Plaid Tutorial for ScrapMuch?

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing a super cool technique I learned from the awesome Paula Cheney at the Ready Set Create event in Burbank in August.  For those that don’t know, Paula is the Creative Coordinator for Tim Holtz brands.  And if you haven’t been fortunate to take a class or workshop from her, you’ll just have to trust me that she is awesome!!  I’ve been very fortunate to take a few from her over the years, even going as far back as to when she was with 7Gypsies (another one of my fav scrapbooking companies).

The technique involves making a DIY plaid technique using a Tim Holtz stencil, “Stripes”, as well as 3 Tim Holtz Distress Mini Inks of your choice. You will also need some water to spritz as well.

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When we first did this technique it was with a shipping tag. This time I opted to first try it with some Ranger watercolor paper. The first step is to ink up your stencil with the minis in a random pattern. I recommend going with 2 dominant colours and one accent colour.

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Then you are going to mist your stencil to make the inks bead up.

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Next you need to place your stencil on the paper. I cheated and put the paper on the stencil.

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Then you need to turn your stencil, or the paper horizontally.

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And you will wind up with this:

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I went a bit too heavy handed with the spritzing, but I definitely love the way the inks all dreamily ran together.

While I set that one to dry, I decided to try another with different colours and smooth cardstock. This time I actually did it the “right” way by moving the stencil not the paper.

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You’ll see that the ink sits differently on the smooth cardstock vs the watecolour paper. The lines are also significantly more distinctive.

After some drying time, here are the 2 finished products side by each.

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So now I decided to make some journaling tags, but you could definitely use this to DIY some custom backgrounds on your cardstock for layouts, or as matting for your photos. I just stamped directly on the paper.

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And here is the end result:

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I hope I’ve inspired you to try new techniques with your stencils and inks.  If you are looking for more inspiration with using Tim Holtz products I highly recommend following Paula Cheney‘s blog.  She is amazing!!!

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“Tie Dye” Ribbon Technique Tutorial

Hey everyone!

I did mention I may have a wee surprise this week, and here it is! A rare technique tutorial post!

I’m sharing the technique of how I created that fabulous “Tie Dye” ribbon in my Botanique layout. ScrapMuch? is also sharing this same post for those following along.

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It’s a technique I’ve used in a few different ways on a number of projects that I made at various events – mostly Inspiration Unlimited and at Creative Escape too.

So here’s what you need: A Ranger Ink Non-Stick Craft Sheet (This is a MUST!!); 3 or more colours of Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads; Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Crinkle Ribbon; and a water spray bottle.

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I chose 3 different greens for the ribbon to stick with my monochromatic botanical feel.

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Take a length of ribbon you’d like to use and crinkle it in your hand, then spritz with water to get the ribbon well wet as it will help the colours to blend on the ribbon.

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Then take your inks and ink up your craft mat so that the edges are close enough to touch. Try not to overlap so that the ink pads don’t pick up the ink from the other.

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Then take your water and mist the ink on your mat. The inks are water-based and will react nicely with the fine mist of extra water, and will also help to draw it along the ribbon.

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I fold my ribbon evenly, and then just move it back and forth through the lines of ink and watch the ink work it’s way through the ribbon. At this point you control just how much or how little colour and white space you want your ribbon to have.

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That’s seriously it. Then just set it aside to dry, or if you are impatient you can gently use your heat tool too.

Here are some projects where I’ve either done this, or a similar technique, with the ribbon.

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On these next three projects I have run the ribbon dry through a small bowl of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and then scrunched after, or a quick dry scrunch, dip and remove to dry. It gives a slightly different effect as you’ll see, but for the most part the end result is the same.

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Does anyone else have problems with curious kitties while crafting or is it just me?

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I hope this inspires you to find some fun new ways to work some ribbon in to your layouts (and get your fingers wonderfully inky!).

Thanks for stopping by!

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Botanique – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello everyone! Happy Friday! Happy May!!

