Monday, May 22, 2017

Faux Epoxy Sticker with UTEE

 Today I’m sharing a mini tutorial for creating faux epoxy stickers as well as showcasing more backgrounds I made using the NEW Distress Oxides from Tim Holtz!
 To create the background for this first card, I pulled out my Watercolor Stencil (Tim Holtz), and laid it over a piece of kraft cardstock. Using a stencil brush, I applied Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide on the left side of my cardfront. When I had a good cover on the card, I misted it with water and heat set it. (NOTE: I prefer to spray my water in the air and wave my cardstock through it till it’s wet enough rather than spraying the card front directly. It helps me control the amount of water better and not get puddles and runs!) Next I realigned my stencil and switched to Broken China Distress Oxide ink applying it in selective areas for added accent and color. Once again I misted it with water and heat set it.  You can repeat the layers or add different colors of ink to your hearts content!

To finish off my card, I used the Tonic Studios Paper Distresser along the edges of the top panel and layered it on colored cardstock. Next I cut 3 Billow Flowers (Memory Box) and leaves (EK Success) and inked them up with Distress Oxides. I added some pretty pearls to the centers of the flowers after gluing them to the right corner.
 To create the epoxy sticker look: I die cut a sentiment from the Hello Doily Die set (Sizzix) and applied Versamark Watermark Ink and a layer of  Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel to the front. I heat set it and then repeated the process once more. I glued this and two pretty sequins to the top corner to finish off this grungy floral card!
 I’d love to see what you’ve been creating with your Distress Oxides, so stop by the MAY CHALLENGE and link up any projects that use products from companies that Cropstop carries in the store.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Spread Your Wings

I had so much fun with yesterday's card (using fabric) that I decided to do something else using canvas inked with distress inks! This time I inked my canvas with Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers and die cut it with a Cuttlebug Butterfly die. When it was dry I stamped both a honeycomb and text stamp over it in walnut stain and inked the edges with the same dark ink.
I turned my seam binding into crinkle ribbon using Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, and Brushed Corduroy distress inks.  The inside is dressed up with the Tim Holtz Watercolor stamp and stencil set.
Supplies and Tools:
Floral dp, Dictionary Page, Mixed Media Thinlits (Tim Holtz), Canvas, Butterflies cut and emboss (Provo Craft), Honeycomb Stamp (Art C), Text Stamp (Art C), Doily Tag (Art C), Crinkle Ribbon, Burlap String, Pearls, Ink Applicator, Sentiment (Butterfly Fancy), Watercolor Stamp & Stencil Set (Tim Holtz), Stencil Brushes, Mermaid Lagoon/Broken China/Evergreen Bough/Peacock Feathers/Walnut Stain/Brushed Corduroy/Ground Espresso Distress Inks (Tim Holtz), Coffee Stained Paper

This post linked to:
The Card Concept - Vintage Notes (I did mixed media)
Craft-Dee Bowz - Handmade Bow

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Canvas Birdie

Today I'm sharing a card that features fabric! The background is an upcycled piece of denim from an old pair of my husbands jeans, and the birdie and sentiment are made of canvas.
The denim is cut with pinking sheers and features a wide piece of lace down the left side. To color my canvas I swiped distress inks down it, wet it with a spray bottle, and then dried it with my heat gun.
I had stamped my sentiment on plain canvas, but then decided I didn't like it! So....I blotted some water mixed with distress ink on it. Once it was dry, I traced over the stamp outline with a black sharpie marker.
I die cut my flowers and leaves from watercolor paper inked with distress inks in coordinating colors.

Supplies and tools:
Broken China/Mermaid Lagoon/Cracked Pistachio/Mowed Lawn/Black Soot Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Denim, Canvas, Lace, Pinking Shears, Twig, Little Birdies (Dina Wakley), Vertical Hello (Kolette Hall), Tiny Tattered Florals Dies (Tim Holtz), Watercolor Paper, You Are My Sunshine (Stampin' Up)

This post linked to:
Shopping Our Stash - Use Fabric
Tuesday Throwdown - Texture
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Ooh-La-La Creations - Something that beings with "B" (bird, bloom, branch)
Stamps and Stencils - Fabric and Fibers

