n*Studio | Stampendous Summer Hop

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Hi there! Welcome to the Nathalie Kalbach and Friends Summer Hop!

If you would like to start at the beginning of this hop, then please check out the Stampendous Blog. They’ve started hopping on Monday, so there is loads to discover there!

I’m sharing this iconesque Fashion Dame today:

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Here’s how I created her:

1 | Cut a sheet of grey board into four 4″ x 6″ pieces.

2 | Set two cards aside. Cut a rectangle window in one of the remaining cards and a Gothic arch in the other.

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3 | Use Archival Ink to stamp the Fashion Dame and her attire on one of the plain cards. Cut the Fashion Dame pieces out.

4 | Give the Fashion Dame pieces a coat of gesso and the other cards a coat of gold acrylic paint. Leave to dry.

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5 | Use the Art Deco Wallpaper Stencil to stencil the background card in turquoise and dark blue. Use embossing ink to stamp a halo with the smallest of the Kaffee Klatch Cling Stamps, sprinkle on some Vintage Jade embossing glitter and heat set the powder with a heat tool.

6 | Take the Gothic window card. Use an old plastic (credit) card to apply gold paint to the card through the stencil that comes with the Elephant Foam and Cling Stamp Set. This will create a nice raised texture. Leave to dry completely.

7 | Take the rectangle window card. Use embossing ink to stamp with one of the stamps of the Fiesta Cling Stamp Set. Sprinkle with Blueberry Cheesecake embossing powder and heat set the powder with a heat tool. Use your finger to apply a bit of pink, blue and gold paint on top of the embossed frame.

8 | Adhere the Gothic frame to the background card and the rectangle frame to the front of the Gothic frame.

9 | Apply colour to the hands and face of the Fashion Dame with Neocolor II’s and a watercolour brush. Use acrylic paint to paint the lips and clothing.

Use one of the Fiesta Cling Stamps to stamp on top of the cardboard pants with embossing ink, sprinkle with Blueberry Cheesecake embossing powder and heat set to create the patterned pants.  Stamp over it once more with the pants stamp and Archival Ink.

Stamp and emboss the jacket with embossing ink and Mint Macaroon embossing powder.  Add black dots with a Posca marker.

Marsha Valk | n*Studio Creative Squad: Stampendous Fashion Dame Summer Hop

10 | Adhere the Dame to the icon frame and add small turquoise dots with a Pearl Pen.

Marsha Valk | n*Studio Creative Squad: Stampendous Fashion Dame Summer Hop

11 | Leave the card as is, or paint an old frame pink, apply gold stencilling with the Art Deco Wallpaper Stencil and adhere the Fashion Dame icon to the front of the frame.

For more inspiration, featuring Nathalie’s fabulous stamp sets check out all the wonderful projects in this Summer Hop!

Here are the links to the other designers participating in the hop today:

Stampendous Blog

Rae Missigman

Katy Leitch

Alison Heikkila

Mark Gould

Stampendous is kindly giving away three prize packages of Nat’s foam stamp sets. So don’t forget to comment for a chance to win and be sure to check out the Stampendous Blog to find out more! The give-away is closed! Winners are announced here!

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Ooooh… and before you leave! My post for the n*Studio Creative Squad is coming up on Tuesday, so be sure to check out Nathalie’s blog next week to see the spin off project I created with these leftover pieces:

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Enjoy your day!

Supplies:

n*Studio products:
Fashion Dame Cling Rubber Stamp Set
Kaffee Klatsch Cling Rubber Stamp Set
Fiesta Cling Rubber Stamp Set
Art Deco Wallpaper Stencil
Batik Stencil

I also used the stencils that come with the
Elephant Foam Stamp, Cling Rubber, and Stencil Set
Urban Scribble Foam Stamp, Cling Rubber, and Stencil Set
Mish Mesh Cling Rubber Stamp Set

Other:
Grey board
Vellum
Acrylic paint (Talens Amsterdam: Deep Gold, Lamp Black, Phthalo Blue, Turquoise Green, Quinacridone Rose)
Gesso (Liquitex)
Watersoluble crayons (Caran d’Ache Neocolor II: Apricot, Pink)
Pearl Pen (Viva Decor: Turquoise)
Permanent ink (Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black)
Embossing ink (Tsukineko VersaMark)
Embossing powder (Wow!: Blueberry Cheesecake, Mint Macaroon, Vintage Jade)
Paint markers (Uni Posca: Black, Pink, White)
Sewing machine + thread
Cosmetic sponge
Old plastic gift card

Blog Hop | Nathalie Kalbach’s Elephant March Stencil

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Hello and welcome to Nathalie Kalbach’s Elephant March Stencil Blog Hop!!!

Nathalie designed an awesome range of stencils for Stencil Girl Products and now she’s hosting a series of cool blog hops to show case them!

The star of this particular blog hop is my absolute favourite… Elephant March:

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What can I say… I love this stencil!

I’ve loved it ever since I first got a sneak peak of it in Nathalie’s art journal during the Art Fusion mixed media event. And I may have jumped for joy when Nat invited me to be part of it’s blog hop…

This stencil is different from any of the other stencils I have, because, well… it’s an elephant. And all of my other stencils are more of the background pattern variety.

