Friday, October 7, 2016

IO/MISTI Blog Hop




Greetings friends.  Today I am very happy to participating in a blog hop between My Sweet Petunia (makers of the MISTI stamp positioner) and Impression Obsession.  The two design teams have created projects that show the advantages of using a very precise stamp positioner with your rubber or clear stamps.

Be sure to visit each of the blogs participating in the hop and leave comments on each blog as you go so that you will be entered to win a prize.   On Wednesday, October 12th,  two winners will be drawn from everyone who leaves a comment on ALL the blogs in the hop to win a prize.  One person will win a mini MISTI and another will win a $25 IO gift certificate. Winners will be posted on the My Sweet Petunia and Impression Obsession blogs as well as their Facebook pages.  Good Luck!


For the hop today, I made two different cards that highlight the precision of the MISTI stamp positioner by My Sweet Petunia.  MISTI stands for the Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented, and I have to say, it is absolutely amazing.  I have started using it in my classes, and I have yet to meet anyone who didn't love it.

The first topic I wanted to talk about was stamping on uneven surfaces.  I do a LOT of watercoloring, so I am constantly stamping images onto watercolor paper.  If you have ever stamped on watercolor paper, you have probably noticed that the bumps of the paper often prevent you from getting a nice, sharply stamped image.  Therefore, I have started using the MISTI with all of my watercolor projects so that I can stamp an image over and over on top of itself until I get an image that doesn't have missing lines.



Here is a picture of the Curious Squirrel by Impression Obsession before I did any watercoloring:


Even though this image is highly detailed, you can not tell at all that I overstamped the squirrel more than once.  The MISTI really lets you stamp an image precisely on top of itself.  Can you tell his cute little whiskers were stamped twice?  I also stamped the saying from the Card Sentiments set using the MISTI because I knew I would have to stamp it more than once on the watercolor paper.

Of course, I couldn't resist stamping my own background with two Impression Obsession Cover a Card backgrounds.  The "patterned paper" I stamped is a combination of the Distressed Denim CAC stamped first with Color Box Ice Blue Chalk ink to give a mottled look.  I then stamped it with the new Boxwood CAC with Color Box Azurite Chalk ink. 




The second card I made also illustrates the advantage of having a very precise stamp positioning tool.


The first step was to stamp the Watercolor Butterfly onto kraft cardstock:


You can see that with my first stamping, the body of the butterfly didn't show up very well.   This often happens with solid areas on stamps. Normally I would stamp it again with the MISTI, but for the bottom layer, my butterfly didn't need to be perfect.

For the next step, I colored the butterfly with an assortment of blue, green, and yellow Prismacolor pencils.  The best part of this technique is that you can color on top of all the lines of the butterfly wings.  Not having to stay in the lines makes coloring really fast!   When I finished coloring, you could still see the lines, but they were blurry and clouded.


I definitely had to overstamp the butterfly again using the MISTI to put the lines back on the image.  I wanted to add a glossy look, so I stamped the butterfly again with black pigment ink and embossed it with black powder to give the wings some shine.


Once again, the lines of the butterfly matched up perfectly.  On a side note...  I pressed really hard with the pencils to crush the color onto the paper.  When you press that hard with the pencils, I think it gives it a finished look that is similar to acrylic paints.

I didn't plan it, but I did mess up my sentiment when I added it to the card:


I took a picture so that you could see how I fixed it with the MISTI for the finished card.



I hope you visit the other designers in the hop to get lots of ideas and for the chance to win a prize!

Blog Hop:
Laura Fulcher (You are here)

113 comments:

Jean Cross said...

I agree with you. The Misti should be inducted into a crafters hall of fame! How did we ever do without it? Your squirrel card is amazing. Nice subtle touch.

Dee Ann Matthews said...

Two gorgeous cards that capture realistic animals beautifully- great tips!

Ann Greenspan's Crafts said...

Such precision with the MISTI.....I have to get one after seeing how you stamped such an intricate stamp over and over, exactly on top of the previously stamped one. I love your watercoloring. Both cards are amazing.

Kia said...

Both cards are wonderful ... but I love the butterfly - beautiful.

