Saturday, April 28, 2012

detail and texture...

Hello all my wonderful friends!  

Yesterday was my birthday, and today I'm heading out to go whale watching.... Super excited! You know what else I'm excited about?  Sharing todays tutorial! This is a super fun mixed media technique where the end result looks a lot more complex than it really is. Ready to wow your friends?

What you need
Sticky-back canvas (Ranger)
Heavy weight card stock
Embossing folder (any brand)
Embossing machine
Clear embossing ink
Creative Inspirations Deliquesce (white)
Small paint brush
Creative Inspirations paint (any color)
Paper towel or rag
Beeswax (I use Ranger melt art pellets)
Perfect Pearls (any color/s)
Heat gun
Non-stick craft sheet

All right, here we go!

 Step 1: Cut your Sticky back canvas to the size/shape you want. Peel off the backing paper, and adhere it to a heavy weight cardstock. (I'm using a mixed media paper)  This will give the canvas stability and help it hold the embossing.

 Step 2: Put your canvas and paper into an embossing folder and run it through your embossing machine following the manufacturer's suggested stack for embossing folders.

 Step 3: Lightly rub a clear embossing ink over the raised areas of the canvas.

 Step 4: Cover the canvas with CI White Deliquesce powder. Don't be stingy, you can shake off all excess onto a scrap paper and pour it right back in the jar for future use!

 Step 5: Because you are working with a fabric, you will probably find that once you have shaken off the excess powder, there is still powder in areas you don't want it. Simply take a small paint brush and gently brush away any unwanted powder.

 Step 6: Heat the embossing powder until it melts.  (The great thing about the Sticky Back canvas from Ranger is that the adhesive is not effected by heat or moisture!)

Step 7: Once the melted powder is cool, you can add your Creative Inspirations paint using your favorite method. I used a brush and my fingers.... 

 Step 8: Allow the paint to dry (doesn't take long), then rub over the embossed areas with a slightly damp paper towel or rag. The Deliquesce powder you used earlier will act as a resist. 

*due to the highly textured surface of the canvas, the resist will not be crisp and perfect. It will have a more distressed and textured look.

 Step 9: Randomly sprinkle on some beeswax pellets. 

 Step 10: Use your heat gun to melt the wax. You don't want complete coverage, just random splotches of wax.  Make sure to work on a non-stick craft sheet for easy clean up!

 Step 11: Once the wax is cool, use a paint brush to brush Perfect Pearls onto the waxed areas. After you have brushed them on, use the brush to pounce them, then whisk away any extra. Set the Perfect Pearls by lightly misting with water. The Perfect Pearls should basically  only stick to the waxed area. 

 Isn't that beautiful???  I love the different kinds of shimmer you get by using both CI paints and the Perfect Pearls!

And just look at all that detail and texture!

 It looks like you spend a ton of time, but in reality, it really doesn't take long at all!


Thursday, April 26, 2012

not your ant's beeswax...

I think I have crafty ants....

Yesterday, I found ants in my apartment. Were they in the kitchen? Oh no! They are all over by my craft stuff... Not sure what they are creating, but they seem to be having  fun... LOL!

Well, while the ants have been hard at work on what ever it is they are working on, I have been having fun with beeswax. I've worked with beeswax a little in the past, but I recently decided to dig it out and play with it some more. 

For this project, I combined it with CI paints, Perfect Pearls, Stickyback canvas, and embossing folders... Beautiful results, huh!

This shot of the background before I finished the card really shows the shimmer reflecting in the light!

 I cut the flowers out of mixed media paper using the Spellbinders "Rose Creations" die. I then colored them with Distress inks, and stamped on them. After, I covered them in beeswax, and used an embossing folder to give them more texture.... They were then brushed with some Perfect Gold Perfect Pearls for a beautiful shimmer. Aren't they elegant!

 Just look at that texture and shimmer!!!! 
I'll be posting a step by step tutorial for this background on Saturday both here and on the Creative Inspirations blog, so make sure to drop by! (and don't forget to leave comments... I love to hear your thoughts!)


Supplies Used:
Paper: Sticky-back canvas (Ranger), mixed media paper
Ink: Distress (Antique Linen, Weathered Wood), Archival (Jet Black, Coffee), Perfect Medium, VersaMark
Stamps: Glitz "Distressing"
Dies: Spellbinders "Rose Creations"
Creative Inspirations: Paint (Lavender, Antique Gold, Antique Silver, Sea Foam, Green Olive), Deliquesce (White)
Other: Provo Craft "Stylized Flowers" & "D'vine Swirls" embossing folders, Perfect Pearls, beeswax, faux pearls, ribbon

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


One thing that drives my dad absolutely nuts is the fact that high school kids seem to enjoy driving down the long valley street smashing mailboxes, so when I saw this stamp from Stamplistic, it made me laugh!


