Just Call me the Love Nurse

OK–I knew I’d get some attention with that title!!  But really, it’s all about the hats!!  I’m finding it a bit of a mission in my crafting to put as many different hats on this image as I can!!  She’s just so much more fun with a hat on!!

Have a great B-Day and call me in the morning!

Have a great B-Day and call me in the morning!

Yes, I am still goofy over the image transfer technique I learned over the Summer from Claudine Hellmuth’s Technique Toolbox online class!  It is such a fun technique, so versatile and so very easy!  When I was asked to make a card for someone whose profession is as a Nurse, I knew exactly what I was going to do..Put a Hat on Her!!

Supplies I Used:

RX Birthday Wishes

The script and woman laser print images are transferred onto my manilla stock with Omni-Gel Multi Medium.  Once I exposed the script and woman images, I dried with my heat tool and lightly inked over with Tea Dye DI and my ink blending tool.  I took the distresser to the edges and inked with Vintage Photo DI.  It looks like I found a vintage year book photo…..

Is this the cutest nurse's hat or what?

Is this the cutest nurse’s hat or what?

I LOVE THIS HAT!!!  It’s a mini version of a real, old-fashioned, folded-paper Nurse’s hat!!  I found the folding instructions online and used plain vellum cut down to this mini size.  Once I folded my mini-nurse’s hat, I painted it with Painterly Pink Studio Acrylic paint and dried with my heat tool.  Then I added the strip of Tissue Tape and punched out a red glitter paper heart!  PERFECT!!

Boys do make passes at Girls who wear glasses!!

Boys do make passes at Girls who wear glasses!!

To add a little more oomph, I applied a thin layer of Dimensional Magic over just her glasses.

No better prescription than this....

No better prescription than this….

And who wouldn’t want to get a prescription like this?  This is a small piece of decorative notebook style paper from Stampin’ Up that I distressed a little with Tea Dye DI and my ink blending tool.  The sentiment, from Friendly Greetings/Hero Arts, is stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink and the RX stamp is from Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary that I stamped with Real Red Dye Ink from Stampin’ Up.

I'm not really a nurse, I just play one on Birthday Cards...

I’m not really a nurse, I just play one on Birthday Cards…

Now, who wouldn’t want good medicine like this?  I’ll take a Great B-Day RX any day!!

Cheers and a Happy Friday to you all!!  Thank you all sooo much for stopping by and have an Artsy Fartsy weekend!!  XOXO-Shari

A B-Day Card for #21

Good Day Kids and Welcome to Time Warp Tuesday…. Let’s take a step back in time shall we, to a time when we all turned 21!  I really don’t remember anything remarkable happening on my 21st,  but I wanted to make sure my hubby’s niece remembers something remarkable from hers!  This is the fun & silly, yet mature, birthday card I made especially for her.   This card was made fun by the techniques I learned in Claudine Hellmuth’s 5-week online class, Technique Toolbox.  Let me explain what I did….

Annies BDay Card

It’s not just a happy birthday..it’s a happy, happy, happy birthday!

Supplies I Used:

  • Textured Pink Card Stock, Manilla Stock, Ivory Card Stock, Core’dinations Stock, Water-Color Paper, Laser Photo Copy Image
  • Stamps: Simple Sayings (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous) and Party Hats (Lost Coast Designs) 
  • Archival Ink, Studio Acrylic Paints, Distress Markers, Inks & Stains, White Gesso, Omni-Gel Multi-Medium, Ink Blending Tool, Paint Brushes, Craft Sheet, Heat Tool, Craft Stick, Double-Back Tape
  • Tim Holtz Alterations/Sizzix Mini Paper Rosette Die & Sizzix Big Shot
  • Tim Holtz/Idea-ology Remnant Rub-Ons, Facet & Tissue Tape, Dimensional Magic, Self-Adhesive Gemstone

I like how the gesso etching ended up looking kinda like grafitti.

I like how the gesso etching ended up looking kinda like graffiti.

I know there seems to be a lot going on with the supplies I used, but, I had a few of my pieces ready to go and I just needed a new idea to bring them all together! Here we go…

The image of the woman is from Claudine’s class–it’s a laser printed image transferred with Omni-Gel multi-medium  onto manilla stock.  I inked the image with Tea Dye DI and my ink blending tool then did a little fussy cutting and ripping of the image and inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI and the blending tool.  I set her aside and got to some gesso etching….

