If you follow Palette & Paper on Facebook, you may have seen the awesome new paper lines we have in stock. If you don’t follow us on Facebook, you should! Click here to make it happen (and click here to follow us on Instagram too). It's a great way to see new merchandise, be in the know on discounts, stay up-to-date on workshops and event happenings and more.
We thought we would share some project inspiration for these new lines today. It is always so awesome to see what people make and create!
Weekend Adventure by BoBunny
Once Upon a Time Prince by Photo Play
What little boy wouldn't love something like this to put his treasures in!
Live Free by Photo Play
Let’s Cruise by Echo Park
Toy Box by Echo Park
Down by the Sea by Bo Bunny
Are you feeling inspired? Head over to the Shoppe starting at 2 pm today. We are open until 9 pm and host Open Studio from 5-9 pm. We would love to have you come create with us!
Easter is only a week and a half away, so it is a great time to finish up those Easter cards to give family and friends, create a few adorable Easter goodies, and make some decorations for your home. Below is a round-up of some of the cute Easter and Spring themed projects that have caught my eye recently.
Put a bird on it!
You could make the paper version to use as place cards for Easter dinner or as a tag on an Easter gift/basket. The felt version could be worn as a spring brooch or add a few to a spring wreath for your front door. The possibilities are nearly endless with these adorable birds. For a template, click here.
Get crafty with the kids and create Easter décor in the meantime!
Look how cute this egg wreath is! The patterned paper paired with the solid makes for an adorable layout, or have your kids decorate solid colored eggs and make a wreath with those. Great variations of this would be to use solid color paper/cardstock and “mix media” it up with distress inks, acrylic paint, Nuvo Crystal dots and more or create one from gelli prints that you make on a gelli plate.
Grab your gesso, distress paints, gel medium and stamps to create artistic eggs for décor.
For a tutorial on how to make these awesome eggs, click here.
Stripes for Spring.
Make a cute front for a card or piece of artwork to hang by using strips of paper or washi tape. You can easily create striped backgrounds that can be turned into eggs, bunnies and more.
Make a garland to hang.
Create an adorable bunny garland to hang and don’t forget the cute fluffy bunny tails!
Send some Easter love.
We have a great selection of stamps and dies for you to use in your creations.
Here is some inspiration using the stamps and dies shown above.
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!
In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day next week, I thought I would share a round-up of some of my favorite “green” products that Palette & Paper carries (to be honest, I love these products in all of the colors they come in!).
Product 1: Ink Pads
Palette & Paper carries a variety of ink pads and first it can be a little overwhelming as to why someone would need so many different kinds. Here is a quick rundown of some of the properties of the inks and projects they are suitable for.
Momento Ink Pads are fast-drying, fade resistant dye ink and is a great ink to use in paper arts. It is a water-based acid free ink that dries on all paper surfaces, including coated papers and vellum. Once it is dry it won’t smear, even when using alcohol markers (i.e. Copics) to color in stamped images.
Archival Ink Pads provide lasting stamping results that are permanent on many surfaces. With them you can get a crisp image that doesn’t bleed over water-based inks and markers, acrylic paint and water colors. Archival Ink dries on matte surfaces and can be heat set on glossy surfaces. It is acid free and non toxic.
StazOn Ink Pads are solvent based and designed for decorating on-porous surfaces such as glass, metal, shrink plastic, cellophane, aluminum foil, leather and acrylic. It can also be used on paper.
Taylored Expression Ink Pads are dye-based, fade-resistant ink that can be used in paper crafting. It is custom formulated to match Taylored Expressions cardstock (also available at Palette & Paper). The mini pads are only $3 making it cost-effective to expand your color inventory of stamp pads and the small size is convenient for packing for crops or creative weekends (have you registered for the next creative weekend at P&P yet? It’s this weekend!).
Product 2: Baker’s Twine
I absolutely love the extra pop that baker’s twine adds to paper crafts and gift wrapping! Below are just a couple of great examples using this product.
Product 3: Ken Oliver’s Color Burst
These concentrated micro fine watercolor powders let you create beautiful watercolor techniques like never before!
You can use them “free-hand”.
Mix them with water and paint with them as you would other watercolors.
Make unique flower bouquets with Color Bursts by dyeing white/light colored flowers. Ken shared a lot about this in a recent Facebook video.
Use them to paint through a stencil.
Product 4: Taylored Expressions Felt
Again, I love projects with texture and dimension, so adding felt to a project makes me happy!
You can die cut flowers and other shapes to use as embellishment on cards.
Use the felt in collage name tags and other fabric art.
Die cut an adorable cupcake topper.
Product 5: Washi Tape
Washi tape, washi tape, my life wasn’t complete until I discovered washi tape! Seriously though, washi tape can be used for SO MANY THINGS!
You can use it in card making and decorating envelopes.
You can decorate cute goody bags for a party or gift giving.
Rip it, layer it and make an awesome tag to use on a gift or as a base which you can stamp, add hand letting to, etc.
Embellish a scrapbook layout.
Pop into Palette & Paper and pick up some green items this week! Or any color of the rainbow . . . or maybe something gold for a little luck of the Irish!
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!
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