Friday, December 7, 2012

potpourri of a post...


today I have some really random stuff...

aka...
potpourri of a post...

I missed an embossing paste question the other day...
thanks for resending it!

the question was...
do you suggest using a make up sponge instead of wasting a blending tool foam when adding ink over the paste?

I *think* what the real question was...
does the paste dry stiff & will it tear the blending tool foam...

use your blending tool & foam with no worry...

the paste actually dries very soft & sort of squishy-rubbery...
yet firm...
how's that for a description?

I use the same blending tools & foam that I normally do...

the same as for any other surface I ink...
be that a tag, cardstock, grungeboard, art parts...etc...

I see no extra wear & tear on my foams at all...
the paste does NOT dry with any sharp edges...

just got this question too...

can you spread the pastes with a credit card instead of a knife?
what's the advantage of the palette knife?

if you are wanting to cover a large area...
the credit card will work just fine...

but if you want to apply paste over just ONE WORD of a stencil...
or just the stem & leaves...
the palette knife gives you much better control...

plus... the palette knife fits down into the jar easily...

but...
 you could take the paste out with a craft stick...

whatever works for you!

if you want to doodle in the wet paste...
just use the end of a paint brush...
this is fun too...
write a word...
make a pattern...

and speaking of embossing paste...

with a very uneven layer of the white paste...

it's thicker in some spots...
and in some I used very little paste...

I misted my plaid stamp with water & stamped into the wet paste...

when the paste was dry,
 I used weathered wood stain right over the whole flower...
just pounce the stain over the dry paste...
it's easier than rubbing & you don't run the risk of being too rough & removing some of the paste...

I added some walnut stain to the edges with a blending tool & added the Blossom Bucket embellishment...
can you believe the size of that diamond?
well...
maybe for that price...
it's not a real diamond...

the polka dots were added to both pieces with 
just dry the ink & it's permanent...
archival = AWESOME!

here's the flower, which can easily be transformed into any color your project needs...


moving on...
 I love organizing almost as much as I do making art...


so yesterday I popped into to Michael's for a frame & found this PERFECT stencil/paste organizer...

and it's 40% off at Michael's this week!

it is PERFECT for my stencils...
and the new 8 stencils in the January release will fit just fine ...
and it will hold plenty more...

and it also holds my embossing pastes...
with room for more...
oh yeah baby!...
coming in January!

and I put my stencil tape, some post-its & palette knife in there too...
it has a locking lid...

it's a match made in heaven!

check it out at Michael's...


on to more random-ness...

here's a 2AM thought...

my Blossom Bucket open windows can be mirrors...
just add tim's MIRRORED behind the "window" & it becomes a mirror...

then add the mirror over the brick stamp or brick stencil...
mirror mirror on the wall...

I WILL do this soon...
hmmm...what color to make them?


we have had so many requests for 
the original Stampers Anonymous phrenology head 
to be sold cling mounted...
it's only been sold as a wood mounted...

HOWEVER...






contains the cling phrenology stamp...
YIPPEE...

and all the Blossom Bucket embellishments, clearly for art flowers & instructions needed to create this funky art angel...
just add your inks & any background stamps you have...


that's it for today...
I have some assignments & deadlines that are kicking my butt...

 Rick kidnapped me yesterday to shop...
so no arting got done...


I hope you have a wonderful weekend and you can spare a few minutes to

make art!
wendy
ps GO BEARS...
I *think* I'll be getting a few more grey hairs from that game...
yikes!
and I bet I'll need a mojito to settle my nerves...

27 comments:

Helen said...

That flower looks gorgeous, Wendy! Hoping to find time this weekend to make art!

michelle said...

I love the flower and that Rick kidnapped you to shop!

Have a great weekend!

Elaine A said...

Hi Wendy -

I really love all the texture your flower has. And that is a HONKING Big Diamond - LOL! I like your idea of your windows with Tim's mirrored sheets behind them. And as for organizing, nothing I like better than an organized space. Just wish I could find the umph I need to do my space. I LOVE collecting organizing containers, just really need to stop collecting and organizing LOL!
Have a great weekend and enjoy your shopping with Rick.

Elaine Allen

Eileen Bellomo said...

I love your embossing paste and have been playing with it all week. This time of year, using it to make snow comes to mind immediately, but as you've shown, it adds great texture to just about anything. Have you tried mixing the white paste with color (acrylic paint, for example) before spreading it on something? Just wondering.

Stephanie Rodgers said...

OMG! That flower came out awesome! I just ordered some of the windows ... can't wait to try out your suggestion! And, your new storage idea sounds very tempting ... I just (finally) found some 12x12 pages of 4 pockets to fit my 6x6 stencils, your stencils and then my 12x12s, and I put them all into a binder. I like the idea of having the pastes and tools with them as well.

Dorothy said...

Awesome and thank for all the info!!

Sandra said...

wow

Gabrielle said...

Love the fab tips and the flower looks truly awesome! Have a fabulous weekend!

Redanne said...

Love what you did to the BB flower, it looks amazing and that kit is fabulous, didn't realise it contained a stamp too! Hope you enjoyed your day shopping.

sue said...

That's why they make hair dye!

Anita Houston said...

Yay to new stencils! That flower is awesome!!!!!

SusanK said...

Cool organizer! Love the randomness of the flower, too! Can't wait for new stencils and more stencil stuff!

Lori said...

Oooooeeeeee....love that flower! PERFECT! Great idea with the mirror, too!

Vic said...

Fab flower!

julie case said...

Love your flower! I can't wait for more stencils! Yeah!

Wanda H said...

Love that flower!!! 8 more stencils - woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!

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snazzyoriginal said...

Love the flower and all the great tips and tricks you share - can't wit for the Phrenology kit xx

Tona said...

I sooo can not wait to get my hands on some of that paste!

Ally White Cat said...

smart kit love it.Brilliant idea!
The flower is gorgeous. reminds me of my Grandmama's house and misc stuff..the magical days.when the little girl touches something of grandmaws that's oh so pretty and feels so nice.
hugs
susan s.

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Debby said...

Beautiful flower! Thanks for all of the tips on using the paste. I have been having fun with it.

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Stephanie Rodgers said...

Happy, happy birthday Wendy! I can't believe the 13th is here already! Take the day off and have a wonderful time with that sweet hubby of yours! Love you!

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