Monday, March 19, 2018

Be Brave and Sing

I'm sharing this project over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  I hope you have time to pop on over and check it out HERE.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Playing With Seth Apter's Baked Texture Embossing Powders

Hello!!!  I received my order of the new Seth Apter Baked Texture Embossing Powders made by Emerald Creek this week and played just a bit.  These are some way cool embossing powders!!!!!!!!!!

I die cut the Sizzix Gadget Gears 1 and 2 from Grungepaper and then tried some of the embossing powders.  The largest gear was embossed with Chunky Rust and I did 2 layers.  Looking at the card, both the top gear and the small one farthest to the right were embossed with Patina Oxide.  The small gear has one layer and the larger gear has two layers.  The other medium sized gear, black in color, was embossed with Rocky Road, just one layer.  The other small gear was embossed with Dirty Sand, just one layer.  Way Cool!!!!

For my background I started with a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock paper cut 5 1/2" square.  I added a few colors of PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint first applying the paint using a junk mail plastic card and then "stamping" on it using corrugated cardboard.  I put the paint on my craft sheet, spread it with my finger, pressed the corrugate in the paint and then onto my paper.  Next I embossed my piece with Vintage Beeswax and I put 3 layers on.  When I was doing the third layer I thought it might be cool to stamp into it and I chose a large background image (Wendy Vecchi, Vintage Mesh).  I inked the stamp with clear ink and then worked at heating the embossing powder but it was too hard to keep an area that large all hot. (I should have known that, duh).  Anyway I stamped the background but didn't get much of an impression but I did have the ink there and decided to add some powder.  I chose Rocky Road.  It worked really well.  I thought it might spread too much when I heated it but kept moving as it melted and it was very cool.  I also sprinkled on some Ancient Amber giving some nice metallic highlights.  Next I was laying on the gears and thinking about putting some words.  I thought I needed to lighten the background in the area I was putting the gears so stamped on top of the embossing using Fresco Finish Paint, again using the Vintage Mesh image.  

Now for the words.  I was trying to decide if I should layer them on or try to stamp them directly on or just what to do.  I chose a stamp from the Tim Holtz set, Life Quotes CMS227.  I wondered if I stamped it onto tissue paper if I could just melt the embossing powder and add the paper.  I stamped onto the new Tim Holtz Collage Paper Plain embossing the words with a detail White Powder and tore the paper around the words.  Then I thought it would probably be difficult to melt the powder and get the paper placed before the powder cooled so I thought I'd just glue it on.  I did this with Distress Collage Medium Matte.  I put the medium on the back of the paper, put it on my background and then put some on top of the paper at which point I thought, "oh, I could add embossing powder to the wet glue", so put on the Vintage Beeswax.  And then began melting it.  This was another Duh! moment.  The medium is acrylic and therefore will bubble if you heat it when it's not dry.  It did a bit but I was able to kind of press it back down as the powder cooled.  I did ink it and do another layer of the Vintage Beeswax.  The detail white embossing stayed very well, I'm sure because of the matte medium.  Over all I think it came out looking really cool.  The only thing that drives me crazy with it, is the words went a bit crooked.  Otherwise, I love it!!!  I attached all the gears with foam tape and then added an Idea-ology gear with a brad over the largest gear.

I've added some close-up pics below.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.  Enjoy your day!!!

Hugs, Wanda

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Thinking of You - Distress Oxides - Paste

Hello on this fine Saturday!!!  I have a card to share with you.  

The background is Distress Oxide Inks (Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Fossilized Amber) and then Texture Paste (Glossy Transparent) through a Tim Holtz stencil.  I made the background back when I was first playing with the paste over oxides technique.  On this one the pasted areas didn't pop a lot from the rest and I was trying to figure out why.  After playing, it was then that I figured out you needed more layers of the oxides with water so that the surface had a lot of oxidation on it.  Since this one didn't pop as much and I wanted it o, I then sprayed the paper with Distress spray stain (Picked Raspberry), blotted it off, and dried it.  Finally I added some Distress Ink Weathered Wood with a blending tool.  To finish it off I've used A Way With Words Thinking of You (Elizabeth Craft Designs).  It's cut from white cardstock and then sprayed with Pearl Mica Spray (Ranger Ink).  Some scribbles, layering, and a flower to finish.

I hope you are having a good weekend!!

Hugs, Wanda

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Discover Everyday Moments


Hello!!!  I watched a FB live video yesterday.  In it Tim Holtz is playing with alcohol inks and he did this really cool technique with plastic wrap.  I just had to try it!!!  I worked on white yupo and used the colors flamingo, patina, and amethyst.  Is that not way cool!!!!

