Thursday, June 22, 2017

Technique of the Week: Double Embossing

As you all may know, there are two main kinds of embossing that we do. One is "dry embossing", where you emboss the paper with either a stencil or embossing folder, using a die cut machine or an embossing stylus. The other is heat embossing, where you apply powder to ink on your paper and heat it until it melts. For this technique, we are doing both kinds!



RUBBER MAT
Before I get into the technique, I want to talk about rubber mats. To emboss a stencil or die using your die cut machine (Big Shot or Cuttlebug) you need a rubber mat. In this technique I used a regular rubber mat (Spellbinders tan mat) and had to shim with 5 pieces of cardstock to get it to make an adequate impression. Lynell Harlow, who pioneered this technique, developed a thicker mat to use, that works much better. Art 'n Soul is going to try to obtain some of these mats from Stampendous. Lynell has said that Stampendous has some in stock, but it's uncertain whether they will continue to carry it. We plan to try to get them in before Lynell's classes in August (which you should not miss; please scroll down for details) Please order one of these mats from Art 'n Soul if you want one, because they may not be available indefinitely.

Now for this technique: I should say that I learned this from Lynell Harlow, and it's not only beautiful, but it's fun to do. My way is slightly different from Lynell's, but both work.


I chose the Magenta Triangles stencil (TM-221) for this technique. I cut a panel of 80# Neenah Solar White cardstock to 3.75" x 5", using the Lawn Fawn LF-768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables die. I taped the panel to the back of the stencil and embossed it in my Big Shot machine.

Every machine is different, and you may have to figure out the appropriate sandwich for your machine. For mine, I opened Tab 1 (you should set up your machine the way you would to emboss with an embossing folder) and I put down a metal shim, my rubber mat, 5 pieces of shim cardstock, my stencil with the panel taped to it, and both cutting plates.

Once my panel was dry embossed, I added color using a mini blender and Distress Oxide inks in Wilted Violet, Broken China, and Cracked Pistachio. (The panel was still taped to the stencil at this point).

If you move quickly with this process, you can remove the stencil and add your embossing powder to your panel, since Oxide inks are a fusion of dye and pigment inks and can be heat embossed. Unfortunately, since I did not move quickly enough, the bottom of my panel had dried. I replaced the stencil and added Versamark ink with a mini blending tool and added clear embossing powder over the panel. 

Once the panel was heat set, I decided to add another coat of clear embossing, so I placed the stencil again and added more Versamark ink, then more clear embossing powder. Placing the stencil is very easy at this point, because the triangles and squares have become raised up by the double embossing.

Once I had the second layer of embossing done, I absolutely loved the look of the shiny and bright triangles and squares!

I cut a strip of the panel, matted it in So Silk Glamour Green cardstock, and adhered it to my base card of Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.


I then die cut "Thank You" out of glossy black cardstock, using the Hero Arts Fancy Thank You die DI080.

I sprinkled a few sequins at the end, and I still have half a panel to make another card. I hope you try this beautiful technique! Come in and see the card at the shop, it is so cool in real life. If this technique appeals to you, please check out Lynell Harlow's 4 new incredible stencil classes. If you would like to see step by step pictures of this technique, please click over to my Backporch Blog here.

Products Used:
Magenta TM221 Triangles Stencil
Distress Oxide inks: Wilted Violet,
Broken China, Cracked Pistachio
Versamark ink
JudiKins clear detail embossing powder
Lawn Fawn LF768 Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Hero Arts DI080 Fancy Thank You
Glossy black cardstock
So Silk Glamour Green cardstock

Neenah Solar White 80# & 110# cardstock

Great News!
Our Memory Box/Poppy order has been sent, and now we just have to wait for it to come in. 

Our order from our distributor is due in on Wednesday, June 28, and we already received our order from Imagine Crafts, which means more of the empty Pico bottles; Pico embellishers and blue craft mats.

If you did not receive our latest email, you can view it here. Please be sure to check out all of our great classes.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Technique of the Week: Simply Foil by Dianne Johnson

We have had a lot of requests for a technique on how to use foil without having to use a laminator. We still think that the best foiling is done with a laminator, and if you decide to go that way, they are not expensive.

But there are also lots of other ways to incorporate foil into your cards, and this technique shows one way using Scor Tape. If you use adhesive with foil, for the most part the end result is more textured than if you use heat such as a laminator. It's hard to photograph also, but still really pretty in real life.



