Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday Step by Step - Embossing With Distress Paint, Crayons and Alcohol Ink

Welcome to the weekend and to Frilly and Funkie's Saturday Step By Step! It's Sara Emily here, and today I'm featuring a technique using Distress paint and crayons and Ranger alcohol inks, along with Metallic Kraft Stock. Click on the photos to zoom in.

I cut silver Metallic Kraft Core to fit my embossing folder and embossed. I gave it a quick coat of Pumice Stone Distress paint. I'm not worrying too much that it's full coverage, as it's going to blend with the inks in the next step.

While the paint is still wet, I drop on drops of Denim alcohol ink and spritz with water to allow the inks to spread. I move the panel around to get the ink/paint to cover the panel to my liking and use my heat tool to dry. Not shown, I added more drops of alcohol ink, this time in Sailboat, again spritzing and blending, then drying with the heat tool. When that was dry and set, I scribbled with Picket Fence Distress crayon to hit the raised areas. Last, I sanded the edges, and rubbed Walnut Stain crayon around the edges, blending a little with my finger. I like to give it all a blast with my heat tool to allow the crayon to melt just a bit and to set the colors.

I inked Swirly Snowflakes stamps (I used the minis) with both faded Jeans and Wilted Violet Distress Oxides and gave them a spritz of water. I do this by spraying into the air and swooping my stamp through the mist; just enough to activate and blend the colors ever so slightly. After making the impression, I rub Walnut Stain oxide on my craft mat (Notice it's brand spankin' new! Thank you, Santa!) and spritz with water. I dip my stamped images into the puddle, dry and fussy cut. Investing in the Swirly Snowflake dies would be a wise decision. Last, I blended the edges with more Walnut Stain DOX. I finally got the bright idea to trace around the stamp face down over the stamped image and cut on that line. I ended up not using the one shown in the photo. I backed my snowflakes with chipboard for dimension and to make them sturdy.

 As a small child, I had dreams of being one of those pretty figure skaters I would see on the Winter Olympics, and I took every opportunity to be on the ice when our ponds and lakes would freeze over. I literally skated all day until it would get dark. When I moved south in my 30's I took up inline skating as a substitute. 

I couldn't find a Quote Chip that said what I wanted to say about my paper doll ice skater, so I made my own. I used a Big Chat sticker, and cut a Quote Chip down to size. The easiest and neatest way to do this is to use your X-Acto blade to make a cut front and back, and then use your scissors to complete the cut. I sanded it a bit and used Matte Medium to adhere the sticker. When dry, I blended with Frayed Burlap ink and scribbled Walnut Stain crayon around the edges and heated to melt.

A length of Metallic Trimmings stands in as the frozen pond. I colored it with more Frayed Burlap ink. Please ignore the fact I glued it crooked! I'm surprised my boy isn't sliding right off the edge of the card! I smudged the boy with crayon, and adhered him with foam adhesive tape. (So he doesn't slide off.) The Star Adornments were left over from a previous project--they were a glittery gold, covered with Distress Glitter Dust, but I wanted a mercury glass look. I dropped on silver mixative alcohol ink, followed with a drop of Mushroom alcohol ink.

I layered my panel over some old Core'dinations card stock and a few panels of hand colored/designed papers. Look for a tutorial on these very simple techniques in the future, but for now, this post is plenty long.

Here are three more versions using these same products. Linda sells so many paints, alcohol inks and embossing folders in The Funkie Junkie Boutique that the possibilities are limitless! What combinations will you come up with?

This is the first one I made, using an old Tim Holtz Snowflurries Texture Fade. To get this look, I started with Picket Fence paint in place of the Pumice Stone. After dropping on the alcohol ink, I sponged on more Picket Fence. I rubbed with Hickory Smoke crayon and wiped with my finger. I sponged on more Picket Fence, blending the crayon more still.

I embossed this busy one a second time, but didn't line it up properly in the folder. But I was pleased with it nonetheless, and may use it for a background on a future project or even to die cut something. I applied Walnut Stain crayon after the second embossing.

This one's my favorite, but I couldn't do it justice with a photo. I used a paintbrush dipped in rubbing alcohol to spread the alcohol ink over wet paint. When dry, I rubbed on Hickory Smoke crayon and wiped with a dripping wet finger and dried again. I splattered with watered down white chalky paint and chalky paint mixed with alcohol ink.

Here's another look at my completed icy card.

I hope you're inspired to get out your paints and inks or shop for some new colors and make some metallic backgrounds. In the meantime, there's still a few days to get your projects linked up for our 'Three is Not a Crowd' challenge. I can't wait to see what you'll make!

Sara Emily

Here are direct links to products I've used in this post. These products and more can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Three Is Not A Crowd

It is Cec here and I am your hostess for this first challenge of 2018. Welcome and Happy New Year to all our lovely regulars and to anyone that has just found us - hopefully you too will become regulars.

I am calling this first challenge 'Three Is Not A Crowd' and here is what I have to say about it:

Create a vintage or shabby chic project that includes three of something. Examples of three of something could be three different patterned papers, three colours, three layers, three flowers, three bows - the list goes on. This would be a perfect time to use some of the new supplies you received for Christmas or to make space in your stash by using up old supplies. Just remember to think in multiples of three.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us as a Guest Designer here at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

The guidelines for entering are simple; create a new vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge theme, link it below to your post (not just your blog) and also include a link back to this challenge in your post. You can combine our challenge with up to 10 challenges (including this one) to be in with a chance of winning. If you are entering through a public forum (such as Instagram) you'll need to include the words Frilly and Funkie Challenge. Also, please be sure to turn off your Word Verification so our Design Team can leave comments on your blogs. Make sure you follow these rules as unfortunately we have had to eliminate entrants from the prize draws in the past.

As always our wonderful designers have created some fabulous inspiration for you and today the Funkie side of the team is pleased to share their projects with you. Just click on their blog name and you will be taken directly there to get all the details of their wonderful creations;

Suzanne Czosek - Suzz's Stamping Spot 

Sara Emily - sarascloset

Jenny Marples - Pushing The Right Buttons

Zoe Hillman - iGirlZoe


And here is the amazing inspiration from the Frilly side of the team;

Kathy Clement - Kathy by Design

Cec Wintonyk - CW Creations

Autumn Clark - SewPaperPaint

I hope the Frilly gals have inspired you to join in on this challenge and kick start your creativity for 2018. Make sure you're back tomorrow to see what our latest Guest Designer has in store for us. Then the Funkie gals will be back on January 10th with even more inspiration for you.