Sunday, April 29, 2012

Photo Challenge Winner

My photo of Kobi our lab mix adopted from a lab rescue last summer was selected as last week's winner on a popular scrapbooking site.  Pretty cool.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Earth Day Tag

On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2012 and help Mobilize the Earth™. People of all nationalities and backgrounds will voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection. Together we will stand united for a sustainable future and call upon individuals, organizations, and governments to do their part.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Technique Class #4 - Black Magic

This month's class featured the Black Magic technique.  The only thing I did differently was to go over the colored pencil with a watercolor brush to smooth out the coloring lines.  The results are pretty dramatic.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Never Forget

We are the Hokies.
We will prevail.
We are Virginia Tech.

Photo by Sam Dean - The Roanoke Times

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Operation Write Home

Operation Write Home is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), organization that sends handmade cards to US troops so they can write home to their friends and family.  Here is my stash of cards that I've collected over the years.  I spent a few hours cleaning them up, putting card fronts onto card bases and reattaching embellishments that had fallen off.  If you're interested in participating just click the link above to read more about OWH.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Baby Wipe Technique Swap

Back on March 23, 2012 I posted the instructions for the baby wipe technique and at that time that I thought wet paper towels or napkins could be substituted for baby wipes.  Well, after several attempts I found that it didn't work.  It turns out that baby wipes have just the right amount of moisture to simulate a stamp pad. Who knew.  Anyway here is my card swap for the month.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Dazzling Details

For the last tag in this series I sponged the crumb cake (kraft) tag with real red and daffodil delight ink.  I then stamped the flower multiple times on the tag and added a sentiment. The final step was to cover the entire tag with dazzling details.

Sunday, April 8, 2012


This tag was made by applying crackle paint to the cardstock and then sponging and stamping over the crackle.  The tree is from the Lovely As A Tree set and was stamped with StazOn.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Pearlized Accents

The tags below were all created using a combination of Stampin' Ink refills and silver fox pearlized accent ink.  The technique basically involves applying ink to a craft (waterproof) type sheet along with several drops of pearlized ink.  After spritzing the craft sheet with water, place the tag face down onto the wet sheet and pick up the pearlized ink mixture.  Dry the tag with your heat tool and apply more of the ink mixture until you get the look you want.  I finished the tag by sponging the edges.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Batik Technique

I started by stamping and embossing the starfish image.  With this technique you can either use a colored ink with clear emboss or a colored embossing powder.  After heat embossing with a heat tool I then applied various inks and stamped images to the tag and wiped away the images or inks applied over the starfish.  (The embossing makes the image resist anything applied over the slick surface.)  Below are examples of two other techniques, rusted enamel and resist; all using embossing.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Stamping with Markers

To create the leaf images below I applied Stampin' Write Markers directly onto the stamp, starting with the lightest color first.  When I was ready to stamp I simply breathed hot air onto the rubber stamp (like I was trying to fog up a window).  I sponged old olive and chocolate chip ink over the card stock and the image.  The spots were created by flicking water onto the tag and drying with a heat tool.  Further below you will see different variations on a technique to use markers for watercoloring.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of 2012 (April)

For this month's tag I once again used all Stampin' Up! products.  I started by inking and embossing a chipboard bird with burgundy ink and classy copper emboss powder.  I then used a flower garden textured impressions embossing folder on the background paper and embossed the raised portions of the image with clear emboss powder.  I sponged over the image with old olive, distressed the edges and finished with crumb cake ink.  I completed the tag by adding  hodgepodge hardware, a trinket key and seam binding ribbon.  The background paper is called well worn.

Stamping with Craft Ink

The technique for Day 5 was to stamp with a white colored stain.  I chose to use Stampin' Up's whisper white craft ink as a substitute for the stain.  The colors on the tag were applied with a sponge and the spots were created from drops of water that dried on the tag.  The images were stamped using StazOn and everything was heat set using a heat tool.

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