I made three cards, and the one pictured above was the first. I chose Poppy dies 1641 Bow and String, and 1248 Fancy Celebrate for this card.

I started by taking a 6" x 6" sheet of Scor Tape adhesive and stuck it to a piece of white cardstock. I die cut each die from the adhesive covered cardstock.

I embossed a piece of Jupiter Stardream cardstock, 4" x 5.25" using a WRMK embossing folder Geometric 662688. The two die cuts were adhered to the embossed cardstock using spray adhesive on the white cardstock, and with the Scor-Tape side up.

I decided to use two colors of foil on this card, and cut pieces of Deco foil in gold and silver star. I brushed the area around the die cuts with a powder tool to be sure that they were not sticky since I didn't want foil to stick anywhere but on the die cuts.

I removed the release paper from the bow and string and pressed the foil to the adhesive with the silver star side up. I rubbed the foil to press it into the adhesive. When I peeled up the foil, it stuck to the adhesive on the die cut. I repeated the process on the Fancy Celebrate die using gold foil.

I added gold and silver sequins using Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive, and mounted the panel to gold Mirricard. This card was easy and fun to make, so I made two more cards.

On the next card I used the Memory Box die 99442 Elodee Bird. 



Since this is a detailed die, I thought I would try to cut it directly out of sheet Scor Tape without the cardstock. I liked the effect because you can see through the lacy bird to the background I used. However, it was harder to do with this delicate die.

For the background, I searched around in my stash for some green backgrounds I had previously made with Nuance (Spring Green and Jade). I cut a strip of one for the left side of my card, using the Die-namics MFT 482 Vertical Stitched Strips. I then cut a stitched circle to put the bird onto out of white linen cardstock, using the Die-namics MFT-849 Inside/Outside Stitched Circles.

I laid the pieces out, and mounted them to a base card with a Gold Mirricard mat. I stamped Thinking of You in the right lower corner using Magenta stamp 07.869.D. I laid the bird out facing left, but unfortunately, the way the release paper peeled off of the die cut, I had to place it facing right.

Once the die cut bird was stuck down to the card, I peeled the release paper off the top of the Scor Tape and applied Rainbow Deco foil to the exposed adhesive.

For the third card I used the Memory Box die 99599, Birdhouse Trio, and 98527 Resting Birds. I also put a strip of Scor Tape toward the bottom of the card for a strip of foil. This can be a nice touch on any card, even if nothing else is foiled.



I die cut both dies out of the adhesive covered cardstock, and applied it all over a background made with a Magenta stencil (TM221 Triangles). I mounted the panel to a mat of Stardream Copper cardstock and onto a base card of Neenah Solar White 110#.

One of the things I really liked about the Birdhouse Trio die is that the roof is made up of two parts. That means that the second strip of adhesive came off separately and I was apple to apply a different color of foil to that part. I chose the Opal foil and the effect is like snow on the roofs of the birdhouses. I can see that you could use this die to make a very pretty Christmas card. Just add a few red berries!

I hope you will try this technique. It's easy and it's fun! For more step by step photos of this technique, please visit my back porch blog here.

Our Latest Mini-Class is here!!


Come to Art 'n Soul this Saturday, June 17th, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to learn how to make this beautiful card using alcohol inks, Yupo paper and a Poppy Stamps die. Dianne will be hosting a Mini Class and will provide everything you need to create this quick and beautiful card. The cost is $5 (cash or store credit.) While you are at the store, check out the Memory Box and Poppy Stamps open catalog. You'll receive 10% off your order of any items from the catalog through Saturday, June 17th.
This class is structured like a make and take, so come in any time from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. You should be able to complete the card in about 30 minutes.

Lost Coast is coming!
Linda from Lost Coast will be here on Saturday, June 24 for a fun class and she is bringing a TRUNK SHOW!! Mark your calendar and come in for this fun event.

Tim Holtz Platform
The drama with the patent lawyers is still ongoing, but we are hopeful, so we have placed our order with Ranger for the Tim Holtz stamp platform. This is to reserve our place in line for when they do start shipping (see what we did there?). We are accepting unpaid pre-orders if you wish to get this mythical product through us. Tonic is still saying estimated shipping late July, but they will fill orders on a first come/first served basis. Stay tuned!

