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24 March 2012

Creative Chemistry 101 - Day 5 - Distress Stains

I was a little behind in my class work and finally got a chance to get caught up Friday night/Saturday morning. I was up until 4 am this morning finishing my studies...but I enjoyed every second of it. If  you have not signed up for this class, it is simply amazing. You learn so many neat techniques and tips and tricks, not to mention you learn all about the designer and how the Ranger products all work together. I can't tell you any more than that without violating the class policy...so you should check it out for yourself. You get lifetime access to all the class content, so it is a really great deal.

Below are my projects completed for Day 5 of the Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101 class. I hope you enjoy them.

This photo you can see the varnish on the Kraft resist cardstock...shining in the light.

On this photo, I shielded the light so the varnished resist area would show, and the shine would
not be overpowering the ability to see the colors and stamping on this tag. I think I got a little
carried away with the flourish stamps...it was getting really late by the time I got to this one.

I hated this tag at first, but it is growing on me. I loved how the Picket Fence Distress stain that I stamped with actually came to the foreground AFTER I stamped the SU Medallion stamp over the top of it with the Ranger Archival Jet Black ink. Amazing! How does it do that? Take the class!
It's all in the Chemistry! :-)

I struggled with this technique, mainly because I couldn't get the video to load so I wasn't sure if I was doing it properly...it just didn't seem to look right, so I improvised, or so I thought to get the look similar to the one shown on the class samples. Well, today, I was able to finish the video, and my improvisation ended up being what we were suppose to do to achieve the marbled look...so I got lucked out and ended up pretty happy with the background. Now the stamping...by this time, it was almost 4 am...well, I just stamped it in a hurry to get done so I could go home and get some sleep.
I plan to revist this technique when I'm not quite so sleep deprived and can do a better job with the whole composition of the stamping on the pretty Arora Borialis like background.

I had indicated on Day 3's post that I would do some more experimenting with the Archival Inks and how they pop when you blend Distress Inks over them. This sample above was done on Inkssentials Glossy card stock. I stamped every color of Archival Ink (note there is 25 because I have a Maroon, which is an older color, and has been replaced by Plum...a slightly more purple hue). I inked the strip  with Distress inks and a blending tool; Black Soot on the top, and the bottom was inked with Walnut Stain. The Manganese Blue really pops as does the Magenta Hue, Chrome yellow, Monarch Orange, Viridian and the Deep Purple. Love the resist properties of these Archival Inks when you blend Distress inks over the top of them.

Well that's all I have for today. Now it's time for me to get some fresh air and enjoy the weather!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. If you like my work, please leave a comment. I'd love to hear your opinions.

Creative Chemistry 101 - Day 4 - Distress Reinkers

I have finally got caught up  with my class work for the Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101 class.
Without further delay, my completed projects are shown below. I really enjoyed these techniques.


I used a Crafter's Companion Branches Screen on this one.

I used the Crafter's Companion Meadow Mask on this one.

I couldn't resist adding the pencil w/o it's eraser to my tag. It needed something to get the point across.
I'd have to say that it really added just the right touch to the tag. Loved that the pencil I found had the word CHOICE on it. Perfect fit, because Life is full of choices afterall.

Well, I'll keep it short for this one. I still have Day 5 to post...then I'm hoping to go fishing or at least get outside and enjoy some of this beautiful weather we are having. Thanks for stopping by. If you like my work, please leave a comment.

22 March 2012

Creative Chemistry 101 - Day 3 - Archival Ink Uses

WOW is all I can say about the lessons we learned in Day 3. I have all the Archival ink colors, but had no idea that I wasn't using them to their fullest potential! Now my investment has been justified.
We learned three techniques on Day 3: Alcohol Ink Agates, Archival Resist and Stamping with Reflections stamps. I played around with all 3 techniques and I think the Archival Resist was my favorite, since that was the one that gave me the biggest ah ha moment of the day. I cannot wait to play around with this technique more using lighter and brighter colors of Archival ink and darker colors of Distress ink. I'll post my experiments as I have time to do them.

Below are photos of my Day 3 homework. Note: Glossy cardstock is hard to photograph without getting a glare or a shadow. These photos just don't do the tags justice...they look better off camera!
Thanks for stopping by and looking. Please leave a comment if you like what you see.




21 March 2012

Creative Chemistry 101 - Day 2 - Distress Ink techniques

It's been a long rainy day here and I finally found some time to experiment with today's class assignments. Today is day two and we learned three techniques: blended spritz and flick, brushless water color and wrinkle-free distress. I have used these techniques before in varying degrees, so my biggest challenge was sticking strictly to the class instructions without adding anything extra or combining the techniques. I really enjoyed the refresher on these techniques and I plan to use them a lot more now that I have had some practice again. Below are my Creative Chemistry 101 Day 2 tags. I wont't be posting the detailed instructions, for that you'll just have to sign up for Tim's class.
I just love the accidental miracles that you get with this technique. Can you see what I see?
Ok. Maybe I got a little carried away with the projects and photos...but I had so very much fun! Hope you enjoy these and are inspired to try these techniques yourself. It's inky good fun!

Now I am off to work on my Creative Chemistry 101 - Day 3 lessons...Archival Inks...one of my favorites! Come back later to see what I create from today's round of inspirations from the master himself! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Please leave a comment if you like what you see. I am amazed at all the comments from people all over the world. Creating makes me SMile!

19 March 2012

Exploring the world of blogging...and a card I made

Hey! It looks like I have finally done it! What you may ask? Well, I think I have created a blog...but the jury is still out on this one. Anyway. I just wanted to say Hi. Please bear with me as I figure out this whole blogging thing. I'll get it eventually.

The reason I started this blog is so that I can post pictures via inlinkz for the most awesome online class I'm taking right now: Creative Chemistry with Tim Holtz. Today was day 1 and I am really excited about what I've learned so far. Now I can intelligently answer questions about the different types of inks and how to tell which one to use on various types of projects.

That's all for today. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings. We're supposed to get inky though! Lookin' forward to that for sure!


This is a Christmas Card I made using Ranger Archival & Distress inks with Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamps. The sentiment is stamped in Vermillion Archival Ink. The angel and music notes were stamped in Cobalt Archival Ink. The background was created using Forest Moss and Antique Linen Distress Ink pads...and the crackles were made using the water stamping technique. I love how the Distress inks react and blend when you get them wet! I also used a little spritz of Gold Perfect Pearls mixed with water in my mini-mister. This gives it a touch of sparkle. I colored the angel with colored pencils and gamsol to finish it off...and a touch of Stardust pen to make her shine. Hope you like it. It looks complicated, but it goes together very quickly...and it was way easier than it looks. Afterall, I did it...you can too!