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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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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Stamping Tips for a Fishing Scrapbook Layout

Welcome to another Creative Design Team video collab! This month, we are sharing tips, tricks, and techniques you can use when stamping on your scrapbook layouts. Make sure you set aside time to watch all of the videos in the series. You are going to be inspired!

Stamping on layouts is something I don’t do as often I should, so this month’s assignment challenged me. I think it’s the perfectionist in me. I worry about making a mistake if I stamp on the layout, or that the stamped images will look like child’s drawings, or that I won’t be able to pull it all together into a cohesive layout.

If you have struggled with the same fears, then you are going to enjoy this month’s video collaboration. Not only did I stretch myself and fight a few fears, I have also learned so much from my friends. With some stamps in hand, the Wander collection, and a how-to book at my side, this is the layout I came up with.

The fishing photos are from a reservoir in Colorado where the rocks and beaches are a beautiful earthy deep red. Those peacock and paprika colors in the background paper from the Wander collection matched the photos so well.

The paper I chose had rolling hills at the base, but they didn’t quite match up. I assume that most people wouldn’t use two of these Wander papers side-by-side, but I wanted the illusion of hills rolling across my pages, so I made it work. The hills make the perfect backdrop for my title.

The page was inspired by a design in the Make it From Your Heart Volume 2 book. My crafting brain hasn’t been working this year, so I’ve been using idea books as a jumping-off point when creating scrapbook layouts.

Not only was I inspired by the bold title, but I also wanted to replicate a stamped border along the left side of the page. This is a simple way to use stamped images on a layout without worry. If I stamped a square incorrectly, I just needed to stamp another square.

I used White Pigment ink to stamp the images giving them a chalk-like look. Pigment ink takes time to dry, so make sure you are careful to not to smear the images and set them aside for a few hours before assembling the border.

On the border, I stamped images from the Take a Hike and Wander Scrapbooking stamp sets. I also used icons from these two collections to create some matching die cuts for my page. To see how I made and re-made the border, you can view the process in my video.

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Using stamps to create personalized die cuts is a great way to make sure they match the elements on your page. You can’t always find the perfect sticker or die-cut in your collection, but you can shade a stamped image in any color you want to match your layout.

I used Peacock, Toffee, and Espresso ink pads to watercolor the backpack, I stamped the Boot Print in Espresso, and the Compass was stamped with layers of Toffee, Espresso, Peacock, and Black. All of these colors match other elements on the layout, and I was able to use my inks to personalize them to fit my design. Pairing them with stickers and other elements in a collection, gives your layout an overall cohesive look.

I also used stamps on my title. The Topographical Map image was used to create a pattern on the letters of the “Flatiron” title. This is another simple way to use your stamps on a layout. You can stamp images onto die-cut letters, foam letters, or sticker letters to give them a whole new look.

Adding stamped images to your layouts doesn’t have to be daunting or unnerving. Just do what I did and start a little at a time. Use a few images as die-cuts, create some patterns on your letters, or make a unique border. I hope that today’s project inspired you to use stamps on your next layout. If you have any questions about today’s project, feel free to comment below.

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