Friday, October 24, 2014

embossing powders on multiple surfaces...

happy weekend my friends!

here's a fun little shelf sitter I made a few weeks ago for the Collin's event in Florida...
I wanted to show that many different surfaces work great with embossing powders...

if it can take the heat, 
it CAN be embossed!

below you'll see that I've used them
 on tim's Sizzix pumpkin...
it's die cut cut from my clearly for art...
that allowed me to heat the pieces & then shape the pieces & make them more dimensional...

and

the small tattered floral flowers were cut from clearly for art blackout & embossed with 


that spider stamp inspired the remnant rub sentiment...
BRAVE is a state of mind...
I am NOT brave around real spiders...
I really HATE THEM...

did you notice the remnant rubs on 
that I added to the blossom bucket witches hat?
it's a fun way to customize ribbon...



not sure why the background paper looks so light on the next photo...
hmmm...
just ignore it please...

here's a closer look at the faux graniteware technique on the pumpkin & you can see the mini text added to the letterpress...

I LOVE the flourish stamp so much...


that's it for today...

I hope you can take some time to relax this weekend and...

make art!
wendy
ps...for those of you hunting looking for 
Glue N Seal...
the larger size jar that I use to refill the smaller...
using them together is the best value...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

playing with powders, paste...

and bare wood!

inexpensive plain wood ornaments have unlimited potential and can be used with so many products for a MILLION different results...

here's one way to alter this 5 inch tall wood tree...
from Hobby Lobby...



use the brushed corduroy distress marker to color the trunk...


add fern green archival ink over the tree, then sprinkle on the fern green embossing powder while the ink is still wet...

heat to emboss...


to add the pattern to the tree trunk...


ahhh..
cute...


oops...forgot the photo...
add potting soil ink to the green tree edges...

then...

use snow cap white pigment ink with the spatter stamp to stamp over the tree & give it a quick dry...


apply gold metallic embossing paste thru the larger "merry christmas", with a palette knife...



I added it at the bottom of the tree...
then set it aside to dry...


add gold metallic embossing paste to the art parts star & pounce the palette knife over the paste to create texture...
it's kind of like making the peaks in meringue... 
set that aside to dry...
it will dry with the texture...


when the paste has dried, use the blending tool to add potting soil to create an aged metallic effect...


I also added a tiny bit of watering can archival to the very edges of the star & now it looks like this...


YIPPEE!

I LIGHTLY added some around the outside edge of the star, then sprinkled on 


then added the remnant rub after the glue n seal had dried...

remnant rubs are fantastic over uneven surfaces...


swipe the letterpress over the tree branch archival pad, then sprinkle with 
 heat to emboss...
while the powder was still hot, I added a second layer of the powder to create a completely smooth enamel effect...

using one layer of embossing powder gives a textured result...
adding the second layer makes it very smooth...


I used potting soil to stamp the tiny text over each of the letterpress...


the next photo shows how to
 alter the ice skates...
the top is the original...right from the package & the bottom one is altered...

I used my finger with a very small amount of
tapped it onto the front of the ice skates...
I left the blade portion silver...

then I added some potting soil ink after the paste had dried, which was only a minute, since I used such a small amount of paste...

using the hemostat to hold these really helped...
and it's a really handy tool for embossing small pieces...
it protects your fingers from the embossing tool...


next I added remnant rub words to each skate...
put them on a jump ring & attached the jump ring to the screw eye...
all ready to go...


to change up the linen ribbon...

after shaking the tarnished brass distress stain, dispense some onto the craft sheet & swipe the linen ribbon thru the stain & dry...


I darkened it with a bit of potting soil...
and twisted the middle to make it thinner...


now the star gets glued to the top of the tree...
the letterpress get glued on above the metallic sentiment...
leaving room to attach the ice skates with the screw eye...

the linen ribbon gets tied to the tree trunk & I also added a second screw eye...

so...
from this...


to this...


yes...I AM addicted to letterpress & I don't want the cure!

below you can see the raised gold embossing paste sentiment and the little rub ons on the skates...
I DO believe that
every detail does matter...


instead of sending a card, how fun it will be to surprise some "special people" with a handmade ornament?

did you notice that
I needed an O...
so I used the Q upside down...
hey...
it's ART...
there are NO RULES!



be on the lookout for bare wood items...
 Hobby Lobby is loaded with so many fun holiday choices...

