Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Collage Technique

I recall doing this technique years ago and thought it's worth sharing.

Cut pieces of scrap paper and then write down each word three times. If you want to add more words or delete some it's your choice.

Add these scrap pieces to a sack.

Lay out a piece of card stock, watercolor paper or canvas.
Draw a piece of paper from the sack without looking. If it says paint you paint, if it says draw you draw and so on until you like the finished results.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Flip IT Valentine

Happy Monday Everyone! Before we get into this weeks video, I want to share with you a beautiful tag created by Kathy Paglia. She made this tag after watching my alcohol ink video last week. Isn't it gorgeous!!!

Also here is an ATC I painted for a Painting group swap!

Ok...on to our regularly scheduled program! Don't forget to leave Kathy some love!

You can get the Distress Ink, the Flip it Die, Sticky Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink and Core Cardstock at Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Friday Feature - bloom with joy

Hello friends.  It's Melody here with another Friday Feature.  I've been working on a monthly challenge at Motley Soul Mixed-Media Art.  The challenge is to make 21 (4"x6") cards.  This is actually my 21st card, although I do plan to make more, since I'm having so much fun doing them.  I've been making mine two-sided, so the back side of this one is still blank. 

I recently made an Inspiration Jar for myself.  Although the idea is not original, I tweaked it to make it work for me.  I've been reaching into my inspiration jar for ideas to get started on each card.  For this card, I pulled out the words, black, stencil, and chipboard.  I didn't use the word chipboard other than the card is made from cereal box chipboard covered with recycled coffee filters. 

I started by painting the surface black.  My paint dauber top is all hard and dried out, so I just opened the bottle and used a brush to spread the paint.  Once the paint was dry, I used my mini bricks stencil (Crafter's Workshop) and, since I don't have any texture paste, I spread some light spackling through it.  I've never used this stuff with a stencil before, so I guess I was a bit heavy handed, and some pushed underneath the stencil.  The bricks are quite as defined as they should be, but that's OK.  It dries very fast, so I proceeded to add color with a sponge and a number of different distress inks (tumbled glass, mowed lawn, mustard seed, spiced marmalade, picked raspberry, barn door, and seedless preserves), working gently, since I have no idea if the spackling is going to flake right off the card.  So far, it seems to be holding.  I hope it continues.  I'll just have to handle it gently. 

I stamped a bunch of flowers from Heartfelt Creations on a piece of white card stock with jet black archival ink.  I heavily sponged several with spiced marmalade distress ink, cut them out, and then sponged the edges with picked raspberry distress ink.  On three of the flowers, I removed some of the petals, so that when I placed them over the full flowers, the blossom looks fuller.  Two flowers were sponged with mowed lawn distress ink.  I cut the petals apart to make leaves.  After figuring out an arrangement I liked, I glued the flowers and leaves onto the card.  I then added some white dots in the center of the flowers with a white gel pen. 

The sentiment was handwritten with a white galaxy marker. 

Some of the products used to make this card can be found at Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium

I'm really happy with the bright colors over the black background. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Masking the Negative Image

This is a technique that requires patience, but worth trying.

Step one: Stamp the image twice, once on the paper you choose as the background and one on card stock you will be using as the base.

Step two: Cut out image stamped onto the background. Start by cutting into the image itself and cutting it out. Do not cut into paper intended for the background.

Step three: When you are done cutting, you should have a perfect shape of the image outline cutout.

Step four: Color you image that is stamped on the card stock before adhering the negative mask on top.
For a bright and colorful effect use H2o's or any bright coloring product.

Step five: Layer cut out negative mask over colored image with glue.

Let's see what you can do with this technique.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Alcohol Ink Valentines

A fun way to apply alcohol inks!

My camera's battery died before I could show you that I used Picked Raspberry Distress Ink on the embossed areas as well as the entire surface. Then I applied Fired Brick Distress Ink around the border of the paper and finally Black Soot Distress Ink on the card edges and in a smaller area around the Fired Brick boarder to frame the design.
Here are some pictures:

You can get the Distress Inks, the alcohol inks, embossing inks and powders and the Adirondack alcohol ink cardstock at Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium

Monday, January 14, 2013

Texture and Spray Inks

You can use this technique for framed wall art or for a scrapbook page...or more!

You can purchase the Dylusions Inks, The Tim Holtz embellishments, the Perfect Pearls Spray Inks, and the flowers at Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Saturday Special - Index Cards Backgrounds

Hi everyone I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas.. Now back to doing Artwork and Journaling..

I wanted to show you all these Index Card Backgrounds. It's a great way to do some backgrounds and have them all done and ready for Journaling or even creating cards or tags.

First take some plain index cards and put them on your work space. I used the sides with the lines showing.

Use three or four colors of Acrylic Paint. I used pink, orange, yellow and blue.. put dots of these paints onto your cards and with a credit card, piece of cardboard or anything like that scrape the paint across your cards. Some vertically and some horizontally. You don't need to get every color on every card. 

Grab some stencils once your index cards are dry and with spray inks spray some stencils
randomly on the index cards.

With some paint get some punchinella (sequin waste) and some alphabet or number stencils and work the paint through 
the stencils.. Once again doing this randomly..

Empty any of the paint that's left over onto your cards..

You can see the red paint from the Alpha stencils I put on the other cards..

Now use some contrasting colors of paint and with your fingers smear it onto the cards here and there..

Let this all dry..

Now once it's dried add some Emphemera to your cards.. You can do this either now or wait until
you glue the cards into your journal..

I waited and with some Matt Medium I glued the Index Cards into my Journal

Fitting it all together like a puzzle..

