Tuesday, June 9, 2015

He Hath Made......

Everything beautiful in His time......And, what beautiful timing it is!  Today, we are enjoying the last day of school and, for the first time in many years, I am excited for summer vacation!  My kiddos and I are planning some summer fun that I just can't wait to get to!  Hopefully, our plans will work and we will end up with a funky fort in our backyard, lots of art and many adventures!

Today, I have a tutorial to share that I developed and wrote for Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps.  It's both colorful and easy--two of my favorite things!!  And, as an extra happy bonus, you are likely to have all of the necessary supplies right in your home!
You will need several complimentary sharpie markers, rubbing alcohol, and eyedropper (pipette) a piece of white card stock and a piece of acetate.  An acrylic block could be used as a substitute for the acetate, if you like.  Mainly, you need a nonporous surface to color your sharpies on to:
Begin by laying color patches with the sharpie markers on the sheet of acetate.  (I use the acetate because it is sized to match the card front card stock I generally use).
Using the pipette, add drops of rubbing alcohol to the entire surface of the colored acetate.  The rubbing alcohol will spread and blend the inks.
Immediately, cover the prepared acetate with the white card stock.  Gently press around the entire card stock piece to transfer the inks.
Depending on the outcome of the dipping, you can use either the front or back side for the next step.  It really is your personal preference.  In the above samples (these are two separate pieces), the back side picture is my preference due to the mingling of colors and intensity on the other side.  Some of the colors on the front side are muddied.  The back side on this particular piece was much prettier.  You will see what I mean when you start to play around yourself!
To complete your project, all you need is your favorite stamp images and some black ink.  The contrast of the black ink and the background colors is awesome, in my opinion :)  You can tell from the opening picture, I had a hard time stopping!  Below, is each card alone with a few more details:
 This card features Sweet 'N Sassy Stamp's New Creature--butterflies and sentiment.
 The second card also features the SNSS set, New Creature and Retirement Sentiments (also from Sweet 'N Sassy).  I rarely use white as a card base, but with this colorful front, the white really works.  I get so stuck in the color box sometimes, I forget about the white.  The butterfly wings are highlighted with a white signo pen, also.
I created the last card by making a collage using all of the images from Sweet 'N Sassy's Parisian Postcard set.  It's a simply gorgeous set!  I especially like the rose image--it's so sweet and romantic.  I colored the roses with the same pink sharpie to accent and added a sentiment from Sweet 'N Sassy's Wait On The Lord.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial as much as I enjoyed making it. I always love to see what you are making so, please share a link with me in the comments section!  Go on, get inky!

Don't forget to be awesome!
TTFN, Jane

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