Tie Dye and Splatter Fathers Day Card

Tie Dye and Splatter Fathers Day Card and two new products is what we have for you today! We hope you had a fabulous Father’s day and we are excited to show you this CAS Father’s Day card and how you can use the two featured stamp sets for multiple reasons and multiple way

Not only was it Father’s Day yesterday, it was also my beautiful sisters birthday as well as my 23rd Wedding Anniversary! What better reason for a great sale, right? Be sure to use the coupon code above to save 23% off  your order! Are you ready to get CREATIVE? Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for the Tie Dye and Splatter Fathers Day Card Tutorial

Acrylic Stamping Block

A Creative Journey with Melissa Tie Die and Splatter Stamp Set

A Creative Journey with Melissa Spring and Summer Holiday Celebrations Stamp Set

Desert Sand Memento Ink

Toffee Crunch Memento Ink

Rich Cocoa Memento Ink

Adhesive

3-D foam square or dot

1 1/4″ circle punch

Paper to stamp sentiment on

Card base

Card Mat and matching 1/4 – 1/2″ matching strip of paper

Paper to stamp background design on

Scrap Paper to stamp on or protected work surface

This is the Tie Dye and Splatter Fathers Day Card we are making. I used neutral colors but you can use any color combo you wish. I love how versatile this set is. There are numerous ways to create with it! I will show you some examples later in this post.

To begin, take of the three splatter stamps from their storage sheet. You are using all but the smallest one in  your set.

Here we have two new products! I always try our products out first so when I say I like something, I REALLY DO! I use them myself! We have two new stamp blocks and I LOVE THEM! I love the grip, the smoothness (is that a word?) and comfort of the block! We have others as well if you would like to check them out here.

Although I don’t need to use one block per stamp as one block is enough, I am using them for demonstration purposes.  You will either want to place whichever stamp you wish to work with first or you can utilize the blocks you may have in your stash and use three of them. I am using my 2.5″, 3.5″ and 4.25″ Inch Round Acrylic Stamping Block with Alignment Lines and Finger Grips as well.

For this example of the Tie Dye and Splatter Fathers Day Card,

we are making a smaller version of it. Instead of using the entire stamped image on the paper, I am using smaller amounts of it. This still allows me to create the same color effect but we don’t have as much paper area to work with.

We are going to start with the Toffee Crunch Memento Ink. Place your stamp on your acrylic block and ink  your stamp. As you can see I placed the stamped image a little off the edge of the paper. This will give a great effect of the color but not overload the paper with one image.

When I am creating with repeating images, I like to create in odd numbers. Here I used three because it is a larger image.

Now we are going to be using Desert Sand Memento Ink for the Tie Dye and Splatter Fathers Day Card.

Place your stamp on your acrylic block. Ink your stamp and stamp your image on your paper.

As you can see, I didn’t place my stamp on my ink completely. I am going to show you how I fixed it. It’s not perfect but it does the job 🙂

I reinked the image and restamped it on top of the image that was missing ink.

It worked out pretty well. Still a little lighter on the inside than I would like but it looks OK. Repeat stamping the same image five times in various locations on the paper. I could have restamped it again but was afraid it would look a bit too much so I am happy with it like this.

Place your smallest stamp on your acrylic block. Ink your stamp and stamp your image on your paper. I stamped this image seven times in various places.

This is what it looked like once I was finished with the three colors. What do you think?

Now we are taking out the Spring and Summer Holiday Celebrations Stamp Set. We are using the Happy Father’s Day stamp.

Place your sentiment on your block and ink it. Stamp your sentiment on your paper. I usually do a few extra so I have them on hand when I may need them.

Take out your 1.25″ circle punch and punch out your sentiment for the Tie Dye and Splatter Fathers Day Card.

Remove one side of the protective paper on your foam square or dot. Place your foam dot or square on the back of your sentiment and set aside.

Add adhesive to the back of the background stamped paper.

