Halloween Graveyard in Versamark and Graphite

October 25, 2012 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

More Halloween and Graphite fun!! I love the look of images stamped with Versa Mark and then colored with Graphite Powder- see the full post here for how to accomplish this.

This time I used the Halloween Cemetary Rubber Stamp from Easy Scraps’ Halloween Large Skeleton set, as well as the Greek Woman from Easy Scraps’ Memories of Greece Church set. I stamped the image using Versamark Ink and then brushed Graphite powder over the image.

If you need to find Graphite powder- take a look through our Dick Blick affiliate link. They sell powdered Graphite and Charcoal. I tend to like the Graphite powder a bit better.

Here are the results of my Halloween play time…



Scroll Owl on Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine Paper

October 20, 2012 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

I love the Kraft Glassine paper by Tim Holtz, but sometimes it is hard to stamp on it, and render some brighter colors on it. I came up with an idea that worked well for me. I used Clear Gesso as a fist layer on the Kraft Glassine. I painted Clear Gesso onto the Kraft Glassine, and let it dry. The I stamped Easy Scraps Scroll Owl rubber stamp using Versafine Black ink. I masked the image and used a variety of sprays- Dylusions Ink Sprays by Ranger, and Shimmering Mists by Tattered Angels. The inks showed up a lot brighter on top of the Gesso!

And here is the result….


Scroll Owl Rubber Stamp


I willl have some other ideas using gesso in the next few week, Enjoy!

Skeleton Bride and Groom- Halloween Fun

October 11, 2012 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

This week I decided to have some fun with the Easy Scraps small Skeleton set. My friends are having their Halloween party on their Anniversary, so  I thought it would be fun to make a card in keeping with both themes.

I stamped the Skeleton pieces in such a way as to make it look like there are two of them, gazing into each other’s eyes and holding hands. I then cut a top hat out of black paper for the groom and added a piece of netting for the bride’s veil. The crown is a piece of the Rosette stamp from one of Easy Scrap’s new Greek rubber stamp set.

The background originally was plain white, and since I had the Skeletong images set up the way I liked them I wasn’t sure quite how to go about finishing the card. I could have scanned them and layered them over a background digitally, or cut them out and layered them over another stamped image. But then I decided to try to color using Pan Pastels. They are quick and easy to use and I was able to color around the Skeletons with not too much trouble. I think the card came out cute if I do say so myself ;-).


Skeleton Bride Groom RubberStamps

Skeleton Bride and Groom rubber stamped image colored using Pan Pastels


While I was playing around with the Pan Pastels, I had another card to make, so I used them to color in the stamped image of the little Girl. She is so sweet!


Little Girl Painting Rubber Stamp

Little Girl Painting rubber stamped image colored using Pan Pastels


I hope you have a great week! Happy Stamping!!

Life Book 2013

October 8, 2012 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

Are you ready for a great online class?  Life Book 2012 was the first online Art class I took, and it really helped jump start my creativity. Well, it is now time to sign up for Life Book 2013!! A whole host of Instructors, including the following will be teaching this year:

I hope you have the chance and give yourself a wonderful gift, by signing up for this epic class!
Read more about it on Creative Clearinghouse- Life Book 2013

Artist Trading Card Swap- Harvest theme

October 4, 2012 in Mixed Media Posts by Ursula Smith

Hi all,

It is another Artist Trading Card swap month! I just love getting these in the mail!! This month’s theme was “Harvest”. It was a difficult theme for me. I didn’t have anything that screamed harvest to me. And then I thought about what Harvest means. It means (paraphrasing here) “to gather”. One of the best things about the Kelly Rae Robert’s class was the group that I became friends with through Facebook. I never thought of that as an outcome of taking an online class, but that is exactly what happened. And now I am part of several groups with different interests, one of them being the ATC swap group. They are a great group of people, I love hearing their thought, watching their dreams come to fruition, and sometimes we need to lean on each other for advice, either buisness or life related.

Anyway, that is a long winded explanation of how I cam up with my ATC finally for the swap. “Harvest Friends” was the title and since I am not good enough at drawing (espeically on smaller canvases) to draw a group of friends, I used Easy Scraps’ Scroll Pumpkin and Scroll Floral Border stamps. I used colored pencils and ink pads to color and shade.


Why not take an creative class of your own? You never know what friends are out there waiting to be harvested ;-). Visit http://www.CreativeClearinghouse.com to find an online class or review of a class that you might want to take!

Here is the ATC I made:



And Here are the ATCs I received:



Many thanks to-

Julie Borkosky

Kelly Hoernig  http://www.KellyHoernig.com (who, as a side note, I get to meet tonite!!)

Deborak Eaton http://www.DeborahEaton.com

This month we had special guests- Bea and Hannah Stockwell!! They did such a GREAT job!!!