Thursday, August 25, 2016

Lifted Illegibility

     I decided to try to mesh two techniques together and I'm really excited at how it turned out. I haven't turned this into a card yet, but I love the look and decided to share it now. 
     The first technique I described in my last blog post. I learned it from last week's Mixability Challenge where Lydia linked the fun tutorial for very loose, illegible writing as a bg. The second technique was featured a couple of weeks ago on splitcoast and it is called watercolor lifting. I have combined the two using distress inks and a liquid coffee that I sometimes use as a spray with my writing done using a Versamarker.
     I started off by smooshing several different Distress Inks onto some plastic packaging and adding water and dripping in some of the coffee liquid. I make this from instant coffee and water. (I guess I'm really doing 3 techniques because I know this one as Wrinkle Free Distress). I laid my paper, torn from a Mixed Media journal, down into the wet ink. Once that was dried, I did another dipping to intensify the color and dried again. I ran an embossing buddy over the whole sheet and then used my Versamarker to illegibly write over the whole sheet. If I remember correctly, I loosely wrote the lyrics from a couple of worship choruses on this one. I then embossed with clear ep.
As you can see, it is hard to see the writing when the whole piece is darker.
Looking at the top left corner you can see where I'm starting to lift the color and as the bg gets lighter, the embossed writing now shows up darker. MAGIC!!
Here's the final piece. I removed color from the whole piece. I poured out some of the coffee liquid into a dish and dipped an empty toilet paper roll into this to add the circles. I also spattered a bit of the coffee around too. Really fun technique to try out. Hopefully I'll either get it turned into a card, or maybe just add a bit as a journal page.

Secret Journaling

     Last week Lydia introduced me to a fun technique on the Mixability Challenge. She described it as "secret journaling" but it is basically a very loose writing that is illegible. Here are a few pieces I made using markers on plain white paper and onto some previously made watercolored pieces.
 I quickly became obsessed so here are a few more cards I made using cut up pieces of the writing. 

All the details for each card can be found at my splitcoast gallery where I'm known as mamaxsix.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Thrilla from Manilla

I couldn't resist the Ali reference.  I have been following a thread about manilla cardstock vs manilla folders.  I picked up a 10 pack of folders from the dollar store.  They are much flimsier and I imagined that I would end up using them more as bases than for direct techniques.  However I had also picked up a couple of Tim Holtz kits that included manilla tags so I figured I would do some comparison.  I fashioned my tags using a 1/4" followed by a 1/2" circle punch to make my hole reinforcers. Here are the pictures side by side. 
 My tag is on the right 

Used the wrinkle free distress technique to pick up sprayed ink.

Here are the dried tags  Manilla folder rag on right. 

I added modeling paste through the stencil in the kit. My tag is on the left. 

Sprayed with color

Misted with water.

Dried and ready to go.  The Ranger tag is on the right. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Pencil Sketched Sympathy

I am playing along with the splitcoaststampers challenge to Pencil Me In where we're stamping lightly then using pencil to add back in detail. 

I've started adding in a few detail on the bottom right leaf and flower.

I used the blending stump to soften the shading and details. 

Here's the final card. I went extra soft on the sentiment panel and distressed my edges a bit. 

Stamps: God's Beauty, Petite Pairs by Stampin' Up
Paper: Whisper White, Neutrals Patterns Pack dp
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Smoky Slate
Accessories: 2 1/2" circle punch, graphite pencil, blending stump
Techniques: Pencil Sketching, Distressing, Stamping Off

Monday, December 7, 2015

MISTI snow

I really have enjoyed my MISTI and decided to use it today to make a snowy card using Kraft cardstock. I thought the MISTI marbling technique would work well with white ink to make snow. 
This is why I love the MISTI-If I were stamping this without it, this is the image I would have. When stamping on Kraft paper it is great to be able to reink and stamp again. I used markers to ink the image so I could use Espresso on the branches and Mossy Meadow on the needles.

Here is the first stamping of white over the 2nd stamping of the greenery. I used a gloved finger dipped in the white to tap "snow" onto the branches and needles on the stamp and then stamped over the colored stamping.

I've stamped some more "snow" but I didn't like how much of the color I'd covered up.

Again, the beauty of stamping in the MISTI is that you can keep layering stamping until you get the look you want. I wanted the snow to look like it was concentrated at the top of the branches so I added more brown on their undersides and I wanted the needles to be more distinct so I added marker there too.

I rounded my corners and sponged some Suede first then I sponged white along the edges of both the base and the image panel. I stamped my sentiments in the MISTI as well. It really helped me to place the words where I wanted them and to double stamp so the red would really show up well.

I popped the image panel over the base for some depth.

Here's a closeup of the greenery.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Gearing up for my favorite time of year!

Think PINK.... one of my favorite times of the year is the month of Hope You Can Cling To Challenges at splitcoaststampers
     The best part is that this is not only a fun month of challenges and a chance to win fun prizes, but also a chance to participate in a card drive to provide cheer, hope and encouragement to breast cancer patients and their families. 
     Here are some sneak peeks of challenge samples I've been working on as a hostess for this year's challenges. 

Hope you'll come play along with us? If not, you'll miss out on the chance to lift the spirits of women battling breast cancer at MD Anderson, and also on prizes from your favorite crafty companies. Look for the challenges starting on October 1st and daily through the entire month!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Pounding Flowers

     The Mixability Challenge yesterday was to pound or smash flowers. I grabbed some while I took my dog for a walk yesterday and then took a few from my garden too. Today I tried out a cucuzza leaf from my squash plant after seeing a Dina's beautiful leaf print card.
These are the two prints from a small leaf. I fussycut the one on the right to use on my collage card.
Here the leaf, as well as several other elements, has been tea stained. Lots of distressing 

Here's a close up of the card I made using a larger leaf (this squash plant gets huge and has quite large leaves!) I used a regular pencil to add shading, blending with my finger. 

Here's the finished card; I kept it simple with some added spatter and sponging as well as script stamped using the leaf as a mask.Stamps: French Script, Gorgeous Grunge, You Are Loved Paper: Smoky Slate, Soft Suede, Watercolor Paper Ink: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz Accessories: Sponge, Leaf and Big Shot, Pencil, Sakura Gelly Roll Clear Star Pen Techniques: Sponging, Pounded Flowers, Pencil Shading, Masking

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Here are some flowers laid out ready to pound.

You lose the true colors in the pounded prints.

My youngest wanted to get in on the action-instant art class!

This ended up being one of my favorites and I got two "prints" from this batch of 4 red carnations from my garden.
The green parts didn't really show up and I was working on another inspired card. I've added homemade embossing paste over the non-colored areas.