Friday, April 18, 2014

put a bird on it...


today is a quickie post to let you know I have another mixed media tutorial on the Ranger site...

it includes a video, supply list & step out photos...






you'll learn how to use archival inks several ways...

how to change up a SiSi daisy...

how to alter metallic embossing paste...

and how to create the dimensional leaves...

grab your supplies...
it's time to mix your media &...

make ART!
wendy
ps...Happy Easter...I hope you find your basket filled to the brim with art supplies!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

a card & THE WINNER...

well...we got the word loud & clear...
you guys love tim's newest mini distress pads too!
I agree...they are just plain CUTE!

thanks too for the kind words about my art journal page...
making art makes me happy...



I had 2 emails asking how the above art journal page could be transformed into a card, for those who haven't jumped on the art journaling craze yet...

so I created a card, using the same technique as I did for the page...
you'll find that post HERE...

you can see the weeds look similar, but since the base is much smaller, I didn't use the girl or the spotlight frame...

instead you'll see the ornate dots background stamp used as borders...I used tree branch to stamp them on my specialty stamping paper card base...

the background was randomly stamped with the A to Z background stamp, using tree branch archival...

I used the tiny attacher to ground the weeds & to keep the card flat for mailing...
a little matting & done...

so that's how I would use the art journal page as inspiration for a card...


the 3 sets of the newest distress ink pads...


are going to ...

Blogger Susan said...

This is now my new favorite page! i wondered how you 
got the weeds to look so dimensional! i love the 
technique!
April 14, 2014 at 11:21 PM
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CONGRATS...Susan...please email me with your shipping info...
wbv1213@me.com

that's it for me today...

now it's time to...

make art!
wendy


Monday, April 14, 2014

perfect partners...distress & archival inks...


today's post is to celebrate the release of 

and the good news...

there's no long wait...
they start shipping to stores TODAY...
yippee!

what's a celebration without a giveaway?
pssst...keep reading...

from the moment I opened my first distress pad (vintage photo) I was HOOKED...

TOTALLY hooked because of the beautiful colors & the special properties of the distress inks...

so today, I wanted to share how well distress & archival inks work together...
like the title says...
they're perfect partners...

in a previous post, I showed how to create a stamped spotlight frame...





below is the finished large art journal page, made to fit my art parts journal covers...
I used my fav specialty stamping paper as the page base...

the subtle brown in the background is created with brushed corduroy distress ink...



because archival inks are permanent & waterproof when dry, I knew I could stamp the weeds with archival inks, then add the detail shading/shadows with distress inks, working right over the archivals...

I knew my archival stamping would remain crisp & clear with no bleeding...

it's a cool effect...

the weeds were stamped with dandelion & fern green archival...
then dried...

I scribbled some distress ink onto my craft sheet, then picked up the color with the detail waterbrush & painted away...
make sure it's not perfect...
it should be more of an uneven watercolor effect...

distress ink in any form will work...I especially like the cute new mini pads, the regular size distress pads or the distress markers...

I painted tumbled glass & iced spruce distress inks unevenly around the weeds & added some peeled paint to accent the centers, all using the detail water brush...

iced spruce is the perfect color for adding shading...it coordinates with everything!

even though the weeds are completely flat, they look very dimensional because of the distress ink shading...
and that's another reason why I think distress inks are MAGIC!

I cut her out &  accented her with several of the distress markers...
and gave her a heart charm to hold...

I thought the page needed a few remnant rubs...

I added some stamping...
the lacy background inside the circle is the lace background stamp...
it was inked with tree branch archival...
then stamped inside the circle frame...

***TIP***...use the left over typing paper that was used to cut the circle as a stencil/mask...
position it in place over the circle...

it will allow you to easily stamp inside the circle & keep the background masked off...

a sentiment (be true) & the lace borders were stamped in jet black archival...

I added some stenciling with the checkmate stencil, using watering can archival...


oh...those extra leaves were cut from the thistle stamp...

I traced around the circle & the background stamp with the Stabilo pencil & rubbed it with my finger to soften the pencil line...

below is the result...
I LOVE that the weeds look raised!




now it's...
GIVEAWAY TIME!

I have 3 new mini distress sets to GIVE AWAY to a lucky blog friend...


just leave a comment & I will be back on Wednesday to announce the winner...

congrats tim!
I adore your new distress minis!
well actually...I  LOVE ALL your distress products!

remember...

distress & archival...
are perfect partners when you...

make art!
wendy
ps...pop over to tim's blog & you'll see a list of our friends who are participating in the mini distress giveaway!
visit all the blogs, leave a comment & you'll have LOTS of chances to win new inks to...make art!



