Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cinema Spoiler! and...Action!

Club Scrap hopes to "Go Ahead and Make Your Day" with our August Cinema Kit!

Below you'll find images that will give you a feel of what this collection is about. It has a nostalgic, classic cinema feel with a cool, classy color palette. It's a combination that will be perfect for any family and friend photos!

If you need more information about becoming a Club Scrap Member, check THIS out. Act quickly because shipping day will be here on Friday!

See ya at the movies!

Here's lookin' at you, kid.
Kay at Club Scrap

Monday, July 28, 2014

Acrylic Block Stamping and Oopsie Daisy

I found this link a while ago, before Oopsie Daisy was released. While the post really isn't about the technique shared below, I liked the overall look of the soft inked "frame" and floral image together. Since I didn't really know quite what the Oopsie Daisy art would look like at the time, I bookmarked the post anyway, thinking it might be something to try.

I don't have a rectangular stamp like the blog author does, so I thought I'd try getting a similar "look" with my 3x4" acrylic stamp block. I was pretty pleased with the results.

The key to using the acrylic block (in lieu of a rubber stamp) is good cushioning underneath. My CS desk blotter is nice and thick so that worked for me, but if you don't have one you could try stamping on top of an old catalog or magazine--or even a mouse pad.

Start with a clean acrylic block. I assure you my block doesn't normally look like this . . . it's usually an inky mess . . . but some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball took care of that, easy peasy.

Ink the edges of the acrylic block (make sure to ink the smooth side, if your block has a grid like mine). Starting from the outside, sweep ink toward the center. For added dimension, start with a light color and add a darker color around the outer-most edges, if desired.

Press the acrylic block onto paper. You will get different looks depending on the texture or finish of the paper. Experiment, have fun with it.

Since I love the look of watercolors paired with the Oopsie Daisy images, I tried the same technique with Gelatos.

Start by lightly misting the acrylic block with water, then add color. Use a light color first with a darker shade around the outer edges, if desired.

Press onto paper. If you're lucky, you might get a second impression.

Be sure to thoroughly clean your acrylic block after each use.

One advantage to using the same block to add rubber stamps is that positioning is a no-brainer!

Topaz CS Hybrid ink "frame"

Topaz CS Hybrid ink "frame"
Gray Gelatos "frame"
Yellow Gelatos edged with orange
Who knew you could use your acrylic block AS a stamp? Well, now ya know!

Creatively yours,