Monthly Archives: October 2008

Morning Silence – Tutorial #141

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Happy Halloween Everyone! 

Since it is the holiday my thoughts were I should make a Halloween card, but then why make one on the holiday when I don’t need it.  I pondered this for about 15 minutes and then came to the conclusion you would rather look at a card that would inspire you for a project in the immediate future, cold months ahead.  :)  This really turned out to be a man card.  At least the men in my life would enjoy this one.

My cards usually have many, many steps, but this one turned out to be quite quick for me.  Note, I said quick for “Me”.  No markers, no heat embossing, no brayer, GASP!  I know you probably went back and re-read that last sentence in disbelief.  :)

Let’s get started.

Supplies:

Stamps: Impression Obsession “Branches of a Tree” & Close to My Heart “Warm Memories”
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Basic Black & Soft Sky
Ink: Stampin’ Up Basic Black, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze & Soft Sky
Accessories: Silver Brads, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig & Sponge

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Stamped the tree twice with Soft Sky ink on a 4″ x 5.5″ piece of Whisper White Card stock.

Sponged Soft Sky ink in the center of the card stock.

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Stamped twice the tree again with Baja Breeze ink.

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Sponged Baja Breeze ink around the outside of the card stock, leaving the Soft Sky ink showing in the middle.

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I came up with these blues to use by testing them on my scrap paper.  :)

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Stamped the tree twice again with Basic Black ink.

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Sponged Not Quite Navy ink around the outside of the card stock, not covering the Baja Breeze sponged ink entirely.

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Sponged Basic Black ink around the very edge of the card stock, not covering the Not Quite Navy ink entirely.

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I got out my Stamp-a-ma-jig to figure out where I wanted my deer to be.  Such a handy tool.

Note:  if you don’t have a Stamp-a-ma-jig you need one!  It is so nice to stamp the image on the clear sheet that comes with the tool and move it around on top of the card stock to see exactly how you would like to place an image on your piece.  :)  Nope I don’t own stock in the Stamp-a-ma-jig company, lol.  I wish I did though!

Anyway, I stamped the deer using Basic Black ink.

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Assembled the card front and added silver brads to each cover of the main image panel.  Here it is complete measuring 5″ x 6.5″.

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May your Halloween be a happy one!

Until my next post. . . . . . . .. . . . . . .

Hugs,

Michelle

Links to all my tutorials can be found here:  http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/tutorials-ive-written/

Here is a link to my workshop calendar if you want to get info on beginner and advanced Brayer workshops:  http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/workshop-calendar

Frequently asked questions answers:  http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/frequently-asked-questions/

Birthday Sneeking Up on You – Tutorial #140

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This card is for a good friend of mine.  Claire if you are looking, STOP!!!

I used one of Stamp La Jolla’s Hula Bunnies.  You can find their web site here:  www.stamplajolla.com.

One thing before I get started, I’m trying to reach the people that have signed up for my Advanced Brayer Workshop for this Saturday, November 1st.  Please e-mail me at mzindorf@aim.com.  It was unclear as to whether you were told what to bring to the workshop in way of supplies so I want to be able to communicate that to you.  Thanks!

Now on with the tutorial for this trifold Birthday Card.  :)

Supplies:

Stamps: Stamp La Jolla “Hula Bunny”
Paper: Stampin Up Whisper White
Ink: Stampin’ Up River Rock, Taken with Teal, Baja Breeze, Palette Noir Black
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Versamark Marker, Fine Detail Clear embossing Powder, Brayer, Hot Pink Ribbon

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Stamped the rabbit with Palette Nior Black ink on a 3″ x 4.75″ of Whisper White card stock.

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Colored the rabbit’s grass skirt with a Prismacolor Sand marker.

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Added some Goldenrod marker to the bottom of the skirt.

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Colored the shaded areas of the rabbit with a Cool Grey 30% marker.

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Colored the rim of the sunglasses with a Rhodamine Marker.

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Colored the inner ears with a Ballet Pink marker.

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Colored over the entire image with a Versamark marker and heat embossed the image using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.

