Monday, October 27, 2014

we have a new family member...


welcome to 
THE ADORABLE...
wait 'til you see...

Will Wamhoff...

Will's parents are Jackie & Steve Wamhoff...
if you're familiar with Inky Antics stamps, 
Jackie is the creative director...

stampers anonymous, inky antics, darcie's & art gone wild are all sister stamp companies...
(owned by Ted & Michelle)
so that makes Will our family!

Rick & I have been cheering for Will since we saw the first ultrasound...

after about 10 weeks of bedrest, 
yikes...
(I can't even  imagine, Jackie is AMAZING)
Jackie delivered Will last 
week on October 19th...

he was 3 pounds & 11 ounces, and he's already gaining weight & making huge progress...

if you'd like to follow Will's progress or send a note of encouragement or 
CONGRATS 
to Jackie & Steve, 
you can visit 
sometimes Jackie does the updates & sometimes...
if he's not busy playing video games, 
Will does the updates...

look how cute he is...
what a sweet face!
I love his hair!


I thought it would be fun to send them a 
"first Christmas" ornament frame...
with a place to put Will's photo...

below is another Hobby Lobby find...
it's about 3 ½  inches across...


to color the frame I inked it with red geranium archival ink & sprinkled it with red geranium embossing powder while the ink was wet...
& heated it to melt the embossing powder...

I wanted a smooth/enamel finish this time, so I added 2 more layers of embossing powder...

next, after shaking the tarnished brass distress paint, I dispensed some onto the craft sheet & used my finger to randomly add it to the frame edge...


normally at this point I would have added potting soil to age the frame...

but...
Jackie's style is not vintage & since this is for a baby, I skipped the potting soil ink...

that kept the frame bright red...

I used snow cap white pigment ink with my spatter background stamp & stamped over the frame, then dried it...

it looks like snow...


to customize the frame, I decided to add the year with remnant rubs...
they are on the front of the glass...


I used the white remnant rub to add the sentiment to the removable back portion...
this will eventually be covered by the photo,
 but it makes a better presentation to have something on the back...


next comes my FAV glue n seal...
I painted a thin layer over a sheet of (clear) clearly for art,
added the vintage dictionary page, brayered it, then gave it a quick dry...

glue n seal is THE BEST paper adhesive EVER...
there is no bubbling of the paper...
it's THE BEST 
for adhering paper to any surface...
trust me...

I used jet black archival to stamp the holly on the paper side...
(stamp & stencil in the same package)...



the coordinating stencil fits over the stamped image...
this allows inking of just the holly leaves with the mini blending tool...
I used fern green on the leaves...

you can see that the stencil masks off & protects the berry portion...


so far, it looks like this...



next, I repositioned the stencil so that the leaves are protected & the berries are ready for some ink...
I used red geranium...


I cut out the holly, then heated the CFA to soften it & then shaped the leaves...
now I have a strong embellishment that won't bend or break...

archival ink is permanent & won't fade...


 I wanted to add something over the screw eye that came on the ornament...

I found this in my stash...
it looks like some sort of hook closure button?

I used red embroidery floss to tie in onto the screw eye...
and a tiny bit of hot glue on the back to make it extra secure...



Ranger's new BLACK foam tape is ideal for adding CFA to multiple surfaces...
it adds just the perfect height & the foam has a great adhesive...
and...
it comes in BLACK
making it much less noticeable from the side...
I used it to add the holly to the frame...

here's Will's super simple finished frame...


this is a super quick project & it can be created many ways...

 I want to make a few more...
maybe without the glass?
and maybe with some dimension
 inside the frame?

I think this will make 
a cute package decoration...
for a box or a gift bag...
and it would be fun to send these instead of Christmas cards...

that's it for today!
lots to do...

enjoy your day & take time to...

make art!
wendy




Friday, October 24, 2014

embossing powders on multiple surfaces...

happy weekend my friends!

here's a fun little shelf sitter I made a few weeks ago for the Collin's event in Florida...
I wanted to show that many different surfaces work great with embossing powders...

if it can take the heat, 
it CAN be embossed!

below you'll see that I've used them
 on tim's Sizzix pumpkin...
it's die cut cut from my clearly for art...
that allowed me to heat the pieces & then shape the pieces & make them more dimensional...

and

the small tattered floral flowers were cut from clearly for art blackout & embossed with 


that spider stamp inspired the remnant rub sentiment...
BRAVE is a state of mind...
I am NOT brave around real spiders...
I really HATE THEM...

did you notice the remnant rubs on 
that I added to the blossom bucket witches hat?
it's a fun way to customize ribbon...



not sure why the background paper looks so light on the next photo...
hmmm...
just ignore it please...

here's a closer look at the faux graniteware technique on the pumpkin & you can see the mini text added to the letterpress...

I LOVE the flourish stamp so much...


that's it for today...

