Monday, August 15, 2016

Texana Designs Water Color Stamps & Samples

The August 2016 release of stamps from Texana Designs includes some of the older stamps miniaturized and some new designs by Karen Lambert.  By using watercolor markers and watercolor paper these stamps take creativity to a new level.


Below are several samples by Jimmye Sue Mitchell using the new stamps.



Janet created the following cards and tag using the existing Texana stamps.  Many of the stamps work great as the containers and props.  Many of the mini flowers can be used in part to create the floral arrangement.




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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Creative Chemistry 103 with a Texana Flair

This is sample from the Creative Chemistry 103 Day 1 Distress Micro-Glaze Resist Technique.

Check out these new summer stamps created by Design Team Member, Karen Lambert.  Janet used them on the Day 2 Distress Marker Spritzed Watercolor Technique.


Day 3 was all about Distress Collage Mediums and Texture Pastes.  Halloween stamps created by Jillian O'Diorne.  Tags created by Design Team Member, Janet Bradshaw, using Texture Paste Embossing Technique and Texture Paste Coloring Techniques.
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Monday, August 1, 2016

August 2016 Stamps of the Month - Beach Scenes



Updated 8/15/16 to add more samples






Sea grass can be so much more.  How about prairie grass?


Karen Lambert's Supply list
TD stamps.  Fence, Sea Grass, Bluebonnet Trio
Zig Clean Color Markers
Water Color Paint Brush 
Bristol Paper



Karen Lambert's Beach Scene

This was a make n take that Karen designed.  It featured various forms of masking and resist.  A white crayon was used as a resist on the birds before the background was colored.  Post-It Notes were used to mask the sailboat.





Jimmye Sue Mitchell's Sample

Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze
Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol
Wink of Stella Pens Green and Gold
White Prismacolor Pencil  on Birds


Megan Bickers' Driftwood, shells, seagulls cards
Texana Designs Stamps: Driftwood, Mini Shells, Seagulls
Georgia Pacific: White Cardstock
DMD Inc: Kraft Cardstock
Crate Paper: Acorn Avenue (Peanut Deli Pattern paper)
Tsukineko: Memento Inkpad (Tuxedo Black)
Letraset: Promarkers (Cinnamon, Tan, Cappuccino, Sandstone, Cool Grey 1,
Cool Grey 2, Cool Grey 4, Blue Grey 3, Grey Squirrel)

I tore the edge of the blue watercolor pattern paper to make it look like
ocean whitecaps on waves. I stamped the driftwood on white cardstock, then
colored tan markers below it for a beach sand look. The mini seashells and
the seagulls were stamped, colored with alcohol markers, and fussy cut
before adding to the card.  The sentiment was stamped either directly on the
blue pattern paper (if the torn piece was wide enough for the full
sentiment) or stamped on white cardstock and cut to customize/shorten the
sentiment so it would fit. 



Megan Bickers' Dolphin Spinner Card

Texana Designs stamps: Dolphin, Seagrass
Georgia Pacific: White Cardstock
Crate Paper: Acorn Avenue (Peanut Deli Pattern Paper- Blue watercolor design)
TPC Studio/ANW Crestwood: Black D-Stress Pattern Paper (Grey)
Tsukineko: Memento Inkpad (Tuxedo Black)
EK Success: Punches (1” Circle, Word Window Punch)
Pentel: Aquash Waterbrush
Ranger: Distress Inkpads (Faded Jeans, Weathered Wood)
Akashiya Sai: Watercolor Markers (Green, Brown)
3M Foam Tape
2 Pennies

I stamped the dolphins on white cardstock, colored them with alcohol markers, and fussy cut them. I used three dolphins for each card. The white circle the dolphins are glued to was a white piece of cardstock that was punched into a circle shape, then watercolored with distress markers to match the watercolored pattern paper. I used the Watercolor Brush markers to ink up the seagrass stamp (brown and green) and stamped it directly on the watercolored pattern paper twice without reinking the stamp (this gives it a faded, dimensional look).  To create the spinner aspect of the card, I lined up the word window punch in the center of the card, then moved it to the right and left to create a larger channel for the spinner to rotate in.  I adhered one penny to the back of the dolphin circle, then sandwiched the other penny to it with a piece of fun foam (cut in a rounded shape). The spinner part just tucks into the channel and will spin as you tilt the card right and left.



