Wednesday, December 11, 2019

10, 9, 8. . . .

Hello, everyone!  Christmas cards should be done by now (HA!) so let's move on to New Year's.

This. This is how I feel every year. I've survived the previous months culminating in the busiest time of the year so let's save the party until after I've recovered a bit, shall we?

My background consists of two parts. I used the Darkroom Door Happy New Year background stamp, embossing it in both gold and silver. My MISTI was really useful for this.

Next I sponged metallic pigment inks onto the card front using the Penelope Dee Globe Circles Stencil.  Isn't the gleam of the various metallics fabulous? The sponged silver is actually an icy blue that has always look more silver to me--love it.

Next I stamped and colored the Aall and Create Coffee First image using Copics.

I LOVE him. The expression on his face, the one slipper, and messy pajamas--they say it all, don't they? He's practically my spirit animal.

If you'd like to check out my other creations, you can visit my blog, Frankie Helps Craft, my Instagram, or my Pinterest Board.   See you next week!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Deer Wood

Hello everyone!  Betsy on the blog here today to share this beautiful card
for the New Year!  WOW!  Where did 2019 go?
This is a beautiful stamp by
IndigoBlu:  Deer Wood

I started by cutting out my main panel to 4" x 5 1/4" and stamping my image with
a medium gray ink.  I wanted to keep this card on the softer side so I opted for the gray
instead of black.  I also die cut 2020 with an alpha/numeric die set.

I knew I need to create more contrast for my stamped image to show up better, so I took a dark gray
colored pencil and went over the deer and the trunks of the trees trying to define the
edges more.  Then I took a slate gray pencil - which was bluer - and made some
shadows underneath the deer's feet and the tree trunks.  This helped to ground them.

I then ink blended the edges with a slate blue ink.

I took an A2 size top folding white card base and covered it with a blue/black
glitter paper.  Then I adhered my inked panel onto of that and added my
numbers for the new year down the side. I misted it with a shimmer spray.
And that completed my card!

Topflight supplies used:

Other Supplies used:

White A2 size top folding card base
Blue/black Glitter Paper
Main panel paper
Dark gray ink
Dark gray and Slate gray colored pencils
Numerical die
Shimmer Spray

For a more detailed tutorial please stop by my blog at:

Thank you for stopping by today!

Monday, December 9, 2019

12 Days of Holiday Deals SALE!

Good morning Topflight Stamps fans! Have you seen the 12 Days of Holiday Deals sale going on right now? Get your jingle on and check it out for all your holiday crafting joys.

Shop for yourself or maybe other crafters in your life. (lol) Or buy stamps to make cool things for the non-crafters in your life. ;-) At any rate, have a wonderful week. Happy Monday!

Friday, December 6, 2019

Just a Note

Hello Topflight fans! Ericka here today with a clean and simple card using the Flowers in a Pot stamp from Magenta.

This small rubber stamp has so many pretty details and a great addition to make a variety of cards.

For this card I paired it with a sentiment from Polkadoodles called Sentimental.

For more information on how I created my card, stop by my blog Strangely Creative.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Meet Our December Guest Designer!

Hello Topflight Stamps fans! This month our Guest Designer is Cher Lashley and I think we will be seeing some very interesting art inspiration from her! Here is a little bit about her:

Cher B Lashley started her art journey as a fine artist in oil painting and after seven gallery openings around the US and a couple of European collectors she opened her own gallery.  It was there that she discovered stamping and collage, which became her main focus after the closure of the gallery. Her newfound skills lead to publications in various magazines and teaching appointments along the East Coast and onto Arts Editor for a popular magazine. A personal development resulted in a ten year hiatus from art and it was not until a friend told her to have a look at the social media sites featuring the new techniques in stamping and collage that she took up the brush again.  
Cher is currently developing and honing these new skills to make her own and start another leg in this joyous journey.  You can connect with her on Instagram and various Facebook groups @studiocher65. 

Now on to the first project!


Here’s a fun canvas to keep you busy in your cozy studio during the first of these dark winter days.  I redrew this giraffe image from a Pink Ink Design stamp on a 12 x 12 canvas, but the following instructions will be for you to stamp the actual image onto an 8 x 8 canvas and have a lot of fun with a minimal color choice while you’re at it.  Remember: this is to have fun with the process, to stretch your art wings a bit and fly a little higher, not really about the finished product.  Although I’m sure that they will all be lovely, as well.  So, let’s start.....

