Thursday, September 3, 2015

I Brake for Fall ...

Hello IBFS fans !!

It's Crystal here and today I have a Fall card , the weather has had the feel of Fall in the air so I think it's time to make some Fall cards , this one is a Thanks card , you may need one for the person who will rake all the crunchy leaves up for you I am using the Mr.Crow image and he was copic colored , I really wanted the scarecrow to be the main focal point so I only colored him and left the background black and white .

I distressed my layers added some faux stitching  , die cut a flower and layered it up and added some leaves and raffia to complete my Fall look . I die cut and layered my Thanks sentiment .
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inside I carried the same colors but left it blank to add my own writing later


Supplies : Mr.Crow , MFT Gerber daisy  , MFT layered leaves , Little B Blackout , raffia , button , copic markers , CTMH distress tool , TH walnut ink , 6x6 BoBunny Forever Fall collection paper
for this image and so many more visit the IBFS store  .
when you visit I Brake for Stamps store ,

Crystal Lopez – Design Team member for IBFS
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

I Brake For Pumpkin Head Witches

Hi Everybody!  Regina here.... Have you started making Fall and Halloween cards yet?  I just made my first Halloween card!  I have so much fun making Halloween cards because I can just let loose and have fun and there's definitely no right or wrong way to do things.  I like pumpkins and I like witches so I figured this stamp would be the best of both.  The stamp I used on this card is from I Brake For Stamps by Rick St. Dennis and it's called Pumpkin Head Witch.  If you are a serious Halloween card person, then you HAVE to check out the stamps by Rick St. Dennis.  Some of them are really scary!  I used the stamp on the inside called Jelly Beans and Bit'O Honey.

I know, I know, the inside is cutesy and doesn't really go with what I did on the front but that's okay, no right or wrong and I knew I was making this for my boyfriend's Mother, who loves Halloween, so I thought she would like this. :)

Last week I showed a tutorial on how to use Bister watercolor powder.  This week I tried something in conjunction with Bister.  Have you used a Frisket Liquid Mask yet?  I bought mine at Amazon, here is a link to Frisket..

It's very easy to use.  What this does is mask anything you want to keep white if you're painting or creating a background.  I wanted to make a spooky background using just black Bister but I wanted my stamp to be in the midst of this background.  I didn't want to cut the stamp out with a die and put it on the background like I did with the Bister Barn card last week.  I wanted to color the image with Copics as well.  Wow, this is really asking for a lot isn't it?  Here's what I did:

I used 140# Strathmore cold press watercolor paper and stamped my image using Versafine Onyx Black ink and I embossed that with clear embossing powder.  This will keep the ink from smearing and allow me to use the Bister with water and also color with copics.

Next, I took an old paintbrush and painted the frisket over the stamped image.  This will mask the stamp when you make the Bister background.  Let it dry for a couple hours or so.  I allowed mine to dry overnight just because I couldn't come back to it that same day.  It will feel tacky to the touch but will still be dry.  There is a link above for this Frisket mask.

It's okay if you go out of the lines but remember it will be white if you do.  I did in a few spots but it's okay.

Next I made the Black Bister Background.  Here is a link to my Bister Tutorial from last week.  I think it's so cool how other colors can be seen from just using the one color, black.  I see gray, a golden color, purple.  Just sprinkle powder where you want it and spritz with water.  The water really makes the Bister crystals come alive!  You can add more in places or smear around with a paintbrush. (see tutorial link above)

It's very important to let your paper dry completely.  Why am I telling you this?  Well, because I didn't the first time around.  As I was pulling the frisket off the stamp, the top layer of the paper tore so let it dry completely.  I'm not perfect and this was my first time using it so I'll show you what not to do so you can learn from my mistakes.

See in the first pic where the paper tore where the boot is?  I didn't let it dry enough after I spritzed with water. 

 See how the ink is bleeding onto the image?  The first time I used Memento ink, forgetting that I am using water.  I had copics on my brain so I grabbed Memento. 

Then just take your finger and gently pull it off.  It will be gummy.  I was so amazed at how this protected my image.

Now you're ready to color with copics.  The colors I used are listed below.  I did use one watercolor pencil, the purple, because I don't have very many purple copics for some reason and I wanted the exact shade of purple I used here.  This was the first time I had ever used watercolor pencils and I have no idea if I did it the correct way but it worked.  I colored with the purple pencil pretty heavily and then dipped a paintbrush in water and just smeared it around until I liked how it looked.  I'm not too concerned with my coloring being super perfect, shaded, blended, etc, because I want to show how to use the Frisket Mask and the Bister background.

If you have never tried watercolor powder, you can purchase it at I Brake For Stamps for $1.65 each.  The Bister powders were put in small containers so they are affordable for everyone.  Try it!  It's so much fun!

