VIDEO: How to Wow – Distressed Metal (TTTC002)

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It’s been a week already! Welcome back for another Tic Tac Toe Challenge! We were just floored by all the submissions from our inaugural challenge – be sure to check out the Picks here. As promised, I have another How to Wow video – this time featuring the distressed metal used in my design.

This week’s Featured designer is Corinne Blake (thecreativecompendium.com) and, no matter what three elements you choose, you can’t go wrong! When the Design Teams were setting up their boards and doing up our first projects, we all wondered if we could do all nine elements. Would it look too cluttered? Would something just not go together? Well, surprise, surprise! It CAN be done! And I did it!

It was a total accident. I started off with Masculine, Birthday, Hexagon. But then, realized that the hexagon was embossing and I used the diecut from Swirly Scribbles – that was also yellow. The background is wood, there’s a gray banner, and of course, some Enamel Glitter Dots embellishments (the best way to sneak in some glitter for a masculine card!). And, POOF! I was at all 9 elements!

Let’s take a minute to focus on the “wow” element – that hexagon piece that looks like distressed sheet metal. As are many “wow” techniques, this one is pretty simple. Simple enough I can show it to you in less than 3 minutes! Take a look:

You’re probably thinking that it can’t get much easier – there must be a catch? Nope! No catch. Just some sandpaper on your foil sheets. It even works great without the embossing folder! The key is to take your time. Let the ink dry, and sand gently and sparingly. You can always take more off, but it’s really hard to put back on!

Here’s a few other tips about this card

  • The Basic Gray bars are stamped off. I didn’t want solid – but more distressed. So, don’t fret if the whole image doesn’t stamp.
  • I wanted a bold swirly element – instead of the typical thread or twine, so I went for the Swirly Scribble. BUT, I didn’t want all the leaves. So, I simply snipped off the ones that I didn’t want!
  • Always heat-set your craft ink! Stamp, then heat set, THEN punch!
  • The Happy and Birthday are just freehanded. They’re not supposed to be perfect rectangles. That adds to the rustic look!

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5 Ways to Add a Lace Look

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Welcome to the first ever Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hop! This month’s theme is Sale-a-Bration, so I thought I’d showcase 5 ways to add a lace look using the Delicate Details stamp set. It’s a lovely “accessory” stamp set that’s available FREE with $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration!

Since this is an “accessory” stamp set (doesn’t have any sentiments) I paired it with another Sale-a-Bration set – Any Occasion. You’ll see that my samples really are great for any occasion — Lace isn’t reserved for the frilly and feminine!

You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog or may be hopping over from elsewhere on the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

Lace isn't just for the frilly & feminine. Today's 5 designs take you outside the box!Click To Tweet

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Ok – here we go! 5 ways to add a lacy look. I came up with the title before I created the projects, so I was committed (or doomed to an eternity in the Retreat to come up with 5 samples). After I got past the first one, the rest came easy. I think the key tipping point was deciding to add in the Any Occasion stamp set for the sentiments. It helped set the tone and card size (I opted for our 3.5 x. 5 notecards).

There’s lots of watercoloring too… it really is quite fun to come up with washes and other ways to use our reinkers and aquapainters! Ok, so, enough blahblahblahblah…. Click on the plus signs to view each project.

1. Distressed & Hinted-at Lace
For the Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hop, March 2017. Featuring Delicate Details & Any Occasion stamp sets, Aquapainters, Gold Sequins Trim, Gold Wink of Stella #pmretreat #stampinup #foryou #greetingcard #handstamped

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This is the design that kicked-off this whole collection. I wanted watercolor – bright & vivid. I wanted lace – hinted-at… UGH! It took me a couple of tries, but I finally arrived at gorgeous! Yes – that is Tempting Turquoise. Straight from the re-inker with just a hint of water added. Layer, dry. Layer, dry. Layer, dry. Then, the lace was stamped with Whisper White craft ink, and immediately covered in white embossing powder. I took a dry paintbrush to the powder to remove some of it from the lace, then heat-set it. I did stamp the “twine” stamp to align the sentiment, but then I glued some Linen Thread right over the top, with one of the Party Animal embellishments. I did add some Clear Wink of Stella to the lace in the end…

2. Lace In-The-Round
For the Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hop, March 2017. Featuring Delicate Details & Any Occasion stamp sets, Aquapainters, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Gold Wink of Stella #pmretreat #stampinup #thankyou#greetingcard #handstamped

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This one came together quick! Another watercolor wash using Tempting Turquoise reinker – this time, on Shimmery White Cardstock. Then, some ink spatter, and Gold Wink of Stella spatter. Dry it up quick with the Heat Tool. Then, I punched out a 2″ circle from some scrap and attached it to an acrylic block. I was able to work one of the lace patterns around the circle, and add the sentiment around the bottom (check out my Instagram feed). Genius! Stamp in Basic Black Archival Ink, add the Dragonfly and pop-up on some Stampin’ Dimensionals.

