Friday, January 23, 2015

splattered plaster technique...

using NO PLASTER!

the studio looked like a scientific experiment was taking place...

I had an idea...
which was based on the properties of the ingredients below...

they are dye inks, which are OIL based...
and
another dye ink, 
but all the distress inks
 are WATER based...

because it's white, 
 keep in mind that the picket fence spray stain
has pigment in the solution which makes it opaque...

so,  just like salad dressing, 
oil & water don't mix...

this was the basis for the idea...
I *hoped* to take advantage of that
 incompatible (when wet ) effect...

I added one last ingredient...
the bottle on the far right is rubbing alcohol...
aka...surgical spirits in the UK...




it went like this...

I swiped the sky blue  & hydrangea archival ink pads onto the craft sheet...



then added plenty of rubbing alcohol... 

& mixed the alcohol into the inks with a palette knife...

then after shaking the picket fence distress spray stain,
I misted the archival ink/alcohol solution with 
ONE blast 
of the picket fence distress spray stain...
one pump is plenty...
I tried 2...it was too much for a small tag...
but I would use more picket fence 
for a larger art journal page or canvas...

***DO NOT MIX this SOLUTION***...


I swiped a manila tag into the inky solution...

the picket fence on top of the archival solution actually looked like curdled sour milk...

here's a wet not yet dry tag...
see those plaster chunks?
this is using tea rose archival ...


now back to the dry sky blue/hydrangea tag we started with...


the picket fence "curdled chunks" dried & have created awesome texture &
 they now they look like...
 splattered plaster!

you can not get this random cool effect with embossing powders, embossing pastes or texture paste...
it's very random and 
much different in appearance...


now this is cool...

before you dry it, you can actually move the chunks or curdles around...
that's pretty fun...

they aren't stuck to the tag until it's dry...
when dry, the chunks are baked into the tag & permanent...
like this...


 it was fun to work over that cool background...

I used watering can archival with 
the new ruffles border to stamp along the bottom of the tag...


next, I wanted a thin border at the top of the tag...
after inking the ruffles stamp
 again with watering can
I pressed the tag onto the inked ruffles stamp...
I only wanted that small straight trim piece...
you can see that below...






I inked the old wood floor background stamp with tree branch & pressed it over the tag...

then used jet black to stamp the lace border at the top & bottom of the tag...


so far it looked like this...
sort of shabby chic!


I added sky blue, then hydrangea archival to the tag edges...


then gathered twigs to the edges & gathered twigs very lightly over the whole tag...
LOVE LOVE LOVE how this is looking...



now for the cute mat mini pitcher...

I inked the new stripes stamp with 
pressed the pitcher onto the inked stamp, then sprinkled on watering can embossing powder...
and heated the powder to melt it...

you can see the embossed mat mini pitcher 
sitting on the stamp...


to create the flowers
I glued a sheet of newsprint to a sheet of CFA (clearly for art) with glue n seal...
then stamped the hydrangea SiSi
with jet black 2 times and 
cut out one full hydrangea image & 
a partial of just the flowers...

the flowers were inked with sky blue & a bit of hydrangea & the leaves were inked with leaf green over all the leaves, then fern green right under the flower, to create the shadow effect...
the SiSi stencil makes this so easy...
it masks off the flower...

I heated the CFA to soften it so I could shape the flowers...


here's the back of the mat mini pitcher...
after the second layer is added to the back, the hydrangea stem slips right in the slot...


 is the perfect way to add the flower layers...
and I also like to use the foam to add the flower to the tag...
it adds just the perfect dimension & 
the black isn't distracting, 
when viewed from the side...



here's the assembled flower...
I like to offset the layers...
it seems to make the flowers more realistic...


next I stamped the sentiment in jet black archival...
and glued my pitcher in place...


then slipped the flower stem into the pitcher...
the adhesive foam holds the hydrangea securely to the tag...


I wanted to add just a tiny bit of bling...

so after shaking the pewter distress stain, I tapped it onto the craft sheet & used
to add dots...
the ball end of the tool makes PERFECT dots...
you can tap the ball end onto the craft sheet into the stain or onto the wet dabber top & dot away...

and this tool is really great for adding rub ons to surfaces...
a MUST HAVE!


I also used the stain to accent the top & bottom of the tag...

I LOVE the mat mini pitcher, the texture & that hydrangea for sure...
I like to use the black Sakura glaze pen 
to add dots to the flower centers...


and  here's the completed tag...


this was so much fun that I couldn't quit...

I tried several other color combos & now I have some tag bases just waiting for me...
first I tried
tea rose & tree branch with picket fence...


here's the result...

here is the wet tag...


and here's the dry tag...



