Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Technique Tuesday ~ Tips and Techniques

Tips & Techniques
Cut n’ Dry Felt & Foam by Ranger Ink
Artwork, Photos, Links and Notes by Judy Cantrell
Cut n’ Dry Felt & Foam Pads accept all types of viscous, water and solvent-based ink.
Foam: Ideal for creating shading and distress effects by rubbing CnD Foam directly from ink pad to paper; more control and softer edges then direct from the ink pad; to create a custom ink pad the following inks are ideal for CnD Foam: Distress Ink™, Nick Bantock Dye Ink, Adirondack® Dye Ink, Adirondack® Dimensional Pearls™, Liquid Pearls™ and Emboss It™ Ink.  

Note: The Felt Cut n' Dry is the product I used with my example.

 Felt: The perfect medium for creating custom dye stamp pads using the following inks: Adirondack®, Tim Holtz Distress Inks™, Nick Bantock Collection™, Clear Resist™, 213 Inks™ and Jet Black Archival Ink.         

Tim Holtz Cling Mounted Stamps Sets - Season's SilhouettesTexture Fades Folders Christmas Background Borders - Click Image to Close

    Tim Holtz Season's Silhouette cling stamp set.                                                                                                                   Texture Fades Christmas Background Borders Embossing Folder

Make a Custom Color Pad
1. Choose a detailed rubber stamp that will look great with several colors of ink strategically placed on the design (a perfect use for Holiday Cards!).
2. Using Jet Black Archival™ Ink, stamp the felt; be sure to align the edges of your stamp mount with the edges of your cut pad. With stamp still in place, trace outline of block with a pen and cut out so the Cut n’ Dry is the same size as the stamp block that you used. Clean stamp with Cleansit Stamp Cleaner and set aside.

3. Using reinkers, color stamped image by gently squeezing ink onto the outlined part of the image. DO NOT APPLY TOO MUCH INK. Inks will blend and bleed over time but not overlap. It will still stamp fine. Note: I find it helpful to stamp out one of the images and mark the colors used for future reinking…you’ll know what is where!

4. Line up stamp to “custom” pad you just created (lining up is easy because the CnD is cut to the same size as the stamp!). Press down onto the pad to ink the stamp; a little pressure may be needed. Stamp image onto cardstock. 

Note: I made my custom pad during the 12 Days of Tim's Christmas Tags.  So far I have made 3 tags and 15 greeting cards using this custom color pad.

This is my example

 Other Tips
With Pigment Ink: stamp image from custom ink pad three times, NOT reinking between
stampings. Emboss with clear embossing powder. You will have three generations of the image
cool! (This works great with bold/brush stroke flower images.)

• Make a stamp with the gray side of CnD. Cut out any shape and ink. Use a heat tool on it for a
few seconds and press into a textured object; you now have your own custom textured stamp!
 • Create a “puddle pad”. This is great for stamps of leaves, background or solid image stamps.
Drop dots of color onto a cut out piece of CnD, then stamp…this works best with dye inks and
with same color families. Turn the stamp a different direction each time when stamping (clean in
between stampings) to create a different look with each stamping.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Felonious Friday with Outlaw Gal - Christmas Gift Idea

Hi Everyone, I know if your like me you like to create your gifts if you can. This year I bought unfinished Cigar Boxes and Altered them. These make perfect gifts!

I Created the Pink Large Flower from Silk Petals you can buy at Michaels

First I Glimmer Misted each Petal

Then with my Tiny Attacher from Tim Holtz

I curl the petal and staple each petal to form them in the center

Then with my Hot Glue Gun one by one I glue them together to form the flower

I then take the leaf part and die this in a baggy with some reinker

attach it on the bottom of the flower.

I usually put a small piece of felt on the reverse side so that I can easily attach it to my box or card or what ever I'm attaching it to. LOL

How easy is that.

With the Cigar Box I painted the whole thing with some 

They have a sample kit you can buy to try out her paint..

I love this stuff..

Once dried I went to decorating the box..

The Paper is from

Romantique Collection by Prima

A little bit of Trim some flowers , a frame and an Image I found on the net

and of coarse what is a Cigar Box without Bling!!

