Friday, July 18, 2014

in distress...

Hello my wonderful friends!

If you are looking for the Unity hop post... go ahead and click HERE, or just scroll down. 

Speaking of the hop, I had some questions in the comments asking about how I did this card.

 This is actually kind of a fun technique... ready to get a little messy?

Step 1: add a couple drops of Distress Reinker to some white gesso or acrylic paint.
(for my original card, I used Salty Ocean, for this sample, I grabbed Chipped Sapphire)

Step 2: Completely cover a piece of kraft card stock with 1-2 layers of your tinted paint... allow to dry between layers (or if you are impatient like me, dry it with a heat gun!)

Step 3: Run your dry piece through an embossing machine using desired embossing folder.

Step 4: Gently sand off the paint from the embossed areas. I like using a sanding grip for this, but regular sand paper works fine.

Step 5: Now comes the magic of Distress Ink!  Flick water onto your piece... The ink will react and do some fabulous things. And, because you have some exposed kraft paper (where you sanded off the embossed areas) you'll get some deeper colors in those areas. Super fun way to get a distressed look!

Step 6:  If you want a tattered edge, use a paper distresser, or the edge of your scissors to  scuff up the edges. 
(For my project, I also ran did a regular stitch along all the edges with my sewing machine.)

Step 7: If you want to go a step farther.... try using a marker spritzer to splatter light droplets of ink.. I'm using a sharpie for a permanent black! 

It's super faint, but you can see the light speckles. I love the added touch this gives!  

Now you are ready to dress it up with your favorite stamps!

*As a side note... For this to work, you do have to mix Distress Reinker with white gesso or acrylic paint. Using Distress Paint, while it will give you the color, it is specially formulated to NOT react to water once dry.*

Hope that helps all those who were asking! I love it when I get questions! It gives me ideas on what to share! Thanks for commenting!

Enjoy!
~Kassi

Thursday, July 17, 2014

chalk it up to unity....

Hello my wonderful friends!

Guess what... It's Thursday, and time for another Unity hop!
(and sale!)

Courage to Imagine 

If you are arriving here from Kary's blog you are right on track... if not, go ahead and start at the beginning by clicking HERE.. You don't want to miss any of the fabulous inspiration (or chances to win!)

Have you ever had one of "THOSE" weeks? You know the kind... where everything is about 1000 times more stressful than it needs to be? Yeah. That was how this week started. Monday night, I didn't go to bed at all because I was too overwhelmed to sleep.

URRRRRGGGGG!

However, I was finally able to sit down with my Unity stamps, Distress Ink, and watercolor crayons, and art out my stress. That is one of the things I LOVE most about what I do... Creating art helps me deal with life. It helps me cope with the hard times, and celebrate the good!


I super ADORE this stamp! It's this week's Stamp of the Week, and a I love it! You can check it out HERE.

I also got a chance to play around with an idea I had. I'm excited to say, it worked like a charm!

So, you know the chalkboard trend everyone has been on?  Well, I'll admit, I'm not very talented at making my chalkboards, white board, or mirrors look very pretty when I write on them. It's super frustrating! So, I found a way to "draw" and "write" on my chalkboards that doesn't require any artistic skills with chalk... Wanna know how?

Stamps and chalk markers!

The chalk markers are special markers that have a liquid formula that works well on chalkboards, glass, and other such surfaces, and washes off with a little water. Super fun!
(You can get chalk markers in all sorts of colors, I'm just boring and like the look of the traditional white on the blackboard...)

Simply ink up your stamp with the chalk marker(s) just like you would using any other marker, then stamp on your board. The ink washes off both your stamp and board with just a damp rag.


And now, I can have the "Pinterest cute" chalkboards without having to be spend the time, or frustration at trying to draw an awesome image myself! Love that!

Enjoy the hop... I'm off to go whale watching with the kiddos! YAY!

Don't forget---
 Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.  The winners will be announced Saturday night on the Unity blog.


Your next stop is Lisa!


Enjoy!



Friday, July 11, 2014

bug-a-boo beauty...

Hello all my wonderful friends!

There is someone I'd like you to meet...

This is my little Bug-a-boo.

This beautiful 10 yr old has been one of my bestest little helpers since the day she was born. She's had a kinda rough year... Her dad has been working in another state and commuting home for the weekends. This summer, she is staying at my house so her parents can buy a house and get everything moved so they can all be together as a family again. SO happy for them, and praying that things go smoothly and quickly... they deserve it!

