Friday, November 20, 2020

How to Stamp/Color Wood Ornaments

Hi crafty friends! Today's post will be a little different. I wanted to show you how to use your stamps to make wood ornaments! If you make ornaments as gifts for friends and family, think about how you can personalize them. For instance, I have someone in the family that loves hockey. I just happen to have a stamp with hockey skates which would make a perfect ornament. Lots of snarky 2020 stamps out there, too!
As some of you may know, I make cards and ornaments for my daughter Kristin's shop at The Cotton Company in Wake Forest, NC. It is called The Toadstool Shoppe.
Every year for the Christmas Season, I stamp on wood slices, color them in and in some cases add bling to make about 100 ornaments.
Here is what I've learned over the past years:
1) buy good quality wood slices without the dark tree rings. If you stamp a cute little image and the dark rings of the wood slice hits it right in the face, there is no saving it. The last couple of years we have bought from an Etsy shop called: LightofdayCreations. They have been wonderful - we ask them to send the 4" slices that have the least amount of tree sap (dark rings) and we have been very pleased with what they have sent.
2) We do not seal the wood, therefore it is very porous. Keep that in mind when stamping and coloring. 
3) To stamp, you must use a stamp positioner of some sort. I have used my MISTI and also my Stampin' Up! positioner called Stamparatus. I use the long magnets to secure the wood slices in place before I stamp. For stamping, I recommend a good quality Hybrid Ink. It dries quickly and doesn't spread or bloom. I use's Black Hybrid Ink. 
4) Coloring will be tough on the tips of your markers. I used Stabilo pens in both the felt tip and the fine tip and Tombow markers. They go on dark but will lighten up over time. Blending doesn't work so well, but I do try to shade in the corners, etc. To color - be cautious. Color inside the lines and let it bleed out a bit. You can always go in with a light "dotting" motion to fill in any blank areas.
5) I prefer light greys and browns for animals and bright colors for everything else. A pink sometimes looks brownish on wood - if you have  a piece of wood gone wrong, you can test on that,
6) There is really no "erasing", so if it has all gone wrong, we paint it with black chalk paint and white heat emboss a quote on it. Heat embossing is done exactly the same way as you would on paper.
7) Often I will use a white colored pencil for hat brims, trim, etc. and cover with a layer of Wink of Stella, or my favorite, Spectrum Noir sparkle. The Spectrum Noir and rich and juicy and absorbs into the wood, yet leaves a great sparkle.
8) Final bling is to use various Gelly Roll pens, silver and white and Nuco Glaze on eyes or other parts. Give it overnight to dry.
When I buy stamps, I often think of using them on ornaments. The ones linked below are some of my favorites. Both and Spellbinders are having great sales right now and you can pick up some great deals.

Tuesday 11/17 - Monday 11/23 Pre-Black Friday WEEK

Spellbinders sale is live now through Monday, November 30, 2020:
Here are some more pictures. Some are stamps no longer available, but look in your stash with new eyes and you'll be surprise what you find! These Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs are also a winner. The cats and dogs ornaments sell the best!
These were from Simon Says Stamps a few years ago. My daughter, Andrea, was helping out and colored the one on the left! I like it better than mine!
Here is a cute one from Dare 2B Artzy:
Well, that's it for this post today. I hope you can give making wood ornaments a many options! Be well, friends.
*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own.

Thursday, November 19, 2020 Pre-Black Friday Sale

Shop Now! has begun their Holiday Sales and there are some really great deals! I wanted to be sure and let you know.

I just took advantage of the sale and bought some Foundation Decor for Christmas Gifts this year. They have fun magnetic calendars, shadow boxes and my favorite, the letters of the word "HOME" with the "O" interchangeable with holiday images.
Here is an image showing the wood ornament replacing the "O". You can decorate the letters/images with paint, decoupage, accents, etc. to match your decor and make it your own. So fun! Kids would enjoy these projects, too.
Right now all American Crafts products are on sale, too:
Tuesday 11/17 - Monday 11/23 Pre-Black Friday WEEK
I was able to receive the free adhesive roll, too. I use this all the time to adhere watercolor panels to a card base. The adhesive strip is very strong and does a great job holding the watercolor paper flat. Sometimes liquid glue can get kind of lumpy and tape runner is not strong enough and also dries up over time. I used the 1/4" adhesive here:
I've enjoyed their exclusive products and also have all of their Hybrid Inks which are very reasonable. Hybrids dry quickly, so that avoids smearing on your projects and yet you can ink blend with them. Here is a Christmas Card I made last year with almost all Exclusive Products:
If you have a little extra cash, their storage products are on sale. I use the towers for all my inks, and the revolving craft tower is a blessing! I have it just to my left and keep and my most used inks and tools in it. Saves so much room.
Well, I could go on and on about their products. If you have not shopped with, give them a try. You won't be disappointed and now is the time to get the best deals! Thanks for stopping by and be well, my friends.

