Posts Tagged ‘Techniques’

Tuesday with Tara {take 233} Happy Hello

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

Happy Tuesday and happy New Year’s Eve! Today I’m sharing a project I’ve had set aside on the back-burner for a while. I created this in the midst of my fall & Christmas projects, when I still kinda had some summer inspiration hanging on. The cards are simple, and so is the technique, but I’ve got a bit of a step by step tutorial for you to finish of the year right 🙂

I used a mix of products here, but I’m focusing on the paper I made using some of the leaves & background images from the Toucan Paradise set by Concord & 9th.

I love the tropical leaves and other design elements on this set- it’s so much fun! Here’s where I wanted to share how I created the background, which is my own variation of the Joseph’s Coat Technique. Unfortunately, I’m having technical difficulties and getting this lovely little question mark instead of an image.

Once you’ve checked out my cards, please pop over to my personal blog for the quick tutorial on this technique 🙂

Here’s a look at the second card I made with my background paper!

I just love the colorful leaves against the muted background, hope you do too!

Inky hugs,

Tara

Retiform Technique with Gina K Designs

Saturday, December 21st, 2019

Good morning and happy Saturday!! Laurie here with you today to share an older technique with you. It’s called retiform which loosely means, resembling a net.

This is really easy to achieve. Let’s get started! All you need is a scrap piece of paper (can be cardstock or even typing paper), ink bending tool of choice, ink pad of choice, Post It notes and a stamp set. I’ve used the Elegant Asters Stamp Set from Gina K Designs. In fact, the inspiration for this card comes directly from her YouTube channel!!

Take your scrap of paper, lay it on top of your cardstock and ink blend along. You should start with an angle. Lay your paper mask down again and create a sunbeam or ray shape. Turn your card front 180 and do the same thing. You can see many different sections, some small, some large. I took the same Stormy Sky Distress Ink and VERY LIGHTLY blended over the entire card front to tone down the whiteness.

Take your Post It notes or whatever you prefer to mask each section. Painters tape works well, too! Each section is easy to mask. I used almost every image in the stamp set. Sometimes using more than one image per section.

I used Versafine Clair Ink in Nocture to do my stamping as I wanted a very crisp image with a single stamping. I think this is such a unique and pretty look!

The sentiment comes from the Inspiring Poppies Stamp Set, also from Gina K. I stamped it on a small circle die cut and created a frame using a couple of circle dies. The frame I inked up with the same Stormy Sky Ink. I foam mounted the panel as well as the sentiment circle onto a white, top fold card base.

I did not add any sort of embellishments as they would just get lost in that background. I hope you try this technique!

Thanks for dropping by today! Have a great day and see you soon!

Laurie

Nuvo Aqua Flow Watercolour Pens Review and Card

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Hello! Chala here for today’s blog and I am excited to share a “new to me” product the Nuvo Aqua Flow Watercolour Pens.

Scrap’N Stamp sent me two packages of the Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens to try and I thought I would share my thoughts and the card I created.

Having used pens similar to this in the past like the Wink of Stella and the Aqua Flow Waterbrushes I thought I had a good idea of how they worked…but, I quickly learned that there were some differences as well!

Let’s start by talking about the sets I received and the colours that are included in each.

The Festive Season set which included Matador Red, Pressed Olive and Baked Cherry.  The Autumn Woodland set and it comes with Spiced Ginger, Rustic Oak and Evergreen Fern.  These sets really compliment each other well and were perfect for the fall themed card I had in mind.  I did some simple stamping, masking and heat embossing to create a scene and then wanted to watercolour the images in. (Check out the YouTube video to see the card being made)  Before I got started though…there was a bit of set up with the pens.

The first thing you need to do is to remove the little yellow washer.  To do this you unscrew the pen top from the base.  Remove the yellow washer.  You can throw this away as you won’t need it anymore.  Carefully rethread the top and bottom piece together, being careful not to cross-thready.  There should be a “click” once it is together.  I recommend taking the lid off the top to do this as it took me a while to figure out I was just turning the lid and not the whole pen top.

With the two pieces are back together, locate the raised word “press”  it should be located next to the colour indicator swatch on the base of the pen.  gently squeeze to push the watercolour into the clear reservoir of the pen.  Don’t squeeze too hard as you can actually project some of the pigment out.  You will want to have a scrap piece of paper handy so that when the colour drips out you can work it into the bristles of the brush.  This process can be seen in my YouTube video which is linked below.

Continue this process with all of your pens.  Once they are primed and ready to go….it’s time to play!

The one thing I noticed was how “juicy” these were and how rich the pigment is!  A little goes a long with with these babies!    You can use them direct to paper, wet on dry, wet on wet or scribble some onto a smooth media surface like the Tim Holtz Glass mat and then use a brush to pick up the colour.  Again, I show all of this in my YouTube video linked below.

These pens would be great if you like to travel with your supplies.  It is best to seal them in a bag or container to ensure they do not leak or become crushed.  I think the best way to store these would be laying flat on their side or with the brush tip pointing up in a container to avoid leaking.

Please note that on the back of the packaging there is a bright yellow sticker that says “Adult use only.  Not suitable for under 14’s”.  I am not exactly sure why this would be…but, it must be there for a reason.  The only thing I can think of is because the pigments are so rich they might stain!  So, if you are using with small children…use at your own risk!

My honest opinion is that I really enjoyed using these and I think if you are looking for alternative to tradition cake/pans of watercolour these might be fun for you to try.  Below is the finished card that I created.

I love how rich the colours are, not like your traditional watercolours which can be quite translucent.  That’s not to say that you can’t achieve that translucent look by adding more water.  Again, I encourage you to check out the YouTube video where I show how I used them.  I also will link all the materials I use below and in the YouTube video description.

Nuvo Aqua Flow Watercolour Brush

I hope that you found this blog and video helpful and it inspires you to try them out!  I would love  if you share your creations over at the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page!

Have a creative week!!

~Chala

Materials List:

Nuvo Products:Nuvo Aqua Flow – Autumn Woodland, Nuvo Aqua Flow Festive Season, Nuvo Aqua Flow Water Brushes ,Nuvo Gold Embossing Powder,Nuvo Crystal Clear Embossing Powder

Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink

Versamark Ink

Thermo Web Purple Tape

Heat Tool

Gemini Junior Die Cutting Machine

Tombow Mono Sand Eraser

Used Ranger Embossing Pen /Simillar pen: Lawn Fawn Embossing Pen

MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle Dies

Foam Squares

Cutter Bee Scissors

Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat

Lawn Fawn Black Licorice Cardstock & Lawn Fawn Sunflower Cardstock

Distress Ink:  Chipped Sapphire