Tuesday, September 29, 2009

C018a Serendipity background

This is a background litterly dreamt up by Ruth Pagliasotti. She says she gave it the name Serendipity because it came out of nowhere, when she wasn’t looking and wasn’t expecting to find anything.

This is what I did to create the cards in the next post. I try and post on the odd numbered days on my Magenta Blog so they should show up in a couple of days.

Add small drops of gold, copper and silver acrylic paint to a half sheet of black cardstock. Drag the colors with a comb or anything that might create texture. Let dry completely. See small sample below.

Since I want purple to be my main color, purple emboss about five images with #I.0243 page 146.

Add four cancelled postage stamps.

Pewter emboss the flower #H.0250 page 145, overlapping some of the above if desired.

I hope you haven’t emptied your craft garbage can for a few days. Dig through it and find small pieces of colourful scraps of anything. If possible, cut some with decorative scissors. Make sure purple is one of the scraps you use as it will help blend our card. Randomly adhere these strips to your cardstock.

Copper emboss a few images of #G.23085 page 130, overlapping some of the above if desired.

Rip about 6 small pieces of purple mulberry paper and glue them here and there, overlapping some of the above if desired. See small sample below. All I have left to do is squiggle the entire piece of cardstock with a small about of dimensional paint and let dry completely.

Here is another completed sample I found in my file. Looks like I used #09083.E page 53 to do the copper embossing. Anyways, I hope you get the idea of how to create this background. I’ve also added some gold glitter glue here and there.
Anything goes!
First taught this class on July 4th, 2001.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

C016 Quilt Card

1. Prepare card by folding 51/2" x 81/2" black cardstock in half using a bone folder to make a nice crease. Set aside.

2. With a square stamp #14106.F page 66, stamp with black Memories ink, 20 times on scraps of 20 different coloured cardstock.

3. Cut out the 20 stamped squares.

4. Place 12 squares in rows, 4 across and 3 down so that the arrangement looks good to you.

5. Glue the squares to a 4” x 5.25” black piece of construction paper. After all 12 pieces are glued, trim the black construction paper to match the quilt.

6. Mount the finished piece the pre-folded black card.

7. Now it is time to embellish. Find two or three cancelled postage stamps that match in colour. Add four or five of the extra stamped pieces on top of the finished piece or as a diagonal between four. Mount some of them with foam tape for a 3D look. You can layer more than one if one is cut with decorative scissors. Place a cut up square in each corner. You can double up on mounting the squares too. Charms look good glued here and there. I did some of my layering with stamp #30018.L page 222. Anything goes on this fun card!

I learned this from a class posted by Linda Gerig. According to the info I have, she learned this technique at a class she took from Linda Sarine. Linda had adapted it from an article in Somerset Studio.

First taught this class on June 27, 2001.

Friday, September 25, 2009

M114 Opposites Attract

My used-to-be-stamper-daughter, Glenyce made this card for me for Mother's Day in 2000. Still have it and still love it! Of course, I had to copy it!
She black embossed one image #26025.P page 187 on to rose cardstock and then again on to burgundy cardstock. She cut the pieces apart, arranged the burgundy pieces onto a rose card.
The rose pieces all have mounts under them and are placed on top of the burgundy pieces.
The card measures 5" x 5".

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

C019 Free Form Bargello

Helene Metivier, co owner of Magenta rubber stamps, was given a book about Bargello quilts several years ago, and she adapted the textile form to paper. Her works are spectacular wall hangings, but you can produce them in card size works of art, too. Please try to view Helene's Bargello’s in the July/August 1999 issue of Somerset Studio, page 40. The trick is in the craft knife and the ruler. All cuts made must be VERY precise.
Use 5 pieces of cardstock in various colours, all measuring no smaller than 1 x 4.25”. Decorate each piece separately using DTP techniques along with two small rubberstamps (a total of 10 stamps are needed), using black Memories ink. Take three of the decorated pieces and over stamp the first one with gold ink, the second one with silver ink & the third one with copper ink. Don't necessarily worry about how each strip looks when it’s finished ‑ you will be cutting it up and putting it back together again, anyhow! Heat or set aside to dry.

Get out your cutting mat and craft knife. Cut each of the five pieces into two, ½” strips – see sample picture on left. Arrange the 10 strips on to a piece of 5.5” x 4.5” black construction paper, rearranging them until you are satisfied with the combination. If you are using pastel or light coloured strips for the most part, glue on to light coloured construction paper. Glue in place. Trim to measure 5” x 4.25” – see sample.

This is the hardest part of the Bargello technique. Lay your card stock with the coloured strips on it horizontal (meaning the strips of paper are horizontal). With the ruler held vertically, start cutting the paper into narrow and wider strips. Make sure your ruler is perfectly straight. Even a tiny bit of deviance will show up later on. When you cut each strip, move it to the side being sure to place each strip you cut right next to the one before it. In other words you want to keep all the strips in order – see sample.

