Friday, November 21, 2014

altering with archival inks...

Houston...
we have a problem...

this is not the post I planned for today...

while writing the other post,
  I realized that I had used a "NEW" stamp, so I had to delay that post...
yikes...I almost got in trouble...

my reason for mentioning this?

I've been using LOTS of clearly for art with "NEW" stamps to make layered flowers...
(I know...flowers...shocking!)

I have been using Ranger's new adhesive foam tape & I love it...




 I've discovered it is THE PERFECT double sided adhesive for layering clearly for art...

it comes in both black & white...

I LOVE the BLACK, because it disappears between the layers when viewed from the side...

it adds the PERFECT depth & the adhesive is awesome with the clearly for art...
it sticks really REALLY well...

I also use it to add the CFA flower to the surface...

I'm letting you know so you'll be ready for when the NEW (flower) release comes out in January...
things like this also make great stocking stuffers or inexpensive gifts for friends...

glue n seal is my MOST favorite for adding paper to clearly for art...

and the foam tape is awesome for layering CFA...

ok...

remember this guy I showed the other day?

it's a resin candle holder from Hobby Lobby......

time to alter it...


for this one I used dandelion archival ink, with a blending tool...
just tap it on....
couldn't be easier...

so far...



 after giving it a quick dry, I added orange blossom to the center to add shading...
and a little to the edges of the bottom petals...


I dried it again...

and then used watering can archival to randomly stamp the subtle little polka dots...


that little bit of stamping adds so much detail...


ok...
to finish off the bottom...


I added a drop of the potting soil reinker onto the craft sheet, added a little rubbing alcohol & used a cheapo paintbrush to finish it off...
hmmm...wonder why I put the potting soil pad in the photo?
I DID use the reinker...

I considered using fern green...
or continuing with the dandelion...

so I really think any of these would work for the bottom...

next I added a felt circle to the bottom & it's finished...

so...from this...





to this... 

all in 10 minutes...


other things to think about...

the bottom layer of petals could actually be leaves & they could have been inked with fern green or leaf green...

you could also die cut some leaves to add under the flower...

obviously it holds a candle...

BUT...

it can sit on a dresser to hold your rings...
that little recessed area is perfect!
that's how I'm using this one...

and...

since this can be coordinated to any decor, this makes a super quick...
inexpensive custom gift!

keep your eyes open when shopping...

there are lots of really nice, inexpensive resin pieces that can be altered with archival inks...

resin frames & vases make awesome custom gifts...

 remember...
archival inks are awesome when you...

make art!
wendy
ps...this was so much fun, I'm off to buy more...
I can not wait to make another, using cornflower on the flower, then accented with potting soil...


Friday, November 14, 2014

ornate frame hanging ornament...

if you're like me...
sometimes things don't go as planned...

yesterday I felt a NEED to play & make an art journal page...
this had been on my mind for several days...

that was my original plan...

I started by covering a 5 x 6 piece of manila cardstock with a new adhesive sheet...
this magic sheet changes die cuts into stickers...
that's the back...

on the front, I spread on my gold metallic embossing paste...
you can see it's a very uneven layer...
some areas are very thin...
some are much thicker...perfect!

the "unique" thing about the metallic pastes (both the gold & silver) is that if you blast them with the embossing tool while the paste is wet, you can create bubbles & texture in the paste & it dries with really cool texture...


so here's the sheet after I blasted it to dry the paste...
it's a very pretty gold metallic with texture...


 now I have a frame for today & an extra gold metallic oval all ready for another day...


archival inks are awesome over dry embossing paste...

I had a vintage art journal page in mind, so I added some potting soil archival over the dry paste...


below you'll see the ink only over the right side of the frame...


and here's the whole frame inked 




and to show you how much you can alter the color of the metallic pastes, the uninked oval is back in the inked frame for a comparison...

you'll see a huge difference in color...

so the moral of this story is that with gold & silver embossing paste, you can create any color metallic paste you need...
just add any archival ink over the top...

or...you can mix archival reinkers into the paste...
then store the left over colored paste in the mix & store jar...


here is where this project took a major detour...

when I picked up the finished frame to take a photo, I realized that it could make a great hanging Christmas ornament...

forget the art journal page...

on to plan B...

