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Thursday, September 10, 2015

celebrating STAMPtember...




THANKS Heidi, from Simon Says Stamp,
 for the invite to participate in your STAMPtember event...
I'm happy to share 
some stamping ideas here today...

I have to say it...
I absolutely...
LOVE stamping! 

One of the things that I especially LOVE about rubber stamps is their versatility. When designing, I always like to have more than one use in mind for stamped images. So for Stamptember, I thought it would be fun to show 2 ways to use one stamp. Here’s the first, using a BRAND NEW...floral collage Stamp-it Stencil-it...

 The Stamp-it Stencil-its all have the stamp and the coordinating stencil in the same package. They make life simple. 
Let’s start with a basic card.




THE SWEETEST MOMENTS CARD

Cut a piece of watercolor cardstock to 3 ¾ x 4 ½ inches.



Working on the smooth side of the cardstock use Jet Black to stamp the floral collage centered, toward the top of the card & dry.

Position the coordinating stencil over the flowers portion of the stamped image, Ink over the flowers with Tiger Lily Archival ink, using the blending tool.






With the stencil still in place, add bit of Buttercup Archival to highlight the tops of the petals.





Reposition the stencil over the leaves & use Leaf Green to add color.




Stamp the largest leaf onto a Post-It & cut it out, right on the line...




Place the Post-it over the large leaf to mask it off, then ink the polka dot stamp with Fern Green Archival and stamp the lower section of the card. Remove the mask and the stamping appears to be under the leaf. I saw this when I first  discovered stamping & thought it was MAGIC! 





Use Jet Black to stamp the sentiment on a watercolor scrap. Lightly ink the edges with Leaf Green & add toward the bottom of the card.

Add watercolor panel to the black card base. Add black glaze pen dots to accent the flower center and the base of the small flower.





This quickly creates a completely flat, easy to mail card. 
The stencil acts as a stencil, so you can add color and it masks off the background at the same time. This allows ink to be added using the blending tool, for quick easy coverage.

Now, let’s use that same stamp again and take it up a notch.


KINDNESS CARD
Cover a sheet of clear, Clearly for Art (CFA) with a thin layer of Glue N Seal. Add Newsprint over the adhesive, burnish & give it a quick 10 second dry.
Cut several small pieces, or use scraps.Ink the floral collage stamp with Jet Black & press the Newsprint side over the inked flower portion of the floral collage stamp and the leaves. Repeat & stamp/cut out 2 flowers and 3 leaves, one of each.





Ink the leaves with Fern Green archival.
Ink the 2 flowers with Sky Blue Archival and add Cornflower Blue to the petal edges.

Ink the vintage text stamp with Watering Can Archival & stamp over the 2 flowers.

Heat the leaves to soften the CFA and shape the leaves, while the CFA is warm.

Heat the CFA to shape the petals. Layer the 2 flowers together, using black foam adhesive. It's a great adhesive for CFA. 

Using the large white Mat Mini Flower Pot, ink over the base & trim piece with Orange Blossom Archival, then sprinkle with Frosted Orange Blossom Embossing powder & heat to melt the powder.


To create frosted powder, mix equal parts of Orange Blossom embossing powder with Frosted Crystal embossing powder. This mix creates an authentic textured clay pot embossing powder. Any colored embossing powder can be mixed with Frosted Crystal to create this "frosted" powder. Frosted Crystal "doubles" your embossing powder options.

Glue the trim piece to the base.






and it looks like this...





your finished pieces will look like this...





cut a piece of manila cardstock to 4 ¼ x 5 inches.

To create the card base, add one drop of Cornflower Blue reinker to the craft sheet and sprinkle with rubbing alcohol. Any percentage of rubbing alcohol is fine. Get the cheapest you can find...
Rubbing alcohol will also remove the archival ink from stencils & your craft sheet.



Use the palette knife to mix the reinker into the alcohol. Place the manila cardstock into the inky solution & it will immediately absorb the fluid. Dry.




As the alcohol is burned off, the ink layers will magically  form!



Use Fern Green to stencil the diagonal stripes border at the bottom of the card.

Mask off half of the "diamond" stencil with painters tape to change the diamonds into a banner stencil.



