Colour Me Challenge #67 – What’s Brewing? Ink Smooshing Technique

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Welcome! This week I’m ink smooshing for the Colour Me challenge. The challenge this week is to create a project using a pale green, and two shades of pink.

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I’ve been dying to try out the very popular ink smooshing technique, so I seized the opportunity with this week’s challenge. Make sure to watch the video to see how I made my card this week–

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To do the smooshing, I used Distress Ink, an acrylic block, and my mini mister filled with water. After applying each colour, I heat set the paper to make sure the colours didn’t run or bleed. I like how the smooshing splotches made a kind of messy cloud above my tea pot, kind of like a genie in a bottle. Ink smooshing was tonnes of fun so I hope you’ll try it too!

Supplies:

Make sure to visit the other Colour Me designers for some awesome inspiration–

I hope I’ve inspired you to play along with us this week and I’ll see you there! Until next time,

julia

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Colour Me…! 62 – Green Bokeh

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Welcome to another week of Distress Ink madness here at Z². I’ve been on a total Distress Ink binge and this week I went all out with a bokeh inspired background for the Colour Me…! challenge. The challenge this week is to create a project using two tones of green: moss and emerald.

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My card incorporates two colours of Distress Ink and three different homemade stencils to achieve my bokeh inspired background. Once I finished my background, I heat embossed a subtle sentiment and cut the background into four sections before adhering it to my cardbase.

Supplies:

Thanks so much for stopping by this week. I hope I’ve inspired you to play along with us over at the Colour Me challenge. Make sure to check out tons of green inspiration from the other designers:

& March’s marvelous guest designer, Joyce Mehrberg

Sharing is caring! I’m also going to play along with the Friday Mashup gals in their 200th challenge. I’m going to mashup  #174, Bokeh, and #154, Spring Colours.

julia

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Silhouette Studio – 3 Quick Tips

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Welcome! For today’s post, I am sharing three quick tips for Silhouette Studio. These three tips have been invaluable as I create. They are all EASY, but maybe not intuitive. I use the free version of the Silhouette Studio software, so these tips can be used by anyone. I move through the tutorials quite quickly so if you have any questions, please feel free to let me know!

Quick Tip#1 – How to Install a Font

Quick Tip#2 – How to Create Custom Sentiments and Words (Weld)

Quick Tip#3 – How to Add Stitched Borders to Your Silhouette Shapes

Thanks for dropping by! See you back here on Wednesday for a new Colour Me…! post. Until then,

julia

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Tips & Techniques: Silhouette Cutting Mats

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Hi everyone! This is an exciting week for me! My first ever post as a design team member (Colour Me…! challenge) will go live on Wednesday. Stay tuned for a brand new card and tutorial video.

In the meantime, I wanted to share a quick tip for extending the life of your electronic cutting mats.

I find that I go through quite a few of the sticky cutting mats for my Silhouette machine. Not that I cut through them or ruin them, just that they lose their ‘stick’ over time.

“Resticky” cutting mats with repositionable spray adhesive. This trick might be old news, but for me it was an exciting discovery! There are a few brands out there (I will list some below) but they all, more or less, work the same way. I found my spray at Walmart but they are also widely available at hardware and crafts stores.

To prepare the mat, I use some low-tack masking tape to tape over the mat’s edges where I don’t want any sticky residue. I learned the hard way that if you skip this step the rollers (that glide the mat) on the machine will get gummed up and can tear the paper while it moves through the machine.

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After I tape the edges, I protect my work surface with a few pieces of wax paper, open the window, and give the mat a light spray with the repositionable adhesive. It’s been my experience that a little goes a long way. I let the mat sit for a few minutes and **presto** the mat is ready to use as usual.

If your mat gets too sticky (I was a little heavy handed with the spray at first!) you can always use a piece of wax paper on the mat (place overtop and rub gently) to help remove a little of the adhesive. I often use this trick when I start a brand new mat and it works like a charm.

The spray adhesive is about $10 but one bottle will last a long time so it’s well worth the investment. If you’re looking to get extra bang for your buck, you can also use this spray on the back of your stencils to keep them in place on your project.

I hope you find this tip helpful! I don’t know about you, but I really like finding thrifty ways to save on supplies so I can splurge on others.

If you liked this tip, you may also enjoy my post about making your own anti-static embossing bag.

Take care, and hope to see you back here again soon!

julia

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The Friday Mashup Challenge: FM176

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I wanted to use up more of the supplies in my Simon Says Stamp September Card Kit so I popped over to the Friday Mashup Challenge Blog to see if the challenge could get my gears spinning. It did! The FM176 challenge this week is to create a project using the provided sketch, or to create a project using an emboss resist technique, or to mash them up and create a project using the sketch and emboss resist. Here is the sketch:

And here’s my card:

My FM176 card

My FM176 card

So, emboss resist is the process of heat embossing an image and then applying ink over top. The embossed areas resist the ink and stay vibrant. I’ve mostly seen this done with white embossed images, so I wasn’t sure if using coloured ink and clear embossing is strictly considered emboss resist, but hey, why not?

I cut a 4″ x 4″ white cardbase and protected the back of the card with some strips of Post-It tape. The Post-It tape also helped the card stay in place while I stamped and inked. Using one of the book stamps from the SSS To Thine Own Shelf set, I stamped with three colours of pigment ink from my Color Box Petal Point, Enchantment. To emboss, I used Ranger Superfine clear embossing power. I stamped and embossed one colour at a time and used my homemade anti-static bag in between each colour.

I wasn’t happy with how some of the books had embossed so I stamped over them with VersaMark ink and re-embossed to make sure my resist would work.

Once I was content with the embossed background, I used Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and a makeup sponge to cover the whole card front. Just for good measure, I added some water droplets for a bit of a more distressed look. This ink came in the card kit and it’s my first time ever using Distress Ink. I think I might be hooked. My resist technique isn’t perfect but the Distress Ink helped smooth everything out and dried beautifully.

I used a scrap of patterned paper (also from the kit, October Afternoon, Public Library) and some stickers to finish off the card. I wanted to pop up the sentiment but since it was a sticker I rubbed some baby powder on the back before applying my foam tape to make sure none of the edges got stuck down.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great week!