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Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon

Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I had a fun, relaxing play date in my studio this past Sunday afternoon. It was just me, my Distress Inks, a manila tag and some Really Reasonable Ribbon seam binding.  I’ve been experimenting with these scrumptious inks whenever I’ve had a few extra minutes.  I think I’m finally getting the hang of working with them, as this sweet vintage tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon came together with very little fuss.

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 1

This is a standard sized Ranger Manila Tag.  I created the background using Faded Jeans, Broken China, Fossilized Amber and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Inks.   I used the classic “smoosh, spritz and swipe or tap” method for the inks, working with one color at a time and drying each layer thoroughly.

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 2

The thing I’ve noticed about Distress Oxide Inks is that the more water you use, the better they look.  And, it’s super easy to layer colors together because each layer holds its own.  No more mud puddle brown backgrounds!

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 3

After the inks, I put down an old Tim Holtz Flourish mask and spritzed the tag with Dylusions White Linen spray.  Then I used Texture Paste to add the wildflowers.  When the paste was dry, I smooshed more Wilted Violet ink onto my craft sheet and spritzed it.  Using my index finger, I picked up the ink and tapped it over the flowers.  I love the way it turned out.

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 4

To dress up the background, I added some Idea-Ology rub-ons.  I like the way the black pops against the colorful background.  The Tim Holtz Paper Dolls were painted with Fossilized Amber and Wilted Violet Distress Oxides, backed with chipboard and glued to the tag.  Next I painted a chipboard frame from Southern Ridge Trading Company with PIcket Fence Distress Paint and added that to the mix.

Altered Seam Binding Ribbon and Distress Oxide Ink

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 5

I was curious to see how Distress Oxides would work with seam binding ribbon.  Regular Distress Inks have always been my “go to” when I need to custom color seam binding to  match a project.  But just look at how this altered seam binding ribbon reacted to Distress Oxide Inks.  Ooh-la-la!  I love the rich depth of color.  I used one color at a time, starting with Fossilized Amber.  Smoosh it on your craft sheet, spritz with water until it beads up, then soak up the inky goodness with ribbon and heat dry.  I created a smaller inky puddle with the Wilted Violet and just dipped the ribbon in here and there.  So, curiosity satisfied!  Distress Oxide Inks work beautifully to alter seam binding ribbon.

I hope I shared a thing or two that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If you’ve had a chance to play with Distress Oxides, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!



Desperately Seeking Sunshine

Grey.  Gloomy.  Sunless.  That pretty much sums up the weather lately. Sunday was a rare exception with sunshine and warm temps…warm enough to get out of the house and walk at our favorite park.  But today….the skies are grey.  Good thing I have paper supplies that allow me to create my own sunshine!

Just Add Sunshine

I have a wonderful paper collection from K & Company.  Mira, by Brenda Walton,  has been around for a long time, but the colors and patterns are fresh and contemporary.  The artwork in the collection reminds me of a lot of the mixed media art that I love so much…only the work has all been done for me.  When I’m desperate for sunshine colors and a mood lifter, it’s my go to collection.  When it was completely overcast and rainy on Friday, I knocked out a few cards, and basked in virtual sunshine.

The really amazing thing about this card is that there is not one single stamped image on it!  The images were torn from the 12 x 12 paper sheet, inked, distressed and glued down.  If you do a lot of paper tearing, you probably already know this trick, but on the off chance that you don’t, I’ll tell you a secret.  To get paper to tear right where you want it to tear, “paint” around it with a small brush dipped in water.  Let it set for a minute or two, and it will tear beautifully along the dampened paper line.  The SOAR ticket is from Tim Holtz’ wonderful adage tickets. And the cabochon is from Webster’s Pages.  Some vintage sheet music, inked up, some twine and some inky spatters and voila!  The front of the card is complete. 025 (2)

Inside, it’s equally sunny:  026 (2) This card is a great congratulatory card: job promotion, good grades at school, project completed, etc.  The “shine on ” sentiment is from a stamp set by Ali Edwards.  Lots of fun, sunny sayings and wonderful fonts!

Still Longing for Sunshine?

