Freak Show! Crazy flower from fake leaves.

Crazy flower made from fake flower leaves

Crazy flower made from fake flower leaves

My last video tutorial in the series of “Heat Embossing Techniques” features using the leaves from fake flower bouquets.  I have created a flower that, most likely, is NOT “Mother Nature” approved.  😀

A freaky hybridized flower that no botanist would even consider a worthy species to replicate.

Species?  I’m not even sure what the classification would be for flowers.  Maybe genus?

Whatever the technical name for a flower classification is, I’m positive my featured flower would not be in any of either classification.  😀

Hey, I’m trying to show how you can repurpose things that would normally be tossed in the trash.  “Use what you have”.

I used VersaMark Embossing Ink on the green leaves and on some of the red leaves.  To get things moving along quicker, I used Glycerine painted on with a brush for a large portion of the red leaves.

Putting the thing together was accomplished with my most HATED tool in my craft room.  The Hot Glue Gun.  I HATE that thing!  Burns, hot glue strings like spider webs, blobs of glue dripping out everywhere.  That tool, I just don’t see why so many people use that confounded contraption in their craft spaces.  :/

You have about 20 minutes?  You can watch the video below on how I created this Freak Show.

Leslie

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How to alter chipboard with embossing powder.

I don’t think it is too late to get on the Tim Holtz band wagon and begin making tags.  I’ve never made these.  So it is time to venture into the unknown.  Below is a photo of Tim’s January 2013 tag and the one I created for my granddaughter.  Similar but not quite.

Tim Holtz January 2013 tag

Tim Holtz January 2013 tag

I will be using three gears from the Maya Road chipboard collection and one bracket from some other chipboard elements I have found in my stash.  The Maya Road pieces were bought from a yard sale a couple years ago.  Time to get them used!

 

Maya Road chipboard pieces

Maya Road chipboard pieces

The embossing powders I will be using are:

  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Black
  • Ranger Super Find Detail Gold
  • Ochre Tapestry by Personal Stamp Exchange (no longer available)
  • Turquoise Tapestry by Personal Stamp Exchange (no longer available)
Embossing powders

Embossing powders

One at a time, coat one side of the chipboard pieces in embossing ink.  I am using Rubber Stampede tinted embossing ink for this step.  Get the chipboard piece coated well with the ink.

Ink the chipboard

Ink the chipboard

Do all of your pieces with the black embossing powder first.  Dip and heat them.

Dip, or sprinkle, the inked chipboard with embossing powder

Dip, or sprinkle, the inked chipboard with embossing powder

Heat until shiny

Heat until shiny

Moving on to the next color of embossing powder.  Press the chipboard into the embossing ink anywhere  you want the newest addition of powder to be applied.  Sprinkle or dip the piece in the second color and heat set.

A bit here on this one

A bit here on this one

A bit there on that one

A bit there on that one

When you are satisfied with the color disbursement you can move on to the next color.  You will follow the same steps.  Dip the chipboard piece in the embossing ink where you like.  Sprinkle or dip the piece in the powder.  Then heat set the pieces.

 

Apply the third color

Apply the third color

Heat set

Heat set

The last application will be the gold embossing powder.  This time you will nearly cover the entire surface with the gold embossing powder.

Nearly cover the entire surface with embossing powder

Nearly cover the entire surface with embossing powder

When you are finished you will have a metallic like look to your chipboard pieces.  Some of the yellow will peek out, the turquoise will come through, the black will be seen, and the gold will kick it off nicely.

Heat embossed chipboard gears

Heat embossed chipboard gears

Hope you found this helpful.  Now go on and “Show someone how special they are”.  Thought I should be using my tag line a bit more.

Leslie

 

 

 

Christmas Card Boxed Set.

Well, this project is complete.  As complete as I’m going to get it.

Christmas card boxed set

This box has eight (8) 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ cards and envelopes to fit; eight (8) 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ cards with handmade envelopes; seven (7) largish tags; eight (8) 3″ x 3″ note cards with handmade envelopes.

