When we have exciting news like “Eileen Hull is coming to Palette & Paper on September 10” we like to share it in our newsletter, on Facebook and Instagram (so be sure to sign up for the newsletter and follow us on social media). Eileen Hull is a designer for Sizzix, has created various products with manufacturers, travels the USA and Canada in her amazing camper named Scotty and more!
When Eileen heads to P&P in less than two weeks she will be sharing and teaching two classes that utilize her revolutionary Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die –Journal. This die allows you to cut the pieces to make your very own Traveler’s Notebook cover, and Eileen will guide you through how to create one out of fabric or paper. Click here to read more about the two classes and get registered today!
One of the reasons having Eileen here along with her awesome Journal Die is so exciting is because Traveler’s Notebooks are, in a word, awesome! You can do so much with them! To expand a little more, the Traveler’s Notebook, in simplest terms, it is a “notebook system” consisting of a cover with elastic bands inside that enable the user to connect to it notebooks (aka refills or inserts) and other accessories (card holder, dashboard, etc.). This enables the user to customize the Traveler’s Notebook based on their needs with just switching the contents/refills.
As we have shared before in this blog post, Traveler’s Notebooks can be used in daily organization for a plethora of things.
They can also be used to make amazing journals and albums for trips, prayer/faith journal, experiences and so much more.
By using the die set you can cut the pieces to make the TN cover like you see below.
Using this as the base you can create amazing journals. The creations that have been made with this die are stunning! Just look at some of these!
Amazing, right? It is so awesome see how this one die can create so many gorgeous journals that are as creative as their makers. So, be sure to join us and Eileen on September 10 to learn more about these journals and how to create one from the master herself!
We shared the picture below on our Instagram a couple of weeks ago and had an inquiry about a tutorial. The technique is super simple, but we wanted to share the step-by-step with you today.
First, gather up your supplies. You will need Distress Oxide Ink Pads (available in 24 colors!), ink blending tools, stencil(s), washi tape, spray bottle of water, watercolor paper/cardstock and a craft sheet (not pictured). All of these items are available at Palette & Paper!
I like to put a little tape on the back of my cardstock and stick it to my craft mat so it doesn't move around. After choosing a stencil, I also use washi tape to tape the stencil down over my piece of cardstock.
Using my ink blending tool and assortment of Distress Oxide Inks I fill in the areas of the stencil. It's important to go into this knowing that it isn't going to be perfect. You will have color overlap a bit and that's okay!
After you are done coloring in the stencil, you can spray with water or spray some water into your palm to "flick" on the cardstock. This will add to the distressed look.
Using a piece of paper towel blot the cardstock to absorb the excess water and remove the stencil. Craft Confession: I sprayed a little too much water and let it sit a little too long for the look I was going for. Taking pictures while crafting of all the steps is hard work and threw off my timing! As you can see my image was a little "soft" looking (see the picture below on the right). That's the great thing about crafting though. You can keep adding and layering on your project to get a look that makes you happy.
I realigned my stencil and went back and added more color as you can see below. I was much happier with the overall look of the project after reapplying some inks.
I also did this same technique with an "abstract" stencil. For this project I didn't tape my stencil down though because I kept moving it, using various Distress Oxide colors through the stencil and layering the colors (one of the coolest things about the Distress Oxide Inks is they don't make mud - they layer on top of each other vs. mixing together). After finishing with the color I sprayed, flicked and blotted. I love how this turned out.
I love both of these and they will make for great bases for the front of cards! I also can't wait to do something similar to the second project as a background in my art journal.
If you haven't tried Distress Oxide Inks through a stencil yet I highly recommend it! You can create gorgeousness with limited supplies and time! #winnerwinner
If you have any questions about this post or Distress Oxide Inks feel free to leave a comment below!
Do you love to create? Do you like to paint? Do you love to make mixed media canvases? Do you enjoy creating chalkboard art? Have you made a scrapbook layout that brings a smile to your face? If you are reading this, you probably answered yes to at least one of these questions! What do you do with your creations though?
It is always nice to create items to give as gifts, but do you ever gift something to yourself?
Today we are sharing some ways to incorporate your artwork and creations into your home decor. After all, surrounding yourself with things that make you happy will lead to more happiness!
Creating a "gallery wall" in your home is a great way to incorporate pieces of your artwork along with other store bought items. If you artwork can be framed you could keep the frame consistent on your wall, but swap out the artwork it holds as you create new and exciting things (Dina Wakley does this in her home. She has a few large IKEA frames that she fills with her art).
A tip for creating a cohesive gallery wall is to have "repeating elements". Like you can see with the examples below the pops of white in the top wall and the overall rustic theme of the second picture are great examples of this.
If a full gallery wall is too much for your tastes, try a "gallery shelf" or a similar look can be achieved on a fireplace mantel.
If you don't have a full wall to decorate, nestle your creations into a corner.
Don't forget, your scrapbook layouts are frame worthy too! If you want to keep the original in your album make a colored copy to frame. You could keep it the 12x12" format or scale it down (or up!). You can pick up 12x12" frames at most places that sell frames.
If you love the idea of a gallery wall, but aren't thrilled about the number of nail holes it will require have no fear! Check out these great Command Brand hanging tabs. Click here for more details on how to use them.
If don't want to commit to set frames and want flexibility with your gallery wall, use clipboards! You can clip up creations, including smaller scale cards and tags along with larger items (plus it will give you the P&P Studio vibe like our clipboard calendar).
