Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Club Scrap Blog Hop: Boardwalk

Time again for another blog hop.  This month has been another winning kit combination.  The Stamps, the papers, the embellishments made for a unique crafting experience.  So before I reveal my cards, let take a moment for some housekeeping.  You should have arrived from:  Deb, Deb duz Scrappin.  If you got lost, or just want to start at the beginning, Click Here.

This months kit said simple and playful to me.  So that is what I did.  This one is also filled with techniques.  So lets take a look.

If you have been following this month, you will see I used the same techniques but changed it up a bit.

Let us start with Card 1.  It is by far my favorite, but probably the most frustrating in that it was so fussy.

I started with white card stock.
Tore a piece of post it note and laid it across the card stock.
Layered and blended Cracked Pistachio and Broken China to represent sky and sea.  This was the most difficult part.  I did not want the sea to be smooth, wanted more of a wave feel, so I tried die cutting, inking with the mask and without.  In the end, I used the mask for the Cracked Pistachio and them removed it and blended in the Broken China.  For sand, I put the mask back in place, but a little more into the inking. Using Frayed Burlap and Gathered Twigs inked up a texture stamp and stamped the sand.
This photo  shows this the best.  I did use Copics to enhance the colors in areas, especially under the crab.

Next I stamped the images in Copic and colored them, fussy cut them out and used 3D foam for dimension.

I used Score Tape and attached my cardstock onto a piece of fun foam and die cut. With the stencils in place, used Broken China to give them color.

I cut a piece of tan card stock into an A2 size, and layered all my elements onto the mat, added the twine and attached to the card base.  For the words, I cut apart my stamp, Stamped in Black Onxy by Versafine and heat embossed in clear.  Cut down with my paper trimmer, die cut a sun and tucked up under the cloud, I just needed something.  Finished!!!

Another look.  Isn't such a happy Summer Card.  I just love that Crab.

Card 2:
I used papers from my Team Challenge that were created with Alcohol Ink and water.  Visit the posting here for details:  Team Challenge, Card 2

I am going to add the photos here too, as the card base used here, was what I photographed.
Top is the Ink in Water and the second photo is the dried background.

All that was left was to stamp the sentiment, add an embellishment and put it on a card base.  Easy.

The yard is from a previous kit and fit that button perfectly.  I just did not want to distract from the background.  I love the complexity yet simplicity of this card.

Card 3, is another one created using the Distress Ink and Household Bleach.  I just love how this looks and all the inks produce different results.

This ink is Gathered Twigs and creates  Teals with bleach.  In this example I did not go back in with the Distress.  I created the background, added a few shadows and very carefully added the bleach.  A die cut sun, and Summer Fun stamped and heat embossed and cut to just "give interest", added more of the same yarn from card 2 and a brass embellishments.  The perfect card to send with a photo from Summer Vacation to family.

That is all from me.  Your next stop is:  Jennifer

Until Next time,
Happy Crafting

Links:  Club Scrap
Boardwalk Deluxe Kit

Friday, June 24, 2016

Sepia Technique: Bleach and Ink, Featuring Club Scrap Stamps.

If you have been following for awhile, you know how much I love techniques.  While surfing the internet I came across a technique that was presented using Stampin Up Ink.  Well I don't have any of the ink, but I do have Distress.  So, I set out to see what type of results I could get with my Distress and was pleasantly surprised.  When this months kit arrived, the umbrella and chair stamps was a match with my idea and technique.  Here is the finished card.
I only used two products: a brown distress and household bleach.  Which brown use produces the colored tones that remain.  This is Frayed Burlap and it bleaches to reds and golds.
In this image I used Walnut Stain and it bleaches to purple tones.  All of the browns bleach to different undertones.  So get out your distress and some water color paper and see what you get.  Experiment!!!

Lets look at the process:

I used 140# Canson Cold Press water color paper.  I did not try other brands, so your result may very.

Start by mixing brown and water and brushing onto the water color paper.  It needs to be streaky and have some white showing.
 Dry very thoroughly.  I did use a heat tool for this.  Just make sure it is dry.
Stamp your image in Archival Ink.  I used both Potting Soil (the cameo) and Black (umbrella and chairs).
Using the same Distress as the background, deepen the shadows.  I used water and thinned down the ink, but left if very dark in places.

