Saturday, February 9, 2013

Imagine Crafts featuring Tsukineko is proud to introduce a new member of AIRS (Artists in Residence) Team, Linda Lucas who is also known as 'Lovely Linda'. This is her first official post as an Artist-in-Residence for Imagine Crafts.

AIR Tutorial Embossing

"I have waiting excitedly for what seems like an eternity to be able to share my first post as an Artist in Residence for Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko. Tsukineko has always been my ink of preference, I love the quality of it and the colours - well, they are just divine....

There are so many types of ink available to us now, which can be used on our projects in many ways.  One of these is VersaMark, which can be used on it's own, with Chalks and Embossing Powder - to name a few different mediums.  For today's Tutorial I am using a VersaMark Pen - perfect for those projects where we are not mass heat embossing, but wanting to highlight.

Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Products:
  • Memento Morocco Ink
  • VersaMarker Pen
  • Embossing Powder - Gold
  • Sponge Dauber - 3 piece
·         Preferred Partner Products: 
  •  Spellbinders Grand Calibur® Machine
  • E3D-002 Creative Cogs  Spellbinders™ 3D M-Bossabilities™ folder
     Other: Beacon Adhesives - Zip dry Paper Glue, Scor-Pal® 1/2" Double Sided Tape, Handmade lacescissors or distressing tool 

Start by embossing the Kraft card using the Spellbinders Creative Cogs 3D M-bossabilities. Sponge using a large Dauber and Tsukineko Vintage Sepia Versafine ink- highlighting some of the areas, as shown in the photo below.

Using a Versamark Pen highlight some of the Cogs and raised areas, working quickly so the Versamark does not dry. Heat emboss using Tsukineko Gold Embossing Powder.

Using a small Dauber and Memento Morocco Ink, sponge over some of the areas to add further highlighting - the amount of sponging is totally up to you - there is no right and wrong.

This can be used for so many purposes, cut down to create ATC's, using on layouts, Altered Art - the list is endless. For the purpose of this Tutorial I have cut this into two pieces and created a card using one of them, along with layering, twine and buttons.

This is a very quick and easy technique, but gives an instant 'WOW' factor - I hope you are inspired to bring out your VersaMark, Embossing Powder and coloured inks - each time your project will be unique and timeless!

Thank you for your comments and all of the support you give me - you make blogging such an amazing place to be!! Your encouragement is such a blessing for me - it makes my day! God bless you!"


From Penny Black's blog, a beautiful project from Elizabeth Allen . . .

Take Flight Twenty Penny Black

"For the last four days, we’ve featured creations from some of our talented designers, and today is no different.  .  . today we have quite a treat from Elizabeth Allan – a very detailed step-by-step tutorial for this gorgeous notepaper box made from materials you most likely have in your paper crafting arsenal. Amazing!

by Elizabeth Allan for Penny Black Stamps

Cut 2 pieces of mat board for the front and back covers of the box and one for the spine.

Stamp Glory of Modesty on cream cardstock with Crimson Pearlescent Brilliance ink.  Spray with Gold Psst Sheer Shimmer Spritz to add glitzy glimmer.

Position, center and adhere the mat boards to the back of the stamped paper leaving 1/8″ between the covers and the spine.  Wrap the cardstock around the edges of the mat board to create a finished edge.

To finish the inside, stamp Indian Wheel in Wheat VersaMagic on cream cardstock and adhere to the mat boards covering the raw edges wrapped around from the previous step.

Create an open-faced box from recycled cardboard.  Prime the surface with Gesso and then paint with gold metallic acrylic paint.

Adhere the finished box to the inside right panel of the book and fill with note paper.

Stamp Love Chapter in Smokey Gray VersaFine across the bottom of a small piece of white cardstock.  Ink the edges with Peanut Brittle Memento ink.  Adhere to a slightly larger piece of mat board edged with Crimson Pearlescent Brilliance ink.  Attach to the front of the note box with Power Adhesive Tabs.

Stamp Kisses in the Sun on white cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine ink and heat emboss with clear powder.  Color and trim the image.  Attach with dimensional foam tape.  Accent the butterfly and flowers with Star Dust Stickles.

Finished size:  5/8 x 3 ½ x 4
Penny Black Stamps:  Kisses in the Sun 4306L, Glory of Modesty 40-206, Indian Wheel 40-202,Love Chapter 30-163
Penny Black Mix & Match Cardstock: Storm 01-001 (White), Sticks & Stones 02-001 (Cream)
Copic Markers
3M Scotch: Dimensional Foam Tape
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Smokey Gray VersaFine, Crimson Pearlescent Brilliance, Wheat VersaMagic, Peanut Brittle Memento, Gold Psst Sheer Shimmer Spritz, Jumbo Sponge Dauber
Tombow: Power Adhesive Tabs
Ranger: Star Dust Stickles
Other: Mat Board, Recycled Cardboard, Gesso, Gold Metallic Acrylic Paint, Mod Podge (used as an adhesive)"

From Elizabeth Craft Designs . . .

"Just finished the workshop at the Elizabeth Crafts retreat in Pine and Kim, one of the ladies that came to the workshop made this wonderful Valentines card using the Birds die (nr 709), the Shimmer Sheetz, the Double Sided Adhesive and the True Red Silk Microfine Glitter."

I had so much fun yesterday at the Gelli Arts class at The Frenzy Stamper in downtown Old Scottsdale. My gelli pad that I ordered a week ago should be at home when I return on Tuesday. I have lots of experimental ideas in my head to try out that I hope will turn into a class at Art 'n Soul.

Here are the paper designs the 5 students and the  instructor made on our Gelli  Pads using acrylic paints, a brayer, and lots of stuff to make the designs. Jane took us through many stages of paper design, starting with the basic one color and do nothing else step.

the pin dots that you see are
actually braille print

the lines on the left are made from
cotton string placed on the
gelli mat before brayering

the circles are made from large
packing plastic pressed onto the gelli mat
after the paint was brayered on

the pink lines on the right are made
from a piece of gutter protector

the pattern on the upper right
was made from an embossed piece of wallpaper
the pattern on the left is from
a doily

Our instructor's name is Jane Eileen and I'm hoping she'll find her way to Art 'n Soul sometime this year to share her artsy ways with us. She, Mary Jo McGraw and John Petersen would make a dynamic trio!

This is Debbie who owns The Frenzy Stamper.
If you're ever in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area,
do stop in and see her store. She is in downtown
Old Scottsdale on Fifth Avenue across
from the big fountain "round-about."

I'm holding the canvas journal book
we made with our Gelli Art papers, bound
with a pamphlet stitch. Jane Eileen is a delightful
teacher and I look forward to meeting up with
her again soon!

The Dylusions Journals arrived yesterday, just in time for Art 'n Soul's Journal Club meeting. Dianne sold most all of them, so I think we'll be reordering more for the store. I read that any serious art journalist will own two of these . . . one to work on and another one that is waiting for the artwork to 'dry' before continuing on. Sounds good to me!

In the next blog, I'll show pics from Journal Club. Monday is my day to post a project on Imagine Crafts' as an Artist-in-Residence; I'm still trying to figure out how the watermark feature works and a couple of other technical issues for the posting. We're all so fortunate that our "Mother Artist-in-Residence" John Petersen is so patient and helpful!

Our time in Scottsdale continues to be on the cool side. We dined outside at El Chorro's this evening under 2 heaters and a blanket on my lap. Yes, we could have dined inside but my husband is adamant that when you're in Arizona, you eat outside whenever possible! Luckily I've only shared dinners with him so far.

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you liked the class. We all had lots of fun!