bitterweed and purple for the wild verbena. Then, because the scattered patches of colors reminded me of a quilt, I decided my project should reflect that too. So I looked through my stamps and found one of a butterfly shaped in a rough square. I planned to stamp 4 squares, each in a different color and "piece" them together. After having decided on my direction, I started working on the elements.
Here's the finished card...
I started with white cardstock squares and spritzed each one with a different color of Smooch Spritz; which is a gorgeous shimmery ink that you can spray. It comes in 16 fabulous colors and is easy to use and covers very well. To use Smooch Spritz, just sweep your hand slightly while depressing the top. Use short quick spritzes for scattered dots of ink, or longer sweeping spritzes for full coverage. You can layer several coats to intensify the color, but I just used one coat in this project.
After the Smooch dried, I stamped and embossed the butterflies using Top Boss Tinted Embossing Pad and White Embossing Powder. I like using the tinted pad so I can see where I stamped! Top Boss Embossing Powder is nice and fine so you can really see the details in the stamp.
Here's a closeup of the stamped and embossed squares...
Here is a list of the supplies you'll need as well as the directions to complete this project:
"Quilted" Butterfly Card
Skill Level: easy
Clearsnap: Smooch Spritz: Pink Sprinkles, Sea Kiss, Gingersnap and Grape Burst, Top Boss: Tinted Embossing Padand Embossing Powder - White, ColorBox: Fluid Chalk Ink: Chestnut Roan (full size or mini) and Lime Pastel (cat's eye)
Bazzill: Tanner and Coconut Swirl cardstocks
Tools: heat gun, acrylic block, scissors, paper trimmer, dimensional foam squares, adhesive and Clearsnap's Color Catcher,
1) Cut a 5" X 10" piece of brown cardstock and fold in half to make card.
2) Cut 4 - 3" X 3" squares of white cardstock. Place one square at a time in the Color Catcher and spray each of the 4 squares with a different color of Smooch Spritz. Let squares dry completely before proceeding to the next step (otherwise the embossing powder will stick to the "Smooched" areas).
3) Working on one square at a time; ink butterfly stamp with Top Boss Embossing Pad and stamp and emboss with White Embossing Powder in the center of each square.
4) Trim each of the squares; cutting just outside the border.
5) Stamp "Spring has Sprung" with Chestnut Roan Fluid Chalk Ink on a scrap of white cardstock. Trim close to sentiment in a rough square. Ink edges with Lime Pastel Fluid Chalk Ink.
6) To assemble, place the 4 stamped and embossed squares so that the butterflies are all "flying" outward from the center of the card. Make sure they are evenly spaced and then adhere.
7) Use a dimensional square to adhere the sentiment to the center of the card.
I hope that you enjoyed this FIRST project, and that you will come back often to see what new ideas we have for you!