Friday, July 22, 2016

Beautiful Wildflowers Alcohol Ink Card

Hello, hope you have all had a great week.  I thought I was doing so well in getting caught up with my Summer Of Creative Chemistry homework but somehow this week just totally got away from me and here I am a day late and a dollar short again!  I am continuing to live by the mantra 'better late than never' though so here is my week 7 alcohol ink techniques card.

For week 7 we were concentrating on Day 4 of Creative Chemistry 102 which is all about alcohol inks.  I combined the monoprint and faded layers techniques for my background and although it didn't turn out entirely as planned I'd say it's not too bad for a first attempt.  I don't play with alcohol inks too often but will definitely be incorporating them more often from now on.

I started out with a 5" x 7" piece of Ranger Glossy cardstock and used Stonewash, Pool and Stream alcohol inks plus some Gold Mixative for the monoprint technique.  I then used a $1 store star stencil and lifted some of the inks as Tim taught for the faded layers technique.  It was a very subtle lifting which I think is partly due to the fact my background colours weren't real intense or dark but that's how we learn, by trying and experimenting!  I then mixed Sunshine Yellow alcohol ink with some Gold Mixative and stenciled in a few gold stars here and there.

The Meadow stamps by Inkadinkado were stamped overtop with Jet Black Archival ink and after I took this picture I decided to add some second generation script stamping as well.

I cut a piece of corrugated kraft cardstock and finger painted it with some white gesso.  Once that had dried I sprayed it with Salty Ocean and Brushed Pewter Distress sprays plus some Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mist.

After it had dried, I layered it onto a navy card blank and adhered the glossy cardstock overtop.  And then, as usual, I got on a roll and forgot to take any more in process pictures so here are some close ups.

I stapled two pieces of jute twine along the bottom edge of the glossy cardstock and then die cut the word 'beautiful' into black cardstock with Tim's Adventure Words:Block die.  I had a scrap of blue card coloured with various shades of Distress inks from a previous project that coordinated perfectly with my glossy cardstock so used it to back the die cut word.

I mounted it on some black fun foam and straddled it overtop of the jute twine.

I die cut three graduated sizes of stars from the same blue cardstock with Simon Says Stamp's Holiday Shapes and Large Holiday Shapes dies.  I gave the middle stars a brush of Gold Stickles glitter glue and the top star a brush of Silver Stickles and layered them one atop the other.

The layered stars were then adhered to either side of the die cut word.

Here's a closer look at the lifting done with the star stencil, it's subtle as I said but I still really love this technique and can't wait to play with it more.

And love how the alcohol ink Gold Mixative stars shine through the overstamping!

So now onto week 8 which is going to be about Distress and embossing, can't wait to get started and to see what that will be all about!

Hope you have a great weekend, we are finally enjoying some summer like weather here and the rain has (finally!) stopped so hope to get in some hiking with hubby and the hound dog.  Have fun whatever you decide to do and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Explore Beauty Everyday Tag

Hello, hope you are all having a great weekend.  I finished my July tag yesterday for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016 (shocking I know, it's nowhere near the end of July yet!) and got some pictures taken this morning.

Tim's tag remix for July is a combination of his watercolour resist technique from July of 2015 and layered words from April of 2015.  I won't go into great detail on how I made my tag as you can read Tim's tutorial by clicking here but I did make a couple of changes on mine.

For the layered words portion of my tag, I used Tim's Alphanumeric dies to spell Go Everyday and cut the tag from some butterfly and moth patterned scrapbook paper I had in my stash.

To accommodate my message, the tag ended up being larger than normal, more the size of a #10 tag as compared to the #8 tags I usually use.

For the watercolour resist portion of my tag, I stamped the lovely butterfly from Tim's Perspectives stamp set and then also stamped the word Beauty from the same set.

I had some Arches 140 lb cold press watercolour paper sitting out on my workbench from a previous project so used it for the insert.

