Friday, September 12, 2014

introducing...my brand new...


Ranger embossing powders!

they come in 6 
of my signature archival colors...





here's the official press release...
and THE BEST NEWS...

they are READY & they are shipping 
on MONDAY September 15th!



believe me...
I am OVER THE MOON 
E X C I T E D 
about these powders...
YES...ALL CAPS!

buckle up!
I don't want you to fall off your chair...

I'm so excited, 
that I actually filmed a video 
to show them to you!

ps...
you'll even hear Rick!

please ignore the glare, 
my studio has skylights, 
which I LOVE, 
but they make photos & videos a challenge...

if you click this link, 
you'll be magically transported to 



here are some photos of the projects I showed in the video...

you'll see how to create custom embellishments,
 like this cute cardinal...


and how to use embossing powders
 to alter many surfaces...

I REALLY REALLY 
REALLY LOVE 
the embossing powders 


here's an example...
it starts as this...


 with some embossing powders, CFA & die cuts, 
it gets transformed to this...

look closely & you'll see that remnant rubs work well on embossing powders...

archival inks are GREAT for stamping over embossing powders...

that's the watering can embossing powder on the spoon...
cornflower blue on the flower & metal base...
leaf green on the leaves & red geranium on the mug...


 the next photo shows the embossing powders used on clearly for art blackout, with the new faux graniteware technique...

the video shows the ingredients you'll need to try this technique...

and I will always love the tattered florals die...
BUT...
be warned...

this is ADDICTING...




this next piece was super fun...
you'll see fern green embossing powder
I used tree branch powder to create the flower, to alter the custom fastener 
for the flower center & a leaf...
orange blossom embossing powder 
customizes the ornate frame
I used it on the leaf on the right...


and the last...



THANKS to everyone at RANGER!
you have made me 
so HAPPY...

embossing powders are awesome 
for cards, 
tags,
art journals, 
altering multiple surfaces & 
for home decor projects!

in the next few weeks
I'll be sharing LOTS more info...
projects, tips, hints & techniques 
using these powders...


NOW...

COMPLIMENTS of Ranger...
I have a set of all 6 embossing powders 
to share with a lucky winner...


if you'd like to play "make art" with them...
just leave a comment below...

 the lucky winner will be chosen on 
Tuesday September 16th...
and will receive the full set 
of all 6 embossing powders...

here's the You Tube link again...


may you always be inspired to...

make art!
wendy
ps...when you're out & about, be on the lookout for inexpensive things YOU can alter...

pss...how do you like the faux graniteware technique? planning to try it?




Friday, September 5, 2014

make it merry...

it may be 88 outside with 95% humidity...
but I'm thinking CHRISTMAS!

here's some photos & the steps if you want to get an early start on your cards...

grab a sheet of tim's  watercolor card stock...
I cut it to 4 x 5 inches...
and a 3 x 4 gridblock...

work on the laser etched side...
you will feel the lines/grooves...

swipe the mini tumbled glass pad on the gridblock & swipe the evergreen bough just on the edges...
mist with water...


and press onto the center of the watercolor cardstock...
I like the smooth side for this...

the top is the first generation inking & the one I'll use today...

there was still enough ink leftover to create a lighter second generation for later play...


stamp the tree using leaf green, fern green & tree branch...
I added the fern green to the tips of the branches...


next, stamp the sentiment with jet black archival in the lower right corner...


stencil the small tree using fern green archival & the mini blending tool...


and now it looks like this...


use jet black to stamp the holly in the top right corner...


place the coordinating SiSi stencil over the leaves and ink with leaf green & fern green...


now the holly leaves look like this...


replace the stencil over the berries & ink with carnation red...


so far we have this...


swipe the iced spruce marker onto the craft sheet & use the detailer water brush to add a shadow under the holly...


grab a black fude ball pen & doodle around the inked background to add definition & create a frame...


replace the stencil over the holly leaves & use the mini mesh stamp with watering can archival to add the pattern to the leaves...
the mini mesh is one of the 9 squares from the large collage background stamp...


the leaves look like this after being stamped...

use tumbled glass to add shading to the edge...


use watering can to stencil the yikes stripes inside the frame...


to add some tiny inky dots, swipe the iced spruce marker on the craft sheet, pick up the color with the detailer water brush & tap over the card...
you can also use the marker spritzer to add the little dots of color...
 

the dots are a very small detail...but they do add interest & they help to unify the card...

 add more doodling...


use jet black to stencil the large star...


 add 3 x's with the tiny attacher...
 the photo shows test driving the card to see if I want to add it to a green card or black...
99% of the time black wins...
shocking!