Gesso etching is really fun and if you mess up, it's easy to start over.

Gesso etching is really fun and if you mess up, it’s easy to start over.

It’s really easy to make a background like this–Spread your gesso with a craft stick, as if you’re frosting a cake, then make a design or write some words, with the tip end of a paint brush.  With this card, I wrote “21” in different ways all over and added a couple of swirly flourishes.  I dried my etched gesso with my heat tool then used Studio acrylic paints in Painterly Pink & Yellow Pastel to paint over the etching, really working it into the writing and designs.  I used the heat tool again to speed up the drying and when completely dried, I inked over the etchings lightly with Tea Dye DI and I inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI and adhered my image transfer with double-back tape on top of my painted gesso background.

I used the mini rosette as her corsage.

I used the mini rosette as her corsage.

I stamped the “happy birthday” sentiment from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Simple Sayings set, three times onto ivory card stock that I had previously prepared with Wild Honey & Spun Sugar DS’s.  I fussy cut the words, inked the edges and mounted onto a Core’dinations scraps I had laying about.

A little dimensional magic to highlight the big 21...

A little dimensional magic to highlight the big 21…

Her hat is from the Party Hat set from Lost Coast Designs–so many fun hats to choose from!  I stamped this hat onto water-color paper with Jet Black Archival Ink and colored with my water brush and a Distress Marker in Worn Lipstick.  Since this hat image already has the “1” on it, I used a single “2” from TH/Idea-ology Number remnant rub-ons to turn the hat into a “21” celebration in itself!

I personalized the facet by using number remnant rub-ons.

I personalized the facet by using number remnant rub-ons.

I went a little rosette crazy a few weeks ago, and made a bunch of them in different colors from the Core’dinations Chocolate Box collection—you never know when you’ll need a rosette!  I added a piece of tissue tape to the die-cut rosette before I folded it and I finished it with a lovely TH/Idea-ology facet that I embellished with 21–again, using the Number Remnant rub-ons…just love all of the rub-ons!

Happy 21st Annie!

Happy 21st Annie!

And there she is…Miss 21!  The gesso etching is a great technique and I’m so glad that I had this great opportunity to use it as a fabulous way to personalize this special birthday card!  FUN FUN FUN and easy to do.  If you’ve got some white gesso around, gosh, even black gesso (would be great for Halloween backgrounds…) give it a try!

Have a GREAT rest of your Tuesday and Thanks for stopping by!!  XOXO-S

Life is Good – Tea

Happy Happy Friday Everyone!  I thought I’d end the week with one more photocopy image transfer tag–I just can’t help myself with experimenting with this technique!  But I can’t guarantee this will be the last…

You know you've made it as a Monsta when....

You know you’ve made it as a Monsta, when….

Supplies I Used:

  • #10 Manilla Tag, Lightweight Copy Paper, Laser Printer, Omni–Gel Transfer Medium
  • Distress Inks & Stain,  Archival Ink, Pigment Ink, Dimensional Magic, Mini Mister, Ink Blending Tool, Distresser, Tissue Tape, Remnant Rub-Ons, Crinkle & Decorative Ribbons, Trinket Pin, Sprocket Gear
  • Stamps:  Sentiment from Typography (Artistic Outpost) and the clock is from Clearly Impressed

This is a tag where I colored the background before transferring the image.  I spritzed the tag, front & back, with Peeled Paint & Wild Honey DS from their respective mini-misters.  I did not spritz the stained tag with water at this point because the tag will eventually get exposed to water, especially the image, during the rub-off process and the colors will blend then.

You can see how the colors are more mottled together on the image.

You can see how the colors are more mottled together on the image.

After exposing the transferred image, I distressed the edges and inked with Walnut Stain DI and added Remnant Rub-Ons, tissue tape – on the front and back- and finished with randomly stamping the clock image here and there…front and back.  It’s hard to see in this picture, but I also layered the tea cup with Dimensional Magic to add a little texture and give the cup that glazed ceramic look.

When I design my tags, I can’t help but include the backsides, too.  I use my tags as bookmarks so I can enjoy both sides, anytime!  Well, anytime I’m reading, anyway.