The word explore was die cut from Tim's Handwritten Journey die set, first in black cardstock and then also in a pale blue cardstock and I bump layered them as the black alone was getting slightly lost against the black moths on the patterened cardstock.

Serendipitously, the blue cardstock was just about the exact same shade as the Tumbled Glass Distress ink watercolouring I laid over my butterfly!  I coloured a small Mirrored Star with Mushroom alcohol ink and added it as well.

I applied some Words Remnant Rubs phrases to the watercolour paper and spattered the whole tag with thinned black acrylic paint.

Stitching was added all around the insert (except for where the butterfly wing went off the edge) with my sewing machine.

One of the vintage keys that my FIL had gifted to me was aged a bit more with Rust alcohol ink and was adhered to the bottom of the tag with E6000 glue.

I added it as I believe that one of the key to finding joy in life is by exploring beauty everyday, no matter where you find it :O)

And as a finally addition to my tag, I coloured one of Tim's Charmed charms with Rust alcohol ink, punched out an egg image from his Wallflower Paper Stash and added a dome of Glossy Accents overtop.

It was attached to a fragment of lace coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress ink with a Loop Pin.

This tag combined two of my very favourite techniques from Tim's 12 Tags of 2015 and I love how it turned out.

Thanks as always for stopping by today and hope that you will be able to make your own version of Tim's July tag, I can't wait to see them!  Have a great week and happy creating!

Deb xo

Friday, July 15, 2016

Enjoy The Ride Card

Hello everybody and happy Friday!  Just a quick pop in today to let you know that I have a short little tutorial over at Southern Ridge Trading Company's challenge blog on how I made this 'Enjoy The Ride' card using some wonderful chipboard embellishments from Southern Ridge Trading Company.

Hope you'll be able to stop by and read my how to and that you will join in our July challenge, Anything Summer.  You have a chance to win 4 designs from the online store - - a $20.00 (before tax) retail value of YOUR OWN CHOOSING!  See you there and happy creating!

If the lovely folks from Anything But Cute don't mind popping over to see my card, I'd love to link it up with their Challenge #15 - Summertime Fun!  Riding a bike with a basketful of summer posies definitely says summer fun to me :O)

Deb xo

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Lost And Found Stenciled Card

Hello and thanks for stopping by.  I have a card to share with you today that I made for my week 6 homework assignment for Tim Holtz's Summer of Creative Chemistry and am happy to say I am now officially caught up!  And as an added bonus, I've even got my homework done on time this week ... now there's a switch :O)

The techniques we were learning this week were all about stencils; embossing with stencils, different ways to colour with stencils, printing with stencils and even stamping with stencils.  The homework assignment was to incorporate two stencil techniques together but I decided to go all out and actually incorporated four techniques on my lost and found stenciled card.

I started out by embossing Tim's Rays layering stencil onto manila cardstock (technique #1).  I've never tried to emboss with a stencil before and must say I was pleasantly surprised at the definition achieved with the stencil.

The embossed manila card was coloured with multiple colours of Distress inks in shades of yellow and orange;  Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade.

Next I  made a stencil monoprint (technique #2) with the Honeycomb stencil coloured with Wild Honey and Fossilized Amber (you can see Tim demonstrate this technique here).  In retrospect it wasn't the best stencil to use for this technique due to all of the open area but hey-ho, live and learn!  I then took the Industrial mini stencil (from mini layering set #1) and inked through it overtop of the monoprint with Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber DI.

Stamping through the stencil came next with a vintage ad stamp from Wendy Vecchi's Remnants Of Art set and Ground Espresso Archival ink (technique #3).  And finally, with the stencil still in place, I coloured in some of the areas with a Spiced Marmalade Distress marker and outlined some of the other words and numbers (technique #4).

The embossed manila card was trimmed to size and I tattered the edges and coloured them with Spiced Marmalade and Walnut Stain DI's. I trimmed up the lost and found stenciled cardstock, tattered and inked the edges in the same way and mounted it overtop of the embossed Rays cardstock and then adhered it all to a card blank.