You can find all the supplies minus the rose petals at 

your Discount Club

Find the Cigar Box Here

I want to wish everyone a very

Happy Holidays!!

I hope Santa
is good to you!!

Outlaw Gal

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wednesday Women

Let's give Cindy Pointe a warm welcome as our Guest Artist
 Wednesday Women!!
Cindy has a gorgeous ornament tutorial and video to share with us!


Cindy says these are easy to do and would make great gifts!

Cindy says she has been a painter for over 20 years and had hesitated getting into papercrafting as I "already had enough hobbies", but my sister became a Stampin' Up demonstrator and I received lots of product by helping her out hosting a party and then letting her pay off a washer with stamps! I basically just fiddled around making a few cards now and then. Since I don't have kids I didn't think I "needed" to scrapbook. That all changed when my sisters, Mom and I created a scrapbook for my Dad's 70th birthday and I really enjoyed it. So...I made scrapbooks for my dogs! And then for trips. Now I scrap everything that is meaningful to me. A few years ago I got a Cricut to make scrapping easier and then discovered Sure Cuts A Lot. What a revelation! I could make anything I wanted from paper! Now I design SVG files that I offer for free on my blog and sell. As for painting, I still love it but I find myself papercrafting more and more. I've recently moved into multi-media artwork where I can use ALL my paint and paper supplies and am loving it!
In January 2011 I started my blog, www.creativepointe.blogspot.com, so that I could show my projects in paint, paper and other media. I also share SVG files, tips and techniques there.
I live in northern Michigan with my supportive hubby and bulldog Millie (hence the "Milliesmomma" yahoo name) and am counting the years until I can retire from my day job and hang out in my studio full time.

Click here to see Cindy's video

1. Using Tonic (or similar) scissors, cut the metal mesh into a rectangle that fits the amount of dominoes you will be using. You will want a small edge extending from the dominoes. For my ornament, I cut the piece to be 1 3/8" x 3 1/8". You'll notice that I cut it so that the notched portion of the mesh design is all around the edges.

2. Next cut out portions to create any holes for hanging. In this ornament, I cut and left two holes at the top for the hanger and one centered hole at the bottom to be able to create a dangle.

3. Apply Glossy Accents to the sides (that will be touching other dominoes) and backs of each tile. Firmly press onto the mesh and make sure all the tiles are evenly placed. Use a craft mat or other non-stick surface when gluing the dominoes down. That way you can leave them on the mat to dry and there is no chance of bumping the tiles out of alignment. Once they are dry, if they don't seem firmly attached to the metal, you can turn them over and add more GA as needed.

4. Next choose the colors of alcohol inks you want to use. I used Meadow, Latte and Copper Mixative on my ornament. I think having three colors makes an attractive background.

5. I used a blending tool with a felt pad and added drops of all the colors then pounced the tool over the dominoes until I got a background I was happy with. Be sure to also color the sides of the dominoes. Use blending solution to soften the colors if you prefer. I like to wear disposable gloves when doing this step to keep my hands clean.

6. Next choose the image you want to put on the ornament. Remember, if you don't have small stamps you can use just a portion of a larger stamp. The secret to getting a good sharp image on dominoes is to use tissue paper. Cut a piece of white tissue paper slightly smaller than your ornament. Then using Archival Ink, stamp onto the tissue paper. Trim as close as possible to the image.

7. Turn the stamped tissue paper image over and apply Glossy Accents to the back with your finger tip. Then very carefully place the paper onto the domino and smooth out gently with more GA. (Tip: I used a Q-Tip and some blending solution to take away some of the background color where Santa's face was going to be). I stamped the sentiment and applied it to the ornament in the same way. Let the ornament dry completely.

8. Choose beads for your ornament. I used two colors: iridescent green and copper, both round and bugle beads. I also selected a light green bauble for the dangle.

9. Run a generous bead of Glossy Accents along the edges of the mesh up onto the tile. 

. Press beads into the GA. Use a craft knife or tweezers to help nudge beads in place. Work in a small area at a time so that the GA doesn't dry before you place the beads. Once all the beads are placed, set on craft mat to dry.

