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Friday, January 22, 2016

fat little book page with distress crayons...

since I had so many questions about
 I'll postpone the Q & A post 
to show you how I used them...

this is a mat mini page from the new
it's 4 ½ inches square...

 I applied a thin layer of collage medium (matte) to the page,
 with the new collage brush & dried it...

this creates a waterproof base...
I LOVE THIS...
here's why...

I didn't like my first 2 backgrounds,
 so the collage medium allowed me to
 wipe them off & start all over...
like M A G I C...

the collage medium also makes it easier & extends the open time for blending with your fingers...
they dry very quickly to a permanent background...
if you touch them they DO NOT SMUDGE...
BUT...
they are ALWAYS water reactive...
the crayons are a very unique product!

so for this background...

I scribbled on 3 colors of the distress crayons and  blended them with my fingers...
I placed my polka dotty stencil over the page & wiped thru the stencil to remove
 with a baby wipe...
 the polka dots are the spots where the crayon was removed...

did you notice that the dots each have an outline around them?

here's a little trick...

when you remove the nozzle from 
 (to add the new fine tip applicator)...
SAVE IT...
wash it out and use it as a stamp...



I tapped the larger end of the nozzle onto the
& stamped it over each dot to accent & define the dots better...

I know...
sounds like a pain, 
but it only took 2 minutes...

you'll barely see that I randomly overstamped the the background with the script background stamp, using watering can archival...

I LOVE the tarnished brass distress paint dabber for adding a finishing touch to the page edges...
I add that to most cards, tags & journal pages that I create...

I stamped the bird/branch using 
and dried it...

I had intended to leave the bird black...
but...
changed my mind &
decided to emboss him with 

to emboss ONLY the bird,
 I used the bird portion of
this outline stamp-it stencil-it was designed to work perfectly with the solid image stamp...

so, with the bird stencil over the stamped bird, I added orange blossom archival ink & then sprinkled on the coordinating embossing powder...
you can see that only the bird is embossed & he really becomes the focal point now...

I used a saying from 
 that I talked about in the last post...
it's stamped at the bottom in jet black...

the little heart is a new mat mini "have a heart", inked with orange blossom & stamped with the ticking background, using watering can archival...

the little bow was stamped with jet black & inked with the new sunflower archival ink & stamped with the ticking background to make a plaid...


the tiny line of dots is from the 

a super fine detail that I LOVE!

a little pen stitching around the edges & this page is done...



here's a closer look at the embossed bird...
this is a really fun background, using the crayons...
those "linen lines" in the background are created with the collage brush...they add an extra bonus element & some subtle texture too...
but it's interesting...
it feels completely flat...


in the next photo you can see what the 
looks like when used alone...

this is the outline stamp,
 filled in with the stencil...
so fun & E A S Y!

with the stencil in place, you can see that I added shading & stamping to just the bird...

the detail gets added 
called...

did you notice the ticking background used horizontally to create  a border at the top & bottom of the card?

background stamps do so much more that just backgrounds...

I've been reaching for the new lots of dots stencil over & over...
mini polka dots...
always in style!


so...
do you need the distress crayons?

I say...
FOR SURE!

they really are unlike anything I've ever played with...
I'll be sharing more in future posts...

wait 'til you see them on clearly for art...


now about the winner of 2 new hot off the press background stamps...

congrats to...




Blogger Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Love all your new background stamps Wendy but the Just Say It stamp was a brilliant idea, look at all those words and phrases you can get from just one stamp! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win! Deb xo

January 21, 2016 at 11:29 AM
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Rick said you are the winner & he'll be shipping them off to you...
Deb, just email me your shipping info...

be watching instagram...
I'll have a flash giveaway there this weekend...
I *think* it might be the repeating quilt stencil...

do YOU want to win 
some of the stamps I used today?

here's the GIVEAWAY for today...
thanks again to Ted, for the great prizes!



the random commenter will receive
and

a comment is your entry...

have a good weekend...

and to my east coast friends...

stay in...
stay warm and

make art!
wendy


ps...
yes...
boohoo...
it's true...

tree branch archival is discontinued...
I LOVE this color & I use it daily...

hydrangea is also going away...
poop...

and so is dandelion...
so sad...

if you didn't snag them...
be quick!

and this really sucks...
glue n seal is going away too...

off to find kleenex...







