Ink Lifting Technique

I am not really sure how I stumbled on this technique but I did.  I was so impressed that knew I wanted to give it a try.  Here is the link to Jennifer McGuire’s blog and the technique.  She uses distressed ink but I though I would give it a try with Close to My Heart inks.

When I first started playing around with the technique I tried our White Daisy cardstock and it did not lift the color out as well.  So I then tried it with our Watercolor paper and BINGO it worked.  So here is how it works.Ink Lifting initial stepsI used Crystal Blue for my background.

Ink Lifting Part 2Once you have the ink applied you use water to lift out the ink.  I just dabbed a water soaked brush to the inside of the flowers.  And as you can see the blue lifts out and becomes a faded blue.  Then I took my ink pad and stamped my all purpose mat.  I then added water to the ink and painted the new colors in.  I used Pixie, Thistle, Honey, Fern and Sweat leaf inks to add color.

Wavey Blooms ~ Ink Lifting ~ Do What Makes You Happy Card 2 ~ CatScrapbooking.comHere is the finished product.  I am really happy how this turned out and look forward to trying it some more.  I actually tried using craft foam to instead of foam tape to pop up the white scalloped boarders.

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Watercolor Blog Hop

Welcome to the Watercolor Blog Hop!

MarchOptToday you will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop.  Today we are featuring artwork which showcases watercoloring.  Watercoloring can be done using our new watercolor paints or our watercolor pencils.  There are so many ways you can use watercolors and I am sure you will be able to see lots with this hop.

If you are just arriving her from MICHELLE STEWART’S Blog, or just starting at my blog then you are on the right track ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.   For this hop we have about 30 consultants participating so you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I purchased Hoppy Birthday D1597 which has some adorable animals from down under a while ago; however, I have not really used it until now.  I thought it would be perfect for watercoloring.

Hoppy Birthday ~ Penelope ~ Watercolor ~ Birthday Card ~ CatScrapbooking.comI paired this one with Penelope paper pack and Joyful Birthday B1419.

Hoppy Birthday ~ watercoloring ~ Birthday card ~ CatScrapbooking.comThis one I kept simple Kraft cardstock and Blue shimmer trim.

Products used for these cards:

Now it is time to move onto your next stop on the hop, which is  MELISSA ROBINSON’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

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Using Ink to stamp

I was playing around in my craft room.  I have seen on Pinterest some cool cards using a variety of techniques to apply ink.  I wanted to try some.  I have to apologize that I did not think about taking photos of the process, I guess I was just in a groove.

Sapphire Sympathy Card  ~ Ink technique ~ CatScrapbooking.comTo stamp the flower I used Blossoming Expressions D1665. I put a drop of Sapphire re-inker on the All Purpose Mat.  Then using the spray pen with water I spritzed it a couple times.  Then I inked the stamp in this water ink mixture.  Then using the second stamp with the detail, I inked it with the Sapphire stamp pad.  I used the Packages, Boxes and Tags D1664 stamp set to stamp the tag.  I used the stitching line to stamp around the white cardstock.  I then used the Ink Blot D1660 stamp set, inking it in the water ink mixture then stamped on cardstock.  Here is a close up of the stamping.

Sapphire Sympathy Card detail ~ Ink Technique ~ CatScrapbooking.com

Here is the full list of products used:

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Blog Hop ~ Kissing is for Stamping

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This month we are featuring the Kissing Technique!  Have you heard of this technique??  Well the way it works is you ink up one stamp then take a second stamp with no ink and touch or kiss the inked stamp.  The result is a pattern on the stamp image.  If you just hopped onto my blog or arrived from WENDY KESSLER’S Blog then you are in the right place.  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork.

