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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Magenta Card Exchange October: Distress Blends and Mandala Dreams

 This is the third card exchange sponsored by Magenta in which I have participated, and it's so much fun. This month, I coincidentally got the name of the person who got my name last month. So I'm getting a chance to send her a card this time.

The front panel of this card was blended using brushes and Distress inks, with Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral and Worn Lipstick. I stamped Mandala Dreams and Sending Hugs with Versamark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder. It was mounted onto a mat of Super Gold cardstock from Curious Metallics, and then onto a white card base. I'm super happy with how it turned out. I stamped Mandala dreams on the inside and also the envelope, and enclosed a couple of extra panels from stamps I designed.

I did the same design as a birthday card for a family member overseas. I think it works as a guy card too.


On this card, the only difference is that I used Distress Inks in Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio and Wilted Violet. Instead of just flicking water onto this one, I also put some of the Wilted Violet on my palette, wet it, and flicked that onto the panel as well.

Shaving Cream technique update:

The above cards were originally going to be done on a couple of my shaving cream background cards. When I tried to gold emboss on those though, part of the embossed areas turned dark.


They also had what I considered excessive pitting or bumpiness in the gold embossing. I even tried two types of powder to be sure it wasn't just the powder, and I tried embossing twice, which only made certain areas too thick and did not solve the darkness problem. The problem was immediately solved when I moved to using blended Distress Ink panels as my substrate.

In talking to Pam, who first brought the shaving cream technique to my attention (see my previous shaving cream card posts here and here), it seems that I missed the step of wiping off the panel with a cloth after scraping off the shaving cream. I didn't do that, and there was probably some shaving cream or sort of a soapy reside left on these cards. At this point, since they are all dry, the only solution I can think of is to spray them with a fixative, and I may try that, and let you know. I can also use them for die cutting and for putting die cuts onto.

Magenta Products used:

Other Products used:
Distress Ink: Picked Raspberry, 
Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick,
Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio,
Wilted Violet
Ranger gold embossing powder
Versamark ink
The Greetery Crimped Frame die
Super Gold Curious Metallics cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock

Friday, October 9, 2020

Super Saturday at Magenta: Shaving Cream with Stencils

 Hi everyone, Happy Saturday! I am over at the Magenta blog today and you can see that post here.

I have been playing pretty much non-stop with the technique that Pam introduced us to using shaving cream. This is not a new technique, but fairly new to me. You can see Pam's video on this technique here, and another post by her here. My first attempt at this technique is here, and these posts explain pretty well how to do this technique. I used Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock for these panels.

Here's my latest attempt. I made a bunch of backgrounds with shaving cream and green Distress inkers.

I was also playing with stencils and using the green shaving cream as if it was stencil paste. Once I took off the stencil, I scraped the shaving cream completely off, and it leaves ink behind. This is really addictive.

After making a lot of regular swirly backgrounds, I put all of the shaving cream in a little jar that was on my desk. From there it was easy to load on to a palette knife, and apply it to the stencil on my panel. I experimented with putting the leaves onto white cardstock, and cardstock that already had swirls on it.

For today's card, I took a panel that already had green swirls. I added additional cream using the leaf stencil, but I felt that the leaves were rather lost in the swirls. I put the stencil back down and added some Distress Crackling Campfire ink using a small blending brush.

To complete my card, I die cut my panel with the Crimped Frame die from The Greetery. I matted the panel with PTI Terracotta Tile cardstock, and adhered it to a base card. I colored the leaves with Wink of Stella clear glitter pen, and added some gems.

I love this technique and have continued playing with it and making cards in lots of colors, so there will be more cards using it with and without stencils.

Magenta Products used:


Other Products used:
Shaving cream - any (must be cream, not gel)
Distress inkers: Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron,
Crackling Campfire
The Greetery Crimped Frame Die
iCrafter mini brushes
Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
Lucy's Little Things Rainbow Jewels
PTI Terracotta Tile cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock




Friday, September 25, 2020

Card Exchange: Stencils and Shaving Cream

I'm participating in another fun card exchange at Magenta. This time, it's done like a chain, so the person I send to isn't the same as who will send to me. I got Carole Dion to send to, and no pressure! She is one of the best in the Magenta DT, and also a friend.


Another friend of mine, Pam Nelson, has been experimenting with making videos of interesting art and craft techniques. One of them is a technique using shaving cream to make really interesting and beautiful backgrounds. You can see that video here. (Please remember to click "thumbs up" if you like it, and thanks so much

Pam recently thought of a new twist on the shaving cream technique, using stencils. She has done a post on that twist, and you can see her post here. I tried using her technique on this card, and while I didn't do as well at it as she did, I had fun!


To start with, I put some shaving cream on a cookie sheet and added drops of Distress re-inker. I used the new Crackling Campfire, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, and Mustard Seed. I knew that I wanted to use the Maple Leaf Trio stencil from Magenta, so I was going with Fall colors.


