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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Yet another bow tutorial

Most of my crafty friends know I have a thing for fluffy bows on some of my projects. I always stain them to match my projects.
This tutorial is about staining them in various colours using the distress markers.

It is rather simple, but the result is quite striking! All using crinkle ribbon, distress markers, a mini mister and a heat tool.

I cut a piece of the ribbon and start the process....

I colour one side of the ribbon. It takes the distress ink beautifully...

One side is all done.  On to the next colour!

Now we have a beautiful red white and blue :-)

This is how it looks once done. You could leave it like this and use it on a card or tag. 
I like to spray it with a little water, to make it bleed a little, to give it a more vintage look. 

I spritz a little water with my minimister on a section of the ribbon and dry it immediately with a heat tool. I just want the ink to run just a little, not create a purple in the middle... That is why I do it in sections.

Here you see the difference. On the left the spritzed and dried part and on the right the "untreated" part. 

This is what the ribbon looks like after it has been spritzed and dried. The possibilities are endless. 
All we need now is a tag or card to put this on......

This tag is still a work in progress. I used "4th of July" embossing powder by Emerald Creek Craft Supplies to create my stars, it is a glorious mix of red white and blue powder and blue glitter. I inked over it with the same red and blue (festive berries and faded jeans) as the ribbon.  The edge is inked with walnut stain.
And the ribbon is tied like I always do. I have done a tutorial for that too ;-)

All the tag now needs are some finishing touches. 

Thank you for stepping by and taking the time to have a look.

Take care and keep your craft on :-)


Surf and turf challenge

This month there is a surf and turf challenge at the Emerald Creek blog.

I was playing with my oxides and once the background was done, it screamed for one of the Koi stamps from Nicole Wright Designs. It is one of my favourite sets...ever.

So I stamped the koi in fired brick oxide and coloured it with a waterbrush.

The sentiment is by quiet fire design.

I love how it came together.....

Thank you for taking the time to step by.
Take care and keep your craft on :-)


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Oxide trouts

My dad is a keen fly fisherman, so for his birthday I either make a fish themed card, or a golf themed one, as he loves to play golf also.

This time I went for some trouts and flies. My dad ties his own flies, an elaborate hobby in itsef! So when I saw the trout and the fly stamps from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies, I just had to get them!!

I stamped the trouts and the flies with vintage photo and broken china distress oxides and spritzed them with plenty of water, to make them bleed. Unfortunately the pic does not do the effect justice. The pigments stay in their place, but the dye bleeds perfectly. I love the effect. After it was all dry I stamped the flourishes with iced spruce distress oxide and also spritzed it with water...

After that I stamped the sentiment with peeled paint distress oxide and again spritzed with water.
Last but not least I stamped the sentiment again but this time in black and heatembossed it with clear embossing powder.

I inked the edge of the topper with walnut stain distress ink and stuck it on a black mat and glued it all on a kraft card blank.

Thank you for taking the time to have a peek.
Take care and keep your craft on!

This card has been entered in the Emerald Creek Dare Surf and Turf.....

Oxide rooster

This stamp arrived in the mail this morning, found it in an online bargain bin lol. 

As soon as I opened the envelope i needed to make this card! I used iced spruce and fosselised amber distress oxides for the background and stamped the rooster with potting soil Archival ink. I coloured the ribbon also with fosselised amber and iced spruce, but this time with the markers. I coloured the rooster with various colours distress markers and a waterbrush....

Thank you so much for stepping by and I hope to see you here again.

Take care and keep your craft on!


Monday, May 22, 2017

Fluffy bow tutorial revisited...

Two years ago I did a tutorial on how I make my fluffy bows on tags. Today I show how I put them on cards. I use crinkle ribbon or seam binding to make my bows. I stain them either with distress stains, oxides, inks or markers. Depends on the look I am going for. This tutorial focusses on how I put them on my cards though.

I wrap ribbon around my hand, like in the pic, 6 times and cut that off. That way I have enough to make a lush fluffy bow on my card.

I stained the cut off piece of ribbon with worn lipstick distress stain. I dry it with my heat tool as it crinkles the ribbon a bit. It makes for a fluffier bow.