I haven not used this technique a lot but have tried it a couple of times.  Decided to make those adorable balloon animals in this months stamp of the month have a pattern.  Check it out…

Kissing Technique ~ Penelope ~ Balloon Animals ~ Celebrate ~ Artfully Sent ~ CatScrapbooking.comYou can see that the Elephant and Horse have polka-dots.  I inked up the elephant then using the cluster of dots from the Balloon Animals stamp set I randomly stamped the inked elephant stamping the dots off on a piece of scratch paper between each “kiss”.  Then once the entire elephant was random stamped, I then stamped the elephant. I repeated the process for the horse too.

Here is the full list of products used:

Now hop on over to PRISCILLA GOTHAM ’S Blog and see what she has created for you today.  If you get lost along here is the full list of participants.

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Blog Hop – Bokeh Stamping

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop!

12375999_10153309114907934_8934746437459467447_nThis month we are featuring the Bokeh Technique!  Have you seen those awesome backgrounds with the white circles which crates an out of focus look.  It is hard to describe this technique but with photographs “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.  It has been adapted to crafting and this month we have 6 consultants featuring artwork using this technique.  If you just hopped onto my blog or arrived from MELISSA ROBINSON ’S Blog then you are in the right place.  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork.

I really love this technique and have used it a number of times.  I decided to show you the Bokeh technique with a twist ~ Paw prints.  The first thing I did is I went into Design Space and using the Heart Paw Print #m4130AD from the Artistry cartridge.  I hid the contour lines of heart leaving just the paw print.  I copied the image so there were 4 which were all different sizes.  Then creating a 4″ square I used my slice tool and created my own stencil.

Mask for Bokeh Technique ~ Pawprints ~ Artistry ~ CatScrapbooking.comThen using approximately 5.25″x 4″ pieces of White daisy I applied ink using a dubber in a random pattern.

Bokeh Technique ink application ~ CatScrapbooking.comWith the first piece I used Pixie, Hollyhock and Ruby.  I used a dauber to apply the color randomly.  Bokeh technique ink application ~ Techniques ~ CatScrapbooking.comWith this one I used Pixie, Canary and Glacier again using the dauber to apply the ink.  The next step is to apply the white ink to create the Bokeh technique.  I have a stencil with various sized circles so I started with that.  I then came back with the Paw Print Stencil to create these:Bokeh Technique with pawprints ~ CatScrapbooking.comThen I trimmed the cardstock to the appropriate sizes in this case 5″ x 3 3/4″.   I then added a sentiment and the adorable dog from Love My Dog A1178Bokeh ~ Ruby, Pixie & Hollyhock pawprints ~ Love my Dog ~ CatScrapbooking.comBokeh ~ Canary, Pixie & Glacier pawprints ~ Love my Dog ~ CatScrapbooking.comI did learn something that I wanted to share with you.  If you plan to stamp on the Bokeh pattern it does not work very well after the fact.  The white pigment ink shows through whether you us pigment or ink.  So my suggestion is emboss first then do the Bokeh technique.  To fix this I used black and silver heat embossed dogs which I fussy cut and covered my “mistake”.  It was a learning experience which is always cool but frustrating at times.  Like they day there are no mistakes in crafting only creative ways to fix :-).

Here is my list of supplies used:

Now hop on over to PRISCILLA GOTHAM ’S Blog and see what she has created for you today.  If you get lost along here is the full list of participants.

Happy Crafting!

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Kaleidoscope Layout ~ Texturizing Techniques

I have a fun layout that I created using a technique I recently saw in a Close to My Heart video.  The video is about adding texture to your layout and when was designing this layout I decided to give it a try.  Here is the video which shows a couple other ideas too but I focused on the cellophane bag, ink and our cleaner.

Here is my layout:

Kaleidoscope layout ~ Springtime Wishes ~ CatScrapbooking.comTo add the Sunset and Pacifica to the background here is what I did:

Texturizing Technique ~ Step 1 ~ CatScrapbooking.comThen just adding a spritz or two of the CTMH Stamp cleaner results in beading of the ink.

