Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Marbling Technique With DT Susan

Craftin Desert Divas' DT member Susan here with a tutorial on making galaxy backgrounds on dark paper using alcohol inks and Jennifer McGuire's marbling technique. I have a You Tube video below showing the process and making the card. This is my very first video so please excuse any problems. What I learned it that the colored alcohol inks do not show up very well on the black card stock. I was hoping that a colored hue would be added to the paper but it really didn't. So save those colored inks for white paper!!!

Here is the card:

First, I filled a glass baking dish with 1.5" of water and then added the inks and the mixatives. I stirred them around with a straw. I used Bazzill Black Licorice 110 lb cardstock.

Then, I realized that the only inks that show up on black are the mixatives. The other important point is that you need to grab the clumps of ink when you dip your paper. The second photo shows the background I actually used. I had finally figured out to grab those clumps of ink and add extra mixatives. In this case  I used both silver and gold.

This process generated several backgrounds and I could have kept going to make more!!! The backs of the card fronts look just as good. I can see lots of possibilities using this technique!

Craftin Desert Divas Supplies:
Far Out
Fancy Frames

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Marbling Technique With DT Toni

Hello, Divas!  Toni here with you today sharing a really fun multi-media card where the marbling technique I'm going to discuss really shines.
  1. The first thing you want to do is to gather your supplies:  a container of clean water, alcohol inks, cardstock (Tim Holtz Distress Specialty paper used here; my favorite to use is Yupo but watercolor paper works too), paper towels, and rubber gloves.
  2. Put on those gloves then drop alcohol ink randomly across the water. I used a combination of Adirondack Alcohol Ink and Copic Various Ink refills.
  3. Carefully place your cardstock on the water. I dropped mine onto the water but you can swirl it around or dip or whatever you feel like doing. Gloves are a must!
  4. Remove the cardstock and place it to the side to dry. You likely have remaining ink in the water so could dip another piece or two of cardstock.

While the marbled cardstock was drying, I prepared the card base by creating a mask using a Stitched In Circle Die.  I sponged the sun in yellow using the negative of the diecut then sponged the sunset in Distress Oxides.  What a lovely surprise that orange and blue = green in this case! Notice I spattered water to break up the solid colors.

Next I prepared the remaining parts of the scene.
  1. I sponged the bottom portion of the marbled panel using Distress Oxide as I wanted this to be a deeper blue closer to the beach.  I then cut multiple wave layers using Outdoor Landscape 1.
  2. I cut the sandy beach from kraft cardstock by using the negative diecut resulting from the Garden Border  hill die. Stretch those supplies! I used Copics to dot sand. FYI I usually dot in groups of 3. Take a look and see what I mean.
  3. I colored up the cute hammerhead from Jawsome using Copics.

When assembling the wave layers, I gently curved out the top of the waves with my finger for dimension. The shark has one quarter-inch piece of ultra-thin foam tape behind his mouth area but all other dimension is created visually. Cool, huh?

So there you have it! A cute beachy multi-media birthday card. I hope this inspires you to try marbling. The results are unpredictable and fun!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Marbling Techniques With DT Ashlea

Hey everyone! It's Ashlea and today I am bringing you one of my favorite techniques to try out for yourself. Alcohol inks are very "in" right now and there are endless techniques that you can do with them to make beautiful projects. Marbling is probably my favorite of them all and I'd like to show you how easy it is. 

Be sure that the room you're in is well ventilated. Open a window or turn an oscillating fan on. The fumes from these inks can get strong.

Supplies You'll Need:

- Alcohol Inks *Try colors that blend easily together if you're new at this.*
- A piece of white card stock *Regular card stock will work just fine with this technique.*
- A shallow container that will fit your piece of card stock with enough water to submerge your paper.
- Pencil / Paintbrush / Straw *To swirl inks in water* (optional)
- Craft Mat *To lay paper on to dry.*
- Gloves

Steps To Take:

1. Drop some alcohol ink into the container of water. I like to drop quite a bit of mine all around so that I get two uses from the same water. More on that later.
2. Drop another color (darker or lighter) in the water as well.
3. To achieve the "swirly" look of marble, use the end of a paintbrush or pencil or straw to move the inks around the water in long continuous swirls.
4. With your gloves, submerge your card stock under the water by sliding it in top end to bottom end. 
5. Once in, remove the paper from the water slowly. Carefully put to the side to dry.

Here are a few others that I did while playing around with colors for this technique. To continue the water-y look of it all, I decided to watercolor this little walrus and add a hat for him to keep warm. :)

I hope you'll join me and try out this new obsession of mine. The backgrounds are gorgeous and can be used for pretty much anything you can think of. Happy Crafting!

The walrus and hat I used is from a set no longer available. The walrus in the Frosty Friends set is similar but smaller size.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Stamping With Dies With DT Cheryl

Hello! It's Cheryl with the Design Team sharing with you how to stamp with dies! I love it when I learn new techniques that can help stretch my supplies! For the planner layout above, I used dies to stamp out a background, and used dies to make checkboxes for a to-do list! 

This technique is fairly inexpensive and besides the stamping supplies you already have, all you need is some craft foam, which you can get from the dollar store, and some adhesive (preferably a re-positionable one).

First I cut out two heart outlines from the Inside Scalloped Octagons Dies, and ran it through my sticker maker.  I did the same with the two smallest hearts from the Pocket Pieces HI die set, only cutting a total of eight hearts for the bullets.

I stacked one die-cut over each matching so that the stamp would be slightly more raised. You can do this with just one layer of craft foam but I got better stamping results when I had two layers.

Then I created a soft pink gradient background on my planner pages using Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide inks. 

I placed the die-cut heart outline onto an acrylic block and stamped the hearts to create a patterned background on the bottom right page: 

Next, I stamped the heart check lists, added some washi tape, and then added the stamped and colored images from the Better Together Stamp set.

Lastly, I stamped in a sentiment on the bottom right page, and hand lettered the days of the week, the month, and "To do"!

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Stamping With Dies With DT Janni

Hi everyone, DT Janni here.

Today I want to show you how I use my CDD dies with the Stamping With Dies Technique  - it's a really fun technique.

Here is the card I want to show you

At first I used the butterfly on some old crafty foam I had

Then I added some tape to the back of the butterfly and placed it at my acrylic block. I cut a piece of my stamping cardstock in 6x6, and I'm ready for some Distress Oxide stamping.

Here you see the result of my stamping - pretty right!

After the ink was dry I used the scalloped frame die, my favorite die.

I wanted the butterflies to pop-up so I used Copic Marker C0 to add shadows around all the butterflies

Time for some more Copic coloring <3 Is this cutie from 'Gnomie' perfect for my butterfly background or what!

Here you can see my colorcombos:
Skin E21-E11-R11, RV13, Hair E35-E37, Clothes R00-R11-R20, G000-G00, C3. Dragonfly Y00-Y02-Y06-Y15, BG0000-B000. For highlights I used I used a white uni ball pen.

After my coloring I added some foam dots to the back and placed the image on the card. I used some 'Shimmer Sequins' and a little banner with Hey There Cutie from 'Friend In Me'

Here you have the final result, I hope you like it.

See you soon again

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