After all of the strips are cut, get out another piece of black construction paper or if you are using light colours, use light coloured construction paper. Glue the first strip down. Glue your second piece so that one tile is off your construction paper at the bottom – see sample. Cut the bottom tile off and glue it to the top of that strip. Glue your third piece so that two tiles are off your construction paper at the bottom. Cut the two bottom tiles off and glue them to the top of that strip – see sample. Glue your fourth piece so that three tiles are off your construction paper at the bottom. Cut the three bottom tiles off and glue them to the top of that strip. Keep repeating in this manner until all the strips are glued down. Trim edges if uneven.

Glue your finished product to a prefolded 5.5” x 4.25” complementary colour card stock.

Silver emboss the poinsettia #02168.L page 251 on the same colour cardstock that you choose for your card. With a craft knife, cut out the inside frame. Cut out the rest of the image and glue to the center of your card with foam mounts.

Here is the list of stamps/colours I used:

1. Sage cardstock – DTP using eggplant; 14221.D page 139, 23087.B Page 153.
2. Forest cardstock – DTP using ruby; 28017.D Page 161, B.0311 page 236. Overstamped with Gold and 09134.B page 142.
3. Burgundy cardstock – DTP using orchid; 03097.C page 184, 03083.C page 36. Overstamped with Bronze and 21036.B.
4. Navy cardstock – DTP using colonial blue and ruby; 14234.C page 167, 09134.B page 142. Overstamped with Silver and 14221.D page 139.
5. Bronze cardstock – DTP using turquoise; 28017.D Page 161, B.0311 page 236.

First taught this class on July 11, 2001.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

C088a Printer Paper Vellum

I like to make at least a half dozen of these sheets at a time since I am going to be in a mess anyways!

Lay one sheet of printer paper on a piece of wax paper. You can use white or coloured printer paper for this technique. I used purple in my sample as it shows up better than white. Make sure the wax paper is bigger than the printer paper. Apply baby oil to a cotton ball and wipe it on the paper. Keep adding oil to the cotton ball and repeat until the paper is covered in oil. Do not saturate the paper – it just needs to change to that oily colour.

Set this sheet between two paper towels. Do another sheet. Set this one on top of the paper towel and cover with another paper towel. Keep repeating until you have done as many sheets as you want. Cover the last paper towel with a clean sheet of wax paper. Set a heavy book on top of your stack to help absorb the oil – I use a Sears catalogue. Allow to press for at least a day or longer. After that, I spread my sheets of vellum singly, all over the house for a couple of more days to let air dry. Before using, buff the vellum with a paper towel to remove any oil that might be left behind.

This Printer Paper Vellum can be treated the same as the store bought vellum – you can tear it, crimp it, color it with pencil crayons or makers and even emboss on it! You do need to rub it with a Little Bag or a used bounce sheet to reduce the static before embossing.

First taught this class on January 25th, 2005.

Today is my mom's birthday. She would of been 85. She passed away in July 2007. Sure miss her yet!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

C088 Anniversary Wishes

Prepare card by folding 51/2" x 81/2" silver or gold cardstock in half using a bone folder to make a nice crease. Set aside. Set aside.

Prepare your Printer Paper Vellum by cutting and folding 51/2" x 81/2" in half. Flatten the fold with a bone folder. Make a pencil line at ¼” from front edge. Cut with decorative scissors. Erase pencil line. Brush front with a Little Bag or a used bounce sheet to reduce static.
Using clear embossing ink, stamp the rose heart #08028.Q page 22 on the center front of the vellum. Emboss with gold or silver embossing powder. The image can be coloured with markers on the wrong side but our preference is to leave it as it is.

Apply a small dab of double sided tape near the fold on the back side of the card. Overlay with the vellum. Tie a double strand of gold or silver crochet cotton to the fold of the card. I used about 20” of thread, tied it in a knot at the top of the fold and let the rest of the thread hang

I will show you how to make the Printer Paper Vellum in my next post. I usually post on my Magenta Blog on the odd number days.

First taught this class on January 25th, 2005.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

M040 The King

This has to be my ultimate favourite card to make! The image is just so life like! I stamped it on glossy cardstock with black Memories ink then stippled it with Taupe and Butterscotch Vivid inks using a shaving brush. So simple!

The card measures 6" x 51/8".

Image is #13094.R page 43.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

C011 Liquid Applique

Prepare card by folding 61/2" x 81/2" yellow cardstock in half using a bone folder to make a nice crease. Layer with 61/4” x 4” pink cardstock. Layer with 6” x 33/4” prepared bubble paper. Set aside.

Swipe a wooden star with Vivid yellow ink. Set aside to dry.

Swipe a 21/4” x 6” piece of scrap bubble paper with a Little Bag to reduce static. Black emboss the bunny bookmark #P.0214 page 105. Trim close to the image. Re-heat to set the embossing powder. Glue on to yellow cardstock, trim close. Mount to the right side of the card leaving a border of bubble paper showing. Swipe the rest of the card front with a Little Bag then black emboss the phrase by Art Impressions to the bottom left side of the card.

