Friday, March 24, 2017

New Image Inspiration

Hello Oddballs

It´s me again, TinaToday i want to show you for inspiration two new images

I colored both with Touch Twin Markers

See you soon...


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Technique - Pigment and Distress ink Background

When I was asked to come up with a technique to share I was a bit worried.  I mean what can I share with such fabulous crafters.   I then remembered a very simple but effective technique using white pigment and coloured inks (in this case distress inks).   

Scrap paper
Kraft Card Stock
Daubers or sponges
White pigment ink
Coloured inks (I used three colours of Distress)
Stencil with any pattern with large open areas
Baby wipes or cleaning tools to wipe off the stencil

How to's
Prepare your card stock, score and fold.  Then open onto your scrap paper.
Place your stencil on your Kraft card stock and using a dauber or sponge, add a generous layer of white ink to your card stock.  You dont need to apply ink to the whole stencil, pick and choose where you want to lay colour.  There are no rules here.

Let the white ink dry for a few minutes and wipe down your stencil and air dry it.

Place the stencil back over your card stock and offset it slightly in any direction.

Now grab some colour and a dauber and apply colour to the stencil areas.   The result is a two toned effect with the colour and a definite "how did you do that" comment from your friends.

Don't forget to clean up the stencil as your card dries.

Once you have your background, its time to make up your project, by adding one of the fabulous OddballArt images.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Hello everyone, and happy Wednesday to all!  Hope everyone is doing well and are having pleasant weather in whatever part of the world you reside.   Hope you are checking back here frequently to see all the lovely technique and new release posts from the DT gals, and I hope you are able to find inspiration from them, I know I am!:)

Welcome back to our challenge here at Oddball Art Stamps.    Thanks so much to all our participants from our Crazy Little Thing Called Love challenge.  HUGE apologies to the DT and all our fans for not getting the reminder posted this month - it was a crazy and stressful month for all of us.  We had so much fun visiting your blogs and seeing your amazing creations.  We hope you will come join us again this month in our New Challenge, but before we get to that, we have a Winner to announce (sadly no Top 3 as 15 entries are required)!!

Our randomly chosen winner receives 1 image of choice from ODDBALL ART STAMPS!  Please contact Audrey to claim your prize.

**We also have a SPECIAL RECOGNITION PRIZE this time for Gena, age 13 who made this lovely card.  Please contact Audrey to claim your prize.**

Our New Challenge is YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND.  When creating your projects for this challenge, we are looking for you to use our challenge theme as a prompt to create whatever the challenge theme inspires you to do.  We encourage thinking "outside the box."  We offer our monthly challenge with the hope that joining us will push you to create something unique and amazing, perhaps something outside of your comfort zone.  Can't wait to see what you are inspired to create this month!

You have until Aprilq 14, 2017 at 10pm EST to come play along.  For quick reference, you can find our challenge rules in the sidebar.  1 Random winner will get to choose 1 digi from ODDBALL ART STAMPS and  a Top 3 with prize format as listed above (provided at least 15 total entries).....

Other than that, you are free to use images from any company, however, in order to qualify for the Top 3 prizes, you must use images from ODDBALL ART STAMPS.  Lizzy, our amazing owner/illustrator, has so many wonderful images in the shop.  Here are some other useful links to help you become more familiar with the awesomeness that is ODDBALL ART STAMPS!!

Some Useful Links:)
Company Website ♥
Art Blog ♥
Facebook Fan Page ♥
Facebook Friend Page ♥
Twitter ♥
Flickr ♥
Zazzle ♥
Fine Art America ♥
Tumblr ♥

Don't forget our Anything Goes with Oddball Art images challenge on our ODDBALL ART FACEBOOK GROUP CHALLENGE.    We have a new challenge on the 1st of every month, so still lots of time left to go play there:) We also have some NEW features happening in the FB group - tutorials, planner pages, etc. so make sure you check that out!

Before we get to the DT samples, we have a few "housekeeping" items.  First, it is with great sadness that we say "see you later" to Jenn B. and Sarah Bell.  Jenn has been part of the DT from the very early days and Sarah has only been with us a short time, but we are equally sad to see them both go, however, we know they have important life matters to deal with and we wish them the very best!  Hugs to you both and you are welcome back to the DT anytime.

On the plus side, we have the wonderfully talented and long time Oddball AJ joining our DT.  Welcome AJ and we know all of you will enjoy seeing her awesome creations!!

Our DT gals have certainly outdone themselves by creating some fabulous samples to inspire you.  Hope you will pay them a visit on their personal blogs by clicking on their names.


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Hope you will join the fun!!  #ODDBALLARTCHALLENGE

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

It´s Technique Time: Soap Bubble

Hello Oddballs

Tina: It´s technique time...
Today I would like to show you, as you can easily create a background.

The technique is called
"Soap Bubble Technique"

And here comes the photo tutorial


You need

*Disposable gloves
*Drinking straws
*Something to stir
*Not too high containers
*Acrylic paints of your choice
*Dish Soap

Now you put some dish soap in your bowl...

and add a little color to it ...
mix it

Now use the drinking straw carefully,
until there are so many bubbles that protrude beyond the edge.
If it does not make enough bubbles ... 
the mixture simply with the ingredients still expand.

Now take a white piece of Cardstock and
place it gently over the bubbles.
Then lift the paper off immediately.

The result should look something like this ...
The process a few times in different places
repeat on the paper!

Now you can repeat everything with one or two other colors,
until you like the background.

And now everything has to dry well ... about 2-3 hrs.
Do not dab with a cloth over it . it ruins the soap bubbles!

In the meantime you can edit the motif or
prepare the design of your card.

Here is my finish card
I used for this Easter card the image

I colored with Touch Twin Markers

Can you see
how beautiful the soap bubbles look in the background?

I would be very happy,
if you use this technique for your next work and
took part in our Challenge in the Oddball Facebook Group.

See you soon...