Alcohol Ink Class

alcohol ink cardsI had a wonderful time teaching some easy techniques using alcohol ink and Yupo paper at Scrappy Chic last night. I loved how the students mixed up and changed their cards. They were so beautiful, I had to take photos and share …

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The tree die I had used on the sample card, quit cutting. I’ve never had that happen after so few cuts before! In fact, I’ve only had two thin-metal dies quit cutting on me — and they had been cut more than 100 times!

Anyhow, I made a couple of substitutions that they could choose from …

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I’m offering this class at Boyne Highlands during the Girl’s Just Wanna Crop event in October. There are two weekends being offered this year and there is still room in the second weekend. Let me know if you are interested and I’ll send you the info.

I’m also working on a follow-up class for Scrappy Chic … stay tuned!

Just Roll With It

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A few months ago, I started riding a bike again after 25 years … and I love it! Now I am paying attention to, and buying, all of those adorable stamps and papers decorated with bikes.

I fell in love with this adorable bike paper from Photoplay and thought it would go well with the new stamps from Fun Stampers Journey.

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I used the circle cutter from Kreaxions to create a variety of circles. One tip … if you cut the circle out upside down, you don’t see the tiny hole the cutter creates in the paper.

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Then, I stamped the image and sentiment on one of the circles and assembled the card.

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I think its perfect for reminding someone not to get ruffled by life … just roll with it!

Alcohol Ink Card Class

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Alcohol ink is back! Yes, it’s the same Tim Holtz/Adirondack/Ranger stuff you bought years ago, but it has returned — with a new surface, Yupo, to play on.

Join me for this class at Scrappy Chic in Livonia and we’ll use four different techniques to make card backgrounds. Then, we’ll turn them into quick, fun cards you can send to anyone.

Click here for details … call the store at 248-426-9020 to register.

Don’t Miss the Fun

kreaxions_fun_Candy_Spiegel7When I teach papercrafting classes, I remind students that they are artists. They may not have a degree that says so, but if you can take a concept out of your head, send it through your fingers, and create something that moves another person, you are an artist.

One of the benefits of not being professionally trained, is that you may not know the “rules,” so you are free to simply create without anyone telling you you cannot do something. Things may not work or they may come out beautifully, but it does not matter. It is all about making what your mind calls “art.”

That freedom to create is the inspiration for this card I created for my newest design team — Just Imagine Crafts — Kreaxions Punches.

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I started with a circle cut out using the Kreaxions Circle Cutter and stamped the saying with Archival Ink.

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Then I trimmed the circle with the cutter and added a few more.

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I colored all of the pieces with Distress Ink and then ran the circles through my Xyron. And I made a card base with black cardstock and cut some glitter paper to use as the front.

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I ran a brayer over the circles to make sure they adhere well to the glitter paper.

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Finally, I used dimensional foam adhesive to adhere the saying.

Birthday Card Class

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We always need a birthday card and this class will help you stock up.

Join me as we create five cards — all relatively flat for easy mailing — using Echo Park’s new party line in this class at Scrappy Chic. The class is Wednesday, June 29 at 2 p.m. Get the details, here.

Be sure to call the store at 248-426-9020 to register and make sure I have enough supplies. See you there!

It’s New: Pavilio Tape

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Pavilio Lace Tape is an exciting new product imported from Japan.

Well, it’s not entirely new … it’s more like a new twist on an old product. It is similar to washi tape, but has been laser cut to make an intricate lace, floral or geometric design. The tape is thicker than washi tape — closer to the weight of quality cardstock — and is not transparent. But, like washi tape, it is easily removable and therefore, not permanent.

The floral designs on the card above are one of the patterns.

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It seems to stick a little stronger than most washi tapes, but it can still easily be pulled up without damaging the paper. If I were using it on a piece of home decor, a mini album, fabric or canvas, I would probably add a bit of Designer Dries Clear Adhesive to the ends to make sure it doesn’t come up. I put it on these cards two weeks ago, and it hasn’t lifted at all, but one never knows …

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On this card, I placed the white lace tape one a white card and then used Distress Markers to color in the pattern. The white that you see around the flowers is actually the tape. I colored into the negative space, directly on the cardstock under the tape. And then added some black rhinestones and pearls to jazz it up a bit.

I have lots of plans for the white tape … you can ink it or airbrush it and then use the colored tape on one project and the design left behind on another! Look for more examples this summer.

My only complaint about the tape is that it is expensive. The smallest rolls are $5.22 and the prices go up to $20, I believe. I paid $13.22 for the white lace above. The floral and geometric patterns I purchased were $6.72 and $6.22 respectively. And, I bought a few additional rolls, so expect to see those in projects shortly.

