I Brake For….Bister!

Hello my stamping friends!  I hope you are all doing well.  Today’s card is using a product carried by I Brake For Stamps called Bister.  It’s my first time using it and I can see all sorts of possibilities.  You can find the Bister products at IBFS here. First, my card.

What is Bister?  Essentially water soluble wood stain, similar to watercolor powders, but these are different than what you may have seen elsewhere.  IBFS’s Bister comes from the Netherlands.  It’s a tiny bit more granular than other watercolor powders.  I believe it is made from crushed walnuts.  All colors have a wonderful earthy undertone to them.   They are very easy to work with – just sprinkle some on some watercolor paper and spritz on water.  Or you can put water on your paper first then sprinkle on the Bister.

In my experimenting I sprinkled some Blue and Green Bister on the paper and added water. ( I thought I had taken photos of he background before I assembled my card, but I did not – the background on the card shows a little bit of what it looks like.)

Next I took some Flower die cuts (from a Silhouette file) and did the same – here is my result.

And the ribbon?  I took some seam binding and wiped up the excess Bister and water from my craft sheet and ended up with some pretty dyed ribbon to coordinate!

I still had some errant Bister on my craft sheet so I added more water and using another piece of paper just wiped up the diluted color onto that paper.  This piece ended up being my base tag.

I wanted to try another color so I sprinkled some Mahogany Bister  onto paper….Oh My!!!!  The color was so beautiful!  I ended up cutting some leaf shapes with this color – here they are.  This color will look gorgeous for fall cards.  I have a bunch of leaf stamps and dies that will see  a lot of this Mahogany color! I added two of these leaves to my card.

SO..no stamps on this card – I’ll add a sentiment later when I decide who to send the card to, and for what occasion.

I hope you will give Bister powders a try – they are fun and easy to work with.  I made a feminine card here but because of their earthy colors I can see these being used for masculine cards, vintage, mixed media and so many other areas.

Hop on over to the IBFS store for all the Bister colors and many wonderful stamps.  Use code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I Brake For……Stacked Presents!

Hello stamping friends!  How is your summer going?  We are doing well down here in hot and humid Florida, except for my small vegetable garden, which seems to have taken the year off!  My tomato plants are dying, my orange and plum trees did not blossom,  and the only thing growing this year seems to be a couple of small pepper plants.  I guess we’ll just need to rest the soil this year and hope for a better crop next year.

The Fourth of July is less than 3 weeks away and I took my inspiration from that holiday to make this birthday card with images from I Brake For Stamps.

This card is perfect for anyone with a birthday near July 4th, or someone who like the red, white and blue color scheme.  The image is called Stacked Presents and it is a digital image  It can be found here.  Did you know that I Brake For Stamps does digital images?  In addition to the thousands of rubber stamps they have a great collection of digis as well. I hope you will check them all out!  The best thing about digis is that you can resize them to fit your needs, color them within whatever computer program you are using and they take up no physical space!

The sentiment is a rubber stamp called Best Wishes Birthday and can be found here.

I printed the image out on copic x-press it cardstock and went to work coloring it with copics.  The present that has the stars on it originally was just a plain box and I felt it needed something, so I took a star punch and some acetate and made myself a little stencil!  How easy it that?  You can also try it with a small hole punch if you want to do polka dots.  And while I used the red, white and blue theme, any color can do with these – just pick some patterned paper and use the colors on it as your guide!

The star background paper is part of a patriotic digi paper pack I’ve had for years.  I think I use it every Veteran’s Day when I make a card for my husband so it was nice that I was able to get some more use out of it on this card.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hop on over to the IBFS store and take a look at all the wonderful stamps there.  Use code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order!

I Brake For…Loves Me!

Hello friends and welcome to Wednesday and I Brake For Stamps!  Take a look at this little guy and tell me it’s not love at first sight!!

 

Is that not the cutest face!  The stamp and sentiment are from the adorable Carmen Medlin Curiosities line.  This one is called Loves Me and can be found here.  It is also part of a larger set called Curiosities Set 3 found here.

I colored him with mostly red copics.   I used a rounded stitched rectangle die for  the front panel, an EK success punch for the mat and a cute heart embossing folder for the background.  I thought the heart embossing folder was perfect for this set – I’ve had it in my stash for awhile and never used it.   And take a look at that little bow – it’s a two part die that  was a bit difficult working with those little pieces to put it together!

I hope you hop on over to the IBFS store – take a look at the entire Carmen Medlin line for some great stamps.  Use code SAVE10NANCY for 10% off your order.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I Brake For……Large Pears

Hello stampers and welcome to Wednesday and I Brake For Stamps!  I hope your Memorial Day weekend was nice and as the unofficial start of summer I hope you had some wonderful weather to enjoy the long weekend.

Today I have a beautifully illustrated stamp to show you.  It is called Large Pears and can be found here on the IBFS store.

 

I love fresh fruit – especially in the summertime.  We have lemon, orange, and plum trees in our yard but no pear – the weather is simply too hot for pears.  And have you ever had pear ice cream?  Oh it is delicious.  I was at a dinner where the host had homemade pear ice cream and served it with rum pound cake (also homemade).  The combination of the flavors of pear and rum was just delightful!!

The  Large Pear image was stamped with Memento Ink and colored with copics.

I went back and forth on how much embellishing for this card.  The image itself is large so you can only do so much before your card gets too big to handle. On cards like this I tend to leave a sentiment off because the image can be used for a variety of occasions .  Perhaps just a “thinking of you” would work well.  I took the brad used on the card and colored it with a brown copic to coordinate with the other browns used.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hop on over to the IBFS store where you can find this and thousands of other stamps.  Use code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order.

I Brake For…..Apple Blossom!

Hello friends and welcome to Wednesday and I Brake For Stamps!  I have two cards to show you today, both featuring the pretty Apple Blossom – Large stamp.   Here is the first.

 

I’ve been wanting to do this technique for awhile now – where you use part of a die or cut file to create  the look of a trellis with some flowers climbing on it.  I started with a Silhouette cut file called lattice placemat and using the Silhouette knife tool cut out most of it so that it would fit on a card front.  Here is the original file (which is a 12 x 12 design)  and how I used it on the card front.

I stamped the Apple Blossom image to overlap the cut out area.  This was done intentionally.  I stamped the image again on a separate piece of paper, colored the larger blossom, cut it out and popped it up on the main panel  I sponged some memento ink around the edges.

I found some pretty green organza ribbon along with a stash of silver thank you charms that I have had for ages and added them to the card.

The Apple Blossom image was colored with copics.  It can be found on the IBFS store here.

I decided to do another card with the same stamp but really had nothing in mind.  So I first stamped the image several times in versamark and embossed the images….

Then I took several shades of blue ink and just covered the card with the ink.

Loved the color scheme and decided to make a few tags…

I figured I had the makings of a card at this point so I stamped the bottom of a card base with the same stamp and ink and placed the tags on the front.  Here is the final version.

The “thanks” is a cut file.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hop on over to the IBFS store to find your favorite image!  Use code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order.