Thursday, April 25, 2019

A Mighty Flame Art Journal Page

Hi all
I am back with a layered art journal page using The Blank Page Muse Stamps.

Products used 
Lindy's Magicals California Poppy, Oktoberfest Orange, Oomp papah Pink, 
Ranger Archival inks Burgundy, Vermillion, Black
DecoArt Gesso, Modeling paste
StencilGirl(R) Doodle It Bigger

Use a stencil mask on the blank page.
Apply texture stamps to the background.

Apply a layer of gesso
Add red and yellow inks to the page.
Apply another layer of gesso.

Add more texture stamps and emboss some of them with embossing powder.
Stamp out the steampunk dragon and spray with ink.
Cut out and add to page

Finish with a sentiment.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Sunny Treat Gift Bag

Spring is in the air, BPM fans!  
Are you looking forward to sunny days ahead?  
This treat bag, which would be great for fun little gifts or name tags for your table.  
Whatever you use this for, it's super easy to make and can be changed to other themes by changing out the colors and stamped images.

White Lunch Sack
Glossy White Stamping Paper
White cardstock scrap for star
Random small paper circles in matching colors and small rectangles (Scraps were used for these)
Watercolor Pens
Tim Holtz Distress Crayons (or equivalent type) 
Black Archival Ink
Double-sided foam tape
Paper Die Cut 3-Dimensional Star (Sizzix 661595 Thinlits Die Set, Dimensional Stars by Tim Holtz)


1. Stamp Sun using archival ink to the glossy card stock.  After ink dries, begin coloring sun.  Once done, fussy cut sun out.

2. Using the crayons, color all sides of the white lunch bag.

3. Use a circle scrap that fits behind the sun (3" one should work fine), attach the sun to the circle, then the circle to the doily.  In my case, the doily I used was one I made with a large die out of velum, but any doily or larger circle cut from decorative matching paper will work. Punch out your 3-D star, color and decorate as you like.  I added a random stamp "smile" on mine.

Die cut doily, 3" circle out of a metallic cut that was on hand, fussy cut sun, narrow rectangle and star punched out and decorated.
4.  Finding a few more smaller circle scraps, arrange the pieces where they will eventually land on the card.  Leave at least a 2" at the top of the bag free from embellishments.  That will be where the bag will fold closed.

5. Fold the top of the bag at 1" from the top and another fold at 2" from the bag opening.

6. Glue down your various embellishments.

7. Option is to punch two holes through the top folded to draw a ribbon through to act like an enclosure.

It's now ready for giving.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Embossing With Dies

 Hi everyone! Charlotte here, and today I am sharing a fun birthday card
 that uses dies to emboss in two ways.

Blank Page Muse products used:
Happy Birthday Phrase

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Other materials:
White card base
Die cutting/embossing machine
Embossing mat
Nesting circle dies
Repositionable adhesive tape
Anti-static powder tool
Embossing ink
Metallic dark blue embossing powder
White embossing powder
Heat gun
Purple ink
Stamping tool or acrylic block
Black card strip
Alcohol markers
Nuvo Drops in Sweet Lilac

Lay a strip of repositionable adhesive tape face up on the work surface, and press the circle dies into place on it. Keep the gap between the dies as even as possible.
Once all the dies are in position, use an anti-static powder tool to deactivate the adhesive on the still exposed areas of tape.
Gently press embossing ink onto the cutting edges of the dies. Pressing too hard will cause the ink to get on the non-cutting areas of the dies. It is likely that some ink will get on other areas, meaning the embossed lines will subsequently be less clean than they might otherwise be. This can be seen as adding some whimsy to the design.

Treat a card base with anti-static powder tool and prepare to emboss through the die cutting machine. 

Ensure the sandwich is set up with the embossing mat according to the specific machines instructions. 

Carefully position the nested circles over the top and run through the machine. This will both dry emboss - creating the impression of the lines - and also prepare for heat embossing by pushing the embossing ink onto the card base.
Sprinkle dark blue metallic embossing powder over the embossed lines, tap off the excess, and use a dry paintbrush as needed to remove any stray bits of embossing powder.
Use a heat gun to heat set the embossing powder.
Use purple ink to stamp the Seahorse stamp, then color in with a lighter purple alcohol marker. 

Carefully fussy cut the image out. Then curl of the tail and spines of the back may be a bit fiddly. 

Using a craft knife on the smaller areas can help.
White heat emboss the Happy Birthday Phrase onto a strip of black card the same width as the card base.
 Adhere it into place on the card base across the embossed circles.
Adhere the seahorse overlapping the sentiment strip.
Finally embellish the card with the addition of a few Nuvo Drops in Sweet Lilac.
I hope you enjoyed my blog post! Embossing with dies is a very fun technique to get more mileage from your dies, and it can create interesting backgrounds. I hope you'll give it a try, and I'd love to see what you make!

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Phoebe Likes Flowers

Hello Blank Page Muse fans. 
 Gail here today, and it's my Birthday, so there will be cake!
  Do feel free to drop by and share a piece with me.  But first, a card..........

