Saturday, February 25, 2012

paper my way...


Hello all my wonderfully crafty and creative friends!  Are you ready for some fun?

Remember this?

Today we're going to make a fabulous homemade paper... 

(Now, don't go getting scared off before you even finish reading... I promise it isn't hard and won't require a bunch of fancy screens or presses!!!)

This paper is not like regular paper... it is very textured and very durable and can hold it's shape!  It's fun to use as embellishments (like what we're going to do today), accents, or even backgrounds!  

So NOW are you ready for some fun???

You are going to want to have all your supplies for this first part on hand and ready, so go grab....

White tissue paper
Mod Podge (I prefer the matte finish, but glossy does work)
Non-stick craft sheet
Soft paint brush

 Step 1: Tear up your tissue paper.  No need for straight lines or perfect shapes and sizes.... Give in to your inner child and just rip!

(I usually tear of several sheets of tissue paper. It is much better to have too much than not enough. You can always store the extra for another time. Trying to tear tissue paper with sticky fingers just doesn't end well. LOL!)

 Step 2: Use the paint brush to paint a thin layer of Mod Podge onto your non-stick craft sheet.

 Step 3: Put some tissue paper down onto the Mod Podge, and brush on more Mod Podge.

Step 4: Continue layering the tissue paper and Mod Podge. Remember to overlap your pieces.
*I know at this point it is not looking so good right now, but stick with me!* 

A few tips...
1. the more wrinkly you let your tissue paper be, the more texture you'll ultimately have. 
2. don't skimp on the Mod Podge! You'll just end up tearing the paper instead of glueing it down.
3. as you build your layers, you can hold the craft sheet up to the light to check for any thin spots.

 Step 5: Once you have a bunch of layers built up, it will look even worse than it did in the last step... Yeah, I know it looks like a gross mess right now, but trust me, it gets better!!!

Now set it aside to dry.

Make sure to wash out your paint brush well, other wise, your brush will be ruined... a little dish soap will help get the Mod Podge out.

*This does take a fair amount of time to dry. It's one of those things you might want to start at night and finish it in the morning.*




Now to make this mess look fabulous!  For this part, you'll need...
Your dry tissue paper creation
Creative Inspirations Paint
Any other colorants you may want to use*

*I like to use spray inks for the basis of my color, then use CI paint to highlight, but you can paint the whole thing if you want. Up to you. =)

 Step 6: When your paper is completely dry, it will easily peel off of your non-stick craft sheet. (that is why it is so important to work on one!!!)

Step 7: Lay down your base color. You can use paint, or inks... I like to use spray inks because it is quick, and the color pools inside the texture.

Step 8: When your base layer of color is dry, use your finger to rub on some Creative Inspirations Paint to highlight the texture.   

Now it's lookin' fabulous, huh!  I LOVE the unique texture and feel of this paper!  And every sheet you make comes out completely unique. 

So, let's make something with it!

 Step 1: Rub down your paper with an anti-static duster. This will ensure that everything is dry and will keep the loose powder from sticking where you don't want it.

Step 2: Using a clear embossing in, stamp your image.  (keep in mind that the paper is VERY textured, so your stamped image will not come out crisp and perfect. Simple stamps work well!)

 Step 3: Cover the stamped image with Black Deliquesce powder.   Remember to shake off the extra onto a piece of paper or coffee filter and return it to the jar... waste not, want not! =)

 Step 4: Heat emboss

Step 5: Cut out the image. You will notice that not only is it flexible, it holds it's shape... see how the wings are curved off the page? They aren't being supported by anything, they just hold their shape! Isn't that awesome????

Have fun with your new paper making skills... 

Enjoy!
~Kassi

Thursday, February 23, 2012

tutorial sneak peek...


Hello all my wonderful friends!  I've got a little sneak peek for you today!


