Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Impression Obsession - All About the Dies - Day 2

For 3 days, the Impression Obsession designers will be sharing lots of ideas for using IO dies!   You can visit the I.O. Blog each day of the hop for links to the previews. Make sure to comment for a chance to WIN!

Dove Cutout
 The die I'm featuring today is another of my designs... instead of cutting out the outline of a bird, this die actually cuts a detailed opening. This makes a beautiful see-through design that can be left alone or layered over a decorative background for a super quick card.


This card took just minutes to make. The background is a piece of clay-coated cardstock that I had used to clean my brayer while gel printing. Die cut... score... tear... stamp... glue. Done.

The sentiment can be found HERE.


I made a mixed media card using the die, just to balance out the easiness...! I debossed the die into watercolor paper by running it through my machine with the embossing pads. I rubbed a white oil pastel over the debossed image, then spritzed the panel and dropped Brusho Crystal Colors into the wet areas until I was satisfied with the color blend. The colors sank nicely into the outlines of the bird.


I rolled drywall tape through some of the wet paint, and used it as a stencil with white acrylic paint when everything was dry.


The word stamp Soar was embossed with white powder.



Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration -

Daniela @ For the First Time
Dina @ Mama Dini's Stamperia ---- you're here
Ellen @ The Serendipitous Stamper
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio

The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!!  Every day (Monday 9/29 - Wednesday 10/1) one of the blogs will be chosen randomly and a winner will be selected from comments on that blog at 10pm CT. The winner will be announced the following day along with the participating blogs for that day. Two prizes will be awarded on the last day of the hop. One will be for Thursday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week.

Thank you for joining us!

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Impression Obsession - All About the Dies - Day 1

For the next 3 days, the Impression Obsession designers will be sharing lots of ideas for using IO dies!   You can visit the I.O. Blog each day of the hop for links to the previews. Make sure to comment for a chance to WIN!

I designed a few dies for this release, so I'll share those today. My favorites are the tea and coffee sets:

Tea Set
Coffee Set
Here's a card made with the coffee dies... I cut into the base with a section of the new Rectangle Nesting Frame die and removed a few of the layers so I could tuck in a warm marbled background (stamped with CAC Fishscales). The dies were cut from watercolor paper and painted with Peerless watercolors.

 By the way, the lid from the tea set fits the coffee pot too!


I stamped Dainty Rose 1 onto the cup and pot and colored them with Distress Markers. The sentiment is stamped onto a Mini Rectangle Tag die. I used the saucer from the tea set as a little cookie plate, with the coffee beans as cookies.


I have a stack of backgrounds that I've been making with my Gelli Plate - this one made me think of green tea so I went with it next. The tea dies were cut from watercolor paper and painted with Peerless watercolors.


The sentiment can be found HERE. The frame die can be found HERE.


Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration -

Daniela @ For the First Time
Dina @ Mama Dini's Stamperia ---- you're here
Ellen @ The Serendipitous Stamper
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio

The more blogs you visit each day… the better chance you will have to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate!!! Every day (Monday 9/29 - Wednesday 10/1) one of our blogs will be chosen randomly and a winner will be selected from comments on that blog at 10pm CT. The winner will be announced the following day along with the participating blogs for that day. Two prizes will be awarded on the last day of the hop. One will be for Thursday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week.

Thank you for joining us!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mix-Ability Challenge: Fall colors

This week's Mix-Ability challenge is to create a fall-themed mixed media project. I had some fun with some of my new stamps from Impression Obsession, and a background I made using this week's Alcohol Marker Marbling tutorial!


Things tend to evolve as they sit on my desk, and this card is made from precut pieces and half-finished projects! I used 3 Touch Twin Markers to make my background:


 I stamped over the background, sponged, and mayyy have cleaned my brayer on it once as well. Nothing's safe. :)


The main image was watercolored and then cut using a technique I love to use to add dimension without adding layers. I'll work out a tutorial for that technique sometime soon!


Stamps I used: Leaf Collage, Grateful For You, CAC Oak, CAC Beauty Text


Come play!
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Splitcoast Tutorial: Alcohol Marker Marbling

Today's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a fun background technique - Audrie's tutorial is a fun twist on a technique I shared with her that I first posted HERE. Her version of Alcohol Marker Marbling is done on a clear plastic bag so you can work over a quarter-sheet template. Clever girl!


