Friday, September 8, 2017

WEBBING EMBOSS

Many years ago I stumbled across the use of Hemming Web Tape to make amazing embossing textures.  As I come from a sewing background, of course I had this little roll of tape in my sewing stash.  For this class I have purchased the fusible webbing by the metre.  This is the exact same product as Hemming Web Tape but the tape is only around 15mm wide, by the metre it's about 45cm wide!  This can be used on a pre-made background as I have done in samples below, it just adds a little more texture and interest to your background.  I found it best to place a piece of the fusible webbing on the background (it can just be a strip or a larger piece), heat with a heat gun (the low blow one works best!) until it starts to melt and shrivel, then working quickly, add your embossing powder.  Tip off the excess powder and heat.  It should create a lacy texture as the embossing powder melts and the fusible webbing shrivels and makes holes.  Take care not to overheat as you don't want to melt your embossing powder totally into the background!

"Salty but sweet"...

"Medicine & Poison"...

"Reality"...

"Life is short"...

"Dark & Dreadful"...


Finally, the last sample from the shrink plastic class last week.  The cat and dog are from the Stampotique cat & dog cubes so yes they are small to start with and they are even smaller when shrunk!!!

"Today the dog"...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

SHRINK & ALCOHOL INKS

Shrink Plastic (or Shrinky Dinks) has been around for many years and every now and again it gets dragged into the spotlight again as a whole new slew of people are amazed at how this product contorts and shrinks to around 1/4 of the original size of whatever stamp you use.  I have used both the clear and the sanded for this class but in both cases have used only alcohol inks to colour.  If using the sanded, one side has a roughened surface to take colour before you shrink and the stamping goes onto the smooth side so you have depth with the stamped image being on the top and the colour showing up underneath.  If colouring before shrinking, you must use very light colours as the colour intensifies dramatically when shrunk.  So for this reason, I like to colour with the alcohol inks after I've shrunk.  Obviously, it depends on what type of stamp you use as to if you can do this.

"Too Human"...
(clear shrink & coloured after shrinking)

"Nature's Graffiti"...
(Clear shrink & coloured after shrinking. The
weeds on the shrink were added after shrinking
to continue the design from the stamp on the background)

"No Imagination"...
(Clear shrink, alcohol ink added before shrinking.
Alcohol ink was spread using rubber puffer to blow
the ink around, can also use canned air or straw.
Mounted on silver foil to bring out design)

"Lazy Rule"...
(Sanded shrink coloured before shrinking - very
light application of colour!)


Finally, this is the last sample from last week's Dot Liner Embellishing class.

"Gene Pool"...

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

DOT LINER EMBELLISHING

It's surprising how many office supplies can be multi-purpose in the art & craft world.  I remember many years ago using one of the white-out correction tapes to add random white areas to an atc and as it was an old tape, it didn't work very well but the more scratchy and grungy look suited perfectly what I was trying to achieve.  In this class we'll be using the Dot Liner tapes that are adhesive tapes but not in a solid block, they have little dots or even hearts on them as the adhesive.  The brand I found at Officeworks here in Australia was called Kokuyo and here is a link to the dots, this is the link to the hearts.   You can get refills for both too!

So because they are sticky I applied 3 different techniques to them.  The first one was embossing powder, the second was foil (absolutely gorgeous!!!) and finally Perfect Pearls (this was the most subtle).  Of course, you don't have to use the dot liners, you can always just use your normal adhesive rollers but then you just get a plain solid line (which may suit your specific piece), these just give you an alternative.

"Scars are tattoos"
Embossing powder
(I used some rub-ons on this background, suited perfectly!)

"Rainbow"
Foil

"Live for the moments"
Perfect Pearls

"Once a beginner"
Foil

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

BRUSHO'S & METALLICS

I thought it was time we dug out the Brusho's and had another play with them, this time incorporating metallic colours with them.  I have used both the Ken Oliver Color Burst Liquid Metals (Heavy Metals set) as well as my Schmincke Gold & Silver powder.  The Liquid Metals are already a liquid but the powder must be activated with water first and they both behave quite differently.  For the samples with the faces I've used Jane Davenport's gorgeous face stamp sets which just give you the basic facial features and you add the rest.  I've also tried to leave some white open space on most of my samples as I love the colour contrast between the brightness of the highly pigmented Brusho powders and the white space.  I've also used a fine black Sharpie to add details to the hair on the two face ones.  The green ocean one was simply to use up extra of the Schmincke powder that I had made up and I blended it with a couple of colours of Brusho powders in green shades.  