Take a look at this fun anniversary card.  Again, the elements were cut from the paper: 040 (2)   042 (2) I fussy cut the paper lanterns, inked them up with Versamark, clear embossed them to make them stronger and then hit them with a little bit of Stickles to make them shine.  They were mounted on foam tape, then attached to the fun twine.  The butterflies were treated in a similar manner.  I won’t drag on about all the details, but you can ask me if you have any questions.  And  here’s the inside: 045 (3) 046 (3) I flicked some Tattered Angels spray onto the paper to add that fun spattered effect.

I’ve Got Sunshine, on a Cloudy Day…

Here are some more photos of cards created with this same paper collection.  Enjoy!014 (2) 013 (2) 015 (2) 016 (2)

And, just one more card, and then I’m off to face the dreaded treadmill:

Sorry...out for publication.  This card will be re-published in July.  Thanks for your understanding.

Sorry…out for publication. This card will be re-published in July. Thanks for your understanding.

This one’s my favorite.  I love the metal medallion, and the insert I created by stamping, embossing, using faux batik and then embossing again with UTEE.  It looks like cracked glass.  I love it!   If you’re interested, I can maybe do a tutorial on how to do this technique.  Just let me know.    I hope I’ve been able to add some sunshine to your day.  These colors and images surely brighten my world.

Thanks again for taking the time to read my little blog.  If you’ve hung with me for this long today, special thanks are in order…that was a lot of pictures to get through.  Your comments mean the world to me…each one is savored and replied to, and knowing that you are with me on this creative journey makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time….



Products used in these projects:

K & Company Specialty Paper Collection, Mira; Ranger Industries: Distress Inks, UTEE, Stickles, Memory Pins, Adage Tickets; Martha Stewart: Butterfly Punch; Spellbinders: Medallion 4, fancy labels die; Lawn Fawn: bakers twine: Webster’s pages: cabochons and lace trims; Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mist; Ali Edwards: Sunshine Stamp; Crafty Secrets: Born to Fly Stamp Set; Pearls and Vintage sheet music from my stash. 



WISH… A Very Funkie Junkie Birthday Card

Yesterday was a  rainy, gloomy, raw North Carolina Saturday .  It was too nasty to even want to go outside, so I decided to spend the day right here in the studio.  Since Linda Couglin, over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique,   had just issued a new challenge on her wonderful Frilly and Funkie Blog  I decided to play along. (If you are not familiar with Linda’s blog, you really must check it out.  Her artwork is inspiring, and her online store is one of the best kept secrets on the web.  I absolutely love her shop.  Go! Check it out!  Drool! )

A Change of Heart about Challenges

I have to chuckle just a little bit, because for someone who has resisted challenges for so long, I’ve kind of ended up taking to them like a duck takes to water.  This challenge Layer it On and Share a Word looked like a lot of fun.  The general idea was to create a project of your choice, using lots of layers, with the focal point of the project being a word.  I chose to work with one of Tim’s adage tickets with the phrase “Wish” for my word, and wonderful papers from Graphic 45. Oh, and did I forget to mention peacock feathers? 004 (2)


Building the Background

I began by stamping a text background stamp onto a kraft card base (5×7, my go to card size).  Stitching was added around the perimeter, and then the edges were distressed using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I then used a gold metallic pen  around the edges.  It’s subtle, but adds a nice touch in person.

Building the card base

For this card, I decided to use one of Ranger’s marvelous manila tags.  These tags are fast becoming one of my favorite vehicles to work with.  You can ink them, spray them, paint them, stamp on them or, as I did here, cover them with paper: 002 (2) Here you can see the tag covered in Graphic 45 papers.  (You’ll find the collections listed below.)  I began with the cream and black polka dot paper, then fussy cut elements to layer on top: border pieces, the whimsical roller skate, the curio cabinet and the flourish.  The glass bottles in the curio cabinet were coated with glossy accents and the peacock feathers were lightly brushed with Diamond Stickles.  The flower was hand crafted, dyed with Distress Inks and adhered with more glossy accents.  A bit of vintage lace was layered below the tag, and Tim Holtz’s adage ticket, WISH, was adhered above the curio cabinet.  The paper was colored in using a water brush and Distress Markers.  Let me know if you are interested in learning how to make the flower.  007 (2)


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Pretty as a Peacock

Three peacock feathers were added behind the roller skate to mimic the feathers stashed in the boot.  When the light hits this beautiful plumage, they shine and glitter…always a good thing!  004 (2)  Some elements were mounted to go beyond the borders of the tag.  This adds visual interest, and dimension.

