Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Distressed Background With Distress Resist Spray, By Ranger

You guys, this new Distress Resist Spray, by everyone's favorite, Tim Holtz, is awesome! It's simple to use; just spray a bit on your project base, then do your magic with inks and oxides. It leaves a wonderful texture (you can feel it) and I love the bits of white space where it completely resists the ink. 

It paired perfectly with this stamp Slowly Turning Classic, by Unity Stamp Co. The red really pops against the grungy background. 

Stay tuned for a tutorial using this amazing product.

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Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Resist Spray - 2 Ounces


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Cling Wrap Background With Oxide Inks

I recently saw a tutorial on creating cool backgrounds using distress and oxide inks, so I thought I would bring the technique to you! 

I used Oxide Inks, found in the new 2018 bundle. They are so pretty, I love them all!

Lay out a piece of cling wrap and begin adding inks, starting with the lightest color first. Spray with water to get the ink nice and loose, but not so much that you make mud.

Lay your watercolor paper on top of the ink pool.

Gather the edges of the wrap so that the ink is nicely encased in the front of the card. 

You want to set it aside until dry (about an hour). Don't use a heat gun to dry it quicker, it needs to do it's thing so you can get the cool designs created by the plastic wrap.

I decided that mine looked very much like water, so I stamped some bubbles, using a texture stamp by Unity Stamp Co and adding an octopus. A sentiment, some twine, and sequins finished it off.

Here are a couple more cards that I made, using the same technique. I tuned the space one into a slider card even!

Affiliate Links for products used:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pad Kit - Complete 2018 Bundle

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Rainy Background Using Tim Holtz Layering Stencil

Spring is almost here! The rains are making ready to receive a bounty of colorful flowers. I recently picked up the newest Tim Holtz layering stencils and the Dashes stencil looked like falling rain. I am going to show you how to make a rainy day background today.

I used the Tim Holtz Flower Garden for this card, as well as Blueprint Sketch and Mermaid Lagoon Oxides.

Fill the stitch die cut base with flower assortment of choice, masking off flowers as you create a bunch. 

With the masks still in place, lay down first color of Oxides. I used Blueprint Sketch first. The Misti magnets come in handy to hold my stencil in place on top of my magnetic board.

Offset the stencil slightly, then add the second color, Mermaid Lagoon in this case.

I found the lines to be rather harsh, so I decided to spritz with water. It gave it that awesome watery look, that one would expect to find on a rainy day. 

Dry immediately so it doesn't run too much, losing the lines.

Remove masks and color/paint in your favorite way. I used Gansai Tambi paints. I love the vibrancy and the color pop. 

I added clear sequins to mimic water drops, added some twine and a sentiment. This sentiment came from Unity Stamp Co and I thought fit for someone going through a hard time.

Affiliate Links for products used:

Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Layering Stencil - Dashes


Sunday, February 4, 2018

AUS Mini Using Flourish By Crate Paper

Have you seen Flourish, by Crate Paper yet? It's a exclusive and it is beautiful! 

I decided the collection would make an excellent mini album for my photos of my trip to Australia. I used a Paige Evans cut file and my Silhouette machine. This album comes in five sections, glued back to back, with the option of making a little pocket when binding. I used each section for a different activity on our trip. I was surprised at how many phots I could get in; I printed off an entire 8.5x11 sheet of photo paper's worth for each section.

I use the little binder clip to hold the album open, after it's fanned out. Here is a peek at the inside.

Be sure to pick up this gorgeous collection for your special project!

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Flourish, by Crate Paper