Saturday, April 9, 2011

Dressing Up Water Stamping

For this month's technique, I thought I would try Water Stamping. I took one of the blank manila tags and inked with various shades of pink Distress Ink.

The covered tag ended up like this:

I chose a flourish background stamp (This one is from Hero Arts) and inked it with Distress Embossing Ink.

Once I had it inked, I spritzed the stamp with water using a Mini Mister.

I stamped this over the tag and dried it with a heat gun. It was a bit more subtle than I liked. I think that a stamp with bolder lines stamped right away on a much wetter tag would possibly have worked better. It is quite a lovely effect, though.

I used the Sewing Room Alterations die and cut the dress form and spool from chipboard.

I painted the "wood" parts of each die cut with a Pitch Black paint dabber.

Once I saw this die, I knew that I wanted to reach back into my supplies and use some lovely Hanko Washi paper and their quilting technique. I cut the body portion of the form out in foam and glued it onto a second piece of chipboard.  (Don't worry about the spotty looking glue - it will be covered).

Washi Paper

I placed the form, foam side down, onto the wrong side of the Washi paper. I cut around the form, leaving enough of an edge to be folded under the form (similar to fabric applique). I clipped the areas where there were curves. I took the edged and folded them to the back of the form and taped them down.

This is a fun technique, although simpler shapes work best.

I wrapped the thread spool with a snippet of embroidery floss. I went into my stash for some clear buttons from Tim Holtz when he designed products for the now-defunct Junkitz company. You can now get similar buttons from Hero Arts. I glued these buttons down onto more of the Washi paper with Diamond Glaze. I printed out a sentiment to complete the tag...

Dress up your own stamping with a few new (or old) techniques!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Tim Holtz Mini Rosette Die - IN STOCK!

We now have these great dies in stock.  Get them quick before they are gone.

We also have his new mini embossing folders (ATC size) and the new Clock and Steampunk folder! &