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!
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!
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.
Yupo Paper is tree-free synthetic paper that offers a super smooth surface that is durable, water-proof and bright white in color. The Tim Holtz Yupo Paper is 86 lb. weight that resists buckling. It is perfect for experimenting with alcohol inks on and other mixed media techniques on.
Alcohol Inks can be used on a multitude of surfaces including metal, plastic, glass, glossy paper and more. They are fast drying and blend together to make gorgeous and unique backgrounds.
Now, when Yupo Paper and Alcohol Inks come together magic happens! After last week’s blog post talking about “one little words”, I knew I wanted to make a small wall hanging with my word for the year to hang in my craft area.
I decided to make the background using yupo paper and alcohol inks. I dropped a few colors of alcohol inks on my yupo paper (be sure protect your work surface as alcohol inks are permanent. As you add more and more drops they will “dance” together to create a one-of-a-kind background. Go slow adding your drops as they will continue to mix for a few minutes.
Click through this slideshow to see how the drops mix together.
Next I cut my word from black and white cardstock with a Silhouette machine. I used a Spellbinders Tool ‘n One to loosen the cut-out word from the sticky mat. This tool makes it so easy with its spatula end to loosen cut items from the mat without tearing them.
I wanted to mount the yupo paper on a small canvas to give it stability for hanging. I knew a small amount of the canvas around the edges would be visible, so I added some Inka-Gold around the edges to add a gorgeous colorful, metallic shine.
Next I glued the black cut-out word on top of the white cut-out slightly skewed to give it a nice shadow effect that makes the word pop.
I love the way it turned out and can’t wait to hang it!
For another idea on what to do with this amazing craft pairing, check out the awesome card that our friends at CardMaker magazine shared using yupo paper and alcohol inks here and in their last Spring issue.
Have you used yupo paper and/or alcohol inks before? What did you make?
With the start of a new year many of us make a list of resolutions, and unfortunately, almost just as many of us (92%, source) don’t have success with our resolutions. With statistics like that it can be daunting to even try to implement resolutions into your life.
What if you could simplify and just choose one word? One word that would help you focus on what is important to you for the year ahead. One word to meditate on and implement into your daily life. Have you heard of the “one little word” concept?
Ali Edwards is credited with the idea of one little word or OLW, and started choosing one for herself in 2006. In her words, “A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything”.
If you are on social media you may have seen friends and family talking about their OLW for the year ahead. The words chosen are just as unique as the people choosing them. Some I’ve seen include: focus, together, balance, joy, calm, move, grow, open, lively, grace, enjoy and so many more!
Like with any resolution it is important that you keep your OLW at the forefront of your mind. With that, it is a good idea to incorporate your OLW into your artwork - bible journaling, art journal, traveler's notebook, hand lettering, watercolor painting, card making and more. Below are some examples of craft projects that others have created to celebrate and live their OLW on a daily basis. We hope you find inspiration in their words and creations,
Have you selected a word for 2017?
Care to share in the comments or the next time you are in the Shoppe?
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