Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Technique Tuesday ~ Easel Calendar

Welcome to Technique Tuesday

This project would make a nice gift for someone special.
The size of calendar is small and fits perfect near my computer desk. 


Tag and Bookplate die(Sizzix)

Stamp CMS # 001 (StampersAnonymous)

TH Tattered Pinecone andleaf die (Sizzix)

TH Easel die (Sizzix)

Card stock (personal stash)

Vagabond tool (Sizzix)

Iridescent pearlescent medium (Liquitex)

Adirondack Paint Dabber (Ranger Ink)

Perfect Pearls HeirloomGold (Ranger ink)

Archival Black ink (RangerInk)

TH Distress stain (RangerInk)

Clear embossing powder (Hampton Arts)

Craft sheet (Ranger Ink)

Heat Tool (Ranger Ink)

Ink blending tool(Ranger Ink)

TH Distress ink pads(Ranger Ink)

Perfect Image Positioner (PIP)

Manila 14 pt Heavy duty folder (Staples)

Seam binding (Martha Stewart)

Cordless glue gun (Loctite)

Advanced Tape Glider (Scotch)

Seam binding (personal stash)

Black card stock

Stapler (personal stash)

Scissors (personal stash)

1. Vagabond tool was used to die cut #8 tag using manila folder and tag die.

2. The tag was placed on craft sheet. The tag was painted with a thin layer of pearlescent medium followed by several colors of distress inks and finished by spraying a mist of heirloom gold. If the color is too dark, a simple spray of water will remove some of the color. Always heat set to dry. Using a variety of distress inks can be achieved to get the desired color on your tag.

3. Perfect positioner was used to stamp a perfect alignment of image and then adding clear embossing ink and heat to set.

4. Thanks Lizabeth from RRA; she supplied a link for the calendar:

5. The calendar pages were printed and trimmed 2 3/8” x 2 7/8.” They were stapled, mat to black card stock and then applied to tag with tape glider.

Note: I made an extra January page to cover up the staples just for the photo and later was pulled off when February rolled around.

6. The rose was made using Pinecone die and Kraft paper. The directions can be found on Tim Holtz blog:

The rose was painted to complement the tag using a variety of inks, stains and dabber paints.

7. The leaf die was made using Kraft paper. It was inked with green distress stain. Hot glue gun was used to apply leaf die cut top left of calendar.

8. Hot glue gun was used to apply the rose over leaf.

9. A heavy duty piece of file folder was used to die cut the easel and then applied to back of tag for a fold out stand.

10. Seam binding was applied to top of tag to finish.

This is a project I made and was published on Rubber Road Adventures.

Thanks for Looking!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Vintaj Charms

I had some fun with Vintaj blanks and the Patinas...watch:

I used these products. The links will take you to the OWSE discount club where you will find great prices below retail!
Vintaj Blanks (Hobby Lobby)
Tim Holtz Washers

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sewing a signature

I was asked recently to share sewing a signature. Since 2004 I've made several mini-books using the signature method. I'm working on a tutorial to share here on OWSE with a step-by-step process.
Supplies needed: a needle with large hole, [darning needle] waxed thread, [you can make your own by running crochet thread across beeswax or a candle] card stock, scoring tool, paper clips or clothespins, pencil and a paper trimmer.

4-23-11 update; this may take several weeks, I've come down with another sinus infection.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Guest Artist ~ Nancy Nycz

Welcome to Wednesday Women

Let's give a Warm Welcome

to our

Guest Artist

Nancy Nycz

Kathy Nycz

clear embossing ink
beads and focal piece for molding
size 0 metal knitting needle or bamboo skewer
clay or styrofoam
.015 beading wire
complimentary beads for necklace
crimp beads
glue on pendant bail
pair of ear wires
2 - 2 in. eyepins
2 - 1 in. headpins
small brush
Diamond Glaze
chain nose pliers
round nose pliers
small pearl

Preheat your melting pot on the highest setting.

Following the instructions for the molding compound, make molds of the beads you want to duplicate and a mold of whatever you want for your pendant. I used Mold n' Pour for the rose mold and Amazing Putty for the bead molds.

Fill the melting pot to the fill line with half clear and half red hot UTEE. When melted, gently stir with the spatula to mix, add the flex and allow the flex to melt. Stir again.

If you want to darken the red, lightly sprinkle black embossing powder into the melted UTEE and stir. Add only 1/8 teaspoon at a time so you don't darken it too much. When you have the shade of red that you want, pour the melted UTEE into the pendant mold, set aside to harden. When completely hardened, pop it out of the mold.