I measure out how much I need for the first part of the bow. I make sure I have enough to make a simple bow. I put the ribbon behind the piece of card I want to put the bow on, and make sure I have two pieces on each side to tie my bow. And cut the rest off. The cut off part will turn into the fluffy part of the bow.

I put a strip of double sided tape on the back of the card, where I want my bow to go. I used my ATG in this case, but if you don't have one, you can use any double sided tape. 
I put the piece of ribbon on the tape so it won't move anymore. 

I do the same on the front of the card. I put a strip of double sided tape down where I want my bow. This way it won't sag once you tied your bow. 

I tie the ribbon at the front and look where I want the bow. On this card I want it in the middle. Once I am satisfied where it is, I press the ribbon onto the sticky tape.

Here you see how the ribbon is neatly stuck to the card. So no matter how heavy and fluffy you make your bow, it will stay put!

I wrap the remainder of the ribbon around my hand again. 
And I slide it off my hand.

This will be the fluffy part of your bow!

I put the "to be fluffed" part of my bow on top of the knot I tied. Now I tie the first part over the "to be fluffed" part, and that way secure it into place. Then I tie it in a bow.

After you tied the bow over the "to be fluffed" part...... you fluff your bow! You seperate all the loops of the bow and a fluffy bow is born! Now this piece of card is ready to be mounted on the rest of the card :-)

And this is the finished card!

I hope this helps you create gorgeous and luscious fluffy bows on your cards or tags. For a tag you just thread the first part of the bow through the hole of the tag and follow the same steps from there.

Thank you for stepping by and I hope to see you again. 

Take care and keep your craft on!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

"Painting" with embossing powders

The other day I shared a tag I made on facebook, and numerous people asked how I did it and wanted a tutorial. So I am going to show you how I did it.

This is the tag I first did with this technique. The swallow and flowers are different colours of embossing powder.

All you need is some card stock that is not too absorbant. You want your embossing ink to stay wet for as long as possible. I use a very smooth cars stock. And you need some colours of embossing powder and a craft stick or teeny tiny spoon. After the first try with my craft sticks, I looked online to see if I could find some laboratory scoops, so I can work even more precise. I am happy to say I found some on eBay and am waiting for those.

I selected a few of my glorious Emerald Creek embossing powders. They are so rich and some are so glittery. I used a stamp that would show off this technique well. 

Here you see the image stamped with embossing ink. I tried various types of paper to do this, a semi glossy or very smooth surface works best. 

With my craft srick I scooped up a small amount of embossing powder and sprinkled it over the areas that I want to be that colour. 

In this case I sprinkled Chinese red over the roses.

After I finished covering the red areas, I covered it with St. Paddy's green to colour the rest. In this case I only used two colours. On the finished tag you see that I did another image with more colours. You can sprinkle as many colours on an image as you like, just remember not to remove the excess powder before you are completely done. If you do the powder will stick to areas you don't want. So in the end, when you do tap off the excess embossing powder, you have a mix of various colours. I used some of it to heat emboss the sentiment. The rest I put in what I call the party jar. It is a jar with mixed embossingpowders. I use it sometimes for heat emboss embellishments or sentiments. It looks like miniature confetti.

Here I used Sweet Valentine and Sparkly Green powders also from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.

On this stamped image I used the sparkly green, Easter Parade and Chinese red embossing powders. The more I played, the better I could control my powders. 
This was my favourite result yet....

I can't wait to get my mini scoops so I can play even more....

After staining a manila tag with tumbled glass distress stain, I stamped the sentiment with embossing ink and embossed it with the mixed powders leftover from my "painting". I die cut the florals and glued them on my tag. I stained a piece of crinkle ribbon with squeezed lemonade distress stain and made my fluffy bow. 

I will do another fluffy bow tutorial very soon. The other one I did was a long time ago, so a new one is required ;-) as people keep asking me how I make my bows.

I hope you enjoyed my experiment. I can't wait to see if more people are willing to try this.

Have a wonderful day, thank you for stepping by.

