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Painted Peony Power

Pink Fresh's Painted Peony Mix Stamp Set from The Ink Pad is exactly the breath of spring we need on a cold, grey, January day!    I stamped the entire Painted Peony panel twice, on watercolor paper, in VersaMark ink, using Wow Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder. I used my Big Box of Karin Brushmarkers to watercolor the largest flower cluster, by scribbling a bit of each color I wanted to use onto a plastic palette, then picking up the color with a waterbrush. I trimmed the second embossed panel down to a 5" square and then washed over it using...

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Ready for the New Year

One of my favorite last-week-of-December tasks of the last few years has been finishing the current Traveler's Notebook and setting up for the New Year. For the last two years I've used a Monthly Diary to record all of my creative assignments and a Weekly Vertical (with facing Memo pages) for basic memorykeeping and a little art journaling. On the principle of, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" I've stuck with that same format again. Here's a fond farewell to 2021:    December 2021 is all filled in, with lettering in Karin Brushmarkers and some fun Michelle Ward x TIP...

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It's Christmastime in the City

There's something magical about snowglobes, and luckily it's very easy to make any winter or holiday scene into a snowglobe card. In this example, I've used Michelle Ward's beautifulNYC Skyline Stamp against a background of blended Distress Oxide Inks, for a wintery nighttime scene. You can make literally ANY scene into a snowglobe just by creating your design inside a circle shape, then adding a rectangle of cardstock below it to serve as a stand. My circle has a dramatic sky consisting of  (from the top down) well-blended Wilted Violet, Villainous Potion and Prize Ribbon Distress Oxide Inks, which I...

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Shining Stars

Tonic 6 x 6 Card Packs are a great value and a fabulous resource! Each of the five beautiful colorways contains twenty-four sheets of sturdy cardstock; that's six sheets each of four different, perfectly coordinated specialty cardstocks, including textured, glossy, metallic and glitter varieties. I've used the Green Valley and Silver Service Packs to make quilt-inspired cards. I started by cutting lots of strips into as many different widths as possible, from about 1/8" to nearly 3/4" taking care to make sure they were all straight and parallel. I've arranged mine fairly randomly in chevron-like patterns; but you could do...

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Deck the Halls

It's holiday decor season, and nothing says "Christmastime in the City" quite like The Ink Pad's exclusive NYC-themed stamps, used to decorate festive baubles! I made my own ornament-shaped templates and used them to trace shapes onto sturdy white cardstock, then i blended some of my favorite analogous combinations of Distress Oxide Inks to create an ombre effect inside each shape. I used Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber on the round ornament; Picked Raspberry and Festive Berries on the heart; and Spun Sugar with Spiced Marmalade on the oblong.   Then I used Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink to stamp...

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