Friday, May 25, 2012

make a statement...

Hello all my fabulous friends!

Can I just say that I love paint?  Yup, it's true. I love the look, the texture, and (yes) the mess of paint. So much creative fun! 

So, today I thought I would share one of my favorite techniques for paint... 

(yes, for those of you who seen all the old tutorials, there is already a tutorial on stamping with CI paint... but I'm putting a twist on it today)

I wanted to focus on stamping onto darker backgrounds (or in this case, a high contrast b/w photo)

Now, stamping with Burgundy CI paint onto the photo looks something like this....

Nice, if you are going for very subtle. However, what if you want to make more of a statement? Like this...

It's simple!

What you need:
Non-porus surface to work on
Makeup wedge (or other sponge)
White acrylic paint

 Step 1: Put some white acrylic paint and some CI paint on a non-porus surface. (the more intense colors work better for this. Since we are adding white, the end result will be a lighter than the original color.)

*little side note.. for those who have been around for a while, you know how much I love to stock up on white things and just alter them to fit my needs. I have a large bottle of black acrylic paint, and a large bottle of white acrylic paint. All the colors I use are made from mixing in either Creative Inspirations paint or reinkers. White is a fabulous color!*

 Step 2: Pounce the makeup wedge into the acrylic paint. Keep pouncing the wedge on your work surface to work in the paint until you have just a light layer

Step 3: Now pounce the wedge into your CI paint. Your ratio of acrylic paint to CI paint will determine the final intensity of the color and how much shimmer shows through.

 Step 4: Pounce the paint loaded wedge onto your stamp. You can see here that I added more CI paint to some areas just for some variance. It's fun to play around with to get different shades. 

 Step 5: Stamp directly onto your photograph. (GASP!)
*you can do this with any dark background, I just LOVE stamping on photos, and this is a great medium to do it with. =)

Step 6: While you wait for you image to dry (doesn't take long), make sure to wash your stamp off well. Dried paint on stamps isn't good. I like to use a soft bristled toothbrush to get into the finer details  of the stamp.

Like I said earlier, the ratio of acrylic paint to CI paint will change the end result.

The more white, the lighter the color.

You can take the left over paint on the wedge to "ink" the edges too.

Now the big question, does it still sparkle?
The answer? Yes!  Again, the more acrylic paint you add, the subtler the shimmer, but it is there.


Thursday, May 24, 2012


Remember back in high school,  making covers for textbooks with paper grocery bags?
The best thing about those was that when you were bored in class you could doodle on your book... =)

I had a bunch of neighborhood girls over for an activity at my house and we made journal covers the same way. 
We also made some flower pens to match. So much fun! 

Crafting with kids can be tons of fun!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

coming up rosie...

Hello all my wonderful friends!

Remember last week when I told you about how I needed spell check on my LOs... Well, here is the finished project (with my major typo all covered up!)

This little kitten was rescued by my niece and her family. They took care of her until they found someone to adopt her. Isn't she adorable???

(I haven't done the journaling on it yet, but I wanted to share it with you all anyway) 

 All the flowers on this page were made using Spellbinders "Carnation Creations". For the centers, I threaded a wire through a pearl bead, then through the flower layers. This left me with stems to form a bouquet.  And the little bow is made with tulle. I love the look!

 Lately I have been loving stamping with acrylic paint, and stamping on photos. I love the look! And the color match was fantastic! I used Iced Spruce and Evergreen Bough Distress reinkers to tint some white paint. Beautiful! I can't say just how excited I am that Ranger made those limited edition Distress Reinkers!!!

"Rosie" is a embossed on a piece of glossy paper that was inked with Distress ink, then put through my Dymo label maker. I then gently the raised areas to bring out the white. Love doing this!

Well, I've got a tutorial to work on!


