Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Stenciled Alcohol Inks Technique

Today I have a fun Alcohol Ink technique to share with you.  I've been waiting a while to share this but I had to save up enough money to get a very special die I wanted to try with it... Spellbinders Fancy Lattice ~ it looks Moroccan to me but they can call it whatever they like...I LOVE it!

Why this pattern?  Well, I was shopping about 2 months ago and I saw a shower curtain that I LOVED ~ it had such a beautiful pattern on it I just had to try to reproduce it.  Of course I could have used any die but ya know when you get an idea in your head anything else just won't satisfy.  So, I finally got the die and we're all set to go!
Stenciled Alcohol Inks

NOTE: I am using a paper stencil from a die-cut for this technique but you of course could use a plastic stencil as well.  I just got this idea in my head and had to give it a try.  


Alcohol Inks
Die or Stencil 
Glossy Cardstock
Felts & Ink Applicator


1. Cut your paper stencil from a favorite die or you could always use a plastic stencil as well.  

2. Ink up your glossy cardstock using any combination of alcohol inks you're heart desires...

3. Cover your cardstock with the stencil.

4. Apply your choice of Snow Cap; Metal Mixative or darker color of AI over the stencil and inked cardstock.  I am using Snow Cap for this example...

Remove the stencil to see what you've got!
This is exactly what I had in mind when I thought of this...
The shower curtain was very similar in color and the pattern matches perfectly!
I just love it...well worth the wait :)

I tried the same technique with a variety of color combos...all using the same pattern.  You don't have to use the all over pattern idea as I did in the first example.  For the red one I just dabbed the Cranberry AI in the corners...

I tried a few more combinations and I love them all. I did use the same paper stencil for all of the examples.  The alcohol ink soaks into the paper but evaporates quickly so no worries about transferring colors or anything.  The paper never got saturated enough to do it any damage so I think you could use the same paper stencil over and over without having to switch it up.

Now it's your turn!
Pull out your favorite stencil or die and set to work!

Epic Rubber Band Crafts Winner!!!

And the winner is....


Thank you for the possibility to win this book. It just starting here in the Netherlands.
I would love this for my grandchildren to get busy and work with it.

thank you

Congratulations Helena!!
Please e-mail me your snail mail addy so I can drop this in the mail for you.

Updates - Swap, Watercolor Paper Comparison, Gelli Plate & more!

Lots going on so I thought I'd give you all an update....

First off on the ATC Swap - I have rec'd all of the envies save one which may be MIA somewhere in the postal system.  The package was tracked entering the system but then there hasn't been any additional information on it...  They are looking and hopefully we'll hear back soon.  After that I will begin sorting - YEAH!!!  I still haven't opened the packages so it's going to be like Christmas opening them all up at once :)

Next I wanted to update you on the watercolor paper comparison.  I ordered a boat load of watercolor papers...way more than I should have actually.  I think I have like 25 different types ~ I went kind of bonkers at Dick Blicks  ~ far too many to choose from - LOL!!  Anyway, I have one more type coming (from Ranger) but it's held up waiting for the Dina Wakley paints to ship.  As soon as I get it I will begin working on comparing them with each other.  I probably won't compare all of them but it will be a nice variety.  I can't wait to see how it shakes out.

Gelli Plate - from all the comments and e-mails it looks like lots of you want to see what it's all about.  Most people have been asking for the basics because they don't have one and are considering it or they haven't opened it since they bought it.  I can and will do that!  I'm thinkin' in the next couple weeks (depending on the ATC swap).

I have a fun project I'm going to start (prob. tomorrow) that would make a neat Mother's Day gift that I think you'll like...rubber stamping, paints, inks, ephemera and more!   If you want to play along you'll need a sturdy foundation and if desired several photos printed 2" square.  There will be room for 9 photos but you don't have to fill all 9 with photos, collage images, ephemera or other bits can be used just as well.

I'll be posting the winner of the rubber band crafts in a few and I'll be posting a fun technique using Alcohol Inks and a paper stencil later this afternoon.  I got a great new die that I've been waiting to use for this technique for a while now, I just had to save up the $'s to get that I finally have it in my hot little hands I can't wait to share it with you!