I used a palette knife to move the colors around a bit. Does this look some kind of crazy dessert to anyone else?


I wanted to just make some backgrounds to start with, since I hadn't done this before. I placed a piece of cardstock on top and pressed it in well. I was using 110# Neenah Solar White.


This is what the panel looked like when I picked it up off of the shaving cream! 


After scraping off the shaving cream with a scraper, I was left with this really interesting background. I continued making background after background and became fascinated with this process. I didn't want to waste any of the shaving cream, and even the cream that I scraped off, I put back onto the pan and continued to use it. That resulted in panels that were a big more muted and blended, but also wonderful


I wanted to use a stencil in this technique as well, and I chose this one from Magenta


I had trouble getting a clear image of the maple leaves in the several times I tried. I thought maybe that it was that the leaves were too large to work, but later learned that this was just operator error! Be sure to check out Pam's post to see how she did this.

I ended up using the shaving cream like stencil paste. I put the stencil on my panel and put lots of the shaving cream on it, scraped it off the stencil, and leaf shaped piles of shaving cream were left when I pulled the stencil off. (I somehow did not end up with a picture of that, sorry)


I let the shaving cream sit on the panel for a bit, and then once I scraped it off, I was left with this. I blended some Wild Honey Distress ink onto the panel, and splattered it with gold Liquid Peerless watercolor. I was pretty happy with how it turned out in the end.

I stamped the sentiment, and die cut the panel with The Greetery Crimped Frame die. The panel was matted with So Silk Black Style cardstock and mounted to a base card. I added a few gems at the end.

This was a lot of fun, and bonus, the cards smell really good! I hope you'll give it a try.

Magenta Products used:

Other Products used:
Any shaving cream (not gel)
Distress ink re-inkers: Crackling Campfire,
Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Peerless Liquid Gold watercolor
The Greetery Crimped Frame die set
Lucy's Little Things Rainbow Jewels
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock
So Silk Black Style cardstock




Friday, September 18, 2020

Super Saturday at Magenta: Blended Distress Background

Hi! I'm over at the Magenta blog today and you can see that post here.

Awhile back I made a lot of masked blends using Distress Ink. I had lost my mojo and this activity helped me get it back. You can see that post here. I really have used a lot of the backgrounds I made that day, and this is one of them.


This is a very simple, almost one layer card. I made the blended circle using the Magenta MC27 Round Mask stencil  and 3 colors of Distress ink.



I used brushes to blend the colors, and then flicked a little water on it to add speckles. I stamped the Magenta Tranquil Buds stamp into the circle, and added the Thinking of you sentiment (from the Magenta Sally Penley Calligraphy collection), at the bottom using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I cut my panel with The Greetery Crimped Frame die and matted it with a panel of So Silk Black Style cardstock. I added a few gems from Lucy's Little Things Rainbow Jewels.

Here are the other round blends I made that day, and I also made many other blends using different stencils, which have all come in handy.



Magenta Products used:

MC27 Round Mask

42.093.M Tranquil Buds

07.982.E Thinking of you small

Other Products used:

Distress Inks: Spun Sugar;
Picked Raspberry; Festive Berries
The Greetery Crimped Frame die set
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock
So Silk Black Style cardstock
Rainbow Jewels  from Lucy's Little Things 


Friday, August 21, 2020

Magenta Super Saturday: Happy Birthday with Distress Blending

Hi I'm over at the Magenta blog today, and you can see that post here.  I very much felt like making a happy card today. I've been feeling a bit down lately, and bright happy colors cheer me up.


I made the background of this card by blending Distress Inks through the wonderful Square Silhouette stencil designed by Nathalie. I love the uneven edges of the stencil design.


After blending the colors, I flicked a little water all over the square to get this speckled look.

I then stamped the whimsical Graceful Tri-Petals stamp in Versamark over the panel, and embossed in gold. I decided to add more color to the petals with color pencils, and it was so easy and fast to do.


I chose out some pencils and made a quick swatch of them to find colors that would go well with the blends.

At the end, I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment in Versamark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder. I cut the panel out with my current favorite edger, the Crimped Frame Die from The Greetery, and added 3 enamel dots.


I love how the gold embossing made it look.

I hope you enjoy! Stay safe out there everyone!

Magenta Products Used:

TM277 Square Silhouette

0810.P Graceful Tri-Petals

07.1028.D Happy Birthday

Other Products Used:

Distress Ink: Mustard Seed,
Candied Apple, Speckled Egg
Prismacolor Pencils: PC925 Crimson Lake,
PC930 Magenta, PC1003 Spanish Orange,
PC1032 Pumpkin Orange, PC1079 Blue Violet Lake,
PC1025 Periwinkle, PC912 Apple Green
Versarmark Ink
The Greetery Crimped Frame Die
Versamark Ink
Brutus Monroe Gilded Embossing Powder
PTI Terracotta Tile Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock 80# & 110#


Thursday, August 20, 2020

Magenta Card Exchange: Canada

My second card exchange partner finally got her card today, and it took only a week and a half to get to Canada, the same as to the Netherlands. My card to my Netherlands exchange partner is posted here.


