Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
The first page shows the "watermark resist" technique where the image is stamped with Versamark ink, again on a glossy cardstock, and, without drying the Versamark, a dye ink is brayered over the cardstock. The more color that is added the more visible the image becomes. As you can see, this also is a subtle look as some of the ink does stick to the Versamark. In this picture you can see how the book was put together. Each envelope was cut in half and the flap stuck down. One end was then cut approximately 1/2" in from the end on the fold. One side is folded down with a strip of patterned paper attached with eyelets. A small piece of patterned paper was added to the other side (inside the envelope) and then tags were cut from cardstock to insert in each page with the technique written on it. The original envelopes are not visible at all as the fronts and backs are completely covered with either the technique sample or patterned paper.
The next page is the "embossed resist" technique. The image is stamped with Versamark and then embossed with clear or white on white glossy cardstock. After heat embossing, dye ink is brayered over. This results in a very distinct resist and a much clearer image. I used the same stamp for both this technique and the previous one to better show the difference.
The third technique is the "crayon resist" technique. The image was stamped with black permanent ink and then a white crayon was used sparingly to draw in highlights. This time the background was painted with Luminarte's Twinkling H2Os (shimmery cake watercolors). The waxy crayon resists the watercolor. It's hard to see in the picture, but this results in a beautifully rich shimmery color.
The last technique is "paint resist." White acrylic paint was sponged evenly on the stamps (I used various sized circles) and then stamped on regular cardstock. The paint was dried with the heat gun. Once it was dry Distress inks were swiped across the page and any excess ink was wiped off. This results in a more subtle resist as well, depending on how much paint and/or ink is used. You can also see that the Distress ink soaks into the regular cardstock faster than glossy and is harder to blend.So there you have a handy little reference booklet for a few resist techniques. Of course, there are many more and, if desired, this book could be added to by using more envelopes!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
If you want to see some gorgeous cards, check out Bety's blog. She uses alot of Melissa Frances papers and products and her work is very soft and feminine. I love her "look."
And what did I accomplish today? Two good friends came over and we did an assembly line production of 115 save-the-date cards for my daughter's upcoming wedding. They are finished and ready to be mailed! Yeah!! Thank you Julie and Cathy - it would have taken so much longer and not been half as much fun without you.
Monday, March 23, 2009
The first is a rak from a friend, Joan, in one of my online groups. The wing of the butterfly is detached - so cute! This springtime collage is 5 1/2" by 8 1/2" and hangs with a beautiful piece of green/gold lace (which you can't see in the photo). What a wonderful surprise!
The following two collages arrived by "royal post" all the way from Scotland. Back in February there was an online blogging event called OWOH (One World One Heart) in which more than 200 bloggers participated by giving away prizes on their blogs, randomly chosen from those who visited and commented. I was notified awhile ago that I had won one of Gillian's collages on www.scrappy-doo-gilliam.blogspot.com. Since she was giving away three in all, I didn't know which one I would receive, but I loved all of them. Today I received not one, but two collages, both of which I am tickled to have!
This first one is a 5" square framed rusty metal screen which has been painted various colors and lots of goodies added. I just love the wording "I love rusty, chipped, faded, peeling, frayed, faded things.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I've been a few days without my computer. For some reason, the keyboard went crazy and typed different letters than what I typed! After a call to Dell support and being told it would cost me $50 to talk to someone, my hubby got serious about looking into the problem. He reinstalled some drivers and I'm back in business! Try to do a google search without half the alphabet or, have you noticed how many words have an "i" in them?
Saturday, March 14, 2009
You also can't see the sides of the canvas in the first photo, but we handprinted "As for me and my house...we will serve the Lord." The house numbers were inked and then outlined with dots using a black glaze pen which you can see in this closeup shot.
But we still weren't done! We had red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting complete with a shamrock on top and then received goody bags. Look at all the goodies Trisha managed to stuff into this bag! She decorated the paint can which held lots of the embellishments, made the bag topper for the green M&Ms with the new SU Top Note Big Shot die and even covered the pen (on the far right) with green ribbon, topping it off with the white and green ribbons and shamrocks on top.What a fabulous day! I am overwhelmed at Trisha's generosity and for inviting us to help celebrate her special day. There's nothing better than being with girlfriends and arting the day away!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The second project is a little spool "topper" that can be used on top of a wrapped present in lieu of the bow. Or, it could be sent as a little card substitute. Patterned paper was adhered to both ends of a wider spool. Around the area where ribbon is usually wound, we adhered two strips of coordinating cardstock (end-to-end). This is enough to go around the spool completely to cover the cardboard and then have a leftover length to wrap around some more - you can stamp or write your special message on the undecorated side. I added ric rac to the outside. On top is a bow of tulle, layered with flowers and a button. If you cut the cardstock strips the exact width of the spool, the end will stay by itself when wrapped around.Aren't these just the cutest little projects? I just love going to Scrapstashers - the mystery of it is so fun and it's great to get ideas for using up some of the stash we all have in our art rooms! And, everyone's finished projects are so different, depending on their stash!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
These are two of the projects I submitted. The first is a 6" square black card. The fashionable woman and words are stamps, the lace is vintage and four of their papers are layered. I loved how my stamp matched the tan background paper. All the papers I used for both projects are from the Fashionista collection.
This is a layout of my mother circa 1946. I used regular old corrugated cardboard for the base and, again, several Graphic 45 papers, grungeboard, wire and the new Claudine Hellmuth sticky back canvas.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
It worked well, punching easily through cardstock. I really like that they have labeled the side of the punch with a picture of what it looks like. The photo below shows it in a locked position which is flat and smaller than when it is opened. The little turquoise button on the bottom is the lock.
I noticed that there is even a divided plastic storage case for the regular punches. Maybe they will come out with one for the border punches as well. I think this is a great new idea and especially like that they are so much easier to store than the older punches. Now I'm just wondering how I can justify purchasing these when I have drawers full of the other ones!