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Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Christmas, Christmas Pines, Hang Your Stockings, InKing Royalty Blog Hop, Mixed Media, Star of Light | 7 comments

Winter Wishes


Welcome to InKing Royalty’s December Blog Hop!  While Stampin’ Up! demonstrators are actively ordering from the 2017 Occasions Catalog and earning products from the 2017 Sale-a-Bration brochure, we are also getting ready for the upcoming holidays.  We are excited to share some fun winter-themed projects with you!  Today’s Winter Wishes Blog Hop is filled with inspiring projects that feature each artist’s take on Winter.  After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Recently I was scrolling though Instagram, as I often do, and discovered a great post by Fox and Hazel where she used acrylic paint to decorate her envelopes.  So, I pulled out my paints and got to work.  When I finished the envelope I decided that I liked them so much that I would make matching cards.   The supplies I used are Decorative Mask (aka stencils) acrylic Paint in various colors, a palette knife, a paint splatter, Stampin’ Up sponges and Stamps, and a pint pin to address the envelopes.


The first envelopes I made I simply scraped the paint across the envelope or card layer using the palette knife.  If you do not have a palette knife you could use an old gift card for this.   At this point, I also added splatters of paint using the funny looking splatter tool and my finger.


I started off by testing several colors but settled on this variety of paint colors.  Copper, Pewter, light Gold, White, Hookers Green, Cadmium Red dark, and ocean blue/green


The next step was to add stamping to the envelopes and the cards.  I used a variety of stamps mostly current stamps by Stampin’ Up!  A few tips.  The photopolymer stamps seem to slide around a little on the paint.  So you just have to be careful stamping over the paint.



Then I decided to pull out the Decorative mask and the sponges.  I first tried to do this with the palette knife, but the effect was quite bold.  And more in your face than what I was looking for.  So the sponge was the way to go.  The sponge and paint added a soft look that is pleasing to the eye!


There are several ways to make matching cards!  Different stamps and colors add a whole new feel to basically the same design.


The deer antler card is one of the cards that I tried the palette knife with the Decorative Mask.  You can see how much bolder it is compared to the envelope below it.


The Noel card did not photograph very well.  But, it is truly gorgeous.  I love the paint on the crumb cake base combined with the gold heat embossing!


All that is left is to address the envelopes with your paint pen.  The Gold and Sliver gel pins would look wonderful with the stenciled envelopes.

P.S. The address below is made up.  I just wanted you to know what the envelopes look like finished. (even with my crappy handwriting)  How cool would it be to live on Stampin’ Ave.



I made a video for y’ll, so that you can see the process of making the  cards!  I hope you enjoy it :>

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Becky Volpp at InkBlossom with Becky.  There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!  Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  3. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  6. Becky Volpp at InkBlossom with Becky
  7. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  8. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
  9. Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
  10. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps



  • Stamp Sets: Christmas Pines, Hang Your Stockings, Star of Light
  • Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Versa Mark, and  Basic Black
  • Other: Gold Embossing Powder, Craft Sheet
  • Paint and other Paint supplies.


I hope you will hop along with all the Royal’s today!  I am sure you will find lots to love along the way!  Have a great Tuesday.

Much Love,



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Posted by on Sep 13, 2015 in Build A Birthday, Mixed Media, Remarkable You | 2 comments

Mix-Ability #137 It’s a Grand Ole Flag

Whooo Hooooo It’s a great day at Westside Paper Creations!!!  Global Design Team announced the winners of there  first ever Challenge…And guess who was among the winners…You guessed it…I am beyond excited and thrilled that the Ultra Talented Global Design Team pick my creation as one of there favorites!!!  I’m really honored to be recognized by this group.  Thank You so much Global Design Project Team Members :>.  Make sure to check out the other winners  of the Global Design Project Challenge.  If you would like to see my creation check out this post.  If you have not check out the Global Design Project be sure to do so.  And be sure to check out all the entry’s of those playing along.  There are some pretty amazing artist out there.



One of my favorite challenges to participate in is the Mix-Ability challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.  It has helped me to think out of my box of norm paper, ink, and stamps.  This week’s challenge is hosted by Lydia of Understand Blue.  The challenge opened on 9/11 and because of this she wanted to honer the day by presenting a challenge using starts, stripes, and the colors (red, white, and blue)  In addition to this as with all Mix-Ability challenges you have to use two different mediums.  I chose to use watercolor and ink.

Stampin’ Up! has a really cool stamp set called Calling All Heroes that would have been perfect for what I wanted to create. Only problem, I don’t have that stamp set.

Is that not a awesome set or what!!!!

Is that not a awesome set or what!!!!

