Monday, January 20, 2014

Graffiti Greetings to Go--Guest Artist





Hello to all my Club Scrap friends! KnitterPam here. Wow, what an honor to have been contacted by Club Scrap and asked if I'd create some cards from the January '14 Graffiti kit!


Although it was fun researching and collecting ideas, getting started proved difficult. After thinking about it for a bit, I decided to just make some "art" first. It's so fun to pull out supplies and just mess around. I figured if the art backgrounds turned out alright, it would spark some ideas. Luckily, that is exactly what happened. Once I started "arting" (as Julie Fei-Fan Balzer calls it), the ideas came fast and furious.


I used the Graffiti Greetings to Go as the base for all of my designs. Want some details?


The matte on this Thank You card was embossed with a brick design and inked with Earth Hybrid Ink. I cut slits on either side of the sentiment with a craft knife and slid the ribbon underneath.


The "Art" card background is Raven ink sprayed on the Adobe (2010) stencil onto white plain. I added the printed Cutapart sentiment bordered with the thin pink ribbon included in the Greetings to Go pack.


I still had some Raven ink spray left on my stencil, so I pressed the 8.5 x 11" White Smooth Print paper onto it. The result was a reverse stencil imprint with some lines and some ink blops (my technical word) that was the perfect background for the Great Job card.


For the Congratulations card, I cut slits on either side of the sentiment to create a channel for the ribbon, and added four quadrants of color as a matte.


For this Thank You card, I pulled out my trusty Art Spinner ala Tricia's lovely Spin Class from a past Retreat. (Check out the video here.) I used Hybrid re-inkers and spray inks dribbled into the spinner. Fun!


This birthday card features an Adobe (2010) image stamped and embossed with that yummy Tribal Hematite Embossing Powder on Black Plain. I used it as part of the matte, covering the seam with various ribbons from the Embellishment Pack. I also added four little square orange brads in the corners.


Here I tried Tricia's cool brick/embossing technique with Musical Interlude Red from my stash and Tribal Hematite embossing powder.  I added a bit of ink spray to the stamped sentiment, and finished off the card with that delicious HUGE striped ribbon and a few square brads.


The Good Luck card features more Hematite-embossed Adobe stamp pattern, as well as some faux stitching on the banner using a black pen.


Here I stamped the Graffiti Art Nouveau noise pattern on one side of the orange matte, flipped it over and ripped it back a bit, and sealed it down with a rolled scallop-y flower made out of that wonderful blue paper! I think in Tribal Red (I'm going to have to hit GHM for more!), the flower would look like a carnation or dianthus, don't you think?  


This card was very simple - I just punched circles of various sizes, stamped assorted Graffiti images with India ink and attached them to the front panel. I drew swirlies on the smallest pink circles with a white opaque pen and attached them with foam adhesive. I also drew a little swirlie at the bottom left of the quote with a Pitt pen to hide a mistake, just because I wanted to. 


For this card, I colored in the Love stamps using blue and yellow Gelatos with a blending pen and water, sprayed with blue and yellow ink sprays, and added more of that lovely striped ribbon with a button. 


The Yay, You! card background was created with pounces of Neon Ink Dabbers, stamps, along with some gems, a bit of washi tape and striped ribbon from my stash. I added dots to the arrow stamp with a white opaque pen after seeing Tricia do it. CASE! 



Can you guess the art medium on this Birthday card? It's NAIL POLISH! I tried several mediums, but none would show on the black. So I whipped out my kiddos' nail polish collection and pounced it around on the matte, with hand-drawn lines in white opaque pen around the edges. Love the effect! The sentiment was created from stickers and Thickers from my stash, but I think this card would also look neat with embossed CS Font stamps or alpha stickers, too. 


This Love card might be my favorite of the whole bunch. The night before I made this card, I took my 11-yr-old daughter to a friend's birthday party and one of the cards she received was EXACTLY what I had in my head for Graffiti. So I took a picture of the card, and went home and re-created it with my CS Graffiti supplies. The Art Nouveau noise image was stamped multiple times using a bit of water and assorted Gelatos. The crown was stamped with India ink and topped with a few Glitter Brads included in the Greetings to Go pack. The tailed hearts were stamped with Ash Hybrid ink, and colored with pink Gelato. I stamped the word "Love" with India ink onto a scrap paper. To create the "fill" design, I randomly stamped over the word with an older CS music stamp (yes, Musical Interlude again) and swiped my CS Neon Pink ink pad over the top. I also stamped the "Trust . . . " sentiment with India ink onto a scrap, cut out the individual words, inked the edges and adhered them to the front of the card. So much fun! I love the result.  


And last, but not least, my other "favoritest" card. I wanted to show y'all that Graffiti doesn't have to be wild and crazy. The little elongated inchie panels remind me of an art gallery. I drew over the matted patterned paper squares with Liquid Pearls in a rosy color. Add simple glossy black photo corners and voila, a classy Graffiti card that you could give to anyone.

I hope you enjoyed the walk-through of my Graffiti card designs and that this hasn't turned out to the be world's longest post. Oh, who am I kidding? Have you ever known me to be short-winded, my friends? Thanks for the opportunity, Club Scrap - it was really fun showing off different ways to use the Graffiti kit to make cards.

