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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas to All...and to All a Good Night

Here's a little Santa sample for the last few moments before the "Big Day"!


I stamped our Santa from Christmas Cheer in the middle of my panel, masked him and then stamped him again on either side of the central image.  I decided to color only the central figure in "full color" to really make him stand out, although ole Saint Nick doesn't really need help with that!

I decided to have some fun with shapes and cut my panel out as an off-set oval.  I followed that theme with a further oval matte in deep red.  To go with my more subtle copic coloring of the secondary Santas, I used a simple mustard colored print patterned paper.  Hope you like it!

Stamp: Santa from Christmas Cheer (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I hope everyone has a joyous holiday season no matter what or when you celebrate!  Happy Holidays to everyone from Rogue Redhead Designs!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Plate of the Month: Winter Women

The Plate-of-the-Month for December is Winter Women!  Not only is it now on sale, but it's on for the fabulous price of US$10.00 (reg. US$15.00) until the 30th of December!

This charming half plate includes vintage focal images, some design elements as well as a mini background!


Want to see what you can make with this stylish vintage set?  Check out these projects!


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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Alcohol Makes Everything a Little Better

....alcohol ink that is!  Today, I would like to show you how I mix and match my background techniques for a new look.


I know many of you have done distress ink backgrounds where the distress ink is direct stamped onto a craft sheet and misted and a piece of glossy cardstock is then dragged through the ensuing puddle of fabulous inky colors.  I love this soft look with its subtle waves of color.

I bet a bunch of you have also dabbled with a polished stone background with all the rich colors and great texture.  I also am in love with this fab technique.

So one day while I was trying to decide between these two looks, I had an interesting thought.  Why not use both of these techniques together?  I am sure I am not the first one to do this but it was fun and I really liked the outcome.

Here's my background before stamping:


I start with the distress ink background first.  I use one to two colors of distress ink on my craft sheet and, after misting the ink with some water, I drag a piece of glossy cardstock through the ink in a couple of different directions.  I set my cardstock aside to dry while I have fun deciding which images I will use once the background is complete.  Another great use of this time is to keep dragging more cardstock through your inky puddles until the ink is used up.  It's always smart to make a batch of backgrounds at once.

Once the distress ink is nicely dry, I apply a few complimentary colors of alcohol ink (I prefer Adirondack by Ranger)  to a piece of blending foam attached to my applicator.  I then stamp my inky combination around the edges of my background panel.  Keep dabbing the ink around the edges until you have a design that you like.  You can stop there if you like.  I like to add some splashes of blending fluid for more texture.  Let this background completely dry before proceeding to the next step.

Once dry, pick a variety of stamps with a central focal image.  Stamp the focal image first with Jet Black StazOn ink in the center of your card.  Add other elements and images randomly around the edges of your card, letting some images extend past the borders of your panel.

Here's what I made with my "drunk distress" ink background:

Stamps: holly, Santa and sentiment from Christmas Cheer (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Hope you have a fabulous day!  If you make your own card or project, hop on over to the Rogue Stampers Facebook Group and share your fab art!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Soft and Subtle Meets Pile It On

This week, Rogue Redhead Designs is sponsoring the latest Pile It On Challenge - Vintage!

To play along, you have to combine their theme, "Vintage", with at least one other challenge!  Of course, the more challenges you can put together, the better for this particular dare!  You can submit a card, a scrapbook page or even an altered item!

Of course, this challenge was right in line with my love of all things vintage.

Sometimes you have to go a little soft and subtle with your vintage creations.  I created an easy and moderately messy background with some distress ink, Memento or StazOn ink, a craft sheet, an RRD background stamp and some glossy cardstock. Just add water!


I really loved the effect!  First cut your glossy cardstock down to the size panel you desire.  I generally do a 5.25" x 4" panel.

Get out your craft sheet and stamp a variety of complimentary distress inks onto the surface.  Mist the surface with a little water...and I mean just a little...no inky lakes need to be formed here.  Drag your glossy cardstock through this inky landscape.  Turn the card and drag it again.  Let the cardstock dry for a few minutes.  Randomly dab more ink onto the surface of the card.  Blend out with a cotton ball or sponge.  Mist the surface lightly to create a more patchy appearance.  Let piece completely dry.   Stamp the background stamp (I used Handwritten Music from Behind the Scenes) on top of the dry distress ink using either Memento or StazOn ink as you prefer.  For the above piece, I used Memento and misted the piece one more time to get a slight blur.

To finish off this card, I stamped Marjorie onto white cardstock and colored her with Copic markers.  I used my grey-toned and pale yellow-toned markers to bring down the more vibrant teal and blues so that they matched the tones in the background more closely.  I matted her using chocolate colored cardstock and placed her front and center on my background panel.

