Holiday Fishes for the Tree

“Summer Home” Scene Inspired Christmas Ornament

Lynn is the Queen of Make a Scene card making! Her creativity is a continual source of inspiration and today’s Deep Sea Marlin Christmas ornament was totally inspired by Lynn’s “Summer Home – Let’s Make a Scene” card.

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Stamps to make this ornament: Deep Sea Marlin Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Holly & Mistletoe Multi-Step Clear Stampsand Norway Pine Multi-Step (Junkie-Fest 2018 Limited Edition) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Here is Lynn’s “Summer Home” card where she stamped the smaller marlin, (read more about her card on her blog) … and the source of inspiration! LAM LMS076 KSS

For my holiday ornament, first I cut out the shapes using SVG files and 80 lb white cardstock. Then stamped the large marlin and small holly & berries.

I planned on using pop-up dots to adhere the marlin and holly to a 3” to 3.5″ wood disk, 1/4 to 3/8″ thick, to give the ornament dimension. But because the marlin’s spear-like snout (or bill) is so thin, it was not possible to cut a pop dot (or foam tape) thin enough to fit under the “spear” portion without it showing. Therefore it would be left floating above the wood. I had a concern that the ” floating spear” would tear off or get bent if the card stock didn’t have extra support. To fix the problem, I glued the marlin onto a sheet a thin cardboard and fussy cut off the excess cardboard. This made the “spear” portion and the tail fin stronger and sturdier. Then I inked the edges to camouflage the cardboard base.

The finishing touch, (shows better in the top photo) the sparkly highlights were added using a clear Wink of Stella pen on the dark teal, and black areas of the marlin and the holly and berries.

The sentiment was stamped directly on the wood disk. Then adhered the marlin & holly to the wood using black pop-dots.

There you have it … “Fishing you a Merry Christmas!” deep-sea-marlin-wood-ornament2

Color Recipes to make this ornament

Deep Sea Marlin

Holly & Mistletoe

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[UPDATE – 9/10/18]  I created a second ornament. This time I coated the marlin and berries with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. I was trying to strengthen the long nose and tail fins of the marlin … which seems to be working. I like the extra shine and slightly raised effect the ModPodge gives the Marlin and the holly berries while letting the sparkle from the Wink of Stella glitter pen come through.

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Ornament on the Left is with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. Ornament on Right is the original ornament (as above) without Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.

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Please check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for you this week using KSS stamps… and have an inky day!

Lynn  Jeanne

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(Marlin Christmas Ornament)

StampsDeep Sea Marlin Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Holly & Mistletoe Multi-Step Clear Stampsand Norway Pine Multi-Step (Junkie-Fest 2018 Limited Edition) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah and thin chipboard (cardboard) under marlin.

Inks

  • Marlin: see KSS Color Recipe
  • Holly: (Catherine Pooler Inks) Step #3 – Spruce, Step #2 – Eucalyptus, Step #1 – Green Tea.
  • Holly Berries(Catherine Pooler Inks) Step #3 – Sugared Lavender, Step #2 – Peppermint Scrub, Step #1 – Rockin’s Red.
  • Sentiment: Rockin Red

EmbellishmentsWink of Stella Clear Pen from Zig, pop-up dots, 3” to 3.5″ wood disk – 1/4 to 3/8″ thick, and cord for hanging. [UPDATE – option] Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.

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4 New Stamp Sets are available at KSS starting today!

New Sea & Skate clear stamps are in the Kitchen.

Today there are 4 new stamp sets available from Kitchen Sink Stamps and this release has a Summer & Winter theme. Even though it is the middle of Summer and the weather is great for fishing and swimming … it is also a great time to get started on Christmas cards (if you haven’t started already!

Figure Skates Multi-Step Clear Stamps is a great set for Winter cards (that include Birthday & Thank You too). Pair it up with Big & Bold Christmas Greetings Clear Stamps for fabulous Holiday cards.

