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Monday, February 24, 2014

custom background stamps & ruler stamping...


but first...
I wanted to follow up the "paste over glass" story...


here's the summary...

it you want to apply crackled texture paste over GLASS...use either the gold or silver metallic paste as a base...
either will work perfectly...
I'll show you that below...

the black embossing paste sticks to glass perfectly, UNTIL you add the crackled on top...
they are not compatible on glass,plastic or NON-porous surfaces...

my thought is since the black & white embossing pastes are more "fluffy", they are more porous & allow the moisture from the crackled texture paste to penetrate the paste & loosen it from the glass...

so...if you want a black textured (pasted) bottle, you could add Perfect Pearls powder or Perfect Pearls mist to give it shimmer...
or...randomly paint over the dry black paste with distress paints for a cool effect...

you CAN use black embossing paste as your base before adding the crackled texture paste on other surfaces...

the photo below shows an art parts art journal cover...
with a black embossing paste base, then crackled texture paste added over the top...
perfect combo for paper based surfaces...
the metallic pastes work great as a base too...


here's another glass bottle...
then crackled texture paste applied over the dry base...
I mixed in a drop of the potting soil archival reinker before applying the paste...
that's why it's a tan color...




then inked over the dry paste with several archival ink colors...
I used leaf green, forget-me-not, cornflower blue & tree branch...

not sure what I want to add to this bottle...
I'm thinking a gold metallic FLOWER?...



one more thing before moving on...
if you're wondering if the glass is painted with Glue N Seal, before adding the black paste...
would that hold the paste on the glass?

the answer is no...it doesn't make a difference...
the black paste sticks just fine, UNTIL the crackled is added over it...

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now to share a fun art journal page, with a few twists...

once again...
I played yesterday, using my Ranger specialty stamping paper, large art journal page...

if you've been a recent visitor, you'll know I recently became obsessed crazy about circles...specifically, spotlight circle frames...
you'll see them in lots of previous posts...

I had this idea, to use my new vintage doily background stamp in another way...

I've used the whole stamp as the background of this art journal page...


and just a portion of it here...


as a tag topper & bottomer?? here...


and here's how we can use it as a spotlight frame...

I cut a circle from tim's mask material & laid it over the center of the stamp...
removed the mask, stamped it in the center of my page, then embossed it with super fine detail embossing powder...





I LOVE it...it doesn't even look like the same stamp!
it makes a fancy spotlight frame...and it's another way to change up the stamp...

which reminds my why I LOVE background STAMPS...
versatile...


 next I added my inky background using rubbing alcohol, tree branch & hydrangea archival inks...



then,  I stenciled the vintage floral with fern green, leaf green, forget-me-not & a bit of hydrangea over the blue, to create a custom color...
you'll see I didn't use the whole stencil...I only wanted it outside the circle on the right...

it's great for stenciling...






next, some dandelion archival stripes using the "yikes, stripes" stencil...



I wanted lines in the background, but not perfectly drawn lines...

I didn't want to use a lined stamp either...

thinking...thinking...

I've stamped with the edge of gridblocks before & they work GREAT, but this time I wanted thinner lines, to coordinate better with my main image...

solution!

if you don't have tim's magic ruler, grab it before it's gone...
they are discontinued...




I pressed the metal edge side of the ruler onto my watering can archival pad & stamped away...

                                           
it's PERFECT! you can make the lines as long or as short as you want & fill in any areas than need interest very easily...

and you can quickly create a REALLY fun linen-ish look!




below is my finished page, with lots more ruler stamping!


I didn't take photos for every step, but you'll see some polka dotty tree branch archival stenciled dots, some stenciled numbers & word...

the postage (LCS051 art gone postal) is stamped with tree branch...it helped to fill in the circle...

the tiny text is this train schedule stamp...


some stenciled stars...and some green striped stenciled borders...

I hope you enjoyed seeing a way to alter your background stamps...
and how to stamp with a ruler!

Sunday was a FUNday to...

make art!
wendy

37 comments:

Donna said...

Very impressive!
I like what you did here with the mask!
Someday I would love to really come play!
Someday!

Sue Waters said...

Love this tutorial! Never thought to use Tim's ruler to "stamp" with. Gonna have to try that trick!

Paper Profusion said...

Stunning journal page - love your creative experimentation! Nicola x

Sue Waters said...