I popped up the image layer with some black fun foam to give it some height and dimension.  I've been doing this a lot lately rather than using 25 pop dots, fun foam is quicker.  I used Scor-Tape to adhere it.  I scribbled a black gelato on a piece of card stock and dipped my paintbrush in water, swirled it around in the gelato and added a little bit of darkness to make a ground for the Pumpkin Head Witch to be standing on.  I finished the card off by trying to break up a little bit of the background with some color.  With the background being a matte finish, I thought using glossy vinyl would be a good contrast so I cut out a moon, bats and the word, Boo! from the Silhouette store with my machine.  Then added a few sequins in dark gray to add just a hint of shine and sparkle.  

Supplies Used:
Recollections 110# white card stock for card base
Gina K Designs Black Onyx Card Stock
Strathmore 140# watercolor paper
My Minds Eye - Haunted, patterned paper
Craft Medley Cup Sequins - Dazzling Metallics, Citrus on inside
651 Vinyl in yellow, black and orange
Artist's Loft Watercolor Pencils (bought from big box store) - Violet and Light Violet
Black Gelato
Ticket Tag Punch (corners)
Fun Foam in Black
Scor-Tape 1/2"
Tombo Dot Runner Tape Runner Adhesive
Copics Used:
Pumpkin:  YR12, YR15, YR16, YR18
Dress:  G05, G07, G09
Y02, Y15
Y26 for the buckle

Thank you for taking a look at my card this week for my I Brake For Stamps post.  I hope you'll try the Bister watercolor powder and the Frisket Liquid Mask.  Did I inspire you to run to your craft room to make a card?  :)

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Have a great day!

Regina - I Brake For Stamps Design Team Member

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

I Brake for Larks (and other birds)

Greetings one and all!

I'm Kathi and I'm happy as a lark because I've joined the IBFS design team! 

Here's my first card which uses Lark!

Lark was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers. 

I roughed up the edges of the image panel using my Distress Tool, then went with a CAS design using patterned papers from a really old 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye. Some Gathered Twigs Distress ink was sponged on the card front, which was then mounted on Kraft cardstock.

I left space for a sentiment at the bottom. 

For Lark, lots of other great bird stamps, a great variety of other gorgeous stamps, and other nifty things, visit I Brake For Stamps!


Saturday, August 29, 2015

I Brake For Hagatha Crone!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a Halloween card that made.  I used Miss Hagatha Crone (rubber).
If you're someone that prefers digital she can also be purchased that way...digi Hagatha.

There are SO MANY fun and spooky Halloween images at IBFS.
You can find lots more HERE.

I colored her with Copic markers and the bat border is from Martha Stewart.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I Brake for Gardening ....

Hello IBFS fans !!!
It's Crystal here and today I am using Gardening Gracie to make a Hello card . Gracie's in her garden and a groundhog grabs the rope to take off and she goes flying off her wagon  , I know she will put a smile on a friends .


inside my card I stamped the image to create watermark  , it's in a light enough ink color that I can still write over.



 lately I have been loving the look of glitter enamel dots so here I created my own from scraps of glitter heat transfer vinyl from my T-shirts I make , I punch out small dots with a paper punch from scrap vinyl and put it on top of a glue dot and then add glossy accents over the top , tah dah they turned out great with loads of sparkle , I love to save money where I can  , especially embellishments so nor I can spend more money on stamps .. who wants to go shopping for more images in the I Brake for Stamps store .... me


for this image and so many more visit the IBFS store  .
when you visit I Brake for Stamps store ,

Crystal Lopez – Design Team member for IBFS
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I Brake For Bister and Barns

Hi everybody, Regina here with a post showing how to use Bister to make a beautiful background in no time at all.  Bister is watercolor powder.  Do you like making your own backgrounds?  Then you really need to experiment with these.  I'm going to give you a link to Bister at I Brake For Stamps.  The powder is in small containers and cost about $1.65, so affordable for everyone to try.    Here's a link to Bister and here's a link to the online store, I Brake For Stamps.  I used two I Brake For Stamps stamps on this card.  One is called Rustic Barn and the other is Fall Leaf Background.  

First, I embossed the Fall Leaf Background stamp with clear embossing powder.  I decided to use Bister in  red, yellow and a little bit of green.  You can choose how much color you want and can even add more if you want more of a certain color in a certain place on your card stock.  I used watercolor paper.  I use 140# cold press Strathmore.  I would recommend taping the watercolor paper down with washi tape or some kind of easy release tape.  The main reason for this is so that the paper doesn't buckle.  The first couple of times I tried this I didn't tape down and I had watercolor dripping down the buckled paper.  This makes it much neater I promise.  You need a fine paint brush, just an old one but not those super stiff bristle ones. This powder will last forever because you need to use so little.  I compare it to Bare Minerals makeup.  If you wear this brand, you know exactly what I mean.  That stuff lasts forever because you barely need to use any.  Same here, a little bit will go a long way after it is activated by the water.