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Stamps to make this card: NEW – Figure Skates Multi-Step Clear Stamps and Snow Flurry Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

For those looking to add to their masculine stamp library, Deep Sea Marlin Multi-Step Clear Stamps is a FIN-tastic choice! This set comes with a few salty fun sentiments.

You might recognize Ocean Waters Multi-Step Clear Stamps from last week’s Minnesota Lake scene card? This set is a 2 layered background set that is great for filling in bigger blocks of water that stretches out to the horizon. Plus, this set also has a large fishnet background stamp.

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Stamps to make this card: NEW – Deep Sea Marlin Multi-Step Clear Stamps, NEW – Ocean Water (background) Multi-Step Clear StampsMulti-Step Sail Boats and Owl & Autumn Moon Multi-Step Clear Stamps (sun) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

All 4 new sets can all be found under “What’s New”,  but here is a quick look…

Multi-Step Figure Skates Clear Stamps

with Digital Die Cut also available
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Figure Skates – Color Recipe

Big & Bold Christmas Greetings Clear Stamps

with Digital Die Cut also available
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Multi-Step Deep Sea Marlin Clear Stamps

with Digital Die Cut also available
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Deep Sea Marlin – Color Recipe

Multi-Step Ocean Waters Clear Stamps

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Ocean Water – Color Recipe

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Please check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for you using today’s new stamps… and have an inky day!

Lynn  Jeanne

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(CARD #1 – Pair Figure Skating)

StampsFigure Skates Multi-Step Clear Stamps and Snow Flurry Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Candied Blue Violet from Flavours Gourmet and Baja Breeze from SU!

Inks(all Memento Inks) 

  • White Figure Skates: Step #5 – Onyx Black (VersaFine), Step #4 – London Fog, Step #3 – Tuxedo Black stamp off 1x, Step #2 – Gray Flannel stamp off 2x’s, Step #1 – did not use.

  • Black Figure Skates: Step #5 – Onyx Black (VersaFine), Step #4 -Gray Flannel stamp 2x’s, Step #3 -Gray Flannel, Step #2 -Tuxedo Black stamp off 1x – repeat, Step #1 -Tuxedo Black stamp off 2x’s.

  • Snowflakes Background: Caribbean Sea (Kaleidacolor)

  • Sentiment: Pure White (Avery Elle)

Embellishments: Black and White Baker’s Twine (split apart for skate laces). Starform glitter stickers (7018) Silver/Gold.

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(CARD #2 – Last Catch of the Day)

StampsDeep Sea Marlin Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Ocean Water (background) Multi-Step Clear StampsMulti-Step Sail Boats and Owl & Autumn Moon Multi-Step Clear Stamps (sun) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Candied Blue Violet from Flavours Gourmet and Dark Metalic Green from stash.

Inks(all Memento Inks) 

  • Marlin: Step #4 Daydream (Catherine Pooler), Step #3 Skylight (Catherine Pooler), Step #2 – Seafoam (Catherine Pooler), Step #1 – Pearlescent Beige (Brilliance), Step #5 – Espresso Truffle.

  • Orange Sailboat: Step #4 – Espresso Truffle, Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 Peanut Brittle, Step #1 – Cantaloupe + Summer Sky.

  • DK Blue Sailboat: Step #4 – Espresso Truffle, Step #3 – Nautical Blue, Step #2 – Teal Zeal, Step #1 – Summer Sky.

  • Sun: Cantaloupe + Dandelion. Sponge Tangelo around the edge.

  • Sunset: (using the edge of the ink pad – swipe across the sky) Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Rose Bud. Sponge at the top: Lilac Posies and Paris Dusk.

  • Water: Step #2 – Juniper Mist (Catherine Pooler), Step #1 – Caribbean Sea (Kaleidacolor).

  • FishNet: Golden Mist (Opalite).

Embellishments: pop dots and Wink of Stella Clear Pen from Zig.

Dreaming of a Tropical Sunset

Aloha! 

I hope the long weekend was good for all! I realized two things when preparing today’s post.

