Thursday, July 12, 2012

Playing with Stamp2Cut

Stamp2Cut is finally out and after some initially disappointing results I have got it working very smoothly. 

The butterflies were cut from one stamp as pieces so I position them as I wanted and make it multi-dimensional. I wanted to try out just the Summer Seasonal Distress Ink palette.

Umbrella Man is one of the most iconic Tim Holtz images and here I've layered him over a debossed metallic background. It was coloured with alcohol ink and the I used steel wool to remove the ink from the raised areas.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

CC2C Week 5 and SSS&S Anything Goes

My entry in Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge Week 5-shattered stains, and Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes challenge. I used a lot more than just the shattered stains technique on this tag. Make sure you view it at full size so you can see the detail on the heart and wings (Right click, Open Link in New Tab). The findings are standard Ideaology, the background is tissue wrap colored with a dabber and the new Spring Seasonal Distress Inks.

Monday, April 30, 2012

CC2C Week 3 Marbled Stains

A bit early for the 4th of July, but I thought I'd try the CC2C Seasonal Stains challenge with just a few colours, three in this case to see how it came out. The background words were done with Pumice Stone distress ink. I like the contrast of the marbled background with the sharpness of the Statue of Liberty image.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

CC2C Week 1 Custom Foam Stamps

My entry in the Week 1 of the Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge: Custom Foam Stamps. The trick I used here was to stamp using Matte Multi-Medium over the Distress Ink Marker coloured butterflies. This acts as a resists, and I then coloured the background with a variety of Distress Inks. Add some spritz-and-flick, an Archival Ink stamped sentiment and some distressing around the edges.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Dream Tag

This week's Simon Says Stamp and Show is Show a Tim Holtz Technique. I first made the flower by gluing some tissue wrap to grunge paper and then die cutting. I coloured with Alcohol Inks since tissue wrap has a slightly "waxy" finish it takes water based inks only very lightly. I applied some Distress Stickles on account of I made this on Monday when the latest Extreme Stickling episode came out.

The tag was made by spraying a Kraft tag with Ink Refreshers and then crumpling. Background was coloured with Distress Stains, then highlighting Brushed Cordoroy Distress ink and some Perfect Pearls. Stamped image using Olive Archival Ink

Sunday, April 8, 2012

12 Tags of 2012 April

A fun little tag from Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2012 April edition. I made some modifications from his original: The musical notes reflections background, and the Philosophy "listen" tag instead of a word stick.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 10

Rock Candy Distress Stickles

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 9

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 9
Perfect Distress Mist 
Perfect Distress
Perfect Distress Splatter

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 8

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 8
Paint Dabber Resist
Crackle Paint Resist
Shattered Stains

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 7

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 7
Nostalgic Batik 
Rusted Enamel
Distress Powder

Monday, March 26, 2012

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 6

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 6
Watercoloring with Markers 
Blending with Markers
Stamping with Markers

Friday, March 23, 2012

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 5

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 5
Stained Kraft Resist
Stamping with Stains
Marbled Stains

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 4

Creative Chemistry101 Day 4
Watercoloring with
Layered Misting
Custom Stamp Pad

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 3

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 3 - Archival Ink
Alcohol Ink Agate
Archival Resist
Stamping with Reflections

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 2

Tags for Day 2 of Tim Holtz's Creative Chemistry 101
Blended Distress/Spritz &
Brushless Watercolor
Wrinkle-Free Distress

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Inexpensive Ranger and Sizzix Storage

Being highlighted for my Stickles and acrylic dabber storage over on the Ranger Blog, as well as Tim's recent video about his storage cases has inspired me to document how I use plastic storage to store a large amount of Ranger and Sizzix product in a relatively compact fashion. I'm pragmatic, and cheap, when it comes to my storage so I use various plastic fishing tackles and storage boxes. Here's what I've found to work best for various sizes of Ranger products.

First up are boxes from Plano Molding, usually known for their fishing tackle storage solutions, though they have a craft line as well. It's the same box just with different colour latches. I use the 37xx series, which are all 14"x9" with varying heights and internal configurations, so they are perfect for stacking.
The 3700 (not available in the craft line) is perfect for Ranger embossing powders. It will hold 26 per container, and is absolutely the right height.

The 3780 is 2.8" tall and will hold 30 Distress Crackle jars.
The 3730 is 3.25" tall. That is the perfect height for Alcohol Ink bottles, as well as Pigment and Archival (new 1/2 oz. style) reinkers. As you can see, it will hold all 50+ alcohol ink bottles with ease. The rest of the space is Pigment Ink re-inkers. The alchol inks are arranged by earthtone/light/bright shades. In total, it  will hold 70+ bottles.

I also use Really Useful Boxes for storage. In the US you can find these at Office Depot. One issue I have  with their line is that the sizes vary wildly and so they don't stack well at all between different sizes. Still, I have found some to be idea; for storing Ranger products.
The 2.1L size holds all 2oz spray bottles, including Adirondack Color Wash and Perfect Peals Mists. You can fit 14-15 bottles per box.
It is also idea for storing Distress Stains, and dabbers as well since those are both shorter than the sprayers. You can fit around 20 Distress Stains per box.

Once nice thing is that because the stain bottles don't come all the way up to the top, you can stack the boxes on top of each other without putting the top on each one. You can't do then when using them for 2oz. spray bottles

Lastly, the 6.5L size, will hold 18 Sizzix Bigz dies with the lid on, 20 without the lid.