Thursday, August 28, 2014

ink up the block...

Hello my wonderful friends!

Happy Labor day weekend!
(for those who celebrate it… and for those who don't, enjoy the sale anyway!)

It's time for another Unity hop!
(and sale!)

If you are arriving here from Kary's blog you are right on track... if not, go ahead and start at the beginning by clicking HERE.. You don't want to miss any of the fabulous inspiration (or chances to win!)

I totally fell in love with this beauty the MOMENT I saw it! Thank you Unity for getting me in the winter spirit! I've been trying to get an early start on the MOUNTAIN of Christmas cards I need to make, but I just couldn't seem to get in the mood… One look at this sweet thing, and I was pulling out Christmas papers!  

Oh, and the Unity tee…. sigh!!!

If I had a slogan for some of my friends over the years, this would probably be it. Man, I wish I could fix more problems, but isn't it so WONDERFUL when you know you don't have to go through all life's challenges alone! I think simply being there for someone is sometimes the most powerful thing a person can do. (and never underestimate the power of a hug!)

A HUGE thank you to all those who have been there for me! 

You can get this, and other fabulous sentiment stamps, this weekend in 2 different grab bags! They are awesome!!!

Now… how about a tutorial?
 I thought I would share a fun way to get the awesome blended colors and look of watercolors… using some basic supplies, and no actual watercolor skills. LOL!

Step 1: Scribble Distress Markers onto an acrylic block. (you can also do this by rubbing your Distress ink pads directly onto the block)

Step 2: Spray on some water….this may take a little practice to get the right amount of water. You want enough to blend and move the ink, but too much, and you will lose the details on your image.

Step 3: Ink up your stamp by pressing it onto the colored block

Step 4: Stamp! 

Look at that beautiful blending! So simple!

But, let's not leave it there...

Variation 1: instead large blocks of color, try scribbling lots of colors in random patterns...

You'll get something fabulously cool like this!

Variation 2: Add some Perfect Pearls to your spray bottle before spritzing the block.. Now you'll have a SPARKLY image! (yeah, it didn't really photograph well… sorry, I promise that it shimmers in real life!)

Ok.. guess that's all for me today!

Don't forget---
 Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.  The winners will be announced Saturday night on the Unity blog.

Your next stop is Lisa!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

a little spook, and a little gold...

Hello my wonderful friends!

It's time for another Unity hop!
(and sale!)

I'm kinda sneaking in here… This isn't my usual week to hop with the team, but I couldn't help myself when I saw this new kit…

To be honest, I was supposed to be working on Christmas cards… cuz I've got 50+ to make, but I couldn't get in the mood. Halloween was just too distracting. :)

I also have been doing some playing with this month's LOL

I was having fun with a couple different techniques here…
I started by stamping the woodgrain from "Let Love Grow" in white acrylic paint. I then sponged on a few different brown Distress Inks. The paint will resist the color.. FABULOUS!  Another great thing Distress inks do, is react to water.. so I put down a stencil  and spritzed some water over it… And the watermark rings are born! (I love how simple and understated it is, yet in the overall design, it adds that little extra something.)

Now, to make a heart that shines… literally.

Step 1: Rub background with an anti-static powder. This will insure no powder sticks where it doesn't belong.

Step 2: Ink up the stamp with Distress Ink. (If you want to use a different brand of dye ink, you need to FIRST ink with VersaMark, then the ink over top. It won't hurt your ink pad, but it will allow the image to stay wet long enough to work with.

Step 3: Brush some Perfect Pearl (Ranger) over the image. Then use your brush to tap the powder onto the image (this makes sure the little particles are nice and stuck on the ink. 

Step 4: (sorry, no photo of this…) Use your brush to whisk off all the extra powder. Than set the Perfect Pearls with a tiny bit of water…to do this,  Mist the water into the air than wave your paper through the mist (like you would with perfume). It doesn't take much moisture to set the resins, and you don't want to get too much water, or your Distress Inks will start bleeding and moving.

Now you have this cool two toned image… from one angle you have dark ink..

 …but if you tilt it, it turns to gold! AWESOME!

I used Black Soot Distress ink, and Perfect Gold Perfect Pearls.. try mixing and matching different colors for awesome effects!

The flowers were stapes with archival ink, with a little Distress Marker coloring over top… I love how those gold letters look!

Don't forget---
 Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.  The winners will be announced Saturday night on the Unity blog.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

berry variegated...

