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Friday, January 31, 2014

painting with archival inks...


YES!
the title is correct…

painting with archival inks…

I discovered this technique a few days before CHA, when it was down to the wire hectic & I didn't have time for a blog tutorial…

but today I DO!

sit back…RELAX & I'll show you another unique way to use your archival ink pads…

BUT FIRST
STOP THE PRESS!

this is my 1000th blog post!

when I started this blog, I wondered if I had enough art in me to share… 
I wondered what I would talk about…
I wondered if anyone would even show up to read what I wrote…

1000 posts later…it seems to be working...

so, 
as a
thank you 
for being 
the best
most fantastic 
lovely
wonderful
supportive
FUN
blog friends
ever... 

I wanted to celebrate my 1000th blog post with a tutorial & 

a GIGANTIC GIVEAWAY…

I have some awesome friends
who have contributed some
awesome prizes…
just for you...

the details are at the end of the post...

now…let's get back to the business of making art...

I grabbed these 3 archival colors to start with…





the photo below shows the secret ingredient…

tim's detail waterbrush, filled with rubbing alcohol (aka surgical spirits in the UK)…

it's important that you use rubbing alcohol in the waterbrush

DO NOT use alcohol blending solution…
alcohol blending solution will eat & destroy the waterbrush…
that's NOT a good thing!

rubbing alcohol is safe & will NOT damage the brush at all…

so now I have one brush filled with water to use with distress inks & one brush filled with rubbing alcohol to use with archival inks...

I added a bit of washi tape to my detail waterbrush that is filled with rubbing alcohol…

this will help me know that this brush is the rubbing alcohol filled waterbrush...



because we're using alcohol, specialty stamping paper is the surface of choice…

as a reminder…
DRY between each layer…
the magic coating on the paper slows the drying process for anything used on the paper...

I tested this technique on manila card stock & on tim's watercolor paper…
the technique does not work on those surfaces...
think soaks thru...

glossy card stock worked pretty well as long as you don't super saturate the paper & dry it fairly quickly to prevent bubbling…

it will work ok for a card, if you glue it to a card base so that you can cover up the back…

HOWEVER…
I'm not a huge fan of glossy & I LOVE the beautiful matte finish of the specialty stamping paper (SSP)
so that's the surface I like best…

plus I have never had any color seep thru to the back, when using SSP…it really takes a lot of abuse & is great for multiple layer techniques that use lots of fluids...

in my last post, I showed how to use the in full bloom SiSi (stamp it -stencil it) on a large art journal page…

for today's post, I wanted to show that SiSis are great for cards too…
with a SiSi, you can add lots of detail, but keep the card completely flat for mailing...

to start...

I cut a piece of SSP to about 5 x 3 ¾ inches…

then used jet black archival to stamp the perfect peony & embossed it with clear super fine detail embossing powder

the stamp & coordinating stencil are in the same package, making all the SiSis a bargain at $9.95…
even the ones that have 2 stamps in the package...
thank you Mr. Stampers Anonymous...




you'll see that I stamped it to the far left side of the paper…
I had a little idea…for the finishing touch...
you'll see that later…

it's important to emboss the stamped image…
if you are using this technique…

remember…
rubbing alcohol removes archival ink…

the embossing powder, which is basically ground up plastic, seals the archival ink & protects it from the alcohol…

here's the perfect peony stamped & clear heat embossed
now its 'll ready to be painted with archival inks!



I swiped the corner of the leaf green archival pad onto the craft sheet…
and used the craft sheet as my ink palette…

it takes VERY LITTLE ink…much less than you think…
one little swipe is plenty...

I picked up the ink with the detail water brush  (it's filled with alcohol) & painted the leaves…
& gave it a quick dry with the heat tool...


I swiped the waterbrush on the craft sheet to remove the green…
until it goes to clear...

then I swiped the forget-me-not ink pad on the craft sheet & painted the flower…

my first layer is uneven…
I did that to show you that the first layer really doesn't matter…
dry this layer…

so far it looks like this, with the first forget-me-not archival ink painted layer...



now I added another layer of forget-me-not to add shading & dried it…
then swiped the cornflower blue archival pad on the sheet & add more shading, always using the detail waterbrush…
remember to dry…

you can make the painted layers very even, but I like the uneven more watercolor effect…

***I like to keep a paper towel near by to blot the waterbrush if it gets too wet, especially when painting small areas***

keep in mind that even though the archival inks has been diluted with alcohol, they are still permanent & waterproof…

so that means that any water based product like Perfect Pearls mist, distress inks & plain water can be used over this image & they will not affect the image…
the image remains crisp & clear with no bleeding or smearing…

now it looks like this…



I  placed the coordinating perfect peony stencil over the painted image…

so that I could add stamping…
I used watering can archival to add polka dots to the flower & tiny text to the leaves...…



I added a spotlight frame with a waterproof pen
this time an oval…

and stamped the sentiment with jet black archival… 



remember you can always "put a bird on it"…

masking tape can block off areas of the stencil to keep them protected…post-it notes are good too...

the new mini blending tool is THE BOMB!

you will LOVE it for stenciling!



I wanted to add a stamped pattern inside the stenciled bird, so I did a little surgery on my new large collage background stamp

now I have 9 mini stamps, perfect for stamping over stencils with small openings, or for random background stamping on art journal pages

you can easily change plain flower stencils NINE times!

                                     



stamping the mesh portion of the stamp on the bird adds more detail & more interest to the flat card…
I used watering can archival for stamping the mesh...



now it's time to add something to the left side of the card…

I used the stripes/polka dots border stencil
I used the new dandelion archival for the stripes...
note to self…
clean stencils before taking photos…
yikes!



now the stripes appear to be under the oval…

see the shading under the flower & around the stem/leaves?

