Saturday, July 30, 2011

custom stone transfers...

I don't know about you, but I love the rhinestone, rhinestud, and nailhead transfer designs that can be seen everywhere from clothes to scrapbooks!  Have you ever wished that you could make your own?  Choose your own colors, patterns and size?  Well, let me share a little secret with you...

You can!

I've already shared a video showing how to make a template with an electronic die cutter, but what about those who don't have one, or don't want to spend the time carefully arranging circles?  Well, you can free hand the design if you are so inclined, but I find an easy way to design is by using stamps. 

Today I'm going to be using the new Metallic Inspirations. I love how thin they are! Perfect for that extra bling without the extra bulk!

What you need:
Metallic Inspirations
Simple Stamp
Staz-on ink
Vinyl (or heat transfer tape)
Strong Liquid Glue

*when choosing stamps to use, keep these two things in mind: 1) keep it simple. The size of the rhinestones or nail heads will determine how detailed you can go. The larger the stone, the less detail you can make. {I personally prefer the smaller sizes for the detail, but it does take a lot longer!}  2) you don't have to use the entire image of any one stamp, and you can combine stamps together to get a whole new look. Try it!

 Step 1: Using Staz-on ink, stamp your image onto a piece of acetate. By stamping on the acetate, your pattern will last longer, and can be flipped over for a mirror image! How fun is that!

 Step 2: Carefully arrange your stones on your stamped design. Remember that the stamp is just a guide line. You don't have to follow it exactly. I decided not to do the flower or the leaves on this image.

*I have found that a good pair of tweezers is very helpful for this!*

 *If you have heat transfer tape, go ahead and use that, but since I don't, I use what I have around... scraps of vinyl. (for smaller or thinner designs, a low tack masking tape also works... Just be sure it is the kind you can stick on paper and remove it without tearing your paper.)*

Step 3: Without moving any of the stones, press the sticky side of the vinyl on top of your design. Run your finger over the design to make sure all your stones are firmly sticking to your vinyl. 

 Step 4: Flip your design over and slowly peel away the acetate. Start at one corner and slowly work the acetate off. Watch to make sure all the stones are staying firmly stuck in place on the vinyl. 

 *If you are using heat transfer tape, simply iron on to your project.... DON'T iron if you are using vinyl!)*

Step 5: Put a small dot of a strong liquid glue on the back of each stone. (I like to use Glossy Accents because it works well with both the paper and the metal... and most any other surface!!!)

 Step 6: Lay your design (glue side down) onto your project. Run your finger over the design to ensure all the stones are touching your project. 

Step 7: Allow to dry. (this may take a while depending on which glue you use, and what you are gluing your design to. Don't rush it.)

 Step 8: When all the glue is dry, slowly peel off the vinyl starting at one corner and working your way across. Your custom design is now successfully transferred!

Paper: My Minds Eye, Grungeboard shapes, Chipboard mini album page
Stamp: Fancy Pants "From the Garden", "In My Words"
Ink: Distress Ink (Rusty Hinge)
Creative Inspirations Paint: Canary, Sapphire
Metallic Inspirations: Blue, Aquamarine
Jeweled Inspirations: 34, 30, 20
Other: Gesso, white acrylic paint


Friday, July 29, 2011

piece of cake...

I've wanted to do one of these treat box cakes for quite some time... I've never had the right occasion to make one though. Finally, I decided who needs an occasion for cake? LOL!
Paper: Coredinations, Provo Craft, tissue paper
Cricut: Tags Bags Boxes and More, Preserves
Dies: Quickutz "Cookie Cutter Flowers",  "Nesting Circles", "Demask"
Other: ribbon, stamen

Each wedge of cake is a cake box from TBBM Cricut cartridge. They are designed to be filled with fabulous goodies, but they can also be used as fabulous center pieces.

Each rose was made using 4 paper flowers using the Quickutz flower die. (I use that one a lot!).  A little cutting, rolling, and gluing, and they become beautiful dimensional roses.  The little white flowers were made  from tissue paper using the technique I shared last post.