 I just HAD to make another...
this time I tried
watering can & tree branch archival 
with picket fence...



that combo made this great background...


so this experiment paid off...
I absolutely love this technique & I LOVE that we have another way to use the supplies we already have, in a completely different way...

it's fun to play & try ideas...
sometimes we just need to remember 
that it's only ink & paper...

remember...
it's it's ugly...
it goes in the trash...
and you never tell a soul or blog about it...
haha!

so...
have I inspired you?
are YOU going to try it?

tell me...

what color combo are you thinking about?

***if you've read this far***
how about a giveaway?

I have this stamp set, compliments of Ted...
for a lucky commenter...


just
leave a comment...
& Rick will choose a random winner...

I hope you can take time this weekend to have fun and...

make (splattered plaster) art!
wendy






Thursday, January 22, 2015

CHA projects for idea-ology...

hello!

I thought that today I'd share 3 of the projects that I made for tim's idea-ology booth and show a few of my MOST FAV things from his new release...


I LOVE the new correspondence papers which were the inspiration for this piece...
you'll see them on 
also the base it's sitting on...

I LOVE the heart hanging from 

I also LOVE the new ephemera package (emporium) that coordinates perfectly with the papers...

under that collage is a piece of the 

 the cute girl is from the new 
that is one lovely box full of goodies...
I'm addicted...
as you'll see...
I used them on all 3 of today's projects...

the new heirloom rose she's wearing was altered with one drop of alcohol ink...

the alpha parts framed (everyday & adventure) were lightly covered with gold embossing paste to change them from black to a textured vintage gold...


 my art parts film strip frame is the base for this piece...
I'll be sharing the faux gilded technique that I used to alter it soon...
make sure you have 

or...if you're impatient like me...
you'll find the how-to scoop on 
there's still 7 days to enter!
I hope you can join us...
psst...there will be PRIZES!


here's a side shot to show the dimension...

they are both stamped on newsprint, that I added to my clearly for art (CFA), with glue n seal...
the CFA allows for dimensional layered stamped images that are very strong & sturdy...
so fun...

this photo shows that little red heart charm, embossed with red geranium and a little remnant rub inside...



next up...
this project started on a vintage tray that we found at an antique store...
I'd say it's about 6 x 8 inches...

it starts with a small black book, layered with a vintage doily and then the fun stuff was collaged on top...

once again...I chose a Photo Booth girl...
when I like something... 
I REALLY like something
can't quit using it...

LOVE LOVE LOVE 
I toned down the shiny silver with a tiny bit of silver & gold embossing pastes...
I  just finger painted a very thin layer on & let it dry...

I used lots of stuff from 

the little sprigs are the AWESOME deco sheets applied to CFA, then die cut...


there's a new flash card (elementary) stuck into the pages of the book...

a pair of vintage glasses were the finishing touch...
this was a blast to create!


here's another fun piece...
this uses the new foundry frames...
I WILL be ordering 100 just for me...
I will never run out of them...
they are AWESOME!

and inside the frame?
she's tinted with archival inks...

the base paper is the new correspondence, added to a 6 x 6 canvas with...
you got it...

the paper was stenciled with tree branch archival & the polka dots stencil...
you'll see the new ruffles stamp along the bottom...


I hope the next photo shows how cool 
it's the perfect vintage shimmer that is NOT glitter, so it won't be popping off...
no mess...I like that!

I like that the deco sheets work with punches...
that's how I added the bling to 
 that make the flower centers...


I didn't take a photo of the finished piece after I put it into an 8 inch square  
black shadowbox frame...
I forgot...

shhh...
what happens on the blog, stays on the blog...
I stole this from Paula's blog...
hmmm..
I guess the watermark is a clue...

and the new sentiment was a good fit...




ahhh...that was fun...
you should be able to click the photos to enlarge them...

now I'm off to work on a tutorial for a brand new F U N & E A S Y
technique...

stay tuned...

I hope these pieces inspire YOU to...

make art!
wendy
ps...
FYI...
I just found a SALE PAGE...
it has stamps, SiSi's, and one of my most favorite tiny text stamps...
the sale ends tonight...
HURRY!




Tuesday, January 20, 2015

and the winners are.......

ok...
time for the
drumroll...

Rick just drew the 2 random winners...





congrats to...
winner #1...


Blogger Shari Trumbull said...

