Sunday, September 21, 2014

Rainbow Tricks

Our weather has been so beautiful lately. I think it's putting me in an extra happy mood :) It all shows in my card today, which is a rainbow overload!

There's a new flickr challenge for Simon Says Stamp that is run by the fabulous Barb! The challenge now is a tic-tac-toe board. I went right up the left side including polka dots, twine, and a die cut.

I even have some fun RAINBOW tips and tricks to share.
The polka dot background:

I used the polka dot stamp from "Ice Cream Dream" and pulled out a rainbow of my mini Hero Arts inks. When using the mini inks it's easy to just stamp one cube along the row of polka dots. I repeated this inking and stamping until the entire card front was covered. The effect was completely worth the inking time!

The rainbow twine:

I took a strand of white jute twine and colored it with Copic markers in rainbow order. This was a much better choice than using 7 different twines in 7 different colors.

Here's a close-up to show the fun rainbow background and the rainbow twine...

After coloring the Popsicles with Copics I coated them with Glossy Accents and then added large flake glitter on top. Once it all dried, the glittery gloss looked amazing!

The die cut on the card is from Lawn Fawn's Polaroid die.

Have a fabulous, rainbowy, sun shiny Sunday ;)

<3 Rachel

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Unity Blog Hop with Faber Castell!

Can you hear my high pitched squealing through your computer screen?! I'm beyond thrilled that Unity teamed up with Faber Castell for the entire week! They are two of my favorite favorite companies, so I had to join in the blog hop today!

I really encourage you to leave comments along the hop today, and also leave comments on each of the Unity posts this week AND each Faber Castell post this week! Why? Ah-Maze-Zing prizes are to be won!!
Here is the prize that Unity has to give away...

Now it's time for me to share my art journal page :)  I used a healthy variety of both Unity stamps and Faber Castell Design Memory Craft products.

I created a step-by-step photo collage to share my process in making this page.

Now for the step breakdown!
1) Lay down some pattern washi tapes, tape the center of the spine, and place some dry wall tape. Cover with Faber Castell Gesso. Let dry.
2) Scribble a variety of Gelato colors over the page. Mist with water and blend Gelatos with your fingers. Let dry.
3) Use Faber Castell PITT Pens as 'ink' for your stamps. This is one of my favorite ways to add color to my stamps, because once the PITT Pen dries, it is permanent and won't bleed!
4) I mixed a bit of Gelato with some Whipped Spackle to dye it. I have a quick video showing you how to do this; you can find it here :)
5) Use a palette knife to apply Whipped Spackle over a stencil. Let dry.
6) Stamp Donna's Poppies in Versamark ink and emboss with UTEE. I did this in 3 different areas.
7) Stamp your images and color with PITT Pens.
8) Stamp large 'true' sentiment and add 'stay' sticker letters.

Now for the fun close-up shots...

The Unity stamp sets I used are KOTM May 2014, SMAK May 2014, BIG Inspiration BIG Words, Donna Poppie's, Tumbleweed Houses, Create Your Day, ...And Then There was a Boy.

This journal page was also created for the current Mixed Media Monthly Challenge! They have a gorgeous photo inspiration challenge this month, which inspired the colors in my page.

Now, it wouldn't be a Thursday without a brand new Unity Stamp Co sale, would it?! Plus a LOT of new releases that I know you'll love. Once you're finished leaving those comments, jump over to the Unity store to shop away!

Your next stop today is STEPHANIE! Happy Hopping

<3 Rachel

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Layout Process Video

Good morning! This is just a quick post from me, reminding you to hop over to the DCWV blog where I'm hosting today! I made a special YouTube scrapbook process video using some of our great paper stacks at Michael's :)

See you there!

<3 Rachel
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