Featured Manufacturer, Greeting Cards

Lighthouse Card Using Creek Bank Creations stamps & dies

Today I am making a lighthouse card with the Lighthouse stamp set and slim stitched rectangle dies by Creek Bank Creations. The dies caught my eye first because they are considerably longer than a standard A2-sized card. In fact, these stitched rectangle dies accommodate cards created to fit inside a regular #10 business envelope! And the long lighthouse stamp set fits perfectly!
You can purchase the lighthouse stamp and slim-stitched rectangle die set HERE:
Creek Bank Creations Lighthouse Stamp Set
Creek Bank Creations Slim Stitched Rectangle Die Set

Watch the a video of the complete process:

I quickly realized that in order to use the LARGEST slim stitched rectangle die to create my card base (the dies measure approximately 9” x 3.75” down to 6.5” x 1.25”) , I would need my Sizzix Extended Platform and my Sizzix Extended Cutting Pads. The “regular” sized platform and pads included with the Sizzix Big Shot would not be large enough to accommodate the largest slim stitched rectangle die, but they would work just fine for all the other nesting slim stitched dies.

Using a stamping platform works great on this stamp set because it is so large. I use the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform, and I love it! I also used Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers for coloring. Here is a breakdown of my color choices for this project:
Reds: CR8, CR11, DR7, CR7;
Light Gray Accents: IG1;
Lighthouse Top: IG10;
Balcony/Gate: EB2;
House Bottom: EB2, GB8;
Roof: TN7, TN8, EB2;
Sun: CT3, EB2, OR1;
Water: TB2, TB1, BT1;
Stone: IG1, IG4, IG5, IG2;
Grass: LG3, CG2, LG5, GT2, BT1.

For my stamping ink, I used Memento Tuxedo Black Ink for the lighthouse and Ranger Archival ink in Coffee for the sentiment. I used Stampin’ Up! ink in So Saffron to stamp a nautical background image on a piece of So Saffron cardstock for a background for my sentiment. Then, I die cut the sentiment and the yellow background with a scalloped oval die from my stash and mounted it up with some dimensional fun foam, using my Scotch  Advanced Tape Glider.
I realized that I had a white gap at the bottom of the image, so I hand-tied a triple bow with some ribbon from my stash, wrapped a small piece of ribbon around the white cardstock, and secured it in the back with 2 ZOTS Adhesive Dots. Then, I adhered the bow to the front with another ZOTS Adhesive Dots

I added some Ranger Distress Ink along the sides of the card and some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Simply White for finishing touches.

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Featured Manufacturer, Mixed Media Art

Altered Altoid Tin Using Brutus Monroe Surface Sprays

Today I am playing with Surface Sprays from Brutus Monroe, testing out their ability to alter metal. I love altering metal tins, and glass jars and all sorts of interesting mediums.Snapshot_127

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First, I removed the lid of the tin using a butter knife. Snapshot_116Then, I lightly sanded the lid. I used Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics – 3D Matte Gel – 8 Ounces to adhere various plastic and metal pieces to the lid. This gel is PERFECT for mixed media projects because it holds heavy objects onto all types of surfaces and dries totally clear.

View the full process video HERE:

After the gel dried, I placed the lid in an old scrap plastic tray (to keep my area clean!) and sprayed the Brutus Monroe Surface Sprays. For this project, I used the colors “Oz”, “Phone Book”, and “Wagon”.


After drying, I tapped just the stem of the “Phone Book” (yellow) spray bottle here and there on the lid and sprayed it with water to encourage the yellow to move. Snapshot_123Snapshot_124

When that was fully dry, added paint spatter with white matte acrylic paint. Then, I used more Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics – 3D Matte Gel – 8 Ounces to adhere my “final touch” metal embellishments to the surface, and returned the lid of the tin to the base. The results were amazing!

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Featured Manufacturer, Greeting Cards

Best Wishes Card Using Products from Ranger Ink (Wendy Vecchi)/Stampers Anonymous

FEATURED MANUFACTURER: Ranger Ink (Wendy Vecchi)/Stampers Anonymous


This 5″ x 7″ card was created using products by Ranger Ink (featuring Wendy Vecchi’s Studio 490 “Stamp-it-Stencil-it” set, Circle Collage background stamp and Crackled Texture Paste; Tim Holtz’s Distress Oxide Inks, Distress Spray Stain, Distress Ink and Distress Stickles and “Festive” stencil; and Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions Ink Spray and “Curious Corrin” stamp set).

1. First, I created a background using 4 colors of Distress Oxide (Worn Lipstick, Iced Spruce, Broken China and Fossilized Amber) by smearing Oxide ink directly on my craft mat, spritzing with water, and tapping my paper into the wet ink. I dried each layer with a heat gun. AS I WAS DRYING, I spritzed the paper with water to achieve the oxidized look I wanted. Then, I stamped the “Curious Corrin” stamp and the “eyes” stamp directly onto the background with the Iced Spruce Oxide Ink to add interest. I also stamped directly onto the background using Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink with Wendy Vecchi’s Circle Collage Background Stamp, as well.


This was also the time when I stamped the sentiment using Wendy Vecchi’s stamp (included with the Stamp-it-Stencil-it “Select-a-Sentiment”) using regular Distress Ink in Black Soot. I used the same black ink and a Ranger blending tool to stencil “best wishes” right into the “window area”. All the sentiments included in the stencil wheel fit perfectly into the window of the stamp.1.Wendy.Vecchi.card.top.left.with.logo

Watch Wendy Vecchi herself demonstrating the Stamp-it-Stencil-it at the April 2017 Adventures in Stamping Convention (Akron, OH):

2. Next, I used Wendy Vecchi’s Studio 490 Crackled Texture Paste and Tim Holtz’s Festive stencil to add dimension and texture to the card. This texture paste dries with a nice matte finish.


3. While the paste was drying, I created an embellishment piece using the “pointing hand” stamp (also from the Curious Corrin set). I used Wendy Vecchi’s Archival Ink in Fern Green to stamp the hand several times on regular white cardstock. Then, I smeared Oxide ink on my craft mat (Fossilized Amber, Iced Spruce and Worn Lipstick). With a water brush, I picked up some of the ink and colored in the hand, letting some of the water leak out to activate the Oxide ink. I fussy-cut the hands, punched a hole in the center, added a square brad from my personal stash and coated the top of the brad with Distress Stickles in Pumice Stone. While I had the Stickles, I decided to add a few dots to the swirl of the black sentiment stamp, too.


4. Final touches! I wanted to tone down the background a bit, so I used Dylusions Ink Spray in White Linen over the areas where I had stenciled with texture paste. The moisture of the spray ink reacted with the oxide ink again, but didn’t bleach out my background. I used the same Ranger Ink Blending tool and the Black Soot Distress Ink to VERY LIGHTLY graze over the texture paste (just to make the stenciled images “pop” a little). Then, I used Distress Spray Stain in Iced Spruce to spray a touch on the top and bottom of the card. Finally, I adhered the “hand” embellishment with a few dots of Ranger Glossy Accents.

Thanks for looking!

PRODUCT LIST (click images to view details):

Distress Ink Black Soot
Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber
Distress Oxide Broken China
Distress Oxide Iced Spruce
Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick
Archival Ink Fern Green
Dylusions Ink Spray White Linen
Distress Spray Stain Iced Spruce

Dylusions Curious Corrin set
Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Circle Collage Background Stamp
Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Select-a-Sentiment Stamp-it-Stencil-it!

Tim Holtz Festive

Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture Paste
Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Pumice Stone
Ranger Glossy Accents

square brad (personal stash)

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