I swiped the iced spruce marker on the craft sheet, picked it up with the water filled detail waterbrush & added shading around the flower, stem & leaves...

I LOVE the iced spruce marker for creating shadows…
it looks great with any color combo & it's not too stark…
pumice stone is another good marker to have for shadows…

adding the shadow is a small detail, but it makes the flower stand out…and is very effective for flat cards or art journal pages...

make sure to add the marker from the craft sheet, not directly onto the paper...


I wanted to add some lines along the stripes to define them better…
and round the SSP corners...


now the finishing details…

I stamped the flower way over to the left so that I could do a little cut out deal around several petals…
after trimming around the petals, I chopped off a bit (¼ inch?) on the left side to allow the petals to hang off the SSP...

I added black glaze pen dots around the oval & a dot to create an eye for the bird…
then a tiny black string bow…
and mounted it on a black card...

I used tim's sizzix on the edge mini scallops die on the card bottom…
and rounded the top corners of the card to coordinate with the mini scallops…

I added foam under the SSP to raise it off the card base…
it's completely flat, except for the string bow...



are you shocked? NO BROWN was used…
what's happening to me?
YIKES!

actually, my plan was to use tree branch archival for the stripes, but I grabbed the wrong pad…duh…
I was having too much fun & not paying attention…

but I ended up being happy with dandelion stripes...

here's a better look at the watercolor effect of painting with the archival inks and the little cutout detail…

this also shows the shadow, created with the iced spruce distress marker...



using the SiSi allows stamping in several areas of the flower…

the card looks dimensional, but the SSP is completely flat…

using the SiSi stencil allows the stamped images to be stamped with any stamp you have…it can look different for every project…
use text, polka dots, mesh, mini numbers or any background pattern…

there are so many options...

and that's why I LOVE SiSi! 

you aren't stuck with a stamp that always looks the same…

so…that's painting with archival inks!
plan A!
there's another way to paint with your archival inks…
that's plan B…
and a story for another day...

now it's time to celebrate!

once again…

A HUGE THANK YOU 
to everyone who takes time to stop in 
& leave a comment…
send me an email or ask a question...

I think it's amazing how art (an ink pad & rubber stamps) & the internet can change strangers into wonderful friends…

I'm going to divide the prizes between the blog &
giving you 2 places to drop your entry ticket…
which is a simple comment…

while you're visiting my Facebook page, I would appreciate it if you would click "LIKE"…that way my posts end up in your newsfeed…

and feel free to share the giveaway with your Facebook friends too...

somedays I pop in on my Facebook page to share a sneak peek…
or a little tip…
like this one that I posted yesterday…



a little Thursday tip…
use forget-me-not archival ink to stencil a butterfly onto a kraft scrap, stamp some dots with Ranger Inkjet black archival, dry, cover with my translucent embossing paste & allow to dry. cut out the dry butterfly & you have created a custom strong dimensional embellishment..
just like the second photo...
try it! it's fun!

it's fun quick way to stay in touch...

I have some over the moon AWESOME prizes for YOU…

here's the list…

from Kim at eclecticPaperie…one of my favorite on line stores...
               5 stencils of the winners choice!
              you can choose any 5 you'd like, even the new ones that 
              will ship in March…Kim will send them when they arrive.
              if you choose some current stencils, they will ship now.
              choose your prize & get exactly what you want! 
              THANKS KIM!

from tim…I'm sharing some stash that he sent me…some of my 
                 most favorite of his idea-ology…YES!  the NEW
                 industrious stickers…I LOVE these things and if I 
                 share don't hoard them, you know I LOVE you!
                 THANKS TIM!
               
from Ted, aka Mr Stampers Anonymous
                 wait 'til you see this…
                 6 brand new stamp sets
                 6 brand new stencils
                 6 brand new SiSIs
                 THANKS TED!

from Ranger2 complete sets of my 12 archival inks! YIPPEE!
                 they are even sending the 6 brand new colors!
                 I'll divide these up & add them to some stamp sets…
                 hey…GOTTA have inks to use with stamps!
                 and…a brand new Ranger apron to "make art" in style!
                 THANK YOU RANGER!

from Simon Says Stamp…a favorite on line store…
                Heidi has a special CATEGORY of my products that        
                are featured at 40% off…just for this celebration
                the sale is good NOW thru FEB. 7th…
                there are 348 products included!
                it includes Blossom Bucket...
                some art parts
                some background stamps
                some stamp sets...
                THANKS HEIDI!

from my friends at onlinecardclasses…these gals do an 
               AWESOME job. I just recently participated in their
               "STENCILED" class & it was GREAT…
               I have 3…YES…3 seats to giveaway for their next class   
               that will start on March 3rd. The class title is
               CLEAN & SIMPLE 3, one layer cards…
               these classes have lifetime access & you can go to school
               in your nightie! you can still join Stenciled, just
               click the link above to see the class contents...
               THANKS JENNIFER McGUIRE & friends!

from Rickhe wanted to get in on the action…he's sharing embossing 
              pastes, Blossom Bucket embellishments &
              whatever else he finds in my stash!..hey…
              that's what he said! sounds like he's planning to send out 2 
              GIANT boxes of supplies to MAKE ART!
              what a guy! I bet he won't share HIS Budweiser!

PHEW…how's that for an awesome list of goodies?
for sure it's my biggest giveaway to date...

I think it's extra exciting because you have LOTS of chances to win!

the random winners will be chosen by Rick at 7am (Chicago time) on Monday Febuary 3rd…

to enter, leave a blog comment here...

and on my FACEBOOK page

we'll choose winners from both places...

from the bottom of my heart…

a MILLION THANKS 
for your support & friendship…

now it's time for me to…

make art!
wendy
                     

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Linda Sandell said...