WOW, Wendy!! CHA looked like an amazing time had by all, especially all of the wonderful Ranger Designers!! I wish I could have gone and joined in on the creative fun :)
Thanks for giving us a chance to win your new ink & EP colors! This is the next best thing to have been able to get them at CHA :) OMG--Love that Buttercup yellow!! XOXO-Shari
January 17, 2015 at 6:54 PM
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winner #2...
Blogger Kimberly Cobb said...

Wendy, Love your new colors and SiSis. The colors are so rich and bright...buttercup is my fav. And I love the new SiSis...each flower more beautiful than the next. Thanks for sharing you CHA experience.
January 17, 2015 at 11:16 AM
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please email me at wbv1213@me.com
 & Rick will get these postal...

since you like Megan...

here she is residing in a vintage eyeglasses case...

I put a different flower in her hair this time...
see the "hosta leaves" are tucked under it?
tim's gumdrops make really cool flower centers...

I used those wings again...
embossed with tea rose embossing powder...



my art parts pocket watch holds the sentiment...
that shield charm is new from tim...
I like to change things up for more options...


thanks so much for all the awesome comments...
the computer monitors don't show how pretty the inks & powders really are...

I SHALL RETURN with 
another giveaway later this week...

I scored some brand new RUBBER &
I'll be happy to share it here...

as always...
I encourage you to pull out your supplies &

make art!
wendy





Saturday, January 17, 2015

I had a B L A S T at CHA!

a TOTAL BLAST...

it's long hours & lots of prep...
but it's SO MUCH FUN 
to see it all come together & to
FINALLY share 
what's been top secret for so long...

I thought I'd start showing a few of my CHA pieces...

first is my canvas for 
the Ranger designer challenge...
we were each given a canvas & some of Dina's paints, a stencil & a stamp set...

I used the paints to create the background for both canvases...
I used MULTIPLE paint layers...
like about 10!
I learned that paints are very forgiving...
phew...that was a good thing!

I used the paints on the birds which were stamped on my clearly for art that I covered with newsprint...

plain newsprint is my new fav...
goodbye vintage dictionary text...
hello newsprint...
it's very inexpensive & it takes inks very well...

I used her paints on my art parts...
that's the giant ferns you see below...

I used them thru stencils &
 I also stamped with the paints...
I tapped tim's ruler into the paint to create the partial frame you see at the top, near the birds...

these paints were a new medium for me,
 but I must admit...
it was a fun project...

it was absolutely frigid here 
when I was working on this canvas...
which just might have inspired the tropical colors...


here's a better look at the bird on the left...
I applied the paints with my fingers to blend them...


and here's the cutie on the right...


I LOVE LOVE LOVE 
it was just what I needed to tie it all together...

it's a little washed out in this photo...
oops...


my new "mat minis" were a HUGE hit with cardmakers & you'll see that they are
 perfect for tags too...
I'm thrilled that you liked them!
yes...we will be doing more in the future!
yes...I KNOW you want flowers...
stay tuned..

I made this little sample board to show 10 quick ways to alter them...
I used the mat mini vase for the samples...


stamped with the stripes
it's housing the new carnation SiSi...
I LOVE the sentiment...
that's my new buttercup archival ink on the skinny canvas on the right...
the polka dots were 
stenciled with dandelion archival...
buttercup & dandelion coordinate well!


here's a better look at the dimension on the carnation...
it's inked with red geranium archival ink...
this is plan A...
stamp it several times to layer it...
for plan B...
stamp, then stencil color over the stamped image &
use it completely flat on a card or tag...


she's so fun to change up, 
by just changing the flower in her hair...
add wings, or a hat...
LOTS of possibilities...
that flower is the 

this time I used the hosta stamp, but chopped off the flower & used only the leaves...
you'll see those leaves on many of my samples...

her wings are metal wings, embossed with the new tea rose embossing powder...
and that cute little flower center is tim's new heirloom rose...
it's white right from the package...
I changed it up by adding tea rose archival ink...


next...
here's the latest shipping update...

Ranger to stores on January 26th...

to stores on February 16th...

keep in mind that the first orders received will be the first to ship...

here's some cool links...

I thought I'd share links to some videos 
filmed by ScrapTime
so you can see what we do at CHA...

THANKS to Christine & Mark 
for doing an awesome job!

and be sure to leave a comment!



HEY!!!
guess what?

I have a GIVEAWAY...
compliments of RANGER...


actually, we'll draw 2 winners...

each person will get all 3 of the new archival ink pads and all 3 of the coordinating embossing powders...

so each winner receives
everything shown above...


just leave a comment on this post...
 Rick will choose 2 lucky winners on Tuesday January 20th...

a simple comment is your entry ticket & your odds are much better than winning the lottery!

good luck everyone!

lots of fun new supplies to...

make art!
wendy