Archive for April, 2007

Tagged Again…

Well, while I was gone this last weekend I was tagged twice!  First by Vanessa at Beauty for Ashes and second by Allison at Stampin’ When I Can.
This tag is a little different.  This time I have to tell you 7 things about myself and then tag 7 others…..I’m not exactly sure what to write but I’ll give it a shot!!

1.  I broke my right arm the summer before Kindergarten.  I ran into the side of the church while out for a race during recess time at VBS!!  Just call me "GRACE".

2.  I started out an Accounting major in college and ended up with a  Psychology major and Child Development minor.

3.  I said I would never be a stamper…It just wasn’t for me…..OOPS!

4. uuummmm…..oh boy, what else???   I’m the oldest of 4.  Boring, I know!

5.  We went to Branson over the weekend and we rode Go Karts!  My husband is pretty competitive and I won all 4 races!!!! 🙂  We swapped kids every other race and we swapped starting positions every other race!!  Had to keep it fair!!

6.  I LOVE to cook…..ok, I love food in general!!! 🙂

7.  I started playing the piano when I was 3.

Wow, that was hard!  I don’t have a whole lot of "fun facts" to share!   Now I’m suppose to tag 7 more……I know that my gals have already been tagged, but I’ll share them with you anyway so you can check out their amazing blogs as well!

* Fresh and Fun with Beate

* Dawn’s Stamping Thoughts

*Stampin’ Mama by Erika

*Stampin’ Inspirations by Maria

* Card Inspired by Maria

* Prairie Paper and Ink

* Confessions of a Ribbon Addict

Enjoy these blogs!  They are great!  Until Next Time….Happy Creating!!!!

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Well, It is time again to issue a card challenge!  I had someone request that we do a Color Challenge this time instead of a Layout Challenge.  You can choose any stamp set and any layout you wish.  You are only required to use the following colors.

Sorry for the blurry picture, but the colors are:

Apricot Appeal
Cameo Coral
Certainly Celery
Close to Cocoa

The deadline for this challenge is May 2nd.  That gives you all weekend and the first part of next week!  Just email your pics to me and then I will upload them onto my blog to share with others!  Have fun!

Until Next Time….Happy Creating!!!

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I did not compile this list, but have had it saved on my computer for a long time!  There may be some ideas on here that could benefit you!
Of course you can download it at the bottom of this post and save a copy for yourself!

32 Ways To Love Your Heat Gun


Use it with shrink plastic!

To dry glue on almost anything!

To set the pigment ink on our Paperclay

To dry sealer on paperclay quickly


Glassy Glaze

Liquid Applique

Heat & Stick

Heat setting Fabrico

Remelting hot or low temp glue to restick something

Stamp & Scratch paper

Paint stripping

Reheating tea

Blowing glitter across a stamped area to get a fine sprinkle.

Speeding up drying for radiant pearls, ancient page and some other

Blowing glitter or other small debris off of the table

Carefully now: dry your nail polish! Heat gun holder means no smudges
on 2nd or 3rd coat. It stays on my craft table in its heat gun holder
and I paint then press the on button and wave my nails under the
flow. It worksgreat! I am Miss Impatient about stuff and one day just
tried it. Now my nail polish has migrated to the edge of the table!

To puff up fabric puff paints on sweatshirts (Gotta be careful!).

To heat up those price stickers on glass–just heat and then peel
them right off. This works great on jelly jar labels and once I used
this method to get a bumper sticker off my car (my grandson put it on
the paint—rear passenger door and I did not notice for almost a

My favorite heat gun use is to make smores. 2 graham crackers,
chocolate pieces, marshmallow, wooden skewer, heat gun. Heat the
marshmallow a nice toasty brown, assemble and enjoy. We did this with
a Brownie troop for one of their try its and they loved them.

Repairing computer parts: I have a story to tell about my heat gun…
It happened this week, and it saved my YOU-KNOW-WHAT!! I am setting
up and trial running a new computer in my bedroom, next to my old
one, making sure it works, and getting it set it up for transfer of
my documentation to the new one, was checking on the CD speakers, and
it worked, and I took the CD
out, and the phone rang………..Then, later when I was flipping my
mattress over, (need to do it once in a while), the mattress caught
on the OPEN CD ROM holder….and bend it toward the ground, and it
wouldn’t go back into the holder space. It would go so far and then
stop, I could force it back in by holding up the plastic, but it
wouldn’t do it on its  own….BRAND NEW,
not even REGISTERED yet! After I stopped hyperventilating, I used my
heat gun to heat the plastic a little at a time, and I slowly
maneuvered it until the tray would slide shut on it own, and it plays
and all is well,  THANK HEAVENS FOR OUR HEAT GUN!!!