I hope you can take some time to relax this weekend and...

make art!
wendy
ps...for those of you hunting looking for 
Glue N Seal...
the larger size jar that I use to refill the smaller...
using them together is the best value...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

playing with powders, paste...

and bare wood!

inexpensive plain wood ornaments have unlimited potential and can be used with so many products for a MILLION different results...

here's one way to alter this 5 inch tall wood tree...
from Hobby Lobby...



use the brushed corduroy distress marker to color the trunk...


add fern green archival ink over the tree, then sprinkle on the fern green embossing powder while the ink is still wet...

heat to emboss...


to add the pattern to the tree trunk...


ahhh..
cute...


oops...forgot the photo...
add potting soil ink to the green tree edges...

then...

use snow cap white pigment ink with the spatter stamp to stamp over the tree & give it a quick dry...


apply gold metallic embossing paste thru the larger "merry christmas", with a palette knife...



I added it at the bottom of the tree...
then set it aside to dry...


add gold metallic embossing paste to the art parts star & pounce the palette knife over the paste to create texture...
it's kind of like making the peaks in meringue... 
set that aside to dry...
it will dry with the texture...


when the paste has dried, use the blending tool to add potting soil to create an aged metallic effect...


I also added a tiny bit of watering can archival to the very edges of the star & now it looks like this...


YIPPEE!

I LIGHTLY added some around the outside edge of the star, then sprinkled on 


then added the remnant rub after the glue n seal had dried...

remnant rubs are fantastic over uneven surfaces...


swipe the letterpress over the tree branch archival pad, then sprinkle with 
 heat to emboss...
while the powder was still hot, I added a second layer of the powder to create a completely smooth enamel effect...

using one layer of embossing powder gives a textured result...
adding the second layer makes it very smooth...


I used potting soil to stamp the tiny text over each of the letterpress...


the next photo shows how to
 alter the ice skates...
the top is the original...right from the package & the bottom one is altered...

I used my finger with a very small amount of
tapped it onto the front of the ice skates...
I left the blade portion silver...

then I added some potting soil ink after the paste had dried, which was only a minute, since I used such a small amount of paste...

using the hemostat to hold these really helped...
and it's a really handy tool for embossing small pieces...
it protects your fingers from the embossing tool...


next I added remnant rub words to each skate...
put them on a jump ring & attached the jump ring to the screw eye...
all ready to go...


to change up the linen ribbon...

after shaking the tarnished brass distress stain, dispense some onto the craft sheet & swipe the linen ribbon thru the stain & dry...


I darkened it with a bit of potting soil...
and twisted the middle to make it thinner...


now the star gets glued to the top of the tree...
the letterpress get glued on above the metallic sentiment...
leaving room to attach the ice skates with the screw eye...

the linen ribbon gets tied to the tree trunk & I also added a second screw eye...

so...
from this...


to this...


yes...I AM addicted to letterpress & I don't want the cure!

below you can see the raised gold embossing paste sentiment and the little rub ons on the skates...
I DO believe that
every detail does matter...


instead of sending a card, how fun it will be to surprise some "special people" with a handmade ornament?

did you notice that
I needed an O...
so I used the Q upside down...
hey...
it's ART...
there are NO RULES!



be on the lookout for bare wood items...
 Hobby Lobby is loaded with so many fun holiday choices...

I picked up quite a few, for very little $$$
and I'll be sharing more altering ideas in coming blog posts...
I LOVE home decor type stuff...

I picked up several of these same wood trees, 
so I think it will be fun to share 
several completely different ways 
to change them up...
stay tuned!

now...
I'm off with my sweetheart 
to celebrate today...
loved him then...
love him even more now...
little did he know then that he would be promoted to HEAD OF SHIPPING & RECEIVING!
haha...


I hope you're inspired to pick up some bare wood
and gather your supplies...
so YOU CAN...

make art!
wendy
ps...THE BEARS STILL SUCK!

Friday, October 17, 2014

a new art journal is born...


my new embossing powders inspired me to create a new art journal...

today, I'll share the outside front & back covers...

 the front cover started like this...

without the etched frame this time...
it's about 5 ¾ inches square...

I like this size because it's square & I've not seen square art journals in stores before...

I also like to create my own journal, so that I can choose the surfaces that I want for creating the pages & I can make them any size...

I also enjoy working on one flat page at a time...
that makes stamping & stenciling easier for me...

I also find it very freeing...
if the page turns out butt ugly, in the trash it goes with no evidence whatsoever...
I like that!

this journal can be a top opening or side opening orientation...
your choice...

this one is a side opener...

I used the blending tool to add some cornflower blue archival ink to the front cover & purposely did not add ink all the way to the edges...
while the ink was wet, I sprinkled on the cornflower blue embossing powder, then heated it to melt the embossing powder...
next, I added potting soil archival ink to the edges & partially over the blue embossing powder to age it...

