Jul 17, 2018

Two-Tone Distress Oxide Stenciling Tutorial


Today I'm sharing a little experiment I concocted with my Distress Oxide ink pads.  I was really pleased with the result and turned it into this simple masculine card using the Tim Holtz Theories stamp set.


First, I sponged a watercolor panel with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide, then layered the Plus Layering Stencil over the panel.


I lifted the ink with water in two ways to see which I liked best.  On the left I spritzed heavily with water then wiped with a baby wipe.  You can see how the color lifted more, but also bleed out more.  On the right I simply blotted with a very wet baby wipe.


I decided that it would be good to have two completely different patterns on the card, so I blotted away some more of the ink on the right side.  On the left, over the dried spritzed pattern, I realigned my stencil and sponged with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide.  I gave it a slight mist of water to help with the oxidization.  I'm just thrilled over this two-toned effect, which to me resembles patterned paper.  Of course, you could take it a step further and outline the stenciled design with a fine pen, but I didn't want that bold of a design.


I used my Stitched Square die to cut out a section of the panel, then raised it up with black card and Metallic Kraft Core.  The cutout is then hidden below.  This is a great way to build dimension and not cover up the background you've worked so hard on.  :)  I cut "happy" from the Celebrations set and layered with an On The Edge die.  The sentiment was cut from one of the stamps in the Theories set.  I used Tim's Fluted Fasteners in the corners of my card and the Ledger Script stamp to add text in the alternate corners.  I love coming up with new ways to use my oxides.  In case you've missed them, I've added the links to a few of my older tutorials below.  Have an awesome day and get inky!  





Jul 12, 2018

Tim Holtz Binder and Free Printable Recipe Card


Hi everyone!  I've been working on this projects for a couple of weeks at a slow pace and finally have a chance to share.  I picked up several Tim Holtz binders earlier in the year and finally decided to give one some love.  I wasn't quite sure what to put inside and ultimately decided on a recipe book, inspired by the incredible Emma Williams.  I didn't want to use a food theme because the book will be stored in my craft room, so I built a little botanical scene using Tim's Botanical Ephemera.


I started with a thick piece of mat board cut to size.  I cut a window in the center, then covered it with Worn Wallpaper.  I cut an X in the center to wrap the wallpaper around the opening and layered with some burlap paper.  I sanded the edges and used a Distress Crayon to add some shading.  I layered with a Baseboard Frame and a half flower from my tutorial HERE.  The crocheted lace and word token are also Tim's.



I used my Wallflower Paper Stash to create the file dividers.  The tabs are from a die.  The pages measure 4.25 x 6.5".  The idea is to fill the binder with recipes and have a pocket for recipe cards to share.  It's so sweet to bake a casserole for a friend and attach the recipe card atop!  :)


To make the pocket, cut a 6" square and score all three sides at 15/16" and 13/16".  Burnish the folds and miter as shown.  Attach red line tape the the outermost scored section.  The pocket will hold 8-10 cards.


I've designed a free printable recipe card for you and you can download it HERE.  It is designed to be printed at 4x6".  This file is free for personal use, but if you share it on any website you must link back to this post.






I decorated the pages quite simply.  Here's the back.  I did alter the color of the binder by sponging it with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink, then going over it with a gesso wash to tone it down.


And the front cover again, which could also be a card design.


And now onto the winner of my wee giveaway of the stitched stamp set.  The random winner is Kate Yetter!  Kate, please email me at teamclark@rocketmail.com to claim your prize.  I'll be on the lookout for another of these sets, so make sure to follow along for the next giveaway.  :)  And I hope you'll pin today's project and put the printable to good use.  Thanks for stopping by, Autumn

Jul 5, 2018

SewPaperPaint Faux Stitch Stamp GIVEAWAY!



THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.

Hi friends!  I'm soooooooo excited today to share a fun little "just because" giveaway with you.  I get tons and tons of questions about the stitch stamp I use all the time on my cards.  Well, I just happened to find this set at Tuesday Morning for a song when we were in Pigeon Forge, so I grabbed it just to share with one of my blog followers.  


I used it on my foiling tutorial at Frilly and Funkie HERE.


On a Verve Stamps shaker card HERE.


And on my Authentique pastel mini album tutorial HERE.  I've used it on about a hundred other projects too, and even have a designated acrylic block for it right on my workspace within easy reach.  In short, I love it!  And I know you will too.  So leave me a comment if you want one of your own.  I'll choose a winner next Thursday, July 12.  Hugs, Autumn

Jul 4, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Emma Background Embossing Resist Cards


Happy 4th of July my friends!  Today I'm sharing a few more cards I made for the Simon Says Stamp 100th Flickr Challenge celebration.  These cards were all made with the SSS Emma Background Stamp.  Embossing different portions of the stamp gives so many options for unique card ideas. 


I wanted to try out some new embossing powders and thought this would be a good way to test the colors.  The 4th of July card was embossed with Wendy Vecchi Cornflower Blue, then sponged with Fired Brick DI.  The happy die is by Little Yellow Bicycle.  The 4 is from Momenta and the "th" was cut from a "Thank You" die.  I glued on some vintage sequins my dear friend gave to me.


For this card I embossed with the new Ranger Cranberry EP and sponged with Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick and Fired Brick DI, then splattered with water.  I used the same Thank You die on sanded metallic kraft core.


I had hoped for a more metallic finish with this EP, but do love the enamel like texture.


My final card (and personal favorite) has an unusual mix of colors, which look so pretty in person.  I embossed with Wow! Florescent Blue and then sponged with Tattered Rose DI.  This powder is more gritty than enameled.  The Smile die is by STAMPlorations.  I layered with sewn vellum and a strip of Tim Holtz glitter tissue tape and then added some more vintage sequins.  Of course, the silver looks prettier in the picture.  It was great fun playing with this stamp again and doing some embossing resist panels.  This technique never gets old!  :)  Have a safe and happy holiday and hugs, Autumn



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Jul 3, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Stitched Florals Shaker Card


I'm having fun doing some just because stamping and decided to play along with the Simon Says Stamp 100th Flickr challenge.



I watercolored my embossed blossoms with Fossilized Amber and Twisted Citron Distress Ink, then fussy cut them and layered over a sponged and splattered panel, which I turned into a shaker.  :)  I picked up the Little Yellow Bicycle die cuts for a song at Tuesday Morning and sponged them ombre style.



For my second card, I colored my blossoms with Worn Lipstick, Tumbled Glass and Twisted Citron DI, then layered with the castoff from my shaker oval.  


I sponged the LYB die cut and added a Tim Holtz sticker and Tropical die cut.  I had the most trouble using a water reservoir pen to watercolor until I learned to squeeze it as I go.  DOH!  Now I am really getting into Distress watercoloring.  :)  On the inside of this card I will stamp a sentiment stamp that says "Merry Everything, Happy Always".  Thanks for looking today and make sure to check out my Flickr pool HERE.


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