100 Moons Creative – Fun with ArtFoamies

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m back today with another project for 100 Moons Creative. For today’s project, I wanted to create a simple card that was quick and easy to make but had a WOW factor. My project features stamps from RubberMoon and ArtFoamies and uses Distress Oxides for stamping. [Supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support.]

Now I have to admit that before joining the 100 Moons Creative team, I hadn’t tried any of the ArtFoamies stamps, but now that I have, can I just say how much I love using them?!? I’m a cardmaker and I love making my own backgrounds. I have a LOT of design paper in my stash, but I hardly ever use it anymore, opting instead for stenciled or ink blended backgrounds. So these ArtFoamies stamps really spark my creativity. 

Today’s project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | Creative Concentrics - Celestial Rings and Balzer Designs - Inner Struggle by Art Foamies

To be honest, I started this project in a completely different direction, using a different image for the focal point. But then I created the background and the two didn’t go together. I loved the background more than what I did with the original image so I ended up in a completely different direction. Funny how that happens!

CREATING THE BACKGROUND

I started with a piece of Distress Watercolor Cardstock cut to 4.25 inches x 5.5 inches. I flipped the cardstock so that the textured side was face down. For the background, I used the Inner Struggle foam stamp. I randomly applied two colors of Distress Oxide Ink to the stamp – Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn – so that the stamped image would have a variegated appearance. Since size of the Inner Struggle stamp was less than 5.5 inches, I turned the stamp so that it was perpendicular to the cardstock. I stamped the image in the middle and then worked each side to the edge.

STAMPING SUN IMAGE

Using the largest die in the Spellbinders Standard Circles Large set, I cut a circle from a piece of Distress Watercolor Cardstock.  For the sun image, I used the Celestial Rings stamp. Since this stamp is in three parts, I applied a couple of pieces of low tack tape on the back to hold them together while I stamp. Starting from the center, I applied three colors of Distress Oxide Ink – Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, and Candied Apple. I stamped the image on the smooth side of the circle die cut. Afterwards, I used a water brush to lightly blend the colors where necessary. 

Rowhouse Greetings | Creative Concentrics - Celestial Rings by Art Foamies

Once the ink was dry, I used a black Copic multiliner to add details to the face. I used Copic markers (R20, R22) to further enhance the facial features. I normally would not use Copic markers on top of Oxide ink, but to be honest, I forgot that I hadn’t used regular Distress Ink. It didn’t seem to damage the marker nibs, but you might want to use a water-based marker instead. I used my Copic multiliner and a blue gel pen to add more details to the sun rays. I’m not much of a doodler, so I kept the pattern simple.

Rowhouse Greetings | Creative Concentrics - Celestial Rings by Art Foamies

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

All that’s left is assembling the card. I stamped the sentiment on the background using Versafine Clare ink and then adhered it to my cardbase (I use Neenah Solar White 110#). To add dimension, I cut a piece of craft foam slightly smaller than the sun image and glued it to the back using Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive. You could use foam tape instead, but I prefer craft foam because it supports the entire layer. I applied glue to the other side of the craft foam and positioned the sun image on the card.

That’s it for today! Hope you found some inspiration and will give these fun foam stamps a try. See you soon!

SUPPLIES

Below I’ve listed the products used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you (see disclosure). I pay out of pocket for the majority of the products — papers, inks, dies, embellishments, etc. —  that you see in my projects with the exception of the handful of products that I receive for design team work or guest posts. I only use products that I love. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. Thanks so much!

BB Christmas Selfies by My Favorite Things

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! As you can see, I’m still in holiday card mode. I recently placed an order with My Favorite Things and decided to put some of those goodies to use.

Rowhouse Greetings | BB Christmas sELFies by My Favorite Things

Supplies for today’s project are linked to multiple sources at the end of this post. Product links may also be displayed in the brackets following the product name. Where available, I use compensated affiliate links at no cost to you. Thank you for your support!

