Laurel Burch Stamps by Stampendous

Introducing Laurel Burch

We’re wrapping up our week of introducing you to our new Laurel Burch line of rubber stamps. If you want to try and achieve that Laurel Burch look, we thought we’d offer a few tips we’ve learned working with her images. Stay tuned for more tips in future posts.

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– Cats, Dogs, etc. have more human shaped eyes rather than rounded animal shapes
– Women, cats, etc. usually have multiple “eye shadow” colors above and/or below
– Colors are vivid and vibrant not muted.
– Paints are blended from one color to another
– Blend from yellow to oranges and then reds not yellow next to red
– Colors often change from one hue to another in the same vivid value spectrum.
lbcrs01_lbcrs02_lbdcs01_lbdcs02_sscl101_fs_800_watermarked – Warm color blends are next to complementary cool color blends.
Ex: Yellow orange flowers might then have a border color of aqua blues.
lbv002_fs_800_watermarked – Accent with metallic gold paints or pens.
– Embellish with dots, swirls or geometric patterns.
– Offset bright color images with deep blue or black, not just white backgrounds.
– Dark mottled or starry skies are a favorite.
lbw002_sscl101_fs_800_watermarked – Asymetrical, overlapping, close spacing no big open spaces.
– Layers of hand made papers with torn or deckle edges.
– Papers to match the Copic Marker color chart.
– Metallic accents of gold paper or embossed gold patterns and encrusted edges

Let’s see what the Stampendous Designers are creating:

Lea Fritts

Alison Heikkila

Janelle Stollfus

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Guest Stamper: Cyndi’s Glitter & Acetate Tutorial

We simply cannot get enough of Cyndi B. and her adorable cards on her Scrappy Chick Blog! And that is why we’ve made her the Guest Stamper for today’s blog post! Read her tutorial below to learn a beautiful new way to use glitter and acetate in your cards and scrapbook pages. Then, check out Cyndi’s blog here to see more of the cute things she has created!

Glitter & Acetate Tutorial

1. Gather all the supplies you will need.
Stamps, Acetate sheets, StazOn pad (& cleaner), glitter, glue & lots of scrap paper!  I used Stampendous Glitters in Mint Green, Melon, and Lavender for the sample in this tutorial and Sunny Flowers stamps, also by Stampendous.

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2. You will want to use a StazOn pad for this technique so that you get a good impression on the acetate.  Make sure your pad is really inky!  The acetate will stick to your stamp so be sure to gently peel it off so that you don’t smear the image.  If your image is too wet, simply blot it off on some scrap paper.  Don’t forget to use the StazOn cleaner to clean your clear stamps immediately since acrylic stamps do not like solvent inks!  I also clean mine in a bowl of warm soapy water to remove the cleaner too!

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3. Flip the image over, you will be applying the glitter to the back side of where you stamped  (This way you can still see the black lines clearly when it’s done)  You want to do one section at a time with the glitters.  The glue will dry enough to work with additional colors within a few minutes, but I will skip adjacent sections, then come back to them after a bit of drying time.  Apply your glue sparingly, but be sure to cover every bit of open space within the section of the image you are working on.  Do a small section at a time. Also, You will want to go all the way up to or even onto the black lines, as the glue will shrink in a bit after it is dry.  (I used PVA glue by Kay Kraft, that was what was recommended to me and it dries pretty fast…about 4 hours to total hard-as-a-rock dry…and dries clear.  Other glues such as Aleene’s or Crystal Effects should be fine, but dry time may differ)

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4. When you add the glitter, overcoat the image.  (Do this over a scrap sheet of paper so that later you can funnel it back into your container).  I will then lightly press with my fingers on top of the glitter so that I am sure its adhered.  Then shake and tap off the excess.  Don’t be afraid, it won’t fall off!

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5. After your area is glittered you can clean it up a bit by brushing the surrounding areas off with a flat brush  (Don’t get too close to the glitter yet…)  Also you can use a flat rounded object to scooch the glitter back into the lines if you went out a bit (you need to do this while it’s still wet!)

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6. Keep moving to the next area until the image is complete.  Let the image dry completely before trying to trim the acetate.  Also once the image is really dry you can run that same brush all around the acetate, even up next to the glittered  areas to really clean it up.  Total dry time will vary, but you will know its done when you can see the glitter color clearly through the other side.  (It will appear white until dry) And once it’s hard you know it’s done!

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That’s it!  Finish your card or project by adding layers and embellishments.  You can adhere  the acetate to another layer with by applying glue to the back of the glittered area so that it will not show.  Or simply use brads to attach the layer!

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