[Technique] Gradation Backgrounds by Layering Stamps with Channin

on October 04, 2016
designteamheadshots_channinHello everyone!! It’s Channin here with another technique to share with you today!! This week I’m playing around with creating gradation backgrounds by layering non-background stamps. I’m not really sure why but I just love to stamp backgrounds!! I think it’s simply because I just love to stamp. Which is a good thing because for today’s card I did a lot of stamping. 104-1 First, I picked my stamp. For this technique, I generally favor non-background stamps with more surface area. So basically, stamps that are more solid, less linear. For example, I made a card for August’s challenge using this technique and I chose to create my background with the fairly solid circle stamps from the Flower Circles Stamp Set. For today’s card, I decided to go with the striped bag from the Little Gifts Stamp Set. I thought that the stripes would allow me to create an interesting gradation. 104-3 Now that I had my stamp picked out, I experimented on some scrap paper to find the right pattern. I chose to create a horizontal pattern in which I would overlap the stamp by stamping the proceeding layers in some of the negative spaces created by the stripes of the previous image. Next, I picked out my ink colors. I decided to go with rainbow colors. I chose Waffle Flower inks, Happy Go Lucky, Safe Choice, My Pleasure, Oh Happy Day, You Said What, Chirp Chirp, New Fish in Pond, and Daydreaming. I then arranged my inks on my table in the order I wanted to use them (rainbow order). 104-2 Now, with my stamp picked out and my inks in order, I begun stamping my pattern on a 5” by 6 ½” white card base.I used My Pleasure as my starting point for my rows. I would also vary where I started to disperse my colors so when I was finished all my colors were not just in a column. {Oh and yes that is my daughter's dirty hand in the shot. She just came in from the backyard and had to see what I was up too.} 104-4 Once my background was completed I stamped and white embossed “21” using the Sketchy Numbers Stamp Set on a scrap of black card stock. I then fussy cut my numbers out and adhered them to some black craft foam. I then stamped my sentiment, which is also from the Sketchy Number Stamp Set in black on my stamped card base. Lastly, I adhered my numbers under my sentiment. 104-5 Oh and since I was making this card for a specific person (my brother), I went ahead and stamped the inside. I used the Sketchy Alpha Stamp Set to create “you!” and used the Sketchy Numbers Stamp Set for “happy birthday”. I hoped you enjoyed and will try creating some gradation backgrounds with your non-background stamps! Have a creative week!! ~Channin   Products: Stamps:

Little Gifts Stamp Set

Sketchy Numbers Stamp Set

Sketchy Alpha Stamp Set

Inks:

Happy Go Lucky

Safe Choice

My Pleasure

Oh Happy Day

You Said What

Chirp Chirp

New Fish in Pond

Daydreaming

[Guest] Sketchy Numbers Birthday Layout by Linda Barber

on August 19, 2016
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LindaBarber.WaffleFlower.1AHi there, Linda here! I'm so excited to share my layout with you. This layout is an ode to a cake-like hat I knitted my youngest for his first birthday. As it turned out, it was way too big. But that was a happy accident, because he's been wearing it on each of his birthdays ever since! It's been 11 years, and I'm hoping he'll continue to wear it on his future birthdays. Yes, even on his pre-teen and teen years. I hope... Big time! LindaBarber.WaffleFlower.1D I used some of my favorite stamps, Sketchy Numbers, and lots of colors (alcohol markers). Because I knew it would be colorful, I used kraft cardstock for the background to tone down some of the brightness. It's finished with a little contrasting hand-stitching and one brad. LindaBarber.WaffleFlower.1C The numbers are fussy cut, and popped up for a bit of dimension. I love the look of the black ink + color on kraft! LindaBarber.WaffleFlower.1B Thanks for dropping by! -- Linda Barber

[Guest] Anniversary Project Life Spread by Mariko Brown

on August 10, 2016
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Hello, it's Mariko here. I am so happy to be sharing my pocket-style weekly photo album page as a Waffle Flower Crafts guest designer today. I am in love with Jumbo Letter Die, so I spelled "LOVE" with them for my wedding anniversary page from last week. Anniversary Project Life Spread MB_01   Jumbo Letter Dies neatly fit in the 3x4 inch vertical pocket leaving enough room for embellishment and small journals. Size really matters when it comes to pocket-style scrapbooking! Anniversary Project Life Spread MB 02 I also used Sketchy Alpha Stamp, Sketchy Numbers Stamp, Sketchy Numbers Die, and a tiny butterfly from Rosette Hearts Template Die. Anniversary Project Life Spread MB 03 I have used the Jumbo Letter Dies to spell "USA" for my 4th of July page, "SLC" for my Salt Lake City travel album, and I am planning to play with "NOEL" for this year's Christmas crafting. I am so excited for these stylish, versatile, and perfect-for-3x4in-pocket sized Jumbo Letter Dies! Thank you for stopping by!

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