Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SCACD NEW Rubber Release - Brave Hearts and Eclectic 2

Happy Feb to all :D

SCACD is celebrating today the 2 recently released NEW exclusive rubber stamp sets! They are the Brave Hearts ( a group of 4 empowered gals) as well as EclecticCollection 2 (a combo of 6 steampunk and ethereal stamps). *Only with the Eclectic 2 collection if you buy the entire set you get 4 FREE date stamp words.*

Here is an example of one of the Brave Hearts - Fearless pictured below:
*Please note the t-shirt is not a solid portion of the stamp and can be colored in any manner

http://www.susanascustomartandcarddesign.com/proddetail.php?prod=SLS-155

Here is an example of one of the Eclectic 2 stampsSteampunk Sea Turtle (which comes in 2 versions.  The turtles as a single and as a pair HERE, scroll down to see the singles) 

 
http://www.susanascustomartandcarddesign.com/proddetail.php?prod=SLS-163


Now available for purchase in the USA HERE for the Brave Hearts and Eclectic 2 sets.  
                                     
Our International Friends can purchase SCACD rubber stamps at Quixotic Paperie HERE

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SCACD Blog Hop Information!!!  
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SCACD Artist Carmen Medlin and I collaborated on the images and are thrilled to have the amazing SCACD DT plus a host of Fab Friends of SCACD showcasing them for you :D
Like to personally thank our special Friends of SCACD all listed below for helping to create an amazing Hop showcasing SCACD rubber stamps.

 
Just in case your heart is digi there are a couple of new images. SCACD Digital images for USA and International (none EU countries due to VAT issues) can always be found HERE.

So grab a cup of happiness and enjoy the art parade :D

Thanks always for your support!!! 
Huge Heart Hugs :D
Susana and the SCACD DT Family and Friends



Monday, February 16, 2015

Bee Mine!

Belated wishes for a happy Valentine's Day! I hope you were able to enjoy time with those you love, doing what you love.

I love Steampunk and I love stamping so when the occasion arises where I can mix the two, I'm a happy me.

 SCACD's Steampunk Heart with Wings and Bee Ware, one of SCACD's new rubber stamps, were used to create this Bee Mine card, which was actually ready in time for Valentine's Day!


 
Steampunk Heart with Wings (I didn't stamp the wings)  and Bee Ware were both stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock then colored with Copic markers. Usually, dirty markers are annoying and the shiny gloopy look makes me junk the project. However, this time I liked the look created by my dirty Y26 marker. The build-up made the gold looked tarnished which added to the overall Steampunky look of the bee.

Clear Gelly Roll Glaze pen was used on Bee Ware's eyepiece, rivets, and screws as well as the rim and screws of the Steampunk Heart. The Glaze pen adds glassy shine and dimension and is one of my most often-used products!

Bee Ware's mandibles were cut free from the background. The Steampunk Heart was fussy-cut and edged with a black marker. Both the image panel and the heart were set aside while I worked on the rest of the card.

Black metallic cardstock (Recollections) was die-cut twice with the Steampunk Corner (Memory Box). Additional gears were cut from gold and silver metallic cardstock (Recollections) using the Deluxe Gear die set (Memory Box), the Antique Gear die set (Memory Box), and with Mini Gears (Memory Box). You might be able to tell by reading the preceding (Ha! That rhymes!) that I have quite a few gear dies. I did tell you that I do love Steampunk, though of course, there's more to Steampunk than just gears!

A 5" x 7" card was created from gold metallic cardstock (Recollections). The two Steampunk Corner die-cuts were adhered to opposite corners. The image panel was double matted with metallic cardstock, adhered over the Steampunk Corner die-cuts, and the Steampunk Heart was inserted under Bee Ware's mandibles. Some of the additional gear die-cuts were added to the top right corner of the card, overlapping the corner of the image panel.