It takes some practice to do a bead so don't get discouraged if they don't come out right. The beauty of making anything with the melting pot and UTEE is that if you don't like the results, you can always throw the piece back in the pot and remelt it.

Starting at the point, coat about three inches of the knitting needle or skewer with clear embossing ink.
Carefully pour the melted UTEE into the bead mold and fill almost to the top of the mold but not level with the top. If your mold is filled to the top, when you insert the needle to make the hole the UTEE will overflow. Insert the coated needle or skewer into the center of the UTEE in the bead mold. Make sure the needle presses against the bottom of the mold so your hole will go all the way through the bead. Hold the needle in place for a count of at least 50 seconds or until the needle stands in the mold by itself. 

 Let sit for maybe another minute and then pop the bead out of the mold, push the needle to make sure the hole is all the way through, remove the needle and then push it in the bottom hole so that the hole is uniform all the way through. If you let the bead harden too long with the needle in it, you won't be able to pull the needle out. The bead should still be warm, but solidified when you remove the needle. If your bead should get stuck on the needle, put the bead on the needle back in the melting pot and it should melt off. You can use a heat gun to melt any residue UTEE off the needle.
When you have ten beads and a pendant you like, clean out the pot with paper towels while it is still on. Be careful not to burn yourself. When your pot is cleaned out, shut it off.

Put your beads on a toothpick and brush on a thin coat of Diamond Glaze to give your beads a shine. Stick the toothpicks in clay or styrofoam and let dry.


 Brush Diamond Glaze on the pendant. If the glaze puddles in the creases of the pendant, brush it out so it isn't too thick. Let dry.

Glue a pendant bail on the back of the pendant. I also glued a pearl in the center of my rose. Then string your necklace with complimentary beads of your choice. Save two of the faux coral beads to make matching earrings.

View more of Nancy's gorgeous pieces of artwork on her blog:

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Technique Tuesday ~ Sweet Smiles

Technique Tuesday
"Sweet Smiles"
Judy Cantrell

For Technique Tuesday, I'll share my card and tutorial that was published in Rubber Stamp Madness Spring 2011.



Speedball brayer

Cushion pad

Glossy kromekote cover cardstock 10pt.

Watercolor crayons

Niji waterbrush

Archival Black or Sepia ink

Tim's Tiny Attacher  

Adirondack Alcohol inks; Pearl,purple, and yellow

Alcohol felt applicator

Paper glue

Clear rhinestones

Black cardstock

White china plate

Cotton cloth


1. Before inking new photostamps lightly scrub with soft nail brush and dish soap. Rinse well, and then dry using a lint free cloth.

2. If the photostamps image still won’t give a good stamped image, it might need a light surface sanding with emery cloth under running water.

3. Just before inking your photostamps make sure they are free of pet hair, lint or dust. Rinse with water and pat dry with lint-free cloth.
(I use an old cotton sheet cut in small 12" squares, when they are soiled they can be clean with work clothes or tossed away.)
4. Ink your brayer with a forward rolling position on  Archival black or sepia ink pad. Keep rolling the brayer in the ink until well covered.
5. Roll the brayer in one direction onto the stamp until well inked.

6. Place glossy paper on cushion pad shiny side up, press inked image down, smooth fingers over the stamp, leave image down on paper and start counting 10-20 seconds and then lift off stamp.

(If you are new to this is might take you several times to find the right pressure to get a perfect image.)

7. Set image aside to dry. For best results; let the stamped image dry overnight.


8. My palette includes 6 colors; pink, green, orange, blue, yellow and brown watercolor crayons. From these colors you can make all colors by mixing two or more colors together.

9. Use a clean white china plate for your palette.  Scribble each color around the outside of an 8” plate. You will have plenty of room to mix these colors on the plate. Leave the center for mixing flesh tone watercolor.

Note: when you finish water coloring let the colors dry on the plate, and then cover with plastic wrap until the next time you need to color an image. Add more color as needed before wetting the surface.

10. Use a wet waterbrush to swipe a very small amount of yellow, orange, pink and several swipes of brown in center of  china plate add droplets of the water to a runny consistency. Picking up more as needed to get the color you need for the face, arms, neck and hands.

Note: Test the coloring on a scrap piece of glossy cardstock. My preference is to color the face first. And then add color to other areas.

Note: if the image looks too wet, blot with cotton cloth. Actually I keep the cloth in one hand and waterbrush in the other hand. Blotting as needed, adding more color as needed.