11. Add the top sealer coat with Glossy Accents. Apply with even pressure all over the tiles. Don't worry if some of the GA runs down onto the beads. Use a pin to pop any bubbles. This needs to dry for a day. You do not want to handle the ornament if the top coat is at all tacky.

12. To make the hanger, cut a 9 inch length of copper wire. Attach to one of the hanging holes you've created and string the beads. Then attach the other end to the remaining hole by twisting the wire and clipping off the extra wire.

13. As I didn't have any head pins that had a loop to attach the dangle, I simply cut a 6 inch piece of copper wire and bent it in half. I slid the dangle into the fold and twisted. Then added the beads onto the double folded wire. I looped the top of the wire through the ornament hole, twisted and clipped.

14. I did finish the back as I wanted a copper, not silver, color on the back. I just pounced on more Copper Mixative alcohol ink. You could also use Glossy Accents to glue some of the same beads you used around the edges into the holes in the mesh. That would add extra "bling" to the back and would cover up any trace of the dominoes.

Supply List:
*Mini dominoes (I got mine from the Dollar Store)
*Metal radiator screen (available at home improvement stores)
*Stamps--"Vintage Christmas" by Crafty Secrets and "Winter Silhouettes" by Inkadinkado
*Beads and baubles
*Copper wire
*Misc--Tonic Scissors, Blending Tool with felt pad, disposable gloves, white tissue paper, craft mat, craft knife, tweezers

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Technique Tuesday ~ Embossing Enamel

Technique Tuesday

By Judy Cantrell


Embossing Enamel Transfer

by Lea Cioci

This is a project I made using the embossing enamel transfer technique.


UTEE Clear embossing enamel

Ranger melting pot

Color photocopy

Texture stamp

Craft sheet

Bowl of cool water


1.     Pour UTEE into the melting pot and melt on UTEE setting.

2.     Place a color copy face up on the craft sheet.

3.     Pour melted UTEE over the image; immediately press the texture stamp on top of the poured UTEE to create a pattern. Let the embossing enamel harden.

4.     Once the enamel has hardened, place the image into a bowl of water. Let it sit for a few minutes.

5.     Take the piece out of the water and lightly rub the paper backing until all you have left is the image embedded in the enamel.

      Note: you may have to soak longer if the coating is not complete removed.

6.     Apply the enamel transfer to a project of your choice using clear drying glue. 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Felonious Friday with Outlaw Gal - Easy Peasy Ornament

I created this Easy Peasy Ornament.. It's created using Memory Glass and Foil Tape. It's so easy to create.

First find an image you want to use. Not to big.. Your probably going to have to resize it anyways so you don't want to start off with a big image if your taking it off of the Web.. A little tip when your resizing images so you don't lose resolution and get it looking all warped.. When you resize if you can change your Pixel Size in your Photo Editing Program ( I use Paint Shop Pro) you want to change it to 300 pixels. It's probably at 72 pixels which is fine for the web but not too good when printing and resizing.. Okay so if you can change this do it. Now print it out and cut it the exact size of the glass your using. Get two pieces of the memory glass and put your image and a back in between the two pieces of the glass. Get your foil tape and run it around the edges. The Tape is pretty easy to work with.. Now all you have to do is glue your hanger to the back( I used my glue gun) and you have yourself a nice little ornament.. How easy was that!!! LOL I love love this Memory Foil tape!!
Oh by the way it comes also in Copper and Brass..


Memory Glass
Memory Foil Tape

Dat's it for this week..

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Technique Tuesday "Joy" and "Wish" Ornaments

by Judy Cantrell
I made these for Rubber Road Adventures zine. They were published this month.

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TH Alterations Carved Ornaments dies by Sizzix \
(I used TH Carved Ornaments available in 2010, this is what is available now)

TH Alterations Movers & Shapers Magnetic Dies “Joy” “Wish” by Sizzix

TH Distress Stain by Ranger

TH Distress Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint by Ranger

Vagabond tool by Sizzix

Mat board (Hobby Lobby)

Ribbon (my stash)


1)    I used my Vagabond tool to cut the carved ornaments dies using file folder and mat board.

Designers Note: The 14 pt. file folders I use makes a very nice base for my crafting needs.

2)    Place the magnetic dies “wish” and “joy” inside of the carved ornaments.

3)    Run the carved ornaments dies through the Vagabond tool.

