Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Home again

It was a long weekend but worth every minute.
We all kept thinking that our hands may never come clean!  Good thing they had pumice stones in the bathroom so we could try to scrub off the ink 2 or 3 times a day.
 Who knew there were so many colors?

Neither of us had ever used Ranger Color Wash.  We were a little apprehensive when they said, "be careful because if you get the wash on your skin it will stain".  I think we all pictured ourselves going through airport security with blue splatter all over our faces.
We ended up learning some cool techniques and can't wait till I can get my hands on more.
One of my favorite pieces we made... Metal from 10 Seconds Studios with Alcohol Ink...super easy and fun to do. The depth of color in the Alcohol inks is phenomenal...wish you could see it in person.  The metal was run through a machine like a Sizzix Big Shot using Tim Holtz new embossing folders.
Grunge board gears painted and distressed with Metallic paint and Distress ink.

These are all the tags we made with Tim.  Each tag represents a technique (even more tags were made with Caludine Helmuth) we learned this weekend. 
What a great library of ideas. 
I admit not all my techniques tags are great, far from it.  But there are some I loved so much I wanted to keep trying the technique over and over, like Alcohol Ink on glass.
Of course, the real challenge is translating technique to project.


  1. Love the shot of your hands...the true sign of a crafty good time!

  2. Sounds like such a great time! I really have to get my hands on some metal...have been wanting to for a while just haven't put much effort into finding some yet. Also can't wait for the new stuff to ship...looks fabulous what you did with it.

  3. Wow, that sounds like so much fun! I love learning technique! But like you, I must get to work and do projects. Enjoying this blog-Sherry

  4. Looks like a ton of fun. You make translating techinque to the right project look easy.

  5. i always say: you're not having fun unless your hands are inky. looks like a grand time. can't wait to see how you translate into other projects. cheers to you!

  6. Wow! that's a lot of tags!!! Hey, did I ever mention how glad I was to have found you? I made a love book for my mum and I have been reaping the benefits ever since. Kinda feel like I owe you something, thank you.