I did a lot of playing with my new Picket Fence Distress stain on this to alter this beautifully colorful background into something a little softer. It's actually a lot of fun to work with. (and yes, it is a lot different from my whitewash... both are fabulously fun to work with though.)  I also used clear Deliquesce (from CI) and Distress ink to create some fabulous resist swirls. 


So... here's the sneak peek...  this Saturday's CI tutorial is all about how to make a fabulously different paper. Yup... we're going to make a very textured paper that is flexible, and tons of fun!  We'll be making the butterfly you see on this card, but so much can be done with this paper!!!

Are you excited yet?  I know I am!
See you then!

Enjoy!
~Kassi

Supplies Used:
Paper: Prima, kraft
Stamps: Stampendous "Hydrangea", Fancy Pants "Pollen Dust", Inspired by Stamping "Fancy Labels 18" & "Cupcake Wishes", Inkadinkado "Letter"
Ink: VersaMark, Distress (Picket Fence stain, Frayed Burlap, Victorian Velvet, Walnut Stain), All Purpose ink (Blue Bayou, Celadon)
Creative Inspirations Paint: Paint (Autumn Wheat), Deliquesce (Clear, Black), Metallic Inspirations (Fuchsia)
Others: ribbon, tissue paper,  string

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

bright and cheerful...

Hello all my fabulous friends!

You know, there is something about being sick that makes you realize just how wonderful it is to not be sick. LOL! 

In light of that, a bright cheerful card seemed to be in order. 

The orange background was done of kraft paper. I started by stamping the swirls with VersaMark and heat embossing with clear embossing powder. I then painted over it with colored gesso. After that was dry, I used an iron to melt off the embossing... It doesn't come off perfectly, so you are left with a distressed look... I'm loving this technique!  For a little more color variation, I also streaked some Picket Fence Distress Stain over the top.


The window is cut directly through the front of the card. I then lined up the stamped image on the inside so it would match up.

The image was stamped on watercolor paper, and colored using distress inks and water.  When watercoloring with distress inks (or any watercolor things), using watercolor paper makes a huge difference. It makes blending SO much easier, and it doesn't buckle or peel. 

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Enjoy!
~Kassi

Supplies Used:
Paper: white, kraft, watercolor
Ink: VersaMark, Distress (Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Brushed Corduroy, Walnut Stain, Dried Marigold, Dusty Concord, Stormy Sky, Peeled Paint, Picket Fence), Powder Puff (Mocha Mama), Archival (Coffee), MarkIt (Tuxedo Black)
Stamps: Inkadinkado "Sketch Flourishes", Glitz "Distressing", Penny Black "Touch of Whimsy", TPC Studio "Woodland Whimsy"
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 18"
Others: embossing powder, rhinestones

Thursday, February 16, 2012

a key to the cage...

Hello my wonderful friends!

I hope you have all been having a fabulous week.

I probably should be doing inventory right now, but instead, I thought I'd share a quick project with you. =)

 I have a jar sitting in my studio window that is filled with keys. Some of the keys are to cars and houses that are no longer mine... other, we collected from my grandparents home when we were getting ready to sell. Most I have no idea what they go to. It's fun to give them a new purpose in my crafting... 

 This card was really an experiment with visual layering. The clock was done with a mask and gesso.  I then layered a bunch of different stamps from a bunch of different companies. I don't usually layer all these stamps like this, and I wanted to give it a try. It's really fun to not have to worry about if the image stamped perfectly or if everything is perfectly straight... The angles and imperfections add to the overall look.  A great way to just play with a variety of stamps.  

I also had some fun with the charms. The birdcage is the same stamp that you can see on the right side of the card. I stamped it on clear Polyshrink plastic with StazOn ink, then I sponged on some Fairy Dust CI paint on the back. After I just cut and shrunk. It's a great way to make custom charms that match your stamped image. (just don't forget to punch a hole for the jump ring before you shrink!).  

