Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Club Scrap: Celebrate Kit Blog Hop

Time for another blog hop.  You should have arrived from:  Deb.  If you got lost and want to start at the beginning, This Link will take you there.  Celebrate is the Kit and it truly was a Celebration to work with.
My Cards!, The focus is Backgrounds.  And a few little "tricks"

I love backgrounds and the making of them.  The experimentation and the surprises.  With all the circles and forms I decided to save those stamps and make them the focus of this posting. The combination created some amazing and simple cards that are easy to re-create without a lot of fuss, just some experimentation and playing with your supplies.  That is why I love making backgrounds.

Card 1:

This card explores the technique that I touched on in the Team Challenge posting.  It was the background for my "space friends".

First I arranged the stamps and stamped using Versamark on Watercolor paper.  Heat set with a clear embossing powder.  I did not show this as it is hard to see.
Here the stamps are placed on my Misti, in the end I did not use the Misti and just stamped on paper using an acrylic block.  This way I was  able to use more pressure.  I used Tim Holtz Watercolor paper and the texture side is difficult to get a good stamping.  I tried stamping on the smoother size and while it was ok, it was still not perfect.  For this technique,it didn't matter.  I used this paper because I like how the ink is able to "get under the stamping". Other water color papers, give a tighter "seal" and you get less seeping under the embossed area, which is what I wanted.  I have said this before, Paper makes a huge difference in outcome.  If you don't like something, change the paper first. 
Same process as before.  Using re-inkers placed drops onto an acetate sheet, misted with water and applied to paper.  So let us stop here and discuss how I chose the colors.  These are Twisted Citron, Ripe Persimmon and Wild Honey.  I had read somewhere that if you take the Tim Holtz distress chart, downloadable from their web site, and use colors that either are linear or surround the "target" Color, you will get a compatible mix.  So, I tried it:
Hard to see, but if you double click, you will see these Three Colors in a grid.  Rusty Hinge would have made up the quadrant.  Link to Downloadable Chart.  I am not convinced that with the new addition of inks, this theory works.  If you look at a color wheel, these are secondary and stand next to each other on the wheel, Yellow, Green, Orange. I will play with it a bit more and see.  I do think the previous chart, (prior to addition of the new colors) worked well to find combinations to play with.
Anyway back to the card.  So I lifted the acetate and smoothed it onto the paper.  Added more water and continued  to build up the color until I liked what I had.  Then I enhanced the colors with an ink blending tool and ink pad and finally spritzed with water.
Next step, I ironed the paper to remove the embossing powder, revealing the white paper with bleed under neath

Love it!!.  I did not want to cover it up, so I just added a sentiment and called it done.  I didn't even add a mat. White card base, A2 size.  

Card 2:

Where to go next.  I wanted the circle stamp to be front and center.  I tried many background ideas and they were too busy to get that focal image to stand out.  I thought one might work and made the focal image in that color scheme.  Only to find that it did not work and needed to rethink the background.  While staring in horror and at a total loss, I noticed the paper in the Kit, the black to grey paper with all the flourishes.  I had used a part of it for another card and an idea hit, Black on White, OK.  So I just started stamping.  Black Versafine on white Cardstock.  

Trimmed down the area that I liked to a 5 " square, mounted it on my inspiration paper and now it was ready for the focal image.  

That had been stamped with Versafine ink, and heat embossed with clear.  I embellished it with pearls that I had colored with my Copic markers and added some clear rhinestones.  But I needed something to pop it off of the background.  I tried the glitter paper in the kit but it really needed color.  Since I was stuck with the color scheme, I cut a circle that was covered with double sized tape and added microfine glitter in Green.  Great.  Popped it up on a piece of fun foam.  Added the black ribbon and sentiment, a few more crystal accents.  Mmmm,  But is still needed something.  A black bow, did nothing and I could not add a different ribbon.  Oh, but the mother of invention can come in handy at times.  I remember at a convention seeing ribbon being made with score tape, I went to the Web Site for this company, Sparkle and Sprinkle and found this technique, so I thought I would give it a try.

