Friday, October 6, 2017


I had so much fun playing around with the Acrylic Distress Technique in making this BINGO card. Here's the process! Sorry the photos are bad....night photos of some and rainy day for the finished piece!

I took a piece of Kraft cardstock and embossed with the Tim Holtz BINGO ef. I then used a foam brush to add Pumpkin Chalk Paint.

Once that was dry, I went to town with a sanding block and emery board to remove paint from the raised areas. I also intentionally, and sometimes mistakenly, distressed the edges.
I then used a blending tool to sponge Distress Ink over the piece. I then used a damp washcloth to take off the excess ink. I LOVE the look of the finished technique. 
My finished card. Here's the details: 
Stamps: So Very, Print Pattern, TH Playful Journey
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Kraft, White, Core Early Espresso
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Early Espresso, Versamark, Distress Vintage Photo
Accessories: Copper and Clear ep, Sanding block &emery board, Distressing Tool, Pumpkin chalk paint, Heart to Heart punch, glue dot, TH Bingo ef, foam circles, vinegar bottle seal, ticket stub
Techniques: Dry Embossing, Acrylic Distress, Distressing, Embossing, Crumpling
Another view

Here's a closeup of the card. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Embossed Wrinkles

     We have had our Celebrate Recovery Ministry up and running for just two weeks now and we've had our first really hard circumstance. We have ladies coming from a local recovery home and they had a death Sunday of a recent graduate from the program. It has the ladies at the home, and those who work there and in other recovery groups all really shaken. Me too! As is my pattern (along with some not as fruitful coping mechanisms) I took my sadness down to the stamping studio. 
     Sabrina offered a technique challenge yesterday for the Ways to Use it Challenge. We were to add watercolor to tissue paper then wrinkle it, glue it to cardstock retaining the wrinkles and emboss the raised, wrinkled areas. Well, at the end of the summer my kids and my foster grandson tie dyed T shirts. That involved lots of paper towels and dye and I just couldn't toss all those cool pieces of toweling! 

Here are my paper towels
I pulled apart the two plies and glued the darker piece down onto plain white card stock with Elmer's glue retaining the wrinkles.
Here's the first round of embossing by running a Versamark pad over the raised areas and sprinkling pewter embossing powder over it.

Went back and added more Versamark and ep

Cut the flowers and a branch and used that over a piece of a Gelli print

I diecut several dragonflies to use

Kept it very simple on this one

Shook a silver Sharpie over the punched black circles in the bg

Used a Gelli print for the solid dragonfly and overlaid a plain white

This is a really fun and easy technique that makes great bg pieces or pieces to diecut!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Stained Glass Inspired Bible Journal Page

Today's Inspiration Challenge at splitcoaststampers took us to a Pinterest board full of gorgeous art journaling pages in moleskin journals. I am going to follow to use more inspiration later. I chose this beautiful stained glass inspired spread titled Stained glass_Drawing, 2016_Mariasun Salgado

Here's my final product. I went with brighter colors to match the opposing page which I'd already done. 
Here are my original scribbled shapes in the same Gelato colors as on the other page.

I took my aqua pen and activated the Gelatos with water to spread out the colors. I also added some white and black Gelato blocks.

I toned down the brightness of the colors to more match the look of the inspiration piece by pulling paint onto my aqua pen from my gold Gelato crayon. I did the same with my Black Gelato to add the framing around the blocks of color

I'm pretty sure this was the final look before I started my lettering

I had some trouble with the lettering. It is the downside to prepping pages I think. The grit of the page makes it difficult to letter in ink. I had a couple of fails with my calligraphy pen and a Sharpie....the beauty of prepped pages is that you can just wipe off mistakes with a water. I ended up writing first in a Black Inktense pencil (also added more shading around the blocks). I then went over that with a black gel pen and on the uppercase letters on the right side, I used my Elegant Writer calligraphy pen. I smeared on some white Sharpie to add highlights in the color blocking and to intensify the white blocks a bit. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Tough Text Transfer

I was so excited when I saw today's Mixability Challenge today at splitcoaststampers. Polly challenged us to use a technique that transfers text onto our projects. I picked up Claudia Helmuth's book on collage a little while ago and I've read it through 2 times and have been chomping at the bit to give some of the techniques a go. Lucky for me, one of the techniques was the very one from the challenge today! I pulled out a thrift store wood plaque to start. I began by putting a coat of Aqua acrylic paint onto the plaque.
I then mixed some black and dark blue paint together and thinned with some water to create a glaze (Claudia technique #2). I painted that over the whole piece then used a paper towel to wipe off most of it. 

I used Matte Gel Medium with a scraper to add the text transfer. Gel onto plaque, paper over gel, burnish well with scraper then peel off paper.
I glued some words that I tore out of the same article. We had a series of 4 deaths in our small community right around Christmas and the community was really rocked. I had an article from our small town paper and used that for this piece.

I didn't like how white the paper looked so I took my toweling from removing the glaze to dab some paint over the top. 

I saved the wand from a used up mascara and scraped some bronze paint around the piece.

Here's the final outcome with lots of extra stuff collaged around. I think I still need to work with Claudia's editing process a bit more. I always seem to end up with a more is more mindset instead of her approach of, "does this need to be there?"