Monday, May 15, 2017

For love of the Sea

Today’s card features a fun way to create your own backgrounds using Distress Oxide Re-inkers from the Cropstop store.  Here’s a little tutorial to show you how I made the pretty blue-green backgrounds on these sea cards.
 Step One: Drop a few dots of re-inker on your work surface ( I used Cracked Pistachio and Broken China)
Step Two: Spritz with water from mini mister
Step Three: After the ink has sufficiently reacted to the water, lay a piece of cardstock over the top to pick up the ink
Step Four: You may wish to squish it around a bit or even twist and turn it (depending on the look you’re wanting)
Step Five: Continue picking up ink – Add more water as necessary and dry with heat gun in between layers
 After my background was dry, I added some dots of color using the mermaid lagoon distress ink and two stamps from the Sunny Flowers (Stampendous) set. I also added some text to the right side with vintage photo distress ink.  I stamped a large seashell (PSX) in Broken China Distress Oxide ink and fussy cut around it. The tiny star fish and sand dollar are die cut and embossed with the Cuttlebug die and embossing set: Under The Sea. I added a large “Love” sentiment from the Love This die set (Echo Park), and die cut the bottom of my front panel using the MFT Dienamics set: Scallop Basic Edges.
I'd love to see how you use Distress Oxide re-inkers so stop by the Cropstop blog and link up your projects! Hope to see you there...

Friday, May 12, 2017

Simple Sympathy

I wanted to experiment with using my Ken Oliver Color Bursts powders as watercolor paints. So, I made a few simple sympathy cards this week to use for the card ministry I belong to.
To create my card:
~ I tapped out a bit of the color burst powder onto my paint pallet.
~ Next, I added a few drops of water and stirred it around.
~ With a small paintbrush, I added the colors to my watercolor paper and heat set.
~ After stamping my image, I splattered a few drops of each color (and some diluted black soot distress ink) on the card front and heat set again.
~ After everything had dried, I added some shadows to the flowers using a watercolor Crayola marker.
For the inside sentiment, I very lightly painted some of the blue and green colorburst on my stamp instead of using regular ink pads.

Supplies and Tools:
Lime Green/ Merlot / Ultramarine Blue color burst (Ken Oliver), Thoughts and Prayers (Stampin' Up), Meadow Stamp Set (Inkadinkado), Sequins, Black Soot Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Silver Crayola Marker

This post linked to:
Creative With Stamps - Flowers

Thursday, May 11, 2017

By the beautiful sea

Today's card celebrates summer by the seaside! There's nothing quite like a walk along the beach with the breeze blowing through your hair, waves lapping at your feet, and sandpipers scuttling along the sand in front of you!  Aww...many happy memories!
Supplies and Tools:
Chipped Sapphire/Walnut Stain/Black Soot Distress Ink, Ink Applicator, Distressing Tool, Twine, Shell Stamp (Stamp It), Burlap Stencil (Tim Holtz), Stencil Brushes, Pearls, By the Sea Sentiment (MSE), Cheesecloth Background Stamp (Stampin' Up)

This post linked to:
Fusion Card Challenge - Navy Patterns
City Crafter - Arrivals (I chose the arrival of summer)
Craft-Dee BowZ - Handmade Bow
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Faux Cracked Glass with UTEE

It’s the second week of May, and time for another challenge here on the Cropstop blog! I’ve been enjoying playing with some new products from the Cropstop store. Today I’m sharing a mini tutorial that uses the Gelli Printing Plate, Distress Oxides, and UTEE.
 To create the focal point of my card I wanted to do some layering with ink and create a collage of sorts. Here’s how I accomplished it:
Step One: Ink up your Gelli Printing Plate with Distress Oxide Ink.
Step Two: Spritz with Water from your Mini Mister
Step Three: Lay a stencil over the top (I used the Tim Holtz Watercolor Stencil)
Step Four: Lay a piece of watercolor paper over top and gently press
Step Five: Clean printing plate and ink with distress ink (I used fossilized amber)
Step Six: Mist with water
Step Seven: Use a baby wipe to pick up some of the ink
Step Eight: Lay your stenciled piece of watercolor paper over it and gently press
After I created my background, I stamped a text stamp (Distressing -Glitz Design) in the corners in Ground Espresso Distress ink and added a bird/sentiment from the Ranger set, Little Birdies (Dina Wakley) in black soot distress ink.   Next I used a thin paintbrush to splash a bit of Cracked Pistachio re-inker over the top, and distressed the edges using the Tonic Studios Paper Distresser.

I wanted to create a cracked-vintage look, so I pulled out my Versamark Watermark Ink pad and thoroughly inked my collage panel.  Next I applied the Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel to the top and heat set it. I repeated this process two more time (for a total of 3 layers) and then popped my image in the freezer for 5 minutes. When it was cold, I removed it and bent the panel to create cracks in the embossing.  Next I rubbed vintage photo distress ink over the surface and worked it into the cracks with my Tim Holtz Ink Applicator.
To complete my card, I layered my cracked panel on corrugated cardboard and die cut a doily, sentiment, and corner piece from the Sizzix Hello Doily set. (The doily was a leftover print from this post).  Three Prima flowers with pearl centers add the finishing touches.

