Summer of Creative Chemistry Week 4

This week the challenge at Summer of Creative Chemistry with Tim Holtz over at Online Card Classes is to create a tag, card, or other project using ARCHIVAL INK.

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For the challenge, I created tags using the Dapper and Mixed Media 2 stamp sets with the Archival Resist technique. I stamped glossy cardstock with Archival inks and then applied Distress Inks to the background. Because of the difference in the properties of the two inks, the images stamped with Archival Ink resist the Distress Inks.

 Summer of Creative Chemistry with Tim Holtz

For the tag on the left, I stamped all of the images (including the hat and shoulders) before applying the Distress Inks. For the tag on the right, I stamped the hat/shoulders image after I colored the tag background, so it’s more prominent. I made at least five of these tags trying different images and colors.

I also revisited the Distress Powder Resist Technique from Day Seven of Creative Chemistry 101. I liked the tag and the technique but wasn’t entirely happy with the design.

Summer of Creative Chemistry with Tim Holtz

However, once I started creating tags similar to Tim’s 12 Tags of 2016 – June, using the Sizzix Dapper die, I decided to cut up the tag I had made and used it to back the negative cut that the Sizzix Dapper Die creates (left).

I also cut another tag with the Dapper die, dry-embossed it with the Tailored Embossing Folder and backed it with a black tag (right).

Finally, I revisited last week’s challenge to create with Perfect Pearls and Distress Inks and Stains.

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I used Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls on a tag stamped with the Distress Ink Newsprint background and glued on the positive pieces from the Sizzix Dapper Die.

Mixed media is fun as long as you allow yourself to experiment!

Supplies: Sizzix Dapper Die

Summer of Creative Chemistry Week 3

I’ve finally had a chance to play along with the challenges at Summer of Creative Chemistry with Tim Holtz over at Online Card Classes.

SummerOfCreativeChemistry-Participant

This week, participants were challenged to create with Perfect Pearls and Distress Inks and Stains.

Here’s my tag using Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls over a stamped Distress Ink background.

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I stamped the background (Tim Holtz’s Seasonal Catalog 1) with a variety of Distress Inks onto a manila tag to which I’d earlier applied (and dried) Antique Linen Distress Stain.

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Once stamped, I brushed on the Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold. After applying the Perfect Pearls, I added Distress Inks to the edges. The Perfect Pearls are brushed away to some extent on the edges.

SUMMER OF CREATIVE CHEMISTRY Week 3

I die cut the Umbrella Man from Kraft-Core cardstock and added a Tim Holtz Word Band, in lieu of any sentiment. I don’t have any Tim Holtz Halloween dies, but I figured that the Umbrella Man was “curious” about the Halloween items in the background.

It was a lot of fun (albeit outside of my comfort zone) to delve into a more layered project!

Background Check Day Six – Party Animals

Today, I’m sharing another Day Six Online Card Classes Background Check lesson card using techniques shown by Debby Hughes. Of all of the cards I made for this class, this one was the most ambitious!

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To begin, I dry embossed the Ranger watercolor paper with the woodgrain embossing folder and the circle diffuser. (Debby showed how to make a custom diffuser, which I will certainly do at some point in the future.) I watercolored the section of the panel that was not embossed with Peerless watercolors. While the panel dried, I Copic-colored some of the adorable images from the Lawn Fawn Party Animals set. I also stamped one of the Chit Chat sentiments.

The dry-embossed panel was adhered to cardstock with foam adhesive. Because of the embossing and watercoloring, the panel is quite warped, so I used a lot of adhesive. I finished the card off with some Doodle Bug twine.

I have really enjoyed the Online Card Classes Background Check course!

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Background Check Day Six

The Day Six Online Card Classes Background Check lesson focused on card designs using backgrounds shown on Days Four and Five. I created a card using the Gap Background technique shown by Kristina Werner along with other “texture techniques.”

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Using an embossing folder by Sizzix for Stampin’ Up, I dry embossed two ends of a card panel leaving a gap in between. Within the gap, I added the Avery Elle die cut sentiment (cut from foil and adhered to white cardstock) using dimensional adhesive. I wasn’t planning on making a holiday card, (and Kristina used completely different supplies for her sentiment), but the Season’s Greetings worked well for this technique.

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Online Card Classes Background Check – Day Three

Today’s Online Card Classes Background Check lesson focused on card designs using backgrounds created in the first two days of lessons. I followed one of the designs shown by Jennifer McGuire. To create the background, I followed the same techniques as on my Day One card.

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Online Card Classes Background Check – Day Two

I’m sharing a card created with one of the techniques shown by Kristina Werner in the Day Two lesson of the Online Card Classes Background Check class.

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I stamped the Argyle Backdrop with ColorBox white pigment ink onto Stampin’ Up Sahara Sand cardstock. When that was dry, I stamped over the pigment ink (shifting slightly) with four Stampin’ Up dye inks. I cut out the panel with a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die; it’s A2 sized. I cut the thanks sentiment and leaves with Lawn Fawn dies.

 

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Online Card Classes Background Check – Day One

I’m sharing a card created with one of the techniques shown in the Day One lesson of the Online Card Classes Background Check class.

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I inked the cardstock panel with three Distress Inks, ran it through the Big Shot with the My Favorite Things stencil (adding some dimension) and then dabbed at the open areas of the stencil with a baby wipe to life off some of the ink. The card design is based on one used by Jennifer Rzasa in an earlier Online Card Classes course.
Supplies: Hero Arts sentiment from a retired set

Stretch Your Dies Day Two

I’m still working through the lessons from the Online Card Classes Stretch Your Dies class. Today, I’m sharing a card inspired by the techniques shown by Kristina Werner in the Day Two lesson.

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I colored a piece of watercolor paper with Distress Inks and then die cut the star shapes. Kristina went on to take her shapes and arrange them in a cluster that she cut with a circle die. It’s a cool technique, but I decided I didn’t think it would add anything to my design. I finished the card with an apt sentiment.

I like coloring watercolor paper with Distress Inks and then cutting the paper with dies, so that each die cut has a different color pattern. Ideally I would have a stack of watercolored panels on hand to die cut!

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Stretch Your Dies Day 3

Today I’m sharing a card inspired by one that Karolyn Loncon showed in the Online Card Classes Stretch Your Dies class. Karolyn had a different set of dies and stamps than mine, but the main idea was using a die to dry emboss the cardstock after masking the card off with the same shape.

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I masked off a rectangular shape and applied Distress Inks – Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry – to the heavyweight cardstock card front. I then stamped the rectangle with Penny Black’s 40-379 Applause inked with Picked Raspberry and Barn Door Distress Inks. After inking and stamping, I removed the mask and dry embossed with the same rectangle die (there’s a stitched edge that may or may not be visible). To finish the card, I added a sentiment die cut with the 51-038 Hooray set. I will definitely be using this technique again. I’m really enjoying some time to work through the class lessons!

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Stretch Your Dies Day 4

Today, I’m sharing a card based on one shown by Jennifer Rzasa in the Online Card Classes Stretch Your Dies class. The idea of today’s class is to use smaller dies effectively on a card.

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I cut the balloons and heart from Ranger watercolor paper colored with Distress Inks. This is definitely a technique I’ll be using again! These colors make me happy.

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