Takes a dipping and keeps on ticking!!   My favorite heat gun story
is from this web site.  One demonstrator dropped her heat tool in her
coffee, while it was plugged in.  She jumped quick and unplugged it,
rinsed it off and let it dry off.  Plugged it in, turned it on and it
is still running like a top.

You can use your gun to remove hardened candle wax.  Aim the heat at
the wax.  When it starts to melt, use a white paper towel to blot it
up.  Do this a little at a time to prevent scorching your surface.

For artsy daredevils: pool some metallic ink on glossy c/s.  Aim
heat at its center.  It will spread the ink and create a nice blob.
Sprinkle some of the confetti in our new glitter stacks on top of the
blob, then pour on some clear EP.  Heat again, pour on more EP, melt,
and allow

dry. It makes a nice accent or background for your artwork.  I
discovered this when trying to find things to do with the new
confetti we have.  I tried something similar with the regular
reinkers and didn’t like the results – non impressive.  If any of you
try a variation of this, please share
your results!

Use the heat gun to melt some candle wax onto your paper creating an
abstract design, then do a direct to paper technique over it.  The
wax will resist the ink and also give your paper texture.

Melt bits of broken crayons for a background resist.  I would melt
the various colors of crayon bits until there were melted puddles
scattered around the cardstock.  Then I would let them harden and use
the foam brayer to brayer ink over the whole piece of card stock.
Next, I would reheat the crayon until remelted and then soak up the
excess with a paper towel. This would
leave some color on the card stock, plus the ink would have resisted
these areas.  It might make an interesting background.  Maybe a
little like a faux batik look. (Note: This idea has not been tried!
Please report back to the list if you try it!)

I use mine with friendly plastic! It’s sooo much easier than putting
it in the toaster oven every time you need to soften it! Friendly
plastic is THE coolest stuff ever!! You can get it at stamp stores or
on-line at http://www.stampoasis.com. It’s not even new if you can believe
that! I heard they used it in the ’70’s to make jewelry and now it’s
making a big comeback. Any-hoo, I use it make jewelry and components
to embellish cards. It comes in really pretty metallic colors and it
kind of wrinkles when you heat it up. While it’s hot you can blend
colors together and put in beads, charms, even stamped images. Then
when it’s dry I put a coat of crystal effects over
because: 1. It makes the plastic super shiny and pretty and 2. if you
use charms or beads (as I do) they will fall off when the plastic is
cool unless you seal it! Honestly, I only discovered it a few months
ago but I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! In fact, I made a Friendly Plastic pin
for a friend and she asked to make her 8 more for Christmas gifts. I
made $60!!! And then I felt guilty because I had a blast making them!
Oh, I almost forgot! I found some FP recently at Michaels! It was
with the wire mesh that you would use to make a form if you were
going to cover it w/ plaster. Not with the jewelry stuff where it
SHOULD be! I hope this makes sense and I’m not rambling too
I just get so excited when I share something new!! Try it!! It’s so
much fun!

Speed up effectiveness of bleach stamping by heating the bleach
stamped image from underneath after stamping.

Make gift baskets and use it to shrink the shrink plastic over the
basket. I tried it and just like magic shrunk in no time flat.

You can use the heat tool on fun foam.  You heat and then imprint a
bold or bold line stamp in it.

DH used it to heat the glue of our old linoleum as he peeled it up to
lay new stuff.  He was impressed by my suggestion to use it and that
it worked like a charm!

use it to melt stamped tissue paper to a candle.  You can also heat
the surface of the candle and then stamp a DD stamp into it.
Highlight the impression with paints – maybe our metallic reinkers
would work?  I tried this a long time ago and didn’t get really good
results.  This past year, I’ve been making candles with dried flowers
in them to sell at a local farmer’s market (my other business).
Sometimes the flowers wouldn’t show up well and I would use the
heat gun to melt off a layer of wax.

