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Wednesday, 12 March 2014
So, IKEA. Whats not to like? I had heard that the Expedit series was being discontinued, along with the drawers and cupboard with door fittings. The actual truth is that Expedit has been re-designed, the outer framing is a little thinner. Inner dimensions are the same though. I do hear that the big 5x5 unit is being discontinued, along with the desk attachment for the 4x2. Glad I got mine when I did. I believe the bit about the drawers is correct too, and I did want another couple. So they are now in place in my 5x5.
It used to just have the two bottom pairs of drawers.
Last thing I was doing on Sunday was some brayered sheets. I bought a mylar mat, like the Splodge Away, at the NEC about 12 months ago- mainly use it for general inking techniques, but thought I would give the brayering a go, as everyone seems to like how it works. Usually I work on a scrap pad, to roll off the ink, and brayer onto the card from, which for me works just fine. And that is what I will be sticking with- I did not like the mylar mat method. The three brown sheets on the top left were done off the mat, and for me, there is too much wet ink on the mat- when you start to brayer on, ink from the roller goes onto the mat, which I kept picking up on the brayer, when I wanted the ink to be fading out, it kept getting 'refreshed'. If that makes sense. I ended up with three almost one colour sheets. So I returned to my normal method of rolling off onto the scrap pad, then working up onto the card, and that gave me much better gradual fades/blends. Thats just my four pen'north, as they say. Each to their own, no doubt its just a knack, but the funny thing was, I had MORE trouble with the dreaded 'lines' with the mat than I do with the paper method. Whatever, I never said I was normal, thats just a vicious rumour put out by people who don't know me :).
Monday, 10 March 2014
First step was to cut some masks, and for this I trimmed down some copy paper to fit through my 'bug, and used a variety of Nesties.
I cut a different one top and bottom, giving me 6 masks.
Selected my first mask, and attached it to the card front using repositionable tape runner.
Using Scattered Straw, Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed, I sponged on yellow Distress Inks. I followed that with Dried Marigold,Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade.
Now for some stamping. I used Versafine Sepia to stamp the 'background' stamps, and for all of these, I used a second generation stamping, all done with the mask still in place, to keep it within the sponged box. Then the mask was removed, and a Large Butterfly was stamped in the top left corner, this time using a first generation stamping. Small Butterfly was stamped bottom right, and another two trailing down the card.
Enlarged it here, so you can see the background stamping.
Final addition was the sentiment, again in Versafine Sepia.
Visible Image stamps:
Bronte Script,Ripped Fishnet, Ink splats( from Free Your Imagination set) Large and Small Butterfly, We have each other word stamp.
Distress Inks in Scattered Straw, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold, Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade.
Versafine Sepia Ink
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
A general shot of the untidiness left behind from the last few days cards I posted. This was taken Tuesday evening. So what have we got- centre front, some more mosaic card fronts made from left overs and stuff that didn't come out to well.There is a strong possibility I will over-use this method. A cotton bud- I have no idea- scalpel, ruler, tape runner- love these Stix2 ones- The Penguin Coaster is from Birdland. I do have a bit of a thing for Penguins. A syringe waiting to be filled with glue, above that some stamps, one a magazine freebie, and a couple that I found on the shelves of the Expedit that have dropped off their sheets. The really funky square glass jar full of paper strips is my mosaic grid method. I cut a bunch of thin strips that I use to keep the squares all the same distance apart- in theory. The Glitter cats are back, having a bit more done to them. May work, might not, we shall see. My heat gun hanging from a hook under the desk. Now I remember what the cotton bud was for- I added a violin charm to the front of the purple mosaic with Glossy Accents, and used it to clean up the stuff that squished out. May have used too much. Have a great Wednesday, will catch up later.
Sunday, 2 March 2014
Thought I would try and use up some stuff I've had lying around forever with a few cards. Not entirely successful, I must say. I'd started off by stamping some tags using the emboss resist that I've been playing with all week. I forgot to take pictures before I started, so you'll see the tags on the cards.
The quote on the tag is a stamp by Inkylicious, called Live Life. The tag is sponged with DI's in Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade. I overstamped it with some Lavinia Stamps fairies, a group of stars and Running Water, another Designs By Ryn stamp.
All stamped in Spiced Marmalade.
The image is on a piece of card I had started to brayer in yellow, so I stuck on a post-it note mask,and brayered oranges and blues over it. The image is a Stampscapes stamp,Lakeside Cabin,stamped in Staz-on Timber Brown ,the birds from another Inkylicious set,Take Flight, which has a lot of different sized Bird flocks in it. Both image and tag are matted onto dark brown card. I ran a sheet of marbled cardstock through my 'bug in Tim Holtz's Woodgrain folder twice, and added that to the card front for a bit of interest.