Other news:
We have sent another order to our distributor, so more Nuvo drops, Oxide inks and fun stuff is on the way! We are also placing an Imagine Crafts order, so we will have more Pico Embellishers and empty Pico bottles in stock soon.

We received our Stampendous order, so we have some Dreamweaver stencils in stock.

On that note, we are finalizing details with Lynell Harlow, co-founder of Dreamweaver Stencils for possibly 4 classes in August (August 18, 19, 20) so save the dates! More info to come next week!

If you did not receive our weekly newsletter, you can access the latest newsletter here.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Rubbermoon Classes are coming in July/August

Just a short post to remind you that 3 amazing Rubbermoon classes are coming to Art 'n Soul in August! Samples are on the way to us, but in the meantime, here is a short video by Kae Pea to give you an idea what they are about.






The classes will be held on Monday, July 31st and Tuesday, August 1st. You can link to our latest Newsletter here for more information, including times and cost (please scroll down for class information listings). You can call us at Art 'n Soul, or stop by if you have any questions and/or would like to sign up.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Technique of the Week: Fun Ideas with Oxide Inks by Pam Nelson



This week’s Technique of the Week features another way to use our favorite new product, Distress Oxide Inks.  Since these inks are a fusion of dye and pigment ink, I wanted to see how well they would work with embossing powders.  I love the “Blossom Square” stamp (14.657.P) from Magenta’s latest release but I haven’t had a chance to use it yet. I also love the combination of Broken China and Wilted Violet Oxide inks so I decided to try those colors with this stamp along with some Judikins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder.


To start, place a piece of 110# Neenah Solar White Cardstock cut to 4” x 5 ½ in your MISTI.  Line up the stamp on your card and then close the door of the MISTI to pick up the stamp.  Ink the middle section of the stamp, from the bottom left corner to the top right corner, with Distress Oxide Broken China.  Use kind of a back and forth motion when applying the ink as you don’t want a hard, straight line on your stamp.  


Stamp the cardstock and if necessary, repeat so that you have a smooth application of color.  


Clean the stamp and apply Distress Oxide Wilted Violet to the corners of the stamp that weren’t inked with the first color (it’s okay if the colors overlap a bit because they will blend beautifully.)  Repeat if necessary.  


Cover the image with Judikins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder and heat set.  Due to the pigment component of the Oxide Ink, the image stayed wet through applying both colors of ink and the embossing powder stuck to the ink very well.

If you don’t have a MISTI, try applying both colors of ink to your stamp and then stamping.  Just be sure to get a good application of ink on your stamp.

The next step is to color in the petals of the flowers and the leaves.  I tried this technique with a with a variety of papers – white cardstock, watercolor paper and Kraft paper – and a variety of techniques – color pencils, watercolor with Tombow markers and Copic markers.  I even tried Zentangling!  My favorite turned out to be the Copic markers and it was the fastest, too so that is the process I’m sharing today. 




I wanted the flowers to really pop so picked colors that contrasted with the blue and violet inks.  The Copic colors I used are R29, Lipstick Red; Y06, Yellow; Y08, Acid Yellow; YG06, Yellowish Green; YG09, Lettuce Green; YR02, Light Orange; YR07, Cadium Orange and YR68, Orange.


I colored the flower petals, leaves and accent dots and used one of the green shades to color in the stem lines.  I don’t use my Copic markers a lot and you will see by the final card that I’m definitely not an expert with them.  For the flower petals I started with the lightest color, added the next darker color, then used the light color to blend.  Next I added the darkest color and used the medium color to blend.  I definitely could have blended the largest flower a bit more but after doing this technique and being reminded of the brilliant colors you can achieve so easily, I will definitely be using Copic markers more often.


Once I finished coloring I covered the stems, flower petals and accent dots with glossy accents and set aside to dry.  On some of the other stamped images I used another one of our favorite new products, Nuvo drops, as accents.  The Nuvo drops added a very glossy finish as well.


After the Glossy Accents dried, I stamped the Magenta sentiment “Kindness is a renewable resource”  (07.939.G).  I decided to use both colors of ink on the sentiment as well so I first inked approximately half of the the stamp with Distress Oxide Broken China and stamped.  Then I inked the other half of the stamp with Distress Oxide Wilted Violet and stamped.  I embossed the sentiment with Judkins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder.