Today’s project features:

Coloring the Image

To start, I stamped the image on X-Press It Blending Card using Nuvo Hybrid Ink in Shadow Black [AZ]. I’ve been experimenting with different black inks that are Copic compatible and I like this hybrid ink (I also like Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink and Hero Arts Intense Black). All three are much crisper than Memento Ink (the old standby). I still prefer Versafine for stamping sentiments, but I find these inks to be perfectly acceptable for that purpose as well.

I’ve got a coloring video for you today. So sit back with your favorite beverage and take a look!

To be honest, I may have made the coloring look a little harder than it really is. I got hung up on blending the scarf, but I left it all in the video because I think it’s important to show that even Copic instructors don’t always get it right on the first try. But with a little patience, it came out right in the end.

After coloring the image, I trimmed the paper down to the black border around the image. I used the Polaroid Shaker Frame Die-namics [MFT] to cut out the photo frame from white cardstock and adhered it to the image. Afterwards, I backed the combined image and frame with a piece of craft foam [AZ] for dimension and set it aside.

Creating the Background

For the background, I cut a sheet of Grout Gray Card Stock [MFT] from My Favorite Things to 4.25 inches by 5.5 inches. The solid background looked too plain so I decided to create a subtle pattern using the Brush Splatter Background [MFT] by My Favorite Things. I couldn’t decide whether to use white or silver embossing powder so I ended up using both. I stamped the image with Versamark and heat embossed the image using Nuvo Embossing Powder in Glazier White [AZ]. The background was still too plain so I turned the cardstock upside down and heat embossed it a second time using Brutus Monroe’s Ultra Fine Embossing Powder in Sterling [BM]. This not only added interest to the background, but some shine as well.

I selected various prints from the Sweet Celebration 6×6 Paper Pack [MFT] by My Favorite Things to arrange behind the focal image. As you can probably tell, I based my marker selection on the color scheme of this paper pack. It’s one of the few times that I actually had the forethought to pick out my design papers first so that I wasn’t scrambling to find something to match after I had already coloring the image!

That’s it for today – hope you found some inspiration! See you soon.

SUPPLIES

Copics: W0, W1, W3, W8, E30, RV11 (bear); RV04, RV09, RV59 (hat); RV04, RV09, RV59, BG09, BG32, BG15 (scarf); Y15, Y19, YR04 (ribbon); BG09, BG78 (background)

Below I’ve listed the products used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you (see disclosure). I pay out of pocket for the majority of the products — papers, inks, dies, embellishments, etc. —  that you see in my projects with the exception of the handful of products that I receive for design team work or guest posts. I only use products that I love. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. Thanks so much!

Star Powered by RubberMoon Stamps

100 Moons Creative Collab

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! This is my first post as a member of the 100 Moons Creative Collaborative! I’m here today with a project featuring a variety of stamps from RubbermoonArtFoamies, and 100 Proof Press.

I’ve been making a lot of cards lately. In these days of social distancing, sending happy mail can really brighten someone’s day.

This card has a little bit of everything going on – stamping, heat embossing, die cutting, and Copic coloring. The featured image is Jone Hallmark Star-Powered by RubberMoon. I used A LOT of products and supplies (so don’t faint when you see the supply list) but I bet that most of it is stuff readily available in your craft room. So if you don’t have the exact product that I used, I suspect you already have a great substitute.

Rowhouse Greetings | Jone Hallmark Star Powered by RubberMoon Stamps

FEATURING

I never remember to take process photos of my projects, so I often rely on videos to show you what I’ve done. I broke up the project into three parts, giving you plenty of time for breaks and to grab your beverage of choice. The videos are in real time so you can simply watch or check out the supply list below and craft along with me. So pull up a comfy chair and let’s roll the video!

Whew! That was a lot! But aren’t you glad you stuck it out to the end?!?

That’s it for me today. Hope you found some crafty inspiration! See you next time!

Please feel free to share your creations using #rubbermoon #100proofpress #artfoamies #100moonscollab on your social media. We will be so happy to see what you make with Rubbermoon,  100 Proof Press, and  Artfoamies products.

