Happy Wednesday!

Today I want to share two simple cards using the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inkpads. A few weeks ago, I talked about how they can take on a textured, oxidized look in this project, and today I want to show you how you can use them to create beautiful watercolor cards. The difference will be a softer, chalkier look.

Here’s one—

Distress Oxide Inks watercolor cards 

Beautiful Day Distress Oxide Ink Card, what you need—

Distress Oxide Inks: Faded Jeans, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio (Ranger)

• Stamps: Spread Your Wings from Hunkydory

• Cutting Dies: Essentials Ovals from Tattered Lace

• Water mister

• Cardstock: Lime, teal, white

• Teal washi tape

• Blank white card

• Craft sheet

• Gold embellishments

• Foam tape

• Check ribbon

Beautiful Day Distress Oxide Ink Card, how to make it—

  1. Press the Faded Jeans inkpad directly onto the craft sheet. Repeat to press the Cracked Pistachio inkpad close by. Spritz with water. Press white cardstock into the watery wash and turn the card slightly. Lift up to reveal a swirly background. Let dry, or repeat to add more color.
  2. Ink the outside edges of the white cardstock with Fossilized Amber. Mat on white and ink again.
  3. Apply a strip of teal washi tape to white cardstock, trim and wrap around the watercolor panel.
  4. Cover the card blank with lime cardstock and glue the watercolor panel in the center.
  5. Stamp the butterfly with Cracked Pistachio on white card and cut into an oval. Adhere with foam tape. Stamp the sentiment with Fossilized Amber and die cut into an oval. Glue slightly underneath the butterfly.
  6. Add gold embellishments and a checked bow.

And here’s another one—

You Make My Heart Flutter

For this card, you’ll need the basic same supplies, except you’ll swap Fossilized Amber for Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink. Also grab some dotted ribbon, blue cardstock and pink satin cardstock, plus a small stippling brush.

  1. Create a swirly background with Worn Lipstick and Faded Jeans as before, leaving plenty of white space. Press the Cracked Pistachio ink onto the craft sheet, add water and use the stippling brush to spatter the color over the white areas. Let dry, then mat on pink satin cardstock.
  2. Mat a strip of pink satin cardstock on blue and glue across the watercolor panel. Mat on blue cardstock and glue to the card front.
  3. Stamp the butterfly with Faded Jeans and die cut into an oval. Stamp the sentiment with Worn Lipstick and die cut into an oval, then add the two pieces to the card front with foam tape. Add gold embellishments and a dotted bow.

 

Resin jewellery resin jewellery Tuesday

Today on Resin Jewellery Tuesday: Alpha Stamped Resin Earrings!

New to Resin Jewellery Tuesday? Each week we to explore a new project using ICE Resin® from Ranger. These projects are based on the resin techniques covered in my latest book from Search Press, How to Make Resin Jewellery.

ICE resin earrings

Creating stamped earrings is super easy—and many of my fellow papercrafters will appreciate the ability to preserve hand-stamped images or special backgrounds. Just grab a circle punch, some sealer and some resin!

Stamped Resin Earrings, what you need—

  • ICE Resin® two-part epoxy (includes cup and stir stick)
  • Disposable gloves
  • Baby wipes
  • Mod Podge or other clear sealer
  • Teal acrylic paint
  • White cardstock
  • 2 round silver bezels with loops—20mm (inner dimensions)
  • 2 silver jump rings—5mm
  • 2 silver ear wires 
  • 3/4” circle punch
  • Alphabet stamp (Ranger)
  • Acrylic block
  • Black inkpad
  • Mini brayer
  • Plastic palette
  • Chain nose pliers

Stamped Resin Earrings, how to make them—
1.  Apply a bit of acrylic paint onto a plastic palette. Use the brayer to spread the paint, then to roll the paint onto the white cardstock. Let dry.

2. Use black ink to stamp the alphabet design onto the brayered cardstock. Coat with sealer, then punch into two circles and glue one inside each bezel.

3. Place the bezels onto a raised, flat surface with the loops hanging over the edge. Mix the resin, then pour into the bezels. Let cure.

4. Use the pliers to open a jump ring. Slip on the bezel and an ear wire. Close the jump ring. Repeat for the second earring.

stamped resin earrings

Like this project? Get all the info on creating resin jewelry with my latest book, How to Make Resin Jewellery, from the award-winning UK publisher, Search Press. You’ll find step-by-step instructions on mixing and pouring resin, plus over 50 project ideas with instructions. Check it out at Search Press!how to make Resin Jewellery Search Press Sara NaumannLearn 

Happy Wednesday!

Today I want to show you a quick and easy gift tag, featuring the Couture By Invitation Only cutting dies from Create and Craft. This collection is one of the easiest, most versatile collections to use, either for cards or invitations, but also for gift tags. Take a look!

