Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Thanks everyone for the awesome comments...and Angela ~ thanks so much sweetie...I'm so glad you enjoy Ink Stains!!
Lynda ~ I've posted some other easy image transfer techniques (here) and there are more in the book coming out in July (all step by step just like on the blog).
Cher ~ you weren't dreaming...asked ds to take it to the post office but found it in his truck on Tuesday ~ it will be in the mail tomorrow ;)
Elizabeth & Tammy ~ yes!! You can print your own images...this works with just about any type of image you want to use :)
Scrap Addicts ~ LOL @ the accident prone ;) Too funny...Yes, I always have been but I suppose in this case it's a good thing!
Alison ~ I'd love to see your results ~ please do post!!
Cindy ~ maybe he does sand the edges...that could be what I'm doing wrong because I don't. I'll have to try it and see if they look any better ;) Thanks!
XXSimplethingXX ~ Actually I've got some GA and images drying right now so hopefully tomorrow I can tell you other things this technique will work on. I'm pretty sure (hoping) that it can be used with other non-porous surfaces. I'll let you know tomorrow how I came out :)
Maledilla ~ No, I'm pretty sure this won't work on canvas. I do know the Water-based Stamp Cleaner Image Transfer Technique that I posted a couple of weeks ago works great on canvas. T-Shirt Transfer Material works super and there is another transfer medium designed for "soft" transfers (transfers onto canvas/fabric) but I don't recall the name right now. I will find it and let you know.
Vintage Babes ~ Thanks Bea! It's wonderful to have you here!! I'm glad you like this technique. I posted several other image transfer techniques a couple of weeks ago that you might like as well...you can find them here ~ Image Transfer Techniques. I also have a book coming out in July that has several more transfer techniques ~ all step by step just like on the blog :)
Barbara SP ~ uncoated paper works best (cardstock or copy paper). Glossy papers don't work very well with image transfers for some reason so I wouldn't suggest using those. This works with ink jet as well as other types of transfers :)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I know some of you out there are thinking what a ding dong getting so excited about an image transfer technique. Well, the reason I'm so excited is I have such a tough time making a neat edge on some of the acrylic pieces when I'm trying to trim off the excess paper. I don't know how Tim Holtz does it and makes it looks so nice and even...one of life's little mysteries. Anyway, mine never look that great so this is a savior! It doesn't matter how nasty my edges look....I can fix 'em right up with this technique. ;)
Now one word of caution before you begin....you MUST I repeat MUST let the charms dry for a few hours before begin with the water step. If you don't let the Glossy Accents cure the whole image will wipe right off. Trust me on this....once I figured out it worked I got impatient and messed up more than one charm getting in a hurry.
(Note: Sorry ~ a couple of these pics are a bit blurry but I wanted to get this on here at a decent hour and didn't have a chance to re-take them.)
Acrylic Charms - Tim Holtz Ideaology
Collage Image (examples used - Southern Blackberry Designs, Altered Pages)
Glossy Accents - Ranger
Finger (borrow one if you don't have one handy)
1. Apply a bit of Glossy Accents to the back side of an acrylic charm.
2. Place the charm Glossy Accent side down onto your chosen collage image.
3. Let the charm dry at least a couple of hours to let the GA cure.
4. Once the charms have dried completely, trim the excess paper away. Now this doesn't need to be perfect so don't freak out if you can't get the edges to look nice. As you can see, mine are FAR from perfect!
5. Saturate the paper backing with water and let it set for a minute or two so the water has a chance to soak into the paper (less if you're collage image was printed on thin paper).
6. Now begin to rub! Keep rubbing until most or all of the backing paper has been removed. You can add additional water if necessary.
7. Wipe off the charm and let it dry. If you notice there are left over paper fuzzies simply rewet and rub till they are gone.
8. Once you're satisfied with the image, apply a thin layer of Glossy Accents over the image with your finger. This just helps protect the image from scratches and dings.