I picked up quite a few, for very little $$$
and I'll be sharing more altering ideas in coming blog posts...
I LOVE home decor type stuff...

I picked up several of these same wood trees, 
so I think it will be fun to share 
several completely different ways 
to change them up...
stay tuned!

now...
I'm off with my sweetheart 
to celebrate today...
loved him then...
love him even more now...
little did he know then that he would be promoted to HEAD OF SHIPPING & RECEIVING!
haha...


I hope you're inspired to pick up some bare wood
and gather your supplies...
so YOU CAN...

make art!
wendy
ps...THE BEARS STILL SUCK!

Friday, October 17, 2014

a new art journal is born...


my new embossing powders inspired me to create a new art journal...

today, I'll share the outside front & back covers...

 the front cover started like this...

without the etched frame this time...
it's about 5 ¾ inches square...

I like this size because it's square & I've not seen square art journals in stores before...

I also like to create my own journal, so that I can choose the surfaces that I want for creating the pages & I can make them any size...

I also enjoy working on one flat page at a time...
that makes stamping & stenciling easier for me...

I also find it very freeing...
if the page turns out butt ugly, in the trash it goes with no evidence whatsoever...
I like that!

this journal can be a top opening or side opening orientation...
your choice...

this one is a side opener...

I used the blending tool to add some cornflower blue archival ink to the front cover & purposely did not add ink all the way to the edges...
while the ink was wet, I sprinkled on the cornflower blue embossing powder, then heated it to melt the embossing powder...
next, I added potting soil archival ink to the edges & partially over the blue embossing powder to age it...

I used watering can archival with the checkmate stencil to fill in the empty areas around the perimeter...

the white dots were added with snow cap white pigment ink, using my spatter background stamp...
this creates an authentic graniteware effect...

I used watering can archival to stamp the text you see...
it's from LCS066 & it's titled "remnants of art"...



the large art parts heart was inked with red geranium archival ink, sprinkled with red geranium embossing powder & heated to melt the powder...

again, I used potting soil around the edges & a tiny bit of tarnished brass distress paint to add a worn gold edge on the heart...

I used watering can archival with the vintage mesh background to stamp over the heart...


I inked the flower portion of the art part with red geranium ink, sprinkled on the red geranium embossing powder & heated it...
then I covered the leaves area with fern green archival ink, fern green embossing powder & heated it...

next, I inked the geranium stamp with jet black archival & pressed the art part onto the inked stamp & gave it a quick dry...

***REMEMBER***
the embossing powders are opaque when melted, so if I stamped first, the stamped image would have been completely covered up by the powder...
make sense?

so add the embossing powder first, melt it & then stamp on top with archival ink...

the little art parts flower was finger painted with an uneven coat of salty ocean distress paint & a tiny bit of wild honey distress paint was added to the flower center...


I used multi medium to glue the art parts to the front cover...
it looks like this...
with a little pen stitching around the heart...





here's a look at the geranium detail...
I used the black glaze pen to add dots to the flower centers...






 decisions...decisions...
I had planned to make the back cover red & use something blue as the focal point...
just the opposite of the front...

but 
then I spotted the watering can embossing powder & decided to use that as my background...

I followed the same steps as I did on the front cover...

the art parts bird was inked with forget-me-not archival ink & then I sprinkled on the cornflower blue embossing powder, making sure to wipe the powder from the edges to create a worn effect...
after the powder was melted, I added potting soil to his legs & the un-embossed areas...
I used watering can archival to add the polka dots to the bird & the wing...

I test drove the bird placement & before gluing the bird to the cover, I used jet black to stamp the flourish that appears under his wing...




he needed something to stand ON, so I used 
the art part bow with the coordinating stamp...
I inked the art part with brushed corduroy, then used the coordinating stamp (LCS097) with jet black...




if it stands still in our house, 
it just might get heat embossed...

see the star?
it's one of tim's mirrored stars...
easy to alter...& it can take the heat...