Position the banner over the stripes and stencil with Jet Black.





Use Jet Black to stamp the sentiment above the border, toward the right. 




Add Hickory Smoke to shade the edge of the card.



LIGHTLY ink the unmounted vintage text background stamp with Tree Branch Archival and randomly stamp over the base.

Test drive the flower pot to determine where to stamp the flourish.

Glue the flower pot to the card as shown. Create a pleasing arrangement with the flower & leaves, then glue in place.



Ink a scrap of manila cardstock with Red Geranium and sprinkle with a custom BRICK embossing powder. Heat to melt, then die cut the tiny hearts with the shapes strips heart die.


this is a great way to use up scraps and create perfectly coordinated embellishments!



to create the custom BRICK embossing powder, mix one part of Orange Blossom Embossing powder, one part of Red Geranium embossing powder, 2 parts of Frosted Crystal embossing powder and ½ part of Watering Can embossing powder.
this creates a textured authentic brick surface...

Glue 3 hearts to the right side of the card.

Add the finishing details...
a little pen stitching to the edges, and some black glaze pen dots to the flower center & to accent the banner points.

Mount to a black card base.

Here's the finished card...


here's a closer look at the dimension...



    So, that’s the same stamp, taken up a notch. One stamp...
    multiple uses...
    use it in full, or just a portion...
    and...
    it can be flat or dimensional...

    and that's why I LOVE stamps!

    And here’s idea #3...since this is an open image, wouldn’t it be fun to watercolor it with your favorite markers?

    or...
    idea #4...

    it would be fun to add doodling or 
    zentangles to the petals!

    I hope this inspires you to look at all the possibilities and ways to change up your stamps.


NEWSFLASH...

here's a CODE to enter at checkout 
to get 20% off my brand of products...



just enter 
WENDY...

it's valid from today to 9/12/15...

A N D...

since we're celebrating...
 I'll end with a GIVEAWAY of one of our 
compliments of RANGER!

just leave a comment on this post & the winner will be announced 
on Monday September 14th...

it would be wrong to send an empty bag, 
so I'll add a NEW COOL

again...
a simple comment is your entry ticket...


I hope you'll grab your stamps,
use them to enjoy STAMPtember
 and

make art!
wendy

140 comments:

Dorothy said...

So fantastic and so much fun!! Thank you Wendy!!!

Jane Thebo said...

Beautiful work of art, as always, AND you are a wonderful teacher! You take us by the hand and guide us with each loving step.m thank you, Wendy

Teresa Kline said...

I NEED that cute bag, can I order it from Simon Says Stamp? thanks for all the deets on the process of these two FAB cards..,I am inspired!

sparkle & shine *~*

Inky Fingers said...

Always love your stuff Wendy.. can't wait to try these techniques.

Jean said...

Thank you for the detailed instructions! I am inspired by your work! Ia ppreciate the opportunity to win!

Marie's Craft Spot said...

How fun it would be to win. Thankss bunch

Sharon Y said...

What sweet flower cards! Love the stencil/stamp combo. So versatile. That flower pot is so stinking cute! Thanks Wendy and Ranger for the opportunity to win one of the cool new bags!

Janet said...

Your instructions are great! Thank you!

Janie said...

Beautiful card. I am loving the new bag and can't wait to get one.

Kent Mullens said...

I love stamping also! I love your flower stamps so creative!

dc77a222-c68a-11e4-ad1b-6f004707af2a said...

Love your stamping and that bag is so cute!

Primitive Seasons said...

Wendy I love all your creations and the new bag is to die for. Love the technique used on the flower pot. You never cease to amaze!
Mary

Marci said...

What a lot of techniques! Great tutorial, and cute cards. The bag is really pretty, thank you for the chance to win it. And the sale code!

Ratty Hugs said...

Great tutorial, love the terra cotta pot embossing instructions. Sweet little bag too.

Ratty Hugs said...

Great tutorial, love the terra cotta pot embossing instructions. Sweet little bag too.

Dixie Cravens said...

Very cool! I loved this post... Lots of great techniques on using what you have. Thanks!

HelenRae Tarantino said...

