Tuesday, April 17, 2018

LIQUID METALS

For this fortnight's technique, I wanted to use the Ken Oliver Liquid Metals as some of the girls had just recently used them in a previous class and purchased some.  I wanted to show that you could do more than one thing with them, which is always an important factor when you buy new goodies.... make sure it has more than one use!  This time I brayered them onto gloss card and when dry, ran them through my Big Shot with various embossing folders.  To make the embossing stand out, I swiped over carefully with a coordinating colour of Distress Oxide Inks.  

The rest is simply adding your focal image/piece and then add the extra embellishments to finish telling the story.  I always try to include elements of the image or focal piece in the rest of the atc so it all relates.  In a couple of these examples (Sparkle and Take Your Shoes Off), I have repeated the elements from the image on the background of the atc.  I also dripped some of the Liquid Metals down the image in A Fine Line and you should be able to see some of the shimmer in those drips.   The liquid metals are a shimmery liquid and so once again, they have to be seen in the flesh to appreciate the shimmer that comes up.  Try them out, you'll love them!

"Damaged"...

"Dig it"...

"Sparkle"...

"Take Your Shoes Off"...

"A fine line"...


Finally, this one is from last fortnight's class, Leafing Flakes & Die Cuts.  This is a multi-coloured leafing flake and is really gorgeous in the flesh.

"Nocturnal"...

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

DIE-CUTS & LEAFING FLAKES V2

Not so long ago we used die-cut shapes cut from double-sided adhesive paper and applied leafing flakes to them.  This technique is the reverse of that where you cut your die shapes from paper or card and apply them to the double-sided adhesive that totally covers the backing card, then apply the leafing flakes.  So the leafing flakes are going on to all the exposed sticky areas of the adhesive.  This gives you a gorgeous leafing flake background so you can appreciate the shine of this beautiful product in all its glory.  These are all quite simple atc's as I wanted the leafing flakes to take centre stage.  Once again, this is a technique best viewed in real life as the computer screen does the backgrounds no justice at all.  

"Decompose"... 

"Groot"...
(love this movie!)

"It was me"...
(I had to take the picture of this one from further
away so you could see how the edges of the
frame hang over the atc.)

"Balance"...

Sunday, March 18, 2018

COLOUR SHIFT & METALLICS PAINTS

I had the opportunity have a play with the Colour Shift Metallic Paints by Plaid (spelt Color though as it is from the US).  These samples are on a black gloss background and as you can see, well you actually can't see how amazing these colours do actually shift when you tilt and turn the card to catch the reflected light.  If you have the chance to buy some or even just have a go with them, definitely do it!  I also did some samples on plain white card and while the colour shift still works, they look totally different on white (but definitely still wonderful as they are metallic).  There are 10 colours in the range and I originally started out with 5, but no, you need all 10... particularly Aqua Flash and Green Flash, oh and purple, orange, red, etc. etc.

"Landscape painting"...
(Die cut leaf shape has been embossed with
black utee, looks wonderful on this background!)

Side view to show the dimension of this die-cut.... yes I was silly enough to
stick a tiny piece of black fun foam underneath each leaf to make it stand
out from the background.  Looks awesome but what a pain to do!

"Live a life"...
(This one is actually not using the Colour Shift, it's plain metallic Plaid paints as
I wanted to show the girls who don't have the colour shift that you can still do
a great looking background with ordinary metallics on black gloss card.  This
looks much more of a rose gold colour in real life.)

"Find your wings"...

"Another world"...

"Best antiques"...

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

SHIMMERING BRUSHO'S

I thought it was about time to revisit Brusho's, those little crystals that just explode with colour when you spritz water on to them.  For a twist, I also added a little Perfect Pearls for some extra shimmer and then to finish it all off, you have the option of clear embossing the whole card to really make it shine!  One of the samples below has no embossing powder on it and I've included down at the bottom of this post, the pieces of card that show the difference when you add the clear embossing powder to some of them.

"Hum of bees"...

"2 Minutes"...