To finish the card I cut a piece of light green cardstock to 4 ¼” x 5 ½” and then inked about 1” down the long edge with VersaMark ink.  I covered the ink with Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder and heat set.  I adhered it to the front of an A2 white card and then adhered the stamped image to far right side of the card, leaving the embossed edge of the green paper visible.

This week's card is on display at Art 'n Soul.  We also have a good selection of the Distress Oxide inks and Nuvo Drops in stock so we hope you will stop by soon and check out our newest products.

The following cards all use the same stamp, inks and embossing powders but they were stamped on different types of paper and colored differently

 Stamped on Kraft paper.
Colored with Prismacolor Pencils. Glossy accents
were used on the flower petals and leaves;
Nuvo drops were used on the accent dots
on the stamp and by the sentiment.  
 
Stamped on watercolor paper.
Watercolored using Tombow Markers.  Nuvo drops
(Limoncellow, Key Lime, Orange Marmalade),on the
flowers, leaves and accent drops.  Nuvo drops
on the flowers won't be smooth and may crack,
as they dry, adding extra interest

Stamped on Kraft Paper.
Glossy Accents were applied over the
petals, leaves and accent dots


Stamped on watercolor paper.  Watercolored
with Tombow markers.  Wink of Stella on
flower petals and leaves; Nuvo drops on
accent dots.
(Work in progress.)  Stamped on Kraft paper.
Zentangle added to leaves and flower
petals then covered with Glossy Accents.


The Journal Club will meet today (Friday, June 9th) from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome! Bring something you are working on, or just come and be inspired. It's free and it's always fun.

Beginning Friday, June 9th, through Saturday, June 17th, we are having an open catalog for Memory Box and Poppy.  Everything in their catalog will be 10% during this event.  If you have a full card it will also be a great time to use that 15% discount.  (We are sorry, but you can’t combine the two offers.)  This is a great time to get those dies or stamps you have been wanting.  

We just got in an order of MISTI Creative Corners! If you want one, hurry in, because they are going fast. If you have not seen these in action, click here for a video about how to use this cool accessory to the MISTI.

Our Stampendous order has just been shipped to us and we should receive it soon. This will include some Dreamweaver stencils, stencil paste and FX powders.

Terry Medaris will be here this Saturday to teach his not to be missed classes on using Prismacolor pencils. The beginner class is full, but if you have ever taken the beginner class from Terry before, you can still take his intermediate class, where you will stamp and color a tile, a domino, a piece of shrink plastic, and for the first time in this class, you also can make a beautiful pendant. TERRY IS ALSO BRINGING A TRUNK SHOW OF HIS FABULOUS STAMPS AND OTHER ITEMS, AND THE TRUNK SHOW IS OPEN TO EVERYONE.

At the top right of our blog page, there are links to our archived Newsletters and our calendar. We have now added a link to the latest email; so if you do not receive our emails, please click the link and check it out. We have lots more information in our Newsletter about all of our classes coming up, including a great mini class (make and take) from Dianne on June 17th from 1:00-4:00, using alcohol inks with Yupo paper. You don't want to miss it! 

Scroll all the way down in our Newsletter, and we have a sample photo for each class offered, and we have some amazing classes listed, through August, including Lost Coast class and Trunk Show, Inking techniques with the MISTI with Marj, Dutch Magenta DT member Mariëtte van Leeuwin with some gorgeous cards and new techniques with Nuance, Rubbermoon with some new classes, and Sally Penley's Mini Masterpieces with a Christmas flair. You do not want to miss any of these!

You can also find our classes on our Calendar link. Come in and see us to see for yourself what is new, and take a look at the class samples. We would love to see you and if there is a technique that you would like us to demo for you, please ask!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Technique of the Week: Painting with Oxide Inks by Dianne Johnson

To continue our postings using the very popular Distress Oxide inks, I decided to try and see how these inks would work if I painted with them. By the way, we have all of the Oxide colors in stock at Art 'n Soul as of the date of this email. We absolutely love these inks and how they work. Not that we would give up regular Distress inks... they are different.

Here's my finished card


To begin I cut a panel of watercolor cardstock with the second largest die of the Memory Box Postage Rectangle Layers 30052. I selected the Magenta background stamp  14.660.R, and stamped it with Versamark ink and embossed it with JudiKins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder.

I chose Broken China and Wilted Violet 
Oxide inks to start and pressed them onto an acrylic block and added water. I painted the centers with the Broken China first, then added Wilted Violet.

