Fabulous Finds Friday — Gelatos

Gelato … yum. Even though these Gelatos are not the kind you eat, they are still creamy and delicious. I’ve long been a fan of these coloring sticks from Faber-Castell, but now beginners can find an easy way to get started with this new kit:

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Here’s what comes inside:
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Besides a set of Gelatos, the kit also has a mister, foam stamp, cardboard stencil, eye dropper, gesso, paint brush, instruction book and a sample of different surfaces to play on.

Here’s a quick card made using Gelatos and odds and ends from my desk:

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(lattice die from Spellbinders, skyline stamp from Penny Black; sentiment from Hero Arts.)

For more Gelatos information and inspiration, check out my previous posts here and here.

Thanks for coming by … have a great weekend!

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Fabulous Finds Friday — New Inks

New inks (from Clearsnap and Ranger) were introduced at the recent Craft and Hobby Show, and I love them both!
Today, I’ll play with a new palette of Archival Inks created by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger. The vintage-y colors coordinate beautifully with Ranger’s Distress Inks. These inks are permanent, which means they won’t react with water. Yay! You’ll see why that’s a good thing.

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The Buzzing Bee image (from Close To My Heart) was stamped first in Ranger’s Archival Fern Green. I heated the image with my heat tool, then applied Ranger Distress Inks (crushed olive, broken china, fired brick) with a foam applicator. (When rubbing on inks, start off the paper to get a softer look. You can see how imperfect I am at this … I have one semi-harsh line on this sample.)

Now here’s the fun part: Using a dot stencil (The Crafter’s Workshop), I sponged water over the Distress Inks. Because Distress inks are water-reactive, I could take away color, leaving the cool ghostly imprint. Sponge over the stencil, blot with a paper towel, and there ya go. I also flicked a bit of water on it to get some ghostly spatters.

The panel was mounted on paper from Close To My Heart’s new Laughing Lola collection. The fun embellishing “dots” are also from CTMH.
I love the modern color combos!

Here’s a card that uses the same archival ink in a more traditional way:

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The papers and embellishment are also new, from Close To My Heart’s Sarita collection.

Stay tuned for Clearsnap’s SurfaceZ inks, coming up!

Random Acts of Stamping

Oh, boy, is my desk a mess. It’s time to clean up and make a fresh start. For a cardmaker, cleaning means using up all those bits and pieces left over from other paper projects. What a great way to clean! Here are some Random Acts of Stamping:

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Buried among other bits and pieces was this cool background piece made by rubbing Gelatos (see this post and this post for more info on Gelatos) on water color paper. The big fish is from Rubber Stamp Plantation.

Here’s another card made using random pieces found on my desk.
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The birdcage (a stamp and die set) is from Prickley Pear; the quote is from Hero Arts; the die cut border is a Spellbinders die; the gold paper is, I think, Die Cuts With a View.

There is so much more to clean! Stay tuned….

Notes from the Imperfect Stamper…

Do you ever have one of those days? I just got this Number Pattern stamp CG516 from Hero Arts and couldn’t wait to mix up some embossing goodness. But see that brown splotch in the top center of the card? Yes…. got a little overzealous with the heat tool.

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But since nothing goes to waste here, I punched out the good parts and made two cards! I used three different sized circle punches. (The embossing powders are all from American Crafts — yum, I love the colors! They are Neon Yellow, Neon Green, Apricot and Grapefruit.)

First, the secret to getting just the right spot on your punch — turn over the punch so you can see where you are punching:

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Easy, no?

And here are those punched circles hard at work:

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Sentiment is from Hero Arts Hip Hip Hooray set CL497; Punches are from McGill and Tonic; Paper … not sure.  I edged the circles with a black marker, but I’m not sure I like them edged in black. Letters on Happy Birthday were colored using gel pens:  American Crafts Bright Pink, Sakura Gelly Roll orange; Spica melon green.

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Plain white card stock run through Cuttlebug folder. Three of the circles were simply glued down; the fourth (the little pink 3 to the right) was adhered with a foam dot to make it pop. The sentiment is from Hero Arts’ Hip Hip Hooray set CL494.)

Stay tuned some other cards I made using this numbers background (which I love!) that came out better!

 

One More Post About Stamping Gear

Can you stand one more post about Inkadinkado’s Stamping Gear? I want to show that you don’t have to use the stamps only with the paddle and the cog.

For these, I just stamped a repetitive pattern:

Not a great photo… oh, well. The butterfly and sentiment, both embossed in white, are from Paper Source.

A variation. The flower and sentiment are also from Paper Source.

And the last… Another random background. The enjoy image (Hero Arts) was heat embossed using a blue pigment ink and pearl embossing powder. It has a great shimmer. Here’s a tip: While I was stamping and embossing the circles from the Hero Arts Set  (Untitled Word Shadow AC005) I embossed about a dozen in various colors of powder. Now I have a stash to use when I’m in a rush!)

