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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Technique of the Week: Distress Oxide Smooshing

You may have heard me say that I don't think you can do anything wrong with Distress Oxide inks. Honestly, I like everything I have done with these inks, and I have actually tried to mess it up (such a putting orange onto purple, or yellow onto blue); but nope! Still like what I have gotten. And they are SO MUCH FUN to play with! Oxide inks are a fusion of dye ink and pigment ink. The dye ink soaks into your paper and the pigment ink sits on top. This combination gives your finished product a matte, almost chalky look that is soft and beautiful. Blending Oxide inks is a dream, and they react with water even more interestingly than regular dye based Distress inks.



I have been playing a lot with blending Oxide inks, but I wanted to try smooshing with them. There are different types of what I would call "smooshing", which I would describe as getting wet ink onto your paper in a somewhat messy, unpredictable way. For other smooshing posts go herehere and here. You could put the ink onto acetate or a piece of saran, and apply said inked plastic to your paper...

OR you could put ink on your work surface or craft mat, spray it with water to wet it and drag your paper into it. This second type is what I did for this card. I assembled some oxide inks to apply to my craft mat: Wilted Violet, Broken China (my current favorite combo); then also Cracked Pistachio and, just to be a rebel, Fossilized Amber.


I started with Wilted Violet and Broken China, and rubbed them firmly onto my craft mat. I spritzed each one with pearly water (mix 2 oz water with 1/4 tsp Perfect Pearls powder).  I love how these inks look when you spray them. They bead up and look opaque. That's because of the pigment in them. 

Distress Oxide inks:
Wilted Violet & Broken China

I used a piece of 5.5" x 4.25" Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock for this project, and placed it onto the ink on my mat and picked it up.


Beautiful colors!


I kept "smooshing" the color from my mat onto the watercolor cardstock, and I just love the combination of these colors.



I then dried the panel and cleaned my craft mat and added the Cracked Pistachio and then the Fossilized Amber colors and sprayed them. 

Distress Oxide inks: Fossilized Amber & Cracked Pistachio
I placed my panel into the new colors and "smooshed" it around. The colors beneath did re-activate somewhat, even though I had dried them. The result was that I got a little muddiness, but I actually really liked the effect.



I spritzed some water drops onto the panel and picked up some more of the ink from my mat. I was super happy with the colors on my panel, so I decided to make it into a card.

I cut my panel to 3.75" x 5" using the largest die from the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Stackables die LF768. I chose my Zen Dragonfly from Magenta (44.018.K - and yes, all Magenta stamps come in cling, so just put a "C" in front of the number for cling). I chose the "Have a Beautiful Day" sentiment stamp that I also designed for Magenta (07.969.F). I stamped both of these stamps with Versamark ink, using the MISTI stamping tool.


I embossed the stampings with White Diamond embossing powder from JudiKins. The panel was mounted onto a piece of So Silk Fair Blue cardstock and onto a base card of 110# Neenah Solar White cardstock. I added a few sequins and it was all done.

This was a VERY fast card to make, and you could use this background for almost any kind of card. We have the Zen Dragonfly and the "Have a Beautiful Day" stamps in stock at Art 'n Soul right now; and we will be ordering more of the fabulous Oxide inks very soon.

Magenta Products Used:
(If you are local, please look for products at Art 'n Soul. If you are not local and wish to find Magenta products, you can click on the link in the stamp or product name below each image, or you can visit the Magenta online store here).

44.018.K Zen Dragonfly
07.969.F have a Beautiful day!
Other Products Used:
Distress Oxide inks:
Wilted Violet, Broken China,
Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber
Versamark Ink
JudiKins White Diamond embossing powder
Perfect Pearls Pearl powder
Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock
So Silk Fair Blue cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock
Various sequins

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Technique of the Week: Prismacolor on Kraft

This post is in conjunction with the Art 'n Soul newsletter article, "Technique of the Week"

This is really less a technique and more a reminder about how great coloring with Prismacolor pencils is on kraft paper. To me, coloring and blending seems easier, and colors seem more vibrant on kraft paper.


First I die cut a piece of kraft cardstock using the largest die from the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables LF768. This makes a rectangle that is 5" x 3.75", with stitches all around.



I chose the Zen Bouquet image that I designed for Magenta this Spring, 44.024.Q, and stamped it with Versafine Onyx Black ink.




I got out my bucket of Prismacolors to color my image. (Now you can see how messy my desktop is - I usually try to crop this out of my shots)



I started coloring the largest blossom with PC926 Carmine Red and PC918 Orange. It was while I was coloring that I decided to try and add some foil embellishments to the centers of the blossoms. I almost didn't share this card because this created all sorts of difficulties.