I even had the time last night to turn it into a card.  I used all Stamper's Anonymous, Tim Holtz stamps for my card.  
On the alcohol ink panel I stamped the script from the new Entomology set (CMS328) in a few spots using Archival Ink Auqamarine, dried it, then stamped 3 of the moths with Archival Ink Jet Black and one also one of the borders from the new Ornate Trims set (CMS326).  The words are cut from one of the images on an older set, Stuff To Say (CMS110).
On the next piece I stamped a background from the set Botanical & Batik (CMS327).  I inked the image with Distress Oxide Ink Broken China and a little bit of Peacock Feathers, dried it, then added just a bit of other color with regular Distress Ink Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet.
The last piece is black cardstock stamped with the other background of the same set using embossing ink and embossing it with Clear Detail Embossing Powder.  

I layers the pieces together as shown and attached them to a folded white card.  It's a little hard to see in the pictures but I also added lines around the words with a pink gel pen.

This was fun!!!  I recommend watching that FB live if you can and then having a play with the alcohol inks. I've always loved the alcohol inks and have had them for years.  It's great that they've been making a comeback and new colors are being added. 

I hope you're having a good day!!

Hugs, Wanda

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

If Kisses Were Snowflakes...

Hello.  This is an appropriate card for today as it is snowing outside.  We are only supposed to get 1-3 inches but we'll see what happens.

I started this card thinking about the challenge at Words 2 Craft By and then realized it also fit with this weeks Simon Says Monday Challenge.

I started with a piece of white card and added color with Distress Oxide Inks.  I put Broken China and Salty Ocean onto my craft sheet, sprayed them with water and dipped my paper into them... dried it, dipped again picking up the rest of the ink and dried it.  I then added just a hint of Picked Raspberry in the same way.  Next I added Ranger's Mica Spray Pearl in the same way - put it on the craft sheet and dipped my paper into it.  I love how that pearlescent catches the light.  I made sure the panel was very dry and used an anti-static bag on it before stamping and embossing the lips.  The lips are an old Noteworthy stamp.  I stamped them with Versamark ink and embossed them with Rangers Snowflake Tinsel powder.  I stamped the quote (Quietfire Design - If Kisses Were Snowflakes mounted stamp) with Archival Ink Jet Black using Tim's stamp platform so I could stamp it a few times to make it darker.  Finally I added white paint splatters.  I had die cut Let it Snow (Elizabeth Craft Designs by designer Suzanne Cannon) and also wanted to use it.  As I was trying to figure out my layout I decided it would be nice to cut my piece into 3 panels. After cutting it up I attached the 3 pieces to blue cardstock and attached my die cut words which I had cut from both blue and white and layered them together offset a bit.  I put an acrylic block on top and gave it time to be attached really well.  After I took the block off and was looking at it I noticed my mistake.  Can you see it?  I attached the bottom piece upside down.  I could not believe it!!!!!!!!!!!  Oh, the frustration!!  I almost through it away but decided to go ahead and finish it.  I attached it to a folded white card.  The metal snowflake is a Tim Holtz Idea-ology piece and I tied a piece of white fiber around it.  

I hope you like the card.  I don't think the upside down lips are too noticable.?.?  What do you think?  

Have a great day.

Hugs, Wanda

Monday, March 5, 2018

Acrylic Paint with an Acrylic Block

Good Monday to you!!!!  I'm over on the Quietfire Creations blog today with 2 cards and a tutorial for making these backgrounds.  I hope you have time to check it out!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

It is Spring Fever...

Happy March 1st!!!  And also happy birthday to my husband!!  The sun is shining bright today with cool temps.  We had a taste of Spring on Tuesday with more coming in the next couple of days.  I'm sure Winter is not over but we sure have Spring fever.  

I decided to do a quick tag for the current PaperArtsy Topic/Challenge which is Watercolours

I've used a #8 Mixed Media Tag (Ranger).  I wet most of the tag leaving a small edge not wet and then came in with Gansai Tambi Pearl Colors in Pearl Pink and Pearl Lemon Yellow.  I also sprinkled in a little Are You Cerise Infusions into the pink areas and sprayed on a little more water.  I dabbed at the infusion crystals a bit with my finger and dried the tag.  The quote is from a new set of PaperArtsy Alison Bomber stamps #EAB06.  Around the edges I've stamped part of a flower image from the PaperArtsy Kay Carley set #EKC02.  All the stamping was done with Archival Ink Jet Black.  I used a white gel pen on the flowers.  I stitched around the tag with black thread.  The edges of the tag are embossed with Queen's Gold powder (Ranger).  The metal piece on the end of the tag is part of a Finnabair (Prima) piece.  It was silver but I used Florentine Treasure Gold to change that. The flower is 3 light colored Prima flowers colored using the Gansai Tambi Pearl Pink, stacked, a brad in the center, and crumpled a bit while drying.

