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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sharon Briss: Cuddling Couple

It is a bright and frosty day here in Massachusetts, so I wanted to capture that feeling with some inky fun.

For the bright sunshiny aspect that I wanted to use hot colors but I didn't want to make those color overpowering so watercoloring with markers came to mind. This is a simple technique in which you stamp your image onto watercolor paper with permanent ink, outline the areas you want to color with markers and then use an aqua brush to draw the color into the center of each space. It takes a little practice but the effect is fabulous.

To capture the crisp and clean wintery air, I took grabbed several cool-hued colors of reinker, mostly blues with one green, and my craft mat. I added a few drops of each onto my craft mat and drew a plastic knife across the ink in both directions to mix it. I then dragged some glossy card stock through the resulting ink puddle and twisted a bit when I picked it up. I really love creating backgrounds this way as the results are never the same. The strip below will give you an idea of the variation possible.

Here's the end result of mixing these two techniques:

Cuddling Couple
Stamp: snuggling couple from Snow Hugs plate
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up); glossy cardstock; watercolor paper
Ink: various reinkers (Stampin Up); jet Black (StazOn); various markers (Stampin Up)

Hope your day is bright and cheery!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Another Redhead-Handed Artist!

In January, RRD sponsored the Cheerful Stamp Pad's Let's Relax Challenge and Anne won our prize. She has since been caught using her Relish Reading images in wonderful ways on her blog, Stargroves!

Don't you love this sitting reader in purples? Anne has done some incredible shading with her coloring and her grass has wonderful depth! She layered this beautifully colored image on two panels - a cuttlebug background which gives wonderful tactile texture and a lovely piece of patterned paper which provided fabulous visual texture.

To see more of Anne's lovely art, please check out her blog, Stargroves.

If you've been blogging your RRD creations and we haven't caught you yet, you can always turn yourself in by emailing us

Friday, February 18, 2011

Jean Franks Beck: Warm Fuzzies

Well, no matter how much our thoughts turn to spring, it would seem that much of our world is still getting snow!  At some point in my life, when I was impatiently wishing for time to fly by so that some important date would arrive, someone (I don't remember who) told me "Don't wish your life away.  Enjoy it now!"  And so... this little celebration of all things snowy!

I've used an image from the Snow Hugs plate, embossed in white on a tag that I had spritzed with Glimmer Mists and tied with white cotton twill.  The background is made by embossing the background stamp from Snow Hugs onto vellum using pale blue embossing powder (American Crafts' Zing! embossing powder comes in lots of cool shades.)  I have sewn the vellum panel onto a panel of white organic cotton craft batting.  At first I wasn't sure about this, covering up most of the batting, but the fun texture of the batting actually shows through the vellum - it's like a frosty window keeping out the snow.  And the batting around the edges adds a warm fuzzy texture - to send the warm fuzzies to someone special. ;)  A little embossed scrap and silvery sparkly star finish it off.

Hope everyone stays warm if you are getting snowed on! Enjoy the fluffy white stuff!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sharon Briss: Two Favorites Coupled Together

I love the great couple images in the new Snow Hugs collection so I thought it would be fun to couple together two of my favorite techniques - warhol and spotlighting!

These cards are quick and easy!

1) Stamp your image on three different colors of cardstock. Select a portion of the image that you want to showcase and punch out identical pieces out of each color using a square punch or cut using a paper cutter.

2) Mount your squares close together on a contrasting color and trim. I like to use the same color as my ink choice. Trimming after the mounting step lets you get a nice consistent border without stressing about it.

3) Stamp your main image again on to your cardbase. Line up your trio of mounted squares over your image so they line up. Voila! You've just combined warhol and spotlighting in a fast technique that will keep you hooked!

Why not try out this straightforward technique? You can't beat fun and easy!

Come back and link your creations to this post!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Barbara is now a Rogue on the Run!

Each Wednesday, we highlight art that has been made by artists using our RRD stamps! As they are caught, they become a "Rogue on the Run"! This week, we have caught Barbara redhead-handed using her Relish Reading plate.

Making the swingers from the Relish Reading plate her focus, Barbara colored them beautifully and layered them on her beautiful cuttlebugged background. Aren't those purple hues beautiful?

To see more of Barbara's art, visit her at her blog - Magic Delights.

Want to be a Rogue on the Run? Just start using your RRD stamps and email us your artwork or links!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Joanne Wardle: Book Charm for Gingersnap

The theme at gingersnap this week is charms. I decided I wanted to make a charm rather than use a charm. at first I was going to make a mobile phone charm, but then I decided to make a book charm. After all I always have a book with me, so why shouldn't that get a charm. of course it's just a book mark really, but a fancy one!

