Monday, August 22, 2016

Background inking For Weak Hands

This video shows 9 or 10 different sponging or brushing tools. The purpose is to demonstrate easier ways to create blended backgrounds for those with grasping issues and/or weak hands.

This is a photo of the tools I discuss in the video.

I give a blending tip near the end that helps tremendously. Well actually several tips:-) A summary of my testing:

1. Ink that dries slower spreads easier. I use dye inks for the transparency. Pigment dries slower but is more opaque and some won't dry on glossy stock.

2. Smooth good quality paper is easier to ink

3. Apply in layers, once paper absorbs ink you can layer more for intensity.

4. Use re-inkers for quicker coverage

5. Add a drop of vegetable glycerin to a few drops of ink to extend the drying time.(I had way too much on my work surface. Needs very little. I need to put some glycerin in a dropper bottle so I can better control how much I add:-)  Even adding more then needed glycerin in my tests it resulted in even glossy paper drying just fine without heat setting.

This next image shows the Clarity Brush which has recently been discovered:-) They have been around for awhile but now getting noticed. They are pricey and come in a set of 4 different sizes. They are washable BUT just brush off on a paper towel and re-use in the same color range if you are lazy like me:-) But they do work better with more ink built up. This pic shows the soft coverage of my first layer.

The second newer tool is the Latex Creative Expressions Smoothies. There is a large size - pack of two and minis - pack of 4. I used the large. I could grip but I am looking for clips I might be able to add for grasping. It worked quite well and glided on easier than a sponge dauber.

As you can see the color intensity is good. It can be even smoother if I took a bit more time blending:-)

To see the rest of the tools be sure to watch the video.

SNEAK PEAK coming soon is a galaxy background using inks, glycerin and glossy paper. As you can see it drys fine and you can stamp on the glycerin enhanced ink. I used Versafine.


Here are links to the products I used that I could find links for:-) I am an Amazon affiliate. The latex I got from Tupelo. I was impressed with free shipping and no minimum order.

Clarity Stencil Brush Set Of 4 - Assortment Of Sizes   
Ranger - Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending Tool
Colorbox Stylus
Colorbox Tips
Big Sponge - I couldn't find it
Jumbo Dauber
Ink Duster at Inkylicious
Creative Expressions - Smoothies at Tupelo (Large ones but mini available too)

Monday, August 1, 2016

Peek A Boo - Sizzix

I am a Guest Designer at Cut@Home . Today I made a Peek A Boo card using a Sizzix die.

Using a few dies and some imagination you can create quick & easy cards. With this card I cut the Tim Holtz Mixed Media Sizzix die from the front of the card leaving a hole. Now you can "peek" through to the back.

Products Used:
Sizzix Bigz Texture Fades Butterfly Duo by Tim Holtz
Sizzix Thinlits Dies 4/Pkg By Tim Holtz-Mixed Media
Heartfelt Creations All Geared Up Paper Collection (only $8 right now, clearance)
Sizzix Vagabond Die-cutting Machine
CutterPillar Pro

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Copic & Coffee

I am a Guest Designer at Cut@Home . Today I used Copic markers to color a humorous coffee themed card featuring the gorgeous Coffee Talk paper Collection from Heartfelt Creations. Spellbinder dies are used to make the focal image and sentiment stand out.


Products used:
Spellbinders Botanical Bliss
Spellbinders Nestabilities A2 Distressed Edges Dies
Coffee Talk Paper Collection Heartfelt Creations
Faded Jeans Distress Ink 
Copic Markers 
Cutter Pillar Pro