104 comments:

Linda T said...

What a beautiful card! I've been waiting for a Tim's crayon post since I saw him demonstrating them at CHA. Thanks for the tip on using the collage medium first. I just LOVE the colors. Can't wait to try them.

Wanda Hentges said...

Love the page... both pages!!!! The bird looks so good with the orange embossing!!! Fabulous!!!!!!! I have ALL your new stuff on my WANT list!!!

Nikki Davis said...

I love the crayons and it looks like we will be having some fun, but can we address the elephant in the room?

Why are they toiling with my emotions and taking away glue n seal AGAIN?!?!?!? And now Hydrangea??? Heart = Broken :-(

Sue said...

I love this little card. And I love your polka dot stamp with the dropper idea! I can't wait to get my grubby mitts on Tim's Crayons!

Jane Thebo said...

Adorable! You have outdone yourself again.
You are quite an inspiration.
Thank you,
Jane

Jane said...

Gorgeous new work Wendy. Those crayons look amazing. Another fab giveaway....how exciting. Thanks so much. Enjoy your weekend xx

SusanK said...

What a great giveaway and samples you've created! Sucks that the items you listed are being discontinued. Sigh...progress...NOT!

Janice Sharpton said...

Thanks for sharing, Wendy! Love your stamp and stencils! Glad I got the hydrangea since it's leaving! Love the bird one and would enjoy having it in my collection! :)

Wilma said...

Congrats Deb, have fun with the background stamps!
And yes I need the distress crayons Wendy :-)

Susies Cue said...

I've got a big unopened jar of glue and seal 😄I can hardly wait until you show how to use the crayons on the clearly for art!!

Cathy Potosky said...

Loving the new stamps & thank you for the Distress Crayon info!And yay!! Congrats on the win Deb!!! Can't wait to see what you create!! :)

Dorothy said...

I have no words...or I have way to many words...
Love it!!!!!

Judy said...

I really enjoy your projects Wendy. I follow your blog and catch you on FB sometimes when I'm on there. Thanks for sharing and keeping my fingers crossed that I can win these awesome stamps.

Nox said...

Not Glue n Seal - NO!!!!!!! I love the little bird in the branch stamp - that is so adorable!

Annie said...

Wow Wendy!! This page is great. I always look forward to your projects and you have such cool little tricks. I am so excited about the Distress Crayons. I have them on order and sitting here waiting for them.
Thanks, Annie

Four11Lady said...

This is beautiful! I love the way you put this all together..........wish I had the creative mind like yours! Thanks for all the explanation of how you did it all and for the chance to win!

Craftychris said...

Both these pages are awesome! I love the stamps and need them! I sooooooo hope I win! Thank you oodles for the chance! xxx

Donna said...

Love, love, love this page and yesterday's too!

But I am NOT happy about tree branch archival going away!!!! BOO HOO!

I love tree branch! How can they take it away? NOOOOO! I say!

bmerves said...

I want everything you showed today. So many great products..

Kijo Guyer said...

Birds are among my favorite things! So sad to see anything retired. What do you recommend to use in place of glue and seal?

Stephanie Rodgers said...

What?! Why does Tim get so many colors, but they're taking some of yours away? So not fair! I'm off to stock up on reinkers!

Amanda Openshaw said...

What beautiful creations Wendy. I love the colours used. Can't wait for the crayons to be available. They look amazing. Xx
Hugs
Amanda xx

Ann Barnes said...

Those distress crayons.....can not wait to experiment when they release! Your stamps would be so fun to create with. Thanks for the chance to add a couple to my stamp collection.

kmatelsky said...

Wendy
Thank you for taking the time to make this tutorial. XThe crayons look so wonderful....definitely a must have. So sad too, about the colors disappearing. Why????
Are you going to come out with embossing powder for the new colors this year??

XThank you again for all your tutorials

kathleen'
colorado

Marvi said...

Tree Branch is my favorite color because it can be used with soooo much! I'm very sorry as I know these colors are near and dear to you.

Your bird house and use of background stamps above are wonderful!!!!!

Bunny said...

This looks like such pretty fun. Winning would take the Kleenex away. Or would it?

Anne Dwyer said...

