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Flower Shop | Diffused Ink Blending Technique

Hello friends! Daily life as we know it has definitely changed for many of us as we navigate this Coronavirus and Covid 19 Pandemic. From changes to our daily routines and activities to more drastic changes such job loss or even the loss of a loved one, it is impacting so many of us.  It has hit me in a way I never expected, but I'm taking it one day at a time and trying to look at all the wonderful things I still have to be grateful for in my life. One of them is doing what I love and that is creating and making.

DIFFUSED INK BLENDING TECHNIQUE

Today, I'm sharing a card I created for Tim Holtz using some of his stamps from Stampers Anonymous. This card features the Diffused Ink Blending Technique. I came across this technique through a video by Laura Jane that you can view here. I've applied this technique to the Flower Shop Stamp Set and used it to create a background for my card.


For the Diffused Ink Blending Technique you will need a stamping platform, a selection of Distress Inks and at least one finger tip sponge dauber for each color family.  I recommend using these kind of blenders for this project because they are smaller and will allow you to apply the ink to smaller areas on the stamp. For this rose image from the Flower Shop Stamp Set I used Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry for the flowers with a bit of Squeezed Lemonade. For the leaves I used Crushed Olive and Forest Moss.

I began by applying the darkest shade of ink using the sponge dauber to the areas on the stamp that are the shadow. I then stamped the image. If the ink needed to be darker, I repeated the ink application and restamped. I then added the next lighter color to the middle areas and finally the lightest color to the highlighted areas. The main thing to keep in mind is that each time you add color you're not covering the entire stamp or image area. You're only putting the ink in the area you want that color. For a bit of a pop on the edges of the flowers I added some Squeezed Lemonade. For the leaf areas I did the same thing and applied the darkest color to the shadows and the lightest color to the highlights.


I moved the stamp around on paper and repeated the Diffused Ink Blending Technique until I had covered the paper.  For added interest, I used the same technique with a text stamp. On this I used Vintage Photo and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.


To finish the card, I added some ink splatters. For the ink splatters I stamped the ink pads onto my glass mat, spritzed them with water, picked up the ink with a paint brush and then flicked it onto the paper. I then inked the edges of the card front with Spun Sugar. I then layered the entire piece onto a piece of cardstock inked with Crushed Olive Distress Ink. I just love how you can create perfect coordinating papers with a little ink blending! I then finished off the card with a sentiment from the Tiny Text Stamp Set using Peeled Paint Archival Ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed learning about the Diffused Ink Blending Technique. What stamp set would you use this technique with?

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Baroque | Alcohol Ink Lift Techniques

Hello friends! Today, I'm sharing two cards I created using the Tim Holtz Baroque Stamp Set and there were on display in the Stamper's Anonymous Booth at Creativation. Both of these cards are the result of a happy accident involving Alcohol Ink. Don't you just love when that happens?

So this happy accident business all started with me trying to use the Alcohol Lift Ink. I was playing with Alcohol Inks and had created this beautiful blue background and I thought it would be fun to use the Alcohol Lift Ink with the beautiful flourish from the Baroque Stamp Set and create a dramatic lifted stamp image. Well, when I tried this, the fine detail of the design didn't give me anything even remotely dramatic. In fact, I could barely see that I had even stamped the image. I could see the ink on the stamp though, so I stamped it onto a piece of white cardstock and thought "now that looks kind of pretty", so I set it to the side for later, thinking it might make a nice background for another card, as you will see in my second card below.

Hope Is Never Lost Card | Tim Holtz Baroque Stamp Set



I then went back to my failed Alcohol Lift piece and saw that the ink was still quite shiny and wet so....I thought let's sprinkle some gold embossing powder on there and see if it sticks. Well, guess what? It did stick, so I grabbed my heat gun and heat embossed the powder. I immediately fell in love with the contrast of the gold on the dark blue Alcohol Ink background and knew it was perfect for a card!


To finish it off, I added a sentiment from the Tiny Text Stamp Set and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. I then mounted the panel onto a piece of gold metallic paper from the 8x8 Kraft Stock Metallic Paper Pad.


So now back to that pretty Alcohol Lift Ink image from earlier. As I mentioned, I had stamped it onto a piece of white cardstock. For more color, I blended some Distress Oxide Ink around the outside edges, spritzed it with water and them dabbed it dry.


