Saturday, June 22, 2013

a dangerous pastime...

"LeFou, I'm afraid I've been thinking"
"A dangerous pastime"
"I know."
"Now the wheels in my head have been turning... and right now I'm evolving a plan!"

~Beauty and the Beast
(yes, I am singing the song out loud, and yes, it is stuck in my head. LOL!)

It's summer, and I have been thinking... thinking that today I want to celebrate by sharing not just one, not even two,  but THREE tutorials with you!  How's that for fun!  Ready for a long & picture heavy post?

The first 2 are kinda similar in that they are both ways that you can 


Technique 1: Fun foam texture stamps

Die cut or hand cut cheap fun foam. You now have a stamp. LOL. That was easy!

Ok, so I won't leave you there!

Use your heat gun to warm the foam until the surface becomes slightly shiny. It may also begin to curl. 

Quickly press something with texture (like a rubber stamp, clay texturizing plate, embossing plate, stencil, wicker chair... anything with texture) into the hot foam and hold until the foam cools. It won't take long. Remove to foam, and you will see that it keeps the texture!

Don't like the texture?  Simply reheat and try again!

Like what you have?  Cover the back with a thin layer of a temporary adhesive like Aleene's Tack-it Over & Over.  

Once dry, you can stick it you an acrylic block and stamp your totally awesome texture! 

Store on a sheet of acetate or in a CD case. 

Technique 2: Cricut stamp sheets 
(don't worry if you don't have a Cricut, you don't need one to do this!)

This is a Cricut cuttable stamp sheet.

If you don't know what this stuff is, it is a flat sheet of a material similar to what your acrylic stamps are made of. It is made to be cut in the Cricut machine by Provo Craft, but it doesn't have to be. Although I have gotten some good results with the machine, it can be somewhat finicky just because of the nature of the material. You can get at Amazon  HERE, or check out your favorite shopping sites!

If you are good at free hand drawing, feel free to go for it! I'm going to stick with tracing! All you need is a regular ball point pen. It is really nice to draw on!

For my card today, I use a stencil I made with my Silhouette, and I wanted some stamps to match so, I'm going to use that same stencil to make my stamps!

If you are good with scissors, you can cut it out. However, for straight lines, I like to use a blade. I also like to put down something with a flat edge to guide my blade and keep the stamp material from shifting. I'm using a palette knife. 

Hand cutting this with scissors or a craft knife is super easy, and a great way to make custom stamps without a machine! 

Now, I have two stamps! And, depending on your design... you can actually end up with 4 stamps! The material is the same on both sides, so it doesn't matter which side you stamp with! So if you cut out a shape of a bird, it can face either direction with 1 stamp!!!! Super fabulous!!!

Now, simply stick it onto your acrylic block and get ready to stamp! 

You may notice that because the stamp surface is smooth, some inks tend to bead up leaving behind splotch images. Not good. However, it is somewhat fixable! 

Use a nail file to gently rough up the surface. Now, ink up the stamp in Ranger's Jet Black Archival Ink, and just let it sit for a little bit.... Weird, I know. (I have no idea why this works, but I learned this trick about conditioning stamps to hold dye inks from a class I took from Tim Holtz. He said he had tried it with other inks, but only the Jet Black Archival Ink works.)  After letting it sit on there for a minute or so, stamp it off, then wipe off the extra ink with a little water. Your stamp will be stained, but that is not a problem. (you can now see it better!)  Now try stamping it with dye ink. If it still isn't stamping well, try more filing. Unfortunately this material isn't the BEST for dye inks, like many clear stamps. They work great for paint though!  

 Happy stamping!

Now, on to 
Technique 3: Custom epoxy embellishments!

Remember how I said I made that honeycomb stencil with my Silhouette? Well, I cut my stencils out of acetate... and it left behind all these cute little clear hexagons... I couldn't just throw them away!

Start out with die cut (or hand cut) acetate shapes. Then stamp them with Staz-On or Archival ink. Let that dry. 

Now, add color... you can do this either with alcohol ink/markers, or, for more glitz, paint it up with Creative Inspirations Paint!

*If you color with alcohol based products you need to color on the reverse side you stamped on!

Not in the mood for clear?  You can make epoxy embellies with paper too! Simply cut out your shape, then coat the front with a layer of Mod Podge. After it has dried, flip it over and coat the back. Don't forget the edges!  This way the resin won't seep in and ruin the paper!

