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Thursday, March 28, 2013

with one stamp...and EXCITING NEWS!

I thought I'd show you some fun ways to use one of my most favorite background stamps...

it's in the heirloom art set...
from my newest release...

I stamped it with jet black archival on a #5 manila tag...

I used Ranger's Craft Rub-It Scrub-It under my tag...
to protect my craft sheet...
a cork mat would work too...

NEVER EVER use anything sharp on your craft sheet...

working from the tag front...

 I used a push pin to make a tiny hole in each of the pattern centers...

and why you ask...

didn't I use my Craft Pick???

because it is MIA...

keep in mind
 only 2 people live here...

so I'm on a mission to find it...
most likely "you know who" 
used it in the garage for something...

but I LOVE him & I'll forgive him because...



HE DOES WINDOWS!

anyway...
back to business...
here's the tag...




 I turned the tag over & 
placed it back on the Rub-It Scrub-It 
then used a larger push pin to make larger holes...
the tiny holes make it easy...

using a larger diameter push pin
 pushes the paper to the front of the tag...



now the tag front looks like this...


to ink the tag, 
I used salty ocean & mustard seed distress inks 
over the whole tag first...
then to accent the holes,
 I used gathered twigs on a blending tool ...
LIGHTLY over the raised holes...


you can see the dimension this creates here...


for the next sample, 
I inked my tag first with the same colors 
as the first tag...

then stamped my background, using jet black archival...

then I colored in 4 of the "stitches" with the stormy sky distress marker...

the fine tip fits perfectly in the design...

and changes the look of the stamp, by creating a different pattern...

see...?


for the next tag, 

the same colors as I used on the top 3 tags...

this is tim's wrinkle free distress technique, 
but done with the distress paints...

always shake the paints before using...
then apply some paints to the craft sheet,
 mist them with water & drag the tag thru the paint...
dry...the tag is now waterproof & will not react with water...

go back & pickup the remaining paint dots & dry...

you can see that the same distress colors 
create a really cool
 opaque WATERPROOF background...

you can fill in any unpainted areas with any color distress ink using your blending tool...


to create a more subtle background, 
to add an accent dot to the centers...

because I didn't use jet black for the background, 
I can use it for my main images & they will really pop...

LOVE it!


and for an even lighter background...

I used saffron archival on my stamp,
then colored in parts of the pattern with my 

I like this look too...

this again is a manila tag...
but no ink has been added...


 here are some finished samples...

the first one is stamped with french ultramarine archival...
again...to create a more subtle background...

then I added dots to the centers, 
this time using the Sakura Glaze Pen...

this allows my embossing paste

my crow & art parts word to be the focus...


here...
the background is bolder, because I used jet black again...



here's a sample with the holes...

it's stamped with saffron over specialty stamping paper...
and I used jet black for my main images...


and one REALLY COOL technique 
is to emboss the background...
since this is a fine lined image,
 I like to use 

I stamped in jet black & sprinkled the powder on while the archival was wet...

YES! 
you sure can emboss with archival inks!


here's a better look at the embossed background...
the fine detail powder is perfect!


and speaking of...

DISTRESS PAINTS...

this is exciting news...

YIPPEE!

just what I wanted  NEEDED...



these are the PERFECT addition to the distress paints...


check out the video on tim's blog...

oh the fun we'll have!

Happy Easter...
Happy Passover...

I don't want chocolate in my basket...

I'd much rather have these new distress paints to...

make art!
wendy





35 comments:

Sandra said...

what a versatile stamp - thanks for the tips!
Sandra ltb

Gabrielle said...

Thanks to you I have that stamp now! Really looking forward to trying these ideas! Thank you as always Ms V for being such an inspiration!

Redanne said...

Oh me too, keep the chocs and just give me paints.....especially these fab new ones! Love the techniques you show today, really love the one with the pin and pokey tool one, love how it makes the flower pop. The stamp looks great as a wallpaper background on the final pieces. Have a lovely weekend. Anne x

Mooffie said...

OOOH, I say! Love that background stamp. Reminds me of some wallpaper from my youth!!! thanks for the ideas, Wendy. Like the look of those metallics. More bling, that's what we need!! TTFN Ruth

michelle said...

