Saturday, March 23, 2013

be enameled...

Hello my wonderfully creative friends!

I am so excited! I am spending this weekend at a scrapbook expo!!! I am hoping to come back to all of you bursting with ideas and techniques to share!  I think it is just the think I need to really jumpstart my creative juices back into superdrive!

 In the meantime... here's a quick way to add some dimension to your chipboard or grungeboard shapes....

Step 1: Cover your shape with a layer of gesso... technically this is not necessary, but it will help the color of the Creative Inspirations paint really pop!

Step 2: Paint your gessoed shape with your favorite color of Creative Inspiration paint. I don't know that I have a favorite since it totally depends on my mood... they are all so pretty! I chose to use Tanzanite for this one though. 

Step 3: Using a permanent water-proof ink (like Staz-On or Archival Ink), stamp an image.  This adds a fun personal design element to your embellie!

Step 4: Cover the entire front with a clear embossing ink.

Step 5: Cover with UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel), and use a heat gun to  melt. 

You can do this same technique with CI's Clear Deliquesce powder, but it will take a lot more layers.  UTEE particles are a lot larger, and thus will create thicker layers faster.

Step 6: While the first layer of UTEE is still hot and liquid, cover it in more UTEE powder and heat.

Step 7: While the second layer of UTEE is still hot and liquid, cover in more UTEE powder and heat.

You should now have a nice thick enamel covering over your chipboard embellie... I love how it really brings out the shimmer in the Creative Inspirations paint.. it almost magnifies it!

Step 8: Now, because you have built up such a nice thick enamel, you can reheat areas and press in other embellies like rhinestones...  super fun way to add extra accents.... you can also suspend CI's Resplendence in the layers of UTEE for a fun glittery look that won't flake off!   It is a fun technique that can be personalized to fit your  personal style and project!


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

a reason...

Hello my fabulous friends!

It always feels good to be able to put your talents to good use... to know that what you do makes a difference, brightens someone's day, or in some way matters...

Maybe that is why I have been struggling with making cards lately... I hate making so many cards to share online just to have them sit in a drawer in my studio because there are far more than I can use... I love making them, but I hate that they are wasted... 

I made a set of 12 cards today, and they literally "flew" together. They had a purpose. I knew why I was making them. I knew what they were going towards. Maybe I need to look into some of the card drives....


Supplies Used:
Paper: Kraft
Ink: Distress, VersaMark, Archival
Stamps: Basic Grey "Aviary" & "Filigree", Inkadinkado "Script", TPC Studio "Vintage Birdcages"
Other: Gesso, crinkle ribbon, lace, Perfect Pearls, faux pearls

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

challenge closeups...

Hello my fabulous friends! 

Well, as I am frantically getting ready to hit the road to go to the ScrapbookUSA Expo (YAY!), I wanted to share a few detail shots of the LO I did to show my take on the LO contest sketch... remember this...

Well... here's some close ups....

I love the Tattered Floral Die From Tim Holtz!  I love that it cuts through so many kinds of materials! here I've got my textured paper (card stock and tissue paper all painted up and pretty!) mesh, and fabrics layered for fun full blooms that really pop!  I love having a variety of textures, it really adds something to the flowers.

Next up we have the paper edges... One of my current favorites... some nice tattering of the edges then running it through my sewing machine with a simple straight stitch.... The other thing to note here... I wanted to have a place to journal, but the pink with polka dots (while very cute) was not really the best background for writing. To help "dull" it down, I swiped a few layers of Distress Picket Fence over it. It really makes a big difference!

And the butterflies! I wish I knew what type of paper they were made out of... Honestly, I used the linen-y paper that was between sheets craft plastic.... it is a delicate, translucent, velum like paper, and it was perfect for butterflies!  I colored it using Alcohol inks, then I punched it using a Martha Stewart punch. Because of the thin nature of the paper, it didn't punch very well... Simple fix... I layered a piece of regular card stock under it and punch through both layers. Worked like a charm. I then drew in the bodies with Enamel Accents. 


Saturday, March 9, 2013

highlighting texture...

