Technique Tuesday – Sponging on Stamps

Sponging on Stamp technique Dot Dot Stamping

Today I am sharing an easy technique that can really change the look of your stamped image, without needing too many extra tools.
I have used the gorgeous Blossoms in Bloom stamp set from the Annual Catalogue, which is perfect for this technique.
Sponging on Stamp technique card Blossoms in Bloom Stampin' Up! 2020 Christina Barnes Dot Dot StampingI have started out by completely inking up the entire large flower image with Blushing Bride ink, making sure that there is a good even spread of ink over the image.  Then using a sponge dauber (you could use a small piece of ordinary sponge if you don’t have daubers – I just find the daubers work best for this technique), apply some Rococco Rose ink by gently dabbing the dauber in the centre of the flowers, and then slightly angling the dauber and dabbing some ink onto the edge of the flowers as well.
I have also done this with the leaves, I used Pear Pizzazz and then sponged with some Old Olive.
Make sure that you ink with your lightest colour first, and sponge the darker colour on after.
This is such a fun but easy technique to have a go at, but leave me a comment if you have any questions.
Happy stamping!
Chris
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In the Pink!

This fortnight at Crafty Boots Challenges, we are going Pink!  So think girly, although of course we would love to see something masculine in pink if you want 🙂
My card for this challenge is definitely girly though….

I had some new goodies arrive today, and I had to have a play.  I have used some of the gorgeous Timeless Elegance Designer Series Papers.  The papers are black and cream, but I have coloured over it with a pink marker so that it looks like black on pink.  I have combined with the Butterfly Basics stamp set and matching butterfly dies, and the sentiment comes from the retired Blooming With Kindness stamp set.
It’s not a great photo as we had a very dull and overcast day today – lots of rain and thunderstorms though, which is always good for the garden.  However, despite the shadowy image, I hope you can see all the different pinks.
Come and join in with us at Crafty Boots, and show us your pink projects!
Happy stamping!
Chris

The Male Room – Spots and Stripes

For the next couple of weeks at The Male Room we want your masculine style projects to include SPOTS AND STRIPES.  Don’t forget you can make any type of papercraft project – but it must be for the men in our lives – both young and old.

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I have used some polka dot papers for my background and then layered some strips of cardstock in various colours on an angle over the patterned papers.  Such a great way to use up some of those strips that we all seem to collect.

The car stamp and the sentiment were freebies from a magazine I bought recently.  Both the car and the “Happy” have been fussy cut and mounted on dimensional tape.
I hope you will join in with our challenge at The Male Room.
Happy stamping,
Chris

Heartfelt Sympathy

I have a few new goodies to play with and share with you today, including a beautiful new stamp set called Heartfelt Sympathy.
My card uses the sketch from the current Just Add Ink challenge.

I have also used some very pretty new Designer Series Papers, the Pretty Petals Stack.  The stamp has been coloured using markers, then cut out using a circle framelit.
I am also entering my card in the Use Your Stuff current challenge.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Punch Art Kitty

I had a little bit of fun this afternoon, making this cute kitty and designing a card for him to go on.

PunchArtKitty

We do love our four legged friends in this family, we have four beautiful cats (who live inside) and two rabbits (who live outside).  I had a little helper while I was making this card today, so if you see any black hairs they will be our little black cat’s contribution.  She does so love helping me craft, usually sitting on me or whatever I am making at the time and purring very loudly!
I didn’t think the kitty on my card would look as good all black though, so I did this one in similar colours to one of our other gorgeous cats, Biff.  Here is a photo, do you think it looks like him? 🙂


Anyway, the background papers are from the Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack, and I have used some of the Ovals Collection Framelits to create a frame for kitty to sit inside.  For kitty I have used the following punches:  1 3/4inch Circle Punch for the body, Flower Medallion Punch for the ears, Bow Builder Punch, trimmed with paper snips for the tail, Owl Builder Punch for the eyes and nose, and a retired punch (can’t remember the name of it, sorry) for those cute little paws.  And then just used a Black Marker to add some detail.
The words come from You Little Furball stamp set.

I am entering this card in the current Send A Smile 4 Kids Animal Cards Challenge.

Happy stamping
Chris

Up In The Air

The new challenge at The Male Room for the next fortnight is a theme of “Up In The Air but No Birds Allowed!”

Heaps of things you can still do with this challenge, planes, clouds, hot air balloons, or…… parachutists!

My card uses some gorgeous new Stampin’ Up! papers from the Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack, and this great image is from the Boys Will Be Boys stamp set.  Plus I have used a small piece of the new Corrugated cardstock to add a little more texture to my card.
Make sure you check out the inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Black and White Challenge

Our challenge at Crafty Boots for the next fortnight, is to make Black and White projects.
My card features the gorgeous Butterflies Thinlits dies from Stampin’ Up!

Such a beautiful butterfly, it is one of my favourite dies, and makes it so easy to make a lovely card quickly and easily.
Make sure you share your Black and White projects with us at Crafty Boots Challenges.
Happy stamping!
Chris

 

Sketch Challenge Reminder

Posting up a card today, as a reminder to join us at Crafty Boots Challenges, for the current sketch challenge.

My card features the Flower Fair Framelits Dies and matching Flower Patch stamps. The flower shapes have been cut out of the black layer of cardstock, and then placed over some Melon Mambo cardstock.  Then some smaller flowers have been stamped onto the pink layer to look like the centres of the flowers.
I just love these lovely bright colours, especially on the first, snowy day of winter!  Yes, we had snow this morning, and our snow man is still standing!
Hope you will join our sketch challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Gingham, Checks, Plaid or Tartan

This week at Cardz 4 Guys, Helen has challenged us to use Check, Gingham, Plaid or Tartan on our projects, and it must be a prominent feature.

My card features once again, some of the some of the Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack from Stampin’ Up! which has become one of my favourites for masculine cards.  And I have combined it with another favourite, the wonderful Lovely As A Tree stamp set. It must be one of the most popular stamp sets ever, great for all sorts of occasions, and again, wonderful for masculine cards.
This is my last week with the team at Cardz 4 Guys, I have enjoyed being Guest Designer for the month of May and just want to say thanks to the rest of the Design Team for having me along.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Cardz 4 Guys Make Your Mark

This week’s challenge at Cardz 4 Guys has been chosen by Julie who would like you to create your project using Man (Woman) made marks only.  Stitching, inks, embossing, any colouring pens/pencils, water colours, stencils.

I made two cards for this week’s challenge:

The first card uses some retired Stampin’ Up! papers for a background, and I have stamped direct onto the papers using the Adventure Awaits and The Open Sea stamp sets.

My second card was a slightly different interpretation of the “Make Your Mark” theme, since I didn’t have any more information about this challenge at the time.


I have used a digital image called Graduation Guy from Kenny K Downloads, which has been coloured with Copic Markers.
Check out what the rest of the Design Team have come up with for this challenge at Cardz 4 Guys Challenges.

Happy stamping!
Chris