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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Celebrational tags

Especially for Canada Day, on July 1st, I made a tag using various luscious embossing powders by Emerald Creek craft supplies

I spread some embossing paste over a stencil on a mixed media tag. I immediately prinkled Oh Canada embossing powder over it, and heated it with my heat tool to melt and dry it. Embossing paste will bubble up a bit if heated too much, but I wanted to make it a bit puffy. After it all cooled down I inked the edge of my tag with walnut stain distress ink. 

I cut a maple leaf out of red card stock and after inking it with distress embossing ink, I sprinkled it with Fractured Ice embossing granules and melted that. I looooove how fractured ice makes everything look like granite! 

I inked some grungeboard numbers with embossing ink and dunked them in Charred gold embossing granules. And heated them until it bubbled up. I love this look!!!

I coloured a paper doll with distress crayons and a water brush. I can't seem to get a good result with the markers.

I wanted my ribbon to reflect the Canadian-ness of the tag, so I stamped maple leaves with red archival ink on it. I immediately heat set them to prevent bleeding and make the shape unrecognisable. 

And this is the result:

And this is the finished tag.

As the 4th of July is only days after the Canadian Day,
I made an American themed tag also.

I inked embossing ink over a star stencil, and sprinkled 4th Of July embossing powder over it and heat set it. Like all the other powders, this just makes me smile.
I inked over the stars with blue and red distress ink. And the edge with brown ink.

To make this die cut grungeboard 4 sparkle, I used Onyx Frost embossing powder. This is so gloriously intense black with the perfect amount of sparkle. 

I coloured the paper doll and stained my ribbon, and the tag is finished. 

To all my Canadian and American friends, Happy Canada Day and Happy 4th of July!!

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope to see you again. 

Take care and keep your craft on!


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!