Friday, July 20, 2012

See Salt!

Today I played with some Kromecote cardstock. Kromecote is really fun to play with. It's clay-based cardstock. It make the ink with you use really pop! Its glossy one one side and matte on another. And it stamps great!

Today I'm going to show you a background I first learned many many years ago, When I took a Suze Weinburg class 12 years ago.The salt background technique. Know i know a lot of you already know about this technique. But I wanted to try it with the Kromecote.

I used 2 different types of dye ink pads (a rainbow pad by Kolidacolor (Bouquet) and a Distress ink pad (black soot) I will be playing with my summer distress ink pads soon! I also used 2 different types of salt. A rock salt and a salt used for pretzels. You can also use kosher salt and table salt. 

I first took a piece of the kromecote and cut it to a 2 1/2 strip. Next I  used my brayer and rolled some Black Soot Distress ink on it. I took a small water bottle and sprayed some water on it. I already got a cool effect with that from the distress ink. But I wanted to see what else it did with the salt. I sprinkled some rock salt on top of that. and let it sit while I was working on the other piece.

I then took one of the pieces of the Kromecote and brayed some of the Bouquet Kalidacolor on it. Sprayed some water on that and sprinkled some of the pretzel salt on it and let that sit.

Now you let it dry. But don't let it sit too long. It is salt after all, and it will eat at your paper.just enough til you see the color on the salt. then you shake off access.

Now i have backgrounds, now what to do with them. Here is what I did with the Black soot one after I cut it  to a 3 1/2 size for an atc

 When I was all dried I stamped the Water drop background stamp with clear ink pad and embossed with Ultra High Gloss embossing powder. I then stamped the rabbit in hat on white cardstock with a back vivid ink pad, I colored the bow tie and hearts with a red vivid marker. and the stars with yellow bic marker. I stamped the Do you Believe in Magic stamp on the same white cardstock and same ink pad.  (I see i forgot to color a star LOL) I did fussy cut the sentiment. I attached the words with Miracle tape

This card was rather quick once I picked the stamp I wanted to use. I stamped the Large striped butterfly  on the kromekote with a purple vivid ink pad. I found a paper that somewhat goes with the colors. I chose the paper from the Breath collection by Prima. I cut it down to size so it leaves a small border around the kraft cardstock card base. I distressed the edges of the paper with the Tim Holtz distress tool.  I trimmed down the butterfly a bit and distressed the edges. I edge all the edges with the same purple Vivid ink pad. I attached everything with Miracle tape.

Items used:
dye ink pads-rainbow pads or solid colors
salt-rock, table salt, kosher, etc
Purple vivid ink pad
Tim Holtz Distress tool
1 sheet of Prima Breath paper
Kraft card stock card base

Stamps Used:

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Here fishy fishy fishy....ATC's

Last month when Viva Las Vegastamps! had their Link up! blog hop I made ATC's using photo paper and alcohol inks and Ulta High Gloss embossing powder. Well I made some examples for the step by step for the blog and Video on how I did them. and the examples have been sitting around doing nothing, but collect  dust. LOL I deiced to do something with them.And these are the results. To see how I did them, go to my youtube video here.

Items used: 
photo paper
Alcohol inks
Clear Embossing bad
white card stock
Glossy Accents

Stamps used:

Thursday, July 12, 2012

altered tic tac toe board

When I found out that the Viva Las Vegastamps! Design Team was doing a swap with Gauche Alchemy, I was so excited. I have heard of them before. they have great kits. And my kit that I got for this swap was awesome. be sure to check out my video to see what I got in my kit.

For the project for this swap I chose to alter a Tic Tac Toe game by Stamp in the Hand, that I was given as a gift years ago. It sat in a filing cabin for years, as I had no clue what to do with it. This swap was a perfect excuse  to play with it! This is what it looked like before.

I gessoed the game peices and the board. My orgnial idea was to use the game pieces like art tiles. Like you do with the scrabble tiles. As I was working with them, I wasn't liking what I was doing. So, I went another way.

I did start off with takeing 3 of the papers I got in my kit (music sheet, Asian text, and another text papers) and tearing some of it into small strips and gluing them down with heay gel medium. I used that, becuase that was what I grabbed and wanted to use it. But you can use white glue, or mode podge or matte medium. After that dried. I did different things to each tile. Some I put a little bit of white craft paint over the papers, some I used seedless perserves and Dusty concord distress ink on them. some I used different purple craft paints on them. I was just playing. I was used the purple family, becuase my little color kit that I got in my kit was purple. 

When all the tiles were dried I took some of the punchinella I got in my kit and put it over the squares and used some white craft paint on it. I then I took the heart punchinella and used some black craft paint. I also used some plum craft paint on a couple of the tiles too.

I then picked up some small stamps like the brick wall and the lady in Chapeau . That is when I started not liking what I was doing. LOL So I took some of the word stamps from plate 1383 and stamped them on the tiles. I also pulled out some of the images to use on the squares. I then painted the sides black craft paint.

