Category Archives: Stamp Zia

Olympic Inspiration

Are you watching the Olympics?  I love watching the games and am always amazed at what the athletes can do.

This card was inspired by watching the cross county events – which are held on beautiful tree lined snow trails.  The area is so beautiful, although I doubt the athletes noticed during their competition.  I sure hope after their events they were able to take some time and enjoy the scenery!

I stamped the image, from Stampscapes, in Palette Noir.  The moon was created by punching a circle out of eclipse masking tape and placing it on the panel.  Copic markers in several shades of blue were airbrushed over the entire image.   I then removed the mask and lightly airbrushed some light blue over the moon to soften it up.

The winter words, from Stamp Zia,  were stamped on vellum and added to a white panel of Bazzil cardstock.  I wanted a clean and simple look so   the only embellishment was a  small snowflake from K & Company was added at the bottom. 

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Take Ten Design Challenge

The Sring issue of Take Ten magazine Issued a challenge to all readers to submit cards using their design sketch on page 25 of that issue. I’ve participated in their challenges before and have had cards published, so I thought I would try again. Their deadline is May 1 – here are my submissions.
Martini: stamps from Autumn Leaves (Swirls) and Vap! Scrap (martini), background paper from Provo Craft
 
Lighthouse: stamps from SU (crosshatch) , PSX (lighthouse) and ERA Graphics (Dream); colorwash sprays from Stamp Zia
 
Car: unknown stamp, cuttlebug embossing folder

It's been awhile

Yes, I’ve not posted in awhile – been busy creating some cards to be submitted for publication. I’ll post the creations once the deadline for submission has passed. In the meantime, more watercolor!! I love these easy to use colorwash sprays from Stamp Zia – the colors are so vibrant. All the stamps used are also from Stamp Zia.

watercolors

Not too long ago I took a few classes from Zana Clark of Stamp Zia at a local stamp convention. She showed us how to use her colorwash sprays and metallic flow inks. The sprays are pure pigments that she mixes herself and the colors are incredible. As you can see from my card, the sprays provide a brilliant burst of color, however if you do not like the bold colors, you can subdue them by using the obsidian spray, or by watering down the color. It was amazing to see the different results in the class. Some of us ended up with very bright colors, others more subdued, and all were terrific. Check out the Stamp Zia website (link on the left) and see Zana’s wonderful creations.