Here are a few closeups, you can see the depth of the embossing with the stencil which as I said quite surprised me.

Love the stamping through the stencil and outlining the images really makes the words and numbers pop.

Colouring some of the stenciled areas with markers adds great contrast as well.  And in this picture, you can catch a glimpse of the Honeycomb stencil monoprint in the background.

So that's my week 6 homework done (on time for a change), woo-hoo!

We start week 7 tomorrow and I can't wait to see what Tim has in store for us.  I'm learning so much and having a lot of fun! I'll be back to share my homework with you for week 7 later on this week, hope to see you again then and happy creating!

Deb xo

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wonder Filled Tag

Hello and happy hump day!  I've got a tag to share with you today that I made for week 5 of Tim Holtz's Summer of Creative Chemistry.  I'm actually catching up with my homework, woo-hoo!  In week 5 we moved on to Creative Chemistry 102 and our homework assignment was to create something using one or more of the Distress paint techniques that Tim had taught us.  I incorporated 3 of the techniques in my Wonder Filled tag; marbling, paint resist and altered surfaces.

I don't have a lot of Distress paint colours in my stash so my marbling technique wasn't as vibrant as Tim had demonstrated but I still really like the results.  I used Mermaid Lagoon, Old Paper, Tattered Rose and Fossilized Amber.  I can't share the how to with you I'm afraid but do encourage you to check out Tim's class to learn how, it is well worth the investment!

After the Distress paint dried I then intensified the colours by adding Distress inks in Mustard Seed, Mermaid Lagoon and Peeled Paint along with some spritz and flick.

I cut a #8 tag from a manila file folder and stamped the Mesh background stamp onto it with Old Paper Distress paint for the paint resist part of my homework assignment (Tim shared this technique on his November 12 Tags of 2015).  After the paint dried, I coloured the tag with Rusty Hinge, Fired Brick and Mustard Seed Distress inks and wiped back the inks from the paint to reveal the mesh stamp.  Spritz and flick with water followed and the tag was edged with Gathered Twigs Distress ink.

I die cut the marbled Distress paper with Tim's Flourish Mixed Media #2 die and tore off some of the edges.  The marbled die cut was then adhered on top of the paint resist tag and sealed with a coat of Vintage Distress collage medium.

Two more pieces of manila file folder were coloured with Distress inks using the wrinkle free distress technique.  Once piece was coloured with Rusty Hinge, Fired Brick and Mustard Seed and the other with Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain.  I then die cut them with the Detailed Butterflies die.

A quote from Tim's Phrases 2 stamp set was stamped in Black Soot Archival ink and clear embossed on the top of the tag and I die cut the words 'wonder filled' from black cardstock using Tim's Holiday Words 2:Script  and Halloween Words:Script dies.  If you are wondering how I got the word 'filled', I just die cut the letters from other words in the set and adhered them together.  Think I first saw this done on Dig That Crazy Chick's blog (Vicki Evans) and it was one of those 'hit yourself upside the head, why didn't I think of that' moments when I saw her do it, thanks for the great idea Vicki!

The butterfly was layered on top of black fun foam and adhered to the tag and some multi-colored fibers were added to the top.  Here are a few closeups.

I used the altered surfaces technique on the metal heart charm and coloured it with Fossilized Amber and Walnut Stain Distress paint (see Tim's January 12 Tags of 2015 for the how to).

So that's my week 5 homework assignment completed, a week late but at least I got it done!

Tomorrow is the final day of week 6 so I have to get a move on to get my homework assignment in on time for a change!  With any luck I will be back tomorrow to show you what I made, thanks for stopping by and as always happy creating!

I'd like to link my tag up with Anything But Cute's Challenge #15 - Summertime Fun!  Enjoying the garden and all of it's happy inhabitants is one of my favourite ways to pass a lazy summer day so hope this tag will fulfill Anne's brief :O)
Deb xo

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Meandering Continues!