Wonderful inspirational art from a very talented lady!

scrappinmcd1 said...

Thanks for sharing this technique. I am definitely going to try this soon! Love your style!

Jeannette v.D. said...

Hi Wendy, congratulations on 1000 blogposts. I love your work and products. So I would love to be considered for the giveaway. Thank you !

Heidi said...

Using the stamps OVER the stencils...I'm going to have to try that later today! And the giveaway ... Holy smokes, you've got some awesome friends!!! (And having great products doesn't hurt. ;))

Miriam Prantner said...

Congratulations on 1000! That is a huge and exciting milestone and thanks so much for the great tutorial!

Kerry said...

Congratulations on your 1000th blog post and thanks for the awesome opportunity to win some goodies. I have my fingers and toes crossed :-)

Mac Mable said...

I love dipping into your blog for my inspiration. You are one clever lady with fabulous ideas and techniques. I adore your stencils, stamps and inks. You have given me the confidence through this blog to try new and different things. Thank you so much x

purplemel said...

Wow and a big congrats on the 1000 plus blog entry. I love your blog and products. Can hardly wait to try this tech but got to work 2 12 hr shifts this weekend so look out Sun Thank you for the chance to win

Jane Aldridge said...

Will definitely be trying this technique! congrats on your 1000th blog post! keep 'em coming! :-)

Suzan VonEssen said...

Wendy, you are simply amazing! And having spent a weekend with you, I can only appreciate even more the effort you put in to create and share. Thanks... <3

creahetty said...

I like to learn ! And this is a technique to share with lots of friends !!! Now waiting for the stamps/stencils in the Netherlands. My ink is on the table ...

Cafe Crop said...

Congratulations on 1000 posts! Thanks for sharing the technique. It is definitely something I will be showing in an upcoming make-n-take and classes. It was great to visit with you again at CHA. - Tina

jackib said...

Must try this technique!! Love your art!

Redanne said...

Thank YOU Wendy for all your inspiration, 1000 is such a great achievement, many congratulations! Thanks too for the amazing give-away, got my fingers crossed. I so want that peony SiSi ... Anne x

Heidi Crowl said...

Congrats Wendy! It's been super fun following along your blog all of these years. Looking forward to the next 1,000!

K of JK Designs said...

Congratulations on your 1000th post! This is a great technique that I'm sure to try. Also thanks for an opportunity to win some great prizes.

Debbie Bick said...

congrats Wendy..awesome new images and techniques..cant wait to try them...have fun thanks for the inspirations..

Julie xx said...

You're always one of my first ports of call when the creative juices dry up. Thank you for all of your wonderful ideas and for such a great giveaway xx

TaborTooth said...

OMGosh, what a great technique!!! Thank you for sharing this. Your card and inks are fabulous. Huge thanks to all who are contributing to this give away --- amazing bounty of goodies!!!

Terry said...

YAY It is fabulous Friday, thankss so much Wendy for sharing your Fabulous and Amazing Peony Tutorial, Love the colours and your Plan A and B are amazing. Will sure try them out when the Arhival inks will be coming in. A huge THANK YOU to you too for being SUCH an ARTIST and for this FABULOUS Friday. So generous of Kim, Tim, Ted aka Mr Stampers Anonymous, Ranger, SSS Heidi, Your Friends from the onlineclasses and Rick and offcourse YOU Wendy....thank you so much for ALL the inspiration and your sweet comments and your love Hugs Terry xxxx and good luck to everyone of you fabby crafters xxxx

Broni said...

Wow, what an awesome card, Wendy! All the fun little details and the tutorial rock!! Thanks! Congrats on 1000 posts and thanks for the chance to win!

Sharon said...

Congrats on your 1000th post! I already subscribe to your blog feed and enjoy receiving your beautiful artsy posts. Love all the projects you make and your tutorials are so easy to follow! Thanks for the chance to win.

Sharon

Elaine said...

Congratulations on your 1000th post! Your blog is always inspirational and I love todays card - I definitely need that Forget-me-Not Archival. Thanks for the chance to win some awesome goodies!!

Laurie said...

U have such a easy simple way of making such beautiful designs. 1000 posts is amazing!! What a great way to celebrate. Thank u!

Laurie said...

U have such a easy simple way of making such beautiful designs. 1000 posts is amazing!! What a great way to celebrate. Thank u!

Buttons said...

So glad I was sitting on the floor for this post!
Firstly, huge congratulations on your 1000'th post milestone - that's some going.
Secondly, you are some kinda genius with these watercolouring techniques. And as they are Archival your works of art won't fade like traditional watercolouring has a habit of doing.
Thirdly, thank you so much to you and your amazing supporters for an incredibly generous giveaway. Blimey, will there be any goodies left in the US after this!
Off to play... Jenny x

Elizabeth said...

I really like the way your card turned out and I am definitely going to pick up some rubbing alcohol for my craft space to try this out, TFS
Elizabeth

Dawn @ alteredartists said...

How fun! I took a class from you @ Frenzy Stamper years ago, and I moved more than 6 mos ago, ALL my artsy stuff is still in storage until we find a home and I miss it, so I would LOVE to win this!!

sueblack said...

Oh my gosh....I just love your creativity...i love seeing your new blog entries first thing in the morning. They inspire me...make me smile..and propel me to start the day running!!!! Here's to #2000. Thank you.

sueblack said...

Oh my gosh....I just love your creativity...i love seeing your new blog entries first thing in the morning. They inspire me...make me smile..and propel me to start the day running!!!! Here's to #2000. Thank you.

Rita said...

Wow, what a brilliant tutorial. I have never been great at colouring Wendy, but after seeing what you have done I feel inspired to give it a try. Congratulations on your 1000 post and what a fabulous giveaway to celebrate. Here's to another great year for you. Hugs Rita xxx

Shirley Murdoch said...