Finishing touches….the sentiment

I used coordinating papers from Graphic 45 to finish the inside of the card.  I couldn’t find a stamp that said exactly the right thing, so a quick verse was written, programmed into Word and printed using the computer.  I do this a lot with cards, and often write an original poem to finish things off.

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And the envelope, please…..

The card was completed once I lined the envelope and stamped a peacock feather on the front:

010 (2)        009 (2)  And there you have it: lots of layers and a word!

Be sure to check out Linda’s shop.  I’m not connected to her business in any way, other than as a fan of her work and her beautiful products.  Her prices are some of the best you’ll find, and she is quick with delivery, too.  As a bonus, every single item is packed with care.  It’s like unwrapping a gorgeous present when your order comes in the mail.

Thanks for taking the time to read my little blog.  I hope I shared something with you here today that will inspire you to create your own unique art.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask and I will help you in any way I can.  And, if you have a moment, I’d love for you to  leave me a comment!  I read every single one and reply to them as well.  Your comments mean the world to me, and make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,




Products used in this project;  Recollections  5x7kraft card base and matching envelope; Inkadinkado background stamp; Ranger Manila tag, Glossy Accents; Tim Holtz Adage Tickets, Distress Inks, Distress Markers; Graphic 45 papers: Olde Curiosity Shoppe, Kraft Reflections; ribbon, lace and feathers from my stash. 

Altered Art Journal: Simon Says Stamp Metal-Ology Challenge

Everything New is Old Again

The good folks at Simon Says Stamp issued a wonderful CHALLENGE this week: incorporate some metal into your project.  I love working with metallic foil, and have a storage case full of Ten Seconds Studio metal foil stashed away in the Closet of Shame.  Since another of my goals for 2013 is to use items from said closet, I decided to join in the challenge.  After some thought, I decided to alter a standard composition notebook using metal foil, Metallic Distress Inks, Tim Holtz idea-ology and some other wonderful metal pieces purchased from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I am also entering this album in The Funkie Junkie Sunday Share.

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Making the Medallion

Once I had decided to make an altered journal, I knew I wanted to make a big, bold medallion for the cover. I selected Ten Seconds Studio Big Daddy 10 mold and a piece of gorgeous chocolate colored metal.  Before there were embossing folders, there was Ten Seconds Studios, and I find there are still things that I can do with one of their molds, some metal, a paper stump and their awesome array of tools that you can’t achieve with a die cut machine.  Besides, I feel really artsy as I push that lovely soft metal into the mold and watch the image appear.  I used their tool sets to add detail and to antique the image.  Once I was happy with that, I used a combination of Espresso, Pesto and Copper alcohol inks to stain the metal and achieve a vintage look.  Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 002 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 007 (2) I love the depth of the embossing, and the way you can make art metal look really vintage with these tools.

Making the Cover: The Details Make the Difference!

I used papers from Graphic 45’s Renaissance Faire collection to cover the notebook, but before I added it, I sanded around the edges and then hit them with some Bronze Distress Stain.  I also used Copper Alcohol Ink to color the black spine of the notebook.   After stitching around the perimeter of the paper three times, I used a distressing tool to tear and rough up the edges.  The paper was glued down and the embellishments were added.  Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 004 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 003 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 008 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 007 (2) The cover was inked, stamped, embossed and I added metal hinges, using my Alterations Hardward Findings die.  These were adhered with Glossy Accents.  The large medallion was adhered with red line tape, which seems to work best on metal.  You can see that I took the time to distress each embellishment. It’s the details that make the difference!

It’s What’s Inside that Counts!

I really like to carry the whole vintage vibe on the interior of the notebook.  Both the front Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 014 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 009 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 010 (2) and the back pages were decorated and embellished.Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 023 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 020 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 021 (2) As you can see, pockets were added for photos, souvenirs or other ephemera.  These make wonderful travel journals, too!

The back of the notebook is also decorated, covered with vintage map paper. Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 015 (2) I aged this with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and stitched around the perimeter.

Challenge YOURSELF!

There’s still time for you to enter either of the above challenges.  You don’t have to do anything as involved or elaborate as I’ve done here.  You can use metal buttons, or metallic embossing powder or even metallic pens to qualify for the Simon Says Stamp challenge.  I just like playing with art metal.  I’d love to hear about your experiences working in this medium, and if you have any questions, be sure to ask.  I may not have the answers, but we can explore the topic together.  That’s what it’s all about: sharing and learning and growing in our creativity.

