Feline Sentiments of the Day

With all these tabby projects for Kute Kitties week, we can’t possibly finish without a few more words. In fact, there are quite a few words and phrases to say when it comes to cute kitties and they can be found in the Cat Sayings Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.

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Cat Sayings Perfectly Clear Stamp Set

These sayings are perfect for the entire Stampendous clowder, too. If you’re feline curious about seeing them too, you can go to our posts here, here and here, but we still have more fun with our Pop Up Kitties Stamp Set today on these designer blogs. Purrrrrr.

Kristine Reynolds

Tenia Nelson

Amy Hurley-Purdie

This week’s projects in review!

Showers to Showers Challenge

We’ve seen fabulous rain drops, umbrellas and sweet baby colors so far with this month’s challenge. What showers will be in today’s Dream Team inspiration projects? Let’s go check them out!

Showers to Showers

We are excited to add a little more to our Dreamweaver posts with a wonderful archive of tutorials from the Paper Craft Planet blog. They will be a great way to keep the inspiration going with stencils you might already have in your stash.

These tutorials were published between 2011 and 2013 on Paper Craft Planet blog and are still available there. You can hop over to the Paper Craft Planet blog any time and search under the category Dreamweaver Stencils Tutorial Thursday to see them, but we thought it would be great to have them available here, too.

Originally posted April 4, 2013, Pam Hornschu is creating Showers to Showers with her Making a Point with Pointillism tutorial. Here is the post for convenience, but you can also click the tutorial’s title to see it on Paper Craft Planet.

The Dream Team for Dreamweaver Stencils have the challenge through the month of April to create with the theme of “Mists, Drizzles, and Showers”…which really can be left wide open to interpretation…and is just what they are hoping for. My version is quite literal, however. But the technique is a bit more unique…not new, just unique. The art of pointillism made it’s main debut in  1886 France with the artist Georges Seurat‘s most famous work, “Sunday Afternoon”, of which Wikipedia describes the technique:

“Motivated by study in optical and colour theory, Seurat contrasted miniature dots of colors that, through optical unification, form a single hue in the viewer’s eye. He believed that this form of painting, called divisionism at the time but now known as pointillism, would make the colors more brilliant and powerful than standard brush strokes.”

His works have always inspired me, and I was very fortunate to see another work hanging in the National Gallery in London, UK, entitled, “Bathers at Asnieres”. The style is truly amazing close up and from afar. I do not begin to compare my creation to his work, but inspiration can be found anywhere, and at any time.

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Supplies:
Dreamweaver Stencils Umbrella, Rain, and Rain Words
Dreamweaver Stencils Translucent and Matte Yellow Embossing Pastes
Dreamweaver Stencils Paste Spreader, palette knife, stencil brush
Copic Sketch Markers (or other markers with small tips)
Premium white cardstock, orange cardstock, patterned paper
May Arts Cotton Twin-striped ribbon
Button, baker’s twine
Removable tape, embossing machine

 

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Step #2: With taped stencil still in place, spread Translucent Embossing Paste over surface, following the lines or bridges down the stencil to prevent oozing underneath. Lightly use the edge of the palette knife or paste spreader to remove excess and smooth surface in one swipe.

PH_httppapercraftplanet.net20130404_04 Step #3: Carefully remove strips of tape from sides and bottom, and using top piece as a hinge, lift stencil up and away from the pasted piece. Set piece aside to dry until clear.
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Step #4: Place Rain stencil over umbrella panel, and tape down to secure. With medium stencil brush, apply light blue ink through stencil.

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Step #5: Remove stencil, and mat panel with coordinating cardstock. Embellish with pompoms if desired.

PH_httppapercraftplanet.net20130404_07 Step #6: Mask off excess words on Rain Words stencil with tape. Tape stencil over ribbon, and paste emboss with Matte Yellow. Set aside to dry.
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Step #7: “Fishtail” cut ends of ribbon and adhere to card as desired.
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Purrfect Popping Up Kitties

If you haven’t already fallen for our new kitties, we’ve got more to inspire you today. The Cling Pop Up Kitties Stamp Set is designed to work with our Pop Up Die Set. See how one playful kitty can spring into view from this delightful card.

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Cling Pop Up Kitties by Debi Hammons

Debi Hammons created this curious kitten peeking out of a flower basket with the Pop Up Die for the card insert and this deep three-dimensional look will lay flat when closed! How purrfect is that! Here are the Stampendous products Debi used on this project.

Now it’s time for some more feline crafty designer projects!