I would have never thought about punching my paper to make texture, , , oh to have your brain and a guy who does windows!

Love these samples thanks for sharing your talent with us and I look forward to giving it a try someday!

Wilma said...

Awesome what you made with the background stamp. NEED it ;-)

Helen said...

What a fabulous background stamp, and love the holes pricked in it! Hope you have a chocolate free, paint filled Easter.

Lisa said...

That background stamp is so versatile and awesome!! I love all the techniques you used with it!! As always, thanks for the inspiration!! I'm off to find it...I must have it now!! Happy Easter to you and your family :)

Lisa F
A Mermaid's Crafts

Kathi said...

Wow. Thanks for showing the versatility of that stamp.

All your project are gorgeous!!!

Lori said...

Wow, cool tips! Love the hole one, that's awesome! And new metallic distress paints...whoop!

SusanK said...

Wonder if the Paschal Lamb will stop by and bring me a set of those awesome new distress paints???? Love that background stamp and all the looks you created...I want to play NOW!!!!!!!!

Marijane said...

I just got the Heritage Art stamp set a couple of weeks ago and just love it. I like all the stamps included, but by far the best, in my opinion, is that background stamp. So versatile and as a child of the 40-50's, reminds me of my Grandma's kitchen. Loved Tim's demo of the new metallic distress paints!

Kathy Eddy said...

Yum, yum, yum! Have a wonderful Easter!

Tona said...

Fantastic projects & techniques. I'm with you, I'd much rather see the new distress paints in my Easter basket then candy.

Dorothy said...

Love all the projects!!!

Julie Steed said...

Lol..totally agree about the Easter basket! What cool effects on the tags. If Larissa continues to be MIA I will happily make room for the tattered florals die. ;)

Stephanie Rodgers said...

I love these simple little techniques that make so much difference! Thanks for sharing!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Think I need your background stamp in my Easter basket, how cool does it look, fabulous background stamp, love it and your artwork. Happy Easter. Tracy x

Missusg said...

simply amazing samples and love that you explained each.. i unfortunately don't have that stamp but am sure i can find one to try these techniques with!!!

Eileen Bellomo said...

Great tips and love the background stamp. Metallic distress paints - yippee!

Vic said...

Thanks for the great tips for using one stamp in various ways! Happy Easter to you & Mr. "Window Washer" Rick!

Marcia Neat said...

I love that background stamp and I agree I'd too would rather have those metallic paints than chocolate but added to my list would have to be your stamps, art parts, blossom buckets, stencils, moulding paste and every thing else studio 490 sounds more like a Christmas list tho. Happy Easter and every blessing to you.

lissy_lucy said...

I love it! Thanks for sharing and getting the juices flowing! Oh, what fun I will have this weekend!

Lynn Hardy said...

Oooh I do like your new stamp! Great news about the new metallic paints too.

Carol Gibson said...

I'd rather have distress paints too.
Love all the uses for the
background stamp.

Debby said...

Thanks for sharing your new techniques with us. Love that new stamp even more now. Need those paints. Hope you and your family have a Happy Easter!

linda-neff.com said...

I just love seeing all the little techniques you post! Love your background stamps!

2amscrapper said...

Thanks for all the "pointers", Wendy! Have a great Easter!

kybarb said...

Love all these ideas for using this background stamp! Hate that I have to buy a whole set of stamps that I don't want just to get the background stamp:( Is there any way to buy just the background stamp?

Anita Houston said...

This has become my new favorite background as well. I've abused my poor stamp...lol! I love all of your samples and tips, especially punching the hole in the center...gorgeous look! Happy Easter to you! I want the pants and the chocolate!!!!!

Miriam said...

Truly gorgeous!! I love this set so much - I just can't stop using it!!

Miriam said...

Truly gorgeous!! I love this set so much - I just can't stop using it!!

sue said...

I love the background stamp! What set is it in?

Wanda H said...

I'd forgive him too!!!!!!!!!!!!! Isn't it amazing how many of our tools find themselves in use by our hubbies!!! Great info on using a background stamp in different ways!!!! Happy Easter!!!

Kaz said...

Fabulous just fabulous!!