Sunday, March 8, 2015

stencil and embossing paste

after a recent (and much needed) cleaning/reorganizing of my studio I unearthed some supplies I had not used in a long time...brass stencils and embossing paste.  One of my fav stencils is one with a Celtic knot design.  Since St Patty's day is around the corner I thought these supplies would make a great St Patty's day card.  I am using Dreamweaver Pearlescent Embossing Paste.  The brass stencil is also from Dreamweaver and is called Celtic Hexagon.
The first thing to do is create a hinge with a piece of removable (or low tack) tape on one side of the stencil one your paper.  The hinge just makes it easier to lift up and remove the stencil when you are finished.  Removable or low tack tape is important so it won't leave marks on your paper.  I am using Scotch Low Tack Tape here.  The paper should be a thicker paper or light cardstock weight to handle the paste. 
After one side is taped then cover the rest of the paper and sides of the stencil with more tape or scrap paper.  The goal is to just have the stencil open for the paste and not to get any paste on other areas of the paper.
I had to stir the paste since the jar hasn't been opened in awhile.  The paste has the consistency of frosting.  The paste gets spread over the top of the stencil to fill the areas then the excess gets scraped off.

The scrap paper or tape gets removed and then (using the taped hinge side) the brass stencil is lifted up and taken off. Set the image aside to dry.  I usually like to wait a few hours or overnight. The brass stencil should be cleaned immediately with soap and water.  If you can't get to it right away then drop it in a container with soapy water until you can gently scrub it clean.
Then I put the brass stencil over the dried image and colored the pear surface with inks.  I used daubers and a variety of ink pads.
It may be hard to see in this photo but the raised image shimmers with different shades of green.
And here it is applied to a card with some rubber stamping and extra shimmer from gel pens. 

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

happiness jar

Life isn't just one's a journey of a thousand of moments, some good and some bad. I don't know about you but sometimes I tend to focus on (without really realizing it) the bad moments that have made such an impact (sometimes a huge crater of an impact) on my life. 
So in an effort to focus on all of the good things/blessings (big and small) I created the 2015 Happiness Jar.

I didn't come up with this idea but loved it so much I had to make one for my own.  Thanks to Laura P. for the inspiration!

Throughout the year if something good happens or makes me smile I'll write that on a slip of paper and put it in the jar.  It could be something small like listening to my cat purr, or bigger things like seeing my beautiful niece dance on stage or hit a home run in a softball game.

Next New Year's Eve I'll empty the jar and read all of the papers.   I think it would be nice to start off the new year by remembering the good stuff... and as you can see I already have some paper in the jar!

However your year has started I hope you find time to find the little joys in life and remember them.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

alcohol ink demo and card making class

If you're in the Milwaukee area I invite you to stop by Artist & Display on Sunday January 4th.  I'll be doing a demo of alcohol inks from 1:00pm - 3:00pm.

Alcohol inks are permanent fast drying inks that work great on non-porous surfaces.  The inks are translucent and can be blended to make wonderful vibrant background papers. The demo and class will work with alcohol inks on glossy paper.

Then on Saturday January 10th I'll be teaching a card making class using alcohol inks.  It's a one hour class starting at 10:30am.  This will give us plenty of time to make a few cards using some different techniques of alcohol inks.  We will even use metallic heat embossing powders on some of the alcohol inked papers. 

Alcohol inks are easy and fun to use.  There's nothing like a cold winter day to make you want to work on some art projects. Hope you can stop by and have some fun learning about alcohol inks. 

Artist & Display is located at 9015 West Burleigh St, Milwaukee, WI.  Phone 414-442-9100