Sunday, September 15, 2019

SHIMMER PENS #1

I recently bought some of the Nuvo Glitter Markers and loved the amount of shimmer in them.  I also have some Spectrum Noir and Wink of Stella shimmer pens.  Previously, I had only used them for adding colour to stamped or die-cut images but by scribbling some out onto a piece of acetate and then using a water brush to pick some up, you can create wonderful watercolour looking backgrounds that shimmer amazingly.  This technique needs to be tried out as the computer/phone screens just don't do these atc's justice in the shimmer department.  You can see a little better how much shimmer you can get in the one called "WTF" as I happened to catch it in just the right light.  If you do this technique and there's not enough shimmer, you can use your clear shimmer pen over the top of the coloured areas to add even more clear shimmer as it won't affect your colours underneath.  Try it... you'll like it.  😎

"Moon"...
(The shadow behind the bat over the moon is
created by raising the bats up with foam tape)

"Smile"...
(The skull is one of the pieces I made using
last fortnight's technique of Stucco Gesso)

"Different path"...
(The shadowing behind the bird is created by 
raising the bird up on foam tape)

"Deeply Creepy"...
(Both the moon and the ghosts were added after
by stamping the shapes with Versamark, then brushing
Perfect Pearls in Pearl over them)

WTF?

This last one is from the Embossed Gloss Stamping class a couple of fortnight's ago, but this one has no stamping in the background.  I just did the water/powders/embossing steps straight onto the gloss
card.  I really wanted to use the die-cut shapes I had bought and these colours worked perfectly.

"Wish"...

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

STUCCO GESSO

 Gesso is a great way of adding texture to your backgrounds or even your die-cut or chipboard shapes.  I have used both black and white gesso on these samples below.  If you're using white gesso on plain white card stock, then once it has dried, you can colour with a quick swipe of Distress Oxide Ink Pads, then spritz with a little water to get the colour to run (& blend if you have added a couple of colours).  The trick to getting lots of texture is to apply the gesso randomly and not too thick all over, you want varying depths of the gesso.  Then hit it with the heat gun to dry it.  It will cause it to dry much quicker but will also give the added bonus of bubbles which, when dried, will flatten down a little but will still be very textured.  I have also used black gesso on black card, then instead of Distress Oxides, I have simply gently swiped over my clear embossing ink pad to just get the high points of the texture, then dump on embossing powder and heat.  This is how I've created the crow in "Terrors" below as well as the bird on "Scenic Route", but on that one, I used white gesso on chipboard.  Have a play.  😊

"Terrors"...

"Scenic Route"...

"Nocturnal haunting"...

"Made in China"...

"Vogue"...

"Glorious Mess"...

Thursday, August 22, 2019

EMBOSSED GLOSS STAMPING

This technique combines a few of my favourite things, stamping, embossing and Nuvo Shimmer Powders (or Cosmic Pixie Powders/Brushos).  Because I was going to be using the Shimmer Powders with water, I needed to have the stamping done in Archival Ink instead of just reaching for my usual Distress Oxide Ink Pads.  I recently bought the 3 sets of the mini Archival Ink Pads in the Distress colours and I'm so glad I did!  They are wonderful colours as you can see below in the stamping.  These were stamped on gloss card, then after the stamped image had dried I spritzed on some water and added some of the Nuvo Shimmer Powder.  Next, I tapped off the excess water then dumped clear embossing powder over the whole thing.  No embossing ink was used, the water was enough to hold the clear embossing powder which I then heated to create the gorgeous glossy, speckly effect.  It turned out with a rough texture as some of the water had dried and the embossing powder wasn't stuck to the whole card, just sections.  The other thing I noticed was that the stamping seemed to create a resist type of effect too!

"Poke the dragon"...

"Figureoutable"...

"Edible"...

"Melts in your mouth"...

"Science puns"...

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

EMBOSSING FOLDER WATERCOLOURING

The use of embossing folders with the gorgeous colours of Distress Oxide Ink Pads is the basis for this fortnight's technique.  For this to work well, you need to use embossing folders that have a lot of open space on them, in other words, not a densely covered embossing folder but one that has only a few lines or a few solid areas.  The samples below will give you an idea of which type works best with this technique.  I added the colour directly from the Distress Oxide Pad onto the side of the embossing folder that has the recesses on it, so the side of the embossing folder that has the design raised on it is the side that has no colour.  Swipe the ink pad over the recessed side, spritz lightly with water, place your card inside and then run through a Big Shot or equivalent.  
You should have your design stay mainly white with the background area coloured.  If you use too much water it will run into the recesses and colour those too, try and avoid that.  I then used an aqua pen and used a little colour from the ink pad to colour in the design how I wanted.  Maybe you need to fill in an area that was a bit dry, or like the mountain scene below, I added a grey shadow beneath the mountain impressions.  On the 3rd one below, Dead Leaves, I used Iced Spruce to colour in the leaves and Gathered Twigs to do the stems.  The background on this one was Peeled Paint.  

