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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Kindred Stamps - You Are my Favorite Monster, learning to color Nessie

Kindred Stamps offers such  great variety of images and this Lochness monster stamp set is super cute! Today I want to show you how to achieve this look using a stippling technique.  In this technique, I used Spectrum Noir TriBlend alcohol markers as a tiny dauber to create a dotted dimensional look, but you can recreate this look with any markers or colored pencils you have on hand.  Wouldn't this be a great to use on fish, snakes, dragons, etc... to add a scale look to the image? 

Here is a closer look a the finished monster up close/  You can see a variety of colors are used to create the scales om Nessie.

I am providing the color chart showing you the three TriBlend markers colors I chose and how different coloring  and blending will lead to different effects.   I have a video tutorial to share with you on my YouTube Chanel walking you thought the stipple technique 

I cannot wait to see what you create with this stippling technique.  Check out all the wonderful stamps and stencils Kindred Stamps has to offer. Be sure to join the Kindred Stamp Fan Club on Facebook.  See what other club members create and share your Kindred Stamps creations with us.   I cannot wait to see your inspirations!  

Happy Creating ~ Jenn Gross

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Kindred Stamp - Forest Elves and Size Doesn't Matter with Forest Stencil Background

Can I just say... I love creating backgrounds for cards!  Kindred Stamps has some great stencils and I love their Forest Stencil.  Not only do you get the open stencil of the tree-scape, you get the trees part that was cut out as well! 

I started with a piece of  medium green cardstock and place the solid tree-scape across upper part of he card and using a dauber created the sky with Mermaid Lagoon, Faded Jeans and Wilted Violet Distressed Inks.  Before removing the stencil piece, I flicked a few drops of water on it to create a night sky.  Once the droplets dried, I placed the open tree stencil below the 1st line  of trees and Peeled Paint Distress Ink to daub the trees darker at the top and fading down to the actual paper color.  Next I tore a piece of copy paper to make a ground edge to stencil on Evergreen Bough and Walnut Stain Distress Inks. below is a closer look at the finished background. I really like how it came together.

My finished card features a combination of two stamp sets, Forest Elves and Size Doesn't Matter. I engineered he card to light up as you slide one figure to the meet the other  You can see in the progression in the photo below with the light in the characters hand.  The images are colored with alcohol markers and metal marker.  The light in hand is a 3 mm white LED clear lens.  I used copper tape and a small battery to create the connection to light up.

I hope you enjoyed learning how to create a night time forest background. Check out all the wonderful stencils Kindred Stamps has to offer. Be sure to join the Kindred Stamp Fan Club on Facebook.  See what other club members create and share your Kindred Stamps creations with us.   I cannot wait to see your inspirations!  
Happy Creating ~ Jenn Gross

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

New Stamp Release - Cicada from Inky Stamper

Oh my goodness!  Check out this brand new stamp from Inky Stamper!  One of the first two releases in The Bug Jar series!  It is an adorable Cicada with sweet expressive eyes!  I could not wait to color and create with this set!

My first project is a card using the "You Make My Heart Sing" sentiment. I started off with a piece of Sweet Pear cardstock for the card front used the Leaf Print stencil along with Distress Inks and flicks of water to create a soft foliage background. The Cicada stamps set comes with the large leaf and three inside and out sentiments.  I colored the leaves and cicada using my Spectrum Noir's Tri-blend alcohol markers.  You can see in the photo below,  I added sparkle using Sparkle Silk in the wings and twinkle in the cute eyes using Journey Glaze.

My second project is a birthday card using the leaves as balloons.  Cicadas usually appear in cycles and it often takes year for them to surface from the ground.    "You Are Not Old In Cicada Years..." is a perfect birthday sentiment!  The card front is a piece of Hazelnut Blend cardstock embossed with a wood-grain embossing folder and highlighted with a bit of distress oxide ink rushed lightly over the wood-grain texture. The images are colored in alcohol markers.

