Thursday, April 23, 2015

New to Art 'n Soul today is the 'new' Idea-ology Deco Sheets from Ranger. It looks like glitter but it's not! It's metallic inks. The pak comes with both Antique Silver and Champagne (a gold color) that you may tear, punch, die-cut, and color with any solvent ink. The ink color will always settle into the Deco Sheet because the metallic ink "will always rise to the surface" as Tim Holtz says. Best of all, each sheet has an adhesive backing. At $5.25 per pak, it's a real deal!

So, I had to try it out!

I die cut the trimmed Deco Sheet in Champagne with the Sparkle Burst Stars die from Poppy Stamps (1181). I removed the top half of the adhesive back and, starting at the top, applied it to a piece of green mirricard card stock trimmed to the same size. As I moved down the piece, I kept removing the adhesive backing until I reached the bottom. It's the same process you use when adhering peel-off sticker designs from a release sheet as taught by Els from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Then, I applied color to the Deco Sheet with the StazOn solvent ink in Bahama Blue and Emerald Green; I found it went on very smoothly with a finger dauber as opposed to direct from the ink pad. After that was dry, I also went over areas of the Deco Sheet with StazOn in Spiced Chai. With black archival ink, I stamped the "happy" from the Hero Arts Happy Stamp & Cut set (DC150).

I trimmed out a scrap piece of Italian paper and Stardream "Fairway" metallic card stock for layered top panels. The base card is an A2 size made with the Conqueror 118# Card Stock in Diamond White. I used a scrap piece of ribbon from May Arts to tie a bow and adhered it with a mini glue dot.

When I left the store, there were only 2 or 3 packets left; if you like them, please let us know because I'll be happy to order more!

Art 'n Soul's Inspiration Station is still going strong. Here is another card at the store that you can view from Pam Nelson.

Magenta 07.730.H

Magenta Template Floral Background TM27

Pam has made a really neat shaker card as one of her Inspiration Station contributions.

by Pam Nelson

Magenta Template TM27
Magenta Sentiment Stamp 07.730.H

"Use Distressed Tumbled Glass and Broken China to color the watercolor paper. Spray with Water & Perfect Pearls mix. Air dry or use heat gun to dry. Spray template with Easy Tack. Place template, tacky-side down, over the dry watercolor paper. Use finger daubers to apply various distress colors (Cracked Pistachio, Pine Needles, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, and Seedless Preserves). Use square die to cut opening in Purple Skin card stock. Attach acetate using Scor Tape. Apply foam tape around the acetate and attach watercolored image. Stamp sentiment on watercolor paper with Versamark; emboss with Ranger Black Sparkle embossing powder. Use round foam applicator to color with Distress Ink in Broken China and Tumbled Glass. Attach with foam tape and twine. Add accents."

Pam will be at Art 'n Soul all day today, and would be extremely happy to show you how she made this shaker card featuring this month's Inspiration Station template and die from Magenta.

From the Magenta blog, I really like this art journal page from Josee Gingras.

by Josee Gingras, Design Team Magenta
Click on this link to see all of the stamps that Josee used:

On the Penny Black blog, they keep showing gorgeous cards made with the "Centerpiece" cling stamp (40-388). I am so enamored with these cards that I had to fill out a pink sheet order at the store today.

by Jill Foster for Penny Black
Click on this link for the detailed how-to:

And this is Peet Roeven's "Centerpiece" card for Penny Black . . .

by Peet Roeven for Penny Black
Click on this link to Peet's blog posting:

The Artists-in-Residence for IMAGINE Crafts have been doing Earth Day projects by upcycling old re-usable 'finds.' Renee Zarate is one of the best mixed media artists I personally know, and I like this fun project suited for young beginning artists.

"Earth Day Treasure Box"

by Renee Zarate
Artist-in-Residence for IMAGINE Crafts
Click on this link for her how-to instructions:

From the Elizabeth Craft Design's Facebook posting, check out this metal tag made from the ECD Dog Tag die set. It's pretty darn cool.

by Shelly Hickox for Elizabeth Craft Designs
Click on this link to Shelly's blog for the detailed how-to:

Thanks for stopping by . . . please check back in! We love sharing inspiration and creativity that we come upon because that's what it's all about at Art 'n Soul!

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