I used shrink plastic cut with a spellbinder die, stamped a rogue redhead stamp, and coloured with colour soft pencils before shrinking. The beads were from an old necklace and the embroidery threads were from when I used to do cross stitch. They were just plaited. really easy!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Jean Franks Beck: Snow Hugs in the Pink

I was so excited to see the new Rogue Redhead Designs plate - Snow Hugs!  These images are so unique and fun to color, and the backgrounds are fabulously versatile.  I was inspired by all the pink-cream-kraft challenges all over the web these last few weeks, and I love the unexpected twist this color scheme gives to these snowy little folks.

So here are the how-to's for this card:  I first stamped the snuggling couple in gray ink on white cardstock.  I only wanted a hint of color, so I outlined only parts of the image with Copics in R81 (Rose Pink), YG91 (Putty), and E31 (Brick Beige).  I thought the background looked a bit too white, so it was E50 (Egg Shell) to the rescue.  I added a little dimension to the whole thing with Warm Grays W0 and W1.  (I also gave the guy's sweater a little pattern by masking and stamping the snowflake background motif just on his sweater.)
I cut the image out using Nestabilities' Curved Rectangles, and distressed the edges with Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, and Victorian Velvet.  It's layered on some vintage sheet music, and a coffee filter panel that I misted with Pink Bubblegum and Creme de Rouge from Tattered Angels.  The next background panel is made by stamping two of the background images from the set onto linen textured cardstock.  
The tag is stamped with more distress inks, then run through my Xyron sticker maker and glittered with Stampin' Ups' Diamond Dust - like icy, frosty new snow.  A little crinkled seam binding snuggles everything together.

Hope you all have a little snuggle with someone special this weekend! :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

New Release - Snow Hugs

Rogue Redhead Designs is pleased to announce our newest unmounted rubber stamp release - Snow Hugs!

This delightful plate is the first in our "Beautifully Dunn" series, illustrated by New Hampshire artist, Kathryn Dunn. Her free-flowing designs are wonderfully whimsical and perfect for a variety of techniques.

As with all our "full page" plate designs, Snow Hugs features great elements for card creation all in one plate - a fun background, focal images, design elements and sentiments.

We still have plenty of the snowy weather ahead of us! Why not warm up those winter months with this great plate? Send romantic notes to your special someone or a fun card to your favorite friend!

Available now at our Etsy shop!

Here are some samples of how you might use these images:

Why not warm up your last few weeks of winter with this romantic collection?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Shelly's Been Seen Using her RRD Stamps!

We welcome Shelly to our group of Rogues on the Run, artists who have been caught redhead-handed using their Rogue Redhead Designs stamps!

Shelly's card is full of lovely details. She has picked the walking girl with the book, from the Relish Reading plate, and has colored her in rich pink. Around her, there are lovely lacely paper details, creating a soft and very feminine look.

Don't you just love how Shelly echoed the book in the girl's arm by stamping the book images, also from the Relish Reading plate, on the belly band of the card!

To see more of Shelly's beautiful art, check out her blog - My Creative Rumblings.

Have you made something with your RRD stamps? Let us know!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Snow Hugs Coming Soon!

We just couldn't wait to give you a sneak peak of our soon to be released Snow Hugs plate!

These fabulous free-flowing designs were created by New England artist K. Dunn! The Snow Hugs plate will be the first among our new "Beautifully Dunn" line. As Rogue Redhead grows, our stamps will include vintage, eclectic, and modern designs. There are no rules in art, right?

We hope you enjoy this quick look at a few images from the new plate!

Come back on Thursday to see the whole plate!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Rogue on the Run and Some Valentine Fun

In a special holiday-inspired edition of our Rogue on the Run feature, we have spotted Michele of Art from the Well creating a lovely Valentine using her Relish Reading plate.

Michele stamped the girl sitting under the tree onto pink vellum which was trimmed and overlaic onto her book page and parchment background. She has then added soft lace and accented with some well-placed stickers.

To see more of Michele's art, visit her blog Art from the Well.

Visit us on Wednesdays to see more customer art! We are always on the lookout for more Rogues on the Run, customers caught redhead-handed using our stamps!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

We've Caught Beverly using her RRD Stamps!

It's Wednesday which means it's time to catch another customer using our stamps! This week, we have caught Beverly of Gott Heart Art.

Her lovely card features the young lady sitting under the tree from our Relish Reading plate. I love the way she created a fun paneled look with the image. Her delicate coloring gives this pretty card a very serene feel which is beautifully complimented by the soft green ribbon Beverly used. She describes more about this card in her post.

To see more of Beverly's lovely artwork, visit her at Gott Heart Art.

Watch our Wednesday posts for more customer art! Next time, we might catch you redhead-handed!
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