Monday, April 29, 2013

Ladies Diary Mother's Day Card

I just love Graphic45 papers!

Here is the finished card. I add Tim Holtz Brushed Pewter Distress Paint to the bobbin and some twine to the thread spool.

The product I used can be found at Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Products Review - Tim Holtz Distress Paints

Judy had posted an entry about the new Tim Holtz Distress Paints and I wanted to show them to you in use..

At first when they came out I said to myself "self, why do you need more paints? You have so much now already.. In all different brands and kinds..?" and my self said well let's just try one or two to really see if these are any different. You know I'm a supplies junkie and I had to get my fix!! LOL

So I bought two and then two more and right now I have about 8 of them.. I am very surprised at how much I like them.. Especially to use on stamps. Blending the colors as you apply them.. 

So anywho I created this Layout with the Tim Holtz Distress paints and a little Tim Holtz Distress Inks.. 

First I put some blobs of yellow down and brayered it randomly to get a coverage mostly in the middle of my 12x12 piece of white cardstock. Then I wanted to see how they mixed.. I took some spiced marmalade and mustard seed and mixed the two. I got a beautiful Indian Yellow.. I took the cap off and dunked it in the paint and using it as a stamp stamped some circle towards the top left.. I always use odd numbers of elements for good composition.. Now I wanted to see how they worked with stencils.. I grabbed my numbers stencil by crafters workshop and just using the dabber I dabbed some. I have to tell you too much came out and it was a bit sloppy.. I then poured a little on my palette and used my stencil dauber and with a lot less paint I dabbed it on. It went on beautifully that way.. One thing about this paint is that if you heat set your layer to begin with your next layer on top will not move the paint. I love this about this paint. It is water soluble but when heat set it won't move!! Fabulous!!  Between each layer I did I heat set.

I wanted some blotches so with some spiced marmalade and using the dauber I put some paint down then with my fingernail I scratched outward.. voila I got some blotches!! LOL  I added my picture and other elements to my layout and also some rubons.. I'm the queen of rubons lately .. I just love them especially when they come out nice and grungy.. I don't want them perfect!! No no!! LOL

Now the part I was waiting for to see how they were when stamping.. I took my stamp and all of my colors that were on my layout.. I had added pink and green to my palette by way of the banner. I applied the paint randomly all over the stamp.. mixing it in to each other. then spritzed with a little water.. a very little bit of water.. don't overdo this step.. beware!!!

I stamped on my paper.. The first stamping was kind of blotchy and you couldn't read it all too well. I spritzed a little and stamped again and it was wonderful!! So you need a light application of the paint when stamping. I love using this paint when stamping. 
All in all the paint responds beautifully in all different types of techniques. I really really like it and plan to buy the rest of them .

You can buy them at OWSE Here...

I also used Tim Holtz Distress Ink"  "Gathered Twigs to distress my photo matt and emphemera...

and that was my Layout using his paints. I highly recommend them..


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Friday Feature - butterflies

Hi everyone.  It's Melody here with the Friday Feature.  Today I decided to make a background using a border stamp and distress markers.  I used the circle border stamp from dylusions around the edge set, and stamped it several times on watercolor paper with jet black archival ink, until the paper was filled.  I colored the circles with distress markers.  Then I trimmed it down to fit an A2 card, and used a foam applicator to add vintage photo distress ink all over.  I inked it a little darker along the edges.  Then I attached it to a black card base. 

I tend to be a lazy stamper and I didn't want to pull out my die cutting machine and dies if I didn't have to.  So I rummaged around in my scraps and found a black butterflight on the edge die cut and a yellow mini butterfly die cut.  Perfect -- I can work with these.  I trimmed the border die cut to fit my card and added vintage photo ink on the edges of the butterfly. 

For the sentiment, I stamped one from Just Thoughts (Tim Holtz) on white card stock and cut out a partial circle.  More vintage photo ink and I put all the pieces together on the card.  The butterfly wings are raised on dimensional foam tape. 

Most of the products I used can be purchased from Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium

Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Update for Technique Tuesday

After posting my first ATC this morning, I made another ATC using similar supplies and these: Tim Holtz mini-gears dies, distress inks and Tim Holtz classics #3.

Check my tutorial for this technique here: 

Fun Foam Meets Die Cuts

Fun Foam can be used to make die cuts as well as stamps.
These can be used on Tags, ATCs and other projects.
Thin fun foam can easily be cut with any of Tim Holtz dies and die cutting tool.

For my Technique Tuesday,
I'll share how I used fun foam on this ATC.

 Two fun foam die cut hearts and three fun foam dots were applied to ATC with gel medium.
Next, painted ATC with gesso and then painted with red acrylic paint. You will need to pounce the paint around the foam to cover.
This technique will give your project a dimensional look.
Next, stamp two of Tim's rubber stamps from Classics #7 with Palette Hybrid Noir black ink. While black ink was still wet, I applied clear embossing over the inked images and heat set with heat tool.
To finish, Viva Inka Gold highlights was added to both hearts, three small round fun foam dots and around edges of ATC.

(The tiny foam dots were made with the trash left over from mini-gears die cut)

Check out these supplies in club:

 Fun Foam
Movers and Shapers Mini-Hearts Die set
Gel Medium
Clear embossing powder
Palette Hybrid Noir black ink
Acrylic paint
Rubber stamps

Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Birthday Cards

My Mother's birthday is this coming weekend so I have birthday cards on my mind!


