Friday, August 15, 2014

NEW distress minis & a GIVEAWAY!


the last 3 sets of mini distress pads are HERE!

FINALLY...brushed corduroy! I waited a long time for this cute little guy...

you might want to read all the way to the end...
I have a set of ALL 3 to giveaway!


today I wanted to share another way to use distress inks...
this is a little something I figured out one day & I really like the look...

if you've taken my Ranger technique class, you know that I LOVE the snowcap white pigment pad...
for all it does, it should cost $50.00!

get it quick, before the Ranger guys figure this out...

this post will show you a few of the reasons why I LOVE it...

to create my card for today, I started with Ranger's kraft card stock, cut to 4 ¼ x 5 ¼ inches...

the photo below shows that I masked off half of  the NEW vintage lace background stamp, then inked it with the snowcap, removed the tape & stamped it at the bottom of the card...


while the snowcap ink was still wet, I sprinkled on some frosted crystal embossing powder & heated it to melt the powder...


next, I positioned my basically bricks stencil right above the lace & used the tape to protect the lace area...


I used the blending tool & tapped it on the snowcap ink pad, then stenciled over the brick stencil...completely covering the all bricks...

***one thing to note***
the snow cap white pigment pad has a foam pad, not a felt pad like the distress & archival pads...

it's important to tap the blending tool onto the pad & NOT rub it, like we do with distress & archival pads...
brisk rubbing can tear the foam pad...
tapping works just fine...

***one more thing***
when using the white pad, make sure your stamp is clean...
trust me on that one!

with the stencil removed, you can see this snowcap white ink looks great on darker card stock...

I dried the ink before proceeding...

***this is IMPORTANT***...
if the ink is still wet, you won't get the desired results...



next, I inked the mini blending tool...
it's the perfect size for the mini pads!

and I applied peeled paint over the lace, going over the entire bottom of the card...
I used a paper towel to remove the ink from the embossed lace to make it stand out more...



the next step is to ink the top portion of the card with broken china...

just remember to dry after adding ink...

you'll notice that the snow cap slows the drying process when adding distress inks on top of it...

do you see how the snow cap changes the distress to a beautiful chalky matte finish? 

and best of all...
that one magic white pad can be used with every color of distress ink to create this chalky finish...

I'm telling you...
it's worth $50.00~



now for some embellishments...

I had 2 scraps of clearly for art (CFA) that were covered with vintage dictionary text...

using jet black archival, I stamped the pansy & the leaves onto the dictionary paper side...



position the stencil over the stamped image & use festive berries to stencil the outer edge of the flower petals & the center accents...

                 

reposition the stencil...
this open stencil allows coloring inside the petals...
I used festive berries again, but I kept it much lighter...

***one thing to note***
this stencil was designed to allow 2 different colors to be added...
to create an authentic looking pansy, use a yellow ink on the outside & a purple inside...or do just the opposite...
or any 2 colors that you'd like...

the pansy is a SiSi (stamp-it stencil-it)...meaning you get the stamp & the coordinating stencil in the same package...


because the leaves will be cut out, I just inked right over the scrap with shabby shutters...
then cut out the leaves & the pansy...



here's my pieces...
I heated them to soften the CFA, then shaped them a bit to add a little dimension...







I stamped the sentiment toward the right, above the lace, using jet black...

I test drove my cut out flower & leaves with the flourishes stamp on the card, to help me decide where to stamp the flourishes...

the flourishes got stamped with jet black...
the color is weird here..sorry...






archival inks are awesome for altering metal...

I used carnation red archival, and pressed the heart charm onto the pad to ink only the raised edge...
then sprinkled it with frosted crystal embossing powder before heating it...to melt the embossing powder...


hemostats are a very useful tool...
I grabbed the little loop & that allowed me to blast the heart with the heat tool...and NOT blast my fingers...

***remember***
heated metal is HOT! be careful...

when it cooled off, I added the "love you" insert that comes with the heart charms...


hmmm...
the brick background looked too plain...
I replaced the brick stencil & randomly stamped text using tree branch archival...

***one thing to note***
by replacing the stencil, it keeps stamping off the grout area & you'll only see stamping ON the bricks...
it's a small detail...but it DOES matter!

***another thing***
when stamping thru a stencil it's much easier to use an UN-mounted stamp...
it's much easier to press wherever you need to...




you can see that subtle text adds another layer of interest to the background...


to alter 3 long fasteners, I used festive berries distress paint...
it's great to have coordinating products in the same color palette...

just shake the bottle, press down lightly on the craft sheet & then tap the fastener onto the wet paint dabber top...
again...
that hemostat makes it simple to hold,  cover with paint, then heat the fastener to dry...
distress paints are awesome on metal...


this is not a tool that I use every day...
but when you NEED it...nothing else works...

I wanted to add the heart with a mini fastener, but the hole was too small to fit the prongs...
I used this tool to enlarge the hole...it drills right thru like magic!
sad to say...it's discontinued...I hope you snagged one!

if you don't have the tool, you can change things up & use the heart  charm with a jump ring instead...



no project is complete without some brushed corduroy around the edges...
it sort of adds a frame...
and leads the eye to the main images...






now...the last details...

