The background is a variety of copic inks in reds, oranges and yellows on Yupo paper.  After I applied some abstract patterns, I placed a stencil on top and and tapped in some Colorless Blender. “Gratitude” is hand lettered with a Copic medium brush pen on manila folder paper and then stained and inked with reds and purples and a Vintage Photo brown from Distress.

Creative Chemistry 101: Rock Candy Distress Stickles

This is my final post for Creative Chemistry 101 with Online Card Classes!  When I started my Distress journey at the beginning of June I had no idea how many products and techniques there were to explore. I said at the outset that I’ve always loved the look of the Tim Holtz’ Distress but now I can say that with equal enthusiasm that I love to work with Distress as well.

The final project for the 101 class, Rock Candy Distress Stickles, is the perfect summation of the 101 course. Distress Stain and Distress Inks coated with glittery Rock Candy Distress Stickles couldn’t be more perfect.


The above photo does not capture the shimmer of the Rock Candy so I have included the photo below with the tag tilted toward the light so that you can get a sense of it.


Back to the studio and on to Creative Chemistry 102!






Creative Chemistry 101: Paint Dabber Resist

Today’s project from the Creative Chemistry series in the Online Card Classes involved canvas and paint! For this technique, we used Sticky Back Canvas from Ranger. This is a thin layer of canvas that you can cut out, remove the sticker back and adhere anywhere. Pretty clever. Instead of ink on the image, I applied paint to the stamp with a Ranger Paint Dabber. After stamping my canvas I made sure it was dry before applying various colors of Distress Stain right over the top of the image.


The dried paint resists the stain allowing the image to come through the color. I see a lot of possibilities with this Sticky Back Canvas!

See you in the studio,


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.