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Blue Block Stamping and Making your own image using Fun Foam by April Williams

(using embossing folders or other texture elements, including rubber stamps)

Today I am showing how to do blue block stamping. This is an old technique, but I always love the effect of it.

Supplies:

  1. blue foam block or 2 layers of fun foam ( acrylic block )
  2. embossing folder
  3. pigment or die ink pad
  4. heat gun

Take the blue foam block and heat it with your heat gun for a few seconds, then immediately press it on your opened embossing folder. I used a swirl folder from Sizzix. You see a patterned side to the block here, but on the other side it is smooth and that is the side you heat and press onto the embossing folder.  When you want a new design, just reheat the smooth side of the block and the design goes away and you can press it on a different folder for a new design!

This is what it looks like after you have pressed it on the embossing folder.

Now ink up the blue block with ink. I used an aqua pigment ink, but die ink works also. Then stamp the inked blue block onto your card stock.

You can also use 2 layers of fun foam if you do not have a blue block. Blue blocks can be hard to find now.  I used double sided tape to tape the 2 pieces together and then taped them on my acrylic block. Then you use  these layers the same way as I did on the blue block.

Here is the result when stamping with the fun foam layers.  I used a darker blue dye based ink on this.

Now you can use this as a background. I cut my piece smaller and used it as a background behind this sweet little Sparkle N Sprinkle girl! I hope you have fun with this one! Enjoy your day!

Sparkle N Sprinkle Products:

  1. Gathering Flowers stamp
  2. I Just Love You saying
  3. Bubble Gum glitter

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Sparkle N Sprinkle
3016 E College Ave
Ruskin, Fl. 33570
Toll Free: (888) 901-9173
www.sparklensprinkle.com
e-mail: margaret@sparklensprinkle.com


ColorBlock Technique


Supplies:

  • Markers, colored pencils, watercolors
  • Stazon Black Ink
  • Black permanent ink marker (Sanford Sharpie wide tip)
  • Black permanent ink marker (Sanford Sharpie fine tip)
  • White cardstock for the colorblock and another color for the base of your card Ruler

Directions:

  • Use Black Stazon Ink to stamp all images randomly. Play around with them to see how they look best.
  • Take a permanent wide tip marker and ruler and draw sections (colorblocks) around the images.
  • Color in images with markers, watercolors or colored pencils.
  • Then color in each section or colorblock, with different colors that coordinate.
  • With wide and fine black permanent tips, outline around images to make them pop more.
  • With wide black tip permanent marker edge around the card with a black line to resemble a faux layer look.
  • Mount to your cardfront to finish.

(click image to see full size card and details):

Rosie


Doris Rosie
Rosie Rosie


Rosie


Copyright Notice: All text and images are copyrighted and held by each individual person who created the text and/or created the image(s).

NOTE: ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. The text and images may not be distributed, or republished, on any form from this website without first obtaining written permission of the copyright holder(s).

Sparkle N Sprinkle
3016 E College Ave
Ruskin, Fl. 33570
Toll Free: (888) 901-9173
www.sparklensprinkle.com
e-mail: margaret@sparklensprinkle.com

 


Markers with Acrylic Blocks -

a background technique¬†by AprilÔĽŅ Williams

I want to show you a quick and easy background that you can make for your cards.  On this card I have used my  background a little differently.

Supplies :

  1. white or cream card stock
  2. several colors of water based markers
  3. small acrylic block
  4. water spritzer

Brush your marker onto the acrylic block and spritz the block with water.

Now sit the block with the wet side down on your card stock and let it sit a second or two and then swipe it across the card stock.

Keep doing this with different colors until you have filled the whole card stock piece with color.  It won't look like much, but when used as a background, it looks neat. This technique gives a little more distinct coloring than just using a water brush to brush on the color.

Here are some other backgrounds I made this way.

Try combining several colors on your block at one time and the background turns out beautifully different! 

I cut a shape out of my background and stamped all the sayings from the Fancy Butterflies set 437 onto the shape with Memento Rich Cocoa ink 99613. I stamped a butterfly from the Brocade Backgrounds 398 set and used an exato knife to cut the top wings so that they pop up. I punched flowers out of the rest of the background and usedChampagne glitter G1045 on the edges of the petals.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you will try making this background. Have a wonderful day!


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Copyright Notice: All text and images are copyrighted and held by each individual person who created the text and/or created the image(s).

NOTE: ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. The text and images may not be distributed, or republished, on any form from this website without first obtaining written permission of the copyright holder(s).

Margaret Myers

Sparkle N Sprinkle

http://www.sparklensprinkle.com/

stampnmaggie@sparklensprinkle.com

Toll free:  888-901-9173

fax:  813-642-0941

local:  813-642-0940

3106 College Ave. E. 

Ruskin FL 33570