I added the painted fasteners to accent the lace on the card bottom...
and then added a piece of red/cream trimmings & the little altered heart charm...

the flower & leaves were added with hot glue...
the hot glue is a good way to adhere the CFA to paper...

next, some pen stitching detail...

and here is the finished project...

added to a black card...

tada...it's pastel distress!


this photo shows how awesome the frosted crystal embossing powder is...

see the texture it adds? I LOVE it with the lace...
and I think it's the perfect compliment to the pastel distress on the card, to create a vintage feminine effect...



this technique works just fine on manila cardstock too...
try it...it's a lighter/brighter look, but still chalky matte & pastel...

but...I think it's extra special on kraft cardstock...

DID I MENTION THAT 
I HAVE A GIVEAWAY?

it's compliments of Tim & Ranger...

if you would like a chance to win ALL 3 sets of the new distress minis...

just leave a comment on this blog post...
it's that simple!

I'll draw a random winner on Tuesday, August 19th at 4PM Chicago time...

well...right now I'm in Connecticut...
getting all set up at The Papercraft Clubhouse...

I have big plans to get inky, meet some new art friends, have fun,  &

make art!
wendy



Friday, August 8, 2014

let's talk about leaves...

specifically...


it's a giant background stamp...
right from the package it looks like this with 9 vertical rows of leaves...


when I designed this stamp, I had big plans to make it into 3 different stamps...

here's what I did...

I used tim's tonic scissors to chop off a horizontal row of 5 leaves, from the bottom of the stamp...
the scissors are awesome & made it easy to cut the rubber...

next I cut off one vertical row & then cut that strip into 2 pieces of different lengths...
it's on the small gridblock on the left...

on the right you'll see the remaining background stamp...




this leaf border is very handy & I know I'll be using it lots...
it's just the right size...



here's how I used it on a small #5 manila tag...



these 2 pieces are fun too...
use them individually or together, offset like this...


to create a hanging vine...


or as at the start of a flower garden...


I'm still left with a large background that is 3 ¾ inches square...
now it has 8 vertical rows instead of 9...







it's perfect for stamping, then punching out a large circle for a card...



the large background is still a great size for adding leaves


and again...to add leaves to my art parts leaves on this art journal page...
love the flower...it's the zinnia SiSi, but I only used the flower...
it's inked with carnation red archival...




keep in mind that if you're squeamish about chopping apart the stamp, you can use it the same ways, by masking off areas & inking only small parts of this stamp...

post-its & painters tape are both great...

I will say that I'm very happy that I cut mine apart...
it's super convenient & a time saver for me...
and now I have a 3 for 1 "leaves trio"...
it worked as planned!

***breaking news***

stamps NEED ink & I wanted to make sure you know about the RANGER products sale at Simon Says...

ALL Ranger products are included...YIPPEE!


distress...like my fav iced spruce marker...


craft spinners...you know they can be stacked...right?


replacement pads for the blending tool...

it's a good time to stock up on essentials like #8 tags and manila cardstock to create your own art journal pages & cards...


the code to enter at checkout is...

RANGERSALE

the sale is good 'til Sunday at 11:59pm EST...

NEWS FLASH...
the sale is extend thru today MONDAY AUG 11th!

it's a great time to stock up on supplies to...

make art!
wendy
ps...so tell me...are you brave? are you going to cut up the leaves background stamp? or another of your background stamps?






Wednesday, August 6, 2014

this post is BUGGED!

just for the record...

I HATE BUGS!

I REALLY HATE THEM 
A LOT...

if you have ever thought you may have been in an earthquake, but there was no evidence in the news, it might have been me screaming when I saw a spider...

sad...but true...

embarrassing...oh yes...for sure...

but it is what it is...
but not as bad as when I saw a MOUSE!
that's a story for another day!

however...when bugs are fake & under MY control...
they can be quite fun...

you've heard me say so many times that I like versatile products...
things that can be used more than one way...

today, I'm sharing 2 ways to use tim's new sizzix bee...

plan A  is a VERY dimensional embellishment...
plan B is much flatter...

this die comes with a coordinating embossing folder, which adds great detail & doubles the fun...

the minute I spotted this die, I immediately thought about using it with clearly for art, knowing that I could make it sturdy, very dimensional & super fun...

the example below was a 10 minute create...
seriously...start the timer...

I covered a piece of clearly for art (clear) with vintage dictionary text, making sure it fit the size of the die...

then I die cut it & placed it in the embossing folder & embossed it...

next, to add color, I used dandelion archival & a bit of orange blossom to color the body...
and lightly added some tree branch archival to just the raised areas...shhh...I used my finger...it made it easy to hit just the raised embossed areas...

to add interest to the wings, I lightly added watering can archival...

I also used watering can on the legs, but added a bit more color, to make them stand out from the wings...