33. Added by Linda: I am a hostess of many swaps so I get a lot of packages and the person
wants me to re-use the envelope for the return, so I use my heat gun to
open the envelopes and it works with no damage to the envelope.

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Until Next Time….Happy Heating!!!

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Tag Punch Flower….

This past week has been quite challenging.  We had a great weekend and then Sunday night my daughter was up coughing all night.  I suspected it was her allergies because she had spent the whole weekend outside.  We went to the Dr. on Monday afternoon and found out she had Croup!  YUCK!  It has been a rather sleepless week for all of us.  Tuesday night was a little better so I figured we were on the upward swing.  Then last night was awful!  Today she seems a little better, and I sure hope so since we are supposed to go out of town tomorrow!!!  The last time we went to Branson, we ended up coming home because she was sick.  That must be a place that we are suppose to avoid!!!  Makes ya wonder!  We are going with our Pastor and his wife to a conference called WorldView Weekend.  It should be really good!  I just hope I don’t get stuck in the hotel for the whole weekend!

With all that said, I haven’t had much creative time!  I got my new cuttlebug stuff last week and wanted to play with it, but that hasn’t really been the case!  I also have been working at the preschool and will be there until the end of the school year. That take a bite out of the creative time as well!  Yesterday I managed to get 1 card done!

This is one of the new Cuttlebug embossing folders that I got.  It is called Traffic.

I saw a card yesterday that was made using the tag punch (you can use the regular or the small tag punch for this) and so I decided I could find time to make one of those!

The paper is Gable Green and the DP is from the Spring Mini, and it’s called Petals and Paisleys.

I stamped "adorable" from the Warm Words set and put it on with hodgepodge hardware and pink ribbon.  The ribbon in the picture looks white, but it is really light pink.

I won’t be back online until next week after we get back from our trip!  Have Fun and make a tag flower!

Here are the directions for the folds.  They were put together by Laurie Lenertz.

Download pinwheel_card_instructions_to_upload.pdf

This was fun and easy, give it a try!  Until Next Time……Happy Creating!!!

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One of my all time favorite stamp sets is Lovely As A Tree!  I had made this background paper a long time ago and didn’t know what to do with it when I was done.  Later, I wanted to try the wax paper resist technique and once I finished that, I realized that the background paper would work great with it!
The two techniques I used were Watercolor Roll and Wax Paper Resist.  For the background, I used a piece of acetate and scribbled 3 different colors of watercolor crayons and then spritzed them with water.  I rolled my brayer through the colors and then rolled it onto white card stock. Pretty easy and makes a nice background.
For the wax paper resist, stamp your image onto your glossy card stock with StazOn ink.  Then you start with a square piece of wax paper.  I folded the wax paper into triangles over and over again.  Then unfold it and place it over your glossy card stock and iron to transfer the wax to the glossy card stock.  After that I used my sponge daubers to add color.  If you are interested in different techniques, you should check out PatStamps.com and subscribe to her Technique Junkies Newsletter.  It’s a great way to learn to use your supplies!!

Supplies used:

    Card Stock: pumpkin pie, white glossy,old olive, whisper white

   Ink: Black StazOn, pumpkin pie, marigold morning, celery, watercolor crayons 


Accessories: brayer, window sheet (acetate), water spritzer, gold cord, wax paper, card board to place over wax paper before ironing, iron, sponge daubers, oval cutters, corner rounder

Until Next Time…..Happy Creating!!!

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Here is a compiled list of 30+ ways to use your stamp pad re-inkers!  You can save a copy for yourself at the bottom of this post.  Enjoy!

Re-Inkers Uses

What else can you do with bottles of
re-inkers other than re-ink your stamp pads?

To borrow from
Dr. Suess:
Oh the thinks we can think, though you may ask me
The thinks we can think in using that dye.

1. Re-ink your stamp pads:
Use the coordinating re-inkers to
keep those 48 Stampin Up! Colors "alive." (Bet you already
guessed this one.)

2. Re-ink Kaliedacolor pads:
Use the
standard 48 color re-inkers to re-ink your Kaliedacolor pads.
Stampin’ Up! has colors that are pretty close matches for the K-pads.
You may slightly alter a few of them but at least this provides you
another option than throwing the pad away.