Janet Bradshaw's Pop Up Card Front

For this pop up card I created a sunset scene by painting the sun, then stamping the grass and cranes in black ink for a silhouette.  The gulls were cut out and adhered to the image.

Janet created this tag in Creative Chemistry 103 using the Marker Spritzing Technique.
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Friday, July 1, 2016

July 2016 Stamp of the Month - Sailboat, Dolphins & Seagulls

The newest release of Texana Designs is a great summer and beach theme.  Karen Lambert designed most of this set of stamps.  She has done a fabulous job.



Below are some samples using the sailboat, dolphins, seagulls and sentiments.  Next month we'll be showing you the beach stamp samples.


Two great samples from Jilda Bolton!
"We all love this new Sailboat Stamp – thank you Karen Lambert!"

Card #1 – Yellow boat
The background is a Hero Arts background stamp called Waves Background BG.
I colored it with Copics BG32 AND BG45.

I paper pieced the sailboat with the yellow back of the blue chevron paper I used on the
second card.  It was in a 6X6 paper pack called Feels Like Home by Little Yellow
Bicycle #FLH-304.  I cut a slit in the waves and tucked the sailboat in and glued it down
before I taped the background onto the yellow cardstock.  Then I added the sentiment Seas
the day.

Card #2 – Blue boat
When I saw this 12X12 paper called Let’s Be Mermaids/Catch the Wave #LBM11005 by
Echo Park, I knew it would be a perfect background for the new sailboat stamp.

I paper pieced the sailboat with the blue chevron paper from a 6X6 paper pack called
Feels Like Home by Little Yellow Bicycle #FLH-304 and popped in onto the Catch the
Wave background.  Then I added the sentiment Seas the day.

These cards were so much fun to make!



Below are samples from the artist herself, Karen Lambert:

Sailboat Paper pieced with Bo Bunny Back to Basics Dot
Dolphins colored with Zig Clean Marker #91
Backgroud Dots embossed with Waves Embossing Folder by Sizzix
I Think you're Wind-derful Sentiment

Janet's been a tag making fool (in a good way).  Below are several sets of tags she created this month.

Vitamin Sea

Paper House ColorWays
    atlantis collection (p-3075)
Spectrum Noir Sparkle on waves
Dylusions Paint Pen - white
    to color the birds

From Creative Chemistry 101 Revisited
Three tags made using techniques with distress inks:  
  • Blended Spritz & Flick Technique
  • Brushless Watercolor Technique
  • Wrinkle-Free Distress Technique

Blended Spritz & Flick Technique

Brushless Watercolor Technique

Wrinkle-Free Distress Technique



And two samples from Megan Bickers:




Supplies Used:  (Turquoise/Green card)
Texana Designs Stamps: Sailboat, Take time for a little Vitamin Sea
Georgia Pacific: White Cardstock
DMD Inc: Kraft Cardstock
Basic Grey: Blush Pattern Paper
Tsukineko: Kaleidacolor Inkpad (Caribbean Sea); Versamark Inkpad (Clear)
Ranger: Distress Inkpads (Gathered Twigs, Twisted Citron); Foam Blending
Tool
Recollections: Baker's Twine (Tan)
3M Foam Tape
Pentel Waterbrush

I stamped the sailboat with the kaleidacolor inkpad, then used my waterbrush
to blend out the colors. I stamped the kaleidacolor and brown inkpads
directly to a laminated piece of cardstock and used those as pallets to add
extra watercolor to my project. With the leftover ink on the laminated
cardstock, I added some more water to individual sections of color and
flicked it off onto my stamped image to add some water splatter.  The
sentiment was stamped below the sailboat and I wrapped some twine around the
card base. The main image was mounted to the card with foam tape.




Supplies Used:  (Navy card)
Texana Designs Stamps: Sailboat, Seas the day
Bee Paper: Watercolor paper
Bazzill: Navy Cardstock (Stormy Dark)
Momenta: Travel Pattern Paper
Tsukineko:  Versafine Inkpad (Onyx Black)
Akashiya Sai: Watercolor markers (Red, Brown, Blue)
Pentel Waterbrush

I stamped the sailboat with the watercolor markers, then used the water
brush to blend out the colors from the stamped image. I also scribbled the
markers on a clear block, and used the waterbrush to pick up the color to
add a little extra color where needed.  Then I took the left over scribbled
watercolor and added more water to it, and flicked it off the edge of the
clear block with the waterbrush to add the splatter to my card. The edge of
the pattern paper was torn to mimic the whitecaps of the waves.


