May 18, 2008
You'll find the details of how I used Adirondack Dye Ink Pads to transform readily available Kraft envelops on page 80 of the June 2008 issue of Crafts 'n Things. The Exiled Occasion Phrases were the perfect stamps for my dividers. If you don't own a binding system - I used my RubiCoil, use your imagination to bind your own special place for remembrances.
Stamps: Santos Doll by Invoke Arts, Wooden Ruler Design by Postmodern Design, Remember by Stampa Rosa, Artista Quad by Stampendous, and Exiled Occasion Phrases by La Pluma
Stamps: Car Cube 1942 Ford by B Line Designs; Societe du Louvre by Just for Fun
Check out the details on page 65 of how I used Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers, Adirondack Dye Ink Pads, Stickles Glitter Glue, Inkssentials Crackle Accents, Perfect Pearls, and Suze Weinberg's Beadazzles to make one sweet container for your ATCs.
After purchasing a mini album from the dollar bin at the craft store, I realized it was the perfect size for ATC storage. All it took was Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers, Swirly Element by Postmodern Design, Stickles Glitter Glue, and jewels for added bling. By adding the hibiscus eyelets and ball chain that I colored to match with Adirondack Alcohol Metallic Gold Mixative, the mini album was transformed into a little purse, the perfect size for transporting ATCs. Check out the details to make your own "gaudy cute" holder in Crafts 'n Things.
May 4, 2008
I used the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique to create my backgrounds but that is optional. To play, you'll just need a few stamps, Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink, a Ranger Inkssentials White Pen, and a black pen. After stamping all my images, this was a perfect project to pull out when I only had a few minutes to work. I must say that I found this to be a relaxing technique.
While Robin's projects clearly reminded me of bandanna prints, mine took a slightly different twist. This is an opportunity to do it your way! You can let a lot of background show as with my dragonfly card or leave little showing as with my crow. (It could be that I just don't know when to stop!)
Above Left: Magenta Dragonfly, Hero Arts "Flower" Asterisks, and Inque Chanteuse
Above Right: Invoke Arts Sweet Tweet, Hero Arts "Flower" Asterisks and Circles, Wisecracks Diamond, Magenta Pointed Star, and Autumn Leaves Flourishes V2
Above all stamps by Autumn Leaves: Nature - Butterfly, Flourishes, and Flourishes V2 (Notice the subtle stippling inside the butterfly on the left.)
Above: Autumn Leaves Nature and Magenta Pointed Star
Above: Inque Chanteuse, Hero Arts "Flower" Asterisks, and Magenta Pointed Star
Here are more examples of Robin's bandanna technique. While Robin is recuperating from knee surgery, she's posted a contest for Bandanna Technique cards and more Bandanna ideas. Check out the details here. This could be a great way to get the creative juices going, and there are some great prizes.
Life can get in the way of creativity, and this can be a busy time of the year. Spring may mean gardening chores, the demands of children's sports, and for many a frantic race to the end of the school year. At those times when life is busy - and this is a busy time for me, I know that quality time in my studio is out of the question. When this is the case, one of the things that I like to do is to create backgrounds for future projects. This is a great technique for those times.
You'll need Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads and a surface to ink. Today, I used 140 lb. watercolor paper because I plan to make postcards with my backgrounds. Manila shipping tags work well too. You'll also need your Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet, a spray bottle filled with water, and a heat gun. Here's how to make these backgrounds.
- Rub several colors of Distress Ink Pads directly on your Non-Stick Craft Sheet without overlapping the inks. Liberally spritz the inks with water.
- Drag your paper through the ink until you achieve the coverage you desire. (Initially, you may “twist” the tag in the ink. Do not continue to twist the pad or the colors will become muddy.) Heat set.
- Tap uncolored sections in remaining ink for layers of color. (Spritz Non-Stick Craft Sheet if needed.) Heat set between layers.
- As an option, flick drops of water onto your background paper. Heat set.
Here are two of the backgrounds I made today.
I used Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, and Broken China for the background on the left. For the background on the right, I used Mustard Seed, Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick, and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.
With backgrounds in hand, let the real fun begin!