The second card uses Inkylicious stamps again, the same quote stamp, and a Birch Trees background. The Birch trees were stamped in Smokey Gray Versafine, and the background had been brayered in red, getting paler towards the bottom. I just brayered over the pale end with Adirondack blues. Both pieces are matted onto dark blue on a black base card. The tag had Raindrops stamped over it, I randomly patted the stamp with Festive Berries and Salty Ocean.
The final card is the one I am least happy with. I though I would try using up some of the ridiculous amount of patterned paper I have. 6x6,8x8,12x12- you name it. At the time I bought them, I loved them. Really. Now-not so much. The tag is fine, its the rest of the card I'm not overly excited about.
The tag has a different quote from Inkylicious on it, called Always Remember. This tag was inked by putting DI's in Spiced Marmalade and Salty Ocean on a craft sheet, misting with water and dipping the tag in, after I'd done the resist stamping. Then I overstamped it with the Birch trees stamp, in Spiced Marmalade again once it was dry.
When I first started card making, I used a lot of patterned/textured papers, and possibly cornered the world market in mulberry paper. Nowadays, since I discovered stamping, its really not my thing anymore. I will have to try inking and overstamping some of them- maybe that will work for me.
Inkylicious stamps, Live Life, Take Flight,Birch trees,Always Remember.
Designs By Ryn, Raindrops and Running water
Stampscapes, Lakeside Cabin, nature Sheet 6
Lavinia Stamps, Small fairies and star cluster
Adirondack inks, Blues pinks, Yellows, Orange
Distress Inks, Oranges, Blues, Reds,Yellows
Staz-on Timber Brown
Smokey Gray Versafine
Brayer (or sponges/brushes)
This is probably my favourite technique for using up scraps and odds and ends- punch or cut into squares and make a mosaic.
This one was made from the strip that some of the embossing rubbed off on.
It fit nicely onto a 5x5 card, as the squares are a little larger.
These ones are on a 4x4 base, and I used a 1" punch for them.
Saturday, 1 March 2014
It doesn't look too bad in this picture, but up close, some of the EP rubbed off with the sponging. I also used Designs by Ryn Raindrops on this one. But I have a plan for it, so all is not wasted.
Papermania Urban Stamps, Dragonflies
Designs by Ryn, Raindrops and Water Droplets
WOW Bright White EP
Clear embossing pad/Versamark pad
DI in Squeezed lemonade, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint,Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn
Adirondack Citrus pad
The embossing pen goes on blue so you can see what you are doing.
Heat embossing them completely did mean I didn't need to mask them for the inking bit. Started off with DI Tumbled Glass.
Then I used the Water Droplets stamp again- I love this stamp, can you tell-in DI Salty Ocean. I also love this colour- so bright and vibrant.
A quick wipe over with kitchen towel removed any stray ink from the Ladybirds.
Now for the un-embossed strip- this meant masking off the Ladybirds.
Again, I stamp one on the top post-it, peel off half a dozen post-its together, then cut out a whole bunch in one go.
Being small images, they pretty much fit entirely on the glue strip.
First inking was Shabby Shutters DI, with a colour duster brush. Followed by Mowed Lawn, and finally Peeled Paint.
Then the Water droplets stamp again, in Mowed Lawn. Love how it works as a tone-on-tone stamp.
The Ladybirds un-masked!
I coloured the Ladybirds this time with Distress Marker Festive Berries.
Mounted, and the greeting stamped in Versafine Majestic Blue.
This one was stamped in Versafine Olympia Green.
Papermania Urban stamp, Ladybirds
Water Droplets stamp, Designs by Ryn
DI in Shabby shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Salty Ocean
Versafine inkpads, Black, Olympia green and Majestic Blue
Black or clear embossing powder
DI Marker, Festive Berries
Embossing pen & Red embossing powder, or Red marker and clear powder
Friday, 28 February 2014
Those of us of a certain age will remember the old 'Taste test' adverts between butters and margarine,so this pic uses that old standard- can you tell which is which?
The colours are slightly different, but only because its impossible to get the same blend on a felt twice!
Both times I used Stream, Cranberry and Terracotta inks.
Wider shot with the respective blenders behind them. I used an old hair dye bottle (heaven knows I get enough of them) to put the Isopropyl in.
I was also interested to see if it would work as a blender with Alcohol based pens- Promarkers, for instance. In short, the answer is no, it doesn't. But I did discover that you can get some interesting effects with it.
You can see where I tried blending two colours together- it removes the ink rather than blends it. So then I tried stamping with it,onto a patch of card coloured with Promarker, and that does work. It removes the colour to give you a ghost like image.
I made a pad from a sheet of kitchen roll,then stamped the butterfly on it and then onto the Promarker coloured bit of card. If you enlarge the picture you will see the result a bit better, I think. By the way, it does smell a bit stronger than Blending Solution, but not much, just in case that is an issue for anyone.