Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March 2015 Tim Tag Tutorial

Time for another tag, and as always, Tim didn't disappoint!  Here's a look at Tim's version:

You can see all the supplies and step out instructions on Tim blog here.  If you're not doing the 12 Tags of the Year yet, what are you waiting for?  So much fun, creative play, and you can learn so much!

So, here's how I made mine ...

Gathered the colors I wanted to use, and squirted some out of each onto my craft sheet.  I tried an earlier version with 7-8 colors, but it was too much.  Less is more.
Misted the paints with water and swiped my tag through.
After drying thoroughly, this is what I got.  (It must be completely dry before going onto the embossing steps.)

I used the Stampin' Up! Swallowtail tap for my focal image with Ranger's Jet Black Archival Ink, and covered with clear embossing powder.

Heated to melt the powder.

and wa-laa!
Stamped the image again onto Ranger's Mask Sheets, but this time I used Black StazOn ink.  It works better on non-porous surfaces.

Once image was dried, I cut around the image to create the mask.

Laid the mask over my stamped image on my tag, and taped the top & bottom of the tag to my craft sheet so it didn't shift.

I used one of Wendy Vecchi's stencils and taped it to the craft sheet on top of my tag.

Using a palette knife, I schmeared Ranger's Texture Paste over the top 2 words.

I carefully lifted up the stencil and moved it to the bottom portion of the tag and retaped it to my craft sheet.

Then, more Texture Paste.

Carefully removed stencil again, and the mask.  *Always clean your stencil & tools immediately after using any type of embossing paste with a little soap and warm water.
I didn't take too much time before sprinkling on my gold embossing powder, but the top two words were already drying quickly.

While waiting for the Texture Paste to dry, the white spots where the gold embossing powder didn't stick were bothering me.  I knew I could always touch it up, but I couldn't stand it.  Once the paste was dry, I used a soft stipple type brush and brushed off the powder.  

To get the powder back on, I once again used my stencil over the tag, lining it up over the words.  I began with the top two words.

I used a Versamarker and just colored over the dry Texture Paste through the stencil.  After removing the stencil, I added the powder.

Moved the stencil to the bottom and repeated with my Versamarker and powder.

Much better!  OK, I'm happy now.  I know, I know Tim ... embrace imperfection.  lol

Blasted with the heat gun for a beautiful, shiny gold!

I added more color around the edges of the tag with my Distress Inks.

For the ribbon, I schmeared some Distress Inks onto my craft sheet ...

Misted with water ...

And laid my piece of Ranger's Crinkle Ribbon in.

*side trip:  so much inky goodness left on my craft sheet, so I grabbed another manila tag, spritzed more water, and swiped it in.
Dried with the heat tool, and swiped again ...

Dried, then dabbed into what was left of the ink and resulted with this beauty.  Gotta remember this color combo.
Back to the tag ...

Scrunched the ribbon into a moist little ball ...


and dried with the heat tool.

Once dried, I've got a multi colored ribbon with lots of crinkles!

I didn't want to cover up the words on my tag, so I decided to go with some letters.  I dug out my package of Mixed Minis Grungeboard.

Painted the letters using the Pitch Black Acrylic Paint Dabber and set aside to dry.

I painted around the edges of each letter with my Zig Painty Pen using the gold end.

For the top corner, I grabbed one of Tim's Idea-ology time pieces and painted that with the Dabber as well.

Before the paint dried too much, I wiped away most of the paint with a soft cloth leaving some paint in the details of the numbers.

I put some Ranger Black Adhesive Foam on the back of each letter ...

to make them pop off the black butterfly.

I added one of Tim's Idea-ology Pen Nibs as the body for the butterfly.

And, finally, layered some Idea-ology gears and a spinner hand with a brad.

Here's a final look at the finished tag.  Another one for the wall!  Love it!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Shook Up Seahorse

I had so much fun creating the Umbrella Man shaker card, I decided to try this seahorse die from Tim Holtz.  It was a little challenging, because there are a couple of shapes on the die, and it was very tricky getting the paper to fit through my machine with the die positioned where I wanted it.  If you look closely, the clam shell cut a little on the left side of the tail, so I decided to work with it anyway.  I just cut several more odd notches around the card, and I think it really works with this card.