The sentiment was die-cut from black metallic cardstock using Alphabet Typewriter UC and LC (Impression Obsession). The sentiment was adhered to the lower left corner of the card. A tiny heart punchie, with a Mini Gears die-cut inside it, was used to dot the "i".

By the way, both Bee Ware and Steampunk Heart are also available as digital stamps.

Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Steampunk Hummingbird Garden

We're about to get a Nor'Easter/Blizzard that might dump up to two feet of snow on us. The storm will be accompanied by frigid temperatures and high winds.

The hubster, who has been conveniently coincidentally way from home for Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy, and a bunch of snowstorms, is leaving first thing tomorrow morning. Before the snowfall. Before the blizzard. Before Snowmageddon. *sigh*

With the impending stormage, it's nice to look at a fantasy warm-weather Steampunk scene, featuring SCACD's Steampunk Flowers and Hummingbirds rubber stamp set from the fabulous Eclectic Steampunk collection of new rubber stamps.

Here it is!


The larger hummingbird from the Steampunk Hummingbird rubber stamp set was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with black marker. Clear Gelly Glaze pen was added to the screws, rivets, the goggle frame, and small gears to add dimension and shine. Liquid Glass from DecoArt's Media line was added to the goggle lens to add glassy dimension and shine. The hummingbird was set aside (in a drawer) to dry overnight.

Meanwhile, The large flower from SCACD's Steampunk Flowers and Hummingbirds rubber stamp set was stamped onto Neenah cardstock and onto Eclipse Tape. The Eclipse Tape version was fussy cut, laid over the large flower, and the smaller flower from the set was stamped over the large masked flower with the help of my trusty Stamp-a-Ma-Jig stamp positioner. I also stamped the smaller flower from the Steampunk Flowers and Hummingbirds set onto a double layer of Eclipse Tape, then fussy-cut, and pulled apart. The two flowers were adhered over their counterparts, then the background was airbrushed with a B21 Copic marker and my Copic Airbrush System. I should mention that the large and small flowers are also available as a set called Steampunk Flower set.

YG11, YG13, and YG17 Copic markers were used to add "grass" under the sky.

The masks were all lifted and the flowers were colored with Copic markers. When I was done, Metallic Glaze Fresco Finish acrylic paint by PaperArtsy was brushed over the metal parts of the leaves, flowers, and the buds. When it was dry, I used the Clear Gelly Glaze pen over the screws and gears to add dimension and shine. Lemon and Pink Spica Glitter pens were used to add glitter to the top parts of the flowers.  

The colored and fussy-cut Steampunk Hummingbird was adhered, then the card panel was matted, and adhered to the card's front. I decided to stay with a CAS design to keep the focus on my Steampunk garden scene.

By the way, Steampunk Hummingbird and Steampunk Flower are both available from SCACD as digital stamps. Better yet, SCACD's Digital Stamps are on sale right now! Click HERE for more information!

Thanks for visiting today!

Friday, January 23, 2015

River of Dreams

Hi guys! It has been a long time, It has taken me a while to get back into my crafty place (and shhhhh not sure I am all the way there yet) after the holidays and traveling.

I am here to share a couple of images of a foray into mixed media art journaling. Ok... I think I have said this before - I am a little bit of a symmetrical clean lines, precise, color in the lines kind of person. So mixed media is a bit of a stretch for me. And journaling... well... anyway... I had just colored up this lovely fella - "Nancy's Seahorse". 


This is one of the times I had colored something up without a specific purpose in mind. Just to have fun coloring! So after a few days Billy Joel's "River of Dreams" came on the radio, and I thought I want to do something  with the lyrics.  So I took some turquoise paper I had that had glitter in it and I cut it to fit in my journal.  I then got to work being non-specific and random-ish... Ok for me...LOL. 


So I took the Sketch Grid Stencil and placed it on different areas of the page and used Silks Caribbean Mist glaze on it. Then I took the Kelp Forest Background Stamp and stamped it multiple times in different colors all on top of each other across the bottom. The last version I stamped was with black ink. Then I took a couple of colors of Stickles (lime and dark green) and a paintbrush and painted the black stamped kelp.


