Friday, August 31, 2007
This House Mouse image was sent to me as a virtual swap over at the Stamp-Shack. The task was to make a card and post it in the gallery. It is so neat to see what other cards are created with the same images. So far, I'm the only one to add real crayons to the card. This is the first virtual swap that I really, really wanted the stamp. How fun to add crayons to the card. It's perfect as a thank you card for a teacher, don't you think?
Enjoy your long weekend. Safe travels to those who are travelling.
RAK from Maria
Look what I got from Maria. Isn't this card gorgeous? It is so, so pretty, and must have been hard to part with. I almost left it in the plastic envie, and I am so glad I didn't; look at the inside.
The verse says, "Thanks for touching my life with your special friendship! Maria and I have become friends through blogging, and it is a friendship I treasure because Maria is such a sweetie. Maria has challenges every Tuesday, and I like to participate in them. Maria has been nominated for best hobby blog, so if you visit her blog, please scan along the right bar and cast your vote. Click here for her Card Inspired blog, and here for her Stamp'n Inspirations blog. You won't be disappointed.
Waterfall Card by a Jean
This wonderful waterfall card was made by Jean all the way from Australia. Jean is a frequent visitor and has tested out of my tutorials. She is such a wonderful person and has very creative cards on her blog. To see Jean's work click here.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Stamp: Doodle This
Image was gold embossed and coloured with Tombow markers. Stickles were added onto the petals. Flower is mounted with a brad. Some backgrounds were embossed with the cuttlebug.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Mulberry, or handmade paper
Versamark ink pad
Clear embossing powder
Stamp image with Versamark and then coat with clear embossing powder.
Heat embossing powder, being careful not to singe mulberry paper.
Alcohol inks can be dripped into stamp pad lids, or a palatte.
Dampen mulberry paper with a spray mist, or lighly under tap.
Use a dampened sponge brush to transfer the alcohol ink onto the mulberry paper.
This technique is not limited to painting your ink onto your mulberry paper; you also drip it directly from the bottle.
Let your paper dry completely.
Place your mulberry paper between paper and iron to take off the shine of the clear embossing powder. It is important to use plain paper, and not newsprint, because the words will transfer from paper to mulberry paper. Iron should be on a heat setting without steam.
A sea of mulberry papers ready to be transformed into cards, tags, and other items.
When you are ready to create your card, glue the mulberry paper onto white cardstock. Using white cardstock will help to make a big impact in areas that do not have alcohol ink on it. Use a sponge brush and lightly cover your cardstock with white glue. Flatten out your mulberry paper as best as you can. A brayer is helpful in this process.
Here are two examples of how I used my mulberry paper.
Please let me know if you try this technique. I would love to post your cards on my blog. You can e-mail me your attachment, or leave a comment in this post, or the shaving cream post. Good luck!
Shallow palatte, or meat tray
Foam shaving cream
Paper Towels (not in photo)
Straw or stir stick (not in photo)
Spray shaving cream on pallate
Using your straw, flatten the top of the shaving cream.
Randomly drip alcohol ink on top of the shaving cream.
Using your straw, make swirling motion so the ink is moved around.
This is how your palatte will look.
Take your paper and place it on top of the shaving cream.
This is how your paper will look.
Take a second sheet of paper and place it on top of your first paper.
Wipe shaving cream off your paper.
This is how your paper will look. Allow to dry completely. You are now ready to make your cards.
In this card the shaving cream technique was used as a background paper.
Here the image was stamped directly onto the shaving cream paper.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
If you look closely you will notice that these two cards use the same In-Colours, Groovy Guava, Blue Bayou, and Wild Wasabi. There are two brads on each card, albeit a different kind, and Riviting's "Wishing you the best." Ladybug ribbon purchased at my local scrapbook store, Lasting Impressions, matches so nice with these cute mice. Watercolour pencil crayons were used on these images.
I don't know about you, but I never make one card at a time. I make 2, 3, 4, 5, and even 10 cards at a time. Why? How else would I know what card would be the best one to post? I might not choose the right colour, the right embellishment, the right layout. Do you do the same? Let me know; I'd love to hear from you.
Look what my friend, Marja, sent me for my birthday. Marja is such a creative paper craft artist from Nederland. I strongly encourage you to check out her blog. Her commentary is not in English, but as they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words." Marja just celebrated her birthday too, so you might want to say happy birthday.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Stamp: Inky Antics. Image was watercoloured with Tombow markers and matted on black. Background purple was embossed with my Cuttle Bug and mounted on a second shade of purple. Rivit set was mounted on purple and then a pop dot was placed under the image. Ribbon was added.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Cheri "Ctinyjoy" from the Stamp-Shack. The layout is very unique, and one that I'm going to have to CASE. The "happy" and "birthday" are mounted in a very unique way.