So that's the latest...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Trending Tuesday ~ Moo Cards

This month Altered Pages has teamed up with Unruly PaperArts for a month filled with artsy fun.  Each month UPA focuses on a particular theme - this month being Mail Art & Moos.  They also offer up creative prompts in the way of images and words.  This months prompt was Teacups & Tiaras and the image below...

So I set about making my moo cards.  What are Moos?  Well they are tiny bits of art...I like to think of the as ATC's little brother.  Measuring only 28mm x 70mm (approx. 1 1/8" x 2 3/4") they are like quick little power shots of art.  They don't take long at all to create and other than the size there really are no rules.  You can create to your hearts content without anything to hold you back!

I ran with the creative prompt and created this set of Moo's I called....

It's Tea O'Clock!  

I used several collage sheets from Altered Pages to create this little tea time works: 701 Victorian Tea; 2096 Royalty in Action; 3032 Tea Party and 3033 More Moos (moo card backgrounds). 

Be sure to visit the Altered Pages Artsociates blog to check out the other fun Moo cards created by the AP DT this month.

Have you ever created a Moo card?
Maybe it's time you did.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate - Anyone???

Happy Day Everyone ~
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

8in x 10in Gel Printing Plate

Today I wanted to see if anyone out there has a Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate and if you'd like to see some of my experimenting with it.  I know it's a bit on the pricey side (20.00 - 70.00 depending on the size) but it's re-usable and you can create hundreds and hundreds of prints with just a few tools.

If you don't want to purchase a permanent type gel printing plate you can make your own version at home using gelatin.  There are several receipts out there some for the regular type gel plates and there is also a few receipts for "permanent" gel plates.  Now I've not tried making the permanent type but the regular old gelatin type works great.  The only problem with that one is that you have to store it in the refrigerator if you want to keep it.    Also, from what I've heard the plates made using alcohol smell badly.

So, do you think you'd like to see the Gelli Plate in action or no?  JLMK ~ I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!!

Hope you all have a blessed day with your family and friends!


Friday, April 18, 2014

Objet D'Art - Finding the Beauty in "Things"....ATC Series

I am still waiting on a couple of packages of ATC's...both are in the mail ~ the rest I haven't heard from so I'm counting them out.

In the mean time I thought I would share a series of ATC's I made for the swap.  Now I didn't originally set out to make a series like this, it just happened.    I am in love with a book I bought this past summer at an estate sale.  It was very worn ~ no front cover, the signatures falling out of the book, just pretty much in rough shape....  All that aside I was totally taken with it when I saw it.  Why???  Well the book was printed in 1805 and is in Latin*!  I have no idea what kind of paper it is printed on but each page is pretty thick for a book and its got a really interesting texture to's not rough like watercolor paper but it's not smooth like you would normally associate with book pages either.  It's very difficult to describe but it's wonderful!

*I did look the book up on several web-sites and it's not worth much...they only sell for about 15.00 in good condition so it's not a great masterpiece I'm using for art.

So I knew I wanted to use these book pages as the basis for my ATC's.  Now, what to do with them?  I didn't want to completely cover it up because the paper was the whole reason for starting the ATC's so collage images were out.  Stamped images it is...  No people because again I didn't want the image to detract too much from the background - objects, things - that's what I'd use.  Now the image did need to stand out a bit so stamp and emboss with black.

They looked a bit boring in just black so I used Distress Stains to color them....why?  Because you get color but can still read the text behind the image!

And here they are....

Objet D'Art
Finding Beauty in "Things"

I am so tickled with how they came out...each card has a gold leafing edge to it.  Cool isn't it?  It's actually there to cover up the margin at the side of the book page!  The pages were just wide enough for me to position two ATC's side by side but I had an empty margin on one side of the card or the other.  I needed something to fill it in - no words because I wanted the text to be more prevailant. So, cover it up but make it look classy like the book pages!  A bit of glue, some gold leaf and ta-da!!!

I know, I'm crazy to get so excited about paper but hey, 
that's how I roll, and stamp and glue ;)

So, an old book and it's pages inspired me...
what inspires you?

Our Daily Bread Designs & Artistic Outpost

Hi Friends ~

Earlier this week I posted about Artistic Outpost being sold to Our Daily Bread Designs.  Rick Holland - the co-owner of ODBD contacted me in hopes of calming our fears of  AO's designs falling by the wayside as so many companies have in the past few years.

