Splitcoaststampers-The Stamper's Community

Issue #011 June 28th 2006
We've admired her web site from afar, and now we get to welcome her as a newsletter sponsor. Leah Kramer runs craftster.org , a community site for people "who have crafty urges, but who are not excited by cross stitched bunnies and crocheted toilet paper cozies". It's crafting, with a 'tude! Leah's first book is called The Craftster Guide to Nifty, Thrifty, and Kitschy Crafts. Our copy won't arrive for 4-6 working days, but we hear that the Coffee Urn Lamp is "grounds for excitement". - The SCS Newsletter Crew
Watercolor Landscaping  
Sketch a few lines here, brush a bit of ink there, and you've got the beginnings of a lovely landscape. Kittie Caracciolo shares her easy-to-follow instructions for creating scenes suitable for framing in this week's tutorial.
Supplies you'll need for this project
  • Image stamp and Watercolor Minis fern stamp
  • Waterproof ink such as Stazon™
  • Classic® Ink and reinkers
  • Watercolor paper
  • Waterproof artist pen
  • Watercolor brushes
  • Scruffy Brush – 1/2 inch
  • Assorted sponges
  • Cloud Template
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    Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
    Q: Susan S. asked: "Can someone explain Rolling Marble please? I have an idea, but am afraid to try without help."
    A: Have no fear! This is an easy technique. You'll need an empty stamp case, a few marbles, reinkers, and removable adhesive. Adhere a piece of cardstock to the case lid, add marbles and a few drops of reinkers. Close the case, and swirl marbles through ink. Flip case over, and roll inked marbles over the cardstock. Open the case, and remove the patterned cardstock! You can add more color by repeating on the same cardstock with a different stamp case and colors.
     
    Feedback From Past Tutorials
    Amy Z has a hint for the Luminous Pearls technique. "I've used a sponge with this before instead of a stipple brush and it turned out fine. You could probably experiment with various applicators because Lumiere® is basically just a paint."

    Tutorials You May Have Missed
    Crinkled Chalk Chalk inks and Saran Wrap create a wonderful background.
    Crinkled Chalk tutorial
    Crinkled Chalk gallery

    An empty Altoid® tin, cardstock, any embellishments, and your pictures are the basic supplies needed to amaze friends and family with your artistic abilities (and your fresh breath)!
     
     
    This Week's Hot Topics
    You've decorated the outside
    What's inside matters, too.
    Background and large stamp
    Jazz up your flowers
    Wheely good idea
     
    June 21 to June 28
    Use supplies you likely already own and try new techniques.
    Use supplies you likely already own and try new techniques.
    Make a spinner card.
    Try this color combo! Blush Blossom, Night of Navy, Bordering Blue, Regal Rose
    Try this edgy card design.
    Use corner punches on your creations.
    Design and share wedding invitations, thank you notes, and programs.
    Scrapbooking: Friday 
    [SBTC24] Try these themes: before/after or things that make you smile
    [SBSC49] A double-page spread with lots of fun elements.
     
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