Embossing Resist

Hi, Rhea here to help kick start the next Stampendous Challenge!!!!  Can you believe summer is over and it is September?  This month we are doing....

Embossing Tricks & Techniques

I'm so excited about this month because almost every project I do has embossing in it somewhere.

To get you started, I am bringing back my first project posted by Stampendous.  This little Songbird tag received so many love notes :)  and it's perfect for this month!  The technique used is "Embossing Resist".  It is fast and easy which makes it even better.

So, here we go with an anchor performance of Songbird.....

If you know me, you know I love TAGS!  Tags are great for perfecting your techniques.  I keep all of mine together on big rings.  When I need inspiration I turn to my rings of tags.  When I need a quick card, I've been known to grab a tag and the hard work is done :)  

I  love the Jumbo Cling Stamps from Stampendous.  Each is unique and bold with a lot of detail.
Here, I've used Songbird and the swirl from Jumbo Tulip.

1.  Start by stamping and embossing Songbird with Deep Impression Chunky Clear and Detail Impression Clear powders on super smooth white card stock. 

For the coloring I used distress inks with ink blending tool.  For this project I used 2 colors for the background and 1 color for the bird.

2.  Work your lightest background color first all over your paper. 

3.  Stamp and emboss the swirl...again, with chunky and fine clear powders. You will see the swirls are now the color of your background color.

4.  With your darker contrast color continue inking until the desired look is achieved.  

5.  Now that your inking is done, take a paper towel and lightly mist with water, wipe ink off of embossed areas.  

6. Once your design is completely dry finish by embossing the edges with 2 powders, vintage mahogany and aged gold.  

7.  Tie your ribbons and o-la-la all done...well, I thought I was until I decided to ad a little tag using crown charm stamp...perfect...now it's done. 

Here is another quick list of what I used...
You can now find all of these products at:
7 Kids College Fund

As usual, your creations submitted for our challenge don't have to use Stampendous images, but if they do, they'll count as two entries. You need to have your submissions linked to our linky tool below by 11:59pm PDT on October 4th. You may enter as many times as you like. Our prizes this month are, not surprisingly, some of our Exclusive Fran•táge Embossing Enamels. How about our newest colors??! We'll choose three winners to receive some super hot Essentials. 


Steampunk Owl Tag - Anything Goes Challenge

Good Morning!  Yup, time for our next challenge over at 7 Kids College Fund.  For this challenge we are doing....Drum Roll Please....

"Anything Goes"

7 Kids College Fund now has almost all of the new Stampendous stamps in and they are amazing!!!!!

Here I've used the Steampunk Owl and the Pinecone Boughs to create a steampunked tag.  First I stamped the Steampunk Owl and then here and there stamped the branches from the Pinecone Boughs set.  I used distress inks to chalk the color and distressed over the entire image to "tone down".  Emboss the edges with Aged Green and Aged Copper ad some do-dads a little ribbon and that's it.

Don't forget to enter your design over at the challenge blog for 7 Kids College Fund.  You could be chosen by the Design Team to win a Gift Certificate!!!
Steampunk Owl By: Passionate Paper Creations

Hope you enjoyed this little bit of inspiration today and thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave a little love in comments.  Hugs, -Rhea

Here is a list of products I used from 7 Kids College Fund:


Stampendous Daffodil

Rhea here to bring a little "Hello" for Stampendous!  My favorite swirls are SSC173 Wedding Corners Perfectly Clear Stamps.  They are delicate yet have the perfect bold details here and there.  They are also so very universal for any style or theme.

Here I've used the SSC173 Wedding Corners Perfectly Clear with CRP152 Botanical Daffodil to create a little hello to my special friend.
Vintage Hello by; Passionate Paper Creations

Start with ivory card stock and used Fran's Coffee Spritz technique.  When dry use inking tool to work dark green ink into the edges.  Stamp and emboss the corner swirls with Pirate Gold.  Using your Versa Mark Pad rub along the edges of the paper and emboss with Clear Bark.

Use a tiny bag to hold the tag.  Work a little Vintage Photo along the edges and bit of light blue in the middle.  Stamp and emboss the Botanical Daffodil with Clear Bark.  Next use distress inks to color using a chalking method. Don't forget to stamp and emboss little swirls with Pirate Gold.

For the little tag work Vintage Photo and a light blue just like you did on the bag. Emboss the edges with Clear Bark stamp your hello.  Tie a little ribbon and a charm.  Finish with adding Bronze and Tea Stain Fragments under the Daffodils and that's it.

I hope you've enjoyed today's project!  --Rhea

of course you can find these wonderful stamps, powders and fragments at Stampendous.  You can also find them at 7 Kids College Fund!  

7 Kids College Fund Dragonfly Design

Hi Rhea here to share a design I did for my momma.  Some of you are aware about my recent TIA's (mini strokes).  I am back up and running full speed ahead...ok, maybe not full speed.  The strokes effected my left side and I am left handed so it is quite frustrating.  However, I am back to designing and coloring with my copics. YAY!

My Mommy has been so wonderful and a huge help.  There are not enough words to express my gratitude.
"I Love You Mom"

This is the first card I made only a few days from being released from the hospital.

Once again, I've used my clear embossing and my distressed inks to create a resist effect.  Super easy and a whole lot of fun!!!!

for the inks I used Tim Holtz Summer Limited Edition!  Yes, for reals!!!  Just because they are; Salty Ocean Blue, Picked Raspberry Pink and Mowed Lawn Green does not mean they can't be blended together to make hue's of PURPLE!!!

