Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Tim Holtz, Grunge Labels, and a Lot of Inky Fun

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Grunge Distress Ink Oxide

I've been creating my own ephemera, and other grungy items, for use at a later date. In this post I'm showing how I made sticker labels. This is a great way to use your stamp stash. I even pulled out a few holiday sets with stamps that could be used generically. Most of the stamps I used are still available, but a few are long out of print, including ones where I no longer have the original packaging (this was before I had a blog!). I have two butterfly/moth stamps, one from an old Sizzix set with four figures vertically on it, but the other, with three figures horizontally, was a single in my collection. It looks like Stampers Anonymous but I have no idea where I got it, or if it was part of a set or not. However I have seen similar butterfly/moths in other current Stampers Anonymous sets.

To isolate the single figures (butterfly or moth), I masked parts of the stamp using Post-it Notes or just inked carefully (using a stamp shammy if I got some where I didn't want it). For the small labels (photo further below), I used a stamp platform and home-made positioner from clear recycled plastic packaging.

Check out the glorious mess I made while creating these labels.

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Distress Ink Oxide

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Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Grunge Labels Distress Oxide Ink

Making the Labels

1. Start with a large sticker sheet (I'll discuss the small labels further below). Use an ink blending brush or blending tool (preferably with a domed applicator) to cover the page with Old Paper Distress Ink or other light ink that will give the paper an aged look. I used a blending brush first then dabbed and blended heavier areas using a blending tool and domed foam.

2. On a craft mat or plastic packaging, spray Distress Stain one color at a time, mixing with some water if desired (I wanted the colors to be lighter so I did add water). I used Speckled Egg, Antique Linen, and Vintage Photo. Break up ink by running your fingers or other tool through it. I used the end of a paint brush. Dab stickers into the droplets, creating splatters over the labels - quickly dry with heat tool. If you do not dry between dabs, the stains may interact with each other and/or bleed; this happened to me with Speckled Egg, creating undesirable color rings and bleeds.

3. Stamp! Note: more specific supplies are listed at the bottom of the post. Use butterflies, moths, other bugs, mushrooms, numbers, signatures, labels, seals, text for background, etc. I mostly used Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stamps but also used a variety of my other stamps. It was fun digging through my stash for little treasures! On some labels, I first stamped background text using Distress Oxide Vintage Photo, on others I didn't. I wanted a variety of looks. Sometimes I stamped words or numbers up the sides of labels. When using my larger stamps, I often masked off the label edges using Post-it Notes, although you can allow stamps to go over two labels if you like that look (I only did this with a label stamp; I then stamped numbers inside each half). I also used Post-it Notes to mask parts of a stamp I didn't want inked or I used a corner of the ink pad to selectively ink the stamp, removing any excess with a stamp shammy. For most of the stamping I used either VersaFine or VersaFine Clair ink to get the cleanest images but when I wanted the stamp to fade more into the background, I used Distress Oxide Vintage Photo. Note: VersaFine ink is being replaced by VersaFine Clair ink. I still have some of the older VersaFine ink pads - I will replace them as they wear out.

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stampers Anonymous Labels

To create the smaller labels (above), I used similar techniques. I didn't add the splats though; I may go back and add them later but for now I've left them off. I used a stamp platform (e.g. Tim HoltzMisti) with a positioner I made using recycled plastic packaging. I cut the packaging to fit the platform. I put the top of a label sheet near the bottom of the stamp platform, up against the side, then lined up the stamps on a row of labels and picked them up with the door of the stamp platform. I did 4 at a time since there are 4 labels in each row, changing them out once in a while.

I put the plastic packaging in the top corner of the positioner, inked up the stamps and stamped on the packaging, being careful not to touch the images once stamped. I aligned the labels underneath to make sure the images were centered; if not, I repositioned the stamp, wiped off the ink from the positioner, and tried again. Once aligned, remove the positioner (careful not to touch the inked images), re-inked the stamps, then stamped.