Someone commented on my last post about the cleverness in using the Umbrella Man for a shaker card.  I have to give credit to Jennifer McGuire's blog post, which gave me the inspiration.

The background was created, once again, using Wendy Vecchi's alcohol + reinker technique using her Ranger Archivals in Cornflower Blue & Leaf Green, plus some Gold Alcohol Ink by Ranger on Ranger's Specialty Stamping Paper.  The hexagon confetti is by Martha Stewart, and the saying is embossed with Ranger's Super Fine Detail Gold embossing powder (sorry, don't know the name of the stamp's company).  I also used a spritzer to get the gold specks with my Zig Painty Pen.  I used craft foam to pop it all up and mounted it on a Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake base card.

The Wednesday Challenge on Simon Says Stamp's blog is Anything Goes, so this will be my entry.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Anything Goes on Simon Says Stamp

Today's challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog is Anything Goes, so here is my entry.  I created the background using Wendy Vecchi's alcohol & reinker technique (Ranger's Archival Cornflower Blue, Orange Blossom & Ranger Alcohol Ink in Gold) on Ranger's Specialty Stamping Paper, and one of her stamps.  The Umbrella Man is from the Tim Holtz Alterations line, and the hexagon glitter is from Martha Stewart.  It's hard to see, but the card front is mounted on a Basic Black (Stampin' Up!) card base.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Watercolor Play Weekend

I had two days off from school for a lovely 4-day weekend!  I promised myself some creative play time, and boy, did I have some!  I decided to restart the online classes I was working on last year.  If you haven't tried any of the Online Card Classes yet, you're really missing a great value.  They offer lots of videos, PDFs, inspiration, and the best part is, you have access for life!  I've taken the Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101, 102, and now I'm taking Watercolor for Card Makers.  It took me until Tim's CC102 came out before I got off my butt and finished CC101.  I still haven't finished CC102 (I like to think I'm savoring it), and after logging on to the Watercolor classes, I realized I was only on lesson 2.  See what I mean?  Who cares if the classes began a year ago!  I can do them at my own pace.

So, this lesson was about masking.  I pulled out my fabulous, new Kuretake Gansai watercolor set I got for Christmas.  I learned about this set from Jennifer McGuire's blog (here's her video about them), and she happens to be the instructor for this lesson.  The idea is to mask off your stamped image, leave it uncolored, and watercolor the background.

I began with this image from Tim Holtz.  It looked like a simple image to mask off ... a large, plain rectangle.  Fun, but I was ready to add more color.

Next up, this flower image from Stampin' Up!  If you use the right brush, it's no problem masking off any area.  Simple, but not my cup of tea.  Oh, the birthday sentiment is from Close to My Heart.

Now, this was more me!  I've been dying to try this Dina Wakley set, and it didn't disappoint!  I kept the watercoloring bold, but simple, and I just love it!

This was a different masking technique using clear embossing powder.  I stamped the background (a plaid stamp from Stampin' Up!), embossed it, and painted away.  I then removed the embossing powder and stamped the images (not sure of the companies).  The word heart was painted over using Ranger's Black Enamel Accents. 

And finally, my favorite.  I did the same technique as above, but with a more subtle background by Impression Obsession.  I laid the seashell stamp (Tim Holtz/Stamper's Anonymous) on the paper, and painted around it.  I removed the stamp and added the very watered-down red in the center and blended it around the edges.  I added some Walnut Distress Ink around the edges of the card.  Sorry, but I don't know what company made the Discover sentiment stamp.

And, this card will go nicely in the Monday Challenge for Simon Says Stamp blog.  The randomly chosen winner of this challenge will win a $50 gift card for Simon Says Stamp!  One of my favorite shopping sites!

I've got a few creative obligations I've got to make time for, but after this weekend, all I want to do is the next lesson in this Watercolor for Card Makers class!
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