The 3″ x 3″ note cards is the final piece of this boxed set.  To make the card bases you can get 8 from a sheet of 12″ x 12″ paper.  Cut the paper at 9″, 6″, and 3″ to have four strips of 3″ x 12″.  Cut these strips in half at 6″ to achieve the final 3″ x 6″ card bases, then score at 3″ and fold.

To make the card bases from 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock you will get three (3) cards.  Cut the paper horizontally at 8″, 5″, and 3″.  Take the 3″ x 11″ strips and cut them horizontally, again, at 6″.  Score these card bases at 3″ to get your 3″ x 3″ folded card.

The background mat will be cut at 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ and your focal image piece will be cut at 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″.

3" x 3" note cards

The Tim Holtz stamps I’ve used throughout this set are almost 2-1/2″ wide.  I selected the area I wanted to feature on the card front and cut it at 2-1/2″.  The images were stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  I used Antique Linen Distress Ink to the images for a single color instead of the multiple colors as done in the other cards.

Antique Linen Distress Ink on the image

Last winter I went through my craft room and reorganized and cleaned it.  I knew where everything was….until I went back out on the road in my day job for the rest of the year.  Somewhere in that room I have several 8-1/2″ x 11″ acetate sheets I purchased from Stampin’ Up! several years back.  I also have some chipboard Christmas words and ornaments, also purchased from Stampin’ Up! several years back.  I can’t find them 😦  These were going to be used on the lid of this box.

I follow the “Frugal Crafter” blog and she has a WOYWW (What’s On Your Work desk Wednesday”) she faithfully posts of her nice clean work room.  This isn’t Wednesday but I’m going to show the avalanche I have going on after the project completion.

What a flaming mess!

I do this to myself every time.  Leave just enough space for me to work in while I push and shove the debris pile as it slides to my work area.  Then comes the wasted time in digging through the pile to find my scissors or my pencil.

If you want to see how this project came together from start to finish I will leave links to each of my posts.

  1. Box creation.  Making the box, lid, and the inserts.
  2. 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ cards.  Assembly line style.
  3. 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ cards with handmade envelopes.
  4. Large gift tags made from store bought tags.
  5. 3″ x 3″ note cards with handmade envelopes.  The instructions for the 3″ x 3″ note cards are in this post.

Hope you enjoy creating this gift item.  Now I have to go clean up my mess 😦  Crapazoid.  Maybe next time I’ll put things away as I finish using them.  Well, one can always hope.

Leslie

 

Assembly line card front creations.

 

Multiple card fronts

I am going to be making 16 cards for the stationery box I made yesterday.  Once I had a “theme” for the cards I figured the best way to go about this project was to do it “assembly line” style.  Getting the pieces made as I go along and putting them together in stages.

The stamp set I have chosen is the Tim Holtz Stamper’s Anonymous “Holiday Collection” with all the Santa images.

Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous "Holiday Collection"

The lighting in my room is pretty bad today and I apologize for the bad lighting.  I’ve used VersaMark on these stamps and applied them to some paper I have had forever.  I don’t know what the brand is or anything….other than it is off white with some flecks of color in it.

After stamping each image four (4) times I covered the VersaMark images with black embossing powder.

Images stamped with VersaMark and black embossing powder applied

This part of the project took about 45 minutes to an hour.  Inking the stamp, aligning it next to (but not on top of) the next image, then applying the black embossing powder.  The most difficult part was trying to keep track of invisible.  The VersaMark disappears once applied to white paper and it was pretty hard to see.

I would not recommend stamping the image one at a time then applying the embossing powder just to keep track of where you had stamped.  That fine powder, even tapped off and blowing the extra off, leaves a residue on the paper that is hard to see and leaves voids when you try to stamp over the fines.

Next was to heat set the embossing powder on the sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 papers.  This phase of the work took about 20 minutes.  Moving the paper around as the embossing powder melted and trying not to scorch the paper nor burn my fingers.

