Wednesday, October 16, 2013


I think technology is a beautiful thing when it can take the mundane and make it sublime. Over on the Ranger website they have a PDF of labels for the Distress Stains and Distress Paints. The labels are designed to be cut with a three quarter inch punch. I don't have one. Or they could be cut by hand with scissors. All 52! Ugh!

So I made a cut file from the PDF using my Silhouette DE software. In minutes my dots were printed and cut on my Silhouette Cameo and now I just need to glue them to my bottle caps. If I had been less excited and thinking clearer, I would have printed onto an adhesive backed label sheet to save even more time. Still, I am pretty happy with this time-saving project. If you want the Studio file, please let me know at tweedcurtain at yahoo dot ca and I will forward to you at no charge. Enjoy!

Creative Chemistry 102 - Day 3

Distress Differently! That was the theme of Day 3 in the Online Card Class "Creative Chemistry 102." For better or worse, here are my six tags. The photo tinting is my fave - I think because of the Quietfire Design "Cherish" cut file. (Available here: Now it is back to the "laboratory" for me.

Smudge Stamping (background)

Brayered Stains
Photo Tinting. (That's me - age three!)
Faux Cracked Glass
Close up: Faux Cracked Glass. Collage under acrylic Fragment.
Distress Glitter Rock Candy

Distress Glittering (Black Soot mixed with Pink)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Creative Chemistry 102 - Day 2

I have done all the techniques covered in Day 2 of CC102. I must say, I need to develop a better water flicking wrist action than what I've got going on right now! Tim Holtz makes it look so easy...

Day 2 was all about stencils, specifically Tim's Layering Stencils. I don't own any of those but I do have plenty of other stencils on hand so decided to make do. I think the first and last ones are my favourite effects - but I definitely need more practice! Can't write more - I am busy playing with the Day 3 techniques. Stay tuned. 
Mixed Media Layering

Machine Embossing With Stencils

Distress Embossing Through Stencils

Stencil Stamping
Stencil Sketching

Ink Monoprint
Paint Monoprint

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Creative Chemistry 102

Tim Holtz is back at Online Card Classes with another Creative Chemistry series of classes. I made 5 of the 6 technique samples for Day 1. I am saving the sixth one for later when I get some more paint. Day 1 was focused on Distress Paints and their applications. I only have three colours, all neutrals:
Picket Fence, Tarnished Brass and Antique Linen Distress Paints

We marbled, we resisted, we altered and crackled. So much fun! While these samples are just that - samples, not finished projects - I decided to post them here anyways. I now have them tucked away in a binder with print outs of instructions affixed to the back, ready to inspire me down the road when I need a little creative oomphCreative Chemistry 102 is turning out to be as good as 101. It's nice to play without worrying about creating a finished project.

I will share Day 2 samples once they are done.