My third and last project is using Shrinky Dink plastic sheets to create a pair of whimsy Cicada earrings.  I stamped out the Cicada and Leaf image onto the Shrinky Dink sheet and colored them using alcohol markers.  I die cut the Cicada and fussy cut the leaf leaving enough room to hole punch a small hole at the top of the stem.  Once the images were colored, cut, and hole punched I used my heat gun to shrink it down to jewelry size.  I held the image in place by sticking the point of my tweezers through the punched hole to keep it form blowing away while it shrunk.  I created a leaf dangle with thin green twine an attached everything with jump rings to the earring.  What a fun gift this would make for an entomologist (a scientist who studies insects) or bug lover.

Thank you for joining me for the Inky Stamper's (aka - Chelsea Comer) new stamp release. Follow The Inky Stamper on Facebook and visit The Inky Stamper Store to grab this adorable Cicada stamp!

Do you love these earrings??  Leave me a comment telling me your favorite insect and you will be entered in a drawing for the Cicada earrings!  Winner will drawn be posted on June 19th

Friday, June 7, 2019

Big & Bold - Hydrangea Card

Colorado Craft Company offers such unique images for stampers and crafters.  I discovered their Lovely Legs series last year and now, they have introduced the Big & Bold series.   I chose the Get Well Hydrangea stamp set to create my card.

I stamped out the image on white cardstock.  I gently taped a piece of vellum over the stamped image and colored only the flowers with alcohol markers.  I colored the stem and leaf directly onto the cardstock.  Using rectangle dies, I cut three sizes one within the next and then trimmed a very small amount off of each edge.
Next I layers the vellum over the cardstock image to create this refreshing look. Here you see a close up.
Thank you for visiting and checking out thes fabulous new stamp set from Colorado Craft Company.
Be inspired and Happy Creating!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Sweet Friendship - Kindred Stamps Building Blocks Candy Wrapper

Building Blocks is a super fun 4" x 6" stamp set from Kindred Stamps.  It brings back wonderful childhood memories.  I thought, let's pair it with a bar of chocolate and make it super sweet!

I stamped out one boy and one girl figurine and faces from the stamp set onto Whip Cream Cardstock .  I colored them with my Arteza watercolor Brush Pens.  This chart will help guide you though the color choices and layers used to create a bit of dimension.  Once they are colored, I fussy cut them out.

The wrapper is created from a 5 1/2" x 5 3/4" Pomegranate Splash Cardstock  The candy bar is 5 1/2" wide so you will score up and down the 5 3/4" side at 1",  1 1/4",   3 1/2",  3 3/4".  This will fold around the candy bar.  The eight circles are made by using a 1" circle die or a punch to cut them out of a 5 1/2"  x 2 1/2" piece of Pomegranate Splash card stock.

Using Festive Berries Distressed Oxide ink daub the ink  along half the edge of each circle as shown.  The ink shows up slightly lighter than the cardstock

Using Raspberry Berry Ink  daub 1/2 the circle along the opposite side of Festive Berries Ink as shown.  It shows up slightly darker than the cardstock

Next I layout 2 rows of the 4 circles on the top of the scored wrapper evenly.  Make sure the  circles are line up with the highlighted area facing the same direction as shown.  Once it was set in place I removed each circle adding a foam square and adhering it back into its place on the wrapper.

Turn the cardstock over and add a piece of double-sided tape to the inside as shown.  Then wrap it around the chocolate bar, adhering one edge of the cardstock to the other. 

Out of a piece of  3 1/2" x 7/16" Summer Days yellow Cardstock stamp the sentiment  "Friendships are the building blocks of life".  Cut the sentiment in between the words "Friendships" and "are".  Also stamp out the Building Block heart, color it with red markers, and fussy cut it out.  Glue the heart into the boy figure's hand and the word friendship in the other hand as shown.  Next adhere the figure to the circle on the top of the wrapper as seen here.

Take the girl figure and glue the remaining sentiment banner in her hands then glue her to the front right  on the top of the wrapper as seen here

  What fun you will have giving these to friends and they will enjoy receiving a sweet treat from you! 