Shaving Cream Technique:
Use them to make your own specialty
papers with a technique referred to as the Shaving Cream Technique.
This technique for making unique backgrounds for your special cards
requires foam shaving cream and the re-inkers. It is a little messy
so I recommend wearing thin rubber gloves and working in the kitchen
on newspaper. Spread the bottom of a shallow 9 X 12 pan with a layer
of shaving cream (the cheap .99 cent stuff). Spread it out with a
spatula to about 3/4" thick in the bottom of the pan. Take a
couple of coordinating colors (such as Mellow Moss and Pale Plum) of
re-inkers and put a couple drops in a random pattern all over the
shaving cream. Just a couple drops to start with. You can always add
a few more drops. Take something such as a marker, pencil or
toothpick to swirl the shaving cream around until you get the look
you want. This will give a marbeling effect on finished product. Now
press a piece of white cardstock (1/4 sheet is easier to work with)
face down into the shaving cream from the center out. Press it to be
sure the whole surface is touching. Gently peel the card stock up and
scrape off the extra shaving cream with a spatula or wipe off with a
paper towel. Dry off the extra bits with a dark colored towel or a
clean paper towel. The shaving cream will come off the card stock,
but the ink pattern will remain. Don’t be afraid of smearing the ink.
It will stay where it originally touched the paper. You now have an
awesome background, each one a little different from the next. You
can repeat until you don’t like the design you get. When it is dry,
the surface is soft, almost velvety to the touch.

Paintbrush Technique:
Select a paintbrush and palette (you can buy
these in a craft or hobby store or make your own from a plastic
plate.) You will actually paint with the re-inkers. No need for a
blending pen. This method adds more vibrancy to your finished project
and you have the ability to apply undertones and highlights right
where you want them. It works best to first emboss your image.
Embossing gives a nice edge for the ink to blend to. You can also mix
the re-inkers and come up with your own designer color.

Christmas Ornaments:
Make beautiful glitter bulbs! Take clear
glass ball ornaments and remove the top. You will need about 10 drops
of one color of our SU ink refills into each clear glass bulb
ornament. NOTE: Only add one color ink refill (dye based ink) or it
will create a muddy mess and won’t look very nice. When you are done,
turn the bulb upside down and let the excess ink drain off into a
paper/plastic cup. Pour approximately 1/2 teaspoon glitter into the
cardstock that is folded. (You can mix different colors of glitter to
create your own custom design.) After ink has drained from bulb, pour
glitter into glass bulb, QUICKLY, put a small piece of paper or
plastic over opening, to protect your finger, now . . . SHAKE. NOTE:
You should shake the glitter around *immediately* so that it doesn’t
sit in one place forming a big blob of glitter. Pour excess dyed
glitter into a different plastic film container. (You can reuse it.)
Put the top back on the ornament. Tie Organdy or Grosgrain Ribbon,
Raffia or whatever you would like around the top or just leave it
plain. These are truly beautiful!

6. Paperclay and
Mix with Paperclay to make your own specialty colors.
This is great for matching your embellishments to your projects! You
can also choose to not fully mix the re-inker into the Paperclay and
leave it in sort of a swirl pattern.

7. Crystal Effects
and Re-Inkers:
Besides adding Crystal Effects straight from the
bottle, to give it color, add a drop or 2 of a re-inker. This will
give a raised, 3-D effect to your stamp project. Add a bit of
dazzling diamond glitter to the mixture and now you have a colored
glitter gloss perfect for adding that extra special touch to any card
or project.

8. Easter Egg Background:
Do you want to spread
a little spring happiness around? Try making your own designer paper
using the re-inkers doing the following technique. Use a paper towel
that you have "wadded" up, dip in
re-inker color and
then pounce it all over the US white cardstock. Doing this with 2 or
3 colors ends up looking like dyed Easter Eggs that the little
kiddies do. Really pretty. to use an eyedropper, put some drops down
and let them run across the page.

9. Resist Techniques:
do this technique you can use several things: wax paper, white or
clear crayons, rubber cement or Versamark with clear embossing
powder. The results are pretty much the same with any method.
you get your stamped pattern on the paper use an eye dropper to put
some drops on the page. Hold the paper slanted down and let the ink
run across the page. (Do this over a pan and save the run off ink in
a plastic color palette that has a lid to seal. You can find these at
art supply stores.) The ink is resisted in the areas where you have
placed your wax or VM/EP. You can also use your brayer to place
re-inker colors on your card stock. With a little imagination and a
bit of experimenting, you can make some pretty cool patterns this

10. Batik Technique:
Use the Re-inkers to create cards
that will have the look of this ancient art form. There are two
methods to batiking that use re-inkers. One utilizes Mulberry paper
and the other uses tissue paper.

