A Fall Card with a Rolling Ink Water Technique

September was full of challenges, meetings, online training, travel, a car wreck, and sickness. With everything going on, I have missed out on Craft Roulette. When I heard that my sweet friend, Julie the Great, was on the show, I made a point to be home and decided to let the creative juices flow while I watched. When the show was over, I was pleasantly surprised with the result.

This card may look overwhelmingly complicated, but it is just a stack of paper layers that have been decorated using some simple stamping techniques. One of these is the rolling ink technique – also known as rock’n’roll stamping.

In my video tutorial, I share how these layers came together and show you how to create those beautiful leaves with a few inks, a roll of the stamp, and a spritz of water. After you have viewed the video, you can read more about how it came together.

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Each week, Craft Roulette doles out a set of parameters that must be followed. Here is what the wheel chose for all the creators this week. (I love Julie’s face! She already has a few ideas flowing.)

While Julie and Mary created live online, I started pulling out paper scraps from my bin. I grabbed some vintage yellowed Noteworthy paper, some distressed watercolor cardstock, a few leaf stamps, a postage cancelation stamp, a stencil, and some waterbrushes.

For my yellow background, I chose the Noteworthy paper. This paper pack is a really fun one to have in your collection. One side of the paper has an aged look while the other is clean and white.

I knew that I wanted to make a vintage-looking fall card with some of my favorite leaf stamps. One of my favorite stamping techniques to use with leaves is the rolling or rock’n’roll technique.

This involves inking your stamp into one color of ink, then rolling the edges into another.

I decided to take it a step farther by rolling the stamps into a third color and adding a spritz of water before stamping it onto my watercolor cardstock.

The water allowed the inks to blend a little and meld together forming a beautiful variation of color on each of the leaves.

The rest of the card came together using paper scraps and a stamped leaf image. One of the parameters was a postage stamp, which I didn’t have, so I ended up using a postage cancellation stamp on the leaf. It reminded me of some of those aged, retro stickers you find in the craft stores.

I am so glad that I was able to watch my friends create and join the fun. I hope that this project inspired you to try something new and give this technique a try. If you have any questions about this project, feel free to post them in the comments below.

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Tuesday Tip: Label & Organize Your Small Stencils

Are you ready for another Tuesday Tip to help you organize your craft space? This past week, I added some card front stencils to my collection, and I wanted to find the best way to organize them. Today, I am going to share my method of storage and organization.

Earlier in the month, I had purchased the new Tabs Thin Cuts. My OCD personality loves new ways to label things, and I knew that these metal dies would come in handy.

When my card front stencils arrived, I wanted to create a simple system of organization to help me find the stencil I needed quickly and easily. I knew right away that these tab dies would be the perfect solution.

Like most stencils, mine were going to get messy and need to be washed often, so I knew that the tabs could not be cut from paper. I dug through my stash and discovered some scraps of leftover stencil material from a few Cricut projects.

Last year, I discovered that you can also cut this stencil film with a metal die. It cuts cleanly and easily in my Sizzix. Each of these Tab Thin Cuts has a score line and I was surprised to discover that the score lines showed up so well on the stencil film.

After cutting out the tabs, I add some labels using my P-Touch label maker and created some sample strips to slide inside the tabs. These allow me to not only see the name of the stencil but quickly see an example of the pattern it will make.

Here is a quick video showing you how easy it is to label your stencils with those stencil film tabs.

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As I was created the sample strips, I discovered that these tabs also make a great handle for picking up and holding the stencil. It kept my fingers away from the inky parts and allowed me to easily pick it up without making a mess.

After adding labels, I needed to find a way to store these card front stencils. If you don’t have a storage system in place, the Stamp Organizer fits these perfectly with room to spare.

I already have a collection of smaller stencils in a plastic box, so I added my stencils to that collection and placed them back on my shelf.

No matter how you store your stencils, having them labeled and organized will help you to find them faster and easier.

I hope that today’s Tuesday Tip gave you a few ideas for organizing your craft space. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below.

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Creating Garden Cards with Baby Papers

What does a girl with grown kids do when she has a stack of baby-themed paper and a gnome stamp set? She makes gardening cards!

So…. I really had to giggle when I won this mini garden gnomes stamp set at virtual convention. If you have watched me on Craft Roulette, you know that I am not a fan of gnomes. Give me a fairy, a brownie, a troll, even a pixie….but gnomes are not my favorite.

When my name was listed as a winner of this stamp at convention, I just started to laugh. I should have never said anything about my gnome-a-tude on a live video.

I also received a pack of As You Grow paper in my convention bundle. In the catalog, this appears to be a baby-themed collection, but, if you saw my most recent Back to School layout, you know that these paper patterns are anything but baby-themed.

I have always tried to be thankful for whatever I have been given. Instead of being cranky at the gnomes, I decided to take a look at all the other fun images in the stamp set and I noticed how well they paired with the patterns and stickers in the As You Grow paper pack.

I decided to create a set of mini-mushroom garden cards. The paper pack has some charming patterns with mushrooms, which I chose to replicate using the images and watercolor pencils. On the first card, I created a mini-garden scene on a hand-cut tag.

The second card was created using a variety of layered paper patterns and a mini-garden scene. The mushrooms and watering can were shaded with watercolor pencils then layered together with a snail sticker.

I added some stitches here and there for texture on each of the cards and called them complete. Both were so simple to make and are adorable even without the gnomes.

I hope that you enjoyed today’s project and were inspired to give these cards a try. If you have any questions about the cards or the products I used, please comment below.

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