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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Blessings & Memories Layouts

When I first saw the Falling For You creative collection, I fell in love with it! I grew up in Pennsylvania, so the fall colors were so much a part of this time of year – this paper pack brought back some wonderful memories. But – as I was looking for pictures to use, I wasn’t sure what to pick. I don’t take a lot of ‘fall specific’ pictures. Then I had an idea –  I’m not sure which came first – the pictures or the story – but I decided to use this trio of layouts to tell the story of our church camping tradition at Camp UTABA in the Wasatch Mountains. (oh – and little secret – these aren’t FALL pictures! They’re actually all taken in the spring – Memorial Day weekend – but I still think they worked great with the colors of this paper)

There are so many wonderful things about this yearly camping trip – the scenery – the animals – the location – the memories – and best of all the friends. I was able to capture all of these with the Falling For Your Scrapbook Workshops Your Way kit.

First is the location/scenery – the camp is nestled in a little valley. If you walk up the hill at the back of the camp, you see this beautiful cross with a backdrop of the gorgeous blue sky and mountains. As you crest the ridge, there’s a pond down below and you are surrounded by mountains – some with snow on them. It is absolute beauty and peace!

 

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For the second layout – we have some of the fauna & flora. The hummingbirds abound here and there’s the occasional moose (or 2) that wonders through camp. I definitely count my blessings that I get to experience God’s beautiful creations in such a personal way.

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The third & final layout shows some of the many friends we have shared this experience with. We started as a group of 3 families that were snowed out of our camping trip to the Uinta Mountains – our pastor had a connection to Camp Utaba and they allowed us to rent their space for the weekend – our group quickly grew to about 5 families that first year.

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Over the past few years, we’ve had friends move away and we’ve had new friends join us. It has been such a blessing to get to know everyone. I was originally going to journal on that little green space (above the picture of my son with the dogs) – but there is NO way I can possibly get this story scrunched into that little spot. So I’ve decided to add a Pocket Plus Memory Protector, Design 4 between the pages – this will give me eight 3 x 4 pocket spaces to add memories, and pocket cards/embellishments – or who knows, maybe once I get writing – I’ll fill it all up with words!

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I was so happy with how these layouts turned out. I’m excited to add them to my collection of layouts that is my story (rather than my boys’ stories). Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share some of what brings me joy (both the original events and scrapbooking them!)

Enjoy!

~Gerri

The Falling For You Scrapbook WYW kit includes the Falling For You Paper Packet, Falling For You Complements, Bronze Sequins, White & Bronze Twine, and 4 sheets of cardstock (2 Pebble, 1 Toffee, 1 White Daisy). I didn’t use the Toffee, but added Almond for matting the photos on the 3rd layout. Also, the “with Friends” is not included in the kit. I cut this using my Cricut and some Kraft cardstock.

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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.

IMG_3726Here’s a closer shot of the Wild at Heart – it definitely describes my boys!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Giving My Kids More

Like many parents, I’ve wanted to give my kids ‘more than I had’ – to the point where I sometimes worry that I’m giving them too much or things are too easy for them. I also struggled with this when I quit my job in January. Our family’s discretionary income certainly dropped without my civil service job.  But – I felt having more time with them, and not feeling the stress of getting everything done when I was home was more important than ‘the stuff’.

On a recent backpacking trip, I came to realize how much more I was actually giving my kids.  I definitely felt better about these experiences than any of the material things I could ever give them.

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  1. Lake Swimming – We live solidly ‘in town’ – there are no lakes, ponds or creeks for them to play in, so this is not a regular occurrence. I grew up with a creek (we pronounce it ‘crick’). We would damn it up, look for crayfish or just tromp through it. So when we went to the Uinta Mountains,the boys got to play in a cold clear mountain lake  – with a log. No goggles, no diving toys, no diving boards – just nature.IMG_3508
  2. Starry, Starry Nights! I grew up in rural Pennsylvania. It was normal to see the stars. We don’t always get to see the stars where we live because of all the light pollution plus the fact that it stays light for so long in the summer! When we head to the mountains – there are lots of stars to see – if we can stay awake long enough (that’s the great thing about backpacking – it definitely wears these to boys out!) – yea, I know – this picture doesn’t actually have stars – but the moon was pretty!IMG_3515
  3. GOATS! Growing up I saw lots of white tail deer, red tail hawks and even an occasional bear. But the first time I saw a mountain goat, I was in my 30’s or maybe even 40’s. But, my boys had the privilege of seeing this beautiful mom & her baby. They came right by our camp (we were really surprised that they came so close!). Then they even heard the mama & baby calling for each other – it was an odd squeaking, almost crying noise.

So – I still want to give my kids more than I had. But, at least now I don’t feel guilty about giving them too many material things. I love being able to show them the beauty that God has surrounded us with in nature!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Am I Buggin’ You?

Do you like bugs?  I don’t in general, but there are a few that are cute (some caterpillars), beautiful (butterflies), interesting (walking sticks).  Today’s post includes  bugs (I know if my kids read this I’m sure to get a lecture about what is or isn’t a bug – but I’m just going to use it in a general sense here.)

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The Dreamin’ Big Cardmaking Stamp Set (C1674) has butterflies, a lady bug, & a cute dragonfly along with some general card sentiments.  The butterflies and dragonfly look great with a Rock-n-Roll stamping technique and the Gold or Clear Shimmer brush add some great shine.

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The first card I made is one of the Scrapbooking Workshops Your Way extra projects.  I really like these projects because once I’ve made my layouts – it’s a great way to use up some of the leftovers.

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Here’s another card that’s great for using up scraps.  I just cut 1/2″ strips of different papers, then laid them diagonally across a piece of White Daisy cardstock.  After trimming this piece to the desired size (in this case, it was 5 1/4 X 4), I layered it with a background piece and part of a PML card.  I topped this off with the bugs & some Dreamin’ Big Sequins.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these cards.  Remember, the Dreamin’ Big paper suite is available until 30 April, or while supplies last (sadly, the Thin Cuts are already unavailable).  So, if you really like it, get yours today!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Welcome Home Kit

Hello on a rainy Monday (I would really rather snow!!).  I wanted to show you this sweet succulent wreath that is our January Constant Campaign.  First I have to say I was a little intimidated by 3D flowers and plants – but this kit makes it soooo easy – anyone can make this fun project.

This is a Cut Above Kit – which means that all the pieces you need are pre-made/cut.  All you need to do is break apart the pieces on the perforated lines, roll up the roses and glue away.  If you want to add a little more you can ink the edges, add some bling or whatever makes your heart happy.

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Here are those adorable 3D roses that I thought were so intimidating.  A quilling tool makes them easier – but I didn’t have one, so I used a skewer and they turned out just fine.

How about those succulents – Cats & Kittens, Chicks & Hens (do you have another name for them?) they are all precut on colored cardstock, so just punch them out, layer & use the quilling tool to curl the edges to add a little dimension.

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The kit comes with 2 sheets of gold foil letters so you can personalize your wreath. Oh -and there are little gold dots on those sheets as well (I missed that part, so I used a hole punch to get the gold dots in the middle of my plants!)

 

 

So – now you might be wondering how to get this cute wreath.  You can purchase the Welcome Home Wreath Kit for $18.95 – or better yet get it for free by –

  • Purchasing $60 in product!
  • Hosting a Gathering!
  • Becoming a consultant!

Do you have more questions – just give me a call!

~Gerri

Other products used Quilling Tool, Liquid Glass, Fern & Juniper Exclusive Inks, Sponge Daubers.  Find all you need at gerri.closetomyheart.com