Posts Tagged With: Distress Inks

12 Tags Of 2013 – September

Hello readers. I’m back to posting the next tag in my 12 Tags of 2013 series and the next in the sequence is this September tag. Tim Holtz’s focus for that month was using stencils for layering pattern using different mediums. It was an interesting technique and I jumped right into experimenting with it as soon as it was posted. I had a finished tag which I then duly hung on my tag board….but…..it just wasn’t gelling with me. So last week I tried again.
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And this makes me happy. All previous attempts at making something turned out muddied and dull, which is why I had to walk away.  When I start out on my backgrounds I usually colour several tags at a time and pick out the one I like the best. This time around I was spoilt for choice as they all looked right. No muddy colours, yay!

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I started out stencilling Distress Paint thru a dot pattern. In the top right corner I layered a different section of the stencil over the top of the first to get spots on my dots. I then coloured the tag with Distress Stains using bright pinks and yellows. Some more stencilling is added but this time with  Distress Inks, to create the wavy lines.

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By now I’ve already decided that I want to use my  umbrella man stamp as my focal image, and he gets stamped with a permanent Archival ink in Manganese Blue. Somehow this image, when it was all set and dry, looked like there was sunshine on his shoulder while his head was still shadowed by the umbrella. Gotta love those happen chance moments. I then finished off with the radial stencil, deliberately placing the centre over the mans head. Oh and I should mention (for those that notice these things) that the pale wavy lines in this part of the tag are part of the first layering with the paints, not a top layer with inks.

I wonder, how do you choose the words to stamp onto your cards and tags? I nearly always choose mine by what ever I have that fits in the space I want it to go. If I find a sentiment with the right shape then I’ll read it to see that it is appropriate. I picked this one because it’s shape closely resembles the shape of the man. Do you make choices like that as you create with stamped images?

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And lastly a look at what the September Tag Wall looks like. I have a completed tag for October so keep an eye out for that one in the coming week. Happy crafting to all.

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12 Tags of 2013 – June

Hello friends and welcome to my new subscribers.

It was a pleasant change of pace to have some extra time during the week for some creative pursuits, so I got stuck into doing my June tag inspired by Tim Holtz. Interestingly enough he chose to work with a couple of mediums that I have no great affinity with – markers and paint. Ha! And there is a reason why most of  my stamp collection is devoid of line art images. Hmmm! I did however, despite my apparent aversions, have a go at colouring several images with my Stampin’Up! markers. I’ve done it before and got good results…..but meh….. I just wasn’t loving it. And if it’s going to go on my wall I’ve got to love it, right. So I went back to Tims Tag to find my inspiration.

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12 Tags of 2013 Jun a

And this is the end result. Definitely worthy of a place on my wall.

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The base tag was coloured very much as Tim demonstrated with paints and stains. As usual most of it gets covered up with stamping and other stuff, but before that occured I had a very pleasing background to work with. The backgound was then over stamped with several images to match my theme. This time I used a Cobalt Archival ink. You know how I don’t like to use black, and I thought the Cobalt was a good match for the blueprint theme I had going on. I embellished this theme with a collection of ‘ephemera’, some of which are Kaiswercraft diecuts and the other a stamped piece of vellum.

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I bought this little stamp in a sale bin a long time ago, never used it, and in spite of several interim purges I always kept it. Just love the look of it I guess. So I stamped it off with the Colbalt ink onto watercolour paper and coloured it with my waterbrush and Distress Inks. I liked the splatter that Tim used on his tag and I had a practice at doing it on some scraps first. I like the results I got from pooling some Distress Stains onto the end of a pallet knike and then flicking, and when I went to commit some splatter to my image I had a little spill and got big splotches, lol. I quickly mopped up what I could, and loved it it even better than my original intention. So this week I’m going to enter into Simon Says Stamp and Show with at Splatter and a Splotch, which both begin with the letter S. Got to love those little mishaps!

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Ah… another one of those stamps from long ago, never used and always kept. The border detail stamp is an Anna Griffin treasure. A piece of decorative stonework for a building maybe? And I had to find a way to use my new stamp set, Going Somewhere, from my winnings from Tim, and this little phase was perfect in sentiment and size for this little scrap.

