Art 'n Soul was at high-energy level yesterday afternoon during John Petersen's class that introduced some of the new products Tsukineko USA will be introducing at CHA later this month. I took pics; but, because of a major snafu by the store with an apple logo where I purchased my new Airbook, I am still without my old and new computers and cannot share those pics with you yet. My husband is allowing me to use his laptop with the understanding that I won't muck it up with a bunch of photos that don't belong on his computer. I'll post those pics as soon as possible.
John gave us a quick tip . . . do not wash your rubber stamps with baby wipes. What? You're kidding! Nope! It turns out the baby wipes leave a residue on the stamp's surface that we don't see. When you press the rubber into your stamp pad(s), that residue is then left on the stamp pad. Over time, you may see some mold developing and that's from the baby wipes residue working its magic on the stamp pad. It's recommended that you use a stamp cleaner instead. (Guess I'll be donating all of the new baby wipes I just purchased at Costco, and loading up on stamp cleaner from Art 'n Soul.)
In the meantime, know that the new products are great. And John also explained about Imagine Crafts . . . read this posting from an earlier Tsukineko USA Facebook posting:
Let me tell you, y0u're going to want to purchase some of the BrushStix and the Ink Blushers and the Sheet Metals and the photo sheets. And then after CHA, you're going to want to purchase their . . . stay tuned!
By the way, John Petersen is teaching another fabulous class on Saturday, February 12, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Art 'n Soul. It's going to be a journal project. There are already 6 students signed up . . . you might want to call the store as soon as possible to sign up because it's going to fill up rather quickly. (360.357.6820). There is no 'funner' way to spend an afternoon than with John and his artistic ways!
From Dave at Memory Box . . . I really like this!
Heart Tuckaway Card Video
"Last week, I was working in my studio on a project for embossing, and had a happy accident! I was trying to color an embossed background with alcohol inks and decided to add some copic blender solution to the paper, to help the ink mix a little - and came across a really amazing way of distressing a background! I decided to create a video about it, and combined the technique with instructions for making a valentine card with a special fold. And, my creative daughter Emma has created a little piece of music for the beginning and ending of the video! I hope she'll do a new piece of music for the videos every now and then - I love it!
The card below shows the alcohol embossed background - I've "opened up" an area on the heart so I can add an embellishment (in this case, it's the 819 Attic Key die from poppystamps). I really like how the ink lands and dries around the embossed areas - and when some of the embossing is removed, it creates a beautiful effect.
I am featuring the 98254 Grand Heart, the 98107 Pastry Labels and the 98280 Heart Delights dies for this project...
...and the G1855 Damask Heart stamp matches perfectly with the Grand Heart die,as you can see in the video.
The measurements for the Tuckaway fold are below - I used them to make a Valentine card, but as I point out in the video, you can use any large die to create a flap and fold, as long as you position the die correctly when cutting! Just click on either image below to get a better look at the exact dimensions.
Then, after you run the die through your machine, in the correct position, you'll get...
...and that will give you a flap to tuck under!"
And from another blog entry at Memory Box . . .
Deerly Beloved and Butterfly
"Are you looking for a quick and easy valentine idea for your "deer" one? This one's for you. (Sorry for the puns) This card has little stamping and would be quick to throw together. The new Grand Heart die makes it so simple to cut a frame. Doesn't the doe look stylish with her crystal choker?
Here are the details - Cut a rectangle from Cranberry Dots card stock. Die cut the Grand Heart from the center to make a frame. Cut deer from Mocha cardstock. Turn Latte Distressed Dots paper upside down and cut a deer from it. (So the deer will face each other.) Cut antlers from dark brown cardstock. Cut Pastry Labels from Parchment cardstock. Using stamp positioner, stamp love on label with Festive Berries ink. Using frame as a guide, attach doe to a Parchment notecard. Next place buck a little higher than the doe. (Don't apply adhesive to top of buck's head so you can slip antlers behind later.) Attach dotted frame with foam tape for dimension. Tuck antlers behind buck's head. Attach love label at the bottom. Add cherry red jewel stickers for choker (cut strip of 5 jewels).
- 98150 Antler
- 98152 Graceful Deer
- 98254 Grand Heart
- 98107 Pastry Labels
- Cardstock - Cranberry Dots, Latte Distressed Dots, Mocha, Parchment & Parchment note card
Couldn't get the colors to photograph quite right so you'll have to use your imagination. This one has no stamping at all. With the temps here below hovering around 20 degrees, I needed a splash of spring.
Here's how it's made. Cut a Darla butterfly and a Vivienne butterfly from Parchment cardstock. Cut the body from a scrap of mocha cardstock. Cut a Madeira Corner from Parchment cardstock also. Using your favorite colors apply color to Darla (solid) butterfly. (I did some direct to paper with shades of blue/green and softened with a sponge.) Carefully sponge color on the Madeira Corner. (I used Shabby Shutters and highlighted with Peeled Paint.) Attach elements to an Eggshell note card. Add flowers and pearls. (The flowers were felt flowers from my stash - not sure of the maker.) Only apply glue to center of Vivienne die and slightly bend wings. (The butterflies are so detailed.)
- 98265 Vivienne Butterfly
- 98264 Darla Butterfly
- 98237 Madeira Corner
- Cardstock - Parchment, Mocha, Eggshell note card
Sku Name EL-007 Elegance
5" x 7"
1: 1 ¼''
I am very excited to be sharing Spellbinders M-Bossabilities™ folder EL-007 Elegance and S5-113 Floral Burst a Cut • Fold • Tuck die templates with you today. I am so excited to feature the new and innovative Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folders! These are unique reversible folders, with 2 separate yet coordinated embossing patterns for twice the designs and double the value! The folders simply flip over, so easy to use! There are 20 new folders, each with 2 designs, and they come in 2 sizes, 5 x 7” and 4 ¼ x 5 ½” for all your paper crafting needs!
See how to use the new Spellbinders M-Bossabilities in this video!
See this how-to video on the new Cut Fold Tuck dies:
SuppliesSpellbinders: Grand Calibur, EL-007 Elegance M-Bossabilities folder, S5-113 Floral Burst
Paper: Discount Cardstock Simply Smooth Ivory, Racy Raspberry DoubleMates, Bronze Metallic, Soot
Ink: Ranger Antique Linen Distress Ink
Accessories: Really Reasonable Ribbon Antique Gold Satin Wrinkle Ribbon; Want2Scrap LeCreme Pearls; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Trinket Pins, Sanding Block
Be warm, be safe; and most of all, be artistic! We may not be able to help you with the first two wishes, but all of us at Art 'n Soul can certainly help you with the 'be artistic' wish. (Anyone remember the song "Snow" from the movie White Christmas?)