There are so many tiny details to this wonderful quilt style card that Dina has created using 9 white Inchie Squares. The combination of pink and green papers (and some from her own gel prints) works perfectly with a 'real' quilt pattern. And she even replicated stitching using an embossing folder.
The best secret about this card was instead of labor intensive hand or paper trimmer cutting, she used the Sissix Grid Works die that was created by Susan Tierney Cockburn to work with our Art Squares. This particular die cuts 9 squares at one time that leave a perfect 1/16" border when glued to the Inchie Squares!
This is a super easy and clever way to use label paper to create your own stickers. Visit Dina's blog today for more details on how she created this mixed media background on white label paper with acrylic paints, drywall tape and her own dkdesign stamp line from Impression Obsession.
After the background was dry she cut 3 perfect squares using one row of the 1-3/8" Sissix Grid Works die that is part of the Susan's Garden collection. Because these dies were designed to work with every size of our Art Squares they leave a perfect 1/16" inch border when placed on the corresponding square!
It looks like Jill and Elizabeth are having fun with the mosaic concept of using large images on a 'mosaic' background of Inchie Squares!
Jill arranged her 6 white squares in a rectangle to best match the shape and size of the stamp. There are several layers of color here so be sure to stop by their new blog, Studio Sessions, for the details.
The colors on this card make me want spring....NOW!!
The Valentine card that Dina created is a perfect example of how you can use a metal die with Art Squares. In this sample card she used 4 - 1.5" white Art Squares and one at a time ran 3 of them through the die cut machine with the hearts die. Because the Art Squares are matboad thickness the die will not cut through the material, but instead leaves an actual incision into the square. It's a neat trick to add a textural element that can be further enhanced by coloring!
It was so exciting to receive the first RubberMoon MoonMail package in the mail and we wanted to share a sample using the exlusive stamp that came in the January packet.
Our "village" was created by placing three white 1.5" Art Squares snuggly next to one another, and anchoring (with a light or removable adhesive) them to your worksheet. Beginning at one end stamp continuously across all three squares so it looks like the houses fit together in one big row. (feel free to practice this on some scratch paper first) We then colored with several different Copic markers to create a rainbow effect. Don't forget to color the edges of the Art Squares too, especially since you are mounting them on a dark background!
We really look forward to our monthly MoonMail surprises and if you haven't signed up yet be sure and visit the Rubbermoon web site. You can scroll down a few postings here for more information and a link to their web site.
A very special welcome to our newest store! These fun samples along with their first order are on their way to Paper Crafters Unlimited in East Greenbush, New York.
The stamp used on this 3" ivory Art Square is really a single tulip from Savvy Stamps. By first stamping it on a piece of scratch paper and cutting it out you can create a mask. Then, after each time you stamp the image use the 'mask' to cover up what you just stamped. This prevents the next 'stamping' from overlapping and makes it look like it is actually positioned behind the prior flower. After stamping the flower in Memento Tuxedo black color with Copic Markers. (PS - the outline is T2).
These A2 dark gray folded notecards are available in packages of 12 from Inchie Arts. They are also available in ivory, wheat and light gray.
This is a wonderfully versatile stamp from Stampendous called Blossom Spray. The flowers may look like dogwoods, but how can you resist coloring them in a delicate light blue with pink accents!
Remember, when creating an 'inchie puzzle' you first want to assemble your white Inchie Squares, fitting them tightly together, with a non permanent adhesive on scratch paper. Then stamp with Memento Tuxedo black ink and color with Copic Markers. Only after you have finished coloring do you separate the pieces and assemble on your card...being sure to leave a tiny bit of space between each Inchie Square.
We always try really hard to send sample cards that utilize the size and color of the Art Squares that a store has ordered. At the same time, we often stretch a bit trying new techniques or different sizes and colors.
This card was made by covering a 2" white Twinchie Square with strips of Washi Tape and then running the square through a die cut machine. (we did a couple of earlier posts in April using a masking paper technique that is similar) This technique is perfect with Art Squares because the die cuts into the square and through the Washi Tape or masking paper, but not through the Art Square. After you run the die and square through the machine gently peel away either the image (as in this case) or the background. The die is from Savvy Stamps and the sentiment is from Rubbermoon.
It's been a while since we worked on photo cards and creating them is a guilty pleasure because not only do you reminisce about where you took the photos, but they are really fun to put together. This was created using a 7/8" square punch and black 1" Inchie Squares - leaving a perfect 1/16" margin around every photo. The sentiment is from Savvy Stamps.
With the appearance of so many different types of inks and
sprays, paints and dies in the marketplace it is really fun to experiment. We
were recently introduced to Splash Inks (thank you Karen!) and have begun
tinkering with them - they are unbelievable!
First lightly tack down 5 white 1" Inchie Squares on your work surface making sure they fit tightly together. Create squiggles all over the squares 'like waves' with a Versamark pen. Next stamp the Rubbermoon fish in two different pigment ink colors across the Art Squares. Dust the entire surface with clear embossing powder and heat set. Using an egg shell palette, place 1 drop of blue Splash Ink in the well and add about a half a teaspoon of water to lighten and dilute the color. Apply this color with a brushpen over all of the squares - repeat - revealing the white Versamark 'waves'. Separate the squares a tiny bit when you mount them on the card.
Working with Splash Inks is like opening a Pandoras box, stay tuned for future posts using these fabulous acrylic mixing colors.
(and if you want to see these sample cards in person, visit Wolfs Head Crafts in Chorley, Lancashire!)