Supplies used
Paper: watercolor paper, glossy paper
Ink: Distress (various), Archival (Jet Black, Sepia)
Stamps: Stamplistic "Broken", Inkadinkado "Letter", Fancy Pants "Fresh Mod" & "Pollen Dust", Sassafras "Collage Trim"
Dies: Quickutz "Nesting Ovals"
Other: twine

Saturday, April 21, 2012

be amazed...

Today, while walking my dog, I stopped to watch several swallows swooping  and diving through the warm sunbeams of spring. It made my heart sing. I see all the new life budding out on the branches of trees and the twisted berry vines, and I can't help but be amazed. God is good.

Sometimes I think we need to slow down a little and drink in the moments... they pass so quickly!

Even though I have never been into fishing, this sweet image from Prima makes me smile... 

When I lived in Utah, I built a pond in the backyard.  In this pond, we kept goldfish and koi. I loved watching the fish! Each year, as they were waking up from their winter hibernation, I would start feeding them worms.  Each night I would catch night crawlers as they poked up from the gardens. By the end of the summer, I would have the fish taking the worms right from my fingers. I loved it! 

I stamped the image on watercolor paper and used Distress inks to paint it. The background is done on kraft with a mixture of stamping and heat embossing to form a resist. I then used some watered down acrylic paint over it to make the resist pop.

This little canvas tag is from Maya Road. I stamped the heart using Rustic Red Creative Inspirations Paint so it would be all shimmery. I used a makeup wedge to add some CI paint to the frayed edges of the tag as well. It is a quick way to add a pop of color and shimmer. Love it!

Take some time today to be amazed!


Supplies Used
Paper: Coredinations, kraft, watercolor
Ink: Archival (Jet Black), Distress (Various), VersMark
Stamps: Prima, Fancy Pants "In my Words" & "Little Star", Tattered Angels "Tattered Traveler Compass"
Creative Inspirations: Paint (Rustic Red)
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 18"
Other: Maya Road canvas tag, twine, acrylic paint, embossing powder

Saturday, April 14, 2012

antiqued shimmer...

Hello all my wonderful friends! 

Since is sponsoring us at Creative Inspirations Paint, I wanted to share a fun way to use the CI paints with one of my favorite Sweetstamps stamp... Cherie!

Now this adorable little girl has an old fashion air that seems to beg for an antiqued treatment.  One of my favorite ways to do that with stamps is to use embossing powder and acrylic paint. It needed some CI shimmer though, so I decided to mix things up a bit...

Ready to get some paint on those brushes?

What you need:
Creative Inspirations Paint
White acrylic paint
Clear Embossing Ink
Creative Inspirations Black Deliquesce 
Damp rag or paper towel

 Step 1: Mix some Creative Inspirations Paint with some white acrylic paint.

*I can't give any exact ratios... not all acrylic paints are the same. The thicker art acrylics take a lot more CI paint, and end up with a subtler shimmer. The thinner cheap acrylics for crafts takes less CI paint and has a more intense shimmer in the end. You will need to play with the ratios depending on what you are using and what you want your end result to be.*

Step 2: Ink up your stamp with embossing ink and stamp like usual.

 Step 3: Cover the stamped image with Black Deliquesce powder.
(don't forget to pour the extra back into the jar!)

 Step 4: Heat emboss. Be careful not to over emboss! Once an area becomes shiny, move the heat.

 Step 5: Cover the entire image with your CI/acrylic mix, and let dry completely. 
(I usually do 2 layers of paint.)

 Step 6: Take a slightly damp rag or paper towel, and rub over the image. This takes a little patience, and a bit of elbow grease, but the embossed image will resist the paint. Change to a fresh area of the rag often. You can clean off all the paint from the embossing, or leave some on for a more aged look. 

 Be sure to buff the background as well. Buffing will bring out the shimmer of the paint.  
I love the subtle shimmer that this gives!  It works great on dark paper too!


Friday, April 13, 2012

distressed cherie...

Hello all my fabulous friends!

I hope you are all having a wonderful Friday! 

 I wanted to share a sneak peek of my tutorial project for tomorrow...
It features the "Cherie" stamp by I love this little girl!