I started with the picked raspberry using my ink blending tool.  Then filled  in a few more areas with the Salty Ocean and again with the Mowed Lawn.  Then, work opposite colors on top of each other until you have the color depth you want.  There is a whole lot of ink on this one....I wanted it to match the purple paper.

Let's go shopping at 7 Kids College Fund :)


Raven Background

Hello, Rhea here again sharing the NEW stamp "CRR152 Raven Background" by Stampendous!
This stamp has amazing detail and you can do so many things with it.  
Raven by; Passionate Paper Creations
Here is how I created this project;  Using glossy paper and your alcohol Inks; eggplant, sunset orange and lettuce apply all three to your applicator.  Dab (don't rub or work in circles) covering all of the paper.  Let dry and repeat until desired look is achieved.  

Once your ink is completely dry stamp and emboss your project with Detail Black

Now choose your paper and with a distressing tool ruff up the edges of all papers.  You can also tear.  I used ColorCore Paper.  

This project was fast and a whole lot of fun!!!!  I hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by today,

Let's Go Shopping 

Alcohol Inks can be found at;
Hobby Lobby

ColorCore Paper can be found at;

Thank You Stampendous Family and Friends!

Hi Rhea Here again....Yup, I'm back,  I am doing and feeling great!  I wanted to do a special little something for all of you.  I was truly moved by the love and support I received from not only my design team family but the Stampendous friends as well.

I've been home for almost 2 weeks.  I am doing so well with my left side improving daily!  It still gets a little lazy toward the end of the day....but seriously, who doesn't!!  I am back to working in the advertising world during the day, designing by night and mopping my floors when ever I think about it!!  No the strokes did not effect my brain!  I discovered although I can do most of the things I use to do there were a couple that are not so easy.  Mopping is one of them!!!!  Try mopping your floor with your  opposite hand and you can understand...or better yet, try mopping with your feet!  LOL, if you try this you need to see my Neurologist!

There really are no words to express my gratitude to all of you, so I did what card makers do and made a card.

Here I've used SSC1105 Daisy Stem Trio, SSC173 Wedding Corners, Black Detail and Pirate Gold Detail Embossing Powders.

I used my white super smooth card stock and with my inking tool worked victorian velvet distress ink and dusty concord distress ink into the background.  I added a little black soot for the shading.  With the dusty concord ink I stamped the corner squiggles in all 4 corners and filled in a little on the open edges. Now you can stamp and emboss the Daisies.  With a coloring tool or chalking tool use dusty concord to color the pedals of the daisies.  Now repeat process on your smaller matching piece.  Stamp and emboss your sentiment first so you know where to stamp the daisies.  With 1/8' Sookwang double-sided tape run a strip across the bottom and cover with Gold Glitter Ritz.  With Glossy Accents generously place in centers of daisies then cover with tiny black beads.  Finish covering the pedals with glossy accents and let dry.  Assemble and you are done.

Hugs to all, Rhea

Sharon's Get Well Card

Hello and Good Morning!
Today I wanted to share with you a design I DID NOT create.  This is a card from Sharon, a great family friend back home.  She was so sweet to make this for me during my recent recovery.

Sharon, it is absolutely lovely and I will frame it for my studio :)  Thank you!!!!


Song Birds

Hi Rhea here again bringing another Stampendous creation.  I've combined Steampunk and Shabby Chic to create another 4x6 framed art.  

Let's start with the picture shall we...I used Archivers Black ink because it's a little wetter and shows off more of the stamps details.

1.  Stamp P136 Blossom Spray here and there along the edged of your 4x6 paper.  Make sure to change direction of the stamp each time.
2.  Stamp CRV237 Lone bird in the bottom corner.  
3.  Using Versa Mark and CRV Vintage Birdcage stamp and emboss this image with Pirate Gold
4.  Now for the coloring!  I used distress inks to "Chalk" the picture.  Use and chalking applicator...I like the ones at JoAnn's that look like eye shadow applicators because they are a soft dense foam.  coat your applicator with ink and rube most of the ink off on a scrap paper.  Now, go to the image and put just a little color.  I also use the new Ranger Coloring Nibs for the details and shading.  This technique takes practice but is fun and easy once you get the hang of it.  However, your pencils or markers would also be nice.
5.  Finally I took an ink blending tool and rubbed vintage photo all over the image to "tone it down".
6. Stamp the Sentiment - M283 Serenade .  Emboss the edges with Aged Rose and Aged Gold.
7.  Embellish with all your favorite doodads a little ribbon and you are done.

Now, time to do a little shopping
Pirate Gold
Inkssentials Craft Nibs - I call them coloring nibs :)


Dance Like No One Is Watching

Today, I'm sharing Mo Mannings - "Never Stop Dancing"

I just love all the Mo Manning Images and her senior collection is a real
hoot and guaranteed to put a smile on anyone's face.

I hope you enjoy and find a little inspiration as well as a giggle.

Dance Like No One Is Watching by: Passionate Paper Creations


Jack and Ginger

Time to start our next challenge over at 7 Kids College Fund.
"Shaped Cards" is our theme.
So head on over and play along.

I chose a design that was published in the June/July issue of Design To Color Magazine!  

It is so exciting to be published for my first time.   
You can see a preview of design to color magazine by clicking on the above logo
You can also order the catalog from 7 Kids College Fund.