Friday, July 17, 2015

archival ink painting...


I wanted to share the original post about 


and this is the card that I made for that post...



yesterday I had an idea...
but...not much time to play...
 it was one of those ideas that wouldn't leave my brain until I tried it...

I had very low expectations, 
I figured that most likely it wouldn't work...
and I'd toss it...

but...
 I had to give it a go...

 I discovered that
AWESOME for painting with archival inks...seriously cool!

I originally wanted the white magic mat board 
to die cut
then ink with distress or archival inks or use with embossing folders...

so this was totally unexpected...

I made this quickie art to test drive the idea...
the background is my archival inks mixed with rubbing alcohol...

the coneflower is painted with archival inks, diluted with rubbing alcohol...

this time I just dipped the brush into alcohol,
 that I put on my craft sheet, 
instead of filling 
the water brush with alcohol, 
like I did in the original tutorial...

I was very surprised to see that the surface didn't bubble or pill...

so now I LOVE the magic mat board even more, because it has 2 distinct uses...
die cutting and as a solid surface...

this makes a framable art & it's a great card surface too...
the material is extremely light weight, 
but very strong...

and you'll LOVE the price...

here's my sample...



and below is a better look at the flower & leaves...
I'm not the best color-er (if that's a word)
and I know I need more practice, but this was a blast!


sorry this is a quickie post...
I need to go & buy a dress today...
Y U C K...

NOT an easy task...
I LOVE jeans & 
wear them 99.999% of the time...

here's the supplies you'll need & hopefully I can get a better post done before we leave...

cheapo rubbing alcohol (whatever % you find is OK)
SiSi
I mixed mine 50-50 
to create a matte finish powder...
I like this best with this technique...
and...

that's the basics...
not much is needed...

to get you going...

OK...

wish me luck on buying a dress...

I'd MUCH rather...

make art!
wendy


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

more Q & A's...

hello friends!

I have gotten a few questions recently & I thought I'd answer them here today before I move on to a little art...

#1...I took your advice & bought the jet black archival pad. I'm very impressed with how it stamps & now I'm ready to get your colors. Before I start collecting, I'm wondering if your colors come in the larger pad, like the black I bought? Any plans to add larger pads, if they are not currently available, I didn't see any? I think I'd like my pads to be all the same size.

we have no plans to change...
I like that this size ink pad 
fits my hands very well...
I like the size because I like to lay my stamp flat on my table & tap the ink pad onto the stamp, as opposed to tapping the stamp onto the ink pad...
so...short answer...
no plans for a larger size pad in my colors...

#2...When can we expect to see 
your new stamps and stencils? 
I'm so loving and enjoying using your SiSis so much...talk about a quick make.

THANKS! I do love them too!

I don't have an exact release date...
but probably late August...
I'm expecting them to be here mid August & I'll need some time to make some samples...
but...shhh...
you just might see...
3 new stamp sets...
possibly with flowers...
3 new A D O R A B L E SiSis...
I'm dying to get them...
2 new large background stamps
always useful...
2 new mat minis...
oh boy...they are super cute & so fun for cards...
I have samples done with them...F U N!

#3...If you take requests for stamp ideas, I'd love you to consider a paisley background with a small repeating pattern.

sorry...not happening...
I never connected with that pattern...
probably because they remind me of sperm...lol...
sorry...you asked!

#4...Do you ever travel to the west coast to teach?
I can travel 4 to 5 hours, but all the way to the east coast just isn't in the budget...

my schedule is always updated on the right sidebar...
you'll also find the Ranger designers schedule on the Ranger site...

thanks for asking!
I am teaching for the FIRST TIME
 in Los Gatos, California in August...
I'm super excited to be invited to 
The Creative Escape!
Laurie has moved her store 
to a new location & rumor is...
it's FABULOUS!...
I CAN NOT WAIT!

here's the scoop on 

and here's 

hope to see you in sunny California!
come & we'll MAKE ART!

#4...PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make potting soil embossing powder.

yes...I agree...
potting soil would be A W E S O M E!
the end...

#5... I need clarification of the ink types. 
Can you point me to a source?
Can dye inks be used for embossing or is it only pigments? I guess that's really my main question.

