Saturday, December 31, 2011

Frosty De-boss (not quite)

If you haven't seen Tammy Tutterow's post on Frosty De-boss, it's worth checking out!!!
I was going for a different look (not winter), but had trouble with keeping most of the crackle paint in the de-bossed areas. Oh well, I like the background I made and want to give this another go another day.
I colored a piece of Manila folder with Distress inks and some gold acrylic paint and let it dry.
 Placed in an embossing folder so the image is de-bossed.
 Generously spread rock candy Distress crackle paint over the surface working it into the de-bossed areas. Used piece of cardboard to wipe off most of the crackle paste from the surface of the card (leaving crackle paste in the de-bossed areas). Tammy recommends using a piece of chipboard to scrape off the crackle paint, that might be the reason I didn't get enough of the crackle paint scraped off.
 Here's a close up after the crackle paint dried.
 Sprayed with a home made mister with brown ink and perfect pearls.
 Stamped text over the surface with dark brown StazOn ink. Then coated the surface with a thin layer of q. azo nickel gold acrylic paint.

Book Study - Shaving Foam

 On NGS group, we're doing a study of Darlene Olivia McElroy & Sandra Duran Wilson's book "Surface Treatment workshop" This week we're looking at the section using shaving cream. Spray shaving cream onto a plate. (The authors use the back of a plastic plate). Use palette knife to spread the foam evenly. Place drops of dyes, inks or paints onto the foam.

Swirl the inks into the foam. Place paper into the foam (the authors place the foam side of the plate down on to the paper) and lift off.
Use the palette knife to gently scrape the foam off the paper. Continue to use the colored foam until the colors become muddy.

Another thing to do with the colored shaving foam is to use with stencils. First I painted card stock with black acrylic paint and let dry. Tape stencil onto the card and dip into the colored foam and lift off.

After lifting off the stencil don't wipe off the colored shaving foam, but lay it down onto another piece of card stock and press down.
Here are my results.

Another thing to do with the shaving foam is to use interference colors. I added some iridescent  inks that went with my already blended colors.
Instead of swirling these, used a notched tool to mix the colors.
Wish the photo showed the shimmery colors.
With the next batch, dropped on gold and copper iridescent inks.

The authors give more suggestions in using shaving foam.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Growth Chart

I had fun making this quilted growth chart for my grandson Nicolas.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas ATC Inspired by Tim's 2007 Day 12 Tag

 Tim Holtz's 2007 Day 12 Tag uses a variety of images with square and rectangular fragments and look like mosaic tiles. I don't have those fragments, but thought I'd try to make something similar.
Colored card with old paper Distress ink and let dry.
Cut out a variety of vintage Christmas images from a scrapbook page, colored the edges with vintage photo Distress Ink and adhered to card. I was going to coat each piece with Liquid Glass, but decided I like how this look and didn't want to alter it anymore.
 Colored the edges of the atc with the vintage photo Distress ink and added a brass colored tree brad.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas ATC Inspired by Tim's 2007 Day 11 Tag

 I used one of the techniques Tim Holtz showed with his 2007 Day 11 Tag.
Colored a card with shabby shutters Distress Ink then coated with rock candy Distress Crackle Paint and let dry.

When the crackle paint dries, ink surface with vintage photo Distress Ink making sure to push the ink into the cracks, use damp paper towel to wipe Distress Ink off the surface of the crackle paint.
 Made a wreath by stamping greenery images with a variety of green Distress Inks, and berries with festive berries Distress Ink, then covered with rock candy Stickles. Also stamped some holly leaves with peeled paint Distress Ink, then covered with clear embossing powder and heat set. Cut out and colored the edges with vintage photo Distress Ink.
 Attached wreath with foam mounting tape added ribbon and star charm to the wreath. Added key hole charm with brads to atc and cut letters out of black card stock and covered with frosted lace Stickles.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas ATC Inspried by Tim's 2007 Day 10 Tag

 I used several techniques that Tim Holtz showed with his 2007 Day 10 Tag.
Stamp images on black card stock (or black acrylic painted card stock) with embossing ink, coat with clear embossing powder and heat set.
When embossing powder as cooled, paint over entire surface with white and blue acrylic paints, while still wet, use a piece of cut n dry foam to pounce over the paint and blend the colors.
 Use damp paper towel to white acrylic paint off the embossed areas, if desire very distressed look, wipe off more of the acrylic paints.
 Cover entire surface with rock candy Stickles.
 Colored edges with pumice stone Distress Ink. Added sticker letters and snowflake buttons.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas ATC Inspired by Tim's 2007 Day 9 Tag