The best part about this cake?  It is totally calorie and guilt free!

Friday, July 22, 2011

center step and circles..

Hi everyone!
I hope you are having a wonderful week!  We had a giant tree fall in our yard, so I've been spending a lot of time helping move the branches and stack our new firewood... 
but, enough about chores, lets talk creating! 

Paper: Coredinations, Die Cuts With a View, K&Co
Stamps: Inkadinkado "Beauty Stems from Here"
Ink: Archival Ink (Coffee)
Dies: Spellbinder "Label Six"
Other: Viva Decor Pearl Pen, ribbon, feather, watercolor crayons, tissue flowers

 This fabulously fun Center Step Card is super easy to make.. You can find the tutorial here.  

I used the same beyond the edge technique I share in my last post to accommodate for the stamped image being slightly larger then the nested die I wanted to use.

To color the image, I decided to play around with my watercolor crayons, however, I didn't use a base coat of gesso, so the colors didn't float around as much... this made it harder for me to fix mistakes, but easier to keep little rings from forming as the water dried. 

I added some Viva Decor Pearl Pen dots on the image for a subtle shine and a little bit of dimension. I wanted to keep this card fairly simple, but I just can't help adding a few extra details... =)

Speaking of details... To finish this card off, I tied a bow around the bottom of the card. I wanted to add just a touch of something, so I tucked a few tissue flowers behind the bow. It needed a little bit of hight though, so I tucked in a little feather. It gives such a soft finishing touch that doesn't pull focus from the main image. 

Want some of your own tissue flowers? Well, they are really easy to make!

here's what you need
Tissue paper (the kind for wrapping gifts, not noses)
Color spray (optional)
Circle die cut
Die cut machine
Paper Piercer 
Liquid glue (or hot glue)

#1. *optional*   Spread your tissue paper out and spray with a color spray, then let dry. Here I used Tattered Angels glimmer mist  in "Dewberry". If you don't want to do this, you can just use what ever color tissue paper you have and leave it as is. 

#2. Fold you tissue paper so you have multiple layers. Because tissue paper is so thin, you can easily cut multiple layers even with the super thin dies. It makes things go SO much faster!

#3. Run your tissue paper and circle die through your die cutting machine. Here I used a circle that is 1/2 inch. I was trying for the baby's breath look. However, you can use larger circles.

#4. Separate the layers of tissue paper circles, and scrunch each one up. This give your flower dimension and texture. Reopen each circle, but don't smooth them out too much. 

#5. Using a paper piercer (or a pin, needle, or craft knife) poke a hole through the center of each circle. 

#6. Thread a stamen through the center hole of 3-4 circles. (use more circles for larger flowers to keep them looking full)
*I have the best luck finding stamen in craft stores with the cake decorating stuff. Bakers use them for the centers of fondant flowers.

#7. Gently press the circles as far up the stamen as they will go, and add a drop of liquid (or hot) glue on the back to keep them in place.

#8. When the glue is dry, flip over your flower and fluff out your petals to your liking. 

(I know this sounds like it takes a lot of time, but once you get your rhythm down, they move along quickly. I like to do this in front of the tv, and just make tons at a time, so I have them when I want them.)


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

hop beyond the edge...

Hey everyone!  

When I first saw the Penny Black "Toadily" stamp set, it just made me smile, so of course, I had to do a fun and happy card... Isn't that frog just adorable!!!

Paper: Me & My Big Ideas, Bazzill, Die Cuts With a View, white cardstock
Stamps: Penny Black "Toadily", Clear Dollar Stamps "Thumbkins"
Ink: Archival Ink (Jet Black), Distress Ink (Forest Moss, Crushed Olive, Spun Sugar, Bundled Sage, Brushed Corduroy, Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Mustard Seed), Color Box Chalk (Wisteria)
Creative Inspirations Paint: Silver Frost
Metallic Inspirations: Matt Purple
Dies: Quickuz "Nesting Circles"
Other: Gesso, embroidery floss, ribbon, Perfect Pearls, Glossy Accents

For the ribbon, I pulled out one of my favorite tricks..  white ribbon. I then altered it using CI paint.  I also added some of the new Metallic Inspirations by Creative Inspirations, I love that they add a metallic bling without adding additional bulk.  These things are thinner than using brads, so they are great for cards that you want to mail.