Congrats Gift Tag with Couture Cutting Dies, what you need—

Congrats Gift Tag with Couture Cutting Dies, how to make it—

1. Cut a strip of pink cardstock slightly narrower than your tag. Position the edge of the lacy frame die as shown and secure with washi tape. Die-cut.

Couture cutting die tag congrats 2. Back with black cardstock and glue to the front of the tag.

3. Die cut the glass silhouette gatefold shape from blue cardstock and trim off the glass. Cut the bubbles from gold metallic and glue on top of the glass. Use foam tape to attach to the front of the tag. Note: Cut foam tape very thin to attach the stem of the glass to prevent it from sagging.

4. Stamp “congrats” on white with black, then trim and foam tape over the glass as shown.

5. Tie a bow in checked ribbon and glue to the top of the tag.   

That’s it—easy!

Resin jewellery resin jewellery Tuesday

Today on Resin Jewellery Tuesday: Postage Stamp Scrabble Tile Pendant!

New to Resin Jewellery Tuesday? Each week we to explore a new project using ICE Resin® from Ranger. These projects are based on the resin techniques covered in my latest book from Search Press, How to Make Resin Jewellery.

 

Postage stamps have fabulous artwork and can make unique pendants! This is from a collection of Australian postage stamps I received from a friend Down Under. Check out your local post office for local or special occasion stamps.

Postage Stamp Scrabble Tile Pendant, what you need—

  • ICE Resin® two-part epoxy (includes cup and stir stick)
  • Disposable gloves
  • Baby wipes
  • Mod Podge or other clear sealer
  • Small paintbrush or foam brush
  • Square wooden game piece—Scrabble tile
  • Postage stamp
  • Silver pendant necklace bail
  • 52cm of 1mm silver ball chain plus connector
  • 15/16” square punch (optional)
  • Jewellery glue (I use Beacon Dazzle-Tac)
  • Emery board
  • Toothpick
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Craft sheet

 

Postage Stamp Scrabble Tile Pendant, how to make it—
1. Punch or cut a section of the postage stamp. Coat with sealer and let dry.

2. Use a paintbrush or foam brush to apply sealer to the flat side of the game piece. Place the postage stamp on top and smooth. Let dry, then trim the excess paper with scissors or a craft knife. Coat the top and edges of the paper with sealer. When dry, use the emery board to sand along the edges of the wooden square to create completely smooth sides.  

3. Place the wooden piece on the craft sheet. Mix the resin, then use the stir stick to apply resin to the wooden piece. Begin at the center, then work the resin to the edges of the rectangle with the toothpick. Let cure.


4. Glue the bail to the back of the tile.
5. Add the connector to one end of the ball chain. Slip on the pendant.Scrabble tile resin jewelry pendants

Here’s a closer look, from the side—

Like this project? Get all the info on creating resin jewelry with my latest book, How to Make Resin Jewellery, from the award-winning UK publisher, Search Press. You’ll find step-by-step instructions on mixing and pouring resin, plus over 50 project ideas with instructions. Check it out at Search Press!

how to make Resin Jewellery Search Press Sara Naumann

 

Happy Wednesday!

Distress oxide ink card

Today I want to share a quick and easy card featuring the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inkpads. These inks are unique in that they are a hybrid of pigment ink and dye ink. This gives them some unique properties that you just can’t get with other inkpads. The finished result is a pearly, chalky finish that won’t rub off on your hands.

One thing I love about them: They’re opaque like a pigment inkpad (which means they look great on dark cardstock) but quick-drying like a dye ink. And because the inks are Distress, they’re also water reactive. One more thing? They stamp much more crisply than the original Distress inks.

Us Distress Oxide Ink Card, what you need—

Distress Oxide Inks: Faded Jeans, Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick (Ranger)

• Stamps: Express Yourself, Layered Hearts (WOW Embossing)

• 5/8″ circle punch

• Water mister

Jet Black Archival inkpad (Ranger)

• Cardstock: Gray, white, pink

• Blank white card

• Craft sheet

• Small paintbrush

• Foam tape

• Black cord

Us Distress Oxide Ink Card, how to make it—

  1. Place a 5″x6″ piece of gray cardstock onto the craft sheet. Press and drag a stripe of Fossilized Amber ink directly from the top to the bottom in the center of the piece. Repeat to drag Faded Jeans on the right side of the yellow stripe, and Worn Lipstick on the left.
  2. Create a small puddle of water on the craft sheet. Load the brush with water and flick onto the inky cardstock to create spatters.
  3. Let dry, then trim to size. Mat on white, then pink cardstock, then glue to the card front.
  4. Use Worn Lipstick to stamp three hearts on white cardstock. Cut out and glue two to the card front. Adhere the third with foam tape.
  5. Use black ink to stamp “us” on white cardstock and circle-punch, then glue tucked slightly under one heart.
  6. Tie a bow in black cord and glue as shown.

Enjoy—and happy Wednesday!