Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Rubber Cafe' and Faber-Castlell Design Memory Craft Blog Hop

Welcome to The Rubber Cafe/Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog hop!
 
If you've just joined us today and would like to start the blog hop from the beginning, simply click on The Rubber Cafe blog to begin. If you've come here from Kristine's blog, you are in the right place!

For this blog hop, we will be showcasing project ideas, inspiration, and tutorials featuring fabulous products you won't want to miss! Hop along with us as we work with products from these great companies:
The Rubber Cafe
The Rubber Cafe is a stamp manufacturer of high quality, deeply etched stamps and other fine paper crafting tools and accessories. All of our beautiful stamps are made right here in the USA in sunny San Diego, California! Visit The Rubber Cafe today to view their complete product line!

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft

Faber-Castell was founded more than 240 years ago in Germany as a pencil manufacturer. Today Faber-Castell is world renowned for its high quality, professional art supplies in the Art & Graphic line, as well as its fine writing instruments and accessories. Too see their complete product line, visit Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft today!

Now for the fun part - today I have 2 projects to share, once I got started, I quickly found there was so much I could do to create and showcase these wonderful products!  First I have a simple card, 'You Make me Smile".


To make this I started by creating 2 boards of gradient color, I primarily used Gelatos to do this, after coloring on my water color paper I spritzed with water then using the brush provided, blended the gelatos until I had a nice gradient of blue down my page.  I repeated this step with orange and white both turned out great!   The Yellow you see is a yellow water color pencil also from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft, and helped to finish off my rays of sunshine I was going for!

 For my card, I decided to go with the yellow-orange gradient board.  For the next step I ran this through my Big Shot using my M-Bossibilites So Trendy texture envelope from Spellbinders, this has a chevron pattern on one side and geometric pattern on the other.





Here's another view of the Spellbinders M-Bossibilities So Trendy with the geometrics side out, my sample shows the chevron texture. 

These are so neat, as you get two patterns for the price of one- just by turning them inside out!

Once embossed I cut out varying slices for my 'rays' of sunshine.  I positioned them slightly spaced and trimmed any excess to fit my card.


To finish I stamped the phrase "You Make Me Smile", found in the Fabulous Phrases set from The Rubber Cafe'- I cut it out and layered with  Spellbinders' Pinked edge Circle dies, and popped it up with dimensional adhesive.


For my 2nd project I used 5" canvas square I got from the Michaels' dollar bin.

I used the Textural Sampler set provided by Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft - and prepared my canvas by first applying 2 coats of the gesso, to cover the pre-printed design.  I also covered this with a tan packaging tissue paper I had which I adhereed with the Gel Medium.

This time I used the M-Bossibities in my project as a stamp.  
                                                        

I used the Mixed and Match Gelato metallics set to color my M-bossiblities and after spritzing it with water pressed it it into the canvas to create the blue sky and repeated it with green to create grass.  Once dry - I stamped the background text stamp from the Steampunk set. The barn roof and rooster weather vane I cut with my Silhouette Cameo machine.  Before adhering the barn, I stamped it with the Wood Grain stamp again using black gelato colored directly on the stamp then spritzed with water, and stamped it directly to my barn diecut.      
                                                                

I created my phrase Rise 'n Shine using the alphabet set from The Rubber Cafe' -Candi Stamps-Alphabet - this is a great little clear acrylic set of upper and lower case typeset letters - perfect for projects like this.  I stamped it all at once but thought it would be fun if I cut the letters out Ransom note style before adhering to my project. I stamped on white paper but colored them with warm grey copic to better match the rest of my project.


To adhere all of my elements to the canvas I used the Gel Medium provided by Faber-Caster Design Memory Craft, and also used their Glaze to finish it.  I loved all 3 of these products they went on so smooth, and the finishing glaze really popped all that great colors provided by the gelatos! All of these products come in the Textural Accents sampler,  were so easy to apply and fast drying, making all the steps and layers very easy.


Well that's it for me!  For your next stop on the hop, you'll be visiting Heidi, who I know will have a project to Wow you!

Don't forget to leave a comment on each manufacturer and designer's blog for a chance to win great prizes such as:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft will be giving away a $50 Gift Certificate!

The Rubber Cafe will be giving away a TWO $25 Gift Certificates!

The blog hop contest will be open until midnight June 10th and the winners will be announced on June 12th on the company's blogs.
Just in case you get lost along the way here is a complete list of the designers participating in our blog hop:

START AT: Rubber Café 

Karen Thede      **you are here!!


Supplies:
Paper:  90 lb Water Color paper
Adhesives:  Stampin'UP -Dimensionals
Tools:  Spellbinders M-Bossibilities- So Trendy; Silhouette Cameo diecut machine
Other:  Michaels' 5x5- Square Canvas

52 comments:

~Michelle~ said...

what great backgrounds you achieved! Love your cards! :)

Kristine Reynolds said...

Beautiful projects!

TesaB said...

WOW! Gorgeous! The canvas is AMAZING! A piece of art, fun with the embossing technique!!!

Billie Dee said...

How unique! I never thought of using an embossing folder as a stamp. Wow! And ... your projects are fun and very inspiring. Thank you!