Adhere the background stamped paper to your solid colored paper mat.

Place adhesive on the back of the solid colored mat.

Adhere the mat to the Tie Dye and Splatter Fathers Day Card base.

Apply adhesive to the back of the mat strip of paper.

Adhere to the card front approximately 2/3 down on the card as shown.

Take your sentiment and remove the protective back paper from the foam square or dot. Adhere the sentiment to your card front as shown.


Here is the A7 amd A2 version of the same card! You are done with the Tie Dye and Splatter Fathers Day Card!

Here is another card I created using the

A Creative Journey with Melissa Tie Die and Splatter Stamp Set and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Spring and Summer Holiday Celebrations Stamp Set. If you would like to see the super easy blog post and tutorial, check it out here.

For this festive Halloween card I used the A Creative Journey with Melissa Tie Die and Splatter Stamp Set and the A Creative Journey with Melissa Fall and Winter Holiday Sentiments Stamp Set.

Now, for the GIVEAWAYS!

This week for our Giveaways, we are giving away TWO STAMP SETS so we will have TWO WINNERS NEXT WEEK!!

First we are giving away the

A Creative Journey with Melissa Tie Die and Splatter Stamp Set

Next we are giving away the

A Creative Journey with Melissa Spring and Summer Holiday Celebrations Stamp Set

To qualify to win, you must be BOTH:

A public follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! Winners will be announced next week on our Mondays with Melissa blog post!

If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: Be sure you are subscribed with matching names. If I am unable to match you with your subscription to both the email list and the YouTube Channel, you will miss your chance to win a prize. If I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber (if your profile doesn’t show publicly who you subscribe to) and I can’t confirm you have subscribed to both, I won’t be able to enter you in for the prize. **DO NOT COMMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE EMAIL ADDY. Only give me the first 6 NOT INCLUDING YOUR HOST. Just enough for me to match your name will work perfectly.

 For last weeks giveaway of the Oxford Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Heather W. is the winner!

Heather W., please send me your contact information via contact page on our website, which post you are a winner from and I will get your certificate prize out to you! Thank you so much for being a YouTube follower and subscribing to our mailing list/blog posts!

We hope you enjoyed our Tie Dye and Splatter Fathers Day Card! Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.  

Autism Awareness Month plus Twinkling H20 Tutorial

Autism Awareness Month plus Twinkling H20 Tutorial is what we have for you today. Did you know that according to the 2015 National Health Interview Survey 1 in every 45 kids ages 3-17 are diagnosed with ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder? Yes, the stats are staggering.

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We have created stamp sets that we donate a portion of them to various causes that support Autism research, programs for people with Autism and programs that support families effected by Autism. I have two wonderful friends that inspire me every day in their journey with Autism. Julie and Pinky (Cristal) are amazing women and I just love their strength, courage, perseverance and overwhelming love for their kids and support for Autism. They have inspired me to create two cards using our two newest stamp sets. They are Awareness Ribbon Set #5 – See Autism with your Heart and Awareness Ribbon Set #6 – Angels with Autism.

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Supplies Needed

Awareness Ribbon Set #5 – See Autism with your Heart

Awareness Ribbon Set #6 – Angels with Autism

Twinkling H20’s: Sunburst, Rich Cobalt, and Poppy

Paint Brushes

Water filled sprayer

Water Color Paper

Paper Towel

 Protected work surface

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Using your water sprayer, spray some water into the Twinkling H20 jar. I had already used these for the cards shown so it had been well over the 10-15 minute time frame recommended for you to wait for the water to activate the water colors.

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This is a close up of the beautiful and rich color they contain. I love the sparkle and the color is FABULOUS!

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Once you have added the water and waited a bit, you can either use a paint brush, palette or even a cleanable work surface mat to place your twinkling h20’s. I chose a paint brush to apply my water color to my paper.

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Here is the Poppy…

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Here is when the Sunburst color was added…

Autism Awareness Month plus Twinkling H20 Tutorial lAnd now the Rich Cobalt has been added.

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I love the shimmer and sheen that you get when using this product! It’s AWESOME!

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Take out your sprayer and spray a few times onto your painted paper.

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If you like the look, set it aside. If you would like to add more water like I did, spray again.

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I also tilted my paper to different areas where I wanted the water to flow to.

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This is what the result was. I really love it!

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Now you are once again going to take a pre-painted paper and water bottle.

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Using the spray bottle a bit further away from the paper 6-8 inches or so, spray your paper. You are trying to get a very light mist to hit your paper. This will give you the look of a light spritz of lighter color on your paper where the water has landed.

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Here is a close-up of the spritz of water placed on the paper. You have completed the techniques!

Autism Awareness Month plus Twinkling H20 Tutorial aIf you wish to have the paper look like this creation below, you will want to concentrate the water and move it up, down, left and right. This will give you the different looks of the feathering out of color. I then used a paper towel to pat dry.

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For this creation, I sprayed three times and allowed the colors to drip into one another. I then allowed the paper to dry and it left the textured look from the water spray.

I hope you enjoyed our tutorial and projects today. We really appreciate you stopping by and hope that you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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March 2016 Stamp Releases and Instagram Hop

Welcome to our March 2016 Stamp Releases and Instagram Hop as well as inspiration from our February releases. We are honored to have you here.  This is our second release for 2016 AND our SECOND INSTAGRAM HOP! We had really great feedback and thought we would do it again! I know it seems almost impossible but our AMAZING CREATIVE CREW DID IT AGAIN!! I know their creations are going to get your creative juices flowing!! Good thing you can sit comfortably in your office, home or car to join in if  you wish! We have THREE new stamp sets being released for the March Stamp Release and Instagram Hop. Here they are 🙂

Awareness Ribbon Set #5 – See Autism with your Heart

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Awareness Ribbon Set #6 – Angels with Autism

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Coffee, Tea and Wine, OH-MY!

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Now don’t forget! We have projects EVERY DAY! Be sure to hop for all three days! It starts at 8:00 AM Pacific Time and runs from 3/16 – 3/18 until 8 PM PT. Prizes will be announced on Instagram on 3/19. Each day we will have a new creation for you to check out! For the details and directions, please check out our Instagram page for all of the details! Look for #ACJwMIGHop2 and be sure to follow the directions to be eligible to win!

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Awareness Ribbon #6 – Angels with Autism Stamp Release SNEAK PEEK and MORE


Awareness Ribbon #6 – Angels with Autism Stamp Release SNEAK PEEK and MORE is what we have today for you! We have one sneak peek but there are TWO more stamp sets coming out! Be sure to check out our blog and website on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 to see all what we have that is NEW! We are going to have directions for our Instagram Hop so you can hop along and win one of three prizes! For now though, we have this awesome creation to show you using our to be released Angels with Autism Stamp Set and Chameleon Pens! As an added bonus, I will show you how to color your own embellishments so that they match your project! Are you ready? Let’s get started!

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Awareness Ribbon #6 – Angels with Autism Stamp Set (TO BE RELEASED 3-16-16)

Stamp Block

Chameleon Pens

Ink

Card Base

Two Mats for Stamped Image

Paper for Stamped Image

Adhesive

Scissors

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Take out your Paper, Ink and Awareness Ribbon #6 – Angels with Autism Stamp Set out. Stamp the image on your paper. Set aside.

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Take out your colored papers for matting. Adhere the yellow mat to the red mat.

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Adhere the mat to the card base. Set aside.

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Take out your Chameleon Pens and your stamped image. You will need your CB (Colorless Blender), BL6, RD4, YL2, and CG8. Take out your CG8 pen. Take off the bullet nib cap off. Using the blending cartridge, place the bullet nib in the blending cartridge holding it upright so the blending solution cartridge is on the top. Hold upright for 10-12 seconds. Awareness Ribbon #6 - Autism Angel Stamp Release SNEAK PEEK and MORE ia

Color the angel wings with your CG8 from the puzzle piece out to the end on both sides.

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Color various pieces of the puzzle on the image with your YL2   pen.

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Color various pieces of the puzzle on the image with your RD4 Pen.

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Color various pieces of the puzzle on the image with your BL6  Pen. If you feel at this point any of the colors need to be a bit lighter, you can use a light coloring of the colorless blender to smooth out any areas as well as lighten the colors on your project.

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Take out your rhinestones. The rhinestones are a light blue but we need them a darker blue so we are going to color our embellishment so that it matches our project.

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Using the B  Pen, color the rhinestones creating a deeper blue color.

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Cut apart the rhinestones only taking the ones you wish to use. Apply to the card front.

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Apply adhesive to the back of the stamped image paper. Adhere the stamped image to the card base.

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Your project is complete! Thank you for joining us for the Awareness Ribbon #6 – Angels with Autism Stamp Release SNEAK PEEK and MORE!

Be sure to check back for info on here on our blog for our Instagram hop on Wednesday as well as the blog hop for the 2016 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop that runs Friday, March 18 – Friday, March 25! There are a number of sponsors and WE are one of them! There are a BUNCH of great prizes up for grabs! Be sure to check it all out! You won’t want to miss it!

Thank you for joining us today and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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February Stamp Release and Instagram Hop

Welcome to our blog. We are honored to have you here. Today we are doing something different. We are going to have our very first New Stamp Release for 2016 AND our VERY FIRST INSTAGRAM HOP ever! We are excited and a little nervous because we haven’t done this before but what an AMAZING CREATIVE CREW WE HAVE! The awesomely creative Brandie came up with the idea and EVERYONE was graciously on board! These ladies are amazing and I know their creations are going to KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF! Good thing you can sit comfortably in your home to join in if  you wish! We have FOUR new stamp sets being released for the February Stamp Release and Instagram Hop. Here they are 🙂

Sign Language Sentiments 2

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Everyday Alphabet Outline Lowercase and Numbers Large
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Now don’t forget! We have projects EVERY DAY! Be sure to hop for all three days! It starts at 8:00 AM Pacific Time and runs from (2/10 – 2/12) Each day we will have a new creation for you to check out! For the details and directions, please check out our Instagram page for all of the details! Look for #ACJwMIGHop and be sure to follow the directions to be eligible to win!

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Stamp Set Sneak Peek – Sign Language Sentiments 2

We have a Stamp Set Sneak Peek – Sign Language Sentiments 2 today! Due to popular demand we decided to create a second set that goes with Sign Language Sentiments and really helps to round out the set and we hope you enjoy it. We have a super quick tutorial on this card so let’s get started!

FIRST! Here is the Stamp Set Sneak Peek – Sign Language Sentiments 2! This along with three other stamp sets will be releasing WEDNESDAY! Be sure to come back here as we will have the details here for you to check out our instagram for an instagram hop.We will be giving away some prizes too!

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Now, onto the cute card and tutorial!

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Here are the supplies you will need:

Sign Language Sentiments 2 (Releasing on Wednesday)

Stamp Block

Adhesive (not shown in pic)

Memento Black Ink

Banner 3 in 1 Punch

Card base

Two papers for matting

Paper for stamping

Scissors

Rhinestones

Rhinestone tool or tweezers

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Take out your paper, ink stamps and stamp block.

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Adhere your stamps to the block.

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Ink the stamp.

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Stamp your sentiment onto the paper.

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Here is a closer look of the result.

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Use the punch to trim the end of the paper.

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Take out your paper for the card base and the sentiment mat.

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Adhere your paper to the card base. Set aside.

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Adhere your paper to the back of the sentiment.

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Trim to fit the sentiment.

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Take out your foam squares. Add your foam squares to the back of the sentiment.