I'd love to see how you use UTEE on your projects, so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up! BTW- Be sure to stop by and sign up to win the goodies in this fun CROPSTOP GIVEAWAY - winner drawn May 24th.
This post linked to:
Color Throwdown - Kraft, Yellow, Gray, Aqua
The Card Concept - Vintage Notes (vintage mixed media)
Ooh - La - La - Something that begins with "B" (I have a bird)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Dies R Us - Flowers
Creative With Stamps - Flowers

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Beauty of Nature

Today's cards are created using watercolor paper, distress inks, and a blending tool. I mask off the moon using a circle die cut and then laid down the lighter colors first then slowly added the darker colors over top. I added some stars using perfect peals and the shadows (under the trees/deer) were made using Crayola watercolor markers.
Supplies and Tools: 
Pine Needles/Salty Ocean/Chipped Sapphire/Blueprint Sketch/ Hickory Smoke/Black Soot Distress Ink, Pine Tree Stamp, Deer Stamp (Martha Stewart), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Blending Tool, Crayola Markers, Liquid Pearls, Diamond Stencil (Tim Holtz), Inside Sentiment (Stampendous)
For the second card I went for a sunrise over a meadow using the same technique as above. I added shadows to the butterflies and colored in the grass/flowers with Crayola watercolor markers. For extra detail on the butterflies I used a white gel pen to highlight their antennae and wings. I swiped my distress inks down the top and bottom of my card to make it match the sky and grass on my stamped panel.
Supplies and Tools:
Mowed Lawn/Fossilized Amber/Picked Raspberry/Abandoned Coral/Salty Ocean/Seedless Preserves/Black Soot Distress ink, Crayola Markers, Hello Doily Die, Die cut sentiment (Momento), Meadow Stamp Set (Inkadinkado), Gelly Roll Whit Gel Pen

This post linked to:
Fusion Card Challenge - Musical Butterfly
City Crafter -Arrivals - (2cd card - arrival of summer sunrise)
Tuesday Throwdown - Doodles (I doodled around/on my butterflies with a white gel pen)
Ooh-La-La - Something that begins with a "B" (Butterflies)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Friday, May 5, 2017

By The Sea

Today I'm sharing two sea themed cards I created using Tim Holtz Distress Inks and an ink blending tool.
These are by no means professional looking, but they were a ton of fun to create!
I currently only have the rectangular ink applicator which doesn't blend as well as the round ones so you can see streaks and smudges. (I have some round sponge daubers ordered and I'll be anxious to try them and see the difference they make.)
I sort of like those streaks and smudges though - I think they add a bit of character to the scene.
Supplies and Tools: 
DISTRESS INKS: Gathered Twigs/Walnut Stain/Black Soot/Antique Linen/Salty Ocean/Broken China/Chipped Sapphire/Mowed Lawn/Spun Sugar/Rusty Hinge/Fossilized Amber/Seedless Preserves, Ink Blending Tool (Tim Holt), Shifting Sands (Posh Impressions), Seashell Stamp, Grass Stamp, Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Down By the Seaside (Inkadinkado), Sea Breeze (Inkadinkado), White Gelly Roll Pen, Watercolor Stencil (Tim Holtz), Burlap Stencil (Tim Holtz), Stencil Brushes
I discovered after I made these that using watercolor paper makes a BIG difference in the blending so I did one more using that.
I used the same inks and tools for this one.....isn't the difference amazing?!

This post linked to:
Shopping Our Stash - Back to the Basics - Fussy Cut
City Crafter - You Can Do It - Create Your Own Background
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Upcycled Baby Wipe

 Today's card features a used baby wipe turned into a beautiful butterfly.
 Instead of throwing away the baby wipes I used to clean up my work area after using inks, I save them and dry them out. I decided to use one to create the butterfly on this card.
Step One: Die cut a scallop circle (Spellbinders nestabilities)
Step Two: Cut your circle and half and fold it over - glue the two pieces together in the center
VARIATION: Instead of cutting the circle in half - scrunch it together in the middle and slip it into your mini clothespin
Step Three: Using craft wire, form two antennae and place them behind the baby wipe wings
You can decorate your clothespin with cardstock or paper to match your card or project and decorate your wings with beads, sequins, or even stamp on them!
I chose to cover the top of the clothespin with black patterned paper and I dress up my butterfly with some pretty sequins.
 Inside I stamped a few tiny butterflies along the edge and added a sentiment across the bottom.