I did some more transfer to the sides and other "bare spots" at the end of my piece as I'd covered up a lot of the transfer with "stuff" I went back and added some of the original aqua color to lighten up some areas and I used a transparent brown gel on others to darken and add some shading. My tree is stamped on vellum in Stazon and colored with markers. I had intended to use the piece front side up, but ended up with it backwards to have more vibrancy from the colors since the bg piece was dark.  

Friday, February 10, 2017

Share The Love

I am really enjoying Bible Journaling. This one features a lot of stenciling using sprays and Metallic Lustre Paste as well as some recycled cut outs from a coffee sleeve and flyer.

I sprayed Distress Ink Spray-Picked Raspberry through the stencil. I then flipped that stencil down onto another sheet of paper to use that "extra" ink for another purpose later. I then sprayed Heidi Swapp Blush Color Spray through that and then laid that back onto my Bible page to get the blush onto the page.

I was experimenting with prepping the back side of the page to see if that would help with bleed through but alas, it didn't work.

Used Micron pens and Gel pens to accent the stencils and add my verses. A glue pen made a way to add accents with micro beads.

My Starbucks accents. I traced around the heart with a glitter pen and around the cups with a Mambo marker.

Lots of gel pen and smeared inks on this side of the page.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Spirograph Spraying

     I may be dating myself here, but who remembers playing with Spirograph sets? I had lots of fun making the designs with these so of course there's one in my stash of kid's toys. None of my kids every appreciated this toy as much as I did. When I saw today's sketch at splitcoaststampers sketch challenge I thought it would be fun to try out the spirographs as a mask with spray. 
I laid my Spirograph circles down and then laid a sheet of scrap paper to cover the rest of the card. I then sprayed with Distress Ink Spray Stain-Broken China here

I moved the sheet to the other side and sprayed again in the second color-Picked Raspberry

I gave the whole card a spray with Heidi Swapp sheer Color Shine Spray and embossed my sentiments in colored ep.
Stamps: Happiest Birthday Wishes
Paper: White
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Distress Spray Stain: Broken China, Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey Tempting Turquoise and Melon Mambo ep
Techniques: Masking

Here's a simpler one without the split panel. I punched the snowflakes out of glossy paper then laid them down as masks. I sprayed Heidi Swapp Sweet Mint and White sprays and a few spritzes of Broken China Distress spray then removed my masks. I put tiny snowflakes in the centers. I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment and did three layers to get it distinct. I added some gems to the snowflake centers.

Stamps: Ornamental Pine
Paper: Bermuda Bay, White
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Punches: MS, SU and Recollections Snowflakes, Heidi Swapp Color Shine Sheer and Sweet Mint Sprays, Distress Ink Spray Stain-Broken China, rhinestones, MISTI
Techniques: Masking
Here's another spirograph design but with the same spray colors as the snowflake card. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Two Tone Inlay With A Flourish!

This is a reworking of my most popular post Two Tone Inlays. I bought the Flourish Frame bundle from SU with this layout and technique in mind and I am thrilled with the results. I love this new set with all the great sentiments and the intricate flourish!
Here are the finished two tone inlaid cards

Stamps: Flourishing Phrases
Paper: Pool Party, Basic Black, Whisper White
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Memento Black
Accessories: Flourish Thinlits, Tombow glue
Techniques: Inlaid Diecut

 I cut two white, a Pool Party and a black 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card bases and one each of the same colors cut 4x5 1/4" (If you want to do a card using the reverse diecuts you'll need one more 4 x 5 1/4" piece in one of the colors) 

Cut your first piece laying the flourish on an angle in the corner making sure the flourish goes off the edges. Remove the diecut piece carefully keeping as many of the small pieces in place as possible if you plan to use them in place as I did.

Lay one of the reverse pieces from your first cut over the top of your second piece. Then place the die into the space above (or below if you use the top piece) then diecut your 2nd color. Remove the diecut flourish again. 

Repeat with the third color

Here I'm showing how I carefully remove the already cut piece while holding the die in place (I like to do this to prevent any accidental second cutting of the already cut piece)

Get your base ready and then flip over your first reverse diecut top piece and add glue (I'm using Tombow Monomulti Liquid)

Line your piece up leaving an 1/8" margin around the top and sides. 

Inlay your next 3rd color diecut piece. I had a tiny piece of reverse that wasn't attached to the main piece that I had to carefully put back into place. Stamp your sentiment and you're done with the first card! Now you've got two more to do just the same way!

And here are two made with the leftover reverse pieces (I had to cut an extra base and extra diecut to get another reversee due to gluing a black piece in the reverse direction by mistake) I included it so you can see how the reverse diecut looks reversed!
I just take one of the leftover bottom reverse pieces and glue it to the bottom of my white base leaving the 1/8" margins. I then glued the top reverse piece (from diecutting a fourth 4 x 5 1/4" colored piece) leaving a space where the diecut would be. I embossed my sentiments in white on the black pieces. I love making cards where you get multiple cards!
Stamps: Flourishing Phrases
Paper: Pool Party, Basic Black, Whisper White
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Flourish Thinlits, White ep
Techniques: Reverse Diecut, Embossing