The background was done with Distress inks and Perfect Pearls. I love the antiqued look that is achieved by stamping with distress ink, then misting with water. 

See you tomorrow!


Supplies Used
Paper: Manilla, white cardstock
Ink: VersaMark, Archival (Jet Black), StazOn (Timber Brown), Distress Ink (various)
Stamps: "Cherie" & "Baroque Corner Large", Fancy Pants "Delight"
Creative Inspirations: Paint (Autumn Wheat, Winter Frost, Beige, Light Purple), Deliquesce (Black)
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 18"
Other: Perfect Pearls, acrylic paint, rhinestones, shrink plastic

Thursday, April 12, 2012

colorize your world...

Well, the week started out beautifully!  I was running around barefoot outside in the sunshine... However, today we are back to rain. I don't mind... too much. =)

I don't have a finished project to share today, but I wanted to share a little tip that I've been playing around with lately.

For the Creative Chemistry 101 class I took, I bought a jar of the clear Rock Candy crackle paint from Ranger. Now, you can do lots of fabulous things with this clear paint of crackly goodness, but one of the first things I thought of when I opened it is... I wonder if it can be colorized...

So, of course, I had to try. And the answer is, YES! 

Now, I know you can buy colors of the crackle paint, but they are colored using an opaque pigment, so it has the same effect as acrylic paint... it covers things up.  Now, if you use a dye ink, like Distress Reinkers, you get the same great crackle, fabulous color, and it is translucent!

Well, I couldn't really stop at reinkers, could I? Not when I'm the main tutorial writer for Creative Inspirations paints...

Guess what... it works fabulously! 

You get the great crackle of the paint, and the beautiful color and shimmer of the CI paints!

So go experiment with colorizing your world!


Saturday, April 7, 2012

happy easter...

Hello all my fabulous friends!

I wanted to stop in and wish you all a wonderful and safe Easter weekend!


Supplies used:
Paper: Glossy paper, watercolor paper
Ink: Archival (Jet Black), VeresaMark, Colorbox Archival (Lemon Drop), Distress (various)
Stamps: Penny Black "Garden Friends", Fancy Pants "Delight", Great Impressions "Simple Elegance"
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 18"

Thursday, April 5, 2012

a little canvasing...

Hello all my wonderful friends! 

I think I am addicted.... to canvas. I love the stuff! I love how paints and inks look on it. I love how much abuse it can take without falling apart. I love the texture. I just love it. Paper is fabulous, but I'm loving canvas right now!

The hardest part of this kind of project for me is the layering of the background. Each layer looks so cool, I'm afraid to cover it up with the next layer because I'm afraid I won't like it as much as I like the current layer, or I'll ruin it, or something.... In honesty though, when I just go for it, I find that I love the background more as I add more layers. It adds a depth that just can't be achieved any other way. 

 The butterflies are stamped on acetate, then cut out. I sponged on some Ivory CI paint on the back to give it some opacity and shimmer. Love the look!  The gold doodles and edging are Antique Gold CI paint. Love this color! It adds such a vintage elegance!

 The heart was cut out of chipboard. I then covered it with Rock Candy Crackle Paint (by Ranger). After it was all dry and cracked, I inked it with Victorian Velvet stain. I love this color! I also edged it with more Antique Gold CI. After that was dry, I covered the whole thing with Glossy Accents and a very light dusting of CI Angel Dust Resplendence. I love how you can  see the layer of cracks encased in the Glossy Accents. So amazing! is sponsoring the CI challenges this month, so they sent each of us on the CIDT a couple of their stamps to work with. This corner is one of them, and I LOVE it! I stamped it on clear shrink plastic, cut it out and heated it.  It is a beautiful corner accent, and the added dimension of the plastic is awesome!

Have a wonderful day!


Supplies Used:
Paper: Sticky-back Canvas, chipboard, acetate
Ink: Distress ink (Dusty Concord, Shabby Shutters, Faded Jeans, Victorian Velvet, Picket Fence), Archival (Jet Black), StazOn (Jet Black)
Stamps: Fancy Pants "Fresh Mod", Inkadinkado "Letter", Tim Holtz "Natures Elements", "Baroque Corner Large"
Creative Inspirations: Paint (Antique Gold, Coal, Ivory), Resplendence (Angel Dust)
Other: Perfect Pearls, Rock Candy Crakle paint, Glossy Accents, shrink plastic, gesso, acrylic paint