Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday

Ok...so as I told you the day before yesterday, I've taken on Tresa Black's Blogtoberfest challenge to improve my blog presence.  My goal was to post at least two times per week, but I must be on a roll or something, because I have posted something for the last six days.  I'm pretty impressed with myself, but I'm pretty sure that won't last long...LOL.  At any rate, I figured one way to improve my blog is to try and include regular weekly features.  "Regular" being the tricky word.  I honestly hesitate in promising that I'm going to do anything, as I'm always afraid time will get away with me or more important obligations will get in the way...as it often does...and then I will fail to follow through...and then comes the guilt.  Oh the guilt!  How I hate the guilt.  So the way I get around avoiding the guilt?  I just avoid making promises.  So I'm not "promising" that I'll post a tutorial every Tuesday, but I promise that I will try.  It is my goal, at least.

So here's my first tutorial.  It's just a picture tutorial, but I'm hoping that I can get back into making a video tutorial every now and then.  It's been over a year since I made one, so it's safe to say that I'm way overdue for one.  But for now...pictures will have to do.

This is a technique that I used on my card for this month's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop (and one that I leaned almost a year ago, but no recollection of where or whom...so my apologies.), and thought I'd start this "weekly" feature with it.  Have you ever wanted a splatter of ink on your project, but you just didn't want to break out a spray pen/bottle and reinkers and rubbing alcohol, especially if the area was small?  Did you just say to yourself, "Forget it.  I'll just make my project without it."?  Well, this technique is perfect for those times, as it's quick prep and clean up.  All you need is an ink pad and a waterbrush (a paint brush and water should work as well). 

Start with your project.  In my case, Snowflake #2 from the new Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge cut from White Daisy cardstock.
Squeeze the center of the Grey Flannel ink pad.  I normally use both hands, but I needed one to take the photo. LOL This will transfer ink from the pad to the lid.
Using your waterbrush, pick up some Grey Flannel ink.  The more water you use, the softer the color will be.
Create shading by placing color on the edge of each "leaf" (they look like leaves to me and I don't know what else to call them). :)
Here's the snowflake with the shading completed.
Squeeze the Twilight ink pad...just like I did above with the Grey Flannel.
Squeeze some of the water out of the waterbrush into the lid.  Again, the more water, the softer the color would be.  However, you need to insure that the brush is very wet, so that the ink will splatter.  One word of advice.  In trying to take pictures with one hand and demonstrate with the other, I got more water in the lid than I normally would.  Not a big deal, but I found (accidentally) that if you release your "squeeze" on the waterbrush, it will suck the ink up into the barrel.  Again, not a big deal, as you can easily clean it by squeezing out some of the water to wash it out...or...simply take the barrel apart and rinse.
Forcefully tap the waterbrush barrel against your stationary hand.  The sudden stop will help to sling the ink onto your project.  Make sure to protect your work surface though, as more than your project will get splattered. ;)
Splatter some more...
...and splatter some more until you're satisfied with the results.
Can you just pretend that the big splat of blue isn't there?  I accidentally touched the snowflake with my brush on the last splatter. :(  Though strangely enough, I don't hate it.
Here was the snowflake on my original project with a little touch of bling added.  You may also notice that the ink color is a little more intense on the original snowflake than my sample snowflake.  That's because I added more water the second time around (unintentionally) than I did the first time (original).

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and here's to hoping that I'll have another one ready next week. ;)  That's my goal, right?  Until next time....Happy craftin'!


  1. I love it! Don't know why I didn't think of this sooner....duh. Good luck on your goals! I too am participating with Blogtoberfest and it's really hard to keep it up after the month is over and through the busy holiday season. Here's to many more great Tutorial Tuesdays! :)

  2. This is a great tutorial and a beautiful project! I am just getting going with a blog and I like your idea of challenging yourself with a number of posts. I look forward to seeing what you come up with next!

  3. Thumbs up on the tutorial! Looking forward to seeing more tips weekly!


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