I made a couple of cards using a background I made right on my craft sheet using Touch Twin Markers. I probably wrote down the marker numbers when I made the background... so they're buried around here somewhere. I thought it would be fun to make one background into 2 cards, so I cut into it using a fun die from The Cat's Pajamas then used the positive and negative cuts of a piece of white cardstock to make 2 panels.


The Cat's Pajamas is one of our sponsors for the 5th annual Hope You Can Cling To event over at Splitcoaststampers which starts October 1st - we have been busy getting ready and we're so excited about this year's event!



If you're not familiar with this crafty cause, here's a little explanation from Splitcoaststampers:

"Splitcoaststampers is proud to partner with the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center for our fifth annual month-long card drive to benefit those affected by breast cancer.

Whether your stamps cling to acrylic, wood, or to your hard drive, they hold the power to convey hope and lift the spirits of anyone who sees what you create with them. That is the inspiration for our “Hope You Can Cling To” stamping campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

We encourage papercrafters across the globe to put their talents to work creating beautiful handmade cards to send to patients and their families at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and, in the process, turn our gallery pink!

Hope is powerful medicine."

I hope you'll join us! The virtual group hug is the best part, but the prizes for participating are pret-ty nice too!




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Monday, September 22, 2014

Clearsnap and Penny Black

This month I've had the chance to play around with some new products from Penny Black, as well as the Graphic 45 Decades inks from Clearsnap. Just for fun, I thought I'd share what happened when I put those products all together!


These are the Decades inks, which are great vintage-colored dye inks made to coordinate with Graphic 45's beautiful vintage paper lines. They seem to be typical dye pads, great for stamping and other ink techniques. For these 2 cards, I made myself a little watercolor palette by pressing the inkpads against a clean acrylic block. I used a waterbrush to pick up the inks and paint the stamped images on watercolor paper.


The watercolor image (Red Star) below was stamped using Triumphant Red ink, and then blended and painted over with the other inks on the palette. I sponged around the edge as well, then stamped the sentiment.


Here's a closer look at the flower - it was fun going out of the lines on the branches, and blending the inks for different hues.


I used a different poinsettia (Sparkler) for the second card. The background was made by laying the watercolor panel several times into diluted Venetian Lace ink, drying in between applications. I stamped the flowers in red, and then watercolored and splattered the inks over the panel.


I dotted gold acrylic paint in the flower centers and also randomly over the card.


Hope you have a great week!
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bible Journaling - getting started

I started art journaling in my Bible recently, and just wanted to put everything I've learned in a blog post for others who may be interested in doing the same thing.


** If you're not a Bible reader but you've got a journal with thin pages, or you think you might like to respond creatively on the pages of another type of book, I hope you'll find my product suggestions helpful as well.


It took me a while to push past the fear of messing up or not doing it 'pretty'... I find though that most art jumps that I am afraid of turn out to be very rewarding when I do actually go for it. Mixed media was one of those jumps, if that's any indicator!  I love this method. As you can well imagine, I'm a visual learner and I like to work out my thoughts and emotions visually, especially in words and in color. Word pictures are very moving to me, and I love the ability to respond to what I'm reading visually or in imagery. Others who are journaling in their Bibles are choosing a verse and creating word art in the margin. It's obviously very personal and each style and response is very different. If you'd like to be a part of a private group of Bible Journalers on Facebook, you can find more information HERE. (That group is getting large... which is wonderful but can be overwhelming too. Up to you.)

I'll share links throughout the post - please know that these are affiliate links, but all are products that I've used and know and love. If you click through and purchase, these companies will kick a small commission my way, which helps me keep my studio and supplies up to date. Thank you!


I did purchase a new Bible for this purpose, the ESV Single Column Journaling Bible. There are wide margin and journaling Bibles available in other versions as well, if the ESV isn't your translation of choice (it's new to me). Scroll down on the linked page above for other cover and price options as well.


The book itself measures about 7"x8", and at 1-1/2" thick I think it's a nice size for all the extra space they've added inside! The margins are 1-7/8" wide from the edge of the paper to the edge of the text, with more room in the more poetic sections. Lots of room to art. :) I love the lines in the margins too - even if I write larger or smaller, the parallel lines keep me from going all crookedy.