Wendy, you know I love your art and all your products! I feel so blessed to have been able to meet up with you at conventions! Missed you this year at Stampaway! Please pick me!

Nox said...

Adorable sets and I love the new bag. I have been eyeballing that since I first saw it!

Patty Williams said...

Wow! LoVe all the techniques and ideas! Sometimes I get stuck in a rut if doing things the same way over and over. Thank you! Love the new bags too - such beautiful on the go art!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Lovely Demi one samples Wendy, I love the terracotta pot and your gorgeous flowers. The backgrounds are lovely. The pot is very authentic. Tracy x

Debbie said...

I love your creativity. I love your inspiration. I love everything Wendy. Thank you for the chance to win this giveaway.

Debbie said...

I love your creativity. I love your inspiration. I love everything Wendy. Thank you for the chance to win this giveaway.

SusanK said...

Gorgeous, fabulous art as always! Wished I had the coupon the day of your release...oh well...wanted your new toys too much to wait for a coupon! Would love to be the new owner of this really cool traveling bag! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NellaV said...

How beautiful a day can be , when kindness touches your heart. Exactly what I was looking for:)

Stephanie Rodgers said...

Oh man, I was anxious to win when it was just the bag! It comes with a DIY pad too! OK ... My turn to win Rick!

Sue said...

I LOVE all of the dimension on the second card. Thanks for the chance to win YOUR bag!

Lori said...

great tutorial today! I love these new bags and would be so happy to have one! thanks!

Shannon Miller said...

I love that stamp...great techniques Wendy...and the bag well that is just beautiful.. Would love to win it and if not will wait til it hits the stores.. :)

Denise Bryant said...

I loved your beautiful cards over at SSS this morning! Gorgeous flowers and so many pretty details on the cards! Great colors too!
Thanks for the chance to win that amazing little bag! Love it!

yoorah said...

All kinds of wonderful! Can't wait to try them!

JBM said...

Hi Wendy, Luv your tutorials, Keep them coming. Would luv to win your accessories bag so I can keep all my Wendy Vecchi supplies in.

Lori said...

Love the cards! And I love that floral collage sisi...will have to get that one for sure!!

Saila Saari said...

Love your tutorials - Thank you for the opportunity to win!

Lelly Jelly said...

LOVE this tutorial! To live without art is to simply exist!x

Debby said...

Thank you for all of the cool techniques and recipes! Thanks for the chance to win too! Love those bags.

Susan White said...

This is my first time discovering your stamp and stencil combo. It is pure genius!! The acessory bags is also super cute!!

cghundley said...

Wonderful ways to use
the stamp. All your
examples are so pretty!
And a great giveaway.
Carla from Utah

Anne said...

I love being able to use the stamps in more than one way! Kudos to those who can "think outside the box" and come up with these different approaches. You never fail to amaze..

Jennifer Waugh said...

Love your cards! I need that stencil/stamp combo.

Sheena Joy said...

This was my 1st time on your blog - love how you showed each step by pics! Your work is amazing! Thank you for the chance to win one of the gorgeous new bags!

michelle said...

Your cards like your art are amazing and I the bag well we all need one or maybe two or three. Thanks for the great flower stamps I love this new release of yours!

K of JK Designs said...

Love the embossed flower pot, can't wait to try it!

Lisa from TX said...

I'm a new follower. I really like your idea of multiple ways to use rubber stamps. Since I have a whole collection of stamps, I'm going to look at them again with a new perspective. So thanks. Of course, that doesn't mean I won't need to buy new ones!

Jean Dunning said...

Thanks for the cool chance to win. I enjoyed the tutorial. I prefer stamps that are versatile and usually only buy the ones I can imagine using with different design ideas.

Adam Karle said...

Thank you for great card ideas! Happy Stamptember.

Robyn Gay said...

Love your flower stamped cards. So lovely ☺

Anita said...

Wow! Such great tips! Amazing!

Migdalia said...

Congrats to you Wendy!! Also your creations are just Beautiful!!
Thank you for sharing your tutorial.
Have a blessed day,
Migdalia
Crafting With Creative M

Lisa said...