Since she is sleeping in my studio, my normal nighttime art time has been cut back, however, she is more than willing to spend time getting all inky with me during the day!  I love our special crafting time together! It makes my heart happy. 

This is all her. All I did was cut the paper.
 (I'm WAY too chicken to let her use my guillotine cutter... that thing has taken chunks of MY fingers before!) 

She has decided she wants to be on MY design team... She knows what I do working with Unity, and wants to do the same thing for me since I told her she is too young to work for a real company (pesky child labor laws and internet safety stuff, right?!? HA!) So I told her I would share her card on my blog.  

What can I say? She's got blossoming talent! I'm so happy she is my niece and that I get to spend time with her this summer. I love her SO much! (and I kinda love that she shares a love for the arts too!!)

Happy crafting everyone... of ALL ages!

Enjoy!
~Kassi

 Unity Stamps- Gina & Me, Strength & Dignity


Thursday, July 3, 2014

to friendship and fun...

Hello my wonderful friends!


It's time for another Unity hop!
This week is super special because we celebrating friendship with the new Gina & Me kit from Unity, and the Ang & Me supplies kit from Gina K. with a combined blog hop from BOTH companies!  I know, that means more blogs, but it also means more prizes! Unity and Gina K. are BOTH choosing winners! 
(besides, it's tons more inspiration! LOVE.) 

If you are arriving here from Kary's blog you are right on track... if not, go ahead and start at the beginning by clicking HERE.. You don't want to miss any of the fabulous inspiration (or chances to win!)

Ok, so I'm seriously loving the flower and butterfly in the new Gina & Me kit! Totally fell in love with the first time I saw the kit. And the papers in the Ang & Me Supplies kit are FABULOUS! The card stock is a nice weight, and the pattern paper has an awesome finish too!  I also LOVE that this all came about because two wonderful women are such DEAR friends even though they are in the same business. The world needs more friendships like this!

While I was working on this card, my 10 yr old niece was watching... She was asking me all sorts of artsy questions, than she threw one at me that kinda surprised me...

"Do you ever make a mistake in your art?"

HA!  I'm pretty flattered that she has elevated me to the superhuman capabilities of being perfect, but I had to pop her bubble and I told her:

 It happens ALL THE TIME! It's just a part of learning.. and part of art.  

As if the universe wanted to prove my point, just minutes after that,  I set something down that wasn't quite dry, and smeared brown ink across the white part of the card, and had to start over. 

Yes, I make mistakes. It happens, and it's ok.  Sometimes I have to remind myself of that!  (I actually like this version of the card much better.)

To get that fabulous arch of flowers, I used the Inkadinkado Circle Stamping Gear. Works GREAT with Unity stamps!  (it also made it quite easy to redo the card!)

I also did a little watercoloring with June's KOM.... I used Distress Markers to color on the stamp with various colors, I than spritzed it with water and stamped. After it had dried, I used a damp paint brush to smear the ink inside the flowers just a tad. SUPER quick and easy!  I love the look of it though!

(BTW... have you seen the new KOM, SMAK, and LOL?  Totally in love, and can't wait for mine to get here! How about you?)

And... 
For those of you who don't know... I pretty much always do a tutorial... just cuz I love to!

This week, I thought I would share a fun way to jazz up some of your bold, solid stamps...

Stencil Stamping

Step 1: lay a stencil over a bold, solid stamp... the heart from the new Gina & Me kit is perfect!

Step 2: use a marker spritzer (I use THIS one) to spritz ink through the stencil, and onto the stamp. You can concentrate ink in some areas more than others for fun fades!

your stamp will look something like this... super fun!

Step 3: press stamp to paper like usual.

You can get all sorts of cool effects with this... try fades, or using multiple colors... Tons of fun!


Don't forget---
 Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win. I know there is twice as much hop this week... but that means more winners, so make sure to hop through all of the Gina K. team too! The winners for Unity, will be announced Saturday night on the Unity blog.


Your next stop is Lisa!


Enjoy!



Thursday, June 19, 2014

#hashtags, #hop, #stampedombretutorial....

Hello my wonderful friends!

It's time for another Unity hop!
(and sale!)


If you are arriving here from Kary's blog you are right on track... if not, go ahead and start at the beginning by clicking HERE.. You don't want to miss any of the fabulous inspiration (or chances to win!)