And finally another sample from the Texana Designs Pinterest Board

by Karen Lambert

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Megan, the Prolific

Design Team Member, Megan Bickers enjoyed a prolific retreat a few weeks ago.  Just look at her creativity.  I love the way she always steps out of the box.  She finished almost a hundred cards.  Way to go Megan!  If you want more of the Megan madness check out her blog, http://made-by-design.blogspot.com/.




Supplies Used:

Texana Designs Stamps: BW Wreath (Mini), Insect Set, Wishing you some Texas
Twinkle
Georgia Pacific: White Cardstock
Bazzill : Light Blue Cardstock
Bo Bunny: Secret Garden (Arbor) Pattern Paper
Tsukineko: Memento Inkpad (Tuxedo Black); Versamark Inkpad (Clear)
Ranger: Distress Inkpad (Faded Jeans); Foam Blending Tool
Letraset: Promarker (Lilac)
Bead Landing: Silver Sequins
The Robin's Nest: Dew Drops (Water)
Vintage Iridescent Sequins
Kuretake Gansai Tambi: Watercolors (Purple & Cornflower Blue)
Wow: Vintage Amethyst Embossing Glitter
Toothbrush

I stamped the BW wreaths and watercolored them, and added marker accents to
the barbed wire and the center. Then I stamped the mini dragonfly with
versamark ink and added embossing glitter. These stamped images were added
to the card base and surrounded with sequins and embellishments, then I
splattered blue and purple watercolor on the background with a toothbrush.
The saying was stamped on white cardstock, cut out, and mounted to a piece
of pattern paper cut into a banner shape.



Supplies Used:  Happy Birthday Star Kraft card

Texana Designs Stamps: Happy Birthday to someone who turns each day into a
gift, Star (Small), BW Lines 1 & 2
Georgia Pacific: White Cardstock
The Paper Studio: Kraft Cardstock
Tsukineko: Memento Inkpad (Tuxedo Black)
Ranger: Distress Inkpads (Antique Linen, Pumice Stone); Foam Blending Tool
MISTI Stamping Tool
Recollections: Wood Washi Tape, Tan Baker's Twine
Pebbles: Black Washi Tape (cut in half with craft knife)

I stamped the sentiment on the white cardstock, then layered the small star
on top with grey ink. For the top of the focal point, I layered washi tape
and baker's twine, then adhered it to the kraft cardstock. I edged the left
side of the kraft cardstock with the BW lines and used the foam blender tool
to add black to the outside edges of the card base.



Supplies Used:  Happy Birthday Woodgrain Tag card

Texana Designs Stamps: Happy Birthday to someone who turns each day into a
gift, Star (Mini), Wood Plank, Tag
Georgia Pacific: White Cardstock
Bazzill: Navy Cardstock
Tsukineko: Memento Inkpad (Tuxedo Black)
Letraset: Promarkers (Burgundy, Burnt Sienna, Warm Grey 2, 3, 4, 5)
Ranger: Distress inkpads (Frayed Burlap, Ground Espresso, Antique Linen);
Foam Blending Tool
Mangelson's Star Sequins (Lg Star)
Sulyn: Mini Glitter Stars (silver)

I created the wood grain paper with the wood plank stamp, distress inkpads
and alcohol markers. I stamped the plank repeatedly on a large 8 1/2 x 11"
piece of white cardstock, colored it, then cut it apart into small strips to
use on multiple cards. I stamped the tag and the sentiment inside, then
colored the dots on the tages to resemble brown stones. The last stamped
accent on this card was the mini star that was colored and fussy-cut. I also
added several sizes of silver sequins to finish off the card.
 

 Supplies Used:  Happy Birthday Candle card

Texana Designs Stamps: Happy Birthday to someone who turns each day into a
gift, Mini Candle
Georgia Pacific: White Cardstock
The Paper Studio: Kraft Cardstock
Tsukineko: Memento Inkpad (Tuxedo Black)
Ranger: Foam Blending Tool
Hero Arts: Kelly Purkey Inkpad (Salmon); Pool Inkpad
Letraset: Promarkers (Flame: Cornflower, Vanilla, Apricot; Candles: Pastel
Pink, Antique Pink, Buttercup, Sunflower, Duck Egg, Storm Blue)
DieCuts With a View: Washi Tape (Vintage Collector)
MISTI Stamping Tool
Ranger: Stickles (Icicle)
3M: Foam Tape

The card base was created with the colorful washi tape on kraft cardstock.
The Happy Birthday sentiment was cut apart with scissors and each part was
inked up with mini inkpads using the Misti stamping tool.  The candles were
colored in with alcohol markers and stickles were added to the flames.