But… there is more to this stencil than meets the eye! Just look closely at that fabric cover: that’s a background pattern! Or the stripes of the elephants skin… those are going to add great texture to loads of pages!

Nathalie is giving away one stencil to a lucky winner! All you have to do is to leave a comment on her blog hop blog post. But… if you want to boost your chances, I recommend you comment on each of the blogs along the hop, because Nathalie will give you an entry into the give-away for each blog you comment on!

The give-away will be open until September 18, 2013 – midnight EST.

Here are the links to all the blog hop participants:

Nathalie Kalbach

Carolyn Dube

Maria McGuire

Jessica Sporn

Can’t wait to see their blog hop projects, but please let me show you what I created with the Elephant March Stencil first!

I had a couple of things in mind before I started creating:

1. I wanted to create a canvas

2. I wanted to push myself, so the canvas had to be larger than my usual (small) formats

3. I wanted to use gold paint

4. I wanted to use neon colours

5. This song:

… which has nothing to do with the canvas, except that it was my earworm during preparations for this blog hop. The video is worth the watch though! It would definitely have affected the outcome of the canvas, if I had seen it beforehand!

I bought the largest canvas they carried at a local “cheap” store (50×70 cm/approx. 20″x30″). I started prepping the canvas by glueing down random scraps of (tissue) paper and fabric, covering it all in gesso and once that was dry: spraying the whole surface with gold spray paint.

I had bought the spray paint at the same local “cheap” store I got the canvas and although the canvas was exceeding my expectations, the can of spray paint was not. Not enough pigment, people! Note to self: definitely invest in quality spray paint next time.

I went on from there… I was having way to much fun to document a real step-by-step, but you can get an idea of the layering from these snapshots I took a long the way:

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And here’s the end result:

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Stencils used: Nathalie’s Elephant March Stencil, Crackle Stencil, What’s The Point Stencil as well as Jessica Sporn’s Bubbles Girl Stencil.

I assure you that the pink elephant is in reality neon pink! The canvas also has a wonderful golden sheen that’s really hard to capture on camera:

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Thank you for visiting me and a huge thank you to Nat for inviting me to play along and be part of this stencil blog hop too!!!

Enjoy the hop and don’t forget to comment for an extra chance to win the Elephant March Stencil!

Blog Hop | Nathalie Kalbach’s What’s The Point Stencil

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Hello and welcome to Nathalie Kalbach’s What’s The Point Stencil Blog Hop!!!

Nathalie designed a range of really cool stencils for Stencil Girl Products and now she’s hosting a series of wonderful blog hops to show case them!

Star of this particular blog hop is the awesome What’s The Point Stencil:

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It’s a great stencil for general layering, but it can be used for so much more. How about a field of flowers against a greenish backdrop? Or falling snow? It will be perfect for winter lay-outs and even Christmas cards!

Nathalie is giving away one stencil to a lucky winner! All you have to do is to leave a comment on her blog hop blog post. But…  if you want to boost your chances, I recommend you comment on each of the six blogs along the hop, because Nathalie will give you an entry into the give-away for each blog you comment on!

The give-away will be open until September 3, 2013 – midnight EST.

Here are the links to all the blog hop participants:

Nathalie Kalbach

Jamie Dougherty

Carolyn Dube

Andrea Gomoll

Maria McGuire

Now, let me show you an awesome background created with the What’s The Point Stencil!

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Don’t mind the cat… I didn’t even want it there… It just annoyingly wriggled it’s way onto it. Like cats do.

You see, I started out with this idea in my head. That idea involved oil pastels and gesso and some scratching, so I needed a sturdy surface.

I had this canvas board that seemed perfect for the job. I had already attempted to draw a cat on there once, but I didn’t think that was a problem. It would be covered with oil pastels and gesso anyway:

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So far so good.

I waited until the gesso was dry and I started scratching away through the What’s The Point Stencil. My plan was to make a cluster of blossoming trees, which evolved into a vase of flowers, which then… caused me to mess up.

I tried and failed to repair the mess. But because of the slickness of the oil pastels, there was no real harm done and I was able to rub all the gesso off with just water. The remaining oil pastel stayed put.

But there it was again: that cat! Staring at me!

I don’t know if you follow Nathalie on Instagram, but the only thing I could think of was #dontmesswithcats… a hashtag that she uses when she ‘instagrams’ photos of her cat.

I had to take it as a sign…

I started over by only covering the surface surrounding the cat sketch with gesso. Once that was dry enough, I placed the What’s The Point Stencil over it and I used a baby-wipe to rub some of the gesso off again through the stencil. And then I went on from there.

At some point I added splatters of Glimmer Mist and I really like the effect: the ink bled into the gesso, but resisted on the oil pastel.

Also, some of the scratching I did in my first session is still visible on the cat’s behind. It looks kind of cool, so I’m sure the cat won’t mind! :-S

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Thank you for visiting me and special thanks to Nat for inviting me to play along and be part of this stencil blog hop!!!

Enjoy the hop and don’t forget to comment for an extra chance to win the What’s The Point Stencil!