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Friday, April 27, 2012

Grapevine Tag

 Took some time to play with inks and stamps with no particular end in sight tonight.  I took a tag that I had used to mop up inks when I was making a mess the other night and finished it out with more color and some stamping.  Dug out my alchohol inks and inked up some trinkets to match. 


The Grapevine stamps are from Stampin' Up from 1996. Somerset Studios sent them to me to be do as part of their "With One Stamp" feature several years ago. They would send out the same set of stamps to a few artists and we would create different projects and send them back to be featured in the magazine. At that time I was submitting a lot of rubberstamp projects and collage art to the magazine and had several pieces published in Somerset Studios and Legacy.

I finally had to give up doing that as I got busy with work and three young children...etc, etc. but I've missed all my inks and papers and my creative time each night and I'm making more of an effort to just DO something several nights a week, rather than waiting until I have a big chunk of time to work.  Of course...then I end up like tonight spending hours working and then look up and realize it is 1 a.m. and I have to be up in 5 hours to gets kids up for school and me off to work. 

Ahhh well, the weekend is coming up and maybe I'll do some catching up on my sleep...or maybe not. It is Bike Week after all and we got friends with bands that are performing each day so Dwayne and I will be headed out for some fun!
Well, I'm going to call it a night/morning.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Creative Chemistry 101 - Day 8

Day 8


Finally got a chance to dabble in my inks again tonight, so I decided to work on Day 8. Please forgive the grainy photo, as I used my iPhone.  My good camera is in the bedroom and hubby is asleep and I didn't want to go rumaging around in my camera bag in the dark.

I'm limited in Distress Stain colors, so had to go with what I had.  The local JoAnn's only carries a total of 6 colors, most of which are pretty dark.  I'll have to go shopping on line if I want anything lighter.

For the first one with the Paint Dabber Resist technique I didn't have any sticky back canvas or Paint Dabbers, so I used white acrylic paint and worked directly on the tag.  I think it really loses something in the translation.  I really need to try this one over again.  Maybe this weekend I'll dig out my USArtQuest canvas and give it a try on that...although it is not sticky backed, it should work better than the paper tag!  This one is my least favorite of the three I did.

I'm liking the Crackle Paint Resist one even though it is the darkest of the three.  Because it turned out so dark, the background stamping really didn't show, so I grabbed some black rub-ons  to layer on top and I'm really liking the white ones, especially after I aged them a bit with vintage photo Distress Ink.

I like that Shattered Stains look on the butterflies on the third tag, but I think next time I need to go a bit thicker on the Rock Candy Crackle.  I thought I was putting as much as he showed, but the crackles ended up being tiny and the layer looking a lot thinner than I thought...so this one is one I'll try again.  I ended up with darker butterflies rather than bright due to the color of stains I have, but I still like the effect.  I didn't have any kraft tags, and didn't feel like digging out my kraft cardstock and cutting one, so I decided to ink up a tag.  I only have about a dozen or so colors of Distress Ink, half of which are browns and black soot.  (Again, this is a local supply issue...) so I dug out my Marvy Matchables of which I have about 30 different colors and used them along with my Distress Inks.  The Marvy Matchables don't seem to blend as well as the Distress Inks with the blending foam, but my stippling brushes were handy, so I pulled them out and used them.

Well my hands are all inky now, just in time for my Board meeting at work tomorrow.  LOL! They have such pretty brown and red tips!  I've scrubbed them with my ink scrubber, but my hands have been a bit dry these last few days, so the ink soaked in nicely.  Ahhh well, I'll give them another scrub in the morning. 

Busy couple of days coming up, so it will probably Sunday before I get to play again.  Board meeting tomorrow night....off to see a friend play and sing on Thursday evening as Leesburg's Bike Week ramps up.  We've got several friends in local bands and we will be going to see them play and going out on the motorcycle enjoyiing the wonderful weather we are having!

Well, it's off to read Blogs and relax a bit before calling it a night...can't wait to see what others have been up to today!

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Heritage Paperbag Mini Album

If you remember about three weeks ago I posted this little sneak peek to a project I was working on:

Well...I FINALLY finished it and sent it on its way as a little surprise gift to Dwayne's wonderful Aunt Nancy.  She has received it, so now I can post the rest of the pictures.


It got so thick I had to make it a little belly band to help keep it closed.  I wraps around the album and closes with velcro.  Here are some pictures of the inside, where it is filled with pockets and tags and old family photographs.

Chemistry 101 Day 5 Tags

Last night I was very tired and my body was aching, so I called it a night early even though I would have loved to have stayed up and played in my inks for a while.

Tonight I was determined to get at least one day of Tim Holtz's Chemistry 101 lessons completed.  I decided to work on Day 5 so I could get a bit inky with inks and water.  BOY did I  get inky...but it was an easy clean-up when I was all done and I really had fun digging out stains and inks and rubber stamps.  I didn't have any  Kraft Resist cardstock or Picket Fence Distress Stain so as usual I improvised.



For the first tag I stamped and embossed the tag before distressing to give it a faux Kraft Resist type of look.  Then I played with different Distress Stains and water and kept layering it up until I was happy with it. I skipped the bottom layer of Distress Stain as it was supposed to be Picket Fence and that I didn't have.  The rubber stamp image is actually a self portrait that I carved many years ago...BEFORE glasses and I was so glad I found it in my stash.

The next two stamps I decided to use Brilliance Pigment Ink Pads and Re-inkers.  For the one it the middle I stamped the splatter stamp on with Moonlight White. and for the last one I didn't have the white re-inker so I used the Platinum Planet one and put it down on my craft sheet and sprayed it with water and it blended beautifully with the Distress Stains, although not in the same way as the Picket Fence Stain would have done.  I think next time I'll use a bit less of the Platinum Planet as a little of it goes a LONG way.  I'm liking how it turned out though. 

Well, it's late and I have things that have to be done before I can call it a night, so I guess I better get this posted, so I can get a bit of sleep.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

April - 12 Tags of 2012

Tim Holtz posted his April Tag http://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/2012/03/12-tags-of-2012-april.html today, and I couldn't wait to dig out my inks and play! Everything about it screamed Spring!!!
My selection of embossing folders is limited, and I don't have any reflections stamps, but I took the inspiration and ran with it.
I didn't have the little bird and twig die that he used, but I did have a small grunge board bird in one of the grunge board packs that I have and I used the branch from the Holly and Berries die.
I also chose a little dragonfly from the grunge board pack and dug in my chest of trinkets for the little metal dragonflies.
I'm really liking how this one turned out!