Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween greetings Topflight Stamp Fans! It's Kathi here today with my last post as October's Guest Designer. I've had a wonderful time and would like to thank Donna and the team for selecting me as guest designer and making me feel welcome!

Kathi Rerek for Topflight Stamps – mixed media Halloween spookiness!!

The angel from Visible Image's Guardian Angel and the skull border from IndigoBlu's Skullduggery Border set were stamped, fussy-cut, colored with Copic markers, and edged with a black marker.

The base of the reliquary arch chipboard was painted with PeacoatBaltic Blue, and Snowflake Fresco Chalk Paints by PaperArtsy.  Lavinia's Bat Colony and Tree Branch were stamped onto the painted base using Onyx Black VersaFine ink. The stamped painted background was heat set again, then the skulls and Guardian Angel were adhered using liquid glue.

The top of the reliquary arch was painted with Stone mixed with Snowflake Fresco Chalk paints and heat embossed with clear powder. The two parts of the arch were glued together and set aside

Grey and White Brusho Crystal Color were mixed into Sand Paste, and spread over a flat canvas. When dry, the arch was traced onto the canvas with a chalk pencil.

Grey and White Brusho Crystal Colors were mixed into Grunge Paste and spread over a brick stencil onto the canvas avoiding the traced area. 

While the canvas was drying, London Bus Fresco Chalk Paint was brushed over metal tokens, then wiped back. The 31 token was backed with black cardstock. Black twine was threaded through the tokens' holes.

A Quote Chip was coated with a layers of matte medium, crackle glaze, and Distress ink.

When the Grunge Paste bricks on the canvas were dry, Mini Art Stones were added to the mortar areas of the canvas.  Grey Brusho Crystal Color  was used to both tint the stones and to add depth of color to the mortar.

The arch, tokens and quote chip were adhered to the canvas. The canvas was edged with permanent black ink to finish the piece.

Topflight Products used:

PeacoatBaltic Blue, London Bus, and Snowflake Fresco Chalk Paints by PaperArtsy

If you'd like to read the detailed step by step instructions, please visit my blog!

Have a great Halloween and stay safe!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Silly Snowmen

Hello everyone!  Betsy here on the blog today sharing this adorable snowmen card using 
"Silly Snowmen" & "Snow Is Falling" from For the Love of Stamps:

I started by white heat embossing a medium blue A2 size card base with the Snow is Falling stamp.  I masked out a die cut oval for my sentiment.  Although it didn't mask out cleanly, I really liked the effect it gave the oval when I did the heat embossing.

I stamped my images on Neenah 80lb Classic Crest Solar White card stock in a light gray ink.  I stamped 3 snowmen, 3 piles of snowballs and 3 single snowballs.  I colored them with Copics and added Stickles to give them some sparkle.  I fussy cut them all out.

Before assembling it all together I die cut a stitched wavy scalloped edge piece of the white card stock to use as the snowy ground.
I adhered the snowy ground on first and then the piles of snowballs.  I mounted each Silly Snowman on a mini wobble spring, shaded a bit of the ground with my Copic marker underneath each one and adhered them in various positions.  I added the snow balls and more Stickles on the ground and added a few more snowflakes and filled in some of the heat embossed snowflakes with a white gel pen.  That finished my card!

I hope you'll give todays tutorial a try.  These snowmen are just so cute and silly!

Topflight Stamps Supplies Used:

For a more detailed tutorial please hop on over to my own blog at:

Thanks for your support everyone!  Have a great week!


Monday, October 28, 2019

Chistmas Collection Angel Card

Hi Topflight Stamp Fans, Karen Bearse here for Mix Media Monday with a fun card. This week we are getting some Christmas cheer going.

Here is my Mix Media card. I decided to take the main stamp image & use it to paper piece gel print pages to it. You can check out my quick tutorial here. It is a fun way to use up those scraps & backgrounds that get created.

The Christmas Collection- Set 1 stamp set is by That's Crafty.

I also love using a Stamp Press to get a clear image even on top of acrylic paint.

Then of course there is the acrylic paint! Fresco Finish is a fabulous paint to use. It comes in a huge range of colors- bonus!!!
When embossing as I did with the star banner you will want an embossing ink pad. Thanks so much for joining me! Stay tuned next week for a really fun project!!! Now go get inky!

Friday, October 25, 2019

Alcohol Inks & Embossing Paste Oh My

Happy Friday Topflight Stamp fans! Ericka here and today I'm making Christmas cards using the Florastelle Stencil from AALL & Create with embossing paste.

I love the textured glitter look the embossing paste has and the bright colors of the alcohol inks. Not your typical Christmas colors but fun all the same.

I used one alcohol ink panel and cut it to make the two different cards. I always have a tough time throwing away my alcohol ink scraps so on my second card I included a couple more strips below the sentiment from Katzelkraft.

For more information on how I created my cards, feel free to stop by my blog Strangely Creative. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Rock & Roll!

