Trying out Hero Arts Ombre Inks

ShereenAftab

ShereenAftab

I’m Shereen, married to Aftab and mother of two grown up children. I’ve been a doctor, a business woman, a stay at home Mom and finally doing what I love best which is ‘making pretty things’.
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Today I’m sharing with you a card and tag which were stamped using the new Hero Arts ombre Ink.

The Ombre Inkpads have a gradient of ink color. For this project I used the ‘Pool to Navy’ Inkpad.

For this card I die-cut Memory Box ‘Fairyland Butterflies’ from a piece of cardstock that I had painted with various shades of blue and green distress paints. I love this die. The butterflies can be cut apart if required. I used one complete diecut and 2 butterflies from a partial diecut.

I stamped the sentiment using ‘Pool to Navy’ Ombre Ink. It went perfectly with the butterflies.

I embossed white cardstock using ‘Foundry’ embossing folder by Cuttlebug. I cut a        2.5 x 5 inch piece from the embossed cardstock and gold embossed the edge using Versamamrk and gold embossing powder. I then adhered this piece to the front of the stamped card leaving half inch border on the left, top and bottom. Next I arranged and stuck the butterfly dicuts. Lastly I added some adhesive gold glittered embellishments to some of the butterflies.

For this tag I inked a hero arts silhouette stamp with the ‘Pool to Navy’ ink and stamped the image on white cardstock and cut around it to make a tag. I gold embossed the edges of the tag. I matted a Tim Holtz ‘Small Talk’ Sticker on a piece of gold cardstock and adhered it to the tag. Lastly I added a loosely formed bow of seam binding that I had dyed using evergreen bough and seedless preserves distress stain sprays and added a Webster’s Pages sparkler on top.

Some products used in this project

  

  

  

 

Guest Designer: Erum

Saba Musharrif

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I am an avid "craft-er" who loves working with different mediums, and experimenting with new techniques.
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With great joy, we introduce you to our Guest Designer for June;

Erum Tasneem!

Erum is extremely talented, and her work has been a source of inspiration for many paper crafters. She was the winner of our “Stenciling” challenge, and we are delighted to have her as Guest Designer for June.

Here is the awesome card she created for us, to share, with all of you.

My card is fairly CAS. I have used several colors of distress inks to create a rainbow watercolor background. Added a bit of shimmer to the background which is visible in person. I kept my diecut butterflies plain except for the ones I wanted to be the focal point and adhered the negatives slightly offset. I chose a solid sentiment stamp to add some contrast to the design and heat embossed it to make it look dark and bold. – Erum

You can see more of her projects at Vibgyor Krafts.

To enter your project into the challenge visit our blog, and for craft supplies hop over to our webstore!

Happy Crafting!

Technique Post: Smooshing

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Saba Musharrif

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Our third challenge, “No Flowers” is live, and we are looking forward to your amazing projects.

In the craft world, water colors are the in thing these days, and today Amna shows you how to create these, seemingly water color style, awesome backgrounds, using distress inks. Ladies and gentlemen we introduce you to the “Smooshing” technique!

Hoping it helps you, or inspires you to create something new.

You can purchase distress inks or other craft supplies and tools at our webstore.

Happy Crafting!

PS: don’t forget to visit us next week for our Guest Designer post! (Can you guess who our guest designer is, this month?)

A Cheerful Birthday Card

ShereenAftab

ShereenAftab

I’m Shereen, married to Aftab and mother of two grown up children. I’ve been a doctor, a business woman, a stay at home Mom and finally doing what I love best which is ‘making pretty things’.
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Today I’m sharing a card that I made using some elements that resulted from a week of playing with Distress Paints.

This Penny Black image was stamped with Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry Distress Paints. I loved the result and wanted to use it in a project.

I used the new Word Blocks thinlits by Tim Holtz. I painted a strip of white cardstock with Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry Distress Paints and then diecut Happy and Birthday words from it. As you can see you get 2 sets of words, A negative word block and also individual letters. For this card I adhered the negative blocks to a backing piece of white cardstock.

I used ‘Scrolling Background’ die from Poppystamps to cut the background from a piece of cardstock painted with the same distress paints. I highlighted the edges of the stamped piece with the Picked Raspberry paint dabber.

