Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A Treasure Hunt, Blog Candy & A Card!

Ahoy ye mateys!

It’s TREASURE HUNT TUESDAY @ RUBBERNECKER. The Treasure if you find it, will be a free image. However, to receive the Treasure a purchase of any size is required, and your treasure must be claimed between 5:00 am PST until 9:00 pm PST today (8:00 am EST - 12:00 am EST). Not only is today Treasure Hunt Day, but for every $50 in stamps purchased, you will receive one FREE stamp. You can check out more information on the Rubbernecker Home Page.

While you are on the Rubbernecker Homepage make sure and read about the Rubber Bucks Monthly Drawing AND the FREE stamp offer:

*** Each month you can qualify to win $100 coupon good for Rubbernecker or Stamp Oasis stamps! For every $20 you spend, your name is entered once into a drawing.

*** For every $50 you spend on Rubbernecker, Stamp Oasis or KK Originals stamps, you get to choose a FREE stamp!

But there is more!!!!!!!

Four of the Rubbernecker Stamps Design Team members are offering blog candy today!

And I am one one them!!!!!


To win all you need to do is leave a comment today on my blog and tell me what your favorite stamping technique is .... I have many favorite techniques one of which is using bleach on my cards ... which is the tehcnique I have used for the cards I am posting here today ... more about them in a bit.

Once you have left a comment here ... head on over to the other blogs below and comment on their blogs for more chances of blog candy .... Oh yes and what do you get .... I almost forgot to tell you all ;)


You can find the first clue to the Treasure Hunt on Kittie’s Blog!!!



Ok now onto my cards for today .... as I said earlier ... one of my favorite techniques is to use bleach to create my cards ... and that is exactly what I did here!

Unfortunately the photos here don't do the cards justice ... it is really hard to get a decent photo of these ... the main color used here is black and the pieces that look like kraft are actually gray.

For both these cards I first stamped the Calla Lillies onto black card using black pigment ink and then embossed using clear ep. I then painted the bleach (I prefer to have a waterbrush pen just for this purpose as it is a safer option than having it in a contain that could spill everywhere) onto the flower just as you would if you were painting or coloring any other image. Once the image is completely painted ... leave to dry and you will see the color changing .... how the color will change can vary from different brand of card.

For the background I again used bleach but this time I had my bleach in a spray bottle and sprayed it over the piece that was to be the background ... which results in the speckled look I have here. Sooooo easy but effective too.

As you can see in the top card .... I left it like that the bleached look can look very effective. However if you like you can take it a step further which is what i did with my second card ... once I had finished bleaching the flowers I then went back over the flowers and painted them using radiant pearls. You could also use various other coloring methods if you preferred.

For for info on the bleach technique ... check out my bleach tutorial here.


Recipe:
Stamps: Calla Lillies - Rubbernecker Stamps
Paper: Black; Grey
Other: Black Pigment Ink; Clear EP; Bleach; Waterbrush Pen.

40 comments:

Hilmarose said...

I wish I could tell you my favorite stamping technique but I just started stamping and I don't know any different ones yet. :(

Lisa Foust said...

Paper piecing the different parts of the stamped images!

Leigh said...

Frances, your cards are stunning. Maybe one day, just maybe, I'll be able to make fabulous cards like yours.
Thanks so much for sharing.

Angel Wilde said...

My favorite technique is paper piercing (right now!)

Jen said...

I have to say that my favorite technique is watercoloring. I don't get much time to do it, but I still love it.

Sherry Cheever said...

WOW Frances. These cards are absolutely stunning. I so need to learn how to do this bleach technique.

Chriss said...

Hi Frances, my favourite technique of late is spongeing and distressing. I am also a fan of paper piecing, although I don't often make my own cards with the piecing method, but plan to work this in more often. Thanks for the chance at this blog candy!
Chriss

Stella said...

I am a beginning cardmaker, but I plan to keep your blog bookmarked on my computer. You are so inspiring to newbies like myself. You've already introduced me to a new stamp company! I just placed my first order with Rubbernecker Stamps!

Kathy H said...

Hi! My favorite technique is stamp kissing. You get some awesome funky tie dye colors from it. Thanks for the chance, Kathy...

CAKVD said...

Wow! A lot of great deals going on today! My favorite technique is paste embossing. Not many people do it, but I love the finished look.
Thanks!
Cheryl KVD

Adair said...

I would say my favorite technique lately is watercoloring and Prisma color magic. I seem to do one of these with almost every card.
Adair
asvoboda@juno.com

Michelle Adams said...

