Sunday, October 26, 2008

Maya Road and Ranger...a tiny tutorial...

For anyone who has visited here before...you know how much I LOVE Maya Road's Trinkets Blossoms metal flowers. I could use them on every project I make...

HOWEVER...I don't want everything I make to look the same.
So...since the Bears have a day off...and it's too bloody cold to put even a toe outside... ( I CAN NOT WAIT to get to Frenzy Stamper in WARMMMM ARIZONA!)

I did a little experiment and a photo shoot for you...

Here's the start...



The next photo shows the metal flower naked (on top)
and after I added some rust and slate alcohol inks...


Here's another with denim & pesto...BTW...these can be stamped on after the alcohol ink is dry...hmmm...I think I'll show you that below...........

Then my brain turned on...YIPPEE!
I had a project that really NEEDED a dimensional silver flower. But too bad Ranger doesn't make silver alcohol ink...
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DUH...the light bulb goes on...
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How about the SILVER MIXATIVE?? Would that work the same???
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Take a look..........TOTAL SUCCESS!!!



Perfectly...SILVER. EXACTLY what I NEEDED...
And...here's the little beauty stamped (screen stamp studio490, page 12 of the supplement) with Ranger's black pigment ink...heat dried and then I bent the petals.

Take a closer look...Perfect coverage...and the bending does not affect the silver. It doesn't flake off.



Well...since that worked...I can't stop now...
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How about some PEARL MIXATIVE???

I applied just a tiny bit, to create a mottled sort of look. I didn't want it completely covered...I like this look.... I think I'll add some new DISTRESS STICKLES...just as soon as my order arrives.
(I HOPE it's soon...I hope someone from RANGER is reading...hint!)
Just a little on the ends of the petals ...I think that will be cool.
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So here are some tips to get you playing...
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1. I always work on my Ranger Craft sheet when using Alcohol Inks...actually...who am I kidding?? I can not work without that craft sheet any day. It's always out & ready to be used.
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2. Using the alcohol ink applicator...with FELT...add a few drops of the chosen alcohol ink colors & pounce on the metal flower. It dries in just a few seconds. This is GREAT for those of use who are not patient...
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3. I completely covered the flower with just 2 drops of the silver mixative. (SHAKE before using). A little goes a long way. If you mix it with the alcohol inks...use just ONE drop.
Take it from me...ONE DROP!
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4. Don't like what you did??? Color not a match for your project?? NO PROBLEM...
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A few drops of Alcohol blending solution on a paper towel will completely remove all the ink. You are left with the original flower...in perfect condition & it's all ready to be inked again.
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Another use for the blending solution?? It's THE PERFECT cleaner for the craft sheet. A few drops on a paper towel...swipe...nice & clean!
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Just a warning...
You WILL be seeing plenty of SILVER flowers now...
You can bet on it!
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Make ART!
wendy

9 comments:

sherri (Tied Up In Ribbons) said...

Definitely something fun to play with. Thanks for sharing. It's got to be about 85 here today. A little too warm for this time of year.

Debby said...

Our LSS just received the mixatives, but they did not order the distress sticles which is something else I want. this is a cool tutorial. Thanks Wendy.

Katie Watson said...

OK, I knew you were a nurse...but I didn't know you were a chemist!

Ann said...

OK, this is just too cool. I have so many "old" metal embellishments in my stash... Now I need to play!

Scrapthat said...

Very cool Wendy! Thanks for sharing your experimenting with us!
:0)
Dolly

Kim Piggott said...

Brilliant!
Thanks so much for the great step by step. I love how they turned out. Such a cool look.
kim x

Stampin_Melissa said...

Great tutorial! Thanks for the wonderful idea of using the alcohol inks like this.

Lisa V said...

Very cool!! Will have to find some of those flowers out here. MT is sending out my new Distress Stickles this week--woo hoo! Oh.....it's 90 here today. :-)

Lisa Pace said...

So cool I can hardly stand it so cool... thanks for the tips!