So how do you build buildings?  Well, I used the stamp set Build a Birthday.  Builld a Birthday

The sentiment was pulled from the stamp set Remarkable You

Remarkable You

I used a water-coloring technique that I found somewhere on the internet years ago.  I’m really not sure where it came from. But what you do is add layers of watercolor washes to the paper and then add salt over the layer.  The salt reacts with the watercolor to absorbed the paint.  It only makes sense that…. The longer you leave the salt the more paint will be absorbed.  I have not really checked it out to much.  I am impatient and normally use a heat gun to stop the process where I want it…  This is so much fun watching the paint and seeing how each color reacts to the salt.   You should really try this sometime for fun!  It’s a great little project and makes very unique backgrounds.  IMAG2139 1

Here are the details:

  • The card base is Real Red card stock cut at 5 1/2 inches and scored at 4 1/4 inches
  • The layers are Night of Navy (5 3/8 by 4 1/8) and Multi-Media Paper 180 lb (5 1/4 by 4)
  • On the Multi-Media paper layer wash a blue watercolor onto the paper.  Then add salt and watch the magic happen.  I used  a heat gun to dry this layer.  Then wash a second darker blue over the paper and again add salt.  Allow to dry .  I used a heat gun to speed this up.  After the paper is dry rake off the salt.  You will have “stars” for your sky.
  • The building are the stamps from Build A Birthday.  on a separate sheet of Multi-Media paper wash red watercolor over the image to create a background.  This should be a light red wash.  After the wash has dried stamp the images from Build A Birthday using Real Red and Cajun Craze ink
  • The one tall building was a afterthought.  The buildings were not layering correctly and needed a little something else.  So I took a scrap piece of Multi-Media paper and washed layers of red watercolor and salt over the strip.  using the same technique as the background.
  • Then I added strips of the Multi-Media paper to the bottom of the buildings to give a scene of depth. Also, some buildings are glued down and some are popped up!!
  • Before adding the last strip stamp the sentiment from Remarkable You.

Today’s Supply list.  Remember you will also need Mixed-Media paper 180 Lb, watercolors, and salt.

Thank You for stopping by Westside Paper Creations. I hope you have a very blessed and wonderful Sunday.  Make sure you take time to hop over to Lydia at Understand Blue to check out her inspiration for the Mix-Ability Challenge.  And pay along!!!  See you back here soon.


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Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in An Open Heart, Mixed Media, Peaceful Wreath | 10 comments

An Open Heart

Saturday Morning I was having my coffee and reading blog post.  It’s a favorite past time for a Saturday.  I love seeing what everyone is creating.   Understanding Blue had a great post about a Mixed Media Challenge that she was participating in over at Splitcost Stampers.  Make sure you check out the blog post and fabulous card making.  The challenge was to create a card or project using flowers by pressing them through the Big Shot.  After doing this you should use at least one other medium to complete your project.  Well, I just loved what Lydia created!!!!  My next thought was I want to try this.  It reminded me of pressing flowers as a child with my Mother (Yes, she is a retired Science Teacher…Biology actually….So pressing flowers was something we would do)  Or when I moved into my current home.  I borrowed her flower press to press all the beautiful wild flowers in our yard.

So Saturday afternoon I got out and searched for flowers.  We have been so dry that most of the wildflowers in the yard were dried up.  The only flowers I had blooming was a white flower and that was not going to work with white paper.  The next stop was my parent yard.  I did find a few flowers blooming and pressed them.  I also, pressed a purple and green leaf off a plant she had in her back yard.  It was perfect for this experiment in Mixed Media.  The next place I headed was to Amy’s at Sugar Magnolia’s.  Amy is the owner and operator of a great flower shop in Decatur (Sugar Magnolia’s)   Actually, she has much more that a Flower Shop.  I asked her if I could press some of her flower for a blog challenge.  No I think at first she thought I was the crazy lady….. I mean come on who goes to a flower shop and ask to kill their flowers.  Maybe , I should have thought this through…..Then, I pulled out my Big Shot and was ready to go to work…… But, in the end I was glad I had asked because she always had such wonderful array of plants.  Amy and I had fun picking out what to try and press.  She was so very helpful!!!  Thanks Amy :>

When I got home from pressing my flowers I looked though what I had.  I picked two of my favorite pressed images and went to work making cards.   The first card is from one of the flowers pressed at Sugar Magnolia’s.  I love how the purple blooms show so well!  The second one just happens to be from my parents yard.  Is it not lovely how that worked out.  I am saving my other images to use at another time.


This card is full of soft color.  I used Daffodil Delight , Pear Pizzazz, and Perfect Plum.  The stamp is from Peaceful Wreath  and is stamped in Perfect Plum.  Peaceful WreathFor my second card I wanted to challenge myself to use more stamps and another medium.  So, this is what I came up with.   I used the pressed flowers as my background.  Then stamped the images from An Open Heart with StazOn Ink. (I used Stone Gray for a softer look, jet black would work just fine)  Then I water-colored my stamped images using a aqua painter with Tip Top Taupe, Perfect Plum, Pear Pizzazz, and Seriah Sand inks.    I kept the water-coloring light and airy to coordinate with the softness of the pressed flower.  I’m not sure that this is tequniqually a third medium but, to me it was. The background papers are Perfect Plum and Pear Pizzazz


Here are the details of how to press flowers with a Big Shot:

  • pick fresh flowers that are juicy and have lots of color.
  • make a sandwich for your Big Shot that is layered as so multipurpose platform, cutting pad, paper of choice, flowers, paper of choice, and cutting pad.
  • pull the paper apart from each other after pressing.  Allow, this to dry before removing any flower parts that remain

Just a note.  I used watercolor paper for this.  Whisper White paper will work as well.  I found that watercolor paper absorbed the “ink” of the plants that I picked much better.  Dry plants such as ferns do not work as well.

Hop on over to Spitcost Stampers and check out all the Mixed Media cards using this wonderful technique.  And be sure to stop by my new favorite blog Understand Blue and give her some love!!!!!IMAG1965

Here is today’s Supply List:

Happy Tuesday!!! See you here tomorrow for the InKing Royalty Blog Hop.  It’s sure to be a great time.



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