I added Ranger's new adhesive foam tape to the back before adding it to the black card...
super convenient & it sticks very well...
and it's BLACK!


now replace the stencil & add translucent embossing paste over just the berries & set it aside to dry...

the paste goes on cloudy...


and dries to create nice clear raised shiny berries...


to finish off the big tree, I added a remnant rub and also a DEC25 remnant rub on top of my sentiment...

here's the finished card...
ahhh...that was FUN!


did you notice that no brown was used?

as a side note...

NOTE TO SELF...

always double check before posting...

autocorrect changes FUDE BALL to

RUDE BALL...

that made me laugh...

have a great weekend...

I hope you have some time to...

make art!
wendy



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

not just for the holidays...

just because their names include HOLIDAY in the title...
doesn't limit them to holiday play...

I designed these stencils, so that they can be used for any occasion...

below you'll see 
the happy holidays small layered gift box...

                       

used with the taller gift box from 




to create this super quick/completely flat birthday card...
this is a good one to go postal...

the 2 part stencils make it simple to add 2 colors...
one for the box & another for the bow...


the boxes were stenciled with forget-me-not and leaf green archival inks...

the sentiments and lace borders were stamped with jet black...
the birthday sentiment is an oldie from LCS020...it's called card art essentials...

the checkmate and stripes borders were stenciled with tree branch and you'll see add a stencil in the background, stenciled with hydrangea archival ink...

I also added stamping to just the boxes with
that I chopped into 9 mini stamps...

stamping thru the stencil is a great way to change up the boxes every time you use them...

the base is manila cardstock that was inked with my go-to favorite brushed corduroy distress...

REMEMBER...

always look at what something CAN BE..
and how it can be used in other ways when you

make art!
wendy
ps...you'll notice that the bows are not the same as the prototype stencil image...
I changed them...
hey...
that's what girls are noted for...

Friday, August 29, 2014

alphanumeric stamping & NEW Ranger products...

I've recently had some good GREAT mail days, which inspired me to play...

first up, Ranger introduced some new adhesives...
I am IN LOVE with the adhesive sheets & I'll show 2 REALLY fun ways to use them in this post...

also in that fun box of goodies was the new foil sheets...
they come in 3 different color sets...I'll use the vintage package today...

the next package that excited me contained tim's new alphanumeric from Sizzix...

I knew I'd like these...but NO...

I'm IN LOVE!
they are so flippin CUTE & VERY useful...

they are the bargain of the century...
trust me...just wait 'til you see...

ok...let's get started...I covered a scrap of clearly for art (CFA) with the new adhesive sheet...
just remove one side of the backing paper & lay it over the CFA...




 next, I removed the remaining backing paper & pressed a sheet of the foil onto the adhesive...
I didn't press everywhere...I wanted a vintage/worn effect...



and now the flower looks like this...
one side is foil & the other is CFA...


I tapped on some potting soil archival & dried it...


the second flower is made exactly the same way, but with this really cool bronze foil added in the bare spots...


here's my 2 flowers...



next I added some stamping over the flowers, with watering can archival...

I used the vintage mesh background on the top one...
and some numbers on the second...
I lightly heated the CFA  to soften the material so I could shape the petals...

***DO NOT overheat the CFA when it's covered with the adhesive sheet***
just warm it enough to soften it...



to create the card base, I started with a 3 ¼ inch x 5 inch manila scrap...

when creating large backgrounds  I'll use the archival reinkers with rubbing alcohol...
but since this is a small piece, I swiped the hydrangea & tree branch archivals into my craft sheet & added one drop of the metallic mixative...
I'm seriously addicted to the gold...

and in the photo below you'll see that I added plenty of rubbing alcohol to make the inky solution...

