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In today’s post, a video tutorial featuring; Tiger Paper. Tiger paper is my name for the background papers I produce using particular distressed inking techniques.

You Will Need

  • Ranger Color Wash inks, in three colours. I use Stream, Denim and Eggplant in the video
  • A larger spray bottle of water
  • Gloves, this is a messy technique ;)
  • A plastic box to spray into
  • Blank newsprint or copier paper
  • Cardstock
  • Mini Mister bottles (optional)
  • Sponge
  • Plastic mat or similar to protect surrounding areas

***It is important that you protect the area, around your spray box. These inks do tend to spread and any unprotected surface may be inked if you do not protect it ;) ***

Method

Use a variety of different card stocks, each kind will give a different effect. Suggestions for cardstock to try:

  • Water Color Paper with a texture
  • Mat Board
  • Coated card (laser printer paper could work)
  • Glossy Card. Works very well.

Links

To find stockists of the products used in the film, here are links to their manufacturers.

The finished projects featuring Tiger Paper, used stamps from;

More details on the Finished Projects, featured in the film

  • ATC
  • Clip Board

Tiger Paper is great fun to make. I hope you give it a try, do show me the results if you do. If it isn’t working for you, try different cardstock. This is one of those techniques where results vary, depending on the card you use.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing 

Mini Misters by Ranger

Mini Misters

Item; Mini Misters 

Manufacturer: Ranger 

Item Number: 

Price: Set of 3, around £5. Individual bottles around £1.75 

My Reason for Buying them

My reason for buying these misters, was to create my own backgrounds by spraying inks and also to create my own mica sprays, by adding in Perfect Pearls Mica powders. 

Value For Money

Excellent. I have bought alternative spray bottles but they are overly large and do not have as fine or reliable spray as these misters. Alternatives were around £3 each for less efficient sprays. 

Pros

  • Easy storage, you can get loads of them into a small box.
  • A good price
  • Easily available
  • Reliable

Cons

  • The small base is a bit of a disadvantage, in that they do fall over if you stand them on their ends. Easily solved by putting the bottles in a small jam jar next to you as you work ;)
  • I did find that putting mica powders into them, did sometimes make them fail. The dried powder gummed up the mechanism. To resolve this, empty them before storage and run clear water through the mechanism till it runs clear.

Would I buy them Again?

Yes, and I have done, just recently bought 30 more :) 

Recommended For

  • Fine Misting
  • Add inks used for re-inking dye pads, water down to create your own colour sprays
  • For spritzing water over inked backgrounds for textured effects.
  • Great for travel to classes/crops etc

Links 

Mini Misters are available from all good stamping stores. To locate a store near you, visit the manufacturers site. 

Ranger 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon. 

Billie :)

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Today, I would like to share a picture of the piece I made for this month’s, Virtual Crafting Challenge. For March 2010 the theme is ‘C’. I’ve maxed out on the C’s used in this project! 

  • Crafty Individuals Stamps
  • Cuttlebug die cut letters
  • Chip board (well matt board)
  • The final piece is a Clip Board

So I recon this one counts :) 

Clip board, featuring Crafty Individual Stamps.

 

Stamps Used: Crafty Individuals; CI-116, CI-017, CI-173 

Cuttlebug Alphabet; Olivia 

Inks; Colour Wash Spray, in Denim. Distress Reinker, in mini mister; Pine Needles. Adirondack, dye based ink; Denim & Bottle 

Paints Used; Acrylic Dabbers, Silver, Bottle & Denim 

Alcohol inks; Bottle & Denim 

This was my first crafty session in a while and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It just goes to show, it really does pay to buy the same colour pallet across a selection of ink/paint mediums. It gives you complete freedom to create, what ever the surface. You know that the colours will match and tone together :) I love Ranger products :) 

The background was created using Colour Wash inks, this is my own technique that I call Tiger paper. 

Tiger Paper, my own technique.

