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Friday, September 16, 2016

second Dina face...studio 490 style

happy weekend friends!

first of all...

THANK YOU 
to everyone who attended my class and make & take at the Collin's event in Orlando last weekend...

it was FUN to catch up with
 store owner friends again & talk about inks, stamps & stencils!

I'm off to teach this weekend at 
Memory Bound, in Ankeny, Iowa...
I'm expecting a full house & lots of fun...

before I go,
I wanted to share another Dina face
done studio 490 style...


this sample is on a specialty stamping paper 

I sprayed it with violet & leaf green archival sprays...
here's the scoop on making them...

I used the new cable knit stencil & with a blending tool that was moistened with rubbing alcohol, I rubbed thru the stencil
 to lighten the color...

I stamped the face with black soot archival, 
then embossed it with clear powder...

the leaves were stenciled with leaf green...
I added a bit of tea rose to accent her cheek...
and red geranium to add color to her lips...

in the background you'll see "cracks" from the new all cracked up background...
I used violet for them...

the flower and bow created her hat...

was inked with red geranium & pressed onto the 
the "roses" fit well on the heart...
it's a great (new fav) text background!

"forever" was stenciled with my new 
FAVORITE

and here's the coordinating partner...

I added red geranium
and white pen dots to add highlights...

just a little pen stitching detail...

20 minutes of pure FUN...

here she is...
very simple...
but I really enjoyed this playtime...



and here's a side shot...
I like the shiny embossed image...
you can see the cracks & the cable knit stencil in the background...


sometimes it's fun to have no agenda...
just the desire to test drive a new stamp and...

make art!
wendy

Friday, September 9, 2016

studio 490 style...

I thought I'd use one of her stamps...
studio 490 style...

here's what I did...



I hadn't created a page for my 
so I started with a page...

I misted the page with my archival spray inks...

(make them with archival reinkers in a mister with rubbing alcohol)...
you'll find the original post about them here...

I used sky blue and a tiny bit 

I stenciled the 
with sky blue on the left side...

(use the reinker with the DIY pad 
to create the pad...)

and embellished HER with 

the flower colors are

the mat mini flowers  
were pressed onto this inked stamp...
using just the center,
it totally changes the look of the mat minis...

the mat mini leaves got stamped with 

the new ferns were stenciled with fern green...
the red berries are from this stencil...
always use old with new!

the white dots on the berries & on her eye

with red geranium along the right side...

her face and lips were tinted with 
the sentiment fit perfectly on the side...

there's a bit of text on her cheek from 

I stamped the tiny butterfly with 
(it's GREAT for all the tiny mat minis)
for some reason I decided to keep it white-ish...
hmmm???

I painted the tiny star with buttercup mica spray, using the detailer water brush...
GORGEOUS bling!

those circles on the left were made with the tip I removed from an empty 

I tapped it into dina's white paint & then after it dried, again onto the watering can pad...

and her she is again...
with a little scribbling on the frame...




and a closer look...





this was 
30 minutes of pure fun for me...
I had no plan...
no plans for a blog post...
so no step out photos...

just a play time for me...
I really love the art process...

I hope you can PLAY and

make art!
wendy


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Ranger blog tutorial...

happy Tuesday!

today I'm over on the Ranger blog 
with a card tutorial...

it focuses on using "things" in other ways...
things like


for a non-holiday card...



I also share a technique with
one of my most fav Ranger products...



you'll see how I used it to transform the normally translucent archival inks to a chalky pastel...



you'll also find some tips 
at the end of the tutorial...


I'm in LOVE with 
and

I've used them for this card & 
on lots of projects...
they are the perfect sizes & they are a great way to use up scraps...


I hope you'll
 pop over & check out the tutorial

then...

make art!
wendy

Thursday, September 1, 2016

stencil weaving...EDITED...



EDITED...
I just got this coupon code for a
 special labor day discount...



the code to enter at checkout is LD2016

and...

it IS already available...

for those who have asked about getting the lace border stamp as a single wood mounted stamp,
you'll find it here...




first of all...
don't look at my dirty, well loved stencils...
DEAL?
I was hurrying to get this post going & off the TO+DO list & didn't take time to clean them...

here's the card I made that sparked 
the "stencil weaving" idea...

I used this
used to create a sympathy card...

I chose this sentiment, because I think it works for people & pets too...

anyway...
here's what I discovered...

see the vertical thin tree branch archival
stripes in the background?
an oldie, but a goodie...
I use it frequently...

obviously the stripes can be vertical on the surface or horizontal...
or we can combine them to make a plaid...

oh...and I've had several ask where to find 
it's on the left side of the set...

vertically on the left...

this is the direct link...
to the wood mount lacy border stamp...






and here's my card...
using the "yikes...stripes" stencil...



I discovered that
if you weave the cardstock thru the stencil...
we can now stencil wide stripes!


they can be horizontal...
good for journaling...
or just a basic background...
or vertical...


this is 
exactly what I LOVE...
more than one way to use a product!
I have more ideas brewing...stay tuned...



that got me to looking for what other stencils we have that might be changeable...

another oldie...
it too can be used 
to create borders with thicker stripes...

I used the stencil with watering can archival for the sample to create the thin stripes borders at the top & bottom of the sympathy card...
but it's easy to weave the cardstock thru to create wide stenciled stripes...
and it's a good way to use up some scraps...




now we have MORE WAYS to use 2 of the stencils we already have,
 in another unique way to...

make art!
wendy
ps...
try it & show me!

stencil weaving...

first of all...
don't look at my dirty, well loved stencils...
DEAL?
I was hurrying to get this post going & off the TO+DO list & didn't take time to clean them...

here's the card I made that sparked 
the "stencil weaving" idea...

