Hello everyone, Sara here with you today! I love to create my own stamped backgrounds for my pages. I love that I can customize my colors, design, even add a bit of texture. Mix and match my stamps to create something new. And just like all of you... it doesn't always go exactly as planned. I recently received the new Quilt As You Go Stamps from Dyan Reavely and I just love them. They are larger stamps, so perfect for scrapbook pages. And I love the idea of using different ink colors and playing with these stamps and creating my own patterns. So I grabbed my MISTI and went to work... and then... it all went horribly wrong...
Stamping in the wrong place... check.
Paper shifting and causing untold horror... check... check...
Want to see the end result??
Yes I fixed them ALL!! And I had my camera on the whole time.
Now full disclosure, the first stamped background did end up being cut up but at least I salvaged it, right?? Sometimes there are mistakes you can't 100% come back from.
Be sure to check out the video to see where I have all the mistakes hidden... and don't be afraid to jump in and try a stamped background! Even if you make mistakes, you can still make an amazing layout in the end.
Have A Lovely Day!
ACOT Design Team
I love Distress Inks and Markers. They have so many applications and uses. One of my favorites is to use them as watercolor inks. They react to water so well that they're perfect for what I have for you today. Watercolor resist! Let's start by picking out stamps to use as background patterns. You'll be needing some watermark ink, embossing powder and a heat tool.
Now start stamping your pattern on a strip of cardstock. I used white embossing powder because I wanted it to stand out against the colors I'm planning on adding in. If you miss any parts with your stamp and watermark ink, you can always follow it up with an embossing pen. It's the exact same thing, except it's in pen form.
You're going to need a craft mat for this part.
The more water you add the lighter the color will be. Now use a water brush to pick up your ink and start coloring in your pattern.
You can dry the portion you just colored in with your heat gun to make sure it won't mix with your second color. Make sure you heat up your heat tool before you apply it onto your strip of cardstock. It will lessen any warping.
For this tutorial image I used a darker shade of Peacock Feathers so that the image is more visible in the photo. But for my actual strip, I used more water to dilute the ink and make it lighter.
Set your patterned strip aside to dry or use a heat tool to speed it up. While it's drying, you can pick out any images/dies you want to use to build a scene for your card.
Start building your card by placing your individual images/dies onto your card. You should move things around and find the best composition that is well balanced. Don't forget to add your sentiment.
Lastly, trim off the parts that are hanging off the sides of the card that you don't want included in your final project.
Then attach to a card base.
Make sure you adhered the different elements of your card at different heights. It will give wonderful dimension to your card.
There you go! Watercolor resist using Distress Inks and Markers. Why don't you give it a try? :) Thanks for stopping by today! I'll be back again soon with another tutorial for you!
Happy National Scrapbook Day! In this post, I'm focusing on wood veneer, one of my current favorites! You can add these awesome finds to layouts, mini albums, or cards. Use your creativity!
I have a couple of fun ways you can transform plain wood veneer into new, interesting embellishments.
Here are some supplies you can pull out to dress up your wood veneer.
Don't forget your favorite washi tapes, wood veneer, precision cutting tool, and filing tools.
To start, cover your wood veneer with washi tape. Washi tape is very forgiving, so have fun!
What if one piece of tape will not cover the wood veneer completely, like photographed above? No problem! Simply line up another piece of washi tape making sure that the patterns match up. You could also use the washi adhesive sheets in the store! They'd be awesome for these speech bubbles. It's up to you!
Using your precision knife, trim off the excess washi tape. I like to flip the wood veneer over so I can see where I need to cut.
After trimming, use a filing tool to even out all the edges.
Here's the finished washi covered wood veneer. Isn't it so cool! Just think of all the pattern possibilities!! You can definitely use it as-is or take it a step further (see next step)!
Using acrylic paint, I'm painting a black strip over the washi tape. Why? You'll see...
Speaking of painting, don't forget that you can alter your wood veneer by simply painting them...any color. You can use your spray mists, too!
Like to stamp? I do, too. So, how about heat embossing a sentiment on this speech bubble?! The cool thing about heat embossing is that you can add just about any color to the stamping process. I'm using gold embossing powder on my projects. Check them out below!
On my first card, I heat embossed "hello" onto a painted wood veneer speech bubble.
The result is so elegant and professional.
For my next card, it's a clean and simple design, but ever-so-striking. The striped washi tape pops along with the heat embossed sentiment.
I just love how you can transform wood veneer so easily with just some washi tape, paint, and embossing powder.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your supplies out and transform those wood veneer embellishments in your stash now! You can use any wood veneer shape you have, but the speech bubbles work great on cards and layouts I think!
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