I love using various materials to personalize my jewelry. When I saw these cute paper tabs, I knew I had to use them to make something fun. So I designed this Ice Resin earring tutorial as a fun way to personalize earring blanks just by following the simple steps below! Continue Reading →
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I’ve recently taken up art journaling as another way to play with color and paper, and my favorite stamps and stencils. It’s been a nice change of pace from working with photos on layouts and pocket scrapbooking! (To see my first layout or a licensed counselor’s explanation of the therapeutic effects of art journaling , visit Scrapbook Update.)
I love working with Ranger products, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review this product. Ranger Silver Foil Cardstock has a shiny, mirror-like quality, and it’s sturdy enough to run through an embossing machine (such as the Big Shot). You can use mediums like alcohol inks and acrylic paints to embellish its surface.
I decided to go ahead and bring out my Big Shot – along with some dies, embossing folders, and some Prima chalk inks – to see how well they worked with the foil cardstock. You can see the results in the photos that follow. Continue Reading →
Distress Glitter comes in 24 different colors and coordinates with the nostalgic palette of other Distress products . Somewhere between a fine glitter and a glass glitter, the blend is best described as a vintage mica creating a unique glitter product. MSRP is $5.49, in my opinion a good value for a quality product that will last you quite a long time! Continue Reading →
Tim Holtz is know as “The Man” in the scrapbooking industry for many reasons. He is the most famous male name in the scrapbooking community. Tim’s Distress line of color mediums manufactured by Ranger Industries is immensely popular with all styles of crafters from the shabby chic artist to the clean more graphic style artists, and he also creates products that are gender neutral since they appeal to both males and females.. Tim is also know for his innovative products that advance the industry toward more user friendly multi-functional products. For that reason alone, I knew his new Distress Glitters were going to be something special and they did not disappoint!
The Ranger Ink website describes Distress Glitter as a nostalgic pattern of unique glitter that mimics the look of vintage mica. A quick Google search gave me a better understanding what mica is:
Mica is a mineral that comes in a variety of colors and can be easily separated into thin transparent sheets.In addition to being beautiful, it’s non-toxic, tough, chemically inert, transparent, and waterproof. via MicaSnow.com
Based on the images I found online, vintage mica was used largely to represent snow or provide shine in Christmas decorations and other crafty projects in the early 1900’s. I remember seeing it on the edges of pine cones in the winter. I may even remember using it in an arts and crafts project in school.
Distress Glitter very much resembles mica because of its shine properties. I found that the Distress Glitter, unlike traditional glitter, has a color cast shine to it. What does that mean? It means when you tilt your project it doesn’t reflect silver as traditional glitter does. It, instead, gives off the color that it truly represents in a beautiful subdued glimmer.
Each show, CHA holds its Innovations Showcase, which serves as a combination media event and buyer preview. The top 20 entrants in the Innovations Showcase (as pre-determined by a panel of celebrity media judges) take part in a speed round of presentations to the audience, and then attendees get a few minutes to visit each entrant’s booth around the outer edge of the room to talk to the various manufacturers about their products. (At CHA Winter 2013, Craft Critique’s own editor Nancy Nally was one of the celebrity media judges!)
Needless to say, we arrived with our cameras and notebooks in hand to get the most information possible in the short amount of time allowed for our readers. Our first stop was to see Julianna C. Hudgins demonstrating her new jewel loom from Beadalon.
Tim Holtz Ink Palate and Water brushes. The palate has a hinged lid, and the water brushes are also unique. one has a typical brush tip, and the other has a wider brush!
Ice Stickles… in 12 new bright colors
Stamping paper, in ATC size and 81/2″ x 11″. designed especially to accept inks and make them pop!
Dylusion products by Dyan Reaveley. Amazing stamps influenced by Zentangle, stencils and sprays in bright colors!
Collage Artist Claudine Hellmuth who’s delightful kits just debuted on HSN offers new stamps! Gotta get ’em all!
Samples by Claudine…