here's how I got started...

here's how I got started...
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Friday, July 5, 2013

grid block stamping...

I have a fun technique to share today...
just like the title says...

it's grid block stamping...

grab 2 or 3 distress pads...

I chose wild honey & broken china...


grab a mister filled with water, a grid block & any stamp...

since the grid blocks are thin, 
the UN-INKED stamp acts as a handle...

I chose a 3 x 4 inch grid block...
and added a stamp to the middle...


swipe the ink pads directly onto the grid block...

mist with water & press onto your chosen surface...

same material as the tags we love...

look how cool...
dry this before moving on...


next grab a background stamp & some saffron archival...

ink the stamp, then press the grid block onto the inked stamp, to pick up the honeycomb pattern...


press the grid block over the rectangle...



remove the grid block & dry...

plan B is to use post-its to block off the area, 
but the grid block is a perfect fit...

don't panic...
rubbing alcohol will remove off the archival from the grid block...

ah...just what I wanted...
a random honeycomb background, 
and it's only over the rectangle...



next ink the edges with scattered straw...


add some walnut stain...


put the grid block back in place to mask the rectangle...

then using the detail water brush, filled with water, 
tap the brush sharply onto your finger to add water droplets to the edges only...

let the water sit a few seconds before drying...

since distress inks react with water, 
it makes a really easy/subtle pattern in the background...


use a waterproof pen to add doodling detail to define the rectangle and the card stock edges...


ok...
bad news...

now here's where the technical difficulty happened...

I was having so much fun, that I grabbed some new stamps...

duh...
hello...

I can't show them just yet...
some days my brain does not work...

so here's the best I can do for now...

you'll see that I used some broken china stain on the water brush to add some random inky dots...
I did put the grid block back to mask off the rectangle, before adding the dots...
I wanted the inky dot only outside the rectangle...

just pick up the stain with the water brush & tap over the chosen area...

I used black soot on the blending tool to stencil some numbers...
just move the stencil down & you can create any sized numbers border you need...

 the little peek in the bottom left corner is this bird stencil...


this is a great technique for a card front, a tag or an art journal page...

I've been doing this if I have a hard time getting started...

 just get SOMETHING down & it seems to speak to you & lead you to what comes next...

with 9 grid block sizes...
there are plenty of choices for the rectangle size...
and there's a cute 2 x 2 square too...

now about that winner...

thanks & CONGRATS to


Blogger Lori said...

Can't wait to see the new stencils! That is an awesome tip about the hitch fastener...hmmm.....as for a tip, how about the old standby...odd numbers are better! Pretty lame, I know, but that's the only one that comes to mind right now. LOL
June 29, 2013 at 8:54 PM
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please send me your shipping info & hubby will get a little package off to you...

BREAKING NEWS!

I'll start showing new products on the 10th...
with the grand finale on the 17th...

until them...

here's a little share...


when I showed this to Rick he said & I quote...

"well, that's certainly the truth"...

lol...

it just happened to be right after the credit card bill arrived!
YIKES!

happy weekend...

I hope you'll try grid block stamping when YOU...

make art!
wendy
ps...let me know how you like this fun technique!






20 comments:

SusanK said...

What a great idea! I've done it in the past but not with such great results. I'm betting the distress ink has something to do with that. Of course, the Studio 490 stamps and stencils complete the look!

Redanne said...

Great technique Wendy, will definitely have a go at this. Looking forward to all the reveals too.

Sharon Y said...

Wonderful idea! Technical difficulties, ha, ha, ha! So funny that you are excited to use the new stuff but then realize you can't show us just yet. Made me smile today. Thanks.

Gabrielle said...

Fabulous idea! Will have to have a go! CAN. NOT. WAIT. for the reveal! I bet there are some "how have I managed without it" pieces! There usually is! Have a wonderful weekend x

Marijane said...

Very cool technique and one that I'll definitely use! Thanks.

Julie Steed said...

This is a fun technique. While I've tried it before it's been a long time and I'd forgotten about it. The making part is new to me...love that!

Debby said...

Cool idea, may have to try that since I have a few cards to make. Can not wait to see the new products!!

Lori said...

What the...??? I won?? Whoop de Woo!! Yeah baby! Thanks so much! This is a WAY cool tech..too bad we couldn't see the finished product ..sniff sniff....lol... will have to try that!!

Lisa said...

Awesome technique, Wendy!! Thanks so much for the tutorial...can't wait to try it!! And the latest sneak is fabulous!! Happy Friday :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Helen said...

Great technique, I saw someone do something similar recently but haven't had time to play... Have a great weekend making art.

Tona said...

What a fun technique! I'll be sure to give that a try.

Sarah said...

Be careful using alcohol on acrylic grid blocks. It may cause the acrylic to crackle or haze. I found out the hard way. I now use Mr. Clean magic erasers to keep my blocks sparkling.

Robyn said...

I love the idea- going to give it a try.
I put handles on the back of my blocks with clear packing tape. run the tape to the center, double it back o itself sticky sides together to make a handle, then run it to the other side.

Wanda H said...

LOVE the technique even before I get to try it!!! Way cool!!!!!!

Congrats to Lori!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dorothy said...

Very cool technique!! I love the peek too!!
Congrats to the lucky winner!

Marjie Kemper said...

Great idea! And what a terrible tease about those new stamps... can't wait to see 'em!

Missusg said...

fantastic idea! love it!!

SusanH said...

I like the technique!! and there's new stuff? You're such tease!! (love it!)

Stephanie Rodgers said...

I was away for several days, and almost missed this post ... What a cool little technique!

SannaS said...

the vintage pricing stamp is awesome, love it,,,as i love them all,, =)