Wednesday, July 19, 2017

How I Organize my Distress Oxide Inks and Distress Inks

I finally got my long awaited 12 new Distress Oxide inks this week.  I preordered them with along with the 12 new reinkers.  For the rest of this post, I will just say Oxide inks and Distress inks will refer to the older distress inks.  
I wanted to label my oxides like I had my distress inks.  My only problem with my previous labels was that they were just a dot. The dot didn't show as much color as I liked.  Oxides really are amazing, so I wanted to show that on my labels.   I wanted to show  the color while my oxides were in my Stamp N Storage ink pad holders . I needed/ wanted something bigger on the side of my ink pads.  I found the perfect solution:   
As with any storage option, I think it's important to keep in mind, how do you use the supplies? That's the first step when I think about before I begin organizing.  How do I use this item?  What makes the most sense?  What about this item is important for me to know when I crafting?  How would I try to find this item?  Some easy examples are:  With Designer Series Paper:  I craft with my papers by manufacture.  This is how my brain works for me.  Other people craft by color.  Other people craft by size.  So, with the  answers of the questions I ask myself, in mind, I set out to organize my items.   Today I am sharing what works for ME.  This may or may not work for you depending on how you use your oxides.  

For me, the magic of Oxides is the way they react to water.  I needed to see that reaction to know whether or not I want to use that color.  I NEEDED the water reaction as part of my label on the outside of the pads.  You can't see the top of the pad inside a stamp pad holder, AND... I have found out, that the color that I create often doesn't match the label on front of the Oxide or Distress inks. To me, it's the "puddles" of darker color and areas of lighter color that makes the distress and oxides so unique.  I couldn't get this all on a little dot that I had used in the past.  I wanted a good size label on the sides.

This is what I used in the past.  As you can see, you can't see the variations of the color on this dot.  Time to revamp what I used!!!

For this project I used scraps of watercolor paper.  I use tons of watercolor paper for projects and I always save the scraps.  This was a perfect project to use those scraps up.  I used watercolor paper since I was creating a label showing the Oxides.  For each sample:  I smooshed the oxide to my crafting mat.  Then squirted the ink patch with water.  I took my strip and pressed it into the ink and dried it.  Then I did it again with the left over ink, drying it again.  Then I repeated it again.  While this sounds like a lot of work, it's not.  But it uses up the ink on my mat, but more importantly it gives me variations in the color on my strip.  This is often how I use oxides and distress inks.  I normally smoosh them onto my craft mat, mist with water and then dip my paper into it.  The key to this is:  YOU MUST DRY YOUR PAPER BETWEEN DIPS!!!!   This gives me the variation of color on the sample!  Very important because the variation of color looks very different from just spreading the ink on the sample.  And once again:  this is the technique I use most when I use oxides and distress inks.  This is what is important to me to see when I'm crafting!



This next step is to punch out the label from the sample once it is dipped and dried three times.  For this I found the word label punch to be a perfect fit.  This is an older retired punch from Stampin' Up. I will link the newer more modern punch that is now offered from Stampin' Up.  It will work the same.  But look through the punches you have to see what would work.  I initially thought of the washi tape punch to use, but I found this one first and it fit perfectly.  

After I punch the labels out, I punched four of each so I could have a label on each side of my ink pad, I ran the labels through my xryon machine to make them into stickers, then they were easy to adhere them to the ink pads.  You could use your favorite adhesive if you don't have a xyron machine.  

These are all the red oxides.  I love being able to see the variations of color.  The new oxides are a great addition to the collection!

These are the orange colored ones.  I often find myself asking: is this color more red or more orange?  More green or more blue?  Here's the answer:  How do YOU see the color?  How does the color make sense to you!  And that's how you should organize it!  I promise, the color police won't come to your house!  If you see something more green than I do, that's ok.  It's more important for crafters to USE what they have, then have everything perfect.  So do what works for you!  Don't stress about it.  

These are the yellows of the Oxides. 

This was on of my favorite combos once I saw them together.  Purple on purple....but they are so pretty together!  I see an amazing background on a Halloween card with the colors together...maybe with some Black Soot thrown in!!!


These are the blues of the Oxides.

These are the greens of the Oxides.  

These are the neutrals of the Oxides. 

All together in my Stamp N Storage ink pad holder





I decided I liked the labels so much more than my small dots:  I decided to replace my distress inks too.  I've started those as well.  This picture shows all the supplies I used.  I will link those below at no additional cost to you.   Notice all the different sizes strips I used of water color paper!  I was so happy to use them and to know my hoarding....I mean, collection of scraps of them was being put to use!

I used the same method for my distress inks:  I'm not done 100% yet but here are the oranges.

Here are the yellow distress inks.  


