Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Americana Love...with Joy Clair


Hello there inky friends,

Today I'm joining my fellow Joy Clair designers as we share a few new amazing sets with you. Today we're featuring two new Americana sets...Perfect for the Fourth of July or any USA loving holiday.
If you've arrived here from Steph's blog, you're on the right track. If not, just hop along using the hop order below...There's a prize in it for one lucky hopper!


Grungy Flag is a fun flag background set with a bit of distress and a whole lotta love.  I love the distressed look and feel of this background and love that it is BIG, BOLD and BEAUTIFUL!
Happy Fourth (Stars and Stripes) is a festive fireworks set complete with bottle rockets, pinwheels and the most fabulous flag pattern sentiments.

I elected to create a card that incorporates both sets.  Take a peek:
To create this card, I rubbed Fired Brick Distress Oxide onto my Gelli Plate then stamped the stripes from the Grungy Flag onto the inked plate.  After that, I laid the paper over the ink on the plate to create my background.  I repeated this process using the Broken China Distress Oxide and the star pattern of the same background stamp.  When the design was complete, I stamped the star clusters using Vintage Photo Distress Oxide (directly from the stamp).  
I cut the flag stripes out and stamped the pinwheel pattern onto them using Vintage Photo Distress Oxide.  After that, I arranged the strips in a pleasing pattern using pop dots.

Next up was the embellishments.  I used my glue gun to create some hot blobs of glue, sprinkled a bit of gold embossing powder on them (it melts immediately in the hot glue) and then pressed the stamp into the glue to create an impression.  I let that dry and cool to the touch then peeled off the stamp. Since the stamps are polymer, they do not melt and pull clean from the hot glue.
The final steps were to apply a red satin ribbon and the stamped sentiment.  I popped this panel up onto a light blue sky...um...cardstock color.  

Thanks for popping in to see this creation.  I'll definitely be using these sets again real soon, so stay tuned!  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Flawless Funnies...

Hello there stamping friends!  Today I'm joining my fellow Joy Clair design team sisters in a fun presentation of a make-up set.  You might say:  I'm not a make-up kind of person (as I did) and wonder how in the world you could make this set work for YOU sooo...I'm here to share you how you can get a few chuckles and play along.  Hope you enjoy!
Did you laugh?  I hope so!  This is a fun little quirky card that would be perfect to send to a friend feeling down or in need of a belly laugh.  I took some liberties using the Flawless set, and you can too!  In doing so, I completely got into the zone and didn't take process step photos like I usually do.  I was so focused on trying to make this set work for me that I just completely went with the flow.
I learned in art class long ago that if you don't like an image, turn, twirl and twist the image until you see something you like.  That's exactly what I did.  The compact became some giant eyes, the blusher brush bristles became some freakin' thick lashes, the cross-hatched heart became a nose, the bottom of the lipstick case became a mouth-complete with a bumpy tongue!
I set off these images using the Wood Background that I embossed in white on a bright yellow base. Adding to the quirkified look, I punched a few holes, stapled the corners, added a few dotty strips for texture and mounted it wonky-style on some graph paper and a white card base.  Totally FUN and unexpected!
And look at how awesome this tongue turned out!

Hope you enjoyed this quirky-fun card!  Now back to the other designers who stuck to the script. LOL.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Fight the Fight!

This post is dedicated to one tough cookie who's undergoing surgery today...#BEASTMODE in full effect!  Your ARMY is with you!  
Hello there inky friends, it's Kerry here and today is my day to post on the Joy Clair Blog.  I created this special card using the God's Army set.  I love this set for its versatility and fabulous theme.  It is a perfect set for a loved one or friend who is battling some demons...We're all part of God's Army and it's nice when we have the troops behind us 100%!  
I started out by tearing a piece of graph paper and using that as my base layer.  I stamped the "camo" using Tuxedo Black ink then continued on by stamping over that with Angel Pink and then finally with Rose Bud.  
I love the look of overlaying the camo pattern!  
After stamping the background, I stamped the dog tags.  I stamped only the FIGHT sentiment so that I could focus on this inspiring phrase on the tags. 
I added the doodled sentiment "harder" on one of the tags just to encourage someone to keep on fighting even when they feel they are out of fight! 
After that, I stamped the boots and colored them with Memento ink mixed with a bit of water and a superfine paintbrush.  
The card was assembled using the leg trim of an old pair of jeans.  The card was mounted onto a white card base to give the images full stage!  
I hope you enjoyed this creation.  I hope it inspires you to create something amazing with this fabulous set!  
#beastmode