Tim Holtz Altered Paper Doll ATC (Artist Trading Card)

Tim Holtz Altered Paper Doll ATC (Artist Trading Card)

Good Morning,

As I write this post today my heart is with the people on the east coast in the Carolinas and Virginia as hurricane Florence pounds the shoreline. Living in Florida for almost seventeen years now I have been through six memorable hurricanes, one was the month of my wedding and I know the emotional and physical strain these events put on a person. So before I begin, thoughts and prayers with the people of the Carolina’s and all those affected by this storm.

On this Monday I thought I would start your week out with a little shimmer. I am in an ATC (Artist Trading Card) group on facebook. Each month there is a prompt and we can sign up to swap a trading card and share a few treasures from our stash. For this card, the theme was “Bippity Boppity”, so I ran with that.  To make the card I used the following:

  1. A piece of watercolor paper (heavyweight) cut to 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  2. I did a layer of Distress oxide on top of the card in Antique Linen and Seedless Preserves
  3. I pulled out a girl doll from the Tim Holtz Paper doll collection.
  4. I colored her using my Big Brush Pitt Pens in Cobalt Green, Magenta Bright, and LIght Flesh.
  5. I dried everything well with my Ranger Heat Tool
  6. I went back over the girls dress using a VersaMark Pen (Embossing Pen) and I applied from SparkleNSprinkle an Indian Spark (light blue) embossing powder. Them I used my embossing gun to set the powder.
  7. I then decided the background on the card needed some sparkle as well.
  8. I used the Technique Junkies “Stencil Rings” stamp with Versamark embossing pad to add circles to the background. I then used the Ranger Ink Bridal Tinsel white embossing powder over it with my heat gun to set.
  9. I then took out my quote from Dyan Reaveley I cut into strips. I edged the quote pieces with my Big Brush Pen in Cobalt Green.
  10. I went around the edge of the AT with my Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide to pull all the blue’s together.
  11. I applied my quote pieces first with glue that didn’t stick to the embossing, so I used foam adhesive dots.

and that was it! A fun way to alter your Tim Holtz paper dolls!

You can see the process video here: Altered Tim Holtz Paper Doll ATC

Here are some close-ups of the card:

One of the things I love about working on ATC’s is the limits the size puts on what you do. Trying to create art is such a confined area is a really great way to again get out of your comfort zone and test the boundaries of what you can do. Plus it is fun to have these mini pieces of art go off into the world and bring a smile to someone’s face.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Dust off those Tim Holtz Paper Doll’s and let’s have a play!


As always listed below are the list of supplies I used to create this page. Some are affiliate links, some are not. Any items bought thru the
affiliate links help support my Youtube channel and blog. I am not paid to promote these items, these are items I grab and use anyway,
so it’s just a little-added bonus that allows me to create and share with you.

Affiliate Links:

Tsukineko VersaMaker Watermark Pen for Embossing
http://bit.ly/2Mrsl3u (Blitsy.com)

Tsukineko VersaMark Small Inkpad
http://bit.ly/2O9cBPd (Blitsy.com)

Distress Oxide- Peacock Feathers
http://bit.ly/2MwaQ0U (Rangerink.com)
http://bit.ly/2Be11Al (Blitsy.com)
http://bit.ly/2w8aLqg (Joggles.com)

Distress Oxide- Antique Linen
http://bit.ly/2Pn41NL (Rangerink.com)
http://bit.ly/2MqXlAA (Blitsy.com)
http://bit.ly/2L9mr1k (Joggles.com)

Distress Oxide- Seedless Preserves
http://bit.ly/2MkCezT (Rangerink.com)
http://bit.ly/2PkuKe1 (Blitsy.com)
http://bit.ly/2Pk9Ziy (Joggles.com)

Tim Holtz Idea-ology- Paper Dolls (Note: packs vary)
http://bit.ly/2N8WFzW (Rangerink.com)
http://bit.ly/2x777x8 (Blitsy.com)
http://bit.ly/2N7IsUd (Joggles.com)

Archival Ink-Sepia
http://bit.ly/2mNGdpk (Rangerink.com)
http://bit.ly/2mSwDli (Joggles.com)

Ranger Ink Embossing Powder Bridal Tinsel
http://bit.ly/2METejr (Rangerink.com)
http://bit.ly/2BvCB5H (Blitsy.com)
http://bit.ly/2PrgWhF (Joggles.com)

Faber-Castell Pitt Big Brush Artist Pens
Cobalt Green 156, Magenta Bright 228, Light Flesh 132
http://bit.ly/2x0jw6X (dickblick.com)

Non-Affiliate Links:

Sticky Thumb Adhesive Dimensional Foam Dots
https://amzn.to/2K9k17l (amazon.com)

Sparklensprinkle.net
Indian Spark Embossing powder
http://bit.ly/2OcHna5

Techniquejunkies.com
Stencil Rings Stamp
http://bit.ly/2NGvgBM

 

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Where have all the good pens gone?

