Some of you already know from the Facebook etc. that I have been playing around with some new craft projects lately. Some of these are things I haven’t done in years… and really wanted to get back into and share with my son. He is a little too young right now to be doing these crafts himself, but I see the look in his eye when he is “helping” mommy and I can tell he is itching to be able to do some himself.
I try and make sure that a lot of my projects are things he can participate in… even at this age because as some of you know, I plan to homeschool him and creativity is a huge part of learning in this house.
So what have we been up to…. lots of experimenting…. as always haha. Let’s just say this mommy really should learn to wear latex gloves .. job hunting when your fingers look like Darth Maul… probably not the best idea haha. I just get engrossed in what I am doing and I am not the most diligently prepared crafter haha..I like to spend my time being creative, not getting ready to create… but at least have stopped crafting in my good clothes… there is hope for me yet!!!
One of the things we like to do is incorporate lots of different media, techniques and ideas into one project… boy do we !! lol so lately we have been playing with resins, and woodburning.
We’ll be using these various project ideas and techniques throughout the coming year.. so be sure to subscribe if this is something you have wanted to try, or if you are a mix media artist who loves to decorate boxes, create unique artwork and wall hangings… this is going to be a lot of fun.
I picked up a woodburning iron last year and haven’t had as much time as I would have liked…. till now to actually play with it and get in some practice. Now I get asked all the time, did you freehand that… NO… I cold only wish I was that artistic. So I know there are others out there who would love to be able to do projects like this, but feel that they don’t have the artistic skills needed.. WRONG …. you just need to think outside of the box … a really nice wooden box…or blank, or frame… or anything else you fancy having a go at.
I was going to hold off on this post for a while till I had some full step by step projects to share….. but when I ran across this company Rockler Woodworking and Hardware doing a Google search for Branding Iron alphabets… I had to…. not only sign up for their affiliate program, but I also found they do have a store near us and do classes and demo’s.. so you just know I am going to have to go check that out.
Now this company is mostly aimed at Woodcrafters.. which makes me drool since I no longer have any of the tools I used to have back in the UK… * sigh… BUT.. they also have a lot of cool products that are perfect for crafters like me…and that is why I am sharing this with you all.
They carry a range of Woodburning kits, including the alphabet irons I was looking for…. woot !! these alphabet sets thread into the iron just the same as regular tips.
They also have this gorgeous range of wood dyes that look perfect for an upcoming project next year. You may have seen the burnt and inked blanks already… I am dying to try these out for that technique. I have a few wooden boxes waiting to be played with that would be perfect for this.
So stay tuned for some fun and projects and tutorials early next year… maybe even a video or two or 100 lol
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I wanted to have a quick play before bed last night/this am ..I have had these stamps sitting here staring at me LOL. I had an old paperback of hubby’s sat here on my desk for a while now too. He no longer wanted it and I didn’t want to waste it..so it was a toss up between upcycling it, or finding a new home for it. I am sure it was a fabulous story… but upcycling won.
I see this as a fitting tribute to the author who will now be enjoyed by a potential 322 people if I were to use the complete book to make bookmarks for Abandonment projects. That’s a pretty good audience, even if they only get to read snippets of it. Even if I had given it away complete….I doubt it would have ever reached that many people.
I may try that idea next….. like the old Where’s George site for $ bills. I could do a “WheresJim.com” and see how far a book travels; assuming of course the book is by an author called Jim, like this one. It might be fun to do it with a kids book… hmm, idea to tuck away for when I have some spare time 🙂
I have a bunch of stuff to take care of between now and tomorrow night. A new month is coming and that means Lots of projects and new challenges to be set up and winners to be picked.
So.. quickie description…
One page ripped in half… inked up with Ranger Distress ink pads
Stamps were inked with Good ol Craft Smart Dye ink
Colored with a mix of Zig Kurecolor and a ranger Distress pen.. feather has a touch of Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust
Mounted on Kraft card stock with Zig Photo Tape
laminated on a Scotch TL901 using Scotch laminating pouches
Trimmed up with my new Swingline guillotine ( see previous post)
Hole punched using a Fiskars 1/4 punch
Boho /shabby ribbon was a gift from a friend who was de-stashing
I’ve been on quite a roll since last night… I guess getting my groove on to Kylie Minogue on Iheart Radio in the wee hours…. with wireless headset of course, has it’s rewards. I have made 3 cards since Midnight and colored up the image for a 4th.
The great part is..I love them all.
We’re all our own worst critics and I am no different…so for me to color up 4 images and turn out 3 cards in a row that I love… is SWEET !!!!! specially since I was using a totally different paper from usual.
Image colored with Chameleon pens and Ranger Distress Pens… shaded outline was done with a pencil and then smudged with alcohol in a blank pen to soften. Edges were inked with Smart Craft black dye ink pad.
Star hair ornaments are Recollections brads with the prongs removed.
This card was so much fun to do.. I love playing around with various ideas and materials.. it’s part of the Club KennyK facebook Group Challenge and also one of our message board challenges.