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Masked the wall behind the rabbit with a post it note.

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Brayered River Rock ink at the bottom of the card stock.

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Brayered Baja Breeze ink at the top 2/3rds of the card stock.

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Masked the sky area with a post it note.

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Sponged Taken with Teal ink at the post it note edge to create the horizon line.

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Adhered hot pink ribbon to the back side of a 5.25″ x 10.5″ trifold white card.

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Adhered the ribbon to the right side of the front of the card stock.  Adhered the main image panel over the ribbon on the right side panel.

Oops!  I wanted to use this slit punch to make a slit for my ribbon to come through but I apparently didn’t have my punch far enough on my card stock, so I just took a big chunk out of it.

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Fixed my problem by cutting a thin strip of Kiwi Kiss card stock and adhering it to the left under side of the main image panel.  I kinda like this look.  :)

Happy mistake!

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Tied the ribbon through the opening I made.  Here you have it, a trifold card that measures 5.25″ x 5.25″.  Sorry for the horrible picture this morning.  Satin ribbon always gives me fits when I photograph it.

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May your day be filled with fun surprises around every corner!

Until my next post. . . . .. . . . . . .

Hugs,

Michelle

Links to all my tutorials can be found here:  http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/tutorials-ive-written/

Here is a link to my workshop calendar if you want to get info on beginner and advanced Brayer workshops:  http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/workshop-calendar

Frequently asked questions answers:  http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/frequently-asked-questions/

Tumbling Leaves – Tutorial #139 and Blog Candy

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Hi!  I’m back from the West Coast and WOW did I have a great time teaching Advanced and Beginner Brayer Workshops in California.  I got to teach 3 Advanced Brayer workshops to Attendees that have taken my Beginner workshops in the past.  It’s always great to reconnect with people, especially the the fun, fun ladies in California.  I also taught a Beginner workshop and made some new friends, Hi ladies!!!  My next Advanced workshop on the Calendar is scheduled for November 1st at Marco Paper.  I also have two Beginner Workshops scheduled for November 8th at Marco Paper.  Follow this link if you are interested in signing up.  http://marcopaper.com/index.html  or call 937-433-7030 or 1-888-733-5239.  If you are on the fence about signing up, please note these will be my last workshops until after the new year. 

I promise if you attend a Beginner Brayer Workshop I will take the mystery out of that tool, the Brayer.

dsc06530.JPG  OK, as promised I have a Blog Candy Winner!  Drum roll, please . . . . . . . . . . . .

Congratulations Rockin Robin Caldwell who wrote:   Oohhhh, pick me, pick me!!! What a fantastic piece with a gorgeous “California” feel to it!!! I am so diggin’ the bright, in your face colors!!! Right up my “palette” alley. I sure hope this piece will land in my mailbox. I love it!!! I hope I can brayer like you…some day (sigh….). Hisses, Rockin Robin Caldwell

Robin, please e-mail your address to me at mzindorf@aim.com and I will put this card in the mail to you.

Thanks everyone for playing along!

Now for today’s tutorial and NEW BLOG CANDY.  I used a brand new stamp sheet by Innovative Stamp Creations “Autumn Leaves”  in today’s tutorial and I’m giving a brand new stamp sheet  of “Autumn Leaves” away as blog candy.  Check out the detail in these leaves!

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If you would like to be entered for a chance to win this terrific stamp sheet, please leave a comment on this post.  If you are getting this blog update by e-mail you will need to click on this link and then leave a comment on this post http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2008/10/27/tumbling-leaves-tutorial-138-and-blog-candy/

I will select the winner on Sunday, November 2nd using a random number generator.  Good luck to all!

Here is a link to Innovative Stamp Creation’s online store:  http://www.innovativestampcreations.com/ischomepage.html   Check them out.

Now on with the tutorial!

Supplies:

Stamps: Innovative Stamp Creations “Autumn Leaves” and ” Fancy Designs”
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Bordering Blue & Chocolate Chip
Ink: Distress Inks Tea Dye, Weathered Wood, Old Paper & Walnut Stain, Palette Noir Black
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Versamark Marker, Sponge, Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

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Stamped both leaves with Palette Noir Black ink on a 5″ square piece of Whisper White card stock.