Pavilio Lace Tape is just coming to America … I Googled it and found it on Amazon and Etsy, shipping directly from Japan.

There is a traveling store, BayView Scrappers, in Traverse City, MI who sells it (it’s where I bought mine). BayView Scrappers does not have the tape on their website yet, but I did find some of the patterns in their Etsy store. You can also contact them via phone or e-mail and I am sure they will be happy to help and ship it right to you. Please tell them Candy sent you! Small business owners need all of the support they can get — especially in Michigan — these days.

So, my overall review of this product … if you love, and use, washi tape, ribbons or border stickers to dress up your projects, this is worth the money. The elegance it adds to a project is unlike other products we have available to us. And the quality does justify the price. Although I still wish we could import it cheaper!

Trying New Things

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My cousin and I have an awful habit. We go on a major shopping spree during the Great Lakes Mega Meet and then come home and neglect to use what we bought.

This year, she gave me two weeks to use what I bought. I’m not sure this made it under the deadline, but I created this card in response to her challenge.

The picket fence stencil, the Crackle Texture Paste, the bird stamps and the bird Mat Minis are all from Wendy Vecchi Studio 490. I love how the stamps match the Mat Minis … it makes it so easy to create dimensional objects.

The Crackle Texture Paste is really cool … in order to get the best crackle, you need to use it over a metallic embossing paste (embossing paste and texture paste are interchangeable words … when I refer to it, I use the term on that particular jar.) I had copper at home, so that’s what I tried this on.

I applied copper embossing paste through the stencil. Let it dry. Then relined up the stencil and applied a thick layer of Crackle Texture Paste and let it dry … the thicker the paste, the thicker the cracks.

I love this look, so expect to see it on a lot of my creations in the future!

What about you … do you make it a point to use new products right away or do you just use them to build your “collection”?

It’s a Boy

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My cousin is expecting a baby boy. I created this card for her baby shower.

The hippo and balloons outline stickers are from Krazy Kreations. Click here to see how I add glitter to an outline sticker and then color it.

NOTE: I added the nose and mouth pieces to the hippo after it was colored and glittered.

Adding string on balloons can be a bit challenging, so I wanted to show you a couple of ways to do it.

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For these balloons, I placed some Designer Dries Clear Adhesive under the balloons and stuck the string into the middle of the puddle of glue. I knew I wanted to use dimensional foam adhesive to adhere the hippo, so I secured the bottoms of the strings with a piece of transparent tape. Super easy!

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Then I added a sentiment from Elizabeth Craft Designs and some google eyes … what do you think?

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Stamp It Stencil It Genius

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One of the things I plan to offer regularly on my blog are product reviews and tutorials. With fewer independent stores, we are forced to purchase the majority of our products online. The problem is, no one shows us how to use the products and we cannot see and touch them ourselves. While I cannot let you see and touch things on my blog, either, I can try my best to critically review and share as much as possible about the products to make it easier for you to make a purchase decision. Some of the products I will feature I sell in my retail store. Others I do not, but I will provide you with links so you know where to get them.

The first product I want to start with is not new. It has been around for several years, but since I did not understand how it worked, I have not purchased it before. At the Great Lakes Mega Meet, I finally got up the courage to tell Wendy Vecchi, the genius who created this product, that I didn’t get it. She showed me the part I was missing and my head exploded!

sisi_by_Candy_SpiegelThis inventive product is called Stamp-It Stencil-It. It comes with a cling mounted rubber stamp and a matching stencil. You can use either piece on its own. But the magic happens when you use them together. The stencil actually acts as a mask for coloring in the flowers quickly and easily.

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Since it is called, Stamp-It, Stencil-It, Wendy says you stamp it first. Then you line up the stencil and use it to mask off the leaves while you color the flower and then mask off the flower while you color the leaves. Notice in the photo above how, when lined up with the flower, the leaves are covered. This allows you to take an ink blending tool or makeup sponge and color the flower quickly and easily. Genius!! (just be careful not to go off the edge of the stencil).

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The technique works so well that I was able to use the stencil to add Transparent Gloss Texture Paste over the middle flower to make it glossy and beautiful.

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And here is the finished card … the flowers and leaves are colored with Wendy Vecchi’s Archival Inks. The background is colored with Distress ink.

You can order the inks and texture paste from me. The Stamp-It, Stencil-It sets are available from Stampers’ Anonymous. There are dozens of ink colors and even more stamp sets to pick from. I brought several home with me. And, yes, I wish every stamp came with one of these stencils!