The sentiment is heat embossed on the front of the tag.

The sentiment is heat embossed on the front of the tag.

The Life is Good sentiment is from the Typography plate from Artistic Outpost and I heat embossed it on the front of the tag twice and stamped it with Jet Black Archival on the back.  I thought the statement matched the image perfectly–Life IS Good when you get your tea, literally, served to you–Oh, but, you have to be a Monster, of course!

Finished Life is Good

Have a Great Friday, and a fun-filled, hydrated weekend (for those of us in the world with triple digit temps!) Thank you for stopping by–See ya’ next week!!

Retro Woman Tag

How Hip does this Retro Woman Look?  Love Her Hat!

How Hip does this Retro Woman Look? Love Her Hat!

Happy Friday!  I’m back with another result of experimenting with the photocopy image transfer technique.  I’m loving this technique and all of the possibilities to create with it!  Here’s what I used to put this tag together-

Supplies I Used:

  • #10 Manilla Tag, HP Color Laserjet 2605dn, Plain/Lightweight Copy Paper, Watercolor Paper, Omni-Gel Transfer & Texture Medium, Craft Sheet, Black & Ivory Card Stock
  • Stamps:  Party Hat (Lost Coast Designs) and Smarty Pants (Stampin’ Up)
  • Archival Ink; Distress Inks, Stains & Markers; Colorbox Pigment Ink, Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Crinkle Ribbon, Yarn, Rhinestone, Tissue Tape
  • Ink Blending Tool, Distresser, Water Brush, Mini-Mister, Double-Back Tape, 3D Dots
  • Images:  Claudine Hellmuth’s Technique Toolbox Online Class

This tag came out better than what I was expecting.  When I printed these images out, I used a heavier copy paper so, when it came time to rub the wet paper off, the paper was thicker and took a little extra rubbing.  So much so, I ended up rubbing off some of the transferred image (again), but, I think it adds that aged, vintage look.

You can see where some of the transferred script rubbed off.

You can see where some of the transferred script rubbed off.

I transferred 4 different images on this tag–3 script pieces and the main image of the woman.  I wanted the woman partially framed in the classic script to lend a classy look to her.  But then, I gave her some goofiness with the party hat!

She wouldn't be goofy without her Party Hat!

She wouldn’t be goofy without her Party Hat!

Her hat is heat embossed on watercolor paper, painted with a water brush and a Distress Marker in Worn Lipstick that I scribbled onto my craft sheet.  I inked the tag with my ink blending tool and Vintage Photo, Wild Honey and Walnut Stain Distress Inks.  I treated the back with spritzes of Spun Sugar & Wild Honey Distress Stains from my mini-misters.

Even the backs of your tags need a little attention.

Even the backs of your tags need a little attention.

The sentiment is another good one from the Smarty Pants set from Stampin’ Up.  Another funny and clever stamp just waiting for the right image!  I stamped the sentiment a few different times with Archival in Jet Black on ivory card stock.  I inked the words with Vintage Photo & Wild Honey DI and the blending tool and then cut out and mounted onto black card stock.  I adhered the words to the tag with double-back tape and the party hat is partially adhered with double-back tape and a 3D Dot to add a little height.

She's ready to DO GOOFY STUFF!

She’s ready to DO GOOFY STUFF!

My Retro Woman is done!  I can’t wait to look through vintage images of my own to make into personalized,  antique-looking cards or tags for those special people in my life!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll be back on Monday with new things to share!  Have a GREAT weekend!

Frankenstein Image Transfer Tag

Hi There!  Shari, here again–With my very first experiment with photocopy image transferring!  This tag was really fun to make and using a new (to me) technique made seeing it all come together, even that much more exciting!  I felt almost like a little kid at Christmas!  I couldn’t wait to “open” my present to see what’s there!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present The Monsta! Isn't he Cool?!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present The Monsta! Isn’t he Cool?!

The photocopy image transfer technique has given my creativity new life!  I won’t be stuck with wanting to create a themed card or tag or journal page, but not having exactly the right image.  And this tag is a great example of having that feeling and now getting to fulfill it–I’ve been wanting to make a Frankenstein card/tag to match a sentiment I’ve had—But—I could not find the right image in a rubber stamp.  Well, that won’t happen any longer!

