Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Celebrate Dictionary Day with Blank Page Muse

Hello!  Susie on the blog and today we are celebrating Dictionary Day!

I am kind of a word nerd and will admit to flipping through the dictionary to find new and interesting words.  Who knew there was a day to celebrate that?! When I saw the Creativity Definition stamp from Blank Page Muse I had to have it!   Since today is Dictionary Day, I decided to combine my stack of gel prints with the definition stamp to create more ATCs for my CAS card stash.

Time to play...

Creativity Definition Word Phrase Rubber Stamp by Terri Sproul
Just Us Girls Line Figure Art Rubber Stamp Sheet by Terry Sproul
Background Grunge Art Rubber Stamp Sheet by Pam Bray
Gel prints for backgrounds
Archival Ink - Black, Aquamarine

Cut gel print paper to 3.5" x 2.5" and stamp with Creativity definition in black ink.

Stamp female figure with black ink.

Stamp Background Grunge elements as desired.

Optional:  Stamp Background Grunge elements with alternate colors before adding definition and figure images.

Repeat to create additional gel print ATCs.

Mat ATCs with white cardstock and mount on black cardstock to create CAS cards.

I have to say, the Background Grunge stamps were great for adding little elements that balanced the designs and the Just Us Girls Line Figures are perfect for a little abstract playtime. I love making these ATCs because it is a fun and practical way to use up my creative experiments!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Sea You Soon........

Hi Everyone!
Today I am sharing a quick card - perfect for any occasion - just adapt the sentiment and images using your favourite Blank Page Muse Stamps!

Blank Page Muse Stamps: Mermaid Fantasy Narwahl Set designed by Donna Gray
Blank Page Muse Stamps: Heart of Nature Set designed by Donna Gray
Blank Page Muse Stamps: Petals & Flowers and Ornate Medallions Sets designed by Michelle Frae Cummings
Base card & scrap card for stamping main images
Book Page, Gesso, Washi tape, Ink spray
Stamp Pads - colours of your choice
Any embellishments
Tools: ruler, scissors, glue
Start by making your card background using the old book page, strips of washi tape, a thin layer of gesso, ink spray and rubber stamps.

Cut your background page to slightly smaller than your base card front and edge with ink pad. Adhere to the card front with glue or double sided tape.

Stamp the mermaid, butterfly and sentiment stamps onto scrap card. I've used an oatmeal coloured base card and the same colour to stamp my main images on! Fussy cut the mermaid and butterfly images. cut the butterfly in half and adhere a wing to each side of the mermaid. Tear around the sentiment.

Arrange the stamped images along with any embellishments onto the card front and adhere and you have a colourful and whimsical card for any occasion!

Thanks for joining me today!
Hope you have been enjoying all of the wonderful inspiration so far this month - there's plenty more to come!

Happy Stamping!

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Bible Verse Pocket Card

Greetings!   I was recently asked to create decorations for a Ladies Day event at church.  The invitation had poppies on them and the organizer really wanted to bring in the poppy theme!   and I thought I can do that!  So I am sharing this  quick idea for using your Blank Page Muse stamps to create Bible Verse Pocket cards.  I was able to create about 110 of these in a few hours!  While the bible verse are from another set, they could be easily printed from your printer.

Archival Ink
Watercolor Paper
Kraft Card stock
Distress Inks

To create these in bulk, I started by pre-cutting my watercolor paper (3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches) and Kraft Card stock mats (3 x 4).

Stamp the poppy from  on both edges of card.

Using 2 colors of distress ink Paint flowers with water color brush.  IT IS OK TO GO OUTSIDE THE LINES.  Paint quickly and roughly.

 Stamp or print verse over stamped images and mat to finish.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Sugar Skull Window Catcher

Hi Everyone! I posted this tutorial a couple of years ago (when Blank Page Muse used to be called Sin City Stamps) and I thought some you might be interested in seeing it again! Especially with Day of the Dead and Sugar Skulls being much more popular than ever before! 

  1. Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls rubber stamp set by Michelle Frae Cummings
  2. Medallions rubber stamp set by Michelle Frae Cummings
  3.  Petals rubber stamp set by Michelle Frae Cummings
  4. Black ink- acid free and non bleeding.
  5. Acrylic block
  6. 12x12 black cardstock
  7. White gift wrap tissue paper.
  8. Clear contact paper
  9. A unique bowl to trace.
  10. Scissors
  11. Pencil
  12. Assorted colored pens that wont bleed.
  13. Black permanent pens in fine and regular tips.
  14. Zig two way glue
  15. Silver craft foil 
  16. Double stick and regular tape.
  17. Something to protect your work space.

 Begin by tracing your bowl onto the cardstock. Carefully cut the traced shape out and discard.
Trim your tissue paper to 12x12. Tape the tissue paper securely to your work space and lightly trace your design.

 If desired, you can use a ruler and pencil to mark off your traced design into four even sections. This will ensure even alignment when stamping.
Stamp your images with the black ink directly onto the tissue paper, careful not to smudge any wet ink.

 When you have finished stamping and the ink is dry, peel off the tape and flip the tissue paper over. Smooth this out and tape the corners and anywhere else so it will not move while coloring.

Always start with your lightest color first. I started with yellow. Then I went onto pink, orange, red,  green then purple.  

When coloring, always let the ink dry before re-applying or the moisture will tear the tissue paper.  I used a blue highlighter to fill in the rest of my design.

After I had finished coloring, I outlined and colored in what was needed with the black pens. Different ink pads vary, so you may not need to do this step. Either way, I think it adds sharpness and  makes the happy colors more vivid.

