Friday, April 17, 2015

more Q & A's...

hello & HAPPY weekend!
finally...
it's a bright beautiful sunny day here!

I have a few Q & A's to catch up on, 
so let's get started...

#1.  Yes, 9 embossing powder colors are grand...but when do we get the original 6 colors?!? :) 

hmmm...so happy you want more!
 I do too!
hey...we just got 3 new ones!
did I answer your question?
oopsie!

#2. What a great idea! Your jeans look fantastic! This might be a dumb question, but, was it Tim's round pouncer thing you used to apply the ink through the stencil? 

yes! I like the round mini blending tool best for stenciling...since it's smaller, it doesn't block your whole field of vision...this is especially helpful when stenciling small areas...
I use the round almost 100% of the time for stenciling...
and the original for creating blended backgrounds...

if stenciling or stamping on clothing, make sure you use archival ink, since it's a permanent ink...

#3. Ok, so I bought the round tool, what can I do with the old rectangle ones? Any ideas?
I don't want to toss them...

I still use the rectangle blending tool all the time...it covers large areas quickly...
the mini takes much longer...

I think both are very useful...
and both have a purpose...

NEVER toss out a blending tool!
the art cops will get you!

#4. One question, Wendy. 
What the Hades did you do with your creative mind all those years you were a surgical nurse??! What was your outlet?? Ok, that's two questions actually...

somedays I think back & wonder how I survived without making art...
SERIOUSLY...
if several days go by,
I get crabby if I can't make something!
I feel like a big part of me is missing...
crabby? poor Rick...

because I was the nurse manager 
& "on call" 24/7, 
I had to sneak in small amounts of time to play...
and do things that I could drop in a second...

I did the cross stitch thing...
it was ok, but it didn't thrill me...

I did the crocheting thing...
again, fun, but I could live without it...

I did the pen/ink sketching thing...
eh...

when I discovered stamping, 
actually it was heat embossing
I knew immediately THAT
 was for me & it was
exactly what I was looking for...

so, I'd sneak in 15 minutes here & there...
to keep me relatively sane!

ps...
surgery is actually very creative, 
but in a whole different way...

#5. I got the new clear empty jars for storing embossing powders I mix  & I'd like to ask how you're marking them to identify them. Will Ranger post labels?

thanks for that question...
I forgot to mention this in previous posts...

you can add a sample of the actual embossing powder to the top of the fillable jars lid...

tap archival ink, in the coordinating color, 
onto the top of the lid, 
sprinkle on the powder &
 heat to melt the powder...

***make sure to use archival ink***
embossing ink or distress ink will not hold the powder securely to the lid...
***make sure to use archival ink***

here's the sky blue embossing powder lid and below that is my custom brick embossing powder mix...
super easy to spot the one you need...

the lids are pretty heavy plastic, so they work well & can be embossed without melting...

the jars are a great price & I really like them for storage of small things like mini die cuts, new mini star fasteners etc...


here's how to create
 the custom brick embossing powder mix...

one scoop of 
one scoop of 
2 scoops of 
and then mix in a small amount of 

you can vary how much red geranium & orange blossom you use...
so it's easy to customize it to the color you like...
it can be more orange-ish or more red-ish and you can darken it with a little more watering can...

keep in mind that you can mix 
frosted crystal embossing powder in equal amounts with colored embossing powder to create a more matte/textured finish...
and you get yummy frosted colors...

#6...I see that you covered tim's clock with embossing powders. My question is how many jars did that take for a large piece?
I want to do that.

I was actually quite surprised...
after I finished the clock & returned the powder to the jar, I'd say I used only about 1/10 of the jar...
yes...it was still almost full...

I actually thought it would take lots more...
there must be 10 billion little powder bits in those jars...

go for it!
I found a photo of mine...


and since we're talking about embossing powders, here's some examples of the many surfaces you can use them on...

here's violet on 

wood

magic mat board

and art parts...


here's pink peony on

clearly for art 

metal and

glass...


and here's tiger lily on 

Ranger's texture paste...
it works on my embossing pastes too...

used with a stencil

and over the mat mini vase...



REMEMBER...
if it can take the heat...
YOU CAN emboss it!



here's a quickie little art...
and another way to use the new tree stamp...



when you put the tree in a mat mini flower pot & cover up the tree trunk,
it looks like a plant...

I cut it from black magic mat board...

it has about 3 layers of embossing powder on it, because I couldn't make up my mind what color I wanted...
duh@!

remnant rubs work well over embossing powders...
in case you were wondering...