As always, you inspiration is off the charts, Wendy!! Wow!! Amazing tutorial!! And I have to get one of those fabulous bags!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Craftychris said...

You have reminded me why I love stamping, thank you! Your cards are awesome so are your products! Thank you for the chance to win the cool, cool bag! xxx

Mel Roberts-Hareld said...

O.K! I'm going to start out by following these directions to a tee. I want to make this exact card. Afterward, I want to see what else I might apply some of the techniques to. Love it!

Rea' said...

Always love your beautiful cards and the way you use your stamps! I seriously need this stamp ... it's on my list ( you and Tim keeping me in trouble these days ) ! I so love the tutorials ( always answers my question ... how'd she do that ? )
I feel a scraplift coming on ... oh wait I gotta get that stamp first
oops ... hubby just saw my two packages that came this morning... just got my new Tim Stamps ( I'm supposed to be on punishment...hahaha ) Sssh ... I'm gettin' that set !!!

Amanda Openshaw said...

Great ideas as always Wendy. Living all your new products. I really need this bag to hold all of the studio 490 stamps that I have. Xx
Hugs
Amanda. Xx

Sue C said...

Fantastic new products Wendy, as always ! Love, love, love the new bag ! Sue C x

Kelly Harms said...

This post was just jam-packed with techniques. I will definitely be trying these out soon.

Cynthia Daugherty said...

Thanks for sharing with us your tips and technique. Number one on my
to-do-list is to emboss some scrap cardstock and cut out little hearts!

Becky said...

I agree, masking makes it look like magic! It is almost as fun as removing the stencil... :) And by the way, I love your bag!

Steven said...

Thanks for enabling and inspiring!!

rhonda nickol said...

Wonderful card Wendy and I love your embossing powder! Thank you so much for the chance to win and mostly for inspiring me to be creative!

Jane said...

Such fabulous ideas Wendy.I love these new SISIs...brilliant! Thanks for the great giveaway x

Valerie Doyle said...

Looks like so much fun!

Leslie M. said...

Love this card and your continuing inspiration!!!! I would love to use your new bag!!!

Nikki Davis said...

Thanks for the code, it's just too bad that they are already sold out of almost all of your products. :-(

butterfly said...

What a fabulous tutorial - so many stamping ideas, and I just love the scrumptious texture on the flower pot! Wonderful, and thanks for the chance to win one of your beautiful bags.
Alison x

pam br said...

Can't wait to sit down and follow along step by step. Looks like so much fun.

pam br said...

Can't wait to sit down and follow along step by step. Looks like so much fun.

Linda Knox said...

Love your new bag and would use it proudly. Thanks for all the tips and great tutorials. Archival ink is:the best! and I love your colors.

suzieq23 said...

Just love your latest stamps, stencils,everything. Thank you for offering the bag as a giveaway. suzschultz23@aol.com

Carol H. said...

As always, I love the cards you've created and how you show us how to use the same stamp in different ways! I love this new floral collage SISI!! Thanks for the great tutorial. Your cards are beautiful!

Vic said...

Wow, way to MAKE ART!! I'm off to see if anything is left to buy!

Marci Collins said...

Oh my heavens!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your cards Wendy! Your tutorials always help to make us better artists. Thank you so very much for the generous way in which you share your knowledge and creativity. And yes, the accessory bag is ADORABLE!

McStamper said...

thanks for your great ideas today. I love the bag. Thanks for a chance to win.

Lori Mcwilliams said...

I am always excited to see your tutorials. They provide me with
ideas that jumpstart me with my own projects.
I am really liking how Hickory Smoke works so well with
your style of stamping.

Dakota Bear said...

Wendy this is a very pretty versatile stamp. Thank you for showing us the many ways to use it along with the stencil.

Gretchen Wilson said...

Oh Wendy, you make it seem so easy, but I know I could mess this up with your best tutorial! I love both of the cards and believe you me, I'm going to give it a try as soon as I can find a place where the contractors aren't tearing the house a part, lol!

nanastricter said...