After that I wrote out several of the stanzas from the song, Then I placed Mr. Horse. After that I thought it needed some bubbles, etc... So I took texture paste  and stenciled it through the Well Rounded Stencil. I also added some Vintage Mint Silks Acrylic Glaze through other areas of the pages. The last thing was to add some ink color to the top of the white texture paste after it dried. 

Voila - Art Journaling page. WHEW.

I hope this has provided some inspiration to you - even if it is to inspire you to try something different and out of your comfort zone. 

Hope to see you again soon!!!

Alaine


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Hummingbird Christmas

Hi all. I have been traveling for work, and so not being all crafty, but I finally got home a couple of days ago. The whole time I was traveling I kept coming back to making a purple and turquoise hummingbird carrying a Christmas greeting. So when I got home, THIS is what I ended up with:




This image is Steampunk Hummingbird .The silvers on the body of the bird are Cool greys. I added a touch of turquoise to the wings and some of the V12 to the tail feathers as well. This gave a little more dimension to the grey. The purples are V12, 15, 17, and the turquoises are BG000, 12, 45, 49 and 78.  When I was done, I colored around the entire image with B39... this is the blue. I knew I wanted to cut this image out, but the dainty stems of the feathers on the wings was going to make it really tough. 

The background was a LOT of fun.  First I took a piece of white paper and laid down a stencil.  I used a stencil brush and added some art anthology mixed media product.  The one I have is a silver. Once dried, I used silks acrylic glaze over it. The one I used was Caribbean Mist.  I took a paintbrush and painted over the entire area. Then I took a damp paper towel and wiped the glaze off. This removed all the shiny turquoise from everywhere except where the original stencil had left areas open. It is all shiny and glittery and beautifully textured. 

Last I popped up the hummingbird, and added this little charm I found at one of the big box craft stores with some fiber I have had in my stash for about forever. The final step before mounting with the navy and white cardstock was to add some glossy lacquer over the entire image to make it shine. 

And VOILA - crafty hummingbird with Christmas greetings. 

I want to THANK Susana for a wonderful year full of crafty goodness. 

Happy Holidays y'all! See you around soon!

Alaine

Saturday, December 20, 2014

SCACD Store Holiday Hours!

Happy December Everyone
Its that time of year when I focus on family and Christmas in my home as well as recharge and put the store to sleep till next year. Any orders placed after the 21st will not ship until 2015 - Friday January 2nd though any digital images purchased down load immediately. 
I hope you and yours have an amazing holiday season and new year.
Huge Holiday Heart Hugs!!!
Susana

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Chanukah Gift-Pocket Tag Booklet

Now that I've shown you how to change SCACD's Kathi's Menorah, Unlit for each night of Chanukah, I'm going to share my latest project that I created with this fun digital stamp!

I created a gift pocket-tag style gift book that is perfect for those who have teenagers who just want gift cards, for spouses that would like a coupon book, and for those distant friends or family who get a gift each and every night of Chanukah! The pocket size is perfect to fit a gift card, tickets, cash, coupons, or a check!

Here are three views of it!

The Cover


The gift-pocket tags for the first four nights


The gift-pocket tags for the last four nights


As in the tutorial below, I created nine different versions of SCACD's Kathi's Menorah, Unlit using PhotoElements. I reduced each of them, then ganged 'em onto a standard letter size, which was then printed out with my laser printer onto Neenah cardstock.

The menorah was relatively small, so I was worried about staying within the lines using my Copic markers and I'm to Virgo to deal with going out of 'em. I wasn't feeling like using colored pencils either, so I was elated to discover that Copic At You Spica glitter pens (also available individually), Wink of Stella glitter markers, Sakura Stardust Pure Glitter pens, and Gelly Roll Glaze pens worked wonderfully. So, I used various combinations of these pens to color all the images. Sadly, you probably can't see the glitter on the Menorahs or the glossy texture of the candles on these photos. You'll have to take my word for it!