It still needed something, so I pulled out the Urban Elements Stamp Set. I stamped a couple of the images with embossing ink and them heat embossed them with gold embossing powder. To further embellish the frame in the center I added a butterfly (from the Scribbly Butterflies Thinlits Dies) die cut from Bristol Paper and inked with Distress Oxide Ink.


The sentiment is from the amazing Tiny Text Stamp Set and is just stamped with embossing ink onto black cardstock and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I then mounted the front panel onto a piece of gold metallic kraft stock and then onto a piece of watercolor paper inked with Distress Oxide Inks and splattered with water.


Well, what do you think of this Alcohol Lift Ink Technique using the Tim Holtz Baroque Stamp Set? I hope you enjoyed learning how this grand idea went from craft fail to happy accident!

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Field Notes | Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous

Hello friends! Spring keeps trying to tease that's it here and then it disappears again and winter seems to return. Has that been happening to you too? Today, I'm sharing a bit of a spring themed card featuring the beautiful Field Notes Stamp Set by Tim Holtz. This is one of the cards I created for Tim that was on display in the Stamper's Anonymous Booth at Creativation.

FIELD NOTES BUTTERFLY CARD


I began by creating the background which is watercolor paper sprayed with Old Paper, Antique Linen and Bundles Sage Distress Stain. Once dry, I then spritzed it with Peeled Paint, Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide Sprays.  I then spritzed it with water to activate the oxides and dried it again. Finally I splattered some Faded Jeans Distress Spray and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide Spray for a splash of color.  I also stamped the background with various stamps from the Field Notes Stamp Set and a script stamp using Ground Espresso Archival ink.

Field Notes Butterfly Card by Juliana MIchaels featuring Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous Field Notes Stamp Set

To create the labels, I stamped several images from the Field Notes set onto watercolor paper using Black Soot Archival Ink. I then fussy cut them into labels. I gave the paper a distressed old paper look by inking the edges with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso. I then inked the paper with some Old Paper Distress Oxide and spritzed it with water to activate the oxide and then dried it with my heat tool.

Field Notes Butterfly Card by Juliana MIchaels featuring Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous Field Notes Stamp Set

The frame piece was created by die cutting a piece of watercolor paper using the Stacked Baroque Die. To give it the wood grain look, I spritzed the paper with water and embossed it using the 3D Lumber Embossing Folder. I then inked the paper with Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Ink. To complete the frame I added a piece of green patterned paper to the backside.

Field Notes Butterfly Card by Juliana MIchaels featuring Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous Field Notes Stamp Set

You might notice a bit of lacy die cutting in the background. That is the beautiful new Bouquet Thinlits Die. I cut it from Bristol paper and inked with with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink.

Field Notes Butterfly Card by Juliana MIchaels featuring Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous Field Notes Stamp Set

The butterfly is from the Flutter Stamp Set. I stamped it onto watercolor paper using Black Soot Archival Ink and then colored it with Distress Ink. I stamped the following inks onto my craft mat and used a water brush to lift the ink and color it onto the stamped image: Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber.

To finish off the card, I adhered all of the layers and then add a bit of machine stitching with brown thread to the edges.

Field Notes Butterfly Card by Juliana MIchaels featuring Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous Field Notes Stamp Set

I hope you enjoyed see how this Field Notes card came together. And here's to hoping that Spring will arrive soon! Thanks so much for your visit and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask in the comments below.

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Plaid Background With Mixed Striped Stencil

Hello friends and welcome! Today I'm sharing a birthday card that features a plaid background created using the Mixed Striped Stencil from Scrapbook.com . I've paired it with one of their new stamp sets and some other supplies to create an elegant, but simple to create, birthday card. After I made this card, my mind immediately thought about how fun it would be to make this card in other colors. Wouldn't this make a great gift set with a card in each color of the rainbow and a different sentiment on each card?

PLAID BACKGROUND WITH MIXED STRIPED STENCIL

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Make A Wish Birthday Card by Juliana Michaels. A plaid background created using Scrapbook.com Mixed Stripes Stencil.

I began with a piece of teal colored cardstock and placed the Mixed Stripes Stencil. I always like to think about how I can use things outside of their norm. That's when I thought of rotating the Mixed Stripes Stencil to create a plaid design. To achieve this, simply place the stencil at a 45 degree angle to the paper. I used Therm O Web Purple Tape to help hold the paper and stencil in place. I then inked over the stripes using Scrapbook.com's Domed Foam Blending Tool and Deep Sea Hybrid Ink Pad. Once all the stripes were inked, I then rotated the stencil 90 degrees and repeated the ink blending to create a simple plaid pattern. The design needed a little pizazz, so I pulled out a gold pen and added some hand drawn lines. I used a metal edged ruler as a guide and ran the pen along the edge to create the gold detail.