Friday, April 11, 2014

always...

I have a fun textured card tutorial over at Ranger today...

there's a supply list & some step out photos to guide you...

there's even a video to explain how to create the background...





thanks for stopping by...  

I hope you'll be inspired to grab your stamps, stencils, inks, embossing powder and then...

make art!
wendy

Thursday, April 10, 2014

stamped spotlight frames...


actually the title should be...

another reason to LOVE giant background stamps...

here's a fun trick...

use typing paper to cut out a circle...
it's the perfect size for larger art journal pages...

lay the paper circle in the center of the background stamp and add ink, by tapping the pad on the stamp...some ink will go onto the paper circle...





REMOVE the paper circle & stamp onto an art journal page...


and the starting point of the page...
with a circle spotlight...
& a bold frame...


same process with the ledger background stamp...



for a more subtle background...



and here's a finished spotlight frame art journal page...

this time I used the stripes background stamp...

the page below actually started with the archival reinker/alcohol (surgical spirits) background...
(tree branch & forget-me-not)...

then the stamped stripes/circle frame was added over the dry background...


the vintage floral stencil is a favorite...

tree branch archival is an awesome background color...
it pretty much coordinates with everything...

that's my tip for today...

a fun way to change the look of your background stamps...

there are so many options...
think about this...

for every background stamp you have...

you can use any large shape...
or use several smaller shapes...

or...use a mask...

or use the idea on a smaller project like a card front, to spotlight your main image or sentiment...

it's an easy way to send a single layer card that looks dimensional...

and this works on tags too...

altering background stamps to create stamped spotlight frames is simple & quick!

background stamps are essential tools when you...

make art!
wendy






Monday, April 7, 2014

another art journal page...


just popping in for a quick hello...

I snuck in a little play with another art journal page...


while the paste was wet, I sprinkled on some frosted crystal embossing powder & heated it for a cool effect...

dear FAVORITE guys at Ranger...
we NEED this frosted crystal in a GIANT size jar PLEASE!

I darkened some of the dots with the stabilo pencil...
and stamped thru the stencil on some random dots...

for the frame, I traced a grid-block...
these make great frame templates...


these art journal pages have really inspired me to combine older stamps & stencils with newer...

new sunburst stencil...
new SiSi...I changed it up with a different flower center...I cut it from this one...
new add a stencil...
old spider from botanical art...
older stem & leaves...good size to mix & match with lots of flowers & easy to cut out!

it's fun to make things fresh again...

the archival ink colors I use are...
dandelion...
leaf green & fern green...
orange blossom...
hydrangea...awesome for background stenciling...
tree branch...it coordinates with everything!
watering can...a fav go to basic...
& my fav jet black...used on EVERYTHING I create!

mixed in with iced spruce & broken china distress stains, for the bow...

back to the TO*DO list...

I'm working on _____ & ______ & ________
and trying to decide if I have enough courage guts to_________...
or if I should pass on the opportunity...

and I'm still tweaking my new 2 day art journal class...
and writing instructions...
and making kits...

ps...you'll see no cooking on that list...
but I *might* sneak in a visit to onelineshoes.com to see what sandals I just might need...

even though the furnace is still going full blast...
spring HAS TO COME...
sometime...

see you tomorrow with a fun card that I created for Ranger!

until then...

sneak away and...

make art!
wendy


Friday, April 4, 2014

inspired by tim...

specifically by his April tag...

when I have a long post, I invite you to grab a beverage...
but for this one...
you just might need to grab LUNCH...

YIKES...there's lots to tell...

tim used his Sizzix tattered pinecone die to create a rose...
I had played with this before, but not for quite a while...
and I wanted to...

the idea went like this...

could I use Clearly For Art (CFA) to make a rose with the tattered pinecone die?

I did & below you'll see the result...

the photo looks fairly decent, but in person, it's not very effective...
there's not much definition,...
you really don't see the petals & actually it looks like a blob of plastic...




on to plan B...
would frosted film help define the petals?

I covered a piece of Clearly For Art with tim's frosted film...

the frosted film is self adhesive, so remove the backing a bit at a time & press it onto the CFA, then use the pinecone die...

when using CFA, tim's toothpick trick didn't work...
CFA is strong stuff & the toothpick wasn't strong enough to allow me to roll the CFA...