I first tried to use a Quickie Glue pen. I have seen this pen work for this application in videos before, but it wasn't working for me. If you let the glue get a little dry and tacky, it works better. I ended up using some Sticky Stuff powder from Judikins and pressing the foil to the glue, with the pretty side up. 



The coloring part went much better for me, and I really enjoyed coloring and blending the colors. 



After coloring the largest blossoms, I changed to PC1003 Spanish Orange for the rest of the blossoms, with a little of the Orange blended in. For the leaves I used PC912 Apple Green and PC911 Olive Green. At the end, I added some white dots using a Uniball Broad white gel pen, and stamped the Magenta sentiment "You are awesome!" 07.966.D, in Versafine Onyx black ink.


I had some trouble deciding what to use to matt the panel, so I ended up taking a piece of Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock cut to 5.25" x 4", and rubbed Versamark ink all around the edges. I applied Judikins Gold embossing powder and embossed it to get a nice gold border around it, and I adhered my kraft panel to that and mounted it to a base card of Neenah Solar white 110# cardstock. I added a few sequins for some sparkle.

Magenta Products Used:
(If you are local, please look for products at Art 'n Soul. If you are not local and wish to find Magenta products, you can click on the link in the stamp or product name below each image, or you can visit the Magenta online store here).

44.024.Q Zen Bouquet
07.966.D You are Awesome

Other Products Used:
Prismacolor pencils:
PC926 Carmine Red, PC918 Orange, PC1003 Spanish Orange,
PC911 Olive Green, PC912 Apple Green
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Versamark ink
JudiKins Sticky Stuff powder
JudiKins Gold embossing powder
Deco gold foil
Uniball Broad white gel pen
Kraft cardstock
Neenah Solar White cardstock 80# & 110#
Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables LF768

Sunday, April 9, 2017

You are Awesome Blossom!

This Zen Bouquet stamp is the latest of my Zentangle inspired stamp designs, and is being featured on the Magenta blog today. I designed it so that it would work for coloring, or stamped onto an all-over wash of color. In this case, I chose to color the blossoms, and used Tombow markers.




I stamped the Zen Bouquet stamp with Versafine Smokey Gray ink, and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I colored the blossoms with various Tombow markers, just in the areas where I wanted the color to be darkest. I then took a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush marker and used it to pull the color out into each blossom and leaf. If you need more color, you can color your marker onto your craft mat, or an acrylic block and pick up the color with your Wink of Stella brush marker, just like using a water brush  This process is very fast and fun to do, and the end result is very glittery! It's hard to capture the sparkle in a photograph.


The sentiment, "You are Awesome" is also my design and is new in the Spring 2017 Collection, and was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink. I added a few white dots with a Uniball broad white gel pen.

I die cut the panel with the largest die in a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle set (see list of materials below). This creates a panel that is 3.75" x 5", and is perfect for matting onto a card.

Magenta Products Used:
(If you are local, please look for products at Art 'n Soul. If you are not local and wish to find Magenta products, you can click on the link in the stamp or product name below each image, or you can visit the Magenta online store here).


44.024.Q Zen Bouquet


07.966.D You are Awesome!

Other Products Used:
Tombow Markers: 177, 098, 245, 743, 685, 725, 515, 933, 885, 925
Clear Wink of Stella brush marker
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Versafine inks: Smokey Gray; Onyx Black
JudiKins clear detail embossing powder
Uniball Broad white gel pen
Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock
So Silk Fair Blue Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock

Thursday, April 6, 2017

All you need is Love

This post is in featured on the Magenta blog today. I love this Magenta Floral Background stamp designed by Nathalie Métivier. It's beautiful, and it's sized perfectly to cover a card 5.5" x 4.25"



I stamped the Floral Background onto a 5.5"  4.25" piece of 80# Neenah solar white cardstock with Versamark ink, and embossed with JudiKins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder. Using a blending tool, I applied Distress ink in Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron, and Blueprint Sketch, until the colors were well blended.

I matted the panel with So Silk black cardstock, and used another piece of the black cardstock to add the sentiment. 

I stamped the "All you need is love" sentiment with Versamark ink and embossed it with JudiKins White Diamond embossing powder. I cut a fishtail at the end to make it look like a banner, and popped it up with foam tape. I added a few sequins and it was done!

If you want to see this background technique step by step on another card, please link to my original post here.