3. Lace in the Background
For the Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hop, March 2017. Featuring Delicate Details & Any Occasion stamp sets, Aquapainters, Gold Sequins Trim, Gold Wink of Stella #pmretreat #stampinup #wedding #weddingshower #greetingcard #handstamped

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I know you’ve seen it everywhere, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t use all of the Delicate Details stamps in a big block to create a background. Here, Whisper White Craft Ink on a Crumb Cake Notecard is a nice, light detail to set the background apart from the top layer. There’s some more Turquoise watercolor wash with gold and turquoise spatter. This time, a tiny bit of Calypso Coral – in both the hearts and the background strip. Oh, and how about some glitz with a small sequins flag? Wondering how I got that scallop? I used just the top of the Best Badge Punch! Nice hack, right?

4. Lace Gone Masculine…?
For the Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hop, March 2017. Featuring Delicate Details & Any Occasion stamp sets, Aquapainters,Urban Underground Embellishments, Gold Wink of Stella #pmretreat #stampinup #birthday #masculine #greetingcard #handstamped

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I knew I wanted to get in a good guy look, so here we are. Crumb Cake notecard with watercoloring across the bottom. I opted for the more curly-cue stamps from Delicate Details. Does it count as lace? There’s some more Turquoise and gold splatter, and the Happy Birthday banner. To set off the top layer, I added a strip of Tangerine Tango to the top, and a screw head element from the Urban Underground embellishments.

5. Lace As An Architectural Feature
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This last look is pretty far out. I got some watercolor paper really wet on top and dripped the ink and let it roll. That’s what I got. Pretty neat!. Then, I added the two lace patterns – one on the base card, and one on the watercolor element. I thought I would use ribbon, but opted for the Gold Sequins Trim instead. I think the whole top has an architectural look to it. Kind of  like crown molding or the top of a column, or wood “gingerbread” detail (technically called a Spandrel). I used the Signo White Gel Pen to add some white detail, just for some pop.

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Whew! That was a marathon!! I hope you’re inspired to pull out your Aquapainters, reinkers and Delicate Details stamp set to create some cards like these. If you don’t have this stamp set, you have until the end of the month to place a $50 order to get it for free! Use my ideas above to help kick-start your creativity for today – and share your results!

Why?

Because creatives crave inspiration! By sharing your work, not only will you get better, and craft more often, but you’ll be helping inspire others too. Creativity is a team sport, so get out there and share.

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Congratulating a Coworker (PPA304)

Do you invest in Stampin’ Up! reinkers, and then wonder why? It’s true, I’m not reinking my pads often – even with classes. So, what to do with that little investment taking up space in your craft area? You are going to love today’s design as it showcases one of the many ways you can use reinkers. I’m using modeling paste and our Daffodil Delight reinker, along with a “sleeper” tool – the stars (& hearts) stencil mask. It’s soo easy!

Changes are going smoothly here at Our Home in the Woods, but in the meantime I’ve got a sweet design for this sweet sketch by Lisa Ann Bernard. Oh, the possibilities are endless, but I needed a card for a coworker who is moving on to a new company and exiting opportunities. I will really miss working with him as he’s been an amazing leader. Well – our new Thoughtful Banners stamp set is the perfect way to highlight some of his best qualities, followed by a congrats sentiment from the Watercolor Wishes card kit.

Reinkers - not just for reinking! Add to modeling paste for amazing results.Click To Tweet
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Instead of giving you Mastery Tips today, I thought I’d reshare a video I did a while back on how to use modeling paste. I show a few ways to create your own stencils too. Since then, we’ve added in the stencil masks to the catalog. In this instance, I also just spread some of the colored paste onto a piece of cardstock, and let it dry. Then, I was able to cut out a shape (star) with framelits and the Big Shot. You could even use a Wink of Stella pen to add some glitter to the dried elements. I think you’ll be seeing more of these great textured elements from me – they’re so easy and add total WOW to a project!

