Online Card Classes – Creative Chemistry 101

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.

Creative Chemistry 101

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



Creative Chemistry 101

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

OCC Introduction to Color Theory

Another nice class from Online Card Classes. Always informative and just all around great classes for a good price. Here are a few things I made from the class. And like usual I did not finish it. To many things going on at the moment.

For the first part of class Debby talked about Primary, Secondary and Tertiary colors. She recommended making a color wheel with paints, pens, or paper. I like watercolors and I thought it would be fun to mix the colors and it does teach you more about the colors you combine to make another color. Also for me it is nice to just make something useful and not worry about making the perfect card. I have since labeled this with primary etc.

Color Theory Class Color Wheel

Here is a card I made using primary colors. I would not really think of using these together but that is the beauty of these classes is you try the lessons and come up with nice things. I added in a little white and as you can see this is gray paper which is from Simon Says Stamp. I also used Laura Bassen’s suggestion of Scandinavian Folk Art style of card. This is a good use for smaller stamp images which I struggle with.  The sentiment doesn’t look it in the photo but it is dark blue. I wish it was closer to the butterfly color of blue. I layered a couple of dies together for the sentiment which Jennifer McGuire talked about with her card. I love that look and need to do that more often.

Primary Colors OCC Color Theory Class


  • Just Rite set – Lilies and Butterflies
  • Spellbinders Die – Labels One
  • Hero Arts Die – Thanks Stamp & Cut
  • Pigment ink

Here is a tertiary color card which as you can see is orange, purple and green. Details on this card can be found at the a2z Scrapbooking blog.

Halloween Coffee

And now for a monochromatic card. I used a background die from Simon Says Stamp. The flowers I white heat embossed on watercolor paper panel that had the teal colors on it. I hand cut those out. The sentiment is die cut and this time only one layer.  Entered in the challenge over at A Blog Named Hero.

Simon Says Stamp Marilyn Die


  • Simon Says Stamp Full Card die – Marilyn
  • Elizabeth Crafts Designs die – Happy Birthday
  • Hero Arts stamp – My Monthly Hero March 2016 Kit
  • Gansai Tambi watercolor paints

Online Card Classes – Backgrounds

I am finally getting back to one of the OCC classes called Backgrounds. They are always really good classes and you can access them forever. I don’t finish most of them so I am trying to go back and learn and do the projects. Here are  some backgrounds I just did.


The first panel on the left was an interesting one. You take patterned paper and stamp an image (the flowers) and emboss with clear embossing powder. You then go over the whole piece with dark ink which in this case is dark blue. You then wipe the ink off the embossed areas and this is what you have. I like it! I need to get a few more background stamps with bigger stamped areas. Ok maybe that is just an excuse to buy more stamps. The flowers are a The Ton background stamp called Rose Terrace and Hero Arts ink Navy.

The middle panel is inking with Distress ink medium to light. Then you clear emboss over that. Then you ink again and wipe the ink off the embossing so the lighter ink from the first inking shows under the clear embossing. I still kind of struggle to blend Distress Inks. The background stamp is a Stampin Up stamp. The ink is Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn Distress inks.

The panel on the right is stamped very light with a background stamp.  Then you repeat stamp with several different colors of in to end up with a ombre look. The misti was very helpful for this card. It kept the panel in one place and it was a must for lining up all that text. The sentiment is from Hero Arts set YAY! (CL752). I used Hero Arts purple inks and maybe one from another company.


These two are the same technique. You stamp in white pigment first and then stamp over that with dye ink moving the stamp over just a bit on the second layer. It looks pretty cool when you get the right paper. I really like the hearts panel. On the arrows panel it is hard to see the white. The hearts are an Inkadinkadoo set Hearts (97637). The white ink is Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink and the red is a Hero Arts red from a My Monthly Hero set. The arrows I am not sure what company they are from.

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These are all the same technique and the opposite of the panels above. You stamp the first layer with dye ink and then stamp over it with white pigment ink. The doilies are from a Papertrey Ink set Delightful Doilies. The shapes on the second panel are from a Hero Arts set Not Perfect (CL698). For all the blues I used Hero Arts inks and the white is most likely Hero Arts Unicorn. I like the way the two gray panels turned out but I am not to crazy about the kraft panel. I don’t think the kraft panel is the right color for this or I should have used different inks.


I found two more panels I forgot. That’s what happens when you clean off your desk. The one on the right is ink blending over pattern. Laura Bassen did ink blending over plaid but I did not have stamps like she used so I did ink over another pattern which is from Avery Elle set All Squared Up.  I used a gray colored ink to stamp the pattern and then used Distress Ink over that. The background on the left is one I just came up with after using that Avery Elle pattern stamp. I am not sure of the inks I used for it.

All of these were fun to try!

Halloween #6


Since I love Halloween I made several cards and most of them different than the others. The background I made from one of the lessons in the Back-Ground Check class from Online Card Classes. It is done on watercolor paper. The fence is a Jolee embellishment. The tree is cut with a Memory Box die called Small Alder Tree. The spider web is a Inkadinkadoo stamp and bats are from Hampton Art Halloween set (SC0658). The Hero Arts stamp is Scary Happy Halloween (D397) from 1993. The pumpkin is a Hippo Heart stamp. I must of stamped at least 10 pumpkins on various papers, with various inks and different pumpkins to finally get the one I liked. Some of you know how that goes.