Start adding Creative Inspirations Resinesense to the center of your embellies. After you have a puddle, use the nozzle of the bottle to pull the resin towards the edges, letting the surface tension keep it on the cut out. Once you have pulled the resin to all the edges, you can continue adding drops to the center to get a domed effect. Don't over do it though, or your surface tension will brake, and you will end up with a mess!  If you want a big dome, I suggest doing it in layers!

*If you painted your embellie, you are going to want to flip your embellie over and add your resinesense to the unpainted side... this way the paint is BEHIND the stamped image instead of covering it.

**notice I moved my all my pieces onto a piece of clear plastic. This allows me to easily move all my embellies into my uv lamp while keeping them all flat, and without the risk of touching any of the edges of the pieces. I just slide the put the whole thing... clear plastic and all under the lamp.*

Put your embellies into the sun or uv lamp to cure... 


Anyone still with me??????


Well, if you are, a huge THANK YOU! for sticking around!  It's always nice when I'm not just talking to myself. :D

Here's my card using 2 of the 3 techniques I shared today.

You cans see how fabulously awesome the Resinesense epoxy embellishments turned out! Super fun! It gives that bit of dimension without being so bulky that it is tough to mail, and the shimmer of the CI paints underneath... yeah, BEAUTIFUL!

And the stamps.. absolutely perfect! I love stamping with CI paints... so much shimmery goodness!

Ok... enough of my gabbiness!


Monday, June 17, 2013

fishnet heart...

Hello my wonderful friends!

I hope you had a fantastic weekend!

Starting this week out on the elegant side of things...
I saw this this positive/negative Perfect Pearl technique online a while ago, and have been wanting to give it a go and share... I'm finally getting around to it!

I started by making a my own stamp using a heart die and some craft foam. I then stamped it in clear VersaMark ink. I dusted the whole thing with Perfect Pearls. Beautiful!

I then inked up a pretty flowery swirl stamp with VersaMark and stamped it right over the heart, making sure some of the image was inside, and some of it was outside of the heart.... that is what makes this technique so fun!

When you lift up your stamp, the sticky ink will have picked up the Perfect Pearls on the inside of the heart, and left an "invisible" image on the outside of the heart. Using a brush, I carefully brushed on Perfect Pearls to the image on the OUTSIDE of the heart... So the flowers on the inside are white, and the flowers on the outside are gold... so elegant!  

And, of course, I added the itty bitty 2mm rhinestones in the centers of the flowers. :)

A little fancy stitching around the corner with some metallic embroidery floss to add a little dimension and texture... I'm not sure if this stitching technique has a real name, but it always reminds me of fishnets...


Supplies Used:
Paper: Coredinations, white card stock
Ink: VersaMark
Stamps: Inkadinkado "Modern Flower Flourish"
Dies: Spellbinders "Hearts One"
Other: Perfect Pearls, embroidery floss, rhinestones, ribbon

Saturday, June 15, 2013

gesso and distress ink...

Hello my wonderful friends! 

Recently I was playing with my gesso and inks...

Contrary to how this looks, this card front is actually only 2 pieces of paper. The purple card stock, and the white card stock. I masked off the top and bottom edges of the white card stock to stamp and color the main image (isn't she absolutely ADORABLE!!!!!), then I masked off the center of the card and inked and stamped the top and bottom green. To soften the lines I stamped some lace and string. I love that it looks like there is a lot of dimension, but it is flat. Perfect for mailing!

I prepped the white card stock with a layer of gesso. This lets me watercolor on it with out the ink soaking into the paper. However, it also means that the Distress Inks tend to not really dry. However, if you heat set them, they do fine. I love how you can really blend and move them around with water!  Generally I use watercolor paper when I want to color with my Distress inks, but regular card stock becomes a great alternative when you add a coat of gesso!


Supplies Used:
Paper: DCWV, white card stock
Ink: Archival Ink, Distress Ink, Mark-it
Stamps: Wild Rose Studio "Annebelle's Meadow", Kaiser Craft "Devonshire", My Minds Eye "Story", Country Companions "Sunshine Meadows", Great Impressions "Sweet Sentiments"
Other: gesso

Thursday, June 13, 2013

a less traditional wedding...

Recently, my cousin got married.

This, of course, meant I needed to make a card.

I am apparently not very good at making wedding cards. Probably because I don't do it very often... Or maybe I just end up putting too much pressure on myself.. After all, it is SUCH an important day in the lives of the bride and groom, that I want the card to be as incredible as the day... 

After far too many scrapped attempts, I decided to go less traditional, and stick with something that just felt right to me. After all, it's my cousin... She's seen some of my work. I might as well be true to me, instead of trying to force something that wasn't me.  