You can find these products at 
                                           Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium

                                              Sizzix Mason Jar Die and Embossing Folder
                                              Sizzix Rectangle Flipit Die
                                              Tim Holtz Mini Blueprint #4 Stamp Set
                                              Tim Holtz Simple Sayings Stamp Set
                                              Tim Holtz Distress Markers
                                              Glitter Markers
                                              Sizzix Big Kick Die Cutting Machine

                       Find Stephanie's stamp sets at Stamps of Life

Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday Feature - faux birch bark

Hi friends.  Melody here with another Friday Feature.  I have always loved the look of birch bark in crafts, but hate to hurt the trees to get pieces big enough to use.  So I thought I'd see if there was a way to make a look-alike.  I checked online for tutorials and didn't come up with much.  Although there are a few, I wasn't really thrilled with the final product, but I did get some ideas. 

I started with some brown paper bag.  Since birch bark has a very matte finish, I decided to use my snow white paint dabber.  But rather than using the dabber top, I simply opened the cap and poured some on the bag and used a foam brush to spread it, keeping my strokes all in one direction. 

Once the paint was dry, I sponged on some tea dye and gathered twigs distress ink, and then proceeded to add LOTS of little black lines with a black Pitt pen

I then inked up two stamps from Nature's Moments (Tim Holtz) with distress markers, spritzed with water, and stamped them on the 'bark'.  The sentiment was stamped with jet black archival ink

To give the bark an even more realistic look, I snipped the edges with a scissor and curled them with my bone folder, allowing some of the brown from the underside of the bag to show.  I also used a distressing tool and mess the edges up even more.  I really love how much it looks like real birch bark. 

I glued it to a pacific point (SU) card base that matched the faded jeans really well. 

Almost all the products used can be purchased from Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you'll try this technique. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Have you tried Distress Paint?

Today, I'll share a list of color of Distress Paints
Distress Paints are very fluid water-based acrylic paints for multiple surfaces. Tim and Ranger developed these special paints to be reactive with water just like Distress Inks and Distress Stains—perfect to accomplish a wide variety of artistic techniques. Distress Paints have a convenient dabber system for easy and mess-free application. Use with stamps, paper, wood, metal, glass, plastic and more for a timeless matte finish on craft projects.
  • 27 colors that coordinate with the Distress palette
  • Very fluid water-based, multi-surface acrylic paint
  • Timeless matte finish paint in 1 oz. bottles
  • Reactive with water like Distress Inks and Stains
  • Convenient dabber system application
Distress Paint - Salty Ocean
Spun SugarPicked RaspberryBarn DoorFired BrickSpiced MarmaladeRusty Hinge
Spun SugarPicked RaspberryBarn DoorFired BrickSpiced MarmaladeRusty Hinge
Wild HoneyMustard SeedBundled SageMowed LawnPeeled PaintForest Moss
Wild HoneyMustard SeedBundled SageMowed LawnPeeled PaintForest Moss
Broken ChinaWeathered WoodSalty OceanChipped SapphireVictorian VelvetSeedless Preserves
Broken ChinaWeathered WoodSalty OceanChipped SapphireVictorian VelvetSeedless Preserves
Antique LinenFrayed BurlapVintage PhotoWalnut StainBlack SootPicket Fence
Antique LinenFrayed BurlapVintage PhotoWalnut StainBlack SootPicket Fence
Antique LinenFrayed BurlapVintage Photo
Antiqued BronzeBrushed PewterTarnished Brass

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Finger Painting

For Technique Tuesday today, I'll share what I made from custom made paper in a jar with Golden paints, a little H20's and die cuts.

The paper perfect was spread over my journal page with a pallet knife and evenly spread over plastic film for a small sheet of perfect paper.
It took over night on the journal page to dry, but it's now three days later and the paper on plastic film is still moist in the middle. With humidity in the air it's taking longer to dry. 

journal page

Impatiently waiting, on the fourth day, I gently started peeling the handmade paper off the plastic film and was able to remove the paper with just a few tears. I don't think this will be a problem when I die cut three mini tattered flowers. The handmade paper looks rough on top and smooth on bottom. 

First I'll show you the die cut flowers. I started painting with H20's and realized the color wasn't dark enough for the project I had planned to do with the journal page, so I finger painted all the flowers with Golden liquid Quinacridone Magenta paint over the H20's. The color is beautiful with the highlights of the H20's underneath. 

The journal page was painted with Golden gesso over the perfect paper and then finger painted with Golden paint mixed with Golden Matte Medium. 
I used Golden liquid paints in these colors; Ultramarine blue, Yellow ochre, Jenkins green, Turquois (Phthalo), Quinacridone Magenta fluid acrylic paint, and Golden Colbalt teal acrylic paint. 
[Using the matte medium extends the color and decreases the gloss.] 
After the paint dried on journal page, the flowers were applied using glue n' seal.
Golden Jenkins green was used with an old credit card to make stems for flowers.  
Inspire from Tim Holtz word play alphabet die was die cut with chipboard and then painted with Golden Colbalt Teal acrylic paint. I used a foam applicator with vintage distress ink to grunge edges of each letter before applying to page.
I wish you could feel the texture on this page. It's rough from the handmade paper but soft from the paint! 
I love this page! 
If you have one of those Craft scrubbie this is the time to use it, all the paint came off my fingers with just a little bit of liquid soap.

Finished page: 6 3/4" x 10"

Golden Liquid Paints
Golden Matte Medium
Tim Holtz Mini Tattered Flower die
Tim Holtz Word Play Alphabet
Distress ink
Sizzix Vagabond 
Glue n' Seal Adhesive
Golden Gesso
Ink blending tool (foam)
DecoArt Perfect Paper
Inkssentials Craft Scrubbie
Plastic pallet knife
Paint Brush; my fingers

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