Friday, February 24, 2017

Be A Happy Camper!

Hello there inky friends!  I'm here today to share an adorable little scrapbook page I created using some of the newest Joy Clair clear stamp sets available THIS MONTH.  Check them all out in the Joy Clair store!
Here's a little framed 8x8 layout I created featuring the new "Happy Camper" and the Aztec Background clear sets from Joy Clair.  It also has a little peek at the the Butterfly Kisses set.  I had so much fun coloring the images and just had to feature them on a fun layout.  I'll have to hunt through my old camping photos of family to see if I can find the perfect black and white photo to insert into this page. For now, the page is "pictureless"...

Let's take a journey through my process in making this page, shall we?
I first stamped the evergreens, the fire and the fun camper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  After that, I colored each image with Copic markers.  To add a bit of age and to "country-fy" the piece, I rubbed a bit of Pan Pastel (Pan Pastel Burnt Sienna) over each image.  Not only did this help tone down the brightness of the images, it allowed the images to become a bit more aged and fit more perfectly with my theme.  
I painted a bit of Metallic Silver Liquitex ink onto the wings and metal on the camper.  After that was done, I cut the images out and applied some foam squares then set them aside so that I could continue to work on the layout.  
Notice that shiny metallic look??? LOVE IT!

I stamped the Aztec Background stamp onto the cream cardstock using clear embossing ink then rubbed my pan pastel over that.  This allowed the pastel to grab onto the ink and leave a light dusting on the non-inked portion.  I also stamped a few tiny butterflies from the Butterfly Kisses stamp set onto the camper.  I thought it added a bit more whimsy to that fun camper color scheme.
I stamped the whimsical Happy Camper sentiment onto kraft cardstock, cut it in a banner format, stitched it onto the page with my sewing machine then added a bit of twine to finish the project off. Almost all of my work includes some form of fibers, so I thought it only appropriate to add some jute and a wooden button!  

I hope you enjoyed this peek at my newest layout.  This set AND the adorable coordinating set Wild and Free, are perfect for cute little camping related layouts, fun cards and invites!  

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Let The Good Times Roll!

Hey there stamping friends!  Today I'm joining a few inky Joy Clair Design Team friends in a blog hop featuring a fun Mardi Gras set from Joy Clair Stamps!  Easter is just around the corner and the lead up to one of my most special days is always fun and exciting.  I love to prep and decorate with springy theme.

This fun Mardi Gras set has all the traditional images and icons that the celebration involves:  fleur de lis, beads, masks and sentiments (English translations too!) so of course, this brought my imagination right to New Orleans and their all-out celebrations!  The parades, the parties, the fun...and the risque. I created a drink charm bracelet and a matching card to get into the MOOOD!  No need to flash your wares this time!  LOL

I stamped and colored the images onto shrink plastic then heatset them with my heatgun.  Here, let me show you more about my process:
First, I stamped the images onto shrink plastic using Staz On ink.  After that, I carefully colored the images using my Copic Markers.  I was careful not to color away the Staz-on.
After that, I cut out the images with my scissors and use my mat knife to hold the images as I heat them/shrunk them.
Once they were finished, I attached the largest ones (and the sentiment) to some jump rings.  
My next step was to thread some beads...TONS OF BEADS.  Yes, I'm cross-eyed now!  LOL.  I strung three strands: green, blue and gold beads.  I attached the bead strands together using some golden ribbon tied into a bow.  Then I attached the charms.  
Such a fun little drink charm bracelet.  It's small enough that the beads don't fall off when you lift the glass, but large enough that they dangle off the stem.  :)  

After creating the drink bracelet, I moved onto the card.  This was a fun card because I was able to create my own sentiment using my new Cameo!  
I embossed the sentiment with some gold embossing powder then attached it to a yummy stamped and water colored background.  
I used some distress ink to stamp over the watercoloring.  
When you take a closer look, you'll see the clear embossed beads and the yummy fleur de lis ribbon embellishment.  :)

I hope you were inspired by my creations today.  This was such a fun set to play with and I encourage you to play with your stamps in new ways.  Not only can they be used to create beautiful cards,  they can also be used to create fun and playful gifts!  

Check out my fellow Joy Clair Design Team partners who are joining this hop too:

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Fight Like the WARRIOR you are! #beastmode

Hey there inky friends!  Kerry here to share a YUMMY card using the new Joy Clair set called Prayer Warrior.  I LOVE this set so much!  It's such a fabulous set that includes a large image (faceless) of a warrior woman...perfect for a card to help inspire someone to FIGHT ON!  

I created this card especially for a crafty friend who began her battle against Breast Cancer recently. She has declared a #beastmode mentality and her TRIBE is behind her 100%!  
To create this card, I stamped the arrows onto white cardstock using Versafine Onyx ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. After that, I lightly watercolor washed the arrows and let them dry. Once dry, I cut them out and set them aside so I could color the warrior image.  
Again, I stamped the warrior with Versafine Onyx and embossed then used a variety of watercolors from the cheap watercolor pans I got years ago from Wal-Mart. They last forever and work perfectly when I want to take them on the go or use them on a fast watercolor project. Layering different color intensities (some with more water, some with very little water) allowed me to create depth, dimension, and shadowing...especially in her hair and face.  After I was satisfied with the color, I let her dry and then fussy cut the image.  I applied some clear Stickles to the arrows and to her feather headdress because, well...I think every warrior needs a little sparkle!  
After cutting out the warrior, I popped her (and some of the arrows) up onto foam squares and began to create my card layout. I selected some old MyMindsEye printed paper with a cloud background to help set her off.  
To add to the layout design, I cut a white panel at a unique arch angle, stamped and embossed the "warrior" sentiment and attached the cloud paper to it. I distressed this panel with a bit of Sahara Sand colored VersaMagic Chalk ink. After the panel was complete, I mounted it onto a thinner chocolate brown piece of cardstock (offset to the left) and applied all the colored elements. I then mounted the panel onto an A2 Kraft card base.  

This card was a quick card to create but provides for an inspirational and uplifting smile. I hope it encourages my stamping friend to fight on and maintain her #beastmode spirit. Her #warrior tribe is here to fight right alongside her!  
The Prayer Warrior set comes complete with three inspirational sentiments, the phrases "PRAYER" and "Warrior" as well as a female warrior and arrow. This set compliments the other Color by Faith set called Be Brave that I featured in my blog hop post that can be found HERE.  
I hope you enjoyed this creation. You can find this set along with the other Febuary release sets in the Joy Clair shop today. They're marked at an amazing introductory price right now so I hope you pick your favorites up today!