; Inked Inspirations by SLMP

Monday, April 23, 2018

Handwritten Notes & Why To Write Them

Handwritten notes are a dying art.  Why?  Because we text, IM, email, Tweet, SnapChat, and the list goes on and on.  The short answer is we do everything digitally.  We just don't take the time to drop a note in the mail anymore, but let me ask you this - does it make you smile when you find something in your mailbox beside junk mail, subscriptions, and bills?  You just smiled and shook your head yes, didn't you?  That right there is the number one reason we should take the time to drop that note in the mail.


I asked the question - What are your whys for not sending Happy Mail? on my Facebook page the other day and these are the answers I got back:
  • I always forget
  • I tell myself I'll do it tomorrow
  • I don't ever have stamps
  • I don't know what to say
  • I think about it but I just never follow through
  • I'm lazy


Let me share a few tips and ideas to encourage you to send a little snail mail now and then.

For the "I always forget" crowd - Create an outgoing mail station in your house.  Somewhere that outgoing mail can always be laid, somewhere near your keys, somewhere you'll see t and grab it on your way out the door.  This area should include a box for outgoing mail, a place for stamps pen and maybe even a calendar.  On the calendar write important dates.  Once a month sit down and write out your cards for the following month's occasions, put a date in the top right corner of the envelope for the week before the event so you can be sure to mail it on time.  Don't worry you can cover the little date notation when you add the stamp and no one will be any wiser to your new found ways.   

For the "I don't ever have stamps" crowd - Did you know you can buy individual stamps at the post office?  You can also order sheets or rolls of stamps at usps.com and have them delivered to your mailbox. 

For the "I don't know what to say" crowd - Write to tell someone how much you appreciate the role they play in your life.  Try this tip I got from a comment on a post @mailitmonday did on Instagram last week, start your note with "I want to tell you that..." and go from there.  Remember your note doesn't need to be long and meaningful, just a note to say hi, thanks, love you, or thought about you today.  

Hopefully, these tips will help the lazy, lack-of-follow-throughers, and I'll do it tomorrow peeps too.  It's not easy.  Remeber it takes time to build a habit.  I'm not perfect. I forget, I get busy, and I even get lazy.  Then somewhere along the way guilt sets in and I go back to sending cards again.  


I've learned  I'm more of a "Happy Mail" sender than I am a birthday/holiday/anniversary card sender.  I look at it this way, lots of people remember to send birthday cards, Christmas cards and the like.  Why not be the smile on some random day, just to say "Hey, I was thinking about you."  You also have to do it without the expectation of receiving.

"Give without expecting anything in return, not even a thank you.  That is unconditional kindness...everything else is ego."

I hope this helps encourage you to send more handwritten notes.  One last note, don't let the excuse of "bad" handwriting be a factor.  It's the note that matters, not the handwriting.  Now, go send some Handwritten Happy Mail.

Friday, April 20, 2018

For the Love of Inktense Pencils

Lately, I've been working with the different color mediums I have in my creative stash.  I've owned my set of Inktense pencils for a while and only used them a handful of times.  In an effort to stretch my creative muscles, I pulled these pencils from the drawer and set about using them a bit this past week.  The Mother's Day card from Wednesday's post was also done with these lovely pencils.  Let's get to the card details. 


I started this card panel by stamping a repeating pattern with the WPlus9 Beautiful Bouquets Mums stamp using VersaFine ink onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock.


I started with the blue background using Sea Blue.  I layered in a few lines of color and then brought in clean water, adding more color as needed.  You can easily add color to wet areas by taking a wet brush to the tip of the pencil, picking up the pigment and then applying to the paper as needed.


I used all three of the greens in the set, Leaf Green, App;e Green and Teal Green, to create variation in the leaves.  Each type of leaf is a combination of two colors.  The berries are a blend of Fuchsia and Poppy Red, while the small pink flowers are Fuchsia.


The yellow mums are a base of Sun Yellow with highlights of Tangerine.  To create the variegated look I drew lines of the Tangerine on random petals, then I pulled pigment from the Sun Yellow and painted it over top to blend out the lines of already applied color.


Once the panel was completely dry I took a Micron 02 pen and outlined all of the images on the card.  This dark outline really made all the colors pop.