Apply heat to melt the embossing powder

These are the inks I’m using on this project.  VersaMark for the stamping, Fired Brick, Tumbled Glass, and Antique Lace Distress Stains to “color” the images.  I’m practicing the Tim Holtz technique of smearing color around and blending it in.

Inks used in this project

First up is Fired Brick Distress Stain.

Fired Brick Distress Stain

Using a makeup sponge I applied the distress stain in semi random places on each of the stamped and embossed images.  Buff the sponge and color right over the black embossing to get the color down in the open areas of the embossing.

Fired Brick randomly placed over images

Next was Tumbled Glass and a different makeup sponge.

Tumbled Glass Distress Stain

Once again, in a semi random placement I sponged on the Tumbled Glass trying not to mix it with the previous application of red.  This is starting to look like a Sunday cartoon page 😦

Random placement of Tumbled Glass

The final bit of inking was with Antique Linen Distress Stain and another sponge.

Antique Linen Distress Stain

This color was added into the remaining white areas of the stamped and embossed images.

Application of Antique Lace Distress Stain

Yep.  I had the same thought.  Crapazoid, this looks all messed up!  Some of those Santas look almost menacing with the way they are colored.  Yikes!

This part of the process took about another 30 minutes to do.  Covering each of the images with the three colors – one after another – and adding in more color to some that seemed to have gotten lighter.

Next I sprayed both pages with some Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels.

Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist

Olive Vine Glimmer Mist

Yellow Daisy Glimmer Mist

This part of the project took about 10 minutes to do.  Fussing with where to spray what was the biggest time waster.

Once the pages were sprayed I left them to air dry for about an hour.  Go get some breakfast and check on the blogs I read and my email.  Multi-tasking 😀

After application of Glimmer Mist

After the Glimmer Mist dried I used scissors to cut the images from the paper then I used a paper trimmer to get the images cut straight.

Trim out the image then straighten the edges with a paper trimmer

Once each image was cut out and squared up they didn’t look quite as bad as they did right next to each other.

Trimmed and squared images

Next was an application of Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the cut edges of the images.

Walnut Stain Distress Ink

Inking the image edges

These images are so dark I thought they need to have a white border around them.  Using some Whisper White card stock from Stampin’ Up! I cut the mattes at 2-3/4″ x 3-3/4″.  Adhesive was applied to the image and then stuck down to the Whisper White card stock.

2-3/4" x 3-3/4" Whisper White card stock adhered to the image

Whisper White attached to each image

Looking through my stash of papers I needed to find some black card stock. What I found was a couple 12″ x 12″ pieces of Club Scrap card stock with a print on the other side.

Club Scrap card stock used in this project.  The black side will be what  you see.

 

I cut this 12″ x 12″ card stock into 3″ x 4″ pieces.  The black card stock will be mounted to the back of the white card stock for another matte effect.

Black card stock adhered to the Whisper White for a double matte effect

Cutting up the Whisper White card stock, adhering it to the back of each of the 16 images took almost an hour to do.  Cutting up the black card stock and adhering it to the white card stock took almost another hour to do.

The next part of this assembly line project was to cut and score the card bases.  I had to hunt around for eight (8) sheets of 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock.  The first four sheets were a snap to go through.  Cut each sheet in half horizontally at 5-1/2″.  Then score each of the 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ card stock pieces in half at 4-1/4″.

The next set of four sheets of card stock were cut at 4-3/4″ x 6-1/2″ and scored horizontally at 3-1/4″.  I now have 16 card bases to go with the stationery kit.

Cut and score the card bases

This part of the project took not quite an  hour to do.  This went pretty quickly.  I need to get as much done as I possibly can before Monday arrives and more doctor visits for Joe.

I have envelopes for the standard A2 cards – the 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card bases.  I don’t have envelopes for the 4-3/4″ x 3-1/4″ card bases.  I had to make them.  I saw a video on YouTube using the Martha Steward score board to make the envelopes.  So I did a “mash up” of my technique and the YouTube video.

First, measure the card base on the diagonal.  Measure from the top left corner down to the bottom right corner.  Once you get that measurement you will add one (1) inch.  This will be 6-3/4″.

