Sunday, May 31, 2015

Now What's She Done?

I have a tutorial for you over at Simon Says Stamp today! I hope you will pop over to see what I created using Grungepaper, Textured Surfaces and Sizzix dies.  I think you will be surprised with an easy technique to change up a certain Sizzix die to make a great little book...and I'm not talking the Adventure Word Block Thinlit die you see here!
Well pop on over to Simon Says Stamp to see!
carry on,

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Distress Ink Minis - set #13

Hi everyone!
I've got the new set of Mini Distress Inks (set #13 if you are counting) on my work table today and that makes me happy!
I always like to give them a test run by creating a monoprint using a stencil.  Looks pretty good, right?
 Today I'll take it step further, creating a card using the new mini's.  I chose the Layering Stencil Tiles and I'm working on a piece of Ranger Watercolor paper.  I used three minis in today's project, Cracked Pistachio, Abandoned Coral, and Fossilized Amber.  As you can see, I have laid the stencil over the Watercolor paper and have randomly added the Distress Ink using Mini Blending Tools.
 I love how the Abandoned Coral and Fossilized Amber mix to make the perfect sunset!
I decided to add Distress Glaze over the Distress Ink because at this point I'm not sure what my next layers will be.  Adding the Distress Glaze over the "water-reactive" Distress Ink will allow me to keep this pattern/color, even if I use a wet layer like water or Multi Medium over the top.

To add the Distress Glaze to the card surface (which has a creamy chapstick consistency), rub onto fingertip and then onto the card surface (a little goes a long way).
 Buff away any excess with a soft cloth (okay, I used a paper towel).
I thought a test sample would really show you what Distress Glaze does.  The side on the right has a coating of Distress Glaze.  The side on the left does not.  You can see that when sprayed with water, the Distress Ink runs on the un-coated left side...(just like Distress Ink is suppose to).
Distress Glaze is not a product you need to use every time you use Distress Ink.  It is used when you want the ink to remain stable.  Simple as that.
Now back to the project...
I used the Blossom Stencil, a palette knife and Ranger Texture Paste to add a bit of dimension.
The Texture Paste dries pretty darn quick...maybe 15-20 minutes depending on how thick it is put on.
 I colored the flowers using the mini blending tool and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
 Then spritzed it with water to remove some of the ink.
 Once dry, I trimmed up the sides of the paper to get it ready to mount on the card.
 I'm using a Kraft Core A2 card for the base (they come pre-folded with kraft envelopes).
A lot of great colors that go perfectly with the Distress Inks that have been released this year.
Using the Sanding Grip, I sanded away some the color, revealing the Kraft Core underneath. 
 I adhered the front to the card foundation.
Then stitched it along each side.  Yes, I was able to stitch over the Texture Paste but I have a machine that can stitch on Heavy Duty surfaces.  If you don't, then I would just stitch down the one side.
I also used Abandoned Coral Distress Marker to color the edges of the blossoms, then added Fossilized Amber to the center.  The Detailer Water Brush helps to blend the colors together.
Fossilized Amber creates the most beautiful warm sunshine yellow Crinkle ribbon!! Just ink, spray with water and dry with a Heat It tool.
 Tie Crinkle Ribbon around the card fold.  Trim ends.
 Choose a Typed Token to convey your message (I added the white paint to the letters).
 Secure to the card with a Mini Fastener.
 I also added a Flashcard to the inside (lots of words to choose from in the pack of 72 cards!).

Well I hope you have enjoyed our little experiment using the new minis and Distress Glaze.  I know I will be experimenting with this product in the future so stay tuned for that!

I am off to Florida this weekend to teach at She Scrapbooks.  I'm hoping for a freak snow storm in north Florida this weekend since this California girl is not used to that kind of heat and humidity!  I might need to bring my own fan! lol  Wish me luck!
now carry on,