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Take out your rhinestones. Add your rhinestones to the sentiment.

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Your project is complete!

We are so excited! We have three other sets coming out on Wednesday so be sure to check out our Instagram Hop! We will be giving away a few prizes as well. The instagram hop is something new we are trying out so we hope you enjoy it! Thank you so much for joining us today and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

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What’s New Wednesday & Creative Crew Must Have’s

What’s New Wednesday is something we enjoy sharing with our fans. Beside it being my husbands Birthday – Do I hear a HAPPY BIRTHDAY?? We have something new every second Wednesday of the month. Whether it be stamps, favorite products, or maybe some surprise giveaways too.. The possibilities are endless so be sure to subscribe to our blog via e-mail and you will get our posts right in your e-mail so you won’t miss out on any of the excitement!

For today, What’s New Wednesday. we have some fun new products that I think you are going to enjoy! You have seen me using some of them on my YouTube videos and projects. Thanks to your feedback, I am now carrying them so you don’t have to look anymore!

2.5″ Round Acrylic Block (In addition to the other Acrylic Blocks we carry)

2.5" round block with grips view 2

White Foam Square Mix

Black Foam Square Mix

Here are some of the projects I made using the 3-D foam squares as well as the 2.5″ round stamping block.

Adhere tag and you have your finished project

Happy Mother's Day Card

Speech Bubbles Card

Happy Birthday Card

This was created using the Sentiments For All Occasion Stamp Set

I posed the question what are your “Supply Must Haves” for informational purposes to our Creative Crew. I created a list that includes what I enjoy using as well and what type of crafty person DOESN’T like to share with their crafty sisters? You know we LOVE to share our must haves!)

Haidee on our Creative Crew did an AMAZING blog post here about her must haves and her awesome creation is to DIE FOR!!! Isn’t it awesome?

BE SURE TO CHECK THE DETAILS OUT and leave her some love!!!

Now for our MUST HAVES…. Here are the results from our Creative Crew in no particular order:

Electronic Die Cutting Machines including  Silhouette Electronic Die Cut Machines and Supplies  and

Cricut Electronic Die Cut Machines and Supplies ( I own both of these machines personally)

Washi Tape (Washi Tape is the paper tape I have used in my YouTube Videos. So many places to purchase Washi Tape!)

Martha Stewart Scoring Board

Glitter

Stamp Block with Alignment

Sequins

Twine

Chameleon Markers (Alcohol Markers)

Planner/Calendar

Trimmer – 15″ Carl Paper Trimmer – MY FAVORITE TRIMMER EVER!!! Cuts even MAT BOARD FOR PICTURE FRAMES LIKE BUTTER!!!

Stapler

3-D Foam Squares for adding dimension to a project

Manual Die Cut Machine ( I own both the big shot and the big shot pro which is a 12 x 12 version of the big shot and love them BOTH!

So for some fun on What’s New Wednesday, we are doing at least three giveaways.. Comment below what are your personal top three must haves and I will pick a winner for each of the foam square mixes (white and black) and the new round stamp block!

Winners will be announced Saturday, May 16th HERE. It will not work until it is live.

Thanks for joining us and be sure to stay tuned as we will be adding into to this post with some new projects from our Creative Crew as well!

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SAVE MONEY on embellishments! Coloring with Chameleon Pens Tutorial

Do you want to SAVE MONEY on embellishments! Coloring with Chameleon Pens Tutorial Good Afternoon! Thank you for joining us for Mondays with Melissa. Today I am going to be showing you how to SAVE MONEY on embellishments by coloring them with Chameleon Pens. There are so many different things you can do and it is really amazing how great the rhinestones look once you have colored them. It is one of the EASIEST techniques with the fastest gratification! LOVE IT! I have also created a card using the Speech Bubbles Mini Set using the Chameleon Pens. It really came out cute! If you like to learn by video, check out the video above, if you prefer a pictorial, check out the pics below and let me know what you think! Thanks for joining us and let’s get started!