Stamps: Marjorie from Winter Women; Handwritten Music from
Behind the Scenes (Rogue Redhead Designs)
I hope you like this vintage card!  You can get Marjorie in the Winter Women collection which is also available as part of our Winter Wonders Bundle until December 30th!

Here are the amazing challenges I have combined the Pile It On Challenge with:

The East Wind Challenge - Baby It's Cold Outside
Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes
A Crafty Mess - Anything Goes 
Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes

So get stamping and go Rogue with some great vintage images!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Stencil Savvy

Stencils are everywhere these days.  You can get a variety of patterns from abstract designs to intricate detailed images in stencils.  I love these easy tools as they are so versatile and can add easy flair to most inky projects....not to mention that they are very economical.


One of the easiest way to create some visual wow factor with a stencil and ink is to is to use them to create snazzy backgrounds with minimal effort.  For the most part, I use this simple technique with one-layer clean and simple cards.

To start, I stamp my focal image onto a white or neutral card base.

I will then mask off my image to create a frame.  You can do this with repositionable notes, either left whole or cut down to the shape of your focal image.  You can also make your own repositionable mask taking a piece of scrap paper and using a punch or die cut to achieve an interesting shape.   I've gone with a simple oval for this card.  Attach the scrap shape over your stamped design with repositionable adhesive such as repositionable Tombo.  When you create your own masks, you have an unlimited source of fabulous frames for your focal image.

Once my main image is masked off, I position my stencil over the card and attach it with repositionable adhesive to prevent slippage.  I then sponge color through the open areas of the stencils.  I actually use a pouncer but a cotton ball will do just as well.  You can use a single color or blend several colors.  Very easy!  For this card, I started with Tumbled Glass Distress ink and then added splashes of Broken China.  Finally, I added simple spots of Stormy Sky randomly through the stencil.  Most often if you use 3 close shades, the randomness of your shading will read as an aged look.

Stamps: Cheery Bear from Getting Grizzly and sentiment
from Christmas Cheer (Rogue Redhead Designs)
You can also use stencils to take the place of patterned paper in providing panels and shapes and edgings to cards to give them some fabulous one-layer pizzazz!

I like to create a strip or box of color with my stencils.  I start by masking off a section and then sponging the entire strip with a light color.  Once that was complete, I position my stencil over top, again using repositionable adhesive to keep it in place.  Then, I sponge through the stencil with one or more darker, complimentary colors.  You can also layer your stencil patterns in this way.

In this card, I've made a uniquely shaped block to offset my focal image.

Stamps: Rabbits and 3 snowflakes from Beatrix Potter's A Winter's Tale and
sentiment from Barkley - Festive Fun available from Rogue Redhead Designs

This same technique can be used to create a one-layer color block card.  I worked on each square separately.  The first box is the hardest to set up but after that you can use the edges of the inked boxes to assist you in properly placing your masks.  I used a bunch of repositionable notes for this project.

Stamp: Precious Pair from Christmas Cheer (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Don't have many stencils?  Your punches used inventively on a piece of waste cardstock can allow you to create some of your own stencil designs.  I like using some of my border punches for this effect.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy November and Happy Birthday to Us!

Hard to believe that I started RRD 4 years ago!  Wow, time goes by fast!  It's the month of thankfulness and I have tons for which to be thankful -  mostly all my great family and friends who bring joy, wisdom and community to my life AND, most importantly, put up with my addiction to stamping and all things inky!

Thanks also to all the fabulous artists who have supported Rogue Redhead Designs and me through the last four years with your great art and your fabulous advice and friendship.  Thanks to all the customers who have made such beautiful projects with our images and made me so proud to have been included in their creative process!  We salute every one of you who went Rogue with us!

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So onto the good stuff! We have been bountiful with the bargains this month!

The Plate-of-the-Month for November is Christmas Cheer!  Not only is it now on sale, but it's on for the fabulous price of US$10.00 (reg. US$15.00) until the 29th of November!

This charming half plate includes vintage focal images, some design elements as well as a mini background!


Here are some great projects made with this set to inspire you!



We didn't stop there! We've created a special bundle to celebrate the upcoming snowy season - the Winter Wonders Bundle! We've paired Christmas Cheer with Winter Women (below), two very versatile half plates, so you can bring some warmth to your friends in these cold months coming up with some stylish winter wishes!  The bundle is available until December 30, 2014 and is priced at US$21.00 (reg. US$30.00).