If you are looking for some more art to include in your gallery wall, don't forget to sign up for Ken Oliver's Reverse Painting class coming up in June. All the details for this class and his two other classes are here.
The most important take away from today's blog post is your creations are important! They bring happiness to you, the creator, which brings happiness to those around you. Share your art with the world (or at least your family and friends).
I'm still "seeing green" around the Shoppe. I just had to share a few more products along with inspiration on how to use them again this week (don't miss last week's post featuring some of my other favorite green products).
Product 6: Dylusions Ink Sprays
Dylusions Ink Sprays are a high quality, acid-free, non-toxic concentrated colorant for porous surfaces. The Dylusions Ink Sprays’ bright and vibrant palette will colorize paper, Sticky Back Canvas, wood, paper, clay and more.
You can spray some on a page in your art journal to make a cool background or leave some white space and be inspired to create a design based on the formation the spray makes.
Stamp and emboss images on tags or cards and spray color over it. The embossed area will act like a resist and remain the color of the embossing powder.
Load up a waterbrush with the spray ink and have awesome “watercolor” like markers for hand lettering and adding details to your art journal pages.
Products 7 & 8: Distress Paint & Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint
Distress Paints are very fluid water-based acrylic paints for multiple surfaces. Tim Holtz and Ranger developed these special paints to be reactive with water just like Distress Inks and Distress Stains—perfect to accomplish a wide variety of artistic techniques. Distress Paints have a convenient dabber system for easy and mess-free application. Use with stamps, paper, wood, metal, glass, plastic and more for a timeless matte finish on craft projects.
You can use Distress Paints to create awesome backgrounds for your creations.
By using canning salt with distress paints you can create the cool “splotchy” look (more details here).
Create an awesome spring themed frame and paint various elements with Distress Paint. Check out the Ranger Ink Blog for all the details.
Make gorgeous backgrounds to use in your cardmaking by striping on various colors of Distress Paint. Lightly mist the cardstock (watercolor cardstock works really well), apply stripes of color, spritz with more water and then blend the colors.
And since you are going to want to be sure to get every color of Distress Paints, be sure to download a color chart to fill in and keep handy!
Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paints are artist quality opaque paints available in a variety of bold colors, metallics and neutrals. Richly pigmented, these paints feature a thick buttery consistency that holds brushstrokes, peaks and tool marks and can be easily smoothed. The paints blend well with other media colors, creating an endless palette. They come in both 1 oz. and 2 oz. bottles/tubes.
You can create delicious, bold mixed media creations with these paints as you can see in the examples below.
And don’t feel limited by the 25 colors that are offered. You can mix these paints in a multitude of ways to create additional colors. Download your own color mixing chart here.
Product 9: Bella Blvd. Puffy Stickers
Much like my love for enamel dots, I love puffy stickers to add to projects. Bella Blvd. just released an assortment of stickers in star and heart shapes and letters in an array of colors.
They had fun to a scrapbook layout. Just look at the layering and dimension they add!
They work so well on cards with other decorative embellishments.
And they add such a sweet pop to a bible journaling page.
Product 10: Nuvo Glimmer Paste
This product is perfect for the “gimme all the sparkles” motto I have for my life. Nuvo Glimmer Paste adds a fabulous layer of glitter to any craft project help add a 3D look to your cards or mixed media projects by using a stencil. Glimmer Paste works on a number of materials such as fabric, acetate, glass and wood – they are great for any crafting project, not just paper crafting.
Nuvo Glimmer Paste can be spread through a stencil using a palette knife to create gorgeous dimensional patterns on cards. It is such a simple technique, but creates a tremendous impact.
Multiple colors can be used together. When the colors “mush” together you will get amazing results.
Create your own “glitter paper” to use in die cutting and other projects.
So are you now seeing green too? What are you inspired to try out first (it’s okay to say all of them!)? See you at Palette & Paper soon!
Raise your hand if you agree that baby wipes are a must have in your craft arsenal! They are great for quick clean-ups of your hands, craft mat, stamps, etc. while working on a project. But did you realize how awesome they can be in the actual creation of art?
Today we are going to share some ways to utilize these handy wipes in your creations.
You can paint with baby wipes! Using a baby wipe makes it super easy to cover a large area with minimal paint which makes for quicker dry times and easier to layer and build your mixed media page. It is also a great technique to add in spots of other colors that blend wonderfully into the background color.
Here are a couple of stills from this Dyan Reaveley YouTube Video showing the technique.
You can also use baby wipes to “reverse paint” or remove paint. This is a great technique to do through a stencil as you can see below. You can see the whole tutorial here.
Distress Ink Pads
Make a gorgeous background with a light, watercolor look using Distress Ink Pads and baby wipes. Katie shows this pretty technique over on CardMaker Magazine’s Blog (full post here).
Carolyn Dube shares a wonderful example of how to use baby wipes with pan pastels to create a gradient, layered look using a stencil.
What do you get when you added embossing ink/powder, distress crayons and baby wipes together? Pure magic, as Sandy Allnock shares in this video.
So, while Palette & Paper won’t be carrying baby wipes in the shoppe, we do carry an amazing assortment of products that work well with baby wipes! We would love to see your creations made with baby wipes, so be sure to tag us in photos on Instagram and Facebook or share your craft blog links in the comments!
Palette & Paper's blog is written by creative team member, Kimberly.
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