Rit Paper Dying Technique

How many of us tie-dyed t-shirts back in the day? Rit Dye was the way to go back then. My t-shirt dying days are over (I think!), but why give up the dye? But this time I’ve been dying paper, not fabric, creating several projects for Rit.

Rit has posted several of my projects on the company’s website, including this holiday card:

All the color comes from Rit Dye — the tree design, the ribbon trunks, even the blue snow (made using the paper towel I used for clean-up — how thrifty am I?) is dyed. For complete instructions, go here or to the Rit Dye website. And while you’re there, check out the “upcycling” contest the company is having!

I have posted a day earlier than usual, so thanks for stopping by! (And watch for more of my cards using Rit Dye!) Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday.

Fabulous Finds Friday — Claudine’s Cuties

Today we’re doubling our stamping goodness by combining TWO Fabulous Finds! New stamps by Claudine Hellmuth and new inks by Jennie Bowlin.

First, let’s look at the new stamp sets from Claudine Hellmuth — one a clear polymer outline set, the other a set of solid foam stamps. These stamps are designed to work together — and boy, are they fun.

Jenni Bowlin also has some new inks (distributed through Ranger). I love the colors and couldn’t wait to stamp them on something, anything. So I pulled the first piece of white scrap cardstock I could find and just ripped open those pads and started stamping the circles and flowers, combining the outline stamps with the solid images.

I trimmed the cardstock, mounted it on a green card and stamped the tree pieces. (Take a closer look … the turn the tree folilage on it’s side and you have clouds!) The trees were also spritzed with Perfect Pearls mist (LOVE this!), cut out and mounted. The sun was stamped, cut out and mounted with dimensional foam.

Here’s another card using that same background and the bird stamp:

I added some sparkle and dimension with Ranger Stickles and Dimensional Pearls, and tossed some Hero Arts tiny rhinestone flowers on the branches. Fast, easy and fun.

Thanks for stopping by!

Watch for some exciting projects using Rit Dye…. and a new designer for American Art Stamp.

Marvelous Marbles and Judikins News

I’ve always been drawn to the display cards at any Judikins booth. The colors are so vivid, the designs so elegant!

At a recent stamp show, Ms. Judikins herself — Judi Watanabe — gave a great demo using dye re-inkers, Diamond Glaze and flat marbles. Look how goregous:


First, the design was stamped on the flat side of the marble using StazOn ink. Judi then mixed a little Marvy dye re-inker into a puddle of Diamond Glaze (1 drop of ink per dime-sized Diamond Glaze puddle) and painted over the back.

 Lght colors are best, Judi advises. “Wet Diamond Glaze on wet will bleed, which can create beautiful color combinations. However, if precise color is important, let the tinted Diamond Glaze dry between applications.”

Let them dry — and look how pretty!

Wouldn’t those make great magnets?

And now for my Judikins hot news flash: the company will be taking on Posh Impressions — the stamps designed by stamping pioneer Dee Gruenig. Yay!

Here are some other Judikins goodies seen at the show:

And one of those pretty samples I rave about:

(The masks were stamped on shrink plastic, shrunk, then added to the card. Cool!)

Thanks for coming by!

Missing post


Because of some technical difficulties, there was no new blog posting on Friday. My apologies. In the meantime, get a big dose of inspiration from Tim Holtz as he creates his 12 Days of Christmas tags — always so inspiring.

Look for a cool project from Judikins on my next post.