Sunday, July 20, 2014

An ATC using Tseuneko Ink, Chalks, and Pearl-ex



I did this ATC for my stamp club get together shortly after the Chalkboard technique for February tag.  The theme for swap was cats. I really liked the simplicity of using the Moonlight White Tsuneko ink on black cardstock and then dusting a dry color over it to get whatever color you like to show up against a black background!  If you try just stamping a nonopaque ink onto black, you will see that it just won't show up at all and even some opaque colors don't show up well on black.



I cut black cardstock into 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch rectangles because I wanted to diecut them and mount on 2 1/2 x 3 1/4 inch purple cardstock to get the ATC size.  Next I stamped a portion of the block pattern from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Grunge Cirque cling set in Moonlight white.  Using a brush, I dusted some green chalk from a chalk watercolor set over the ink. I let it dry for a minute or two and then rubbed over the image with a piece of flannel just to pick up extra dust and burnish the color down slightly. Using that same method and letting it dry between each step, I stamped the cat (Inkadinkado clear stamps Cat set) in Moonlight White. I used Pearl-ex this time in blue to dust over cat.  I stamped the "You're Purrfect" from a Studio G clear stamp set and then used a gold Pearl-ex to color that.

I then sent the rectangular cardstock through a Cuttlebug and diecut the shape and embossed the edge. Because there was an embossed edge involved, I did not want to diecut first as that might leave a void area where the ink from the image does not completely contact the paper.

My resulting image is a combination of matte (chalk watercolor), and shimmery (Pearl-ex powder) which I think adds some interest to the card.

The little flower decoration is actually three stacked flowers from a jar of Recollections Floral Embellishments. I glued two large flowers and one small one for center.  The center rhinestone is a mini-rhinestone that comes from a nail art pack you can find in almost any drugstore by the nail polishes.  Those little rhinestones are just the right size to add some bling to an ATC.

Thanks for looking at my blog and comments are always appreciated!


Catching Up...March 2014 Tag




This is my tag for the March 12 Tags of 2014 Challenge. I used some of the techniques as on timholtz.com.  I wanted it actually to look a little unfinished, stark, and kind of neglected, as that is what the verse from the Song of Solomon 1:6 means to me. You can't tell it well from the picture, but the stamped image of the woman (I think from Great Impressions) is covered with a piece of idea-ology Frosted Film. That gave it an all-over shimmer, without having to do any coloring. (Did I mention I love color, but really don't like coloring much?)

I first stamped the main image, then masked it so I could use a stencil I cut on my Cricut to make the background, stamp the swirl image and the border (http://www.stubbystampers.com/shopping/stamps/design/borders.html #3581). This made them look like they were behind the stamped image.

Below the border is a scrap of Core'dinations I had left over from another project. It was embossed with embossing folder and then sanded. I tied a piece of cording around the tag. The text is printed out onto a sand-colored cardstock and inked with Corduroy Distress Ink, affixed using Tiny Attachers. The ribbon is the Tim Holtz idea-ology Linen Ribbon that I spread apart and frayed the edges by hand to make them look disarrayed. (Again, on purpose.)

This tag was inspired from a feeling of doing everything for everyone else, while not paying attention to the things I needed to do for myself. Thankfully, since then, I have turned that around.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

February 12 Tags of 2014, Chalkboard Stamping Technique





Here is my February tag for 12 Tags of 2014. I used similar techniques to those on timholtz.com.  I stenciled my background in three colors of Ranger Distress Inks (Milled Lavender, Seedless Preserves, and Dusty Concord) through the Stripes stencil from the Tim Holtz stampersanonymous.com collection onto a white tag. Once I had finished, it sort of reminded me of the look of pillow ticking fabric.

The saying is Tim Holtz stampersanonymous Phrases 1 set. Rather than using the technique given (since I did not have that particular embossing powder), I tried several different ways of making it look like chalkboard writing.  The one that worked best for me was using Tsukineko Moonlight White Brilliance Ink.

Using that ink, first I stamped image on regular black cardstock. Brilliance is line of fast-drying pigment inks, so I had a brush and my chalk handy. I ran the brush over the chalk to pick up some of the powder and brushed lightly over the ink to avoid smearing. Final step was to let it dry for a minute or two, then burnish lightly with a piece of winter fleece fabric.