The tags were die-cut from black cardstock using the Tag and Bookplates Alterations die. I was able to cut several at a time, which was great.  Each tag was scored at 2 3/8" (big enough for a gift card). 1/8" red-liner tape was used to adhere the bottom and left side of each tag. These were set aside, while I created a background paper for them. Yes. I know I could have used some of my sizeable huge stash of patterned paper, but I wanted to try something new felt like making a mess!

I had recently seen Andy Skinner's brilliant video, Mixed Media Backgrounds, that shows how he creates fabulous backgrounds using Media Fluid Acrylic (MFA) paints by DecoArt and isopropyl alcohol. I wanted to give this technique a try, but guess what? My results are almost completely different than his! However, I was still stoked by the result.

Since I'm a verbose kind of person, I'll explain what I did and where I think I went awry. 

140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock was coated with DecoArt's Media Gesso, which dries quickly. I brushed a wash of Cobalt Blue Hue MFA over it, then dripped and spritzed isopropyl alcohol over the paint and left it to dry. A wash of Primary Magenta MFA was brushed over the previous layer and alcohol was dripped/spritzed over it. The same process was repeated with Dioxazine Purple, then Diarylide Yellow MFAs. I toyed with adding a wash of Titanium White MFA, but my bottle is emptying rapidly, so I opted against it. I also toyed with the idea of stenciling and adding various textural elements, but since so much of the background was going to be covered, I decided against it. Next time.

I must say that I was relatively happy with my background though it bears very little resemblance to the gorgeousness created in Mr. Skinner's video. 

I *think* that I didn't let each layer of paint and alcohol dry thoroughly, which might be why I didn't get the mottled look he achieved. I also used a spritzer in addition to just dripping and maybe there was just too much alcohol involved (isopropyl – as I don't drink and craft), but I'm not at all sure.

Back to the project! The next step was to cut up the painted background to be placed behind each Menorah. I was able to get all nine panels from the 9" x 12" sheet of cardstock with enough left over so that I could die-cut the ring/hole reinforcements.

The edges of the reinforcement, background panels, and image panels were sponged with either Archival ink by Ranger or Memento ink by Tsukineko.

The title page tag was trimmed to be a bit larger than the pocket pages. The image panel was edged with Black Soot Distress ink, then matted on shimmery black vellum. This vellum was also die-cut with dies from the Handwritten set of dies by Little B.

The booklet was bound with a binding ring and a Hamsa charm was added using ribbon and jumprings.

Thanks for visiting today!

Kathi's Menorah, A Tutorial

Greetings! Here's a photo-heavy tutorial on how to add the candles to SCACD's Kathi's Menorah, Unlit, so that you can have a Menorah showing the correct number of candles for each of the eight nights of Chanukah.

This tutorial uses a fairly old version of PhotoElements.

Kathi's Menorah, UnlitThe gaps in the Menorah and candles are not there in real life.


Step One: 
Crop the lit candle from the digital stamp.
Click "Save As" and name the file something catchy like "Candle" so that you will have two files – one for the candle and one for the Menorah.



Step Two
Click "Save As" and name the file something catchy like "Candle".



Step Three
Re-open Kathi's Menorah, Unlit and do another "Save As" so that you will have one pristine file and one that you will alter.


Step Four
Open your new Menorah file.
Along the left side of your screen, you will see an Eraser tool, that surprisingly looks like a nice pink eraser. 
Click on the eraser to choose it, then erase the candles in the lower right hand corner.
SAVE!



Step Five
Under "Image" in the menu bar, click on "Resize" to change Canvas Size for the Menorah.
You will be changing the height so that you will have room to add the candles. 
This photo actually shows both files on the screen.



Step Six
Open your new Menorah file AND your Candle file.
Copy the candle image and drag it into place on the Menorah.


Here it is in place.


Step Six B
 In the "Layer" area of the menu, click "Arrange", and send to the back.

