Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Awesome Summer Sunflower

Summertime is such a great time of year, with backyard barbecues, and summer gardens featuring sunflowers!  I love playing with this sunflower stamp from Magenta; it's a perfect size for a gorgeous card.  I sprayed two colors of Radiant Rain mists onto a 2" Inchie square, and stamped the sunflower onto the middle.  I stamped the sunflower again onto my card, and positioned the Inchie square over the stamped image.  The sentiment was stamped into the lower right, and gems were sprinkled around for some extra sparkle.

If you look at the Inchie square in the light, you can see the beautiful sparkle from the Radiant Rain.  The perfect backdrop for this great stamp.

Magenta stamps used:  42.210.P  Sunflower
07.876.F  You Are Awesome

Other Items used:
Radiant Rain Mists:  Spanish Moss & Ginger Peach
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
2" Inchie Artsquare
Hero Arts Mixed Accents in Foliage and Sunshine

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Multilingual Sentiments

I wanted to do a quick post to show examples using the multilingual sentiments from Magenta.  The Christmas one is definitely going to be on my Christmas card this year.  For an example of the card I will probably do, please look at the last page of the Magenta Catalog supplement.  I also made a tag using it, and I just think it's beautiful however it's used.  The third sentiment in the block is Icelandic!

I sprayed through the new Magenta snowflake mask with Radiant Rain mist, and then pressed this shipping tag onto the wet mask to soak up the extra Radiant Rain.  The Multilingual Merry Christmas sentiment was stamped with Versafine ink.  Quick, easy and beautiful.

Magenta stamp used:  07.883.K  Multilingual Merry Christmas
Magenta Mask:  MC05 Snowflake Mask
Radiant Rain mist:  Bashful Blue
Versafine ink:  Deep Lagoon

Next is an example of the Multilingual Thank You stamp.  I have used this one quite a bit already, and I can see that this will become my go-to for quick Thank You cards.  The second sentiment in the block is Icelandic!

This one appears in the Magenta Catalog supplement, and it was made with one of my favorite techniques, acrylic block stamping.  I did a tutorial post on this technique here.  The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and embossed with Ranger Black Sparkle embossing powder.  This embossing is so beautiful in real life - the words sparkle with lots of different colors.  Before embossing, be sure your ink is dry and use an anti static tool such as the EK Success Powder Tool.

Magenta stamp used:  07.882.I  Multilingual Thank You
Distress Ink:  Picked Raspberry; Mustard Seed; Faded Jeans
Tim Holtz Acrylic Grid Block Set
Versamark Ink
EK Success Powder Tool
Ranger Black Sparkle embossing powder
Strathmore 140# cold press watercolor paper 

I really love these two stamps from Magenta, and I think you will too!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Magenta Fall and Winter 2014 Collection

Today is the day!  I'm over the moon thrilled about the new Magenta collection.  I am especially excited that Magenta used my idea for a couple of multi-lingual sentiment stamps.  We have "Thank You" and "Merry Christmas" in a variety of languages.  Choosing which to use was hard, and we wish we could have used them all!  One that I was sure I wanted was Icelandic, and Magenta graciously agreed.  It makes me giddy every time I see these stamps!

I feel this way about the whole new collection, honestly.  Wait until you see the adorable chubby birds!  Susie Tracy and I were also honored to have some of our sample cards published in this supplement. Click on the link below to view the catalog, and let me know what you think!

If you are local, we are taking orders at the shop right now for these new stamps!  Please come in or call to place your order.  If you are not local, you can order these from your local retailer, or directly from Magenta.  Enjoy!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Splash Inks!

In conjunction with the Art 'n Soul newsletter Technique of the Week, this beautiful little card was made using Splash Inks.  Splash Inks are acrylic based inks that come in a pack of 4 different colors:  Yellow, Magenta, Cyan and Black, which are the same colors used in printers.  They are made with pigments suspended in a fine acrylic emulsion, and they can be used to mix an infinite variety of colors without getting muddy.  Each set of inks comes with a recipe card to mix over 300 different colors.

This card was made in a class given by Lisa Lee of Inchie Arts.  We used a Twinchie (2" art board square), and liberally sprayed it with water.  We added one drop of each of two Splash Ink colors to the wet art board, and then didn't touch them until they dried.  It took some time for the wet board to completely dry - probably at least an hour.  Once they were dry, we put Versamark ink on them and embossed with clear embossing powder.  We repeated the embossing process a couple of times until the squares were smooth and shiny.  Just mount these to a card, add a sentiment and you are done! (Although Susie has been experimenting with stamping on top of the inked art board.  Stay tuned for some inky fun at Art 'n Soul on play day, July 12th.

Stamp:  Magenta - 07.730.H  I am in love with this day
Inchie Arts Twinchie Square
Splash Inks
Enamel Dots from My Minds Eye
Versamark Ink
Detail Clear embossing powder from JudiKins
Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Magenta Give Away!

Magenta wants to say Thank You to all of its faithful followers
and at the same time give you a sneak peak
of our upcoming Collection which will be available soon!

You could win the following prize!
Simply follow us on our Blog or Facebook and use the widget here on the Magenta blog enter!
You have until July 30th to enter!

You are going to LOVE the new collection!!