Last month when I went to the city, I took a guided tour around Brisbane. I worked right in the heart Brisbane many years ago, and you think you know your city pretty well, but doing a tour reveals all those treasures I had brushed passed everyday without ever ‘seeing’. I loved hearing the stories about the old buildings and what was left behind for future generations. Do you know about the treasures in your city or town?

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12 Tags of 2013 Jun Tag Wall

And I leave you with a pic of the ‘Wall’. See you back here again for the next round. Get creative!

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12 Tags of 2013 – May

Oh happy day, dear readers.

After much perserverance, trial and error, I have finally produced a tag for the May edition of Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013. This month Tim demoed a rub-on resist technique which I had a fair go at recreating. But for one reason or another none of the tags really gelled with me by the time I had something resembling a finished item. The backgrounds usually looked good, great even, but  I couldn’t get a cohesive look by the time I added some stamping and embellishments. But art time is never wasted even if nothing immediately tangible comes from it, because with patience, out of the choas comes something that I eventually find pleasing.

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Something bold and colourful!

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This is how the background looked after the first steps of adding rub-ons, stains and watermarks. I just love the effect of stamping with water onto an inked surface

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12 Tags of May c

Next comes the stamping with Archival ink. I love stamping in colour, and used Deep Purple here to stamp the ‘weeds’ from the Urban Tapestry set. Simon Says Stamp and Show set a challenge this week to go Into The Woods, and I liked this image to create a tangled undergrowth.

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As I was looking through my stash for something appropiately woody I found instead something completely non-woody! A long forgotten peice of printed acetate, which I now deemed as perfect for background for my embellishment. I cut out a section that had the number 5 on it……….

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……………. and layered my number 5 embellishment on top. I covered a chipboard piece with a piece of adhesive foil sheet, ran it thru an embossing folder, applied alcohol inks and lastly added some rub-ons.

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Now back to my undergrowth In The Woods. You know how I make multiple Stamp2Cut images in one session so I have something ready made to add to my projects? Well this is another one of those. Who would have thought that an orange bird on an orange branch would be just what I need to finsh off this tag? Okay, so it might not rock everyones boat, but it sure floats mine!!

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Oops, terrible photo, but the  weather has turned foul and I’m on a mission to get this posted. Can’t leave without a shot of the line up so far for the year.

May is always a great month for me. I have my birthday early in the month, Mother’s Day and this year a special treat from Tim when my name was randomly selected from participants of last months tag to win a gift voucher. I was able to pool some of my good fortune together and purchase a couple of crafty items. Thank you Tim, family and friends for being a part of making this month special for me. Love you all!

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12 Tags Of 2013 – February

It’s getting close to the end of the month and I still haven’t posted my version of this months tag for 12 Tags of 2013 by Tim Holtz. Eek! I kept a lot of things similar to Tim tag this time around, even to the point of using more black in my work. I think black is starting to grow on me since it’s the second time this month it has had a prominent presence in my work.

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12 Tags of 2013 Feb a

I started the tag by colouring it very much the same way Tim did with Distress Stains (Barn Door and Fired Brick) and water spritzing. I used  images from Tim Hotlz’s Dance Card rubber stamp set as the man and woman as a couple would be the closest thing I could come up with for a valentine theme.

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12 Tags of 2013 Feb b

Just as Tim had done, I stamped them out onto water colour paper and with rough brush stokes I coloured them with my Distress Inks. I liked the way the brushstrokes turned out on the man but the woman looked quite dull beside him. Not being too keen to redo her I brainstormed to come up with an idea to improve what I had. Would it surprise anyone that my remedy would involve more stamping? I stamped patterns into her clothes with Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge rubber stamp set, selectively masking off areas to achieve this. I also stamped the dance steps from Dance Card into the background.

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I had bought some Tim Holtz Kraft Core sheets several months ago and hadn’t used any of it yet, so I go to fish it out to see if I had a colour that would be suitable. I was quite surprised to see I had added a black sheet to my purchases that day. I must have had an idea that black could be a useful colour to have on hand someday, which turned out to be entirely correct. I ran a scrap of it through a Cuttlebug folder and  sanded the raised parts to reveal the Kraft Core. Simon Says Stamp and Show’s challenge this week is to add some metal element to our project, so I die cut some Ranger Foil Tape Sheets with a Cheery Lynn Anastasia border die to add some shine to the tag. As I looked at all the parts of the tag in front of me I was hard pressed to think what else I should add to finish it off. It looked complete as it was so I decided to leave it as it is. No further embellishment was neccessary.