I hope you enjoyed this fun tutorial! Please stop by and join the Kindred Stamps Fan Club on Facebook.  Share your Kindred Stamps projects with us, be inspired by others, learn more about new stamps releases, and much more.  I cannot wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by today and if you would like a chance to win this cute Building Block wrapped chocolate bar, leave me a comment telling me is what your favorite candy to create a wrapper or treat box for.  Drawing on June 12th.

Happy creating! ~ Jenn

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Your Sublime - light up card featuring Fawn Lawn

I enjoyed creating this light up card using the Lawn Fawn's You Are Sublime stamp and die set, Echo Park's Pirate Life stencil, and Chibitronics for the light up effect.

I started out with a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of Denim Days card stock stamping out the submarine image and coloring it with colored pencils. 

Next I masked off the submarine. I used Echo Park's Pirate Life Stencil and daubed blue and purple Distress Inks to created the ocean background.

In the photo below, you see I created a sea floor with brown Distress Oxide ink and torn paper to mask an edge. I added the three sea creatures (colored with alchohol markers) to the card front.  The angler fish has a hole cut in his head dangle and another hole has been added to the background card. At this point, I lined up the card front with the matching card back and mark the hole location.  Next, I glued a small piece of vellum (colored with a yellow  alcohol marker) on the back of the background covering the hole. Turning the card over, I positioning the angler fish dangle hole directly over the background hole.  This is where the light shines through.
On the second piece of card stock, with marked the hole location, I  maped out the circuit for the light and push button position.  Finally, I added three layers of foam tape to accommodate the battery and push button.
I used my MISTI to assist in positioning and adhering the top designed card to the bottom light up portion. I place the bottom card securely in the corner of the Misti using the magnets. 

I set the push button on the lower right area of the card. Before I exposing the sticky tape, I position the top over the base and make sure the push button connection works and the light is located correctly to light up the hole.  It did lines up, so I removed the tape and attached the two pieces together using the Misti corner to create a perfect alignment.

I used the rock, coral and seaweed stamp and layered them together adding a "push here" sentiment to indicate the area to light up the card.  I made sure to have foam covering the back of this area before adhering it to the lower right of the card over the circuit connection. I made sure to test it out before attaching it. 

I added another seaweed and rock cluster to the left side of the card front. Next I stamped out the sentiment on a turquoise cardstock and colored the small fish and bubbles on white cardstock to finish off the card.  Lastly, it has been mounted to purple card base using both double sided tape and glue.  

I love a whimsy and fun card, and hope you enjoyed this card!  Please leave a comment telling me what images you would use to make a light up card!
May your day be filled with inspiration!

To see a video of this card lighting up, follow me on Instagram at  Instagram.com/journeycoachjenn 

Saturday, May 25, 2019

CP Mini Ink Pad Holder Tutorial

I made this cute mini ink pad holder for my CP Mini inks.  It holds 12 of the mini ink pads.  Below you will see the dimensions, pattern, and assembly photos for you to follow along and create your own.  Make sure you use a sharp exacto knife to cut the foam board. This is important to cut clean edges.


11" x 16" piece of foam board

Metal ruler

Sharp exacto knife 


Glue gun

Liquid glue

Here are the pattern pieces needed to complete the mini ink pad holder.

Here are the pieces drawn on the foam board to fit an 11" x 16" space.

Using the metal ruler as a guide, draw out the patterns on the foam board and next cut out the pattern pieces from the foam board. If your knife is sharp, the foam board will cut easily (like butter), if it snags a bit you need a new blade.  Here are the pieces cut out and ready to assemble.

Assemble the inner grid as shown (no glue is needed for this portion of grid assembly)

Draw lines on the back panel piece matching the grid. These will be your glue lines.

Apply some liquid glue to the lines and hot glue to the back tips of the grid and position and adhere the grid to the back panel. The hot glue will help to keep the grid in place on the back panel while it is drying

Using the hot glue gun, attach the side panels

Using the hot glue gun, attach the top panel and the bottom panel.   The bottom panel sticks out about an inch in the front to provide stability.

Now you have a mini ink pad holder for your CP minis!  

Thank you for stopping by.  Please leave a comment if you found this tutorial helpful!

Enjoy and happy crafting ~Jenn