Amy (scraphappy908), also from the Stamp-Shack, sent me this yellow beauty. The main image was embossed in a Cuttlebug and tied in a ribbon.
As we say, on the Stamp-Shack message boards, "There's a bella in the house." Who isn't in love with bellas these days. This bathing bella was made by Barb (grammaStamper). Can you tell the word "beautiful" pops up off the card? Very nice indeed. You can visit Barb's blog here.
Pretty in Pink is the best way to describe Marilyn's card. Marilyn (aka Redhatmarilyn) is my friend from Ink Stains. What I love about this card is the way these two papers are cut on a diagonal. The top paper is pattern paper, and the bottom paper is stamped. Doesn't the stamped paper look fabulous?
Enjoy your weekend. Before you know it, summer will be done and school will be back in.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Look what I had a friend make for me. This unit houses my supplies in a very neat and tidy way. What doesn't fit in here, gets stored in the basement in old kitchen cupboards filled with drawers.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
1. You have to post these rules before you give the facts.
2. Players, you must list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of their middle name. If you don’t have a middle name, use the middle name you would have liked to have had.
3. When you are tagged you need to write your own blog-post containing your own middle name game facts.
4. At the end of your blog-post, you need to choose one person for each letter of your middle name to tag.
5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.
I am having a hard time deciding who to chose. If you're a scrapbooker, like me, take a peak at Scrappy Diva Doodle's blog.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Alcohol inks and reinkers are similar in nature. They contain the same type of ink, except alcohol inks have alcohol in them to speed up the drying time. Don't hesitate to use one or the other, or even both, types of inks together. My first sample uses Cool Carribbean on the background, and Pinata alcohol inks on the flowers. Two popular brands of alcohol ink are Adirondak and Pinata. If you like bright and vibrant, then Pinata is the way to go. If you like more subtle and colours close to what is in autumn leaves, then Adirondak is for you. I also use the two brands together, depending on the look I want.
Painting with your alcohol inks
Waterproof black ink pad
Water held blending pens
Stamp image onto watercolour paper. Drip ink onto a palatte. Take your blending pen and place it into the ink, and then colour your image.
Cleaning your brush in between colours by wiping off old colour onto a scrap of paper or paper towel, colour your image with a second colour.
Continue painting until your image is complete.
In my example, I cut out the smaller flowers and placed pop dots behind the image and placed flowers randomly on card. Don't you just love the bright and vibrant results?
Direct to Paper
Alcohol inks (Pinata and/or Adirondak/Reinkers
Felt pad with handle
Krylon gold leaf pen (optional)
Place alcohol ink drops randomly onto your felt. You can save money by using a cotton ball, but your results will not be the same as in these photos. Using blending solution, squeeze it onto your felt pad, being generous with the amount you place onto your pad.
Pounce your felt pad, randomly, onto glossy paper. Continue until your paper is filled. Don't reink, simply add more ink to your felt pad, and pull your felt pad from top to bottom, turn your paper, and repeat from top to bottom, to make a plaid design. Reink, add more blending solution, and turn your felt pad in a circular motion for circles. Felt pads do not have to be replaced with each 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 paper. I get approximately five to six sheets done with each felt pad I use. Many people use rubbing alcohol in place of blending solution. Again, your results will not be the same.
Samples showing this technique, using a variety of different colours.
Don't be afraid to experiment. Even I am surprised with each new paper I do. Why not make 20 samples at a time, to have on hand for use at a later time. Don't be afraid to use Pinata and Adirondak inks together. Some of my favourite backgrounds came from using the two brands together. To mix things up a bit, randomly place gold or copper Krylon pen ink on the same pad as your alcohol ink. You can make your own felt pad holder by taking an unused stamp apart, and placing a piece of velcro onto your wood. Possibilities are endless with these techniques.
Baby Wipe Technique
Variety of alcohol inks
Place a baby wipe onto a palatte, and place drops of alcohol ink randomly on your paper towel.
Press your stamp onto the ink.
Today's tutorial showed you just a few examples of what can be done with alcohol inks/reinkers. Don't be afraid to play--results are stunning. Stay tuned for next Tuesday's tutorial where we will show you even more techniques. Results will amaze you.