Fabulous work as usual - thanks for the tip about keeping the top will be sure to do so, are they discontinuing the colours because they have to make room for your new colours? Lucky they last for ages. Thanks for the chance to win the fabulous bird and branch stamp and stencil. Can't wait for the crayons to come out as well!!!

Susan Shrader said...

Your card is stunning. So beautiful. I love your artistic talents. I was shocked to see the colors that are being discontinued. I have all three and use all three....the tree branch, as you said, I use every day. So lucky that I got the re-inkers. Maybe I should get more. Keep making art to keep all your fans enthralled. Thank you.

cghundley said...

Great way to use
these. Thanks for
the giveaway!
Carla from Utah

Jean Dunning said...

Thanks for the info on the new crayons, will be fun to try them out soon. Sorry you lost the glue n seal battle...thank goodness we have a decent supply...

Kathy Eddy said...

Glad I bought all of the colors and the reinkers! How can you go on without the glue and seal????? Love the little fat book page! Adorable!

nonnie said...

Inspiring as always! Thanks for the chance to win!

Nan G said...

Love the little page! Would be so,cool to win the bird stamp it stencil it and stamp set!! I should come out of retirement so I could afford to do more shopping ;) You new releases are fab! Bummer about Ranger discontinuing Glue n Seal!! I'm stocking up! Better get some of the re-inkers too.

Leap Year Baby said...

Love your card I can see why you love the crayons. Another thing to put on my have to have list! Thanks for the inspiration!

Danielle Dietz said...

Beautiful projects and I love the tip about using the nozzle! Genius! The crayons are starting to grow on me after seeing so many beautiful projects. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

kit cochran said...

What a wonderful tutorial. The way you explain things makes art more approachable, so thank you for that. I am really excited about the collage medium and brushes. The crayons look pretty cool and look forward to many more videos on their use. But most of all I loved your samp it stencil it bird on a branch.

kit cochran said...

What a wonderful tutorial. The way you explain things makes art more approachable, so thank you for that. I am really excited about the collage medium and brushes. The crayons look pretty cool and look forward to many more videos on their use. But most of all I loved your samp it stencil it bird on a branch.

nanastricter said...

SO many new hints / ideas for the products! Thank you for being so creative. Can't wait to get my hands on the bird / branch SIS and some crayons. I'm also going to hoard my Hydrangea and Tree Branch. Thanks for the heads-up.

Lisa H said...

I reeeeallly want to try those crayons! They look awesome! I love your new stuff Wendy, especially the bird stamp and stencil. (I am a bird fan!) Thanks for the chance to win some goodies. And thanks for your "get more bang for your buck" tips. I love those!

Tona said...

Love your project, as usual. Of course I also love anything "birds" so your stamp set is on the top of my wish list.
These crayons looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for all the tips.

SHartl said...

I love all the layering of stamps and stencil and especially love the embossed bird! I haven't tried those crayons yet but they look like fun.

SusieScrapper said...

Beautiful as always and love how you walk us though your process! Can't wait to check out the crayons, they sound and look like a lot of fun! Congratulations to the winners!!

Claire said...

Beautiful projects - I love how the polka dot outline really makes them pop and gives them a bit of definition. Love the tiny bird houses - so cute! Claire x

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Oh my gosh, thank you Wendy and Rick, I am so excited to be the lucky winner! Love your book pages Wendy, can't wait to try the distress crayons and great tip to basecoat with the collage medium first. Boo hoo that tree branch, hydrangea and dandelion will be no more, I just got all three and love them :O( And glue and seal too? Nooo! Thanks again Wendy and I will send you my info. Deb xo

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Another fun post..just love the effects you have on this adorable page. Will have to online order the distress crayons. I like 'em. Thanks for the fun

Redanne said...

Oh I just love how you did the dots, they look SO dimensional - wow!

Huge congratulations to the lovely Deb - woohoo!

No, please - they cannot do that again with the Glue and Seal - boohoo indeed and then the tree branch and hydrangea too - so glad I got mine....

Can't wait for my crayons to arrive now... Hugs, Anne xx

Theresa said...

Pass the tissue......HYDRANGEA???? DANDELION???? TREE BRANCH???? OH NO!! What are they thinking?????? AND Glue 'n Seal....my day is ruined.

Montana-Hens said...

Enjoyed this post. I have all the discontinued products but tree branch and I have to get it now before it is gone. Good light browns are hard to find...

Cindy said...

