Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Topflight Stamps - IndigoBlu Watercolor Anemone

Hi Everyone and a warm welcome to the Topflight Stamps blog.  It's Jenny here, and today I'm featuring another of the absolutely gorgeous IndigoBlu floral stamps and some simple no-line watercoloring.

The IndigoBlu set I used is the Daisy and Anemone which is comprised of several separate red rubber stamps that you can arrange however you like. 

I also used the Creative Expressions Showered with Love Sentiments set which is a real staple of mine. 

To create the card, I used hotpress watercolor paper, trimmed down with a stitched regtange die, and then placed the images where I wanted them, then stamped with very pale beige ink.  

I watercolored the images with my Sakura Koi pan watercolors, and when I dry, I spattered some concentrated color for a more sketchy look.  The sentiment from the Creative Expressions set I thought went perfectly, and I stamped it directly over the top in black ink.  

I foam mounted the panel onto a dark purple cardbase and then added sequins and yellow stickles in the flower centres. 

Hope you like it!  I am simply in love with these IndigoBlu floral sets - I need ALLL OF THEM :)

For more details on other supplies I used, see my blog.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Lavinia Love ATC Binder Divider

Hello, Lisa Hoel here! I have another section divider page from my ATC binders project to share with you today. As you can probably surmise, this one is for the "sea" section of my collection. I have a great fondness for the Lavinia brand stamps and when I saw the new Sebastian Seahorse stamp I immediately fell in love and got my hot little hands on it as soon as possible. 

For the background, I collaged some hand marbled paper onto the base and then layered it with stenciling, stamping and embossing (the rocks/sand at the bottom). Similar to the "Fairytale" section divider I made previously, I used a tag cut from Mix Media Heavystock as a focal point and a suitable area for the fab seahorse stamping. Look at that detail!!

Thanks for stopping by. Keep your eyes open for more dividers from me. I only have thirteen to go! (eek!) Have a wonderful week and go get creative. ;-)

Sizzix - Tag Die 

Crafty Individuals - By the Sea

Baked Texture embossing powder - Dirty Sand
Visible Image Stencil - Fibres
Ranger Distress Spray Stains - Broken China
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink - Broken China, Forest Moss, Bundled Sage, Iced Spruce, Blueprint Sketch
Ranger Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, Black Soot
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black, Cobalt
Fresco Chalk Paint - AmethystCoral
Tim Holtz Collage Paper - Plain
Ranger Emboss-It Dabber

Friday, June 15, 2018

Leane Creatief BV @ Topflight Stamps

Hi everyone, a very quick post (and card) today as we're going on holiday on Saturday and I'm a bit stressed 😆(nothing new there, though)
I've used a little piano stamp this week for my post, from Leane Creatief BV, designed by Leane de Graaf
Find it HERE
 I stamped the image onto textured white card and cut it out. These stamps are designed for adding doodling, but unfortunately I messed my doodling up, so had to scrap that idea.
I found a musical note in my stash and stamped it onto a piece of inked card. The sentiment was done on white card, and adhered to the background.
Using some foam tape, I adhered the piano.......

Topflight stamps have a good range of these 'doodling' stamps, if you fancy the idea.
Catch you next week,
Barbara x

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Zentangle and Copic Coloring a Butterfly

The Leane Creatief  "Doodle Butterfly 2" stamp is deceptively simple and yet so beautiful! And the open spaces in the sections of the butterfly are perfect for zentangle art as well as traditional Copic or color pencil coloring.

This is the first time I've tried zentangling (is that a verb?), and I am in love! It truly is very zen to sit and doodle and try different designs and patterns. Using Faber Castell Pitt Pens in XS, S and B point sizes, I had a blast making each butterfly I stamped onto a card front unique. 

Then to add some color, I used a Copic B00 to color the spaces between the butterflies and a couple of color pencils to add some depth of color in the nooks and crannies of the butterfly wings.