I cut another frame from manila cardstock, and used the archival/alcohol technique to add the background color to the oval insert...

I swiped the cornflower blue pad onto the craft sheet, added rubbing alcohol, mixed it up with the palette knife & dropped the oval into the ink...

the color immediately soaked thru...
then I dried it...

I added gathered twigs to the edges to create a frame...
then used fern green archival to stencil the larger tree & leaf green to lightly stencil the smaller tree...
keeping the stenciling light for the small tree, makes it appear to be in the background, even though it was actually stenciled over the large tree...



now here's my next thoughts...

how am I going to keep the oval from falling out of the frame?

and...

since I cut the frame from manila cardstock 
(because I thought it was going to be glued flat to a page)
how can I make this sturdy so it won't get bent & can easily be packed away for next year?

so...
I roughly cut an oval from black cardstock, just a bit larger than the oval insert...


and glued it to the BACK of the frame...
it's just a little larger than the oval opening...


making sure that the black is NOT visible from the front...


next I cut a second ornate frame from 
 after removing the backing sheet from the manila frame, it's super quick to adhere the CFA frame to the manila frame & now it's almost indestructible...

and it looks good/finished & professional from the back...

so if I decide to give this to someone, there's the perfect spot to add a sentiment...


the next photo shows that I replaced the large tree stencil over the stenciled tree & used jet black to stamp the numbers background thru the stencil,  onto the tree...

I used painters tape to mask off the areas that I wanted to protect...


now the tree looks like this...
I did the same thing with the smaller tree, but used fern green archival to add polka dots...
I didn't use black for the stamping, so I could keep the tree lighter & in the background...


to add "merry", I masked off the "christmas" portion of the stencil & added gold metallic embossing paste...


after the "merry was dry, I wanted to add just a bit of subtle snow...
snow cap pigment is perfect...


subtle...exactly what I wanted...



my next thought was that I wanted to embellish the bottom of the frame...

here's my holly, stamped onto the paper side of a piece of clear CFA...
the paper gets adhered with my fav glue n seal...

with the holly stencil over the stamped image, I added fern green...


and replaced the stencil to ink the berries
 with red geranium...
then cut out the holly...

heated it to soften the CFA, then shaped it...


I needed something under the holly...
so I used the pinecone die to cut these sprigs from CFA blackout...

I inked over them with fern green archival, then sprinkled on the fern green embossing powder, wiped a bit off some of the edges to allow the black to show thru & heated it to melt the powder...

when they cooled, I heated them a bit so that I could shape them...


to coordinate with the gold embossing paste...

after shaking the tarnished brass distress paint, I put a bit on the craft sheet & used my finger to add random tiny bits to the sprig edges...


the next photo shows how to change the color of a mirrored star...

just tap on some tree branch archival ink...
and change the star from clear to vintage gold-ish...


somewhere along the way I added some barn door stickles to the holly berries...
since the berries are small, I put a bit on the craft sheet & used a toothpick to apply it onto the little berries...


and here's the finished hanging ornament...

when assembling it, I decided that I wanted the oval raised, so I added 2 oval die cuts under it...
and I added my usual pen stitching around the oval...



I love love really LOVE how vintage the frame looks...
it's hard to believe that it starts out as a simple manila cardstock die cut...

because all the pieces are made with CFA, this is incredibly sturdy & very lightweight...

using the CFA allows the sprigs & holly to hang off the edge without fear of being damaged...


so...

I didn't make an art journal page, as planned...

but I did

make (ornament) art!
wendy
ps... I guess when your art decides to take another direction, it's best to just relax & follow along!
have a wonderful weekend...
THANKS for coming to visit...

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

mixed media "merry" tag...

it started like this...