 When the coloring is all done, cut (2) 12x12 squares from the clear contact paper.  Peel off the backing from one and carefully adhere it to one side of the painted tissue paper.  Repeat on the other side of the tissue paper. - This is basically a cheap version of laminating. 

 Use the double sticking tape to adhere the black cardstock to the most vivid side of your design.
Then draw a folk art like design with your zig glue pen as shown. 

 The glue goes on 'blue' and turns 'clear' when ready for the foil. 

 Place the foil 'shiny-side' up onto the glue and press down, burnishing the foil into the raised glue design with your fingers.  Peel away the foil to reveal the fun!

 Cut away the excess cardstock.
If desired, add some more glue and this time use colored foil.

 Hang in a window for all to enjoy!

Thanks for coming by, I hope you liked my project and liked my stamps!
Leave me a comment here and let me know what you think. :)

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Brand New Day & Some Brand New Stamps to Share!

Happy Thursday Muse Fans!

We're so glad you came by today, we have loads to share with you!

Over the last couple of months we have been working hard behind the scenes to bring you some fabulous new products! Last week we shared some new red rubber stamps from A Vintage Girl. Check out Candy's fabby new stamps in the shop now! Click HERE to pop into the BPM shop! We know you are going to want to add these to you red rubber collection!

This week we are so thrilled to share some brand new CLEAR stamps! Our first clear photopolymer stamps are designed by BPM Fan Fav, Pam Bray! She has designed three brand new sets created to decorate and label your Planners and more!

These stamp sheets are 4 by 6 inches and jam packed with stamps to fill up your planner pages as well as journal pages and even cards, bookmarks, ATCs, ATCoins and treat bags, boxes and invitations! The possibilities are endless!

Here is a closer look at each clear planner stamp set:

The "Everyday Planner" set is your go-to starter set or freshen up set used to create your basic pages. It includes days, month and numbers as well as some holidays and more to customize your pages!
 "Fall is in the Air" includes many Autumn favorites, pumpkins, apples, wagons, and flowers! Can't you just feel the changing weather?
 Pam's third set celebrates one of our most favorite times of the year, Halloween! "Boo! Halloween", has a spider cupcake, a trick or treat banner and witch hat! These make wickedly fun pages and so much more! Use them on treat bags, party invitations or bookmarks. What will you make?

Hop to our CLEAR Stamp section by clicking HERE.

We love these new stamps so much and want to share lots of Inspiration as well as some handy tips for those of you new to planners and stamping in general as well as you seasoned creators. We'd love it if you'd comment what you'd like to see on this blog to help you along in your creative adventure!

Right now I'd like to introduce the Blank Page Muse Planner Team!!! Each week these lovely creators will share a project or maybe even an Instagram Live showcasing our new clear stamps.

Our Planner Team Coordinator, Tonya Trantham!
Don't know about you but I have been a Tonya fan forever! Welcome Tonya!
About Tonya:
"I'm married, a mom and "T-Mommy" (grandmother) living in southeast Tennessee. As long as I can remember I have always had that "need" to create whether crafting, altering, junk journaling or even remodeling. I just love being busy with my hands. I'm  a member of AFCI and design for several different manufacturers and have been published in various craft magazines and e-books. If I am not crafting I love to read and spend time at the beach with my husband."

Muse Planner Stephanie Eaton!!!
She's back!! Designer and former rubber stamp teamie at BPM, we're thrilled Stephanie is here!

More about Stephanie:
In her own words: "Self taught mixed media and watercolor artist. Planner addict! Love to change things up using mixed media with my planners as well.
Mom to 2 creative adults and a crazy cat mom.
Lover of color and all things grunge."

Muse Planner Violet Ballew:
I am so honored Violet is here to share her amazing talent and creativity with all of us!
Violet says she is...
"Planner obsessed, stationery addict and memory keeper. 
I absolutely love to plan and create beautiful pages in my journals and planners. I’m a Mom, Wife and blessed to be called grandma!"

Muse Planner, BPM Designer Pam Bray!
 I don't know how Pam has enough time in day to create all she does! We are thrilled to offer 
Pam Bray Designs rubber & clear stamps, Rock Candy embossing medium (in shop soon!) and scrapbook papers!
A little about Pam:
"I live just outside of Memphis TN ... home of Blues and BBQ. I am a wife to an amazing man that supports my creative endeavors, mom of 4 and grandma to 9 very amazing grandchildren. I love paper crafting, alter projects and making cards. Crafting wouldn't be quite the same without Diet Coke and chocolate! I enjoy working with paper, paint and other mixed media products. I love to make cards, scrapbook and mini albums. I would say my style is Vintage/Shabby with a bit of steampunk. My other interest besides family and creating involves photography, traveling and other crafty venues. I am blessed to be on several design teams and love being able to create with some of my favorite companies in the Craft and Hobby Industry. "

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What a Hoot

Hello, hello. Samantha here with a card that's "owl" you'll ever need. I love making open ended cards that can be used for any occasion and that is what inspired this one.

For this project you will need the following:

Stamp your owls to your white cardstock. Cover with masking paper.

Stamp your letter stamp down the length of the white cardstock with black embossing ink. Cover in clear embossing powder and heat set.

Using blending inks of your choice blend over the cardstock. I used Distress Oxide inks in Chipped Sapphire and Faded Jeans. I also added a few droplets of water to the cardstock.

Remove the masking paper and color the owls in with a coloring medium of your choice. Place your craft foam on the back of your cardstock and adhere to your card base.

Optional; add sequins and brush over owls with a clear shimmer pen.

Easy and effective. I hope you will give this a try yourself. Head on over to the Facebook fan page and show us what you were inspired to create.
Until next time,

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