Since she I know how much she loves animals, I decided to go with a vintage bird cage image, and build from there.

One of my favorite things to do with gesso on kraft paper... Stamp an image with VersaMark and emboss it with clear embossing powder, then paint over it with gesso. Once the gesso is dry, you can rub it off of the embossed image with a damp rag. It give a great distressed look. For more fun... tint the gesso with some re-inker!

I love little bows with big ribbon... they are so poofy!  I also love the lace edging underneath the ribbon... it is a stamp from My Mind's Eye that was embossed... LOVE!

The inside had to look as pretty as the outside!

And a special envelope designed to perfectly fit the gift card! There is a little piece of tape on the flap to seal it so the card will lay flat once the card is inside.  Ah, the beauty of handmade cards... you can custom make it to hold gift cards or anything else your heart desires!

I'm happy with how it turned out. I hope she like it, and I wish her and her new husband the very best!


Supplies Used:
Paper: kraft, DCWV
Ink: VersaMark, Distress Ink, Colorbox Pigment, Archival Ink
Stamps: TPC Studio "Vintage Birdcages" & "Boho Blooms", My Minds Eye "Story", Inkadinkado "Script", Stapendous "Charm Collection", Graphic 45 "Secret Garden"
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 18"
Other: ribbon, gesso, embossing powder

Saturday, June 8, 2013

color me resin...

Hello my wonderful friends!

I hope you have enjoyed the Genuinely Jane Studios and Creative Inspirations blog hop! So much creative talent involved!  So, now how about a little tutorial to get you even more inspired (hopefully) to take some time to create some art!

A couple of weeks ago, when I posted my last tutorial for Creative Inspirations Paint, it was introducing the new Resinesense, and just one of the MANY ways to use it.... with a mold.  (You can check out that tutorial HERE.) 

Well, today I want to continue our exploration of that technique a little farther because someone sent me a question about it. (See, send me a question, and I listen! You might even get a whole tutorial on it!)

I mentioned in my last tutorial, that you can use the Resinesense in a mold, then, after it had cured, it could be painted/colored. I was asked for more information about that. So, here we go!

Let's start out with the basic fact that Resinesense, once cured is a nonporous surface. It is a plastic. SO... If you have experience working with inks and paints, you probably have some ideas of what that means. Some things will adhere to it, some won't. 

Let's take a look at some of the things that work best, and the properties they have, shall we?

1. Alcohol inks.  
Alcohol inks will work well on the nonporous surface! That is what they specialize in! 
 The are translucent, except for the metallic mixatives. You can apply these by dripping the ink on or using a felt blender. There is also a clear blending fluid that you can use to get remove unwanted ink, blend the ink,  and get all kinds of fun marbled effects. Multiple tutorials could and have been done (by others) on techniques with these inks alone!

For this one I used the Gold mixative with Currant alcohol ink, and I applied it with a felt blender. Because I used a felt blender, little ink got in the indentations of the piece, making the details pop.

 2. Permanent marker
This really goes along with alcohol inks as they are both a solvent ink. They too are generally translucent, and you will recognize them by the fact that they have a "smell". Sharpies and Bic Mark-its are the office supply varieties.  There are a lot of craft/art alcohol markers on the market including Spectrum Noir, and Copic... neither of which I have. So, Mark-it for me. :)

Because it is a marker, the ink goes into all the crevices. Depending on your project, that may be perfect for you. You could get some really neat effects if you took the time to use multiple markers and really highlight or color in the details!

Now we are getting into a little trickier territory.  I suggest prepping your piece with either white or clear gesso to help give it a little tooth.

Because these are water based, they are somewhat transparent. If you want the color to light colors to really pop, I suggest a base of white gesso. 

It really does look good all sparkly and painted!  

Again, you can paint it all one color, or take your time with the details... all up to you and your project's needs!

It is true, however, that it will scratch of... ok, more like you can RUB it off if you rub too hard. Makes for nice distressing! 

*keep reading for a tip on this!*

4. Acrylic paints
You know these. They will be opaque. Again, if you are having trouble with them adhering, a prep of gesso helps.

Pretty self explanatory, so I thought I would share a fun tip... Try using your finger to rub a darker (or lighter) color paint into the indentations to make them pop.

Just like the CI paint, this too will scratch off. 

5. Solvant ink pads 
Yes, you can stamp on these! Just make sure you are using a solvent ink pad... Staz-On or Ranger's Archival Ink are the two I'm familiar with. 

*Ok.. So you decided to go with paint, and you have distressed it (or not) and now you want to make sure it doesn't keep scratching off.
Seal it. Use a sealant such a Mod Podge. 