Take care and keep your craft on!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Rosegarden lantern

It is no secret that I love the illuminary die from Tim Holtz, to create little lanterns. This time I made one decorated with red felt roses and aventurine and golden tigereye quarry stones from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies. As well as forrest foliage embossing powder, also from ECCS. I loooove their products!

I cut the illuminary from gold mirror card and very lightly sanded it with very coarse sand paper. I cut some vellum to size and as my husband was peeping into my room, to see what I was up to, said it would be cool to have a cracked window on one side, so I stamped a crack on one of the pieces of vellum. It was a cracker idea!!!

I cut some roses from red felt with the tattered pinecone die from Tim Holtz. It makes beautiful roses!! In the heart of the roses I glued some golden tigereye quarry stones to finish them off. I cut some leaves with a punch and heat embossed them with the vintage ivy embossing powder.

 Around the roses I glued some aventurine quarry stones to add some interest and texture. I think from all the quarry stones, the aventurine are my favourite.

And here the finished lantern :-)

Thank you so much for taking the time to have a look. I hope to see you here again.

Have a great day, take care and keep your craft on!


Friday, April 21, 2017

Mixed Media Mojo April challenge

As I was picked as the winner of the March Mixed Media Mojo winner, I was asked to post on their blog as a guest Design Team member. Needless to say is that I am extremely honored and flattered to no end!

My tutorial is for a mixed media tag for their April challenge "April showers with an umbrella as a twist". So this screamed for the Umbrella Man by Tim Holtz!!

I started off by cutting the umbrella man from a mixed media tag by Ranger. 

As April showers are the main theme, I am overloading this tag with every rain drop I can think of. The drop stamps are from Designsbyryn, the white raindrop stencil is by Emerald Creek Crafts and the other one is from Crafter's Companion. And I am going to slap on the layers.

I scribble some distress stains on my craft mat to create the background on my tag. Tumbled glass and stormy sky are just perfect.

The "wrinkle free distress" or "smooshing" technique is my favourite one ever. It creates a unique background every single time. And you can layer as much as you want, until the desired effect.

With a darker blue, chipped sapphire distress ink, I added the next layer on the tag. Small raindrops through the stencil. 

The next layer will be stamped raindrops with distress oxide. As the oxides are semi opaque, this lighter color will lay on top of the darker background. 

To create dimension, I decided to stamp larger drops in another lighter oxide. 

To make the drops more dimensional and realistic, I always add some highlights on them with a white gelli roll pen.

Here you see the difference between the smaller drops that have been highlighted, and the big ones, that haven't been done yet.

Still layering it up! I used Dreamweaver translucent embossing paste to create more raindrops with the second stencil. 

The paste is whitish to begin with, but it dries completely clear and shiny.

As the background dries, it is time for the umbrella man to get some life inked onto him. So I smooshed down some oxides onto my craft mat and sprayed it with water. Let the birth of Umbrella man begin!

I just loooooove how the oxides layer on top of eachother and how they react with water. He is ready for his next layer...

This crazing collage medium is a must have if you like a vintage look on things. It is AWESOME.....

Once the crazing is all dry, it is time to make sure they pop on the umbella man. So time for the crayons to make an appearance. I scribble some dark ground espresso distress crayon on my craft mat and spritz a little water on it and rub it all over my man. The crayon will go into the crazes and will make them more visible and give it a vintage look.

See what I mean? I am crazy about the crazing hahaha. 

I am going to add this word band to the tag. I highlighted the letters by rubbing white distress crayon over it and working it really well into the crevices.

To finish off the word band, I used two plain brads that I customised using one of my specialty embossing powders by Emerald Creek Craft, called Northern Lights. It is the most gorgeous mix of blue. 

As many of my crafty friends know, I always put fluffy bows on top of my tags. I am addicted to crinkle ribbon and stain it to match my projects. It takes distress inks and stains like nothing else. 

When it rains, your umbrella gets wet..... so I added a few droplets of Glossy Accents to emulate rain drops.

And voilĂ , the tag is all done. I inked the edges with walnut stain distress ink as it was a tad too blue and cold. This warmed it up a bit.  Thank you so much for taking the time to step by. 

Take care and keep your craft on!