If you follow Palette & Paper on Instagram and/or Facebook you saw that the new Tim Holtz’s Distress Oxide Ink Pads are in stock!
So, what is a Distress Oxide? How does it differ from Tim’s other distress products?
Distress Oxide Ink Pads are a water-reactive dye and pigment fusion. They create an oxidized effect when sprayed with water. They come in 12 colors including Tim’s gorgeous colors of “Worn Lipstick”, “Cracked Pistachio”, “Vintage Photo” and more.
Since they have pigment in them they work well on darker paper also. Check out the various colors on white, kraft and black paper.
When it comes to stamping, Distress Oxides work better for stamping giving an opaquer look vs. Distress Inks that tend to be “blotchy” when stamping.
You can check out Tim demoing the Distress Oxide Ink Pads while at Creativation here:
Want to be inspired on how to use the new Distress Oxide Ink Pads? Check these projects out:
You need all 12 colors, rights? Be sure to tag us on Instagram and/or Facebook if you share what you have created with Distress Oxide Inks!
We’ve all seen the cute little packages of enamel dots at the Shoppe, but how do you use them?
Enamel dots can add a lot of visual interest to a scrapbook layout, bible journaling, cards, tags and more. Just look at some of the “awesomeness” that was created with the help of enamel dots.
They can help join elements together into a cohesive design. See how this adorable tag becomes part of the card front with the addition of a couple of enamel dots.
They can be used as bullet points in memory keeping.
They add the perfect finishing touch to the center of flowers in designs.
They had fun pops of colors to designs!
So, you’ve pretty much decided that you need ALL OF THE ENAMEL DOTS now, right? Well, don’t forget that you can make your own enamel dots also! We carry these great Nuvo Crystals Drops in an array of colors, and you can make enamel dots directly on your project in all sorts of sizes or pre-make them to have on hand.
If you are making them ahead of time use a craft sheet so they don’t stick and adhere them with glue dots once fully dried.
Another great thing about the Nuvo Crystal Drops is you can also make shapes and squiggles to use in your creations.
We would love to see your creations made with enamel dots so be sure to tag us in photos on Instagram and Facebook or share your craft blog links in the comments!
Most of us crafters are constantly looking at our stash of supplies and brainstorming new projects to make and techniques to try. I’m no different. This morning while brushing my teeth (where oftentimes my best brainstorming happens) I was thinking of ways to incorporate more layers and techniques into my art journaling. The idea popped into my head of stamping onto fabric and adding embroidery to the design . . . or stamping on paper and then stitching the design to add texture.
It’s like a whole new world has opened up as I envision projects, gifts that can be made, and my wheels are really turning as I look at all these gorgeous stamps that Palette & Paper has in stock.
When deciding what type of ink to stamp with it really depends on what your finished product is going to be and how much of the stamped image you are going to leave showing. To read more about inks and their “staying power” check out Craft Test Dummies post here.
I like the idea of using a light color of stamp ink so if my embroidering stitches aren’t perfect you won’t be able to see it much on the finished project. This “Earl Gray” shade from Taylored Expressions would be perfect (and these mini stamp pads are a deal at only $3), plus I just love the name!
Or if I plan to leave some of the stamped image “exposed” I will select a coordinating ink color like in this example.
You could stamp on dishtowels to make adorable hostess gifts.
Or stamp a greeting on some muslin to incorporate into a card front. This new stamp set from Joy Claire would be perfect for that.
Make a cute little pencil pouch for one of your bible journaling friends (and yourself!) using some of the amazing new faith stamps from Joy Claire.
Or stamp on paper and add stitching like this gorgeous art journal page.
Need a primer on how to embroider? Check out Instructables.
Oh and what better way to celebrate Embroidery Month than with some of these projects (yes, February is Embroidery Monty!). Let’s get to stamping and stitching!
To all the crafty ladies in the place, Happy Galentine’s Day! If you aren’t a fan of the tv show Parks and Recreation you might be wondering what Galentine’s Day is. It’s a holiday, created by fictional character Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler), that is celebrated on February 13 to celebrate your lady friends. Or as Leslie says . . .
It’s basically like Valentine’s Day, but for those ladies in your life that you couldn’t do without!
Like with most holidays, I like to celebrate by giving my gal pals a card and a little gift.
Below is some Galetine’s Day gift inspiration.
Host a craft night for all of your gal pals. Better yet, rent out the Palette & Paper Studio so you can have plenty of table space for crafting. Need an idea of what to create? The P&P creative team has lots of ideas, so just drop Mare an email!
Or invite them to join you at one of the upcoming Palette & Paper workshops. We have a Pocket Letter Page mini workshop coming up next Wednesday and a “SweetheART” decorative trivet workshop on Sunday, 2/12. Details and registration here.
Wrap up a little treat in a decorated mason jar. You could fill the mason jar with candies or chocolate covered pretzels, bath salts (make your own, try this “pink” recipe), “mani-in-a-jar” and more.
Drop by their work or home and give them a pretty bouquet of flowers.
Pick up a Tim Holtz’s mini clipboard (available in the shoppe) land print off a couple of printables that your gal-friend can decorate her workspace with.
Mail them a cute card! A handmade one is even better! We have some super adorable Valentine's Day paper in the Shoppe that would be perfect to use.
However you choose to celebrate Galentine’s Day we hope you have a great one and thanks for being our gal pals!
Earlier this week was Handwriting Day (Monday, January 23). It seems like a bit of an odd holiday to celebrate, but in this day and age of computers and texting handwriting is becoming a bit of a lost art form. I think this is why we are seeing such a resurgence of “hand lettering” in the craft world. The number of pens and markers with various tips is expanding, and an emphasis on adding words to mixed media projects and journaling to scrapbooks can definitely been seen.
Here’s a little round up on some of our favorite projects, products, and resources for adding more handwriting to your arts and crafts projects.
I love seeing what Amy Tangerine can do with some watercolor paper, a set of watercolor paints and a waterbrush. Her fun “word paintings” provide so much inspiration.
A favorite mixed media artist of mine, Dina Wakley, incorporates hand writing into (almost) every piece of art she creates. She has an easy-going, free-flowing way with her handwriting as you can see below.
Tombow makes great dual-tipped pens that makes it easier to incorporate “fancy” handwriting into your projects. Check out our blog post here for more details.
Speaking of “fancy” handwriting, check this out. It shows how you can add emphasis/width to your downstrokes to give your writing a different look. This can be done with all sorts of pens and markers (like the awesome Kaisercraft gel pens that we have in stock).
Want to practice your handwriting?
Tombox has great (free) practice sheets that you can print off.
Ready to really practice? Check out this 30 Days to Better Brush Calligraphy Online Tutorial.
Palette & Paper's blog is written by creative team member, Kimberly.
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