Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Never Give Up

Here's a card I made awhile back after spending some time playing with alcohol inks and alcohol lift ink.  

I took one of the alcohol ink on yupo papers I had made during play and cut it in half.

After choosing one to use I stamped the doily using alcohol lift ink and then stamped that image onto glossy paper.  The stamped image was set aside to use another time.  I took the alcohol paper and dabbed at the stamped alcohol lift ink with a paper towel until I'd removed all the lift ink. 

I stamped onto the paper with archival ink and dried it using a similar color for a subtle image.

The "brick" layer was created using the 3D brick embossing folder.  When using a 3D folder it's best to lightly spray your paper (I used Distress Heavy Stock) with water and then run the folder and paper through your machine 3 times.  After it was embossed I added color by sponging on distress ink with a mini ink blending tool, and spraying on a little stain and also some mica.

I used a piece of paper from "the box" to cut the stems and butterfly.  I'm pretty sure the paper is texture paste through a stencil and then sprayed with water and Oxide Sprays.  After die cutting the pieces, the edges were inked.

I stitched around the alcohol ink panel and spritzed it a little with the Mica Spray.

The crochet trim was die cut from Distress Heavystock and inked a bit.  "never give up" is a Small Talk Sticker.

I thought I was done and had taken pictures but then the next day thought it needed a bit more and added the butterfly and string bow on the flower. 

I hope you are all doing well during this time.  Things are opening up in Iowa but we are still being very careful.  My husband has COPD and we just feel it's a bit too soon to be out and about much.  

Hugs, Wanda

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Who You Think You Are

Hello!!!  I know, very long time no blog.  If you are still following here, I hope you are doing well during this time.  I am currently not welding as much as I was and I've been enjoying getting some creative time in.  I've been posting a lot on Instagram and have thought about a blog post for a couple of weeks and today is the day.  If by chance you don't know, Tim Holtz has been doing FB live demos every week since the middle of March and they are chocked full of information, techniques and inspiration.  Can they still be seen you ask?  Yes!!!  Besides finding them on FB you can find them all on Tim's blog.  Really, they are so good!!  If you have time, I totally recommend working through them. 

So let's get started with the card I'm sharing today.

I had been playing with a technique that was shared using Distress and Distress Oxide sprays along with stencils and wanted to use one of those pieces and I chose the one in the front.

I stamped a quote from a pretty old set of stamps using Archival Ink and quickly embossed it with Distress Embossing Glaze, hickory smoke.  *did you know that all, every single one, of the stamp sets made by Stampers Anonymous never retire.  They are always available from Stampers Anonymous because they manufacture them.  Even if they don't currently have the set, they will make one if you order one.  How Cool is that!!!!

Doesn't that embossing glaze look fab!!!

Tim did an extra demo in the middle of a week focused completely on Sizzix.  One thing talked about were the Embossing Diffusers.  I hadn't used any in a very long time and had to get them out.  After embossing with the large piece, I set the oval piece over the middle and added ink around it (yes, he demoed this) to really define it.

Ink was added around the edges of the piece.

On a different day I spent some time creating some butterflies using the flutter stamp set and dies and embossing glazes on heavy vellum.  I had these 2 butterflies that weren't yet used on a project and thought they would look perfect. 

Don't they look fabulous on the vellum.

One of the things shared yesterday was a shabby chic technique that I needed to play with.  For this piece I used Distress Paint colors black soot and forest moss for the base and then after stamping and embossing with glaze I used shabby shutters. 

I cut the whole pack of Wildflowers Set 1 from Blackout Kraft-stock and then lightly misted them with tarnished brass Mica Spray.

I thought some metallic to catch your eye on the shabby chic piece would be nice but wanted to keep it subtle so used the Mica Spray for that also.  I shook up the bottle, removed the sprayer, and put the brush bristles down into the bottle to get the liquid onto them.  Yes, they do fit and it worked perfectly.

It's just the right amount metallic.  You don't hardly even notice the spots unless the light hits them.

You can see a piece of Blackout Kraft-Stock that is just a little bigger than the quote panel.  That piece was sanded to bring out the texture.  The edges of the shabby chic piece were distressed and inked with shaded lilac Distress Ink.