Hi Wendy, I finally bought my first pack of NEWSPRINT to use with my Clearly For Art. SO happy that I saw this blog -- I would have tried to stamp on top of the CFA instead of the newsprint. (hope I read that correctly) Looking forward to your new products to arrive in my local store. Thanks for the chance to win the cute utility bag and blank archival pad. Keep making art!!

Susan Shrader said...

Your card designs are great. I love all the techniques you teach us. The alcohol and reinker are amazing. Thanks for the embossing powder recipes, so we can match terracotta flower pots and faux enamel. Thanks, also, for the chance to win a really terrific prize.

Amante del Papel said...

my goodness I cross my fingers, this bag is mine is so beautiful!!! Wendy I love your job and It would be honored to have!!!

Janice said...

Wow, great techniques! Can't wait to try them. Thanks

Kaye said...

These are both great projects, Wendy! Tomorrow is card day and I think a little stamping and stenciling. Your bag is sooooo cute and what a great size for supplies.

Suzan VonEssen said...

Really great! Love the flowers, as always! Thanks for a chance to win :-)

Linda Compton said...

Great masking technique. I love the orange blossom EP that really looks like terra cotta pot. I have the tiger lily and have been trying to get the terra cotta look. It is not bad, but much better with orange blossom and the frosted crystals. I see the need for a shopping trip. Thanks for the 20% off coupon.

Kris Davis said...

Love the bag, can't wait to see it in person!

Barbara Schiassi said...

Wow!!! wonderful tutorial and the bag is stunning! I want it!!!!! Fingers crossed and thanks for the chance to win! BArbarayaya

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Wow! Such beautiful creations!! Just love your work!!

Love, love, love that bag!! Thanks for the chance to win it!!

Hugs....
Melissa

TracyM #6773 said...

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS cards!!!
LOVE the flowers and LOVE the inking!!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing your tutorial - I really enjoyed seeing you in the spotlight over at Simon Says Stamp and FASCINATING to LEARN about the techniques so that I can get inky too :)
THANK YOU for the chance to win!!!

Yvette Williams said...

I love it when I can learn techniques...thank you for that. Great cards.

Flo said...

Always amazed at your creations. Your bag is so pretty. Thanks.

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

That bag is very cool. Live the colors and pattern. Thank s for the chance

Amy Davis King said...

Loving these new accessory bags- yours is my fav!! Solo excited for the discount over at Simon Says Stamp- I've been wanting some of your embossing powders!! Thanks form the giveaway!!

kellyscardsandstuff.com said...

Absolutely awesome ideas and creations! I love them!

Karyn Penno said...

Such fantastic ideas, thank you! I've just discovered your art and blog and am so excited to learn more, can't wait to play!

Julia Aston said...

Two wonderful designs and fun techniques! Your Tim Holtz bag is just adorable! Julia xx

Carolyn Picken said...

I just love your stamps and stencils sets. So different and refreshing from all the other products out there.

Marie said...

Love using reinkers to make an alcohol ink. The stencils matching the stamps is totally awesome! Love it. THANKS

MaRyKaY said...

I just love those stamp n stencil things. How cool and great if you need a card in a hurry. Makes um look like you spent hours making it.

nonnie said...

I love the simplicity of the first card. Sometimes we get carried away with layers and embellishments and this shows how beautiful simple can be. Thanks for the chance to win!

Phyllis Olson said...

Your ideas are wonderful and I love your accessory bag. Make me a winner!

asianmom07 said...

Thank you for the chance to win :)

Jeanie said...

love all your products!

Alexandra Madison said...

I love your products! Thanks for the tutorial. Happy Stamptember!

LaNell said...

Adorable cards! Love your bag and would be thrilled to carry one. Thanks for sharing!

Veronique Borg said...

Thanks for the discount 😄 will go and check it out! Love your work :)

Paula-Scrap Addict said...

DISCOUNT! the bags are awesome, I so enjoy your creations!

Kailash said...

Your creative work is so beautiful, love it. Thanks so much for a chance to win too, you are so sweet!!!

Leap Year Baby said...

Just love your detailed instructions. Can't wait to try some of the techniques used. Love the card. Thank you for sharing.

BARBARA SCHMIDT said...

Awesome... Love this stamp...

Jean Bullock said...