Length of Scor-tape or double sided tape

Roll up the tape, go the whole length and make it a tight roll.

 Once you have the "rope", coat it with glitter, burnish it in and tie it into a bow!  Perfect

Card 3:  I turned this card over to my Granddaughter. 

Paige Trunnell:  Guest Artist

Miss Paige is the photographer behind all my action shots.  I could not get the pictures I have without her help.  When she came in from school, she asked if "I needed any pictures taken?, I asked if she could help me make this card and she smiled.  Oh but to play with all that forbidden goodies, "you bet!"  But of course I had to turn it into a discussion of math and science, color wheel theory and chemistry.  Wonder why she has that look?  Oh well, in the end it needed to be just pink and glittery, I think it worked.

So we started with a box of sprays, white paper and the stencil from the Celebrate Kit.  Color wheel was used to choose the colors.  We did both direct spay and blotted up the excess paint from the stencils.  I could tell after several tries that we were not "getting her vision", so I stepped back and she chose her ink and created this:
Lesson learned Grandma, stop meddling and micromanaging.  There is a place for theory and a place for adventure.

Other backgrounds: all made with ColorWheel:

She did good.  

The rest was pretty straight forward.  She cut a pink mat, and made an A2 base, added a white ribbon and stamped a sentiment.  The mat was fussy cut after tracing around the sentiment die, pink glitter was added to the edges and then mounted on fun foam.

Thank you for stopping by.  Your next stop:  Hetty at Craftchaos

Happy Crafting,

All supplies used are from:  Celebrate Kit by Club Scrap
Inks used for spray: ColourArte, Radiant Rain and Heidi Swapp
Distress:  Twisted Citron, Ripe Persimmon, Wild Honey
Other ink: Versfine Black Onxy and Versamark
Embossing powder: Hero Arts fine clear
Glitter from various vendors: Sprinkle and Sparkle, Elizabeth Crafts
Scor tape, fun foam, Pearls and chrystals, wet glue to adhere.  


  1. Wow, those are some great background ideas for cards. They look beautiful and what a great guest artist! I am sure you two must have had lotsof fun together playing.

  2. Talent runs in the family! How much fun are these cards? Great job, both of you!

  3. Love your cards and it's great you got your granddaughter involved! Such fun :) TFS!!

  4. WOW what a lot of fun your cards are Josette! And love that you turned over the supplies to your granddaughter!! She did an amazing job!! Way to go.

  5. How awesome that Paige got involved in the creative adventure. Your writing style makes me feel like I was looking over your shoulder during the creative process. What fun to see the marvelous outcome!

  6. Beautiful card Paige! Love your cards and thought process Josette! Have a great day!

  7. Great cards and your guest artist is a natural!

  8. OMGoodness! These backgrounds are spectacular! Thanks for the tutorials.

  9. So many great ideas here! Interesting idea about the glittery ribbon. I like using the TH colors in their packaged combos - he said on his blog that the minis were packaged together in colorways that could be blended nicely.

  10. Thank you ladies for your comments. I wonder sometimes if you want to "hear" about the process. I am glad you do. I think crafter's need to know we don't have it all together all the time and how we get through issues. It might provide an inspiration for getting through a trouble spot.
    thank you again

  11. Love the cards and tuts!! and the adventure!

  12. Josette, I thoroughly enjoyed your submissions! I appreciate your in depth descriptions of your design process. And Beautiful work! Your Granddaughter has a wonderful Tutor and does a beautiful job too.

  13. What wonderful time spent with your dear Granddaughter. Hearing about the process makes the result even more interesting I feel, great cards and techniques, thank you for sharing.

  14. LOVE each card...and granddaughter Paige did a fabulous job! I love sharing my love for this hobby with children. TFS!

  15. You are rocking those backgrounds - and how sweet to have a guest boys are definitely moving out of the crafting with mom phase...its sad...enjoy while you can - it is so fun to see kids work!!

  16. Beautiful cards! Love the color combos!!!
    The Leaf Studio

  17. Fun techniques Josette, and looks like your guest artist inherited your talents!

  18. You and your granddaughter are talented! I like the tip about the inks! thanks!