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Creative Chemistry 101: Marbled Stains

Another project in the Creative Chemistry series in Online Card Classes uses Distress Stains to make a marble effect.  Picket Fence Stain is an opaque stain as opposed to all the other stains which are translucent.  Combine Picket fence stain with any other colors on your craft sheet and it gives your paper the look of marble. Spritz with water, add some Distress Ink of your choice around the edges and finish it off with w stamp done in Archival Ink.

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See you in the studio,

Lisa

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Creative Chemistry 101: Perfect Distress Mist

Another project in the third week of the Creative Chemistry series in Online Card Classes introduced us to Perfect Pearls Powder. A couple of weeks ago, we made our own Distress Ink mist by adding some of the re-inker fluid to some water in a mini-mister. For this technique, we added a tiny scoop of Perfect Pearls to the previously prepared ink mist. I used copper, silver and gold Pearls, adding one of those to each of my misters.  I shook them up really well to make sure they were blended and then began misting the tag with each color, drying after each layer.

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I just love the way the metallic pearl blends with the colors and how it all comes together on the tag.

See you in the studio,

Lisa

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Creative Chemistry 101: Shattered Stains

Another project in the third week of the Creative Chemistry series in Online Card Classes gave us another opportunity to play with Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. Die cut your shapes using Grungeboard or chipboard and put a thick layer of the crackle paint on the shape allowing it to totally dry. Stain your shapes, heat them up, repeat with additional colors.  Adhere them to a tag  you have already inked.

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If you zoom in you can better see the stained glass effect of this technique.  So cool!

See you in the studio,

Lisa

 

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Creative Chemistry 101: Crackle Paint Resist

Another project in the third week of the Creative Chemistry series in Online Card Classes introduced us to the most fun medium yet, Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. Put a thick layer of this on the tag and let it dry and do its thing … CRACKLE! Stain it, heat it, stamp it and heat it some more – voilà!

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Every new medium is an art adventure!

Back to the studio,

Lisa

 

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Creative Chemistry 101: Stamping with Markers

Another project in the third week of the Creative Chemistry series in Online Card Classes took us back to Distress Markers. We colored onto the stamps with a variety of colors of Distress Markers. We “huffed” a nice puff of warm air on the colored stamp, stamped the image onto the paper and then heat set it.  After it was dry, we inked over the entire tag using a variety of Distress Ink and a blending tool. To finish it off, we spritzed the tag with water, blotted off any excess and heat set it until it was dry.

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I love the contrast of the splashes against the ink.

Lisa

 

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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