Wednesday, April 29, 2015

CAS Chevron 'Hello' card

Another simple 'Hello' card today. It was cut on the Silhouette and I used some of my digital papers under the chevron cuts:

 chevron hello

Here are the free digital patterns that I used (linked on Flickr)

Floral Vine (Lemon) low-contrast:


And here's the whole Floral Vine monochromatic paper set.


And here's the whole Tiny Stars (solid colour) set.


And the whole Christmas Paper set here.

This digital work is offered up for free, but mainly for personal use or handmade sale items only.
Please do not use these to make digital papers or kits for sale, nor mass produced items.
If you have any questions, please be sure to read my terms of use here or email me. Thanks!

I tried out a new speedy cheat for stitching the sentiment (it's half real sewing with needle and thread for the texture and half gel pen faux-stitching):

chevron hello - half real half faux stitching

It's a bit of a time saver, but you still get the texture from the real needle & thread stitches.

....and that's all she wrote. ;)

Happy Creating!

P.S. There's a tutorial for how to download the papers from Flickr, here, if you're curious.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Watercolour Blooms (+ Custom Tinted Versamark colours)

Watercolour flowers Hero Arts Basicgrey

You know those stamps, the ones you just keep coming back to and never seem to tire of? This floral falls into that category for me. It's Hero Arts' Large Flower Background cling stamp, and I just can't stop heat-embossing those blooms.

Though I did want a new pale colour to stamp them in (without having to shop for one) so I tried something weird with the ink this time. Let's hear it for instant gratification!!

How to make Custom Tinted Versamark (or pigment ink
 colours) for heat-embossed stamping - using reinkers:

 watercolour flowers DETAIL

Like many of you, I don't buy new supplies very often, but I want it all and I want it now! To get a unique shade of ink (to heat emboss with) you can mix one up from ink refills & apply it using a brayer.

  • Clear Versamark Ink refill
  • Coloured pigment ink reinkers (in hues of your choice)
  • Rubber brayer tool
  • Palette knife/old credit card
  • Sheet of acetate, old packaging, or flat palette
  • Stamp of your choice
  • Watercolour paper & paints

To get a custom tinted ink colour, I did the following:

Step 1) Mix inks, from refill bottles, onto a piece of acetate or a plate or something else to serve as a palette (I used clear Versamark Ink from a refill bottle with pigment ink reinkers to get a custom taupe colour.)

Step 2) Mix the various inks together with a palette knife or old credit card or the like.

Step 3) Load a rubber brayer with your new custom ink.

Step 4) Brayer the ink onto your stamp.

Step 5) Stamp and heat emboss it with clear embossing powder.

Step 6) Paint the image using watercolour paints.


BONUS: One major advantage to this is that you don't need an ink pad to dedicate to each new shade. You simply mix on a flat surface, and you can mix up just one colour at a time.

TIPS: Keep adding colours until you get a shade you like.You could even add white pigment ink reinker to lighten the hue.

If you like you can keep track of how many drops you use of each colour, or you can just wing it like I did this time.

The triangle paper that I used to line the envelope
 is available here, as part of a free set if you like it:

Love Graphics - free printable digital patterned paper set PREVIEW

And there's a tutorial for an ultra quick way to line any size of envelope, here:

DIY envelope liner tricks

Here are some cards from previous blog posts using the same hero arts blooms:

 Hero Arts flowers mel stampz

Triple stamped Hero Arts flower - close up

1c White heat emboss Hero Arts large flower bkgrd stamp on kraft cs -Distress ink painting with perfect pearls

Hope your day is bloomin' wonderful,


P.S. The sentiment stamp is from Avery Elles' "Oh Happy Day" set.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Seeking your printer opinions (for Collage & the Hot Foil Technique)

Hey Sweet Crafty People,

Any of you collage artists, d├ęcoupage divas, or multimedia masters out there care to chat a bit about printers? :)

I've been doing a bunch of googling to find out which laser printer is best for collage art (to use with Matte Medium and other wet media without any smudging). Then it dawned on me that you guys are WAY better than Google! So I figured I'd pester you. ;)

If any of you have tried this printer in your creations I would love to know what you think:

Or perhaps you've tried other laser printers you love for collage?

I've heard great things about Epson laser printers and UltraChrome K3 ink, but they're very difficult to find near me. And I'm not sure if the Epson will work well for Hot Foiling?

I was thinking of going with Brother so I can try out the foil technique that Jennifer McGuire has revived lately. (She says she uses a Brother printer & it works perfectly with the foil). 

I've finally ordered this lamination machine to have a whack at it:

Thanks in advance for taking the time to have a look. And just in case anyone else is also considering a new printer, or the foiling business, I'll be sure to let you know how my adventures play out. :)