Finally, we have our Rogue's Choice Bundle for November - Getting Grizzly and Bits and Pieces! Getting Grizzly is a full-size plate with a great and growly collection of fun bears and Bits and Pieces is a half-plate which has a selection of mix-and-match sentiments and some basic shape elements. Separately, these plates cost US$37.00. In the November Rogue's Choice Bundle, you can get both plates for the sale price of US$25.90!



Time to harvest some of these fabulous deals!  Head on over to the Rogue Redhead Designs store today!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Honeys with Sweet Backgrounds

Just in time for Halloween, we have some quicky cards for you to make for all your favorite ghoulfriends and fiendish family members!

For this project, I made use of some fabulous Halloween collage images and added a quick and easy background to give each image the right kind of spooktacular backdrop.


For the background panels, I cut 3 panels of glossy cardstock measuring 3.75" x 5.00".  I sponged several orange hued distress inks onto the cardstock.  I used a couple different methods and was happy to have correspondingly different looks.  For the first one, I sponged the distress ink onto the cardstock in stripes, alternating light and dark colors.  For the second, I sponged on the distress ink in circular patches.  For the last, I started with the lightest color and added stripes from light to dark across the panel.

Once the panels were covered with distress ink, I set up the second step to these backgrounds and placed my reverse sequin background stamp onto an acrylic block, making sure it was clean of all former inks, debris and dust.  I misted the stamp fairly heavily with water.  I then placed the distress inked panels face down on the background stamp and applied even pressure.  This "water stamping" technique removes some of the ink from the panel for a reverse image effect.


I set my background aside to dry and selected 3 rectangular collage images and cut them close to their borders.  I decided on the mat colors and shapes and created both mats for the images and for the background panels.  I also cut 3 8.5" x 5.5" card bases, folding them in half.

Now, my panels were dry.  I inked up some of my other background stamps and overstamped these backgrounds on my prepared panels.  The overstamping provides some inky interest while the distress ink layered backgrounds below add depth and visual texture.




Here are the finished results:

Stamps: Reverse Sequin Waste and Handwriting backgrounds from the
Behind the Scenes collection (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Stamps: Reverse Sequin Waste and Handwritten Music backgrounds from the 
Behind the Scenes collection (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Stamps: Reverse Sequin Waste from the Behind the Scenes collection and
Netting Background from the Just Sayin' set (
Rogue Redhead Designs)
Quick, easy and lots of pop for my favorite freaky holiday!

We've got some great specials on this month including Behind the Scenes for the sale price of US$17.60 and the Characters and Canvases bundle which includes both Behind the Scenes and Just Sayin' for one bargain bundle price of US$33.00!   Check out all the October Specials at our store!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Little Blue

I guess I was feeling a little blue today!


For this card, I started out by smooshing a piece of glossy cardstock through a mess of blue distress inks (Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass and Broken China).  I splashed some alcohol ink onto the surface of the card ( Denim and Stream Adirondack) and then followed with splashes of blending solution.  Now that I had a liquidy mess fit to emulate the sea, I finally stepped back and let it dry.  I then stamped my Netting background from my Just Sayin' set over top of the whole thing with Faded Jeans distress ink.

I stamped the Beach Boy from my Beach Babes collection with Tuxedo Black Memento on white cardstock.  I used an aquapainter to paint some of the distress inks onto the image to give it some tone.

I added a quote also from the Beach Babes collection.   To keep the theme nautical, I matted the quote as a flag.

Stamps: Beach Boy from Beach Babes and Netting from Just Sayin' (Rogue Redhead Designs)

Wishing you day with sunny blue skies and deep azure seas!

- Shar

Sunday, October 5, 2014

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We will be detailing current specials including Plate of the Month deals, Rogue Stamper Group inspirations, new releases and upcoming events and features!  We'll also be providing links to recent blog posts and, with our Rogue Repository, links to projects, samples and tutorials using the plates we currently are featuring.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Behind the Scenes takes Center Stage!

Our fabulous Behind the Scenes collection is the Plate of the Month for October!


For the month of October, Behind the Scenes will be on sale for $17.60 (reg. $22.00).

Want to see what you can make with this awesome set of backgrounds?  Check out these projects!





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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Best Friend

With cute images like these two sweet girls, you have to just let the image shine.  These two little girls are from the S.W.A.L.K. line.


For that reason, I kept this card extremely simple.  I picked a simple floral background panel and then pulled various colors from the designer paper to color the ladies.  I slightly offset the circular mat to give a slight sense of depth to the card.

Stamps: Best Friends from S.W.A.L.K. (available at Rogue Redhead Designs)
Personally, I just love the sentiment!  So cute....and so true!  You can find this sweet mini collection in our Other Manufacturers section on the RRD website.