I hope this post was helpful for you.  Thanks for stopping by.
Michelle




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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Box Review: Sketchbox

Hello!  I feel like it has been so long since I blogged!  We lost internet for a WEEK at our office: seriously, a week!!!  Then we went on our family vacation over the 4th of July.  I have been playing catch up at work.  I am finally seeing the top of my desk again!!! 
I wanted to share this Sketchbox box review with you.  I received this box before our vacay but with no internet at work, and busy at night packing for 5 people, I am just now getting a chance to share it.  
I wanted to try a new crafting box.  I have gotten some planner boxes in the past also have gotten the Simon Says Stamp monthly kit.  Currently,  I get www.mypaperpumpkin.com from Stampin' Up each month.  I also get the Hero Arts monthly kit as well.  I enjoy all of those.  I wanted to try something arty but a little different.  Sketchbox fit that! There are two options for their box: premium and basic.  Premium is $35/month and basic is $25/month.  The difference is the premium gives you higher quality art supplies than the basic box.  They use the example of markers:  the basic box would get markers, premium box would get copic markers.  Since I have a lot of art supplies, I wanted to try more high end supplies, I signed up for the premium box.




This is how the box came to me. Well packaged. 
 Here's a tip:  I take the swigglies (blue decorative paper...but I call them swigglies) out and store them in a plastic zip lock to use for gifts!  Recycling at it's best!!!
This is everything included with the box.  It has a card included telling you about each product.  I also got a Sketchbox sticker. I'll go through each product below.

The first item was the Stadedtler Triplus fine liner Marker Pen set.  The value on this is listed as $18.00.  I liked the markers, they wrote well.  I will use these a lot and they had a fun colors included.  


Here's the card included.  

This is a better picture of the markers.  These are fine tipped so I use the term marker pens.  They would make great journaling pens for me!  I like the holder they came in. 

These are two colored pencils included in my Sketchbox.  These are Derwent Procolor pencils.  Valued at $2.89 each.  These were odd colors to me, but since I have some colored pencils, I think these colors were perfect to give me different shades than I already have.  They were smooth to color with.  

The next item is a Sakura Microperm .45mm pen.  Valued at $2.79. This is a ultra fine tipped pen.  Writes on most surfaces, quick drying and waterproof.  This is actually perfect for me to fill in lines of stamped images that don't stamp well or that I want to add some detail to the stamped image.  

Next item had to be my second favorite from the markers being my favorite.  This is a Custom Alumicolor pocket scale.  Valued at $6.75.  Now I don't use scales in my crafting but I do use a ruler to measure and mark off things.  I love that it is metal.  The ruler's surface is anodized on so it will never wear off.  It is smaller than my other rulers but perfect for cards!  I love it!

The last item in the box is a Derwent precision .7mm mechanical pencil.  It is high quality, metal barrel great for detailed drawing or technical work.  I actually gave this to my oldest son as he will be taking some engineering classes at his high school this year, I thought it was perfect for him.  He immediately took it from me!!!  LOL!  This is valued at $9.99


Sorry this last picture is out of place, but I didn't realize that the ruler was CUSTOMIZED with Sketchbox  on it!  I thought that was neat so I had to share!

The box is arty, which is fun.

I paid $35 for the premium box and find it at a retail value of $43.31.  I think overall it was a great box with some new things to play around with.  I am looking forward to next month's box!

If you would like more information or to sign up for Sketchbox, visit:  Sketchbox

This box was purchased by me, the review and pictures are mine.  I do contain an affiliate link at no additional cost to you.
Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Lawn Fawn & fun dotted Coloring with Copics

Happy Friday!  We made it through another work week!  This week has been very muggy but at least it has given me some good inside, in AC, crafting time.
Today I am sharing some cards that I finally put together.  That seems like an odd statement to make, but not if you craft like I do.  I craft in stages.  It's how my brain works.  First, I make a bunch of backgrounds.  I love to play with inks, embossing, or watercoloring.  For the first card, I used Tim Holtz Distress oxide inks.  
I made the second card's background using the Kuretake watercolor paints.  One night I might come home from work, and just play with some watercolors. Another night, I might play with distress inks.  I make a bunch of backgrounds, letting them dry overnight and put them aside for when I am going to put a card together.  This way, each night, I get a little crafting time!  My happy time!  When I'm making backgrounds, I'm not worried about how I will use them.  I will eventually make them into cards.  I'm just enjoying the process.  
Another night, I will go into my craft room  and just color.  Right now, I've been obsessed with using the dotting coloring technique....it's VERY technical......I dot color all over the image, combining shades of color.  LOL....very technical.  It's so relaxing to me.  I'm stuck on this method right now because I am enjoying it so much.  I have a large stack of images stamped onto white cardstock. I use my white cardstock scraps.  This is a great use for them.   I stamp several images on a sheet, keeping enough room to die cut out the images. It doesn't matter if the sheets can fit one or five images on them.  I use all my scraps!  Even those strips can fit a stamped image on them by turning the stamp sideways.   I have many matching dies for my stamps to cut out the images later on.    Or if anyone likes to fussy cut, you can also fussy cut  them.....I don't like to fussy cut, which why I buy matching dies.  I use versafine and heat emboss clear embossing powder over it.  I find that I like this method best.  It works no matter what color medium I decide to use (copics, watercolors, or colored pencils) and it gives the image a little "edge" that makes it easy to color.  It helps to stay in the lines so to speak.  
For any images that I don't have matching dies, I can use my Brother Scan n Cut or I leave enough room on my sheet to cut the image out with another die, such as a circle or oval die.  As I have taken over my kids' playroom, I don't have a dedicated area for my brother scan n cut, which is why I don't use it much.  But it is super easy to cut out an image.  I will grab it down and set it up when I don't have a matching die for a stamped image.  
Another night I will assemble cards.  I will take a background that I made previously, add an embellishment (for these examples, I used Lawn Fawn stamped images, and then I add a sentiment from my stamp sets using some more white cardstock scraps.  

