[TT Video] Watercoloring with Waffle Flower Inks with Channin

on November 15, 2016
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designteamheadshots_channinHello everyone!! It’s Channin here! Did you know that you don’t have to own watercolor paints to give watercoloring a try? Waffle Flower’s dye inks work really well with water! Because you can mix their inks with water you are able to play around with a lot of fun techniques ink smooshing and watercoloring. Check out today’s video to see how I use my dye inks to watercolor! ;)

[Technique Tuesday] Watercoloring with Ink

Watch below or on our YouTube channel. img_2420 First, I stamped a sentiment from the Congrats stamp set in versafine onyx black ink on a panel of watercolor paper. I then repeatedly stamped the flower/succulent from the First Step stamp set and a flower and a pair of leaves from the Leafy stamp set in Peace of Mind dye ink on my panel. img_2421 Next, I smooshed New Fish in Pond and Happy Go Lucky dye inks (aren’t these ink names so fun!) on my acrylic block and then misted them with water. I then pick up the watered down New Fish in Pond with a paint brush and painted the large flowers and the lower half of the small flowers. After I had painted all the flowers with New Fish in Pond, I moved onto Happy Go Lucky. I painted the centers of the large flowers and the upper portions of the small flowers with the Happy Go Lucky. Next, with just clean clear water I painted over leaves. img_2422 This re-activates the ink and adds a little color to open areas of the leaves. I then cleaned my block and then smooshed and misted Peace of Mind dye ink. I used this final ink to paint the bases of the small flowers. Next, I die cut 3 “celebrate” out of black cardstock using the Celebrate word die. I then adhered these together with multi-medium matte. Lastly, I added foam tape to the back of my watercolored panel, adhered it to a 5” by 7” white card base and then adhered my “celebrate” onto top.

Supplies:

Congrats Stamp Set  First Step Stamp Set Leafy Stamp Set  Peace of Mind Dye Ink New Fish in Pond Dye Ink  Happy Go Lucky Dye Ink Celebrate Word Die

[Technique Tuesday] Smooshing Pumpkins with Channin

on November 01, 2016
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designteamheadshots_channinHello everyone! It’s Channin and today I’m making a fall themed thank you card using the smooshing technique.

[Video] Smooshing Pumpkins with Channin

Watch below or on our YouTube channel. channin_110116_photo_1 First, I stamp the pumpkins from the Trick or Treat stamp set [https://waffleflower.com/product/trick-or-treat-stamp-set/] in embossing ink then emboss them in gold on a panel of watercolor paper. I then stamp the pumpkins on a sheet of copy paper and fussy cut them out to create a mask. I then position the mask over my embossed pumpkins and then stamp and emboss another set of pumpkins, this time slightly overlapping the first set of pumpkins. channin_110116_photo_2 Now it’s smooshing time! I start with my lightest color, which is Distressed Ink, scattered straw. I apply the ink directly onto a piece of actetate then spritz it with water. I then turn the acetate over and press it onto my panel. I then pick the acetate up and press it down in other areas to distribute the ink. I continue this process for 3 other ink colors (Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, & Evergreen Bough), stopping to dry with my heat gun every so often when the panel gets too wet. channin_110116_photo_3 After I have finished with the smooshing technique I move onto my sentiment. First, I stamp a thank you sentiment from the Balloon Messages stamp set [https://waffleflower.com/product/balloon-messages-stamp-set/] in dark brown ink onto a scrap of kraft paper. I then thoroughly dry my sentiment and stamp and gold emboss the sentiment again but slightly off-set. Next, I create an accent strip using the striped bag image from the Little Gifts stamp set [https://waffleflower.com/product/little-gifts-stamp-set/]. I repeatedly stamped the image to create a continuous pattern on a strip of kraft paper in dark brown ink. I then dried the strip and then repeatedly stamped the image again but this time slightly off-set and then embossed in gold. Next, I adhered my accent strip onto the left side of my kraft card base, then adhered my trimmed watercolored panel slightly over the accent strip and onto my card base. Lastly, I adhered my sentiment onto my card using foam tape. I hope you enjoyed and inspired you to give the smooshing technique a try! Have a wonderful week! Supplies: Trick or Treat Stamp Set Balloon Messages Stamp Set Little Gifts Stamp Set

[TT Video] Heat Embossing with Layering Stamps by Channin

on October 25, 2016
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designteamheadshots_channinHello everyone!! It’s Channin here and today I am playing around with the beautiful layering stamps found in the Wild & Free stamp set. I will use this set to create a pretty floral card with layered inks and heat embossing. Plus I’ll share some tips for positioning layering stamps when heat embossing.

