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Continuing with another project that I completed for the Cosmo Cricket’s Fleuriste review at ScrapFriends, this layout uses a neat trick that I learned from Tim Holtz‘ blog and weekend classes – custom blended glimmer mists! Cosmo has this great chipboard product that is not only die cut to match die cut patterned paper from their kits, but also is solid black in color! Gone are the grey doldrums! The surface is super smooth and the cuts are crisp and clean. I mixed a blend of Tea Dye Distress Reinker with Perfect Gold Perfect Pearls and water in a mini mister to get the goldtone shimmer on the chipboard pieces. I love the blend of color with the patterned paper. Oh, a new product coming soon for the mini mister chemists out there…stay tuned.

A Good Snapshot

I just couldn’t resist this collage page of some of my favorite photos from the awesome weekend we had while Tim Holtz was visiting. Using some of the coolest products from Cosmo Cricket’s Fleuriste’s Collection for the recent review at ScrapFriends and Inque Boutique products available from Scrapbook Central, I have this dimensional page to share with you.

Love and Laughter

I used Ranger’s white pigment pen and Snowcap white pigment ink for outlining the photos and stamping. The stamps are all from Inque Boutique – love them! The sketch is from Karen at ScrapFriends. The butterflies were stamped then cut out and pop-dotted for dimension. Fun stuff!

Distress Grunge

I reviewed Prima’s new Dude Collection at ScrapFriends and knew it was the ideal paper to use for this page. The Dots Grungeboard Alpha was covered direct-to-grunge using Fired Brick Distress Ink then blended using the ink blending tool. I love the darker tone on the embossed dots. The bling is limited edition Prima and matched everything perfectly. I love it when a page comes together so well!

Colored pencils are a staple in an artist’s stash, allowing color to fill voids in creations, nice vibrant color. I recently worked with Staedtler’s Ergosoft Coloring Pencils for a ScrapFriends review, mostly for use on scrapbooking layouts. This exercise took me back to my childhood and a tin of Faber Castell pencils that were my prized possession. So prized in fact, that they’ve traveled with me throughout my life to remain one of the very few items that I still have from my younger days and I always know where they are! Yes, I know the tin says Koh-i-noor, but the pencils inside are Fabers. I was poor, so I used anything that I could get!

Anyway, I worked on a Prima Paintables using the Staedtler pencils and Gamsol, odorless mineral spirits. Gamsol works to blend the pencil strokes creating a smoother color distribution. A comparison is how a blender works with watercolor pencils or watercolor crayons. Gamsol plus a paper blending stump serves as the blending tool and from then on, behaves like you’re working with watercolor tools. There is no scent or color to Gamsol, but it does evaporate.

You can purchase odorless mineral spirits at art stores and I believe Michael’s, plus some rubber stamp companies carry it too. I purchased mine at Inky Antics at one of the Stampfest expos a couple years ago. It’s in a small plastic bottle with a dabber top. The paper stump is touched to the dabber top and soaks up the liquid. The stump is then used to blend the colored pencil lines together as desired. I’ll be doing a how-to soon for ScrapFriends on this technique step-by-step, so stay tuned for the link.

Here’s my favorite project from that review – a sort of tribute page to my mom, ok, a real tribute page to her! I think of her often and I’m very lucky to have some great pictures of us together. Here’s to you mom!




Some Odd Girl

Sizzix Blinkie

Origami Owl anyone?