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And this is what the tag looks like on the Tag Wall. I think we’re in for another colourful year!

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12 Tags of 2012 – December Part Two

So here I am, near the end of the year with my final tag of the 12 Tags of 2012. Tim Holtz inspired us with two tags this month to make up the shortfall for the ‘missing’ January tag, and I chose the first tag to use as the inspiration for that month.

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12 Tags Of 2012 Jan 7

I stuck with making this a blue tag just like the original, but what I was really inspired by, and therefore wanted to repeat on my tag, was using Stamp2Cut. Stamp2Cut, by Sizzix, is an electronic cutting system that allows me to cut with great detail, stamped images from Tim Holtz’s Stampers Anonymous collection.  I stamped and cut two images multiple times so I could get a layered and dimensional look. I ended up using all the stamp images from Natures Moments on this one, with a couple of extras from other sets to finish it off.

I had a very encouraging responce to my recent post of my step by step process of creating. I took a couple of photos early in the making of this tag for another purpose but half way thru the making I decided to take pics all the way thru to the end. This is for those crafters I meet who say  ‘I’m afraid of making mistakes’. I’m here to tell you that this tag was a series of ‘mistakes’ that in the end turned into a perfectly acceptable tag. So come along for the journey and see what happened along the way.

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First thing I do when I make my tags is to make several background samples. I was not liking how the ink was reacting with my purchased manilla tags, so I diecut a couple of tags from manilla folders and got better results. I made seven altogether so I picked out the one I liked and stowed the rest in my tag stash for another day .

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I wanted to use watercolur paper just like Tim used for his tag, but I chose to use dye inks instead Archival Inks. This is a heavy weight paper so I was expecting that I’d ruin some images as I grappled with getting the cuts right. I’m relatively new to using cutting machines so I expect to make mistakes as I learn. I picked out the good cuts and laid them out on my chosen tag. Hmmm. Naahhh. Not working for me. The white of the paper is too distracting.

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12 Tags Of 2012 Jan 1

I try a different approach. I get out my ‘bad’ tags and stamp them with Archival Inks this time, and cut them out with Stamp2Cut. Now I have no white background around the edges, and the background colours are of course the same as my tag

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12 Tags Of 2012 Jan 2

So here I have a selection of the good, the bad, and the totally messed up cuts. There comes a point round about here that I tell myself to just move on with it and make something of it. I mean, how bad is it really? Not that bad it seems. Or maybe you never saw were all the imperfections were anyway.

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12 Tags Of 2012 Jan 3

So I layer up some of the cuts for a dimensional look. The stem has three layers, two manlila and one water colour paper. Nice. I decide where I want to position the images. Something like this. At this point I go back and look at Tims tag to get some inspiration for embellishing. I see text, silver and a horizonal strip. I think I can work those elements into my design. Lets go.

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12 Tags Of 2012 Jan 4

I have a need to add some stamping into the background. I also notice that the last two lines on my sentiment could stand out as a statement on it’s own and fulfill my need to have a horizonal strip at the bottom. Clever. Not so clever to use silver embossing powder on the sentiment as I can barely read it. Hmmm. What to do? Need to fix this without making a small problem into an ugly problem.

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12 Tags Of 2012 Jan 5

At first I have my doubts about committing to adding darker colours, but in the end I just go for it. And hope for the best. Whats the worse thing that will happen? If it didn’t work I’d just try something else. I’m not sure that I fixed my ‘problem’, but I can live with this.

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12 Tags Of 2012 Jan 6

I layer up pieces to see how they look now. I think to myself that the stem could do with some more work. But I don’t want to ruin it at this late stage so I take a few of the left over cuts and I experiment with spraying them with a shimmer ink. I like the results, so I go for spraying my stem. Ummm… maybe I didn’t need to do that after all. It didn’t improve it any, but thankfully it’s still good to use.

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I asemble all my element stogether and call it DONE! And I’m well pleased with how it turned out in the end.

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12 Tags Of 2012 Jan 8

Love the dimension achived with the multi layering of the stems.

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12 Tags Of 2012 Jan 10

I chose to put the coloured images at the back so you only get a glimpse of the colour. It is a happy compromise of combining the features of both the permanent Archival Ink and the blending of the Distress ink.

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On the right angle the sentiment has high contrast so it reflects the light, as seen here.

