Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Pop Art Cat Christmas Card

Rubber stamped card with a Pop Art / Andy Warhol theme. Colored with copic markers and stamped with memento ink pads.

Meowy Christmas :)

Friday, December 21, 2012

Quick and Easy Christmas Gift Project - Rubber Stamped Wood Fridge Magnets

Wood can be colored with almost any sort of paint or ink, but I find Chalk ink pads, Copic Markers and Stazon ink the easiest to work with.

I start by coloring the wood shape, here I colored the entire shape with a yellow marker followed with a few swipes of color directly from VersaMagic chalk ink pads. Allow to dry for a few minutes, or gently pat with a paper towel and move on to rubber stamping with a StazOn ink pad.

I also made a night time snow scene with this stamp by changing the colors and applying white snow splatter (apply white acrylic paint on a toothbrush, spraying the paint by bending the bristles.)

Glue a magnet on the back and give it a coat of sealer and you've got a quick and easy handmade gift. I use e-6000 glue for the magnet, and a simple wipe-on sealer such as mod podge.

Happy Holidays :)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Domino Animals and Art Nouveau Woodland Scenic New Rubber Stamps

Two new rubber stamp sheets are available at The Enchanted Gallery:

Animal theme domino size rubber stamps including owls, tigers, cats and dogs.

Art Nouveau woodland animals, scenic landscape and nature design ribber stamps.

Example art projects coming soon :)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Easy to Make Polymer Clay Pendants Using Jewelry Blanks and Perfect Pearls

I have added this quick and easy project to the how to use polymer clay push molds tutorial page :)
Once you have pressed your clay into your mold for an impression, take a blank pendant tray and press it gently down onto your clay to create an outline. Cut out using an x-acto knife/razor blade.
Gently place the clay into your pendant, making sure it fits well. This is a good time to apply a finish such as perfect pearls, a metallic pigment powder that sticks to the raw clay.
Then bake the clay while it sits in your metal pendant. Once it has cooled down, remove the clay from the pendant tray.
Seal with your choice of sealer (Polycrylic clear gloss is my favorite, found in a spray can at most hardware stores near the wood sealers and stains.) Glue it back in place with a strong adhesive rated for plastic to metal adhesion (I use E-6000.)
I have also expanded the colors of Perfect Pearls in stock at The Enchanted Gallery's clay and related supplies page :)
Many small additions have been made around the site and I'll be posting new tutorials asap.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Flexible push molds for polymer clay site update

There have been several recent additions to the faces and button section of molds at http://www.theenchantedgallery.com/artdolls.html

Including:







There are also a few site changes as I am adding new sections, including handmade pendants, magnets and gift items along with a terrarium craft section with flower-soft and miniature garden supplies.

All KrystalKraft acrylic shapes have now been sold out and discontinued and I am working on removing that page link from all sections.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Winter Snow Pine Tree Rubber Stamped Christmas Card with Masking and Sponging Ink Coloring Technique

Here is a Christmas card I made using a rubber stamp from the Tree-125 sheet. This rubber stamp has details in the artwork that I wanted to hide (the ground.) I have cut a piece of paper to work as a "mask" (like a stencil) to cover that area. I cut that paper mask to be randomly jagged so it mimics piles of uneven snow over bumpy terrain. I cut the opposite edge of the paper in scallop shapes to mimic clouds.


First I put the paper I was stamping on down, then the paper mask over the area I wanted to look like snow on the ground, then rubber stamped over it using Memento Black. I made sure that the ground part of the image stamped onto my mask, so when I moved the paper mask all that was left was my rubber stamped image missing the ground area of the artwork. I used a sponge dauber and Memento "London Fog" gray ink pad and gently applied ink in an upward motion over my paper mask. I moved the paper mask to a different spot and repeated the ink application with the sponge.


I prepared background paper for this card using the same paper masking method above and also using a snowflake paper punch as a mask.


I used a Gelly Roll white gel pen to trace along the tops of the trees and make dots all over the image.


Hope everyone had a great holiday season! Now that it's over I can get back to being a little less busy and a little more creative :)

Kimberly