Where have all the good pens gone?

Hello Folks,

Today I am back, and this time I am on a supply hunt. I am on the hunt for the perfect white pen to use in my art journals. Yes, the elusive mission of trying to find a good white pen that will work over medium and on dark journal pages. This post and hunt was prompted by a recent trip to Hobby Lobby in which I purchased some Gelly Roll pens, and some Ranger Letter It pens in the hopes of finding a good white art journaling pen. The funny part about that one that you see in my video is that I didn’t realize the “Letter It” pens were embossing pens. They were black with white caps, and my brain read “white pen.” So lesson learned. That just means though I’ll have to do a tutorial now comparing the Letter It embossing pens to the Versamark embossing pens. Oh darn!

In my testing and review I ended up comparing the Gelly Roll 08 by Sakura, The Dylusions Paint Pen in White linen and Two (2) white posca paint markers in a 3m and 5m size.  I tried all these pens on a Dylusions journal page that had been painted black, a piece of black cardstock, a black Dylusions art journal tag that I had used distressed oxides on and the black Dylusions’s journal.

You can see the results live in my video here: Hunting for the best white art journaling pen

Below are the photo results of the testing:

 

Order of testing was: Dylusions White Linen Paint Pen, 5m White Posca Paint Marker, 3m White Posca Paint Marker, Letter It pen then the Gelly Roll pen.

Order of testing was: Dylusions White Linen Paint Pen, 5m White Posca Paint Marker, 3m White Posca Paint Marker,and then the Gelly Roll pen.

On the tag the dashes running down the right side and the circles are the Gelly Roll pen, the dashes across the top and flowers around the hole are the Dylusions White Linen paint pen, the lower part of the tag top zigzag is the 3m Posca White Paint Marker, and below that is the 5m Posca White Paint Marker.

From outer ring in was the Gelly Roll Pen, The Dylusions White Linen Paint Pen, The 5m Posca White Paint Marker and lastly the 3M Posca White Paint Marker.

 

So my final opinion based on testing is that the Gelly Roll was really good I will be using that a lot. The Dylusions White Linen Paint Pen is always lovely when my patience allows it to work properly and the posca pens were okay, they tended to fade.

I hope this little review is helpful and gave you some ideas of what to and maybe not to buy if you were thinking about it. These could all act differently with other mediums under them. Part of the joy of journaling is exploring right!

Thanks for stopping by and happy journaling!

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As always listed below are the list of supplies I used to create this page. Some are affiliate links, some are not. Any items bought thru the
affiliate links help support my Youtube channel and blog. I am not paid to promote these items, these are items I grab and use anyway,
so it’s just a little-added bonus that allows me to create and share with you.

Affiliate Links:

Dylusions Paint Pens (White Linen)
http://bit.ly/2p241GZ (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2OaBoCs (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2NCqtEw (Joggles)

Posca White Paint Pen (3m)
http://bit.ly/2QmIB3O (Joggles)

Posca White Paint Pen (5m.1)
http://bit.ly/2x1Waho (Joggles)

Dylusions Black Creative Journal
http://bit.ly/2w126FT (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2nwypIU (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2KLPfNg (Joggles)

Dylusions Black Journaling Tag #12
http://bit.ly/2QmJuta (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2x9TGNc (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2O878Z3 (Joggles)

Non-Affiliate Links:

Sakura Gelly Roll 08 White Pen
http://bit.ly/2Qi6OZ8 (Jetpens.com)

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“Quiet” Art Journal Page- Mission Inspiration 2018 August Mid-Month prompts

“Quiet” Art Journal Page- Mission Inspiration 2018 August Mid-Month prompts

Welcome,

Happy Wednesday folks. Today I am back with an art journal share. This is another art journal page that comes from prompts from the monthly Mission Inspiration facebook group I am in, run by Mike Deakin. The mid-month prompts really offer a challenge or more freedom, depending on how you look at it. All you get for these is a word and no other guidelines. For some, this may make it harder, or for others easier. I find it’s a great way to break a blank page. If you are in your art journal and that white page is really glooming at you, stop and walk away. Grab your favorite book or magazine, open to a page and read. A word can easily jar your creativity tree and an idea will fall loose and onto the page of your journal. This month’s mid-month prompt was “Quite”. When I think of quiet I think of a cozy corner with a magazine, a good cup of coffee and just some much needed me time. That is where I went with this month’s prompt. I based it around a photo I have of me from 2014 sipping a really good cup of coffee in a coffee house. It also gave me a great chance to try out some of my new distress oxide colors like ground espresso!. It was quick, fun and just what I needed to scratch that afternoon journal itch.