To do the next row, replace the positioner and move up the labels so they align. You can change colors of ink as desired. When replacing a stamp, you will have to clean its image from the positioner and re-stamp it. Use masking and other techniques as mentioned above as desired.

Here's a look at the finished large sheet of labels. There's another close up at the bottom of this post.

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Grunge Labels VersaFine Clair

Supplies

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Grunge Labels Distress Ink Oxide



Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Bella's Birthday Card by Wild Rose Studio


I have several Wild Rose Studio stamps but haven't really made much with them yet. This one is an image of Bella, a sweet little elephant. The company also makes matching papers. I used one of the patterned sheets for this card but they have a couple sheets featuring Bella as well (I can easily see myself hoarding these). I am also trying out my QOR watercolors for the first time (other than just making swatches). The colors are very intense. They tended to stain the paper (Arches Hot Press) so lifting was difficult - not sure if this was due to the watercolor, the paper itself, or the combo. I'll be doing some more testing!

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Making the Card

1. Cut pink cardstock to 7 x 10 inches; fold in half to form a 5 x 7 card base.

2. Cut watercolor paper to about 4 1/2 inch square. Stamp Bella's Birthday in the center with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. Let dry completely and/or heat set. Watercolor image. I used QOR watercolors.

3. Die cut watercolored image using largest MFT Inside/Out Stitched Square (or other stitched square die... be sure to measure it for mat). Cut blue cardstock mats: 4 3/4 x 6 1/8 inches and 4 x 4 inches (i.e. 1/8 inch larger than your stitched die). Cut Bella's Birthday patterned paper with dotted circles 4 5/8 x 6 inches. Adhere patterned paper to 4 3/4 x 6 1/8 inch blue cardstock. Adhere watercolored image to other (be sure to use strong tape, especially if the image warped). Hint: if the paper warped a lot, you may lightly mist on the back, place face down on a craft mat, and place weights on the back (I used my acrylic block and a book on top of that). Cover balloon in Glossy Accents. Add Wink of Stella to butterfly wings.


4. Punch butterfly from white cardstock. Watercolor in same colors as butterfly in watercolored image. Use a black marker (e.g. Memento Tuxedo Black) to add details as shown. Be sure to go around the edges from the back side with the brush tip. Color wing areas with Wink of Stella.

5. From pink cardstock, die cut two copies of "happy birthday" using Sizzix Celebration Words: Script dies. You may cut more if you would like a thicker stack. Line up and glue the like words together in a stack. Ink the bottoms using Memento Rose Bud ink and an ink blending tool. Follow up with VersaColor Baby Blue at the bottoms of the letters.  Cover with Wink of Stella. Coat with Glossy Accents.

6. Adhere red satin ribbon around matted patterned paper where shown. Adhere to card base. Adhere matted watercolored image to card base, using dimensional tape, as shown. Glue letters to ribbon as shown. Carefully bend each side butterfly wing slightly up (try to leave the body flat). Glue butterfly where shown.


Supplies
  • Cardstock: Blue, Pink, White
  • Patterned Paper: Bella's Birthday 6x6 Paper Pack (Wild Rose Studio PP035)
  • Stamp: Bella's Birthday
  • Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Rose Bud, VersaColor Baby Blue
  • Ink Blending Tool
  • Marker: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Watercolors: QOR (Phthalo Blue - Green Shade, Ultramarine Blue, Dioxazine Purple, Quincridone Magenta, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Purrole Red Light, Transparent Pyrrole Orange, Indigo, Paynes Gray), Winsor & Newton Gouache Ivory Black
  • Brushes: 2 (Travel), 4, 8 Black Velvet by Silver Brush Ltd.
  • Watercolor Paper: Arches Hot Press
  • Dies: Die-Namics Inside/Out Stitched Squares (My Favorite Things MFT-850) or other stitched square dies, Sizzix Celebration Words: Script (660223)
  • Punch: Martha Stewart 3-in-1 Butterfly
  • Glossy Accents
  • Wink of Stella
  • Red Satin Ribbon
  • Dimensional Tape
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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Tim Holtz Distress Bloom Cards with Texture Paste