Hello everyone, hope your week is off to a great start.  I just mailed off two meandering books for our Mixed Media Studio ongoing swap, I had been very neglectful and not completed the book I already had in my possession before the second one showed up on my doorstep (if you are not sure what in the heck I'm talking about, you can read about the meandering books here and see the previous pages I've completed here, here and here :O)  As we are being threatened with a shut down of our mail system here in Canada due to strike or lockout, I figured I'd best get the second book completed and sent on it's way as well before that became impossible.

The first book's theme was 'Colour', which as many of you know is not my forte!  But that's what the book's owner wanted so I did my best to comply.  I find using complimentary colours the easiest way for me to deal with the need for colourful projects so that's what I did once again.  The first page incorporated some recycled coffee bean bag flowers coloured with red alcohol inks along with a scrapbook paper flower in green. (Sorry for the dark pictures, it was rather a dreary day when I took them).

The large flowers were die cut with the Tattered Florals die and have seed bead centers and the flowers behind were cut with the Wildflowers die from Distress ink stained cardstock as was the word 'beautiful', which was die cut with Tim Holtz's Handwritten Love die.  I went all out yellow on the background with Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed Distress inks along with some water spritz and flick.

For the second colourful page, I started out with a Birds die cut from pink cardstock and I then stamped it with a flourish stamp from my stash and embossed it with Christmas Gold embossing powder.   It doesn't show in the photo but there are tiny flecks of green and red in the gold embossing.

The branch was die cut with the Bird Branch die from some red scrapbook paper that has a small glittered dot pattern throughout it and both the bird and branch were mounted onto cardstock coloured with multiple shades of green Distress ink and water spritz and flick.  The stamped words and sandman and moon image (all discontinued Crafty Secrets stamps) were stamped with Black Soot Distress ink and clear embossed.

And then it was on to meandering book number two.  No theme had been chosen by this books owner but she had decorated the front and back covers with sewing themes and so all the previous recipients of her book had done mainly sewing themed pages.  I decided to do one of her pages in a sewing theme as well.  The background grey scrapbook paper was lightly stenciled with Hickory Smoke Distress ink through a Dyan Reaveley stencil and edged with Elements Tissue Tape. I die cut a Stitched Oval frame from black Core-dinations card stock and then die cut the Mini Sewing Room Movers and Shapers dress form from cream Core-dinations.  The dress form was stamped with a script stamp from my stash and I made a little skirt from some bronze crinoline I had in my stash and a bit of ribbon.

The sewing machine, scissors and thread spool are all Maya Road chipboard pieces I've had forever and I embossed them all with embossing powders (black, silver and weathered wood).  I wrapped a bit of button thread around the spool chipboard piece.  Life's a Stitch was stamped onto black cardstock and embossed with white embossing powder using a discontinued Crafty Secrets stamp and fussy cut to size.

For the second page, I took my cue from the front cover of this meandering book that had a Paris themed scrapbooking paper as the background.  I embossed some damask patterned paper with Tim Holtz's Postal embossing folder and shaded it with Brushed Corduroy Distress ink.  I stamped the Eiffel tower image from Tim's French Market Clear Stamps set onto the same paper and then embossed it with clear UTEE.  I had mounted the stamped image onto a piece of chipboard packaging before embossing it and you can see some of the writing from the packaging coming through.  I initially freaked out but then decided I kind of liked the ghosting!

To continue the French theme, I die cut a fleur-de-lis with the Sizzix Classic Icons die and a bee with a Spellbinders Bee and Laurel die.  Both were embossed with gold embossing powder and mounted onto black fun foam before adhering them to the background.

We only have one more book yet to come to us for embellishment and then our own books will return to us with all of the pages completed.  I can't wait to get mine back, the pages that I've seen done by the others in the books I've received have been wonderful!  It will be a real little piece of art to flip through and enjoy for years to come.  I'll be sure to share the last book pages that I will be decorating and then will do a complete flip through of my own book when it returns to me.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo