Thursday, December 3, 2020

A Little Of This and A Little Of That...

Hello friends.  Not playing with any challenges today, but thought I'd share a little of what I've created recently trying out new techniques and just playing!  Kind of a picture heavy post, but hope you enjoy!!

This first group of pictures is from a ZOOM meeting with friends from over a month ago where we used shaving cream and re-inkers through stencils.  A bit of a messy technique that resulted in some good and some bad...I'll just show the ones I deemed good.  Haha!!  This 1st picture just shows what the plate with the shaving cream and re-inkers looks like.  I did a half and half with different red re-inkers on one side and different shades of green on the other half.


And here's what I came up with using a few different stencils...




The first card was actually my last card where I decided at the last minute to combine the two color families and see what I'd come up with.  I thought for sure it would be a muddy mess and it ended up being my favorite!  I think the key was not over mixing!

This next card was done with a piece of black matte Yupo paper that Julia sent me (thanks Julia!!) and Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Sprays.  It ended up looking like a ocean scene to me so I added a seahorse die cut that I added a really thick layer of Glossy Accents to.




This next card was the only background piece I came up with after making about 7 million of them using a Gelli Plate and DOX inks.  I followed a Jennifer McGuire video (HERE) where she made it look SO easy, and my trash container shows that it really wasn't that easy!!  But I do like how this one came out after I finished it into a card!!


These next 3 cards are also from a Jennifer McGuire video (HERE) that I loved and made many more cards than what I'm showing you...it's addicting!!  You just use glitter cardstock (I used a bright silver glitter cardstock (12 x 12) from Michael's) and squirt a little blending solution on and then 2 or 3 colors of alcohol ink, a bit more blending solution and then something to move the ink around.  Jennifer had a blowing type tool but I used a a little bulb device that's meant to put a marker in and then you squeeze the bulb and it's splatters the color of marker you added.  I used just the bulb part to move the ink around and came up with these:




My last card uses a technique that I've seen my friends Loll, Darnell, and Bonnie use, where you ink up your stamp (solid images work best) with Versamark, and then use a dry paintbrush to "paint" your stamp with Lindy's Magicals and then spritz with water before stamping onto your cardstock.


 I'm sorry I couldn't capture the shimmer and shine that you get when you use Lindy's Magicals, but if you've ever used them, you know what I'm talking about!  This technique gives such an awesome water colored look and soooo easy to do!!  You can also get multiple prints from this technique just by spritzing with water after each stamping to use up the ink (color) still left on your stamp.  They'll get lighter as you keep stamping but they're still beautiful!  I also did a set with a Poinsettia from Penny Black (the Holly is also Penny Black) that turned out really pretty but they are all sealed up in envelopes to be mailed out and didn't want to tear one open just to get a picture.

So thanks for sticking with me through this looooooong post, and I hope I've inspired some of you to try some new (or old to some of you) techniques and just have fun!  Take care everyone and stay safe...can't believe how ugly the numbers are right now!  Be kind and wear a mask if you HAVE to go out and save a life.  We'll get through this if we ALL work together!!  :0)


Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!


14 comments:

  1. Well worth the long post to see all these gorgeous creations, Marcia! Thank so much for sharing.

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  2. Wow! So many interesting techniques with awesome results, such an amazing array of cards, all unique and beautiful, Cathy x

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  3. Wow is right! So many amazing cards here. You must have had so much fun getting inky. They're all fabulous my friend!

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  4. What a great creative post Marcia! Your plate of shaving cream looks like a meal on a plate (!) great results with your using it through the stencil - your black yuppo card came out great! I agree with you on the gel plate - I very rarely get anything I like when I play with it - but your snowflake card background is lovely! Love the sparkly cards - I need to check out that video a beautiful set of Christmas cards created! Julia xx

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  5. Amazing, I LOVED seeing this picture heavy post, your cards are all fabulous! Now I have some new techniques to try, thanks friend!

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  6. Oh how I loved scrolling through all of your cards oohing and aahing along the way! Fabulous Marcia, all of them!

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  7. What a wonderful post, Marcia, chuckie-jam-full of beautiful cards and inspiration! I love everything you made. I haven't tried the shaving cream through stencil, but love the look of it. To be honest, I did a shaving cream technique on card several years ago and it all turned out to be a bust for me. You got such great results, you've inspired me! And I love that you can gussy up glitter paper with alcoholic ink! They are sensational, especially behind die cuts, so thank you for that one, too! And finally, you did a great job with the Lindy's direct to stamp. I have that holly and my Lindy's are still out from doing Susan's birthday card so you know what I'll be doing next! Well, not next. Next is cleaning the Playhouse. I finished my cards today so I can finally start getting after this place! (She says, rubbing her hands together with glee!) Take care and keep safe. Thank you for your closing message, too!! Happy Holiday Hugs! Darnell

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  8. Marcia you have had a LOT of fun this month! I am trying to imagine what that Zoom meeting went with everyone jumping up to wash off their stencils - I hope you took turns! lol
    Fabulous cards, my friend - my absolute favorite is the blue-green glittery gorgeousness with the deer - so beautiful!
    =]

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  9. Lots of awesomeness from your different techniques, Marcia! Love the shaving cream stenciling and the wonderful blends of color! This gelli plate background is fantastic. I've not mastered DOX inks on a gel plate yet! Love the colored glitter paper and I can imagine the sparkle on your holly! Thanks for sharing all these gems!

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  10. Wow and Wow, Marcia - just love all these beauties!! You have been busy!! Especially love the seahorse one - fab background!!

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  11. Well Marcia I'm staring at all your cards and am truly impressed - they're all fabulous... that old shaving cream tec really looks fantastic with the stencils and then the AI on glitter card WOW these are awesome... I can see I'll be digging into that glitter card drawer of mine - they make wonderful backgrounds for those lovely white die cuts and then the last technique is one for my 2021 list - it's beautiful... well done, hugs Robyn

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  12. All your cards are so beautiful Marcia! Great work with these different techniques! Starting with the shaving cream and reinkers ... gorgoeus! Great work with this technique. I know that I only pulled off the top layer of shaving cream and reinkers and didn't dig down. That worked for me. Your ocean background with the black yupo turned out so wonderful. And I love the gelli print background with your snowflakes. I really want to try out the glitter paper with alcohol inks. Your cards are so amazing and lots of depth of colour. And your last card with the magicals is another stunner! Thanks for sharing all these amazing cards! xx

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  13. Gosh they are all fabulous!! So brave of you to try them all and especially the shaving cream Lol! You ought to be very proud of the results - Each one is beautiful!

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  14. What everyone else said and then some. These are fantastic, Marcia, and kudos to you for trying all those techniques. I have them all written down but haven't had time to try them. If only I were still in Michigan and we could have a play date so you could teach and encourage me.

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