 

I have got hold of some mini misters, to decant my colour wash ink into a smaller mister. The original spray bottles the Colour Wash comes in, are fantastic BUT they are keen and do require large areas to be covered with plastic to prevent them being covered in ink. Not a starter for filming!  I plan to film a tutorial with the technique, so fingers crossed the mini misters will be safe with my camera. 

Close up of stamping on the clip board

 

This is a close up of the stamping before the dimensional distressed letters were added. Distressed letters may be coming up as a tutorial soon too ;) Watch this space :) 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for March 2010 is:

C

Great I hear you say, but now what? Well for those of you who would like a few ideas to get you started, here are some  colours, products and techniques to help you choose, where you could go with this month’s theme. Feel free to use your own ideas for the letter C.

Colours

  • Cream
  • Cerrulean

Products

  • Cuttlebug
  • Chipboard
  • Cardboard

Techniques

  • Collage
  • Coptic stitch; Bookbinding style
  • Concertina; Bookbinding/Papercraft

Surfaces

  • Card
  • Ceramic

 

The most important thing about this challenge is that you have fun and explore. Don’t feel pressured to have a finished item at the end of the month. Explore different styles and techniques either in person, if you have the supplies, or through research, looking online.

You learn so much more when you take away the rules and just PLAY. Adapt this challenge to a creative style that interests you. Enjoy :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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February 2010′s theme is:

B

Great I hear you say, but now what? Well for those of you who would like a few ideas to get you started, here are some  colours, products and techniques to help you choose, where you could go with this month’s theme. Feel free to use your own ideas for the letter B.

Colours

  • Blue
  • Bronze
  • Brown
  • Beige

Products

  • Brads
  • Beads
  • Board
  • Bells

Techniques

  • Batik
  • Bookbinding
  • Beading
  • Box Making

Surfaces

  • Bottles
  • Boxes

 

The most important thing about this challenge is that you have fun and explore. Don’t feel pressured to have a finished item at the end of the month. Explore different styles and techniques either in person, if you have the suppliers or through research, looking online. You learn so much more when you take away the rules and just PLAY.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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The theme for January’s Virtual Crafting Challenge, is the letter A. So here are a few of pages from my art journal. 

Art Journal Pages

Art Journal Page about Robin my budgie

This year I’m going to devote some quality time to my art, I’ve found a wonderfully inspiring tutor in Julie Prichard and her online classes are amazing. I took her Layer Love class last year, and I need to catch up with the Art Journalling classes I also signed up for. Fingers crossed our new internet connection will let us stay connected this time. 

Recently I have also signed up for Julie’s latest class Colour Basics which she co-hosts with Chris Cozen. I’m really looking forward to this class as it is getting into colour theory. I want to increase my collection of Golden Fluid Acrylic paints and hope this class will help me choose my colour pallet wisely. 

What will be your main creative focus be for 2010? 

Links

Julie Prichard’s Online Worksops Follow this link to find out more about Julie’d excellent classes.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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Having announced the concept for the overall theme for 2010, in the last post. January 2010′s theme is:

A

Great I hear you say, but now what? Well for those of you who would like a few ideas to get you started, here are some  colours, products and techniques to help you choose, where you could go with this month’s theme. Feel free to use your own ideas for the letter A.

Colours

  • Amethyst
  • Amber

Products

  • Alcohol Inks
  • Acrylic Paints

Techniques

  • Acrylic; this could be as a surface to paint on or to create a 3d project with.
  • Altered Art: Don’t be afraid of the title, this simply means taking an object and altering it, recovering it in pretty paper, ink, paint that sort of thing
  • Art
  • Art Journal; Always wanted to start one of these? This could be the perfect time to start :)
  • ATC; Artist Trading Card, 2.5 x 3.5″ card, decorated to your chosen theme.

 

The most important thing about this challenge is that you have fun and explore. Don’t feel pressured to have a finished item at the end of the month. Explore different styles and techniques either in person, if you have the suppliers or through research, looking online. You learn so much more when you take away the rules and just PLAY.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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