As the focal point, I used the Tim Holtz Sizzix Scribbly Butterfly Thinlit Dies. I cut it from a piece of gold Metallic Kraft Stock and adhered it to the card front using double sided foam adhesive.


To create the sentiment, I used the new Wordfetti Best Day Ever Stamp Set. This has to be one of my new favorite stamp sets. I love typewriter style fonts, so this set will get a lot of mileage on my upcoming card makes! I stamped the sentiment using Scrapbook.com Premium Embossing Ink Pad. I then sprinkled it with gold embossing powder and set it with my heat gun. I then adhered it with a bit more double sided foam adhesive.

For a bit more depth, I added a bit more ink blending to the edges with the Deep Sea Ink and foam blending tool.


To finish the card, I trimmed the front panel to 4 x 5.25" and then mounted it onto a Neenah Solar White A2 Scored Card Base.

There you have it! A simple, but elegant card that uses a simple striped stencil to create a beautiful plaid design.

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The Professor 2 | Creativity Takes Courage

Wow! Have you checked out Tim Holtz's January Release from Stamper's Anonymous yet? The Professor is back and he's bigger and better than ever, along with a group of other amazing stamp sets. Of course I'm totally in love with the larger than life Professor 2 and so today I'm sharing one of the cards I created with it for the Stamper's Anonymous Booth at Creativiation. I'm still pinching myself over this and I hope you can share in some of this excitement as you check out today's card.

THE PROFESSOR 2  | TIM HOLTZ STAMPER'S ANONYMOUS

So first up I stamped the Professor on watercolor paper and then water colored him with a water brush and Distress Inks. The colors I used were Antique Linen, Spun Sugar, Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass, Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hinge, Hickory Smoke and Ground Espresso. If you aren't familiar with water coloring with ink pads, all you do is stamp the ink pad directly on to a craft mat, run your water brush through the ink to get it onto the bristles and then color it onto your paper. If you're a little more fancy, you can certainly use a watercolor brush! Once he was colored to my liking, I fussy cut around him, and then ran a black marker around the edges to hide the white and then inked blended it on the edges with a bit of Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Creativity Takes Courage Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set The Professor 2

For the background, I stamped some of the images from The Professor 2 stamp set onto watercolor paper using Distress Oxide in Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo. As I stamped each image, I let it just briefly dry then white over it with a dry rag to slightly smear the ink. The trick to avoid it turning into a smeared mess is to let it dry just a bit. If you are like me and not super patience when it comes to waiting for things to dry, you can dab away the excess ink with a dry rag or paper towel. Then wipe over it with the dry rag to smear it. After you are finished stamping your design, it's time to age the paper and give it a nice grungy look. Spritz your craft mat with Old Paper Distress Spray, then spritz it with some water and then dab your paper into the ink. Dry it with your heat tool. Next, ink over the paper around the edges using a blending tool and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide Spray. Spritz with water to activate the oxide and dab it dry. To finish it off, ink blend the edges with a little Walnut Stain Distress Ink. For even more interest, I added some machine stitching and distressed the edges of the paper with the backside of my kraft knife. 

Creativity Takes Courage Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set The Professor 2

The next layer, is a piece of distressed metallic kraft stock. I shared all about how I do that in my previous post - The First Step | Tim Holtz Retro Type Bigz Die.  Here I used gold instead of silver to better coordinate with this card's color theme.

Creativity Takes Courage Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set The Professor 2

For the blue background, I used a piece of blue cardstock from the 8x8 Classic Kraft Stock Paper Pad. You can't totally see it in these photos, but I stenciled over the paper using the new Bubbles Layering Stencil with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink. It creates a subtle bit of interest that I can't wait to try again in the future.

Creativity Takes Courage Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set The Professor 2

To finish off the card I added some Idea-ology Adornments Stars that I distressed with alcohol inks. I even added some Glossy Accents to the Professor's goggles, but you totally can't see it in the photos.


I then finished off the card by stamping my sentiment using another of my new faves from this release...Tiny Text. I stamped it with Black Soot Archival Ink onto white cardstock, trimmed it to size, added some Hardware Heads and inked the edges before adding it to the card.

There you are! I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about how I created my card featuring The Professor 2!

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