I used watering can archival with the checkmate stencil to fill in the empty areas around the perimeter...

the white dots were added with snow cap white pigment ink, using my spatter background stamp...
this creates an authentic graniteware effect...

I used watering can archival to stamp the text you see...
it's from LCS066 & it's titled "remnants of art"...



the large art parts heart was inked with red geranium archival ink, sprinkled with red geranium embossing powder & heated to melt the powder...

again, I used potting soil around the edges & a tiny bit of tarnished brass distress paint to add a worn gold edge on the heart...

I used watering can archival with the vintage mesh background to stamp over the heart...


I inked the flower portion of the art part with red geranium ink, sprinkled on the red geranium embossing powder & heated it...
then I covered the leaves area with fern green archival ink, fern green embossing powder & heated it...

next, I inked the geranium stamp with jet black archival & pressed the art part onto the inked stamp & gave it a quick dry...

***REMEMBER***
the embossing powders are opaque when melted, so if I stamped first, the stamped image would have been completely covered up by the powder...
make sense?

so add the embossing powder first, melt it & then stamp on top with archival ink...

the little art parts flower was finger painted with an uneven coat of salty ocean distress paint & a tiny bit of wild honey distress paint was added to the flower center...


I used multi medium to glue the art parts to the front cover...
it looks like this...
with a little pen stitching around the heart...





here's a look at the geranium detail...
I used the black glaze pen to add dots to the flower centers...






 decisions...decisions...
I had planned to make the back cover red & use something blue as the focal point...
just the opposite of the front...

but 
then I spotted the watering can embossing powder & decided to use that as my background...

I followed the same steps as I did on the front cover...

the art parts bird was inked with forget-me-not archival ink & then I sprinkled on the cornflower blue embossing powder, making sure to wipe the powder from the edges to create a worn effect...
after the powder was melted, I added potting soil to his legs & the un-embossed areas...
I used watering can archival to add the polka dots to the bird & the wing...

I test drove the bird placement & before gluing the bird to the cover, I used jet black to stamp the flourish that appears under his wing...




he needed something to stand ON, so I used 
the art part bow with the coordinating stamp...
I inked the art part with brushed corduroy, then used the coordinating stamp (LCS097) with jet black...




if it stands still in our house, 
it just might get heat embossed...

see the star?
it's one of tim's mirrored stars...
easy to alter...& it can take the heat...




I used the blending tool to add some tree branch archival ink & then sprinkled on the tree branch embossing powder while the ink was wet...
a little heat & the powder melts...
I added a tiny bit of potting soil to darken it a bit...



idea-ology adornments are fun to alter too...
I used the perfect mediun embossing pen, inking the leaves first, then sprinkling on the fern green embossing powder & melting it...
the I added the embossing ink to the flowers & gave them a dose of orange blossom powder...

when the powders cooled, I lightly swiped the red geranium archival pad over the raised areas of the flowers to add some shading...

it looks imperfect, vintage & crusty...
just what I wanted...

***be very light handed with the embossing pen***
it takes very little ink to add the embossing powders...

adding too much embossing ink will cause the powders to chip off or peel off metal & glass...




I'm excited to have a new journal to work in...

pages this size can be completed in a short play session...
good timing for the busy holiday season...

did you hear that Santa delivered early?

I'm THRILLED that...

the matte finish 

this is 
BY 
FAR 
THE 
BEST 
paper adhesive in the 
whole universe!

seriously...
T H E  B E S T...

whenever I want to adhere paper to any surface
like chipboard, art parts, grungeboard, wood or card stock
I choose Glue N Seal...

why?

because it doesn't warp paper...

even vintage dictionary pages, which are very fragile & don't do well with any moisture...

my favorite use is to paint a thin layer of Glue N Seal onto a sheet of
add the dictionary page, brayer it & give it a quick dry...
NO BUBBLES!

then I'll either stamp on the paper side & 
cut it out with tim's scissors or
 use a Sizzix die to cut the CFA...
to create a strong dimensional embellishment..

that's reason #1 why 
I LOVE Glue N Seal...

reason #2...

if you add a thin layer to a glass bottle, when it's dry you can then add tim's rock candy crackle paint & it STICKS, CRACKS & stays securely attached to the glass like MAGIC...

rock candy crackle paint over glass without 
Glue N Seal doesn't stick...
it flakes right off...
it needs tooth to grab onto...


the most cost effective way to buy Glue N Seal is to buy the small jar...
it's super convenient to have the brush built right in the lid...
no mess...no cleanup...

and then get the large jar to refill the small jar 
or you can use it with a larger brush for larger projects...

you get lots more glue that way & 
it's a much better value than buying 2 small jars...

THANK YOU RANGER
 for listening to our request 
to bring back GLUE N SEAL!

that's it for today!

THANKS so much for stopping by!

I hope you'll get out a journal &

make art!
wendy