Fabulous technique Wendy. I can't wait to give it a go. Another trip to the chemist shop beckons to get the surgical spirit. Your talent knows no bounds. Congratulations on your 1000th blog post. To win something would be just amazing. x

Diane said...

Congratulations on your 1000th blog post! It has been a PLEASURE reading them, and learning so many new techniques. A great big THANK YOU for blogging!

Laura said...

Well WEndy, you make it easy to be a loyal follower. I love your work and all your tutorials.
Congrats on your 1,000 post....wow...was there 1,000 works in it too! hahahaha.

Much Love, Laura

Laura said...

*1,000 words in it too!

Diane said...

Congratulations on your 1000th blog post! It has been a PLEASURE reading them, and learning so many new techniques. A great big THANK YOU for blogging!

LRaynor said...

That was so pretty! Congrats on the quadrupleth post!! Awesome prizes!! Gong hey fat choy!!

SannaS said...

you are an inspiration, that's why we all come here for every post... <3
here's to thousands and thousands more posts!!!

and now i'm gonna go and try to find me some rubbing alcohol, have no idea what that could be here in finland...but perhaps the hubby will know, if he doesn't he's gonna find out ;)
thanks a million for the chances to win!! =)

Scrapthat said...

CONGRATULATIONS Wendy!! I am so glad that over the years you always had a supply of Art to share because I have always found your work inspiring. I just bought a bottle of alcohol to try with your Alcohol inks! (doing that today!)
Thanks for a chance to win such a fabulous prize. Crossing my fingers! :D
Dolly

mary j said...

Just loved the class, what a beautiful tec, Thanks for the information and the chance to win a great gift.

Sue said...

First of congratulations on a 1000 posts, wozza. Next what an amazing giveaway thank you to you and all your sponsor's. BUT especially Rick I like his style. You rock Wendy for sure.

heavenlyimaginings said...

Wow I am always blown away and so inspired by your blogs.

You always have something fantastic and wonderous to teach us and I am so very very grateful that you share them with us all.

Ria Gall said...

You have so much amazing art and techniques in you that I am surprised you don't have times as many posts.
Please keep sharing with us
Hugs Ria

Debby said...

Have to run to work but thank you for the awesome tutorial, will have to try that over the snow bound weekend. Thank you and Rick and all of the others who are contributing to the great give away! Congratulations on all of your successes!

carmen roets said...

Wendy, congrats on your 1000 posts! Can't wait to read the next 1000 'cause you're so inspiring! Thanks for sharing this technique with us, I'm always thrilled to see a tutorial! you rock :-) Love your massive giveaway as well, thanks for the opportunity to win some of this yummy things! Greetings, Carmen

Cheryl Mixon said...

Congrats on the 1000th post! Incredible technique. We'll be playing with thato ne for sure. Thanks for the opportunity to win some of these goodies.

Dorothy said...

This technique is absolutely wonderful! Thank you for all the detail on how to do this!
Congrats on the 1000th post and thank you for taking the time to inspire us all!!!

Laura Flowers said...

WOW! Your posts are always chock full of awesomeness, but this one takes the cake! Congrats on your 1000th post!

Karen Clare said...

This is fantastic, thank you so much for the inspiration and opportunity! xx

Julia L. said...

Thanks for the tutorial. The dimension is awesome. I love sending cards with layers, but the postage is outrageous. Can't wait to try this technique. Thanks for the opportunity to win a gift. Julia

Martha Shiflet said...

Congratulations, Wendy!!! Your work is so inspiring. What great prizes!

Pat said...

Great tutorial Wendy and I love the resulting card. Congratulations on 1000 posts . Your fans and followers are very happy to learn from the art you are kind enough to share with us. Xx

Mallrat said...

Congrats on 1000 posts, that's huge ! I love the painting with inks the card is awesome. Happy Friday Wendy .. thanks for all your inspiration :)

Karen Crossen said...

Congratulations on your 1000th post - amazing!! I love my archival inks, thank you so much for the new technique to play with!!

Tarnished Rose said...

I love reading your blog and your step by step tutorials. You open up so many avenues I never would have thought of. And thanks to seeing them used, I am now in love with the new stencil/stamp sets.

Marilyn

Beadingwoman Jensen said...

Hi Wendy, Congratulation on the 1000 ! You are such a talented woman, I love your Work. Please keep the inspiration coming, and good luck with the NeXT 1000.

BJY said...

Thank you for always including all the details of your projects. It makes your projects so much easier to try to duplicate.

Nancy said...

Ok, I know I've been buried in work for quite awhile, but embossing powder on your archivals? I didn't think that was possible! And iced spruce for shading? Love it! I adore that color - and never thought to use it for shading. I SO love how your brain works, Wendy! (I've lost count of how many times I've looked at the tag you gave me at the scrapbooking show eons ago - your "simple" techniques always add so very much to anything!)
Congratulations on your 1,000th post! And here's to 1,000 more 'cause I know there's unending art in your soul!! Love ya, woman!

Debbie Fuchser said...

Beautiful and so inspiring! So glad you decided to share all the art you have in you!

Kim said...

What a beautiful card & technique! You always have something new to show us :) thank you for sharing your creativity with us for the past 1000 posts! I hope there are many more to come!

Patty W said...

I love , love, love the way the flower turned out !! It does look so dimensional, I kept going back and reading to make sure I didn't miss a step as to what you did ! Thanks for the chance!

Wendance Designs said...

Congratulations on your 1000th post! Love, love this technique. I have a few of the SiSi's on order..plan on ordering more! What an amazing lot of giveaways!

TAM said...