Glue the wooden star above the word ‘Celebrate’.

Add Liquid Applique to the four birds and to the bunny, being careful not to go over the embossed areas. A toothpick will help to remove the appliqué from the bird’s eyes. Let dry overnight.


In three separate coffee mugs, add:
¼ cup water
½ tsp acrylic paint
(I used Bright Yellow by Crafters in the first mug, Carnation Pink by Prism in the second cup and Cool Blue by Crafters in the third mug).
1 tsp clear dish soap
Stir each well. Add a drinking straw to each mug. Beginning with yellow, blow bubbles directly in the mug until the bubbles are over the rim. Being careful not to touch the cardstock to the rim of the mug, transfer bubbles onto white cardstock by touching the cardstock to the bubbles. Let the bubbles dry slightly before continuing. Repeat with the pink solution & lastly the blue solution until you are satisfied with the coverage. Let cardstock dry.

Make a bubble covered envelope to match your card as well.

First taught this class on April 11, 2001.

Friday, September 11, 2009

M009 Tiled

Magenta Paper - Memor 46 Tiles in Blue. Edged it with Vivid Vintage green; Memor 45 Pastel Blue, Olive green and White.
Shadow stamp #23287.F page 225 with Soft Stone Memories ink.
Flower #09196.E page 280 with black Memories ink.
Ribbon and washer.

Inspired from a card on page 39 of the Stamp It magazine - I don't know the month or year tho.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

C040 Printer Paper Background

Prepare card by folding 101/4” x 7” mustard cardstock in half using a bone folder to make a nice crease. Cut Plum cardstock 43/4” x 61/2”. Stamp edges with leaves #23173.H page 193 using gold pigment ink. Mount to center of card and set aside.

To Make the Printer Paper Background:

Apply Plum dye ink to a scrap of printer paper by dragging and swiping the pad directly on to the paper. Do not cover the entire piece – leave some open areas.

Load stipple brush with Vivid ultramarine dye ink and pounce randomly on to some open white areas as well as over top of the plum ink – see sample picture on the right.

Tear down the right side of the paper creating a strip about 2” wide.

Load stipple brush with yellow dye ink and pounce randomly onto remaining white areas of the paper as well as over top of the plum and blue ink, allowing colors to blend. Stipple the torn edge then rub the torn edge against the yellow ink pad for accent. Over stamp with the crackle stamp #18082.I page 201 using gold pigment ink. Set aside.

Cut plum cardstock 3” x 5”. Stamp the right side with the Stampendous words #XXW001 using gold pigment ink. Mount the printer paper background to the left side and trim to fit. Set aside.

Stamp flower #14080.F page 68 on to a scrap of white cardstock using black Memories ink. Color with plum and mustard pencil crayons. Cut into a square and edge with yellow ink.

Cut a scrap of gold cardstock 11/2” square. Mount on an angel to the top left corner of the printer paper background. Glue flower on top. Mount on to 31/4” x 51/4” mustard cardstock and then on to 31/2 x 51/2” white cardstock. Mount these inner layers to the stamped leaf frame.

First taught this class on May 1st, 2002

Monday, September 7, 2009

M007 Many Leaves

The inspiration for this card came from a card in the Stamp It! Cards 2005 magazine.

Leaf - Magenta 09.109.F pg 35 with Vivid Vintage green ink.

Flower - H.0303 pg 242 with Vivid Hot Red and Straw inks.

The red cardstock is edged in black Memories ink.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Dad's Shirt

This card has nothing to do with Magenta stamping - guess thats why I called this Blog 'Mostly Magenta'! I've included the folding instructions at the bottom of this post. I did not mark down the magazine I got them from but they definately came from a magazine.
Crumple coloured 81/2” x 11” photocopy paper into a ball. Open and re-crumple. Repeat again. Smooth out paper and place on newspaper. Swipe black Memories ink over the entire paper. Notice how the ink only adheres to the ‘mountain’ crumples. Iron to flatten. Trim edges if they torn during the crumpling.

Place printed side down and fold the left and right sides towards the center (step 1 at bottom of this post).
Fold 1” of the top towards the tabletop (step 2).
Lightly pencil a mark 1” from the fold down the center. Pull top left and right corners to meet the center pencil mark (step 3). Fold.
Lightly pencil a line 41/4” from the bottom. Open the bottom flaps (step 4) and fold up, on the pencil line. Tuck this under the shirt collar (step 5).

Cut out a tie and pocket from scraps of black cardstock. Glue in place. Color the edges of the collar and sleeves with a black marker. Set aside.

Cut a scrap of the same photocopy paper 2” x 3” and stamp a phrase on this. Layer onto black cardstock. Glue to the inside of the shirt. The phrase I used is by The Merry Stamper.

Erase any pencil marks.

This can be made into a blouse by omitting the tie. You could add a necklace and a row of buttons for the lady.

First taught this class on May 15, 2002.

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