Hi all - I'm having a great time with Tim Holtz's online class Creative Chemistry 101
. No matter how many times I've taken his classes in person or seen him in action on his blog
, this online class has been soooo helpful in solidifying my knowledge of his techniques. I can go back and review whenever I need it - often!! I amazed myself and actually did the homework - making a tag for each of the techniques - although I had to catch up this weekend to finish them all. Get ready for a long post since I saved the whole week for today!
So here are Week 1's tags all together:
Quite a rainbow of colors! I just love all the Ranger products we used and I had fun using stamps from Hero Arts
, Penny Black
, and Stampers Anonymous
Day 1 was an introduction - no actual production on our parts. Day 2 we worked with Distress Inks; here are the tags from that day:
Left to right: Blended Spritz & Flick, Brushless Watercolor Technique and Wrinkle-Free Distress Technique. I won't go into a big explanation of all the techniques since it's class content. I used Hero Arts Exotic Bloom stamp and their watercolor paper on my middle tag.
And here's the card I created today using that same Brushless Watercolor technique.
I cut an oval of watercolor paper and stamped the Exotic Bloom with the corner of various Distress Inks, misted with water before stamping. Overstamped with a misted Newspaper Background from Hero Arts, inked in Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. The card base was stamped with the Leaf and Floral Background, a favorite Cling stamp by Hero Arts. I had a wash of Picket Fence Distress Stain lingering on it which I over-inked with Forest Moss Distress Ink and misted before stamping on the textured card base. The dots, inked with Wild Honey Distress Ink are from a Stamper's Anonymous set of fun texture stamps.
Day 3 brought on various Archival Inks, including Alcohol Inks which I still owned from years ago when they were first popular. Here are my tags:
From left to right: Alcohol Inks Agates, Stamping with Reflections, Archival Resist Technique.
The black stamping on the left tag got a bit blurry in spots - stamping on glossy paper can be a challenge!! I really liked the stamping done on the embossing folder so it comes out behind the embossing and as a reverse image of the stamp. I went ahead and cut a slit in my embossing folder as Tim instructed, so my tag could slide right into the folder. Very fun. All the stamps I used were from a couple of Stampers Anonymous sets I had around here.
Day 4 we used Distress Ink Re-inkers, both for watercoloring and for misting. Here are my tags:
L to R: Watercoloring with Re-inkers, Layered Misting, Custom Stamp Pad Techniques. I wasn't too thrilled with my watercoloring - I don't have a lot of Re-inkers so my options were limited. I stamped the Hero Arts Fleurettes in Archival ink and watercolored with Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint and Dusty Concord Re-inkers; the background was washed with Broken China. Texture stamp for the "grass" is from Stampers Anonymous. On the middle tag I made a background misting Scattered Straw and Peeled Paint Re-inkers, then I misted over a flower mask (from the home painting department) using Broken China Re-inker Mist. Behind that tag you can see another one - I used the wet mask as a negative and stamped it on another tag - that made a runny image but kinda cool. I did the tag on the right with the custom stamp pad I created - my first one!! Here it is:
Even though I had seen Tim make a custom stamp pad on his blog, it really helped when he talked about the different materials of the various stamp pads. Of course, I had the wrong kind at home - the foam! Luckily I was at my LSS and they had the felt kind I needed. As you can see, the colors turn into a blobby mess but it still stamps right! Again - not a lot of Re-inkers in my arsenal but I thought my butterfly turned out nice. It's a Penny Black stamp I bought it at the LSS when I got the felt.
Last but not least - Day 5 when we used Spray Inks and Stains. Here are my tags:
L-R: Stained Kraft Resist, Stamping with Stains, Marbled Stains Techniques. On the left, I used a piece of Tim Holtz idea-ology kraft resist paper - it's actually a Christmas paper pad but had this one non-Christmasy postcard paper in it. I didn't bother stamping on it, just used various Distress Stains all over it. The middle one was my fave. First made a background with various Distress Stains but what really made it - the Picket Fence stamping! I used the Hero Arts Leaf and Floral background and love how it tied the background together - so pretty! Then I stamped the PB butterfly on it in Archival ink. My marbled technique wasn't my best, oh well. But I stamped a cool bird on it from the Gem Stone Birds Inkadinkado set (thanks again, Heather Maria
Whew - so that's it from week 1. I have all my class materials organized in a notebook and my tags tied together with some recycled twine from an artisan cracker bag (I always save it - comes in handy!). Now, to get ready for week 2, I'd better clean up my craft space!!! Thanks for visiting and I hope you had as crafty a weekend as I did!