Friday, January 30, 2015

Raindrops Keep Fallin'

Lydia had a fun challenge for us today in the Mixability Challenge. She called it Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head and showed us a fun way to make raindrops. I've made two cards so far and have another in the works.
My first card featured a piece I'd painted over a Gelli print that was made with bubble wrap and blue paints.

Stamps: none Paper: Recollections Ivory card, Early Espresso, Gel Print Paper Size: A7 Accessories: Acrylic Paints, Bubble Wrap, Gelatine Plate, Faber Castell pencils, Adirondak Espresso paint, TH Antique Linen paint, SU Chalkboard and Island Indigo markers, Pink Gelatos Techniques: Gel Printing, Painting with Acrylics

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I used acrylic paints to paint my flowers and branches over the Gelli print. I then used pencils to add details and shading around them. I used a white chalkboard marker and an Island Indigo marker to add some highlights and stippling to my raindrops.

My second card features a piece of paper I made using the CitraSolv Magic technique and a page from a National Geographic. Here's a link to Lydia's tutorial for this technique. The ink on this page had smeared in nice raindrop shapes!
Stamps: Summer by the Sea, alphabet block stamps Paper: Recollections Ivory card and black, Watercolor paper, National Geographic page Paper Size: A7 Ink: Stazon Black, Versafine Onyx Accessories: Watercolor Crayons, Smoky Slate Marker, Sharpie White Paint Pen Techniques: CitraSolv Magic, Watercoloring with Watercolor Crayons, Spatter                                              Read more:

First I outlined the shapes and added a little stippling.

I added some spatter over this piece. I went back with my Slate marker and added a bit more shading, and then a Sharpie white paint pen was used to add highlights to both the raindrops and the spatter.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Repeat after me, trust!

Today's Mixability challenge was to repeat shapes on our cards. I decided to go with hexagons. I used a punched acetate stencil to lay down Gelato colors on my paper first.
After scribbling the Gelatos onto the paper, I dry rubbed them a bit to intensify the colors. I then spritzed to let the colors bleed along the edges a bit. I then spritzed well again and added some salt. As it was pretty much dry, I started to add some hexagon embossing with the Honeycomb ef.

I used my silver ink rubbed along the top of the raised hexagons.

Here's the finished card with my word for 2015! More on that on my description at splitcoast
Stamps: Alphabits Paper: Smoky Slate, White Paper Size: A2 Ink: Basic Grey, Encore Silver, Versafine Onyx, MS petal inks, Gelatos Accessories: Black ep, 1/4" square punch and hexagon punch, Honeycomb ef, Tim Holtz-Umbrella Man die, Gridlock ef, Black and Smoky Slate markers, Cutter Kit Distressing Tool, Water Spritzer, Pretzel salt Techniques: Inked Embossing, Stenciling, Dry Rubbed Gelatos, Spritzing, Salted Background

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Resist for Static

     Today's Mixed Media Challenge is in honor of National Static Electricity Day. I chose to use a masking fluid resist technique to represent the static electricity. I flicked the masking fluid over it for my lines.
Step one-apply masking fluid and let it dry. I'm starting with a piece of scrap that I'd torn and used for a sponging mask.

Prepared acetate with ink with water spritzed over it

I've pressed the paper into the wet ink and then sprayed some homemade reinker spray over that. 

My final card. I layered some more wet ink over the first and then sponged over my masking fluid areas to give better definition once the fluid came off. I added some red yarn and blue twine after stamping my sentiment and adding some Silver Sharpie doodling and spatter.
Stamps: All I have Seen Paper: Recollections White Card, Midnight Muse, white Paper Size: A7 Ink: Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Midnight Muse, TH: Peacock Feathers, Broken China Accessories: Masking Fluid, Spritzer, Blue reinkers, Water, Silver Sharpie, Twine, Yarn Techniques: Masking Fluid Resist, Wrinkle Free Distress, Spatter

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Sprayed Gelli Tags

Had a chance to make some Christmas tags using Gelli print snowflakes, Silver Sharpie paint pen doodling, and some sprayed and spattered Heidi Swapp White Color Shine Spray for fun!

This was made with a store bought tag. I stamped in white then used my Sharpie Paint pen to outline the edge and add accents on the snowflake. I added some spatter be dipping a brush into my Heidi Swapp spray and spattering over the card.

These are Martha Stewart snowflake punched Gelli prints with MS petal ink added to the edges. I cut my tags using the Envelope Punch board and used the Silver paint pen to add the faux reinforcers. I also added Gelly Roll Clear Star highlights and some blue and white twine to top it off.

More Gelli print snowflakes with 1/4" circle centers punched from glimmer paper. I stamped my small snowflakes and sentiment, but then went over them with my paint pen because they were too faint. Lots of Silver Sharpie doodling and some dots and then a generous spray and some spatter of my Heidi Swapp white spray.