 
Supplies Used:  Happy Birthday Heart Card

Texana Designs Stamps: Happy Birthday to someone who turns each day into a
gift, Heart Set, BW Lines 1 & 2
Georgia Pacific: White Cardstock
Tsukineko: Memento Inkpads (Tuxedo Black, Ladybug)
Ranger: Distress Inkpad (Blueprint Sketch, Foam Blending Tool)
Recollections: Navy washi tape
We R Memory Keepers: Corner Chomper (1/4")
3M: Foam Tape

I stamped the larger heart from the Heart set on white cardstock using a red
inkpad. I also stamped the mini hearts in a row with the same red and
stamped the black outline on top.   To create the sentiment, I cut the Happy
Birthday sentiment part off , and added the BW lines in between. A tiny
heart was stamped and added on top. The blue washi was placed in the center
of the card base, and I layered the row of stamped hearts, then added the
sentiment with foam tape.
 


 
 
Supplies Used:  Hydrangea cards

Texana Designs Stamps: Hydrangea (Large & Mini), Where flowers bloom so does
hope
Georgia Pacific: White Cardstock
Bo Bunny: Secret Garden Pattern Paper (Arbor)
Tsukineko: Memento Inkpad (Tuxedo Black)
Ranger: Distress Inkpad (Faded Jeans); Foam Blending Tool
Letraset: Promarkers (Pear Green, Olive Green, Lilac, Plum, Cadet Blue,
Midnight Blue)
Washi Tape: Recollections, My Mind's Eye, The Paper Studio
3M: Foam Tape
American Crafts: Green Ribbon
Blue Candy Dots
Recollections: Tan Baker's Twine
MISTI stamping Tool

The circular hydrangeas were made using the MISTI stamping tool and a
Hexagon template.  The other hydrangeas were just stamped and fussy-cut for
the cards.  Ribbon was added to some of the cards, and washi tape/pattern
paper was used to decorate the card bases.



Supplies Used:  Heartfelt Thanks Hydrangea

Texana Designs Stamps: Hydrangea (Mini), Heartfelt Thanks
Georgia Pacific: White Cardstock
Bazzill: Navy Cardstock
Bo Bunny: Secret Garden Pattern Paper (Arbor)
Tsukineko: Memento Inkpad (Tuxedo Black)
Ranger: Distress Inkpad (Faded Jeans); Foam Blending Tool
Letraset: Promarkers (Pear Green, Olive Green, Lilac, Plum, Cadet Blue,
Midnight Blue)
Recollections: Washi Tape (Purple, Silver)
3M: Foam Tape

I created this card base with layered washi tape and pattern paper, then
added purple marker lines above and below the silver washi tape.  The
hydrangea was colored with markers, fussy-cut and attached with foam tape.
I cut the card base down to be a little smaller and mounted it on navy
cardstock. (These end cuts were used in the next card)



Supplies Used:  Thistle

Texana Designs Stamps: Thistle
Georgia Pacific: White Cardstock
Bazzill: Navy Cardstock
Bo Bunny: Secret Garden Pattern Paper (Arbor)
Tsukineko: Memento Inkpad (Tuxedo Black)
Ranger: Distress Inkpad (Faded Jeans); Foam Blending Tool
Letraset: Promarkers (Lilac, Plum)
Kuretake Gansai Tambi: Watercolors (Purple & Cornflower Blue)
Recollections: Washi Tape (Purple, Silver)
3M: Foam Tape
Paintbrush & Water

This card was created with the left over pieces from trimming my previous
card down. I added some dashes and lines with a darker purple marker to tie
all the colors together.  When I glued these strips down to the card base, I
staggered them, creating an interesting background. The thistle stamp was
colored with watercolors and attached with foam tape.
 