Thanks for the demo using the Distress Crayons, Wendy. I didn't think I was going to need them but now....,

Cindy said...

Thanks for the demo using the Distress Crayons, Wendy. I didn't think I was going to need them but now....,

Team Clark said...

Oh no! Tree branch was my favorite color!!! Will have to stock up! Thanks so much for the second giveaway. Love this bird!!!! Congrats to Deb!!!

Tarnished Rose said...

You make it look sooooo easy! Love the projects you shared.

Marilyn

K of JK Designs said...

Discontinuing tree branch? That's just crazy. Glad I have reinkers. Love to win these stamps Wendy, thanks for the opportunity.

K of JK Designs said...

Discontinuing tree branch? That's just crazy. Glad I have reinkers. Love to win these stamps Wendy, thanks for the opportunity.

Jeanette Cunningham said...

Love your art..espescially love that little bird house..it adds so much fun

Jacky said...

Amazing work - love everything. The crayons are on my wish list! So many inspirational ideas. Can't wait for the next project xx

Rsanchi said...

The layers! The layers! Love them! Such depth and interest even when you barely notice them. Wonderful piece!

Cassandra said...

Wendy,

Thank you for the tip. Very innovative!

Sharon said...

Hi Wendy: Your blog post "how-to's" give such great hints, whether stamping, colouring, embossing, etc. Thanks for the chance to win your bird goodies!
Sharon

Jess M said...

I just adore birds. If something isn't working you put a bird on it and it's all better. These new stamps are the bees knees.

KVencel said...

Your new stamps are wonderful! Small & simple sayings, perfect for so many situations.
Since I too am crying over the demise of glue-n-seal, sniff, sniff, can matte medium be used as a glue also?

Robin said...

Very nice. Thanks for all the tips!

Kimberly Cobb said...

Love your two pages...the first is my favorite. So neat the way you removed the distress crayon through the stencil. Love this new stamp and stencil. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Cathy Frailey said...

Great giveaway - I could use those items today with almost 8" of snow! Stencils and stamps - I'm in heaven!

Kailash said...

Such a sweet giveaway, love all your ideas and inspiration!!

yoorah said...

This is gorgeous! I have to go find refills for my inkpads!

Cheryl Grigsby said...

I just love this set and the giveaway combo. And of course, i LOVE what you do with them! Thanks for the tutorial!

lgw said...

Love this!

michelle said...

Okay I am sad some of my favorite colors are going away and glue n seal . . . oh no! But on the happy side I love your new line of releases and will make my heart happy by shopping!!

jezebel said...

NOOOOOOOO! I need to buy a Gallon of glue n seal! The archival ink, well, the new colors will always be wonderful and tree branch...I will just get another reinker. But NO MORE GLUE N SEAL? Say it ain't so! Ugh!

I love this set, but then I love every set you have. They're like Lays Potato Chips - you can't have just one!

Vic said...

I love the details on your page. Congrats to Deb.

madhvi shah said...

Innovation the need of every crafter.u r a gem for sharing so many idea.. Bird n polka dot a wow combination.

madhvi shah said...

Innovation the need of every crafter.u r a gem for sharing so many idea.. Bird n polka dot a wow combination.

Christi Conley said...

WHAT?!?! But, but, but I LOVE Hydrangea!!! :( Boo Hiss Boo - but on a happier note, your creations are as stunning as ever! and HUGE congrats to Deb!!

Carol H. said...

I totally love the bird and branch!! Flowers and birds...my faves! Of course, your art is in my faves category too!

Jean said...

Such fun! Loving the bird and branch! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful idea!

Alina said...

Gorgeous stamps and stencil. I love birds! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

Katy Leitch said...

So clever that you embossed the bird separately like that - it really really pops! Love it.

However you spoiled my day with the news about Tree Branch - I LOVE THAT COLOUR! Must get a couple of re-inkers before they are gone forever....

GreenMonsta00 said...

Love the page you created, along with the tips you always provide. Tim's crayons are definitely on my NEED list. Can't believe that they're discontinuing the Glue N Seal again. :-(

Karenladd said...

Thanks for the wonderful inspiration and tutorial. That stencil and stamp set are so beautiful and love the layered technique!

Marianne/skorpionen said...

Wonderful card!

(but what am I going to use when the tree branch is gone??? Crizes!!)