Texturizing Techniques ~ Step 2 ~ CatScrapbooking.comI then just rubbed the cellophane bag around the paper an viola a unique textured background.

Texturizing Technique ~ Kaleidoscope Layout ~ CatScrapbooking.comSo simple but it creates a unique affect.

Supplies used to crate this layout:

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Blog Hop ~ Get Back to the Fundamentals

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop!

SimplyFundamentalsThis month we are featuring the FUNDAMENTAL Papers and Embellishment!  Close to My Heart has just released new patters for our Fundamental papers and Embellishments to match.  You can find these on  pages 108-111 of the new Annual Inspirations Idea book.  The Fundamental papers are great as they will coordinate with any layout you wish to design.  You can create your own color combinations to match your photos. This month we have 8 consultants featuring artwork using this technique.  If you just hopped onto my blog or arrived from PRICILLA GOTHAM ’S Blog then you are in the right place.  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating these papers.

Fundamentals ~ Rootbeer ~ CatScrapbookign.comI love the splatter technique and decided to try something a little different this time.  I used my watercolors to create the splatter instead of ink or stamping.  I just mixed up the colors and then made sure I had a really wet brush and flicked the brush. I cut all the shapes with my Cricut.  The font for the title is Everyday Fonts – Best of Times, the circle and stars are free shapes and the banner is a cut from Artistry that I unlocked and changed the dimensions.

This month there is a great promotion going on with this Fundamental Paper collection.  The Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking workshop has been created using all the items featured in our campaign exclusive My Legacy™ album bundles, available during November for $71.80 USD / $85.25 CAD each! When you purchase the album bundle, you will also qualify to receive a value pack of side load or top load Memory Protectors™ FREE—a savings of $19.95 USD / $23.75 CAD! Along with the album style and design of your choice, each bundle includes one Paper Fundamentals Enchantment pack, one Fundamental stickers Enchantment pack, one Peacock Fundamental assortment, and three sheets of White Daisy cardstock. You will then be set to turn these beautiful products into fabulous layouts using the new Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking workshop featuring five layouts you can make using all the supplies in your bundle.

Now hop on over to SHEILA BENNETT’S Blog and see what she has created for you to day.  If you get lost along here is the full list of participants.

  1. Melissa Robinson
  2. Darlys Recker
  3. Priscilla Gotham
  4. Catherine Nowak ~ You are here
  5. Sheila Bennett
  6. Jenifer Benner
  7. Michelle Loncar
  8. Wendy Kessler
  9. Tonya Whitehurst
  10. Haley Dyer
  11. Shirley Ross

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Blog Hop ~Diffuse Your Artwork

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This month we are featuring the technique of ~ DIFFUSERS!  Close to My Heart has just released two diffusers which are to be used with our embossing folders.  You can find these new diffusers on  page 122 of the new Annual Inspirations Idea book.  Diffusers are so cool as it will crate a non-embossed area on the paper you want to emboss. I know that sounds confusing but just take a look at the artwork and it will make more sense.  This month we have 6 consultants featuring artwork using this technique.  If you just hopped onto my blog or arrived from PRICILLA GOTHAM ’S Blog then you are in the right place.  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.

Diffuser technique ~ Sangria ~ Housewarming Hello ~ CatScrapbooking.comYou can see the embossed Colonial White and in the middle where the house is stamped it is still smooth.  There is the list of products used:

Now hop on over to MICHELLE LONCAR’S Blog and see what she has created for you to day.  If you get lost along here is the full list of participants.

  1. Melissa Robinson
  2. Darlys Recker
  3. Priscilla Gotham
  4. Catherine Nowak ~ You are here
  5. Michelle Loncar
  6. Sheila Bennett

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Blog Hop ~ Watercolors

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop!