The frog was "painted" using Distress Inks and a water brush over gessoed card stock. I like watercoloring with ink on paper that has been prepped with gesso because the colors blend so much easier, and mistakes are a lot easier to fix.

I used a nesting circle die by Quickuz to make all my circles and rings.  I love the nesting shapes! There is so much you can do with them!  

Want to know how to I got the flower beyond the outside of the die? It's easy! You do need to be using a very thin die for this to work... Spellbinders, Cheery Lynn Designs, and Quickutz are some companies that have the super thin dies.

 1. Using your die as a reference, make light pencil marks near the area that will extend beyond the edge.

2. Cut around the part of the image that will go past the edge of the die. Use the reference marks as guides of how much to cut. You will need to cut a little bit farther than your marks because the actual blade of the die is set slightly in from the edge you traced.

 3. Slip the die under the part of the image you want sticking out, and over the rest of the image. This is what allows you to cut the shape without cutting off the extended part of the image.

4. Run it through your die cutting machine using what ever your normal "sandwich" for this kind of die is. The "sandwich" of plates you use will vary depending on what brand machine you are using. 

I hope this inspires you to look beyond the edges of your dies to find endless possibilities!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

sun and sea...

Hey everyone! 

In many ways, I tend to be a perfectionist... This can lead to quite a bit of frustration when it comes to art.  I have found that I sometimes need to just step back and enjoy the little imperfections that make each piece unique.  One way I can do this is by using techniques that are not exact... doing things that you just don't know how they will turn out until the end.  I find if very fun and liberating! Join me today in making some on-of-a-kind art that is fun, and looks really cool!

What you need:
Creative Inspirations Paint (any color)
Non-porus surface for mixing
Glaze Base
Mixing stick (something to stir paint with)
Glossy Paper (I like Ranger's)
Plastic Cling Wrap

Prep work:  have a piece of plastic cling wrap that is larger than your project cut and sitting out on your table.  You will need to grab it quickly, and don't have time to spend struggling with the frustratingly stubborn plastic in the middle of the project. *or maybe it's just me who is cling wrap!*

 Step 1: Place some CI paint on you mixing surface (I'm recycling a plastic food tray).  The amount of paint you need will depend on the size surface you are going to paint.. This technique needs to move fairly quickly, so make plenty.... you won't have time to stop and mix more once you start.

Step 2: Add some Glaze Base. I don't have any exact measurements for this, I just add some. The purpose of the glaze base is to extend the drying time... other wise, your paint will dry too quickly on the page.

*I find my glaze base in my local craft store will all the cheap acrylic paints. (Don't be confused... I'm talking the cheap acrylic paints for tole painting, not the fine art acrylic paints!)*

Step 3: Using a mixing stick (aka: toothpick, paint brush handle, spoon...whatever)  stir the glaze and paint together until completely mixed.

Step 4: Working quickly, paint your glossy paper with your CI glaze mix. At this point, it doesn't need to look pretty, just get it all covered before it starts drying anywhere.

*you can do this same technique with regular paper, but the effect is muted. I love the look on glossy paper!*

 Step 5: Lay your cling wrap on your wet paint and press. Again, you aren't going for pretty at this point. In fact, the more wrinkled it is, the more interesting the end result. Feel free to smoosh the paint around under the plastic to get rid of any brush marks and arrange the wrinkles how you like them. 

Step 6: set it aside to dry WITH the plastic wrap on it. 

 Step 7: Once all the paint is completely dry, peel off the plastic wrap. 