I'm addicted to the
LOVE it with orange blossom on 

those mini punched embossing powder flowers are the new violet embossing powder...



that's it for today...
I don't want to be crabby
so I think I'll go

make art!
wendy

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

stenciled jeans...

WARNING...
this blog post may cause 
an ADDICTION...

seriously my friends...
this is a 5 minute transformation...

I bought these jeans because I thought those 2 blank rectangles were screaming to be stamped or stenciled...

I  grabbed jet black archival ink...

because...

archival inks are permanent when dry,
 so these jeans can be washed 
with no problem...

I had a hard time deciding
 which stencil to use...

I felt that with the design already on the jeans, it needed to be a more graphic pattern...

the hardest part of this little project was deciding which stencil to use...




or...





here's the area on the left leg...


and now it's stenciled...


here's the blank canvas on the right leg...




and stenciled with jet black, using 
the large portion of 


I have this art "thing" about 3...
I'm sure you understand...
so the cuff looked like a perfect spot to add stenciled area #3...


since this area was smaller...
 I used the smaller section

exactly what I wanted...

I thought about that bad 4 letter word...
IRON...
but I decided to blast the stenciled areas with the embossing gun to make sure the ink was 100% dry...

quick & E A S Y...
seriously this took me 5 full minutes!


Rick just snapped this...


remember the WARNING at the top of the post?

this is like the faux graniteware technique...
I REALLY
WANT to do more...

I just opened my closet & 
spied the cuffs on some jeans...
they're blank...

I am seriously thinking of stenciling polka dots or the checkmate just on the cuffs...

or maybe I'll use

or maybe add a row of small hearts?

something subtle...
but they'll be customized & unique...

more ideas...
sew patches onto plain jeans, 
then stencil them...

I think adding some stitching with the stenciling would be cool...
but I've got a million things on the TO*DO list...
maybe some day...

have a spot on something?
it's most likely ink in this household...
just stencil or stamp right over it!

make sure to use archival ink, so that the stamping/stenciling is permanent...

THANKS SO MUCH
 for the awesome comments/emails
 about my 3 new archival inks...

I got to show them to the ladies 
at my class on Saturday...
they liked them too!

they begin shipping the week of April 27th
 from Ranger, in New Jersey...
so they will be available SOON!

your local stores can order them...
just let them know what you would like...

the colored links will transport you to online shopping...

I hope you'll try stenciling on your jeans...
it's really super simple & fun...

and it's another way to...

make art!
wendy







Friday, April 10, 2015

3 NEW archival inks & embossing powders!

I know that you can't see me...
but I'm wiggling around & giddy...
FINALLY it's time...

I'm soooo very excited to introduce
my 3 new archival inks 
and
3 new coordinating embossing powders...

I'll start with 
the "official" Ranger press release...

now here's a closer look
 at the beautiful new inks...

as you know, 
flowers are MY THING...
so I chose these colors
 based on some really pretty flowers...

in honor of my grandmother's favorite flower...
first up is
pink peony...

hey...I can hear you...
you know who you are!

lol...
hahaha...

you win!
for those of you who have asked me for
 a pink ink 
for a 
L O N G  T I M E...

a V E R Y 
  
L O N G  

TIME
and I said NO...

this one is for YOU!

you'll see the pink peony ink 

the coordinating pink peony embossing powder 
on the art parts star and the pink peony embossing powder, mixed with frosted crystal embossing powder on the sun...

you can see that the star is shiny & the sun has more texture and develops a darker color when frosted crystal is mixed in...

mixing frosted crystal with your embossing powders doubles your options...
it doubles both your color options and 
surface effects/texture too...
(shiny or more matte with cool texture)

I like the 50/50 ratio...
half frosted crystal, mixed with an equal amount of any of the colored embossing powders...


ok...I will admit...
pink peony is beautiful!

I think my Mimi would be very happy...
I have fond memories of picking flowers at my grandparent's home...
my grandfather would take me outside to choose which to pick, while she made us dinner...

I have always LOVED flowers &
I would run to bring them to her...
I remember her shaking the ants off the peonies before we could bring them in the house...
ants must like peonies?
note to self...google that...




next is
 tiger lily...
it's a great vibrant orange...

again, I used the tiger lily ink 
the embossing powder (right from the jar)
 is on the star and
the sun is frosted crystal
 mixed with tiger lily...

the color is summery & so pretty...
looks exactly like a tiger lily!
thanks to Jim...our Ranger chemist!
he nailed it!