First I want to show you a card I created using the Chameleon Pens. The Chameleon pens / markers are alcohol based markers. They have numerous uses two of which I am going to share with you today.

Here is the list of supplies you would need to recreate this card:

Speech Bubbles Mini Stamp Set

Chameleon Markers Complete Set

Memento Ink

Stamp Block

Adhesive

Foam Squares

Scissors

Card base

Paper to stamp sentiment & image on

Pick your speech bubble from the Speech Bubble Mini Stamp Set, adhere to the stamp block,

ink the stamp and stamp your image on your paper.

Adhere Sentiment to the stamp block, ink and stamp sentiment inside the speech bubble. Repeat stamping on paper per your personal design choice until satisfied with the number of designs to be placed for your card.

Take out your Chameleon markers. You can use either the brush tip or the bullet tip (like a felt tip) to color your images. Below is showing the brush tip which is what I will be using to color the image.

This is the tip for the mixing chamber (blending solution.) I have used it with red before as you can see there is a tint of red/pink on it. This will not change the nib or effect of the blending solution mixture and it’s effectiveness at all.

Once you have taken off the cap off your marker tip preference, place your tip so that the mixing chamber is touching your colored tip. Make sure that your colored tip (nib) pointed toward the sky and the mixing chamber tip (nib) is pointed toward the floor. The pen will be upright and the below picture is what your marker / pen will look like when it is in front of you.

This is an above view of what your marker should look like when you have the mixing chamber-straight up and down.

Keep your pen upright so the blending solution can transfer to the colored nib. The amount of time you would like to keep it like this varies depending on how light you want the color to be to start with. The darker the color marker, the longer it will take to saturate the color with solution to make it almost opaque. I have kept it on for as short as 3 seconds for a very light difference to 10-15 seconds for a drastic color change. For the below creation, I kept it on for at least 12 seconds. As you can see, it is almost translucent as I begin to color.

As I continue to color, you can see where the blending solution is being used with the color. The blending solution is used and the color then starts to come through more as the blending solution is no longer saturating the nib.

Here is a close up of the variance of color from the bottom where I started to the top where the color was most saturated

and no longer had blending solution and the pigment is coming through.

This is the mixing chamber with a nib that hasn’t been used yet. As you can see, there isn’t any pigment/color on it at all. This will change with use as shown with the red mixing chamber in a previous picture and will not effect the mixing chamber and effectiveness.

This is what the mixing chamber looks like with both nibs (tips) touching to transfer the blending solution to the colored marker. This picture is just for visual purposes. When using the chamber the marker should be upright for it to be effective.

After using the mixing chamber for approximately 6-8 seconds, I started coloring below.

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Once you have colored your speech bubbles after stamping the image and sentiment, cut out the speech bubbles. Adhere them with either adhesive or a foam square for dimension to your card. Set aside. Take out your rhinestones and Chameleon pens.

Pick a marker color that you want to color your rhinestones. Color the top of the rhinestone to your liking.

*NOTE* Unless you want a translucent color on your rhinestone, do not use the blending solution

or else the color may not be strong enough for it to be obvious.

This is the rhinestone fully colored with the marker.

Here I have colored more of them in for demonstration purposes. The possibilities are ENDLESS!

Here is a close up shot of the colored rhinestones. LOOKS AWESOME DOESN’T IT?!

I use my QuickStick from Quickutz to take them off of the sheet of rhinestones and place them on my card. Many other companies have a tool similar to this and they work well also.

This is a close up of what the rhinestones and colored speech bubbles I created in the video for example purposes.

This is the finished card I created for an example of this technique.

Speech Bubbles Card

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And the WINNERS are…..

And the WINNERS are…

We have WINNERS and had a great time showing you the creations that the Creative Crew and Friends created with the new amazing stamps. We hope you will be sure to join us EVERY SECOND WEDNESDAY for new product releases! MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!

