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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Simple Set Saturday: Bleached Basics

Sometimes less is more. For today's set of simple cards, I have turned to bleach to make my card set quick and easy.

First, start with a simple design and sentiment. I used Jet Black StazOn ink for a nice dark impression. I stamped the image on Kraft colored cardstock.


Next, I poured a small amount of bleach into a cup. I dipped a cotton swab into the bleach and used the swab to apply bleach over my image. I tried to keep in the lines. You can also use an water brush or plain paintbrush but I like the cotton swabs because I don't have to rinse them later.


Different cardstocks will reveal different colors on bleaching. Not all will go white. This Kraft cardstock went a yellowy tan. Your ink may also change color too. On parts of my cards, my lovely black impression went a vintage brown.

The most important step is to heat set your bleached image with your heat tool. Keep the tool well above the image when drying. You don't want to burn it! Setting the image will stop the bleaching process. I did not know this key step when I made my first bleached card and the bleach kept right on bleaching away until no part of my inked image was visible.

While I could have added color to these bleached image, I really liked the simple change in color that the bleaching achieved. Here are the finished cards:








Stamps used: girl, books and swingers from the Relish Reading set and sentiments from the soon to be released Bits and Pieces and Floriculture sets (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Don't miss next week! Not only will we have another fun card set for you, it will also be release day for our newest plates!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Simple Set Saturday: Remarkerable Backgrounds

I love background stamps! Who doesn't? But I always hate that they have to take a backseat when it comes to cards. With some markers and patience, you can make your backgrounds stand out with style!

This is a simple technique I've seen in a few different places. Instead of inking your stamp, you just color it with markers. I chose to create a variegated look with mine using 3 color values per card - light, medium and dark. To further enhance the monochrome feel, I used coordinating cardstock for the medium and dark values.

I created the dark stripes on my Snow Hugs Crazy Dot background first and then adding the medium shade on either side of the dark stripes. I filled everything in with the lightest color. Then it was a simple matter of "huffing" on the stamp (basically blowing puffs of air from your mouth onto the stamp to reactivate the marker ink) and stamping it down.

I have a little trick where I turn my background stamp rubber up, place my paper on top to position exactly where I want it and then using a large acrylic block to press down on the paper to get a nice crisp image.

Once, you have your cool new background, create a simple design and repeat in coordinating colors. It's that easy!

Supplies
Stamps: crazy dot background and heart from Snow Hugs plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
For green card: Handsome Hunter, Green Galore, and Gable Green markers; Whisper White, Handsome Hunter and Green Galore cardstock (Stampin Up)
For purple card: Elegant Eggplant, Lavender Lace and Pale Plum markers; Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant and Lavender Lace cardstock (Stampin Up)
For blue card: Brilliant Blue, Ballet Blue, and Bashful Blue markers; Whisper White, Brilliant Blue and Ballet Blue cardstock (Stampin Up)
Tools: 1.25" square punch (Stampin Up); 1.5" scallop square punch (Marvy)

Hope you join us again for another Simple Set Saturday!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Simple Set Saturday: Double-Sided Diamonds

Today, I want to help you get the most out of that lovely double-sided designer paper you've been hoarding. Admit it. You don't want to cut it up. I am the same way as I can never decide between the two patterns.

For today's project, I decided to use both sides of my pretty paper. Like many double-sided patterns, there was one side that was very decorative and another that was more subtle. To start, I cut four 6" x 2" strips from the decorative side of the paper and 4 coordinating card bases. I attached the panels to the bottom of my bases. I then added some pretty coordinating ribbon that came with a lovely package I got awhile back. Gotta love recycling!

To complete my cards, I cut two 1.25" squares on the diagonal from the decorative side of the paper and two 1.25" squares from the flipside of my paper onto which I stamped my images. I cut a 2.75" square from cardstock that matched the accent color on my designer paper and attached my four squares and mounted these on the card. Voila!

Supplies
Stamps: boy, girl, swingers and outdoor reader from Relish Reading plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Paper: Calamity Jane from the Wanted line (Cosmo Cricket)
Cardstock: Mellow Moss and Really Rust (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: moss grosgrain ribbon

Hope you come back next Saturday when we'll be playing with backgrounds!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Jean Franks Beck: Dreaming of Paris

Happy Friday once again! Today I got all wistful for old-time Europe, romantic Paris getaways.... so I decided to make this little cutie from Relish Reading into a daydreamer like myself.  She's holding a travel book from Paris, of course, and dreaming of the sites.  I stamped her in Memento ink and colored her with Distress Inks to get a faded look.  The seam binding started out white, and I dyed it with an assortment of Distress Inks to coordinate with the image and look like a shabby little hair bow.  The fleur des lis charm is from the jewelry-making section of my local "big box" craft store - when the charms go on sale, they end up being less expensive than some of their made-for-papercrafting counterparts.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, wherever you may roam. ;)
- Jean

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Beverly G: Read For Life

Happy Thursday Everyone! Shar has given me the great honor of being Visiting Artist today.
I've used a couple of the other stamps in this set to date, but have been mulling a card over for this stamp. It seems very elegant to me so I wanted to do it justice and going through my paper stash (we all have one of those) I found this Simple Elegance Stack that I had not used either.
I used the Gingersnap Creations Group sketch for April because of the oval focal point. After I stamped the image I lightly sponged across the bottom of the oval to ground it and I decided to sponge around the oval with black ink for a subtle mat effect.
So, here you have it, an elegant stamp, a great sentiment, some pretty papers, some black ink and you have a wonderful card to send out.
Thanks for letting me bring this card to your followers today.
It's been a pleasure.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Simple Set Saturday: Copic Spotlights

For the past few Saturdays, I've been showing you some simple and quick note card sets to make with your RRD stamps so I figured why not make it official? Saturdays on RRD will now be dedicated to making easy and impactful note card sets with simple techniques or layouts.

Spotlighting is a great way to add impact to your image and with copic markers you can achieve this effect without adding layers. I used my circle punch to create a quick mask and used repositionable adhesive to temporarily attach it over my stamped image. The rest was easy! Just color inside the mask and voila! Your set of cards is complete.


I took my main colors from the single sheet of designer paper that I selected to tie the set together not only with technique but color.

Supplies
Stamps: all from Relish Reading plate
Paper: Doc Holiday from the Wanted line (Cosmo Cricket)
Cardstock: Barely Banana, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copics: BG11, BG13, E02, E07, E09, E11, E31, E33, E34, E41, E43, G21, G24, RV10, RV11, Y21, Y23, YR00, YR23, and YR24


Hope you enjoyed this set. Look for another next Saturday!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Challenging Rogue on the Run

Helene's been caught using her Rogue Redhead stamps again and this time she's challenging you to do the same.

She's been going grunge with her Relish Reading plate for the April Tres Chic Style Challenge, which Rogue Redhead Designs is sponsoring, at Bella Creations. Helene has some wonderful details in her submission including some fabulous paper piecing, some terrific textures and a lovely ribbon ruffle on our young reader's skirt. Hanging from one embellishment are the sweet swinging children also from the Relish Reading plate.

All of Helene's lovely layers are entrancing too from lace to layered flowers to enchanting charms. To see more of Helene's art, visit her blog - LOTSA SCRAP.

Want to get caught redhead-handed? Just use your RRD stamps and let us know you are a Rogue on the Run!
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