Thanks again for reading my little blog.  I hope you will take the time to leave me a comment.  Your comments make me happy, right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.



The Queen of Hearts: Twelve Tags of 2013

The Queen of Hearts for February 2013

Are you playing along with Tim in the 12 Tags of 2013?  I decided to go for it this year as part of my “challenge yourself” agenda.  I really liked Tim’s version using the Queen of Hearts Blueprint Stamp, but I wanted to do something totally different.  My Queen of Hearts is a fun vintage image I found online somewhere….possibly from The Graphics Fairy.  I fell in love with this free-spirited, heart wielding lady the minute I saw her. Her flowing hair and over the top chapeau made her the perfect image for my Queen of Hearts tag:  020 (2)

Creating the Tag for the Queen of Hearts

I began with a standard manila tag and inked it up using  Tim’s Wrinkle Free Distress technique. Applying Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick, Barn Door and Picked Raspberries Distress Ink directly to my craft sheet, I spritzed the ink with water and ran the tag through it, heat setting each layer as I went along.  When the tag was the desired color (and my fingers were suitably stained)   Stampin’ Up’s Sweet Floral Background Stamp and Distress Ink in Vintage Photo were used to create the background image. (You’ll be seeing more of this great stamp in the coming days….it is my current favorite stamp.) The centers of this image were colored in with Distress Markers.

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It’s All About the Embellishments!

While the tag was drying, I did some work on my Queen of Hearts and the embellishments.  A wooden heart was selected from my stash,  partially covered  with a great vintage photo image of the Eiffel Tower, hit with some Glossy Accents and set  aside to dry.  Edges of the image of Madame Fifi (doesn’t she look like a Fifi to you?) were torn and inked, she was mounted on scrap cardstock and set aside.   Now the tag is dry and ready to work with, so a strip of doily is adhered, followed by Madame Fifi, and a sweet little word fragment from Paper Wishes ,adhered with dimensionals. My wooden heart is popped up on dimensionals, backed with a perky red feather and secured to the tag.  Kite string is wrapped around the whole parcel and tied in a bow.  028 (2) 022 (2)

A Sentiment with Heart

I stamped the sentiment in Jet Black Archival Ink.  021 (2)024 (2)Just in case you can’t read it the sentiment proclaims, “We are all called upon to do small things with great love.”  This quote by Mother Teresa is one of my all time favorites.  At first, I questioned whether it was appropriate to combine a sentiment from Mother Teresa with my wild and free Madame Fifi.  But in the end, I decided she would approve; she had a great sense of humor.

Finishing Touches

I added some ruby red rhinestones and Ruby Red Stickles to my wooden heart, and scattered a couple more around, just for fun.  Some tissue tape from 7 Gypsies was inked and added and some Darjeeling petals from Petaloo seemed like a good idea as well.  I dyed seam binding with the same ink colors I used on the tag and tied them off at the top.  The final piece of the puzzle was a metal staples button from Graphic 45.  Remember, you can click on the photos to enlarge them. 027 (2) 026 (2)

Madame Fifi, aka “The Queen of Hearts”

This tag was totally fun to make.  You have plenty of time to make your own version of Tim’s tag for this month.  The contest is open until February 28th at midnight.  You can get the details HERE.  Why not play along this month, stretch your boundaries and challenge your creativity?  The Queen of Hearts would approve.

Thanks again for reading my little blog.  I have so much fun sharing my projects with you.  My work is far from perfect, but it’s not about perfection.  It’s about making room for creativity, learning how to do something new….and having a good time while doing it.  You have no idea how much I look forward to your comments. I read every single one of them, and reply directly to you as often as I can.  If you ever have a question about a technique, a suggestion for a topic you’d like me to address in the blog, or about I product I’ve used, please let me know!  I’d love to answer your questions; and if I can’t I can direct you to someone who can.




Products used:

Ranger: Distress Inks (Vintage Photo, Picked Raspberries, Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick, Barn Door; Distress Markers ( Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade) Blending tool and foam; Archival Ink (Jet Black)

Petaloo: Darjeeling Flowers

Paper Wishes: copper word fragments

Graphic 45: Metal Staples, Button Staples




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