Jamie Martin

Pam Hornschu

Kristine Reynolds

Wendy Price

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Kute Kitties

Pop Up Kitties by Debi Hammons
Pop Up Kitties Thank You by Debi Hammons

Are you ready for some bright-eyed, mousers! We have some new ones to share! Our Cling Pop Up Kitties Rubber Stamp Set and coordinating Pop Up Kitties Die Cut Set  are part of the April 2015 Catalog release, now available at your favorite local or online store.

You’ll see how many different ways to color a kitty from our design team this week and to start off the inspiration here is illustrator and owner of Stampendous, Fran Seiford, with a video about the new Pop Up products coming out!

 


Check out today’s feline crafty designer projects!

Kristine Reynolds

NAMTA Show with Fran•táge Melt Media!

Fran was at the NAMTA show in Denver this week, cooking up a storm with embossing powders. She’s showing the art world what a great medium embossing powder can be for so many uses.

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She’s got a hot griddle and a teflon mat and she’s going to town.

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Fran showing off all the great samples using her Melt Media technique.

See the entire product line of Embossing Powder and Fran•táge Embossing Enamels on our website to imagine the possibilities!

To order in bulk, contact Customer Service at stamp@stampendous.com.

Dream A Little Friday Fun

Dreamweaver_intro_Banner1-780x380We love what the design team has created this week sharing tutorials using stencils with watercolor to embossing pastes or applying the letterpress technique for dry embossing. It’s amazing what you can do with these metal stencils with the right care and a few tools. Earlier this week we talked mentioned properly removing the stencil from it’s packaging and easy cleaning after use, today it’s the tools that help make stenciling fun!

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Dreamweaver Stencils Embossing Paste

We have seven high quality embossing pastes to choose from on our website. Add almost any color medium to the white or clear pastes for even more options.

 

Dreamweaver Stencils Tools

 

Use the Palette Knife to mix in coloring mediums, spread paste over smaller stencils or load the Paste Spreader to apply paste evenly across the larger stencils.

All that’s left is choosing stencils! You can purchase stencils from the Dreamweaver Stencils section of the Stampendous website where we are continually adding more. During the transition you can still shop the Stencil with Style website to access the entire collection.

Need some help getting started? There are great tips and techniques on how to use these wonderful products here.

With such fun new products being talked about, it’s only right to share some fantastic projects from these designers today!

Kristine Reynolds

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Pam Hornschu

Dreaming of Inspiration

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Today is a double dose of inspiration with two teams posting Dreamweaver inspiration!

On Thursday’s we enjoy a weekly shower of inspiration from Dreamweaver Stencils’ Dream Team which is especially true this month’s challenge. Be inspired to design with showers themed projects from the A Team!

Dream It Up!

Lea Kimmel

Louise Healy

Laura Drahozal

Pam Hornschu

Jamie Martin

Here at Stampendous our Dream a Little Dreamweaver week continues with some terrific inspiration from our designers.

Kristine Reynolds

Tenia Nelson

 

 

Easy Clean Stenciling

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Stenciling can be fun when you have a system in place for each step of the process. Yesterday we mentioned how to properly remove the stencil from packaging and today it’s about cleaning the stencil. Being able to clean your stencils immediately after use helps you quickly move on to the rest of your project.  Here’s some information to keep you stenciling in style.

  • Keep the stencil flat when cleaning.
  • Use a flat tray or flat bottom container like our Stufftainers with enough water to cover the stencil and tools. Set them into the water until you’re ready to clean.
  • Gently scrub with a soft brush while the stencil stays flat in the tray.
  • Place on a clean soft cloth to air dry or use a second cloth to dry while keeping it on a flat surface.

Here’s a fantastic project today from veteran stencil designer,

Pam Hornschu

Dreaming on a Tuesday!

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We’re celebrating our new acquisition of Dreamweaver Stencils again this week. There’s just so much to learn and enjoy with these new tools! So much new inspiration from new team members joining us, and so very many new products to play with and enjoy!

When you first get your Dreamweaver Stencils, it’s very important that you start taking care of them right away! Even taking them out of their packaging can be a little tricky. You want to avoid bending the stencil at all, so that you’ll have the flattest, smoothest surface to work with for all the great techniques. We’ve linked to a great video on YouTube on every one of our new stencils to remind you about opening the product carefully. Always BEND THE PAPER, NOT THE STENCIL!  Take a look:

Now go have a look at the terrific inspiration we have for you today!!

Alison Heikkila

Jamie Martin

Amy Hurley-Purdie