I know, I know, it seems like forever since I’ve posted…and it has been three weeks, which is a long time in the blogging world!
But, I had to jump in and announce that Artistic Outpost is having a sale on one of it’s newest plates, Snowy Woods, for a limited time…a full 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of rubber! It’s only $19.99, and I have to tell you that this sheet is beautiful, versatile, and lends itself to so many fabulous techniques!
Artistic Outpost also sells mounting supplies (acrylic blocks, Kai scissors, and EZ Mount Cling foam)…one of the best prices on EZ mount that I’ve found…you get get three sheets for only $9.99!
Stamp: Snowy Woods (AO)
Paper: Core’ dinations, Memory Box (Twiggy), Whisper White (Stampin’ Up!)
Ink: Hybrid Palette Burnt Sienna, Pine Needles (Distress), Vintage Photo (Distress)
Other “Stuff”: rectangle Nesties, sandpaper block for distressing Core’dinations cardstock, Pine Needles Distress embossing powder, heat gun, metallic organdy ribbon (Pink Hedgehog Papercrafts), self-adhesive rhinestones (Me and My Big Ideas from Jacksonbelle Embellishments)
The Christmas tree was embossed with Tim Holtz Distress embossing powder. Here are a few tips on getting the best results because these are not your ordinary EP (from Ranger Ink)!
1. Shake jar before each use to evenly distribute the release crystals.
2. As with regular embossing, use a well-inked stamp to apply ink to your surface, sprinkle Distress Powder onto image and tap off excess. Emboss using heat tool until powder turns a slightly deeper tone – unlike traditional powders these will not turn shiny.
3. For best results it is recommended you emboss with Distress inks, or Distress Embossing Ink. Note: If embossing with watermark or pigment inks, you will still get the matte, textured look and feel from the Distress Powders, but you will have less or no rub off.
4. To distress, emboss image and allow to cool for a few seconds. Lightly rub embossed image with your finger to remove the special release crystals. Some colors release more than others, so don’t worry if some rub off more or less …it’s part of the “aged” look.
5. Because some Distress Embossing Powder colors only change slightly when heated, here is tip for knowing when the embossing is complete: if the feel of the embossing when cooled is like sandpaper, it has been heated enough. If it is too loose like sand on the beach, heat it some more.
Thanks for looking, and I’ll try to be back soon…things have been a bit busy for me lately, but I’m hoping for some major studio time today…and tomorrow…