For the key, I did a base coat in gesso, then I mixed several CI paint colors together to match the color of my card. A jump ring and safety pin attach it to the card. (and yes, it is completely free to dangle. I did however used red liner tape to make sure my raffia was very secure!)

Well, I guess I should go get busy with what I'm supposed to be doing. LOL! 

Enjoy!
~Kassi

Supplies Used
Paper: white cardstock, kraft
Ink: StazOn (Timber Brown), Archival (Coffee), Distress (Weathered Wood, Gathered Twigs, Frayed Burlap, Picket Fence)
Stamps: Inkadinkado "Letter", Basic Grey "Swirlies" & "Aviary", Tim Holtz "Nature Elements" & "Odds and Ends", Inspired by Stamping "Fancy Labels 18"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Fairy Dust, Mocha Latte, Sky Blue, Winter Frost
Other: Tim Holtz mask, Perfect Pearls, Polyshrink, raffia, jump rings, safety pin, gesso

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

gesso, meet shimmer...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I love gesso. There, I admitted it... (isn't that the first step???). I have been having so much fun the last week or so with gesso. I guess I don't use it like it is technically "supposed" to be used, but really, what fun is it to stick to the rules? LOL!

I've been playing with several techniques, and I thought I would share one with you today... For those of you who know me well, I love to stock up on white things and alter them to the colors that I want them... Well, paper is no different for me. You can get a cheap pack of white cardstock at an office supply type store and alter away without breaking the bank!  (For those of you who know paper, I do realize that there are major differences in qualities of paper, and that the cheap stuff isn't high quality, but it works just fine for this.) 

That being said... remember yesterday's card? 

Here's how to do the background I used...

 Step 1: Scoop out some gesso onto a mixing tray (or what ever you want to mix it in). 
*gesso can be found in the fine arts section of craft stores... in with the canvases, oil paints, etc*

 Step 2: Here is where we break the rules of what is "supposed to be used". Technically acrylic gesso is supposed to be tinted with acrylic paint.  So, instead we're going to color it with Creative Inspirations paint. =)   Add some paint, and stir. Add more if needed to get the desired color. This works best if you start with a darkish CI color.  Because you are mixing the paint into an opaque white, the color will end up lighter. 

 Step 3: Paint your cardstock. If you don't want any streaks of white to show through, you will need to do more than one coat. I don't mind the distressed look of one coat... after all, we'll be distressing it more in a minute. 

 Step 4: Let cardstock dry completely. Yes, you can use a heat gun to speed this up. It is important that it is completely dry though.   You will notice that it dries a little darker than it looks when wet. It has a nice chalky finish, but very little, if any shimmer. (and since we used CI paints not only for the color, but the shimmer, we need to fix that!)

 Step 5: With a sanding block or disposable nail file, sand the surface. The more you sand, the more distressed the final paper will look, but the more shimmer you'll have. You are in control of how much you do!

 Step 6: Wipe off all the paint dust with a slightly damp rag. You can see at this point if you need more sanding or not. 

 And look, you can see the shimmer! It is a lot more subtle than if you just painted the CI paints directly on, so it is a great way to get a little bling without overdoing it. 
Here's how I used the background you just saw me make...

Enjoy!
~Kassi

Supplies Used:
Paper: white cardstock
Stamps: TPC Studio "Secret Garden Collage", Inspired by Stamping "Fancy Labels 18" & "Small Fancy Labels 3"
Ink: VersaMark, Distress Ink (Picket Fence, Aged Mahogany, Seedless Preserves), Archival (Jet Black), MarkIt (Plumtastic Purple)
Creative Inspirations Paint: Plum, Deliquesce Clear
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 18"
Other: ribbon, gesso

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

black button dilemma...

Happy Valentines Day (for those of you who celebrate it), and happy Tuesday (to all those who don't).

For a long time, I have loved the oversized swirl stamps (like Fancy Pants makes), because of how versatile they are. They work well with small projects like cards, and large things like scrapbook LO.  It's not easy to find the large scale stamps though...  

