Friday, March 27, 2015

INTRODUCING...

YES...
ALL CAPS...
because I'm super excited to share my new product...


here's what the package looks like...
it has 50 sheets & it's a bargain...
THANKS TED!

and I'm happy...
 it's READY to ship NOW!
YIPPEE!




so...what's the big deal?

in the past I've used vintage dictionary pages to cover my "clearly for art"...

one day as I was making some flower samples,
that text really annoyed me...

 I wanted to stamp a pattern over the flower...
BUT...
the dictionary text really competed 
with the stamp & it became lost...
& looked really chaotic...

that got me thinking...
I wish I had a thin 
white paper with NO TEXT...

tada...
is the perfect answer...

the next photo shows the HUGE difference...

on the left is the marigold SiSi
stamped on vintage dictionary paper...

on the right...
 the same marigold,
stamped on NEWSPRINT PAPER...

with the flower on the right, I can easily stamp polka dots, text, plaid...

really, any pattern over the flower
 to change it up big time...

the actual detail of the stamped image also shows up much better...




here's how it works...

you can use any of 
the 3 "clearly for art"(CFA) colors...
clear...
white...
or black...
all 3 CFA flavors 
work exactly the same...

the next photo shows 30 sheets of CFA that are covered with NEWSPRINT PAPER, in preparation for my upcoming classes...

I covered 30 sheets in 20 minutes...
it's simple!




and this photo shows that there is 
NO BUBBLING 
on any of them...

I brush a thin layer of GLUE N SEAL onto the CFA, lay the NEWSPRINT PAPER on the CFA sheet, burnish it down by rubbing my hand over it, then I give it a very quick dry with the Ranger heat tool...
like 5 seconds...
done!

glue n seal is the KEY 
for adhering paper to ANY surface...

always add glue n seal to the solid surface...
NOT the paper...



I am L O V I N G the CFA covered with NEWSPRINT for these reasons...

1. it totally changes the CFA & allows us to easily create very strong & sturdy, 
very dimensional custom embellishments
 for our art...
we get the beauty & ease of working on paper,
 but the CFA adds extreme durability...

2. we can use both archival inks and distress inks to color the surface...
both work very well...
distress inks do not work directly on CFA...
they wipe right off...
but on NEWSPRINT?
they are PERFECT!

3. archival inks and distress inks are translucent inks...
now we can use them on a sturdy white surface and see the beautiful true colors of the inks...

4. the CFA can still be warmed to soften it, which allows us to shape the pieces...

adding the NEWSPRINT 
does not affect that property...

5. we can get more versatility from stamps when using them with NEWSPRINT covered CFA...

6. we can also cover art parts with NEWSPRINT to change those pieces from kraft colored to white!

because the paper is thin & the art parts are sturdy, just sand away the excess paper from the edges, for a perfect edge...

7. NEWSPRINT is inexpensive & 
won't break the bank!


so...what's THE BEST adhesive 

the only product I'm using is 
it adds the perfect dimension between the layers & the adhesive is VERY strong...
I like the black best, because it isn't visible between the layers...

this is a good photo of that marigold again...
you can see much more detail on the NEWSPRINT...
and again...these layers can easily be stamped...



because the CFA is so strong...
these thin tiny ends of this thistle are rock solid...

cut from plain cardstock, they would be much more fragile...

if I'm taking the time to make something, I want a good presentation & I want it to last!




here's probably my most favorite flower...
this little hosta...
I L O V E this little guy...

see the thin stem?
it's amazingly strong & won't bend or break off...


this little egg gives you some perspective of the size of the hosta stem...
it super T I N Y!
the paper mache egg is the size of a real egg...




so that's my newest baby...
I think you'll love it as much as I do...

NEWSPRINT PAPER...

your local stores can order it for you right from Stampers Anonymous...
just ask them!

or the colored links will take you to
my fav on-line shopping spots...

NEWSPRINT PAPER...

try it when you...

make art!
wendy
ps...
one more thing about glue n seal...
(I LOVE the convenience of the built in brush)
and the large jar to refill the small jar...
the large jar can also be used with foam brushes for larger surfaces...
like a full sheet of clearly for art 

HAPPY WEEKEND!



Friday, March 20, 2015

custom magic mat board minis...

HAPPY SPRING!
I hereby declare this 
NATIONAL

BUY A PAIR OF SANDALS DAY!

Rick was so happy to hear this...
or maybe not?

it's a balmy 41 degrees here, 
but I'm wearing sandals anyway...

yes...
my toes are freezing, 
but it's a matter of principle...
I'm O V E R winter!

ok...
onto business...

this package of goodness arrived earlier this week...
I couldn't wait to get these mini movers & shapers out & test drive them...

check out the penny, to give you a good perspective of their cute MINI size...

they're mini & ADORABLE!



one of my new products for this past CHA is this package of magic mat board...

in the package you get two 6 x 12 sheets...
one white and one black...
they are a nice convenient size to use & store...