I’m not thrilled with the ribbon… it’s too thick. I wanted the shiney satin look, but all I had was a 1″ ribbon. So I folded it in half, gluing the sides together using a tape runner. Then I tied the bow. But the bow looks too thick and clunky to me. Impatient, Imperfect AND lazy!!!

And one more… the last, I promise!

(Tiny flower from the Paper Source. Can’t see it well, but there’s Stickles in the flower centers.)

Thanks for coming back. Next week, something new and bright!

Stamping Gear Part 2

In my last post, I showed some of the fun things to make with the Inkadinkado Stamping Gear. I was able to run amok using the bigger surface of file folders (I’m going to give a set of these as a gift! What fun!). But I wasn’t sure about scaling them down for cards. So I just started playing … which is the best way to learn about tools and techniques!

Here are a few of my efforts:

The blue Hey You sentiment (from Technique Tuesday) circle shows up a deeper blue than I had intended! Being the Impatient and Imperfect Stamper, I didn’t want to stop to fix it. The back cardstock is from  Stampin’ Up.   Not sure if you can see the dots of Stickles Waterfall glitter at the points.

The sentiment here is from Close To My Heart, embossed in white. The orange gem stones at the points are from Hero Arts. See that bright orange bit in the upper left hand corner? I used one of the images from the Stamping Gear set just as I would a regular stamp. I used it to cover up an oopsie! (Remember, I am often an Imperfect Stamper!)  While edging the card with an orange neon marker I slipped and got an orange line in that corner. Would you have noticed or did I disguise it enough? Grin.

One more for today:

The flower (CG290 Four Flowers) and the sentiment (CG276 Things) are from Hero Arts. Can you see the glimmer of Stickles up by the flower? The flower was embossed with clear powder. I wanted the sentiment to pop a bit, but I didn’t have any gray paper. So I used the same Hero Arts Wet Cement color that I used to stamp and, using a Tsuikneko Dauber, inked the edges of a white scrap piece. Like so:

If you can stand a few more, I’ll add them to my next post. Thanks for stopping by!

Ink Potion No. 9

A while ago a reader asked for some tips on using Tsukineko’s Ink Potion No. 9 (anyone else want to hum the song “Love Potion No. 9″?). I did a little research on the product, but the best way to undestand the product is to play with it.

The Potion is a blending solution that works with water-based ink – think of how you use alcohol blending solutions with alcohol inks.

No. 9 is touted as making paper less likely to curl, although I have found the curling depends a lot on the type of paper you use.

My two favorite ways to use No. 9 are to create backgrounds and to create watercolor effects. Here are some of my experiments. First, the backgrounds:

For these backgrounds I spritzed glossy cardstock with No. 9, then dropped some ink (from re-inkers) into the mix. I spritzed another piece of cardstock with No. 9, then smooshed the two pieces together. (I used two Memento inks, Opalite pearlized Orchid Ice (all Tsukineko) and Metallic Green Iridescent from Dr. Ph. Martin‘s. (I used both dye and pigment inks.)

The piece in the upper left hand corner is watercolor paper. For that one, I spritzed No. 9 on my craft sheet, added re-inkers and plopped my cardstock on that. The watercolor paper gives it a very different look, much more subtle.

With these techniques, I like to make several pieces at a time. Here’s what happened:

I think the one above is my favorite. I stamped Hero Arts’ gate stamp in black pigment ink, then clear embossed.

Another similar version:

I put this piece on top of a box I made (using my Ultimate Crafter’s Companion scoring section). Here’s another view:

For my next experiment I used the Potion as I would use alcohol blending solution. I dropped inks onto my felt pad dabbing tool, spritzed it with Potion and dabbed it all over my cardstock.

I stamped my images using StazOn.

And one last photo — here’s what I do with scraps:

To be cut out and used at a later date!

Here are some ways to use Ink Potion No. 9:

— Stamp with  water-based ink, then spritz to get a soft, watercolor-like blend.

— Spray on an inked stamp for the same effect as above.

— Mix with water-based ink (re-inkers) and then spray on your project for backgrounds. This is especially nice if you use a sparkly re-inker.

— Apply to a stamped image with an applicator, such as Tsukineko’s Fantastix, to blend specific areas.

— Ink up a brayer, then spritz with Potion to help blend the ink and give a smoother application.

— Spritz it first on your paper, then stamp.

— Drop ink (from re-inkers) on a craft sheet, then spray with Potion. Drag card stock or press card stock into the mixture for colorful backgrounds.

– Use to blend watercolor crayons and pencils.

Have fun, and let me know how YOU use this blender!