Measure your card base diagonally from corner to corner

I located eight (8) sheets of an off white card stock, similar to what I used to stamp the images on.  Each sheet was cut at 6-3/4″ x 6-3/4″.

With a pencil I drew down the 6″ score line of the Martha Steward score board so I would have a point of reference for the two points of the squared up card stock.  The points need to be straight up and down for this to work right.

Mark the score area with a pencil nearly all the way down

One point aligned at the 6" mark and the bottom point aligned on the pencil line

Place your card base as close to be centered on the 6-3/4″ x 6-3/4″ paper.  Eyeballing it will get  you pretty close to being centered.

Place card base in the center of the 6-3/4" x 6-3/4" paper
With the scoring tool, place it at the right top edge of the paper near the card base end.  Run the score tool up to the top to see where it ends up on the measuring scale.  Write that increment down on a piece of paper.  Score down the paper at that designated score line.

Score the envelope paper close to the card base edge

Carefully holding the card base in place do the same with the left side of the envelope paper.  Find the score line that is closest to the left edge of the card base.  Make sure to go out further one score line.  I went right up against the card base and that was way too close.

Mark the left side of the envelope paper near the card base edge

Turn the envelope paper one quarter turn right or left, doesn’t matter.  Just get the next point up at the 6″ mark and line up the bottom point with the pencil mark.

Turn the envelope paper one quarter turn

Score the paper down the closest line to the card base as you can go without being on top of the card base.

Score the left side of the envelope paper

Next score the right side of the envelope paper close to the card base.

Score the right side of the envelope paper

Your envelope paper will now look like this with the lines scored through it.

Scored envelope paper

Make sure to write down the score lines you used to create this envelope.

Write down your score line measurements

Next you will be dealing with the little triangles that will need to be cut away.  By cutting out these triangles you will be removing BULK from the corners of your envelope.  This will give you some really smooth and fabulous corners.

Triangles to be cut away

Cut on the outer part of the triangle.  Remove the creased edge of the triangle.

Cut away the creased line of the triangle on all four sides

Once you have finished cutting out the triangles your envelope will look like this.

Triangles cut away

Align the score mark for the bottom edge of the fold up area with the pencil line on the score board.  Decided where you want the point cut off and score that line.  Turn the envelope around to the other side and do the same thing.  Score the area you want to cut away on the flap.  Cut away the score mark and your envelope is just about finished.

Align the envelope bottom fold on the pencil line and mark the area on the flap you want to cut away

Your flat flaps will look like this.

Flat cut flaps

Test fit your card base into the envelope.  Close up the envelope around the card base without using adhesive.

Test fit the card base in the envelope before you add adhesive

Test fit card base and envelope

Make sure the flap closes over easily

Apply adhesive to the side flaps at the bottom edge to the point.  Sorry, I don’t have any photos in focus of this procedure.  Fumble fingers!

Apply adhesive to the bottom flap areas

Once you have our envelopes all put together then it is time to add an adhesive strip to the closure part of the envelope.  It is IMPORTANT to leave the protective paper on the adhesive.  You don’t want the envelope to stick shut after all this hard work.

Leave the protective cover on the adhesive strip

A stack of envelopes ready for the cards to be finished.

Stack of envelopes ready to be stuffed

That is all for today.  More than enough for one day.  I think it is time to go check on Joe and see if he feels like a “Scrap Widower”.  The envelope creation of this project took several hours to do, about three hours to be exact.

I may have to pack a basket of supplies to take with me to the doctor appointments with Joe this coming week.  Have something to do while he is being examined and getting his stitches removed.

I still have to create the 3″ x 3″ note cards and envelopes and the gift tags for this box of goodies.  I think I can keep myself occupied this week 😀  Yes, and I also need to decorate the lid of the box.  So much yet to do!

Those of you in the US that are preparing for Thanksgiving this coming Thursday I ask that you take a moment to consider what you are thankful for this year.  I have a lot to be thankful for.  I will end this post with a bit of gratitude.