"A little sparkle"...
(The lighter area in her hair is the Platinum Heavy Metals)

"Inside the box"...
(Copper Heavy Metals in the sky and Platinum Heavy
Metals for the moon)

"Love the sound"...
(Pewter Heavy Metals over Brusho's)

"Broken crayons"...
(this one is using the Schmincke gold over Grey Brusho)

"Salt water"...
(Schmincke gold splattered over a Brusho
& Schmincke gold background)

Lastly, these final two are both the covers, neither are finished but I wanted to show the different ways of using the Brusho's and how effective the white space can be.  These are 20cm x 16cm (or 8" x 6").



Really lastly, these two are the final samples from the previous class, Translucent Alcohol Inks.

 "Limited Edition"...

"Auto correct"...


Friday, July 14, 2017

TRANSLUCENT ALCOHOL INKS

Everyone knows of courses that alcohol inks are translucent but because of this, when applied to another surface that is also semi-translucent it creates another wonderful technique.  The receiving surface needs to be able to withstand liquid in the form of alcohol inks and rubbing alcohol without falling apart so something like tissue paper is out of the question.  Enter... deli paper!  It has a waxed side and a matte size which means it has the ability to stand up to the amount of inks & alcohol you need to apply for this technique.  But when dry, it can be applied with PVA glue, gel medium or even a Xyron over the top of another piece of card with a stamped image (or book paper even!) on it and the underneath shows through.  It gives a very watercolour painterly effect.  

See the little hearts on the first card below?  Those hearts are punched out of the deli paper and applied as well, but you need to enclose the deli paper between 2 pieces of normal copy paper as the deli paper is too soft to punch cleanly.  I layer several sheets of deli paper and each underlying layer is softer and more muted so you have lots to choose from.  Pay attention to your white areas too, as you can see below in some of the examples, the white bits add to the effect.  This means you don't cover the whole of the deli paper with ink, leave some white bits showing as these totally blend into the background so you can see the uneven edges where the alcohol inks are.

"Stupid"...

"Live a life"...
(over book paper)

"Key to change"...

"Believe in tomorrow"...


Lastly, this is my final sample from the previous class using the Distress Oxides.
"Periodically"...

Friday, June 30, 2017

DISTRESS OXIDE INKS!

I've been a huge fan of the Ranger Distress Ink Pads for years now and was, like most people, excited when the news broke there was to be a new Distress Oxide Ink Pad.   They do react very differently than the normal Distress Ink Pads and are a total stand-alone product that is worth the outlay.  This is my opinion anyway, I know some people have been underwhelmed but I think like any new product you need to play with it several times to realise it's potential.... my biggest gripe at the moment.... only 12 colours available at the moment.   Another 12 are to be released very soon and Tim himself has confirmed they will release all the colours that are in the normal Distress Range.  There are loads of example video's on YouTube so check there for inspiration.

"Time flies"...

"Dark & Twisted"...

"Bee my honey"...

"Anti-social"...

These are some samples without anything on them.  They are 5" high 
x 3.5" wide (or 13cm high x 9cm)







Tuesday, June 13, 2017

TARNISHED FOIL

Probably one of the best purchases you can make in the papercraft/mixed media world is a roll of Silver adhesive foil tape.  Ranger sells the sheets (A4 I think) but I prefer the roll that you can buy and if you get the one that is about 8cm (or 3") wide, it will cover an atc easily with extra to wrap over the edges to keep it neat!  When you combine silver foil with embossing folders, embossing powders and black Stazon ink, the effect is just wonderful!  I like to attach my foil to some card stock first to give it a little body, then emboss with your favourite embossing folder then swipe over some clear embossing ink lightly in areas, emboss with powder (I used gold, copper and some colours that suited my chosen images) and heat.  Allow to cool and add another colour embossing powder to contrast against the first colour, then after cooling again, swipe over some Black Stazon ink from the ink pad and it will pick up the texture from the embossing powders as well as highlight the design from the embossing powder!  Great background for cards too!!!

"Freak"...

"Planet B"...

"Bee little"...

"Black as my soul"...

"Assemblage"...

This last one below is my remaining atc from the previous class, Embossed Blobs.

"Honest"...