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  • ATC with Smooshed Background

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    This ATC was done for a Challenge on Artsy Inkers message board.  The technique is called smooshing, you take a acrylic block and put your ink (I used distress ink) onto the acrylic block and then spray with water and stamp onto the ATC.  I used 3 colors of ink and smooshed.  Then I put 2 washi tapes along the bottom, stamped and heat embossed the love you, and stamped the heart with paint.  I then stamped the top of my water sprayer with embossing ink and embossed the circles on the top part of the ATC.  I used a Viva Decor pen in pearl to make the dots inside the circles.  I did not ink the outside of this ATC, I like it the way it is and didn't want anything to take away from the background.

    Thank you for looking.

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    This ATC was done using blue, pink, and green distress ink and the smoosh technique.  The die cuts are also done using the smoosh technique.  The love stamp and the flowers are from one of those itty bitty stamp sets that used to be a dollar.  I used itty bitty jewels, little enamel hearts, and itty bitty brads.  The dies cuts are from a sizzix set with honey comb and a big bee.

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    You guessed it another smooshed background on this ATC.  I used a small Paper Artsy stamp and colored it in with Inktense pencils and water activated them.  I stamped the saying and the circles with embossing ink and then used red embossing powder which was then heated.  The heart (which is a requirement for the Challenge) was punched out with a small very old punch and the embossed with the red embossing powder and heated several different times.

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    This ATC also has the smooshed technique on the background.  Then I put modeling paste through the Tim Holtz honeycomb stencil.  I stamped and embossed the bees and the Bee Happy sentiment.  The bees are embossed with black embossing powder, the Bee Happy is embossed with an orange embossing powder.  The sentiment is stamped and embossed on vellem and then cut out and glued to the ATC.  The bees are embossed and then colored with distress markers.  The little hearts are punched out of card stock that I inked with a red distress ink.  Part of the bees are glued directly to the ATC and part of them are popped up with foam.

    Thank you for looking.

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  • February Birthday Card #1

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    Another birthday card.  This one uses patterned paper, Paper Artsy stamps, H2O paint, a white gel pen, stickles, dimension paint, and a few round sparkly jewels.  The happy birthday sentiment is stamped with Tim Holtz stamps.  The banner the happy birthday is on is cut from a Tim Holtz die.  I used a tonic tool to rough up the edges on the triangle before I stamped the stamps.  Then I stamped and painted the flowers on the pink triangle with H2O paint.  This made them shimmery and almost metalic.  I went over the other parts with a white gel pen and then made the dots with blue stickles.  The silver dots are dimensional paint.  The two pink ruffles on the bottom are from a Gossimer Blue kit I got one of the two months I subscribed to their kit.  I thought the Paper Artsy stamps sort of matched the kind of flowers that were in the patterned paper and I painted them a similar color with the H2Os. 

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  • Journey Card

    I dry embossed the background of this card using a Tim Holtz embossing folder, then I used a brayer and put embossing powder on the raised part of the embossing and heated it with a heat gun.  Then I inked it with a distress ink (I am not sure which color I used, it was a lighter brown).  I did not really like the way it looked and I had just gotten an inca gold gold color so I went aheat and rubbed on some gold.  Then I dry embossed the journey word and cut a banner out.  I used distress ink on the journey word and then the entire banner with more around the edges.  I had a die cut sitting on my craft table so I decided to use that to stamp happy birthday (Tim Holtz words) and cut it into a banner too.  I couldn't decide what color distress ink I had used on the journey banner and I believe I picked the wrong one so nothing really matches on this card, but it seems to "go".  It of course looks better IRL than the picture.

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  • My Take on Tim Holtz November 2015 Tag


    Instructions and Tim Holtz Tag

    So this month I had some of the product Mr. Holtz used on his tag so I used them.  I started out cutting a tag from the Tim Holtz tag and tie die out of watercolor paper.  I used the small size tag because I have the small size pumpkin blueprint stamp so I just scaled the whole thing down. 

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    I found a background stamp to use, it is the one I use a lot when needing a large background stamp.  I have very few background stamps this large.  This is a stamp along with most of my rubber stamps that I unmounted and didn't write on them who the manufacturer was.  So I used this unknown stamp and white picket fence distress paint to make the background on the small tag.  I rolled the paint onto the stamp with a small Ranger brayer.

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    I used ground espresso, hickory smoke, and black soot spray distress stain on the background over the picket fence distress paint. 

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    I then inked the outer edges of the tag with ground espresso ink using the ink tool.

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    I then took the small pumpkin blueprint stamp and stamped the tag once using the entire stamp and stamped twice on white watercolor paper.

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    I then took some Heidi Swapp gold foil and used the Ranger glue stick around the edges to get the distress gold foil look.  I then dried the glue so the foil would stay where it belongs.

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    I then cut out the pumpkins and painted them using distress markers.  I used that embossing tool to make the middles on the pumpkin stand out.  I then used foam to stick the pumpkin on the tag, and used more foam to stick the stem onto the pumpkin and tag.  I used the Tim Holtz spritzing tool with black soot distress marker to make the black dots on the pumpkin.

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    I used the alphanumeric dies to cut fall out of cork.  The tag was not big enough to use autumn and the cork was not thick enough to tape the dies, cut, and pull the tape off the cork without the cork breaking up, so I settled for Fall.  I inked the cork edges with ground espresso.

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    I cut some linen ribbon and inked it with ground espresso.  Then I dug out an arrow and tied some jute around it.  I also put a small enamel heart on the right side of the Fall word.

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    And here is the finished tag in all it's glory.  Thank you for looking.

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