Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
SOOOOOOO, today I thought I'd share a really fun card ~ you just need embossing ink (Distress Embossing Ink or other), 2 stamps (Flower - Autumn Leaves; Sentiment - Heidi Swapp), 2 colors of Distress Embossing Powder (Worn Lipstick & Shabby Shutters) and your cardstock! That's it! Told you it was
1. Stamp your main image with your favorite embossing ink three times. I like to stick with a triangle effect - it makes for a visually pleasing finished card.
2. Shake the jar of Dist. EP to ensure the release crystals are mixed evenly through out the powder.
3. Sprinkle Dist. EP over the images and shake off excess. Do NOT flick the paper...you'll end up knocking off too much powder in the process.
4. Heat to melt the powder. Now this is where people get leery...how long to heat! I usually heat it for around 1 minute to be sure it's all melted. After you've worked with it a while you will notice a slight color change. It's very subtle but it is there. If you're not comfortable with it simply heat for 2, 3 or more minutes. You can't burn it so it's no problem to heat it longer just to be sure.
5. LET IT COOL!! This is another area that causes problems. If you try to rub the release crystals off before it has cooled you'll not only rub the release crystals away you'll rub the embossing powder off as well!! To be safe I always let my images set for 1 minute before I mess with them.
6. Rub off the release crystals.
7. Stamp sentiment with embossing ink and repeat steps 2-6.
I love how the powders show up through each other...
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Distress Ink - Ranger
Ink Blending Tool & Foams - Ranger
Distress Stickles - Ranger
Rubber Stamps - Alluring Impressions, Stampers Anonymous, SeeD's
1. Choose a nice background stamp and place it on your work surface. Ink various areas of the stamp with 2 or more colors of Distress Ink. Dab a little bit here and a little bit there until the entire image has been covered with ink.
2. Stamp the image on white cardstock.
3. Repeat steps one and two until you have either covered your cardstock for an all over effect or covered the desired area. For this example I stamped around the edges leaving the center open.
4. After the ink has dried, apply the corresponding color of Distress Stickles over the stamped images. Let the DS dry completely.
5. Once the glitter has dried ~ use your Ink Blending Tool to apply a highlight color to the remaining open areas of the cardstock. Applying the background color after you have stamped and Stickled the images let's you have both a nice smooth background color and bright distinctive multi color images!
This same technique can also be used for a monochromatic look as well. This bird was stamped, Stickled & inked in the same manor.
Beautiful day here in Indiana ~ it's finally starting to warm up again and the sun is shining!
I have lots of little bits of news I wanted to share with you before I post the project for the day ~
**Rec'd the first napkins for the Napkin Swap today! I got the nicest package from Dawn B out in AZ. Beautiful floral print napkins and a wonderful assortment of ephemera/goodies! Such a nice surprise!! THANKS DAWN!! We're on our way folks!!
**Last night I got Stampington & Co's Artisan Avenue ~ their weekly newsletter ~ and as I was scrolling down I saw one of my Gothic Arches!! It was an advertisement for Streuter's GlueFoil! WOW ~ what a cool surprise :)
**Kitten Update ~ Lots of people have asked how the kittens are doing so I thought I'd share with everyone. They are 1 week old and doing great! Mom is spending time away from them now and enjoying the freedom - LOL!! 3 of them have their eyes open and I've started to pet/hold them. They like to snuggle in my hair but Little Cat gets nervous when they aren't in the box so I can't pet them too much yet.
**BFF Album ~ I had a couple people e-mail me about the latest installment and wanted to let me know they are playing along but don't feel comfortable sharing. Like I told Kim ~ I totally understand :) I am very shy in person too so I know exactly how you feel. Thanks for letting me know you are playing and enjoying each challenge though!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Today's a little bit tricky and I have to say this one was a bit difficult for me to leave it alone. It's very much not me as far as embellishing goes. Normally I like LOTS of stuff going on in my projects but I left this one fairly "clean"....o.k. clean for me - LOL!! You'll see what I mean ;)
Adirondack Acrylic Dabber - Ranger
Alpha Stamps - JFF
Archival Ink- Ranger
Sharpie Black Marker
1. I decided to work directly on the coasters so I added a layer of white paint. Some of the logo was still showing through but that's o.k....it'll be taken care of in later steps.
2. Glue image to one of the coasters.
3. Tear a simple mask from scrap paper and cover the ladies face.
4. Stamp the mixed up alphabet image with black ink. Remove mask.
5. Stamp facing page with 2nd alphabet image.
6. Glue sentiment to the page.
7. Draw a rough border around both coasters with Sharpie marker.
All of the flowers in the example were created using the GlueFoil Rose Technique I shared yesterday. There is one small exception on the Mom tag...for the small flower I used one small flower die-cut. I cut two petals off, embossed, formed the main flower and used the 2 cut-off petals for the center.
Several people e-mailed asking about Streuter Technologies GlueFoil. It is a colored metal foil craft sheet with a heat activated glue on the back. It comes in a wide variety of metallic and colors. It can be die-cut, paper punched, dry embossed and so much more! It's lots of fun to play with and can be used in a multitude of ways. Here are a few more ideas on how to create with Streuter's GlueFoil and GlueFilm.
On to the examples....
This was created using my Distressed Glue Technique (both the tag & torso). All stamps are Just For Fun.
In addition to the GlueFoil roses I also incorporated several other colors of GlueFoil into this design. The border along the left hand size was all cut with border punches and deco scissors. The letters "LIFE" were covered in blue GlueFoil and also frames the photo. The background was created by adhering the vintage sheet music to the canvas using clear GlueFilm and was then white washed.
Monday, April 26, 2010
GlueFoil - Red, Green (or other colors if desired)
Die & Cutter (or you can free hand cut the flowers)
GlueFilm or Adhesive of your choice.