For this example, I added some googly eyes to my dog.  He looks so cute!  I loved the intense color I got with my Kuretake watercolor set for the background. For watercoloring, I spray some water into the pans of color.  I let it sit for about 30 seconds or so....the more water you use, the less intense the color is.  Depends on what look you are going for but either way, watercolors are fun to play with.  I loved the blue on this card,  I thought it made the tree really stand out.  
This next card background uses the reactive tissue paper.  I made a bunch of these awhile back and still have lots left to use on cards.  I did a blog post on that awhile back, you can read about it:  HERE 

This was a background stamp that I embossed on a background.  It's one of my favorite backgrounds.  You will also note that not all my "animals" are colored in the "correct animal" colors.  What fun is that?!  Think outside the box!  Have fun with your coloring!  I love the bright pops of colored dinosaurs on this background.  It screams FUN!!!
Barney isn't the only purple dinosaur!!!  The dotting coloring technique makes it really fun to play!
And for my last card, I loved the intense colored background.  I kept the card simple but added some nuvo drops to the background.  
These were all fun cards to make.  Creating cards in steps makes the process for me, a lot of fun.  I can focus on each element and really enjoy playing!
How do you craft?  Do you make a card from start to finish?  Or do you craft like I do, in steps?  Leave me a comment!
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope everyone has a great weekend and I'll see you next week with some new projects!
Michelle

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Cross Stitched Stamps- I'm LOVING them!!!

Any long time blog readers know that I love paper crafting but I also love cross stitching as well.  I have cross stitched for a long time.  I think I started when I was ten or so.  I wasn't very successful at finishing a project at ten, but I knew how to cross stitch, started a project.  I picked at cross stitch on and off but really cross stitched more after I got married.  It is my relaxation time.  I don't sit still watching tv ever, but I can sit through a show or movie if I cross stitch while watching.  I think it keeps my ADD in check ;) .  I always have a project....or two going.  
When I saw these great cross stitched images from Waffle Flower, I knew I had to get them......all of them!!!!  
Each of the images are layered stamps.  I loved that it gives the images lots of color!  I used my mini MISTI to line up the 2 step stamping and make it easy.  I could have used a regular block but I'll be honest, I'm not great at 2 step stamping so I always use my MISTI to do those type of images!  I love that the Waffle Flower set includes some add ons that I could add to the cactus like in the first photo.  In the second card, I kept the cactus plain.  I like them both ways so it was nice to have options.


I also liked the cross stitched flower set.  I added this image to some stamped velum background paper.  I just took some background stamps that I had and stamped them in versa mark on velum, then I heat embossed them.  I used a pearl embossing powder on these.  This is one of my favorite embossing powders, it really takes on a different look depending on the cardstock you use around it.  



For this card, I used some of my watercolored backgrounds that I made a while back.  I often "play" with backgrounds and have a bunch ready to pull add and make cards with.  I used the Kuretake Pearl watercolor paints to make this background.  





I liked the flower on the green background.  It made the flower leaves pop!  





Even though I made several of "the same card", I changed it up by using different colors of inks for the images, or different backgrounds, different cardstock, different nuvo drops.  It all made the cards fun to create.



I used Altenew inks for the images.  I love their inks for layered stamps.  

Now I'm sharing this card but it is not my favorite.  I was creating trying to make a shaker card with the tea set.  I think it needs something more to the background, but I thought I'd share it for the image coloring.
I liked this card better.  I think the tea bag is ADORABLE!!!!  

Since I shared all my cross stitched cards that I made recently, I should share my latest cross stitch project.  This is number 3 in a set of four for my cross stitch board.  If you haven't seen my cross stitch seasonal board before,  here are some blog posts showing it:




These are just a couple of posts, there are several others on my blog.  You can search for my cross stitch post using the search feature on the right hand side. 

This is a set for Christmas by Designworks called Oh Holy Night.  The pattern is a large pattern using a letter of the alphabet for every word for Christmas.  I am just pulling out four images I like to make for my board.  
Thanks for stopping by today.  
Michelle


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