Lightly dip your paint brush in the powder getting a little on the brush and tap the paint brush lightly.  This is what it will look like.

This is what it looked like after I used all 3 colors.

After you have all your colors down, lightly spritz with water.  The more you spritz, the more the colors will move around the paper,  Here's what it looks like after a few spritzes.

Then I decided I wanted a little more red in that bare area so you can go back and add more and put it where you want it.  I love that!  See where I added some red powder.

Then continue to spritz with water. The next 3 pictures will show you the progression and the final result.  You can see the embossing. 

Isn't this cool looking?  


I blot the little puddles with a paper towel and then use a heat gun to dry.  Look at the awesome results for such an easy technique. 

I colored this beautiful Rustic Barn with Copics listed below.  I used a little Copic blending solution on a cloth and dabbed it lightly on the grass and drive part to give it that textured look.  For some reason, whenever I see an old barn in the middle of a field, it reminds me of Fall.  I remember growing up everybody had one of those 1,000 piece puzzles that ended up being a barn in a field in the Fall.  This is a fantastic stamp to use for those masculine cards that are so hard to create.  This stamp is appropriate for any male I think and of course, females as well. 

For this card I used Gina K Designs heavy base weight Ivory card stock as well as Tomato Soup and Chocolate Brown.  I wanted to try Neenah card stock with my Copics because I keep hearing people say they like it, well, I thought I ordered the wrong kind because it was flimsy then I remembered Xpress blending cards are flimsy too.  I bought Neenah 110# Smooth White Exact Index and I love it.  I can blend very well on this paper.  It is reasonably priced too at Amazon, ream of 250 sheets around $15.00.  I used Spellbinders Labels 8 dies and then used it as a template for the layering one.  I sponged Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs distress ink around the edge of the cut out stamp and the edge of the leaves background.  That's all I used on this card.  I wanted the stars to be the background and this beautiful scenery stamp.

Copics Used:
Barn:  E11, E15, E19
Fence and Roof::  W2, W5 and tip to tip also
Stone on barn:  E42, E44
Pumpkins:  YR04, YR07
Cart:  E23, E25
Driveway:  E31, E33
Pines:  YG63, YG67
Shadow in Doorways:  C9
Tree:  G40, G43, Y35, YR21, YR24, YR27, YR18
Grass:  YG91, YG93

Next Wednesday I will post a Halloween card using Black Bister powder in the background.   Ooooh spooky!  lol 

I hope I have inspired you to want to try Bister watercolor powders.  Have fun making your Fall cards! I hope you'll visit my blog at for more inspiration and fun techniques.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Regina - I Brake For Stamps Design Team Member

Monday, August 24, 2015

I Brake For Love

{jane bosi) Do yoooooouuuu believe in loooovvve? Does anyone besides me currently have a Cher sound track raging in their head???  Happy Monday, Brakers!  I've had to take a break from my Monday floral feature and share this 3x3 canvas project.  It's been a few weeks since I made it and I just can't keep quiet any longer!

My new favorite is this amazing sheet by Alie Hoogenboezem de Vries Designs ......when I got it, I could barely cut all the images apart before I was compelled to ink them up.  I started by laying down a layer of acrylic paints in various colors on a 3x3 canvas.  Using a few of the shaped images, I added contrast to the colorful background with white paint.  The remainder was a bit of fussy cutting (which I love), copic coloring and modge podging--all my favorites!  For finishing touches, I added some bling/dimension with sequins, glitter glue wings and dimensional glaze for the character's eyeglasses.

I love these sweet little girls! And, it's a great message in these sometimes challenging times in which we live.  You can pick up your own sheet over in the store! Go on!  Be awesome!

TTFN, Jane

Saturday, August 22, 2015

I Brake for Wine and Friendship!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a friendship card with you.  I tried my hand at making a shadow box card and I really like how it turned out. If you'd like to see the tutorial you can find it HERE.

The ink splatters were made with BISTER powders.  I used Green and Yellow.  The method I used was to drop a tiny little bit of powder on a CD.  I then spritzed it with water and then applied it to my paint brush.  Next I "flicked" the brush to make the splatter marks.

I used three stamps from I BRAKE FOR STAMPS on my card.  The main image is called WINE AND GRAPES, the second image is GRAPE BORDER and the sentiment is from EVERY DAY PHRASES.

You can see the dimension of the card here.  (and why it got the name "shadow" box)

I love the layers and will definitely be making one of these style cards again.