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Monday, August 5, 2013

How to Use Watercolor Resist  

working with embossing powders

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!

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Fun with Wood Veneer 2 comments  


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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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

How To Make An Autumn Mini Garland  

stamping to create texture and dimension

fall mini garland by laura williams, for acherryontop.com

I don't have lots of wall-space to hang a fabulous GIANT autumn garland, but I thought a petite-sized garland made of these cute little triangle tags would be the perfect addition to a lamp,  hung above a picture frame or mirror, or even on a door.  As we create, I'll share some of my favorite techniques for creating this warm and cozy stamped project.


Supplies you'll need:

Autumn Clear Stamp Set of 6

Speckled Triangle Tags & Ties by Canvas Corp.

Sponge Dauber for Stenciling by Tsukineko 

fall-friendly inkpad colors (some of my favorites: Brown, Terra Cotta, Orange, Chestnut, Dark Moss


I LOVE this set of 6 little stamp sheets on sale in the store - and you can't BEAT the price. (For REAL! How have you NOT bought these yet!?)  I decided to make my garland autumn themed, but without too much focus on Halloween or Thanksgiving in particular - so that I can hang it up now, and leave it up through November.  

fall garland by laura williams, for acherryontop.com

I used the stamps and simply created 7 little triangle tags to string along.  Here are some techniques to try, while you play. 

Blending ink colors - to create a multi-colored image, start with the lightest color. In this case, I stamped the image in a terracotta color.  Then I tipped the edges of my stamp into a dark brown.  Now comes one of my favorite tools: a sponge dauber.  Use the dauber to gently dab over the stamp where the colors meet.  This will blend the colors together.  Then stamp on the triangle tag.  This technique works really well with solid images, like this leafy spray.

fall mini garland by laura williams, for acherryontop.com

The next technique I used to add to my triangle tag is along the edges. 

Distressing - drag, dab, or pull the cardstock edge along the ink pad to add this detail.  You'll find that different ink pads create different looks.  A different amount of pressure will also effect the look.  Play with some scrap paper and perfect YOUR favorite look.  

Faux sponging- After, and during the distressing, I also gently tapped sections of the tag flat onto the ink pad.  See that area in the top right corner? It almost looks like it was sponged, but it was just set down onto the inkpad.  Depending on the juiciness of your inkpad, this technique can get away from you easiy. . .so be VERY gentle!

fall mini garland by laura williams, for acherryontop.com

Distressing times 2 - After distressing the edges with the mustard color, I decided to add a little more, and go over it again with dark brown.  I also added a few extra stamped leaves to finish off the tag.  Using a dark color along the edges will add extra drama and help "finish off" the look. 

I used these techniques on all of the tags I stamped.  Each one is a little different, and I used lots of images from this stamp set, including some of the great autumn words.  I used a few different colors on the tags, but each tag has mustard and dark brown.  This adds some consistency and allows the project to flow cohesively.

fall mini garland by laura williams, for acherryontop.com

As a finishing touch to each tag, I tied a bow using the twine included with the Canvas Corp. tags.

fall mini garland by laura williams, for acherryontop.com

I used an extra length of twine from my stash,  to string the tags up, and then they were ready to hang!  The Canvas Corp Tags & Ties come in a variety of shapes and colors, and any one of them would be adorable to complete this project with! (Or maybe one for each season!)

Happy FALL!

fall mini garland by laura williams, for acherryontop.com

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Getting the Most From Your Stamps

5 tried and true ideas you can use TODAY!

Stamps are an investment.  We buy them because they seem like a long-lasting, worthwhile, crafty purchase. We justify the expense, promising ourselves that we will get tons of use from them and they'll be super practical. And guess what? That is completely tru...

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Embossing Techniques For Stamping 2 comments

Dry and Heat Embossing Crop Class

Heat Embossing

Step 1- choose your stamp, ink  and embossing powder. I always use pigment ink, because it takes a little longer to dry. This gives you time to get your embossing powder onto your image before it dries. I also try to make sure ...

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Stamping Inks for Scrapbookers

If you’d like to explore using acrylic and rubber stamps  for embellishing your scrapbook pages, it’s important to understand how to select the right ink for your projects. Just by changing the type of ink you use, you can create several different looks with the ...
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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Rubber Stamp Scrapbook Ideas

Rubber stamps can add a wealth of embellishment possibilities to your scrapbooking projects. These trendy stamps are available from popular manufacturers such as Inque Boutique


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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Stamping Tips and Techniques for Scrapbookers

Rubber stamping and scrapbooking are wonderful complementary paper crafts. Stamping provides a convenient and affordable way to accent many different types of scrapbooking projects.

Getting Started

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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Acrylic Stamping Basics 10 comments

Easy and quick techniques to enhance your acrylic stamps.

Acrylic stamps are everywhere these days.  Here are a few fun and easy techniques to add a little zest to your acrylic stamping.



First of all, most stamps come with some sort of cover.  Simil...

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Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Basic Chalking: Color Your World!

Use this techinique to fill your pages with color ...

If you’ve never tried chalking, then you are missing out on the versatility of a very basic and inexpensive tool!  Chalking is a great way to add depth to your work by creating shadows, highlighting borders or accenting certain features.  When shoppin...

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Monday, January 31, 2005

Embossing on Acrylic

... an easy way to add texture to your layouts!

by Patti White, February 2005

Embossing is a fun & easy project that may be used to enhance your layouts, cards, tags, and just about anything else.  With all of the embossing powders and glitters available on the market today, it is limitless as to ...

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