here's how I got started...

here's how I got started...
a 20 minute podcast by Crazy BeYOUtiful

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

distress crayon shading over archival inks...

it's fun to go back to basics & revisit favorite techniques...
one of mine is
wrinkle free distress...

this background is done on a piece of 

I used tumbled glass, broken china, brushed corduroy and a tiny bit of rusty hinge...

these pads got swiped onto the craft sheet & misted with water...
I put the cardstock into the inks,
dried it and I got this...

on aside note...
see that face profile on the right?
interesting how that happens sometimes...
YIKES!



one of my MOST favorite SiSi's from the new release is the "spring bouquet"...

I sometimes use the full image,
 in a vertical orientation like this...

on this sample I added layered flowers...




this set is versatile...
it makes a good single layer card too...

and...

I like to change it up & use only a part of
 the stamp/stencil...
like this...

just mask off the daisy portion, ink the stamp, remove the tape & stamp horizontally...


ok...pretend you see a photo here...

we both have a crummy cold & that's my excuse...
plugged up snotty head...
HE got it first...
kissed me & this is all his fault!

after stamping, place the coordinating stencil over the stamped image & add ink, using the blending tool...

for the flowers I used tea rose archival & the leaves got inked with fern green...

those little flowers on the right ended up in a blue background area, so I added cornflower blue...

I stenciled some stripes from
I also added some random dots, 
and used tree branch again to add some random vintage text in 3 areas...


my sentiment was stamped with jet black in the left corner...

then I grabbed the new distress crayons to add shading...

I touched the wet detailer water brush to the tip of the crayon & that gave me good control for adding the shading...
if you don't have the detailer water brush...
I have to say it's a favorite tool...
I love that the nylon tip stays pointy & has not changed since the first day...
I use it with markers, stains, archival inks & just to add water spots...
and it's great with the distress crayons too...


here's my finished card, with that 
it's hanging from the dot line (just say it)...


if you go back & look at the original background, you'll see that I added more distress in the lower right corner, under that smaller flower......

because I stamped with jet black archival 
(it's waterproof), 
I knew I could add more distress,
 without making the image bleed...
I used the water brush to add some water under the flower, then dropped in some faded jeans & broken china
 (swiped on the craft sheet & picked up with the water brush) 
& let the water activate the distress...


lessons I learned...

I'm certainly no watercolor expert...
but I had fun & I was reminded that...
practice makes perfect...
just keep going!

and...

keep the archival colors lighter when adding shading with the crayons...

I wish I would have kept the leaves a
lighter fern green, because the distress crayon shading would show up much better...

this was my first time using the crayons over archival inks & I WILL be playing lots more...
the crayons over archival are very forgiving, 
since the color can be removed with water...
again...
because archivals are waterproof, 
there's no problem adding water...

I'm happy that they work well together, 
just as I expected they would...


here's my flat card, 
with the horizontal image...



so grab your inks...
have a play &

make art!
wendy
ps...not all valentines need to be red!








Friday, February 5, 2016

distress crayons on clearly for art...

is a cool inexpensive product
 that can be used many ways...

the clear and white work really well
 with alcohol inks...

the black CFA looks great 
with embossing pastes added thru stencils...
I especially like the metallics...
and I have a cool technique coming soon, using the clearly for art blackout with 

as you know, 
I love the clear (CFA) covered with 
that way you get the benefits of the strong, moldable CFA...
but you can add inks to a paper surface & see the true beautiful ink colors...

so when I got the distress crayons
I was hoping that they would be 
another product to use with CFA...
and it works...
IF you use plan B!

ok...I started with 




and I scribbled them over a 5 or 6 inch square piece of the clear...CFA...
and blended them with my fingers...



next, I placed the new "lots of dots" stencil over the crayons and wiped thru the stencil with a baby wipe, to remove the crayons...

tim demoed this at CHA & I LOVE IT!

the CFA is shiny & the distress crayons give it an amazing sort of a cloudy/chalky finish, but the shine is showing thru the dots for contrast...


I die cut some flowers...
and I wanted to show you that if you did want shiny flowers, mold them so the shiny side is up & the distress crayons are on the bottom...
either way works...
shiny on the right...
crayon side on the 2 on the left...



HERE'S WHERE I WENT WRONG...

I didn't put a base down on the CFA and if you really rubbed the flowers, the crayons did rub off...

PLAN B...

this works perfectly...

I started again with the CFA, but this time I painted on a thin layer of the 
new collage medium & let that dry...

I followed the same steps...

I scribbled the crayons & blended them, used the "lots of dots" stencil again & now the colors don't get rubbed off...

so it is very important to use
the collage medium as a base layer 
BEFORE adding the distress crayons, 
if you want to add them to CFA...

next...