You can see by the sunset charm (center right) what happens if your charm isn't fully glued down to the image. I wasn't going for the look but it does add some character being distressed and all ;)
Now the charms are usable as is OR you can take it a step further and add some cool paper to the charm. I just slid a piece of sheet music under a few of the charms to show you what they might look like.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I don't know how anyone can craft without cereal boxes and other recycled materials. I always have a stack of something to go to the basement. I'm like my grandson in that I usually have something in my pocket (bottlecaps etc.) that I find along the way. Diane
April 20, 2009 9:41 PM
Thanks everyone for making it such a fun week!! I hope you've enjoyed the recycling ideas and techniques I've share. I had lots of fun with it :) Remember I'll have some examples of things you can do with the recycled paper tomorrow if all goes as planned then next week I have at least one more image transfer technique to share with you so be sure to stop back in and check it all out!
For this step you will need a container large enough to fill with 3-4" of water AND your chosen screening frame can fit into easily.
1. Dump your paper goop into the container.
2. Fill the container until you have approx 3-4" of water. Mix the paper goop into the water so all of the little tiny bits are mixed well and floating. It should now have the consistency of a thick tomato soup.
3. Place a dish towel on your work surface and then place a Handi-Wipe/jay cloth on the towel ~ (thanks Cher & Tammy for the name!!) If you can't find this particular dish cloth any thin absorbent dish cloth* will do.
*Keep in mind, if the cloth you are using has a textural pattern this will transfer to the paper.
4. Slide your screen/strainer into the container from the side. You can push it straight down into the water because all of the paper bits will be under the strainer. Going in from the side allows you to slip under the paper mixture.
Once your strainer is in the container, lift straight up. You should now have a nice layer of paper pulp on the top of the screen as shown.
5. Gently tap the strainer on the side of the container a couple times shaking off some excess water.
6. Flip the screen/paper onto the Handi-wipe as shown.
7. Gently lift the screen off of the towel leaving the paper behind. NOW, don't freak out if some of the pulp is left on the screen...(trust me, I did when I first started!!) Simply peel the paper off of the screen and place it where it needs to be. You can also fill in any holes by scooping out a bit of the pulp from the container and adding where it is needed. Cover with another layer of Handi-wipe. In this case my paper was small enough I was able to fold the Handi-wipe over and use one sheet for two pieces of paper.
8. Repeat steps 4-7 until you have gotten as much of the pulp as possible in this fashion.
9. (optional) I don't like to waste any of the pulp so I normally take the remains outside, lay the screen on the ground and pour the pulp water SLOWLY over the screen. This catches just about all of the remaining paper pulp without wasting anything.
10. Once you have all of your paper on the Handi-wipe, cover the pile with a dry dish cloth. Hand press excess water out, exchange wet dish cloths for dry as needed.
11. After you feel you have pressed as much water out as possible, place the stack on some dry towels and use the rolling pin to extract any remaining water possible.
12. Your paper will feel pretty dry but it still needs to dry out a bit more. Attach each Handi-wipe to a hanger with clips and allow to dry...
I know there are loads of cool looking expensive paper strainers out there BUT, since we're talking about recycling I'm going to give you a couple of easy ideas on how to make your own!
Idea #1 -
1. Disassemble a picture frame. Any type of frame will do....wood, metal, plastic, etc. It doesn't matter, just whatever you have on hand. I like to use frames that have been used, damaged, etc. - goes along with the whole recycling thing ;)
Keep in mind the opening size is how large/small your hand made paper is going to be.
2. Slip an old nylon Knee-Hi stocking over the entire frame. This is going to be your screen material.
You're done! Told you it was simple ;)
Idea #2 -
1. Disassemble a picture frame just as you did before. For this example you will need to use a wood frame.
2. Carefully cut an old piece of screen material approx. 1" wider than your frame on all sides. (remember the screen is sharp...you may want to wear gloves.)
3. Bend the screen over 1/2" on all sides tucking in the corners. This will take care of the sharp edges.
4. Use thumb tacks and secure the screening (turned edges towards the frame) to the wood frame.
and you're done!!