Wow you've done it again - what an amazing tutorial and the finished result is stunning.
Congratualtions on reach 1000 blog posts - thats a lot of inspiration you're sharing with us all.

Cheryl Lynn 2011 said...

Hi Wendi, enjoyed your tutorial and your 1000th post! That is an amazing number of posts. Your card is beautiful.

JustCardsBy Sara said...

omg i love your work and your amazing creations.. Congrats on 1000th here is for another 1000th more... we all love you keep up the awesome work so hope i can find some of your new products in australia.. sara

Dee in N.H. said...

Gorgeous card! I love all the depth you got with just one layer! Amazing! SiSi's are on top of my wish list and Archival inks and...oh dear, I just want it all! Thanks for a chance to win some most awesome goodies! Congrats on another great milestone! I'm looking forward to the next 1000!

Kath said...

fabulous fabulous technique...love how the flower just pops off the card...congrats on the 1000th post...keep up the great work and wowzers that is one awesome give-away...hugs kath xxx

Elly Bernhardt said...

Brilliant technique.Im glad to have learnt our equivalent to your rubbing alcohol.Congratulations on your very successful blog and thank you for sharing your talent and your generosity.

Sian Rinn said...

I knew I shouldn't have read your blog, it's another way for me to colour an image (and I need to expand my collection now :) ). Big thanks for sharing your inspiration, hints and tips. Can't wait for the next instalment.

Unknown said...

wow this technique is amazing! thanks for giving us inspiration new choices and beautiful artwork. looking forward for more to come.

Toula Makris said...

What a great technique, I'll definitely use it.
Congratulations on your milestone, look forward to many more.

Penci said...

....and THANK YOU for taking us along on your journey! I've been following you for all of your 1000 blog posts and you've kept it interesting and fresh that it's hard to believe it's been that many! Congratulations!

Monica said...

1000 incredible. I think the small stamps are great for many journaling and card ideas. I use mine with gelli prints. Exciting news about archivals inks

Super Jen said...

Congratulation! Looking forward to the next 1000!

craftimamma said...

Your posts are always a brilliant read Wendy and this one is a pure diamond! Fab tutorial & I love the smell of surgical spirits so got to try it, lol! Oh how I need your new Archivals (love the first 6 which I bought as soon as they were available here in the UK)....and the SiSis ..... and some new stamps .... and ..... and .....A BANK LOAN, lol!

Thanks for the 1,000 doses of inspiration and the chance to win such an awesome prize.

Here's to the next 1,000!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Tami said...

1000! Wow! Pretty soon, you'll be syndicated and be as famous as Seinfeld! I love all of your projects. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity!
Fondly, Tami

Sara Branson said...

I will definitely have to give this a try. Thank you.

Barb S said...

Congrats on your 1000th blog! Your creations are beautiful and well worth reading and doing, so, please, keep going! Love this idea and now I need to get some SiSis! Thanks!

PlumTuckered's Paper Plays said...

Congratulations Wendy!!!!! Today's Tut/technique is genius and I can't wait to try it!! I love, love, love playing with Specialty Stamp Paper and Archival Inks and now have a new way of coloring woohooo! A Big thank you to all of your Friends for their generosity too!!!!!

censuous1 said...

Absolutely loved reading your blog post today, and cant wait t try out this technique

Zoe Guest said...

Oh wow! What an awesome idea. I'm going to have to but some surgical spirit ASAP so I can try this one. Awesome!

Amazing giveaway too. Congratulations on your 1000th post!

Krista said...

Gorgeous card and congrats on your 1000th post! Thanks for the inspiration!

Sue said...

What a cool technique! I can't wait to try it! Thank you for the opportunity to win and congrats on your 1000th blog post.

Melissa Rijger said...

Congrats!!! 1000 blog posts. Amazing. And I love love love your art. You're a great inspiration.

Tracy MacIntosh said...

Beautiful Wendy! I'll have to add this to my binder of great techniques. Can't wait to try it!!!

Barbara said...

Love this technique and can't wait to try it! Thanks so much for sharing and thanks to all for the give-away!

newfiecrafter(Marilyn) said...

Wow that's some awesome giveaways. Love your blog and the tutorials always so easy to follow. Off to try today tech. Thanks for a chance win.

newfiecrafter(Marilyn) said...

Wow that's some awesome giveaways. Love your blog and the tutorials always so easy to follow. Off to try today tech. Thanks for a chance win.

Kindwithin123 said...

Congratulations on your 1000th. Just love your tutorials. I am just beginning my journey into expressing myself through art and am so inspired when I see your artwork. (Not sure why we call it art"work"? More like art"fun"!). Thank you for sharing this very special part of yourself with all of us!

kittycandypaper.com said...

I just have a quick question... You put embossing powder directly on the archival ink? I'll have to give that a try. Not sure why I didn't think about trying it before.

Lovely that you have a 1000 posts. I just started blogging last May myself and have found it rather rewarding.

Very cool that you participated in the online card classes. I enjoyed it very much. Had not used stencils very much in the past, but I huge crush on them now!

Janie said...

Huge congrats for your 1000th post. I love checking in to your blog and seeing all the awesome art and techniques.

Thanks for all the wonderful giveaways.

serenarepsold said...

Wendy, congratulations! You are one heck of an inspiration and a great teacher. Thanks for the opportunity to win! Oh what fun this would be!

Fran said...

"....I wondered if I had enough art in me to share..." OMG you are awesome, so full of inspiration for us all...I love all your posts and tutorials you share with us...you are an amazing artist! Congratulations and thank you on 1000 most appreciated posts!

Terry said...

I so love all the steps you shared leading up to that stunning and adorable card! Very inspiring and I think I will try some alcohol coloring today with Archival! Thank you and thank you for a chance to win something fabulous! Congrats on your 1000th post and enjoy the weekend!