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Colored the leaves in with a Prismacolor Cold Stone marker.

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Colored the dark parts of the leaves with a Muted Turquoise marker.

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Added some Cerulean Blue marker to the dark areas at the bottom of the leaves.

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Colored over the images with a Versamark marker.

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Heat embossed the leaves with fine detail embossing powder and a heat gun.

Tip:  if after you heat emboss your embossing looks pitted, color over the images again with Versamark and heat emboss again with Clear embossing powder. 

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Used Old Paper Distress ink and swiped the edge of the ink pad across the card stock.  These distress ink pads have a raised pad so it is very easy to use them for this technique.

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Swiped the edge of a Tea Dye Distress Ink pad at the top left side and the bottom right side of the card stock.

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Sponged a bit of Weathered Distress ink under the leaves.

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Swiped the edge of a Walnut Stain Distress Ink Pad at the top left side and the bottom Right side of the card stock.

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Stamped the flourish all around the edge of the card stock with Old Paper Distress ink.

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Stamped the flourish again with Walnut Stain Distress ink  at the top left and bottom right of the card stock.

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Sponged Walnut Stain Distress Ink all round the edge of the card stock.

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Assembled card and here it is finished, measuring 5.5″ square.

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I hope this tutorial inspires you to think outside of the box when coloring objects, such as leaves.  They don’t always have to be green, orange or yellow.  :)

May your day be filled with the sites and sounds of Autumn.

Until my next post. . . . . .. . . . . .

Huge Hugs,

Michelle

California Sunset & Blog Candy

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I’m leaving on a Jet Plane. . . . . . .. . .

Folks, I’m flying out today to the West Coast, San Jose to be exact to teach a few Advanced and Beginner workshops.  I will return on Sunday, but probably won’t be posting again until Monday.

I wanted to leave you with a tutorial and some blog candy.  So here it is.  The blog candy is this Sunset card that measures 4″ x 9″.  To enter for a chance to win this card leave a comment on this post.  If you are getting this blog update by e-mail you will need to click this link and leave a comment on this post:  http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2008/10/23/california-sunset-blog-candy/

I will select a winner of this blog candy upon my return on Monday, October 27th using a random number generator.  Good luck to you all!

The stamps I used today are by Innovative Stamp Creations.  Here is a link to their online store:

http://www.innovativestampcreations.com/ischomepage.html

Now for the tutortial.  :)

Supplies:

Stamps: Innovative Stamp Creations “Marvels of Nature”
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Basic Black & Pink Passion
Ink: Stampin’ Up Regal Rose, Summer Sun, Basic Black & Orchid Opulence
Accessories: Brayer, Post it Notes, Ribbon, Brads, Tim Holtz Medallion

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Brayered Summer Sun ink at the bottom a 3″ x 8″ piece of Whisper White card stock.

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Brayered Regal Rose ink at the top of the card stock.

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Brayered a bit of Orchid Opulence ink at the very top of the card stock, not covering the Real Rose ink entirely.

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Masked the bottom 1/3 of the card stock with post it notes.

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Sponged Regal Rose ink at the post it note edge and create a couple small hills.

Note:  This shows what happens when you put pink on top of yellow.  That’s right, you get Orange.  :)

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Sponged some Orchid Opulence right at the post it note edge.

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Removed the post it note masks.

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Sponged Regal Rose ink from the outside edge toward the middle, using a streaking motion with the sponge.  I did not sponge any Regal Rose ink in the middle of the card stock.

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Stamped three Palm trees using Basic Black ink.

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Sponged heavily Basic Black ink at the very bottom of the card stock.

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Added a hot pink ribbon, brads and a Tim Holtz Medallion that says “Journey” on it.

Here is the finished card measuring 4″ x 9″.