1. Cut several flowers from the GlueFoil. I am using a Sizzix die that has holes in the center of each flower. This makes assembling the flower very easy in later steps.
*NOTE: You will need 2 large and one small flower die-cut to create one rose and one rose bud.
2. Cut the flowers as shown....Leave one of the large die-cuts whole, trim two petals from the second large die-cut and trim two petals from the small die-cut. Do not discard the cut-offs. Those will also be used to create the flower.
3. Emboss all of the petals - place the die-cut (silver side up) on a mouse pad or piece of foam. Use a stylus to create swirls on each petal. I basically draw a tornado shape swirl starting at the tips and work my way towards the centers.
Here is what your flower petals should look like after they have all been embossed....You will notice in person that the embossing has curled the metal a bit to add great dimension to what started out a very flat die-cut.
4. You are ready to assemble the flower. Join the two ends of the large die-cut that you cut away two petals. It is not necessary to secure it with adhesive as the metal will retain it's shape.
Repeat with the smaller die-cut.
5. Stack each layer in the whole die-cut. I like to place a small piece of GlueFilm in the center of the flower foundation, add 2nd layer, more GlueFilm, 3rd layer and the heat and melt with a heat gun. You may of course use adhesive.
6. To finish off the flower, use the two petals that was removed from the small die-cut. Fold the two petals together so they join at the petal seams. You now have a tiny center bud. Affix it to the center of your flower.
(sorry this photo is bad...couldn't get it to auto focus on all that metal holding the camera w/one hand.)
7. Create the bud using the same technique as you did for the flower center using the remaining petals cut from the large die-cut.
8. Create the sepal (the green covering of the rose bud) by trimming a piece of green GlueFoil as shown.
9. Wrap the sepal around the rose bud and twist at the bottom to secure. Don't worry about the bottom as it will be tucked under the flower.
10. Die-cut or free hand cut leaves for your rose...add detail to each leave by embossing.
and here is the finished flower....
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I wanted to share a recent review of my book by Scott & Martin of Vintage Image Craft....
Roni Johnson is a collage artist, and publisher of the altered art blog, InkStainswithRoni. This book demonstrates (REALLY demonstrates) that Roni is also a gifted teacher. In 212 fully-illustrated pages, Roni takes us through hundreds of techniques and creative projects. She explains the basics of collage design, materials and tools, and then shows us how to work with images and text, embellishments, adhesives, inks and paints, right through to the finishing touches.
Most exciting, we think, are her dozens of methods for achieving aged and distressed finishes, which are so perfect for vintage images. As a rubber stamp expert, Roni includes a great chapter on stamping, of course. She also outlines several creative methods for transferring images to various surfaces. In other words, this is a comprehensive reference book - and inspiration - that belongs in every crafter's library.
Best of all, Roni is donating a copy of Teach Yourself Visually Collage & Altered Art as a GRAND PRIZE in our upcoming Facebook Creative Challenge.
This little necklace is utterly stunning - and I would sell my soul to win it.I recycle lots of things for art - I just pick up things around the house on the spur of the moment - and my daughter in law to save all sorts of things.Tin cans - like bean tins, match boxes. I like to visit charity shops and pick up odds and ends from lace to children's toys to recycle.I paint icecream tubs to use in flower arranging - and all the things mentioned so far.Thanks for being a constant source of ideas and inspiration - wouldn't miss a post for all the tea in china
April 21, 2010 12:35 PM
Saturday, April 24, 2010
First, did you hear the big news from Queen Kat Designs? Check it out...The Secret is OUT!! They are converting from clear polymer stamps to grey laser etched stamps!!! I am so excited!! From what I understand the detail is far better with etched stamps than even regular rubber stamps. I am hoping to experiment with photo quality images for the Get Inked Kits. I may even see about having my very own stamps made ;) Can't wait!
Tattered Angels (the glimmer mist people) is hosting a full day of fun on May 1st. All sorts of videos, give-a-ways and other fun on their web-site, blog, etc. Be sure to check out their web-site on the 1st!!
The Eyelet Outlet is having a HUGE sale...lost of really cool fun brads for $1.39 a set. If you've never visited ~ they have loads of awesome designs for a reasonable price. Much less than you'll pay other places.
Heartwarming Vintage Collection & Crafty Secrets is also having a week full of fun to celebrate National Scrapbook Day. Be sure to check out all the info here ~ Crafty Secrets NSD Celebration! They are giving away over $500.00 in goodies all week long!
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Sturdy Foundation (foam tray, photo frame, canvas, plaque, thick chipboard, etc.)
Embellishments (as desired)
1. Choose your foundation...it needs to be sturdy enough to take a bit of weight, and soak up the glue you will be using to adhere the corks.
Here are just a few options...foam trays, picture frames, canvas (back or front), old plaques, thicker chipboard. Be cautions when using the chipboard. We will be using a good amount of glue so it may warp if it's not sturdy enough.
2. Rough fit the corks onto your foundation and decide upon the design lay-out. This step is very important. First it ensures you have enough wine corks to complete your bulletin board and you can also take this time to custom fit the corks to fit your needs.
3. If necessary, trim the corks to fit your design. You must use a sharp craft knife. If your knife isn't sharp enough the cork will crumble instead of producing a nice clean edge.
4. Once your design is finalized and everything fits into place, remove one cork at a time and glue each cork into place. If you have to remove all of the corks for whatever reason take a photo of the cork design before removing them to aid in placement when gluing. Let the glue dry completely.
5. Decorate as desired.
6. Attach a way to hang your board. You could create a ribbon hanger or use pre-made picture hangers from the hardware store. If you are using a photo frame you could even use the stand that came with the frame for a desk top bulletin board.
And you'll end up with something like this....