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. Thanks so much! Read more.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Hammermill Color Copy Cover 100#; Dylusions Mixed Media Cardstock by Ranger
Stamps: Jone Hallmark Star-Powered by RubberMoon Stamps (*) by RubberMoon Stamps; Kae Pea – Microcosms by ArtFoamies; Flutterby Designs – Patterns by ArtFoamies; Honeycomb Texture Background (*) by 100 Proof Press; Magic Stars (*) by 100 Proof Press; Scatter Art (*) by 100 Proof Press; Saturn Rubber Stamp (*) by ShockShack
Inks: Intense Black by Hero Arts; Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko; Versamark by Tsukineko; Delicata in Rose Gold and Golden Glitz by Tsukineko; Distress Oxides in Speckled Egg, Peacock Feathers, and Chipped Sapphire by Ranger – Tim Holtz
Dies: Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Embellishments: Embossing Powder in Detail Gold by Stampendous; Ultra Fine Embossing Powder in Sterling by Brutus Monroe; Nuvo Embossing Powder in Crystal Clear by Tonic Studios; Uni Posca Paint Pen in White
Adhesives: My Stik Repositionable Tape by Scrapbook Adhesives; Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive by Tonic Studios
Tools: MISTI by My Sweet Petunia; EK Success Powder Tool; Taylored Expressions Blending Brushes
Miscellaneous: Craft Foam by Darice
Copics: E21 (skin); YG03, YG17, YG63 (jacket); C4, C6 (hat); R24, R29, R59, B12, B24, B26, Y35, Y38 (plane); B12, B24, B26 (flag)

Geometric Mandala by The Hedgehog Hollow

HEY FRIENDS! I’m back today with my second project as a guest designer today over at The Hedgehog Hollow.  My project features the Geometric Mandala stamp from the June 2020 subscription box. When I first saw it, I immediately thought of a color wheel so I pulled out my Copic markers and got to work.


I selected one of the 6×6 design papers included in the subscription box and stamped the image with Copic friendly ink using my MISTI stamping tool. I’m going to be stamping this image twice — once before coloring and a second time after — so a stamping tool is really a necessity here. 

Now I’ll admit up front that I used a lot of markers – after all, there are 13 circles to color. But this is also a great image to practice your Copic blending so just pick marker combinations from your collection and have some fun. New to Copic blending? Never fear! I’ll show you in the video below.

When you finish coloring the image, you could just select a sentiment and assemble the card, but I wanted my stamped lines to be bolder. So I placed the image back in my MISTI, stamped the image with Versafine Ink (Nocturne) and immediately covered the wet ink with clear embossing powder. Once I heat set the image, the lines were more prominent and I was happier with the results. 

I was in need of a birthday card so I selected one of the sentiments in the Simple Strips – Birthday stamp from Taylored Expressions. I stamped the image with Versafine ink. Once again, I covered the wet ink with clear embossing powder and heat set the sentiment. I used the coordinating Simple Strips Die to create the banner. I adhered the image to the card base and used the Foam Sticky Strips from Taylored Expressions to add to the sentiment.

Hope you enjoyed today’s project! Thanks for stopping by!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. Thanks so much! Read more.

Go Wild by Power Poppy for Inspire Me Monday!

Rowhouse Greetings | Go Wild by Power Poppy

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m over on the Power Poppy blog today for Inspire Me Monday with a new card featuring the Go Wild clear stamp set by Power Poppy. So hop on over to the Power Poppy blog to see the full tutorial.

Full supply list for today’s project is shown below. See you back here soon!

Disclosure: Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) which were provided by a store or design team. I never share a product I do not like. All opinions are my own. Read more.

Where available I use compensated affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I use this money to support my blog. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. Thanks so much! Read more.

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Hammermill Color Copy Cover 100#; One Fine Day 6×6 paper pad by My Mind’s Eye
Stamp: Go Wild Stamp Set by Power Poppy
Inks: Amalgam Ink in Obsidian by Gina K. Designs; Versafine Clare in Nocturne by Tsukineko
Die: A2 Matting Basics A by Spellbinders
Stencil: Flourish Layering Stenci by Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz
Embellishments: Dreamweaver Embossing Paste by Stampendous; Sequin Mix in Silver Bells [RETIRED] by Honey Bee Stamps
Copics: