Hello! Can you believe that July just flew by? It's time to do our spotlight feature!
It's no small feat to pick Top 10 Top 12 Favorites from 240 entries. We are going to break the rule a bit just because I have a few more favorites than usual. Yay!
(note to myself: ...Yes, Virginia, you can bend the rules in your own challenge blog. LOL).
You all knocked this challenge out of the ball park. Without further ado, here we go!
I hope this posts finds you well. As you can imagine, sifting through240 entries is a huge task. Our 100% Stamped Challenge proved to be another huge success! You have truly risen to the challenge and stamped your heart out.
I highlighted and categorized a few beautiful examples, so we can better understand and learn from each other. For your viewing enjoyment, please click on the links for more details. It would be awesome to leave these designers some blog love while you visit.
1. Background Stamping: these designers utilize every inch of their cards and did a superb job!
Are you enjoying these beautiful samples? In order to keep the post concise, I chose only 6 in each category to showcase.
A special shout out to the following challenge players who also shared some awesome videos. If you have not checked them out, you really should and give them a thumbs-up!
Hi there! Have you taken up the "100% Stamped" Challenge yet? If not, there is still TIME! The challenge ends on the 18th, 11:55pm Eastern Time.You can make any style of cards: Clean and Simple, Shabby Chic, Vintage, Graphic or Fun and Cute....and Scene cards! You can use your latest stamps or an old favorite or just mix a few sets up for the fun of it.
I am sharing one more card that is 100% Stamped.
It really is easy, just stamp a few of your favorite images. With the new Simon Says Stamp "One with Nature", I did some selective stamping with the help of MISTI. It is even more fun to stamp, especially since I just got some new inks! Please take some time to visit and comment on our fellow participants' creations. I am sure you will be inspired!
Lastly, I have a new 100% Stamped card in my ownblog (see here), if interested. Thanks for stopping by!
Hello friends! It is with great pleasure to introduce you to our next guest designer. Jayne (paperpicnic) is one of the best stampers around. You may have also noticed her beautiful work if you play Virginia's View Challenge often. I found out about Jayne through Hero Arts Flickr group about 3 years ago. Her stamping skills are top-notch! The way she layers her stamping/elements always delight me. And let's not forget how she uses colors .....bold! Her gorgeous work is always pleasing to the eyes. Take a look at herFlickr photos. Thisbird cardis her latest win over Hero Arts Tic Tac Toe Challenge.
Jayne:Hello! I am so thrilled to be a guest designer on Virginia's challenge blog
today - it's such an honor for me and a dream come true! As a regular
participant and an avid fan of Virginia's View Challenge, I am continually
inspired by the quality, beauty and creativity of the cards featured on and
submitted to this challenge blog. So each month, I've enjoyed pushing myself to
create interesting and quality cards. I hope that you enjoy these that I'm
Sending Hugs card:
Jayne:As soon as I heard that this month's challenge was to create "100% Stamped"
projects, I knew that I wanted to stamp my own patterned paper and
embellishments. Background stamps are great tools for creating custom patterned
papers. To create the patterned card base, I stamped and clear embossed a Hero
Arts striped background stamp on a piece of watercolor paper. Then, I
watercolored over the embossed stripes with Distress Ink. After the ink dried, I
covered the panel with a sheet of copy paper and removed the shine from the
embossed stripes by ironing with low-heat. I love this technique for creating
beautiful patterned papers. For a final detail, I used the top of an eraser to
stamp a smattering of faux paint-splatters (truly 100% Stamped).
Jayne: To create a focal point in my design, I stamped and white embossed a leafy,
wreath image from the Hero Arts Best Time Ever stamp set on a strip of vellum
that I wrapped around the card base. The wreath embossed on vellum became a
design element for grouping embellishments without adding bulk to the card. I
stamped a sentiment from Altenew's Scribble Flowers stamp set on a watercolored
paper strip and centered the sentiment across the wreath. To create floral
embellishments, I stamped and fussy cut six flowers from the Hero Arts Color
Layering Hibiscus stamp set and then positioned and layered the flowers around
the focal point.
Jayne: To create the watercolored background for this card, I started by creating
a palette of pink and yellow Distress Inks, sprayed with water, on my largest
acrylic stamp block. I gently pushed the smooth side of a piece of watercolor
cardstock into the ink. When the cardstock had absorbed enough color, I slowly
lifted it from the block and set it aside to dry. I stamped a sentiment from
Simon Says Stamp's Explore Nature stamp set across the card front.
Jayne:Inspired by Virginia's signature colorful style, I covered another piece of
watercolor cardstock with vibrant pink and yellow Distress Inks, using a mini
blending tool to apply layers of color. I stamped and silver embossed a graphic
leaf image, also from the Explore Nature stamp set, three times across the inked
panel. I decided to create individual elements, so I cut the images apart, into
three, similar rectangles. To add brightness to each leaf, I removed the color
from inside each leaf with a paintbrush, some water, and a paper towel. Using
the paintbrush, I carefully applied water to the interior portion of each leaf.
When the water reacts with the Distress Ink, it magically removes much of the
color from the dampened area. I blotted the excess water with a paper towel and
then allowed each to dry. To balance the card design, I stamped and fussy cut a
smaller leaf that I added to finish the card.
Aren't they amazing or what? I am so thrilled that Jayne shared her BEAUTIFUL ART with us. In her notes to me about the guest design, Jayne wrote: "I tried to embrace the "100% Stamped" theme completely - I didn't use any patterned paper
unless I stamped it myself and I didn't use any embellishments unless I created
them with paper, ink and scissors. (It was so hard not to add bows :) as they
are my favorite, lol...". What a beautiful example Jayne has given us. I hope that you are, like Jayne, embracing the 100% Stamped Challenge! My heartfelt thanks to Jayne for always being supportive as she contributes so fabulously to this challenge blog. Stampers like Jayne makes this blog a special place! The gallery is filling up with gorgeous projects! Please keep them coming!