TBT to February 2, 2015

HI THERE & HAPPY THURSDAY!!  We’re in full blown Valentine’s inspiration mode at the Scrap’N Stamp Blog for today’s Throwback Thursday.  Here’s a little hint of today’s Throwback project from February 2, 2015–


I sure was a busy little crafting bee two years ago and I remember how fun making this tag was!

Come on over to the Scrap’N Stamp Blog for all of the details-Hope to see you there!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


Dare To Be

HELLO, HELLO!!  Welcome to my weekly posting for Artistic Outpost!  I had a play with Kudzu Kafe this week and created this little bi-fold ATC….


I was experimenting with the backgrounds on these ATCs, too.  I didn’t take any pictures while I was experimenting (I forget to do that sometimes) but I can show you what they looked like before I started stamping and layering.


I experimented with using rubber cement as a resist.  I got this idea from my fellow AO Design Teammie, Tracy (Thanks, Tracy!), because she uses something called ‘drawing gum’ in the creations of her wonderful backgrounds.  I don’t have ‘drawing gum’ (yet) but I wondered if rubber cement would work the same?


Yes, it worked, but it’s kind of goopy and thick, so it didn’t brush out all that smoothly.  So, after brushing rubber cement randomly over the surfaces, I let air dry, then I sprinkled Lemon Yellow & Pthalo Green Color Bursts over the surface, spritzed with water and watched the CBs do their thing.  I heat set the CBs, then rubbed the rubber cement off with my finger.  I attached the ATCs together with tissue tape then gave the tape a rubbing of white wash using Picket Fence DP and my finger.


I stamped the Kudzu People onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival.


 I water colored each image with Distress Markers and my water brush and heat set.  I then rubbed the surfaces with Tea Dye DI and fussy cut with my finger knife.



I stamped the tree image from the AO Home set onto the backgrounds with Jet Black Archival–it’s a second generation stamping because I wanted the trees to be a little shadowy.  I gave the surface a splattering of Bamboo Heaven Twinkling H2Os and heat set.  Then I adhered Kudzu Lady to the surface and outlined her with Black Soot DI and my water brush.  I heat set that outline and outlined again with white gel pen.


Each panel, just like this Kudzu Kid’s, received an altered Numbered Brad.  I rubbed Picket Fence DP over the brads, let air dry a bit, then rubbed my finger over the surface to remove the extra paint.



I stamped all of the Kudzu quotes onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival, coated with matte Decou-page and when dry, fussy cut into word bands.  I edged each band with Jet Black Archival and adhered onto each ATC panel.


When the word bands were secure, I outlined them with Black Soot DI and my water brush, then outlined again with my white gel pen.


I wanted to give these ATCs a stitched border, but they were too thick to run through my sewing machine, so to finish the panels, I gave them an edging of Black Soot DI and heat set.  That’ll do just fine!

Thanks so much for coming by today!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Kudzu Kafe & Home (Artistic Outpost)
  • 2 ATCs (made w/Manila Stock & Chipboard); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Markers, Paint & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Twinkling H2Os (Splash of Color)
  • Tissue Tape & Numbered Brads (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Rubber Cement (Elmer’s); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Heat Tool; Round WC Paint Brush; Water Brush

Enjoy Simple Beauty

Happy Sunday!!  Thanks for joining me for my weekly project for Artistic Outpost–Today, I’ve got a trio of rustic postcards I created using our Old Grist Mill set along with the help of an image from the Ephemera Background set, too!


I ended my crafty week with practicing water coloring using my Distress Markers and water brushes.  I managed to take a few in-process shots, so let me show you what I had going on 🙂


I also wanted to see what the water coloring would look like with the image stamped in three different colored inks.  I used Cobalt, Sepia and Jet Black Archival inks to stamp the covered bridge image onto mixed-media paper.

I started water coloring the background and immediate foreground using lighter Distress Marker colors first.  Throughout my water coloring, I accessed  ink from markers that I scribbled onto my craft sheet and picked up with my water brush.

When adding the greens of the trees and underbrush, I dotted color onto the image directly, blended with my water brush and heat set.  Then I added additional color with my water brush.

Working on the bridge, I used the fine tip of my Distress Markers and went over the finer lines of the image and blended with my water brush.  I heat set then brought in more color with my water brush until I was happy, then heat set again.

 I wish the outline of the roof line wasn’t so severe, but, it is what it is (embracing imperfection here!).  I aged all three with a rubbing of Vintage Photo DI over the surfaces, heat set then trimmed to size.  These postcards measure just a tad under 3″ x 5″.

I wanted the backsides of the postcards to be rustic too, so I added a few pieces of ODBD Rustic Beauty paper that I had lightly sanded and dry brushed with Gathered Twigs DP.  I masked off the ‘PostCard’ image from the Ephemera Backgrounds set, inked with Jet Black Archival, then stamped onto each postcard.


Going back to the front sides of the postcards, I brushed a layer of matte Decou-Page over the surface to seal it and provide tooth for the next step.


I brushed a coat of DAM Crackle Glaze over the surface of each postcard and let air dry.

While waiting for the crackle glaze to dry, I stamped the sentiment onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and gently fussy ripped.  Once the glaze was dry, I adhered the stamped tissue paper onto each postcard with matte Decou-Page and heat set.  I rubbed the entire surfaces with Vintage Photo DI and Walnut Stain DI.  I heat set the postcards then rubbed the edges with Black Soot DP using my finger and I let them air dry.

I didn’t add any additional embellies to these postcards, as much as I may have wanted to, because I really do want to use these as postcards.  They are sturdy, there’s space for writing a note and for a special recipient’s address, slap a stamp on it, and it’s off!

Thanks so much for spending a little bit of your Sunday with me!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Old Grist Mill & Ephemera Backgrounds (Artistic Outpost)
  • Distress Markers, Inks & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Crackle Glaze (DecoArt Media)
  • Surfaces:  Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Rustic Beauty Collection (ODBD)
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Flat Paint Brushes; Detail Water Brush; Heat Tool; Craft Sheet (Ranger)