This isn't a perfect fix, but it does make it a whole lot more durable. I had to actually use my fingernail to try to scratch it. If I find a better sealant, I will be sure to pass it on... and if you find one, I want to hear about it!!!

Now, I'm not saying this is a complete list! This is just a very basic list to get you started. Explore. Try things out!

And remember, this is just one of SO many ways to use Resinesence! I'm so excited to be sharing this adventure with all of you!


PS: I would LOVE to hear YOUR questions! If there is something you want to know or learn, let me know! 

Monday, June 3, 2013

paint my wooden house...

Welcome to the Genuinely Jane Stuios(GJS)/Creative Inspirations Paint(CIP) Blog Hop! If you came from Kimberly's blog then you are in the right place. If not, and you would like to start at the beginning, please head over to the Creative Inspirations Paint Blog Here!

 Before we get to the good stuff, let me give you a little info on each of these two awesome companies:

Genuinely Jane Studios manufactures small and medium size wood mini-albums for mixed media, scrapbooking and altered art in many shapes and sizes. All of the albums are hand made right on site in their Central Missouri facility. In addition to their albums, they also carry other art supplies in their online store.

Creative Inspirations Paint, our other company in this team up manufactures non-toxic, water based, translucent, shimmery paint that can be used for scrapbooking, card making, mixed media, altered art and more. They also carry embossing powders, glitter and UV resin. Using the paints is as simple as "Shake, Open and Play!" The paints are some of the most vivid you will find on the market and made in Washington State.

 All of the designers from both teams have joined together to show you what can be created using the albums and paint! Be sure to check both the Genuinely Jane Studios and Creative Inspirations Paint websites to see all of the wonderful products!

I got this adorable House wood album from Genuinely Jane Studios to work with... How stinkin' cute, huh! I love it!  I also love how sturdy they are! They can handle any mixed media and distressing you want to throw at them! I had so much fun with it!

The album comes with 4 wood pages, but I wanted to make sure there was plenty of room for pictures and journaling, so I added some extra paper pockets in between each wooden page. 

To make the album come together quickly, I chose a line of paper (Basic Grey's Periphery), then pulled the inks and Creative Inspirations Paints that matched those papers. I stuck to those colors through out the whole album, making color choices super simple!

I love that the wood albums let you use mixed media without any warping!  For this page, I used modeling paste to add texture. You just can't do that on paper without getting some crazy warping going on! LOVE!

More pockets! I love mini albums with lots of interaction.. little places to tuck things... so much fun!

Because I chose to add so many extra pockets, I kept all the pages and pockets fairly flat. Any more bulk, and I would have had to buy bigger rings than what actually came with the album. LOL!

Creative Inspirations Products:
Paint: Burgundy, Antique Gold, Fairy Dust, Green Olive, Antique Silver, Citrus, Denium
Metallic Inspirations: Matte Blue, Peridot
Resplendence: Burgundy

Genuinely Jane Studio:
Wood Book House

Other Products Used:
Paper: Basic Grey, Tissue Paper, Plastic
Ink: Distress Ink Archival Ink, StazOn, VersaMark, ColorBox, Mark-it
Stamps: Jayne Nestorenko, Stampendous, Tim Holtz, Inkadinkado, Terresa Collins, My Mind's Eye, Fancy Pants, TPC Studio, Studio 112, Clear Art Stamps, Graphic 45
Dies: Tim Holtz "Tattered Floral", Spellbinders "Hearts One" & "Labels 18" EKSuccess "Binding Edge"
Mediums: heavy body acrylic paint, modeling paste, gesso, Distress Crackle Paint
Other: Seam binding, rhinestones, fabric, lace, Perfect Pearls, vintage jewelry, ribbon, Maya Road canvas tags, Fancy Pants Creative Cards, Tim Holtz findings, key, Crafter;s Workshop "Mini Art Is", embroidery floss

 Like what you see? Well, guess what? There are a couple of great prizes being given away at the end of this hop by both companies!


 GJS - Gift Certificate for Wood Albums valued at $25

 CIP - 5 jars of paint, 5 jars of embossing powder/glitter AND 1 bottle of Resinesence!
(winner gets to choose colors of paints & powders/glitters!)

How to Win: Leave a comment on all of the blogs in the hop which are listed below...



 For an additional entry, "Like" each of the companies Facebook pages!! While you are there, say hi!

 You have until June 7th @ Midnight EST to enter!

 Thanks for stopping by....

 Your next stop is Monica!