Tim Holtz Distress Ink Oxide Brushstroke Flowers

I love the light textures and soft distressed look of these cards. Be sure to check out the photos below to see more of the texture paste, which shows much better when the light is coming from above. I was inspired by some of the makers from the Tim Holtz team as well as the man himself. I haven't had much time to create in the past year or so. I finally tried breaking up creating into shorter sessions. On one day I made some of my own distressed cardstock in different colors - red, green, yellow - to have on hand for die cutting at a later date. On another day I sat in front of the TV and did some die cutting and gluing. Finally, I spent some time in my craft room creating the backgrounds above, then put together my cards!

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Making the Cards

I created two cards at the same time. Although they are similar, the do have slight differences - the biggest difference being how I did the sentiment on each card. I cut out the word "THANKS" from the label for one sentiment and used the letters themselves as the sentiment on the other card.

1. You will create three distress backgrounds for the flowers, one each in red, green, and yellow. Be sure to vary each one across its sheet so you may die cut different shades in the next step. To do this, start by using a blending tool to ink up 3 half sheets of White Heavystock with various shades of red, green, or yellow Distress Inks - one sheet per color but several ink colors per sheet (or just vary the amount so you get lighter and darker shades). Splatter each with water, dab with paper towel to create lighter splats. Using one color at a time, tap ink pad(s) on craft sheet, spray with water, break up by running your fingers through it to create droplets, then tap paper into it. Dry with heat tool and repeat. You may do each step again until you get a very distress background with varied areas of each color.



2. Using Bloom Colorize dies, cut two sets of roses from different areas of the red distressed background. I used the lighter areas for the upper layers on everything. Similarly, die cut two sets of flower buds from yellow and leaves from green. Assemble as shown then set aside.

3. Cut light pink cardstock into two 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch pieces (I actually used two different shades of light pink because I had scraps); fold in half to create two 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card bases. Set these aside for now. For the backgrounds, cut two pieces of light pink cardstock to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches (these will be cut down another 1/4 inch later, although you can start with the smaller size if you don't want to cut them down after inking, etc.).

4. Optional: stamp backgrounds with Picket Fence Distress Ink using Stampers Anonymous Scrollwork stamps. Dry with heat tool. This will give it a very subtle pattern below the stenciling.

5. Using a blending brush, lightly ink over opposite areas with a light pink Distress Ink or Distress Oxide Ink such as Tattered Rose or Spun Sugar. See photos. Do the same on the reverse areas with a light blue ink such as Tumbled Glass or Speckled Egg. You are just creating a light color as the base for the next step.

6. Using a blending brush, ink small random sections through Mini Set 49 Layering Stencil THMS148 in similar pink and blue colors but in slightly darker shades (or heavier application). Note: I extended the blue area over to where I planned to put the die cut "THANKS" later. Optional: splatter same color Distress Stains across the backgrounds.

7. Using Field Notes stamps, stamp in various areas using contrasting or slightly darker Distress Inks.

8. Apply texture paste through Gothic Layering Stencil to random sections. Set aside to dry.

9. Using oval label from Vintage Labels, apply Speckled Egg Distress Archival Ink by tapping gently over label die (cutting side), making sure to cover it well. Place a piece of pink cardstock, larger than label die, onto cutting pad. Carefully place inked die on pink cardstock making sure ink only touches once and does not shift; temporarily tape in place, then die cut. Arrange the letters THANKS from Alphanumeric Label dies onto the edge of a Post-it note or washi tape, cutting side up, making sure they are straight. I only put the bottom half on the tape to make it easier to center on the label. Line up on die cut label and run through die cutting machine, making sure to keep the letters.

10. Trim backgrounds to 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches. Adhere to card bases. Adhere flowers and label to one card as shown. Adhere flowers and letters to other card as shown.