I wanted to show you this amazing creation that was created by our friend Raven. I love what she did with the Speech Bubbles Mini Stamp Set!

Now… Onto the WINNERS!!!

We hope you had a great time too and are thrilled to announce the winners or our giveaways!

Speech Bubbles Mini Stamp Set: Jaratzed

Speech Bubbles Large Stamp Set: Laura (L J Dogsmom)

Sign Language Sentiments Stamp Set: Krista

$10 gift certificate for Joann’s: Janis

$10 gift certificate for Joann’s: Shaunda

Please be sure to contact me within three days or else your prize will be forfeited. Thank you so much for hopping along!!

What’s New Wednesday – Blog Hop, Releases, Giveaways!

Welcome to What’s New Wednesday!!

Hi There! I am Melissa Mueller, the owner of A Creative Journey with Melissa . Welcome to the monthly NEW PRODUCT RELEASES for A Creative Journey with Melissa. We will be introducing new products EVERY SECOND WEDNESDAY of the month. We are also having a blog hop this month so be sure to follow along for an opportunity to win one of FIVE PRIZES! The best way to ensure you are alerted to our latest and greatest info is to subscribe to our E-mail Updates to get the most up to date info! If you didn’t know, I also have a Mondays with Melissa which is a YouTube series. I have videos every Monday showing some type of design preference and/or a tutorial on how to do something you may not have done before. Sometimes we even have sneak peeks! We would love it if you connected with us and followed along! You can check out the latest video below but be sure to connect with us above at the top right where you can go directly to our social media areas. We would love to connect with you!

Now.. onto some fun! If you came here  by chance, you are in luck! We are having a blog hop with awesome creations as well as giving away five prizes!

Here are the three new stamp releases and I am thrilled to be able to share these new products and some great creations along this hop with you today.

Speech Bubbles Mini

Speech Bubbles Mini stamp set

Speech Bubbles Large

Speech Bubbles - Large Stamp Set

Sign Language Sentiments

Sign Language Sentiments  Stamp Set

I would like to show you this amazing creation done by a friend of mine Raven. I love her style, color choice and well.. I just love her! She is an amazing Mom, supporter of mine and really did an amazing job with the Speech Bubbles Mini Set and I thought you would like to check it out!

Here is my Monday’s with Melissa video if you didn’t catch it before and my card creation using the Sign Language Sentiments stamp set.

I would love it if you would check it out and see what you think!

Below is a list of the Blog Hop Line-Up participants. All you need to do is click on the blog hop participant’s picture (don’t click on me because you saw my post above and my video- you are already here:) ) and then follow the directions on their blog post. You must comment on all blogs and follow all directions to be eligible. If you do so, you will be entered in to win one of five prizes!

Melissa

 Alena

Brandie

Rhoda

Haidee

Giveaways

Speech Bubbles Mini Stamp Set

Speech Bubbles Large Stamp Set

Sign Language Sentiments Stamp Set

TWO $10 gift certificate for Joann’s

Thank you for visiting and please be sure to hop along the blog hop to all of our other amazingly talented Creative Crew Team Members and follow the directions on each blog and become a follower if you aren’t already. If you qualify, you will be entered in the giveaway for one of the FIVE prizes if you do so! Entries for this blog hop will end Friday 4/10/15 at 8 PM Pacific Time. Winners will be announced on Saturday, 4/11/15 on the A Creative Journey with Melissa’s blog HERE . The post with the winner information will not be live (active or available) until Saturday. You must contact Melissa with your shipping information via Facebook PM, comment on her blog or e-mail me within three days of the winning announcement blog post or your prize will be forfeited. At this time, only US Residents are eligible. Thank you for your understanding.

Next up on the blog hop is Alena and I know she has some really cool creations using the Sign Language Sentiments set and more… Check it out HERE

Be sure to check back to see if you are a winner on Saturday. Thanks so much for hopping along with us!

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