Color Fragments

Stampendous has this fun new product called Color Fragments. You may ask what are Color Fragments? Color Fragments are just that, bits of pure color you can glue on to any surface with any adhesive. Sprinkle them into melting embossing powders for an amazing Encrusted Jewel look. Crush with your fingers for smaller particles. I have used them on several projects and I love how they add texture, color, and a touch of whimsy to my projects.

Here is close-up view of a few of the different color fragment colors. They come in all different shades to coordinate with any project.

On this card, I used them to actually color in my butterfly after I had stamped the image.

A close-up view of the butterflies:

I applied a layer of Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue to the surface of the butterfly, applying it only to the area I wanted to cover with the first shade of Color Fragments. After I put the glue on, I sprinkled the Color Fragments over the glue, pressed down with my fingers, and shook off the excess. I repeated the process until the butterfly was completely colored. Because the Color Fragments are thin, you can rub off excess fragment after the glue dries. When I had finished applying all of the colors, I added a layer of Beacon Adhesives Fast Finish to give the butterfly a glossy finish.

Products

  • Stampendous Stamps: Decorative Grate, Jumbo Cling Butterfly Trio, Leaf Sprig, Life is Art
  • Stampendous Color Fragments: Chiffon, Burgundy, Caramel
  • Stampendous Crushed Black Glitter
  • Inks: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks in red, brown, yellow, orange shades; black permanent ink pad
  • Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry Paper Glue, Fast Finish

Here is a different card, created using a mix of the new colors released in January:

On this card, I just dripped glue across random areas of the card and sprinkled a mix of Color Fragments to coordinate with the colors in the image and the paper. I love the confetti effect this creates.

Products

  • Cardstock: green, white, peach
  • My Mind’s Eye, Memory Box
  • Stampendous Kiddo Birthday Stamp
  • Stampendous Color Fragments: Hot Lime, Rose, Hot Yellow, Teal
  • STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell Watercolor Pencils
  • Water brush
  • Paper distressing tool
  • Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue

On my final project, you can see I just applied it to add texture in a coordinating color:

The Color Fragments were applied after I had added a layer of Embossing Enamel around the edges of the photos. I applied Versamark ink on the cardstock and sprinkled with Embossing Enamel. I heat embossed the enamel and, while it was still hot, I sprinkled the Color Fragments into the Embossing Enamel.

Products

  • Gray cardstock
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Lavender Fields, Silver
  • Paper distressing tool
  • Tissue paper
  • White roses trim
  • Watercolor pencils
  • Water brush
  • Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue
  • Stampendous Stamps: Golden Tales, Married Monograms, Botanical Blooms, Petite Dragonfly
  • Stampendous Chunky White Embossing Enamel
  • Stampendous Crystal Micro Glitter
  • Stampendous Purple Color Fragments
  • Tsukineko Versamark Ink Pad

How about a give-away?  I have three of these kits to give away.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by March 3rd and I will pick three randomly selected comments to win one of these kits from Stampendous!

Good Luck!

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)

Big Wishes

We have a few January birthdays to celebrate and I am always in need of birthday cards for this time of the year. I took a look at my Christmas stamps to see what could be used for a wintery birthday card.  This sweet holiday fairy is perfect for a girl card.

1. Stamp image onto white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink.

2. Color image using Copic markers. Start with lightest color and leave a slight gap before lines. Add layers of shading using the next two shades of the color and blend with the lightest pen.

3. Add additional shading to image using gold watercolor pencil. Add highlights with white gel pen. Add a touch of Stickles glitter glue to the berries; let dry.

4. Cut image out using detail scissors.

5. Cut white cardstock panel slightly larger than image; mat on blue cardstock. Adhere image with foam dots as shown.

6. Make blue top-fold card. Cut and layer white cardstock and blue/white paper onto card front. Adhere image panel to card.

7. Stamp sentiment using black ink on white cardstock; matte on blue cardstock. Adhere to card as shown.

8. Punch series of snowflakes from white cardstock. Adhere to card along right side of cardstock panel.

Products:

  • Penny Black Stamps: Wish Big, Fairy Holly
  • My Mind’s Eye Patterned Paper
  • Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen
  • .too Marker Corp. Copic Markers: E00, E02, E21, E33, E35, B00, B02, B05,Y28, Y00, Y11, YG03, YG05, YG07
  • STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell Watercolor Pencils
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • Cardstock: white, blue
  • Detail scissors
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Snowflake Border Punch

I hope this inspires you to look at your holiday stamps in a different way!

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)

Sprinkled With Fun Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add dimension and a new texture to your cards. Premo! Sculpey-embellished cards are safe for mailing and they’re quite a conversation piece.

Materials

  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Oven-Bake Clay: Orange, White, Bright Green Pearl
  • White cardstock
  • Doodlebug Design Sugar and Spice Collection 6”x6” Paper Pad

Tools

  • Polyform Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine
  • Oven
  • Ceramic tile
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Embroidery Deep Edge Punch
  • Stamps: Penny Black Sweet Thing; Hero Arts Cupcakes Clear Set, Birthday Clear Set
  • Large acrylic block
  • Tsukineko Ink Pads: StazOn Jet Black; Brilliance Dew Drop Pearlescent Rust, Pearlescent Ivy
  • Watercolor pencils
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, 3M Scotch Brand Quick-Dry Adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, detail scissors, ruler, pencil, craft knife, small paintbrush, toothpick

Directions

Size

4-1/4”x5-1/2”

Card

(Note: Start with clean hands and work surface. Good work surfaces include waxed paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean hands between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275 °F for 30 minutes per 1/4” of thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. Do not use microwave oven. Do not exceed above temperature or recommended baking time. Wash hands after use.)

1. Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F. Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay.

2. For best results, condition all clay by running it through Clay Conditioning Machine several passes on widest setting. Fold clay in half after each pass and insert folded side into rollers first.

3. Mix large pinch of White clay with half of Orange clay to create marbled color. With Clay Conditioning Machine on #2 setting, roll marbled clay into long sheet. Place sheet on ceramic tile.

4. Stamp black cupcake row image onto clay sheet. Using craft knife, trim around top of cupcakes. Trim strip to 4-1/4” long; leave clay on tile and set aside.

5. Roll ball of marbled orange clay same size as cherry on top of Sweet Thing stamp cupcake. Place on tile with stamped cupcake border; be sure pieces do not touch. Roll six tiny Orange balls and six tiny Bright Green Pearl balls same size as trim on cupcake border. Place tiny balls on tile; be sure pieces do not touch. Use toothpick to indent center of each tiny ball. Bake as directed above. Allow to cool and set aside.

6. Stamp black Sweet Thing image onto white cardstock; let dry. Color image with watercolor pencils; paint over colors with water to create blended effect. Let dry. Detail cut image.

7. Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” white side-fold card. Cut 4-1/4”x5-1/2” green paper panel; ink edges Ivy and adhere to card front.

8. Stamp black sentiment onto orange paper; ink edges Rust. Mat sentiment on larger orange paper piece; ink edges Rust and adhere to card as shown.

9. Border punch orange paper strip; trim to 4-1/4” long and adhere to top of card. Adhere girl image to card as shown.

10. Adhere clay pieces to card with Quick-Dry Adhesive; let dry.

Tip

Coat stamped cupcake with adhesive and sprinkle with ultra-fine glitter for a sugary look.

by Iris Weiss for Polyform Products (www.sculpey.com)