Saturday, October 26, 2013

homemade made easy...

Hello my wonderful friends!


pssst!  check the craft room! 

What's it doing there? 

How about the EASIEST way to make homemade paper!

Lay a sheet of toilet paper inside an embossing folder and lightly spritz with water

Lay another sheet of toilet paper on top of the first and spritz that one with water.

Continue stacking and spritzing until you have 6-8 layers, and finish up with a final spritz ... (you just need to spritz- you want the paper damp, not dripping.)

Close your embossing folder up, and run it through your embossing machine like usual...

Carefully open the folder up and peel out the paper. Allow to air dry, or dry it with a heat tool.

Once it's dry....

Use your highlighting pad to ink the embossed areas with Distress Ink

(What? You don't know what a highlighting pad is???? Check out my tutorial HERE!)

Spritz water on it to let the Distress Ink wick out a bit

Now, use your highlighter again to hit the embossed with some Creative Inspirations Paint for the perfect shimmer!

And there you have a fabulous custom shimmery paper that has that unique feel of hand made paper... it does some fun things with inks and sprays and such! Play around with it! 


Friday, October 25, 2013

coloring outside the lines...

Hello my wonderful peeps!

I wanted to get a quick card done just for the Unity's Friends with Flare Friday---

feel free to be shocked. 

I am feeling pretty proud of myself that I squeezed this in today too. :)

(usually I just share something I've finished earlier in the week)

Super simple card... however, when the sunlight hits it (which unfortunately is currently hiding behind a whole bunch of clouds...) it is packed full of shine!

Here's how to do this easy technique...

Lay a stencil over your card... a simple shape works best, ink the area with a clear embossing ink.

Take off your stencil and cover your inked area with Perfect Pearls. 
Yay! A perfect shiny shape!

Ink up your stamp with clear embossing ink, and stamp.  (you will want to use a stamp that is either slightly larger than your shape, or stamp it so that part of the image goes outside your shape.)

*you may notice that blue paper with the upside down writing... that is because I didn't want the stems of the flowers to extend beyond the shape, so I masked it off with a scrap of paper, being sure not to mask off any of the original shape.

When you lift up your stamp, you will see that inside your shaped area, the inked stamp lifted the Perfect Pearls, leaving a ghosted image, and outside your shape, it left ink on the paper. Carefully apply Perfect Pearls to the part of the image that extends OUTSIDE of your shape, being sure to leave the inside white. 

Lightly mist your finished piece with water to set the Perfect Pearls, and you are done!

Here's a close up of the one on my card. Pretty cool, huh!  Just wait until you see it in person and the light hits it! BEAUTIFUL!


Supplies Used:
Paper: card stock
Ink: VersaMark
Stamps: Unity "Insightful Meadows"
Other: Perfect Pearls, jute

Thursday, October 24, 2013

rhinestone border...

Dear Jane,
I love you.

I'm here with a project for the ScrapbookUSA Expo! 

The Dear Jane stack from DCWV is BEAUTIFUL! The soft colors with the gold foil is lovely, and it was perfect for this sweet picture of my niece... 

While I was at the ScrapbookUSA expo last spring, someone was looking at Imaginisce's  i-rock and they asked me why anyone would want to spend money on "yet another tool" along with special rhinestones when we can just use glue. 

Obviously this wasn't one of those crafters that just "have" to have all the latest and greatest.... 

Well, heat set rhinestones really do have their place. First... They can be used on fabric. Awesome!

Next, making your own designs is a breeze!

For my LO, I used my Silhouette to make a rhinestone templet out of paper, then filled it with hot fix rhinestones. I know it sounds tedious, but it isn't. They slip into place fairly easily.

Use your rhinestone heat tool (Like the i-rock) to gently press down on each jewel for a few seconds. This allows the glue to melt. Simple.

Once you have done that, carefully lift up your template. If any of the rhinestones haven't set, or are stuck to the temple, simply lay the template back down and heat it again. 

Imagine glueing each of those babies by hand... 

(ok, so I have done projects where I have glued rhinestones by hand... trust me--- this is faster and easier!)


Supplies Used:
Paper: DCWV Dear Jane Stack & Card Stock
Ink: Distress Ink, StazOn
Stamps: Basic Grey "Swirlie", Fancy Pants "Pollen Dust", Teresa Collins "Linen"
Flowers: Prima
Silhouette: Ogee Shapes, Echo Park Doily, Artisan Label
Other: Imaginisce Hot Rocks, Perfect Pearls, Resinesense, rhinestones, acrylic paint, gesso, buttons

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

clear gesso and stencils..

Hello my fabulous friends!

Time for another ScrapbookUSA post:

I'm here to share a card I made using DCWV Pumpkin Patch stack.
This stack is a really fun fall stack! I love the rich colors and the great designs!

Sometimes, even when I like a particular patterned paper, I want to step it up a notch.. Here's one fun way to do just that...

Tape a stencil down over your patterned paper. 