I hope the page will give you some inspiration and a new way of tackling those blank white pages.

You can find the video on my youtube channel here: August Mid Month Mission Inspiration “Quite”.

Here are some shots of the page:

 

As always listed below are the list of supplies I used to create this page. Some are affiliate links, some are not. Any items bought thru the affiliate links help support my Youtube channel and blog. I am not paid to promote these items, these are items I grab and use anyway, so it’s just a little-added bonus that allows me to create and share with you.

Affiliate Links:

Canson XL Media Journal
http://bit.ly/2vh0pUe (Blick Art Supplies)

Dina Wakley “Hey You” Stencil
http://bit.ly/2OZUjRg (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2nu3nkO (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat
http://bit.ly/2ML2fZd (Blitsy)

Distress Oxide- Antique Linen
http://bit.ly/2Pn41NL (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2MqXlAA (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2L9mr1k (Joggles)

Distress Oxide- Broken China
http://bit.ly/2N0gSUJ (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2PncvVh (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2L6BZmp (Joggles)

Distress Oxide- Old Paper
http://bit.ly/2MrIcz6 (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2MzOWdd (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2nPKsBe (Joggles)

Distress Oxide – Iced Spruce
http://bit.ly/2OOuQcS (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2BwYvFo (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2MzUpRw (Joggles)

Distress Oxide- Ground Espresso

http://bit.ly/2BpYxil (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2L7tEir (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2wdaYZg (Joggles)

Distress Oxide- Walnut Stain
http://bit.ly/2KkYGUg (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2ttyZL4 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2lycAI7 (Joggles)

Non-Affiliate Links:

Tim Holtz Classics #6 Stamp set
http://bit.ly/2Cbs67X (Stampers Anonymous)

Tim Holtz Newsprint & Type CMS266
http://bit.ly/2NL4MiW (Stampers Anonymous)

Visible Image (UK)
Ink Splats clear stamp set
http://bit.ly/2wS0uj5

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Fall Dragonfly Yupo Paper Alcohol Lift Ink Art Journal Tag

Fall Dragonfly Yupo Paper Alcohol Lift Ink Art Journal Tag

Hello and Happy Monday!

The fall bug has bitten and I am excited for the cooler days to start rolling in. The stores are alive with the treats of the coming holidays and I am excited about all this season will bring. Over the next few weeks, I am going to be busy preparing for my first ever Youtube holiday series. I will be doing 13 days of Halloween.  I am working out the schedule now. My goal will be to release one new Halloween themed project every day starting October 1st thru the 13th, then I will dip back into fall themed and my regular journal projects until the Christmas season. There may end up being a 12 days of Christmas special as well, it’s just all schedule permitting. I just love this time of year. I think it goes back to growing up in New York where I had more of the seasons. The fall was back to school supplies, crisp mornings, leaves turning and falling and the smell of snow in the air. It just reminds me of my childhood.

With that note, I am currently very aware of my surroundings and lately, on my walks, I have seen a lot of dragonflies. Every time I see them I think I really want to incorporate them into an art piece. Then I forget and go about my day. Recently I finally sat myself down and sorted out this tag project. I had a Yupo paper art journal tag left over from a previous video, and I found my dragonfly stamps and away I went with my fall color alcohol inks and alcohol lift ink. The result was just what I was craving.

You can watch the video here: Dragonfly Art Journal Tag

Here are some photos of the final project.

I hope this little project will get you warmed up for the fall. Break out those rich fall colors and have a play. Trace your favorite art journal tag size onto some yupo paper and create great new pieces for your journal. You can even do it on translucent Yupo paper and maybe make some fall leaves or ornaments to hang in the window and catch that morning light.

Happy Creating.

p.s as I finished writing this post I turned with my tea and watched out the window. A dragonfly went by.  Did you know a dragonfly is seen as a symbol of change, transformation, and self-realization? Just a fun thought to leave you to ponder.

 


Below is the list of tools and products I used to create this piece.
Some items are affiliate links and any purchases made thru these links help to fund my youtube videos and websites.

