Sunday, July 15, 2018

First look and try of the BeCreative Whizzy inkblending tool, with video

Today I tried the BeCreative! Whizzy tool for inkblending.
I know how you all have the arm workout from Hell, especially with big adreas to inkblend.

The Whizzy tool is battery operated (not included) and has an off, low and high setting.
Without any pressure I found it applies the ink wonderfully on the paper, if you press too hard it will stop turning.
I like the high setting, I don't think it makes any difference, but I like "to get on with it" ;-)

The box only has one blending foam, but there are replacements available, either on the BeCreative website, or Hochanda, possibly elsewhere also.
There's also two brush tool, for paint and two sanding pads for fine and coarse sanding.

I've tried the same inks, and I used Distress inks on purpose as we all know how it is more difficult to blend than say Oxides, Versamagic and Memento inks I use a lot also.

I've used one of my favorite recipes: Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock feathers and Cracked Pistachio, but with only one foam it all got a bit  samey.

I've used a variety of papers, my normals cardstock Canon DCP paper , but also:  Bristol smooth, Kippers Waterart, Schut Classic water color paper, Schut hotpressed watercolor paper, Talens Ecoline printable paper, Crafter's Companion Neenah paper.
The results are the same on all watercolor and Bristol paper, much more muted than on the Canon DCP paper and the Neenah paper, but also a bit more splotchy. As with normal inkblending tools it's best to start off the paper and I forgot to do that on occasion, remember it's the first time I use this Whizzy tool, but I already love it.
I will get more foams, say one per color family and one per ink brand/kind.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

1000th blog post...or it would have been

I was so close to the 1000th blog post, were it not I've been deleting old posts I didn't like anymore.
I was looking through my cards from 2015 and, well, my style has changed so  much, also my crafty supplies have grown a lot and I just don't feel I should showcase cards I dont' like

I will do a giveaway wehn I reach the 1000th post, so keep checking ;-)

Regenboog Gefeliciteerd

Today's card is one inspired by a pin from Jennifer McGuire with my own supplies, so the outcome is much different of course.

I started with diecutting the shadow/outline die for Gefeliciteerd from a rainbow of cardpanels and the line die also from black with Stick it on the back.
Then I glued the bottom layer (purple) onto a white cardpanel,so this would help me align the thin word. I used the dies themselves to guide me.
And then I just glued the other colors on top.
I tried to align the panels when diecutting by using the previous color as a guide, but there are always small differences, so I just looked at how they stacked and after that I neated it all up by tracing a pencil line, cutting it with scissors, it's a very thick pack by now and then using a nail file to neaten it up further.

Glued the now smaller panel onto a cardbase on an angle, so if it's not perfectly straight, you won't notice as much ;-)

I used, ik heb gebruikt: Marianne Design Gefeliciteerd by Karin Joan KJ1721.

Deze kaart was geinspireerd op een pin van Jennifer McGuire, maar dan gemaakt met mijn spullen/vooraad.
Ik ben begonnen door een regenboog aan karton (op kaart formaat) door de Bigshot te halen met de schaduw stans. Ik gebruikte steeds de vorige kleur om de stans weer op dezelfde plek te krijgen. Maar er blijven altijd kleine verschillen en dat kun je het beste later  "opruimen". Ik heb ook het woord Gefeliciteerd van zwart karton gestanst waarop de achterkant Stick it zat, zodat het een sticker werd. Ik heb nog een stuk karton op kaart formaat gesneden en de onderste laag (paars) gebruikt, samen met de stansen om het woord Gefeliciteerd op de juiste plek te plaatsen en ook al die haken en ogen rondom het woord.

Daarna heb ik gewoon alle kleuren gestapeld en daarna heb ik met een liniaal en rechte lijn getrokken en de stapel bijgeknipt met een schaar, want nu is het echt te dik voor de stansmachine en waar nodig met een nagelvijl netjes gemaakt.. Ik heb de stapel onder een hoek op de kaart geplakt, zodat eventuele schoonheids foutjes minder opvallen, recht knippen is niet mijn forte ;-)

off the edge shaker cards part two

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Off the edge shakercard part one

AAA Cards Challenge #119: Christmas in July

This fortnight the challenge is: Christmas in July. This theme was chosen by our DT member Ceal.
Our sponsor is Happy Little Stampers and you could win a $20 gift certificate.

For my card I stamped the stag in Versafine onyx black ink and heat set it. It was a Christmas stamp from Craft Sensations two years ago, but any similar one will work of course. I just love him, he looks like wood.
The sentiment is from Hero Arts (classic Christmas borders) and I also stamped it with Versafine onyx black ink.

I then used circles of rubberstamps scraps I cut and mounted on a block with tape runner.

I have a video of a similar card, if you're curious.
For the dots I used Memento dew drops in three colors (summer sky, teal zeal, nautical blue).

I added the a few enamel dots and or rhinestones, to reinforce the circle look.

For more information, more DT examples, or to play along the AAA Cards Challenge, see this.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Direct to stamp technique

The Less is More Challenge this fortnight is: olive and tangerine.

For my card I used the Penny Black delicate florals and watercolor markers. I colored on the rubber stamp with the brushnibs and then spritzed the stamp with water and stamped it onto watercolor paper.

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp (it's not secret) and I stamped it with Versafine Onyx black ink.
Attached the watercolor panel with taperunner to a carbase.

Orange and green are not my favorite colors, but I think it's pretty.

For more information on the Less is More
Challenge, see this.