I love all of the techniques I have tried, but I would have to say Gamsol magic is my favorite. Second would be using watercolor pencils with a Dove blender pen. Your work is so AMAZING!!! Thanks for the chance and for all of the work you put into your awesome blog!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Frances!! (my dd's middle name is Frances, love that name...) My favorite technique is watercoloring, I enjoy the blending of colors and all the different effects one can get with the watercolors. Love your card, left a comment at SCS on it, elegant and a real WOW! But then all of your work is. Hugs, Nancyruth

Beth M said...

My favorite technique is watercoloring. I love using reinkers and watercolor crayons! Thanks for the chance to win.

Angie said...

Hi Frances,
I haven't tried too many different techniques yet, but I do like to watercolor. I have been wanting to try bleaching, and now that I've seen your cards, I'm less intimidated to try it. I will have to watch your tutorial and give it a try!

Melissa said...

My favorite technique is watercoloring.

Kate said...

I just thought I would stop by and let you know that I love your cards. They are very creative,thanks for the inspiration.

Amy said...

I love paper piecing stamped images together, too. It adds such detail to the image. Thanks for the bleach tutortial. I had never heard of that before!

Cathy M said...

Your cards are beautiful. Count me in on this sweet candy. I love all techniques and want to do them all. Right now mine is dry embossing and piercing. Thanks for a chance.
cmeyers@hughes.net

Wendyp said...

I have so many techniques that I still haven't tried yet, but right now my favorite technique is to use stamps to paper piece with.

Anonymous said...

Your calla lily card has to be one of the prettiest cards I have seen. I have used that technique once and my card wasn't anywhere in your class!!

I have been stamping less than a year and try to do the Techniques Challenge on SCS. One I like is masking and reverse masking.

Enjoy the cards you share on SCS-need to keep coming back to your blog. tfs

Bev J.

Kerry said...

I like the rock and roll technique as well as the kissing technique.

LOL! - I started to write "I like kissing" but that's not quite the message I want to send.

Lorraine said...

I'm still a kid at heart so my fav is water colour pencils. Wish I knew which is the best paper to use with them.

Aimee said...

my favorite technique is watercoloring.... or any coloring I can do..

Peggy Maier said...

I love embossing - just makes a card so special looking!

AnnMarie said...

Hiya StampOwl! Wow! These are beautiful! I will have to try this technique! My favorite technique (right now!) is paper piercing!! Love the look of it! : )

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what my favorite technique is... currently I love using outline stamps and coloring with my new Copics.

JAR said...

My favorite technique is watercoloring -- followed closely by Polished Stone. I love to watercolor and use my reinkers and pads, but would like to get some Watercolor Crayons sometime!

Erin K said...

I think my favorite is using my stamp a ma jig to make scenes with my stamps. :)

leenda said...

Beautiful cards! I need to try this technique. Right now I'm hooked on w/c pencils.

sheila said...

Beautiful cards. Right now my favorite technique is Prisma pencils and gamsol. You name it, and I'm coloring it. Can't get enough of it.

Donna said...

great cards! my favorite technique is coloring - either with copics or prismas/gamsol

Julia Diane said...

WOW! I love your bleach technique... I imagine the radiant pearls are lovely IRL !! What a beautiful card! Right now my favorite technique is the frosted filter technique listed on the SCS resource page... lots of fun!
Thanks for offering such tempting candy!! LOVE YOUR BLOG!! I check it every day!

Julia Diane

Pegg S said...

My favorite technique is cracked glass. It looks so cool and is quite easy to do. Friends are always very impressed :) The only problem is it makes such a mess -- I have granules all over my workspace!

julie said...

too new to stamping to have developed a favorite. right now i like anything that i can learn to improve.

Linda SS said...

My favorite is dry embossing but I've just started paper piecing and I think it's quickly gaining on the embossing. I love your bleaching technique and will be reading your tutorial after American Idol. Thanks for posting!

Anonymous said...

I like colouring using different mediums. Love using my radiant pearls for shimmer, pencil crayons, and stardust pens, as well as watercolouring. Thanks for the chance. :)

Marilyn said...

My favorite technique at the moment is paper piecing - it can really add a different look altogether. Paper piercing is also on the rise for me. I would love to learn watercoloring techniques. Thanks for the chance for some awesome blog candy!

Holly said...

I love all techniques, but if I had to choose a favorite it'd have to be coloring directly onto the stamp with watercolor crayons, misting the stamp and then stamping. It's just such a quick technique with a lot of wow factor.
Holly
usyungs@gmail.com

9kids said...

Wow, so many techniques already listed here! My favorite technique is faux mosaic tiles created with a scoring blade.
Fast, easy and elegant.