Of course by reading the title you know it's making Hand-Made paper. I don't know how you all handle scraps but I can't throw anything away....I keep it all because of course I might "NEED" it for something ;) So I have a big basket under my desk that I place all of my paper (treasures) scraps. Every so often I sort out what's been in there forever and give some to my mom but for the most part OR.... I make paper!
I know it sounds complicated, time consuming and sometimes expensive but it's really doesn't have to be. I whipped up 7 sheets of hand made paper in a little under 1 1/2 hours. That includes tearing all the paper in bits AND taking photos AND making a new frame. Now, dry time is another story but all you have to do is hang it up and forget it. I'm getting ahead of myself though so let's start at the beginning.... I'm going to split this up into three posts because I've got lots of photos so here we go ~
(note - these are the supplies you'll need for the entire process)
Bowl (to soak paper)
Blender or Mixer
Strainer Frame (Wood Frame, screen, thumb tacks)
Handi-Wipes - aka - Jay Cloths
Dish Towels (to absorb excess water)
Cloths Pin or other Clips
1. Gather your scrap paper and determine what color you'd like your paper to be. I seem to generate LOTS of blue scraps ;) so that's what color my paper is going to be today. That's not to say you should only use one color of paper. You can mix it up or just use everything. I'm a bit anal about getting too wild with colors so I used mainly blue and white. I threw in some cool pattern paper as well as a couple bits of fuchsia and green as well for good measure.
Now I know a lot of people say you can only use certain types of papers but I use it all...bazzill, DCWAV, Club Scrap, water color, pattern papers, etc. The only type of paper I don't use is glossy paper.... it tends not to bind together as well as uncoated papers do.
2. Tear your paper up into bits...this is a great stress reliever. Trust me after the day I had yesterday it was a welcome job - LOL!! As for how much to tear up, it's up to you. I tore up I'd say approx. 3 cups of paper (torn bits). The more you tear up, the more paper you can make.
3. Now that you've got your paper torn up, pour just enough HOT water into your bowl to cover the paper - at this point you don't want too much water.
4. Mix the paper and hot water...make sure all of the paper is saturated. Let this mixture set for approx 5-10 minutes to ensure that the water has a chance to soften all the paper.
5. Now it's time to pulverize your paper. Most directions state that you HAVE to use a blender for this step. I don't have one...never have sooooo I use my hand mixer. Works just fine and it's not another piece of equipment setting around taking up space. So it's up to you ~ you can either pour your water/paper mix into a blender or use a hand mixer in the same bowl.
Beat the heck out of your paper for 3-4 minutes until you have a goopy mess. It should be the consistency of thin oatmeal as shown.
I like to leave larger bits of paper mixed in with the mush...I like the look myself but if you want a finer paper, keep mixing until you like what you see.
6. (optional) Now is the time to add "stuff" to your paper if you so desire. I know they sell all this fancy stuff to add to your hand made paper but it's not necessary. I'm sure you have enough goodies in your stash to really add some zing to your paper without the added expense.
You could add things like flower petals, leaf bits, Mylar glitter, glass glitter, bits of metallic or regular thread, leafing flakes, bits of mica flakes or powders, pigment powders, etc.
7. Add some white glue to the mix. I normally just eyeball it but I'd say anywhere from 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup depending on how much you've made. It's not critical, it's just to give it some added stability when it dries.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Imagine how many visits you'd have without us, who silently stalk your RSS from Google Reader and do not count towards the number ;) Well, I had to pop by into the actual blog to give you a +1 :)
April 20, 2009 4:21 AM
Wow Roni, you are SO organised I can't believe it! Some great ideas in here.. thanks again!
April 24, 2009 2:35 AM
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Trine from Norway said...
Yes.....it's so ,much wounderful wallpaper....but I think there is one problem with it....it's not acidfree...Did anyone know if it is?Acidfree or not.....I use it at soooo many other prosject. I love minialbums and altered art....so wallpaper is a "must have in my stash" items..