A fun tag!!!   You can see how pearly it is in the next two pictures.

Thanks for following along!!  Hugs, Wanda

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Forever Unforgettable

Hello!!!  Can you believe it's the last day of February?  It has been a very busy month for us!!!  I have, however, managed to get a journal page made for the More Than Words February Challenge.  The challenge my daugher (her blog is HERE) and I are trying to do each month for this year. 

I've worked on a page in the Dylusions Small Creative Journal.  The hearts (Tim Holtz) are stenciled with Viva Croco, copper color.  Distress Spray Stains for background color.  Both the tree and the butterfly are Sizzix/Tim Holtz dies.  Forever and Unforgettable are both A Way With Words dies designed by Suzanne Cannon of Quietfire Design.  The small, white words are from the new pack of Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs, Tiny Text.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Mixed Media Art Journal Page

I hope you all had a good weekend!!!  Our youngest son got married on Saturday.  A small, simple but very nice wedding.  It was a good day!!!

I have a tutorial with step-by-step photos and directions for making this art journal page over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  I hope you have time to take a look and maybe even leave a comment.  I love how the page came out!!! :)

I hope you all have a good week!!!

Hugs, Wanda

I am also entering this into February's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge which this month is a photo inspiration and what I took from the photo was the color.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

To Create

I received the new Distress Oxide colors earlier this week and played just a little bit.  I started with Aged Mahogany and Forest Moss putting the inks on my craft sheet, spraying with water and then dipping my paper (Dylusions Mixed Media Cardstock) into the ink.  While drying that layer I speckled some water over it with the Distress Sprayer.  Once dry I dipped again in the leftover inks and repeated the drying and dripping with water.  Next I did the same thing using Tattered Rose and Evergreen Bough right over my first two colors.  Isn't that pretty and wouldn't it be a fabulous mix for Christmas projects.

Over my background colors I stamped a large Wendy Vecchi background (WVBG008 - Vintage Tapestry) using her Fern Green Archival Ink from Ranger Ink.  

The quote at the bottom is a Quietfire Design stamp (To Create is to Touch).  I used the Tim Holtz plateform to line it up for stamping and was really glad that I did.  I knew to make it stand it would have to be in white.  I had dried the Archival Ink and even used an anti static pad before stamping but when I put the powder on quite a bit stuck other places.  I brushed all the powder off, dried it very well in that area, used the anti static pad liberally, stamped again and added the white powder (Wow Super Fine).  It only stuck to the stamping and I heated it... however, I must not of pressed enough at the beginning of the word and I didn't get complete coverage.  The stamp was still in the platform so I inked, stamped, added powder and heated it again.  I was concerned it would make the detailed letters look really bad but overall it came out good.  They are a bit thicker loosing just a little of their wonderful detail but I could live with it.  Then I wondered if some of the embossing powder might stick at the top of the panel so put some up there, tapped the card, and heated the bits that stuck for another texture in my background.  

The flowers are from the first set of Sizzix/Tim Holtz Wildflowers.  I cut 3 from water color paper and used Distress Oxides (Squeezed Lemonade, Bundled Sage) along with a water brush to add the color.  I added a piece of red patterned washi tape across the card, figured out placement of the flowers trimming the stems, glued them to the card, added a yellow washi tape to hide the bottom of the stems and finished with Tim Holtz Craft Thread wrapping and making a bow.  I thought it needed just a bit more so I added Distress Paint Tarnished Brass to the edges of the panel, covered the botttom area with a scrap of paper and splattered some of the Tarnished Brass over the flowers and top part of the panel.  I like the hints of metallic as the card moves in the light.  I layered the panel to a white panel and then a folded green card. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Courage, Worry, Strength

Hello!!!  I'm sharing the how to's of this card over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  I hope you have time to go check it out!!!

Hugs, Wanda

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Strength Grows

Hello there on this Wednesday!!  The weather is not too bad for winter here in south central Iowa but that will change tomorrow.  The temps will drop more than 20 degrees and then on the weekend we are supposed to get snow.  

I have used a whole lot of Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 products (stamps, stencils, Archival inks, enamel accents) on this card... pretty much everything except the background color.  That was done with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints when I was working on This project.  I brushed extra paint on this paper while working.. quite liked what I had at the end and wanted to use it.  

