Stamped watercolor mixed media tags: moon faces

When I look at these circle faces I think of the moon, and today I let that inspire me as I created a pair of tags with these new Dina Wakley stamps. Supplies used/affiliate links are listed below. What was the inspiration? I wanted to play with some texture on my tag and adding stamping and color while the tag was still wet.

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CHA 2015: More from Ranger Ink…

Let’s be honest – Tim Holtz and Dina Wakley stole the Ranger show for me. Between his announcement of 12 new distress colors (orchid-y purple… oh please…) to her paint tip tool… well I’m in love. I already posted about both of them (separately/previously) But WAIT! there’s more! Yes from new archival colors to more paste options Ranger has a lot. Here are my favorites.

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Ranger Texture paste is excellent. Super light, very good to work with, dries fast. Now ranger introduces “transparent paste” in matte and gloss. Is this not just gel medium?! I don’t know… but I’ve pre-ordered my jars and will report back! ANY way I can get more pastes is always good in my book!

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Which brings me to their texture tools. Perfect size and storage. great designs. Fantastic with paste. WONDERFUL for mixed media work. All around WIN here. Can’t wait! (yes, I’ll be sharing when I manage to get these!)

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Not a must for me – because honestly I am currently overwhelmed with all the paint and ink options out there- but notable that Ranger has dye, pigment ink, and also new dabbers of paint.

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Speaking of paint – there is now Dylusions paint. It’s more like a glaze/thin paint… it is interesting. I have a jar. Yes full review coming soon(ish)!

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I just loved this journal cover…

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Also that Dyan is doing her thing – and tapping into a trend I notice up and coming. That’s right. Skulls.

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Will we see loads of them in sugar skull and other forms by Halloween? We shall see…

CHA: Ranger (final post!)

Last – but not least- I’ve got some Ranger goodness to share! Let’s start with Dylusions! There are new stamps, but most exciting to me is the smaller sized art journal and the customizable stamp pad. I’ll be testing one of those out soon as I can and let you know what I think!

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Claudine Hellmuth was there with new products – including some really cute new stencils. Check out those leaves!

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Challenge: Chic to be shabby

This week at Simon Says Stamp & Show we are challenged to be Shabby Chic. Well – you could be shabby, chic, or any variation of that! It doesn’t have to be the whole project either – any element on your project that fits with our theme would work. So join in! Visit the blog to see all of the other creations and to enter. This week’s prize (as always) is a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp! The winner is randomly drawn – you can enter by posting to your blog, flickr, or other site too. See the blog for entry details and rules as ususal.



I went Easter (because seriously, it’s going to be here SOOOOOON) with my tag – and I love the results!



For my tag background I sprayed with vibrant colors of dylusions ink sprays, then once dry I misted with the white linen dylusions mist and patted dry. This is why you see some spots of more color, and other areas that are more pastel. Love this!

The bunny is stamped (with archival ink) onto specialty stamping paper that I then colored with watercolor pencils and used a water brush to spread the color out. Again – love how it turned out!!

I used watercolors to color a scrap of paper for my homemade grass, grabbed some stickers and a doily, and before you know it my elements of creative play were coming together in a tag that is ready to be placed on a very special box of Easter chocolates.

I love the contrast of soft colors with the black archival ink, and I think that this white dylusions mist is going to prove to be an awesome tool since I love that it makes such a big difference in the color of my tag.

I wish you very happy crafting! Stay tuned – I’ve got a full week of projects coming!

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stamptember guest [and Dylusions fun!]

I’m so honored to be a special guest over at Simon Says Stamp today – they’re celebrating STAMPTEMBER – you don’t want to be missing all of the great posts and guests. As I posted earlier this month, STAMPTEMBER is a very special time at Simon Says Stamp!

Simon Says Stamp was founded in 2002 with an interest in exclusively selling rubber stamps. It didn’t take long until we realized we couldn’t stop there. During the past 10 years we celebrate rubber stamping in its full glory by giving access to people around the world to a one stop shop. Rubber stamps still remain the heart of our business and we are celebrating by hosting a STAMPtember™ event intended to inspire, educate, and celebrate the greatness of rubber stamping.

If you’re just hopping over from Simon to see what I’m up to here – well hi and welcome! 🙂 I’ve got a *ton* of fun stuff coming up this week especially so I hope you’ll stick around!  Back to my project- I’m featuring Dylusions inks, stamps, and stencils in my guest post and showing you some fun techniques in my video too. I’ve got a guest post (and video) up today here – and here’s a sneak peek of my project:

At the end of my post I have a special discount code just for my blog readers – so don’t forget to grab that!!  Now let me show you a tag (that I started to make during the video over at Simon).

STAMPTEMBER is a great time to get ahead on some holiday craftiness.

I look at it like this: making some cards and tags and things now and then for a few months keeps me from burning out, and when the hectic holidays come around, I’m a bit ahead too.

I also like to make variations of an idea – like this tag uses a lot of the same supplies and techniques that my card used.

No, I didn’t mean to run poor letter S off the edge, next time I’ll remember to have the C go off a tiny bit so it fits better. Ah well, handmade is imperfect and that makes it great – right?

Here is a list of the supplies I used [images link to Simon Says Stamp]:

I’ve had such a blast playing and stamping and sharing today – I hope you’ve enjoyed too! I’ve got some stampy stuff in the works, and if you want to see more of what I’ve done with Dylusions products you can check out:

* this page I did for the Ranger blog

this leaf-stamped layout

this misted layout

this card with video tutorial

this tag

Yeah, I *LOVE* the funky Dylusions line by Dyan Reaveley and taking it + making it work for my style! Here are some of my personal favorites from her line – products I have, love, and use (plus three new items I want! Including the pre-order only art journal!)

One of the things I really love is that these products work seamlessly with my other favorites, and they are just pure creative FUN.

Happy Crafting!