Versamark Resist Technique using Glossy Paper, Rubber Stamps and Dye ink

June 30, 2011 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

This video is for my Mom! I have been promising her one for months!! Although I had to cut it short because I ran out of batteries :D.

Hopefully more of these to come!!


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Word Rubber Stamps- How I cut mine

June 30, 2011 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

I was putting together my new Wedding Word Stamps the other day, and I thought I would take a picture of them. This way, you can see how I cut them and arranged them in order to offer the most flexibility and even more ways to put them together.

If you look closely, I did things like cut apart the word “ISN’T”. This way, I now have the flexibility to stamp “I”, “IS” and “ISN’T”.

“MEMOR” came separately next to “MY”, which was split into “M” and “Y” so the “MEMOR” and “Y” can be used together. I can then take an “I” and “E”, of which there are extras, and put them all together with “S” and create “MEMORIES”. The “S” can come from “ISN’T” as I described earlier, or from “SHE” which breaks into “S” and “HE”.

I also split the word “BEAUTIFUL” into “BEAUT” and “IFUL” so that I could use the Y from “MY” and now have “BEAUTY” as well as “BEAUTIFUL”.

“WOMAN” breaks apart after the “WO”, so you can have “WOMAN” or “MAN”

“CHANGEDING” is actually not a word :D, it is meant to be cut as “CHANG”, “E”, “D”, “ING” so you can put together “CHANGE”, CHANGED” or “CHANGING”.

Here are my words after I mounted them (Note that I stamped the mounting foam as described in my earlier Blog post,

See how many combinations you can come up with using our word stamps. I find I use these much more than alphabet sets, because it is so much easier to start from words rather than letters.

Black and White Digital Scrapbook Pages- Invert with Photoshop

June 22, 2011 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

The Easy Scraps Digital Scrapbook kits are a great value, especially if you own an image editor like Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop Elements. Even if you are a beginner, you can easily use the pages in the kit. For detailed instructions on using the pages, you will find them in our Gallery by using the following link:

Easy Scraps Digital Album Instructions

However, there is more that you can do with the Digital pages. For instance if you own the B&W kits, you can invert the pages to white and black, giving you a two for one with every single page in the kit! So while you started out with 20 or so pages, you now have the open of 20+ more!

Inverting is easy. Make a copy of the original page, so that it has a different name.

SideBar: I ALWAYS do this so I make sure not to ruin the original. The other alternative is to open the page and immediately save it as a copy, or with a different name. If you get in the habit of always copying, you will avoid the risk of changing and, potentially losing forever, your original images.

Now open the copied .png file using Photoshop. If you wish, you can copy the original layer so you can always get back to the original image, by choosing Layer-> Duplicate Layer. Select the new layer and choose Image-> Adjustments -> Invert. Now, whatever is black will be white, and whatever is white will be black! It’s a two-fer!!

Original Image:

Inverted Image:

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Check back here for more ways of using the Easy Scraps Digital kits!! Enjoy!


Kraft Glassine and Inka Gold- What A Combination!

June 15, 2011 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

While playing around with the Kraft Glassine by Tim Holtz, I struck Gold! I adore this look, and wanted to share it with you, although it is much nicer to see in person :D. I apologize in advance for my poor picture taking skills!

I call this technique Gilded Glassine.

You need a couple of items-

  • Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine
  • Inka Gold (this is a very shimmery paste that you can buff onto paper, etc)
  • An applicator tool (I used the Tim Holtz applicator, but you could use a piece of foam, a sponge, or even your fingers)
  • Optionally- A spritz bottle filled with water

Take the Kraft Glassine and using your applicator, apply the Inka Gold to the Glassine, covering as much as you like. That’s it, you are finished! HaHa, well of course you know I would never stop there, but you really could stop here because the look is just so rich!!

Here is what it would look like. Note that I did this on top of a piece of Glassine and then embossed the Easy Scraps Grunge Mirror, using Distress embossing powder in Vintage Photo:


If you like a more streaky look where more of the Glassine shows through, and there are lighter streaks of gold, then you can spritz with water and blend out some of the Inka-Gold. Note that doing this immediately has better results than waiting overnight and doing it the next day. In this example, I embossed the Easy Scraps Grunge Mirror on the Kraft Glassine using clear embossing powder (Luv this!). Here are the results:

I love the way the clear embossing looks with the Gilded Glassine.

Finally, if you are creating a background, You can crumple the Glassine and then optionally ink the wrinkles with an ink pad.

I call this Gilded Grunge

Here is where I pulled the two pieces together…

Here’s another example:

If you mess up, perhaps you took off too much of the Gold- no worries! Just re-apply the Inka Gold and try again. This is such an easy technique, but it leaves you with a very rich looking background! Enjoy!!

If you wish to purchase our Grunge Mirror or other Easy Scraps rubber stamp, please visit Easy Scraps Rubber Stamps.

New UnMounted Rubber Stamps and Photo Book option now at Easy Scraps

June 6, 2011 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

We’ve been busy here at Easy Scraps!! We now have a Photo Book option for your EASY scrapbooking needs! This is our easiest option by far,  for all you non-crafty folks who still want a scrapbook for your family, but don’t have the time or supplies to do anything more than tape or glue a photo :D.

There are three formats- hard cover or spiral bound books, or just the printed pages without covers.You can find out more about the Easy Scraps Photo Books here.

Here are some pictures of the Welcome Baby Photo Books…


Also, we have two new unmounted Rubber Stamp sets. You can find all of our Rubber Stamp sheets here. The images in the Symphony Hall set were inspired by- you guessed it- Symphony Hall in Boston. Our children got to play there with their band. The architecture is just so beautiful, that we decided to commemorate the occasion with rubber stamps!! These images work great for Wedding/Anniversary/Graduation projects. We hope you enjoy them!!


Our Wedding Words Set#2 contain words that can be combined in multiple ways to quickly and easily create phrases for use in titles and sentiments. We find ourselves using them much more often that individual letters because they are so quick and easy (once you cut them out that is)! It is fun to look through the words and see how many combinations you can come up with. It is like Word Search :D. For instance, quickly looking at the image of the set, we bet you can find several phrases within the first few seconds!

Need some help? How about …

  • You had me at Hello
  • Isn’t She Lovely
  • First Kiss
  • Memories
  • U Rock

See how many you can come up with! Especially if you combine the two sets together!!

Now we are off to work on our next set of books- Wedding/Anniversary. We have a great head start with all these Easy Scraps Rubber Stamp images!!