Beejay said...

Love your art! Love the bird and branch! Love your style! Thanks for the inspiration! Thanks for the chance to win!

Jacki said...

Wendy - always inspirational - always gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us. :)

Grá O'Neill said...

Loving the art & great giveaway :)

Cindy Wirl said...

As always your artistic talent is awe inspiring!!

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Lisa C said...

You rocked this outta the park...as usual! Love how you layer and layer and layer!

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful page! Can't wait to try out the Distress crayons! Thanks for the chance to win a fabulous prize!

Christina Hicks said...

I love this so much. And great idea with the nozzle.

Mel Roberts-Hareld said...

Oh, WENDY!!! How CAN those colors be going AWAY?!?!? POOP is RIGHT! �� Well...I have each one, but I'm going to have to hit The Crafty Scrapper up as soon as the doors open, come Monday morning! Sheesh!

I sure enjoy the step-by-step directions you post, by the way. It really helps me be able to see how one step affects the outcome of another step, ultimately to become the end result one wishes to acheive. Outstanding, as always! I have been aching to get back to my craft room and get started on new projects! Then, there's the way you think in cool directions...like using the little top to enhance the look of the polka dots! Hot DOG, that was a good one!!! Love it!!!

As for those poor folks out East, I sure hope they paid attention to the warnings and were READY to stay in and stay warm...talk about a Winter to remember! (I had to fly back to Texas, to stay warm...those Illinois Winters! Wow! I DID get to have a little snow, for the "pretty part", but as soon as the sub-freezing temps kicked in, well...I was Midway Airport bound! When the little hairs in your nose go "PRICKLE!", the minute you inhale...holy FROSTBITE, Batman!!!)

samantha wade said...

Beautiful, love the stamp and stencil, would love to create with these. Xx

Debby Lewis said...

You never cease to amaze me with you talent. Make sure Ted brings some of your new products to the SSAT. I'll be there in Columbia.

ladyhillory said...

Wendy, I wish I had a studio and then I would invite you with your absolutely beautiful art... !!!

sewzallsquirrels said...

I think we all will agree that we need the Distress Crayons. Then some new stamps like your bird and branch. i love all of the Stamp It Stencil It products
Keep it up.

Julia Aston said...

Love all the techniques you used on your little panel! All fun new creative stuff! Didn't they take away glue n seal before and then gave it back??!

DanicaA said...

Love this stamp set. I just recently discovered your archival inks and absolutely love them!!!!

Chris E said...

OH NO, I'm sorry to hear your loosing Glue & Seal, you worked hard to have Ranger bring it back �� & we know how much you love it!!! You should see if you can get more by the gallon.�� I'll be stocking up on refills & EP for my always used Watering Can, I'll be lost, I love that color... And, the Buttercup I use all Spring & Summer on projects, I'm so sad. �� I love what you did with Tim's crayons, the background and your stamps. What awesome artwork, I love it...

Jean Dunning said...

So glad I have those colors AND reinkers. I really use tree branch a lot...what's up with that? Such a versatile color! I was hoping to see Hydrangea in an embossing powder, oh, well, we are all at the whim of a fickle market place.
Thanks for the random drawings, they're fun:)

Sandy said...

I guess it is a Good thing I bought the reinkers for the colors being discontinued! My daughter loves birds! Thanks for the chance to win.

Astrid Maclean said...

Brilliant makes and oh those crayons, can't wait to get my hand on them! Love the idea of stamping with the glue top, well worth the effort, it really makes those polka dots pop!

Leigh Pogue said...

I absolutely love this entry ! Watering can is one of my favorite colors. But the orange blossom is beautiful but why oh why did they have to discontinue dandelion ??? Ugh! I love this stamp set. It is simple yet can be used in many different ways, and most of all you can stencil with this set and as you've done here, emboss for a focal point ! Love it. TFS Leigh Pogue

K D said...

Wow! Beautiful examples! Thanks for the chance to win. Those stamps and stencils would be so much fun to use. Also thanks for the heads up on the discontinued colors.

Vicki said...

I love your projects. I am so glad I have alot of your new stuff preordered ❤. Sad to hear those things are being retired. Need to stock up!

Vicki said...

I love your projects. I am so glad I have alot of your new stuff preordered ❤. Sad to hear those things are being retired. Need to stock up!