There is foam mounting tape between the blackout layer and the shabby chic layer.

The flowers aren't completely glued down allowing some slight bending of areas.  The butterflies are attached only in the body area.  All gluing was done with Collage Medium Matte.

If you are still here, thanks for following along.  Hopefully you'll be seeing more blog posts from me.  I actually did not edit any of these pictures to save a large amount of time.  Please let know if things looked good to you or not so much!!


Sunday, October 27, 2019

Hello Beautiful

Hello Friends!!! I know, it's been awhile since I posted.  Life is good but busy.  The grandbabies are growing so fast!!!!  I'll have to post a picture of them soon for any of you that don't follow me on social media.  I have done some creating but it's usually because I need a birthday card or sympathy card.  I need to be working at taking the time to get those cards blogged.

But onto today's card.  I recently won a give away on Instagram by Graciellie Design and got to do some shopping.  She has beautiful digital designs.  This card uses a butterfly from the Beautiful Birthday Wishes Stamp Set and a sentiment from the Hey Lovely Stamp Set.

I printed out the butterfly with our laser printer and then foiled it using Deco Foil Amethyst Watercolor Foil and a hot laminator.  I cut out the butterfly leaving a small border.  The yellow was added with a gel pen and then I sprayed the butterfly with Pearl Mica Spray wiping the mica off the foiled areas.  This gave a great shimmer as the image moves.

Scroll down for background info.

My background began with a paper in my stash from a gel printing session.

After cutting out the area I wanted to use, I stamped a Wendy Vecchi leafy branch image across the top and bottom edges with Archival Ink Fern Green.

I added a bit of ink all around the edges and then attached the background to a folded white card.  The butterfly was attached leaving the outer areas of the wings unattached to lift up.  The sentiment was distressed around the edges, inked, and attached with foam mounting tape.

I hope you like card.  I think it's beautiful.  Many, many thanks Graciellie!!!!

Hugs Friends, Wanda

Monday, July 22, 2019

Gel Print Birthday Card

Hello Friends!!!!  I hope you are having a good July!!!  Last week was so hot in Iowa but it has cooled down to something a bit more comfortable for this week.  Still plenty warm but so much better.

This card was made for a young man's birthday.  You can maybe tell that he turned 19 :-)  The background is part of a Gel Press Plate print and I added embossing powder around the edges.  Then there is some blue washi tape and the black and white strips with words or numbers are from a Tim Holtz Idea-ology set of tapes.  The ring around the 19 is a black plastic ring from something and I used embossing powder on it.  

Monday, July 8, 2019

A Month of ATCs (that's 30)

Hello Friends!!!!!!!!  Long time no blog!!  Over two months since my last post.  It's been busy.  Lots of time working in the shop and lots of time with the grandbabies.  This picture of Lola and Daniel was taken about a month ago when everyone was here at the same time (so they were both about 4 months).  They are growing so fast!!!  We usually get to see them each at least once a week, sometimes more.  

Here they are towards the end of February, so just a few weeks old. 

I do get in some creative time and post quite a bit on Instagram (and FB).  It just seems harder to make time to write a blog post.  I'll try to do better.

There was a challenge for the month of June, #atcad2019, that my daughter was interested in and wanted me to play along also.  We were to make an ATC (artist trading card) every day for the month of June.  I got behind at times but always managed to catch up and actually did 30 ATCs.  (for anyone that doesn't know, and atc is the size of a sports card, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2")  These are all posted on my Instagram account, many with additional process/supply pictures.  Here I'll just share the finished atc with no additional details but I'm totally happy to answer any question you might have.  I gave myself an additional challenge when I started.  That was to start every atc with an already made (or started) background.  I have piles and files and boxes of background play that need to get used.  It also would save a bit of time.  I must say though, it was hard at times.  I love making backgrounds and sometimes I'd think, "oh, I should try this; or play with that" but I'd rein myself in an choose something already done.  Many times I did build upon the started background though, adding more layers... fun stuff!!!  And I truly did have fun doing the challenge!!!

Here they all are in chronological order, Days 1 thru 30.

(not seen in the pic - the white die cut flower is covered in Distress Rock Candy Dry Glitter)