Donna Ellis said...

Such happy, sweet, colorful creations, Laura! Each so different and with different coloring techniques, and yet, both made with your fantastic tool! The mini misti looks like an awesome! Think I need to invest in one - the big one is fantastic!

Susan said...

Wow that butterfly card is stunning. I never thought of doing what you did on that. Thanks so much for explaining how to do this technique!

Late Blooming said...

Laura, thanks for showing the imperfections. Helps us all to know how to "fix" things.

Maaike Uijthoven said...

aww how cute it your little squirrel? love him, and your butterfly is colored perfectly!

Joan V said...

Beautiful cards. Awesome testimonial about the MISTI. You showed how bad stamping can be fixed. Oh, that butterfly is awesome. I never thought to re-stamp after I colored. Great tip.Thanks for sharing.

Hope Angotti said...

Love my MISTI and your cards!!!!

stampscout said...

Oh my goodness, that squirrel is awesome, it looks so real. The butterfly is so colorful. Both cards are lovely and your testament to the MISTI is spot on!

LesLee said...

Wow... awesome cards.. so very different from each other but each beautiful... thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

Linda R. said...

Great cards! Loved seeing the progression of the butterfly!

tonilea said...

Can't believe you did the butterfly with pencils. I never get results like that! Your card is beautiful.

Ericka Strange said...

Great cards and I love the butterfly and the embossing you did. So pretty.

Diane said...

Both are beautiful, and I sure could of used the Misti the other day when my card was complete, until I stamped the sentiment and ruined it...a great fix on your card!

Marcia said...

Such a surprise when I scrolled down and saw your cards!! Both so different and so lovely. Love both your cards!!

Ceal said...

Fabulous cards, amazing coloring on the squirrel and beautiful butterfly

NanW said...

Great demo of the power of a Misti!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your cards are both so very gorgeous! And, I just love the MISTI as it sure saves a lot of headache for me. Now with arthritis I can still get a great impression.

Renate Harrison said...

Beautiful cards! I love the Misti with watercolor paper. Success everytime!

Teresa Doyle said...

Oh Laura, these are absolutely beautiful! (Love that squirrel!) And I too have learned to never stamp on watercolour paper without using the MISTI. Its a MUST for me too!

Beverley said...

This a an absolutely wonderful card. Your coloring is perfect. Thank you for sharing it.

D Sparks said...

What a cute squirrel - so realistic. The butterfly is really beautiful.

Evelyn vasquez said...

Terrific coloring, the squirrel looks like a photo.

Jane M said...

I love your cards! Your coloring looks great!

Unknown said...

Thank for showing how it works on watercolour paper, it's one of my favorite mediums to work with.

Sabrina said...

Oh my goodness.... both of your cards are absolutely darling!!!

Kathy Krug said...

Great designs.

El Ivens said...

Beautiful, especially the butterfly. I guess I need to give my pencils another try.

jean said...

the squirrel is BEAUTIFUL, makes a stunning card, the butterfly is pretty also...

Geri Stuart said...

Oh the squirrel looks so real! And I love the coloring on the butterfly - so vibrant! Thanks for the ideas!

cma21317 said...

excellent job on both cards. Misti is a stampers dream tool.

Magic Mom said...

Both cards are lovely, and your painting/coloring is amazing.

Nicki Wong said...

I too love the MISTI. Your beautiful cards make me want to try colored pencils.

Diann Brodnax said...

Wow ... the squirrel is amazing! And that butterfly ... just wow. Thank you for sharing your techniques :)

Regina said...

I know I need a Misti for sure when I see all these beautiful cads. I love that adorable squirrel.

Barbara said...

Beautiful cards and perfectly colored. MISTI and IO are a great combination!

Candy said...

Two beautiful cards!!
I love my Misti :o)

Cynthia Cole said...

Love your cards especially the squirrel one is amazing!

Stefanie Staniak said...

Great cards.

Mary Locke said...

Both of your cards are gorgeous!

Amy C. said...

Beautiful nature images!

Lynne said...

Totally love both cards.

Lindar C said...

Beautiful coloring, I've been looking for a big butterfly stamp like the one you used.