  • First: lately, I have been obsessed with land, sea & sky … and trying to master the look with ink & paper.
  • Second: I soooo long to go on a tropical vacation! 😉

On my quest to find inspiration (and some tutorial help) with water and sand,

I found this great tutorial from Michelle Zindorf (find it HERE – Note: go to the bottom of her post), where she shows a technique using an ink pad directly to paper.

But, instead of dragging the ink pad across the paper, I (for the lack of a better word) “buffed or scuffed” the ink pad across the paper. Starting on the outside of the paper, apply the ink pad to the paper. While moving the ink pad towards the center, begin to lift it up off the paper. The same motion as when buffing your nails for a manicure … I hope that makes sense??? I used the flat part of the ink pad for wider areas of color and the edge of the ink pad for streaky lines of color. For the sand, I inked up an acrylic block and stamped directly onto the paper – (find Beate Johns’ “Stamped Acrylic Block Background” tutorial HERE).

I am very happy with how the water, sand and sunset sky turned out on this card … I sure wish I could have just stamped it! 😉

Stamps used: Multi-Step Palm Trees Clear Stamps, Multi-Step Lighthouse Clear Stamps (rock) and Multi-Step Owl & Autumn Moon Clear Stamps (sun) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.Tropical Island Sunset Card

Multi-Step Palm Trees color recipe can be found HERE.  

Here is a quick “how to” (ink colors are listed below). To start, masked off the horizon with some masking tape and stamp the setting sun. Next, cover the sun with clear embossing powder to act as a mask when creating the sky. You can see, I was a bit off with the clear emboss over the sun … but I’ll call it a happy accident because I think it helps define the sun from the sunset. After creating the sunset with the technique mentioned above was the water area. I moved the tape to the other side of the horizon and cover up the sunset area. Added torn paper that had a curve to mask over the beach area (save the other half for the following step). When the water was finished, used the other half of the torn paper to cover the water and created the sand. Next, removed all masking and sponged white pigment ink to create the “foamy” shoreline. I choose to overstamp the palm trees and the distant island (rock) on top of the sunset, for the effect that the sunset was casting its colors onto the palm trees and island.

 … if only I could be there, sipping on a Mai Tai!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hope you have a wonderful (and inky) week!

Don’t forget to check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for you today!

Connie  Julie  Lisa  Lynn  Tammy

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Stamps: Multi-Step Palm Trees Clear Stamps, Multi-Step Lighthouse Clear Stamps (rock) and Multi-Step Owl & Autumn Moon Clear Stamps (sun) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Metallic Amethyst from The Paper Co. 

Inks: (all Memento Inks)

  • Palm Trees: color recipe HERE 
  • Sun: Dandelion, Cantaloupe, and Tangelo.
  • Sunset: (application ink pad directly to paper) Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Rose Bud, Lulu Lavender, Lilac Posies, Sweet Plum and Paris Dusk.
  • Water: (application ink pad directly to paper) Summer Sky, Teal Zeal and Danube Blue.
  • Shoreline: Moonlight White from Brilliance.
  • Sand: (application ink pad directly to acrylic block & stamp) Desert Sand and Toffee Crunch.
  • Island (Rock): Step #3 –  Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Sweet Plum, Step #1 – Toffee Crunch (did not use Step #4).

EmbellishmentsFine detail clear embossing powder & VersaMark ink – used for the sun.

Tip for Quick Masking

I have a quick masking tip/trick for you today.

When you are not up for cutting out lots of masks from masking paper (especially small ones)… try using clear embossing powder instead.

Quick Masking with Embossing Powder/Resist Technique

using Multi-Step Aloha! Clear Stamps and Multi-Step Big Leaves Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

added note: (dye inks yield the best results – pigment inks can still leave a stain of color)

Steps A, B, C for masking with embossing powderPhoto (A) – Two flowers stamped & dry. Next, embossed with fine detail clear EP (using step #1 stamp for full coverage and VersaMark). Tip: It is also a good time to do any embellishing with glitter pens before embossing.