I specifically wanted the black sheet for the faux graniteware technique & I wanted the white to show the true colors of our inks...

the black is also really cool to use with foil...
and with the metallic embossing pastes...
you'll see that below...

and why did I want mat board?

SIMPLE...

to use with tim's Sizzix dies...

the mat board is very sturdy
VERY inexpensive 
and it's great to use 
with many products for mixed media art...

inks, paints, embossing powders & embossing pastes are PERFECT to pair with the mat board shapes you die cut...

I'll be sharing even more ideas soon...



if you've been following my blog, you know I HATE to waste any art supply...
Rick frequently sees me digging something out of the trash...
I try to sneak, but he always seems to catch me...

so...
after you die cut your shapes and have left over small pieces of magic bat board...


they are PERFECT for using up those tiny scraps...

I LOVE IT...
NO WASTE!

mat board pieces less than 1 inch square can be used to create these awesome embellishments, that you can customize to perfectly coordinate with your art...

below, you'll see the minis cut from both black & white magic mat board...

you'll see that you can ink them & stamp them...
you can heat emboss them...
you can foil them...
triple emboss them, then stamp into the hot embossing powder...
and so much more...

and I like that they are
 very light weight for cards...
so... they're easily mailable...




here's some other ways these mat board die cuts can be altered...

this was a little display board I made, that shows 10 ways to alter the new mat minis...

these 2 mat mini packages are 
already cut for us & ready to go...
just pop them out of their storage sheets...


but...

these same ideas can be used with any die cut magic mat board shapes you create...
just grab a favorite Sizzix steel ruled die & the magic mat board & you're ready to go...


those 3 little hearts you see in the previous photo were the inspiration for this mini canvas...
it's a 4 x 4 inch flat canvas panel...
I'm really liking these...
they are sturdy & easy to change up with lots of different products...
they take lots of abuse!

for the background I used
click the link to see the original tutorial...

that's those dimensional plaster chunks you see toward the right...
there are also a few toward the bottom...

my colors were sky blue & cornflower blue, mixed with rubbing alcohol & then misted with picket fence distress spray stain...

after I dried the background, I added tree branch to the edges & also stamped the script background with tree branch archival...


I didn't take step by step photos, because I was having too much fun...
but I think it's pretty simple...

the 3 white mat board hearts were inked with tea rose archival and then stamped with tree branch & this stamp in the lower right corner of the set...

the mini butterfly was inked with sky blue archival & also stamped with tree branch & the same text stamp...

I had stenciled just one row of polka dots, with cornflower blue archival & you can see that the mini die cuts fit between the dots...
I like when things work...

to alter the industrious sticker, I inked over it with leaf green archival to cover the whole sticker, then LIGHTLY swiped the sky blue archival pad only over the raised areas...
when dry, these colors are permanent, because I used archival ink...

I KNOW...
sky blue is sold out most everywhere...
but I heard from a good source, they will be producing more VERY soon...

the carnation SiSi was stamped 2 times on the newsprint side of clearly for art, with jet black archival...

I used one full image and just a portion of the flowers for the top layer...

it's inked with tea rose...

I always adhere the newsprint to CFA with 



the bow was stamped with jet black onto the CFA newsprint, inked with sky blue & cornflower blue, then stamped over with the new 4 leaf clover background, using tea rose archival...

a vintage button & some gold metallic thread is a simple accent for the bow...

so far it looked like this...



I like the pastel vintage colors...

you can see the minis better below...


and here's a better look at the layered carnation...
I used the black foam adhesive roll between the layers & to add the carnation to the canvas...

the foam adhesive is A M A Z I N G & STRONG!


it was still lacking something...
ah...a border...

I swiped the tarnished brass distress paint dabber along the edges...
better, but it still needed more...

these new remnant rubs were just what I wanted...
a partial thin frame...


that little gold paint edge is a great simple finishing touch...


these minis are adorable & so useful...
they will never be out of style...
and like I said...
they are a great way to use up your magic mat board scraps...

and best of all...
make them ANY color or any style...
and the price is GREAT!

so that's my love of mini...

now...
moving to maxi...

 it's true...

sometimes...
size does matter...

 at CHA we introduced a 
you get DOUBLE the amount of paste for a REALLY GREAT price!

we had lots of requests for a larger jar of white paste to use with the mix & store jars...

they are perfect for MIXING & STORING custom colors of embossing paste right in the jars, for no waste...
no cleanup...
I like to use reinkers to color the paste...

these mix & store jars were chosen to keep the paste nice & fresh, without drying out...

that's it for today...