I had a completed unused tag 
sitting there looking at me...
really...it was...

it's a #8 manila tag that I had cut down to 5 ½ inches tall...

the background was made with my archival ink,  metallic mixative & rubbing alcohol technique...

as a review...
swipe the tree branch pad onto the craft sheet...
shake the gold metallic mixative, then add one drop on the craft sheet & add rubbing alcohol (surgical spirit) for my UK friends...

make sure to add plenty of rubbing alcohol, because it quickly soaks into the manila tag...
add more alcohol than you think!
it's inexpensive, so don't be skimpy!

incase you're wondering...

for large surfaces, like a big art journal page, or if I want more intense color, I'll use a drop of archival reinker...
but for smaller pieces, I use the archival pad...

use a palette knife or craft stick to mix the alcohol into the ink, set the tag in the solution...
it sucks it right up...

give it a quick dry...
MAGICALLY...
the alcohol does not warp or damage the manila at all...
the tag stays nice & flat with no pills or bubbles...

next the tag was stamped over,
 using a text stamp with watering can archival...

the edges were inked with gathered twigs distress ink...




so that's where this tag
 started...

I stenciled stripes along the left side with watering can archivalstenciled thru the stripes border stencil... 


I wanted some bling, since this would be a holiday themed tag...
I thought I'd add some metallic polka dots to the right side with my gold metallic embossing paste...

I knew the center would be covered, so I didn't add any metallic embossing paste there...



when you open the gold metallic paste, it's kind of a yucky not cute butterscotch color...
fear not!

the magic happens when it drys...
it looks like this...



while putting stuff away, I found this kraft color paper doily...


to alter the doily, I used the blending tool to add tree branch archival ink, then sprinkled it with tree branch embossing powder, melted the powder with the embossing tool & inked over the cooled powder with potting soil archival...

you'll see a gold edge on the doily...
I love using the tarnished brass distress stain for that...

I partially backed it with a black cardstock circle...
here's the
quick easy transformation...
keep in mind that it can be changed to many colors...


to make a poinsettia, I inked the large & small art parts 6 petal flower with red geranium archival ink, sprinkled on the red geranium embossing powder & blasted it with the embossing tool...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the texture that happens when the embossing powder melts...


to make the poinsettia center, 
gumdrops make THE PERFECT flower center & can be customized to any color your project requires...

the gumdrops can also be colored with alcohol ink...


I wanted something to layer on the doily & this 
new label die fit the bill...
there are 17 die choices in the pack which makes it a great value!

I cut the label from a manila scrap, then stenciled the yikes stripes with tree branch archival...

I used gathered twigs to accent the edges...


to create these holiday greens, I inked a manila scrap with fern green archival ink, then embossed it with fern green embossing powder...
before running it thru the vagabond, I added Ranger's new adhesive sheet to the back...
just peel off the backing paper from one side...
stick it to the cardstock & leave the second backing paper in place when die sitting...
it turns the die cut into a sticker...

this is perfect for adhering fragile die cuts...
& is great for people who are heavy handed with wet glue...
there's no chance of the glue seeping out...


after test driving the placement of the greens & the poinsettia, I knew where to stamp the flourishes...

I used jet black with this stamp...
you'll find it here...
 if you need just the single flourish stamp &


to create this dimensional "merry" die cut...
I inked a black cardstock scrap with red geranium, and embossed the piece with red geranium embossing powder...

before die cutting the holiday word, I added a piece of the adhesive sheet to the back...


I die cut 2 more "merry" 
from black cardstock
 and layered them to create the dimensional piece you see above...
make sure to add the adhesive sheet...
this makes it so simple to add layers...

why use black cardstock?
because the edges are already finished, which saves a step...
and the black helps to convey a shadow effect!


now...
everything gets glued in place...
I used glue n seal to add the label to the doily & the doily to the tag...


I have no clue how I ever lived without this adhesive foam...
ps...
it creates the perfect height & the adhesive is really super strong...
and it's BLACK...
so it fades into the background!


and here's how it turned out...

oopsie...
I used the Sizzix alterations mini scallops/pinking on the edge die to add a black cardstock border to the back bottom of the tag...


this is the JOY of mixed media...

it's a use what you have...
"anything goes" way to play...
& a fun way to combine older supplies with new...

a manila tag, art parts, embossing powder, embossing paste, inks...both archival & distress...
merry mixed media!

don't you love the texture of the gumdrop with the texture on the poinsettia?



before I head to the studio...
shhhhhh...to play with new stamps...


I wanted to say...
THANK YOU 
on this Veteran's Day...

GIGANTIC Heartfelt THANKS
TO ALL the men & women 
who have served & are currently serving our country...
I salute YOU!

THANKS so much for

keeping us safe so we can...

make art!
wendy