Jzeebo said...

Thank Wendy for all the tips and hints. I love working with archival inks and this new technique will keep me busy. Thanks again.

Terri Urban said...

Wendy, congratulations on your 1,000 posts. I love your gorgeous card and thanks for the great tutorial.

roc said...

beautifully done! fabulous give away, too!

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Nancy S said...

Congratulations on your 1000th post! What an accomplishment! I plan to try your alcohol technique as soon as I finish my coffee. I love coloring with distress inks and never thought to try with Archival inks. Thanks for giving us another way to use our supplies.

Jackie said...

Congrats on your 1000 post! Your work is amazing!

Jessica Beare said...

You are ALWAYS so inspiring! What a bunch of fantastic gifts! Thanks for the chance to win and congrats on longevity in the industry!

sgordon1214 said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate! Thank you so much for thinking of us, and for sharing your talent!

Donna Russell said...

congrats I love your tecniques. I can't wait to try. I'm so excited to be able to color this way.

Nancy Carroll said...

Wow, just getting into stamping, love the tutorial, Need to pull out stencils and try that too. Congrats on the 1000, will be following you to learn more...

Inky Fingers said...

Wendy love all the new archival inks they are on my wishlist. Love reading your blog. Thanks for all the chances to win.

Cheryl said...

Wendy- congrats on the 1000 post - love your blog for great inspiration - thank you for sharing your techniques. Thank you for being such a wonderful creative person and for an awesome chance to win - a huge fan

Cheryl said...

Wendy- congrats on the 1000 post - love your blog for great inspiration - thank you for sharing your techniques. Thank you for being such a wonderful creative person and for an awesome chance to win - a huge fan

Sharon Y said...

Congratulations on your 1000th post! That is a lot of inspiration. Thanks for all the great tutorials, laughs, and fantastic ideas. Painting with archival inks-brilliant. Thanks Wendy! Thanks to all those contributing to the prizes!

Susang said...

What a beautiful card and amazing techniques! Thank you!

Colleen O said...

Huge congrats on your 1000 blog post! I think in all the excitement you forgot to add that brown as you intended. Thanks to all the people that donated to your giveaway. Such great support for you.

jill said...

Congrats on your 1000th blog post and thanks for the chance to win those wonderful prizes! I love your inspirational blog!

Karen Buchanan said...

Wow what a fabulous tutorial! So glad it's Friday... time to get inky! Can't wait for the new goodies to start arriving at my local store!

Michael said...

Wendy,

Thank you so much for all of your inspiration! You always have great techniques to share and give such detailed instructions, you make us want to MAKE ART! Here is to 1000 more blog posts!
Michael

Shari Czerwinski said...

I truly enjoy seeing you create! You are one of my favorite artists, and love your tutorials for us "less gifted" LOL Congratulations on making it to 1,000 posts. Thanks so much for a chance to win some goodies.

sue said...

Awesome! I would love to win! Thanks for showing us a new way to use your inks!

Renee said...

Wendy - Congrats on the milestone! I love your posts and your willingness to share all the wonderful techniques! Thank you.

Amy Kolling said...

Congrats on your milestone post!!!!! Your products are amazing!!!!! Thank you for bringing such great ideas to your blog!!!!

Julie Steed said...

Oh, Wendy, I LOVE this card! At each step I was thinking, "Wow, she did a great job on this." and then you added more and it looked even better. You rocked the card, sistah!

When you first mentioned the alcohol in the water brush I immediately thought "no way, you'd get them mixed up" and grinned when I saw your washi trick.

Quick question. Why do you have to alcohol ink? Can't you just use water with the archival inks?

Thanks!

LauraB said...

congrats on your growing blog. And wowzers on the give away.
You are "new" to me thru the OCS Stenciled. Loved that. and loved your embossing paste..so light. recently saw video of your demos at CHA and using the paste without a stencil. brilliant and great to have another use for it. Love the idea of using solvent inks to paint with, got to try that. Wonderful card and thanks for sharing all the tips, ideas, new to me products.

Lori said...

Love this tute also! Will probably case it this weekend. lol. You have the BEST tutorials! Thanks also for the wonderful opportunity to win some GREAT stuff! You're the best! (so is Rick, lol)

Wendy said...

That is a crazy generous giveaway. Thanks for that opportunity as well as the constant inspiration throughout the year.It's so nice to have access to creative minds like yours that help all of us figure out how to get the most bang for our buck in scrapbook/art journaling/mixed media.

PiHi said...

Thank you for sharing your art! This giveaway is really huge!I wish I could be that lucky girl :)

Deborah Wainwright said...

Great tutorial thanks for sharing and what a generous gift xx

Susan said...

Congratulations...but you know that you wouldn't have been this successful if you weren't incredibly talented and creative.

Maureen said...

Wow! Congratulations Wendy!!! I am a new reader and FB friend; looks like I have a lot of catching up to do! Will definitely add you to my blogroll too so I don't miss a thing from now on.

barbarayaya62 said...

I'm speechless!!! What a wonderful giveawy!!!! You , Rick and all your sponsors are so generous!!! Thank you for the chance! Your art is so beautiful, colorful, I adore your stencils , your inks, your stamps............I must continue?
BArbarayaya

isisimaginings.com said...

What a gorgeous project & an excellent tutorial, thank you. Congrats on your 1000th blog post & thank you also for such an amazing giveaway.

Wendy said...

Super cool technique !!!
Can't wait to try it out.

Linda Elbourne said...

Congratulations THE Wendy Vecchi ... Thank you for all the hard work and inspiration ... Am raising a glass of vino to celebrate with you! And of course a toast to 'the next 1000 opportunities to Make Art'

K said...

congrats on 1000th post. Love your stuff and can't wait until your new archival ink colors become available. Thanks for the giveaway!

dharmabum1966 said...