Liz H. said...

WONDERFUL CARDS ! Love that Squirrel.

kReN K said...

It's amazing how the MISTI has changed our crafty work flow. It had made me a better stamper and there's no hedging when it comes to layers or masking now. IO's squirrel image seems to jump off the page. Great job and TFS!

marymaci said...

Lovely cards.
Thanks for the tips.
MISTI is an awesome tool!
Love your squirrel the best. He's very cute, and stamped very well!

Lynne said...

Lovely cards - thanks for sharing!

Adri Myburgh said...

Wow zers!!! what a spectacular Card. Your squirrel looks like a real photo. Awesome water coloring. Both cards are amazing. Butterfly is vibrant! Stamping is one of my biggest love for crafting. Thank You for the share.

Dottie Acosta said...

That squirrel looks real 😊

kReN K said...

IO's images are spot on! That squirrel image looks as if it could jump right off the card. TFS!

sharrilou said...

Your squirrel looks so real, he just might jump off the card.

Kathy Johnson said...

Love the card!

Priscilla said...

Beautiful cards. I love the squirrel he looks so real and the butterfly is so colorful!

Linda Knox said...

Great cards and your tutorial was excellent in describing and showing just how useful the MISTI can be. I sure would love to win one. Thanks for the inspiration. Loved it.

Jean Bullock said...

I love the effect of the coloring on the black and white image and the heat embossing on the butterfly makes it extra special. Well done.

Beverly Perdue said...

Your squirrel is so life like. It's amazing! You are so talented. Thanks for the inspiration.

Vivian C. said...

Super cards! I really like the look you achieved with the colored pencils and embossing on the butterfly card. I see how using the MISTI really helped.

Patt H. said...

Awesome cards! The squirrel looks so very real! The butterfly is stunning. Thanks for all the info on the stamping. You make it look so easy!

jkreucher said...

Both cards are Beautiful! I love that the Misti will make a better stamping impression on the water color papers.. that is always a problem for sure.
Thanks for the inspiration!
hugs
Judy K

McStamper said...

Great cards. Awesome coloring on the squirrel.

Sue D said...

Beautiful butterfly and I like how realistic the squirrel is.

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful cards! Love your tips on using the MISTI! The squirrel looks amazing, and a beautiful butterfly!

Carol Ric said...

Beautiful cards.

kittykat3308 said...

Both of your cards are beautiful

Kathleen

luvhymns said...

Each card is a thing of beauty. The squirrel coloring is spot on and then the butterfly coloring pops with the sequins. Great job!!!

Vicki Sopcak said...

Both of your cards are great, but I especially like your butterfly card and the detailed instructions you included. The MISTI is great for stamping your image a second time after you colored the butterfly because it made the butterfly really pop by redefining the lines. Great job!!!

Susie Sonnier said...

Wow that squirrel looks like you hand drew it! Just beautiful

DebiKT said...

First, that squirrel's detail is amazing and your coloring superb. Thank you for the tip of over stamping and embossing the butterfly once the coloring is complete. Beautiful cards made even more so with the help of the MISTI!

Anne said...

I tend to love any furry creature and butterflies as well! You did an excellent job with two very different challenges, and they are both terrific.

tigerlily55 said...

Gorgeous! Love the colors!

D.Ann C said...

The squirrel is too cute and the butterfly is stunningly gorgeous!

Talitha Wright said...

The squirrel is so life-like! What a great job. And I like the butterfly, too.
So pretty!

Mary Holshouser said...

that squirrel looks like he's sitting on a
shelf and will be able to jump out of
the screen into my lap. The coloring
is fantastic.
The butterfly is beautiful too.
thanks for sharing.

Michele K. Henderson said...

That chubby little squirrel is adorable! Love the colors too!

Happy Grandma said...

Beautiful cards. The squirrel is incredible...so realistic! Amazing talent! Thanks for sharing!

Shirley N said...

Two beautiful cards! TFS your techniques with the Misti!

ethel hough said...

I hope you are getting this comment because I'm new at this. Your squirrel is so realistic and the butterfly beautiful.

Pattie J. said...

