Sunday, February 26, 2012

Quietfire meets Luminarte meets Gelli Arts meets Me!

I made a batch of thank-you cards the other day, using pieces of prints I had made with my gel printing plate from Gelli Arts.

"A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses" is a calligraphy stamp from Quietfire Design in Canada, and the "Thank you!" is a stamp I made 12 yrs ago when I designed stamps for My Heart Stamps For You in Colorado.

Close-up of another card I made that day:

Background paper is printed with Silks acrylic glaze from Luminarte, using the gel printing plate from Gelli Arts. This paint has such a stunning shimmer!

Another close-up:

If you think you can see a rose stamped behind the sentiments, you're absolutely right!

And last, but not least, I'm proud to send you over to Quietfire's blog to see the cards Suzanne made using MY stamps! (As I write this, there are two different cards in two different posts: One here and the other is here)


Quietfire Design, home of calligraphy sentiment stamps (and much more!):

Silks acrylic glaze from Luminarte:

Click here to read a previous post where I introduce the gel printing plate.
To find out more about the gel printing plate, here's Gelli Arts' website:

Thanks for stamping by!

:-) Bibi

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Shimm-shimmery, shimm-shimmery ...

My nickname should be Magpie.

Not because I sing just as ... er, beautifully as the bird, but because I LOVE everything that shimmers, sparkles and shines! Especially if I can stamp on it, or - as in this case - with it.

So, here's what missis Magpie stamped the other day:

Notice the folding ruler to the right? This is more than 1 x 1 meter worth of stamping (over 3 x 3 feet), and when I counted them I realized that I can make at least 75 cards out of this lot! :-)

And guess what? I stamped on cardstock scraps only. Yes! I've finally USED my scraps! Can you hear the sound of pride in my voice here? :-) I keep saving scraps, in fact I'm quite good at saving them.... and the scrap box keeps growing bigger and bigger .... I don't know if this sounds familiar to anyone.

All the samples in this post were stamped with Twinkling H2Os using the DTR technique (Direct To Rubber), which means that I painted Twinkling H2Os on the rubber stamp, then stamped with it. So there is no coloring in here; just add paint onto the rubber stamp - then stamp on cardstock.

DTR is such a fun technique and QUICK, too! (No wonder I could stamp 1 square meter in one sit, ey?). There is an excellent tutorial on Luminarte's website that shows you exactly how it's done:

Any magpie would envy me this paint. I mean, look how it shines!

And shines!!

While I was at it, I also stamped up a batch of birthday sentiments.
This time I used the VTT technique (Via The Table), a word I just invented.
Instead of adding paint to the rubber, I smeared some paint on my table (a craft sheet works fine, too ...), and used that as my - not ink pad but paint pad. This way it was easier to get just enough paint on the stamp (fine lines on a sentiment stamp can be hard to paint with a paint brush).

Stamp from Red Castle, Inc.

Oh, la-la! Look how those letters sparkle!

Here are some of the cards I made:

(Hibiscus from Nature's Print Shop, Rose from PSX)

(Butterfly stamp: company unknown)

Hibiscus don't come in this color, but I love this color so here's a hibiscus in this color (+ shimmer, sprakle and shine!)

It's Valentine's Day today, and I'm in love ....

... with Twinkling H2Os!

This paint comes in jars with dry "cakes". Just add a few drops of water (I use a mini mister), let it sit for a few minutes and you're ready to go. I love the fact that the cakes are dry - no need to PAY for water - and they last much longer this way.

For more information about Twinkling H2Os, visit the manufacturer's website (tip: click on their Classroom link to see several tutorials). Luminarte is the same company that invented the other paint I have been raving about, Silks acrylic glaze. (I used them in my previous post).

I'm not affiliated, just a very happy customer! :-)

What I DO sell, are the leaf and hibiscus stamps (which I made from nature prints). You can see all my nature stamps here:

Gotta go! My Muse is calling my name .... (*magpie, maaagpieee*)

:-) Bibi

Thursday, February 2, 2012

New Toy in Town!

New since its release last summer - brand new to me.
I'm having so much fun with this!

Perhaps you have seen this genius invention already, the non-perishable Gel Printing Plate from Gelli Arts. This is not your home made kind of gelatin plate, but a sturdy, durable, made of non-toxic materials Gel Printing Plate that you can use again and again and again and ...... And I am! I can't stop!!

This has got to be the best invention since ....not only sliced bread, but the wheel? OK, so I'm hooked. I absolutely LOVE this printing plate!

This is what the gel plate looks like with a few drops of acrylic paint:

After smearing the paint out with a soft brayer, I placed a piece of string over the paint, then regular, white cardstock on top. I pressed the cardstock down with my hands, and to the right is the result:

I have used the printing plate with regular acrylic paint (from any craft store) and Silks acrylic glaze from LuminArte (Dreaming in Color), and I really like the contrast between the matte finish of the acrylic paint combined with the shimmer and sparkle of the Silks glaze.

The photo does not do the shimmer and sparkle justice.

A friend of mine stopped by the other day, and this is one of the prints she made:

Clock mask from Tim Holtz. Print by Minna.

Same mask used on a big tag:

Print by Minna.

I love tags. It's fair to say that I'm a tagaholic! So.... I've printed on a few tags, too. Oooh, and I love fibers! Maybe you can tell ...

Stamps from Nature's Print Shop, "Just Chillin'".

Masks are fun. Store bought or self made, I love'em all! Here I stamped one of my leaves onto cheap copy paper three times and cut the masks out. The "dots " are from a Punchinella (sequin waste stencil), which I've used on some of the prints above, too.

Here's another tag print - and this time the tag is the mask. After I made the green background, I used a lace Magic Stamp (the foam from Clearsnap that you heat up and press over any textured surface to make a stamp out of) and the paint I have stamped with is Twinkling H2Os, also from LuminArte (Dreaming in Color). Yet another shimmer and sparkle paint that I L-O-V-E!

Another Magic Stamp lace print:

String and lace:

I could go on and on! (And I will in another blog post ...)

I don't sell the gel priting plate nor the shimmer paints from LuminArte, I'm just a happy customer who's having loads and loads of fun! :-D

To find out more about the gel plate, here's Gelli Arts' website:

To see all the shimmer and sparkle paints I use, here's where to go:
LuminArte, Dreaming in Color:

And if you want to read even more about the gel printing plate and see several projects using this amazing tool, here's an article written by Judi Kauffman:

Thanks for looking! Comments are welcome ... (Take that as a hint if you like ... ;-) )

:-) Bibi