Scraps of thoughts, photos and art


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!

Highly anticipated because we would be working with Prima’s Paintable Transparencies, acetate covers and Zutter’s Bind-It-All, Words & Windows was super fun and a great way to start Sunday off. Did you know that you could paint with alcohol inks? Part of the class included custom paint palettes of dried alcohol inks that could be used with a water brush filled with Blending Solution for painting – quite remarkable and oh so fun! This project is my most incomplete one since it needs some love by adding pictures and alpha rub-ons. The front cover will say “love” and the internal pages will say “me”, “you”, “two” and “friends”. I especially loved the jazz music Tim put on while everyone was painting, awesome touch and made me feel right at home with Sunday Morning Jazz Brunch from Watercolors on XM channel 71.

Words & Windows, pic 1

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Ah yes, I have been SLOOOOOW to post, but if you had my life the past 2 weeks, you would know why!

Anyway Peeps, I am back to post and post to bring everyone up to speed and s h a r e the love of blogging!

Generation Grunge was one of my favorite classes from the Tim Holtz weekend at Scrapbook Central on the last day of May, 2008. We covered many techniques to use with grungeboard, one of the coolest products out there! I think practically every layout that I do from now on will have grungeboard on it someplace, you’ll see as I post after the Tim Holtz projects in later entries. NOTE: All stamps are from Stamper’s Anonymous and are currently available. The butterfly is cut from a new Cuttlebug die coming out at Summer CHA in July 2008 – gotta LOVE getting product before it’s even announced!

Generation Grunge, pic 1

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chalked stamped lily

Stamps – Starving Artistamps
Black Ink – Ranger Archival Jet Black
All-Purpose Ink – Tsukineko Vegas Gold
Chalk – Craft-T
Patterned Background Paper – SEI Chocolat
Sticker – DCWV
Workable Fixatif Spray – Krylon

Making cards is really one of my favorite things to do because there are a bazillion ways to make one. Quick and easy art with a stamped image and some pretty background paper. The lily, buds and stem are actually 3 separate stamps. I used masking to get the main lily flower in the foreground with the buds and stem “behind” it.

To “mask”, use a Post-it note or Eclipse Paper Tape for this technique. The object is to have a thin, repositionable piece of paper for the main image. Think ahead a little to what image you would like in the foreground of your group of images. Here, I wanted the lily as the main image. Stamp the lily on the thin “tape” and cut out just inside the stamped lines. Put this image to the side then stamp the lily on the base of the card front. Place the repositionable cut-out lily over that newly stamped image exactly matching it up. Stamp any other images you would like to have “behind” the main image, like the buds and leaf. You’ll be stamping over the “tape” or mask image. When you’re happy with the images in the background, remove the mask and you’ll have an instant visually dimensional image!

Ok, back to this particular card. Once the stamping was complete, I chalked the images with regular ole dry chalk using some mini pom-pom puffs. I don’t mind going outside the lines a bit, but if that bothers you, just erase the stray chalk with a white, soft eraser.

When you’re happy with the color, spray with a Fixatif spray to keep the chalk where you want it and to stop it from migrating to other projects. Swiping with All-Purpose Ink really gives the piece a beautiful gold finish and a light-shifting quality. Since this ink comes in a mini wide-mouth bottle, using a finger dauber works well. Be aware that this ink has nice coverage with a transparent quality, so a little goes a long way.

Trim the image close and mount onto a card front. Add ribbon or other embellishments as desired.

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!




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