Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday!

GOSH, its been soooo long!!
I'm moving to California next month and have been trying to get everything in order.  I'm actually suppose to be cleaning the garage right now so, sshhhhh, don't tell my DH!!  Well, he doesn't read my blog that often, maybe I can sneak this in!
Visit the fun on WOYWW here:

As you can see,  my studio is messy and neglected!
But... last night...  I just couldn't fight the "creative urge" any longer!
Yesterday I watched a video by Tim Holtz.  He demonstrated dropping alcohol inks onto shiny cardstock and then "puffed" the drops with compressed air from a can.  Like you would use to dust your keyboard.
Halloween is my very favorite theme.  So, I thought "this could be a good technique to make creepy trees!"
Boy, is it!!  And, so much fun too!!!
I actually did a little demo for you.

I used my Glimmer Mists in Graphite, Tiger Lily and Olive Vine.  The stamp
set is by Martha Stewart.

Unscrew the sprayer from the bottle of the ink and drop some ink on the paper.

Puff the ink with air in the direction you want it to go.

Want to make a branch?  Add another drop of ink and puff it in another direction.

Just add ink and puff to your hearts desire!

Want grass?

Next, spritz the bottom with green.

Want a moon?  Lay a circle to mask the area where you want the moon to be.

Spritz with orange mist.

While the circle is in place spritz with the Graphite all around the outer edges.  If you get too much, just blot off the excess with a paper towel.

Now you can stamp bats, crows, an owl, a witch whatever...

Smudge ink into the edges.

Here are three I made last night.  The two on the right were one piece that I cut into two.

I had stamped the crow onto the image but I didn't like the way it looked so I stamped another one on a scrap, cut it out and adhered it to the image.  Gave it more dimension.


Hope you enjoyed my little demo.  I hope you try it for yourselves, it's so much fun!
PS:  Hey folks, don't waste any more money on baby wipes or stamp cleaning products.  Plain 'ol rubbing alcohol and a paper towel work a hundred times better and is cheap too!
Just sayin'...  ;)


  1. Oh wow whta a wonderful place to work.
    Amazing technique and wonderful projects.
    Happy WOYWW !!! Sandy #1

  2. wow, that is amazing, so love that technique and your halloween creations look just fantastic!
    have a fab day, happy crafting, Debxx

  3. Fab technique - my Dh and I sat and followed the instructions through - we were both impressed with the result!! Easy but effective - and very batty bats too :D xx

  4. That looks really effective..and quiet spooky. I hopped from Julia' by the way... oh and your card storage... I have to have more there than I can buy from the local shop !!!!

  5. I loved your demo. Cannot wait to try it out. Thanks for sharing

  6. If I had seen the completed cards first I would never have guessed the the journey you made ...fantastic ...thats why I love reading the techniques people use ...I can then appreciate the work as well as the finished article. Thank you.

  7. Wow Kathryn what an awesome Tutorial love the method and demo shots... great effect thanks for sharing it with us! thanks too for popping over running terribly late as usual life happens as they say have fun shifting house. I pray you dont loose any extra special items and pack lids with bottoms from your plastic cupboard - I did not and lost one box and never did the twain meet again!! Shaz in oz.x

  8. Ah, you are SO talented--I'm in awe! And I know, can you believe I was in Indianapolis? I was just there for about 10 hours one day and about 10 hours on the last day (we flew in and out of Indy). Funny--another of my blog followers lives there too! Should have had a blog gathering! And as to donuts...don't get me started. They are just heaven, aren't they? Even a bad one is still good!

  9. I'm not at all into Halloween, but this technique is awesome! Must try it. It's so effective. I love the spray and the moon afterwards, too. You'd never end up with the same design twice, and it's so delicate. Outstanding! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.


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