Saturday, April 21, 2012

Candi! Candi! everywhere! I told you they arrived . . . there's still more to look at. Many of the favorite designs from before and some new designs. Check it out soon because you know "once discovered, gone!"

New bling and tools, too!
Hero Arts bling . . . pearls and gems in matching color groups
and different sizes . . . selling fast!
The EK Powder tool is so cool! Brush over the top of
your card or any place you have unwanted sticky . . . it de-statics your paper! Dianne has been demo'ing these and they're sold . . . just a few
left so get them while they're here. We'll be ordering more but . . .
The EK Success 7/8-inch square punch is the perfect size for cutting
when you're making Inchie Art. Lisa Lee with Inchie Arts told us
they've stopped manufacturing this size, but we were able to
get some just in time. Look for them by the Inchie supplies.
Remember, you may not see these again!
And we also received this stamp by Penny Black, this gorgeous tulip stamp is perfectly matched with the Memory Box tulip petals die. Marj has made a sample card that is at the store and I'll post on the blog later. If you like this combo, you better hurry in!
Penny Black Brushed Tulip

From Lisa Lee's All In An Inch blog . . .

More store samples....

"In our last posting we ended with the Lockhart Ribbon Heart. It's part of a collection of three hearts. The opportunities for coloring these are endless; especially with this Paisley Heart. The heart was stamped with Tsukineko Memento Ink and colored using a combination of Copic Markers (first!) and then Prismacolor pencil detail work on a white Twinchie Square. The sentiment is from Rubbermoon.  
A little bit of this...and a little bit of that...seems to best describe the samples that are going out the door with store orders. But it's that versatility that demonstrates all of the different types of stamping and coloring...and direct art applications of our Art Squares.  
These next few samples use cards from our various Inchie Notes card packs. Each package contains 12, 3-1/2" square cards and white rectangular envelopes (can't imagine paying a surcharge for a square envelope!). They come in a variety of color packs, each with 4 different color cards (3 each). The color assortments have white insides and include Peach/Pink, Blue/Lavender, Green/Yellow, Wild Sherbet, Fall and Holiday, The neutral color assortment (Ivory, Khaki, Light Gray, Dark Gray) is solid color inside and out and coordinates really well with our neutral tone squares! Check out the web site, for photos of the assortments. 

The photo doesn't do justice to the next two cards. They both use White Diamond Embossing Powder from JudiKins which not only has a tremendous opague quality, but has sparkle as well, adding a fun dimension to your cards. We stamped Fred Mullett's Lil Maidenhair Fern using a gray pigment ink on a black Inchie + Square and then dusted it with the powder and heat set. To add extra attention we drew a line around the image with a silver metallic gel pen. The card is the dark gray from the neutral assortment pack of Inchie Notes.   
Whether it's Valentines Day or Mother's Day or just a perfect spring day there are many ways to stamp with Savvy Stamps Vine Heart. The color combination of pink and gray is a classic and we have again stamped with a light pigment ink, dusted with White Diamond Embossing Powder and heat set on a dark gray Twinchie Square. Placing tiny pink pearls over the 'dots' of the stamped image adds a special touch. The sentiment is from Lockhart. This card is the dark gray from the neutral assortment pack of Inchie Notes. 
(remember, you can click on any photo to see an enlarged view)
Simple and sweet but with a twist on a stamping technique. This Gerber Daisy stamp from Savvy has enough 'rubber' surface area to experiment with combining pigment ink and Twinkling H20 watercolor paint fromLuminArte. Turn the stamp face up and carefully 'ink' the flower (Versacolor Orchid) and the stem (ColorBox Moss Green). Then dab in, just at the center of the flower, a concentrated drop of Lemondrop paint. Bring a white Twinchie Square to the face up stamp, press on to inked stamp, turn over, apply a tad bit of pressure and remove. You will be left with a blurring at the center of the stamp where the paint and ink combine. When it dries you will see the shimmer left at the center of the flower from the mica in the paint. This card is from the Peach/Pink Inchie Notes assortment.

From stacked squares to multiple ink colors, there is a lot going on on this small card. Begin by anchoring 4 white Inchie Squares to a piece of scrap paper, fitting them up against one another, with a removable adhesive (our favorite is from Tombo, the light green dispenser, of Mono Adhesive Removable. (You can actually do a block of 8, or even 12 squares at a time (enough to make 3 cards!)
Stamp with Fred Mullett's Spider Mum stamp across all squares, running off the edges too. We used four different Fresh Ink pigment colors; Freesia, French Lavender, Island and Grass on the background and then Freesia on a diagonally turned white Inchie + Square. Separate the background Inchie Squares a bit when you glue them down, and use foam dimensional tape to 'llft' the Inchie + Square above the background. This card is from the Blue/Lavender Inchie Notes assortment."

We know the Puyallup Stamp Show is not too far off. Helene shipped the Magenta sample boards she will be putting up at the show and we have the privilege of looking at them NOW. They're at the store for your artistic pleasure! The FedEx deliveryman got a work-out when he delivered this shipment! And the Magenta order for Art 'n Soul will be delivered this next week!

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