To complete the card I die cut the panel with the largest of the Stitched Rectangle dies from Simon Says Stamp, added a bit of Wink of Stella to the flowers and some dots of White Souffle Pen to the berries and flower centers, last, but not least I added the greeting.  This greeting is from the Simon Says Birthday Flowers set and was stamped with VersaFine Ink onto white cardstock.  I fussy cut it, leaving a thin white border and popped it up with some foam tape. 


I hope you enjoy how this card turned out.  I've linked to the supplies below.  Thanks for stopping by.

Links to Products Used:


Kokuyo Tape Glue Dot Liner Long tape, Refill cartridge 5 Pack,
Kokuyo Tape Glue Dot Liner Long tape, Refill cartridge 5 Pack,

AZ | SSS
Kokuyo Tape Glue Dot Liner Long-Blue
Kokuyo Tape Glue Dot Liner Long-Blue

AZ | SSS
Scotch Indoor Mounting Tape, 0.75-inch x 350-inches, White, 1-Roll
Scotch Indoor Mounting Tape, 0.75-inch x 350-inches, White, 1-Roll

AZ
Simon Says Stamp STITCHED RECTANGLES Wafer Dies
Simon Says Stamp STITCHED RECTANGLES Wafer Dies

SSS
Tsukineko VersaFine Pigment Ink Pad - Onyx Black
Tsukineko VersaFine Pigment Ink Pad - Onyx Black

AZ | BI | SSS
ZIG - Memory System - Wink Of Stella - Glitter Brush Marker - Glitter Clear
ZIG - Memory System - Wink Of Stella - Glitter Brush Marker - Glitter Clear

SB | SSS
Derwent 12 INKTENSE COLORED PENCILS Watercolor
Derwent 12 INKTENSE COLORED PENCILS Watercolor

SB | AZ | SSS
Sakura CLEAR Pen 2 Pack
Sakura CLEAR Pen 2 Pack

SSS
Sakura MICRON BLACK PIGMA PENS 8 Pack
Sakura MICRON BLACK PIGMA PENS 8 Pack

SSS
Sakura WHITE Souffle Opaque Puffy Pen
Sakura WHITE Souffle Opaque Puffy Pen

SSS
Strathmore - 9 x 12 Bristol Smooth Paper Pad - 20 Sheets
Strathmore - 9 x 12 Bristol Smooth Paper Pad - 20 Sheets

SB | AZ | BI | JI | SSS | MFT
Simon Says Clear Stamps BIRTHDAY FLOWERS
Simon Says Clear Stamps BIRTHDAY FLOWERS

SSS
Wplus9 BEAUTIFUL BOUQUET MUMS Clear Stamps
Wplus9 BEAUTIFUL BOUQUET MUMS Clear Stamps

SSS
Faber-Castell COLLAPSIBLE WATER CUP
Faber-Castell COLLAPSIBLE WATER CUP

SSS
Faber-Castell COLLAPSIBLE WATER CUP
Faber-Castell COLLAPSIBLE WATER CUP

SB | AZ | SSS
Ranger Ink - Inkssentials - Reusable Non-Stick Craft Sheet - 15 inch by 18 inch
Ranger Ink - Inkssentials - Reusable Non-Stick Craft Sheet - 15 inch by 18 inch

SB | AZ | SSS
Tonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Stamp Platform
Tonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Stamp Platform

SB | AZ | BI | SSS

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Mother's Day Card

I won't lie this was out of my comfort zone and was really time-consuming, but I loved making it.  There will be more cards like this in the future.  Let's talk about what I did.


I started with Bristol Smooth Paper and built a bouquet using VersaFine black ink and stamps from Tim Holtz's Flower Garden stamps and a leaf stamp from a discontinued set of See-D's Stamps.


I took my Inktense pencils and added a few lines of color to the leaves using the Leaf green and Apple Green for the perfect shade.


I used the same method for the flowers, working with Fuchsia and Poppy Red, working with one flower at a time.  The curled edges of the flower are colored using just the Fuchsia.  I had to use two layers of color to create the deep intensity.  I also used Sun Yellow to put the spots of yellow on the stamens.


Once the piece was dry I took a Micron 01 to outline the flowers and the leaves, which brought back the intensity of the black outline.  I don't usually do this, but felt this card needed this extra touch.


The centers of the flowers needed to be outlined with a Micron 005 to keep the fine details. This really made the middle pop.