Supplies and tools:
Watercolor paper, Merlot Color Burst, Music Background Stamp (Stampin' Up), Embroidered Lace Deep Edge Punch (Martha Stewart), Mini Clothespin, Baby Wipe, Sequins, Wire, Hello Sentiment (Momento Die), Definitions (Stampabilities), Picked Raspberry and Black Soot (Distress Ink), Victorian Butterflies (Rubber Stampede), Scallop Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Glue, Glitter

I'd love to see how you upcycle things so stop by the CURRENT CROPSTOP CHALLENGE and link up your creations that use products from companies carried in the Cropstop store! Hope to see you there....

This post linked to:
Fusion Card Challenge - Musical Butterfly
Curtain Call - Flutter
City Crafter - "You Can Do It" - Create Your Own Background
Little Red Wagon - Time to Celebrate
Repeat Impressions - For a Special Lady

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Butterfly Love

I made this card using the sketch from Mojo Monday this week. After coloring my butterfly with Prismacolor pencils, I stamped a crackle background over the top and added a bit of glitter. I decorated the inside using a Tim Holtz stencil and distress inks.
Supplies and Tools:
Butterfly Stamp (Studio G), Crackle Stamp (Stampin' Up), Sentiment (PSX),Prismacolor Pencils, Baby Oil,  Black Soot/Hickory Smoke/Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink, Stencil Brushes, Flourish Stencil (Tim Holtz), Circular Grid Embossing Folder (Anna Griffin), Love This Die Set (Echo Park), Glitter, Sequins, Paper Distresser

This post linked to:
Mojo Monday - Sketch #495
Allsorts Challenge - Embossing
Curtain Call - Flutter

Monday, May 1, 2017

Vintage Receipt Holder

Today I want to share with you a fun way to create your own home decor pieces using a Mix The Media Receipt Holder.  “Back in the day store owners would tuck receipts behind these metal holders to keep track of their customer’s purchases. We prefer to add our photos, findings, ATC cards or whatever inspires us to these clever “receipt holders”.
Fashioned from metal for an authentic feel and can be hung by the attached chain, these quickly become a one-of-a-kind home display in minutes!

I chose to decorate mine in a vintage style using botanical and bird elements. Instead of telling you exactly how I put each collage together, I’m simply going to list the items I included.
 1. Flower Tag 2. Rolled rose jumbo paper clip 3. Vintage dictionary page 4. Ephemera from the Tim Holtz Thrift Shop set 5. Free botanical print from the Graphics Fairy 6. DIY cardboard button  on free printable journal card (Sweet Life) 7. Mis. buttons 8. Denim Washi tape
 1. Receipt 2. Watercolor Robins Egg Nest (Printable from Creative Cain Cabin) 3. Die cut envelope (with My Favorite Things Envelope Die.), 4. Ephemera from the Tim Holtz Thrift Shop set 5. Decorative paper clip 6. Coffee Stained Paper 7. Petaloo Flower 
 1. Homemade Barnwood background (I’ll have to do a tutorial on this soon!) 2. Bird card 3. Washi tape 4. Mini clothespin 5. Ticket 6. Baker’s Twine 7. Egg Printable from Graphics Fairy 8. Wooden Button 9. Metal Charm 10. Paper Doily 11. Lace
 1. Music Background die cut with Labels One Spellbinders Nestabilities 2. Postcard Stamp (Hampton Art) 3. Key 4. Baker’s Twine 5. Rolled Rose (Sizzix 3D Flower die and Martha Stewart frond punch) 6. Bird Printable from rebecca’s misc. 7. Metal Frame 8. Ephemera from the Tim Holtz Thrift Shop set 9. Mini flower card 10. Washi tape
All the stamping and inking was done with Vintage Photo Distress Ink . The edges were inked using the Tim Holtz Ink Applicator, and distressed with the Tonic Studios Paper Distresser.

There are endless possibilities for decorating these vintage looking Receipt Holders – don’t be surprised if you see this one again made over in a new theme, decorated for a holiday, or maybe even holding some handmade cards from friends! Stop by Cropstop and order yours today and then come back and link up your creativity to the CURRENT CHALLENGE!

This post linked to:
Dies R Us - Flowers with Die Cuts (Die cut flowers/nestabilities/die cut envelope included)
The Paper Players - Tic Tac Toe (I used Circle, Die Cut, Flowers)

Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes


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