Shout out to my bestie and hugs to all my stamping pals!

- Shar Briss

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Autumn Ambiance

Fall is finally upon us. The 50 degree evenings are waking me up to the reality of the situation. Of course, there is so much to love about Autumn - sweater weather (important for the gingers of the world - summer is not our thing), fabulous foliage (especially when you live in the quintessential New England town) and all-things apple! My favorite part of Autumn though is the fantastic color palette that nature serves up with such vigor!


I decided to use all these wonderful warm Fall colors for my card today!I've got dusky yellows, punchy oranges, and rich browns.

For the grid square background, I stamped Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw and Wild Honey distress ink on a craft sheet, misted the sheet and then dragged a piece of glossy cardstock through the resulting ink puddle.  I also added a few splashes and smudges of Dried Marigold distress ink.  I finished by overstamping my Sequin Waste background with Spiced Marmalade.  I waited until everything dried and punched out 9 squares with my 1" punch.

Clarisse is colored with copic markers with some Scattered Straw distress ink painted around her with an waterbrush.

Stamps: Clarisse from Nature Notes; Sequin Waste from Behind the Scenes

If you are feeling like celebrating the harvest season, check out our Nature Notes unmounted half plate!  This collection can be used for any sweater weather season - Autumn or Spring!


For the month of September, Nature Notes has been paired with our Relish Reading plate in our Vintage Duo bundle for the awesome price of $30.00US (reg. $37.00US)!

- Shar Briss

Friday, September 12, 2014

We've Added an Email Newsletter!

Hello Rogues!

We've added an email newsletter, The Rogue Redhead Pressing News, which will provide an overview of blog articles, new bargains and deals, and advance notice of new plates!


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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Our Amazing Autumn Bundles

Check out our newest bundle specials! We've put together some great combinations for you this month!

For our Rogue's Choice Bundle, we have two quirky collections for you - Just Sayin' with its comedic charm and This N That, an eclectic collection of vintage images and quotes.


Regularly priced at $22.00 for the Just Sayin' full plate and $15.00 for the This N That half plate, this great bundle gives you both of these fabulous sets for just $30.00 until September 30, 2014!




With our Vintage Duo bundle, we've put together our popular Relish Reading full plate and our Nature Notes half plate to bring together the joys of autumn, indoors and out!




Individually this combination regularly sells for $37.00 with Relish Reading retailing for $22.00 and Nature Notes retailing for $15.00. This bundle is only $30.00 until September 30, 2014!




Just imagine the fabulous cards you can put together with these fabulous bundles!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Vicki Gets into the Reading Spirit

Vicki has graciously let me show off her fabulous bookmark! She has used Thomas and a quote from the Relish Reading plate to create this beautiful piece!  I love the letter dominoes, the beautiful ribbon bits and the use of twine in the buttons!  Such great touches!

Stamps: Thomas and quote from Relish Reading
Artist: Vicki

Have you gone Rogue with a bookmark or reading-themed creation?  If so, send us a picture!  We'd love to see it!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Get Stamping and Reading in September

Celebrate National Literacy Month with us!  Our Relish Reading plate is on sale for the month of September for $17.60US (reg. $22.00US).


This plate makes it easy to create inspiring gifts and cards for all the readers and future readers in your life!

You can create great reading-themed note cards, bookmarks, and altered items with this versatile collection.


Here are some quick and simple bookmarks I made with sponged distress ink backgrounds and bold images stamped with black ink.  To add a little extra interest, I over stamped two of  the bookmarks with the Almanac background stamp and the final with the Handwriting background from the Behind the Scenes plate.







Get out there and use your fabulous stamping ability to encourage another great joy of life, reading!

Friday, August 8, 2014

New Bundles Available!

We've got some great new deals this month!

Our Rogue's Choice bundle will get you ready for fabulous Fall!  We've put together our Just Sayin' full plate set with the This N That half plate for a fun combination.   Both these sets are great for "Just Because" cards!  Catch up with girlfriends, family or acknowledge a special kindness with a personalized card!  Get sophisticated or silly!





Individually these two sets cost $37.00 but you can get them bundled together for $30.00 until September 30, 2014!  Think of all the fun you can have with these sets!

We also have a Vitrigue Duo for your Fall cards.  We've put together our Relish Reading full set for some inside Autumn looks and our Nature Notes half plate for a look at the great outdoors.




These two together sets are regularly priced at $37/00 but you can get them bundled today for $30.00 until September 30.2014!

Visit our store to take advantage of these two fabulous bundles!
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