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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Tags & Techniques

Howdy!  A blessed Sunday to you.  I have to say the beginning of the month when Tim posts his new tag for the month is always something I look forward to.  His techniques always inspire me to create.  Tim's September tag used the alcohol inks and yupo paper for one of the techniques. 


I am happiest when I am stamping.  I love mixing the stamped images together and creating a blend of stamps together into a cohesive design.
This month's tag and technique used a resist technique which game me lots of fun ways to play with my stamps and stencils.

I started with a patina background on the tag.


 I admit I ended up not using this tag in my finished project as I wanted to get close to the colors on my stamped background.  I will save this one for another project. I love how the patina looks and could have created many of these backgrounds in different colors.

Next I tried about 3 failed attempts with the alcohol ink backgrounds. I was trying to mix colors and they were beautiful but not cohesive to give a strong imprint and I also tried a few stamps that weren't solid enough in the image to translate well on the resist.

I finally settled on an alcohol ink background with a mix of slate, eggplant, and mushroom.

 Next I used an ultra-violet archival ink to stamp the butterfly and script onto the background. I stamped the butterfly first and cleaned it off following Tim's instructions and then I did the script.

I then tried on several scraps to use the blending ink with the stencil to get the numbers/words. The blending alcohol will bleed and I didn't like how I was applying it so I decided to sponge on the same archival ink through the stencil and was very happy with the crispness of the letters.

Another tip:  The Yupo paper is so wonderful that I was able to flip over one of my failures and use the reverse side for my card.  I also had another failure with the resist which I was able to just ink over again with alcohol inks and start again.  Like a magic eraser!  

I was having so much fun stamping with the resist that I decided to create another stamped collage.

 On the bottom  you can see some smearing this was because I didn't carefully remove the excess ink.  Tim talks about it in  his tutorial.  Just thought I would mention it because I did try very carefully but I am a very messy stamper and missed some ink. :)

Have a lovely Sunday!

Suzz

Products:  Memory Box - Dreams (Text), Stampers Anonymous - Butterfly, Stampers Anonymous - Branch, Inkadinkadoo - Birds, Wendy Vecchi - Stencil,  Tim Holtz Layering Stencil, Hero Arts - French Script, Ranger Archival Inks - Ultra-Violet, Alcohol Inks - Eggplant, Slate, Mushroom, Blending Solution, Ranger - Paints - Wilted Violet, Lavender, Gold, Picked Raspberries, Silver

7 comments:

  1. Your collage designs are terrific and you've really mastered this technique. Thanks for the tips, I'm struggling a bit with this one. But you are so right about the paper--I'll begin again on the backside. It's challenging but SO fun.

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  2. These are wonderful Suzz! I love the patina one and can't wait to see where you take it. I bought some Yupo paper about 6 months ago but have yet to take it out of the packet. Must give it a try after seeing your gorgeous creations.

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  3. Suzz, love the finished product, so elegant! Thanks for sharing your artistic struggle as you worked toward your design. I often have something in mind, but getting it "on paper" in the way I planned is sometimes a challenge!

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  4. Well all your efforts were certainly totally worth it, the end effects looks amazing and on the second one I would never have noticed the smudging lol if you had not mentioned it.

    Love the patina background and can't wait to see whre you will take that one...

    I also wanted to say sorry for the lack of visits lately, but as you may know I have been away from home for two month. But now I am back I look forward to more regular visits again. xxx

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  5. Oh so beautiful Suzz, these are just gorgeous with your mix of stamps and techniques xxx

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  6. All of these are gorgeous but I do like the darker ones better. Welcome to the dark side. Hehe! Fantabulous use of the AI and the yupo paper. I was curious about the paper and you answered a few questions for me. Awesome sauce stamping! Everything looks so cohesive and fantabulous! Wowzers! ~Niki

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  7. LOVE both! Your images are so crisp too...well done!

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