Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Clean & Simple Cards Using Magicals & Versamark

Hi - just dropping by to share 3 super clean and simple cards, all based on the one layout and all using the same products - though in different colours and with slightly different techniques.  Now I'm warning you all these are way more simple than my usual stuff and once you get started making these it's difficult to stop since they are so much darn fun!  All 3 cards use Versamark Watermark ink and Lindy's Stamp Gang products - Magicals and Starbursts to be exact.  I'm starting with the easiest of the 3 cards....  

Card 1 - Blue Flower

Lindy's Stamp Gang Products
 Other Products:
  • Prima Flower:  Regency - White II
  • White Velvet Ribbon
  • Heidi Grace Epoxy Words: So Sweet
  • Spellbinders Corner Die: Fantastic Flourish Two
  • Kraft card stock
  • Black Eclipse 100 Cardstock 
  • Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad
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This cards' background was created by inking a text stamp with the Versamark ink and stamping directly onto 1/2 the background.  I sprayed the flower with 2 colours of Starburst Spray and left it to dry overnight and I used the same colours of spray to colour the velvet ribbon - though a little trick, if you want to add the colour but no sparkle, flip the ribbon over and spray the back.  This works particularly well with thicker ribbon like velvet, then when dry flip it back over and you have colour but no shimmer.

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The colours on the flower seem to glow!
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I think the black really makes the colours pop.

Card 2 - Purple Flower

Lindy's Stamp Gang Products
Other Products:
  • Prima Flowers - Recency White I and Candy Gems (Melon)
  • Stamp: Hero Arts - Antique Background
  • Distress Stickles - Crushed Olive
  • Kraft card stock
  • Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad
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This cards' background was created by inking a background stamp with the Versamark ink and stamping directly onto 1/2 the background, then while ink is still damp brush Magicals powder over the top, gently tap off any excess powder.  Spray flower with multiple colours of Starburst Spray and leave to dry. Ribbon then coloured with Magicals and Magicals added to flower in certain sections, in differing strengths to create multi-tonal effect.

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Adding Magicals to the flower really made it special.
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The Magicals are so crisp over the Versamark.

Card 3 - Red flower

Lindy's Stamp Gang Products
Other Products:
  • Prima Flower:  Regency - White II
  • Stamp: Hero Arts - Classic Fabric Design
  • White Ribbon
  • White Lace
  • Gala Glitz: Gold
  • Kraft card stock
  • Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad
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This cards' background was created by inking a background stamp with the Versamark ink and stamping directly onto 1/2 the background.  Then while ink is still damp brush Magicals powder over the top, gently tap off any excess powder and spritz lightly with water to create a slightly shabby aged appearance.  You will notice that the water activates the dye in the Magicals and this then bleeds onto the surrounding card - a little water = a little colour bleeding, a lot of water = a lot of colour bleeding.  Spray flower with multiple colours of Starburst Spray and leave to dry. Ribbon and lace coloured with same Starburst Sprays as flower, but due to the higher polyester content in the ribbon and lace, the colours are much more muted. 

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Didn't these 2 colours go well together!
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You can see the soft edges on the spritzed Magical pattern.

 Basically the formula is as follows:
  1. Stamp with Versamark = subtle
  2. The next step-up is to brush over Magicals = bling
  3. Then the next step-up is to spritz with water = shabby or vintage
So simple - but with just these small changes you will be able to get 3 very different effects.  I hope that you may have learned a new technique here today and don't forget you can use this idea for cards, pages or layouts - the only limit is your imagination!  And don't forget to check out the LSG YouTube channel tomorrow as I'll be posting a video clip showing you how I made these backgrounds.