I assembled the elements on a white 5″x7″ card. I first adhered the diecut background piece to the front of the card followed by the stamped piece. The sentiments were added with dimensional foam. Finally I added a couple of ‘distress washi’ pieces and pink rhinestones to the card.

Some products used in this project.

    

 

 

Stamping with Distress Paints; The Conclusion

ShereenAftab

ShereenAftab

I’m Shereen, married to Aftab and mother of two grown up children. I’ve been a doctor, a business woman, a stay at home Mom and finally doing what I love best which is ‘making pretty things’.
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For the last few days I have been experimenting with Distress Paints. One pleasant surprise was how well you can stamp with these paints altering the process a little bit depending on the stamp used and the surface to be stamped on.

Acrylic paints generally are thick, dry very quickly and stamping with these doesn’t work very well. These are not suitable for detailed stamps. One other issue when stamping with an acrylic paint is cleaning the stamp afterwards. These paints tend to stick to the stamp very determinedly and are difficult to remove.

Distress paints on the other hand are not as thick and have a reasonable open time meaning they do not dry as quickly as other acrylic paints. I tried stamping with these paints on different surfaces with and without the addition of water. These paints are water reactive while still wet.

For these images I applied paints directly to the stamp and misted the stamp with a single spritz of water.

For the row of tulips paints were applied to the stamps and the image stamped without any water addition. You can see the difference between the butterfly image, which has a transparent watercolor like look, and the stamped tulips where the image is opaque.

Here I applied paint to a detailed stamp with a swiping motion as opposed to dabbing so the paint does not overflow into the crevices. I stamped the image onto white cardstock. I was thrilled to see the result. Much of the detail was preserved and the colors so vivid.

These was paint left on the stamp and it was still wet so I spritzed it with water a single time and stamped onto white cardstock to get the image on the left in the above picture. There was still plenty of detail but the colors became softer. Another spritz and stamping yielded the image on the right which has a watercolor look to it.

Next I stamped onto Kraft card and this is where opacity of the distress paints comes in handy. The colors showed up great on the kraft background and details of the images were preserved as seen in case of the text stamp.

I painted this piece of cardstock with distress paints. Once dry I stamped an image using black soot distress paint. The image is completely opaque in some areas but the background color shows a little bit in other parts.

I stamped on black cardstock with distress paints. Images are not completely opaque. When I tried to get a more opaque image by dabbing on more paint on the stamp (image on far right), it obscured the image details.

I tried stamping on canvas. Swiping the dabber across the stamp gave the result on the left; Dabbing it on the stamp gave the image on the right.

All in all I loved stamping with distress paints except in situations when completely opaque image is required on a dark colored background.

Hope you find today’s post useful.

Stencils and Distress Paints.

ShereenAftab

ShereenAftab

I’m Shereen, married to Aftab and mother of two grown up children. I’ve been a doctor, a business woman, a stay at home Mom and finally doing what I love best which is ‘making pretty things’.
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Distress Paints work great with stencils. You get more time to work with these paints as they do not dry too quickly. These paints also come off the stencils rather easily. In a previous post I shared with you some pictures demonstrating stenciling with distress paints on white/ manilla cardstock. Today I experimented with stenciling on kraft and black cardstock.

I used a ‘Dylusions’ stencil on an A4 sheet of black cardstock. I dabbed one color of paint through some part of the stencil and then applied another color before the first color dried. I continued dabbing different colors in a way that they overlapped in some areas and mixing in others creating a lovely brilliant palette when the stencil was removed.

I stamped a text stamp with gold ink randomly on the black stenciled sheet.

I cut the stenciled sheet into 4″x4″ squares and matted them onto gold cardstock before adhering them to the front of 4.5″x4.5″ off white top folding cards. I added distress paint stamped butterflies and sentiments to these cards. The sentiments are stickers from Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker book which i matted onto gold cardstock.

I repeated the stenciling process on Kraft cardstock. Texture was added using the same text stamp stamped with Watering Can archival ink by Ranger. In addition I highlighted the stenciled design by drawing with white pen around part of the design. Here are some cards that I made with the stenciled kraft sheet.

I added some fussy cut flowers that I had stamped with distress paints and some ‘distress painted washi’ to these cards. Sentiments are stickers from Tim Holtz ‘Chit Chat’ sticker book.

Some products used in this project.