Friday, September 21, 2018

Magenta Super Saturday with Dianne - Hello! Painting with Nuance

Time for my Super Saturday post on the Magenta Blog again. You can see my post on their blog here.

I really love stamps with a lot of solid surface because there are so many techniques you can do with them. There is a brand new one from Magenta that is perfect for painting with Nuance. This is a technique that I taught at a workshop in Holland at the Art Specialty event there last year. (So much fun)! Click Here to see the post I did for that card. Below is my new card featuring this technique.

First I arranged the stamps onto my MISTI. Any stamping tool, or even an acrylic block would work for this. I'm using a panel of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock that I die cut with the Die-namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 stitched rectangle die, which cuts a panel that is 5.25" x 4"

This new stamp set, called "Songbirds in Reeds" is one of a new type of stamp that Magenta is making, where there are two stamps in the set, and you can use one or both, and you can repeat one or both as well. I love the versatility of these stamps. Another one is the beautiful 0757.P "Blackbird Silhouette" that you can find here.

I picked up the stamps on the door of my MISTI, and prepared to paint them with Nuance.

I selected some Nuance colors in blues and greens (and one orange), and tapped the powders into a palette. If you have never used Nuance, it's so versatile and fun. It's powdered color that comes in little jars, and it's best to put a pushpin into the top of each jar. When you use it, take out the pin and tap some powder out. The powder is highly pigmented and can be very intense, so a little goes a long way. I made several cards, and did not use all of the powder in my palette, but I will keep it and use it on another project.

I wet my brush and put in on a paper towel to take out a lot of the water You want to use a damp brush for this technique. I picked up Nuance powder and brushed it onto the stamp. If your brush gets too dry and doesn't pick up the powder very well, touch a tip of the brush into some water and keep going. Be sure to wash off your brush between each color.

Sorry for the less than stellar cell phone pictures, but I'm trying to show what it looks like when you are painting on the stamps. Before I was finished, I painted on a little orange as well. The colors will be very intense once stamped. After painting the stamps, I spritzed with water. You don't need a lot. The color should start to slightly bead up on the stamps.

You can see the cool watercolor-like look you get with this technique. At the end I got some more Nuance color on my brush and tapped out some splatters. I stamped the beautiful Sally Penley "hello!" stamp using Versafine Clair Paradise ink. I hope you try this, it's super fun!

Magenta Products used:

0759.Q Songbirds in Reeds / Oiseaux des roseaux

07.976.G hello!

Other Products used:
Die-namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set
Versamark ink
Versafine Clair Paradise ink
Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock
Malmero Pearl Blue cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock

Sunday, September 9, 2018

August Christmas Tags

It was my goal beginning in January to make Christmas cards every other month, and Christmas tags every other month. I run a little behind because I'm making multiples of each design, but I have the August tags for you today (all finished) and I'm working on the multiples of the September cards now, which I already showed you in this post.

These tags are pretty simple, but I like them a lot. They are about 2.75" x 4" and their design was constrained by the fact that I have been trying to use up the scraps from making lots of multiples of the cards seen here. I had plenty of nice red and green and white rectangles that just needed to be used for tags, and I used some of them on these tags.

Both of these tags were made by die cutting into the colored piece, stamping them with new Magenta sentiments using Veramark ink and embossing the sentiments with JudiKins White Diamond embossing powder. This powder is very sparkly in real life, but the sparkle is hard to capture in a photo.

I mounted each die cut onto the white leftover rectangles. For the green cabin in the woods one, I colored the windows with a Copic marker and then went over it with a clear Wink of Stella glitter pen, which provides sparkle in the windows in real life. 

I hope you like these, and I hope you will be inspired to use your leftovers and make your own Christmas tags with dies or stamps that you haven't used yet. You can see in my piles of tags that there are a few I tried out that didn't quite make the cut for producing a lot of them, but I will still definitely use them on presents!

Red Poinsettia Tag

07.995.E Joyeux Noël
Sizzix 661602 Tim Holtz Mixed Media Christmas Thinlets
Die-Namics MFT-847 Inside/Outside Stitched Rectangle die set
Versamark ink
JudiKins White Diamond embossing powder
Stardream Jupiter cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock

Green Secret Cabin Tag

07.990.G Peace Love Joy
Memory Box 99602 Secret Cabin Die
Die-Namics MFT-847 Inside/Outside Stitched Rectangle die set
Versamark ink
JudiKins White Diamond embossing powder
Emerald Green cardstock from The Paper Cut