I had much more control using the hemostat...

I'm working from the CFA side & grabbed the end of the die cut like this...





CFA needs to be heated to make it soft & pliable...
one cooled it's rock solid, but can always be reheated to allow reshaping...

I heated small areas...just 3 or 4 petals at a time...

DO NOT TOUCH the HEMOSTAT...
metal gets hot...


the photo below is showing that once heated, it will retain it's shape...



when I got to the final 4 petals & the little tab, it looked like this...

you can see that I used the hemostat thru the center of the rose while rolling it...
and heated it mostly from the bottom...


see those points in the photo below? I chopped them off because they made the flower too tall...
it looked like a pinecone...imagine that! lol...

don't chop the points off at the beginning...
that made it harder to roll...


I used hot glue on the tab and here it the flower so far...



the center opening was too large, so I used the scraps of the CFA covered with frosted film & cut this...

then cut 2 individual petals, heated them & shaped them & used them to fill the center...

I did trim off the points to make them the right height...
it's easy to test drive them before cutting...




to further shape the rose petals, I slightly heated a few petals & grabbed them with the hemostat to bend them down...



same process for this one, but I lightly rubbed the tree branch archival pad over the frosted film & dried it before I started...

frosted vintage! hello...in LOVE!


here is a side by side comparison...

CFA covered with frosted film...

same on the right, but with tree branch to add a tint of color...




now to create my tag...

I used this combo...






I cut a piece of manila cardstock large enough for tim's Sizzix ornate frame...

I added distress embossing ink over the manila piece, then sprinkled on the custom embossing powder, heated it to melt, then die cut this ornate frame...



to age the frame, I used tree branch archival...


and then some potting soil archival ink around the outside edge...
& gave it a quick dry with the heat tool...


then used the Stabilo pencil to trace around the cutout area & blended it with my finger to define the opening...




I used a found relative card & die cut it, using the ornate frame...

that assures the cutout is a perfect oval fit for the frame...

I know...the backs are as cool as the front...
it KILLED me to cut it!
totally...nuts! there's LOTS more in the package!




below is the #8 black tag...

I added a leftover strip of paper from the new wallflower paper stash...

on the far left, I stamped my new lace border with distress embossing ink, sprinkled it with the custom embossing powder mix & heated it to melt the powder...

the paper intersection is ugly, but I'll cover that up in a few...


see the right edge?

I used the emboss it dabber to add embossing fluid to the right edge of the tag, then touched the edge to the embossing powder & heated it...

the emboss it dabber is a convenient way to get a thin embossed edge...


previously I had used my "in full bloom" SiSi (Stamp it Stencil it) to create a card front...

I first stamped the image with jet black archival...

it's easy to place the stencil over the stamped image...
and ink the leaves with fern green archival & a bit of leaf green archival...
you can ink right over the flower since it's protected by the stencil...

it's ADORABLE & perfect for stenciling!


then reposition the flower portion of the stencil...

you'll see the leaves are masked off...
and use orange blossom archival to ink the flower...

this was done & sitting on my desk...unused for another project, so I cut it out...




I had a leftover CFA orange blossom rose...
an it was a perfect fit over the SiSi...




the parts are all done, so now they get glued in place...

I used several different packages of remnant rubs for adding the words to the paper strip & the frame & also to give the kids numbers & a little star...

oops...somewhere along the way, I used the add a stencil with super fine detail embossing powder on the right side of the tag...



the new alpha parts "framed" had a perfect word to tie it all together...


here's a better look at the CFA, that was covered with vintage dictionary text, which created the orange rose...


Ok...here's the scoop...

using CFA isn't as easy as using cardstock...but it is SO WORTH the time & effort...

I'd say it took me 10 minutes...and that the second flower was much easier...

the CFA roses are super strong...

you will find that the hemostat is a HUGE help...

and that frosted film over the CFA saved the day, allowing the petals to show up much better...

can't you see a bowl of CFA pinecones sitting in a bowl?
because they're so sturdy, they would be simple to pack away & bring out each fall...with no fear of them being squished...

so...I didn't follow along exactly with tim's tag, but it sure did inspire me...

I had intended to use the frosted film rose, but it didn't stand out enough for this piece...

but I think it will be perfect with this paper...
I have a plan!




they're in the studio all ready & waiting for me to...

make art!
wendy