I used this
used to create a sympathy card...

I chose this sentiment, because I think it works for people & pets too...

anyway...
here's what I discovered...

see the vertical thin tree branch archival
stripes in the background?
an oldie, but a goodie...
I use it frequently...

obviously the stripes can be vertical on the surface or horizontal...
or we can combine them to make a plaid...

oh...and I've had several ask where to find 
it's on the left side of the set...






and here's my card...
using the "yikes...stripes" stencil...



I discovered that
if you weave the cardstock thru the stencil...
we can now stencil wide stripes!


they can be horizontal...
good for journaling...
or just a basic background...
or vertical...


this is 
exactly what I LOVE...
more than one way to use a product!
I have more ideas brewing...stay tuned...



that got me to looking for what other stencils we have that might be changeable...

another oldie...
it too can be used 
to create borders with thicker stripes...

I used the stencil with watering can archival for the sample to create the thin stripes borders at the top & bottom of the sympathy card...
but it's easy to weave the cardstock thru to create wide stenciled stripes...
and it's a good way to use up some scraps...




now we have MORE WAYS to use 2 of the stencils we already have,
 in another unique way to...

make art!
wendy
ps...
try it & show me!

Friday, August 26, 2016

butterfly specimen...

happy Friday, friends!

today I wanted to focus on
distress crayons,
 to create a specimen, 
that looks like it's under shattered glass...

here's my example...



working on a small piece of 
I painted on a thin layer of

I usually don't paint to the edges, because the areas that have no collage medium accept the color differently & organically create a cool distressed background layer...


after the distress collage medium was dry, 

 I lightly swiped the potting soil archival pad randomly over the les roses background stamp & added just a bit of stamping to the background, mainly to the edges...

next...
I used jet black to stamp
 my new butterfly & dried it...


I did the large area with the mini blending tool, then swiped the archival pads onto the craft sheet & used the detailer water brush to paint in the smaller areas...

then dried it...

the next step was to spread a layer of
 over the whole thing...

while the paste was wet, I lightly misted 
my new all cracked up background stamp with water, then stamped into the wet paste...

the paste looks white, right from the jar, but as it air dries, it creates a 100% clear surface...

***clean the stamp before the paste dries***
I used a toothbrush...
very quick to remove when the paste is wet...
and set it aside to dry...

when the translucent paste was dry, I scribbled the peeled paint and vintage photo distress crayons over the whole surface...
at this point
it looks terrible...
keep going...
just wipe off the surface gently with a moist paper towel...

the crayons tint the surface and remain in the cracks, to create a shattered glass effect...

now the butterfly is under the glass &
 looks like a specimen...

I added some tiny black pins in the corners...
I've had them for 100 years...
not sure where I got them...
but I thought they fit the theme well...




I added the tarnished brass paint to 
finish off the edges of all 4 pieces...

I mounted the butterfly piece onto a larger piece of black magic mat board, then

I mounted this piece onto a 4 x 4 canvas that was inked with fern green...

I added some remnant rubs...
yes...they stick very well to 
the embossing paste...

and I used the hex fasteners to attach it...

here's close up of the surface...
I think it's pretty cool & it shows another way to use 
this time for texture, with no color!


I frequently get asked about drying time 
for the paste...

there are several factors that are involved...

the thickness of the layer that's added & the humidity...

this paste needs to air dry...
if you blast it with the heat tool, 
it gets cloudy & never changes to clear...

to speed up the drying, I put it next to the air conditioner vent & that cool air did help...
you could use a fan too...

this piece, done in Illinois in HUMID August, 
took about 2 hours to dry...

give it a try...
make a specimen!

it's really very fun...

I hope your weekend is fabulous & 
YOU
can
make art!
wendy

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

thank you!


thanks so much for the kind words 
about the new release...

I seriously have had a blast making samples...
and once my TO-DO list gets worked on, 
I can play again...

here's a quickie card sample for today...

in the background you'll see 


sometimes I use the distress markers 
to color in the letters...
that's super quick...

A LOT!



the flower & leaves are also new mat minis...

there's lots of fun combos in the package...
the flower is the scalloped circle in the package...



I used it with this stamp-it stencil it......
always think about other ways to use what you have...



it's not designed as a perfect fit, so I just inked the stamp with black soot archival & pressed the mat mini flower onto the inked stamp...
then dried it & inked the flower
I LIKE it!

keep in mind that all the mat minis can be inked, painted, stamped, stenciled & also embossed with an embossing folder to add texture...
they are very light weight for cards, 
but they are very strong & a nice surface to work on...

look closely at the larger mat mini leaves...
they were lightly inked with leaf green, 
then I used fern green & stamped
on them to add detail...
not a perfect fit...
but the detail works...

you'll see the new fern stencil behind the flowers...
it's the perfect filler!

I also use it alone 
for a clean & simple card...

and once again...
they are addicting & just the perfect size...
the ovals are really cool too...
if you look at the samples I've been posting...
I used them A LOT...
addicted!

that's it for today...

next on the TO-DO list is kits for the retailer's Collin's event in Florida...
lots of kits...

have a good one, my friends & take time to...

make art!
wendy
ps...
head's up...
I'll be over on the Ranger blog later this month...
if you don't already own 
you will WANT IT!
trust me!