dinsdag 31 december 2013

12 tags of 2013 - December

Hi everyone,

Can you believe it that it's New Years Eve? What a wonderful year it's been! Well there were also some low points, but that's life I guess. I'm so ready for 2014! To make it even a better year with more wonderful things.
To close of the year I wanna share with you the December tag I made for Tim's 12 tags of 2013. My resolutions for the new year are not waiting till the last day to enter Tim's tags... hihihi.


Unfortunately I almost don't have a single product Tim has used to make his tag. Such as the frosted film, clearly for art, the tattered poinsettia, Wendy archival ink and the stencils.
So I used a normal transparent sheet with matte transfer tape. The advantage was that this makes hardly any air bubbles. Unfortunately Archival ink does not work on the transfer tape. It simply doesn't "stick" to it. Alcohol ink is a very good replacement, and I like the effect of alcohol ink very much. When it was time to form the flowers with the heat tool, it was a bit difficult. It reacted a bit different then I expected.







Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time! Happy New Year!!

Hugs,
Sandra

maandag 23 december 2013

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Hi everyone,

It's almost Christmas! The time really flown by! Can't believe that this year almost has come to an end! But we aren't there yet. It's too early to look back and reflect. This week there is no Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, but the DT still made ​​beautiful projects to share with you during these holidays. The team is split up in two groups this week. Thursday the other half will show you their projects, so don't forget to check in with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog then.


The first half of the group was asked to use Tim's Christmas stamps. What a fun and fitting challenge! As you may have noticed, I'm very happy with my Gelli Plate and I wanted to use them for my Christmas cards this year. I chose red and black as my color theme. As always I used only one color in just one layer on the Gelli Plate and then finish it with other techniques. I had to make 38 cards this year and I wanted to make them all different but in the same style. Although it was a lot of work, and a bit of a challenge, I've had so much fun making them.

 

The trick to making a good print with the Gello Plate is the amount of paint you apply. With a thin layer you quickly get much paint off the Gelli Plate and you're left with a print with very little paint on it. When you use too much paint, you will hardly see the print and you will have a thick layer of paint on your printed surface. After a little bit of practice, you'll know what the best amount of paint is for your liking.

 

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Want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra

maandag 16 december 2013

You're so bright and colorful

Hi everyone,

It's another Monday and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge has the final one of the year for you. This weeks it's all about Stamping out 2013!

This card I made for my good friend Paula who became 40 recenlty. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to hand her the card, so the possibility exists that she will see it here sooner than in person. 40 is a beautiful age and a festive card is in order! Paula loves bright colors and so I've used the three primary colors Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and made beautiful bright colors blending them together​​.







There are so many stamping techniques and one of my favorite stamping technique that I often use is partially and randomly stamping to give a background more texture and dimension. This technique is very simple. You take a stampm, don't put it on an acrylic block ( a wood mounted stamp doesn't work for this) and ink the stamp. Now stamp it by letting only a few places touch the surface you're stamping on. Just repeat this stap randomly.




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To join in all you need to do is make a project that fits this weeks challenge and you can be the winner of the $50 gift voucher that our amazing sponsor Simon Says Stamp offers. This prize will go to a random entry. So go over to the Stamp and Show Monday Challenge blog, let the DT members inspire you and join in the fun!

Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra

maandag 9 december 2013

You rock!

Hi everyone,

It's monday again and winter is slowly making his entrance. The days are getting shorter and the nights getting extra long. To get through these dark and wintery times Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge has a fun theme for us. DT member Anna-Karin asks to let us be inspired by tissue!
Paula, a good friend of mine recently switched job. A good reason to make her a card to encourage her and let her know that I'm sure she's going to rock her new job. She loves bright colors and she's just as crazy about Neon Pink as I am. So pink it will be! It's been a while since I 've used Tissue Wrap and it's so great. Normal tissue is very fragile, but this is not. It looks a bit like printed wax paper. Therefore very easy to use. I used the Tissue Wrap in the background and created some wrinkles in it for some texture. To bring it a bit into the back I covered it with a thin layer of Gesso.



I'm so happy with the exclusive Simon Says Stamp Blocked Circle stencil! The pattern is so cool. I've done two layers over each other with a small offset. First layer is done with the Neon Pink Dauber and the seconds with Color Shine Bronzer.



Making my own pattern letters combined with washi tape and the Wordplay die is so much fun. Not every pattern is suitable for this, but the Black Polka Dots Washi tape is perfect.



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To join in all you need to do is make a project that fits this weeks challenge and you can be the winner of the $50 gift voucher that our amazing sponsor Simon Says Stamp offers. This prize will go to a random entry. So go over to the Stamp and Show Monday Challenge blog, let the DT members inspire you and join in the fun!

Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra

maandag 2 december 2013

Blooming

Hi everyone,

When it's winter time it's so nice to play with colors and flowers, even though spring and summer are still far far away. This week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge it's all about incorporating flourishes into your project. Anything from flowers stamps to stencils, from filigree to embossed. Let your creativity bloom.


I grabbed my art journal to work in and to make something colorful. When I heard what the theme for this week was, I immediately thought of my logo. A while ago I did some screen printing in a graphic workshop my neighborhood. I printed my logo in many different colors and sizes. It's all printed on fabric.

 

A tip for when you start with screen printing, always use a medium that ensures that the paint does not dry immediately, because then it dries up the screen and it gets clogged. For example use  Claudine Hellmuth Extra Time Slow Dry Medium. I used regular acrylic paint, and to make it washable in the washingmachine you need a medium such as Ranger Fabric Medium.



I started by putting some Washi tape on to the seam to ensure that nothing is leaking through.Then I go my Pure Sunshine and Bubblegum Dylusions Sprays and sprayed with a few stencils. The used the color combination of yellow and fuchsia ​​with a few black accents.



Over time I've collected a whole bunch of different washi tapes. Currently I have 43 of the. There are a few clear favorites, such as the Black Polka Dots, Dictonairy and Black Basics.



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To join in all you need to do is make a project that fits this weeks challenge and you can be the winner of the $50 gift voucher that our amazing sponsor Simon Says Stamp offers. This prize will go to a random entry. So go over to the Stamp and Show Monday Challenge blog, let the DT members inspire you and join in the fun!

Thank you for stopping by! Love to see you next time!

Hugs,
Sandra