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Sparkling Holiday ATCs

With my first use of IMAGINE Crafts Sheer Shimmer Spritz, I was infatuated! I love the subtle shimmer and shine and – bonus – no glitter left behind to clean up! Look what magic it works on a humble ATC:

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IMAGINE Crafts Products used for Holly ATC: Inchie Arts squares. Memento Luxe pigment ink (Pear Tart), Sheer Shimmer Spritz (Frost). RubberMoon stamps: Nouveau Berries and Holly Branch

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IMAGINE Crafts Products for Snow Birds ATC: StazOn; Memento Luxe Pigment ink (Bahama Blue), Sheer Shimmer Spritz (Frost & Sparkle), Pico Embellisher in Wedding Dress.  RubberMoon stamps: Bird Fence, Ink Splat and Abstract Triangles. Inchie Arts ATC card.

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Junk Journals

This month I joined a “Junk Journal” Facebook group and participated in my first swap. I have been making these journals for years, actually, but until I joined the Facebook group, I hadn’t made one in quite some time.  Now that the swap is over, I’ve still got the bug, so I grabbed a pile of Business Reply envelopes to use as the base for my pages and went to work.

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I decided to create an Inspiration Journal of all the magazine clippings of craft ideas that I had stored in a file folder.  So much more fun to flip through a little journal than sort through a folder, right?  Below are some of the pages.

In these two examples, I glued larger images to the front of the envelope.  Then, after sealing the back flap of the envelope closed, cutting off the top end and punching the top edge, I created a pocket into which I could insert directions for the more detailed project clippings.

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I took advantage of those envelopes that had a clear address window by strategically folding the clipping so a specific image would show through the window when placed inside the pocket:

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For the simpler projects and/or those ideas that only required a picture for inspiration, I simply glued the image to the front or back of the envelopes after adding paper scraps to jazz up the background.

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Once done, I created a cover and used my RubiCoil machine to bind the envelope pockets together…

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…but the pages could be joined together just as easily using a hole punch and loose leaf rings so that you can keep adding pages to the journal.

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Now, go grab some junk mail and make a journal of your own…  🙂


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Tea for Two

teapotprintI received this lovely block print from my friend and gifted artist, Gretchen Ehrsam, many years ago.  When this same image became available as a rubber stamp from RubberMoon, I wasted no time in purchasing it.  I had my fun with it as a solid color image, then set it aside.  Rediscovering the stamp recently, I was determined to find ways to add color to the solid image, so began experimenting with different media.  Below are the results of my play time that I thought I would share with you.

I first started with watercolor crayons.  The three prints below were all made with the same crayons, but each was applied differently.  (All prints below were made on watercolor paper.)

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In the top image, I used a water mister and liberally wet the stamp first, then applied the dry watercolor crayon to the wet stamp.pot1

For the next iteration, I applied the dry watercolor crayon to a dry rubber stamp, and then misted very lightly before stamping the image.

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And for the third try, I started with a dry rubber stamp again, but wet the watercolor crayon tip before coloring the image direct on the stamp.

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Below, using Luminarte’s Twinkling H2Os, I applied the watercolor using a watercolor brush direct to the dry stamp.

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And this last image was created with Copic markers.  I colored the image on the rubber stamp with the alcohol markers. When done, I misted with Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution right before stamping the image on paper.

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And finally, I turned the Copic marker version into an ATC!

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Check out my blog posting on RubberMoon Arts Blog on Friday, September 12, to see the collage I created with one of these images as well!


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The Sun (flower) and the Moon

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It’s good to think outside the box… and color outside the lines!  For the artwork above, I started with the Sun stamp available to RubberMoon’s Moon Mail Club members.  

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Next, I drew the petals that would turn my Sun into a Sunflower.  For the background, I created a simple Zentangle(R) pattern.  I colored the image with a combination of Copic markers and watercolor. (Be sure to use either a Staz-On ink pad or, my preference, a Memento dye ink pad, when you stamp your original image so the ink doesn’t bleed when you apply your color. I used Copic Multiliner pens – also waterproof – to draw my designs.)

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If you’re not sure you want to attempt Zentangling, try “Dangles” instead!    For this next piece, I started with RubberMoon’s New Moon stamp: 

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Then I simply added “moon beams” and embellishments.

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Then it gets a pretty wash of watercolor:

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Lastly, using Gelly Roll Glaze pens in black and magenta, along with a white Sharpie oil-paint pen, I added some highlights:

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See?  It’s simple!