Tuesday, January 20, 2015

It's time for a give-away!!

It's time for some fun...a blog give-away!!  The prize is a brand new My Acrylix stamp set called Wild About Love. It was the Stamp of the Month last February and was VERY popular. Some of the images coordinate with the Art  Philosophy Cricut Collection.  This set is retired and no longer available for sale.

To be entered to win, simply comment on THIS POST.

For a second entry, make a SECOND COMMENT on THIS POST that you are a follower of my blog (either you already are a follow or are a new follower, all are welcome).

Sharing is Caring...for a third entry, spread the word about the give-away: you can Tweet It, post it to your Facebook page, take out a full page ad in the Oregonian if you'd like, then make a THIRD COMMENT to THIS POST and tell me what  you did. Share as much as you'd like, but only one entry for sharing, regardless of how or how often.

Speaking of Facebook...Like, Follow or Post to my Facebook page for The Scrap Buzz and then COMMENT again to THIS POST for a fourth entry.

You must comment to THIS POST for each entry because that's how I'll pick the winner on February 4, 2014...using a random number generator and counting the number of comments, then I'll see that the winner gets the prize ASAP.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Re-inkers 201 (con't): Mix it with other Mediums

  • Mix with Liquid Glass                                                                                                                         
  • Marbling Technique...everyone's favorite using shaving cream.  
    1. Put about 1" of shaving cream in a pan, a disposable pie plate works well, and level off like icing on a cake.
    2. Add drops of 2-3 colors of re-inker in random spots.
    3. Using a toothpick, popsicle stick or the wrong end of a paint brush gently swirl through the re-inker drops to distribute the color in a nice swirl pattern, Don't over-mix or you will get muddy colors!
    4. Take a sheet of carstockd and put it on top of the cream.
    5. Using your fingertips, gently push the paper onto the cream, making sure that the complete surface of your cardstock touches the cream. Feel free to give it a twist!
    6. Pick up the cardstock by one side and lift off.
    7. Use a spatula or something similar to scrape off the cream. You will have a beautiful pattern left on the cardstock.  Scrape in long sweeping motions so you do not leave streaks in your design. After removing the majority of shaving cream off of your cardstock, make sure to dab any excess shaving cream off with a paper towels and allow to dry. Have plenty of paper towels handy and a garbage bag to throw the messy paper towels in.  Multiple sheets of cardstock can be done with one pan of shaving cream.
    • Tip:  Use unscented or ladies shaving cream, it smells nicer than the men's menthol type!
  • Mix with paint...our tool kit came with a bottle of white Ceramcoat Paint, Mix reinker with the paint to make CTMH colors for non-paper crafts, scraproom decor, etc. Paint a Designed Decor piece to match your home!

Next Post: Re-Inkers 301:  Direct from the Bottle

Monday, January 5, 2015

Re-inkers 201: The Spray Pen

Do you have any re-inkers? Well, if your ink pads aren't very used, you may wonder why you would need them.  Obviously, re-inkers can be used to RE-ink your stamp pads, but did you know there were so many other things you can do with these delightful bottle of liquid color?

There are many techniques that use ink from the re-inkers to add color and texture to your projects.
  • The spray pen:  Z1380 is only $3.95 for THREE spray pens. These are so fun! Play with different options to get the hang of it; very addicting technique!

    1. Tip:  Instead of water, use Rubbing Alcohol, it will evaporate faster and won't leave you with a soggy project.
    2. Recipe:  Starting from the bottom, fill the spray pen up to the 7th line with water or rubbing alcohol. Add reinker up to the 9th line. For extra shimmer, add three drops of Create-A-Shade Pearl Paint (we use to sell this). Insert the spray mechanism, tighten and cap, then gentle shake to mix.                                                                                                                   
    3. You can get different looks by varying the angle, height and speed of the spray.
    4. Be sure to prepare for leaks in your work area; better safe than sorry! Our All Purpose Mat is a great choice (Z2045). I often spray into a box, which gives me an over-spray barrier on up to four sides.
    5. Always empty, rinse, and clean your spray pen after use. Especially when using the paint which can clog the nozzle if it dries. Be sure to fill the pen with plain water and spray several times to clear the nozzle. If it does become clogged, try soaking the nozzle part.
    6. The Spray Pen is also great for using with just plain water. Check out the technique on page 55 of the 2014 Annual Inspirations Idea Book and Catalog.
    7. Try mixing water and bleach for a fun technique on dark paper.