More Re-inker Techniques

Do you splatter? You know – where you put some water color on a brush & flick it to add little (or big) splatters of color to the background of something.

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I like the look of splattering, but I struggle to use it because

  • I’m afraid of messing things up
  • It seems messy to me
  • It’s a hassle to ‘drag out my watercolors & supplies’

Here are some things I’ve done to combat my excuses and use this fun technique in my artwork –

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Messing Up – The reason I usually mess things up is because I don’t think about the ink splattering until I’ve got the main components in place & it just needs a little extra. That’s what happened in the above picture – I added the splatters after the main stamp & they just sort of run together. I’m trying harder to

  • Think things through before hand so I can get that splattering in the background
  • Add the splattering to smaller pieces that can be added to the larger work
  • Use masking to cover what I don’t want splattered

Messiness – for the most part, I like clean, simple lines – not a lot of fluff (don’t get me wrong, it looks great when others do it, it’s just not my style). I struggle with random – seriously – if I’m ‘randomly’ placing colors on a quilt or card – I still have to play with them to get some sort of pattern, or make sure things aren’t clashing.

So – I’ve learned to use splattering sparingly (say that 5 times fast) – to add just a hint of background color or a little more dimension.

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My last excuse for not using splattering is ‘having to drag it all out’ – that’s where today’s technique is most helpful. This mainly has to do with the tools & supplies I use –

  • Waterbrushes! These are great little brushes with the water enclosed in the barrel (see the photo below)
    • I don’t need to worry about spilling cups of water
    • Different sized brushes for variety
  • Using re-inkers instead of watercolors.
    • My inks perfectly match the papers and other stamping I’m working with
    • It takes less than a drop and the color is very vibrant
    • I’m not overwhelmed by the pallet of my watercolors and mixing them

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Here’s what I did –

  • Stamp the main image onto White Daisy cardstock (I used Nutmeg)
  •  Create a mask from scrap paper/cardstock. I tore the edges so it wouldn’t be a distinct  square.
  • I used a small waterbrush and squeezed some water into the bristles
  • Pick up a small amount of ink from the tip of a re-inker (I used Fern, Poppy, Goldrush, and Saffron).
  • Hold the brush over your paper and lightly tap/flick the  brush handle to get splatters

Practice on some scraps to see how the water/re-inker mixes together and how dark or light, big or small your splatters are.

  • More water = less vibrant color & larger drops
  • More re-inker = darker colors & smaller drops
  • Harder flicking = bigger, less controlled drops

I would love to hear whether you splatter, if it comes easy to you or if you have tricks that you use.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Here are the products I used for this card. They can be found at gerri.closetomyheart.com.

The leaf is from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge – #M473AB cut height is 1.75″ and I used Goldrush cardstock (use the lighter side for the top layer & the darker side for the base). Please note this collection is only available while supplies last.

 

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Life’s Adventure

I’ve come to enjoy the Scrapbooking WYW extra card projects – they are great for using up your papers after your layouts are full.  I often use the pattern and then adapt the card based on what stamps I have or what I need a card for.

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Truth be told, I only used this stamp because I wanted to play with the new You Are Here Cricut Collection! I must say, it is my favorite so far!

The WYW Project used 4 1/4″ pieces of wood grain zip strip for the top and bottom pieces. Because I make card kits for my classes, I decided to use cardstock and emboss it with the woodgrain. I ran a 1 x 4 1/4″ strip of cardstock through my Cuttlebug and then cut it in half to get the 1/2 x 4 1/4″ pieces.

Next, I cut a 1 1/4 x 4 1/4″ piece and a 2 x 4 1/4″ piece from the red plaid paper (flip the 2″ strip over to get the red hash lines)

For the stamping I used the background from the Mountain image (#M2762A3A). The stamped showed to cut this at 2.5″ high, but as you can see from my picture, I had a hard time lining up the image at that size. So, I recut the White Daisy at 2.6″. Then I cut Peacock at 2.75″ for the mat and stamped in Pewter.

I embellished with Whisper Thick Twine and some Black and White Dots.
Enjoy!
~Gerri
Other products used …

 

You Are The Best

Here’s another FSE card and it uses one of my favorite stamp sets! I was so glad that this set is staying around for another year!

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I actually scraplifted this card from the new Annual Inspirations, page 74. That card was created with the Enchantment Fundamentals paper packet and Almond, New England Ivy, and Goldrush card stock.

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I decided to use 2 of the B&T Duos papers from the Jack paper packet along with New England Ivy and Black cardstock. The circle is cut at 2.25. In the original, the artist added watercoloring, but I decided to keep the black and white image. Last I added some white dots from a package of Black & White Dots.

From left to right, the patterned pieces are cut at

  • 1 3/4 x 4 1/4
  •  2 1/4 x 4 1/4
  • 3/4 x 4 1/4

The dovetailed New England Ivy piece is 1 1/4 x 5. The Black piece is 1/4 x 4.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Here are some of the additional products used for this card. Find out about these and more at gerri.closetomyheart.com:

You Are Here – Cricut Cartridge

One of the things that attracted me to Close To My Heart was the exclusive Cricut Cartridges. This year’s offerings do not disappoint! The new Annual Inspirations includes a travel/get-away themed cartridge called You Are Here and three digital only collections featuring the United States, Canada, and Australia/New Zealand.

I was so excited that I was able to get the You Are Here cartridge for 50% off shortly after it was available for consultants to preveiw! (Truth be told – I get all my Cricut cartridges at 50% off through Hostess Rewards!! – check out this link to find out how).