*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Holiday Home with Spellbinders

Welcome to the 2nd challenge for The Card Concept November 2020 called Holiday Home:
To begin this card I stamped Altenew's Obsidian Black Ink onto a piece of red card stock with My Right at Home Gingham Background Stamp. That made a beautiful plaid just like the inspiration photo.
I knew I wanted to use the Truckin Through the Seasons die (Large Die of the Month Oct. 2018 but still available) from Spellbinders and have presents and a tree in the truck:
For the center of the card, I needed some background interest and thought an embossing folder from Darice called Dot was perfect to mimic snow.
The entire front of the card was all die cuts! I very seldom create just a die cut card, but it was fun and came together really quickly. Using scraps of cardstock: 2 shades of green, black, white, grey and some glitter and metallics I used my Big Shot and cut out all the pieces.
The license plate and "Be Merry" sentiment came from Spellbinders' Even More Sentiments:
A little liquid glue, some foam tape and I have a beautiful card! To finish, I used a white gel pen on the tires to give them a bit of highlight. I am going to leave the inside blank for now.
I didn't use this set above, but look how cute a calendar would be for each month using the truck. I am thinking it would be a fun gift for those that use a desk calendar.
Well, Happy Holidays to all and please come and join us for this challenge! We'd love to see your creations.
*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Watercolored Sympathy Cards

Hi friends! Today I am sharing a couple of Sympathy Cards I made with some NBUS:

I like to keep a few Sympathy cards on hand and try to keep them fairly generic. To create these 2 cards I  used 2 watercolored panels made with Arteza Expert Watercolor Paper and Kuretake Gansai Tambi Solid Watercolors. I blended them light to dark from top to bottom, wet on wet technique. Here is a previous blog I wrote which explains a bit more detail: 
Since I planned to stamp and use clear embossing powder on the watercolored panels I tested them to make sure they were totally dry. To do that you simply sprinkle embossing powder on the panels and see if it sticks. If it does, it is not dry yet. You could use your heat tool to dry it, but I always prefer air drying. For me, I usually paint panels and leave them for a couple of days before I use them.
Mine were dry, so I was ready to stamp my Impression Obsession Stamp, Forest Trees (my NBUS), with Altenew Obsidian Black Ink. Sprinkled right away with Nuvo Clear Embossing Powder while the black ink is still wet and heat set.
The sentiments are from Taylored Expressions Simple Strips - Sympathy and cut with the coordinating Simple Strips Die. I used WOW Super Fine White Embossing Powder because of the details in the stamp. With these Simple Strips, you stamp all the sentiments at once and cut them out at one time. The squares on the sides  are lined up, a bit of washi tape to hold it and run through your die cutting machine. They come out perfectly! I store them in my Taylored Expression Simple Storage unit with the labels on the side. I have all the different versions of the Simple Strips and it makes for quick and easy work!

The storage box has 2 levels so it holds a lot of labels. I love having them ready to use!
Here is a picture of the label sheets you can buy to add to your Simple Storage Units:
Here is the second card I made:
They are a bit wonky, for they are red rubber and I didn't use my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig Positioner. Next time I will. I figured the trees are blowing in the wind!
The inside sentiments are from a Paper Smooches Stamp Set called Sympathy Sampler. Paper Smooches is no longer in business, but the stamp set is still available at Amazon. I left that cards at that. No splatter, no water drops, no bling. I want them a bit somber to match the occasion.

Thanks for joining me today and thanks to NBUS for hosting the challenge to use our "Schtuff"!
*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Simple Watercolored Christmas Card & A Sale

Hello my friends! Today I wanted to share a card I am submitting for the Paper Craft Crew Challenge#400. This is a tic-tac-toe challenge and I am going to choose the three diagonal blocks: Favorite Colors (Greens & Teals), Seasonal (Christmas) and Natural Element (Trees).
And, once again, I am submitting to NBUS, too! Don't you just love to use items from your stash?
The process itself is a very simple. It begins with a 5" X 6" (cut from a 9" X 12" piece) piece of Arteza Expert WaterColor Paper taped to a hard board with Yellow Frog Tape. For the paints, I used Kuretake - Gansai Tambi paints. They are vibrant, creamy paints which can be very opaque for watercolor.
To prep the dry watercolor pans of paint, a few drops of water are dropped in with a pipette or you could use a dropper. Next, I simply wet the entire piece using a 1" paint brush and clean water. To paint the background I did a horizontal stroke with Teals, Greens and Black blending them where they meet. While still wet, I tipped the hard board different ways so the the colors would run dark into light.
I felt that the middle value of greens look like trees and the jade area seemed to have clouds. That is the beauty of watercolor - just let is flow and see what you get! Once total dry, I cut with one of my Kat Scrappiness Rectangle Dies. If you want a really good basic set of rectangle dies, at a very reasonable price, these are perfect. The smallest die does a great job on sentiments and with any 2 you can easily create any size frame you wish.
Before heat embossing the sentiment, I sprinkled embossing powder over the panel to be sure it was dry. It was, but it was a little warped. So here is a trick I heard about lately (Jennifer McGuire?) and it worked perfectly. 

I have had a laminator in my stash for a long time and never used it-NBUS! It is a Heidi Swapp Minc Machine used for foiling. But the cool thing is - you can put your warped card panel in the carrier sheet (or between a folded sheet of copy paper) and run it through the machine. I set it to a heat setting of "3". It's like ironing the panel and straightens it out perfectly!
Then I white heat embossed a wonderful sentiment, Peace On Earth, from a Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) set called It's Cold Outside. To be honest, I bought this set just because I loved the font, but the little characters are so cute, too, I am looking forward to coloring them. Just look at that sweet little deer!

Spellbinders/FSJ is offering a good sale now through Nov. 8, 2020:
To finish, I popped up the watercolor panel with foam tape onto a card base of Neenah 100lb. Classic Crest Cardstock.

That's it. I stamped the Merry Christmas from the same set inside with Altenew Obsidian Black Ink and called it a day. No glitter, no glaze, no splatter and no embellishment of any kind and I love it!

If you haven't tried watercolor, give this a try. Use YOUR favorite colors, tip the board and see what wonderful results you'll get. Thank you to the Paper Craft Crew and NBUS for these fun, creative challenges.
*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own.


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