Friday, May 25, 2018

Guest Designer - Kathy Krug


It's Guest Designer Friday and today we're sharing another one of Kathy Krug's ( Stamp With Ink) lovely projects with you. This week, Kathy has created a beautiful notebook and also included a mini tutorial for our readers to create their own!

Here's what Kathy says:
"I love making these little notebooks for family and friends. They are great next to the computer, the phone or in a purse. There a several online tutorials like this ONE on how to make a version of this with post it notes.. If you want to use the larger paper packs from the Dollar Store like this one, the measurments are a piece of card stock 5 ½ by 9 ½ scored at 4,4 ½ and 5.


Since I buy the paper notebook inside and pen from the dollar store, they are also inexpensive to make. I usually make the note book from heavy weight card stock first and then make a separate panel to glue top of the notebook which gives it some extra stability. Because I need a strong, adhesive I use Scor-Tape to make the notebook and to tape the paper in place.  
  

The top panel was created using these steps.

  1. Cut a 51/2 by 4-inch piece of white card stock.
  2. Emboss it with the Cuttlebug Swiss dot embossing folder.
  3. Frame that with largest Frantic Stamper Fancy Frames 1.
  4. The center oval was made by using several Sue Wilson dies: Ornate Oval Just for You, Montreal, and Toronto. The great thing about Sue’s designs is that many of them are interchangeable.
  5. To finish the bottom, I used Elizabeth Craft’s Dogwood 2 and Ostrich Fern. Prills finished the centers of the flowers.
  6. The little hummingbirds are from Poppy Stamps."
 
Thanks for sharing your talent with us, Kathy!


Now it's your turn....stop by our CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff any projects that include a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Prairie Thistle


Hello Everyone! Welcome back to the Cropstop blog! Today I'm sharing a card that features a layered die cut image (Prairie Thistle) and a fun way to use your embossing spacers. I've had a lot of fun experimenting with different mixed media products this month, and this card features a few of those as well.

To create my card I:


Next I:
  • removed the panel and used a Sharpie marker and created faux stitching lines around the inside of the oval 
  • die cut the flowers using the Prairie Thistle Die from Memory Box - Poppy Stamps  
    • I  cut three from white card stock and one from purple
      • I layered the three white one on top of the other and added the purple underneath leaving the petals intact
      • the petals were painted with diluted Seedless Preserved Distress Oxide (Ranger)
  • die cut two sentiments from phrase one Spellbinders dies - layering one on the other for extra thickness
  • last of all I added some pearl centers to my stars using White Opal Liquid Pearls
 The photo below shows the shimmer that the Inka Gold adds to the card.


 Now it's your turn....stop by our CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff any projects that include a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! I'll look forward to seeing your work appear in the gallery!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Guest Designer - Kathy Krug


It's Guest Designer Friday and today we're sharing the talent of Kathy Krug of Stamp With Ink. Kathy created a beautiful spring card with a delicate border and gorgeous floral arrangement underneath her hurricane candle. I absolutely LOVE the gorgeous flowers she created with their pretty prill centers!
 
Here's what Kathy says about putting this card together:
"The front of the package for this Elizabeth Craft Hurricane candle pairs it with some pine boughs and a poinsettia so I think the idea was for a Christmas card. It is too pretty to use just for Christmas so I created a spring time card that could be used for many different occasions. 
Here are the directions:

  1. Cut a card base 4 ¼ by 5 ½.
  2. Cut another piece of card stock a little larger and cut it with the Memory Box Blooming Floral Frame.
  3. Adhere to the card base.
  4. Cut the hurricane two times from vellum
  5. Cut the candle three times from card stock and glue together to give it some dimension.
  6. Glue candle to one piece of the vellum
  7. Glue the second vellum hurricane on top using Ailene’s tacky glue at the bottom part of the hurricane where the flowers will cover the glue.
  8. Cut and shape Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blossom and put some Prills in the center.
  9. Tuck some Elizabeth Craft ferns behind the flowers."


Thanks for sharing your talent with us, Kathy!
Now it's your turn....stop by our CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff any projects that include a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! I hope to see YOU there!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Clear Gesso


Hello friends! I'm fairly new to the mixed media art world, so I'm having a lot of fun experimenting with different products and discovering techniques to use in my card making. Today I want to share a card I created with Clear Gesso as the base, so let's get started.....


To create my background I:
  • painted a piece of card stock with a layer of Clear Gesso (Art Basics)
  • once dry, I used sponge daubers to apply Broken China Distress Oxide (Ranger) to the center
  • next I, spritzed the ink with some water
  • using a small paintbrush, I spread the ink around my card stock to form a pretty background and let it dry
The wonderful thing about Clear Gesso is that it doesn't change the color of your paper at all, but it gives you a surface that's slightly textured and holds the paints, inks, watercolors you apply so they won't soak into your paper right away. Regular card stock will soak up the color, dry quickly, and pill after too many applications of water. Here's a photo of white card stock without the gesso to show you the difference in the above technique:


You'll notice:
  1. The color didn't spread nearly as far - the center is dark/the edges are light - uneven color
  2. The color isn't as vibrant as it soaked into the paper
  3. The paper has a bit of "pill" to it
  4. It doesn't look like watercolor like the above panel does

To create my panel I:
  • stamped flowers, stems, and "sentiment" from the Blossom stamp set (Tim Holtz) in Tuxedo Black ink Tsukineko)
  • colored the stems with Touch Five Markers
  • using a Splatter Brush (Ranger) I applied some diluted (with water) Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide (Ranger)
  • glued my flowers (below) over top and fussy cut around one to create a popped out image
 

For the flowers I:
  • painted a piece of card stock with a layer of Clear Gesso (Art Basics)
  • stamped a flower from Blossom (Tim Holtz) in Versamark Watermark ink and added black embossing powder
  • applied some Spun Sugar Distress Crayon (Tim Holtz) to the petals and painted with water and a small paintbrush (since I was cutting these out I didn't worry about staying in the lines)
  • applied Picked Raspberry Distress Crayon (Tim Holtz) to the petals and repeated the wet paintbrush step
  • applied Spiced Marmalade Distress Crayon (Tim Holtz) to the centers and painted it with water
  • using just water and a clean paintbrush I removed some of the ink from the centers of my flowers
    • This is possible because of the Clear Gesso -- the ink is longer drying and can be moved around and removed for some time - I tried this same technique on regular white card stock without gesso and it didn't work!

To finished off my card I:

Now it's your turn....stop by our CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff any projects that include a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! I'll look forward to seeing your work appear in the gallery!