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Autumn in the Country

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As promised, here is the tutorial.  :) 

Supplies:

Stamps:Cornish Hertiage Farms ” Primitive Beginnings & Impression Obsession ” Branches of a Tree
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Sage Shadow & Chocolate Chip
Ink: Stampin’ Up So Saffron, Brilliant Blue, Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, Really Rust, Palette Noir Black
Accessories:Brayer, Sponges, Post it notes, Ticket Corner Punch, Prismacolor Markers, Versamark Marker, Clear embossing powder, Heat Gun

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Stamped house with Palette Noir Black ink on a 4.5″ x 6″ piece of Whisper White card stock.

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Colored window with a Prismacolor Yellow Ochre marker.

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Colored 2/3rds of each window in with a Goldenrod marker to create a shadow on each window.

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Colored over the entire house with a Versamark marker.

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Heat embossed the image using fine detail embossing powder and a heat gun.

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With Post it notes, masked 2/3rds of the card stock and brayered Brilliant Blue ink in for the sky.

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Masked the sky with Post it notes and brayered So Saffron on the unmasked area of the card stock.

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Ripped through the sticky part of two post it notes and used them to mask the lower portion of the card stock.

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Sponged Really Rust ink at the post it notes torn edge.

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Moved the torn post it notes down a bit.

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Sponged Sage Shadow ink at the post it notes torn edge.

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Sponged Chocolate Chip ink right at the torn edge, not covering the Sage Shadow ink entirely.

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Removed the post it notes.  Used the torn post it notes again, only I tore a hill shape out of them.  Masked all but the bottom of the card stock.

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Sponged on some Sage Shadow ink in the unmasked area.

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Sponged on some Really Rust ink, leaving some of the Sage Shadow ink showing.

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Sponged on Chocolate Chip ink right at the torn post it note edge and at the very bottom of the card stock.

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Removed the post it notes.

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Sponged on Sage Shadow ink above the bottom hill.

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Sponged on Chocolate Chip ink above the Sage Shadow ink just applied.

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Stamped the tree twice with Palette Noir Black ink.

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Stamped the leaves on the bottom hill with Chocolate Chip ink.

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Stamped the trees again, but upside down and at an angle with Sage Shadow ink to create the trees shadows.

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Sponged on Sage Shadow ink at an angle under the house to create a shadow for the house.

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Added a little Chocolate Chip ink to the middle of the house’s shadow.  Also sponged the Chocolate Chip ink around the outside edge of the card stock.

Note:  When you put a really dark color around the outside edge of the main image panel it makes the middle of the panel much brighter in appearance.

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Used a ticket corner punch on my main image panel and the Sage shadow panel that will go underneath it.

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Here is the finished card measuring 5″ x 6.5″.

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Hope your evening is a terrific one.

Until my next post. . . . . . ..  . . . . .

Hugs,

Michelle

Night Owl – Tutorial #136

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Happy Saturday!  I think I live for the weekends.  :)

This morning I choose to be inspired by a fantasy art piece by Jessica Galbreth.  When I view art for inspiration I pick the elements from it that visually inspired me.  I’m sure you can see the elements that I pick out from this art piece.

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dsc06438.JPG Oh! before I forget, we have a blog candy winner!  Drum roll please. . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .

The winner is out of 478 entries:

Emilie who wrote “OMG, I really really want to let you know how excited I am every time you do “blog candy” Some day I hope to be the lucky one. I look forward every single day to your creations and oooohhhh and ahhhhhh over each and every step and scroll up and down. I am just like a kid in a candy shop”.

Emilie, congrats, please e-mail your mailing address to mzindorf@aim.com and I will pop these stamps in the mail to you.

Thanks everyone for playing along!

Now on with the tutorial.

This beautiful owl stamp is from a Set from Firecracker Designs By Pamela.  Here is the link to her on line store:  http://www.safesecurestore.com/stores/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=4×5099&Category_Code=NEW&Store_Code=firecrackerdesignsbypamela

Supplies:

Stamps: Fire Cracker Designs by Pamela “Yoo Hoo” & Stampendous “Marble Texture Cube”
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Not Quite Navy & Chocolate Chip
Ink: Stampin’ Up Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy & Baja Breeze, Palette Noir Black
Accessories: Sponge, Coluzzle, Versmark Marker, White Gel pen, Black fine tip marker, Prismacolor Markers, Ribbons & Silver Brads

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Stamped Owl with Palette Noir Black ink on a 4″ x 6″ piece of Whisper White card stock.