Greetings! It's Kathi here with two cards featuring the Rock Out Clear Polymer Stamp Set by Visible Image and Brusho Crystal Color by Colourcraft, which was used to create the background for both cards.

Brusho Crystal Colors are such fun to use to create a painted background quickly. There are many ways to use them, but I went for my tried and true method. A piece of 9" x 12" piece of watercolor paper was spritzed with water, then sprinkled with Sea Green, Leaf Green, Emerald Green, Yellow, Sunburst Yellow, Turquoise,  Cobalt Blue, and Ultramarine Brusho Crystal Color powders. Water was lightly spritzed and left for a few moments to let the colors spread, then the paper was heat dried. This process was repeated until I was happy with the color combination. I decided it needed a pop of red, so Crimson Brusho Crystal Color was sprinkled sparingly and spritzed with water.

The paper was heat set, cut in half, then run through my Big Shot to flatten it. An oval frame die was used to die-cut the colored paper and black cardstock two times. All edges were sponged with Salty Ocean and Black Soot Distress inks. One set was set aside for my second card.

Here's my first card with the Rock Out Clear Polymer Stamp Set and the Play Guitar Stencil.

The watercolor oval and the black oval frame were taped together on the back and Blueprint Sketch Distress ink was sponged over the Play Guitar stencil, then heat set. The guitar was stamped with Onyx Black VersaFine ink and heat set. The image panel was glued onto a black A2 card.

Here's my second card with the Rock Out Clear Polymer Stamp Set and the Time Tunnel Stencil.

For this card, I separated the oval and the oval frame before stenciling and stamping. Salty Ocean Distress ink was sponged over a music stencil onto the oval frame and over the the Time Tunnel Stencil onto the oval. The guitarist from the Rock Out was stamped with Onyx Black VersaFine ink. A banner die was used to cut leftover scraps and stamped with the Grungy Stars border from the set. The sentiments were stamped overtop with Onyx Black VersaFine ink. The oval frame card front was adhered to a blue A2 card, then the black oval border, guitarist image panel, and sentiments were adhered to finish the card.

Topflight Stamps Products 

For more information about this card, please visit my blog.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Wicked Cat

Boo to you, Topflight fans! Today I'm featuring Lavinia stamps with a spooky twist.

I started the card by stamping the Lavinia Moon with Memento London Fog. I masked that and sponged the card front with Distress Oxide Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet.


I used the Visible Image Geometric Maze stencil with a baby wipe to take away some of the DO. That maze is how I imagine cats wander around.

Next I stamped the Lavinia Seasonal Tree and Lavinia Mimsy with Versafine Onyx Black.  The design was a bit unbalanced so I added some Lavinia Forest Spruce upside down as grass. I added additional grass at the base of the tree using a Copic Multiliner.

I masked the moon again and spattered some Copic Opaque White as stars.

Finally I stamped the PaperArtsy Alison Bomber 04 sentiment. Everything seems creepier at night, doesn't it?

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

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Glittering Mandala

Hello everyone!  Betsy here on the blog today sharing a beautiful glimmering mandala card in blue and gold!  I am using For the Love of Stamps - Precious Jewels:

This is such a beautiful stamp with so many color way possibilities!  I decided to use blue on black and started by cutting a black panel 4" x 5 1/4" and heat embossing the mandala image with gold embossing powder.  I left room for a sentiment but later decided not to use one.

For coloring I used Primacolor Premier Color Pencils.  They really show up well on dark card stock and the colors just pop!  I used:

I started in the middle and worked my way outward.  Blending the colors.  Only one or two areas have the full 6-color blend.  Most are 2-5 colors.  There are 2 places where I didn't color at all.  I always keep my pencils nice and sharp when using them, sharpening often with a hand held sharpener.  A sharp point helps get into the tiny spaces. 

I added a small round gold sticker in the center and then placed a blue jewel on top of that for some added sparkle - because...more sparkle!

I covered an A2 size white card base with blue shimmer paper.  I cut 2 very narrow strips of that same shimmer paper and adhered them across the bottom of the black colored panel with a narrow gold strip in-between.  And that finished my card!

Topflight Stamps products used:

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Spooky Halloween Pocket Notebook!

Happy Monday y'all, Lisa Hoel here! Cool stamps and products from Topflight Stamps and Eileen Hull's new Pocket Notebook Die are a match made in heaven! Perfectly spooky, this journal is full of the Halloween vibe:

The IndigoBlu stamp set Autumn Nights is fabulous. That owl!

I love the owl stamp! (Did I already mention that?)

This journal can be made in variable spine widths. For this one, I made it so it could hold five signatures:

More cool stamps for the inside covers!

...and I used Gel Press mono prints for the bases of
the inside and outside covers.
Head on over to my blog post for a tutorial on how I created this journal!

Topflight Stamps Products:

IndigoBlu stamp set - Autumn Nights

Crafty Individuals stamp set - The Crow Plate

Visible Image - Scripted Streets

Seth Apter Baked Texture Embossing Powder - Chunky Rust

PaperArtsy Fresco Paint - MahoganyChalkSmoked Paprika

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