I used the palette knife to mix the alcohol into the ink...


then laid the manila cardstock in the inky solution...
the manila will quickly soak up the fluid...
but magically...it does not warp the cardstock, like plain old water does...

next, I dried it to get this awesome background...


the alphanumeric dies are awesome for their original purpose...die cutting...
but they can also be used as stamps...

Paula Cheney wrote a post about storing Sizzix & mentioned a cool thin magnetic sheet that she purchased at Home Depot...
here's the link to that blog post...

hello...dear Rick...I LOVE YOU...
please run to Home Depot & get me some...
I have an idea...

here's how to stamp with the little letters...

since they are ¾ inch tall, I cut the magnetic sheet to ¾ inch...
that makes it simple to line them up straight...

next, I added a strip of wonder tape to a gridblock...and that securely holds the magnetic strip in place...

on my test drive I realized that the magnetic strip needed to be raised to prevent any excess ink from the gridblock transferring to the background...

the simple solution was to add a second ¾ inch magnetic strip over the original...

since there is no cushion with this "stamp", it works best to stamp with the alphanumeric dies on a mouse pad...
the results are MUCH better...

remember to line up the letters backwards...
it should look like a rubber stamp...

I added small pieces of tape to remind me where the letters are...
that makes it easier to center...


tada...

stamping with alphanumeric dies!


imagine all the words you can stamp...in any orientation!


I stenciled basically bricks on the background with tree branch archival...



 it looks like this...


here's a fun way to change up the in full bloom SiSi...

I wanted just 5 of the leaves, so I masked off the unwanteds with painters tape...

the SiSi comes with a coordinating stamp, but I didn't use it this time...


with the leaf green added and the stencil still in place...


I used watering can archival to stamp into each leaf...

I chopped my large collage background stamp into 9 mini stamps...

unmounted stamps are the easiest to use when stamping thru a stencil...


and now the leaves look like this...


and with the stencil removed...


THANKS seemed to be hanging, so I stenciled a checkmate border on the top & bottom of the panel with potting soil...


and now it looks like this...

you'll see in the final photo that that partial stencil on the bottom bugged me, so I chopped it off...


next I stamped the flourish twice with jet black archival...


I used the black fude ball pen to define the stenciled edges and to pen stitch around the edges...


remember I told you about the new adhesive sheets?

this idea is flipping fab...

I cut a small piece, just large enough for 2 buttons...


to alter the buttons, remove one backing paper & press it onto the button...
cut around the button, leaving some extra...

remove the backing paper & press the extra to cover the sides of the buttons...

the bottom button shows how it starts & the top shows what it looks like when the foil is added...
again, my goal was to not press everywhere so that the button would look rusty vintage...

adding adhesive to the button sides allows foil to be easily added for a professional effect...

think about all the buttons & embellishments you have & this is a super simple way to change them up...

I WILL be doing this LOTS more...


if it's not moving...I probably will stamp it...



now I glued it all in place...

and I added it to a black card using the new adhesive foam tape roll... IN BLACK...
perfect, because it's not noticeable/distracting from the side...
ps...it does come in white too...
but it also comes in BLACK!

the finale was to use a star punch with black cardstock & add 3 stars...
2 to the button flower centers & one to accent THANKS...

I also added a bit of shading with the stabilo pencil...

photographing metal is not my best skill...


the glare was driving me crazy...
here's a closer look at the flowers...


and another shot at my final card...

the little black frame makes it pop...


I originally planned to color in "thanks" with a distress marker...
but for now, I think I'll leave it like it is...

these are some new techniques I will be using again...

altering with foil...
CFA faux metal flowers and
stamping with alphanumeric dies...

and a reminder of an old technique...
using just a small portion of a stencil...

one more thing...
SUPER convenient...
it has several widths in the package...
LOVE IT LOTS!

think about using the adhesive strips to add a border with the new foils...

Simon Says has a discount code...
if you happen to be shopping this weekend...

use SHP799 to receive $7.99 off a $75 order!

it's always fun to discover a new technique when you...

make art!
wendy
ps...thanks for stopping by. to my USA friends...
have a wonderful LONG holiday weekend!