Supplies Used:
Paper: DCWV, My Minds Eye, Glossy Paper, copy paper
Ink: Distress Ink (Velvet, Rose, Spruce, Evergreen, Honey, Soot), All Purpose Ink (Banana Cream), Archival (Jet Black), VersaMark, Memento (London Fog
Stamps: Glitz "Distressing", Hampton Arts "Artsy Edges" & "Doodlebug Alphabet", Fancy Pants "In my Words", Tim Holtz "Odds and Ends"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Antique Silver
Dies: Spellbinders "Rose Creations" & "Carnation Creations", Tim Holtz "Ticket Strip"
Other: Gesso, wire, beads, Tim Holtz grunge shapes, embossing powder, acrylic paint, Perfect Pearls, Tulle

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

cards galore...

I didn't get any projects posted last week...Sorry about that. I was busy making cards. 

I was asked to make birthday cards for all the primary aged children in my ward. I was told to keep it simple, but I think my definition of simple is slightly different than theirs....

I had fun though!

 I ended up making about 40 cards. It sounds daunting, but I set up an assembly line and it went surprisingly fast. 

 I stamped the swirls with white acrylic paint, then brushed on some paint around the edges. I then used the Distress Stains to quickly cover the whole front. Simple! 

The inside images came from a couple different Penny Black sets. I love them!  I did really quick and simple coloring using watercolor crayons. That to went a lot faster than I thought it would. 

You can't see it in the photos, but there is a piece of acetate sandwiched in between the colored layer and the white card. I think it gives it a more polished look. To finish them off, I used some circle dies to make frames for the inside and outside of the window to give it a finished look and a pop of color. 

I had fun making these, but I'm glad they are done! Now I've got other projects calling my name. =)


Supplies Used
Paper: DCWV, white cardstock, mixed media paper
Stamp: Penny Black "Toadily" & "Make a Wish", Fancy Pants "Pollen Dust"
Ink: Archival (Jet Black), Distress Stain (Dusty Concord, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint, Victorian Velvet, Stormy Sky)
Dies: Quickutz "Nesting Circles"
Other: acrylic paint, watercolor crayons

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

spillchick, spellchock, spellcheck....

Have you ever had one of those days? You know, the kind where you have to laugh at yourself so you don't start throwing things in frustration?  Yeah...

I spent yesterday working hard on a LO.. I was loving how it was all coming together.  I had done stamping, masking, spraying, layering, sewing... I spent quite a while dying lace different colors to get just the perfect color.... 

Anyway, after all that time lovingly spent on details, I left it to sit over night while some of the finishing touches dried. I just came back to it to add the finishing touches and journaling only to notice a HUGE problem. On the very bottom layer, I had used masks and sprays to spell out a name in large bold letters... and I spelled it WRONG!!!  

Since that was my only piece of that particular paper, I'm now working on creatively fixing the problem without totally ruining the overall look of the page. Wish me luck!

I have a feeling that from now on, when ever I see that cat, I'm going to laugh, and I'll be triple checking my spelling!!!

I think I need spellcheck for my LOs...  



Saturday, May 12, 2012

label this...

Hello my fabulously wonderful friends!

Watching my mom and aunt go though all of my Grandparents things was hilarious! If neither one of them had a preference for an item, they would pair up two similar items and flip a coin to see who got what. I spent a fair amount of time as the official "coin tosser".  

One thing that got passed on to me was an vintage Dymo tapewriter from the 70's.  They gave it to me in hopes that I could use it in my art. 

Well, not only have I used it, I am going to share a fun technique with you! Please note that although I am using an old tapewriter, any of the newer label makers that emboss strips of plastic will work.  (the ones that print the labels won't work, it must be one that embosses.)

Here's what you need:

Label Maker
Sandpaper or Emery Board
Glossy Accents

Step 1: Cut strips of  cardstock to whatever width of tape your label maker uses. I used cheap white cardstock, but I have also used kraft, and Glossy Paper with great results. Feel free to play!

Step 2: Paint your cardstock strip with your favorite color of Creative Inspirations Paint. Having good contrast between your cardstock color and paint color will make the end result better. (I'm using Denium)

 Step 3: Once your strip is dry, load it into your label maker the same way you would load you tape. Gently curl the strip into the place that normally holds the tape cartridge. 

 Step 4: Make your label... 