- 8 x 8 Smooth surface canvas
- Paintbrushes
- Gesso
- Light Ivory and Turquoise Acrylic Paint
- Choice of three ink or watered down acrylic colors
- Misting bottle with water
- Stencils (floral and leaves0
- White Full Body Acrylic Paint
- Stazon or black waterproof ink pad such as Versafine
- Derwent Inktense or Colored Pencils
- Black and White Posca Paint Pens
- Tombrow or water color makers in same color way as inks/acrylics
- PVA or adhesive of choice
- Matte Medium or Modge Podge
- Black and white check or tissue of choice
- Spray or brush on varnish or gloss medium 


    - Stamp one flower twice or use another floral stamp of choice to make up trio
- Leaf Stamp
- Rose or other object stamp of choice for neck

- Gesso canvas and allow to dry

- Stamp giraffe onto canvas or if using a textured canvas, stamp onto light duty watercolor paper panel, cut out and adhere.  (Note: If using cutout, adhere after ink process)

- Mist water in small upper left hand corner area.  Drop first ink choice color, turn on side and allow to drip slightly.  Repeat this process for right hand side and lower left side using your other two choices of color medium avoiding area where you plan to stamp giraffe. Dry thoroughly with heat gun. 

- Using stencils of choice, apply with makeup sponge lightly loaded with heavy body white acrylic paint. (Note: tapping off excess before applying give a smoother image)

- Stamp giraffe on smooth canvas or if using textured canvas, stamp onto light weight watercolor panel, cut out and adhere after inks have dried. 

- Base coat giraffe in light ivory acrylic.

- In areas shown if using Inktense apply Sea Blue followed by Teal Green and wet out using damp brush, blending and pulling color further into area: if using colored pencils or thinned acrylics, apply  a blue followed by a teal and blending and adding until satisfied into area.

- Eyes can be done with Inktense, Tombrows or watercolor markers or colored pencils.  For Inktense and Tombrows, apply color to inside outer edge of iris and blend in towards iris with damp brush: adding some yellow or green for spark.  Do not color into white areas designated as highlights.  Use a black Posca for pupils and white Posca for highlights. With a damp brush, pick up a tiny bit of white acrylic just on corner- work out on pallet stroking over in same space until paint is distributed somewhat on brush and apply as floated highlight to bottom of iris to give more life.

- Paint spots and stamp neck using a turquoise colored acrylic. 

- Dry entire painting thoroughly, then brush over with matte medium or Modge Podge

- Do liner work as indicated,  including eyelashes using a fine liner waterproof black pen (like a Pitt). Other colors can be used for the scroll work in ears if desired.

- Stamp florals on light weight watercolor paper, color with Tombrows or markers of choice, cut out.  Stamp leaves in black. (Note: I used black acrylic paint because I wanted that sort of hit and miss look). Using a white Posca outline inside leaves. 

- OPTIONAL:  I love black and white against bright colors; consequently, using punches of various sizes, I cut out circles of white dotted scrapbook paper and adhered to center of stencil florals and mounted onto foam tape to adhere to center of stamped flowers.  

- Arrange trio and leaves into pleasing corner piece, lightly adhering to each other.

- Cut four strips of chosen tissue, mitering each top corner. Starting on side and folding over, adhere tissue with matte medium all round.

- Adhere corner floral piece and allow all to thoroughly dry. 

- Seal with spray varnish or brush on a gloss medium. 

Hope you loved this little adventure into canvas stamping as much as I did. Once you’ve gotten the hang of how many great supplies you can really use on a canvas, it opens up to a whole new world of possibilities. So have fun, make a lot of messes and produce your own stunning canvases. Till next time....Artfully yours, Cher

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Snowman Jack

Hello, Topflight fans! Have you seen the Visible Image Christmas sets, including this one, Visible Image Snowman Jack?  I love it--cute and whimsical all at once.

I sponged the card base with Distress Oxides and the Visible Image Fibres stencil which looks quite blustery to me. Brrrr!

I added a leftover hillside then ol' Snowman Jack on top. He's been colored with Copics.

I stamped and embossed the sentiment. The icicles on the letters is such a great touch--good going, Visible Image!

If you'd like to check out my other creations, you can visit my blog, Frankie Helps Craft, my Instagram, or my Pinterest Board.

Have a great rest of your week!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Get Wool Soon

Hello everyone!  Betsy on the blog here today sharing this very seasonal get well
card.  The stamps I used are from Paper Rose:

I started out by cutting my main panel to 4" x 5 1/4" and embossing it with a cable knit embossing folder.  The paper actually looked like it could be a sweater!  The I took a scrap of white card stock and stamped my image and sentiment using a gray Copic-friendly ink. 
 I chose the gray because I felt it would have a softer look than black or navy.

Next I colored my image with Copics.  And I colored over the sentiment with a light 
Copic shade as well.  I fussy cut the heart image and die cut the tag image with a banner die.

I cut an A2 size top folding card base out of some natural flecked card stock.  On this I adhered a navy panel that was 4 1/8" x 5 3/8".  Then I adhered my embossed panel on top of that.
I foam taped my yarn heart on the center left. I also used foam tape on part of the sentiment and glue on the part that overlapped the heart.
And that completed my card!

Topflight Stamps supplies used:

Paper Rose 4 x 4 stamp set - Hooked on You

Other supplies used:

Authentique Paper Pad - Alpine
Navy and Natural Fleck card stock
Memento Ink - London Fog
Foam Tape
Banner Die
Copic Markers
Cable Knit embossing folder

For a more detailed tutorial including Copic colors please visit my blog:

Thank you for stopping by today!


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