11. Use waterbrush with orange mixed brown or yellow mixed with small amount of brown for the hair.

12. Use a waterbrush with blue and pink for a purple color for clothing.

13. Use waterbrush to mix yellow mixed with brown for the flowers. Highlight some of the flowers with a little orange watercolor. Set aside to dry overnight. 

14. Trim image leaving a white border or mat to white cardstock.

(Note: Create the look of a real photo by polishing the watercolor image with a soft cloth.)

To complete this card:

15. Load pearl, purple and yellow alcohol ink onto felt applicator. Apply to 4” X 5 ¼” glossy cardstock. Don’t over mix. Leave some areas light. Let dry.

16. Adhere photo images to alcohol ink piece.

17. Apply mini-staples to corners

18. Adhere rhinestones.

19. Mat to 4 ¼” X 5 ½” folded card.

Enjoy! Thanks for Looking!


Stash Card

My post is late, due to some technical difficulties. I had to post it in two parts!

These products can be purchased at Outlaw Womens Scrapbook Emporium

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Technique Tuesday ~ Shrine Box

Shrine Box
Judy Cantrell

 The image (window) was stamped on a piece of paper to enlarge on clear transparency film using a home printer/scanner. Xyron adhesive was applied to the back of the enlarge window. On a separate sheet of copy paper I applied a direct to paper with distress ink. The transparency window was applied to the paper and cut out with a stencil tool to expose the window opening. Set this aside.

 The image was inked with Archival sepia on glossy cardstock. Watercolor crayons were used to color my image. A DaVinci image was applied to the window frame (shrine).

A box was made to fit the shrine using a box maker.

Kraft paper was distressed with ink and applied to cover the box. The shrine (window) image was applied to the back of box.

Note: The owner of these stamp gave me permission to enlage the stamp.

Rubber Stamps
Distress ink pad: Ranger

Black ink pad

Watercolor crayons

Box Maker

Xyron Adhesive

Inkjet transparency film

Book board
Stencil tool: Walnut Hollow

Glossy cardstock
Kraft paper

Monday, April 9, 2012

Paper Bag Album Conclusion!

I have finished the album and posted two videos and a cople of photos for you.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Guest Artist ~ Dawn Soto

Let's give a Warm Welcome


Dawn Soto

she is our

Guest Artist

on Wednesday Women

My name is Dawn Soto and I have been crafting for over 20 years. I live in Ca with my husband of 17 years and our 5 children. I work at one of our local hospitals as a Respiratory therapist to support mypaper habit :)
I started playing around with paper and photos before scrap booking was much more than construction paper and magic markers that evolved into card making and now my true love mini books. Someday I hope to teach mini book classes locally but until then I will work on making my You tube videos. I hope you can come subscribe to my blog as I will have lots more tutorial videos
coming. http://ravensandwritingdesk.blogspot.com/  Thank you OWSE for allowing me this honor.

Supply list

 (1) 12 x 12 double sided card stock.
 A tab of any kind you like. (1) journaling page.
 (7) cards cut 3 3/4 X 2 3/4 for photo mats.

Waterfall Tutorial


The 4 X 3 cards need to be close to the score line but not on or over it or the cards wont flip up when you pull the tab.


The more you turn the cards back and forth and use your bone folder on the creases the better your pages will turn.





The only part that attaches your waterfall to your page is the 1" tabs on the back of the waterfall.
This part of the page I am pulling is where you will attach you tab. attach it from under the page or you may not be able to close your pages completely.


Now firmly attach your photo mats to each card and enjoy your new waterfall page.



Thank you Dawn, this is a fabulous tutorial!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Technique Tuesday ~ Smooching

Smooching Background 
Judy Cantrell
* 2 piece of white or light colored cardstock 4" x 5 1/4"
* 3 or 4 colors of glitter paint or acrylics
* newsprint or Kraft paper to cover your work surface
* Stamp
* Digital tool
* Watercolors
* Folded card


1.  Cover your work surface with several layers of newsprint or Kraft paper.
2.  Place one piece of cardstock on top of the newsprint.
3.  Squirt a generous amount of paint on the cardstock, randomly or in a
4.  Place another piece of cardstock on top of the first, folding up one
corner about an inch (you will use this to move the pieces around, spreading
the paint).
5.  Smooch the pieces together.  You could use a roller, but I just use my
hands and press down firmly.
6.  Holding the corner, wiggle the 2 pieces in opposite directions until the
cardstock pieces are covered completely or near completely.  The "wiggling"
makes the designs unique.
Option: add glitter to paint while still wet.
Place on a protected surface to dry. Let dry overnight.

The image was stamped and watercolor. "For You" was made with  my Cricut tool both were applied to a folded card to finish.