Howdy Candies & My TH CC101 Class-mates…Today we learned some really cool painting techniques. I used to LOVE painting & wonder how I ever got away from it. I have a few hand-drawn paintings I did with various mediums that I found during a hidden treasures post I did in October (just click the sentence to open in a new tab). It’s funny because to this day I have yet to paint anything else but I do tend to sketch a bit or rather doodle lol. Anywho…I have lots of photos to share today because during class there was a question I had in using grunge board or in my case grunge paper & the Cricut with our very own CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge. I didn’t know quite exactly how to explain what I did & I do know a few CTMH Sisters that just adore Tim Holtz as much as I do…in saying that I ended up promising those on the forum thread that I would post photos of the process in order to help out & of course reference for anyone who loves our CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge that would love to try this with the awesome idea-ology grunge paper. You can certainly purchase the Cricut AP cartridge from me! Yep I have a blog badge button just to be able to purchase this incredible die-cut of sorts, just click it to link up. I will be posting the Tutorial photos after the Technique I did using it…So without further ado Photos: (Side-Note: If you would like to sound off or leave a comment just click the title to this post & scroll down to the bottom)
Technique Collage I created in my PSE9 program to show what I learned with Close-Ups of 3 Different Techniques:
Here are the Tags I did for reference:
Technique #1 – I LOVE LOVE LOVE Canvas & sticky back with craft sheet just rocks! I have to admit here that I did order the Claudine natural sticky back canvas & going through the box finally as we used it today, unfortunately that did not come for whatever reason! Trust me I spent all morning looking & it just wasn’t in there. So of course my out of the box thinking decided that I had a package of ATC natural sticky back canvas from Ranger that I used instead...I did have to cut it down & attempted to create a window effect on my tag. Whatever works is what I say!
Technique #2 – I had a lot of FUN with this technique & of course I just opened up a brand new Distress Crackle Paint “Broken China” (love that color) & whatcha know…it was dry & mudd to say the least. That is not usually how it is & certainly Ranger stands behind their products. I just happen to be a very impatient person & used water to get the best I could out of it…of course I had to do a couple times & applied to 2 different tags, then it was sit & wait to see what it did. I personally LOVE the way they turned out even with a bitty of technical issues with the medium…Thoughts?
Technique #3 – This was really neat! I love glass effect & I didn’t put enough layering of the “Rock Candy” to make it more cracked but I sure LOVE the way the shapes turned out. This is where I used my Cricut AP cartridge. Since I don’t have grunge board shapes etc. I used the next best thing which is grunge paper & created my very own.
Alternate Shapes I could of used on the tag:
So now that you’ve seen the creations I did in Day 8…as promised here is a photo tutorial of sorts demonstrating what I did using my Cricut Expressions Anniversary Edition aka E2. This is my very first photo tutorial of sorts so I sure hope it helps. That’s why I highly encourage comments & feedback from my fellow Class-Mates, CTMH Sisters, & Customers to help me do better in the future, so Thank YOU!
Supplies: Cricut, Cricut AP cartridge, Tim Holtz grunge paper, Cutting Mat, & AP book for reference of the shape.
In an E2 once the cartridge is loaded all you have to do is click on the shift/lock key to see the flourish which is 2 rows to the right & 2nd image down. I did the hearts too which is 2 rows from the left bottom image.
After that I clicked on the image itself (it will show up in the white bar in the photo you see above), it then opened up a window for me to size.
This part is pretty self-explanatory as to what I did & the size I used too…
Now the cutting part…This is my first experience using this material & I have to say I LOVE the smell of it…kinda like leather in a way. I know many people use various settings when cutting I personally used these settings to make sure I got a good quality cut. I made sure my cutting blade knob housing was set at 6 on the inside of the machine. Then of course the other measurements are in the photo.
The rest is uhm…history as they say…
I hope you enjoyed Day 8…only 2 more days left to go & then it’s off to get a few things done in the office that desperately need my attention after all April 16th is coming up pretty fast & that’s my Anniversary. Plus at the end of my CC101 online class journey I have a HUGE Blog Candy to post. Stay Tuned & Thanks for Stamping By…