Prairie Scrapbooking said...

i love the idea of the gelaots on an embossing folder. love the project too! thanks for a chance to win

Regina aka Mrs. Ham said...

Great cards. I love the techniques you used.

liberal sprinkles said...

wow I love the different ways you used the M-bossiblities. Stamping, who woulda thought!

Miriam Prantner said...

Great work! I especially love the little canvas piece. Gorgeous colors and wonderful technique!

DiamondLil said...

Both cards are so inventive, but I especially love the barn one. It has the sensibilities of an old, pieced quilt with lovely faded material for the background. Too fun!

Thanks for the inspiration,
Tracy

Mel- said...

Oh my gosh you just opened up a whole new world for me - color an embossing folder and use it as a stamp? BRILLIANT. Cant wait to go home and try it...

Sheryl Pelletier said...

Your work has a very rustic look and appeal to it. Thank you.

Jacquie Southas said...

WOW - Karen that canvas is AMAZING!! LOVE the texture, color, everything about it - I want to see this in person

Frugal Scrapper Extraordinaire said...

Karen, I just love your rise 'n shine project. I'm sure it's even more awesome in person! We'll have to get together so you can show me how to use these products!

Carol said...

Fabulous ideas on the blog hop, thanks for the inspiration! Love The Rubber Cafe and DMC!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

madisonznana said...

Love the rise and shine project! and the ombre effect you got on the card is beautiful!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Very inspiring projects. Love that sun card. TFS

Wanda said...

Great card. I love the texture you created. Even the depth and layering showed your attention to detail. Easy to follow instructions too. I'll be back.

rlovew said...

Beautiful projects- I love the way the embossing looks after the paper is colored with the gelatos.

Just Laury said...

Great job on both projects! Love the little canvas! These came out awesome thank you for the inspiration. I am going to have to try a little canvas!

Sue D said...

Great sunshine card and love the canvas!

Barbara said...

Karen, your projects are just amazing! I am so impressed that you described your techniques so clearly that I could produce a similar result!! I had to tear myself away from your projects to write this note but I am returning...you have inspired me. Thank you

I have blog candy on my blog:
http://u-inspire-me.blogspot.com/2012/06/birthday-blog-candy.html

Hugs

Bunnyfreak said...

Love the added texture.

l.m.b. said...

I love the cutting technique on the embossed sunshine card, gives it so much dimension. The rise n shine piece would be do cute in the kitchen, interesting, textural, colorful- it has it all!

Denny said...

OMG!!! I'm so impressed and have learned so much with your post! Thanks for the clear instructions and pictures. There are so many things I want to try! TFS

gypsy rose said...

luv your style. the barn card is super! tfs

Maureen Hayes said...

I love that you created two very different pieces of art using products from the same companies. It really helps to showcase how versatile the products are. I love the shading of the gelatos in the card and use of the watercolor pencil for the sun. In the second project you really started from scratch re-inventing that piece into something truly inspired. I like that you tried the mediums as well and can tell us they worked well and dried quickly. Thanks for participating in the blog hop. I am now following your blog and look forward to seeing what you come up with next!

ginnye said...

Love it all!! The ombre effect on the one card is super!!

efj said...

Wow!! Your cards made me smile. Thank you for sharing.

Craftybee said...

Thanks for sharing your cards...great creations! love them.

Melody said...

Love the effect you have gotten with the Gelatos!!

Gloria Stengel said...

Wow, Karen! Love both projects! You rocked those products!!!! Can't wait to chat with you tonight!

Bonnie in SC said...

I can't believe how versatile those gelatos are. They are definitely something I will have to look into. Great projects!

Lynn (toomanycrayons) said...

Thanks for all the detailed instruction on how you worked. Looks like fun !

Kaneka said...

Love what you did with the canvas. Beautiful.

Anna Fallas said...

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silvia said...

I adore both of your cards!!!

Nora Parker said...

Very inspiring! Thank you!

A Crafty Person said...

Two great projects! I really like how you transformed the canvas into something completely different. I have to try both of your techniques.

Bethany Becker said...

Great technique! Thanks for sharing. I love both of your projects. Thanks for sharing!

Larissa Heskett said...

I LOVE your Bright creation!! THANKS for sharing and for the chances to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

OhSuz said...

Your cards are so colorful-love them!

sillyp said...

great examples on using the product thank you.

Roberta said...

Love the texture and use of the stamps on the canvas! Great job! Great projects!

Maya said...

Beautiful projects! Love them both!

Charo said...

Great projects!

marilyn said...

What amazing cards. Love how you created the textures.

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Wow, wow, wow...did I mention WOW???

Denise said...

LOVE that first card...how you cut the paper to look like sun rays!! this would brighten anyone's day for sure!! Beautiful!

Gina Howe said...

Beautiful projects! Thank you for using the gesso, gel medium & glaze in your projects!

scrap scha4 said...

Karen I may need a quick tutorial on how you got this effect with the gelatos.
I wanna play with this. GORGEOUS!

sewzallsquirrels said...

I like your technique of cutting and re-assembling the papers...especially after you embossed.
Thanks

MicheleC said...

Beautiful projects Karen. The canvas is great. I love how the colors just pop right off of it. Excellent job! TFS!!