Sponge on some clear gesso. I like using my ink blending tool and a foam blending pad to do this, then I just wash out the pad with soap and water and let it dry, then I can reuse the pad. However, you can use a makeup wedge instead if you want.

Once it's dry, apply ink over the paper. 

Use a damp rag to wipe off the ink from the gesso. The gesso acts as a resist and will protect the pattern of the paper in the areas it covers. 

This is a fun way to alter your patterned paper for a little added interest!  


Supplies Used:
Paper: DCWV Pumpkin Patch, Bazzill
Ink: Distress Ink
Dies: Spellbinders "Hearts One"
Silhouette: Circle Overlap Lace 
Other: Clear Gesso

Saturday, October 19, 2013

flowers for dead guy...

Hello my wonderfully fabulous friends!

I'm looking out my studio window at golden yellow and orange leaves, and feeling super excited for Halloween!  

Don't ask me why, it just kinda hit, and I'm going with it... that's just the way I roll. :)

So, how about a tutorial today just cuz I'm in a  crazy-energetic-celebrate kinda mood?

(and I really like sharing the how-to not just the ta-da!)

Step 1: Use temporary adhesive to tape down a mask to your paper and use an ink blending tool to cover your paper with ink.

*I like using Tim Holtz tissue tape... It never rips my paper when I peel it off, but there are lots of options- find what works for you*

**I made my own mask by cutting an image out of acetate with my Silhouette. LOVE**

Step 2: Leaving your mask in place, stamp around the image with a background stamp. I like to use the stamp unmounted so I can use parts and pieces of the stamp and put more or less pressure in various places for a faded look... it also helps get in the smaller areas of the stencil.

Step 3: If you have areas you want to stamp differently (like I did outside the frame) simply use scrap paper to mask off the areas you don't want stamped, and keep stamping.

Step 4: With the mask STILL in place (see why I wanted you to temporarily tape it down!), cover the whole thing with a clear embossing ink

Step 5: Remove the mask, and cover with clear embossing powder. (you may need to use a dry paint brush to brush off powder that wants to stick where you had your tape.)

Step 6: Heat your embossing powder. Now all your inking and stamping up to this point are safe and sealed beneath your embossing. YAY!

Step 7: Add some color to the area that was masked with your ink blending tool. Any ink you get on the embossed area should wipe off with a little water, so don't worry about staying in the lines. If you are using Distress Ink, you can flick a little water on it for some fabulous splotchy effects.

Step 8: Line up your mask again and tape it down. Use your ink blending tool to pounce on some acrylic paint around the edges of your piece.

Step 9: Remove the mask. Before the paint dries completely, use a dry cloth or paper towel to wipe off the paint. This will remove almost all the paint.

What you will be left with is paint caught in the texture of the embossing powder... Super awesome! Also, because the paint wasn't quite dry (this will very greatly on how wet the paint is when you do wipe) it blends onto the masked area for a slightly softer look.

Step 10: Using a permanent in such as Ranger's Archival ink or StazOn ink, stamp over the piece with a focal stamp (in this case a bunch of flowers). You have to use an ink that will be permanent on non-porous surfaces so that it will dry on the embossing powder, and stay at the for-front of the card. 

*For my flowers, I stamped the image multiple times without re-inking in between (aka: generation stamping). This gives the appearance of depth without having to use multiple colors of ink. *

**I love stamping on top of clear embossed area... such great layering options!**

And the final masterpiece!


Supplies Used:
Paper: white card stock
Ink: Distress Ink, VersaMark, Archival
Stamps: Unity "Vintage Handwritten", "Chicken Wire", "Insightful Meadows"
Silhouette: Halloween Skeleton Profile Frame
Other: Distress Paint, clear embossing powder

Friday, October 18, 2013

miss you flowers...

Hello my wonderful friends!

Time for another ScrapbookUSA post:

The soft colors of DCWV "the Modern Meadow Stack" remind me of the transition of summer to fall... you have the yellows, browns, oranges, and blue. It is a beautiful combination to create with!
For this card I simply chose two of the patterns and layered them with with a mat of solid card stock underneath each help them pop.

On some white card stock, I stamp the flowers, then colored them in with Iced Spruce Distress Marker. For a little extra shimmer on the flowers, and to compliment the glitter of the zigzag paper, I added some clear "Fairy Dust" Creative Inspiration Paint. Once dry, the shimmer won't rub off, so no worries there!


Supplies Used:
Paper: DCWV-Modern Meadow, Core'Dinations, Bazzill, card stock
Ink: Memento, Distress Marker
Stamps: Unity "Wishing You Joy" & "Blossom Stackers"
Dies: Quickutz "Nesting Circles", Spellbinders "Blossom Tags and Accents"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Fairy Dust
Other: pearls

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

the highlighter...

Hello my wonderful friends!

I thought I would do a quick follow-up to Saturday's tutorial...

I shared a tool I use to highlight texture that apparently is no longer being made. :(

Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, 

No worries!

With a few simple (and inexpensive) supplies you can make your own! 