This actually started life as a test “print and cut” for another project…. but I found it in my practice coloring pile this afternoon and decided to have some fun.
The main image is Brianna Blaster from KennyK. She is colored with a modge podge mix of pens…
Skin – is actually a home mix of Ranger Adirondack alcohol inks inside an old Kurecolor pen with some Chameleon pen shading and make up. I am waiting for Kurecolor refills and it works well enough for now. Hell who am I kidding.. I just estimated our refund … I’m going bloody shopping for more than refills at CraftingAbility.com as soon as that money deposits lol haha
Main clothing – Chameleon Gray and Red pens in varying tones
Highlights and shade and shadows … oh boy what didn’t I use… this has Ranger distress pen in red, Zig Memory System chalk pen in gray, and writer pen in pink, Ranger distressed gray.. I am sure there was more.. but you get the idea lol.
The frame, background, inside and envelope were done using a mix of rubber stamps… some of which I got in miscellaneous lots on Ebay dirt cheap. I know this shows only partial stamps, but if anyone is interested in seeing these stamps in full… just holler and I will stamp them up and post a pic with details of any that were mounted and still have info on them.
Stamped with black and red Craftsmart Dye inks and a white momento ink. I inked the edges of the frame with black and red and also the envelope has some inking highlights in red too.
Printed in color on Epson WF2630 Image from KennyKdownloads.com
One of the girls on the message board has been telling me to try vellum for ages, I finally bit the bullet and bought a pack on Ebay. OMG…. this stuff is awesome, why I waited so long to take her advice I will never know.
The particular seller I used has two weights 17lb and 29lb. Make sure you pick the right one for your printer if you plan to print designs that way. The 17 is designed for Laser printers and the 29lb for Laser or Inkjet.
Outline Printed on Epson WF2630 Images from KennyKdownloads.com
I have an Epson Workforce 2630 that I use for general craft printing and it sails through that like a dream. Now be aware that when you print on the Inkjet, it’s a wet ink and it’s going to take a while to dry properly like most specialty papers, specially if you are printing in full color. This is equally awesome if you are printing line drawings and digital stamps to hand color.
Outline Printed on Epson WF2630, colored with various pens. Image from bugaboostamps.com
One thing to bear in mind when hand coloring is that the inks you are using may not be compatible with the inkjet inks, so always do a test piece. I have been playing around and for the most part all of the pens I have used, have been fine… but there were one or two issues.
One of the glitter gel pens didn’t dry as quick as the rest of the pens I used and I smudged it.
And one of my pens that has a blender tank, smeared the inkjet ink into the color a little if you run the pen over the outlines. Now that may just be because I didn’t leave it to dry long enough before coloring… so I shall try and be patient and wait a bit longer to test that out again later.
Now rubber stamping on this should prove to be fun. I’m not sure which inks would work best, I guess we’ll find that out in a later project post 🙂 I’m going to stamp up some sheets and print up some digi stamps and leave them to dry for at least 6 hours…and see if that makes a difference to the outlines and smearing with certain media. Now I have 3 types of stamping ink…. pigment, dye and archive. I’ll be using all 3 and obviously with the pigment one, I shall be powder embossing this too.
It will be interesting to see how the paper holds up under the embossing heat gun.
Ok.. list of what you need for this technique… brushes, ink pads, crayola markers or similar …. scrap paper to work on..and some patience 🙂
This is the easiest, most effective coloring technique … as a well known insurance advert likes to say “Even a caveman can do it”
.. hell my 3 year old does it. It’s a great technique for anyone…. beginner, or advanced. But specially good for those beginners who haven’t quite found their coloring mojo yet. Do not be scared of trying to color stamps, or ink your edges because you think you can’t… YOU can.
I am your classic example of “that crafter..” I can’t color, paint or draw worth a damned.. but I can do this!!
Before I get into this super complicated coloring technique << insert rolleyes for sarcasm here…. I am going to share with you some of my own project images. Just to show you what YOU can do…. it’s a great starter technique that will allow you to transition into a more detailed technique over time. Saying that…. this is a great technique all in it’s own, which lends itself to certain projects way better than the usual color in the lines style of coloring.
Now be aware that this is a brand new technique for me…and I just kind of fell into it totally by accident. I was actually trying to learn how to do the cool inked edges that a lot of our ladies do. Being the tangent head that I am.. I started with that and it just kind of took on a life of it’s own. I am loving this technique and the versatility of it. It makes even me go “WOW.. I did that!!! …ME !!!”
Ok so that said.. here are some of my personal images…
This is the first stage of an 11×17 sheet of card stock before the background was filled in. I wanted some unique paper for some card projects… and this technique lends itself perfectly to creating your own paper/card stock. These are just rubber stamp images from my personal stamp collection, colored with the dry brush technique.
Then a background was inked in, just because that is what I wanted for my project. Video link below was done using this image set.
Need a quick card… flat card in under 15 minutes ..stamp, ink, bling and go
Card and envelope in a hurry… gotta be a stamp, emboss, ink , bling and go.