Here it is finished with the shadow.  I left the streakiness, just enhanced it in places.  This photo is with Ground Expresso, it is darker, I created another card for the blog hop with this ink and it bleaches to teal.  Lovely isn't it.

Using household bleach and a fine liner brush, paint in the highlights.  It takes time to get down to the true color and have the action stop.  So add a little and wait, then a bit more if needed.  You can go back and add more ink, but it will not be the same as it was before putting the bleach on the paper.  Again experiment.   I think in this red card, I went back and forth with the ink and bleach, I came out lighter than I wanted, but is still nice.

Here is what it looks like with a little bleach
And a little more. Look close and you will see where I added the Distress Ink, along the top of the umbrella and sides of the chairs (Air side).  This is the image I cut down and created the card with.

To finished the card, I matted it in red, added embellishments and finally attached to an A2 Card base in Desert Storm by Neenah.

The embellishments were darkened with the same ink as the background a glued down with Glossy Accents as was the Brass Crab.  

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Club Scrap: Team Challenge June's Kit, Boardwalk

This month the kit is Boardwalk and we were challenged to incorporate the Hypno Papers into our projects.  I have to say this was a challenge.  The bright almost patriotic feel to this kit, did not lend itself well the the earth tones reminiscent of the 50-60's Era.  In hind site, I should have used a different kit, but I like to use the kit for that month, so I decided to make this a technique focused project.  Are you ready.  Well before we begin, you should have arrived her from JENNIFER and if not the beginning link is HERE.

So lets, start by looking at the cards:
Card 1 features 2 techniques.  Cute !

Card 2 features Distress Stain

Card 3 uses more Distress stain, plus Picket Fence Stain.

Ok, lets get started:

For card one, lets start with the background.  I love alcohol inks, but I do not like the glossy paper that works best.  Did you know you can float these in water and they will attach to regular card stock when it is submerged in the water, Oh Yes and it is lovely.

I filled a pan with water and dropped the inks into the water.  Gently lowered the cardstock into the water and lifted it out.  The ink attaches to both sides of the cardstock.
 One side of the cardstock is picked up the yellow and red, the other side had more dispersed the purple
This photo is upside down, knowing this makes it easier to see how the colors shifted.  I kept adding ink and more paper and came up with several useable backgrounds.  I was happy.

I do not have photos for the next step as I could not get them to show what I was doing.
I cut down the card stock to match the outside of my frame that I prepare in the next step.  And then ran it through my Zyron.  I cut a frame from 2 pieces of white card stock, glued them together and placed them so they went around the outside of my background piece.  Then I covered the entire Sticky surface with clear micro beads.
This is the finished card base.  Double click and you can see the bead layer better.  So to recap, I have a bead covered background that was created with alcohol inks and water, surrounded by a cardstock frame.

Next the critters:
I started by stamping them onto Grunge Board with Archival ink in black.  Then covered them with a layer of Distress Crackle Paint.
Wet Crackle, this is applied in a thick layer.  It took almost 2 hours to dry.  Do not use a Heat Tool.

Once dried, you have a fine porcelain cracks.  Double Click to see the detail.  I then cut them out.

Colored them with many layers of Distress Stain.  Abandoned Coral, Squeezed Lemonade and Fired Brick.  The Fish was colored with Peacock Feathers and Peeled Paint.
Dried and finished.  I just added a black bead to the eyes.  Ready to assemble.

Next the tag.  This was a left over piece from a failed attempt from an earlier project.
I sponged Broken China and Cracked pistachio on White Card Stock.  Stamped the sentiment and cut out with a die.

Now for the Hypno Paper, I used it as a mat.  The colors in one of the papers matched my critters.  Used Neenah Desert Storm for the card base, assembled the parts, added a teal bow.  Finished. 
 On to Card 2:
I love Distress and wanted this post to explore the uses of Distress Stain.  I have them all, rarely use them, so I thought I would see what I could do with them and no other product.  

I found my tag stash, and started to mix and play with color.  I used the colors in the Hypno papers to guide my choices.  In the end I chose Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber, Abandoned Coral, and Picket Fence.  
The first technique was to directly apply the ink to the tag.  
 Apply Stain Directly to Tag

 Spray with water
I added yellow, more water and let run and blend. 

Dry either by a Heat Tool or Time