Glue n’ Seal Technique

When working on another project, I stumbled across an interesting reaction between Ranger’s Glue n’ Seal and Distress Ink. At first I thought I had ruined my project, but then I decided the affect was really cool and I started considering other possibilities.

Basically, wherever the Glue n’ Seal is, Distress Ink is not.

I started with this by applying Glue n’ Seal to a stamp and stamping it on this tag. A word of caution: This IS glue and a waterproof sealer. I washed my stamp with soap and water immediately, but I cannot guarantee there is no permanent damage to the stamp. However, if you had an inexpensive foam stamp or a stamp designated for this purpose, it might be a better idea than using an expensive, well-loved stamp.

Then, I randomly painted Glue n’ Seal around the edges. Imagine the possibilities with this technique with creating a moon behind a house for Halloween or highlighting a certain area in a picture. The Glue n’ Seal dries completely clear, so you can put it on top of art, dictionary pages, song book pages or other designs.

My tag looked like this when I was finished:

When it is dry, it will be even more difficult to see. If it is still tacky, let it dry some more. When it is completely dry, it will feel very similar to the paper it is on and will not be sticky at all. Then, you can apply Distress Ink. I used an ink applicator with a foam pad and Faded Jeans Distress Ink. I covered the entire tag, but wherever I put the Glue n’ Seal, the ink didn’t not show up.

Cool, eh?

Birthday in a Tube

My daughter Korie turned 19 the other day.

With our current situation, a large birthday celebration was not an option. Even though the day was low-key and her gift small, I still wanted it to be a special day for her. After all, it is the day that celebrates her entry into the world — a day I anticipated for over a year.

So, I decided to get a little creative and this is what I came up with:

I started with a clear tube and rolled bills in all different directions and placed them inside.

Then, I used my Art Philosophy Cricut Cartride and Stamp Set from Close to My Heart to make the cupcake. I used Distress Ink and Distress Stickles to “spice” it up a bit.

Finally, I added a bit of twine from My Mind’s Eye and an eyelet and tied it to the bottle. Simple, but much better than handing someone a wad of cash, don’t you think?

And here’s my beautiful daughter on her 19th birthday:

Studio 490 Style

I recently had the pleasure of taking two classes with Wendy Vecchi.

I learned a few new tips, like how to mask a rubber stamp so you only ink the part you want to stamp.

More importantly, I learned how adding rubber stamps can enhance other images.

I even got used to cutting out stamped images — something I NEVER did before my hours with Wendy.

When visiting Wendy’s blog, I noticed there was a contest in her honor by Simon Says Stamp.

And, although most of my Studio 490 stamps have not yet arrived, I decided I owed it to Wendy to show her all that I learned in her class.

And so, without further ado, here is my art — Studio 490 style.

I started with white cardstock from American Crafts. Using a Tim Holtz mask, I inked the tag with Distress Ink.

Then, I removed the mask and inked the entire tag again.

I then used Ranger Archival Ink and a Studio 490 background stamp to ink.

The colors I have in ink are too bold (lighter colors are on order at Scrap Tales) and I didn’t like the result, so I went over the entire tag with more Distress Ink.

Then, I stamped the leaves (again, with a Studio 490 stamp) and colored them with Distress Ink.

I edged both the tag and leaves with a Paint Dabber in Copper. I also ran it lightly over the brad.

I cut the flowers out of Grunge Paper with Tim Holtz’s flower die. Since I didn’t have another background stamp by Wendy Vecchi, I used one from Hero Arts.

Then, I inked them and attached them to the tag.

The bird is a Studio 490 stamp that I stamped on Grunge Paper, cut out and inked. Then I coated it with Diamond Glaze by JudiKins.

I added one of Wendy’s word stamps, some Distress Stickles, an eyelet and some Maya Road ribbon for the finishing touch.

Thank you, Wendy!