I am thankful for the doctors that have taken care of my Joe this year.  The care shown by them and the knowledge they have to combat the pulmonary embolisms he suffered through and the appendicitis recently, plus all the other doctors that keep track of him and make sure he is on the way to wellness.  I appreciate each of them.

Leslie

Embossing Powder inventory

I don’t have much of this stuff.  About the same amount as my glitter.

I have the obligatory clear, white, black, gold, and silver.  Like the glitter this stuff doesn’t get used much.  I’m hoping to amend that in the future.  Hmmmm, seems like a good idea for a lesson for Heather 😀

I have this sewing stamp set from Stampin’ Up! – “Sew Suite”.  It has an extra rubber piece that has been separated from the “Button Card” stamp.  I’ve been using that punch out piece with VersaMark and the Heat & Bond for the glitter bit.  So I’ve used it once again for the VersaMark and the embossing powders.

Sew Suite stamp set

Sew Suite stamp set

This is how I’ve been using it.  Stamp it with VersaMark then cover with the Heat & Bond or the embossing powder – works well for both.  Then cover with the powder and heat set it.

Blank from the Sew Suite set and embossing powder

Blank from the Sew Suite set and embossing powder

Once the embossing powder is heat set then I use my 1″ circle punch to cut out my sample.

1" circle punch to cut out sample

1" circle punch to cut out sample

Doing this project has reintroduced me to the products I have at hand.  I have three containers of embossing powder from “Personal Stamp Exchange“.  I can’t find a website for them 😦

One of the powders is called “Turquoise Tapestry”.  This stuff is beautiful!  It also has a texture to it, similar to the texture of fine sand paper.

Turquoise Tapestry

Turquoise Tapestry

I also have “Ochre Tapestry” from Personal Stamp Exchange.

Ochre Tapestry

Ochre Tapestry

And I have “Desert Tapestry”.

Desert Tapestry

Desert Tapestry

I bought these from eBay way back in 2006 or early 2007.  I guess it is  high time that I find something to use this stuff on.  One note I found on Google, during my search, is that Personal Stamp Exchange has disappeared.  That is a shame because this embossing powder is, by far, the most interesting stuff I have in my small supply.

While Joe has been home I have not been able to do much of anything so I steal time to do little things.  He will be leaving today to deliver the trucks he picked up in California to where they belong in Grand Island, Nebraska.  Then he will be back briefly Saturday then off once again to California.

I will take advantage of his absence to get things done…..like mail off Lynn’s long overdue package of her winnings from the Writing Contest.  Each time I’ve had to go out and run an errand with Joe I forget that thing.  It sits on a stool near my front door.  All ready to be mailed.  I just have to go to the post office and purchase postage.  I’ve got the thing filled out for Customs and everything.

Getting so frustrated with myself for not getting this done I have resorted to putting up sticky notes on my bathroom mirror, the refrigerator, and the front door to remind me to get that package mailed off to Lynn 😦  Next I have to find a box the right size to mail off Tim’s Post-Its!

My website building class on CSS and XHTML WAS going well until I hit a snag yesterday and it has all come crashing down.  I can’t seem to get the lesson done right and I’m having a terrible time with it.  Distractions have really impeded  my concentration.

Truthfully, this is all my own fault.  I have no one to blame for any of this except myself.  Joe is a grown man and can take care of himself.  I have no idea why I feel the need to “babysit” him while he’s home!  It’s not like he is going to get into something that could harm him….like a child would.

We’ve been together for so long and old habits are hard to break.  Spending 24/7 with each other…working side by side every day….I just can’t seem to get myself in gear when he comes home for a few days.

Taking the winter months off and leaving Joe to run the highways by himself I’m kind of crazy.  While he’s gone I’m up early and get a lot of things done until late at night.  When he’s home all my dedication and workaholic tendencies go by the wayside.  I really need to get a grip!

Okay, time to get him packed and ready to head back out for another couple days.

Ink and glitter inventory.