Hello my wonderful friends!

It's time for another Unity hop!
(and sale!)

Yeah… and those new Phillis Harris stamps? *SQUEEL!* I keep seeing her post her work on FB, and I secretly think… "I sure HOPE that one becomes a stamp too!" LOL!

If you are arriving here from Kary's blog you are right on track... if not, go ahead and start at the beginning by clicking HERE.. You don't want to miss any of the fabulous inspiration (or chances to win!)

One of my favorite things to do during the summer is pick berries. They grow like weeds around here… ok, so the wild berries ARE weeds around here!  But the funny thing about weeds, is they are only really weeds if you don't want them. I happen to LOVE the wild blackberries!  I pick them by the bucketful and take them to my mom's house where they are turned into jams, syrups, and leathers. YUM!

The berries on this card are from Botanical Bliss, and the sentiment is from Single Flower Miracle. I stamped the strawberries in Antique Linen Distress ink, then used Distress Markers and a water pen to color it. The light Linen Distress ink blends in and almost disappears when water and other colors are added.. this gives the impression that I am a TON more artistic than I really am… HA!  To help ad some definition back in, I used the fine tip of the Distress Markers to trace back in some detail after it had dried. 

This week I had to get a baby card done for my step-cousin (who is due ANY DAY!).  I decided to use the brand new CHALLENGE as a jumping off point. One thing I love about the Unity challenges, is that besides using Unity stamps, there really isn't much restriction to worry about… So I modified the card sketch to fit what I wanted. And it works.  

I used Hello Little One for the sentiment, and this month's KOM Summer Collapsed into Fall for the butterfly. The strips of paper are gelli prints. (I'm kinda, really loving my new 5x7 gelli plate!)

Please join us with our challenge! It's tons of fun, with a GREAT prize, and, we LOVE seeing the work you share with us! Get all the details HERE.

And, of course, I have a little tutorial for you… just cuz you are AWESOME!

Like I said, I LOVE my gelli plate, so I thought I would share a fun way to use it with your stamps...
(If you don't know what a gelli plate is, check it out HERE.)

I like to call this  Variegated Stamping because you get random splotches of different colors, and no two impressions are the same. Super fun and random.

Step 1: Dot on a couple (or so) coordinating colors of acrylic paint onto your gelli plate. Keep in mind that the colors WILL mix… some colors mix beautifully, some make a muddy mess. 

Step 2: Brayer the paint around to cover the plate… don't try to over mix the colors. Let them make their own patterns instead of one smooth color.

Step 3: Press a stamp onto the gelli plate. No need to tap it multiple times like you do an ink pad, just press it onto the  paint, and lift.

Step 4: Stamp onto your paper. You will see the variegated colors randomly across your image.

Step 4 modified: For my project, I wanted a little something special for the butterfly… so I stamped it onto acetate.  Acrylic paint works great on acetate!

Make sure to wash your stamp of well before the paint dries for happy stamps!

Don't forget---
 Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.  The winners will be announced Saturday night on the Unity blog.

Your next stop is Lisa!


Friday, August 8, 2014


Hello my wonderful friends, and happy Friday!

For those of you who follow the Unity blog (and if you don't, you should!), you saw a canvas tutorial I posted on Wednesday... 

I had so much fun with it, I decided to do another canvas with a totally different look....

This time, I took pictures as I went instead of trying to recreate... SO much easier! LOL!

Step 1: randomly stamp background and images onto white tissue paper with a waterproof ink like Archival Ink.

Step 2: tear up the tissue paper and use mod podge to randomly glue on canvas.

Step 3: mod podge on some random strips of lace.

Step 4: mod podge on some die cut book paper.

Step 5: cover the entire thing with a thin layer of gesso.

Step 6: spray on some colors, focusing around the edges. tip the canvas to allow drips.

Step 7: use random lids, cups, etc dipped in black acrylic paint and "stamp" circles.

Step 8: paint in the circles with some gesso (that will hide the background color)

Step 9: paint in the circles... I used watercolors

Step 10: stamp large word onto tissue paper with waterproof ink. (this allows for a good impression despite the texture)

Step 11: mod podge the word on... the magic of tissue paper is it becomes translucent and practically disappears with the glue.

Step 12: smear some Rock Candy Crackle Paint to the corners and edges. allow to dry... this may take time, but let it do it's thing without a heat gun.

Step 13: finish off with a little ink around the edges to highlight the cracks