I need your help. I am expanding our inventory further and I need to know what YOU want! I know that I personally tend to spend more on tools than disposable items such as charms and embellishments. I also buy a ton of inks and paints so I can have a large color palette to choose from. So, you tell me, what do you buy the most?
I managed to do two tags in a row. Wahoo! Below is my tag for July.
As always, I was missing many of the items necessary to duplicate Tim’s tag. I always try to make do with what I already have in my craft room because most of the time I can substitute items and even techniques. I made a video of the making of this tag. It just needs to be edited and I will add it to this post when that is done. I really enjoy doing these tags! Here’s a link to Tim’s tag and the tutorial : http://timholtz.com/12-tags-of-2015-july/
Here’s a few things that I did differently because I was missing supplies:
1. I used a different stamp set that had mini blue prints in it. Since I didn’t have the USA blueprint I decided to stamp it with some letters from one of my Tim Holtz stamp sets and add my own blueprint looking lines and arrows.
2. While I do sell the Distress Microglaze, I try not to take items that I have limited inventory on out of stock. (Which I am glad I didn’t because I am down to one as of this morning!) I had some wax laying around because I’ve been meaning to get in to encaustic wax painting. I had made my own encaustic wax using Damar Resin and Beeswax. I grabbed a chunk of wax and rubbed it over my stamped and colored images. I proceeded to watercolor over it hoping the wax layer would be sufficient. Apparently, it was too sufficient because I had rubbed all around the image and I ended up with more white background than colored background. At least now I know that is an option! I didn’t have much control over where the wax would be placed when I was rubbing with that solid block. I think that’s a good reason to get the Distress Microglaze as you will get more control with your placement. The microglaze is paste-like and you only need a tiny bit to cover and protect a space from water methods.
3. I do not own a sewing machine. I considered buying a small one for the craft room, but I am really trying to limit myself of larger tools that take up space. So, I just did faux stitching with a pen.
4. My embellishments are different. The number 4 is a grungeboard piece that I painted with a metallic distress paint. The little star is one that I had laying around, and I didn’t have any good charms to add to the top. I really wish I did because it looks a little empty up there.
5. For the spritzing, I had to make my own black marker. I applied some Black Soot ink onto an acrylic block and picked it up with my water brush. The water brush I have will not fit in the spritzer, so I had to hold it carefully and spritz. It ended up working well enough.
6. The crinkle ribbon technique had to be done differently too. I used some seam binding and ran the piece through an ink pad. It laid down the color just fine and it looks about the same in the end. I did have less control over the placement of the color though. If I had the Distress Markers, I would of had a more defined white space in the middle.
So, there’s the differences and how I overcome not having all of the supplies. I hope that might help some of you who are lacking supplies. Just try to think of another way to get it done with what you have. Thank you for stopping by!
Here’s my Tag for June of 2015. I don’t own the die set he used , so I cut my own. There were a few other items I was missing, but I think it came out cute!
Supplies Used that we currently have in stock:
Distress Ink Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean. Available in Mini Distress Ink Kit #2 along with Fired Brick and Seedless Preserves for the incredible low price of $5.59 (That’s nearly 50% off!).
Did you know that we have 75 different Ranger Products in stock right now?! To see them, click here !
Here’s the Youtube video tutorial of making this tag :
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you take part in the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 because it’s so much fun!
Today is so exciting! I finally got to post the new Lawn Fawn and Avery Elle for sale! You can be one of the first ones to have these awesome new stamp sets, dies, and inks!
Here’s some pictures (Unlike my previous posts, these are not clickable. To see what’s for sale, please click the links above.):
Check out all that awesome new stuff! There’s some really great new products here. Hurry and get them while they last! We have a limited inventory. Thank you for stopping by!
I’m so excited to announce that we now carry Avery Elle stamps! Avery Elle makes high quality photopolymer stamps in the United States. These stamps, much like the Lawn Fawn stamps we carry, are of the highest quality and will give you the best stamped images of any type of stamp. I first saw these stamps on YouTube and they immediately caught my eye for having great designs and fun phrases. I knew I had to carry them in the store. We also have their super handy Stamp and Die Storage Pockets. These plastic pockets make it easy to store your 4 x 6″ stamp sets and dies in a basket or CD holder. To see what we have for sale right now, click here. Avery Elle will be releasing new stamps on June 4th and we already have some in stock. So be sure to check out our Avery Elle section on June 4th!
ALSO , FOR A LIMITED TIME ALL AVERY ELLE AND LAWN FAWN ORDERS GET FREE SHIPPING!!
Here’s some listings we have up right now (click the picture to get to the listing):
I hope you saw something you like and thank you for stopping by!
We just got a shipment in last night of some of the newest products from Ranger.
Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions Paints are the perfect paint for art journaling. They are quick drying fluid paints that dry to a matte finish. They come in a nice wide mouth jar. Dyan has released youtube videos showing how to paint using baby wipes and create beautiful blending effects. After our 20% discount, you pay $3.99 per jar. There are 12 colors to choose from.
Next up, we have a new Tim Holtz release. Distress Micro Glaze is a water resistant sealer. It’s perfect for sealing off distress inks so you can continue wet methods on top without reactivating the distress inks below. You only need to buff on a little to protect the inks below. One jar is $6.79 after our 20% discount!
Tim Holtz demos it in this video :
Tim Holtz also came out with Distress Refresher Spray. If you have had your Distress Ink Pads, pens, or ink for a while now, they may have dried out a bit. Just spritz it with the refresher and get a nice juicy ink pad again. This refresher also works on other brands of water-based inks. $3.99 after 20% discount.
