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Creative Chemistry 101: Stamping with Stains

In the third week of the Creative Chemistry series in Online Card Classes we started to explore Distress Stains. We applied the stain to the wet tag, blending the colors.  While we were heat setting the stain, we were spritzing the tag with water to capture the effect of the ink reacting to the water. We inked around the edge of the tag and then went to work with the stamps.  For the text, I used Picket Fence Distress Stain and heat set it.  On top of that I stamped the butterfly image using Jet Black Archival ink.

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Lisa

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Creative Chemistry 101: Custom Stamp Pad

Check out this cool project from the second week of the Creative Chemistry series online class. You can check it out at Online Card Classes. To make our custom stamp pads, we used Ranger’s Cut n’ Dry Felt. We stamped our image on the fabric side of the felt and then applied the ink directly on to the image where we wanted the color to appear.  (This is the same ink you would use to re-ink a Distress stamp pad.) We then placed the stamp on it to ink it up and stamped our image onto the surface.  Now I have a custom colored stamp pad for this image to use over and over again.

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This turned out better than I expected and got me thinking about making some custom colors to put in my custom stamps!

Lisa

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Abstract with Ink

Some of my favorite pieces to create are abstract inks.  This piece was done with Copic Various Ink on synthetic Yupo paper.  The Copic ink is alcohol based and comes in 358 colors. The Yupo paper resembles glossy paper and comes in white and translucent.  For this piece I used the smooth white Yupo. I started with a base layer of Copic colors in the blue violet color family and after they base thoroughly dried I went back and added ink from the fluorescent family. Can you see which ones?

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I don’t know if my favorite part of this piece is the patterns around the edge or the deep pool in the middle.

Lisa

 

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Creative Chemistry 101: Watercolor with markers

A new project from the second week of the Creative Chemistry series online class. You can check it out at Online Card Classes. For this project, we first stamped images onto watercolor paper.  To color them we used Distress Markers.  The top image was colored with markers on dry paper and then blended with a water brush; the middle image was colored with markers on wet paper; the bottom image was colored on wet paper, dried, and then more colored marker was added on top of that.

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It is great to be able to get so much detail together with the watercolor wash.

Lisa

 

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Creative Chemistry 101: Layered Misting

Below is another project from the second week of the Creative Chemistry series online class. You can check it out at Online Card Classes. For this project, we sprayed ink and used a stencil for this really cool effect. I loved how it came out so I had to do it twice!

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The way the water mixes with the ink makes it look water damaged but the bright fresh colors give away its newness.  Such a fun looking contradiction!

Lisa

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Creative Chemistry 101: Watercoloring with re-inkers

Below is a project from the second week of the Creative Chemistry series online class. You can check it out at Online Card Classes. For this project, we stamped an image onto watercolor paper.  To color it, we used the ink refills or re-inkers for the Distress stamp pads and a watercolor brush.

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I really love the way the ink reacts to the to the water and gives you the vibrant and unexpected blends.

Lisa

 

 

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Creative Chemistry 101: Brushless Watercolor

Below is my my third project from the first week of the Creative Chemistry series online class. You can check it out at Online Card Classes. Unlike the previous projects (here and here), this  uses stamps for the images, finished off with an extremely worn bottom edge.

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Can’t wait for next week!

Lisa

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Creative Chemistry 101

I’ve always loved the look of the Tim Holtz Distress Inks by Ranger. They have a vintage feel but at the same time are very bright and fresh. Other than how they looked, I didn’t know anything about them. This summer, Online Card Classes and Tim Holtz are offering a great opportunity to get to know the Distress Ink products and how and why they work the way they do in their Creative Chemistry series.  Creative Chemistry debuted in 2012 with Creative Chemistry 101 and then 102.  This summer, they are re-releasing 101 in June, 102 in July and offering a new 103 Course in August.  In these courses, Tim explains the properties of the inks and materials and then demonstrates different techniques that illustrate how the ink reacts to create different effects.

Here is what we created using the Spritz & Flick Technique:

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So far, so fun!

Lisa