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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


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.



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.


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.



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:


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.


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


…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.



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.)


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.


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.


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


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.



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


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!


The Sun (flower) and the Moon


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.)


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: 


Then I simply added “moon beams” and embellishments.


Then it gets a pretty wash of watercolor:


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



See?  It’s simple!