Hello my wonderful friends!
Guess what? Spring is on it's way! Each day I walk by my little window garden and see the bulbs that are blooming and they just make me smile. 

In my excitement for Spring I have been playing with paper flowers. And, you know me, I don't seem to be able to do much without diving into textures as well. =)  

So, I wanted to share with you my current favorite texturing technique!

Step 1: Cover a piece of piece of card stock completely with a glue stick. I don't use anything fancy... just cheap card stock and a regular glue stick.

Step 2: Scrunch up a piece of tissue paper (you know, the kind you stuff in a gift bag to make it all fancy) flatten it out somewhat then press it onto your gluey card stock. The more crinkles you have, the more texture you'll have. 

Let this dry completely, or dry it with a heat gun.

Step 3: Brush on some acrylic paint. Don't over saturate it or you may rip your tissue paper. A nice thin layer should do the trick. 

Let this dry completely, or dry it with a heat gun.

*Optional: If you want, you can splatter, stamp, spray.... what ever to add more layers of color. * 

This little wonder is a product that Ranger makes called "Cut 'n Dry Foam Pad". It comes in a 8x10" sheet, then you cut off the size you want.  (don't get this mixed up with the Cut 'n Dry Felt Pad. They are NOT the same. The Foam pads are for thicker mediums like say.... Creative Inspirations Paint...) 

Ok... back to our paper...

Step 4: Load up a  piece of Cut 'n Dry Foam with Creative Inspirations Paint by putting some paint on a non-pourous surface and rubbing the white side of the pad into it. 

Step 5: VERY lightly brush the pad over your paper. You want the pad to only brush across the high points of the texture. This will highlight the texture with the color and shimmer of your favorite Creative Inspirations Paints.

I used Rose Quartz and Gold for this one, so it is very subtle but it is BEAUTIFUL when the sunlight hits it! It really makes it pop!

From here, I die cut some flowers out of the textured paper and fabric and layered it for a fabulous bloom.... however, there are countless things you can do with this textured paper!

The shimmer is adds such a gorgeous highlight to the texture!  I love using this technique in my crafting! Go ahead, give it a try!


PS: The Cut 'n Dry Foam Pads are very durable and can be rinsed out and reused!  Simply wash it out while the paint is still wet then let it dry and you will be able to use the same piece over and over again!!!

Friday, March 8, 2013

expo lo challenge...

Hello my wonderful friends! 

I am getting SO excited! Scrapbook Expo USA is coming in just a few weeks!!!!  And guess what???? I am going!  Yup, Utah, here I come! 

When I lived in Utah I went to the show each spring and fall. It is a great place to get ideas, find fun new stuff, and find GREAT deals! Since moving, I have missed the show! Way up here in west-coast-small-town-ville where I am now, good scrapbook stores are hard to come by, and I plan to really shop hard!

One of the fun things they do there is a  LO sketch contest...  This year it is sponsored by Fancy Pants (talk about FABULOUS!!!)  Anyway, as part of the DT,  I can help judge... meaning I can't actually enter. So, instead I thought I would share my personal take on the sketch here with you. =)

I am the type of scrapper who scraps around the pictures instead of the other way around, so doing a LO without any pictures is REALLY challenging for me, but I chose these bright colors specifically for a set of pictures, and I am so excited to get them printed up and put on the LO!

I haven't gotten close ups of the LO since I was taking picts in between the clouds so I could send the overall pict to my team lead. The sun is supposed to be out more this weekend  so I should be able to good closeups to share in the next few days. 

Check back tomorrow (Saturday) for a fun texture tutorial!


Supplies Used:
Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle, Coredinations, DCWV, white cardstock, linen paper, tissue paper
Ink: Distress ink, VersaMark, All Purpose Ink, Alcohol Ink
Stamps: Fancy Pants "Doodles & Things"
Dies: Spellbinders "Rose Creations", Quickutz "Nesting Circles", Tim Holtz "Tattered Floral"
Other: Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Enamel Accents, embossing powder, acrylic paint, brads, fabrics