2017/07/07

Be Confident Be Brave Be Amazing


Hi Stamping Friends,
It’s time to play along with Happy Little Stampers (HLS) Mixed Media Challenge again. The July Challenge Theme is TEXTURE.


For more details and other DTs’ inspirations, please check out the Challenge Blog. Anything mixed media could be linked up to our challenge as long as it follows our theme. Be sure to join for a chance to win $20 coupon to spend at the Happy Little Stampers shop.


I have to apologize for not providing a step-by-step tutorial for my tag as I barely missed the deadline and finished it on a last-minute basis! Yet I trust that those Mixed Media lovers could tell how I made this tag. The following are some close-up photos for your inspirations.

 
 

Hope this tag is eye-pleasing to you. Thanks for stopping by.


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2017/06/24

CAS Baby Boy Card


Hi Stamping Friends,

I made this card for a subordinate. It’s a CAS card with some textures and I like it a lot. Hope you like it too. Thanks for stopping by.

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My choice is DIY patterned paper and washi tapes by using some of my favorite background stamps.
The text is considered new. I’ve own the set (by  Simon Says) for quite a long time but just used it for the very first time.
         
    
  
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Edited on 7/7/2017

The card was chosen as one of the HonorableMentions by Watercooler Wednesday Challenge DTs. What a happy surprise! Thanks, DTs.

2017/06/07

Be the Reason Someone Smiles


Hi Stamping Friends,

It’s time to play along with Happy Little Stampers (HLS) Mixed Media Challenge again. The June Challenge Theme is GLITTER.


For more details and other DTs’ inspirations, please check out the Challenge Blog. Anything mixed media could be linked up to our challenge as long as it follows our theme. 
 

When I saw the June Challenge Theme - Glitter, I instantly thought of Tim Holtz’s Distress Glitters. I also revisited Tim’s Distress Stains Monoprint Technique.  The following are how I made my tag.

Tag Details


1. Apply Distress Paints Monoprint Technique with various stencils on watercolor paper for the background.






















2. Apply various Distress Inks on watercolor paper as shown.


3. Apply white Embossing Paste over leave stencil on watercolor tag.


4. Die cut two butterflies and apply Distress Inks.


5. Apply Glossy Accents and sprinkle generous Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter.


6. Stamp text on black cardstock and heat embossed in white. Assemble the tag as shown on top.


I must say the sparkling butterflies are awesomely pretty.

Hope my tag is inspirational and eye-pleasing to you. Please drop me a note if you like my tag. Thanks for stopping by and wish you a great day.


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    The only stamp I used in this tag is a text stamp from Simon Says Stamp. It's the first time I used it and I love it a lot.

Edited on 7/7/2017

The tag was chosen as one of the DT Favorite Winners by A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge. DT Anila really made my day. Thanks.

2017/05/07

Live Your Dream with Passion


Hi Stamping Friends,

It’s time to play along with Happy Little Stampers (HLS) Mixed Media Challenge again. The May Challenge Theme is SPLATS.

For more details and other DTs’ inspirations, please check out the Challenge Blog. Anything mixed media could be linked up to our challenge as long as it follows our theme. Be sure to join for a chance to win $15.
  

When I saw the word - SPLATS, I instantly thought of Alcohol Inks and Tim Holtz’s signature technique – Alcohol Ink Splatter. The following are how I made my tag.

Tag Details

1. Apply Alcohol Ink Monoprint Technique on glossy paper for the background.

2. Apply Alcohol Ink Splatters Technique to create two flowers on tag as shown.

3. Stamp text background.

4. Apply Pearlescent Embossing Pastes over two overlapping stencils at the center of two flowers, respectively.

5. Stamp butterflies and sentiment in black on tag. Stamp two butterflies on vellum paper, die cut the vellum butterflies and attach.


I’m excited that I dug out Alcohol Inks and revisited Tim's two Alcohol Inks Techniques, together with the stenciling technique. Hope my tag is inspirational to you. Please drop me a note if you like my tag. Thanks for stopping by and wish you a great day.
 
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 Edited on 7/7/2017

The tag was chosen as one of the Top Picks by STAMPlorations Mixed Media May Challenge. Thanks, DTs.

2017/04/23

Beautiful Baby



Hi Stamping Friends,

I made this monochromatic CAS baby card for a subordinate. I covered the baby onesie with clear Wink of Stella. I must say that the inlaid shiny baby onesie is very pretty. Hope the subtle sweet card is delightful to you. Thanks for stopping by.



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My choice is stenciling in two ways, one with embossing paste and the other with sponging the Distress Ink.
In my card, B is for a beautiful baby.
  
  

 

2017/04/14

Forever Begins Now


Hi Stamping Friends,
I made this card for a subordinate. As can be seen, this wedding card is Clean and Simple style. I did apply several techniques like Dry Emboss, Heat Emboss, Inlaid Die-cutting and Distress Inks blending to enrich the visual effect. Hope this card is eye-pleasing to you. Thanks for stopping by and wish you a great day.
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My choice is Emboss, both dry and heat.
    
Even though I did not use the Smile word in my card, I’m sure wedding is an occasion that everybody will smile with joy.
    

2017/04/07

Life can be Tough


Hi Stamping Friends,

It is time to play along with Happy Little Stamper Mixed Media Challenge again! April Challenge Theme is SPRAYS which I’m sure everyone addicted to Mixed Media Art is quite familiar with.


For more details and other DTs’ inspirational artworks, please check out the Challenge Blog. Anything mixed media could be linked up to our challenge as long as it follows our theme. Be sure to join for a chance to win $15.

        
The following are how I made my tag.


1. Sprayed Distress Spray Stains – Ripe Persimmon & Dried Marigold on flower stencil, then flipped the wet side over cardstock.
2. Sprayed Distress Spray Stains – Crushed Olive & Mowed Lawn on flower stencil. Rolled paper towel to absorb inks.
The two-tone stenciling background is as shown.

3. Stamped envelope background and bird collage background as shown.


4. Applied translucent embossing paste over stencil.
After dry, sponged white ink over the indentation to create a mosaic look.

5. Print texts and cut out to affix to the tag as shown on top.


I must confess that March has been a tough month for me. I was facing some challenges in my work while my father has been in hospital due to hip fracture. “Life can be tough. You are tougher.”  Somehow this sentence flashed into my mind many times and has brought me some strength. Yes, Life can be tough and I’m tougher! Spring is coming. Things will get better.

Hope my tag is inspirational to you. If you like my tag, please drop me a note. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers.


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