Howdy! I am finally getting back to the Online Card Classes I signed up for many moons ago. I have a few things to share from the Creative Chemistry 101 class. I noticed that it came out 7 years ago. I did not sign up for it when it first came out. The cool thing is you can participate when they are “live” and you can go back forever. I got a few days done and then got busy and forgot about it. Now I am going back. They are a great deal considering the price and the content. I would even recommend signing up at any point even after the “live” part is done.
Tim Holtz created everything on tags so I am doing the same. I am putting them on a ring as examples of each thing taught.
Day 4 – Re-inkers & Maintenance
It is about using Distress re-inkers in different ways.
This is a technique where you spray with a few colors and let it dry. Then lay a stencil over and spray with a darker color. He made the sprays using re-inkers and mini misters. I used some spray stains and did the orange with the re-inker and water.
This one is watercoloring with Distress re-inkers. Just stamp on watercolor paper and paint. I don’t have very many re-inkers so I just rubbed Distress ink pads for the background colors on my mat and used a water brush to “paint”.
Here was the extra fun one! Basically you create your own ink pad for a specific stamp. I stamped my image on Neenah paper and a Tim Holtz tag to put on my example ring. I was pretty excited about this. As long as you keep the pad in an airtight type container/ziploc it will work for quite awhile. Would I do this a lot probably not but a few times would be cool. I have a few stamps in mind for it. I am not sure but it might work better with rubber stamps which is what I used.
It took me a minute to see how it all works so it this is sort of confusing I am sure there are videos out there about this.
- Pick a stamp and stamp on the cut-n-dry stamp pad felt with black archival ink.
- Drop Distress re-inker on the black (stamped parts) – it looks like a big mess of ink but look how it stamps. The ink flows on the pad but when it hits another ink it stops. So I only put the ink on the black stamped parts and it drifts all over the pad.
- Then use that as a stamp pad for your selected stamp.
Day 5 – Spray Inks & Stains
So obviously this class was about using the stains. I only have 4 colors and 2 are red so not to much variety.
Left side tag – It came out a bit dark for my taste but it was about doing what you learned. This one used the kraft resist paper from a paper pad which is no longer available and I do not have so I made my own. I stamped some text using archival ink. Then I used clear embossing powder to have a design on it. Then the class part starts. Swipe the stain over the “kraft resist” paper. Blend some areas with Distress Ink. Spritz/drop water on it. Stamp an image with black archival ink. All the light areas are the heat embossed images.
Middle tag – Wet tag and add stains directly to tag. Add water droplets. Ink edges with Distress Ink. Put some Picket Fence stain on a stamp and stamp with it. Stamp image with black archival ink.
Right side tag – You are going for a marble look on this one. Put Picket fence stain on kraft mat. Around it put some colors but don’t get the white on your other stain containers. Drag your tag through it to get the look you like. Add water drops. Ink edges of tag with Distress inks. Stamp images with black archival ink.
Day 6 – Distress Markers
Day 7 – Embossing Basics
This was the Distress Powder Resist technique. This is where I learned how the Distress Embossing powder works and this was very recently. I didn’t know that there are different things you do when using it.
This is called Nostalgic Batik technique. I love how this came out and I need to remember this and use it again. Sometimes you learn things but then forget. The key is to repeat the ones you liked best so they stay fresh in your mind.
This is also a cool look I need to remember. It is called Rusted Enamel. I am working on these classes long after I signed up for them. I have much more interest in all things TH now and many more supplies than I had many years ago. I love the Tim Holtz looks but didn’t quite know how to pull them off.
- Tim Holtz Distress Tags
- Distress Re-inkers
- Distress Spray Stain
- Distress Ink Pads
- Inkssentials Cut-n-Dry stamp pad felt
- Water brush
- Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Stencil – Gothic
- Ranger Archival Ink
- Tim Holtz Distress Stains