Sunday, October 18, 2015

Marbling schmarbling - Liquid starch technique

I got together today with my friend Lyn to try paper marbling with liquid startch. Oye vey. Things didn't go so well. I've watched videos and read blogs. I was like, "I can do that." But, when it came to this technique, it didn't work so well for us.

Our initial attempts were with alcohol inks and none of the inks would adhere to the papers very well. Next, we used watered down acrylic paint and that was dubious as well. The blues really seemed to stick but the other colors would not adhere to the paper. We tried cardstock, bond printer paper, roughed up brown paper. Nothing really worked. We both felt like we'll stick to our gelli plates.

Here is the best thing I came up with - the background paper is the acrylic paint. Not much to look at.

If you have suggestions, please comment below. I'll probably read more blogs and try it again but geesh, it was frustrating. Lyn and I had fun together but that was disappointing. The above is a card I'm sending her to say thanks for having me over to trash your kitchen.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

October Viva Las Vegas Challenge 2015

I created this postcard for the Viva Las Vegas October Challenge with a Fall and Halloween theme.

I used the Viva Las Vegas skeleton stamp as well as a few others to capture the fun of Fall and Halloween!

I was inspired by the swing and the polkadots from the inspiration piece:

Viva Las Vegas stamp

Other stamps used: Hot air balloons from Doodlebug/ Hampton Arts and the city scape in the backgroupnd is from 100 Proof Press.

Happy Halloween with Viva Las Vegas

Today is National Card making day and so I made these three Halloween themed Artist Trading Cards (ATCs).

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First I monoprinted on paper using my Gelli Plate for a textured background. I then used a couple rubber stamps with Stayz On ink. I used Viva Las Vegas's fun eye balls in a glass stamp, the phrase (about bananas) and the skeleton to create these 3 ATCs. I applied colored inks using a dauber to add richer color as well as ink on the edges to frame each ATC. 

In addition to the Viva Las Vegas stamps I used some from the Goulish label set by My Favorite Things (blood drips, tombstones, eyeball, poison skull and poem phrase) and Recollections (the "Happy Halloween").

Happy National Card Making Day!