Magenta Products Used:
(If you are local, please look for products at Art 'n Soul. If you are not local and wish to find Magenta products, you can click on the link in the stamp or product name below each image, or you can visit the Magenta online store here).

14.660.R Floral Background

07.970.G All you need is love

Other Products Used:
Distress Inks: Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron, Blueprint Sketch
Versamark ink
JudiKins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder
JudiKins White Diamond Embossing powder
Neenah Solar White cardstock 80# and 110#
So Silk Black cardstock
Foam tape 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Have a Beautiful day!

One of my most favorite stamps in the new Magenta Spring Collection is by the super talented Nathalie Métivier. I so love this stamp. This card is being featured on the Magenta blog today.


You could either color this in, or stamp and emboss on an overall wash of color. It was such a pleasure to color it! I stamped the image and the sentiment in Versafine Black Onyx ink. I used Prismacolor pencils to color. At the end, I added clear Wink of Stella glitter brush marker over each petal, and made dots at the center of each blossom with a Wedding Dress white Pico embellisher.

Here are some close-ups of that detail


I just love the white Pico dots on this flower; Nathalie's stamp was made for this embellishment.


The "Have a Beautiful day" sentiment is my design for this collection, and honestly, I had Nathalie's beautiful stamp in mind when I made it. 

Magenta Products Used:
(If you are local, please look for products at Art 'n Soul. If you are not local and wish to find Magenta products, you can click on the link in the stamp or product name below each image, or you can visit the Magenta online store here).


Other Products Used:
Prismacolor Pencils:
PC929 Pink
PC993 Rose
PC923 Scarlet Lake
PC1096 Kelly Green
PC1090 Kelp Green
PC1005 Limepeel
White
Wedding Dress Pico Embellisher
Die-namics MFT-463 Blueprints 13 die set
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Neenah Solar White cardstock 80# and 110#
So Silk Beauty Pink Cardstock


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Technique of the Week: Painting Your Stamps with Nuance

This post is in conjunction with the Art 'n Soul Newsletter  article, "Technique of the Week". This card and technique is also featured on the Magenta blog right now.



The stamp I chose was the beautiful Clover Silhouette designed by the talented Ellie Knoll. You could use any stamp that has a lot of solid surface, rather than outlines. I also chose to use some of the newest colors of Nuance, but really any colors of Nuance would also look great.

   
I used the MC27 Round Shape Mask for this technique. You get two pieces with this template: the outside of the circle, which covers your card and leaves the circle open to work in; and the circle itself.

I taped down my card panel and taped down the outer piece of the stencil over it, leaving the circle open to stamp in. 



I put Nuance powder onto my craft mat in little piles. I inked the stamp with Versamark ink (clear, sticky ink) to help the colors stick. Then, using a damp brush, I picked up Nuance powder from my mat and painted it onto the solid areas of the stamp.


I spritzed the stamp to activate the color, and stamped it onto a piece of watercolor cardstock. I stamped off onto a second piece of cardstock, and then repeated the process to have a second image on my card.

The template masked off the area around the stamping. 

The panel that I stamped off onto will make a second card, but the image will be a little lighter.


Once I had stamped the image twice, I removed the template and dried the image carefully. I placed the inside of the template (the circle) over the stamped images to mask them. I then tapped Nuance powder all around the circular mask, and spritzed the powder with water.


You could also do the outside of the circle first; it works either way.



To define the circle around the main image further, I first dried the background, and then placed the template with the open circle back on the panel, and drew around the circle with a green Micron pen.


I sprayed water onto the rest of the Nuance on my mat, and picked up some with a brush and flicked spots onto the background image. Last, I added a sentiment and mounted it to a card.

At the end, not wanting to waste the wet Nuance that was left on my mat, I dragged another piece of watercolor cardstock through it, and created a background for another card.


This technique was really fun, and was not hard to do. Try it out on any stamps you may have with a lot of solid surface.

Magenta Products Used:
(If you are local, please look for products at Art 'n Soul. If you are not local and wish to find Magenta products, you can click on the link in the stamp or product name below each image, or you can visit the Magenta online store here).


48.011.L Clover Silhouette

07.952.F Sending you Sunshine

MC27 Round Shape Mask

MNU026 Old Rose

MNU027 Chartreuse

MNU028 Bright Green

MNU029 Lagoon

MNU030 Anthracite
Other Products Used:
Distress Inks: Mowed Lawn & Peacock Feathers (for stamping sentiment)
Green Micron 01 Pen
Perfect Pearls powder (mixed into water)
Watercolor cardstock
Painter's tape and Post-it tape for masking