Monday, October 16, 2017

My CardMaker Tip ~ Stamping Ink for Watercoloring

Today, I am up on the CardMaker Magazine blog with my tip for today.

Sentiment:  Boo-lieve in all good things.

Go check out the CardMaker blog to see my favorite stamping inks for use with watercoloring.  I made these cute ghost tags to demonstrate each way of using the inks prior to watercolor.

It is time for Halloween decorations.  I like to decorate little treat favors for the trick-or-treaters.  These tags will go on some of those goodie bags.

Thanks for visiting.
Now head on over to CardMaker to read more about this project.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Delighted to be published in CardMaker Winter 2017 issue & Web Bonuses

I finally get to share that my projects are featured in the Winter issue of CardMaker Magazine and also in their Web Bonuses section.

Here is a peek:

For CardMaker exclusive web bonuses, go to CardMaker and log in using your subscriber email address or newsstand code CM6454 to download bonus projects and templates.
The three snowflake cards are included in the Web Bonuses section.

For more information, check out the Winter 2017 magazine issue in print or online.  
Or, subscribe to CardMaker

I used stamps from Unity Stamp Company:  Midnight Kisses, Holiday Hugs and also Love & Joy for the Holidays.  I also used products from Lil' Inker Designs, My Favorite Things, Copic, Neenah and Ranger Industries.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Quick & easy Christmas card making.

Here is one way to make your own quick and easy handmade holiday cards.

Sentiment:  May your days be merry & bright.

I used the beautiful silhouette reindeer in the October 2017 sentiment kit at Unity along with patterned paper and hemp.  I used die-cuts, but this can easily be made with a paper trimmer or punches. 

For multiple cards, trim all of the pieces in the same setting.  Then stamp on the image panels and assemble.

Here is a quick video tutorial for this deer card.

And here is a closer view of the card.

Link Up:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Christmas

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Cheerful Prancing 10/2017 Sentiment Kit by Lisa Arana, DCWV cardstock, My Favorite Things die-namics and hemp.

I hope you enjoyed this early holiday project.  Have a great weekend.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Unity Stamp Co. Blog Hop ~ Graciellie Design

Hi, it's Gaylynn here with a project for the Unity & Graciellie Design blog hop.

Sentiment:  You are capable of amazing things.

This encouragement sentiment is perfect for graduation, good luck or just because.
The sentiment is part of the new Graciellie Design stamp kit at Unity called Amazing Things.
These new kits include her amazing art along with fabulous sentiments like this one.

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I also used the anchor for the September 2017 Layers of Life kit Love Anchors.
This 9/2017 kit is the current LOL for September, but beginning in October, it will show up in the Past Layers of Life under the Love Anchors title in the Unity store.

I needed a masculine graduation card, so I mixed these two kits.
I used an ink smooshing technique for the anchor card using watercolor paper and distress ink pads in two colors, peacock feathers and pumice stone.

There is no video for this anchor card, but the technique used is part of another project of mine with a quick tip video showing the way I use ink smooshing.
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq

Here is a closer look at the anchor card:

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Amazing Things by Graciellie Design and Love Anchors Layers of Life 9/2017; Lil' Inker Designs dies, Canson cold press watercolor paper, Ranger distress ink pads and jet black archival ink.

Time to hop.

We have TWO amazing Unity filled prize packages to give away. Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Holiday martini & video tutorial.

Here is a festive holiday card featuring a martini glass.

Sentiment:  Making spirits bright.

This card would be great for holiday invitations or as a unique Christmas greeting card.
The martini glass was colored in Copic markers.  I added popped up patterned paper and scalloped trim accents.

A quick video tutorial for this follows:
YouTube:  Gaylynn NeatThingsBtq

Here is a closer look:

Link Ups:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Pop It Up

Little Red Wagon Challenge #412 ~ Leaf It To Me

Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co. Bright Spirits by Angie Blom, BasicGrey paper, Copic markers and dies by My Creative Time, Lil' Inker Designs and Spellbinders.

Until next time.

Friday, September 22, 2017

CardMaker Magazine & Quietfire Design Blog Hop ~ Card & Gift Tag

Hello, it's Gaylynn with two matching projects for the blog hop with CardMaker Magazine and Quietfire Design.

I want to extend thanks to Suzanne Cannon with Quietfire Design store for sponsoring this wonderful hop.  These beautiful red rubber cling stamps are designed and lettered by Suzanne.

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I get to make something pretty with her sentiment stamps.
And so, for the handmade card and gift tag, I made a mixed media style base in watercolor and with wet embossing using a houndstooth stencil.

Once dry, I blended two colors of distress ink onto the background.  To soften the look, I added a heat embossed vellum sentiment panel.  It was what I was going for, perfect for Christmas, yet in alternative colors.

Here are the stamp sets that I used in my projects.

Christmas Eve was a Night of Song, Set of 2 Nature is Full of Genius - Mounted

Here is a closer look at the card:

And here is the matching gift tag a little closer:

Here is the hop lineup.  Visit and comment on each of the blogs below.
Quietfire Design / Suzanne Cannon will be hosting a giveaway of $50 gift certificate to their online store.

Gaylynn Martling {You are here.}

Your comments are always welcome.
Have a great day.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Storage Tips for the CardMaker Magazine Blog

Today, I am up on the CardMaker Magazine blog with stamp storage tips.

This is a peek at how to better organize your stamps.
Head over to the CardMaker blog for the details and more photos.

Enjoy your day.