Affiliate Links:

Alcohol Lift-Ink Pad
http://bit.ly/2N3onty (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2LWr9zP (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2NNHw43 (Joggles)

Archival Ink (Black)
http://bit.ly/2KgJnfr (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2Iq7y9u (Blitsy)

Alcohol Ink (Rust, Oregano, Cranberry
& Caramel)
http://bit.ly/2NHJhzC (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2L5klDS (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2KXnG3r (Joggles)

Yupo Paper 8″ x 10″
http://bit.ly/2Jcizvq (Ranger)

Alcohol Ink Blending Solution:
http://bit.ly/2KYnuFj (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2m7AIl9 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2LWerRM (Joggles)

Alcohol Ink Mini Applicator Tool:
http://bit.ly/2oFxQx9 (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2Q7SC59 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2LX8y6T (Joggles)

Alcohol Ink Mini Applicator Felt Refills:
http://bit.ly/2um5t9L (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2Ch2mXy (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2NOMuge (Joggles)

Archival Ink Cleaner
http://bit.ly/2Lcao3o (Ranger)
http://bit.ly/2MBxWn7 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2MByfhL (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Cling Mount Stamp Entomology
http://bit.ly/2KA4ZI0 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2KNh3EP(Stampers Anonymous- Non Affiliate Link)

Visible Image
https://visibleimage.com/
“Live in the moment” Stamp Set (Non-affiliate link)
http://bit.ly/2wXk64r

 

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Yupo Paper Embossing Holiday Card Fail. What not to do.

Yupo Paper Embossing Holiday Card Fail. What not to do.

Hello Folks,

With only about three months to go, I decided this year I was going to get a head start on making my handmade Chrismas cards to send out. With the new alcohol lift-ink out, I had visions of beautiful mottled backgrounds with lifted snowflakes and ornaments that would have embossing on top. I decided to give it a whirl and well I learned what to do and what not to do. What happened was I made the backgrounds using the Ranger Ink 5″ x 7″ alcohol Ink Yupo white cardstock trimmed down a little. I then applied alcohol inks and alcohol blending solution. Once it was dry I used the alcohol lift-ink to add ornaments and snowflakes. One key item I have been finding while playing with the alcohol lift-ink is that the metallics do not lift easily. Sometimes they won’t lift at all, other times it takes extra elbow grease. Just a note if you plan to use a lot of shimmery metallics on your pages, they may not react to the alcohol lift-ink. Well once I had my pretty background I was super excited. I then wanted to add my embossing and use that to add the messages. I started on the snowflake card background. I used VersaMark embossing ink with a Tim Holtz season’s greetings stamp, and some ranger ink embossing powder. I then brought in the heat gun, and this is where it went south. I think I just didn’t keep it moving enough and it melted my paper. I was so saddened, but it was a lesson learned. I then moved onto the other paper that had the ornaments on it. For this one, I used a stamp again with my VersaMark embossing ink and the ranger heat gun instead of the embossing gun. It worked, this time. It did want to try to buckle I just kept letting it cool in between.

So here are the lessons learned:

  1. The metallic alcohol inks won’t always lift with the alcohol lift-ink
  2. Embossing on Yupo Paper- slow and steady. My embossing heat tool melted the Yupo paper, while the ranger heat tool didn’t

If you want to see the video of how the process worked you can check it out on my Youtube Channel: Alcohol Lift Ink Yupo Paper Embossing What Not to Do

Below are some stills of the cards and how they turned out:

I hope this post will help you when you go to try embossing on Yupo paper. I wanted to still share my mishap in the hopes of helping to save other’s lovely projects.

Thanks so much for reading my post. I look forward to catching up with you again soon.

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Below is a list of all the supplies I used to make these two card backgrounds.

Some items are affiliate links and any purchases made thru these links help to fund my youtube videos and websites.

Affiliate Links:

Alcohol Lift Ink
http://bit.ly/2N3onty (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2NNHw43 (Joggles)

Alcohol Inks (Gold, Stream, Pool, Mermaid, Silver, Aqua)
http://bit.ly/2NHJhzC (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2L5klDS (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2KXnG3r (Joggles)

Versamark Pad
http://bit.ly/2N2Of9f (Blitsy)

Versamark Pen
http://bit.ly/2Mrsl3u (Blitsy)

Glitter:
Embossing Powder Bridal Tinsel
http://bit.ly/2METejr (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2BvCB5H (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2PrgWhF (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Christmas Memories Red Rubber Stamps
http://bit.ly/2N68XVS (Ranger Ink)

Archival Ink Cleaner
http://bit.ly/2Lcao3o (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2MBxWn7 (Blitsy)
http://bit.ly/2MByfhL(Joggles)

Yupo Paper
http://bit.ly/2Ld6lrK (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2uuEA3s (Blitsy)

Alcohol Ink Blending Solution
http://bit.ly/2KYnuFj (Ranger Ink)
http://bit.ly/2m7AIl9 (Blitsy)

Non-Affiliate Links:
http://sparklesnsprinkles.net
http://bit.ly/2Mtdwxi Gilded Ivory Embossing Powder

Simon Says Stamp- Stamps
Big Scripty Greetings http://bit.ly/2vZor7C
Lots of Snowflakes http://bit.ly/2ONiUry
Tim Holtz Season’s Greetings Stamp http://bit.ly/2w2Y9RM

 

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