Thursday, August 21, 2014

a little spook, and a little gold...

Hello my wonderful friends!

It's time for another Unity hop!
(and sale!)

I'm kinda sneaking in here… This isn't my usual week to hop with the team, but I couldn't help myself when I saw this new kit…


To be honest, I was supposed to be working on Christmas cards… cuz I've got 50+ to make, but I couldn't get in the mood. Halloween was just too distracting. :)


I also have been doing some playing with this month's LOL


I was having fun with a couple different techniques here…
I started by stamping the woodgrain from "Let Love Grow" in white acrylic paint. I then sponged on a few different brown Distress Inks. The paint will resist the color.. FABULOUS!  Another great thing Distress inks do, is react to water.. so I put down a stencil  and spritzed some water over it… And the watermark rings are born! (I love how simple and understated it is, yet in the overall design, it adds that little extra something.)

Now, to make a heart that shines… literally.

Step 1: Rub background with an anti-static powder. This will insure no powder sticks where it doesn't belong.

Step 2: Ink up the stamp with Distress Ink. (If you want to use a different brand of dye ink, you need to FIRST ink with VersaMark, then the ink over top. It won't hurt your ink pad, but it will allow the image to stay wet long enough to work with.

Step 3: Brush some Perfect Pearl (Ranger) over the image. Then use your brush to tap the powder onto the image (this makes sure the little particles are nice and stuck on the ink. 

Step 4: (sorry, no photo of this…) Use your brush to whisk off all the extra powder. Than set the Perfect Pearls with a tiny bit of water…to do this,  Mist the water into the air than wave your paper through the mist (like you would with perfume). It doesn't take much moisture to set the resins, and you don't want to get too much water, or your Distress Inks will start bleeding and moving.

Now you have this cool two toned image… from one angle you have dark ink..

 …but if you tilt it, it turns to gold! AWESOME!

I used Black Soot Distress ink, and Perfect Gold Perfect Pearls.. try mixing and matching different colors for awesome effects!

The flowers were stapes with archival ink, with a little Distress Marker coloring over top… I love how those gold letters look!

Don't forget---
 Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.  The winners will be announced Saturday night on the Unity blog.

Enjoy!



36 comments:

Ruby N said...

wow, the LOL creation looks beautiful!

Carmen Whitehead said...

Love your cards! Wonderful!

Natalie Smith said...

Love your techniques!

Ruby said...

Wonderful projects. Thanks for the technique tutorial.

Deborah345 said...

Fun, silly and lovely cards

Beachsidelynn said...

Everything looks great, but the heart with flowers is awesome.

Gaylynn said...

Beautiful heart design and process. Thanks for sharing another awesome tutorial Kassi.

ciloma said...

Great cards! Thanx for sharing your techniques, too. Love them all.

Lucy said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for the tutorial. I love good tutorials :-)

susie morris said...

Love the Halloween colors and the images are adorable! Beautiful job with the LOL kit too!! Thank you for the tutorial!

Sandee Setliff said...

Bring on Halloween and fun new stamps to play with! LOVE!

ionabunny said...

Cute spider. Adore the pumpkins with that gorgeous background. Thanks for the tips

Shelly said...

Such cool cards!!!

Crystal said...

Super fun Halloween cards and I love perfect pearls! Thanks for the tutorial on them and setting them!

jules said...

Your Halloween card are GREAT!

Paula-Scrap Addict said...

I had no clue what to do with that heart stamp, but you nailed it!

2suns said...

Exquisite. Thanks for sharing the how to.

Scrapper Myra said...

Love it all.

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Wonderful projects. Love the pumpkin card. Great background. Thanks for the tutorial for the perfect pearls....I have never had much luck with them. I need to try again. TFS

Sherry Butcher said...

great cards with the new stamp. Thank for all the info on how you did it.

Cybil Hart said...

Ohhhh! Another new technique to try...& more supplies to buy since I don't have any Perfect Pearls yet either... Love your creations & I agree about Halloween being too distracting! It's my favorite holiday!

Dawn LL said...

I was so thrilled that you shared your tutorial! What a great effect and sounds so easy to do.Loving the Halloween designs.

Sharon Harris said...

The technique with the Perfect Pearls is amazing! I had no idea! I'll try it as soon as I'm finished hopping!. Setting out the Pearls now so I wont forget!

thescrapbookguru said...

Love all your projects and tutorials :)

Scrappin' Diva said...

Your cards are lovely!

Sue D said...

Cute for Halloween and lovely heart card.

loulou said...

Great fun Halloween cards. And I love the lol kit card. That background is gorgeous and I like that perfect pearl sentiment.

Michelle N. said...

Wow. Oh Wow. How stunning.

Michele I said...

Very cute

Alina said...

Super cute projects! Thanks for the tips and tricks!

Debbi Jacintho said...

FANTASTIC -- I love the Perfect Pearls lettering !! Beautiful.

JPScraps said...

The Halloween cards are adorable! I really LOVE the LOL card! Thanks for sharing the technique.

Iris said...

Love the Halloween cards.
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mlady012 said...

You know I have Perfect Pearls gathering dust....I love ,love, love tutorials with Unity stamps....thanksgiving that!!

Tammy V said...

Thanks for the tutorial on that pretty card. I love the Halloween cards. They are so colorful!

Angeline Choo said...

Kassi, I love all of it!! The second halloween card is just absolutely stunning. my Fav!!