Mulberry Batik Method: Emboss
on mulberry paper using solid, bold stamp, resist pad, clear
embossing powder and heat tool just until image is clear. Then you
crunch the paper into a ball to crack the embossing. (This step is
optional, depending on the look you’d like for the finished project.)
Place on one side of newsprint and spritz with water until it’s
soaked but not drippy. Drop re-inker of one color is several places.
Using brush dribble more water on to spread the color. Clean the
brush. Now drop another color and repeat with the brush from a clear
cup of water. Fold newsprint over and press and leave for few
seconds. Now carefully unfold and transfer to a couple of clean
sheets of newsprint in a flip flop method. Fold this newsprint over
and with a medium iron press about one minute. Carefully begin to
lift off the newsprint. It may stick, if so then put the newsprint
down and heat that area until it releases when you lift it up. Card –
Cut base card 5 ½" x 11", fold in half. On white
card stock cut 5" square. Attach Batik paper as before. Color
edge with inkpad. Place saying on white card stock and trim down.
Stipple and then color edges with pad. Attach to a piece of the card
stock left from the base card. Then attach to front of card using
foam tape.
** You should have a resist where the embossing is. It
will have color cracks running through it like actual batik. The
natural fiber lines that are found in Mulberry adds to the batik
look. Beautiful!

Tissue Paper and Re-Inker Batik Method: Stamp
a pattern using VersaMark ink and a bold type of stamp onto tissue
paper (white, or even light colors of tissue will work well.)
Sprinkle on clear
embossing powder and use heat tool to emboss.
Then use the re-inkers and "drop" ink onto the tissue
paper. The ink absorbed into the paper where there was no embossing.
Be sure to protect the area in which you are doing this. I recommend
using a small aluminum cookie sheet as a protector. Try
colors of tissue paper like yellow, light green, or whatever will go
with your project.

11. Watercolor Brayer:
Drop spots of
several re-inkers onto a piece of plastic wrap. Fold wrap in half to
spread ink around. Then unfold and ink your brayer by rolling it
across this newly created palette of color. Then spritz with a water
bottle and roll out onto your card stock for a very pretty watercolor

12. Liquid Applique:
Using the white Liquid
Applique, squeeze a bit out and mix it with your choice of re-inker.
Allow it to air dry for a smooth, shiney look or "puff" it
up with a heat gun. It picks up the color of the ink. Now you have 48
colors of Liquid Applique! Take several colors of your special mixed
applique and squirt on card and then brayer (using the
lucite attachment) all over the place. Then heat with heat tool and
stamp various stamps on top using black ink. Looks great with
Southwestern themes.

13. Dye Mulberry:
Use the re-inkers
to change white Mulberry into any of the 48 colors Stampin’ Up!
carries. Now you will never have to worry that your colors won’t

14. Bubble Background Technique:
Do you
need the look of bubbles for your scrapbook page or card. I don’t
mean little bubbles but nice BIG, fat ones. Then you must try this
way of using your re-inker. All you need is re-inker, dish washing
soap, glossy cardstock, water, wisk, large bowl, drinking straw,
refill ink, paper towels, aluminum baking dish.

15. Re-ink
your 48 colors of SU! Markers:
First let me say that SU! does NOT
endorse doing this. It is just something some that can be done to
extend the life of the markers. You do this at the risk of ruining
the marker and thereby having to replace it anyway.
Re-ink Marker
Technique #1: Carefully and gently remove the wide tip of the marker.
Fill a small container with the coordinating color of re-inker. Place
the brush tip of the marker that you’ve removed into the container
that has the re-inker fluid in. Allow to soak from 10 minutes to 24
hours depending on how dry the tip was. Add several amounts of
re-inker to the barrel of the marker. Re-insert the brush tip into
the barrel of the marker. Do so gently and carefully.

Marker Technique #2: Another way that has been suggested by a
long-time demonstrator is as follows: Don’t remove the tip from the
barrel at all! If you put some re-inker into a clear film canister
and let the marker sit in it for a while the marker will suck up all
the ink it needs. Then wipe the tip replace the cap and allow the
marker to rest flat this will allow the ink to travel to the small
tip as well. It’s a lot less messy!