I lightly heated the bee, just enough so that I could shape it...
being careful NOT to heat it too much & flatten the embossing...
remember...clearly for art always returns to flat, when heated...

the finishing touch was the star stamp that I punched out (5/8th inch circle punch)  & embossed with clear super fine detail embossing powder & added the remnant rub number...

the star is included on the license plate art set...

like I said...10 minutes MAX...but it was a very fun 10 minutes... 

I'm still deciding how I want to display this critter...
I think he would be really cute on the front of a get well card...
or...I might add a thin dowel to the back & use him as a plant stake!


now on to plan B...
a completely different way to use the same bee...

I wanted to use the bee on an art journal page & had an idea...

this is a manila page...it's 6 x 8 ½ inches...
it fits this art parts art journal, which also stores my small stamp sets...

I used my archival reinker/alcohol technique to add a simple background...
this technique is addicting...
you were warned!

I chose a drop of tree branch archival & a drop of gold metallic mixative...

the key to using manila as a page base, as opposed to specialty stamping paper,  is to use plenty of rubbing alcohol...

the alcohol soaks into the manila...
it does NOT soak thru the specialty stamping paper, so it takes less alcohol...

using rubbing alcohol will NOT warp the manila card stock like plain old water would...
alcohol is pure magic & it's super CHEAP!

here's my result...



I didn't want to die cut the bee & glue it on the page...

I wondered if I could emboss it onto the journal page...

but since my page is 6 inches across, the bee couldn't be centered...
because the folders are 5 inches across...

since I worked in surgery for many years, I have no fear of  knives...

I cut the embossing folder at the crease...
now it's 2 pieces, but I can use clear packing tape to put it right back together...
no harm was done!

the next photo shows the BACK of the page...notice, the holes are on the right now?

I positioned the back of the embossing folder & taped it in place with painters tape...


the next photo shows the FRONT of the page, with the top part of the folder positioned over the back folder piece...
page holes are on the left again...

next I embossed this page, with my embossing machine...



I wanted a quick way to ink the bee, but NOT ink the background...

so...I used the die to make a stencil...

now I have a perfectly sized stencil, made from a card stock scrap...


next, with the stencil in place, I could easily use the mini blending tool to ink the bee, because the background is protected...

I used dandelion, tree branch & watering can to add color...


with the stencil removed, the bee looks like this & the background has no messy ink where it doesn't belong...

super simple & FAST...


next, to add some shimmer to the wings, I replaced the stencil...
this allowed me to tap the blending tool onto the watermark resist pad & add embossing ink to just the wings...
(any of the embossing inks would work just fine...)

I sprinkled the wings with frosted crystal embossing powder & heated it to emboss just the wings...


with the stencil removed again, you can see the subtle sparkle on the wings...I hope...



with my focal point done, it was just a matter of playing...
adding stamps, stenciling & some doodles...

some smudged stabilo pencil lines...
some black glaze pen dots to the body...

and a subtle shadow around the bee using my FAV iced spruce marker...

this is my finished page...

one thing to note...

after I applied the 3 remnant rub arrows, I used the end of the sanding grip to scuff them...

they looked too perfect & I wanted them to look worn & bug eaten!


here's a better look at the embossed bee...

this next photo does show the cool effect of the frosted crystal on the wings a little better...and you can see the embossed detail better too...



I like this unexpected idea for an art journal...

embossed pages!

this is also the reason why I like to create my own journals...

with individual pages, you have more flexibility to try things like this...
plus you can make your pages from any material...
and also make them any size you'd like...

there's another benefit...

if the page turns out butt UGLY...
it goes in the trash with no evidence remaining...

it's very freeing for me...

tim also has a butterfly & a dragonfly...they too come with the die & embossing folder, so they could be done the same way...

if you're not into bugs...I think the butterfly would be awesome embossed onto an art journal page...
can't wait to try that...

I hope I inspired YOU to grab a die...try it a few ways, have fun & 

make ART!
wendy





Tuesday, August 5, 2014

FLASH S A L E! 23 hours only!

and the EXTRA good news...

it's on ALL MY NEW...
JUST RELEASED PRODUCTS!

yes!!!  they just arrived yesterday!
they're on the shelves & ready...

the sale includes these products... you get 20% OFF at eclecticPaperie!

ALL 3 NEW STAMP SETS!


paper doll art...





both NEW single BACKGROUND STAMPS...


 lots of leaves...
the 3 NEW STENCILS...


a perfect partner with the ornate dots background stamp...






and all 6 NEW SiSi's...they include a stencil & a coordinating stamp or 2 in the same package!
















thanks for the advance notice & the SALE Kim!

the code to enter at checkout is...

WENDY2014

THANKS too to Mr Stampers Anonymous & the GREAT crew who worked LOTS of hours, so we didn't have a long wait to get the new goodies...

they should be in your favorite local stores too...
check them out!

new supplies are fun when you...

make art!
wendy
ps...the sale ends at 11PM Chicago time on TUESDAY Aug 5th.