 
 
 Supplies Used:

Texana Designs Stamps: Heart Cactus (Large & Small), Find Beauty in the
Prickly Things of Life, Jam'n Frame Rectangle
Georgia Pacific: White Cardstock
Bazzill: Grey Cardstock
Tsukineko: Memento Inkpad (Tuxedo Black)
Ranger: Distress Inkpad (Fossilized Amber); Foam Blending Tool
Letraset: Promarkers (Pear Green, Olive Green, Sunflower, Apricot, Warm Grey
1)
3M: Foam Tape

I created a stamped pattern on an 8 1/2 x 11" piece of white cardstock, then
colored in the images with markers, and the background with a grey marker.
This stamped pattern paper was what I used as the backgrounds for my cards,
and I cut them into strips. Next, I stamped the rectangle frame with the
sentiment inside, and added a fussy-cut stamped heart cactus mini on top.
The sentiment was attached with foam tape.
 

Supplies Used:

Texana Designs Stamps: Heart Cactus (Small), Texas Outline (Large), Texas
word
Georgia Pacific: White Cardstock
Tsukineko: Memento Inkpad (Tuxedo Black)
Letraset: Promarkers (Pear Green, Olive Green, Berry Red, Lipstick Red, Warm
Grey 3, Warm Grey 5)
We R Memory Keepers: Green washi tape
Pick your Plum: Grey Washi tape
Recollections: Red Washi Tape
Zig: Black Writer Pen

I stamped the small heart cactus inside the large Texas outline, then
stamped the word "TEXAS" under the cactus, and wrote the letter "I" above
the cactus to create the saying, "I Heart Texas".  The top of the card was
accented with layered washi tape.
 
 
 
Supplies Used:

Texana Designs Stamps: TX Hill Country, Signpost, Mini Star
Georgia Pacific: White Cardstock
Tsukineko: Memento Inkpad (Tuxedo Black)
Ranger: Distress Inkpad (Stormy Sky); Foam Blending Tool
Letraset: Promarkers (Pear Green, Olive Green, Burgundy, Warm Grey 3,
Cinnamon, Tan)
Making Memories: Silver Brads
3M: Foam Tape

I cut a cloud shape from white cardstock and used it with the blue inkpad
and foam blending tool to create a sky with clouds. I used the markers to
create grass.
 
 
 Supplies Used:

Texana Designs Stamps: BW Wreath, Mini Star, Heartfelt Thanks
Georgia Pacific: White Cardstock
Bazzill: Blue Cardstock
Tsukineko: Memento Inkpad (Tuxedo Black)
Letraset: Promarkers (Burgundy, Warm Grey 3)
Kuretake Gansai Tambi: Watercolors (Brown & White)
Recollections: Washi Tape (Red Polka Dot, Tan Chevron, Navy Ikat)
Making Memories: Silver Brads
3M: Foam Tape
Paintbrush & water

The wreath was stamped, then painted with watercolors.  The star was colored
with alcohol markers and attached to wreath with a brad.  The card base was
layered with red, blue and tan washi tape.
 
 
 
Supplies Used:

Texana Designs Stamps:  Tree Solid Mini, BW Tree Mini, Wishing you some
Texas Twinkle
Georgia Pacific: White Cardstock
Bazzill: Grey Cardstock
American Crafts: White Honeycomb Pattern Paper, DIY Shop (Bronze washi tape)
Tsukineko: Versamark (Clear) Inkpad, Brilliance Inkpad (Cosmic Copper)
Hero Arts: Field Greens Inkpad
Ranger: Distress Inkpad (Tumbled Glass), Foam Blending Tool, Red Washi Tape
Wow: Majestic Copper Sparkle Embossing Glitter
Letraset: Promarkers (Berry Red, Gold, Cool Grey 1)
Spellbinders: Nestabilities Dies (Labels 8)
Recollections: Green Dot washi tape
We R Memory Keepers: Corner Chomper (1/4")
The Paper Studio: Bronze Brads
Mini Misti stamping tool




Supplies Used:
Texana Designs Stamps:  Jam'n Holly, Hearts, Christmas Texas (Large & Mini),
Wishing you some Texas Twinkle
Georgia Pacific: White Cardstock
Bazzill: Grey Cardstock
American Crafts: White Honeycomb Pattern Paper, DIY Shop (Bronze washi tape)
Tsukineko: Memento Inkpad (Tuxedo Black)
Hero Arts: Inkpads (Field Greens, Red Royal)
Ranger: Foam Blending Tool
Letraset: Promarkers (Berry Red, Gold, Marsh Green, Cool Grey 1)
Wink of Stella: Clear Glitter Marker
Pencil Eraser

I created a custom stamped pattern paper with a mix of stamps along with a
pencil eraser to make polka dots.
 
 
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