16. Dye Radiant
You can use your re-inkers to change the color of the
lighter Radiant Pearls. Just drop a drop of the color re-inker of
your choice on a plastic surface like an old CD, add Lemon Chiffon
R.P. and voila!–you’ve created a custom RP color!

17. Dye
Organdy Ribbon:
Use the re-inkers to dye white organdy ribbon or
grosgrain ribbon to any of the 48 colors. Just be sure to have a
piece of paper underneath as you add the color on top of it. This is
a great way to get a coordinating ribbon for your projects.

Foil Paper/Re-inker Technique:
Emboss an open image without a lot
of detail (like balloons, hearts, flowers, jar, cauldron, Star of
David, etc.) onto the front of a card. Use Black Colorbox & Clear
Emboss Powder. Then stamp the same image onto plain foiled holiday
gift wrap, simply using a dye-based ink and color in using re-inkers.
You can cut out the whole image or parts of it . . . depending on the
look you want to go for. Cut on the "inside" line of the
image. Glue the foiled piece or pieces inside the embossed image on
the card.

19. Paper Casting with Re-inkers:
something new to try. Place stamp with image side up on table. Select
up to eight squares of toilet paper (any kind) and stack them. Dampen
them with water and lay them over the stamp. Place a hand towel on
top and gently press down expelling some of the water from the tp and
molding it to the stamp image. Now paint on the color you want using
your re-inkers and a paintbrush. Carefully remove all the tp at one
time from the stamp and lay aside to dry. The image will appear
similar to paper casting! Place in a frame, attach to a card, tag,
collage work, etc.

20. Tissue Paper/Window Sheets
On a sheet of window sheets (acetate),
squeeze out a blob of clear gel glue. Spread with your finger and
leave it fairly thick. Drop a few different colors of re-inkers on
glue and spread around. Add more drops to achieve a marbled look as
desired. Cut a piece of white tissue slightly larger than the
glue/ink area and wad it up. Unroll and leave wrinkly. Place on top
of glue/ink and set aside to dry (peel back a corner to check that
ink is dry). When dry, peel tissue away from acetate and use whole or
in pieces for a cool background. Finished paper has the look of
stained glass.

21. Aluminum Foil/Re-inkers:
Pull a piece or
foil off the roll. Fold it in half – open. Squirt some of your
re-inkers on the foil. Fold the foil in half again pressing together
(with hand or brayer roller) allowing the ink to mix into each other.
Open up and lay a blank card in the inked foil. Fold the foil over
the card. Smooth your hand over the foil allowing the ink to get on
the card. Open the foil and look to see if you need to add any more
paint- if so…repeat the process again.

23. Re-Inkers and
Glue with Tissue Paper:
Stamp all images on acetate. Color stamped
images on reverse side (non-stamped side) of tissue paper. To
highlight use Marvy Metallic markers. Put drops of white glue on
reverse side (once marker is dry) add drops of dye re-inkers. Use
your fingers to smear glue and color as desired (work carefully over
marker as it will flake off – it is worth the effort as the Marvy
Metallics are really what makes this pop!). Crumple white tissue
paper and adhere to glue to seal. Layer with background papers onto

24. "Caught in Crystal":
This is a very
clever use of an ordinary household cleaning product, the clear
acrylic floor finish. Give it a try. Stamp design of your choice on
copier transparency with Black Fabrico ink. Heat fix. Spray with
clear gloss fixative. Heat to dry. Tape transparency, stamped side
down onto a sheet of plain white paper. The tape will act as a
barrier to keep the inks and floor finish from seeping under the
front of the transparency. Pour a puddle of floor finish on the
transparency and spread evenly over back. Add a light sprinkle of
glitter. Tear a piece of tissue paper a little larger than your
transparency. Crumple, open and smooth onto transparency. Add more
floor finish – you want the surface wet so the dyes flow easily. Add
drops of dye from re-inkers. Blend edges of colors together using a
soft paint brush. Blot with a paper towel. You control how deep the
colors will be at this step. If the tissue tears, Don’t Panic! Tear
off a small piece of tissue and patch with more floor finish. Heat to
dry. Hold the heat gun about 6 -8 inches from the transparency — you
don’t want to melt it! Add another layer of floor finish — this is
what will turn the piece crystal clear. Again, heat to dry. Cut out
inside of taped area. The finished piece is now ready to be mounted.

