Friday, May 18, 2018

IndigoBlu @ Topflight Stamps

Hi everyone, and welcome back to the TOPFLIGHT STAMPS blog......Barbara here today with a masculine card to show.
I've used a stamp from IndigoBlu called 'Fairway to Heaven', a golfing image, for all the men in your lives who love a round of golf!
IndigoBlu are an English company who make mounted, red rubber stamps.....they are very detailed and high quality. Checkout the IndigoBlu section on the Topflight Stamps website for a great selection.
To start, I laid a stencil over a piece of watercolour card, spritzed some water on the stencil then sprinkled on powdered paint. Once the stencil was removed, it left the coloured background.
I stamped the image using Versafine Clair ink, in Twilight, then coloured the golfer with watercolours.
A little bit of inking around the edges, and a couple of layers of green & yellow card, and I was done. 
Let me know what you think, by leaving a comment......
Catch you next week, 
Barbara x

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Cat in a Box Surprise Slider Card

What it is about boxes that cats love so much? As a dog person, I don't get it, but I have a friend, whose cat spends hours exploring, sitting in, and sleeping in boxes. So I thought I would create this surprise slider card for him, because what guy doesn't like an interactive card honoring his cat?

The adorable kitty looking innocently up with wide eyes comes from the Katzelkraft Cats Stamp Set. I Copic colored him like my friend's cat and fussy cut him out. Then for the box I used a Neat & Tangled Box Die and folded it up to form the open topped box that the kitty could sit in.

To create the slider mechanism, I used an X-Acto blade and just cut a slit in the back side of the box as well as on the card front that was about 1.25" long and .25" wide (wide enough to fit a foam dot). I wasn't too worried about the cleanness of the slit because the cat covers the whole area. Then in order from front to back here are the pieces: (a) box front; (b) kitty; (c) foam dot connecting kitty through the slit to the slider pull; (d) box back (with slit); (e) card front (with slit); slider pull with fun foam sheets on either side to support the card front with space for the slider pull to easily slide up and down; and card base.

For the sentiment, I used the Neat & Tangled Out of the Box Stamp Set to heat emboss "Just popping up to say..." and I used an old Whimsy Speech Bubble Border Die to make it appear as though the cat was saying that phrase. Then on the inside of the card I simply stamped "Hello!" So this card can be sent any time for any occasion.

Thanks for joining me today on the Topflight Blog. If you'd like to know more about the products I used or watch a tutorial video for creating this card, please check out my blog post HERE.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Topflight, For the love of stamps and Climb Aboard

 Today for Topflight Stamps, an Art Journal page made with stamps

For the love of Stamps

I used to create the background  PaperArtsy Infusions
and the new Spray Resist by Tim Holtz

In The Navy
Olive Tree
Frankly Scarlet

My stencils:
TCW "Mini Art Is"
Tim Holtz "Ringer THS056"

Nathalie Fournier/Topflightstamps

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

You're a Classic - With Darkroom Door

Hi everyone and welcome to the Topflight Stamps blog.  It's Jenny here, and today I have a fun card for you  showcasing an image from the Darkroom Door Classic Cars set.  It makes a great birthday card or Father's Day card which is coming up soon. 

The stamp set is super high quality red rubber, with three large, detailed images, and lots of co-ordinating sentiments.  A great one to up your stash for masculine projects!

To create my card, I first created the wall of the road 'tunnel'.  I trimmed a watercolor cardstock panel to A2 (4.25" x 5.5") and ink blended Distress Ink in Fired Brick all over it.  I then ran it through my die-cutting machine with a brick embossing folder from my stash. To create some more dimension between the bricks, I also used Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo which I gently blended over the top so that it only adhered to the raised areas.  To create the tunnel, I used a circle die and die cut it from the brick wall, and trimmed off the bottom 1.5". I then re-inked round all of the edges. 

On a card base, I adhered a panel of black cardstock, and a strip of dark grey cardstock along the bottom.  I then popped the brick tunnel up on the front with foam tape.  I added some hand trimmed gold glitter cardstock to look like the central road markings.