What a great technique! The polka dots are such a great addition to the flower. Thanks for the chance to win!

Hobbyaholic (April) said...

Woohoo. I love my jet black archival ink. This is fantastic! Congrats on 1000 posts. Here's to 1000 more.

A Jillian Vance Design said...

LOVE, Love that card and how it looks dimensional but isn't!
Of course Mom and I love your ink colors! And you taught us everything we know about ink!
Love you!
God Bless,
Jillian

Kourtney Vallee said...

Amazing technique. Thank you for sharing. I live how you layer the stamps and stencils together.

Julie Creek said...

Love all the details. The cut out flower image on the side is awesome.

Kay Beckord-Cargill said...

Thank you Wendy for sharing your tutorials! Now I'm inspired to try a few new things and use my tools of the trade in different ways. Love the inks!

Robin Broitman said...

Congratulations and thanks for posting such detailed instructions and great techniques.

Anna-Karin said...

Such a fabulous technique and your card is gorgeous! Love the dimension on a flat piece of paper. And what a give away! Thank you for the inspiration!

Julie Corrigan said...

Love the technique! Beautiful card and congrats on your 1000th post...quite an accomplishment!

Gina said...

OMG love it. The colors pop. I think when it comes to art there is always something to blog about.

Tasha said...

Wow Congrats on 1000 post! Thank you for sharing your passion of art. The painting with archival inks is a technique I want to try. Thank you for a chance to win an awesome giveaway!

MaryBeth said...

Congratulations on your 1000th post! I haven't read all 1000, but have several bookmarked. Your tutorials are great ... so easy to follow. TFS and thanks for giving us a chance to win such fabulous prizes.

Keep up the good work. We really appreciate it!

Amy* said...

Holy amazing giveaway Wendy! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity and techniques! Huge congrats on your 1000th post...what a milestone!

Amy*

picturemethis said...

I love the card, especially how to paint with archival inks and all the little details that bring it all together!! Congrats on your 1000th post! Thanks!

Wendy Ward said...

Thanks so much for your continued inspiration Wendy! Not hard to believe it has been 1000 posts at all, considering how long I am sure most of us have been stalking...I mean following you and know just how creative you really are. Thank you and everyone else for the opportunity for some great prizes! Looking forward to a few more thousand posts....

pattyb said...

Mercy! Can hardly wait for all your new products to hit the shelves and airways! thanks for sharing so many ideas in this new tutorial....LOVE the card! and thanks for such amazing ideas and for such a generous giveaway!!! Blessings~

sally said...

Amazing....1000 posts! Well done you :-)
I cannot believe I'm going to have to wait another 2 months plus before I get back to my craft room so that I can try this effect!!!!

Sally

Theresa said...

Wendy!! Congratulations on the 1000th blog post. That's truly remarkable. I am such a fan....Keeping my fingers crossed for winning. Now off to share with my fb buddies!!!!

Sandy said...

1000 posts! What an accomplishment! So great to read your tutorial--so clear and organized and INSPIRING! Thank you for sharing your art (and your bounty!).

Cheryl Grigsby said...

Congratulations, Wendy! You deserve all the good things coming your way. LOVE your 1000th blog technique, of course. You make it hard to finish my breakfast, I want to jump up and MAKE ART! ;-)

Wendy Goundrey said...

This is the biggest range of fantastic prizes I have ever seen in any blog! Thanks so much for a chance to win. 1000 posts is a real milestone! Kudos!

Robyn said...

Happy 1000
Great tutorial. Lots of fun inspiration to explore.

Dawn said...

Wow Your card is beautiful, I remember many moons ago just being amazed at your new stamp sets, now look at how far you have gone. Your work is still amazing and beautiful. Thank you for all that you have taught us, just by playing and Making Art! Hugs from the Beach!

Janet said...

SO happy to have found your Blog and on your 1,000th post! I love the tutorial. Thank you so much!

Claudine Criner said...

Oh my goodness Wendy what an amazing tutorial. I love the idea of using archival inks to color and they are still permanent!! awesome!!! Congrats on 1000 posts!! Wow! You are truly an inspiration! Thanks also for the chance to win :) YAY!

Starla said...

WOWIEWOWWOW!!! 1000 Posts!! Even more incredible is the fact that you STILL get so excited to share new discoveries!!
Thanks so much for sharing well over 1000 times! I cannot wait to try out this technique!

Joy said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for the new technique. I love finding new ways to use what I already have.

Neil said...

How abso-frickin-lutely cool is that! I would never have thought of using the spirits like that. Thanks for sharing this technique and thank you too for inspiration by the bucketload over the years as well as the awesome giveaway! Here's raising a glass to the next thousand posts.

Tina said...

WOW - what an incredible project! So many great tips! And what a great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!

Diane Swanson said...

1000. POSTS! And this one was the BEST! Did you win an award for your SiSi's? You should, if you didn't! They're amazing! I can't wait to get some! And all the inks AND stencils AND I gotta have that translucent embossing paste! Thank you for sharing your art and all the FABULOUS prizes!

Sue McGettigan said...

Congratulations on 1,000 posts and such great tutorials - so much fun to play along! Love your new SiSi and ink range - awesome!!

LoraineC said...

Congratulations on 1000 blog posts and a fantastic tutorial, I have several of your ink pads just waiting for your new stamps and colours to arrive in the UK. If not I am coming to visit my sister in May in North Carolina with a very long shopping list. Thank you for all inspiring ideas x

Jane Mort said...

I love your art and your products. The first set of your archival inks have become favorites of mine, and I'm so excited about the second release! Thanks for sharing your talent!

mf said...

