Monday, April 29, 2019

Simple tag with stencil embellishment

I’m using three Art-C products in this fast and easy pair of tags.    I began with three tags from the Tea-stained tags collection.  Both sides of the tags are decorated.  The backs have a nice tea-stain treatment which is a great surface within itself.   I used one of the image stencils from the Art-C adhesive stencil/arrow/feather  to decorate the tag. The stencils had just the right amount of stickiness to adhere to the tag without tearing the paper — the adhesive allows the stencil to make a nice clean print.  I dabbed the stencil with acrylic paint and a paint dabbler from Brea Reese.    I dotted the dried image with a Paint Writer in chalk white  .  I love these little tubes — they deliver just the right consistency of smooth paint for linear lines or dots.  The tag is ready to add your images, washi tape or collage bits.  I think the neutral background is just perfect to pop your hand-colored images!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Tag concertina

This tiny tag concertina is a fast little make that can be tucked in an envelope along with a greeting for that extra surprise and smile.    
To create:
1. Wet watercolor paper with a brush or spritz with water. 
2.  Brush on Brea-Reese glitter ink. The micro glitter sparkles leaves a nice shimmer (which is hard to detect in the photographs). 
3. Experiment with wet on wet, dripping more ink on wet areas.  
4. Add highlights by dipping  a clean brush and plain water.  The plain water will “erase” or lighten the color.
5. Allow drying time. Use a die cut or a tag punch to make tags.  Position your punch to capture the most interesting part of your painting.   
6.  Add your stamped or digistamp images and some text.  Attach the tags with strips of washi tape or scrapbook paper strips with a glue stick. 

Create a stack of tags for later use.  Can also be cute as gift tags, hang tags on wine bottles or attached to a cellophane bag of goodies.  

Friday, April 19, 2019

Who doesn’t love a llama?

Today’s CAS (clean and simple) card features our llama from the whimsical Llama and Giraffe set.  The background and misty mauve paper matting is from one of my very favorite paper pads from ART-C.  The 6 x 6 card stock pad is called “office” with a wonderful assortment of vintage looking office like papers. The neutral tones and subtle textures work well when featuring a hand colored digi stamp.  

The llamas are colored with Copic markers ands mounted on the card with raised glue dots.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Alcohol Inks from Brea Reese

This square card was a total experiment with the Brea Reese Alcohol inks.  These super intense affordable inks are a fun medium for interesting backgrounds for your cardmaking.  I did not have any waterproof paper on hand so I took a gamble and used photo paper.  I was thrilled to see the colors mix and create this glaze-like layered effect.

My little chicks are from Vera Lane Studio’s Farm Animal set 2 .  The chicks are colored in COPIC markers and mounted on foam squares.  The stamp sticker is from K& Company.