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Extended the branch a bit with a fine tip black marker.

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Colored the Owl with a Prismacolor 10% Cool Grey marker.

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Added Prismacolor Cool Grey 30% marker to the dark parts of the Owl.

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Went a little darker over the darker with a Cool Grey 60% marker, not covering the Cool Grey 30% marker entirely. 

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Colored over all of the grey areas again with the Cool Grey 10% marker to blend everything together and to get rid of any harsh lines where the colors meet.

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Colored the eyes with Goldenrod.

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Added Cool Grey 10% around the eyes.

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Colored the beak and claws black.

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Colored the branch Light Tan.

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Added a Walnut shadow at the bottom of the branch.

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Colored over the entire image, branch in all with a Versmark marker.

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Heat embossed the image using fine detail clear embossing powder and a heat gun.

Note:  My embossing powder looked a bit pitted the first time, so I went over it again with a Versamark marker and heat embossed it a second time with clear embossing powder.  I wanted to make sure my bird was going to stay grey and white and not turn blue when I put the background in.  :)

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Cut a 3 5/8″ circle from card stock with a circle coluzzle template.

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Used the circle as a mask for the moon and sponged Baja Breeze ink all over the card stock.

Tip: if your sponged ink looks really blotchy keep applying ink until it smooths out.

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Cut a 3 1/8″ circle out of a piece of card stock with a Coluzzle.

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Used the negative piece of card stock and put the opening to the right side of the moon I create and sponged Baja Breeze ink in the opening.

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Sponged Baja Breeze ink to the right of the owl.

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Put the circle mask back on and sponged Not Quite Navy ink around the top, left and bottom of the mask.  I left the right side of the mask light.

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Removed the mask.

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Put the negative piece of card stock back on and sponge Not Quite Navy at the top, left side and bottom of the opening, leaving the right side with not Not Quite Navy on it.

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Removed mask.

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Heavily sponged Not Quite Navy ink at the top and bottom of the card stock.

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Sponged Night of Navy ink at the top and bottom of the card stock, being very heavy at the bottom.

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Time to clean up or I will for sure have a nice big blue fingerprint on my stark white moon.  :)

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I liked unexpected texture in the background of the inspiration piece so I added a bit of marbling to mine.

Stamped side “C” of the Marble texture cube with Baja Breeze ink all of the card stock, while holding my breath, lol.  You just never know if you are pushing a piece to far.  :)

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Whew, let my breath out.  It looks fine.

Wiped the ink from the embossed images with a soft rag.

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Assembled card front and added ribbon and silver brads.

Tip:  you can piece through your ribbon and cardstock with a piecing tool to get your brads started.

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Almost forgot to put some stars in the sky.

Added stars by dotting randomly a bit of White Gel pen in the darkest areas of the card stock.

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Here you have it, the finished card measuring 5″ x 6.5″.

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I hope this tutorial inspired you to look at art and pull from it some really fun shapes to include in your own stamped art.

May your Saturday be all that you want it to be.

Until my next post. . . . .. . . . . . . .

Hugs,

Michelle

Links to all my tutorials can be found here:  http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/tutorials-ive-written/

Here is a link to my workshop calendar if you want to get info on beginner and advanced Brayer workshops:  http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/workshop-calendar

Frequently asked questions answers:  http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/frequently-asked-questions/

Blog Candy Today! Win a Stamp Set

Times Up!  A winner has been drawn.

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No stamping tutorial today, but I have blog candy instead.  To enter to win this great set of 12 stamps titled “Thinking of You” by Rupa Shevde and Manufactured by Gina K. Designs leave a comment on this post.  :)

If you are getting this blog update by e-mail you will need to click on this link to leave a comment on the post:   http://zindorf.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2008/10/17/3483/

I will use a random number generator to select the winner tomorrow, Saturday, October 18th.  Good Luck!

Have a Super Friday!!!!

Hugs,

Michelle