Time to do a little more towards getting my products inventoried.  Thankfully I don’t have a huge amount of ink pads and glitter so this task was done in two days with just a few hours each day.

For both the glitter and the ink pads I used a pad of index cards purchased from my local office supply store.

Index cards

Index cards

I used Stampin’ Up!’s “Heat & Bond” along with VersaMark.  I found a plain rubber block, the inset from one of the sewing stamp sets, attached it to a clear block then inked it with VersaMark then stamped on the back side of one of the index cards.

Next I poured the Heat & Bond over the stamped image on the index card, tapped off the excess then heated the product with  my heat gun until it became shiny.  This only takes a few seconds.  Don’t linger with the heat or you will dry the adhesive and nothing will stick to it.

Once I had the product heated and the sticky stuff created through the process I sprinkled glitter liberally over the stamped part.  Then I added more heat from the heat gun to make the glitter stick to the stuff.  There will not be any fallout from the glitter as it is encased in a sheet protector later.

Using a 1″ circle punch to cut out the glitter sample to be attached to the inventory sheet.

1 inch circle punch

1 inch circle punch

For the chunky glitter from Stampin’ Up! I didn’t trust the Heat & Bond so I spread some glue on an index card then liberally sprinkled the chunky glitter.  Waited for the glue to dry fully to make sure the glitter would hold.

Chunky glitter

Chunky glitter

I had to use the circle punch twice to cut this sample from the index card.  Punch once from the top side.

Punch once from the top side

Punch once from the top side

Then I took the index card out and turned it to the other side and fed it back in the punch.  Lined up the marks from the previous punch then pressed it a second time to get the sample cut out.

Sample punched out

Sample punched out

This is all the glitter I have.  Glitter inventory sheet completed.

Glitter inventory sheet

Glitter inventory sheet

My ink collection is fairly small.  Mostly involve the small Spot Stamps from Stampin’ Up! in their older collections.

Ink spots

Ink spots

Inking up a small stamp with the “Spot” pad….

Ink the stamp

Ink the stamp

Stamp the image on the back side of an index card…..

Stamp image on back of index card

Stamp image on back of index card

I used a 15/16″ square punch to get my ink color sample…..

15/16" square punch

15/16" square punch

I used double sided sticky tape on the back side of the sample……

Double sided sticky tape

Double sided sticky tape

Then I attached the sample to one of the PDF’s I downloaded a couple weeks ago.

Attach to inventory sheet

Attach to inventory sheet

Then write the name of the ink in the box for that particular sample.

If I found a reinker for any of the pads I placed it in the sample box until I finished with the set.  Then I put a “*R” within the sample box with a notation at the bottom of the sheet indicating that “*R” indicated a REFILL for that color.

The few Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads I own were a snap to do.  I think I have a total of six (6).  Plus I made a sheet for my odd assortment of single pads that I don’t know how long I’ve had around or who the manufacturer is.

Embossing powders will be my next foray into the inventory stuff.  That will be for another day.  Heather will be coming over this afternoon for  her next lesson.  I’m thinking of having her create a page for the boy’s birthday photos.  Surely she will be having some photos to put on those pages some day soon.

A bit of rubber stamping and I think some playing around with some of my sparkly water color paints.  I think that would be a fun lesson.  Rubber stamping and water coloring.  I’ll show you the results tomorrow after we play for a while 😀

 

Altered Domino Challenge

Lynn Claridge, from Gardenpinks,  has accepted the role of Challenge Hostess for the current challenge.  It is altering a Domino.  I’ve seen some of her work and it is fantastic.  I have also watched many YouTube videos on altering Dominoes.

Intimidating!

A small area to gussy up.  Perfect environment for OOPSIES.  Major Oopsies!  So I had to do some “testing” first to make sure of my trusty “Miracle Fix It” 😀

Yes folks.  Rubbing Alcohol

Yes folks. Rubbing Acohol

And a paper towel

And a paper towel

Wipe off your Domino with the alcohol

Wipe off your Domino with the alcohol

YES!  It took the alcohol ink off and the Staz-On ink.  As you can see there is still a faint outline of the stamped image I had placed over the alcohol ink.