Supplies I Used:

  • HP Color Laserjet 2605dn Printer, lightweight copy paper, #8 Manilla Tag, Omni-Gel Tranfer & Texture Medium, Paint Brush, White Vellum, Craft Sheet, Heat Tool, Double-Backed Tape
  • All Inks, Stains, Paints used on tag are Tim Holtz Distress Line with Ranger Ink and Colorbox Pigment Ink and Silver Embossing Powder (mfg unknown), Ink Blending Tool, Brayer, Distresser, Mini-Mister
  • Decorative Round Paper Clips, Sticky Mesh, Tissue Tape, Crinkle Ribbon, Fuzzy Yarn, Trinket Pin
  • Sentiment from Smarty Pants set (Stampin’ Up)
I'm ready for my close-up now, Mr. Whale (ok-that's some trivia for you classic movie buffs out there) :)

I’m ready for my close-up now, Mr. Whale (ok-that’s some trivia for you classic movie buffs out there).

With this being my first try at the image transfer technique and not really knowing exactly what to expect or, how it was exactly supposed to look, I think this came out really cool!  I did get a little rambunctious with rubbing off the copy paper–See, Frankenstein’s chin is missing some color?  I rubbed the transferred image right off!  But it’s OK, it looks even that much more aged and vintage!  (if you want to see Claudine demonstrate the technique, there are older posts on YouTube that you can check out)

I had everything I needed to-execute-this tag.  And now--It's ALIVE!

I had everything I needed to-execute-this tag. And now–It’s ALIVE!

After transferring the image onto a plain #8 manilla tag, I inked it with a brayer and Peeled Paint DS and Black Soot DI.  I don’t have Black Soot DS, so using the same technique of inking my brayer, I pressed the ink pad onto my craft sheet and sprayed the ink with water before picking it up with my brayer.  With the leftover Peeled Paint and Black Soot on my craft sheet, I rolled the back of my tag, too.

I kept the back side simple--Frankie is the Lead Celebrity in this tag!

I kept the back side simple–Frankie is the Lead Celebrity in this tag!

I used my heat tool to dry the tag and finished inking it with Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DI’s and I gave it a spritz of Peeled Paint from a mini-mister on the front and back.  I just love that speckled look!  I distressed the edges and added the pieces of tissue tape and sticky mesh.  I know it’s hard to see in the pictures, but Frank’s shirt has a coat of DCP in Clear Rock Candy on it.  I rushed the drying with my heat tool and gave the crackle a light tapping of Peeled Paint DS–even though it’s a dark green on a black image, the stain enriched the crackle finish.

I used DCP in Clear Rock Candy to give The Monsta's shirt some texture.

I used DCP in Clear Rock Candy to give The Monsta’s shirt some texture.

The sentiment is from a very fun set from Stampin’ Up called Smarty Pants!  I’ve had this set for a couple of years and have only used one or two of the sentiments once or twice—BeeeCaauuse, I did not have just the right image stamps, or could not find what I wanted!  I now see a future of fun, retro, vintage themed creations because of the photocopy image transfer technique!  Totally Awesome!

This is the sentiment that started my quest for THE PERFECT image!

This is the sentiment that started my quest for THE PERFECT image!

I stamped the sentiment onto white vellum in Colorbox Pigment Ink in Black and sprinkled the silver embossing powder (that I’ve had forever) over the wet text and applied the heat tool until melted.  I cut the sentiment out, inked the back of the vellum with Mowed Lawn DI and the edges with Walnut Stain DI and adhered to three round paperclips (which I’ve also had, for-ever!).  The crinkle ribbon was treated with Peeled Paint DS and Black Soot DP–I rubbed the colors onto my craft sheet, spritzed with water and rubbed the ribbon into the colors.  I dried with the heat tool, added some gray, fuzzy yard that I have on hand and He’s Ready!

Mmmmmmm....Friend. Good.  I couldn't have said it better myself!

Mmmmmmm….Friend. Good. I couldn’t have said it better myself!

This is only the beginning!  I’m buzzing with creative ELECTRICITY!  I hope you enjoyed today’s post and keep coming back!

Thanks for stopping by!

PS–I submitted this tag to Tim Holtz’ 12 Tags of 2013 Challenge for July.