Love this tutorial! Never thought to use Tim's ruler to "stamp" with. Gonna have to try that trick!

Craftyfield said...

Love that background doily stamp, versatile too!
Have you tried to isolate the black paste with gel medium, glue & seal or any other transparent medium before applying the crackle paste ?

famillemarleau said...

Those are great techniques. Love your page. Thanks for sharing, Johanne Lacombe

Wanda H said...

It's wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

anne said...

Cool!You always have the bestest techniques! I actually just bought the ruler a few days ago at my Michaels store.Another place to look!

LoraineC said...

Great ideas thanks :)

SusanK said...

Way too cool for words! I definitely want to go play in my room now!

Helen said...

Great post full of fun tips and great art, thanks Wendy.

Dorothy said...

Clever girl!!!

Wilma said...

W O W ...... another beautiful piece of art! Love it.

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous Wendy , I adore that doily! works great as a spotlight. Love your art today, gorgeous colours and design. Tracy x

Redanne said...

I LOVE that doily stamp, thanks for sharing it's versatility! I am going to try that Tim ruler technique, it really does look line linen. Great tips about the embossing pastes on glass too. Anne x

Rita said...

Fabulous art Wendy and a Great tutorial too. Will definitely try these. Hugs Rita xxx

Debby said...

Very cool piece of art. Can I just poke around in your brain when I am at a loss? You always find something new and interesting to create!

Tona said...

I just love your work!

Diane J said...

Love the journal pages and tag. Great ideas.

Miriam said...

This is fabulous Wendy - a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

Kailash said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas and tips, very inspiring!!!

Lisa said...

This is amazing, Wendy!! How creative to use the ruler to stamp with!! I love the design and details!! This is fabulous!! Have a great evening :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

jan said...

Fun stamping looks! Fresh ideas!

Z-Scrapper said...

I love you...just love you!

TwinkleToes2day said...

Very beautiful pieces, with such easy to follow steps. Thanks so much for sharing your amazing ideas.
Such a shame that new crafters will miss out on using that amazing ruler as it is discontinued. So happy I got mine a few months ago.
:o) Mo

Marci said...

Great tips-love the idea of using a mask to partially cover a stamp. The linen with a ruler is fun, too.

Marci said...

Great tips-love the idea of using a mask to partially cover a stamp. The linen with a ruler is fun, too.

Mallrat said...

What an awesome idea !! Thanks for sharing Wendy .. have a great day !

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Brilliant use of that vintage doily stamp -- thanks for passing on that tip to us. Love the way the Vintage Floral stencil looks inside the circle. Here's a tip for those who don't have Tim's ruler - I've been making black lines with the edge of an old credit card - works great! Your journal page is fabulous!

Julie Steed said...

Spiffy! I really need to try the crackle paste. On my list. For lines like on your page I have an old Starbucks card on my desk that not only makes me think about coffee...yum...but I also tap on my ink pads when going for lines. :)

Happy Tuesday!

joy said...

Thanks for another fabulous post with great tips and tricks, Wendy! Love that stencil and the way you used it as a frame.

I've had Tim's ruler for awhile now; sad that it will be discontinued. I mainly use it to center layers, etc. Like others have mentioned, I use an old credit card for making lines (black or white, usually).

Stephanie Rodgers said...

thanks for the hints, tips, and warnings for using the crackle paste on glass. I'll make sure not to make that mistake! Another beautiful journal page. Love the look of those ruler marks!

MichelleZ said...

This is a really inspiring project Wendy! I had never visited your blog before and now I feel as if I stumbled upon a treasure. I signed up to be a follower ASAP.

Thanks for leaving that comment on my blog. I was thrilled beyond words. :)

Buttons said...

Love this idea of putting a spotlight on the page with the outside of that fab stamp. It is so good to know there is a constant source of inspiration for all your fantastic products as they start appearing in our craft rooms. Jenny x

Anita Houston said...

You always AMAZE me! Stamping with a ruler, using a mask for the stamp, and crackling a bottle!!!! LOVE!!! Thanks for the tip on the black and white paste on the bottle too!

Priscilla said...

Love this! Never thought to use Tim's ruler for stamping and love the linen like look. TFS.

Lori said...

Great tips on the crackle paste! LOVE the journal pages!