"Human"...

"Art of drawing"...

"Aspire to inspire"...


This one has no clear embossing on it but you
can still see the gold Perfect Pearls, very shimmery
if you see it in real life.

The card on the right has the clear embossing and the one
on the left is just left plain.  This was done as one size (as above -
2-1/2" x 5") and cut in half to make two atc sized cards.

On the right has clear embossing.

Once again, the right side has clear embossing.  This is Grey Brusho 
and Moss Green Brusho... love this colour combination.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

DISTRESS OXIDES GLOSS

The love for Distress Oxides hasn't gone away, I just keep finding new ways of using these gorgeous ink pads and the depth of colour is just amazing!  Almost all of these cards below have been created using only two colours of Oxides, a couple with three colours  But you still have to be aware if you're working with colours while they are all still wet, that the old rules still apply and if you mix red and yellow you will get orange, blue and red will give you purple.  So try and keep your colours slightly separated unless you are drying in between, then you can layer to your heart is content!

"Still talking"...
(Wild Honey & Black Soot)

"Ruin my life"...
(Broken China & Spiced Marmalade)

"Live in colour"...
(Candied Apple, Blueprint Sketch
& Squeezed Lemonade)

"Dead leaves"...
(Aged Mahogany & Hickory Smoke)

"Subscription"...
(Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber
& Broken China) 
yep, blue & yellow make green!


Finally, this is the last atc from last week's class, "Crayon Melt Background" using the crayons and a heat gun to melt the crayon to get it to run.  Love this technique!!!

"BS"
(white, brown & copper crayons)

Sunday, February 4, 2018

CRAYON MELT BACKGROUND

I have previously done classes where we've used either a mini craft iron or a Clover quilting iron to melt both beeswax as well as wax crayons to create a background.  Several people wanted to revisit this technique so I tried to work out a way to do it without the use of the irons.  I think I was successful!  All I used was cheap wax crayons, not watercolour ones though, just ordinary Crayola kids ones, a heat gun and a small, metal palette knife.  It wasn't always necessary to use the palette knife to spread the wax, sometimes I could do it purely with the heat of the heat gun to remelt the wax and get it to drip and run.  But other times if you want specific swirls or more definite strokes, the metal palette knife worked really well.  I even used my metallic crayons with great success.  Like all of these techniques though, viewing on the computer screen just does not do the backgrounds justice, amazing texture, satiny shine and metallic shimmer when gold, silver or copper was used.

"Scars"...
(gold & black crayons)

"Tequila"...
(citrus & pale grey crayons)

"Salty"...
(green-blue & copper crayons)

"Psychic"...
(orange & purple crayons)

"Demons"...
(red & dark grey crayons)

Friday, January 26, 2018

LEAFING FLAKE SCENES

As it is January, it means the beginning of a new Technique book, #19 to be exact!  I've had a few deliveries over the last couple of months of some leafing flakes and some new dies and I thought as we are doing a cover, which is a larger size than our normal atc's, we could utilize the dies to "tell a story".  You can combine stamping as well with this technique and I used JAC paper (double-sided adhesive paper) to cut my die shapes from so I could apply the leafing flakes.  

Besides using leafing flakes on the die cut shapes, I've also used embossing powder as well as shiny foil and both work really well.  The only thing you need to watch out for with the embossing powder is not to heat it for too long as it will cause the JAC to lift up.  If you warm up your heat gun first, then do short bursts by applying the heat for a second or two then moving the heat gun away, apply heat again, move away again... repeat these steps until the embossing has melted.

"Nature's graffiti"...
(leafing flakes)

"Dark & twisted"...
(leafing flakes)

"Stars can't shine"...
(embossing powder on buildings
and stars, then a little Stickles
on the stars & to make more stars)

"Find your wings"...
(embossing powder on moon, bird 
and wavy sea shapes)

"Nymph"...
(foils - copper, green & silver)


Finally, here is the cover for Book #19.  All done with foils of various colours.  The size of this is 20cm x 15cm (or 8" x 6").