And baby makes 3…

Well, I got a start on the baby layouts on Father’s Day, and I just kept on going from there!  As a result, I have another Archie layout to share today!

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I began with a sheet of white-washed wood grain from the Kaisercraft Ooh La La line, keeping the coral accent strip along the the bottom of the page instead of trimming it off as I often do.

And because I can’t get enough of the Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink (Have you heard!!??  There are 12 new colors being released in July!!?) tinted modeling paste paired with Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stencils (as you saw here), I laid down a layer of that along the upper right-hand side before adding anything else.  I combined the floral stencil with a Heidi Swapp word stencil that  says blessing, love, hope, joy, thrive, etc and which captures all the feelings.

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Then I pulled together an assortment of die cuts and chipboard pieces from the Ooh La La and the Maggie Holmes - Chasing Dreams lines.

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As well, I made a home-made embellishment by stamping some floral images and some leaves on vellum and heat embossing with white powder before fussy cutting them out and layering them overtop of the printed die cuts.

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I typed my journaling on the We R Memory Keepers typewriter and added it in strips.  And finally, I used some of the Prima Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint (in Opal Magic Blue-Gold) to add the splats.  I really love the thicker consistency that lets the paint dry with a raised dimension!

The word FAMILY is from the Jen Hadfield Homemade puffy stickers set, and I stamped the words “Brand New” with the Crate Paper Alphabet stamps and colored them with Copics.

It’s been too long since I held this precious bundle in my arms so I’m packing up and heading north next week to spend the summer at the cottage.  Which also puts me much closer to the location of my heart!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Stencil this…

Good morning friends!

So I was playing again with my Oxide inks and this is what was produced!  I only intended to make one card, but you know how it is, you need to practice with new materials to know exactly how they’ll perform.  And when you practice, sometimes you end up with some extra samples that are quite usable! And these layered stencils by Stamper’s Anonymous and Tim Holtz are ones I’ve been waiting a long time to play with.

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So, d’you want to know how I made these?  The white card is a successful experiment with Gel Medium but the three blue cards above are made mostly the same way, with small variations as you’ll see in the following stepped out photos.  As well as a step-by-step instructional, I’ve posted these cards AND a time-lapse video on Instagram where you can watch me actually make one of these card fronts.

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I started by sponging ink onto smooth white cardstock paper.  Blending ink like this, is where the new Distress Oxide inks shine the brightest. Something about their chemical make up, makes them SO agreeable to use and work with.  And using the smoothest cardstock you can find makes the blending even more magical!

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Once I was finished blending the color on, the next step was to sponge some of the same color ink (faded jeans, in this case) onto one side of a stencil.  I used the Stamper’s Anonymous Honeycomb stencil.

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Next, I sprayed the stencil with a water spritzer…

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…then flipped the stencil face down onto the card front.  I covered it quickly with a sheet of paper towel to absorb what might seep out from under the stencil, then picked it up to let it dry.  So what’s going on here is two things.  Where I had sponged color, and misted it, the stencil laid down a pattern in a darker pigmented color.  But where there was no color, only water from misting, the effect is the oxidizing that the ink is named for.  You can see this on the finished cards at the end of this post, where the honeycomb design has dried lighter.

step6The ink dries very quickly, and you can immediately move on to the next step, which is to smoosh more ink down on your mat.  Then, using a palette knife, scoop out some light molding paste and smear it down onto the ink, spreading back and forth to blend the color in completely.  If the result isn’t dark enough for your liking, scrape up the paste to one side, smoosh more ink down on the mat and repeat the blending process.

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Now you’re ready to smear this through the stencil.  You don’t want to go for lunch after you’ve mixed the paste, and before spreading it over the stencil.  Nope.  Nyet.  Non.  It’ll dry up to a completely useless chunk of ….. something.

step9Spread the paste over the surface as smoothly as possible trying to not leave ridges or uneven patches.

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Lift off the stencil and let the paste dry.  It won’t take long.  Now you have a card base you can build a card from.

Now, before I show you the finished card designs, I want to show you the difference between mixing the Oxide ink with molding paste, where you get a grittier, matte finish, that’s actually quite soft to the touch when dry….

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….to the shinier, smoother, clearer finish you get when you mix the ink with Heavy Gel Medium.  I discovered this by accident.  Usually I use the gel medium as more of an adhesive for sticking down larger, heavier items on mixed medium projects.  It has the body to support bigger pieces, and dries pretty quickly.  But it also blends quite nicely with ink, and can be spread through a stencil.

Here are some close-ups of each of the cards I created from this design.

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I really love the monochromatic, fully textured look of this card above.  It was accomplished by adding lots of ink to the molding paste to make it dark enough to perfectly match the blended cardstock.

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On the above card you can see from the color of the honeycomb design, where it’s lighter than the blended background, that the stencil was mostly just wet with water, and very little ink pigment.

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Whereas, the above card shows the honeycomb design dried darker than the blended background.  That’s where I’d sponged more ink onto the stencil before misting it with water.

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This is the card made from the practice sample using the Gel Medium with the Oxide ink.

And then there’s this card.

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It was totally a practice sample sheet where I was trying out several different techniques.  But with some judicious trimming, I thought it made a lovely background for the paper doily, washi tape and sentiment.

So, there you go, several different looks from trying something different and practicing with some new product!

Have a great day!

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This post was written by Norine on May 28, 2017

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