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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 …..Nature

Hello stampers and welcome to Wednesday and I Brake For Stamps.  Today I have a card that uses a beautiful sentiment paired with papers and embellishments.

This sentiment really speaks to me. Have you ever been somewhere so beautiful and find yourself simply at a loss for words?  It can be a majestic place like the Grand Canyon or something as simple as looking at a rainbow.  Whatever it is, it just makes you stop and enjoy the moment and be amazed at the miracles that nature provides.  My husband and I have had the pleasure of traveling, much of it in the US, as well as overseas and our favorite trips were those where we’ve witnessed the beauty of nature.   And at home each year when our lemon tree starts to bloom I love just standing by it and taking in  the sweet fragrance it gives off.  Like perfume for the backyard those delicate white blooms let me know spring has arrived. I’m sure those of you with gardens are rewarded with the sights and smells of nature each year.

Now – on to the card…..I pulled out a bunch of patterned paper for this one.  Lots of layers!  The frame and flowers are die cuts.

The sentiment Nature, found here, was stamped in a dark rose ink on white paper.  Before putting everything together I felt it needed some “bling” and found a pack of pearls in my stash and  thought it would work well with the design.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you can take the time this spring and summer to enjoy the beauty of nature!

Hope on over to the IBFS store for this stamp and many others.  Use code SAVE10NANCY to save 10% off your order.

 

 

I Brake For….Flower Background

Hello stampers!  Welcome to another Wednesday showcasing the lovely stamps from I Brake For Stamps.  Here is my spring card…

The image is called Large Flower Background and measures 3 1/8 x 4.5.  It can be found at the IBFS store here.  Now, I had another completely different card in mind for this stamp…until I stamped it.  I saw how pretty the design was and thought it would make a wonderful focal point for a card.  I did not want to cover this pretty background with another image!!

I stamped it with Peeled Paint distress ink and colored the leaves and flowers with copics.  It really took no time at all to do this.  I paired the image with some digi papers  –  yellow in the background and striped paper in blue, green and yellow.  The sentiment is computer generated and cut out with a stitched circle die.  Just a little blue ribbon was added for an accent.

Stop by the IBFS store – and get 10% off your order by using the code SAVE10NANCY.

Thanks for stopping by today!

clean and simple wildflowers

Hello stamping friends!  Just popping in here to show a quick, clean and simple card I made today.

This came together so quickly – it actually took me longer to find the stamps than to make the card!  The stamps are mostly from Papertrey with one image from Starving Artistamps.  They were stamped with memento inks on watercolor paper.  I went back and forth trying to decide whether or not to add bling, more color, ribbon, etc.  In the end I just wanted something clean and simple.  This card design can be replicated easily and used for a variety of occasions by just changing the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will check back here on Wednesday – I have a pretty spring card to show!

 

Watercolor background with copics – – card #2

Edited:  The video tutorial for this can be found on the post HERE.

Hello friends! I’m so glad you stopped by today.  In the previous post I showed how I made a “Watercolored” background using copic alcohol ink with colorless blender and another with  regular rubbing alcohol.  The card I made from that post was created using the background made with the colorless blander.  Today’s card is made with sample that used the rubbing alcohol to make the background.  As I stated in the previous post using plain rubbing alcohol changes the color slightly.  The use of colorless blender tends to keep the color true – in that case it was a rich blue.  Using rubbing alcohol the color changed to purple hues.  It still came out great and here is the card I made.

I selected textured light purple cardstock from Bazzill to coordinate with the background.  Now, while these flowers are paperwhites, there is nothing in the world of creativity that says you have to stick with traditional colors!  I stamped the image again and colored three of the blooms –  I chose copic markers in the Y range (Y02, Y08, Y15, Y17, Y38, with just a touch of YR18 for shading).  Once I finished coloring I cut them out and popped them up over the original image.  Here is a closer look.

And I found the perfect yellow/orange satin ribbon in my stash.  I’ll add a sentiment later when I determine the recipient and occasion.

And since this is a winter bloom, I’m taking part in Power Poppy’s challenge this month – details can be found HERE.

Thanks again for stopping by today and I hope you will do your own experiments with different markers.