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These are some of the left over stems from my spray experiment. They turned out delightful and I’ll save them for another project. A willingness to try something new and accept that it may ruin something can often give you something completely unexpected.

Normally I’d finish off with a photo of my cork board display of my tags. Not today. I’ve been pondering how I’ll display these crafty little works of art in my home. I have a solution. Details in my next post, with a tutorial.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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12 Tags of 2012 – December Part One

I am so happy Tim Holtz gave us two tags for inspiration this month as a make-up for having a blank in the tag ‘calendar’. I’ve been looking forlornly at the blank tag hanging in January’s spot on my display board all year – wondering.  My next decision was which tag to make into a January tag and which one for December. Decisions, decisions! In the end my decision was based on my choise to used the same colours Tim used for each specific tag, and then deciding that my board would look better with the red in Decembers spot and blue for January.  So with that in mind, I give you my December Tag.

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Love the bold red background on this very festive looking tag. I made it using the techinque he used, but instead of using Distress Metallic Stains I used a Lindy’s Stamp Gang Moonglow Stain. I used the same stain to flick spots over it when it was finished too. I tried out a few ticket styled pieces to use as Tim had done, but in the end I opted for this Crafty Secrets Scrap of a Vintage Santa. Love the high contrast of the blue, red and green.

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I had the Stamp2Cut ‘believe’ word precut and coloured in my box of tricks and wanted to use it, even though it’d get lost in the backgroound since it was nearly the same colour. For my purposes I felt it added another layer of texture so it wasn’t necessary to have a more obvious contrast so it could be read. And since I was winging it with a word that was not meant to be read I thought I repeat that idea at the bottom of the tag, and stamped and embossed a different ‘believe’ word. I used a stamped flourish instead of a die cut one the Tim used.

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So, what to do with my focal embellishment? I could have gone with a poinsettia, but the ones I have on hand just weren’t giving me that much joy. But I do have the Sizzix Holly Branch die, and this time of the year is about the only time it’ll get used so I thought it prudent to make use of it. I like the feature of text on the poinsettia Tim used so I repeated that idea with some heavy weight designer paper from MME. I finger folded some lines to create the look of veins and add shape and dimension to the leaves. And for good measure, a couple of swipes with stickles applied with my fingers to the leaves and berries was added.

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The nearly completed display board. This is my work in progress cork board which is propped up beside me at the desk, but soon I’ll need to clear it for another project. I’d love Tim to do another 12 tags, or maybe I’ll find a different challenge to do. Who knows what awaits my attention in the new year! But before I get ahead of myself there is still that empty spot at the beginning that needs to be filled. I know some of your have enjoyed watching the board ‘grow’ and you won’t want to miss the final installment. See you all back here soon.

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Inspiration Francaise – Oo La La

Hello readers. As mentioned in my last post, I said to expect me back sooner with something to show from my craftroom. For quite a while I’ve been checking out the Simon Say Stamp & Show Challenge Blog and admiring all the wonderful projects that creative people have been linking up to the site. I love doing challenges as they plant a seed of an idea and then the rest is up to me to see what I can create with that idea. So this week I jumped on board to play along with the Inspiration Francaise challenge at Simmon Says Stamp & Show.

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I really like the look of the faux batik technique I did on my November tag so I wanted to try it again on this tag. I started off with stamping and inking four tags. I figure if I’m going to make one tag I may as well make several and pick out the one I like best for my base and have some spares ready made for a future project.  I have very few French themed images, so the challenge was really on to make something suitable. I went with the soft pink and blues inspired by the fashions and decor of the Marie Antoinette period, combined with a modern french shabby chic look.

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This ended up being the last part I worked on as I was stick on what to add to this panel (which, by the way, is covering up a mistake, which is how the whole idea of the panels came about, lol). I liked Sarahs idea of using a very distinctly French expression, Oo La La. I used the Sizzix  Alterations Type Set Die to cut my letter from an inked and shimmered tag from my stash. Love that shimmer.

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I remembered I had one printed image of the Eiffel Tower in my Crafty Secrets stash. Perfect. The other three panels on this tag where cut from one of the other four tags I had made at the start, so everything was co-ordinating nicely. I didn’t want to cover the right panel as I just adored the way the inking and stamping of the faux batik looked with this script stamp from Stampers Anonymous Papillion. I love how in some places the ink pooled around the letters to give a halo and at other places seeped under the embossing to add colour to the text. The white stripes where stamped with my Impression Obseesion Cover-A-Card Thick and Thin Stripes, using acrylic paint.