However, I recently came across Stampendous Jumbo flower stamps and I think I'm in love! I need to get me more of these!

This card features the "Hydrangea" stamp... I love how big it is!  And it's scale is wonderful for LOs!

This is something fun I've been playing with... It is a mixture of gesso and Creative Inspirations Paint. You have to work with it somewhat to get the shimmer to show, but you end up with a soft matte finish (kinda like a chalkboard) with a subtle shimmer that is beautiful! (and really great to stamp on!!!)

Isn't it funny how you can have a huge stash of something yet you never seem to have what you need? I went through my stash of buttons but couldn't come up with 3 buttons that were the same size, shape, and color to work with this card. So, I went to plan B and made some. I used the Martha Stewart button punch on some clear Polyshrink plastic (also known as Shrinky Dink plastic). Once they were heated and shrunk, I painted the back with some CI paint. Perfect!

 ok, I should go get something highly productive done (LOL!)...have a wonderful day everyone!

Enjoy!
~Kassi

Supplies Used:
Paper: white cardstock
Ink: Archival (Jet Black), Memento (London Fog), Colorbox (Frost White), VersaMark
Stamps: Stampendous "Hydrangea", Basic Grey (Swirly), Inkadinkado "Letter", Fancy Pants "Pollen Dust"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Rose Quartz, Coal
Other: Martha Stewart button punch, Polyshrink, Websters Pages flower, ribbon, gesso, embossing powder, gesso

Saturday, February 11, 2012

IBS feb release day...

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Hello everyone!

For those of you joining me today for the Inspired by Stamping release day party blog hop, welcome! To my usual visitors, I'm glad to see you again!

Today is the official release day for the February stamp sets and new flowers! I'm so excited! Make sure you stop by all the dt blogs for tons of inspiration, the go shopping here!

*I have lots of projects to share, and since I know you've got lots of blogs to hop through, I won't overload you with a bunch of close ups or in depth descriptions of techniques.. if you have any questions, just ask in the comments or send me an email. =) *

First up we have this...
 Doing masculine cards can be tough for me... However, I think these stamps work nicely for it, don't you? The phrase is from the new Inspired by Stamping "Cupcake Wishes". As much as I personally love the swirly fonts, it is nice to have some greetings that are a little less frilly. The frame is from the new Inspired by Stamping "Fancy Labels 18". And do you recognize the balloons?  They are cut out hot air balloons (minus the baskets) from "The Sky's the Limit".  

Next...
This small gift tag is the perfect size to slip inside a gift bag. I stamped the frame from the Inspired by Stamping  "Small Fancy Labels 3" set right on the folded edge of the cardstock. I then fussy cut it out to form a shaped card. The phrase is part of a stamp from the new Inspired by Stamping "Friends" set. And the flower... I'm thrilled to say will be carried by Inspired by Stamping.... You can get just the "Dark Pink Flowers" or you can get a mixed bag of these cute roses in various colors!

and moving on...
Another sample using the amazing new Inspired by Stamping "Sweet Aviary" set. I love the vine and the birds! They make such cute borders!  The phrase (which works perfectly, don't you think?) is from "The Sky's the Limit"

and finally... 
This is a post-it note holder. It opens up and has a 3x3 post-it note pad inside. Isn't the phrase perfect for this? =)   The phrase is from the new Inspired by Stamping "Friends" set, and the cute little underscore design is from the new Inspired by Stamping "Fancy Labels 18"

Wow! Awesome stamps and flowers being released this month!  Don't forget to visit the other team members' blogs for more sneak peeks!