I know I shouldn't have a favorite...
BUT...
take a closer look at

 violet...

it's absolutely GORGEOUS...

 I used violet archival ink on the flower pot, violet embossing powder on the star & the frosted crystal mixed with violet embossing powder on the sun...


can you see why I LOVE violet?


I thought it would be fun to show the same flower used with each of the 3 new colors...


and for each sample I used the coordinating embossing powder on the little heart...
it's cut from black magic mat board...

here's pink peony...


and tiger lily is next...



and violet...

keep in mind that you can vary the intensity of the color by varying the amount of ink you apply...

a little ink will give a softer, lighter color...
more ink gives a deeper darker color...
I like to use both shades on a project...

I kept the violet pretty light for the top layers...
you'll see that the bottom layer is darker...
it's peeking out at the top...



these 3 new colors fit right into my archival palette...
and work with all the current colors...

orange blossom archival is PERFECT for shading when used with tiger lily...

dandelion, tea rose and buttercup look great 
with tiger lily...

 work with all 3 new colors...

watering can, hydrangea & tree branch are wonderful basics and work with all the colors...
they are my most used "GO*TO" colors for background stamping & stenciling...

I've been using carnation red
 to lightly shade the pink peony...
and...I LOVE IT!

I used the rose SiSi with pink peony...
it looks fab with watering can archival and awesome with sky blue & tree branch archivals...
you'll see that  jet black 
really makes pink peony pop!


using the mask/stencil combo allows stamping/stenciling in each area & makes it SUPER simple...

did you notice that I used the 
vertically inside
horizontally outside the oval?




and then there's violet...

it looks great with hydrangea, forget-me-not, sky blue and tiger lily...

I know nothing about the color wheel...
I totally don't get it...
but I'm in LOVE with this red geranium, violet, leaf green, dandelion combo...




YIKES...
I guess I really am addicted 
here's another sample tag, using both...

violet used with sky blue
yes please...


combined with these 3 new colors, 
give us so many new color combos to play with...
I have had a blast making samples...

and I haven't even shared the fun I had, 
using these 3 new colors 
for making backgrounds 
with rubbing alcohol yet...
they are awesome...

and wait til you see these colors used with
so very cool!
LOTS of fun posts are coming...

your local stores can order these 
inks, embossing powders and reinkers
starting TODAY!
just ask them!

clicking the colored links
 will take you to online shopping...
and I'm sure they will be ordering 
ASAP TODAY too!

I can't wait to hear what you think...
do YOU have a new favorite archival color?

I hope you're thinking of some 
fun new archival color combos you'd like to try...

3 new archival colors...
3 new embossing powders...
and reinkers too...

just what we need to

make art!
wendy




Wednesday, April 8, 2015

border stencil basics...

and more...

one of the most popular stencils from the latest release is this borders stencil...

it's a great basic "go to" stencil with lots of options...

so, if you already have it...
I thought I'd share several ways to use just one portion of it...

today, I'll focus on the square-ish... 
"diamond-ish" pattern on the right...



line up the stencil at the bottom of a tag...
ink & you get this...
I used cornflower blue...


now, reposition the stencil to act as a mask & cover up the stenciled pattern...


ink with another color...
to create this multi colored border...




now reposition the stencil again to add another row of color...

you can keep repeating this to create a full custom multicolored background...
and it's quick & E A S Y!

use 2 colors...
or a different color for each row...




here's an example...
this is the back of my stencil binder...

 have a multicolored border at the bottom & a single coordinating stenciled row at the top...


same story here...
PLUS...
with the stencil in place, you can easily stamp or stencil thru the stencil to add a pattern...
that's the little polka dots you see...

stamped with the stencil in place, 
on only one of the rows...

the polka dots were added thru 
the coneflower stencil the same way, 
to change up the flower petals...



same thing here...

that's the new rose SiSi...
combined with the mini hosta leaves...




it's also fun to stencil one row at the bottom of a tag, then follow the lines & cut the tag to have a zig zag bottom...




like this...




and here's another way to use it...

mask off half of the diamonds...
I used painters tape across the top portion of the stencil...


here's the stencil on a tag...


ink thru it...


and TADA...

because only half the stencil got inked...

now it's a banner!


so...
one basic stencil can be used lots of ways...

here's another...

you can add embossing powder and emboss just one select row, then ink the other rows...
that's a fun effect too!

think about the possibilities when you...

make art!
wendy
ps...
I'm off to work on a fun blog post for Friday...
see you then!