Photo (B) – The red arrows show pink ink on top of the previously embossed flowers (the yellow and orange flowers) and the clear emboss acts as a mask for the pink flower.

Photo (C) – Before embossing the pink flower (same as done in photo A), clean unwanted ink off with Q-Tip. Tip: wipe the ink off towards the image you just stamped.

Tropical Flowers Plumerias Thank You CardThanks for stopping by! Hope you have a Happy (and inky) week!

Please remember to check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for you using today’s new stamps!

Connie  Julie  Lisa  Lynn  Tammy

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Stamps: Multi-Step Aloha! Clear Stamps and Multi-Step Big Leaves Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah, Metallic Amethyst & Metallic Blackberry from The Paper Co. 

Inks: (all Memento Inks):

  • See Multi-Step Aloha! Color Recipe for different plumeria color combos.
  • DK Leaves: Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 –  Cottage Ivy, Step #1 – Pistachio. 
  • LT Leaves: Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 –  Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 Pear Tart. 
  • Sentiment: Elderberry w/ Lulu Lavender drop shadow.

Embellishments: Fine detail clear embossing powder & VersaMark ink.

Tropical Breezes

YaHoo! It’s Friday!

Boy – Oh boy! It is going to be a HOT ONE if you live in the West & South West!

I hope my card inspires a cool breeze your way. If it doesn’t – open the fridge, turn on the fan and sit in front of it … that should do the trick! 😉

Here’s another color recipe for you. Stay Cool!

 Multi-Step Aloha! Clear Stamps – the color recipe can be found HERE.

Hula Girl on Tropical Beach Card

Stamps: Multi-Step Aloha! Clear Stamps, Multi-Step Palm Trees Clear Stamps and Multi-Step Lighthouse Clear Stamps (seagulls) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Classic Crest – Classic Cream from Neenah. Spring Moss from Papertrey. Blueberry Pie and Wildberry Pie from Bazzill Basics.

Inks: (all Memento Inks)

  • Large Palm Tree: Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 –  Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 Pear Tart.
  • Trunk: Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch, Step #1 Desert Sand.
  • Small Palm Tree: Step #3 – Northern Pine so 1x, Step #2 –  Bamboo Leaves so 1x, Step #1 Pear Tart.
  • Trunk: Step #3 – Rich Cocoa so 1x, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch so 1x, Step #1 Desert Sand.
  • Plumerias – Pink Flower: Step #4 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #3 –  Rose Bud, Step #2 – Angel Pink 2x’s, Step #1 – Angel Pink. 
  • Red Flower: Step #4 – Grape Jelly, Step #3 –  Sweet Plum, Step #2 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #1 – Love Letter. 
  • Pink/Orange Flower: Step #4 – Potter’s Clay, Step #3 –  Tangelo, Step #2 – Cantaloupe, Step #1 – Angel Pink. 
  • Hula Dancer: Step #4 – Rich Cocoa + sponge on top Espresso Truffle (hair & face only), Step #3 –  Desert Sand wipe grass skirt clean and add Bamboo Leaves, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch wipe grass skirt clean and add Bamboo Leaves – then so 1x, Step #1 – Desert Sand so 1x + sponge (face only) Angel Pink. Step #1 again (grass skirt only) – Pear Tart. 
  • Sea Gull: Step #3 –  Gray Flannel, Step #2 – Gray Flannel so 1x, repeat, Step #2 – Gray Flannel so 1x.
  • Sand: sponge & torn paper mask –  Desert Sand. 
  • Water: sponge & torn paper mask –  Summer Sky.

Embellishments: Fine Detail Clear Embossing powder (for masking Hula Dancer and flowers). Mini Pearls and rhinestone from my craft stash. Spica pens: Lilac –  waves & water horizon line. Pink – Hula Dancer’s flower in hair & flower lei. Peach – Hula Dancer’s checks. Gold – waistband of the grass skirt.