I've got a few things to share with you today... so, I hope you don't mind. :)

First, have you seen the brand new  #hashtag kit?
It has all sorts of fabulous hashtags (and cute icons) for those of you who are into the popular #hashtaglove.  Pretty sure this will be a popular kit! This weekend you can get it for only $20-- for a full 8.5x11 sheet of rubber stamps! (that is a lot of stamps, in case you are wondering.) 
 Kinda seriously awesome!
 #UnityStamp

So, I'm kinda loving this kit that was released last week... What's Up Gnomey?  Combined with the adorable heart speech bubble from May's KOM Hey Girl, it made for the perfect father's day card.  I always have such a hard time with masculine cards, but this kit made it super easy (thank you Unity!!!), and he loved it. YAY! 

I did a lot of layers popped up with foam tape.. lots of levels.  It is a lot of fussy cutting, but it really doesn't take too long. This is a simple way to add interest and dimension for cards you don't want to add sequins or rhinestones to.

I really like the LOL kits.. This month's, Beautiful Wish is amazing! 
(of course, I added a #hashtag sentiment from today's new kit... just cuz I could, and it works so well!)

And finally, did you really think I would leave without a tutorial?

How about a blended stamped ombre background?

Step 1: do some generation stamping using a background stamp and Distress ink on watercolor paper.  Ink up the stamp, and stamp like usual, than, move the stamp down and stamp again without reinking. This will create a lighter version of the image... It took me 3 generations to fill each column. At the top of each column, I would reink and start again. This will give you a stamped ombre background.

Step 2: spritz with a little water. The more water you add, the more blended your background will become. Play around with the amount of water... And remember, start light with the water...you can always add more. 

Step 3: use a wet paint brush to brush across the card. this will help blend and fade the image. You will still see the image (especially on the side with the first generation stamp, but it will soften and blend the whole background.)  This is why you want to use Distress ink and watercolor paper. 

Step 4: Once dry, stamp your focal image with a permanent ink. 

Step 5: If desired, use an ink blending tool to ink around the edges.

Finish as desired.

Thanks for stopping by! You guys are all so amazing. It makes my heart so happy to read all the sweet comments you guys leave.... so thank you.

Don't forget---
 Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.  The winners will be announced Saturday night on the Unity blog.


Your next stop is Rachel!


Enjoy!



Thursday, June 5, 2014

highlighted...

Hello my wonderful friends!



It's time for another Unity hop!
(and sale!)



If you are arriving here from Kary's blog you are right on track... if not, go ahead and start at the beginning by clicking HERE.. You don't want to miss any of the fabulous inspiration (or chances to win!)

(Nancy Girl & In Love with Love)

So... you may have noticed something a little different about this stamp... Yes, I used the exact same Nancy Girl stamp that you can now find at the Unity store... I just used a bit of masking change things up a bit. Simply cover the kitties with a little tape while you ink up the stamp, remove the tape, then stamp.... I chose to have my sentiment (from the new KOM!) fill the newly created blank space. This is a great way to stretch your stamps!

 (cuz honestly, I'm not a huge kitty person, but I LOVE the girl!)


And a little Phyllis Harris... just cuz I love her! This little beauty was watercolored with Distress Markers. I wanted to keep this card simple, but I also wanted to add a bit of POP, so I decided to do a little "word highlighting" in my sentiment...


This is a super easy way to add just a little something extra to your project.

Step 1: Stamp your sentiment on to your card and again on a scrap sheet of paper. On the scrap sheet one, go ahead and add any color you want. I kept it simple with a little Distress Marker and water.

You don't have to stick to sentiments that already have a word singled out... Here is one from the new June KOM... I just brushed some color over the word LOVED....

Cut it out, and added a hand doodled line. 

(guess there's kind of a theme of altering your images here...LOL!)

Step 2: cover the word with a clear double sided tape. 

Step 3: cover with a fine glitter, and use your finger to rub the glitter into the tape... go ahead, press hard. You don't want the glitter coming off! Shake of any extra glitter and return it to the jar.  (Distress Rock Candy dry glitter also works beautifully if you want a more subtle sparkle)

Step 4: attach it to your project over the stamped image... for a little extra pop, I like to use foam tape.

Okie dokie... that all from me for now.


Don't forget---
 Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.  The winners will be announced Saturday night on the Unity blog.


Your next stop is Lisa!


Enjoy!