Thursday, July 28, 2016

creating a spooky night inked background; MFT Stamps August Release Countdown Begins

Welcome to the start of the MFT Stamps Release Countdown! For the next 5 days we will be sharing projects featuring the new stamps, dies, and stencils that will be releasing this month. You will be able to purchase any of the products you see over the next few days on 
Tuesday, August 2 at 9 pm Central

Its time for a little spooky fun with the MFT Stamps August Release! I started things off with Spooky Sweets and the coordinating Die-namics Spooky Sweets! These two sets work so well together! Allowing you to mix and match stamps and die cut images! Tons of possibilities!

To create the background panel, I started by cutting the moon image from Die-namics Spooky Sweets from Masking Paper. Masking paper has stick, like a post-it note, on the one side and a regular surface on the top. I placed my moon on my card stock panel and began to ink. Starting with the lightest color of blue ink next to the moon and then working my way out with darker inks. Once I was happy with the inking, I removed the mask, revealing a white moon in the sky! Such a cool look! 

To add to the depth of the inked background, I spritzed water on the three star image in Spooky Sweets and stamped it directly on the card stock. Doing that allows the star image to impress itself in the ink. I added a few water splats, along with white splats.

I stamped a bat from Spooky Sweets on the panel. Surrounding the stamped bat is bats die cut using Die-namics Spooky Sweets. See how well it all plays together?! One more detail worth nothing, on the black card base, I stamped tree branches and more bats, to help pull the background onto the base. The watermark ink is subtle, but effective!

Visit the MFT Stamps blog for all the information you will need about the upcoming release. That includes product images, product videos, links to the design team projects, and more! Plus, there always seems to be a chance to win!

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Supplies available Tuesday, August 2:

MFT Stamps Color Challenge #50

Its time for a MFT Stamps Color Challenge! With the soft colors this time, I grabbed something sweet and soft, Somebunny and the coordinating Somebunny Die-namics.

I started by creating my scene by using the Sno Cone card stock as the base. To it I added stamped clouds, using the same color ink. The clouds were cut from the Grout Gray card stock. The images once again were stamped in coordinating ink. Stamping tone-on-tone like this is such a great way to add texture to a card. This card was pretty plain, but adding those simple touches, stepped everything up a level and made it more complete.

The grass of my scene was created with Limeade card stock and Die-namics Stitched Valley. You can see I did more tone-on-tone stamping with flowers in my grass as well. I also added a few small flowers, bringing in the Blu Raspberry color via my colored pencils.

To purely stick with the colors, I colored my image with the same palette. Ok, I had to cave and give this sweet bunny pink cheeks and pink ears, but I know you get it. :D

Play along with us at MFT Stamps Card Challenges Blog! All the details can be found there, along with some other color inspiration!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge 291

Its time for another MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge! You know, the one that saves your bacon and helps you make a card in a flash? Because of the 700 things you are juggling at one time.?  :D We all want to give handmade cards and these sketches really do help make it quick and easy! And pretty!

Whenever I make projects, especially during release time, I always cut and then end up not using pieces. It doesn't fit. Doesn't look right. Wrong color. Whatever the reason, I set it aside in a little basket next to my desk. It is the keeper of future cards. :D Consider keeping your pieces, or even color a bunch of cute images watching a movie one night and keep them on hand!

In my oh-so-helpful basket, I had all these pieces, the background, the frame, the patterned paper, and even the circle and butterfly. What are the odds?

The tag with the sentiment was also already in the basket! Take a look at WSC291 and check out how well my stash worked! A little adhesive and I have a card ready for a sweet friend!!!!

Visit the MFT Stamps Blog Card Challenges to join in the sketch fun! Be sure to label and hastag your creation with #WSC291!

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