Tuesday, September 22, 2009

When Black Cats Prowl... By Jenny Gropp

Jenny has done it again. WOW. With black and white as her focus, she makes this little tomb stone come to life. Hope you enjoy this card as much as I did!

In Jennys words:
I am in Holiday card mode -- be it Christmas or Halloween.... I have been having fun just creating! This is really an EASY PEASY card! I stamped both my sentiment and image in Versafine Onyx Black. I made a circle mask for the moon
and air brushed with some Copic Warm Grey colors. I colored the grave stone with Neutral Grey Copics. Remove the moon mask, outline the flourishes with a little grey, add a piercing border and that's it. The black portions of the background are also cuttlebugged - but you can't see it in my pics. I think this image would look totally different with color. Finished card size is an A2.
  • Stamps: All stamps by Prickley Pear RIP #HH0053M, Black Cats Prowl #GG0063M
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Black, DP from Basic Grey's Ambrosia Collection
  • Other: Paper Piercer, Spellbinder's Rectangle Nestie, Black Micron Pen, Eclipse Tape for the Mask, Copics/ABS, Cuttlebug

Vintage Ladies

I spend most of my time illustrating the line, or collaging the line of stamps into ATC transparencies. While I LOVE doing this, every once in a while, it is fun to get to create a card out of the stamps I design.

I had a ball with this card. I used on of the Vintage ATC's that can be found on our Vintage ATC collage sheet. The card size ended up being an A2 size.

I placed a strip of cream behind the lady faces, and adhered a strip of paper that matched the card face surface to the back of the transparency. On the bottom of the transparency. I painted a rose and copper color to the transparency. Once dry, I layered the edged it with a silver krylon pen. I then layered onto burgandy paper and trimmed closely to art. I repeated the process with white card stock.

I stamped the pink/burgandy patterned paper with the Border Flourish and brown ink - to add a little more texture. I layered the atc front to the card as shown and finished with Prima Flowers

Happy Fall Card

Kristi Van Doren, friend of Prickley Pear RS. Has sent us this darling little card that features a couple of my favorite new stamps, the Squirrel and the Winter Birch Trees.

Here is how Kristi created this card:
1. cut base card to 4 3/4 X 6. She used Worldwin papers. The color used can be any creamy color. Sponge the edges with with Flanel ink.
2. Cut layer 1/2 inch smaller out of Craft Brown and stamp maple background with flannel ink. edge in old gold krylon.
3. Stamp happy fall in flannel and cut out with deckle scissors and sponge edges.
4. Stamp birch trees in versamark and emboss with a combination of copper powder and pewter powder.
5. With a bleach pen go over the tree trunks and edge in old gold krylon.
6. Stamp squirrel in versafine sepia and emboss in clear on craft brown. Cut out squirrel and layer on the the light cream card stock and cut out.
7. Attach leaf layer to base card
8. Attach birch trees offset a little to the left of the card.
9. Attach the happy fall at an angle to the card front.
10. Pop up the squirrel on the lower right side of the trees.
11. Final touch...add a bit of copper ribbon to the top of the card.

Thanks Kristi, for sharing this card with us.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


We want to thank everyone who attended our Rubber Stamp Convention we just hosted this past weekend in Tucson Az!

The show was lovely. Everyone had a great time! And - just to let everyone know...the food drive was a great success!

We collected over 250 pounds of food, that is enough to feed 201 people. So a big THANK YOU to all who attended our rubber stamp convention!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Halloween Cards from Jean Sunderman

I LOVE the color combonations Jean used when creating these cards, they are just so bright and cheery. The flowers add just the right touch to the witch card. These samples are just too much fun! I just had to share. The witch will only be available through Additect to Rubber stamps this fall.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Another BEAUTIFUL Summer Card from Jenny Gropp

All I can say about this one is WOW - read on!

Jenny's Words:
Despite the INTENSE color I chose for this Summer card, there is not a lot of elements to it. I stamped the scene in Versafine Onyx Black.
The scene just screamed out to me to use these intense warm colors. Is is too much? I cut out the scene using my Spellbinder's Labels One. I masked a circle for the Sun and masked off the words along the bottom. Then I airbrushed, and airbrushed, and airbrushed until I was satisfied, layering my colors from the top down. I think this would be a fab image to brayer over too, but you know I am still hopelessly brayer challenged. To create the sun - I used the reverse portion of my mask to cover the scene (so I only saw the circle for the sun) and I airbrushed again, keeping the deeper color heavier on the left side. I added a little crystal lacquer over the left side of the sun. I added a curved line of the lacquer along the sun's left edge, then used a toothpick flat against the paper to drag it towards the center of the sun, stopping about half way. It just seemed to need something, and I liked the way it finished it. The Crystal Lacquer seemed to give it a little texture and depth. I removed the mask covering the words and used the same Copic Colors to airbrush layered colors along the bottom. I added the little black ribbon securing it in each corner with a brad. I had an ugly place in the lower right corner where the ribbon ends showed -- so I covered it up with a flower, blinged it up in the center and added a dollop of Lacquer to keep all my little gems neatly in their place. And of course I could not stop myself from added some dots with an Orange Souffle pen and some black stitching marks around the edges. I am addicted to doodles. Whew. I said there was not a lot of elements to this card, and there isn't. But I guess I was feeling wordy today. Anyone out there stick with it and read this entire post??? Besides my stepmother?
  • Prickley Pear Stamps Used: Ferris Wheel, Lazy Days of Summer
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Black, Neenah Peppercorn (to stamp on), Yellow, Orange, Black DP by DCWV
  • Other: Copics/ABS, Crystal Lacquer, Brads, Spellbinders Labels One, Prima Flowers, Bling, Misc. Ribbon, Souffle Pen, Micron Pen