VIDEO: How to Wow – Distressed Metal (TTTC002)

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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If you’re in love with this project and my new How to Wow Series, please do share!

Why?

Because creatives crave inspiration! By sharing each other’s work, not only will we get better, and craft more often, but we help inspire others too. Creativity is a team sport, so get out there and share.

Here’s how you can share with me:

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  2. Post a project inspired by today’s post on my Facebook page OR
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When I find your creations, I’ll comment and I’ll share them right here!

Here’s how you can share with others:

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VIDEO: How to Wow – Ink Swiping on Foil (TTTC001)

I am so proud and humbled to be a part of the new Tic Tac Toe Challenge Design Team! Today is our first challenge (TTTC001), and I thought I’d go big and incorporate a new video series with my cards – “How to Wow”. This series will take amazing techniques and knock them down to totally do-able. (It is papercrafting, not brain surgery! Right?!)

Our first challenge board was created by Peggy Noe (prettypapercards.com), so, she’s the week’s Featured Designer. I decided to go for the far right column – Gold – Black – Baker’s Twine. And with that, the first How to Wow video was decided – how to do ink swiping on foil paper. So fun, so easy, and so impressive!

I don’t want to have you spend all your time reading so, really, let’s just get to the video! In all honesty, the technique is very simple, but having some tips before you start can make all the difference. Add this technique to your crafting toolbox and it will be a go-to for years to come!

For the Tic Tac Toe Challenge, #TTTC001. Featuring Gold Foil, Basic Black Archival Ink, Thoughtful Banners stamp set. For more details and a video on Ink Swiping on foil sheets, click through to my blog. #pmretreat #stampinup #swipetechnique #wow #gold #handstamped
For the Tic Tac Toe Challenge, #TTTC001. Featuring Gold Foil, Basic Black Archival Ink, Thoughtful Banners stamp set. For more details and a video on Ink Swiping on foil sheets, click through to my blog. #pmretreat #stampinup #swipetechnique #wow #gold #handstamped

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Are you inspired? There’s so many techniques out there – and, really, they’re usually not that hard – you just need to know where to start! I’m excited to continue this series for as long as I can come up with great ideas – and you can help!

How?

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. When I see you sharing what you learn, that inspires me to find new things to teach you! Creativity is a team sport, so get out there and share.

Here’s how you can share with me:

  1. Leave a COMMENT below! Want to see me breakdown a technique for you? You can share that in your comments too!
  2. Post a project inspired by today’s post on my Facebook page OR
  3. Post it Pinterest and use the hashtag #PMRInspired2017 OR
  4. Post it to Instagram and use the hashtag #PMRInspired2017

When I find your creations, I’ll comment and I’ll share them right here!

Here’s how you can share with others:

  1. Use those big ‘ol SHARE buttons below and post today’s creative inspiration for others to find
  2. If you’re on a mobile device, you can share images by pressing and holding on the picture and selecting “Share Image”. You should get a whole bunch of options depending on what apps you have installed on your device.

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Supplies for ink swiping on foil sheets:

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VIDEO: Adding Patina to Foil Sheets

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Welcome to the Techniques & Textures Pals Blog Hop for May 2017.  We are thankful you stopped by to take in all of our projects! Today, I’ll be adding patina to foil sheets and showing you how to do it.

This month we are featuring projects that are “stepped up” by using textures or fun techniques. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

Over the top? Naw…

I loooovvee our foil sheets. Really, how could they get any better than they already are? Metallic pieces add such an amazing, elegant touch to any project. But I think today, I’ve gone over the top! I figured that adding patina to foil sheets would take them from perfectly shiny to perfectly antiqued and aged and I just had to figure out how to do it and share it with you.

I consider this a bit of an “advanced” technique – only because it takes some time to apply the finish, so patience is important. Go slow and add just a little bit at a time. Here’s some key products:

  • Sponge Daubers – to daub on ink
  • Paper Towel – to wipe and blot
  • Heat Gun – to dry the ink between applications
  • Fine Grit Sandpaper – to rough the foil for additional texture
  • Stampin’ Mist – to apply a water-spotted look

Check out my video that walks you through the whole patina process…

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If all of today’s hop techniques and tips are this great – you’re really going to build up your technique toolbox today! I hope you use my video and tips to try adding patina to foil sheets – 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.

Here’s how you can share with me:

  1. Leave a COMMENT below!
  2. Post a project inspired by today’s post on my Facebook page OR
  3. Post it Pinterest and use the hashtag #PMRInspired2017 OR
  4. Post it to Instagram and use the hashtag #PMRInspired2017

When I find your creations, I’ll comment and I’ll share them right here!

Here’s how you can share with others:

  1. Use those big ‘ol SHARE buttons below and post today’s creative inspiration for others to find
  2. If you’re on a mobile device, you can share images by pressing and holding on the picture and selecting “Share Image”. You should get a whole bunch of options depending on what apps you have installed on your device.

Time to Hop Along!

To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop!

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    • If you have an order over $150, DON'T USE THE HOST CODE, but get your Stampin' Rewards, AND the free gifts from me!
  • FREEBIES!!! There's no catch - check out my Freebies Page for all sorts of downloadable resources to help take your crafting up a notch!
  • If you plan to place your next order through me and need copies of the current catalogs, please request them here.
  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today!
    "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

Supplies list for adding patina to foil sheets

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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.

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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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Video – Creating a Semicircle Element

Happy Friday! How about a video? On Wednesday and Thursday, you saw two great, but somewhat similar cards. Why? Well, because I was promoting my Sketch of the Month, which is only available to my Newsletter subscribers. Each month, subscribers have the chance to win my creations if they’re the first to recognize my card as the Sketch of the Month. Crafters can also be recognized on my blog by using the month’s sketch along with the designated hashtag (this month’s is #PMRSketch815) on social media. I’ll spend the month finding all of your great projects that are tagged with the hashtag, and I’ll share them next month on the blog!

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