Blank Page Muse Stamps used:

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Other Supplies Used:
Black Archival Ink
Alcohol Inks
Distress Inks
Gel Pens

Stamp Dandelion Burst Background onto acetate using black Staz-on ink.  Turn the acetate over and colour the back with Raisin and Caramel alcohol inks.

Take a lime green trifold aperture card and add some tone on tone colour with Twisted Citron distress ink

Glue a piece of white paper to the first flap of the card and the acetate panel over the aperture.  Glue the first flap over the acetate panel.

This is what the front of the card now looks like.

Stamp the flower cluster from the Phoebe Art Doll set onto some card, mask and stamp Phoebe.  Fussy cut and colour the flowers with gel pens.

Colour Phoebe with Mustard Seed, Mermaid Lagoon and Worn Lipstick distress inks.

Add her to the card and stamp the Grungy Brick Wall stamp along the top with black archival ink.

Thanks for dropping by, I hope you get the chance to eat some yummy cake today!

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Baby Face Daisy Card

When you are feeling stuck in a rut, try combining stamps in your collection to create something brand new and a bit quirky.  My little baby face daisies were just such a happy accident.  When I browsed through my sentiments stamps, this silly saying jumped out at me as the perfect finishing touch!  For your next project, I challenge you to get thinking outside the box and create your own surreal scene!

BPM Stamps:
Baby Doll Line Art Rubber Stamp by Cathy Frailey
Whimsical 5 Petal Doodle Flower Art Rubber Stamp Borders Backgrounds Pam Bray
Whimsical 5 Petal Doodle Flower with Stem Art Rubber Stamp Pam Bray
Chain link Pattern Background Rubber Stamp
Dandelion Wishes & Butterflies
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Other Supplies:
Ink pad (black, pink, lime,
Clear mounting block,
Ink blending tool,
Water color paints,
Pattern paper & brown card stock,
Card base (5x7")

1. Stamp the chain link fence background with copper ink. Use blue watercolor paint to color in the sky background. Set aside to dry.

2. Stamp the baby's face three times with black ink and color lightly with chalks.

3. Stamp the daisy flower three times with pink ink and color with a ink blending tool.  Stamp the stem and leaves with lime ink and color.

4. Fussy cut the baby face, flower, & stems and assemble the flowers.

5. Stamp the sentiment with black ink and matte with a piece of brown card stock.
6. Attach the pattern papers to the card base to create a mock horizon.
7. Adhere the flowers to the chain link fence background. Attach the sentiment to the lower edge.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Dandelion Gift Bag & Tag

     Hello, everyone!  Samantha here. I love using gift bags to give gifts because I'm not the best at wrapping them. One of the things I've recently begun doing is buying plain gift bags and decorating them myself. That way I don't have to worry about not having the right themed bag for whatever the occasion might be.

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     For this simple project you will need:

• A Kraft paper gift bag
• A Kraft paper tag
• Twine or ribbon
• Versamark Watermark ink
• White embossing powder
• One of the dandelions, dandelion seeds, and the 'make a wish' stamps from the Dandelion Wishes with Butterflies Art Rubber Stamp Sheet by Terri Sproul

     After applying a generous amount of anti static powder stamp the dandelion stamp to the gift bag and heat emboss with white embossing powder. Repeat on the other side.

     Dust on your anti-static powder and use Versamark Watermark ink to stamp the dandelion seeds and the 'make a wish' images to your tag. Emboss with white embossing powder.

   If you have any stray flecks of embossing powder use a white gel pen to add small dots all over, thus disguising those imperfections and making them appear intentional.
     Use a bit of ribbon or twine to tie the tag to the handle of the gift bag. That's it! Simple but very pretty.  I think that this design would be perfect for a birthday, baby shower, graduation, or many other gift giving occasions.

     Be sure to tag Blank Page Muse on social media when you try this idea so that we can see what you come up with!
     Until next time,

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Military Appreciation

Hello there all my fellow BPM fans! I’m glad you are here! Today, I am sharing a card in tribute to those who have and continue to fight so that we may be free to create and spread joy. This is to all those brave souls who've come before us, in the now, and in the future.

Product List:
American Crafts: Gold embossing powder
Spectrum Noir: Watercolor paper
Ranger Ink: Archival Black ink pad
Canvas Corp Brands: Tattered Angels Sprays
Creative Expressions: Grateful sentiment
Sewn military inspired appliques
Tacky glue
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Let's get to crafting!

1. First step is to cut your desired card size
2. Get your flag stamp, embossing pad, and powder
You want the card covered completely with flags
3. Stamp the flag image starting from the left corner, cutting off half the image 
4. Continue stamping the image
Periodically adding embossing powder (after each row is complete)
5. Heat emboss the flags

It may look like a simple stamp but, just you wait and see what this bad boy can do!

6. Give it a darker appearance by blending black ink starting from the outside edges inward
7. Emboss your chipboard sentiment
8. Lastly, attach all your embellishments using tacky glue

Here's is a close-up of the embossed stamp. See, I told you it wasn't just any 'ole simple stamp!

Here are some close-ups so you can see all those fine little details of that stamp! 

I do hope you enjoyed the fun quick tip today! Thank you for stopping by today!
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