Thursday, February 14, 2013

Tomorrow is Play Day at Art 'n Soul between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Have you signed up for the fabulous washi tape class at Art 'n Soul? Look at this gorgeous card, one of the 5 cards you'll make at the class from Marj Marion & Dianne Johnson.

by Dianne Johnson for
WONDERFUL WASHI TAPE class at Art 'n Soul

Saturday, March 9, 1-4 p.m.

Dianne and Marj are "in love" with Washi Tape, and they are teaming up to bring you a wonderful, brand new class to inspire you to use these great tapes in your artwork. You will learn many tips and techniques for using commercial tapes in a variety of ways as  you make four to five great cards. AND, you will learn clever ways to make your own Washi tapes! This process is So creative and very addictive! You'll also learn ways to combine Washi Tapes with embossing folders, stamps and dies.

This will be a popular class, so be sure to sign up early to save your spot in class. Please bring your basic kit, long-bladed sharp scissors, and a roll of 1/2" Score Tape (available at Art 'n Soul).

From Inchie Arts, new sizes are now available. Here is Lisa's blog posting . . .

2 new sizes and all new packaging!

"We are pleased to announce (by popular demand!) two new sizes:
ATC size 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" and 3" squares
These new sizes are available in all of our 7 colors; either in boxes of all one color, or in an assortment. From left to right; black, dark gray, light gray, wheat, dark cream, ivory and white. 

(bird stamp from Rubbermoon stamps)

ATC size, 3" square, 2" Twinchie Square, 1-1/2" Inchie + Square and 1" Inchie Square
But, ART SQUARES are a just a blank canvas until you apply love and art.
We have discovered that these new larger sizes are like opening a Pandoras Box of art techniques that were not quite possible with the smaller sizes.
Because of the larger size you are more aware of the uniqueness of the material and how it behaves like a hot press watercolor paper enabling the use of a great variety of wet mediums including

all manner of paints, sprays, inks and stains without the surface deterioration that would normally occur with paper weight materials. 

The artist grade surface is equally ideal for fine pen work, stamping,
all variety of markers, color pencil, chalks and pastels.

And the matboard weight of the material stands up to mixed media, 
layering, collage, embellishment and encaustic. the smaller sizes.

A few samples....
Image layering, larger format stamps and coloring with Copic markers, Prismacolor pencils and Twinkling h20 paints - yeah, larger coloring areas!
(stamps from Rubbermoon, sentiment from Impress)

Stamping and creating textures with gesso, then coloring with alcohol inks, Brilliance re-inkers, Twinkling H20 Paints or Pan Pastels.

(stamps from Savvy and Impress, sentiment from Lockhart) 
White pigment ink with white and white diamond embossing powder to create special chalkboard effects on darker ART SQUARES as well as the magic of white gel pens and Prismacolor pencils on dark gray. 
(stamps from Fred Mullett and Savvy, sentiments from Rubbermoon and Impress, embossing powder from JudiKins)
And explore using larger stamps by coloring the stamp with assorted dye based markers
(stamps from Fred Mullett and Penny Black, sentiments from Impress and Savvy)
This Valentines Day card was created by using white gesso as 'ink'.
Apply a few dabs of gesso to an non porous surface slightly bigger than the size of the stamp.You want it a bit 'gloppy' (vs. thin and smoothed out) so the stamp will 'pick up' enough of the gesso.
Press the stamp into the gesso being sure to pick up enough to cover the entire stamp. "Stamp" onto a white 3" ART SQUARE. Repeat twice more without overlapping images. Immediately wash stamp off in warm water or set into a very shallow dish of water so the gesso does not dry on the stamp. Let dry completely, best overnight.  
The color is actually just a small squeeze from two different colors of Brilliance ink refill bottles. The Pearlescent Orchid and the Platinum Planet. Either in a small egg carton style pallette or a non porous surface place a small amount of paint of each color. Using a brush, sponge or just about any type of applicator pick up a dab of the Platinum ink and quickly wipe it across the bottom half of the stamped square - full coverage left to right. Moving quickly with a rinsed or new brush, repeat with the Orchid color on the top half overlappying the Platinum slightly.
Finish by using a more wet than just damp paper towel and wipe across the entire surface. As you do this you will be removing almost all of the paint from the white gesso hearts. The more water...and the more you wipe...the more white they will become.
The end result shows the 'ink' absorbing into the white 3" square and the gesso hearts resisting most, if not all of the overpainting of ink.
(stamp from Savvy, sentiment from Lockhart) 
Happy Valentines Day!!"

From Cheery Lynn's blog . . .  I love this Valentine Card!

Love Frame

"Happy Valentines Day!!!

Hello it's Diane to share with you a frame I made for Valentines Day.....

click on the photo to get "full~detailed" view to make it even more "perfect".....the challenge this week at the Cheery Lynn Design challenge blog is "frames"

I love it when you can make a home decor item with your papercrafting supplies....

I found the Cheery Lynn Design dies perfect for this project....
I purchased a frame for $3 at Walmart  and the little clothes pins at Hobby lobby for $1.99.... and by using my Cheery Lynn Design dies it made the cutest little framed clothesline banner.....
The background is the Chicken Wire frame which I cut in one piece and the clothes pins are actually clipped right onto the "wire"...
The little doily die is an extra die that comes with Polynesian Sails Oval... 
however, there are now mini doily dies available to purchase separate.....
I hope you enjoyed my project this week and will "see you" next Thursday!!!

Cheery Lynn Design dies used in this project are:
Tags 4
Cuties Fringe 4
Cuties Fringe 2
Heaven Scent
Polynesian Sails Oval (the little extra die)
Chicken Wire Frame
Fanciful Flourish"

From Penny Black's blog, another simple and beautiful card by Heather Telford . . .
"Designer Heather Telford has two cards to share today that she created with Penny Black’s new silhouette stamps. The green one is clean and simple, and the orange is a little busier, but still one layer. Read on and get some insight into how she layers stamps and Memento ink to create depth.

I masked the card base with post-it notes and brayered the panel with the lightest green and stamped a few leaves using the new wood mounted stamp Verdant. I then sponged a darker green and again stamped some leaves. I used three greens, Memento New Sprout, Pear Tart and Bamboo Leaves. Then I removed the mask and stamped the sentiment from the transparent set, Friendship and some final leaves in Versafine Olympia Green.

I used some of the same techniques to create the orange card but covered the whole card base with colour and splattered masking fluid before each colour application.

I splattered masking fluid on the white card base with a toothbrush and when it was dry sponged and stamped the silhouette stamps from the Slapstick Cling set, Longing, in Memento Dandelion ink.

I splattered another lot of masking fluid before stamping and sponging in Memento Canteloupe and again before adding Memento Tangelo. When I had finished the stamping and sponging in those three colours I positioned a rectangular post-it mask in the centre of the card base and sponged a border in Versafine Habanero Ink, removed the mask and added the final flower flourishes and a sentiment from the transparent set, Love Chapter."

Hope you've had an absolutely wonderful Valentine's Day! We do love you, our terrific customers and friends.

Special:  I am offering a 30% discount on all Valentine papers, ribbons and embellishments through this Sunday, February 17. I need to make room for Graphic 45's French Country, which is enroute to us as we speak . . . yahoo!

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