After I outlined everything I used a stamp from the Momma Elephant Pretty Peonies stamp set and the Mother stamp from an older discontinued stamp set from Impression Obsession, to create the greeting. The "Wishing you a beautiful day" is all one line, but I broke it up using the post-it note trick to block off sections of the stamp while inking.   I used a Sakura Clear Glaze pen and put a dot on each of the yellow stamens, which doesn't really show up in the pics.  In real life, it really adds a lot of interest to the card.


For the finishing touches, I added some jewels using Multi Medium Matte.  I picked up these jewels at a local scrapbook store when I was home in November.  I really love how this card turned out.

Links to Products Used:


Kokuyo Tape Glue Dot Liner Long tape, Refill cartridge 5 Pack,
Kokuyo Tape Glue Dot Liner Long tape, Refill cartridge 5 Pack,

AZ | SSS
Kokuyo Tape Glue Dot Liner Long-Blue
Kokuyo Tape Glue Dot Liner Long-Blue

AZ | SSS
Ranger Ink - Multi Medium - Matte - .5 Ounce
Ranger Ink - Multi Medium - Matte - .5 Ounce

SB | AZ | BI | SSS
Tsukineko VersaFine Pigment Ink Pad - Onyx Black
Tsukineko VersaFine Pigment Ink Pad - Onyx Black

AZ | BI | SSS
Derwent 12 INKTENSE COLORED PENCILS Watercolor
Derwent 12 INKTENSE COLORED PENCILS Watercolor

SB | AZ | SSS
Sakura CLEAR Pen 2 Pack
Sakura CLEAR Pen 2 Pack

SSS
Sakura MICRON BLACK PIGMA PENS 8 Pack
Sakura MICRON BLACK PIGMA PENS 8 Pack

SSS
Strathmore - 9 x 12 Bristol Smooth Paper Pad - 20 Sheets
Strathmore - 9 x 12 Bristol Smooth Paper Pad - 20 Sheets

SB | AZ | BI | JI | SSS | MFT
Mama Elephan Pretty Peonies
Mama Elephan Pretty Peonies

SSS | EH
Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps FLOWER GARDEN
Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps FLOWER GARDEN

SSS
Faber-Castell COLLAPSIBLE WATER CUP
Faber-Castell COLLAPSIBLE WATER CUP

SSS
Faber-Castell COLLAPSIBLE WATER CUP
Faber-Castell COLLAPSIBLE WATER CUP

SB | AZ | SSS
Martha Stewart MEDIUM FOOTED STAMP MOUNT
Martha Stewart MEDIUM FOOTED STAMP MOUNT

SSS

Monday, April 16, 2018

24 Cards in 7 Days

When my mojo comes back it comes back strong.  I just thought I'd share all the cards I made in the last week.  24 cards in 7 days is a lot of cards.  My average seems to be four, but some days it was only one and others it was a few more.


These six are all made using scraps from other cards I created.  I love my Distress Inks and Distress Oxide Inks so much that I never toss a scrap of it.  I really love the clean and simple look of these.


This is round two of using up some scraps.  I did a bit of die cutting and paper piecing for some added interest.


Round four used up the last of the scraps and I did a couple of hombre butterflies for accents.  You can see I even use the little strips.


These lovely cards were all inspired by Kelly Latevola and the card she did for the recent Simon Says Fluttering By Release Blog Hop.  I worked with my Distress Oxides and embossed the butterflies and dragonfly.  If you follow me on Instagram you know how I fixed the mistake on the dragonfly card.


Friday I had to do just one more of those faux watercolor cards.  I like the yellow, but the dragonfly gets a little lost.  Next time I will use black embossing powder with the lighter colors.


Saturday I only had time for this watercolor card.  This is an older Stampin' Up stamp that is retired, but I found mine on eBay.  This card was time-consuming and came with a learning curve.  I started by stamping the image using my stamp positioner and leaving the flower in my positioner.  I then did the watercolring.  Once the watercolor was dry I restamped the image and added the hugs sentiment.


Yesterday's creations were all over the board with techniques - Watercolor, Ink Blending, Inktense Pencils, and one more scrap buster.  I'll be doing a more detailed post of the Mother's Day card using the Inktense pencils later this week.

