Monday, April 22, 2013

From Inchie Arts' blog, All In An Inch . . .

"Positive or negative space? A unique resist concept.

by Lisa Lee for Inchie Arts

Fred Mullet Magnolia Sticks and Fresh Ink Basil and Island) 
Those memories of elementary school art keep creeping back into my consciousness. 
Who can forget learning about positive and negative space - it was all so confusing until it was explained that positive space is the object itself...and negative space is the area around it...or the background. I was an Art Docent in the elementary schools for years and we had lots of fun teaching this concept.
I think we all get caught in ruts with regards to how we use stamps, so try this technique with any of your stamps and shake up your creativity!
As you are looking at these just remember...the images on the left are stamped traditionally using 2 different Fresh Ink pigment inks which are then embossed with clear powder and heat set. The images on the right are created by inking the entire stamp with clear Versamark, stamping, dredging in clear powder and heat setting. Then dab the SAME pigment inks using small sponge applicators into the 'negative' spaces. Use a cotton ball to remove the excess ink from the clear embossed shapes which will now show up as white.
by Lisa Lee for Inchie Arts
 (Fred Mullet WillowSpots and Fresh Ink Merlot and Melon)
by Lisa Lee for Inchie Arts
(Fred Mullet Swirlfish with Fresh Ink French Lavender and Freesia)
This last one is almost an optical illusion...because the actual stamp is designed so that you are 'stamping' the water...not the's a visual that takes a minute to figure out!
(note - the ink colors from each 'version' aren't an exact match because the ink on the left version is heat set and the ink on the right version is just applied)
These were all created using the new white ATC size ART SQUARES!"

Lisa Lee, creator of Inchie Arts, is so clever with artistic techniques on the Art Squares from Inchie Arts. You can go over to her blog by clicking on this link:  Inchie Arts Blog

How about this special packaging of a special gift for someone special? Els at Elizabeth Craft Designs has made a spectacular pillow box and flower top . . . or the beautiful card made with glitter strips . . .

by Els for Elizabeth Craft Designs
"I love the pillowbox die. Such an easy way to make a nice package for a gift card. I added a flower made out of Shimmer Sheetz. I used Flowerset 1 (nr 701) and the Fire Opal and Bronze Shimmer Sheetz. Added some alcohol ink, embossed and sanded the Shimmer Sheetz. You can add the flowers to any gift of course!" -- Els

by Els for Elizabeth Craft Designs
"I cut 1 inch and 1/2 inch strips from our 5 x 11 Double Sided Adhesive Sheets and just started to stick them down, added the Silk Microfine glitter, polished and added another strip. At the end I did add a flower that I made using our Flower Dies and cut the pieces from the Velvet XL Self Adhesive Sheets, Shimmer Sheetz and Card stock. I should have been doing other things but this was more fun!" -- Els

It's been a beautiful spring day and I hope you've been able to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. It appears we'll be blessed with this wonderful weather for another few days.

The spring sunshine always inspires me to make floral cards . . . come on over to Art 'n Soul and check out the spring papers, spring stamp designs, and everything else to make your cards with. Dianne is at the store tomorrow and will be very disappointed if she doesn't see you!

Check this out . . . from a friend visiting in Seattle today!
Don't you want to jump in?

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