11933423_10153099414082934_5873071183292397524_nThis month we are featuring the technique of ~ WATERCOLORING!  Close to My Heart has just rolled out this awesome line of watercolor products ~ Watercorlor Paint and Watercolor Brushes can be found on page 148 and the watercorlor paper is found on page 147 of the new Annual Inspirations Idea book.  Watercoloring is so cool it can be simple or as elaborate as you want it to be.  It is a great way to create custom backgrounds and adding a touch of color to you cards, scrapbook pages or any of your paper crafts. This month we have 8 consultants featuring artwork using this technique so you will definitely be inspired.  If you just hopped onto my blog or arrived from MELISSA ROBINSON ’S Blog then you are in the right place.  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.

I had a lot of fun trying some new techniques with the watercorlors.  I designed two cards both of them are based around this months Stamp of the Month ~ Paper Garden S1509.

11707989_10207393099531945_1646831179381493893_oHere is my first card.

Paper Garden ~ #watercoloryourworld ~ #ctmhHelloLife ~ CatScrapbooking.comThis card was totally new for me as I have never tried anything like this before.  I started by stamping one of the flower images from this months SOTM Paper Garden on our new watercolor paper in whisper ink.  I then came back and watercolored over the image and the background.  After it had dried (I hurried things along by using my craft heater) I took my journaling pen and outlined the image.  At that point the black journal pen looked really hard so I decided to use my White Daisy re-inker with some water in a spray pens.  I sprayed this mixture over the image, which really helped to soften the image.

Here is the other card I created~Paper Garden ~ #watercoloryourworld ~ Watercolor ~ CatScrapbooking.comFor this card I used a watercolor resist.  I stamped the Paper Garden image with the VersaMark and then used white embossing powder to heat emboss. I then used the watercolors to create the background.

List of products used for both cards:

Now hop on over to AGGIE PETERS’ Blog and see what she has created for you to day.  If you get lost along here is the full list of participants.

  1. Melissa Robinson
  2. Catherine Nowak ~ You are Here
  3. Aggie Peters
  4. Sheila Bennett
  5. Priscilla Gotham
  6. Haley Dyer
  7. Darlys Recker
  8. Denise Elliott

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Blog Hop ~ Simple Shadows

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop!

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This month we are featuring a technique called ~ SIMPLE SHADOWS which can be found on page 102 of the Annual Inspirations Idea book.  This technique is really simple and can be used with cards, home decor or scrapbook pages.  Basically by making a second die-cut in another color either dark or in my example light you can make your die-cut pop. This month we have ?? consultants featuring artwork using this technique so you will definitely be inspired.  If you just hopped onto my blog or arrived from WENDY KESSLER ’s Blog then you are in the right place.  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.

I have been making it a personal goal to complete some of my own scrapbook layouts so I don’t continue to fall further behind.  I chose to do this layout with the fun Jackson paper pack which is from the Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book.

Technique Simple Shadows ~ Jackson Layout ~ catscrapbooking.comThe colors of the Jackson paper pack are great for outdoors but also for boy theme.  I designed my own title using my Cricut Explore.  I really like Design Space as you can use any font you own to make a title.  In this case I used Boys are Gross font – it was really not intentional but the name makes me chuckle since my son is covered in food 😉 . Once I pick the font I un-group the letters then move them and weld them together.  I then just cut the title twice once using Colonial White and then again using Glacier.

Here are the products I used for this layout:

  • Jackson Paper Pack X7195B
  • Barn Red, Colonial White, Glacier,  and Cocoa cardstock
  • Glacier Extra Thick Twine Z3039
  • Jackson Complements X7195C
  • Brave Enamel Shapes Z3073

Now hop on over to DARLYS RECKER’s Blog and see what she has created for you to day.  If you get lost along here is the full list of participants.

  1. Debi barber
  2. Melissa Robinson
  3. Wendy Kessler
  4. Catherine Nowak ~ You Are Here
  5. Darlys Recker
  6. Melissa David
  7. Michelle Loncar
  8. Haley Dyer
  9. Shirley Ross
  10. Tonya Whitehurst

Happy Crafting!

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