I used the blending tool to add some tree branch archival ink & then sprinkled on the tree branch embossing powder while the ink was wet...
a little heat & the powder melts...
I added a tiny bit of potting soil to darken it a bit...



idea-ology adornments are fun to alter too...
I used the perfect mediun embossing pen, inking the leaves first, then sprinkling on the fern green embossing powder & melting it...
the I added the embossing ink to the flowers & gave them a dose of orange blossom powder...

when the powders cooled, I lightly swiped the red geranium archival pad over the raised areas of the flowers to add some shading...

it looks imperfect, vintage & crusty...
just what I wanted...

***be very light handed with the embossing pen***
it takes very little ink to add the embossing powders...

adding too much embossing ink will cause the powders to chip off or peel off metal & glass...




I'm excited to have a new journal to work in...

pages this size can be completed in a short play session...
good timing for the busy holiday season...

did you hear that Santa delivered early?

I'm THRILLED that...

the matte finish 

this is 
BY 
FAR 
THE 
BEST 
paper adhesive in the 
whole universe!

seriously...
T H E  B E S T...

whenever I want to adhere paper to any surface
like chipboard, art parts, grungeboard, wood or card stock
I choose Glue N Seal...

why?

because it doesn't warp paper...

even vintage dictionary pages, which are very fragile & don't do well with any moisture...

my favorite use is to paint a thin layer of Glue N Seal onto a sheet of
add the dictionary page, brayer it & give it a quick dry...
NO BUBBLES!

then I'll either stamp on the paper side & 
cut it out with tim's scissors or
 use a Sizzix die to cut the CFA...
to create a strong dimensional embellishment..

that's reason #1 why 
I LOVE Glue N Seal...

reason #2...

if you add a thin layer to a glass bottle, when it's dry you can then add tim's rock candy crackle paint & it STICKS, CRACKS & stays securely attached to the glass like MAGIC...

rock candy crackle paint over glass without 
Glue N Seal doesn't stick...
it flakes right off...
it needs tooth to grab onto...


the most cost effective way to buy Glue N Seal is to buy the small jar...
it's super convenient to have the brush built right in the lid...
no mess...no cleanup...

and then get the large jar to refill the small jar 
or you can use it with a larger brush for larger projects...

you get lots more glue that way & 
it's a much better value than buying 2 small jars...

THANK YOU RANGER
 for listening to our request 
to bring back GLUE N SEAL!

that's it for today!

THANKS so much for stopping by!

I hope you'll get out a journal &

make art!
wendy






Wednesday, October 8, 2014

distress spray stain & string...

back on November 26, 2012, I wrote this post about how to decant distress stains & use them as sprays...

so, to say I was overjoyed when the new sprays were released, is an understatement...

I'm NOT a patient person...
 I waited almost 2 years...

so I need to say...
it's about time!

ok...moving on...

the stains in dabber form are fun...
but as sprays they are...

THE BEST...

THE FASTEST &

they allow us to do "things" 
that you can't do with the stains
 in the dabber bottles...

there are 999 reasons why I LOVE the spray stains, but today I'll focus on just one...

 the spray stains are the key ingredient 
to this home decor piece...

get comfy...
I have lots of photos for you...

I started with this string thread, 
but I'm sure whatever brand you find is just fine...

these come in lots of sizes, so your pumpkin can be any size...


I chose to use wild honey, spiced marmalade sprays...


and used both to spray the thread...


I used crushed olive & peeled paint to make the stem...

below the sprays, you'll see I crumpled up a piece of kraft card stock, misted it with water, then sprayed it & allowed it to dry...
it dried & is really very strong...


it looks lame now...
but in the end it works...


true confession...
I'm addicted to letterpress...
I could use them on EVERY single project...

I had planned to do a halloween word like EEK or BOO...
but by using FALL, I can keep this out until Thanksgiving...

letterpress are so fun to use with my embossing powders...
just swipe the block on an archival pad, sprinkle with embossing powder & heat to melt the powder...
I alternated fern green & orange blossom...

it's super fast...
the powders only stick to the raised areas that got inked...


now they look like this...

 I  stamped over them...
because every detail matters...