I think I'll go add a new board to Pinterest for the things we do with the magic mat board...


and then I'll look for a new pair of sandals...
shhhhhh...

after all...
it IS NATIONAL

 BUY A PAIR OF SANDALS...
or flip flops
DAY!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and that you'll have time to grab your supplies and...

make art!
wendy







Friday, March 13, 2015

the EGGstravaganza part 2...


in the previous post, I showed how to transform generic paper mache eggs into faux graniteware eggs...
you'll find that tutorial here...
but...
I only showed the finished sky blue egg...


today, I'll share how I jazzed up the tea rose egg...
the guy on the far right...

I wanted something different,
so I enameled some foliage flowers...

for this flower, I tapped on sky blue archival ink & dipped the flower into the coordinating
heated it to melt the powder...


 


I find a hemostat to be a really handy tool to hold tiny things when heat embossing...
it protects your fingers from the heat & the hot melted powder...
and small lightweight pieces aren't being blown away...



the 2 smaller sizes of the foliage flowers and one of the new heirloom roses got the same treatment with cornflower blue...
first the ink was added with the blending tool, then the embossing powder...
then the pieces were heated to melt the powder...


I'm thrilled to have coordinating colors...
this next photo shows how cute they are together...


I wanted the foliage leaves to be a little different...

if you watch this video from CHA, you'll see that the big jar of frosted crystal is pure magic...

by adding it to your stash, 
you DOUBLE 
you can add really cool TEXTURE!

that's why we introduced a larger jar of frosted crystal...
(plus the large jar price is great!)

so you can mix it with all your colored embossing powders & have enough!

I like to mix the frosted crystal in equal proportions with each of the colored embossing powders...

that also explains these fillable jars that 
are brand new...

they are PERFECT for mixing custom colors of embossing powders...

the fillable jars are also really nice for storage of small items like jump rings, brads, heirloom roses etc...

the leaf on the left is embossed with 
the one on the right is FROSTED fern green...
again...mixed 50/50...



you can see in the next photo that the fern green on the left looks like enamel...
it's very smooth & shiny...

the leaf on the right is embossed with frosted fern green embossing powder...

here's the differences...
you'll see really cool texture on the leaf on the right and you'll also see that it's not shiny and you can see that the color is darker...

both are cool and it just depends what fits the project best...
I like to have options...
and I like to combine both in a project...

 that jar of frosted crystal really is 
PURE MAGIC!

and in a future post I'll share how to 
use it over the 
it's a fun technique,
 with very cool results...


to work on my egg, I have it sitting 
in the foam adhesive roll again...
it's just the right tool 
so it doesn't roll around...

if you like to use clearly for art...
this adhesive roll is THE BEST adhesive to use...
THE BEST!

ok...
back to the egg...

I used an awl to start the holes and put some
 gel medium under the pieces for extra hold...
it takes a few minutes for the gel medium to grab, but now the pieces are nice & securely attached to the egg...


I added the other embossed flowers with 
screw eyes & I also added gel medium under them...

the gel medium is also holding the heirloom rose to the center of the foliage flower...


here's the finished faux graniteware egg 
in the trophy cup...
I like the screw eye flower centers!
they add a little dimension...


here's a closer look...
if you want a completely covered foliage flower, just add a second layer of embossing powder...
sometimes I do...
but sometimes
I like the texture you get with only one layer of embossing powder...


so this is PLAN B...
another faux graniteware egg, with some fun enameled accents...


the foliage flowers have been around for several years, but I still love them...
LOTS...
they will NEVER be out of style...
I just ordered 50 more packs for classes...

 it's cool to have the option to change them up with embossing powders and create embellishments that coordinate with your art...

think about some embellishments you've had for a while & give them a dose of archival inks & embossing powders to alter them...
it makes them look totally different...

***REMEMBER***

if it can take the heat of the embossing gun, 
you CAN emboss it!

again...
here's the CHA video that explains how the frosted crystal and colored embossing powders work together...

in the video I also show an example of custom embossing powder colors...

my favorite is one I like to use with 
and it's also great to use with hearts...

I like this combo of embossing powder colors...
a scoop can be any size you have...
depending how much 
volume of powder you want to mix...


it's one scoop of red geranium, one scoop of orange blossom, 2 scoops of frosted crystal & maybe ½ scoop of watering can...
these can all be adjusted according to your taste...
just add a little more 
if you want it more red...
a little extra 
if you want it more orange...

I used it on this project...


a closer look at the bricks...


and a really close look from an upcoming class...





I hope you're ready to
grab your supplies...

 have fun and...

make art!
wendy