 Step 5: Using sandpaper or an emery board, gently buff off the paint from the embossed letters to reveal the cardstock color. (this is where having the contrast in colors will make it pop)

 Step 6: Cover with a layer of Glossy Accents (by Ranger) or other glossy sealer. This is optional, but it will protect the label and give it the shiny look that the plastic tape has. (except yours will be a custom color and have that great CI shimmer!!!!)
This one is a white cardstock core painted with Burgundy CI. Check out that shimmer!

 This is a fun way to add journaling to your LOs or a message on a card. 


Thursday, May 10, 2012


Hello my fabulous friends! 

I hope today finds you all well and happy!  I am feeling pretty good right now. I spend all of yesterday organizing my studio. (yes, I'm slightly OCD, so I reorganize a lot! LOL!) I'm hoping the changes will help streamline my work flow while looking good (another OCD thing...). 

While I'm waiting for some sprayed flowers to dry, I wanted to jump on here and share a LO I finished a  little while ago. 

 This LO is a lot different than my usually style... However, for this photo I wanted bright, fun, and carefree. I had tons of fun flipping different colors of paint. (Although I should have moved stuff off my table before doing this... I've got bright splotches all over!)

The stars were cut out of chipboard using my Cricut. I then used this technique with tulle to add texture. I added some eyes on the biggest ones using Ranger's Enamel Accents to reflect his Mario shirt... One of his favorite things right now!

Simple and bright, but for an energetic, all boy kiddo, I think it works. =)


Supplies Used:
Paper: Coredinations, Chipboard
Ink: Archival (Jet Black)
Stamps: Clear Art Stamps "Frame It"
Cricut: Create a Critter
Creative Inspirations Paint: Evergreen, Garnet, Royal Blue, Pumpkin, Spring Green, Buttercup
Other: Gesso, Tulle, Enamel Accents

Saturday, May 5, 2012

microglaze and ink...

Hello all my fabulous friends!

 Sorry it's been a while... I wish I could say that I've been doing something fantastically awesome like a cruise in the Caribbean, but alas, the real reason is that I have been in a state of creative block.  It happens from time to time, and it will pass, but it sure has made my studio time a lot less productive!

 This card was a combination of a 2 experiments that both happened to work, and look good. (love it when things work!!!)

My first experiment involved MicroGlaze. It is a product that has apparently been around for quite a while, but I've only recently discovered it. It is a wax based sealer that you smear onto your projects to protect them from moisture. That being said....
The background was inked with Distress ink. Now, we all know that one of the best known traits of Distress ink is that it reacts with water... even if it is heat set or has been left to dry for 2 years... it will react with moisture. This includes putting moist layers (like Gesso or paint) over it.  Usually I'm fine with that, and I actually just plan that in... Sometimes, I want more of a layer, and less of a blend. 

So, I inked up my background then rubbed on the MicroGlaze.  I then smeared gesso over it. And guess what??? It worked like a charm! The Distress ink didn't tint the gesso, and the gesso didn't mess up the ink! Success!

*MicroGlaze is carried by many online scrapbook stores as well as Amazon in case you want to try it out!*

The second experiment was nothing really new, just more of a test of how a certain ink would react....
While my layer of gesso was still wet, I inked up my stamp with Colorbox pigment ink and stamped into it. Besides leaving the stamped image, it also leaves a great texture. I knew this, and have done it before... I just didn't know how it would work with this ink. The first thing you will notice is that there is a color shift. Not all inks play with moisture the same.  Distress inks don't shift colors, but apparently this ink does... it went from black to a dark greenish. (that is one of the things you might like to know before using it on a project you've spent hours on....) The other thing it did (although you can't really see it in the photo) is feather out... Pretty cool looking. Just little amounts of ink feathered out into the gesso. Nice distressed touch. 

Well, my house is begging to be cleaned, so I guess I ought to get busy with that....

Have a wonderful day!


Supplies Used:
Paper: Mixed Media paper, Kraft, acetate
Ink: Distress (Weathered Wood, Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy), Colorbox Pigment (Dragonfly Black), Archival (Jet Black)
Stamps: Glitz "Distressing", Inkadinkado "Meadow", Hampton Arts "Artsy Edges", Tim Holtz "Natures Elements"