Once all the flowers were painted, I added some Peeled Paint Oxide to the block and painted the leaves. I watered down the Broken China color a lot and painted it all around the images. I colored the berries or buds in with a glitter pen.

One of the things I noticed about painting with Oxides is the same thing I have seen when blending with them. Oxides are a hybrid of dye and pigment, and while the dye soaks into your paper, the pigment sits on top. This makes them more opaque than regular Distress ink. The colors are beautiful, but getting shading is not easy.

After painting the images and letting it dry, I selected a Magenta sentiment 07.954.G Think about you often. I chose a panel of So Silk Fair Blue cut to 4" x 5.25" and stamped the sentiment at the bottom of the panel with Versamark ink. I embossed it with JudiKins White Diamond embossing powder.

Since I wanted to stamp my background stamp on this panel, I decided to mask my sentiment. I stamped the sentiment onto some JudiKins Eclipse masking paper. By the way, this masking paper is the best out there, and it is now available again. We just got a few rolls in stock at the shop.

I fussy cut the sentiment out of the masking paper and applied it to the panel. I then stamped the background stamp with Versamark ink over the entire panel. I embossed it with clear embossing powder and then removed the mask over my sentiment.

For mounting the watercolored panel, I decided to pop it up, so I used the Hero Arts Infinity Nesting Rectangle Dies DI198. This set has so many sizes of rectangles that you should be able to find the right size for most anything. There are 16 dies with 0.125" between each one, and the largest is 4.25" x 5.5". I found the perfect size to use to cut a piece of fun foam for the back of my watercolored panel.

I don't like the white sides of the fun foam to show, so I colored the sides with a dark blue Copic marker (B26). The fun foam creates a solid backing for the panel. I adhered the pieces to the background panel (using scor tape), and adhered it all to a white base card. I sprinkled a few sequins.

I really love the Distress Oxide inks for so many things; but at the end of the day, I would say that I think that regular Distress inks are better for watercoloring. Since the dye inks soak into the paper, they are more transparent, and shade more easily. It's nice to know thought, that if you just have one or the other, you can watercolor with all of them.


For step by step photos of this technique, please visit my blog here.

Just a reminder, this weekend is Recycled Rubber Weekend! 
Come and see us this weekend for our monthly Recycled Rubber event! We have SO much merchandise for you again this month, and we know you will love it! Once again, lots of everything, and we heard a rumor that some staff people cleaned out some things for the sale. We know we saw some practically new Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card stamps, among lots of other things, including dies and embossing folders. There is something for everyone at this sale, so be sure to join us. Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Just to sweeten the pot, we have received our anticipated shipments, and we have so many new things on the shelves and tables. We have so much great bling in the shop that we had to create a "bling table" just to hold it all. We have all of the mini Distress inks back in stock, and the tins, blender tools and foams. We also have all of the Distress Oxide inks and inkers in stock, and we got some of the new mini Archival inks and inkers as well. Lots of scor tape and other adhesives are in stock, including the 6" x 6" scor tape sheets AND the 8.5" x 11" Be Creative adhesive sheets. We also have Stick-it adhesive back in stock, and much more! 

While you are in the shop, check out our class boards and sign up for some classes! This month alone we have Terry Medaris classes and trunk show; Dianne's mini Alcohol Ink class; Lost Coast class and trunk show; and Marj's Intriguing Inking class;

In mid July we have Mariëtte van Leeuwen, an amazing Magenta design team member from The Netherlands; and Rubbermoon will be here in late July/early August. Also in August, Sally Penley will be hosting another Mini Masterpiece workshop - this one with a Christmas/Holiday theme!

You do not want to miss these fabulous classes, so hurry in or call to sign up. You can access our calendar here where you can view everything we have scheduled. If you are not subscribed to our newsletter, you can view our latest newsletter here where you can find out lots more information about our classes and more.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Technique of the Week: Stencils, Oxide Inks and Glitter! by Pam Nelson


This week’s technique uses the very popular Distress Oxide inks.  We continue to explore fun ways to use these inks and I’ve discovered that I love to use them with stencils because they blend so well!


To begin I cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4 ¼” x 5 ½” and colored it with Nuance colors of orange, yellow and hot pink.  I sprayed the paper with lots of water to really dilute the colors.  Then I blotted up the puddles of color with a paper towel.  I wanted the color to be light because I planned to stencil over the top.  I also colored a piece of scrap watercolor paper with these same Nuance colors for the sentiment tag on the front of the card.  I set the papers aside to dry but you could also dry them with a heat tool.