Pam Butler (aka KnitterPam)











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Greetings to Go Guest Artists are given the current month's Club Scrap materials to work with:
  • Greetings to Go Pack
  • Embellishment Pack
  • Collection Unmounted Rubber Stamp sheet
  • Greeting Unmounted Rubber Stamp sheet
  • Art Nouveau Unmounted Rubber Stamp sheet
  • Extra 8.5 x 11" plain papers from the monthly kit
The artist may also choose to incorporate items from their own craft stash, as well as different inks and art mediums. We do our best to make note these additions in the card descriptions whenever possible.

35 comments:

  1. How fun, and a most excellent post Pam!

    pat-czap

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  2. Tremendous and what wonderful ideas. Thank you for posting.

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  3. Love your fun cards Pam!
    Connie

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  4. WOW !!! I couldn't possibly pick a favorite! They are all so different, colorful, fun and creative! Thanks for the inspiration, Pam!

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  5. PAM!!! Oh my goodness, LOVE all of your cards! You have done a fantastic job capturing the essence of this kit! Well done. I absolutely love the technique where you used the nail polish (brilliant) and the torn paper to reveal the Thank You sentiment! So much wonderful inspiration. Thanks for sharing all the details.

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  6. Squeee! This was so much fun! Thanks for the comments, my friends! :)

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  7. Wow, Pam! Those are some wonderful cards!

    Kathiems2003

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  8. Pam, these are super FUNtanstic! I can't wait to try these techniques!

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  9. Love all your cards and thanks for so many wonderful ideas!

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  10. Really nice Pam! I especially like the ones using Adobe (I wish I had gotten that one) and the 'brick' technique. And the spinner. And the one with the ribbon threaded. Oh heck, I liked them all!

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  11. Great job, Pam. I love what you've created and shall have to incorporate some of your ideas into my own stuff!

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  12. Great cards Pam! Love the techniques that you used. Perfect with this kit!

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  13. WOW!!! Pam,those are awsome cards!! And so many different techniques! I am sure there is something for everyone. I think I have to get my spinner out again!

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  14. great cards Pam - a tough kit IMHO to work with but you made it great!!

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  15. AWESOME! Pam these are just fabulous! Thanks for the inspiration. When I first got the kit, I thought lets just play and see what happens, however the chance hasn't come up but after seeing your FAB-O work I am totally inspired. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Kudos for letting the guest artist be the guest blogger!! Also great idea on the Adobe bricks, I had originally thought that this kit screamed for brick paper but this might work too. I also have the OLD UM Old South brick stamp I think...

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    1. That was a great idea you suggested, Janet! ;0)

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  17. Fabulous cards, Pam. And thanks for the detailed directions. Some of these I think I could actually case! Love how you gave yourself permission to "prime the pump" with getting messy with some other art first!! Great hint for getting started. Thanks for sharing your considerable talent!

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  18. Thanks again, everyone! This was quite an experience. Janet - this kit would work with so many previous CS kits, I really tried to limit myself to work mainly with this kit. But wouldn't Concrete Jungle be awesome with it? It had a glossy silver brick text-weight paper that would be killer. And Adobe. And the bricks from English Garden (that's an oldie-but-goodie). It would make great colorful valentines with either Love Ink (tattoo-style) or Love Bites. Ooooh, the stamps I wanted to play with - Fizz had great graffiti-style stamps.....I could go on, but I'll let you dig into your stashes....

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  19. Woweee - thank you for all the fab ideas! Where to start?

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  20. Oooooo Pam you just gave me a great idea. A "what goes with this kit" post each month. I'm so bad about pulling older stuff out but your ideas were fantastic!

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    1. Janet, Great minds think alike. I was thinking about the old paper scrap raps and one of the consistent articles in the Senior Kit raps were of designers combining older kits with the new kits. I loved those articles. This would make a great series of challenges on the Forum as well.

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    2. Julie and Janet, this would be so fun! A make your own mash-up challenge. That would be a great way to use up your stash and play with a new kit! Hmm, the wheels are turning...

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    3. I tried this challenge using the Pattern Basics, but hey, this would a fun challenge! Maybe I need to remind folks about it. ;)

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  21. I love gadgets and gizmos and after seeing the video with the spin art just had to have one. I actually found it at my local walmart for $10 which included the pottery wheel. I am thinking of using it with the neon daubbers. Thanks for the ideas

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  22. Awesome job Pam, every card and idea just rocks! It was so fun seeing all your cards!

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  23. Ooooooh!! Here, I thought I was the only who SQUEED!!! haha Good on you to see ya here! Good on CS for seeing ya here ;-) haha I thought that this kit was looking like a TON o'fun, and ya just proved me totally RIGHT!!!! Wahoo!! Glad that you shared your fun-time with the rest of us-miss ya!

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  24. Oooh, Pam! All of your cards are fabulous, but my fave is the last one with the Liquid Pearls drizzle--AWESOME!!! YGG!

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  25. You guys are so sweet! :) Thanks for all the lovely comments!

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  26. Oooh, Pam, I'm finally able to catch up on my blog reading and I am AMAZED at these cards! I'm echoing what everyone else is saying, but I love the range of idea and techniques you used on these cards. I'm definitely stealing your ripping technique, and I'm so glad you used Tricia's brick technique with these cards - I thought that would look cool too but haven't tried yet. Glad I have your example to be inspired by! Aaaaand this comment is getting long, but I just have to say I think I love your last card, the Jackson Pollock-y one, the best - it does showcase the versatility of this kit! So glad to see your take on these cards.

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  27. My roomie is the BOMB!!!
    LOVE these cards!!

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  28. Pam, these are wonderful, fabulous cards. Thank you so much for sharing your genius with us!

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