Here's what you need:

Ink Blending Tool (Ranger/Inkssentials)
craft foam sheet (with the sticker back)
craft felt

Step 1: Use your Ink Blending tool (or one of the blending foam pads) to trace the right size rectangles onto your craft foam, then cut out. 

Step 2: Remove the sticker backing and stick onto a piece of craft felt then trim excess felt.

The felt will stick to the velcro on the blending tool, just like the blending pads and alcohol felt pads do... the difference is... the foam is harder than the blending pads allowing us to hit only the raised areas, and will hold distribute ink and paint better than the felt pads

This is not a cheap alternative to the blending pads you buy for the blending tool.... it won't blend ink well. Although... it does have a rather unique effect, if that is what you are going for...

It will, however, highlight raised textures (like embossed designs, creases, and fibers) like a pro!

It works with inks and paints... with the paints, you only need a very thin layer of paint on the foam at a time, or it will be too gloopy to stay only on the raised areas, so really spread the paint out with the foam as you are picking it up. A little really goes a long way with it.

When you are done, clean it up with water and allow to dry. 


autumn memories...

Hello my wonderful friends!

Time for another ScrapbookUSA post:

When I was growing up, my grandparents had the BEST apple tree. It had the perfect branches for climbing and sitting in (even if you were really small). And it had been grafted with several different kinds of apple all into one tree. Each year int the autumn we would go over to their house and pick boxes and boxes of apples off this huge tree. 

Once the apples were picked, the tree had one more gift for us... the leaves. We would rake those leaves into giant piles and jump in them! Chores were never so much fun!

DCWV "Spiced Cider" paper pack is full of beautiful fall papers... including apples. 

(I know, my card doesn't show apples, but the apple are are more sized for a scrapbook page... I need to go find a picture of me and my sister in the leaves of the apple tree. I know I have a cute one somewhere... )

However, I do love these papers! The flowers were stamped with acrylic paint... I thought the texture you get from stamping with paint look good with the wood patterned paper I chose as the accent.

Bring on Autumn!


Supplies Used
Paper: DCWV-Spiced Cider, Core'dinations
Stamps: Inkadinkado "Meadow", Kaisercraft "Devonshire"
Dies: Quickutz "Nesting Ovals"
Other: Distress Paint, acrylic paint, bras

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

sparkles and ghosts...

Hello my wonderful friends!

Apparently once I am no longer stressed, the need to create comes exploding out of me! I have been going crazy in my studio! I'm loving it! I thought I'd share some of that creative fun with you by sharing this card and two quick technique tutorials that went into it. :) Have fun!

First up, the ghosted background... This is just a fun way to play with your Distress Inks and their natural reaction to water. 

You don't have to work with a stencil, but I wanted to... so I cut a circle out of acetate using a die, and taped it over a piece of watercolor paper. Easy peasy! 

*Watercolor paper will work best for the first technique... The ink will blend smoother and lift better than if you just use regular card stock.

Apply a good layer of Distress ink to your paper. The darker the inks, the more noticeable the ghosting will be by contrast. I started by filling the whole circle with a nice layer of Wild Honey, then went around just the edges with a  some Rusty Hinge for some added depth.

Take your stamp  and mist it with plain water. 

With your stencil still in place, stamp your misted stamp over over your Distress ink. This will lift some of the ink, leaving a ghost image.

*rubber stamps work well for this, but you can try with your clear stamps... I would try on a test paper first.

If you have too much water on your stamp (like I did), the water will seep under the stencil and bleed & blur the lines of your shape... You can clean this up with a wet paint brush, or leave it as is for a distressed/softer look... your choice.

Once dry, you can stamp over it.... 
In this case, I wanted sparkly flowers... so, here comes technique #2

To get a multi-colored image ink up your stamp with various colors of ink that has a long enough open time to heat emboss... Distress ink or Pigment inks are safe choices. (Distress Markers will not work.)

Cover with a Sticky Embossing Powder. There are several different brands of this out there... I have "Simple Stick" by A-Muse (for no other reason than that is what happened to be at my local store) Basically it is an "embossing powder" that when heated becomes sticky and allows you to adhere things like glitter and flocking. It's fun stuff. I used it in a tutorial a while back... but I digress....

Ok... So... Cover with a sticky embossing powder. Heat it JUST until it melts. DO NOT OVERHEAT!  As soon as it melts QUICKLY cover with clear glitter, and allow to cool. Once it is cool, simply brush off the extra glitter with your hand or a paint brush. (I've even used a lint roller just to see how well the glitter sticks... the glitter stayed where it was supposed to!)

And you end up with a fabulously colorful glittered image with a ghosted background. Fun stuff!  Of course.... Both techniques can be used on their own, or combined in different ways... 


Supplies Used:
Paper: Core'Dinations, watercolor paper
Ink: Distress Ink
Stamps: Unity "Moments in Bloom" & "Blossom Stackers"
Other: Distress Rock Candy Glitter, A-Muse "Simple Stick" powder