4)    Remove the ornaments from die.

5)    Place ornaments on craft sheet.

6)    Apply distress stain to color ornaments. Heat set to dry.

7)    Open Clear Rock Candy; take out a quarter size amount of clear rock candy out on craft sheet.

8)    Use paint brush to apply clear rock candy over the front of both ornaments. Let dry until crackle finish.

9)    Add adhesive to apply mat board cut images to crackle finished ornaments.

10) Tie a ribbon on top of ornaments to finish.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Felonious Friday with Outlaw Gal - Beautiful Poinsetta's

I love love the Poinsettia . When the Holiday's come around each year I have to buy me one. or two or three!! LOL but each year they fade and lose their color. I don't know how to take care of them. I do love that I have them at least for the Holiday Season and how they just look so beautiful sitting on my Dining Room Table ..

I created a Poinsetta that looks almost like the real thing. and this won't fade. LOL

This picture does it no justice. My camera takes lousy photos..

The fabric Ribbon is a beautiful deep red Velvet.

I started off with a Spool of this Deep Red Velvet Ribbon I bought at Michaels for 60% off!!

Wooohoo!! What a bargaininsky!!

Check out your Michaels, Hobby Lobby or Joann's for this. At this time of year they all
have it.

I used Tim Holtz's Tattered Leaves Die

for this. I cut 9 of the leafs using the Red Ribbon Material.

I cut 5 leafs of Green Card Stock

Once they were cut on four of the leaves I made them a bit smaller by rounding off the bottom

on the others I took off the stems.

Now I inked every leaf with Distress Ink "Walnut Stain" .. This is to give it some shadowing effect and aged look.

Now take a little bit (tiny amount) of Claudine Hellmuth's Multi Medium (matte)

and put it on the very botton of each red leaf where it rounds off.. Let this get to where it is almost dry.

Be careful not too much as it stains the fabric.. What you want to do is get this rounded edge stiff so you can bend the leaf in half.. So bend each one.. You don't want it to stick and be in half you just want the leaf to bend slightly when it is put together. So it's not just sitting there all
Flat and Forlorn. LOL

Get out your Mouse Pad


Take your Green Leaves and with your Dry Embossing Tool or even use a craft pick

run a line up the center of the leaf. I use my Mouse Pad so that I have a nice cushion

underneath to give it a slight bend and look of a real leaf..

Make sure you have taken "Walnut Stain" and distressed the edges of these leafs..

Now some fun!!

Get some Stickles both Red and Green..

and apply them onto the appropriate leafs.

Stickles take a long time to dry so start to work on another projects or better

yet go shopping at the Emporium! LOL

Okay the Stickles is finally dry..

Take a square of felt now and arrange your leafs on this.

First your green leafs now your red

as you put them on Alternate the space between the bottom leaves.

I used Hot Glue to adhere my leafs to my piece of square felt.

For the very middle I put Adhesive Pearls on ....

When it's all dry and arranged the way you want it cut the square piece of felt smaller then

the leaves so it doesn't show..

Now wasn't that quick and easy.. well not so quick waiting for the Stickles to dry. LOL

but it was Easy Peasey!!

and how beautiful it looks..

These are big poinsettas'

They would look beautiful on the top of a Christmas Present.

or make a whole on one of the leafs and run some ribbon through and use
as an Ornament..

All My Products except for the ribbon

I got at

See you next week for more Felonious Friday with Outlaw Gal..

Their tons of places that this Poinsetta would look beautiful decorating!!

Well that's my story and I'm sticking to it!! LOL

(I told ya I wouldn't do a card this week. ROFL!!)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Masking Technique by Judy Cantrell

This is a fun card to make.

Stamp the image that you will use as your main image
(mine is the woman) on your card stock.

Now stamp that same design on the masking tape from Judi-kins.
Cut out the mask a little bit smaller than the design.
Place it over the image getting it where you will see a tiny bit of the design all around.
 Now complete the card. When you are through pull off the mask
but keep the mask it can be saved to use many times.
If your stamp is mounted keep the mask on the top of the mounted stamp
Otherwise keep them in a plastic bag.
This example was made using a variety of stamps from my stash.
Thanks for Looking!