Here is the official Press Release:

April 16, 2014

Our Daily Bread Designs Buys Artistic Outpost

Our Daily Bread Designs LLC, announced it has acquired Artistic Outpost LLC from its founding owners, Robyn and Steven Sharp and Shelley Carr.

Artistic Outpost is a rubber stamp manufacturer known for its vintage inspired designs. Regarding the sale, Robyn Sharp said, “When we started the company in 2006, we began with an idea and dream to offer vintage style rubber stamps and to nurture our need for a creative outlet. Eight years later, we can say that we fulfilled our dream and had a ball; however, the time is right to let someone else take the lead to continue to grow our brand.”

Kelley Holland, owner and president of Our Daily Bread Designs stated, “I’m very excited about Artistic Outpost, it not only complements our whimsical and vintage North Coast Creations line, but it will be a wonderful addition to the Our Daily Bread Designs family of products. Artistic Outpost will remain exactly as it started, a vintage style rubber stamp company. There will be no changes to AO’s core style, only expansion of the already extensive product line. The vision moving forward with AO will be to add coordinating custom dies, custom vintage paper and new stamps and stamp sets.”

Our Daily Bread Designs is a design and manufacturing company of Christian, Scripture and Inspirational rubber stamps, custom dies, and custom paper. The company was founded in 2008 by Kelley Holland.

And after talking to Rick I was heartened to hear their plans...

There’s many reasons the owners of AO wanted to sell their company and equally as many reasons that we wanted to buy it.  It was truly a win-win-win for everyone.  Everyone being ODBD, AO and all present and future customers of AO products.

In an industry and market of companies/suppliers going out of business and a declining customer base; we at ODBD want to rejuvenate AO and take it to another level without disrupting or changing its core foundation. 

I’ve attached a news release about the sale with hopes that you can see we have some very positive plans for AO.  I also hope that you could share with your readers the fact that AO will remain unchanged yet expanded with new products such as coordinating dies, custom vintage paper and new vintage stamps.  

So it's great to hear that they plan to continue the same great images with the added benefits of dies, paper and more vintage images to come!!

I will also be doing a feature on them in the coming weeks so we can get to know them better.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Artist Trading Block

Today I wanted to share a fun SPRING (yeah!!!) project with you...

Artist Trading Block

What is an ATB?  It's basically the same thing as an ATC but only made out of a block of wood!  The best thing - they are far more durable and you have all that extra space to alter.  

Yesterday I started off by applying a coat of gesso to the entire block other wise you're going to spend lots of time and medium if you're going to use paints or stains.  The wood really soaks it in.

On one side I applied a few different Distress Stain colors

Then spritzed on some water and blended them.

I used the heat tool to help spread the ink around in an interesting pattern and dry it at the same time.   I used quite a bit of water so it took quite a while for the block to dry.

Here's how it looked at this point.

Next I added some paint to a bit of bubble wrap and stamped it onto the block...

Don't waist that paint...You can stamp it on some pre-colored tags (these are tags I made using up inks from other projects.).  They are almost ready for images don't you think?

Back to the's how it looks now.  I painted the rest of the block Lemon yellow.

So I printed off some Spring-y images ava. at Altered Pages.  Since I was going to add them to the block with gel medium I wanted to seal the inks before I went any further so I applied a layer of MicroGlaze to them.  You need to let this dry completely for it to do it's job.  (This is why I started it yesterday).

This a.m. I picked it back up...I started by gluing the chicks to the side of the block that I hadn't Stained up.  Once dry I sanded and inked up the edges.

On the Stained side of the block I added the little spring girl.  Once both sides were dry I went ahead and embellished away!

And here is how it turned out!!

I stamped then Stickled the sides using a border stamp from Just For Fun rubber stamps.

Here is the back of the ATB....

So there you go....
a fun new bit of Spring art!

Have you made an ATB? 
Give it a might find you enjoy it.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Artistic Outpost Changes

I'm not sure if you're familiar with Artistic Outpost stamps or not but I they have been a favorite of mine for many years.  They offer beautiful sets with a vintage flair.

Unfortunately earlier this week they announced in their newsletter that AO has been sold :(  All of their remaining stock is currently 25% off.  (I wish I had some extra $'s right now!!)

AO was sold to the folks at Our Daily Bread. I don't know anything about them but it will be interesting to see what happens.