Ok.. so now you have a rough idea of what it’s all about… lets get to the serious business… Pay close attention as this is extremely serious stuff and one false move could render your project.. FRICKIN AWESOME !
I kid you not… once you try this and make a mistake, try to fix it and it just starts to breathe on it’s own.. you will often discover your ‘mistake’ was actually cool and you ended up with something better than you were planning to do.. as Bob Ross used to say… no such thing as a mistake, just happy little accidents.
Ok so the highly specialized list of items needed…
Card Stock.. cut, ripped, punched ..whatever you desire… to size and shape for your project
Scrap card… if you need to mask areas off to keep them clean for text etc later
Brushes… I have a set of artist brushes picked up at Michael’s for about $9 after a 50% coupon… these are actually my toddlers paint brush set lol. I have also used smaller artist brushes for finer work.. hell I used the old brush from the top of a mineral makeup. It’s kind of like an old badger hair shaving brush in shape and texture. Pretty much any brush other than the kids plastic bristle ones should work, so don’t be scared to grab old brushes and give them a try.
Ink pads.. I have dye ink pads for my toddler… these are cheap old ink pads from Michael’s.. as often as not, they are on sale. They are cheap, come in a range of colors and It’s no biggie if I spread my colors from one pad to another.. it just means I get new shades lol. I love these ink pads !
Crayolas… yup I use Crayola washable markers.. at $2 a pack for the fat 10 pack, it doesn’t matter if my kid grabs my pens or I borrow his. It’s not like he drew on his coloring book with a set of Copic’s and made me cringe LOL. Crayola ink will dry up quicker than dye ink … so be prepared to get subtler shades and have to re-ink your brush more often… or just wet your brush down a bit. I draw on an acrylic block, then pick the ink up from that. If you want a lot of different colors, without a hefty price tag pick up a 30+ multi pack of the skinny ones.
Ok.. so .. did I miss anything .. oh yeah… obviously if your project requires images… you need some stamps.. rubber, clear, Digital… whatever floats your boat.
Dry Inking – Quickie example video.
And here we go…. nothing special, it was just a quick rush video to show some of the ladies the technique, I will try and add a better video later 🙂 There is no verbal commentary to this one as it was done in the wee hours of the morning while my boys were fast asleep… however there is music, so speakers down ladies and gents !!
It will appear upside down to you… sorry about that…. but it’s either you see it upside down, or spend 10 minutes trying to watch the brush work and not stare at my cleavage 🙂
Upside down or back to front.. the technique remains the focus of this video.. so it doesn’t really matter..for those who really need it right side up, may I suggest viewing on a tablet or phone and lock your screen rotation and then flip your device. soooo much easier on your blood pressure than trying to watch a 10 minute video on your head. The video cuts off before the project is finished… but the technique is the same all the way through and even the background is done the same way.. just with a bigger brush. I got a new software for desktop capture so stay tuned for more on screen videos showing projects and techniques..including digital coloring in a graphics program, working in Design Space .. and anything else I happen to be up to that might be of use.
and lastly.. a few more samples
This was a collaboration piece by myself and my 3 year old… he rocks the dry brush like a pro.
I inked the edges and did the Gelly Roll highlights on the fireworks.. which is kind of hard to see on this one.
He stamped the fireworks and the red ink in the center is all him. He hijacks my projects all the time.. but I love being able to share crafting with him…. so you won’t hear me complaining.
This is a KennyK digi image which I colored on the computer, printed out and then inked a flag on.. It’s a work in progress. The cop has some serious Gelly Roll Stardust bling going on for a touch of fun, white stars were glued on…and a rectangular scrap sheet was used to mask off the area I plan to put text when I am done. This piece is for a LEO friend of the family and will probably have some humorous verbage along the lines of .. “No ladies you can’t pay in dollar bills… this is a speeding ticket, not an autograph”.
The photo’s really don’t do this piece justice. If you try this technique you will see just how much fun it is and how easy it is to create unique pieces for all sorts of cool projects.
..another KennyK piece… can you tell I love his style.. haha
This piece is actually one of my submission for one of the July super Card Challenges currently going on. This is Capt. Locke part of KennyK’s Steampunk collection. This is an over-sized card.. you can read more about the techniques used and see progress pictures over on the message board. Sorry you have to be a member to view this.. so come on over and sign up.. we’re mostly house trained over there 🙂
In a nutshell.. large base card made from an 11×17 card stock done in 3/4 fold style.
Background card was dry inked.. card stock was ripped into pieces that were then embossed and ..dry inked. and then Capt. Locke.. bless her heart is the major player on this piece. She was colored in a graphics program and then imported to Design space and a print and cut on the main outline was done… she was printed 6 times and then each layer was hand cut to remove sections for the layers. She is a 6 layer, pyramid style topper and stands about half an inch off the base card at her highest point.
*** FOOT NOTE Do not throw away your scrap paper you use underneath when inking edges and drying ink off brush. It makes awesome backgrounds for cards. The card in the image at the top of the page was made using my scrap paper .. it can make a great vintage/rustic style background. I usually throw down an 11×17 sheet of card stock as a protector sheet on my desk.