Friday, April 24, 2015

Art 'n Soul's Inspiration Station continues today with another inspiration from Marj Marion.

Magenta 07.730.H

Magenta Template Floral Background TM27

Here's the card from Marj that is on display at Art 'n Soul . . . she's used UTEE embossing powder over the entire surface for a great texture effect over the watercolor design.

by Marj Marion

  1. Attach Magenta Template TM27 to a watercolor panel.
  2. Press VersaMark ink pad all over the template, pressing so the ink covers the open areas.
  3. Sprinkle white or pearl embossing powder over the panel, and heat emboss.
  4. Using inks listed, rub onto a craft sheet; then use watercolor brush to paint desired background inks over the entire panel. Dry the inked surface completely.
  5. Tap VersaMark ink pad all over the panel, and sprinkle on Ultra Thick Embossing powder (UTEE) over the panel. Shake off any excess powder and heat emboss.
  6. Cut the panel into four equal squares; mount on a folded 5-1/4" white card so that the design of the template matches up across the whole panel.
  7. Use the scraps of your watercolor panel to stamp Magenta's "I'm in love with this day", dry the quote, and then tap VersaMark ink over the tag and heat emboss.
  8. Use scissors to wavy-cut the tag, mount on a white layer and trim. Punch hole at the top of the tag, and tie a bow with a sheer white ribbon. Mount the tag with foam tape.
  9. Repeat process for tag and mount inside the card.
  10. Distress inks used:  Crushed Olive; Mustard Seed; Wild Honey; Abandoned Coral; Spiced Marmalade; Barn Door.
If you're liking this month's Inspiration Station at Art 'n Soul but you don't have the Template or sentiment stamp from Magenta, just ask us. What we don't have in stock can be included in our weekly order to Magenta.

On the Magenta blog, Sherry Jackson has made one of the most beautiful evening sky art with . . . well, you'll have to go to her posting to find out!

by Sherry Jackson, Design Team Magenta
Click on this link for the info:

Remember that Fantasy Film we all purchased at Art 'n Soul a while back? Look at what Ellen Taylor has done with it when she had an Impression Obsession butterfly die cut to work with.

by Ellen Taylor for Impression Obsession

Click on this link to Ellen's blog for the complete details:

On the Poppy Stamps' blog, Pam Simpson has made a lovely card using one of their new dies.

by Pam Simpson for Poppy Stamps
Click on this link to the posting:

Pam Sparks taught a "Shabby Chic Spring" class in Iowa earlier this month and posted pics from the class on the Memory Box blog. I love the color combinations.

by Pam Sparks for Memory Box
Click on this link so you can see each card individually:

In the Art 'n Soul weekly email, Dianne shows how to use your dies to emboss and not cut. I can remember a class taught by Marj a few years back when I learned this technique; it was scary for me because I thought for sure I'd cut through my paper. But it worked! Like magic!

by Dianne Johnson
Click on this link to Dianne's blog for the step-by-step tutorial; she has outlined how to make this technique work for you!

I know you're going to love this technique if you haven't tried it before . . . a whole new use for your stash of dies!

There are still a few spots left in Cindy Sharp's Inktense Fabric and Mixed Media class this Sunday afternoon between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. She's been a tower of information and techniques using the Inktense pencils, and you won't be disappointed at all! Cindy's first class on the basics of Inktense pencils was extremely educational; this is the 'requested' follow-up by many of us in the class.

by Cindy Sharp for her Class at Art 'n Soul
"In this class we will expand our knowledge of Inktense pencils to fabric and mixed media. We will also learn about the Inktense Blocks. You will paint on some cotton and silk fabric, lace and canvas.  This technique class will allow you to really get to know the pencils and colors. Art Quilters, Art Journalers and mixed media followers will love it. Learn about the Grate and Shake tool. Colorful fabric cards and postcards are very popular.  By adding a dyed piece to an art journal it becomes a fun embellishment. Time permitting we will discuss how to embellish the creation with thread painting and stamping.  Inktense 101 is recommended or prior Inktense experience is needed. A wait list will be available for another Inktense 101 class. You will go home with a variety of samples for future reference. Bring a variety of watercolor brushes, round and short handled, size 4 or smaller or size 8 with a good tip (if you are experienced in using it), a flat 3/4" or 1" watercolor brush, a waterbrush, a small stencil brush or small fabric brush, an apron or paint clothes, and your basic kit. A set of 12 Inktense pencils is highly recommended."

Please stop in or call the the store at 360.357.6820 to sign up!

Gotta raid the refrigerator for a midnight snack! Dianne will be at the store all day tomorrow and I know you want to stop in to see her! She'll be waiting!

This is my friend's dachshund, Lucy,
who obviously loves her ball, even while sleeping!

When I first saw this on Facebook, I thought it
was about Chewbaca from Star Wars. it's really
a photo captioned "coolest dog"!

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