I separately Copic colored a butterfly with a few other blue markers, adding some dot details with a Signo Uniball White Gel Pen. Fussy cutting out this butterfly and adding some foam dots behind the wings, I popped this butterfly onto the card base that I first layered with a smaller sheet of vellum for some visual softness. I secured the vellum to the card base with glue just under the butterfly and under strategically placed sequins.

As this is a Fathers Day card for my dad, for the sentiment I heat embossed "Thank You" in Korean from the Altenew Oriental Orchid Stamp Set. I popped this up on foam dots for some dimension and took this opportunity to tack down the vellum in hidden spots again.

Although might not think of a butterfly stamp for a masculine card, I think the black and white graphic nature of the zentangling and limiting the actual coloring to blues, made this beautiful but totally appropriate for a Fathers Day card. If you'd like more details about the products I used or to watch the start-to-finish video of crafting this card, please check out my blog post HERE.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Topflight and "Beetle" from Leane Creatief

Topflight, Leane Creatief and the famous "Beetle"!

What a pleasure to be able to insert in my art journal this automobile legend.


My Oxide for the backgroung
Picked Raspberry
Twisted Citron
Mermaid Lagoon
Peacock Feathers
Squeezed Lemonade
Black Soot

The stencil from  Tim Holtz "Rays THS003"

the "Beetle" has been written with the police "Bodoni MT black and Word"

Nathalie Fournier/Topflight

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Topflight and Leane Creatief - Two Ways to use one set!

Hi everyone and welcome to the Topflight Stamps blog.  It's Jenny here, and today I'm showing you how to create two very different cards with the same set, by changing up the colors.

The stamp and die set I'm using today is by Leane Creatief and are the Boxes Presents dies and the On the Move stamp set. 

To create my first card, I used a panel of Kraft cardstock and stamped the various key images all over the panel randomly in dark brown ink.  I then stamped the 'new home' teeeeeny sentiment in lighter brown ink.  I die cut the box dies from kraft and also made sure to emboss them in my die cutting machine as well to get a good impression of the folded sides. 

I blended Vintage Photo Distress ink over the edges to create a shadow, then popped them up on foam tape onto the panel, using a double layer for the box at the front.   I also added some more of the tiny words onto the boxes in black ink.  I heat embossed the New Home sentiment in gold embossing powder on black cardstock and trimmed it out, adhering with foam tape.   The entire panel was backed onto a card base.

For my next card,  I added some water into the centre of a panel of watercolor cardstock and loosely dabbed on Distress Ink in Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet, allowing them to blend.  When it was dry, I added it to a card base. 

I die cut the box stack out again, from a piece of cardstock I had watercolored with pink ink and spattered with water.  I edged it with Wilted Violet distress ink to create a shadow, and then added glitter gel pen for the ribbons.   I popped it up on the panel with foam tape.  The bow was die cut from navy cardstock and adhered directly to the box stack, and I added a liberal coating of Wink of Stella and Glossy accents for dimension.   

To finish, I added 'streamers' in glitter gel pen by hand, and heat embossed the sentiment in white embossing powder onto a left over scrap of the same cardstock I cut the boxes from, and popped up on foam tape.  The 'You Are' was stamped in black ink directly to the card base. 

And that's it! I think you'll agree that is two very different looks :)  Hope you enjoyed, if you want to see more details of the supplies I used, please head on over to my blog


Friday, June 8, 2018

Paperartsy (again) @ Topflight Stamps

Hi TOPFLIGHT STAMPS fans, Barbara here again with a card made using a selection of PaperArtsy stamps.
PaperArtsy is a British company, who make fab red rubber, mounted stamps, with images from some of the most popular designers around at the moment. 
I have used a selection of them in this card.
The main images were stamped then cut out using a Brother, Scan & Cut.......
I found a piece of previously inked card, then stamped a few background images from a couple of stamp sets (details at the end)
I kept the flowers white to make them 'pop'
As always, a bit of doodling and a few sequins, and I was finished. 
The whole 'topper' was mounted onto black, then a white base.
 Hope you like it.
Back soon,
Barbara xx

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