Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Subtractive Masking Technique

Here's a fun tutorial I had in the March issue of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine. Grab your alcohol inks and clear acrylic and get ready to play!

Apply 2-3 different colors of alcohol ink to the applicator and apply ink to surface. Tip: Leftover plastic clamshell containers are an economical alternative to store bought acrylic pieces.

Ink stamp well with StazOn and stamp image onto surface.

Tip: This technique offers better results if the ink pad is freshly inked. A wetter ink pad equals more ink on the stamp thus allowing a longer drying time.

Using a damp cloth, quickly wipe away the stamped image. The StazOn will "lift" the alcohol ink from the surface revealing a blank background. Tip: If any alcohol ink remains in the stamped area, re-ink your stamp and carefully re-stamp the image in the same spot and quickly wipe away the image. The larger the stamped area the more difficult it will be to remove the alcohol ink.

Flip piece over so the inked side is now facing the table. Using a gold pen, outline all edges.

Using Stickles, outline the revealed area where the image was stamped and set piece aside to dry.

Take a small amount of Flowersoft and place in a small bowl. Add a few drops of alcohol ink and mix the ink into the Flowersoft. Tip: if you don't have Flowersoft, you can make it yourself. Take a piece of Styrofoam and grate it using a cheese grater. It's super messy to make but gives the same effect.

Once the Stickles has dried, stamp vine image under the bird. Tip: this step is only to help me visualize where to place the glossy accents in the next step. If you are able to visualize the placement, this step can be omitted.
Cover the stamped vine with Glossy Accents.

Cover the Glossy Accents with the colored Flowersoft and set piece aside to dry. Once dry, add sentiment and final embellishments. Tip: Take the leftover Flowersoft and place in a small plastic bag for use on other projects.

Finish the piece by embellishing with the flowers and a butterfly.

I have tried this technique on glass and metal and it produces the same great results as it does on acrylic.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and I'd love to see your creations with this technique!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Time for me to share a couple of ATC's that were in the February issue of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine. If you haven't tried your hand at making these, you really should. It'a a great way to release your creative energy. It's also the perfect medium to try out new techniques due to their small size, 2 1/2 in by 3 1/2 in.

I absolutely love how this one turned out. The background was masked with a Heidi Swapp mask, then painted with watercolor paints. Once the paint was dry, I just continued adding different stamps.

For the second ATC, I have a vision of a corset being laced up, which easily translated to ink and paper. Add in a bit of watercolor paint for the background and heat embossing for the chipboard elements, and I think my vision turned out very well.

I hope you've enjoyed your visit here today!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Cupcake Shaped Treat Holder

Is this not the cutest thing you have seen! I just love how this turned out! It was in the February issue of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.

A treat holder like this would be perfect for birthday parties! And it was super easy to make. The base of the card was made using a Tim Holtz die. I simply cut the rosette four times and then adhered each one on top of the other, staggering the layers.

The top portion of the cupcake is made using a Styrofoam ball in half. Each of the cardstock circles is attached to the Styrofoam using a straight pin.

And the candle was made using cardstock and rolling into a tight roll, adding a piece of twine for the wick, and then adding a few drops of glossy accents to mimic melting wax.

I hope you've enjoyed your visit today!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Dos Tarjetas

In other words, two cards! Both of these cards were in the February issue of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine. Both of these were made with Fancy Pants paper and rub-ons. This line of paper was perfect for a few grungy, both themed cards.

I hope you've enjoyed these cards and maybe they've inspired a bit of creativity for you.
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