Vintage Texaco Birthday

     I used the sketch from splitcoaststampers sketch challenge as it was just perfect for the birthday card I was asked to make. I have my card rack at an antique/collectibles store in town and we've recently moved into an old gas station building. The owner's birthday is tonight and we're combining our Christmas party with a celebration of his bday. The vendors from the store have chipped in to buy him a vintage Texaco sign and asked me to make a card to go along with the gift. They specifically mentioned yellow as one of the colors so I went with that instead of white as the color behind the star.
    I stamped my gas pump first and wish I'd thought to remove the framing portion of the stamp, but at one point thought this was the only image I'd use. I embossed it in black and then watercolored with a wet brush dipped in ink from the ink pad lids. I had made a circle element based on the Texaco star but this ended up on the inside of the card. So, I used my Versamarker to ink up only the car portion and omitting the framing and then embossed the car in black ep. I used a sponge to add Suede to the edges and then also stamped some Suede spatter. For my base, I embossed my row of stars (referencing my Texaco star) and used the Sanded bg and sponging to go with my theme. Stamped my sentiment in Midnight Muse and matted my image panel in the same.

My star was made by punching a So Saffron circle. I laid my star stencil over this and sponged in Riding Hood Red. I then laid the bullseye from the same stencil over that and sponged the outer red circle. I punched a "T" in Wild Wasabi and glued that on.  
I used the same Sanded and Itty Bitty Backgrounds to add a bit of "texture" to the base of the card.
Stamps: Antique Autos, Sanded, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Happiest Birthday Wishes, Stampabilites: Aged to Perfection Paper: Wild Wasabi, Midnight Muse, Natural Ivory, So Saffron Ink: Midnight Muse, Riding Hood Red, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Versamark Accessories: Black ep, CB star border ef, Sponge, Memory Keepers alphabet punch, paintbrush Techniques: Omitting with Markers, Watercoloring with Ink Pad Lids, Embossing, Dry Embossing, Sponging

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Blue Christmas

I had so much fun making the Gelli prints with my daughter the other day. I used several of them on cards and made a BUNCH of tags. Here's a few of the cards from the blue snowflake prints.
Cut a large rectangle from a print then cut that into 4 smaller ones. Sponged along the edges and added some glitter and silver doodles. Cut snowflakes from another print and layered those. 
 Stamps: Season of Joy Paper: White, Gelli Plate print, Silver Glimmer paper Paper Size: A2 Ink: Encore Silver, MS chalk ink Accessories: Gelli Plate, Brayer, Homemade stencil-MS and SU Snowflake punches/transparency sheet, 1/4" circle punch, Silver Sharpie paint pen Techniques: Gel Printing, Doodling

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This one is from a print onto deli paper. It had a fainter print pulled onto the back side as well. Again, added silver paint pen highlights and hymn sentiments. Added some glimmer paper centers and a few music notes in silver.
 Stamps: None Paper: White, Deli Paper, Brushed Silver, Silver Glimmer Paper Paper Size: A2 Accessories: Gelli Plate, Brayer, Homemade stencil-MS and SU Snowflake punches/transparency sheet, Fiskars-music note punch, 1/4" circle punch, Silver Sharpie paint pen, Homemade Shimmer Spray Techniques: Gel Printing, Doodling

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Another from the deli paper print. My sentiment was hard to read so I went back with a Turquoise marker around the silver writing to add detail.

Kept it CAS for this one. Used a Turquoise marker for my doodled framing and swirl then added some glitter pen swirls as well. So much more shimmer IRL!
Stamps: Season of Joy Paper: White, Gelli Plate print, Silver Glimmer paper Paper Size: A2 Ink: Tempting Turquoise Accessories: Gelli plate, acrylic paints, Snowflake punches (SU and MS), Gelly Roll Clear Star, 1/4" circle punch, Tempting Turquoise Marker Techniques: Gel Printing, Doodling

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Guess Who Finally Got A Gelli Plate

    I finally broke down and bought myself a Gelli plate. I played around with a homemade gelatin plate first and it was so much fun! I bought the 8x10" size. Here are some photos from my session today.
Here's my homemade stencil getting placed on the plate (it still has a bit of paint from the last session). I used the SU and Martha Stewart snowflake punches on a transparency sheet.

I blobbed several colors of blue, including a glittery one, and some white and used my brayer to spread it over the stencil.

Here's what's left....these type are good to layer over previous solid prints, but I just used what I had here.

I have a large dictionary from the thrift store and I laid a sheet of that over my paint.

Here's that print...not my fave!

I took my brayed and rolled out the rest of the paint since I didn't have any solids to print over. 

I laid some bubble wrap down into the paint and pressed.

Here's the print of that. 

Here's a print from a previous session that I'm going to add some bubble wrap print to.

I pressed the wet bubble wrap over the previous print.

Here's how I get the look I like best. You lay the wet stencil down with the wet side up.

Here's the first pull from that.

Starting the same process; this is still using the original paint that's still on my brayer.

There are all prints I took from the one application of paint! Because my stencil is smaller, most of these have 2 prints on either side of the sheet.

Here's a card I made with a print my daughter and I made yesterday using a store-bought snowflake stencil. I also punched the other snowflakes from a solid print and layered those over the snowflake print.Stamps: Season of Joy Paper: Tempting Turquoise, White, Whisper WHite Paper Size: A7 Ink: Tempting Turquoise, MS chalk ink Accessories: Gelli plate, acrylic paints, Stencil, Snowflake punches (SU and MS), hexagon punch, Rhinestones, Whisper White Organza ribbon, Gelly Roll Clear Star and Silver pens Techniques: Gelli Plate Printing, Sponging

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Passing it on to the next generation!