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Did you know that the PARIS word from the Papillion Script stamp matches in size and font the letters from the Type Set die. I tried to use that discovery as a feature on this tag but it just wasn’t working, and it was covering up the wonderful effect of the faux batik so I left it alone. It’ll be worth remembering for another day in the craftroom.

Hopefully I’ll be able to play along with a few more of these challenges as they are just good fun to do!

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12 Tags of 2012 – April

After doing Tim’s online course, Creative Chemistry 101, I was intrigued enough about the Ranger Archival Inks to branch out of my water based dye ink zone and experiment with these oil based dye inks. Tim used these inks for the technique used on this months tag so I waited for my order of a few colours to arrive so I could try them out. The technique involved inking the background surface of an embossing folder and then transferring the ink onto cardstock as it is embossed thru the folder. You can see the technique demonstrated in this video.

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And this is the completed  tag I made using the technique.

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I was undecided about what combo of embossing folder and background stamp to use, but in the end I settled on this Cuttlebug Script embossing folder, stamped with an Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card Bubbles, using Ranger Archival Saffron ink. I was well pleased with the result. I’m sure I’ve tried the technique before, using other inks but was not satisfied with how they turned out, so I’m very happy with my first foray into using these new-to-me inks. The raised embossing was inked up by sponging on some distress inks.

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I had no plan on how to decorate my tag apart from not wanting to get any dies out to make new cuts. I was feeling too lazy for that this week. So I bought out my selection of die cuts that I’d pre-cut from scraps one day when I was just messing about. These two birds in their cage were cut from a Cottage Cutz Birdcage die. I bent the assembled die cut so the cage popped out, putting dimensional adhesive where I wanted the die to sit out from the tag, and glueing the sides down with Glossy Accents. I added some heavy sponging of a dark brown ink behind the cage to create a contrast from the rest of the tag.

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The other embellishments were a hodge podge of bits and pieces found in my stash, including a paper rose I made, a mulberry rose and leaves, and an assortment of ‘vines’ cut with a My favourite Things Flourish die. It was very handy having all these elements pre cut. Generally I make and cut things up as I go along, but there was no way I’d have the time this week to do all that. I can see myself doing this more often because I quite enjoyed arranging the parts without the cutting.

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And I leave you this week with the tag wall. It’s looking very colourful now!

Theresa.

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Creative Chemistry 101 – Making Something Of It

The last three weeks participating in the online Creative Chemistry class was well worth the effort. I got to learn and discover a great deal from the products I use. I thought I already had a pretty good understanding of what I use, based on previous trail and error, but this class delved even deeper  to explain some of the chemistry behind the products. In this post I want to take you through some of my processes as I go about making a card, or four.

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I loved the Day Four reinker sprays we make for one of the techniques, so I wanted to start my backgrounds using some sprays I made up. I started out with a full sized manilla folder cut into A4 sized sheets, and started spraying. This was the results of the first round of inky play.

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I started with this one first, spraying the background with three colours and then stenciling over the top with the same sprays. I just love the look of this and I found working on a larger piece of cardstock less resticting than a precut tag.

This piece came about somewhat differently. This time I wanted to mop up all the sprayed ink off of my craft sheet after doing the first piece. Before I dipped the cardstock into the puddles I added an extra colour direct from my stamp pad onto the craft sheet. So it was a hybrib of sorts, of a wrinkle free distress technique. Any bare patches where over sprayed with my made up sprays.  When it was dry I misted the spray through a stencil, but this time instead of letting it dry, I lift the colour off by pressing a dry paper towel into the wet ink.

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Before I move onto the cards I made, I thought I’d show you this. What is it, I hear you ask? Something I found curious during the course of the class, was a lot of questions directed at Tim about what the back of his tags looked like. So for those people, uber curious about these things, I thought it’d be fun and revealing to show what was on the back of my cardstock after messing about with inks. All my tags look a lot like this on the back too. It never occured to me to be clean and tidy when working with inks. Where’s the fun in that? Please tell me that I’m not the only one who thinks the messy backs look kinda cool too.