Wonderful tutorials! Well done.

purplemel said...

what a wonderful tutorial with so much awesome inspiration. Thanks for all and the chance to win.

Gramma said...

SWEET!!!

Tanja Charles said...

I love your ink pads!!! So fabulous !!! I would love a chance to win your fabulous bag!

Kristy Tyra said...

The bag is beautiful.

Kyla said...

Fabulous make as usual and such a cool bag.
Kyla

Debi said...

Love how you did this! Thank you for sharing your techniques. And thank you for the opportunity to win your fabulous bag!

Debbi Haynes-Jacintho said...

Fantastic tutorials (as always), and the coolest bag EVER !! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win !!!

Ms. Earlgrey said...

Wendy,
I'm so excited I met you in England, I'm now a diehard fan. I plan to purchase your new stamps, I can't wait until I take your class at Craft Fancy in Arlington Heights, Il.

Muneca said...

I love your products and your bag is so cute!

Muneca said...

I love your products and your bag is so cute!

Kim Potts said...

Wendy, I love both of your cards. Your techniques always look like so much fun and turn out amazing.

johanna farrand said...

I love your ink.

Karen Murgatroyd said...

Always learn something new each time I see one of your tutorials, thank you so much for your sharing and generosity

Carolyn said...

Thank you for sharing how to make both of these cards using the same stamp and stencil. I really like the way the flower pot turned out and the curled leaves are so pretty colored with Fern Moss. I just bought that color yesterday and can't wait to open it and use it!

Carolyn said...

Fern Green! Sorry:)!

JPScraps said...

So wonderful! Thanks for sharing! And for the great giveaway!

Denise Gutshall said...

What a wonderful gift! I love the bag with your fabulous designs! The custom ink pad is like a cherry on top! Thanks for the opportunity . . .

Jen Rey said...

Wow! Two great cards! The stamp/stencil is so cool. Thanks for the inspiration!

Kathy Salido said...

Thanks for your step by step instructions. Great cards!

Suzette said...

Cute bag and love all the new products coming out! Loving all the tutorials and I sure hope to see you again for more classes! Love love all your work and tips!

toni said...

Two fabulous cards with great easy to follow step by steps. Now my dear Wendy, who wouldn't love that gorgeous bag ? Ha ha ! Thanks for showing us how you Make Art . Toni xx

Cafe Crop said...

Great inspiration as always. I think the bags will be a big hit with customers. Can't wait to see them in person. - Tina

Patty said...

OMG!! Awesome cards & technique!! I am just now visiting for the first time here because of Stamptember!! I love the idea of a stamp that comes with the stencil to help you mask!! How cool is that!! Thanks so much Wendy...going to take a look around at all your products!!

Wilma said...

Beautiful card!! Have to try it myself....

Oooh wow love the accessory bags, you made it a very special one!
Thanks for this great giveaway, keeping my fingers crossed ;-)

Yvonne C. said...

Wow!!! Gorgeous card!! Love the stamp, stencil, and the flower pot!!! Love your products!!! Thank you for an awesome giveaway!!!

Denise Young said...

Awwww...that bag is adorable!!!! Nice job Ranger.

Pamela said...

Beautiful Wendy.....I absolutely love the Stamp It Stencil It Collection. Makes my life so much easier. Your card is so pretty. Thanks for the chance to win your awesome accessory bag.((HuGGs)

barbara macaskill said...

Great cards!! I love how the clay pot came out!! I love using your embossing powders to mix my own colors to get the look I want!! Lately I have been using a lot of what I call my "wrought iron" mix for use on a fence for a scenescape I am creating. Must get myself some of the Crystal embossing powder!
I absolutely adore that bag and would love to have it to carry craft stuff with me when I go out for appointments! That way I won't get bored when I am waiting for the doctor to see me!
TFS!

Lisa Kind said...

Love your creations! And I just love that little bag! So cute! Thanks for the chance to win!

http://modernadesignsart.blogspot.co.il/ said...

This would be a great way to start the new year (in Israel it starts today) - I love your art!
Dorly Weitzen

stamping sue said...

Inspiring!
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

Wanda Hentges said...

Wonderful projects, Wendy!!!!!!!!!!!!