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA304): Thoughtful Banners, Watercolor Wishes, Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #congrats #card

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A Classic Milestone Greeting for PPA 298

#IMBRINGINGBIRTHDAYSBACK – have you heard of this movement? Its the idea that birthdays – and special occasions – are more important than just a text, a Tweet or a like or post on Facebook! How can you bring birthdays back? The easiest way is to do something from the heart. And, what’s more heartfelt than a handmade card?

I’m still working furiously behind the scenes to bring some new, fresh stuff to you. So while I continue to devise and refine, how about another Pals Paper Arts sketch? Today’s sketch is deceptively hard in its simplicity, and is brought to you by Ginger Tovoinen – an amazing Pal from Butte, Montana!

PPA + #IMBRINGINGBIRTHDAYSBACK = a sweet design for a milestone birthday!Click To Tweet
Today I decided to combine the PPA sketch, and the idea of #IMBRINGINGBIRTHDAYSBACK for a very special occasion  – my husband’s 40th birthday! What a great way to show him some love – make him a handmade card! Of course, I couldn’t resist the common theme of dark and dreary with the black and sliver. But, these days, 40 is hardly over the hill! Really, we feel like life is just beginning!!
By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA298): Number of Years, Silver Foil, Number of Years Dies, Silver Fancy Vellum; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #40thbirthday
By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA298): Number of Years, Silver Foil, Number of Years Dies, Silver Fancy Vellum; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #40thbirthday

Maven’s Mastery Tips

Dies Nest for a Reason!

Our square, circle and oval dies nest for a reason! So you can cut out cool shapes!!! Or, in this case, so you can cut out a half-circle arch to fit in a sentiment. Worried about our dies on the retiring list. I promise you better things are yet to come in the new catalog! So, breathe!! Change is good!

Be Flexible!

My top tip today is that our photopolymer stamps are flexible! So, come up with new ideas by bending them on their block for a different look. As you can see in my tooltip photo, I bent the sentiment slightly so it would fit in the arc I made with two circle dies. Easy – and CUSTOM!

Mix Patterns - subtlely

There’s lots of stripes going on here, but it’s not too noticeable! That’s because they’re pretty subtle. The vellum and silver can be pretty bold, but with the black showing through they tone down a bit. And, of course, tone-on-tone black is about as subtle as you can get! I could have used two different patterns, and it would have been ok. So, don’t be afraid to experiment!
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When Abstract and Masculine Collide

Hi everyone! It’s good to be back! I appreciate your patience with me while I rework my priorities and work on some great projects that I’ll be sharing with you soon. The wheels are still turning, but I’m on the verge of putting it all together. I guess that starts today with the latest PPA Challenge – since I’m back here on the blog 🙂

Do you struggle with masculine cards? How about abstract shapes, layers and designs? Well, then my take on today’s PPA Sketch by Dawn Tidd is just the sample for you to Pin and try! First, let’s take a look at Dawn’s sketch:

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I love that Dawn went square with her design, and added just a few additional, and flexible layers. It really does emphasize that this is a suggestion or an aide to help you start off a new design. You could even use this for a scrapbook page, or a printable, or any sort of DIY artwork. Hmmm….. I guess that’s giving me some ideas! LOL!

Well, for now, let’s take a look at my design:

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA294): Greatest Greetings, Circles Collection Framelits, Happy Patterns Decorative Masks; Envelope Punch Board; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #masculinecard

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Maven’s Mastery Tips

Make Your Own DSP!

Here’s something that’s been in my toolbox for a while that I just got around to using – the Happy Patterns Decorative Masks. They’re an easy way to make your own DSP. In this example, I used Marina Mist ink with a sponge dauber, sponged using the mask right onto some Marina Mist cardstock. I did mask both the top and bottom with some scrap paper so there would be a defined line, much like the sketch. It’s a subtle look, but adds extra depth that was really needed to pull the design together.

Mis-align for a Retro Vibe

I used the Circles Collection Framelits to make the circle elements – one framelit right inside the next larger one. BUT, I made sure that the inside die was pushed to one side to make an uneven ring. I think they would have looked good either way, but I love the way they look retro – very Mad Men, don’t you think?

Subtle, Soft Edges

You may not be able to see, or you may have thought it was just a shadow, but I actually softened up the white/blue line at the top and bottom by using an Aqua Painter and some Marina Mist ink to make a simple line across on the white. Then, when I adhered the Marina Mist cardstock piece, there wasn’t such a hard line. The watercoloring softened it up and added a bit of sophistication. I think that’s a technique I’ll be using more often!

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