Be sure to Save again!



Step Seven

Copy the candle again, drag it into place on the Menorah, click "Arrange", and send it backward.


Do the "Save As" again, this time naming the file 1st night Menorah or something equally as catchy!


This is how it will look!


Repeat Steps 6, 6B, and 7 for each night, copying and dragging each candle into place and sending it to the back. 
Be sure to SAVE AS each night, i.e. 1st Night, 2nd Night, etc. 

Once you a different version of Kathi's Menorah, Unlit for each night of Chanukah, you can reduce or enlarge them to make them fit your project!

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Friend of SCACD - Donna!!

Steampunk Bookmark


I love books.  REAL books.  There's nothing like the feel and smell of a book and they make such fabulous gifts.  For years at Christmas I received one of the "Oz" series and I couldn't wait to crack it open and dive in.  I still own them all and the memories of getting lost in that magical world still thrill me to this day. So despite technology, I plan to give real books this Christmas with a little something extra, like this homemade Steampunk bookmark.



Again I've used the new release Steampunk Hummingbird from SCACD (also available in rubber HERE) but this time colored him almost entirely with metallic gel pens to give it a more masculine feel.  He's fussy cut, but not popped as I think when it comes to bookmarks, the flatter the better.  The DP is Crafty Chaos (unfortunately no longer in business).



I've cut the gears from several different Memory Box dies for the top and bottom (The bottom ones looked like funky Steampunk glasses to me, don'tcha think?)  This gorgeous Alice's Clock die is an SCACD exclusive.  I was basically thinking "Time flies with a good book".  Ain't it the truth?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Holiday Inspiration Day At SCACD!!!

Happy December Everyone :)


WOW is time not flying this month. You have to consciously will yourself so to speak to stop and smell the holiday or you will miss it. The wonderful SCACD Designers and Fab Friends of SCACD have put together a day of holiday goodness that will hopefully inspire you if you have hit the holiday crafting wall LOL :D

http://www.susanascustomartandcarddesign.com/proddetail.php?prod=digicm-177

http://www.susanascustomartandcarddesign.com/proddetail.php?prod=digicm-188

So please leave these ladies some love as they have worked hard this year to keep the crafty sweetness coming <3 p="">

May the joy of the holidays be with you all :D
Huge Hearts and Hugs 
Susana and the SCACD Family

Monday, December 1, 2014

What's On SALE!?!??!?!?!?!

Hurry, hurry, hurry!!!

The sale will end Monday, December 1st at 8:00 PM California time.


40% OFF all Silk Glaze 
(including new release colors)  







 
40% OFF all Ink pads including 
Momento, VersFine and Tsukineko






Do NOT miss this sale.  
There are sooooooooooo many goodies, you just have to go see for yourself.  Happy shopping at SCACD!!!






Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Key to My Heart

Hi guys. I hope you all are having a great crafty week so far. I would like to share a card I made for a friend of mine for her birthday. 

This is using a stamp from the Elizabeth Bell for SCACD collections. She is known as Key to My Heart, and is part of the Fairy Dust Collection. I love this little fairy - everything from the Key to the hat, to the way the dress is laying.  I colored her in shades of rust and green and brown, because well... I just thought it fit. :-)

I did fussy cut this out.  The black frame was one I had from cutting out a different piece. It left the frame, so I placed it on top of the polka dot paper. This is a great way to use your scraps that you have, you just have to be careful when you cut the original item. 

Then came the findings. The gears etc... I used several different pieces. There are a ton you can find at the store here, and here are here are three that come to mind. All of the paper I used were scraps from previous projects, so I do not know the brand. 

I hope you check out all the fun new stamps that are in the store, and have a happy crafty week!!! See you soon!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Steampunk Beauty

I was feeling in a Steampunk kind of mood and I felt like coloring, so I decided to make a scrapbooky kind of page for my art journal featuring SCACD's Steampunk Beauty, who is now available in beautiful deeply-etched red rubber format as a single image or part of the newly released Eclectic Steampunk Collection!

