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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 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!
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