For the car, I stamped it in copic friendly ink, coloured it with a variety of grey and blue copics. I added clear Wink of Stella to the metal trim and headlights, and white gel pen for highlights, then trimmed it out and popped it up on foam tape in the centre.  I added Limoncello Nuvo Drops to the headlights to make them pop.   

The sentiment was stamped in embossing ink and embossed with white embossing powder, trimmed out and popped up on foam tape.  

I hope you like it! Any questions, please let me know, and you can find a full list of supplies over on my blog


Monday, May 14, 2018

Masculine Birthday Card Using Leane Creatief & Katzelkraft Stamps

Welcome to the Topflight Stamps Blog!

This week we are focusing on Masculine cards. I've got a birthday card I made for a friend of mine who loves soccer. 

I used a panel of card stock that I had covered with PaperArtsy Infusions and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks. I heat embossed the soccer balls using Martha Stewart black embossing powder and colored in the soccer balls with a white Kirarina Wink pen. Then I trimmed the background because it was quite overpowering and added a white panel behind it. The sentiment is from a Katzelkraft Holiday Sentiments Stamp set. I thought it was a great font for this masculine card. I just matted the sentiment strip with some black and white panels. I inked all the white card stock with the Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. 

This stamp set is so versatile for men and boys who love sports!
Sports Balls by Leane Creatief

This is a great set for so many occasions.
Holiday Quotes by Katzelkraft

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Rubber Dance Stamps by Susanne Rose

Hi TOPFLIGHT STAMPS fans, Barbara back with my weekly blog post......I can't believe how quickly the weeks are flying by, it just seems a few hours since I did my last post 😏
Anyway, this week I've made a little tag/bookmark with some fabulous Rubber Dance Stamps, designed by Susanne Rose. I love Susanne's work, so when I saw these 'Textured Houses' I just knew I had to have them.
I inked up a piece of cardstock with Izinks , then laid a bubble stencil over the top and sponged through with white Gesso.
The houses were stamped onto an old book page,  cut-out and inked with contrasting colours, then adhered to the background. I mounted the coloured piece onto black card, as a base.
I coloured a piece of seam binding to match.
I love these little houses, so this won't be the last time you see me using them 😀
Topflight Stamps have a good selection of Rubber Dance stamps, why not pop over and check them out?
Catch you soon, but as always, have a fab, crafty weekend.
Barbara x 
This is the stamp set......

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Monsters Rule!

Hello Topflight fans! CraftyPaws here today to share some whimsical CAS monster cards with ya'll. I silly monsters from the Katzelkraft "Les Monstres des Carpates" are so quirky that little else is needed to craft some super fun cards.

I featured three of the monsters from the stamp set to create three single layer cards. I stamped one monster on each card front and then created masks for each of them so that I could temporarily cover them and lightly blend on a bubbly background using some Tim Holtz Distress Inks and a Dylusions "Quote Bubbles" stencil to add a little visual texture and color. The Claritystamp Stencil Brushes made getting a soft blended patterned look easy.

The first card is an anytime card. I used the stamps from the Concord & 9th "Sophisticated Script" stamp set to stamp out "monster" and then hand wrote "hugs" in a simple bubbly font. I Copic colored this monster in saturated red, blue and golds and then blended on some Squeezed Lemonade and Spun Sugar background bubbles. I added a textured pink bubbly paper strip on the right side of the card as a finishing touch.

The second card is a birthday card. I used a sentiment from the Inkadinkado "Kids Quotes" sentiment stamp set with black and red ink. Then I Copic colored the monster in red, orange and yellow. The bubble background was made with Squeezed Lemonade, and this time I used a red, white and black plaid strip from my scrap box for added interest.

The last card is a feel better or uplifting card. I used another sentiment from the Inkadinkado "Kids Quotes" sentiment stamp set with black and orange ink. I Copic colored the monster in blue and orange, and I used Spiced Marigold Distress Ink for the bubbly background. I dug into my scrap box again and found a cute yellow and black polka dot patterned paper for the decorative strip.

I hope you enjoyed these fun and fast cards. I certainly had fun crafting them! If you'd like to see more details or a video share of these cards, please check out my blog post HERE.

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