Removes alcohol ink and Staz-On ink

Removes alcohol ink and Staz-On ink

Next was to see if a heat embossed Oopsy could be cleaned off.  I stamped the coffee mug image from a Stampin’ Up! set (Cafe Matutino) I have had with VersaMark ink and Staz-On Jet Black ink…

VersaMark and Staz-On ink

VersaMark and Staz-On ink

Liberally loaded the Domino down with silver embossing powder…..

Silver embossing powder

Silver embossing powder

Heated the embossing powder on the Domino…..

Heated the embossing powder

Heated the embossing powder

Liberally pounced alcohol ink all over the front of the Domino.  This was left to dry for a little over two hours while I took Joe to our doctor to find out what is the matter with him.  According to our Doctor Joe has “Cooties” living in his lower intestines.  Our Doctor further said “Foreigners have moved in and are tearing up the joint”.

To decipher that “Medical Speak” Joe has somehow picked up a bacteria that has moved to his lower intestines where they don’t belong.  The bacteria is causing a lot of trouble and has my poor Joe as week as a kitten.  He’s been sleeping nearly all day long for the past two days and has not had much to eat.  A shot, a prescription, and some other strange pills are beginning to do their work and Joe is beginning to feel like  himself once again.

Okay, back to the Domino.  After the alcohol ink and embossing sat for a couple hours I came back home to use the rubbing alcohol on the Domino.  Oh, I forgot.  I had also put some Rub & Buff on the Domino before we left.

Alcohol ink over embossing

Alcohol ink over embossing

Rub & Buff over everything

Rub & Buff over everything

Cross your fingers

Cross your fingers

This is promising

This is promising

I had to do a little scraping with my fingernail to get the embossing off but it did all come off.  Having a clean paper towel to use on cleaning up would have not left streaks but I’m glad this all is working 😀

Ready to begin again

Ready to begin again

I have used Tim Holtz’ Alcohol Ink in the colors of Stream, Wild Plum, and Slate.  This stuff is totally COOL.  I like the look of the Domino with nothing else on it.  I really like the mottling of the different colors and the dark edges that get left behind.

Stream, Wild Plum, and Slate

Stream, Wild Plum, and Slate

Only Alcohol Ink

Only Alcohol Ink

I used Inkadinkadoo Clear Stamps on the front of the Dominoes.  Coated the edges with a Krylon Gold Pen Marker.  I like the way these came out, but they are just a bit too dark for my tastes.  I know that I can change that with the rubbing alcohol.

Inkadinkadoo

Inkadinkadoo

Butterfly stamp

Butterfly stamp

Pretty.  Dark but pretty.

Pretty. Dark but pretty.

I then used Tim Holtz Meadow and Butterscotch Alcohol Inks to try for a lighter color.  I did not use a clean felt pad.

Meadow and Butterscotch

Meadow and Butterscotch

I used another Inkadinkadoo Clear Stamp.  This one with the word “Nest”.

Nest stamp

Nest stamp

Lighter colors but still really bright

Lighter colors but still really bright

Joe helped me with drilling the holes.  What am I saying?!  He didn’t help me.  He did it by himself 😀   He’s got such fancy tools and wants to do something so why stop him 😀

Joe setting up his vice to hold the Domino

Joe setting up his vice to hold the Domino

Drilling the holes

Drilling the holes

Up close :D

Up close 😀

Adding a Jump Ring

Adding a Jump Ring

Now that I have actually done some of these I can venture into them a little more confidently.  Maybe I’ll find some paper to put on these.  I have not covered the four I’ve made with Glossy Accents or any other type of sealer so I can clean these off and begin again.

This has been pretty easy to do.  I will be playing with them more once I finish the Poker Post-It- Note Holders for Tim.  I’ll have those finished this weekend.  Then on to other projects.

Enjoy your weekend.  Looks like snow for some of the northern states.  Here it will remain in the high 40’s low 50’s for a few more days.  Have fun whatever you do 😀

 

 

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