Since it’s been announced on the ScrapMuch? blog I can officially say here that I will be continuing on for another term with the ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Design Team. (They like me, they really like me!). All kidding aside I am both flattered and proud. I can’t believe I’ve been creating with them for a full year. I remember how giddy excited I was when I got the email last year like it was yesterday. I may have squeed and danced around a bit!! Shh! Don’t tell anyone!

On a sad note, we bid farewell to Ashley, Karen and Jessica. I will miss their inspiring creations, but will still keep following them in my feedly to see what they’re up to!

With departures and new terms, that means arrivals, and we welcome Kimberly, Kristin, Lyne, and Sharlene. They will be debuting either today, or next week depending on the team. Make sure you hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog and give a warm welcome and be inspired!

And now it’s time to share my layout for this week with you! I’m still on Team A, and it’s the first Friday in the month, so it’s double page time! I opted to go technique heavy and get messy for this layout! The photos are from a visit to a local greenhouse last summer, but I thought they were perfect to use on a layout to welcome spring! Here’s what I created:
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Supplies used: Patterned Paper – Teresa Collins; Cardstock – American Crafts; Wood Veneer – Teresa Collins; Flair – Dear Lizzy for American Crafts; Sequins – Teresa Collins and Fancy Pants; Mist – Heidi Swapp Color Shine, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; White Embossing Powder – Close To My Heart; Embossing Ink – Versamark; Stamps – Stampin’ UP!; Stamping Ink – Stampin’ UP!; Epoxy Flowers – Fancy Pants; Tab – Jillibean Soup; Paint – Tim Holtz Distress; Ribbon – Tim Holtz; Border Punch – Stampin’ UP!; Tag – Tim Holtz; Button – Stash

Time for some detail shots:
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You can see some of the white embossing powder and the effect of the mist over the stamp in the corner of this shot, as well as the gorgeous woodgrain texture in the cardstock – totally perfect for this organic layout.

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Some corner stamping, the painted tag, the two tones of mist, a painted woodgrain flower, the fussy cut flowers and the dreamy “tie dye” ribbon.

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More of that stamped and white embossed image that was misted over, more stamping, more fussy cut flowers, the tag and the flair. Multiple collections that just seem to work together.

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One last shot of the lower left corner with the versamark and white embossed image, misting, layers, that ribbon, “multi-generation” stamping.

Here is the sketch we had to work with:

So I took some liberties with the sketch, and I love how it turned out. I don’t normally get messy with layouts at a crop but I went for it and it worked out (imo!). I skipped on giving this an official title and I’m ok with that too.

So now it’s your turn! Hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog to see what the rest of the team has created and be inspired! Then create your own layout and link up with us for a chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch? prize!

Tomorrow is National Scrapbook Day! Yay! I’ll be at a crop hosted by ScrapMuch? In honour of National Scrapbook Day I have a few fun blog things planned for this week so stay tuned!

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Happy Crafting

I needed a bit of a swift kick in the pants this week and had some crafting I needed to do in a hurry – Mother’s Day card, Birthday card, impending birth card, and then I just wanted to play with some paper. Well, I got through most of the cards I planned to make, but wasn’t so successful on the last because I was distracted by pinkness, and a really cute pic that reminded me of a great morning of bliss. So, instead a simple one page layout evolved embracing my not so inner secret princess.  I’m fairly certain my mom has no idea this blog exists, ditto to my girlfriend with the imminent birth, so I can share the pink explosion 🙂

On left – card cut with Silhouette Cameo, with Rusty Pickle paper backing (I think it was from the Chocolate Kisses) line. On right – Rusty Pickle White Chocolate Bunnies paper, Prima flowers and bling, a Tim Holtz ticket and fragment, wordfetti and monogram from The Girls Paperie, ribbon is from Michaels and wee safety pin from stash (I think it was a Making Memories)

Bazzill cardstock, Prima letters and pearl embellies, more Rusty Pickle White Chocolate Bunnies PP, wordfetti from The Girls Paperie and 7 Gypsies.