25. Tie
Cut open the bottom and one side of a page protector so it
opens like a book. Dribble three or four colors of re-inkers on one
side. Close and mush colors around. Open page protector again and
place two half sheets of GLOSSY cardstock back to back and lay on
ink. Close page protector and lightly brayer to press ink into paper.
Open page protector and set papers aside to dry. Can be repeated
twice more to make six papers per inking. This makes great papers for
invitations to a birthday party.

26. Polished Stone
Apply 4 – 6 very small dots of metallic ink (from
refill bottle) onto a quarter sheet of glossy CS. Do not apply too
much or too thickly or you will have a problem with it rubbing off
finished project. Dip cotton ball into alcohol and squeeze out most
of the alcohol. Dot 4 – 5 small drops of 1 or 2 colors of water based
ink onto the wet cotton ball. Dab cotton ball in an up & down
motion all over the CS as desired (colored inks will blend and
metallic ink will marble-ize.) Quickly go back over the "dots"
and swirl and pat ink to blend "dots" of color and spread
metallic ink into "veins." Let dry. Dry with heat tool for
about 30 seconds. Stamp image on top with basic black ink pad or
embossing pad and powder. Spray with sealer. Or you may choose to
emboss the entire thing background after stamping.

27. Other
Objects for Creating Backgrounds Using Re-inkers:
* Kooshball –
dab in re-inker and paint;
* Marbles – put in a shallow dish with
drops of re-inker, roll side to side;
* Rubber Ball – bounce it
in re-inker and then on paper;
* Piece of Mesh – dye it or use a
sponge and re-inker to create a cool grid on your paper;
* Bubble
Wrap – dab in re-inker and then press onto paper;
* Sandwich
Baggie – bunch it up, dab into ink and then on card stock;
Sponges – any of the variety, dab and paint; try any household

28. Inks And Water Technique:
Another way I like to
use the inks is to spray water on my gloss card first before I sponge
the card, then when I do sponge it creates a lovely washy softer ink

29. Inks And Baby Wipes:
Another way to use
the re-inkers is with baby wipes! Yes you read that right, pour a
tiny amount of ink into a palette, and then take a fresh baby wipe
and scrunch it into a ball. Next dab the baby wipe into the ink and
swoosh the baby wipe across the card to create unique patterned
backgrounds. The alcohol in the baby wipes makes the inks literally
shine on the gloss card, not to mention they also add an interesting
textured pattern. Try it and See!

30. Radiant Pearls and
You can change the color of radiant pearls to match the
SU! 48 colors by adding re-inkers to one of the lighter colors of
Radiant Pears. In a palette well, put in one of the neutral or light
colors (oyster or lemon chiffon) and add a drop or two of SU reinker
inks and make a color that matches your SU ink or paper. Ink appears
to help speed up the drying process as well.

* You
may want to use rubber gloves to keep your fingers from becoming a
colorful part of your project.
* Be sure to wipe tip on re-inker
and recap before storing.

*** Remember if you can "think
it" you can "ink it!" ***

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Dsc05199Looking at this picture it’s a little hard to see but I bought some of the Fiskars Texture Plates to use with my Cuttlebug.  I purchased the Wizard Embossing Kit  to use with the cuttlebug and templates and here is the end result.  The green card stock has frogs, lizards, and dragonflies and the yellow is a basket weave.  If you click on the picture it will show you a larger image.  The details are easier to see then.

To use the Fiskars texture plates I make the following sandwich:

          • Plate A from the cuttlebug,
      • Fiskars texture plate,
      • card stock or paper,
    • tan Wizard pad,
  • black Wizard pad ,
  • (sometimes a very lightweight piece of chipboard or another piece
    of cardstock needs to be added next- run it through the first time without and see what type
    of impression you get. If it isn’t very deep then add a shim of
    cardstock or chipboard),
  • Plate B from the cuttlebug

Here is the card that I made with the frog background from up above.

I used the Unfrogettable Stamp Set.  I stamped each image on Very Vanilla Card stock and colored them in with Peal Ex using my aqua painter filled with Future Floor Wax.  To make the "grass", I used my slit punch.  You can find the tutorial on how to create a scalloped edge using your slit punch here.

Until Next Time….Happy Creating!!!

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