Next to make my pieces somewhat cohesive I stamped randomly with a bunch of different background


Your Done with your Background..

The next step is your focal point and more stamping or painting if you want..

I took some index cards that were left over and cut out some hearts

placed them on my Journal and drew some stems..

Then I added a whole bunch of rub ons..

The Last thing I did was drip some ink down the page..

woops I went over my saying.. duh

It says

"The Biggest challenge in life is to be yourself in a world that is trying
to make you like everyone else"

This was a rub on I had..

The very last thing I did was to take my Black Archival Ink pad and run it around the edges..

These cards are so much fun to create. It took me about an hour and I had my background!!

Now it's your turn.

Give this a try and if you do send it to me at 


I'd love to see it..


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Birthday Tag for Tim

Tim Holtz birthday: 1-7-13

My tag was created using the stained technique on Kraft resist from Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 2.
(Due to Tim's request I can't tell you how I made the base of the tag but can tell you how I completed the tag.)
If you Vol. 2 turn to page 41.

Several colors of distress inks were added around edge of tag after I finished the base of tag.

1. A portion of one of his stamps was inked with archival  black on manila card stock, trimmed and then applied to tag with adhesive.
2. Next I stamped the airplane using archival black ink on a piece of brown chipboard (pizza box) cut out and applied to tag with 3-D dots.
3. The "enjoy the journey" was inked with archival black, while still wet, clear embossing powder was used to cover image, pour off and heat set to a clear glossy finish.
4. Tissue tapes was applied to top of tag.
5. Gold dabber paint was used to color a piece of chipboard, stamped with archival black ink, clear embossing was poured on and off and heat set to glossy finish. The crown was cut close.
6. The 7 from word play was die cut with chipboard and inked with distress stains, while wet with stain the 7 was dipped into the clear embossing three times and heat set to give a high gloss finish.
7. The crown was added to make it look like it was on top of the 7.
8. Gears and inked seam binding was added to tag to finish.
Many of these supplies can be purchased in club: http://ididitcreations.com/club/

Monday, January 7, 2013

Tag Background Techniques

Once again Tammy Tutterow provides some background inspiration!

Most of the supplies used today can be purchased at the Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Saturday Special - Vintage Tag

I created this Vintage Tag for a Swap I'm in with the Yahoo Group Altered Designs.. 

To start I used a Tim Holtz Tag and embossed it with a Cuddle Bug Embossing Folder though  I did use my Vagabond Machine. I broke my Cuddlebug. LOL

Once I embossed it I sprayed Glimmer Mist on it. I used three colors.. Sand, Creme De Rouge and Jubilee..

Then I distressed the edges of the tag with my Tim Holtz Distresser and ran some Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Walnut Stain" around it and a bit into the edge.. I took some Gold Rub n Buff and went over the raised areas on the embossing. Be careful with this stuff. Use just a little bit on your finger tip.. 

Now while this was drying I painted all the flowers. I used Perfect Pearls and Twinkling H20's.. I like both.. I added some gum arabic to my craft mat and applied the gum arabic when I was painting the flowers. This is to seal the paint.. It's like a fixative. Then I let my flowers dry. Actually after a while I was impatient so I used my Heat Gun.. LOL

I adhered the flowers together using Glossy Accents..  Now it was time to put it all together.. I had printed my image out on Cardstock. So I used a Glue stick to adhere her to the tag.. Then I put my trim on using Glossy Accents.. Added the flowers once again using Glossy Accents.. I had added the pearls into the flowers once the were dried. I printed off the saying on regular copy paper then misted the paper with the same colors of Glimmer Mist I used on the Tag.. Once the paper was dry I glued it to some white cardstock.. Cut out the small pieces and ran some Walnut Stain around the edges.. Then I put some pop dots on the back. OMG that wasn't too much fun as it's so little and it kept sticking to my fingers, falling down to the floor or not in the right spot!! LOL  I finally got it done though.  I took some more trim and with my Tim Holtz tiny attacher attached it to the back and finally the last thing was to add the Bling! This took about three hours to do because of Drying time, painting the flowers and drinking coffee in between. LOL

Well that's my story and I'm sticking to it! ROFL!!   If you give this a try I'd love to see your Tags... Send them to me at owse@ididitcreations.com.. 

All of my products I bought a Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium.. Well not all. I bought the Trim at Joann's.. LOL

Have fun creating everyone!!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Friday Feature - happy new year

Hello, friends.  It's Melody here with another Friday Feature.  I normally make my own Christmas cards to send out, but every few years, I just don't get them done.  This was one of those years.  As an alternative, I decided to send out a some New Year cards.  Since this is the only paper crafting I've done this week, other than a couple of cards for my class next week, I thought I'd share it with you.  It's a very simple card, since I was making a bunch of them. 

My card base is light aqua and the sun and hill both started as white card stock.  Along the top and sides of the card base, I sponged turquoise and blue to give the look of the sky just starting to lighten at sunrise, with that lighter glow around the sun.

The sun is Spellbinders lotus pendant die.  To make it easy to release the card stock from the die, I used wax paper between the die and card stock.  I then added mustard seed and spiced marmalade distress inks to the sun with a sponge applicator.

For the snowy hill, I cut a curve freehand and then embossed the piece with musical flourish embossing folder from Provo Craft.  I added light aqua ink to highlight the raised embossing.

I glued on the sun and hill, and trimmed off the excess hanging over the edge.  The sentiment (SU) is stamped in jet black archival ink.

Some of the products used can be found at Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium.

I want to wish you all a Happy New Year, and, as the sentiment inside my card says, "
May God
bless this trip
around the sun
with joy and
many amazing
 Thanks so much for stopping by today.