Awesome. Love your tips! I'm new to these inks and every bit helps. Love your work!

jozazoo said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial And congratulations!

Linda said...

Thanks for the chance to win these lovely prizes. And congrats to you on your 1000th post. Enjoy all of the tutorials

Kathleen Greenwood said...

Awesome tutorial and congrats on 1000th blog post! Thanks for the chance to win some fun stuff!

Wendy said...

very, very nice cards and I love the flowers.

pam said...

That's awesome ! And 1000 posts ... phew ! Here's to 1000 more. :)

Julie Cherrington said...

Congrats on the 1000th! Just keeps getting better and better

steffi said...

Congratulations on 1000 posts! Thanks for all you share :) This is a fantastic technique (I'm glad you explained that rubbing alcohol is surgical spirit here!) and what an awesome giveaway too.

Gavi Slutzkin said...
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Sharon Cotton said...

congrats on 1000 posts.love this technique.Will have to try it.thanks.great giveaway.

Gavi Slutzkin said...

Wow,1,000 posts! Where does time go?! Congrats! That's a lot of inspiration and art shared by u, thanks! Hope to win these awesome prices!!!

Diane J said...

I really like your process of coloring. Great ideas for us all. So glad that you posts and happy for you to hit 1000! Wonderful gifts for whoever wins. WOW

Sarah Lynch said...

Thanks for your inspiration on the blog and FB, I am hoping to catch a class this year. I was out of town last year when you came to Whim So Doodle in FL (I live in Tampa) and just missed you at Eclectic Paperie in NH when I was visiting family in MA. LOVE your embossing paste and stencils. Thanks also for such a ridiculous giveaway, it's awesome!!

Sarah Lynch said...

Oh and Rick you are incredibly talented and handsome (probably) ;)

Sarah Lynch said...

Sorry to comment again but the class I missed last year by two days was at Ink about it in Westford (my mom lives there) I was so bummed but could not stay longer. This year I hope!

Inkypinkycraft said...

Great way to use archival inks, must get some rubbing alcohol! Love the look of the new SiSi and have pre ordered some!! Look forward to it! Hugely generous givewawys WOW! Thanks for the chance andthe great dea too! Trace.

Таня Паламарчук said...

what an incredible project!

Linda said...

This is an awesome give-away, Wendy. Hugh congratulations on reaching 1000 blogposts! I love the dotted flower and the defining oval frame. Great idea! Thank you so much for a chance to win.

Marci said...

I like learning new things from you, like partially cutting out the flower, and using alcohol. How do you think of these things? One thousand posts is a LOT! Hope you do many more. Thanks to you and your friends for the chance.

Maria Soto said...

first congratulations on reaching 1000 blog posts. Now for this tutorial, I LOVE it, I love to pain, and have not done much stamping, but after looking at this post, I see I can use my love for painting in stamping, so I can't wait to give it a try. Thank you for such a generous prize package, it will make for so much creativity!!!! here is to you reaching 2000 blog posts!!! ♥

Chris K said...

What a wonderful opportunity to win! Fantastic prizes. I have taken some of the online card classes and they are great. Love your archival inks - great color - so much versatility.

michelle said...

You are amazing. I was just thinking I have been following you from a long long time ago before book one time. I love that you have come along way in art and that so many people now enjoy you and all the sharing you do for us to make our art better! You rock! Rick rocks I know he has totally supported you in what you do and that is is a blessing! My best to you both and may you continue to grow and share your art with us for another 1000 plus post!

Marianne H said...

AWESOME!! Would i love to win one of those fab giveaways... ohhhh yes please.
Thanks for the tut i will try this. looks great when you do it. Hugs

Kristin Lindstrom said...

Congratulations on your milestone! I didn't know what was missing in my life until I had the opportunity to meet you at CHA in Las Vegas! You are truly amazing! Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful talent with us!

Ginger said...

great blog post. and a great give away. Carol x

2amscrapper said...

Hi Wendy! I read the entire tutorial, finding so many tips and techniques along the way to incorporate into my art. Thanks for all you do! Congrats on your 1000th post. Awesome prizes! Best wishes, Helene

Betseebee said...

Wonderful tutorial - love the yellow stripes!

SusanK said...

Oh my heavenly stars! Stop the vacuum cleaner, halt the laundry! Snow's falling so I am going to spend some time in my art room coloring with my archival inks and alcohol. And a bonus super duper giveaway. Hurray!!!!! Congrats on this milestone of 1000 posts! Here's to the next 1000+!

RobynH said...

Wonderful posting -- thank you very much for sharing. I would have never thought of using ink pads to paint with!!

Gabrielle Fabian said...

Beautiful, fun, creative, inspiring. Gotta go play now :)
xx
Gabrielle

Harley said...

Thanks for the great tips.. Who makes embossing paste?

BethW said...
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Elaine A said...

Wendy -

Thanks for the awesome tutorial. I love the details and how dimensional it looks. Congratulations on your 1,000th post and thank you for all the tips and tricks you've shown us on all those posts! And thank you for the chance to win some fabulous goodies. I think it's a hoot that Rick wants to get in on the fun too!

Wishing you many more posts!

Elaine Allen

sunshinesj said...

Oh my, what great ideas, love the results. This is my first time here so I've got lots to learn & practice. Thanks for the inspiration. sj

Craftyfield said...

Fantastic technique! Love the new Sisi products and the Archival inks. Congratulations on your 1000th post!

Barb W. said...

Congratulations on your 1000th blog posting! I am new to the art of journal pages and making greeting cards. My supplies are limited and would love to win any of the prizes.

Tikaani said...

Wow! This is the first one of your tutorials I have read and it's well done (read - easy to understand!) and what a fabulous final result!! PLUS the chance to win this humongous give-away?? You ROCK!

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