A stamping friend of mine had shown me that you can use Versamark ink to stamp, brush Pearl-ex powder over it, and burnish with the fleece to get a metallic looking finish to your stamped image.  So, I thought I would give the same technique a try with Brilliance ink and the chalk powder and I think it worked well for the chalkboard look.

I cut and mounted the saying onto a piece of white cardstock that was colored using the Dusty Concord Distress Ink, then frayed the edges using the Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Paper Distresser.

The stars are Grungeboard coated with glitter using the same technique as on timholtz.com.

I glued two fabric ribbons on bottom of tag and used one of the same ribbons as my tag topper.

Thanks for looking at my tag! Comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Friday, January 31, 2014

12 Tags of 2014, January





Was able to make a tag to participate in the 12 Tags of 2014 on timholtz.com.  My tag uses most of the same techniques as shown on that site. 

I used Idea-ology Mini Mask on large tag for scroll shape seen on top and bottom.

I used rub-ons for the fancy swirl in the upper right corner.

I printed the saying I found on the internet onto Vellum paper and cut out, attaching to tag with Tiny Attacher staples.  Saying is a quote from Mary Pickford (silent film star of years gone by and cofounder of United Artists studio) - "You may have a fresh start any moment you choose. For this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down."  Thought that was a good thing to remember this new year.

I used a Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations embossing folder for my ticket shape.  I embossed it on
Grungeboard, cut it out, and then also cut out the area that says Admit One using Exacto knife. I used foil tape on Grungeboard to emboss it a second time, cutting out the Admit One shape and substituting that when I glued tag down.

A tip for detailing: I colored my Tiny Attacher staples with black alcohol ink.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

12 Tags of 2013 - December

I was inspired to feature the bear, stars, and map paper by several Native American legends I have read that have to do with a how a bear comes down from the sky and returns to the sky.



I used the techniques as shown on Tim Holtz's blog.  Peace on Earth is my wish every year for Christmas, and I had this lovely word stamp from Inkadinkado.  I cut my own tag shape from Kraft Resist paper. After coloring the tag with Distress Inks, I coated the whole thing with Tsukineko Opalite Nordic Ice ink. It gave it a shimmer that unfortunately is not seen well in picture.  The polar bear is a shape I traced onto plastic with a stencil and used alcohol inks on the reverse to color, with Tim Holtz idea-ology Frosted Film on top.  The ice is a scrap piece of Frosted Film covered plastic with Glossy accents and Ranger Distress Rock Candy Dry Glitter sprinkled on top.  A Swarovski Aurora Borealis Crystal is under the words.  The yellow stars were applied by inking through a stencil.  Also, I used a brass washer and applied a technique I learned in Creative Chemistry 102.

I wasn't able to complete a tag each month this year, but I do want to give a try to going back to the pages for the months I missed out on to give some of those techniques a try as well.  Hopefully, there will be tags of 2014 and I will be giving that a try as well.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Creative Chemistry Day 2 Technique Tags

In real time it is Day 4 of Creative Chemistry and I am working on Day 2 techniques.  These are two tags I made with the Embossing through a stencil technique.

The one on the right is done with the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stencil called Stripes. I used an embossing powder called Enamelware that I bought years ago.  It is a Ranger product and is a combination of clear embossing and white embossing, so it gives a flecked look like on enamelware tins.

The one on the left was made by using stencil material and the Sizzix Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves die cut to cut my own stencil.  In order to make the tag, I used the same leaf on that stencil to color and emboss three separate times. I inked the rest of the tag and splattered after I had embossed the leaf three times.



I will be adding the leaf one to my book ring of technique tags, but think I will save the striped one for use as a Halloween tag and get to decorating it and adding embellishments some time soon.

Thanks for looking!  Comments are always appreciated if you have the time.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Creative Chemistry 102 Industrial tag



This is my technique tag for the Industrial technique.  Awesome looking technique, but hard to photograph.  I have a detail closeup adjusted somewhat for the glare.



Really loved trying this one out.

I also had some small tags left over from a project I did before where I embossed tag and applied alcohol inks to give a metal look.  I took one of them and tried this technique over that to see what would happen.  Comparison shot below shows tag on left has this Industrial technique over alcohol inks and the one on the right is the original just embossed and alcohol inks applied.  I really am liking the one on left better as it looks even cooler and more like an aged metal. 


Hope to be getting to try day 2 techniques as in real time we are actually on day 3 already!  Lots and lots to learn and try out.

Thanks for looking!