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Monday, March 7, 2016

Q & A day...

 I wanted to answer a few questions today...

#1...where can we find your stamps and stencils in the UK? I have the powders, but the stamps & stencils are elusive. 

there's no way for us to know which stores worldwide have our products in stock & when they sell out.
my advice is to contact a LSS store in the UK & ask them to order what you are looking for. I'm sure they'd be happy to help. 
 I have sent people to
he orders frequently from both Ranger & Stampers Anonymous, so he can certainly get whatever you need,
be it products from the past or
 those that are newly released...
shipping should be reasonable, 
since he's shipping to you from the UK...
hope that helps...

#2...do you have any tips for

the one thing that REALLY makes a big difference is to use them OVER a dry layer of collage medium...
any of the 3 will work well...

the advantage is that you have a much longer open time for blending them with your fingers...
you can also easily remove the colors ( thru a stencil with water/wet wipe) when they're added over the collage medium...
that's how I like them best...

I love the collage brushes because they add subtle texture to the surface...
psst..I've been using them with the archival sprays...
more about that coming soon...

the crayons are also cool for adding shadows...
and 
I like to paint with them, by touching the wet detailer water brush right to the tip of the crayon...
that works really well over archival inks...

search the net for tim's videos & you'll see lots more about how he uses them...

#3...I like the idea of using reinkers to make archival sprays. I have some color washes. how would these compare to the color washes? same? different?

the color washes are a permanent fabric dye. they have very intense color & are greatly intensified by adding water... 
one tiny drop goes a L O N G way...

the archival sprays are a dye ink.  they are permanent, even after being mixed with rubbing alcohol, to create the solution... 
they work on fabric & paper surfaces...

they are 2 really different products...

#4...have you used inks to stencil over felt/fabric?

I haven't used the archival over felt, 
but it should work just fine...

here's a CHA sample that uses 
I added tim's new textile surfaces to a piece of my magic mat board, then cut the heart, using an old Sizzix heart die...

you can see that inks are awesome on fabric...

the textile surfaces are self adhesive, so no problems with adhesive seeping thru!


here's a closer look...
the main colors are the new gorgeous

it's really a nice surface for stenciling...
love the mini plaid!



#5...I've shared your simple stencil cleaning technique that you showed us at CHA. wow.
so.much.better.

ok...I had NO clue that this was such a big deal. what I do when cleaning archival ink from my stencil is this...
place the stencil on a paper towel 
(kitchen roll for my UK friends),
then mist the stencil with rubbing alcohol, fold the paper towel over & dry both sides at once...
I have the alcohol in a distress sprayer...

if you just mist the stencil right on the craft sheet, you keep laying the stencil in wetness & it takes longer to clean...

it's not a big deal if you used a small portion of a stencil, but for background stencils, it does work much faster...


#6...will you be in Rockford this weekend?
well...that was this past weekend & I wasn't...

you can always see my teaching/demo schedule 
on the right sidebar...
I do my best to keep it up to date & I still have a few more "things" to add...

#7...I was disappointed that you didn't get us potting soil embossing powder...
please say it's coming.

my fingers are crossed here...
 sometimes you have to wait for good things...
notice that I said nothing about patience...
I have none...

#8...I enjoy your art journaling pages, but haven't seen any in awhile...

here's one I did this past weekend...
it's a page from my mat mini "fat little book"...
this uses the distress crayons and the spray archival inks...
the sentiment is brand new...




it's completely flat...
but with lots of layers, I like it...

I'll be doing more posts about this soon-ish...


ok that's it for today...
I'll try to get another post in this week before I head out...


I'll be at the Carson convention this coming weekend...
I haven't been there for a few years, so I'm excited to visit & demo there again...
come see us!

we'll have everything you need to...

make art!
wendy
ps..
for those coming to the Carson show...
tell me you're a blog friend &
 I'll have a little gift for you!

11 comments:

Fobia said...

I am a. Log friend, love everything, and will see you in Carson this weekend!!!!!

Jane said...

Such helpful advice Wendy. Your gorgeous stamps and stencils are quite elusive in the UK but I've managed to get a few. I am indeed your blog friend and love visiting here ;-) x

Diane J said...

I sure hope I am a blog friend. I love your posts with all the details of where you start to where you end. Makes life so much easier. Also the links to where you buy your products.

Stampnms said...

looking forward to seeing you at Carson. What a treat for us! ^-^

Tona said...

Thanks for all of the great answers.
I clean my stencils with alcohol wipes, by the way. Totally mess free.

Judy Williams said...

Beautiful piece of textile art Tammy! I live in the UK and buy all my Studio 490 goodies from craftclearance.co.uk. They have a great supply at really good prices (and I promise I have no shares in the shop!!).

mamablitger said...

Oh dear....of course I'm a blog friend. I would hate to miss a single update from you. Your blog has such a lot of issues covered., like today...love you posted the questions, since I also learned something new.
By the way your heart ptoject looks fabulous. And so does the journal page. I love that pointing finger...
Thank you for sharing. I wish you a great week.
Hugs from Monica....Spain

Dorothy said...

Great info!! Thanks Wendy!

Wilma said...

Have a great weekend at the Carson convention. This blogpist with the q&a was very helpful for me, thank you and yes I'm a blogfriend, won't miss a thing ;-)

Anita Houston said...

You are a wealth of information, and no one does it quite like you! LOVE all your answers!

Marilynn Solis said...

Took a wonderful class with Carolyn this Saturday at Craft Scrapper. Love all your products and glad I find this site. Lotsa lotsa ideas.
Hope to see you in June.
Marilynnn