I was wondering if the heat from the heat tool
 (I used to shape the flower, ) 
would affect the crayons...
it doesn't bother the crayons at all...
they remained stable...

so here's the page from 

LOVE this color combo!

if you enlarge the photo, those subtle vertical  lines are from the old wood floor stamp...
I misted rubbing alcohol onto my craft sheet, stamped into it & stamped over the page to bleach out the background archival inks...

see those dots right above "observation"?
 same thing...
I used the lots of dots stencil to remove some ink & create bleached dots...
this time I used the rubbing alcohol on 
make sure it's just moist...
NOT dripping wet/saturated...

were stamped with jet black archival...
I LOVE adding the lace border to accent lots of other borders...
for me...
the more detail...
the better...

the leaves/stem were stamped with leaf green...
those little leaves peeking out at the bottom are a small part of this stamp...

I added some remnant rubs to reinforce 

LOVE is from the new "just say it" background & it's sitting on a mat mini button...

a black mat mini heart accents the flower center...
here's the 4 ½ inch square page...



interesting things to note ...

yes, the CFA color on the flower is stable...
rubbing doesn't remove the color, because I added the base of the collage medium...

water misted over the flower doesn't bother the crayons either...

BUT...
if you mist with water & rub over the crayons,
all the color is removed!
these crayons are really 
a very unique product...

one other thing is that the crayons allowed me to add an adhesive tape strip under the flower to add it to the page & it does not show thru...

I think that's another big benefit...

ok...remember that GIVEAWAY?

CONGRATS TO the WINNER of 
BLOOMING ART...



Blogger Lisa said...
I would love, love for this stamp set to come live at my house!! I'm off to listen to the podcast!! Have a great evening !! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts
February 2, 2016 at 5:38 PM
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please email me, with your shipping info...

the crayons are lots of fun!

I hope you'll try them on CFA, 
when YOU

make art!
wendy




Tuesday, February 2, 2016

my story...a podcast interview...





I'm honored to be interviewed by Amy Kunkle at 
well...actually the interview was last week, 
but it's live today...

when I met Amy at CHA last month...
she asked if I would do an interview...
I said YES...
then the day came & I thought...
"what were you thinking?"...
YIKES...
but it was actually fun...

if you want to hear funny stories 
about Mr. Stampers Anonymous 
and more...
check it out...

make sure to listen past the music break...
there's plenty more after that...

here are the links for several locations...
clicking the links should take you there...


make sure to "like" her page 
so you can hear future interviews...




THANKS AMY!
I look forward to hearing more & 
I wish you HUGE success!

to celebrate...
today's giveaway will be 
this stamp set...
BLOOMING ART!

again...
compliments of Ted!



leave a comment...
if you would like this set 
to live at your house...

if you would share the podcast links 
with your friends,
 to help Amy get started,
I'd sincerely appreciate it...
THANKS!

I hope you'll
listen to the podcast 
while you

make art!
wendy
ps...I'll be waiting to hear what you think!






Monday, February 1, 2016

spray archival inks...

back in August I had an idea...

I wondered if I could use my archival reinkers, mixed with rubbing alcohol to make...
ARCHIVAL SPRAY INKS...

OH YES...
the experiment was successful & 
I've been using loving them since then...

I first test drove the idea with a mini mister, using rubbing alcohol & a few drops

I LOVED it...
but there wasn't enough volume, so I switched to the regular size misters & they are perfect!

I started with just one reinker color, 
because I wasn't sure if the colors would remain stable in the alcohol...
so far so good & these have been mixed for over 5 months...

I started with cornflower blue...
I really loved it...


then mixed up some orange blossom, tree branch & sky blue...
LOVED them too...

grab tree branch before it's gone...
this is a really good one to use with so many colors like...cornflower, sky blue, watering can, orange blossom, tea rose & more...


then I mixed up 
I just ordered a few more misters, 
so I can have more options soon...

so why archival sprays?
because they are permanent,
 allowing distress or archival to be used over them, without changing the basic spray pattern...

if you are heavy handed, 
the fluid doesn't warp the surface...
bonus!

you can vary the color to suit your needs, 
which is kind of cool...
I'm even thinking custom colors...

spraying the inks gives good control for color placement on the surface...

after filling the misters about 75% full of alcohol, I started to add reinker drops until I liked the color...
add some drops...
mix it up...
add a few more...
perfect!

I'd say for most of them I used about 25 drops of the archival reinker...

I'm especially dying to get 
I know that's one I'll use often as a spray...
and tea rose...
and...

I labeled them & covered them with 
to keep the labels waterproof...


because I didn't plan a tutorial for this tag,
I don't have a photo of the plain archival ink sprayed tag...
but I'll explain the steps...


I have 2 of these at arms reach at all times...
one is filled with water & this one, marked with washi tape, contains rubbing alcohol...
this is super convenient...
if I've stenciled with distress, 
water will clean the stencil...
if I've stenciled with archival,
 the alcohol quickly removes the archival ink...