Another Tim Holtz release is the Distress It Yourself (DIY) ink pad. Now this one, I am very excited about. How cool is it that you can take your reinkers and make a custom ink pad?! You can take other brands of reinkers too! The pad includes a blank label on the top for indexing too. After our 20% discount, they are just $3.19.
Tim Holtz had been receiving requests from his fans to come out with the perfect sprayer for his fun water splatter methods. He came out with the Distress Sprayer. This is an empty sprayer that you fill with water to create spray effects. The cool thing about this particular sprayer is if you pull the trigger half way you will create water droplets. If you give it one swift pull, you will get a nice overall spray. The trigger also locks for worry free travel. After our 20% discount, it is $3.99.
That’s all the new products we got in this time, but don’t worry, we have plenty more on the way! Make sure to check back and see what fun new crafting items we have for you!
Over the course of the past few weeks Intoxicating Arts has released TWELVE new stencils. They are perfect for A2 sized cards, but the designs make them wonderful for art journaling. Especially if you like the Dyan Reaveley style of funky backgrounds. All of our stencils are 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″ and they are laser cut from .010″ thick laserpro plastic. That’s thicker than the industry standard of 8 mil mylar. These stencils are nice and durable. They work great with texture paste, gel medium, distress inks, acrylic paint, and pretty much whatever you want to use with them. With proper cleaning and care, they will last for a very long time. Below are the pictures of the new stencils. If you want to purchase any of them just click the picture. All of our stencils are just $3.99!
There they all are! I hope you saw something that you like. Speaking of Dyan Reaveley…we are getting her Dylusions Paints in on Friday along with some of the new Tim Holtz awesomeness!!! I am so excited to see these in person!
I made this Mother’s Day Card almost exactly how I did in my last post except I used a different technique and medium for the stenciling of the Floral Frame stencil. This one came out so much more vibrant because of this technique.
Here they are side by side:
You can see that by mixing the Distress Inks directly into a clear glossy medium, you will end up with vibrant results. Brushing the distress ink over the opaque Light Paste gave it more of a pastel effect. The card on the left did take significantly longer though. I had to mix each color individually and then carefully apply it through my stencil using a palette knife and masking off areas that I didn’t want a certain color in. For the card on the right, I just applied the Light Paste through the stencil , let it dry, and then brushed the Distress inks over top after placing the stencil back on to protect the surface underneath and keep the color just on the stenciled areas. I used the same Distress Ink colors except the green. I believe I used Peeled Paint for the card on the right.
For a list of supplies, please refer to my last post. Here’s the YouTube video of me making this card:
Thank you for stopping by!
I think I finally did it! I made a masculine Birthday card that is actually masculine looking! It seemed impossible, but I think this one qualifies. Most of us struggle with masculine cards because it goes against our femininity, but I think I found something that works. It’s a pretty simple formula and I’ll make sure to use it next time I need a masculine card. Here’s the formula:
1. Find a card sketch online. Any sketch will do, just make sure it’s somewhat geometric, not too busy, and obviously you don’t want flowers drawn in the sketch (well, actually you could just substitute flowers for cogs or gears if that’s the sketch you want)!
2. Pick a simple theme consisting of 3 main ideas and 2 colors, and STICK TO IT! I picked metal, gears, and stenciling. My two colors were silver and black with a white card base. You must keep this simple! It will help you to not over embellish or make the card too busy looking. Feminine cards look great with tons of layers. Just give men one main thing to be impressed with. My card design had a focal image which I decided would be the gears. That is enough.
3. Follow your card sketch. If you finish your card and you think it looks too plain or it needs “this there” or “that over there”, walk away from the card! When you come back in an hour or the next day, if you still think it doesn’t look good, add one thing to fix the problem spot. Not all card sketches are perfect, so you may be right and it needs something extra.
4. You can incorporate multiple techniques, just make sure they work together. I had to use embossing powder to make all of my gears the same color, so I used the same embossing powder on my stenciling. I decided to brush black ink on the edges of the card in a motion that matched the brushed metal on my tape.
5. Use more plain and simple sentiments. I mean both the style of the sentiment and the actual saying itself. If you have anything else you want to say, write it inside the card. The sentiments I used on this card were designed by me and I laser cut stencils so I could use them. I don’t know if I will post these for sale, but if you’re interested, just let me know and I will sell them.
I think those 5 tips should be pretty helpful the next time you need to make a masculine card. If I think of anymore, I will come back here and post them.
Here’s the card that I made:
I hope you found those tips helpful! Thank you for stopping by!
We have new Laser Cuts to celebrate Easter! The 5 new laser cuts that we have are all egg themed. This got me wondering, Where do eggs tie in to Easter anyways? From what I could find, there are actually multiple reasons. For Christians, it is supposed to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Christian Tradition also states that Mary Magdalene visited Emperor Tiberias and gave him a red egg as a symbol of the Resurrection. The egg is a symbol of new life and has been used in festivals before Jesus’ time. It is also said that it’s inherited from the symbols of the Norse Goddess Ostara who’s symbols are the egg and the hare. Both of which represent fertility.
I think that’s enough of a history lesson for now! Below you will find pictures and pricing for the new laser cuts. I you want to purchase any of them, just click on the picture!
I hope you saw something you like! I also hope to have enough time to release a few more before it gets too close to Easter! Thank you for stopping by!