Next I stamped some of the images by Mary Vogel Lozinak on one of the left over text papers I used when I was gluing some of that paper on the tiles. One I stamped on an empty space from a music sheet. I colored all them in with Crayola Color pencils. I glued them down with the Heavy Gel medium. Before gluing the girl down I took 2 of the sequins and glued them behind her as wings. Then I took the puffy crown and glued that  to her head. All part of the color kit. I glued a bog purple button on one the tiles and a purple flower on another. Used Glossy accents to glued them down. I cut out the 2 girls that were from the Sears catalog paper that was in the kit. after I glued all the pieces down I did trim the access paper off of them. I stamped some of the sentiments on to the empty space from the music sheet. and glued them onto the tiles with the heavy gel medium. 

Before glueing anything to the game board. I did paint it black. Painting the inside of the board was somewhat of a pain. but i did it. lol I then took some of the punchenllia and sprayed some Lindy's Stamp Gang Voodoo Violet  Blue on the front and the back.  I then hot glued all the game pieces to the board. I really liked the bottle cap that was in the color kit so I made that the center square. Glossy accents didn't want to stick to it so I had to use hot glue on it. The tile on the bottom I made him a juggler. i took 3 of the sequins and glued one on each hand and one in the middle of the of the frame. 

I really really like how this turned out!

Items used:
Craft paints in black and various purple shades
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray Voodoo Violet Blue
Various items from the Gauche Alchemy kit
Golden Heavy Gel Medium
Hot glue
Glossy Accents
Black Archival ink pad

Stamps used

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

new paper line from 7 dots studio

I was looking at Finnabir's blog this morning. She was showing her new collection she designed for 7 dots studio. I love it! love he colors and the papers and the all the extra goodies in the collection. Chick on the button on the left to check it out!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Postcard challenge week 27

This week Tommy went to Isle of Man.

There is a little story behind my postcard. Back in May I was in an one on one atc swap. I had to mail to Isle of Man. Made my atc and went to the post office to mail it off. Post office worker was like where is Isle of man? is in Canada? she had to look it up. :P Also beginning to think that Isle of Man doesn't know where I live because I haven't gotten mine yet. :P

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Happy Independence day....a few days late

Okay I know the Fourth of July was a couple days ago but, when I saw Uncle Sam stamp in my first pound of Rubber I had to make something patriotic.

I made this tag back in April when I was I first got my first pound of rubber in my DT kit. And surprisingly I remember how I did it. Thanks to a few takes  when I doing a youtube video on it. :P

I took a small tag about 4 1/2 by 2 1/2 in size. I painted a layer of white craft paint. After that dried I painted a layer of red craft paint. While it was still wet, I took a star template and put right on the tag. I spritz some water on it. Let it sit for a few seconds. With a paper towel and the stencil is still on the tag, wipe the paint off where the stencil is showing the paint. It reveals the white under layer. After that dried. I did the same thing of what I did to the red layer, but using Blue craft paint and a circle stencil from Crafter's Workshop.

On white cardstock I stamped Uncle Sam. I colored him in with water color.  I added some glitter to his band of his hat and to his hair. I popped him with foam tape and attached it to the tag. I looked in my stash of Alphabet stickers and found my set with the flag. The "U" is really an "N" just turned upside down. I had the trim of red and white strips and blue trim and white stars trim. I cut a little bit of each to the with of the tag and glued them to each other and glued that to the back of the tag.  I then took some ribbon that I dyed with some Ruldof Nose Red Starburst spray and tied it to the tag.

Items used:
4 1/2 by 2 1/2 manila tag
white craft paint
red craft paint
blue craft paint
circle template by Crafter's Workshop
stars template
strip and stars trims
alpha stickers
water colors
foam tape

Stamp used 

So earlier in the week (Sunday) I made another tag. It is another 4th of july themed tag, so I thought I add it to this blog post. :)

Tag started out as white. I took the diamonds Sizzix embossing folder and spayed some Rudolf's Nose red Starburst spray inside of the folder. I put the blank tag inside the folder and ran it through my big shot. while that dried I stamped Statue of Everything on White cardstock. Colored her in with Prisma's color pencils. I know she looks kinda like an alien, than the petina look I was going for. :P After I cut her out I placed her on the tag. Looked kinda boring and plain still. I dabbed a little bit of blue craft paint on my craft mat, watered it down a bit. I took a paint brushed and splatted some of the paint on there. I did the same with white craft paint. I then attached her with foam tape. I wanted to put what was said on Lady Liberty's book, but all it was on there was a date. So I went online and found the poem of "Give me your tired, your poor...."  Wrote it out in word and the font I used was old english. printed it and cut it into strips and peices, and glued with gloss accents. I edged the tag in Blue Memories ink pad. I used some trim I have in my stash for the top of the tag.

Items used:
White tag
Rudolf's nose red by Lindy's stamp gang
Sizzix embossing folder
Big shot
Blue and white craft paint
paint brush
Blues memories ink pad
Black Memento ink pad
prisma color pencils
Foam tape
Cotton trim

Stamped used