I used watering can archival ink with the tiny text stamp...
a quick dry & the ink is permanent...

watering can is not as stark as jet black...


see?

it's a tiny detail...
but so cool...

did I mention that I LOVE letterpress?


to distress this metal plant stake,
 I added potting soil archival ink & dried that...


I added a piece to the plant stake & it holds the letterpress firmly in place...


next, I grabbed heavier string to make the indentations in the pumpkin...
not sure what to call them...


I cut a large piece, dropped it in a lid, 
sprayed it with 
stirred it with a hemostat to completely cover it & let it dry...
ps...remember stains will stain your fingers...



then tied it tightly like this,
 to create the indentations...
don't worry...
those ugly ends all get covered up...

I also sprayed a tiny bit of walnut spray stain on the top of the pumpkin to add some shading...


next I die cut lots of leaves using tim's Sizzix alterations dies...
how many? 
that depends on the size of your pumpkin...

but leftovers are good for days you need to get something done in a hurry...
so cut lots...

I used my "clearly for art" (CFA) blackout so that this piece would be very strong & durable...

since I put some time into this project, I can easily pack it up & bring it out next fall & not worry that any of the pieces got crushed...



next, I enameled the leaves with my embossing powders...
I love the CFA blackout for this technique...
I like to wipe away the powders from the edges before heating them...
it creates shading very easily & a vintage effect...


to make them even more vintage, I swiped them with potting soil archival ink, using the mini blending tool...


here's a closer look...
the top green one was inked with potting soil...


these embossing powders can give you 2 different finishes...
the leaf on the left has one layer of embossing powder, so you'll see an orange peel textured surface...

the one on the right has a second layer of powder added, which creates a very smooth glass like finish...



more leaves...
some with texture...
the orange has the smooth finish...


I stamped over these CFA blackout leaves with my new "lots of leaves" background stamp, using jet black archival...


and I used jet black again to add text to these leaves...

this shows the 2 finishes better...
textured or smooth...

your choice!


I die cut these mini bottles from CFA blackout & enameled them & added remnant rubs...
I ended up not using the poison bottle for this piece, but it's ready to use on a card or tag later...
remnant rubs stick very well over embossing powders...
remember...
every detail matters...

again, I wiped away the powders from the edges &  
cut the corks in half to glue behind the bottles...
then heated the bottles & rounded them to make them more authentic...

see the great texture?
this is why I chose to have my embossing powders ground as a super fine detail powder...

see the one on the left?
I used my fingernail to put scratches in the bottle...
that has huge potential for a worn vintage look...



I wanted a base for the pumpkin to sit on...
this is an art parts piece...
it's the leftover inside part of 

I added tree branch archival ink, sprinkled on the tree branch embossing powder, then heated it...

next, I used the checkmate stencil with jet black archival, then added jet black to the base edges with the blending tool...


ok...this next part is a little tricky because these alpha parts guys are plastic...

I swiped this piece onto the orange blossom pad, sprinkled it with orange blossom embossing powder, wiped some off some powder to expose the black & heated it to emboss...

this works if you are VERY CAREFUL &
KEEP the HEAT TOOL MOVING...

it's a little warped, but for this project I decided to embrace the imperfection...
(thanks Tim!)

I also added a piece of card stock behind it to make the letters more visible...
here's the enameled alpha parts framed...


I created a stickpin by wrapping some orange embroidery floss around 
and used hot glue to add the memo pin to the back...


I enameled a small foliage flower, the leaves & the long fastener & hot glued them to the hat...

oops & I used jet black to add polka dots to the leaves...


now it's just a matter of creating a pleasing arrangement...

I used hot glue to hold everything...


and again...
the finished fall home decor piece...

oops again...
I twisted some wire & used hot glue to keep those pieces in place...

I LOVE the NEW large leaf in the back that is stamped with the screen stamp from my very first release back in 2008...
an oldie, but a goodie...

this was so much fun...



this is reason 1 of 999 why I'm thrilled that we now have distress spray stains...


I hope this tutorial gives you some inspiration to 

make (fall) art!
wendy
ps...I almost forgot...

the winners from the last post are...



and from the blog...


please send me your addresses & Rick will get them postal...