Kassi Hulet  (you are here)


Enjoy!
~Kassi

Supplies Used today
Paper: white cardstock, SEI, Coredinations, Basic Grey, Little Yellow Bicycle, kraft
Stamps: Inspired by Stamping "Friends", "Sweet Aviary", "Small Fancy Labels 3", "Fancy Labels 18", "Cupcake Wishes", "The Sky's the Limit"
Ink: Memento, All Purpose, Distress, VersaMark, Archival
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 18"
IBS flowers: Dark Pink flowers
Others: gesso, Tim Holtz mask, ribbon, glitter, rub-on, string, Perfect Pearls, Fiskars punch


Friday, February 10, 2012

IBS feb sneak peeks #2...

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Hello everyone!

For those of you joining me today for the Inspired by Stamping sneak peek blog hop, welcome! To my usual visitors, I'm glad to see you again!

Today and tomorrow, the DT for Inspired by Stamping have created fabulous sneak peek projects to get you all excited and inspired. Saturday we'll have our release day party and announce all of the fabulous new sets and flowers... YAY!!!! (Since I was only given some of them to work with, you'll want to hop through all the blogs to get a sneak peek at them all!)

*I have lots of projects to share, and since I know you've got lots of blogs to hop through, I won't overload you with a bunch of close ups or in depth descriptions of techniques.. if you have any questions, just ask in the comments or send me an email. =) *

First up...
This polka dotted purple card features the new Inspired by Stamping "Cupcake Wishes" (phrase), and "Fancy Labels 18" (frame).  I love the phrase! The font is beautiful, don't you think?  (don't mind the imperfect stamping on this one... it is a very textured background, the stamp is perfect!)

Next...
 This vintage-y beauty features the new Inspired by Stamping "Fancy Labels 18" (the frame and the border), and an old favorite "Butterfly Wings" (the phrase). I love the border stamp on this. It can be stamped continuously, and you can stamp it back to back like I did here for a different look!  I love stamps that can be used in so many ways!

Moving on...
 Simple and bright... just thing thing to cheer someone up... and the phrase... sweet and beautiful! It is from the new Inspired by Stamping "Friends" set. These stamps are great! This is stamped on canvas, and it still stamps beautifully!

Ok... next up...
 I love the new Inspired by Stamping "Sweet Aviary"!  Aren't those branches beautiful??? And the birds and cages.... *sigh*  it's fabulous!  The phrase is from "Butterfly Wings", but everything else on this card is "Sweet Aviary". Lovely!

And finally (for today...)
Simply elegant... The tag is embossed with silver embossing powder using the new Inspired by Stamping "Fancy Labels 18", and the phrase from "The Sky's the Limit". I then used the matching Spellbinders "Labels 18" die to cut it. Quick and easy, but takes your gift wrapping to a whole new level!  And that rose on the bow?  You guessed it... Inspired by stamping will be carrying them! BEAUTIFUL!  It's called "Shabby Pink Flower"

Don't forget to visit the other team members' blogs for more sneak peeks!

Kassi Hulet  (you are here)


Enjoy!
~Kassi

Supplies Used today...
Paper: white cardstock, kraft, tissue paper, chipboard, Coredinations
Stamps: Inspired by Stamping "Fancy Labels 18", "Small Fancy Labels 3", Sweet Aviary", Cupcake Wishes", "Friends", "Butterfly Wings", "The Sky's the Limit'
Ink: Archival, Colorbox, VersaMark, Distress, All Purpose, StazOn
Dies: Spellbinders "Rose Creations"
IBS flowers: White Curly Flowers, Medium Daisies, Medium Puff Daisies
Other: ProvoCraft "Forest Branches" embossing folder, embossing powder, gesso, ribbon, coffee filter, Stickles, Perfect Pearls, modeling paste, string


Supplies Used today...
Paper: white cardstock, tissue paper, Coredinations, DCWV, kraft
Stamps: "Cupcake Wishes", "Fancy Labels 18", "Small Fancy Labels 3", "Sweet Aviary", "Friends", "Butterfly Wings"
Ink: Distress, All Purpose, VersaMark, MarkIt, StazOn
Creative Inspirations Paint: Burgundy, Silver Frost, Mellow Yellow, Ivory, Antique Silver
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 18", "Rose Creations"
IBS Flowers: Shabby Pink Flowers
Other: acrylic paint, gesso, modeling paste, embossing powder, Perfect Pearls, ribbon, clay, rhinestones, tiny attachers, canvas, whitewash

Thursday, February 9, 2012

IBS feb sneak peek #1...