I did a whole post about inks awhile back, 
because this is a recurring question...
it seems that I get pretty much the same question about inks every week or so...
I'm not sure exactly where 
the confusing info is originating,
so, please feel free
 to pass this info on to your arty friends...

which explains the ink basics and 
more about my favorite inks...
the post talks about
what they do...
what they don't do...
what to use WITH them...
how & why they work so well together...
why you can't give one answer
 that pertains to ALL dye inks...

and you'll quickly see
 that not all dye inks are the same...
distress & archival are both DYE inks, 
but what makes them different & unique is their BASE...
check out that post for the full scoop...

#6...Happy Forth of July! Love your centerpiece on the table. Is that all faux graniteware? You were busy if it is. 

she was referring to this photo I had on instagram...



lol...NO way!
it's what I like to collect...
I love the authentic old blue stuff...

and...
 that's what inspired me to figure out

give it a go...
it's addicting & so E A S Y & to upcycle things you might otherwise toss in the trash...

#7...I found you on Periscope after I checked it out via Tim. I'm waiting to see you...

lol...yes...I signed up...
then I realized that there are no re-dos & I think I sound like a chipmunk sometimes...
yikes!
but I'll have a mojito...
get my brave on & do one soon!
or...soon-ish...

I guess the GOOD thing is 
that if it's really goofy,
the video is gone after 24 hours...
lol...

if you have more questions, ask away & I'll do my best to answer them...
to understand inks, please check out the post I talked about above...

here's a peek at some fun play...
it's a page for my flip frame, using the rose SiSi and the mat mini vase...

the rose is actually completely flat...
the iced spruce distress marker
 adds great shading & makes it look dimensional......

I was trying to achieve a watercolor effect with the rose...

the flower was colored with red geranium archival ink (swiped onto the craft sheet) & rubbing alcohol, (from the craft sheet) using the detailer water brush...dried, then I added the tattered rose distress marker over the dried archival ink...
YES...that works!
I'll be doing this again & next time I will take step out photos, to explain how it worked...


love the sentiment...
I REALLY love the lace border used 2 ways...
I used it partially at the top, 
then turned the stamp upside down & 
I used a small portion 
to create a border at the bottom...
it's stamped with watering can...

the old ledger stencil is a great way to add a little more interest to the background...
watering can keeps it in the background...
save the jet black for your main images or sentiment...

keep in mind that this page 
could easily be changed into a card...

ok...
that's it for now...

back to kit making central!

we need kits to...

make art!
wendy



Thursday, July 9, 2015

use your scraps!

I'm on the Ranger blog today, 
sharing how to turn your scraps 
into adorable custom embellishments...

it's easy...

it's super quick...

it's fun...
and...

I KNOW that
you already have some scraps...

they can be manila cardstock scraps 
(maybe the back of an ugly tag)
or
scraps of magic mat board...
like the left overs after die cutting 
larger shapes...
like this tea cup & saucer...

I LOVE this tea time die so much!



it's PERFECT for 



just grab a few scraps...
then, grab your archival ink...
with a few simple steps, 
you can put those scraps to good use!

here's a few peeks at 
how I used my scraps...

see that adorable bird?




I LOVE the 
it's another scrap 
that was rescued from the trash...


you'll find the scoop on how to create 
the bird and 
the tiny embossed heart on

just click the link...
and come visit...

I hope you'll be inspired to
 grab your scraps and...

make art!
wendy

Saturday, July 4, 2015

one day S A L E!

to all my friends in the USA...

Happy 4th!
thanks so much 
to all our servicemen and service women 
for keeping us safe!


S A L E...
the good 4 letter word...

I wanted to share the scoop on a one day sale...
good today, 
July 4th only...

you'll get an 
extra $5.00 off a $20 purchase...

it's a great time to stock up on stencils...

white embossing paste to use with them!

or...
maybe some new inks...

or...

or maybe the new mat minis...

just enter this code at checkout...

JULY4

have a GREAT day & I hope you can
 take a few minutes to have fun and

make art!
wendy







Thursday, July 2, 2015

it's JULY?


seriously?
how did that happen?

June was VERY busy here...

we made LOTS of class kits...
LOTS...

I was in Texas for 10 days to teach at The Crafty Scrapper and then to demo in the Stampers Anonymous booth at the Great American Scrapbook convention in Arlington, Texas...
fun 10 days!

it wasn't all ink & art this trip...

