Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Roni has been sharing lots of great techniques for calendar pages on her blog.  So far, I have managed to get the first three months done.  Here is my January page:

Using alcohol inks and hair spray to create the background was so much fun.  And, I used a berry sprig stamp from Stampington and Co. Then, I used a tiny hole punch to add extra interest - since I decided to layer my pages to a black base, the black shows through the punched holes and makes it look like there are more berries.  The alphabet stamps are from European Papers. 

Here is my page for February:

Roni calls this technique "gradient embossing".  I used one pink and two purple inks for my background.  This one took a lot more time; but it was well worth it.  The heart stamp is from Penny Black.  Mounted on a black base again.

For March:

For this page, I could only find one shadow stamp which is from Magenta. (there are more in my stash somewhere!) I used three colors of ink on the stamp initially and stamped on white cardstock.  Once they were stamped and dry; I added another color for the edges.  There was too much contrast between the greens and white for my taste, so I then stamped the shadow stamp at an angle randomly on the piece using yet another green ink.  Accent stamp used is from Judikins.

Hop on over to Roni's blog to join in the fun.  I will probably just do three at a time and then post. 



Ink Stained Roni said...

WOW Joy, these are wonderful!!! I love the stamps you used and the colors are amazing :)

So glad you're enjoying playing along!

Barbara DeLisle said...

Joy, these are fantastic-love each one.

Joanna said...

What fun you've been having creating these super calendar pages. Alcohol inks and hairspray? That's got me interested, your gradient embossing for February is beautiful and March is perfect, with its Spring vibrancy.

I will definitely be popping over to Roni's blog for a look.


arts4all said...

WOW!! These calendars are well... just WOW!!! They all have such a light-hearted feel - conveying a sense of optimism about the days they contain.

Thanks to for the intro to Roni's blog - had not known about it before. Can hardly wait to try a few of these nifty techniques.....

Lynn Stevens said...

Well look at you go girl, Three months done already and tere all so pretty!
Thank you Joy for your prayers. Its much appreciated!
hugs Lynn

arts4all said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog - I'm probably not going to do any more online stuff either except maybe if Lenna does another swap. We are practically neighbors and her swaps are so well organized. It is very easy to get caught up in all the excitement of blogging and trading and it does help to learn new things. I'm feeling just a bit overwhelmed by all the choices for projects, however, and am feeling a pinch in my pocketbook, also.

Happy creating!