The only rule was to use Magenta stamps or products. My Canadian exchange partner is Christine Alexander, who is another Magenta Design Team member. She is amazing! Be sure to check out her blog here.


I started out by masking a 1" strip across the bottom 1/3 of the card for a sentiment. Then I stamped the beautiful Magenta Floral Background in Hero Arts Unicorn White ink.


I colored the petals and leaves with Prismacolor pencils, and then put the panel back into the stamp platform and stamped with Versamark ink. I embossed it with silver embossing powder.


At the end I stamped the Magenta hello stamp that was designed by Sally Penley, into the space left by the masking. I added a few gems.

The card I received from Christine was amazing! It was like a little book where she had stamped several panels. You can see the card she sent me on her blog here.

Magenta Products used:


Other Products used:

Prismacolor Pencils: PC992 Lt Aqua,
PC905 Aquamarine, PC105 Cobalt Turquoise,
PC912 Apple Green, PC1005 Limepeel
Versamark Ink
Hero Arts Unicorn White ink
JudiKins Detail silver embossing powder
Versafine Clair Warm Breeze ink
Strathmore Blue Tone Mixed Media cardstock
So Silk Glamour Green cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Magenta Card Exchange: The Netherlands

My friend Mariëtte van Leeuwen, another Magenta DT member, had the great idea to start up a card exchange for those who love Magenta stamps. After calling for interested participants on FaceBook, she matched up partners to exchange cards. I was matched to one person in The Netherlands and one in Canada. I was afraid that my cards would take a really long time to get to The Netherlands especially. Lately it has taken my mail 6 weeks to two months to arrive in Iceland, and I thought it would be similar, but my card arrived to my partner Lizenka Schuijl Commandeur, in The Netherlands in only a week and a half.


This card was done by masking off a strip and blending Distress Ink, one of my favorite techniques. I then stamped the beautiful Clematis Vine stamp and embossed in gold. The hello stamp is from the Magenta Sally Penley collection. You can see other examples and more information using this technique here and here.

I had already received Lizenka's beautiful card days ago

by Lizenka Schuijl Commandeur


Magenta Products used:

09.230.N Clematis Vine

07.976.G hello!

Other Products used:
Distress ink: Wild Honey,
Rusty Hinge, Abandoned Coral
The Greetery Crimped Frame Die
So Silk Black Style cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock


Monday, August 10, 2020

The Greetery Pinwheels and Distress Ink

Someone closest to me in this world is a friend I met in high school; and people, that was a very long time ago. I have known this person for nearly 56 years. We had just moved back to the states from Japan, and I was starting high school at a new school, in a new town, where I didn't know anyone. I met her in the girls bathroom, where we were both hiding during lunch. Who knew we would be friends for life? She is almost exactly a month older than I am, and I have spent a lifetime teasing her during that month about being old. Then it's my turn.


This birthday is a big one for both of us; and it had to be the Pandemic year that we turn 70! 
Here is another card I made for her a few years ago.

Can I just say that I love the products from The Greetery? Betsy Veldman's sense of design is amazing, and she really thinks of every little detail. The layering stencils that are part of this set are incredible...easy to use, festive and beautiful. I used Jennifer McGuire's technique of constructing a quick jig to make multiple panels. You can see her post here


I used Distress Inks in rainbow colors. You can use more than one color on each pinwheel, but I chose to use tone on tone, so each pinwheel is done in one color, but the second inking was a lighter application (I actually just used what was left on my brush from the first inking.

The stencil set has 4 layered stencils, plus some individual pinwheels and masks

Once I had inked a number of panels (so I have more for future use) I took one and cut it with the Greetery's Crimped Edge die. I can't stop using this die for the beautiful edge it gives to my panels.



Next, I got out an old die set that I have from PTI, which die cuts large numbers. I die cut the 70 from the panel and also from black craft foam, and popped it up in place. The sentiment is from another Greetery set called Birthday Blooms.



I sent her card a week ahead, so I hope it gets there in time. Either way, I'm sure we will be chatting on the phone or FaceTime on or near her birthday, as we do every year.

Products Used:
The Greetery GSTE-009 Pinwheel Party Stencil
The Greetery GS-18-015 Birthday Blooms Stamp Set
The Greetery GD-M-016 Crimped Frame Die Set
PTD-0341 By The Numbers Mats
Distress Ink: Abandoned Coral,
Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade,
Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers,
Wilted Violet
Black Craft Foam
Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock
So Silk Black Style Cardstock
Gina K Jet Black Amalgam ink