Saturday, June 25, 2016

Summer of Creative Chemistry - Week 4 Challenge

The challenge this time was to use Archival ink in your creation. After reviewing the techniques from the original Creative Chemistry 101 class, I decided to do something a little different.

A while back I had made my own stencils using some of the die cuts I had purchased. For this tag, I used the flower shapes I had from cutting Tattered Floral die cut out of stencil material.

I used a tag I had out of my stash of ones I make while trying out different techniques. I learned there is no reason to throw out one you may not like very much, because it can always become a background, under layer, or just die cut a section you do like to use as an embellishment. The technique I had originally used on this particular tag was one from the Distress Crayons Kit I had purchased at Michaels. Above you see the blue flowers that are cut from the stencil material.

I tacked them down to the tag with a little removable double-stick tape to hold them in place. Using Archival Distress Black Soot Ink (also from the Distress Crayons Kit), I then covered the tag with black ink. Using a mask to ink a solid darker color over bright background colors is sometimes called Joseph's Coat technique.

It looked something like the above (pretty ugly), until I then removed the stencil material and...

kind of like magic I have the shapes of the flowers. To bring them more into the foreground of the tag, I used Gellyroll glitter pens to edge around each flower.

I used an Idea-ology Gumdrop as the center for each flower, adheared with Ranger Glossy Accents, and also edged the tag with a see-through ribbon.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Summer of Creative Chemistry - Week 3 Challenge

For week 3, students were challenged to make something using Perfect Pearls powders and/or sprays. I did the Perfect Splatter Distress technique which uses Distress Inks with Perfect Pearls powders.

Since every time you do this technique it will be different, I made several tags at the same sitting so I would have a choice of what background to use for my challenge piece.

Here's a picture of the three tags I ended up with:

I had recently gotten some of the newer Distress Inks colors and used Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Abandoned Coral, and Wilted Violet along with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls on two of the tags, and Blue Patina on the center tag.

Here is a closeup of the Perfect Pearls as it is usually hard to see shiny finishes on computer or phone screens.

Since the backgrounds ended up being so colorful and busy, I decided to add just a few simple additions so as not to take away from all that inky goodness.

Just stamped the phrase from Stampers Anonymous Layering Stamp and Stencil set in Ranger black Archival ink, added a shiny metal dragonfly embellishment on a popdot, silver braided ribbon, and a small strip of the Industrious metal stickers from Tim Holtz idea-ology line.

Thanks for checking out my blog. Now on to week 4.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Summer of Creative Chemistry - Week 2 Challenge

The 2nd week challenge was to use Distress Stains. My tag incorporates the marbled stains technique, along with vellum.

Marbled background used the colors Milled Lavender, Dried Marigold, Tarnished Brass, and Picket Fence.

I used some of the Tim Holtz vellum, by coating the back of the vellum with Picket Fence as well. Other colors of Distress Stains will also show through the vellum and change up the color slightly. The Picket Fence on the preprinted vellum just makes the colors already printed on it look brighter.

I tore and crumpled the vellum, gluing to bottom of tag with Claudine Helmuth Studio Extra Time Slow Dry Medium. I also cut out a piece of crumpled vellum with an oval die cut, using the smaller size die cut with regular white cardstock for stamping the butterfly, edged with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.

I added two sizes of diamond pattern stamps from Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous in Milled Lavender and Victorian Velvet Distress Ink to the background to add extra interest.

The ribbon is a Martha Stewart self-stick ribbon from Michael's stores.

Thanks for checking out my tag.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Summer of Creative Chemistry- Week 1 Challenge

Tim Holtz is ramping up to a new Creative Chemistry class at by adding challenges and information to the prior classes for both new participants and the people who have already taken the classes. How awesome is that!

He issued a challenge to use 4 colors of Distress Inks with some of the techniques in the first week of Creative Chemistry 101 techniques. Here is my tag using Brushless Watercolor Technique, as well as Blended Distress, Spritz and Flick techniques.

Stamps used are from the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Visual Artistry sets of vinyl stamps that were available at Michaels stores.

Thanks for checking out my blog. I'll be trying to keep up with the weekly challenges all summer and am really looking forward to a new Creative Chemistry class in August.