Rubber Stamps with Charcoal Pencils

July 29, 2011 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

I happen to love the look of charcoal drawings. So I decided to try using charcoal pencils with my favorite thing- Rubber Stamps. I really liked the look of the two combined!

Here is what you need for this technique-

Stamp the image using a light gray ink. You could also use black, and stamp off onto scrap papper in order to get rid of most of the ink.
You basically want to get just the outline or hint of the image. Using your charcoal pencils, follow the outlines of the stamps and draw in bolder lines.
Shade in other areas of the stamped image making sure to leave some white. You can use your finger or a blending stump or a tissue to blend/smear the charcoal, in order to get a softer, look. I especially like the look of edging the card with charcoal pencils. I shade heavier in the corners and it gives it a cool edge effect- sort of like rounded corners without the punching &#59;).

When you are happy with your image, spray it with fixative to set it so that it doesn’t smear or wipe off.

Finish up your card with other stamping or embellishments. You now have a card that looks hand-drawn, but it was super easy!! Here is my sample- the child’s face was created using this technique:


Versamark Resist Technique with Kissing Off Rubber Stamps

July 28, 2011 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

This is the third (and final, for now anyway) of the Versamark Resist Techniques. I use multiple Easy Scraps Rubber Stamps and use “Kissing Off” with Versamark Resist Technique.

If you would like to view/purchase Easy Scraps Rubber Stamps, please go to .


Easy Scraps Scrapbook Photo Books- So EASY to Use!!

July 25, 2011 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

In our latest video, my daughter and her friend humoured me, and they demonstrated how easy it is to use the new Scrapbooking Photo Books by Easy Scraps. The Photo Books use the same layouts as the Digital Kits, but they are already printed for you. The frames are sized, for the most part, for 4×6 inch photos. Grab them from your favorite photo processing place and you are ready to rock. All you need is some double sided tape, and you will be finished your hand crafted book in no time!

Feel like crafting a bit more? Add some titles, some journaling, or some embellishments. We’ll have more ideas in the future, so stay tuned!


VersaMark Resist Technique Take 2

July 15, 2011 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

Part two of the Versamark Resist Technique- This technique uses two stamps with Versamark. You can find and purchase Easy Scraps Stamps at



Back up your files!!!

July 13, 2011 in Digital Related Posts, Technical Tips by Ursula Smith

Hi there- just a quick note, but one I hope everyone will heed!! Don’t forget to backup your files!!! Especially all those wonderful photos you have of yourself, your home, your friends and your family.

You can get external drives pretty cheap now, and the program I use to backup my files from my main computer to my external drive is called ViceVersa Pro. I try to run the program once a day, and I have it set up to check for files that have changed on my computer and update only those files on my external drive. I backup my photos and any other files that I couldn’t live without.

Recently I also added an online service called Carbonite, which you pay for annually. I backup just my photos to their server. The cool thing about this service is that it runs in the background. So when I change or add a picture to my photo folder, they automatically get uploaded to the server! You can choose to upload all subfolders and you can remove files and folders from the carbonite backup process. The initial upload takes a long time (days for me) but now it is automatic.

With cloud servers becoming more prevelant, there may be free solutions for you out there- Google has a solution, DropBox can work with the iPad, iCloud is on the horizon, and there are others. I need lots of space, so the freebies don’t really work for me, except for sharing a few photos with family etc.

I have also backed up some of my photos to DVD’s (and keep meaning to park them somewhere else, but haven’t yet). I need to get caught up on these, so here is my reminder to myself and you- BACKUP YOUR PRECIOUS FILES!!!

Paper Shape Embossing on Accucut Grande Mark

July 8, 2011 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

This video is an addendum to the video I made on embossing Kraft Glassine with paper shapes. You can find the original blog post here:

The same technique can be used on the Cuttlebug machine and also on Accucut’s Grand Mark, although you need certain supplies for the Accucut machine. So this video, describes the process of embossing Core’dinations card stock on the Accucut die cut machine. I used chipboard to make my embossing shape in this video, but you can also use a shape cut out of plastic, and as I showed in the first video, several pieces of cardstock sandwiched together.

This is a correction to something I said in the video- the embossing mat I use is by SpellBinders, not Wizard. Wizard is the machine by the company SpellBinders, rather than the other way around as I said in my video :). Sorry about that!


Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine embossed with Cardstock Shapes

July 2, 2011 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

I covered this technique in another blog post:

However, I think sometimes videos can help present certain techniques more easily. So, I plan on covering at least some of my favorite techniques using video as well as words. I have a couple of other videos on the Versamark Resist Technique and a few on working with Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine. This is the first one working with the Glassine. It shows how to emboss using shapes cut from cardstock, and then enhance the embossed image using white ink for an “Anti-Grunge” look.



More on this topic to come in future posts!!