"Fear of falling"...

"On my way"...

"Dead leaves"...

"Aquaholic"...

"Magic"...

"Wildflower"...

Monday, July 22, 2019

MAGIC ERASER & ALCOHOL INKS

I recently purchased some new alcohol inks from Riot Art here in Australia.  The brand is Paper Mill and all the samples shown below are made using these inks only.  Ranger is my normal alcohol ink go-to, but I wanted to try these ones out.  I have 20 colours (think that's all that is available) and they are very dense in colour and gorgeous!  Of course, you can use either blending solution or, as I do, 91% alcohol to dilute them down.  For this class, I wanted to use a different applicator that I had read about being used and was impressed with how it works.  The samples below with the stripey look to them is just using this applicator.  What is it?  It's a Magic Eraser!  Don't pay a lot for them from the supermarket, go to one of the cheap stores (Reject Shop, or Red Dot or similar) and buy a pack for only a few dollars.  Cut a piece off, drop on a drop of a couple of different colours, add a little alcohol (or blending solution) and swipe on.  This is how you get the striped effect.  The other ones I have blobbed it onto the card base (I used both Photo Paper and Yupo) like you would with your normal felt.  The alcohol doesn't soak in too much to the sponge and I found by doing a double size of the card (so 5" x 7"), it was easier to control the stripes.  As shown by the first and last card, these were both done at the same time.  The gold that you can see is Pinata Brass or Pinata Gold that has either just been applied directly from a tiny needle-nose bottle, or added and then a little 91% alcohol on top to get it to blend and move around.

"Heavy door"...

"Up at the stars"...

"Escape the ordinary"...

"Seas the day"...

"Join Nasa"...

"Hang on"...

Friday, July 12, 2019

SHAVING FOAM SPARKLE

Thus begins Technique Book #22.  Years ago we used shaving foam to create a marbled background (a great technique to re-visit by the way).  This technique is also using shaving foam but it is used in conjunction with Distress Oxide Inks.  I stumbled across this technique while trawling YouTube video's and had a play around with it to get it to work on the smaller size of ATC's, rather than on a card front.  The application of Distress Oxide to a small acrylic block, then a small swipe of shaving foam, then swipe that across your white card stock results in a messy, grungy style of colour application.  The addition of embossing in a couple of colours through the centre that has been left white helps to tie it all together.  I love how many ways you can use embossing powder, as a focus or feature, or as part of the background.  

This is my cover.  It's 20cm x 15cm (or 8" x 6").
The tree and owl are die-cuts, the skull design across the
bottom is a stamp and the net stuff up the top is some
Halloween fabric that I bought when it was on
clearance last year in November.  

"Terrors"...
(Both the bird & fence are
embossed with Black UTEE)

"Dead Fish"...
(The silver up the top is another fabric.
Check the dance section at your local
fabric store for what can be used on
ATC's and cards!)

"Scenic Route"...
(Tree, deer, rabbit & eagle
are all die-cuts.  The gold ones
are cut from a gold metallic paper pad
from K-Mart!)

"Feel the rain"...
(The 3 branches are all embossed with
Black UTEE.)

"Sparkle"...
(Gold leaf shape is also die-cut from the same
metallic paper from K-Mart.)


Finally, another sample from my previous class, Enamel Backgrounds.
"Tangled"...
(The bat up the top is made from some chopped up bits of
black glue stick that have been put into a silicon bat mould,
then heated.  Because the mould is silicon, the heat-gun doesn't
affect it and the glue dries quickly.  It's been rubbed over
with silver and gold metallic paint to bring out the details.)

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

ENAMEL BACKGROUNDS

This background is a combination of painted cardstock, clear UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) and black acrylic paint.  The colour that you see showing through is the initial paint colour that is applied to the card stock.  Then clear UTEE is applied all over, some of the UTEE is brushed off (into a bin) and then heated.  Black paint is then applied all over, let sit for a few minutes to dry slightly, then wipe off with a combination of dry paper towels and a baby wipe (if you wish to wipe more of the black off).  The black settles into the un-embossed areas creating the look of pitted enamel.

"End Task"...

"Face your problems"...

"No desire"...

"Birthstone"...

"Pause"...