I'd say I decreased the use of  alcohol by about 50% when when I switched to
there's way less waste...
that surprised me & it's an added bonus...


there are 2 ways to start...

you can mist the tag with alcohol before spraying the archival inks...
this dilutes the inks for a softer more blended background...

or you can mist the archival inks directly on the tag for a more concentrated color...
I like & use both ways...

for today's tag
I misted with alcohol first, 
sprayed on the archival colors
 dried the tag...

the huge amount of fluid does not damage the tag at all...

now look closely at the subtle 
words in the background...


make sure to have a clean stamp...

I used the distress sprayer to add some rubbing alcohol to the craft sheet, pressed my stamp into the alcohol ONCE, then stamped over my tag...

the rubbing alcohol bleaches out the archival ink &
adds another layer to the background...

again...
make sure to have a clean stamp...
otherwise, the alcohol will reactivate the ink & you'll be adding color instead of removing it...

next, I stenciled the leaves from 
 leaf green on the top left leaves...

I used fern green to add a little stenciling border at the top & bottom of the tag...

then I stamped the 2 flourishes and the sentiment

I accented the lines with a gold metallic pencil & added some black glaze pen dots...



this next photo shows the red geranium polka dots from the new "lots of dots" stencil...

look closely at the bottom left corner...
see those bleached out dots?


I misted (distress sprayer) some rubbing alcohol onto the craft sheet, picked it up with the mini blending tool & rubbed over the "lots of dots" stencil...
this gives really good control to add the bleached dots wherever you want...

using the same stencil several times makes the project cohesive...

you want the blending tool to be moist...
NOT dripping wet...
if it's too wet, the fluid seeps under the stencil & you get larger dots...
which was what happened here...
but I can live with that...

on a side note...
as the foam on the blending tool picks up 
the ink color...
it tints the foam, but it doesn't transfer the ink later...
I've been using the same foam since August...


here's a better look at the bleached out
I love the effect...
if you're a cardmaker...
it's completely flat...


I had this flower left over...

NEW FLASH...
YES...glue n seal is discontinued...
check your local store...
or
I found it here...
we'll have it at conventions, until we run out...

I think I used sky blue & stamped the botanical register stamp with potting soil...

it's edged with the 


the flower needed a center, so I used 
the green is one of the buttons inked with fern green, then embossed with FROSTED fern green  embossing powder...

to make "FROSTED" embossing powder,
just mix equal parts of frosted crystal embossing powder with colored embossing powder to decrease the shine & give it more texture...

the new mat mini heart was inked with red geranium & embossed with the custom brick embossing powder...

the cool texture is from the frosted crystal...

since I was thinking of a LOVE theme...
I used red embroidery floss to sew the X (kiss)...
get it?


and here's the finished tag...
I added some remnant rubs to the mat mini heart & to the left side of the flower...

I also used the glaze pen to accent the flower center...


trust me...
archival inks as a spray are
SO FUN and 
another way to use something
 I bet you already have (reinkers)...

start with one archival color and see how it goes...

here are some pieces that have the archival sprayed to create the start of the background...

this started with these sprays...
with plenty of rubbing alcohol first...




this one is pink peony and cornflower blue...
I did go over it with brushed corduroy to shade it...
see those large dots?
that's what too much alcohol 
on the blending tool does...
it seeps under the stencil...
oops...

but since I continued, 
it looks OK...
almost like I intended it...
this was my test drive piece...


this one is tree branch with sky blue...
on a page from my new mat mini book...


sprayed on manila cardstock...


I've had excellent results on manila tags, 

I tried it on watercolor cardstock, 
with only fair results...
but it makes sense...
it absorbed the fluid, 
just as watercolor cardstock should...

but creates a different look...
use less alcohol, 
does not absorb the fluid...

tim's new YUPO alcohol ink paper works too!
that is one very cool surface!
more on that another day...
but you can check my Instagram page 
to see 2 examples...

so that's what I've been playing with...

I invite you to return tomorrow...
I did a telephone interview last week...

YIKES...

I talk about how I got started...
funny stories about Mr. Stampers Anonymous...
he might kill me!
and I forgot what else...

I'll have the links for you tomorrow...

I hope you can
grab your reinkers and...

make art!
wendy

ps...be watching Instagram later today...
I'll show another example of the archival spray background...

pss...I've not heard from the winner of my last giveaway...
if you know jezebel...send her here...
if I don't hear from her by tomorrow's post...
I'll have Rick choose another winner...

and...
the winner of this prize is...



congrats to...

Blogger Stephanie Rodgers said...

I love these little bird houses! They're just too stinkin' cute!
January 25, 2016 at 9:03 PM
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please email me with your address...

shhh...

I think I'll have a giveaway tomorrow too!
see you then...