I got to S H O P...

and S H O P we did!
soooo F U N!

if you follow me on Facebook or instagram, you may have seen the evidence...
I'm loving imstagram...
it's quick, easy & there are no limits on the number of words you can use...

after shopping,
I made new friends at UPS...
they packed & shipped for me...
everything arrived in perfect condition...

once I got home it was back to 
TOP SECRET assignments, 
designing NEW stuff (YIPPEE) and 
getting ready for our England trip...

supplies are arriving and kits are in the works
 for both the tour and 
the London class...
we're expecting to have a ROYAL time!

and this is super exciting...
I get to meet 40 of my UK internet art friends 
IN PERSON in the London class!

CAN  NOT  WAIT!

since it is a new month, 
Kim has given us a new challenge...

we are to use polka dots!

that's easy and it can be interpreted many ways...

will you use the spatter stamp to create dots for the faux graniteware technique?

like this...



I added dots to my card with 
I added dots to the tiny flower centers 
and I also added them to accent

remember...
you don't always need to use the whole background stamp...
I used just a portion of the plaid background to add borders at the top and bottom of this card...

the dimensional flowers are made with
 that has been covered with
trust me...
it's a fabulous product!

the flower pots are the new mat minis...
I included both black & white pots in the set...
I really like to use the black pots best for 
and the white pots are perfect for showing off beautiful distress and archival ink colors...

if you haven't tried the new mat minis...
the material is super lightweight, 
but quite strong...
they're perfect for cards, 
art journal pages and mixed media art!

the stenciled sentiment is from
lots of good words on that stencil to mix & match...

I changed up the hosta stamp...
now it looks like a little plant in the pot...
 I just chopped off the flower...


Linda from The Funky Junkie 
is our challenge sponsor this month...
THANKS LINDA!


BREAKING NEWS...

I just got an email from Linda & 
ALL 
STAMPERS ANONYMOUS STAMPS
are on S A L E!!!

in addition to the usual 20% off, 
 she is giving us
 an additional 15% off
thru Monday, July 6th!

so if it's rubber and it's made by Ted, 
it's on sale...

that's all my stamps...


all of dyan's stamps ...


bretts stamps too...


 rubber stamps are fun to use when you...

make art!
wendy




Wednesday, June 24, 2015

a fun card tutorial...

hey friends...

long time no blog...
but I'm making up for it today with 
a fun card tutorial

if you're wondering how
I'll show you how...

I'll show you how to use archival inks for stamping, stenciling and embossing...

and...

if you'd like to learn a fun way 
to use archival inks with rubbing alcohol 
to create simple gorgeous backgrounds...
I'll show you how...

if you'd like to learn how to use 
 to create custom embellishments
 for your projects...
I'll show you how...

wondering about my NEW newsprint paper?
I'll show you why I LOVE it...
and why GLUE N SEAL is
THE BEST paper adhesive...
E V E R...



have you played with clearly for art?
 I'll show you how it works...


I like to end my Ranger tutorials with some hints & tips, so don't miss that at the very end of the tutorial...

today we're sharing this card...
yes...I work in a mess...


you'll see the newest archival inks & embossing powders in action over on the Ranger blog...
I love love love the violet/buttercup combo...

it's all happening over at Ranger...
come visit!

have a GREAT Wednesday...
I hope YOU can take time to...

make art!
wendy







Monday, June 15, 2015

read all about it...

or maybe the title should be...

read all about me!

yikes...

I'm honored to be interviewed today,
 by Susan from 
irreversibly Moi...

I answered some fun questions and I also shared some of my MOST favorite art journal pages...

for this large 
specialty stamping paper 
art journal page,
 I used lots of my stencils and stamps...
and...
I used my white embossing paste 
to add texture with 
the add a stencil, in 3 areas...

did you know we released a LARGE jar of my white embossing paste?
it's a HUGE 8 ounce jar for just $14.95!
double the quantity to
 double your fun...

you asked...
we listened!

now we have enough white paste to use reinkers to create custom colors of embossing paste...
just mix a drop or 2 of your chosen reinker color into the paste, mix right in the jar & it's ready to go...

 the mix & store jars...
are AWESOME...

mix right in the jar...
no waste...
no cleanup...

these jars were chosen because they will keep the custom paste fresh & soft for at least a year!




ok...back to the interview...

you can read about my modern day
"fairytale"
 and how this 
wonderful "art adventure"
 all began for me...

I hope you have time to click the link &
thanks so much for the invite Susan! 

THANKS too, my friends, for stopping by!

as always...

I hope you can 
take some time and...

make art!
wendy