 I used some of the techniques Tim Holtz showed on his 2007 Day 9 Tag. 
Stamped a music score, then an angel image with black Archival Ink.
Stamped "rejoice" with purple StazOn ink. Then colored background with blue Distress Inks. Roughed up the edges with a distress tool and inked the edges with vintage photo Distress Ink.
 Cut out a flourish out of grunge paper, ran through a swirl embossing folder and distressed with distress hammer.
 Added flourish to card with bronze brads and distressed them with distress hammer. Used gold metal pen to add highlights to the angel image. Added brass flourish to bottom of atc.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas ATC Inspired by Tim's 2007 Day 8 Tag

 Tim Holtz uses an acrylic paint resist for the background of his 2007 Day 8 Tag. He used a very pale green acrylic paint. Not having any thing close to that shade in acrylic paints, I substituted with picket fence Distress Stain . Randomly striped over the card and let dry.
Then used a blending tool to color over the card with weathered wood Distress Ink. Used slightly damp paper towel to remove ink from the Distress Stain surface. Colored edges with walnut stain Distress Ink.
 Tim recommended stamping on leaves/branch with lettuce paint dabber. I thought the color was too light.
 So off set stamped same image with bottle paint dabber, more to my liking.
 Tim colored brads with red acrylic paint and highlighted with star dust Stickles. I used red rhinestones instead. Added a gold bow, and a piece of calendar tissue tape over dark brown card stock.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas ATC Inspired by Tim's 2007 Day 7 Tag

 I'm using the distressed enamel technique Tim Holtz demonstrates in his 2007 Day 7 tag.
Apply shabby shutters Distress Ink directly on to card (I know my card is already wrinkled, but no worries, more distressed appearance). Coat entire surface with clear embossing powder (ep). Tim says to use regular ep, but I don't have any, so I'm using detail ep. Tim flicks the back of his tag to remove some of the ep, since I have the detail ep and it gives a better coating, I tapped my fingers over the surface to remove some of the ep.Then heat with heat tool.

Use blending tool to cover entire surface with vintage photo Distress Ink, press hard to get this ink between the ep.
 The other technique Tim showed on his tag, was coloring an image with using the corner of various colors of Distress Inks directly on the stamp.
 Stamped ink image on to card stock, covered with clear ep and heat set. Then colored over the card with vintage photo Distress ink.
 Colored edges of smaller card with walnut stain Distress ink and glued to card. Added small strip of music and key to the top. Added a decorative metal corner piece to on of the bottom corners.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas ATC Inspired by Tim's 2007 Day 6 Tag

 Disclaimer: I tried to do the same technique with different designs from Tim Holtz's 2007 Day 6 Tag, but my efforts look very different. Make cure you check out his tag, as I love the look of it!
I have problems with the masks. They work great the first time, and then, I don't know, either I don't know how to clean or my work space is to dusty or something. I can not get the masks to stick as well after that first use. Anyway, following directions, placed a mask on my card and sprayed over it with a home made mist (I used one I'd already done up with light brown re-inker and gold Perfect Pearls. Let air dry, then remove mask.
Colored card with aged mahogany and fired brick Distress Inks using a blending tool.
 Flicked on water drops with my fingers (again, I'm a bit heavy handed). Leave water on for about 10 seconds, blot off with paper towel, then heat with heat tool.
 The heat causes the bleached look. Distress the edges with a distress tool and colored with black soot Distress Ink.
 Stamped an angel image with black soot Distress Ink.
 Sprayed home made mist over grunge paper flourishes and adhered to card. Stamped the word "joy" with black soot Distress Ink.
It's much different than Tim's, but I still like it.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas ATC Inspired by Tim's 2007 Day 5 Tag

 Love this technique with alcohol inks from Tim Holtz's 2007 Day 5 Tag.
Use a mixture of blue alcohol inks with one drop of Pearl Metallic Mixative on felt or cotton and dab over glossy card stock.
Add small amount of blending solution to same pad and dab over alcohol inks to blend the colors.
 Had a little trouble with the next step. Tim says, "GENTLY shake the blending solution over the background - just a little at a time". I'm known to be a little heavy handed.
 Immediately heat with heat tool, this will bleach out the color and make it appear as snow flurries.
 Tim says to continue the above steps until you achieve the look you want. To make smaller drops of the blending solution, decided to splatter on small drops with an old toothbrush (then heat set).
 Stamp desired images with black Archival Ink, heat set.
 Trimmed the card and mounted on black card stock. Added snowflake stickers with mini "pearls" in the centers. Used Frosted Lace Stickles to color in the glass of the lamp.
love the look of this technique!