Monday, October 27, 2014

And So It Was

I had my first Stamp Camp two weekends ago. The late nights, the bursts of ideas, the hard work that everyone contributed paid off. My gratitude to all of you.

I introduced the Tramps to techniques they have never tried before. The results turned out to be gorgeous at so many levels. I'm not just talking about the looks of their finished cards but also by judging the reaction on our faces, we truly felt like we accomplished something beautiful and challenging. With a full day ahead of us, we trudged on. We finished a craft project and three cards.

Word Blocks
I've been fascinated with words for as long as I can remember. Now I have them all over my house. With the project that we just finished, I can make any words I want and/or even gift them. I found a couple of great wooden blocks online. I thought the 1.5" size was perfect. After sanding the corners, we used Mod Podge to adhere SU!'s designer series paper (that I cut to size). The words were cut out from using my Silhouette. By the way, this machine is amazing! I love it. Everyone came up with different words that inspire them, that grab them.

Gesso Card
Our first card utilized the gesso technique. This was especially exciting for me as it was the first time I had used it. I learned about this technique on SCS about a year ago and bought gesso then. Of course it sat in my stash until I started playing with it last month. Oh boy, I don't know why the heck I waited a long time to use it! I guess the right stamp set had to come along. I love the texture that gesso provides after it dries up. It's like doing stucco painting on card stock instead of your walls. The next challenge for me was finding the right colors. Well, I didn't really have to wander too far to find them as the clean and sleek style in my office building provided these colors already. So of course I incorporated them into this card. What a perfect blend!

Stamp Sets:
Four Feathers
Something to Say
French Script background (retired)

Island Indigo
Hello Honey
Smoky Slate

2011-2013 In Color brad (retired)

Reflection Card
This card is the most challenging of the three, in my opinion. I was both excited and jittery when I first showed this. First, you heard the "wows" which was in itself was a relief. Then came the "how are we gonna do this?" type of question. I opted to use a textured paper for this card. Of course, there are many different ways to do the reflection technique. You can use a mirror image stamp block (a blank rubber stamp) where you stamp the main image into the mirror image stamp and then stamp it onto the card stock. Another way is to use acetate or any type of transparent medium that you flip onto the main card stock. The method I used is the brayer. I inked up the main image with the Memento Tuxedo black ink and rolled the brayer on it and then re-rolled the inked up brayer with the image onto the card stock. I did this twice, first with the trees and then with the deer. Once the reflection images were done, then I re-inked the stamps to go onto the card stock. This was easier to achieve with photopolymer stamps and acrylic blocks as I was able to see where I needed to line up the main image against the reflection image. The moon is masked on both sides. On the reflection side, I sponged with Soft Sky all throughout and Lost Lagoon on the horizon to provide a perception of depth. On the main image side, I sponged with Smoky Slate all throughout and Craft White around the moon to give a haze look. I smeared the ground and the branches with Dazzling Details for the snow effect and finished off with the darling rhinestones. Smearing was such a great idea. I got it from the Tramps.

Stamp Sets:
White Christmas Photopolymer

Tuxedo Black Memento
Soft Sky
Smoky Slate
Whisper White Craft

Dazzling Details

House Card
I'm not supposed to have a favorite but this has got to be mine.  The silhouette houses made the perfect background for the embossed houses in black. I stamped the Dictionary background on Whisper White before I used the thin lit dies from Holiday Home. Then on Basic Black, I embossed in white the Holiday Home stamp set. This was originally going to be a black and white house, but thought to add a bit of color by swiping Real Red, Elegant Eggplant and Crushed Curry onto the rainbow stamp of Works of Art.

Stamp Sets:
Holiday Home Stamps & Thinlit Bundle

Basic Black
Real Red
Elegant Eggplant
Crushed Curry

There you have it. Not a bad start to make holiday cards. The problem is always with time. But then again you should make time for something good that feeds your spirit.

I've had the greatest time with the Tramps and we've definitely had the most unique experiences. I will take this experience as one that is uplifting and educational.

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

In A Word

As I moonlight my way into the wee hours of the night to prepare for the special event for my tramps this Sunday, I am nothing short of ideas bursting out of my head. The only downside to it is that I only have one day to showcase projects so I have to be wise about what makes the cut. The upside is we have the rest of our stamping lives to share those that will not make it for as long as the passion lives on.

I get beyond giddy when my idea on paper turns into exactly how I want it in reality, especially when I am working with new medium and techniques. There's a certain experience I feel when I am in the zone, when I am inspired and the creative juices flow. As a preparation for Sunday, I have asked my tramps to think of a word that inspires them, grabs their attention, or just simply amuses them. It can be any word - an adverb, a verb, or even someone's name. Whatever it is, ponder it and I promise we will make something of it.

Another hint on what I am working on. By the way, I am so hesitant to post this for fear of being outed by my equally smart and creative tramps. Oh well, that is the chance I take.

All for now...

Happy Stamping!!