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Hello everyone!

For those of you joining me today for the Inspired by Stamping sneak peek blog hop, welcome! To my usual visitors, I'm glad to see you again!

Today and tomorrow, the DT for Inspired by Stamping have created fabulous sneak peek projects to get you all excited and inspired. Saturday we'll have our release day party and announce all of the fabulous new sets and flowers... YAY!!!! (Since I was only given some of them to work with, you'll want to hop through all the blogs to get a sneak peek at them all!)

*I have lots of projects to share, and since I know you've got lots of blogs to hop through, I won't overload you with a bunch of close ups or in depth descriptions of techniques.. if you have any questions, just ask in the comments or send me an email. =) *

First up we have this...
This card features the new Inspired by Stamping "Friends"(the phrase), "Small Fancy Labels 3" (the frame), and "Fancy Labels 18" (the very hard to see in the photo edging on the top). You may notice that the stamp "thinking of you" is actually all on one line... but who says you have to stamp it that way?  Just ink up one part, stamp, clean the stamp, then repeat with the rest of the stamp. Simple!
Like the flower?  Yeah, so do I!  And great news... Inspired by Stamping will be carrying them!!! Yay! They are called Large White Curly Flowers and you get 5 for $1.99.

Next...
This bright b-day card features the new Inspired by Stamping "Fancy Labels 18" (the frame and the bottom border), "Sweet Aviary" (the birds), and an old favorite "The Sky's the Limit" (the phrase).
"Fancy Labels 18" is designed to fit the Spellbinders "Labels 18" die set.  Fabulous, huh! However, you will notice that you don't have to have the die to enjoy this set!  I only used the die as a mask for this card.

Moving right along we have...
This pink beauty features the new Inspired by Stamping "Cupcake Wishes" (the phrase) and "Fancy Labels 18" (the frame and the corners).  Isn't that a fabulous phrase for so many different occasions? Love it!

Up next...
Love the background??? It was stamped using the new Inspired by Stamping "Sweet Aviary".  The tree branch makes a great "off the page" kind of stamp for the edges of things. The phrase is from an older Inspired by Stamping set "Butterfly Wings".

And finally (for today...)
The blue tag and phrase is from the new Inspired by Stamping "Small Fancy Labels 3". This set is designed to fit the Spellbinders "Labels 3" dies... Don't have them? Honestly, neither do I.  The simple shape is easy to fussy cut after you've stamped! The butterfly is from "Butterfly Wings".
The flowers on this card are also new ones that will be available through Inspired by Stamping. The are  the "Medium Daisies" (inked and folded in fourths), and "Medium Puffy Daisies" (inked and cut apart for leaves).   

Wow! Awesome stamps and flowers being released this month!  Don't forget to visit the other team members' blogs for more sneak peeks!

Kassi Hulet  (you are here)


Enjoy!
~Kassi

Supplies Used today...
Paper: white cardstock, kraft, tissue paper, chipboard, Coredinations
Stamps: Inspired by Stamping "Fancy Labels 18", "Small Fancy Labels 3", Sweet Aviary", Cupcake Wishes", "Friends", "Butterfly Wings", "The Sky's the Limit'
Ink: Archival, Colorbox, VersaMark, Distress, All Purpose, StazOn
Dies: Spellbinders "Rose Creations"
IBS flowers: White Curly Flowers, Medium Daisies, Medium Puff Daisies
Other: ProvoCraft "Forest Branches" embossing folder, embossing powder, gesso, ribbon, coffee filter, Stickles, Perfect Pearls, modeling paste, string