WOW! your squirrel really pops, I wanted stroke him, yet I know in nature you don't. love coloring and design.

Fran Smith said...

Your squirrel really looks real. At first I thought you had used a photo. Great card & really cute squirrel. The butterfly is so pretty. I love butterflies. A sign of renewal. Thank you for sharing

Karenladd said...

Wow!! Your squirrel looks so realistic and beautifully colored! The MISTI looks like a must-have for any stamper.

Melitta Ball said...

You did an amazing job with both of these cards! It's incredible how realistic the animals are and you picked the perfect mediums to show the stamp sets off!
Blessings,
Melitta

vicenta ghylin said...

Both of your cards are fantastic. Love the squirrel card. It is so realistic. Love the colors you used in the butterfly card. Thank you for sharing and being part of the giveaway.

Margarita Navarro-Rivera said...

What awesome cards! I agree that I don't know what I did before my MISTI! I love that tool!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Laura I was blown away by your beautiful squirrel. It's so realistic at first I thought it was a photograph. Then you shared your butterfly creation and I was blown away again. Wow! You're amazing!
Thanks for sharing how you did both techniques. Appreciated.

Abby said...

That squirrel looks soft enough to touch!

Colorado Crafter said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards!!! I especially love how you watercolored the squirrel stamp.

ShelleyJo said...

Beautiful cards!

Sherry Timko said...

How cute!

maryc1254 said...

MISTI has revolutionized stamping. Your squirrel card is so realistic.

Toni Lucero said...

Great cards. Thanks for sharing.

Patty said...

Gorgeous cards. So realistic and just beautiful.

Dee Earnshaw said...

love the CAS designs and the gorgeous little bunny image:)

Roxanne Righetti said...

I have been reading all that I can find...want to start making my own cards to add a personal touch. Currently reading more than creating and need to take the plunge!

Patty Haywood said...

You did an awesome job on the squirrel. Great Copic coloring. Love it.

Sherry said...

beautiful!! love how you overstamped the butterfly and embossed it!

Fe Orot Mejia said...

The MISTI does save many projects. Great cards.

SHartl said...

I LOVE that cute little squirrel so much. Nature themes are some of my very favorites.

barbara macaskill said...

Two stunning cards!! LOVE the blue and green butterfly but the beautiful squirrel has my heart!! At a previous job there were tons of squirrels right outside our window and I would go out at break and lunch with bags of peanuts to try to get them to eat from my hand. After a few months they would come and sit on my leg and eat from my hand! What a moving experience! They would sit and look at me as they ate and even hang out when the nuts were gone.
TFS!

graham Brand said...

Two beautifully coloured cards! You have shown how precise the MISTI is, and how necessary it is!!!

Mary McCrary said...

You are an artist. I love both cards and I appreciate how you added more ink and embossing powder after coloring the butterfly.

Louanne Fournier said...

I love the squirrel image. It reminds me of that viral video that was going around for a while. Beautiful coloring of him. Thank you for sharing your art work!

di said...

Very beautiful cards! They are amazing.

Jan Elmore said...

When seeing your 'Squirrel' card for the first time, it made me smile...real big! Love it!

Katie said...

That squirrel is adorable, love your background with this too. And what a beautiful butterfly. I have often lost the boldness of stamped lines while coloring with colored pencils. What a great idea you had to stamp again and emboss. Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Miriam Prantner said...

Great cards! The squirrel is so cute and I love the colors of the butterfly!

Ericka O said...

This Curious Squirrel is so realistic, that when I first saw the card, I looked at it for a long while. The coloring is so good. I think what you've said about the MISTI is quite revealing, at least to me. Using the MISTI to stamp onto pencil and then heat emboss the lines of the butterfly is actually incredible.

Jane M said...

I think the squirrel card is really nice.

ARTnas said...

Beautiful cards! Especially the bright butterfly *-*

Shona Austin said...

What fabulous cards. The squirrel looks very real and the last embossing made the butterfly gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your artistic talents.

Bee Manghi said...

i dont' even know which one i like better! thank you for sharing your talent.

Janine Burrows said...

I am so thankful for all the bloggers who inspire us! The squirle is beautiful!