*Where to get the wall paper sample books?
I got mine at a place that sold wallpaper and blinds, but you can also ask for them at home improvement stores, department stores (that special order wallpaper), some paint stores that offer wallpaper, etc. Simply ask them for their old obsolete books...if they don't have any at the moment, ask to be notified when they do. Usually they are more than happy to give them to you once they are no longer useful.
*What do you use rubber stamp scraps for?
Phinny was right...I have used mine in the past to make mosaic rubber stamps, or cut free-hand shapes to make unique stamps all your very own. You can also use it in place of double stick foam to give embellishments a "lift" - simply apply glue to both sides, stick it to the card (or other project) and glue the embellishment on top!
*Did I open an Etsy store?
Yep, I sure did! I guess I forgot to post about it when I stuck the link in the side-bar. I am going to be offering all sorts of "stuff"....ephemera, supplies, and crafty items....many from the book if you're interested in owning a piece of published collage/altered art. :)
I thought I would start the day off by giving you a list of goodies that you might come in contact with in your every day life that you could use in your crafting. Mind you this is only a partial list...I'm sure if I sat and thought about this long enough I could come up with a list triple the size but this is good to get you going!
(or other sports)
Beaded Lace or Appliques
(from gowns, prom dresses, handbags, etc)
(like the hippie love bead things you hand in door ways.)
(discarded, damaged, out of date, etc)
(glass or plastic)
Bread Bag Closers
(the plastic things)
(packing, tubes, etc)
(large & small - the photos and date pages are great!)
(from anything…jewelry, toys, mechanical things)
Coins or Paper Money (Chok Keun)
(the type from bars/restaurants)
Cracker Jack's Toys (Nancy)
(I know this is a book but I LOVE dictionaries – so much fun and so useful!!!)
Egg Cartons or Trays (Chok Kuen)
(ditto on what I said about dictionaries)
Envie's with Neat Linings (Nancy)
(those metal bendy things that hold paper in a file folder)
(some places toss them when they become worn)
(tin foil, candy foil, gum foil)
Games & Game Pieces
(paper, cardboard, dimensional pieces – it’s all good!!)
(from Christmas trees)
Hair Accessories (Chok Kuen)
(hair pins, clips, bands, etc)
(in this day and age it’s hard to find anything handwritten)
(large, small, and everything in between)
(tags, zippers, pockets, etc)
(junk, broken, etc)
(the metal pieces on each end)
Key Chains (Chok Kuen)
(from clothing, packaging, food, etc.)
Lace or Trim
Leather Scraps (Chok Kuen)
Magnets (Chok Kuen)
Match Boxes (Chok Kuen)
Medicine Cases or Bottles (Chok Kuen)
(like from cold meds – great for mixing small amounts of paint, inks, UTEE, etc)
(like what onions, potatoes, fruits come in)
(from various gadgets…I always find something cool on dh’s workbench!)
(I have some AWESOME copper nails I found in a box of junk)
(tabs, can-for metal)
(with missing pieces)
Rubber Stamp Scraps
(like from unmounted stamps you have to cut out)
(trust me on this one…I’ve got some fun projects planned for this!)
(you know the clear plastic ones the dies come in – LOVE them!!)
(from letters or packages)
(from new items)
(wood or plastic)
Thumb Tacks (Chok Keun)
(from cookies, candy, etc.)
Tissue Paper (Chok Keun)
(bus, subway, game rooms, etc)
(to use with inks, paints, etc.)
Tree Branches (Chok Keun)
Twist Ties (Smullis)
Tyvek Envies (Nancy)
(like you’d use with nuts & bolts)
(broken, parts, etc)
Wire from Spiral Bound Notebooks
Wood Boxes, Containers
(some places still give these away)
Till then, have a wonderfully GREEN Earth Day!!!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Congrats on the BIG 100,000 WO HOOOOOOOOOO Love the wallpaper too!
Please send me your snail mail addy so I can get your goodies out to you :)