May your day sparkle,
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Mixed Media Doll Tag with Bona

Hi Everyone! Summer is one of my favorite seasons of the year. I just love all the bright colors and I wanted to share with you a large mixed media doll tag I created with the new Prima Doll Stamp. Riley is so adorable and I just love her pair of wings. I first adhered design paper from the Prima Ledger pad onto a 6" x 10" piece of light weight chipboard. I tore small pieces from one 6x6 deign paper from the Prima Sunny Days paper pad and place it onto the ledger sheet to create a collage background. I removed the caps from the Flat Fabio Spray Mango Mania, Summer Lovin' Sun, and Aloha Avocado to create a splatter effect throughout the tag. Then, I sprayed the Flat Fabio Caribbean Blue on the center of the tag. I cut two strips of Drywall Joint tape to give some texture to my tag. Its ones of my favorites to add when creating mixed media projects. Of course I had to add my number favorite which is Modeling Paste using the Prima Sunrise Sunset Stencil #960162 from the Finnabair collection. After creating my background, I added the Prima Doll Riley on the center as my main focal point. I paper pieced her outfit with some white lace and added a pair of wings which I added Frosted Lace Stickles for some texture. To finish off the tag, I placed some beautiful Prima flowers and wooden leaf venners that I sprayed with the Flat Fabio Aloha Avocado. IT so fun creating mixed media projects and I just love how all the Lindy's sprays coordinate so well with all my favorite paper collections.
Here's a list of the fun Flat Fabio Sprays I used on my tag. Aloha Avocado Caribbean Blue Mango Mania Summer Lovin' Sun

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Retiring Colors!

For the first time ever, Lindy's is revamping and retiring colors!!!  
All of this so we can streamline what we've got and come up with new dazzling colors!

Retiring colors are available through August 1, 2013 in Lindy's Vault

Here is a list of colors we giving a fond farewell to:
Starbursts:                                                           Starburst Sets
Amaryllis Burgundy                                              French Country
Breakfast Club Blue                                              Holiday Wreath
Canna Lily Burnt Orange                                      Icicle Creek
Carpathian Bluebells                                             Jamaican Jungle
Cranberry Mist Burgundy                                     Japanese Garden
Don't Eat Golden Snow                                        Mardi Gras Mania
Freaky FrankenLime                                             May Day Meadow
Frolic in the Forest                                                Prairie Wildflowers
Frostbitten Fuchsia                                                Victorian Bouquet
Frosted Forget Me Nots                                        Haunted Halloween
Frosted Purple Iris                                                 Sweet Treats
Frosty Forest Green                                               Jingle Bells
Gator Gumbo Olive                                              Tickle Me Fancy
Ghostly Gargoyle White                                       Naughty & Nice
Golden Lump o'Coal                                            Summer of '89
Gregarious Grey
Heliotrope Purple Plum
Icy Primrose Yellow
Jazzy Jivin' Purple
Love at First Sight Lavendar                              Flat Fabios:
Mountain Lavendar Gold                                   Tears on My Pillow Tangerine
Open Arms Amethyst                                         Flying Monkey Midnight
Passionate Plum                                                  Oz's Emerald City
Peony Scarlet Red                                               Ruby Red Slippers
Ponderosa Pines Olive                                        Wicked Witch Purple
Red Hot Poker Orange
Rhododendron Red Rose
Saxifrage Olive Copper                                      Flat Fabio Set:
Teeth Chattering Teal                                         Wizards of Oz
Tiger Lily Red Orange
Twinkling Tinsel
VaVaVaVoom Violet Blue                                Embossing Powder Sets (all colors available as individuals)
Winter Jasmine Gold                                          Autumn Leaves
Wisteria Purple Blue                                           Cool Yule
Glitz Spritz:                                                       Desert Dreams
Kiss Me Kiwi                                                     Floral Bouquet
Ravishing Ruby                                                  Imperial Treasure
Royal Amber                                                      Jolly Jacks
Royal Amethyst                                                  Rich Royals
Royal Crimson                                                    Snow Drift
Royal Emerald                                                    Summer
Royal Lapis Lazuli                                             Twilight
Vivaceous Violet                                                Winter

Little Lindy kits:

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