 You now have a one-of-a-kind beautiful paper! 

I turned mine into a beach scene card...

 If you are using glossy paper and you put on a thick layer of paint, you will even have some raised texture!

For the top of the card, I mixed some Distress re-inker into some white acrylic paint and brushed on a layer. I then added some more re-inker and added in some streaks.  The son was made by mixing some Distress re-inker in a mini mist bottle with some water and giving it one squirt directly at the spot I wanted the sun.. Just like the water, it is a one-of-a-kind look.. I couldn't get it to do that exact spray pattern again if I tried! LOL!

Paper: Ranger Glossy Paper, acetate, white cardstock,
Ink: Staz-On (Jet Black), Distress Ink (Rusty Hinge,Wild Honey)
Creative Inspirations Paint: Turquoise
Stamps: Tattered Angels "Seaside", TPC Studio "Butterfly Collage", Fancy Pants "On a Whimsey"
Other: Glaze Base


Saturday, July 9, 2011

stamping with crayons...

This is a technique that has been around in the stamping world for a LONG time, but it is a fun one! Today we are going to but a Creative Inspirations Paint twist on this oldie but goodie.

What you need:
Creative Inspirations Paint
Tooth pick or paint brush (for scooping paint)
Small  empty water misting bottle
Water misting bottle with water
Stamp (bold works best)
Water soluble crayons (Watercolor crayons)
 Step 1: Scoop some CI paint out of the jar, and into your mister bottle.  The amount needed will very depending on what effect you are going for, so feel free to experiment to find the "perfect" amount of paint for you.

 Step 2: add water to the mister bottle. Again, the amount is of water added is up to you and your preferences.

 Step 3:  lightly mist your chosen stamp with a little bit of water. You don't want to over saturate it, so either spray from a distance, or spray the water into the air and run your stamp through the mist a few times. (Like you spray perfume into the air and walk through it)

 Step 4: color. Yup, use your water soluble crayon, and color directly onto the stamp. (this is why you needed a little moisture on the stamp to begin with). Try using more than one color... this technique blends things beautifully. If the crayons aren't coloring well on your stamp, try spritzing on a bit more water.

 Step 5: mist your stamp with your home made CI spray.  Again, you don't want to over do it, or you will end up with a wet puddle on your page, but you don't need to be afraid of it either.

 You can see the colors already starting to blend, and the shimmer floating around....

 Step 6: Stamp. 

Step 7: carefully lift stamp off the paper and allow image to dry.

 Keep in mind that the image will most likely not be perfect... this is the nature of watercolor stamping... it adds to the beauty and individuality of the piece. 


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

painted lace...

My dear sister was visiting my studio not too long ago... She saw a project in the works and wanted to know how I did one of the elements... so this is for you sweetie! 

*Honestly, I'm surprised my BIL still lets my sister talk to me... every time she comes to my house, she leaves with a long list of scrapbook supplies she wants... LOL*

(those who visit the CI blog on Saturdays will recognize the tutorial, but it is a fun and diverse enough technique that it's worth sharing here too.)

Here is what you need:
Creative Inspirations Paint
*Die cuts or card stock
Paint brushes
Masking tape

*You can use this as a textured background by using a plain sheet of card behind the lace, or you can cover die cuts, chipboard shapes, or grunge board shapes.

 Step 1: Using tape, stretch the lace tight over the die cuts or background card stock.

 Step 2: Paint on Gesso. Make sure to get good coverage as this will act as the glue.

Step 3: Allow to air dry. (air drying is important because lace will melt and/burn with the heat from a heat gun.)

 Step 4: Repeat step 2-3 until desired look is achieved. Make sure you apply Gesso off the edges of your pieces also to keep the lace from unraveling later.

 Step 5: Using a small paint brush, paint over the lace pattern with desired color of Creative Inspirations Paint.

 Step 6: Allow this to air dry as well.

 Step 7: Trim off excess lace.

Just look at that great texture!

And here is the finished product!