Quick Tip: Dylusions Ink Sprays

Never. Ever. Ever! Ever spill Dylusions Ink!

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Seriously! And it gets worse. As I was cleaning it up, a huge puddle rolled right off my craft mat onto the tile floor. No problem getting it off the tile, but the grout! That’s another story.

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My husband is currently out of the country on business. Whew! BUT, if I don’t get that Calypso Teal out of the grout, he might just kill me.

So, if I never make another post after Monday, you’ll know why.

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Mixed Media Craft Tags

Two tags, both for my sister’s birthday. Why two? Because I started one (tag with bird) then discovered a cool dimensional art journal technique that I wanted to try out on a tag. ..I liked that one so much that I finished it before going back to complete the first one I started. (Side note: I also started a third project somewhere in the middle of these).

Art Journal Tag

Art Journal Tag

 

Dimensional “Art Journal” Tag
Okay… Gesso, flower die cut, thick lace ribbon, tissue paper, old book page and letter stamps. Technique: Crumple tissue paper (I used thick tissue paper on this) then glue to tag. I cut the tissue paper larger than the tag and left it adhered while I worked on it. Gesso tissue paper several times (for total coverage). Add dimensional embellishments and ripped and folded pieces of additional tissue paper. Gesso again. ..and again, etc. Painted blue, dripped and sprayed white and black acrylic paint. Cut off excess tissue paper around Tag. Wrote “What Day?” on white cardstock and covered in Tim Holtz (TH) Rock Candy Crackle paint. Cut out clear thin plastic (part of some packaging) and glued it in the TH frame using dimensional glue (small tip and dries clear). Did the same with the paper. Adhered to tag. Stamped letters onto old book page, cut out and drew squares around letters using black ink pen. On the back I stamped “Happy Birthday Kat” and stamped the date with my Smash date stamper.

 

Bird Tag

Bird Tag

Bird Charms Tag
I created my own modeling paste by thickening Gesso with Cornstarch and stamped the letters and flowers with it. All other stamps are from Tim Holtz. ..including the bird and wings, which I fussy cut (well, not so fussy) and adhered together. Tim’s distress inks and stains were applied over the paste and wiped. Note: my homemade paste dries with a crackle effect. Oh, and black lace glued to the bottom.

 

Crafting 101

witchy poo1. Buy crafting supplies

Anything you can get your hands on.

2. Play

Like when you were a kid.

If you don’t know where to start, my suggestion is Craft Tags. Manila #8 is a good size to start with as these are inexpensive and provide a good base for creating. You can practice on these¬†without needing a final outcome in mind. If you don’t like what you end up with, toss it in the garbage. Or, better yet, cover it with some cardstock and start over.

Some of the products you can use with Craft Tags:

  • Ink Pads (Tim Holtz Distress, StazOn, Stampin Up! …)
  • Ink Sprays (Dylusions, Fireworks…)
  • Acrylic Paint (use with a brush, or water down in a spray bottle)
  • Stencils
  • Masks
  • Stamps (Clear or rubber, mounted or unmounted)
  • Ribbon
  • Tulle
  • Jewelry findings and charms
  • Beads
  • Wire
  • Thread (hand stitch or use sewing machine)
  • Clay (paper or polymer)
  • Die-cuts

Whatever product you choose to use, you are practicing using that product and learning techniques. The point here is to play.

Stay Calm And Craft On!

Witchy Poo

Witchy Poo

She’s my favorite die-cut silhouette. I used Tim Holtz Distress Stains, Dylusions ink spray and Perfect Pearls for the background.