Monday, March 13, 2017

Gale's Gallery XXIX: Oxide Inks & Other New Toys!

Hello again!

I know, back to back galleries, but I promise to have something for you other guys shortly!  It's just that March is National Craft Month and I have been celebrating it with some new stuff...  I have taken off a week from work to paint the kitchen, so I am sure something funny will arise....

Let's jump right in...
Hero Arts "Paper Layering Koi" set with Ranger Distress Oxide Inks Broken China, Cracked Pistachio and Fossilized Amber on cold press watercolor paper.  

In Loving Memory of Mary LoBianco (1957-2017)

Simon Says Stamp "Some Bunny" set from March kit release.  Background is Distress Oxide (Cracked Pistachio, Broken China Mowed Lawn.) Memento Tuxedo black ink critters colored with Copic Markers.  I added some Wink of Stella and Diamond Glaze to the eggs though it's hard to see here.  I am really not a good colorer, but will keep trying to get better at shading.  Part of the problem is I don't have three markers in the same family, part of it is me...

The Distress Oxide inks are a pigment/dye combination.  They dry chalk-like without rubbing off. The magic happens when you add water.  You can layer these inks as long as you dry after every layer.  I highly recommend anyone interested in learning about these to either go to the Ranger website and/or watch Jennifer McGuire's You Tube video that hits the high spots of what these inks can do.  I really didn't think I needed them, but they really are different then anything else there is.

This card doesn't feature anything new, but I had fun stepping out of my "style"...

This card features Tim Holtz's Stampers Anonymous "Crazy Cats" and "Crazy Sentiments" sets.  Not sure I will have reason to use these much, but hey, they were on sale...LOL!  I used regular Distress Inks on the background attempting to simulate a video tutorial by Sandy Allnock and pretty much failed.  But still a cute card!  I need to get a TV in my craft room as I forget stuff!

The guilt is setting in, so I must go work on that kitchen!  

Until next time,

Monday, February 27, 2017

Gale's Gallery XXVIII: Greeting Card Roundup


I just got several new things that were announced at CHA's Creativation convention.  I can't wait to show you the latest and I think greatest.  There weren't as many "innovative" items, but several new designs from favorite vendors.  The big news seemed to be the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.  I have several and will play with them soon.

Meanwhile, back at the 'Creek I made some cards I'd like to share with you...

This features the Altenew Lotus stamp set (sentiment is from their Beautiful Day set.)  This was done with Inktense watercolor pencils, Versafine Tuxedo black ink with clear embossing on watercolor paper.  Pretty Pink Posh droplets finish it off.  Envelope by Hero Arts.

One of my first stamps 20 years ago (All Night Media) doing one of the first techniques I learned in a local stamp class.  This is white embossed vellum using Copic marker coloring on the reverse.  

This is another Altenew set called Layering Lilies using a technique from a recent Jennifer McGuire Ink You Tube tutorial.  Using the thinnest card stock you have, stamp with dye or preferably Hero Arts shadow/hybrid inks.  Turn over the paper and use a Copic blender pen and completely saturate the image for an easy watercolor effect.  Background stripes with Versamark watermark ink and Simon Says Stamp striped background stamp.
This is a WPlus9 Beautiful Bouquet Mum stamp on Bristol card stock.  I used Tombow markers and blended out with a wet brush, then added Spectrum Noir clear glitter brush marker for some shine.  However, this marker "splopped" all over the upper flower and continues to do that, so I will be going back to my clear Wink of Stella reliable markers, though the glitter is slightly gold.  Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue card stock.
This is my first attempt at Prismacolor colored pencils on Neenah Desert Storm card stock.  The only way to do this is to stamp a solid image with white pigment ink (Hero Arts Unicorn), then color on top.  The textured background is from  We R Memory Keepers.  The shimmer envelope is from Simon Says Stamp.
This is basically the same technique as above, but I used Glossy Accents to add high gloss.  Card stocks are from Simon Says Stamp.

For some reason my software doesn't want to show any more cards, so maybe it knows best....

Until next time,