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I usually get the physical cartridge because I like to have the book of images.  If you prefer the digital version – you can download the book. Both options come with this set of stamps and the Enchantment Combo cardstock pack.

Here are a few things that I’ve made this month with this fun cartridge –

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I love using the images for titles or accent pieces. The ‘Wild at Heart’ image uses the 2-toned colors from the Ruby cardstock. ‘Gone Exploring’ stamped image is from the exclusive stamp set with the banner cut from the cartridge.

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Next is a card I made for a friend going on an Alaskan cruise.

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I couldn’t decide between ‘Seas the Day’ or ‘Bon Voyage’ – but this worked out with the ship & mountains.

I love that this cartridge has some National Parks badges – include a couple of my faves – Teton & Yellowstone! I’ve got lots of pictures to scrapbook in these two beloved locations!

Don’t worry if you’re less of an outdoors person and more of a luxury traveler – there are images for you as well!

This cartridge is so much fun! I can’t wait to play with it some more! I’d love to see what you create with it!

 

Enjoy!

~Gerri

NEW Product Fun!!

Sorry, I’ve been MIA for a few days! My boys went to Scout Camp last week & I spent the week trying to cram as many projects into those 7 days as possible, so I let this slip just a bit. Today I’m back with the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book and some artwork I’ve made with the new products.

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First a couple of highlights – in this Idea Book you’ll find …

A new Cut Above Layout Kit “The Story Begins” – to tell your baby’s stories – this kit comes in either a boy or girl option plus – save 30% when you purchase an album to go with it!

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Double Sided Cardstock – what? – yep – one side is the actual color and the reverse is a lighter version.  Check it out here – the Wild is cut from the lighter side and the rest from the front side of a sheet of Ruby cardstock. What an easy way to add some dimension to your projects!

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Speaking of adding dimension – how about some new Cricut cartridges?  We have a new cartridge available in either physical or digital. Both options come with an exclusive stamp set bundle and an Enchantment combo cardstock pack. The You Are Here cartridge is great for all your travel projects – from a girls trip to National Parks – there’s lots of fun in these images.

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And of course we have new Fundamentals with awesome patterns, colors & complements (including new ribbon packs!).

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With all these fun new products – I’d love to see what you create!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Scrapbooking Little Dreamer

I was excited to scrapbook with the Little Dreamer Workshop Your Way kit.  These papers have fun colors that are great for happy events.  I’ve been wanting to scrap my son’s 2nd Easter and birthday and these papers were perfect for both! I was able to use the Workshop Guide with minimal changes to meet my needs for picture sizes & quantities.  Check out the comparison below!

1705-se-little-dreamer-wyw-layout-01I like the simplicity of this layout.  The lagoon stripes on the base papers added nice dimension.  Rather than using the Complements for a title, I decided to cut ‘make a wish’ from the CTMH Artbooking Cricut cartridge.

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This was layout was great for continuing the birthday theme.  I used CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge (retired) for the ‘Birthday Boy’ title. The party hats are from the Artistry and Flower Market Cartridges! I also used different PML cards for journaling and left off the unicorns (cute as they are, they just don’t work with Bob the Builder!)

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1705-se-little-dreamer-wyw-layout-03I love that our B&T Duo papers are just that – dual sided!  This layout was easy to adjust simply by flipping the unicorns over to get the dots.  I probably wouldn’t so much of the dots on back to back layouts – but these will be a few months apart in the final book – so I’m happy with it.  The Cricut cuts for this layout include Easter Eggs from Art Philosophy (retired), grass strip from Artbooking and Happy Easter title from Flower Market

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Tips for adapting to your layouts:

  1. Change up the PML cards to meet your needs and cover up things that don’t fit – I covered up unicorns and flowers (2nd layout) and a heart (3rd layout).
  2. Use Cricut cuts for titles and embellishing.
  3. You can easily add more pictures or different sizes to a sample layout.
  4. Wait until you’ve decided on pictures to cut the photo mats from the Thistle Cardstock and Heart B&T Duo paper.
  5. A little planning goes a long way! I like to decide on what pictures I want to use before I start cutting my papers. This way I can more easily decide what adjustments I want to make.

I’d love to hear any ideas you might have for adjusting kit layouts to meet your needs!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Purr-fect Halloween SOTM

Good morning!  I just wanted to take a minute to share the August Stamp of the Month with you.  It’s such a fun and versatile stamp set.  I know the name of it includes Halloween – but you can leave off the Halloween portions and just have a cat stamp.  I even saw another consultant create an amazing patterned background with just the smaller pieces (eyes, end of the tag, etc)

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This cute stamp set has 17 images and coordinates with the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (see the image outlined in red below).  Dress up your cat with stamped images, watercolors or markers.  You get to pick his (or her) eyes, and even add a bat nose.

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Here’s the card I made for the Calypso classes.  It uses Calypso paper packet, Sapphire cardstock and ink, Lemon pigment ink with clear embossing powder and the craft heater, some sequins from the Magical pack, and Bitty Sparkles.

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Here’s a watercolored card from CTMH (I didn’t even realize I used the same stamp until I just pulled this down to post it).  In addition to the watercolors, this home office card also uses Calypso along with some Fundamentals papers.

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This stamp set is only available through 31 August.  You can get it for just $17.95 or with a $50 purchase, pay just $5 (gerri.ctmh.com)!  What a great deal!

~Enjoy!