Sunday, May 22, 2022

Best Friends

I made a Rolodex card for the current challenge on The Lost Coast Portal to Creativity "Under the Sea".  I got into making rolodex cards awhile ago in a Swap Bot group I am part of, and I must say they are a lot of fun to make and keep.  This one uses:

The Sharks stamp from Lost Coast Designs
The Bubbles Border stamp from Lost Coast Designs
The Best Friends clearstamp from Carmen's Veranda

Rolodex cards come in two sizes, and this is the smaller of the two.  Small size measures 2 and 5/8" by 4" The larger sizes measures 3" by 5".  The holes for the rolodex file are located 1 and 3/4" from either end on both sizes.  

The background for my card is a gel print made with blue and green acrylic paints.  I then stamped it with the Bubbles Background stamp in a darker shade of Distress turquoise ink and heat set the ink.  When stamping Distress ink onto a painted surface, the ink takes time to dry, so heat setting it speeds up the process and gives you a nice dry surface to work with.  

The sharks were stamped onto white card stock with blue and green Distress Oxide Inks and fussy cut out.  I attached them to the card front with some foam tape and added googly eyes to each.  Little clear acrylic dew drops were glued in place to look like bubbles.  The sentiment was stamped with black ink onto a white strip of paper edged in green and affixed to the top of the card as shown.

We can't wait to see your sea themed projects for this current challenge.  Be sure to use some rubber stamping in your work and you could be the lucky winner of some free stamps!!

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Strong Women: Early Stitch and Bitch

I have one more project for the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity "Strong Women" challenge.  They are looking for projects depicting what "Strong Women" means to you.

For this one I used the Early Stitch and Bitch stamp from Lost Coast Designs and the Fairy Godmother clear stamp from Carmen's Veranda.  

 I stamped the women knitting onto white card stock with black ink and fussy cut it out.  I added some Copic Sketch Markers to their hands and faces and went over their dresses with a gray marker.  The yarn they are using was colored blue.  I attached this to a piece of card stock that looks like old vintage wallpaper.  The sentiment was stamped with black ink and cut out.  I outlined the edges with black as well and affixed it to the upper right corner as shown.  Final step was to glue a blue flower in the left corner.

You still have time so submit your "Strong Women" projects before the challenge closes.  You might be the lucky winner of some free stamps from Lost Coast Designs or Carmen's Veranda!

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Strong Women: Frida Kahlo

 Here again at the beginning of another fun Challenge over on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  This one is Strong Women.  "Strong Women:  May we know them.  May we raise them.  May we be them."

For this card I used one of my favorite Lost Coast stamps of Frida Kahlo.  This is just one
of a nice selection you will find at Lost Coast Designs.  

My Frida was stamped onto coffee dyed onion skin paper using StayZ On ink in Black.  I layered that with a piece of vintage ledger paper to give it more body, then fussy cut around the edges as shown.

The background is a piece of a master board I made using various pieces of hand made papers.  I glued my Frida to the center of the card front as shown, making sure all the edges were down securely as the paper is fairly thin.  Final step was to machine stitch around the perimeter of the card.

We would love to see your Strong Woman creations.  Please be sure to feature some rubber stamping in your work for a chance to win some free rubber stamps from Lost Coast Designs and Carmen's Veranda!