After it was dry, I taped the watercolor paper to my craft sheet and then taped Magenta Stencil TM100, Small Kiss Motif, over the top.  (Sadly this stencil has been discontinued but this technique will work well with lots of different stencils.)  


Using a finger dauber and the Dreamweaver Picasso Stencil and Masking tool, I applied Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio ink onto the leaves and stems.  I added some Peeled Paint Oxide ink to add some shading to the leaves.  The Picasso tool has lots of curved edges that allow you to mask off parts of the flower while you apply the green ink to the leaves.  


I used Worn Lipstick and Orange Marmalade inks for the flower petals.  I again used the Picasso tool to mask off the leaves while I stenciled the flower petals.  I had originally planned to use Fired Brick instead of the Worn Lipstick but when I saw the final colors in my dried Nuance panel I changed my mind about the ink colors. 


Just for fun (and because I love sparkle on my cards), I sprayed the image lightly with Imagine Crafts Sheer Sparkle Shimmer Spritz.  I set the panel aside to dry but you could also use a heat gun to dry the inked image.


I re-taped the panel to the craft mat, put Magenta Stencil TM61, Circle Halftones, on top and taped it down.  I used a Dreamweaver Palette Knife to apply Dreamweaver Translucent Embossing Paste over the top of the stencil.  Hold the palette knife at a 45-degree angle to your paper as you apply the paste to avoid smearing the ink under your stencil.  Remove the tape from three sides of your stencil, leaving the tape on the top edge.  Lift the stencil up from the bottom edge and the remaining piece of tape will act as a hinge as you lift up the stencil.  Immediately rinse the embossing paste off the stencil. 




While the embossing paste is still wet, put the panel on a piece of wax paper.  Cover the entire piece with Elizabeth Craft Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. 


Tap off the excess and return it to the jar.  You can either set the panel aside to dry or you can heat it lightly and slowly with a heat gun.  Heating the panel will create small bubbles in the embossing paste as it dries (a technique called Molten Magic which you can read more about in a previous Technique of the Week here.) 


To finish the card I created an A2 size card from yellow card stock, then die cut a panel of green cardstock to 4” x 5 ¼” using the second largest die in the Hero Arts Infinity Nesting Rectangle Dies.  I adhered this to the front of the yellow card.  I cut the stenciled panel to 3 ¾” x 5” using the third largest die from this set.  I love this Hero Arts die set because my panels are always cut straight!

I stamped the Magenta “have a Beautiful day” sentiment on the scrap piece of Nuance with VersaFine Vintage Sepia and embossed with Judikins Clear Embossing powder.  I die cut it with the second smallest tag in the Poppy Stitched Mainstreet Tags (#1268), punched a hole near the top and used a piece of yellow ribbon to add it to the stenciled panel at an angle.  I cut a rectangle piece of fun foam, slightly smaller than the Nuance panel, adhered it to the back of the watercolor panel and then adhered it to the green panel on the card. 

The finished card is also on display at the store.  The photographs don’t really capture all of the sparkle from the glitter.


To create this sample, Oxide inks were applied through the stencil.  I removed the stencil and allowed the ink to dry.  I taped the cleaned stencil back over the image, taped it down and applied Translucent embossing paste through the stencil.  I removed the stencil the applied Elizabeth Craft Cool Diamond glitter over the paste.  After the paste was dry I colored the background by lightly applying Distress Oxide Fade Jeans with a foam applicator.


To create this sample I stamped Magenta Apple Blossom (14.655.P) and the sentiment with Onyx Black VersaFine Ink. I colored the image with watercolor pencils and lightly applied Tumbled Glass Distress ink to parts of the background.  I created a mask for both stamps and placed it over the stamped images then taped Magenta stencil Wavy Texture (TM222) over the top.  I applied Translucent embossing paste over the stencil, then removed the stencil and masks, and applied Elizabeth Craft Cool Diamond Glitter over the paste.

If you like Oxide inks but haven’t purchased them yet, we have a shipment arriving Wednesday, May 31st.   Drop by the store any time for a demo of this fun product and to reserve yours.  We are also receiving a HUGE order from our main supplier on Wednesday.  We’ll be calling everyone who has pre-orders but we’ll also have lots of fun items arriving with this order.