Links to Products Used:


Kokuyo Tape Glue Dot Liner Long tape, Refill cartridge 5 Pack,
Kokuyo Tape Glue Dot Liner Long tape, Refill cartridge 5 Pack,

AZ | SSS
Kokuyo Tape Glue Dot Liner Long-Blue
Kokuyo Tape Glue Dot Liner Long-Blue

AZ | SSS
Ranger Ink - Multi Medium - Matte - .5 Ounce
Ranger Ink - Multi Medium - Matte - .5 Ounce

SB | AZ | BI | SSS
Scotch Indoor Mounting Tape, 0.75-inch x 350-inches, White, 1-Roll
Scotch Indoor Mounting Tape, 0.75-inch x 350-inches, White, 1-Roll

AZ
Die-namics Stitched Sentiment Strips
Die-namics Stitched Sentiment Strips

SSS | MFT
Hero Arts Fancy Die SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY
Hero Arts Fancy Die SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY

SSS
Simon Says Stamp STITCHED RECTANGLES Wafer Dies
Simon Says Stamp STITCHED RECTANGLES Wafer Dies

SSS
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pad Kit - 2017 Bundle One
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pad Kit - 2017 Bundle One

SB | SSS
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pad Kit - 2017 Bundle Two
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pad Kit - 2017 Bundle Two

SB | SSS
Ranger Perfect Pearls PERFECT PEARL Individual Pigment Powder
Ranger Perfect Pearls PERFECT PEARL Individual Pigment Powder

SB | SSS
Ranger Ink - Specialty 1 Embossing Powder - Princess Gold
Ranger Ink - Specialty 1 Embossing Powder - Princess Gold

SB | BI | SSS | MFT
WOW Embossing Powder OPAQUE BRIGHT WHITE SUPER FINE
WOW Embossing Powder OPAQUE BRIGHT WHITE SUPERFINE

SSS | EH
Tim Holtz Distress OXIDE INK PAD SET OF 12 Ranger - Bundle Three
Tim Holtz Distress OXIDE INK PAD SET OF 12 Ranger - Bundle Three

SB | SSS
Tsukineko VersaFine Pigment Ink Pad - Onyx Black
Tsukineko VersaFine Pigment Ink Pad - Onyx Black

AZ | BI | SSS
Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD Watermark
Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD Watermark

SB | AZ | BI | SSS
Kuretake - ZIG - Memory System - Dual Tip Writer Marker - 48 Piece set
Kuretake - ZIG - Memory System - Dual Tip Writer Marker - 48 Piece set

SB | AZ
Sakura MICRON BLACK PIGMA PENS 8 Pack
Sakura MICRON BLACK PIGMA PENS 8 Pack

SSS
Strathmore - 9 x 12 Bristol Smooth Paper Pad - 20 Sheets
Strathmore - 9 x 12 Bristol Smooth Paper Pad - 20 Sheets

SB | AZ | BI | JI | SSS | MFT
Hero Arts Clear stamps ACTS OF KINDNESS
Hero Arts Clear stamps ACTS OF KINDNESS

SSS
Honey Bee Stamps - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Kindness
Honey Bee Stamps - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Kindness

SB | SSS
Thanks All Ways Stamp Set
Thanks All Ways Stamp Set

Other Shops
Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps FLOWER GARDEN
Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps FLOWER GARDEN

SSS
Art Alternatives Sandpaper Pencil Pointer
Art Alternatives Sandpaper Pencil Pointer

AZ
Crafter's Companion GAMSOL BLENDING SOLUTION Spectrum Noir
Crafter's Companion GAMSOL BLENDING SOLUTION Spectrum Noir

AZ | SSS
EK Tools Powder Tool
EK Tools Powder Tool

AZ | SSS
EK Tools Powder Tool
EK Tools Powder Tool

SB | AZ | SSS
Pro Art BLENDING PAPER STUMPS Size 4
Pro Art BLENDING PAPER STUMPS Size 4

SSS
Ranger Ink - Inkssentials - Reusable Non-Stick Craft Sheet - 15 inch by 18 inch
Ranger Ink - Inkssentials - Reusable Non-Stick Craft Sheet - 15 inch by 18 inch

SB | AZ | SSS
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

SB | AZ | BI | JI | SSS
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool Replacement Foams - Round
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool Replacement Foams - Round

SB | AZ | JI | SSS
Stainless Steel Tweezers
Stainless Steel Tweezers

AZ
Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4 Ounces
Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4 Ounces

SB | SSS
Tonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Stamp Platform
Tonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Stamp Platform

SB | AZ | BI | SSS
Wagner Heat Gun
Wagner Heat Gun

AZ
Prang Oval Pan Watercolor Set, 16 Classic Colors
Prang Oval Pan Watercolor Set, 16 Classic Colors

AZ