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And this is what my cards eventually ended up looking like. I cut one of the sheets ( the left one)  into four for the card fronts. I stamped the silhouette stamp and heat embossed with white powder. Added some sponging and water flicks, before adding the final stamping of the words and flourish.

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I just love all the layers and textural interest of the background. And you want to know something really cool about this. It hardly took any time at all to do. I had all four card fronts done in about an hour and  half, while doing some housework chores. Seriously.

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This is a style of inky, stampy goodness that I love most. I must do more of it. LOVE! And a little note about my stamp. One of my most favourite stamp sets ever is the Donna Downey Insightful Meadow set by Unity. I bought the extra large version of this set recently and was glad to finally put it to good use during this class. These stamps are now delightfully stained and have earned their keep in my stamp room. And what did I do with the other piece of inked up cardstock? I cut it up with various die cutters, so no doubt you’ll see them making an appearance on something soon.

Until next week, happy inking everyone!

Theresa.

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Creative Chemistry 101 – Part Two

Hello, I’m back again with samples of what I made in week two of Creative Chemistry 101. I didn’t come thru with a post midweek, as was the hope I expressed in my last post. I opted for some much needed time out after a hectic week, and grabbed a moment here and there throughout this week to play with some more ideas from the class.

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This is how my sample board is shaping up. I was not able to test all the techniques due to lack of suitable supplies or lack of time, but I’ll revisit those classes when I have what I need to complete them. My purpose was not to make a completed tag, but rather I wanted to get to know my products and what I could achieve with them. Some of my samples turned out somewhat ugly or messed up, but I learned the most from these. So I’ll run through a few of the tags with you today and touch on a few things that were of interest to me.

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These tag samples above were my own tests to satisfy my curiosity about my water based dye ink pads. The two samples on the left were done with Stampin’Up! Classic Ink, and the ones on the right are made with Distress Ink. I purposely chose dark browns for this test as brown is usually a composite reds and greens, and I wanted to see how much the colour separated when water was added.

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Day Eight of the class was all about paints. I worked on two techniques using Distress Crackle paints, and combined them onto one tag. The first technique on the background, was to use the crackle paint as a resist and to create texture. I wasn’t too keen on any of the results I got from several attempts at this technique. User error maybe? The other technique of applying clear crackle to a chipboard base, and then inking over the top when dry gave a much better result. I loosen a couple of crackle ‘chips’ from the surface of the chipboard doing this technique, so some more experience to prevent this is in order.

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Day Nine lessons were about mica powders. I used the Lindy Stamp Gang Magical Micas for these tags. The first three tags here are the same technique but changing the amount of water spritzed onto the tag to make the ink bleed. The last tag is like a wrinkle free distress with  blobs of mica added to the ink puddles. The mica powders I used have a dye (?) and a mica component to them, so when they were spritzed I got some extra unexpected colours when they mixed with the inks already on the tag.

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The leaf tag gave me the most unexpected results. I used about four different mica powders here, and when spritzed other colours emerged. It would be fun to explore different colour combos of dye ink and Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical Micas. Love the way the micas catch the light and make the leaf images pop.

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The last lesson was all about mediums, glues and sealers, and the technique we were shown was using Distress Stickles, a glitter glue. For my backgrounds I used Stampin’Up! Classic Ink (L) and Distress Ink (R). I applied a little more water then I intended, so the image got blurred up more than planned, but I was still happy with the end result. After getting the tags as dry as possible, I wiped clear Distress Stickles all over the surface with my finger. 

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Tim described this like sugar coated sweetness, and thats a perfect way to describe his glitter top coat of these tags. This is the kind of glitter effect I find most palatable – pun intended. I can see me using this more often in my crafting. This was my favourite technique of the week.

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This last photo is a revisit of the water colouring with reinkers technique I showed in the last post. The one on the right was the one I showed using the Distress Reinkers. Since I was doing double ups of techniques using my two brands of ink I had to go back when I had some time and do a sample with Stampin’Up! Reinkers, which you can see on the left. My workmanship is a bit sloppy (I need to wear glasses when doing this, lol), but my objective was to see if I could achieve a good result of blending with both brands.  I think they both work well.

During class I got to learn more about Archival Inks by Ranger, an oil based dye ink. I’ve not tried an ink like this before so I order a few colours to play with. When I get them I’ll go back and try some of the other techniques and report my results in the weeks to come. I’ll be back soon with some finished cards I made with what I learned during this class.

Theresa

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