[Technique] Heat Embossing with Layering Stamps by Channin

Watch video below or on our YouTube channel. photo-1-1025 First, I created a floral arrangement using the Wild & Free stamp set on the upper half of my MISTI. I then stamped my arrangement with Coffee Loves Milk dye ink onto my 5” by 6 ½” card base. I did this so I could have a guide for positioning the corresponding solid stamps (bottom layer stamps) because I will eventually gold emboss the top layer of stamps and it is difficult to stamp on top of embossed images so I have to actually stamp the bottom layer stamps first. photo-2-1025 Now that I have my guide stamped, I flip my MISTI so I can use the other half to position the corresponding solid stamps. It’s important to note, that I don’t remove any of the stamps in my floral arrangement. I want to keep those exactly where they are so I can emboss later. Using the guide, I position the leaf stamps and stamp them in Chirp Chirp and Peace of Mind dye inks. After I completed the leaves, I move onto the flowers. I stamp two flowers with a Tickled Pink and My Pleasure combo to create pinky-red flowers and the other two flowers in a You Said What and Oh Happy Day combo to create yellow-orange flowers. After the flowers I stamp the other floral accents in a Safe Choice and Happy Go Lucky color combo. Now that my bottom layer stamps are done I can now gold emboss the top layer of stamps. I flip my MISTI back around so my first arrangement of stamps is lined up correctly on my card and stamp the images with embossing ink and then heat emboss in gold. Lastly I stamp and gold emboss the rest of my sentiment on a strip of pink cardstock, adhere it to craft foam, and then onto my card. I hope you enjoyed and found some these tips helpful. Have a wonderful day and see you next week!! ~Channin Supplies: Stamps: Wild & Free Stamp Set https://waffleflower.com/product/wild-free-stamp-set/ Inks: Coffee Loves Milk Dye Ink  Chirp Chirp Dye Ink  Peace of Mind Dye Ink Tickled Pink Dye Ink My Pleasure Dye Ink You Said What Dye Ink Oh Happy Day Dye Ink Safe Choice Dye Ink Happy Go Lucky Dye Ink

[TT Video] 2nd Generation and Offset Stamping with Channin

on October 18, 2016
designteamheadshots_channinHello everyone! It’s Channin here and today I’m combining 2nd generation stamping and offset stamping to create a clean and simple one layer card! photo1

[Video] 2nd Generation and Offset Stamping

Watch it below or on our Youtube Channel First, I stamp the outline for the purse from the Purse-nality Stamp Set on a 5” by 6 ½” card base with the Peace of Mind Dye Ink. I actually stamp the outline twice so I have a nice dark color so there will be more contrast between the 1st and 2nd generation images. Now that I have my first generation stamping complete, I will stamp the purse outline again slightly offset and without re-inking it. This will create a lighter image and will somewhat resemble a shadow. Next, I stamp the floral purse pattern a couple of times with Peace of Mind ink inside the outline image. I then, stamp the floral pattern slightly offset and again without re-inking it. photo2 Next, I create the strap using a dashed line from the First Step Stamp set. I ink it up with Coffee Loves Milk Dye Ink and stamp it on the left side of the purse. I then offset the stamp and stamp it again without re-inking. I repeat this process for the right side of the purse; the only difference is I flipped the stamp for the right side. I then stamp the dashed line a third time to complete the loop. I did have to alter the shape of the line on my misti (you could also use a acrylic block) so that the line for the strap was continuous. I also offset and 2nd generation stamped this portion of the purse. I then stamped my altered dashed line again but this time in Versafine Onyx Black Pigment Ink. photo3 I then stamped the other two portions of the strap with the Versafine ink to complete my purse. Now that my purse was done, I created my sentiment using the Little Mermaids Stamp Set and the Purse-nality Stamp Set. I positioned my sentiment on my misti then stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black ink. Lastly, I adhered a black rhinestone over the button/clasp of the purse. I hope you enjoyed and I’ll see you next week!! J ~Channin

[Technique Tuesday] Faux Watercolor - Gradation Inking Technique with Channin

on October 11, 2016
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designteamheadshots_channinHello everyone!! It’s Channin here and today I’m going to share with you an easy faux watercolor stamping technique! If you are at all apprehensive about watercoloring I implore you to try this technique. It is so simple; you don’t even use a brush or watercolors, yet it yields beautiful watercolor results!! Watch it below or on our YouTube Channel First, I start with a panel of watercolor paper and the Feather More Stamp Set. This technique works better when you choose stamps with large surface areas, like the mostly solid feathers in the Feather More Stamp Set. Using Distressed Inks, I inked up the second largest feather. I started with my lightest color, Scattered Straw, then I moved onto my darker inks, Spiced Marmalade and then Seedless Preserves. I used the corner of the Spiced Marmalade ink pad to create triangles in the center of the feather and I used Seedless Preserves on the tip of the feather. I’m actually overlapping my inks but I’m careful to not to put lighter shade of ink over a darker shade, that way I don’t mess up my ink pads. When you are overlapping your inks on your stamp just make sure you always starting with your lightest shade then working your way up to your darkest shade.   Now that my stamp is all inked up I misted it with water so that the ink pooled a little more. The water allows the inks to mix and play with and creates the look of watercolor. I then stamped the misted feather onto my watercolor panel.   I continued this process, ink up stamp with my inks (lightest to darkest) then mist, with the other 3 smaller feathers to cover the entire panel. I do, however, ink the other three feathers up with different combinations of the distressed inks. Once the panel was all stamped, I splattered some watered down black acrylic paint. I then stamped a sentiment from the 100% Love Stamp Set on a scrap of white paper in versafine onyx black ink. I then fussy cut the sentiment out, used a black marker on the edges and then adhered it to a circle of black craft foam. Once the splatters were dry I adhered my panel onto my card base and then adhered my sentiment. I hope you enjoyed and will give this Faux Watercolor Stamping technique a try! wfc-20161011-1 wfc-20161011-2

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