We just received a very few Hasty Lace Wreath templates. This is one of our most popular templates, and it works up so beautifully! These won't last long. If you don't know how to do Hasty Lace, please come in and see us today (Friday the 26th) or most Tuesdays and Wednesdays for a demo. It's easy and fun!

Hasty Lace Wreath card by Susie Tracy

Art 'n Soul will be closed on Sunday, May 28, and Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day. Please come in and see us on Tuesday the 30th!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Technique of the Week: Fun With Oxide Inks by Marj Marion

We all seem to love the Oxide Inks, and here is a quick and fun card, which can be made with many variations.


by Marj Marion

I chose to use Bristol paper because it is super smooth and easy to sponge inks on the nice, smooth surface. For this card, I chose Oxide Faded Jeans, Oxide Spiced Marmalade, and Oxide Cracked Pistachio.


Die cut panel with Magenta TM179 Bubble Path Template

I die cut a panel of Bristol paper using the Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle dies, using the largest die in the set. You can use any rectangle die set and create a panel to your desired size, or cut your own rectangle with your paper trimmer.



I used Ranger Foam Applicators to apply the inks through Magenta Template 179-Bubble Path, and positioned the template so the bubbles appeared from upper left to lower right.  



I taped off some bubbles and just inked the ones that fit my panel.  I touched the foam to the ink pad, and then lightly touched it to a scrap paper to remove any excess ink.  You want a light application of ink to create nice even circles of ink, with no dark splotches.  



You can add more ink if you want darker circles. I removed and cleaned the template.


Next, I dipped the ends of my small paint brushes in some water, and dabbed droplets of water on the inked bubbles. To create tiny droplets, I dipped a toothpick in water and touched the water to the inked ares. To speed things along, I dried the water droplets with the Heat It embossing tool. The water reacted with the ink, and formed interesting water marks.

Panel shown with completed stamping; details below
When the panel was completely dry, I placed the cling Magenta Doodle Branch stamp on an acrylic block, 


and stamped the image twice with black Versafine ink. 


I arranged the Magenta word stamps  “Always”, “Be Happy”, and “Be Grateful” on my MISTi lid.   The strong magnets held my paper in the correct position, and the top edge of the triangle spacer allowed me to get a consistent angle on the two lower words. 


I stamped all three words in Versafine black ink at the same time using the MISTI.


To finish the card, I adhered my decorated panel onto a green panel, and then to a folded blue card. Using Ranger Multi Medium Matte, I adhered three sequins for a little extra “zing”.

Try this card layout using different colors of Oxide ink colors, and change up the images or words. 

Here is another tip!  If you really like an arrangement of multiple images or word stamps, and want to be able to re-create it later, make a template on card stock and keep it in a clear card sleeve.  Then, weeks or months later, just place your template in the Misti, and you can easily position your stamps in the exact placement of your original card design.

Here is a variation of this card design.  I used Oxide Inks in Broken China, Fossilized Amber and Wilted Violet, and instead of sequins, I tapped the ink pads on a craft sheet and added a spritz of water.  Then I dipped a small paint brush in the diluted ink, and splattered droplets on the panel.

by Marj Marion

Notice that I made three small dots with a Sharpie black marker after the word “Always”. I held the marker upright to get a nice round “dot” mark.

And, finally, here is another version using Magenta Flower C-0354.I , with more Oxide Inks in Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick and Cracked Pistachio, and used the same ink splattering technique.  You will note that I used the same stamping of the words, as I had them attached on my Misti lid.  You can see that you can speed up your stamping of multiple card fronts by using a set arrangement of word stamps in your Misti.

by Marj Marion

Have fun using Oxide Inks along with stamps and templates and the MISTI!


Here are the supplies I used on this card:
  • Magenta: Doodle Branch C 37.286 J; Always C 07.875.F; Be Grateful C 07.840 E; Be Happy! C 07.653 E; Bubble Path Duo Template 179.
  • Lawn Fawn:  LF  767-Large Stitched Rectangles.
  • Ranger Oxide Distress Inks: Faded Jeans, Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio.
  • Tim Holtz Spritzer,Wood handled sponge Applicators, Heat Tool.
  • Standard MISTI, and Creative Corners Set.
  • Bristol Paper-100# , Versafine Black Ink, assorted sequins.



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