I don't know about you, but I like to give my stamped images back stories. Steampunk Beauty is a professional travel photographer from Manhattan. She's continually astounded by the changes in her city and has photographed many of them for publication. She's gathered several of them here and pulled them together with a small self-portrait she painted just for her scrapbook.




Steampunk Beauty was resized in PhotoElements, printed onto Neenah cardstock using my laser printer, then colored with Copic markers. The image panel was die-cut with a Petite Oval Nestabilities die by Spellbinders. Gold metallic cardstock was die-cut with a Petite Scalloped Oval Nestabilities die.

The journal page was liberated from the journal, then was airbrushed with Copic markers. Public domain photos of New York were reduced then printed out with my laser printer. They were arranged on the page.

Metallic gold cardstock was die-cut with the Skeleton Boy and Girl die by Ellentina, the Vintage Alphabet die by Top Dog Dies, a Photo Corners die by QuicKutz, a Mini-Gears die, and the Delicate Chain die by Memory Box/Poppy Stamps.

The chains from the Skeleton Boy and Girl die were cut out and used to both connect the photos and repeat the chain element in the Steampunk Beauty image. The alphabet dies and a punched heart spell out the title of page. The Delicate Chain connects the dimensional pocket watch charm on the heart with the photos above it.

The Mini Gear die-cuts were stacked atop the Photo Corners die-cuts to finish the page.

Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Creations by SCACD Friend Nikki !!

For the first apc I used this funky and cool steampunk fish called Incandescent Light . I colored him with copics and fussy cut him. Unusual fish call for unusual background oceans, and so the pink and turquoise dylusions background came about, and I added glitter paper circles. Initially I was planning to just use a circle behind the lantern, but I loved the look against the background, so they circles multiplied. The apc is edged in Stampendous aged copper embossing enamel. The sentiment is included with incandescent light image :) These fish always remind me of Finding Nemo, but this one is waaaay cooler :)
 The second apc uses a very different image from SCACD, this is one of the images from the archeological dig set. I painted the background with Paper Artsy chalk acrylic paint in stone, and while the paint was wet I sprinkled a little flocking in brown and pale blue - you can just see the tiny speckles around the image. When the paint was dry I stamped the dinosaur skeleton image in brown archival ink. Then I used a brick effect stencil and green distess ink on the background, added some washi tape, some jute and finally a thin layer of Kroma crackle in some spots around the edges. Doesn't he look great :) 
 Here are my two apc's together.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Steampunk Flowers

Hey there All!!! I haven't been coloring for a while. Travel, and work, and other crafty pursuits have grabbed my attention. But I had a chance to color this gorgeous Steampunk Flower AND incorporate some of the other crafty things into the project. WHOOP.

The goal for this was to match colors with the tatting of the butterfly. See Maroon is my practice color (technically it is burgundy - but as a Texas Aggie, I choose to think of it as maroon). The yellows and greens were color combinations I have used a lot (G99,94, 82 for green, Y11, 21, 23, 26 for the yellow/gold). But the copper and reds were not my typical combinations. But I think they turned out fantabulous.

The copper color was E18, E15 and E02 which softened it up perfectly. The reds were R22, 29, 46 and 59. I NEVER would have thought R46 was darker than R29, but GASP - it was! I added a little black in the shading areas too.

This was a perfect image to get crazy with some sparklies too. That is one of the things I like about the Steampunk images that Susana has... There are lots of screws and rivets that allow you go metal or sparkle. So I took some really tiny gems and stuck them in different places on here.  After I finished the image, I slightly used the out of the box technique to get the bottom leaf and stem in the die. Then I put the card together and placed the needle tatted butterfly and edging on the card. My old obsession with my new one. EEEEEek!!!!!

OK. So, go check out the gorgeousness that are the Eclectic Steampunk Images over at SCACD. :-)

Talk to you later, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!!
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