I stamped the circle collage with Potting Soil ink.  I did use the stamp platform and stamped it twice so the ink was very wet.  Then embossed the image with Potting Soil Embossing Powder.  I used two stencils to add pattern around the outside of the circle, Add A Stencil and Lots of Dots.  Inked through Add A Stencil with Orange Blossom and through Lots of Dots with Red Geranium.  In the area on the left side and down around the bottom of the circle that leaves a gap I used the white Distress Crayon to lighten that area.  I used Wendy's Enamel Accents, Carnation Red and Sunflower, for the red and yellow dots.  The flower and leaves are the Stamp-it Stencil-it set In Full Bloom, stamped with Jet Black and colored with Distress Inks.  The matching stencil makes it so easy to add the color!!!  A white gel pen was used to add the white dots near the center.  The quote is from Set SCS145, Artful Thoughts, stamped with Jet Black and a white gel pen used on the open letters.  The butterfly is a Mat Mini, colored with Distress Inks and stamped with one of the squares in the Large Collage background image (WVBG011) using Fern Green.

This was fun to do.  I really need play with my Wendy stuff more often!!  

Thanks for following along!!

Hugs, Wanda

Monday, January 29, 2018

Friendship is a Million Little Things

As with a lot of people recently, I had to try the new Tim Holtz technique using Distress Oxide Inks on Ranger's Glossy Paper and then MicroGlaze.  Tim used Distress Glaze but I still have MicroGlaze from years past and used that.  I did 3 layers of Oxides on my paper.  The first layer used the colors Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, and Wild Honey.  My second layer used Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, and Wilted Violet.  The third layer is Cracked Pistachio and Fossilized Amber.  Then the magic, pulling all the oxidation off with Glaze.  A really, I mean REALLY, cool technique.  

I stamped the quote from Quietfire Design, Friendship Isn't A Big Thing, embossed it with white powder, die cut the oval using a Stitched Oval die (Sizzix, Tim Holtz), edged the oval with Distress Paint Brushed Pewter, put foam mounting tape on the back and set it aside.  

Next I worked on the rest of the paper.  I set the Tim Holtz Flourish stencil across the panel lining up the edge along the top of the panel.  I put Ranger's Texture Paste Transparent Gloss through the stencil, removed the stencil, covered the paste with Distress Dry Glitter Rock Candy, dumped off the excess and let it dry.  Once dry I brushed off the rest of the excess that didn't stay attached to the paste, attached it to a white cardstock panel, and attached the oval right over the opening.  

I added a strip of flowery sheer ribbon as shown and 2 die cuts (Elizabeth Craft Designs Dandelion Fluff die set) and then attached everything to a folded purple card.  

This card is so soft and pretty.  I really love how it came out.  

Thanks for following along!!!

Hugs, Wanda

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Eileen Hull's Mini Album Die

I was totally blessed to win Eileen Hulls' Mini Album die in a random draw.  It came in the mail while I was sick.  The first day I was up I opened it and, of course, needed to cut it right away.  The closest thing large enough to cut was the plastic packaging it came in.  At that moment I just wanted to see how it cut....  

After cutting it, I immediately remembered an old technique people use to do on acetate.  I'm pretty sure the technique was called Caught in Crystal.  I covered one side of the die cut plastic with Glossy Accents, dripped on some Distress Re-inker, used my finger to blend the color around in the glue, sprinkled on some glitter, and then covered it all with crumpled, white tissue paper.  If there were an spots that didn't seem wet enough, I added more glue pressing it in with my finger.  At this point it's best to let it air dry completely and then once dry, trim off the excess tissue paper.

Here it is flipped over so you are looking through the plastic.  Beautiful, huh!!!

I had time to finish making the album yesterday.  I decided I would decorate the cover, fill it with watercolor paper, and use it for art journaling.  I'm thinking another scripture journal either to use along with the one I've got started or to use once that one is full. 

With the bright colors I thought black silhouette flowers would look fabulous.  I cut an assortment using the Tim Holtz Wildflower dies by Sizzix.  I thought about stamping the scripture right on the front but decided I really needed to stamp and layer, just in case, as I did not want to mess up what I already had.  I also wanted all that fabulous color to show so I stamped the scripture (Our Daily Bread Designs) onto acetate and then die cut a tag shape using an Elizabeth Craft Designs Tags & More Die set trimming the bottom to be a short tag.  I've edged the piece with gold and added a black, sparkly brad to the hole.  I trimmed the prongs short enough that after pressing them out, they were still hidden by the brad.  I attached all the flowers using Glossy Accents. 

I cut all the pages from 140# watercolor paper using the die and then tied them into the album using Tim Holtz's Craft Thread.  This way, if need be, the pages can be pulled out to work on and then re-inserted. 

This picture is taken with the book open looking at the inside of the cover.

I'm entering this into the Mini Album Makers Challenge for January.

And I'm also entering the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Tag It.