Friday, September 25, 2009

Bubble Backgrounds

Hello fellow rubber stampers! Today I thought I would post a card I made for a technique challenge on my Yahoo Group called the Bubble Background technique. (Thanks, Beth, for challenging us to this technique!) This technique has been around a while, but for those of you who haven't tried it yet, now is a great time to get out some glossy card stock and your re-inkers!

To make the bubble background, you need a container, water, dish soap, glossy card stock, ink or food coloring, and a straw. The container I used was a paper cup, because I knew it would get ruined with the ink. I filled my paper cup half way with water, and put some dish soap in it. Then I stuck my straw in, and gently blew until the cup filled up with bubbles.

Now is the fun part. Squeeze a few drops of ink or food coloring onto the bubbles. Some inks work better than others. Pigment ink doesn't work as well as dye ink, and permanent dye ink didn't work as well for me as a washable dye ink. Food coloring worked the best. On this example, I used yellow and green food coloring together.

Now, after you have your ink on the bubbles, blow a little more to get your bubbles high enough to put the card stock, glossy side down, on top of the bubbles so they stick. When the bubbles pop is when it leaves the cool bubble image on your card stock, so I used a tissue and gently tapped the bubbles until they were all popped. Repeat as needed until you like the results.

The stamps I used on this sample were 3894-Woman's Face, 2547-Feather, 2879-Clock Minutes, and 74707-Thomas Moore Poem.

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, September 12, 2009

Making Decorative Flowers with the Quilling Rose

Add some life to your cards with these adorable flowers made from our Quilling Rose stamp.

All you need is the Quilling Rose stamp from Victorine Originals, a stamp pad, some paper, a pair of fancy scissors, a quilling tool, and glue. (If you don't have a quilling tool, I will tell you how to make your own.)

The first step is to stamp the Quilling Rose stamp on your paper. (I don't use card stock, it's too thick.) I stamped mine with the color Mango from Memories, then I sponged over it with the same color. If you want, you can just use colored paper. I probably would have done that, but all I had was pastel colored paper, and it didn't go with my color scheme, so I sponged the color I wanted. I did sponge on the back as well.

Next you will want to cut the circle out. I like using a scalloped scissor, but you can use any design. The smaller the design, the better. The flowers look a little different depending on which scissor you use, so you might want to play around with them.

Then cut following the inside line. You can see it doesn't have to be perfect. Once you get to the middle part, you can change to regular scissors. I like using my cutter bees, because they are small and can get into the small spaces.

Next you are going to use your quilling tool to coil up your flower, starting with the outside. If you don't have a quilling tool, you can make one with a needle and a dowel cut down to about 5 inches. You'll need a needle with a large eye. Simply stick the sharp end of the needle into the end of the dowel. Then snip off the very end of the needle, so instead of a closed eye, you have two prongs. I used my wire cutters to snip it. Now you have a quilling tool!

To coil up the flower, slide your paper in between your two prongs and twist your quilling tool. It should look something like this:

Keep turning your quilling tool until the entire thing is coiled up. This is how mine looked:

Now slide your quilling tool out. Then with your fingers, uncoil the flower a little bit. You'll want to play with it just a little until it looks good to you.

Then all you do is glue it onto your project! With my card, I stamped 74674-A Leaves, and cut the point of the leaves with my exacto knife, then I curled them up a little to give them life. Then I stamped my saying, 2832-D Thinking Of You.

The Quilling Rose stamp I'm using is 74582-C Quilling Rose, and right now it's 50% off on our website! So hurry on over, I'm not sure when I'll be switching the sale items.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Color Coordinating: Making a Color Journal

Color is an important part of any stamping project. So important, that I often find myself spending more time waffling between card stock and marker colors than I do on anything else. Or, after coloring in an image, not liking the colors and ending up starting over.

Making a color journal is an easy project you can do to help with color coordination. All you’ll really need are your coloring supplies, some white paper or card stock, a binder, some color examples (we’ll talk about that in a minute) and glue.

The first step in making the color journal is to catalog your color choices. This would be your colored pencils, markers, chalks, twinkling H2O’s etc. Here’s a quick example.

You’ll want to three hole punch this and put it in your binder.
You can catalog your stamp pads the same way, just stamp each pad and label the color. The stamp I used to catalog my stamp pads was 0023-AA Gumball. It’s small, but solid enough to see the stamp pad colors.

Once you have a catalog of your colors, it’s time to find color combinations that look good together. I call these color examples. There are color examples all around you, but let’s start by flipping through some magazines. I really like home decorating magazines, but other kinds will work too. And don’t just look at the articles, pay attention to the ads as well. Graphic desingers and photographers pay careful attention to color, so you can’t go wrong pulling from their work. Flip through a magazine and choose a photograph or ad with colors that you really like. Cut it out and paste it on a piece of paper. Here’s the photo I chose.

Next, look at the different colors that are in the photograph. If it’s hard to pick single colors out, you may want to take a piece of paper and cut a small square out of the middle. Then, when you place this over your picture, it will help you focus in on only one part of the photo.

Take your color catalog you’ve made, and find colors that match those in your photograph, and color or stamp them on your paper. Here’s what mine looks like:

Then, look through your card stock, and take snips of card stocks that match your color scheme and glue them on the paper, or put them in a small envelope attached to the page.

Now, you’ve finished your first color journal page. Ahh, those colors look great together! Now it will be easy to pick colors that go well together, they are already picked out for you. (Please note that you can add black or white to most color combinations.)

Next all you have to do is find more color examples that you like, and you’ll have more color schemes to work with. Here are a couple more that I have done:

Notice I did use more than one photograph on this page. I just chose several photos with the same color schemes.

After you’ve exhausted your magazine search, you can look for color examples other places. Product packaging is a great place to look. If you find one you like, paste it in your journal and catalog your colors.
As you get cards in the mail from card swaps or RAK cards, pay attention to the colors they used. You can put your favorites in your color journal and catalog them. Want more swap cards? Join our chat group, we’d love to have you. We hold swaps, and we have a RAK list too. Click here to visit the Victorine group.

To get you started, I created a PDF with some of my favorite color schemes. You can print this out and put it in your color journal as well.

Click to view the PDF.

Tip: As you purchase packaged card stock, don’t forget to catalog the colors that came together.

Now that you have some pages in your color journal, you can grab color matching stamp pads and papers with ease.