Friday, May 18, 2018

Guest Designer - Kathy Krug

It's Guest Designer Friday and today we're sharing the talent of Kathy Krug of Stamp With Ink. Kathy created a beautiful spring card with a delicate border and gorgeous floral arrangement underneath her hurricane candle. I absolutely LOVE the gorgeous flowers she created with their pretty prill centers!
Here's what Kathy says about putting this card together:
"The front of the package for this Elizabeth Craft Hurricane candle pairs it with some pine boughs and a poinsettia so I think the idea was for a Christmas card. It is too pretty to use just for Christmas so I created a spring time card that could be used for many different occasions. 
Here are the directions:

  1. Cut a card base 4 ¼ by 5 ½.
  2. Cut another piece of card stock a little larger and cut it with the Memory Box Blooming Floral Frame.
  3. Adhere to the card base.
  4. Cut the hurricane two times from vellum
  5. Cut the candle three times from card stock and glue together to give it some dimension.
  6. Glue candle to one piece of the vellum
  7. Glue the second vellum hurricane on top using Ailene’s tacky glue at the bottom part of the hurricane where the flowers will cover the glue.
  8. Cut and shape Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blossom and put some Prills in the center.
  9. Tuck some Elizabeth Craft ferns behind the flowers."

Thanks for sharing your talent with us, Kathy!
Now it's your turn....stop by our CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff any projects that include a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! I hope to see YOU there!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Clear Gesso

Hello friends! I'm fairly new to the mixed media art world, so I'm having a lot of fun experimenting with different products and discovering techniques to use in my card making. Today I want to share a card I created with Clear Gesso as the base, so let's get started.....

To create my background I:
  • painted a piece of card stock with a layer of Clear Gesso (Art Basics)
  • once dry, I used sponge daubers to apply Broken China Distress Oxide (Ranger) to the center
  • next I, spritzed the ink with some water
  • using a small paintbrush, I spread the ink around my card stock to form a pretty background and let it dry
The wonderful thing about Clear Gesso is that it doesn't change the color of your paper at all, but it gives you a surface that's slightly textured and holds the paints, inks, watercolors you apply so they won't soak into your paper right away. Regular card stock will soak up the color, dry quickly, and pill after too many applications of water. Here's a photo of white card stock without the gesso to show you the difference in the above technique:

You'll notice:
  1. The color didn't spread nearly as far - the center is dark/the edges are light - uneven color
  2. The color isn't as vibrant as it soaked into the paper
  3. The paper has a bit of "pill" to it
  4. It doesn't look like watercolor like the above panel does

To create my panel I:
  • stamped flowers, stems, and "sentiment" from the Blossom stamp set (Tim Holtz) in Tuxedo Black ink Tsukineko)
  • colored the stems with Touch Five Markers
  • using a Splatter Brush (Ranger) I applied some diluted (with water) Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide (Ranger)
  • glued my flowers (below) over top and fussy cut around one to create a popped out image

For the flowers I:
  • painted a piece of card stock with a layer of Clear Gesso (Art Basics)
  • stamped a flower from Blossom (Tim Holtz) in Versamark Watermark ink and added black embossing powder
  • applied some Spun Sugar Distress Crayon (Tim Holtz) to the petals and painted with water and a small paintbrush (since I was cutting these out I didn't worry about staying in the lines)
  • applied Picked Raspberry Distress Crayon (Tim Holtz) to the petals and repeated the wet paintbrush step
  • applied Spiced Marmalade Distress Crayon (Tim Holtz) to the centers and painted it with water
  • using just water and a clean paintbrush I removed some of the ink from the centers of my flowers
    • This is possible because of the Clear Gesso -- the ink is longer drying and can be moved around and removed for some time - I tried this same technique on regular white card stock without gesso and it didn't work!

To finished off my card I:

Now it's your turn....stop by our CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff any projects that include a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! I'll look forward to seeing your work appear in the gallery!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Guest Designer - Stephanie Wright

It's time for another guest designer spot here on the Cropstop blog. Today we're sharing the work of Stephanie Wright of Sasha Belle Designs.  Stephanie has created a beautiful spring step card to share with our readers, and has also included a great tutorial!

Here's what Stephanie says: "I am so honored to be Guest Designing for the Crop Stop blog today. I found a simple Step Card tutorial by Loll Thompson on Pinterest and used that for my card base. I decided to make this a birthday card for a friend who like purple and also likes butterflies. I really like this step card design because it still allows room to write a message on the interior.

After following the tutorial to make my card base, I cut solid cardstock slightly smaller to mat patterned paper. I inked the edges of the patterned paper with Distress Ink for extra dimension. The green patterned paper strip across the bottom front of the card was embossed with an embossing folder. After inking the edges of this strip, the embossing was also highlighted with ink to really help it pop. 

The sentiment on the right side was stamped with Versafine black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. A Spellbinders circle die was used to die cut the sentiment which was then matted on a Spellbinder Picot Edge Circle die cut. After adhering these to the panel, the circles were embellished with clear bling. The sentiment on the left was stamped directly on the patterned paper and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The small butterflies were punched from dark purple cardstock with a Fiskars punch. The centers of the butterflies were accented with Stickles. The large butterfly was die cut with a Momenta die from cardstock and then from vellum. The vellum layer was also embossed with the coordinating embossing plates. The vellum layer was adhered to the cardstock layer only in the middle. After adhering the large butterfly to the card, it was accented with clear bling."

Cardstock: Bazzill (dark purple for butterflies), Taylored Expressions Vellum, Unknown {Pealized (cardbase), Lavender}
Patterned Paper: Recollections
Stamps: My Sentiments Exactly clear stamp set (Inspirational Birthday Innies & Outies)
Ink: Tsukineko Versafine (Onyx Black), Ranger Distress Ink (Dusty Concord)
Tools/embellishments: Scor-Pal scoring board, Scotch ATG gun, Fiskars (Trimmer and Butterfly punch), Mementa Butterfly Die, Spellbinders dies (Standard Circle Small, Picot Edge Circles), Bling (The Paper Studio, Gina Marie Designs), Simon Says Stamp embossing powder (Clear), Star Dust Stickles

Now it's your turn....stop by our CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff any projects that include a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! I'll look forward to seeing your work appear in the gallery! 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

We have a WINNER!

It’s time to announce the winner from our last link-up!
Chosen by, the winner is:
Please email Haylie-Jo at within seven (7) days to claim your prize. Be sure to include your physical mailing address so she can get your prize out to you right away.

Great job everyone! Thanks so much for linking your lovely projects up to Cropstop!  We love seeing your work via the link up, so swing by the current party and showoff the projects you’ve been working on!