The font size is a bit small, 7.5 point - but not unreadable. It's fine for me. The pages feel thicker than the larger format study Bible and bilingual Bible I've been using. I'm pleased with the quality of the book itself.

I started by creating a test page in the back of my Bible. Here's what that looks like, on the front and back... this is scanned directly and not adjusted so you can see my notes and the effects from each medium on the reverse.



I had an idea of what products would work best, and I didn't test products that I knew would bleed through. Some are using wet media to color around their journaling, and I've chosen not to. Here are my product recommendations, and I've starred my favorites. In case it might be helpful, I've collected them all into one store page on Amazon - that's HERE.

Pens:

It seems that pigment pens are the best for writing on these thinner pages. I tested one oil-based pen and it did bleed through. These were my favorites:

* Staedtler Pigment Liner Sketch Pens
* Uni Pin Drawing Pens
* Sakura 30064 6-Piece Pigma Micron Pens
Ohto Graphic Liner Needle Point Drawing Pen - Pigment Ink - Pack of 6 (I like how this writes, but it does have a ball point instead of the fine felt tip)
Sakura Souffle Assorted Color 3-Dimensional Opaque Ink Pen Set (just another fun medium to work with - the white shows up well over other coloring)


Inks:

Memento Luxe Mixed Media Inkpads (many vibrant colors to choose from!)
Versamagic chalk ink pad (I love the option of the Dew Drop pads - there are some beautiful soft colors in their line as well)

If you're afraid of messing up your Bible because you can't draw.......... you can stamp or stencil! I found the inks above work well on the pages. Versamark ink did show through, as did Versafine. As an alternative to Versamark, I found I could use the white Memento Luxe for stamping, and brush pastels over it for a softer look. Here's a stamped image from Unity Stamps.


Coloring media:

I wanted to use dry media in my art, and not incorporate anything wet or that would bleed through. This is what is working for me:

* PanPastels
Polychromos Pencils
* Prismacolor Pencils
Derwent Watercolor Pencils
Inktense Pencils
Derwent water-soluble graphite

(Any of the pencils mentions here can be used dry or blended with odorless mineral spirits. The OMS does not cause the pigment to bleed through, though you may notice some slight darkening on the back side of the page for a few minutes as it dries. Once it dries, there's no sign of it. I tried the SU blender pen and did see some color showing through. It works, but not the best.) 
Lightly sponged inks (even dye inks)

Oil pastels
Crayons
Faber-Castell Gelatos 


You'll notice on my test page that I have a patch of clear gesso and a patch done with acrylic paints and a Gelli Plate. Those do work as well, though I didn't like the texture left by the gesso and I didn't like the way it pulled. If you're comfortable using wet media, try out some techniques on a page in the back of your Bible. The gel plate worked well, but I'll save that for a page where I won't be doing much writing, since acrylic paint is pretty opaque. I'd like to get the smallest plate, too, for easier handling. I'll share more in another blog post when I've played around with paint and gel printing a little more.

Accessories:

A few others things that I keep handy:

Blending Stumps #4 (for blending pencils or pastels)
Pentel Clic Eraser (for stray marks - a smaller eraser is less likely to 'grab' and wrinkle a page)
Krylon Workable Fixatif Spray Clear (to seal in coloring that may tend to smear, such as pastels or pencil - the spray also gives a little 'tooth' for additional color layering)
Sofft Art Sponges, Assorted, 4-Pack (these are great for use with the PanPastels - these are the medium sized ones)
Shurtape Frog Tape Multi-Use Delicate Surface Paint Block Tape, 1-Inch x 60-Yard (for masking or attaching journaling cards or other ephemera - if you're going to be removing it, be sure to get the one formulated for delicate surfaces - it's great!)
Plaid Simply Stencil Sheets (for masking off large areas or cutting stencils by hand or with dies) - or use commercial stencils to add designs or images to your pages - here's a page combining commercial and die cut stencils.


 I die cut a couple of word stencils so that I could mark themes or favorite words easily. Here's one...



  This new ABC set from Impression Obsession worked best for me, and I'll share some tips for lining up the letters in another post.

Whew! If this is something that interests you, I hope I've given you enough information to get you going. If you have questions, leave them in the comments below and I'll answer them in a separate post.
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