Monday, April 4, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Try To Resist

Hi Everyone! It's time for another fun challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog where the theme is "Try To Resist" featuring Ranger products. Resist techniques are some of the funnest techniques to use on mixed media projects. I used two types of Ranger products for my resist techniques: Ranger's Emboss It Dabber and Collage Glue Stick. One resist technique leaves a clear and precise image and the other leaves a "ghosting" image. Join me in all the fun and see how I used these two techniques to create two mini burlap canvases and pop over to the Simon Says Stamp blog to see all the other beautiful projects and inspiration created by the design team.

Here are my two projects: Hope and Faith

I used two different resist techniques for my projects. On my "Hope" canvas, I used Ranger's Emboss It Dabber and on the "Faith" canvas, I used a Collage Glue Stick. They're both fun and easy, I'll show you how.

I used the Latticework stencil for my first resist technique along with a Ranger Emboss It Dabber to get a clear and defined image. Lay the stencil on top of the card stock and dab the emboss it dabber over the stencil. IMPORTANT:  Do not rub the dabber over the stencil, DAB it or the embossing fluid will seep underneath the stencil and the image will be blurry or smudged. 

When I was finished dabbing the embossing fluid over the stencil, I removed the stencil and covered the card stock with Ranger Clear Embossing Powder. I heated the embossing powder with a Ranger Heat It Craft Tool making sure all the embossing powder melted. When the image was cool, I applied Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink over it with a Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool. It was so much fun to see the image emerge as I blended the ink over the top, but do you see little splotches of ink within the image? This is what happens when you forget to prep the surface before applying the embossing fluid. I should have prepared the card stock with my EK Success Powder Tool as this would have prevented that from happening.

For the next resist technique, I used Ranger's Collage Glue Stick on the Tim Holtz Harlequin Stencil. I held the stencil in my hand and gently rubbed the collage glue stick over the stencil. 

Next, I laid the stencil on the card stock and gently rubbed over the surface of the stencil with a baby wipe. This will transfer the glue to the open areas on the stencil.

When the glue was completely dry, I applied Peeled Paint Distress Ink over the top of the image with a blending tool.  

When I was finished applying the distress ink, I went over the image with a baby wipe to remove the ink from the dried glue areas.

Do you see how this type of resist technique leaves more of a "ghosting" effect. There is no white area but the color is lighter in the areas where the glue was transferred.

I tore a piece from each of my resist technique sheets and applied them to my burlap panels using 1/2" Double Sided Scor-Tape and then went over some of the edges with Ranger Texture Paste.

While the texture paste was still wet, I stamped the Darkroom Door Flourish Stamp over the wet texture paste. To do this, it is important that you mist some water over the stamp so the stamp easily releases from the texture paste after you are done making the imprint. I used the Ranger Distress Sprayer to mist the perfect amount of water over the stamp.

I did the same on the blue canvas and stamped the wet texture paste with one of the Tim Holtz Eclectic Palette Stamps. When the texture paste on both of the canvases was completely dry, I stamped more images on the burlap panels using a couple of Tim Holtz Ultimate Grunge Stamps with Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink.

To create the butterflies for my canvas, I cut out the butterflies from the Tim Holtz Mini Butterflies Die Set. I chose two stamps that had similar shapes to the die cut butterflies from the Tim Holtz Watercolor CMS217 stamp set. They will not match up perfectly as they are not a coordinating stamp and die set but it will work for a mixed media look. I stamped them with Ranger Archival Potting Soil and Tree Branch ink.

After stamping the butterfly images onto the die cut butterflies I went over them with Ranger Distress Ink in Mermaid Lagoon, Peeled Paint, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn and Fossilized Amber.

To add texture to my butterflies, I applied Prima Copper Micro Beads with Ranger Matte Multi Medium in random areas. To give the butterflies dimension, I adhered one butterfly on top of another butterfly with a Zots Adhesive Dot. By using this type of adhesive the butterflies will stick together but they will wiggle as though they are moving. 

For the final touches on my canvases, I applied some May Arts burlap twine in Parrot and Brown and added one of the Tim Holtz Typed Tokens within the twine. I went over the tokens with a Ranger Pickett Fence Distress Crayon making sure to rub the crayon over the engraved letters of the tokens to leave behind the white color.

I added some Tim Holtz Game Spinners and Mini Gears metal pieces to my butterflies and sentiments using Tim Holtz Small Talk Stickers.

Here again are my finished canvases.

I hope you enjoyed this step by step tutorial on how I used Ranger products to create cool resist effects for my canvas backgrounds. I can't wait to see what you create with the amazing Ranger products using our "Try To Resist" theme and just for playing along with us you could win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. 

I hope you have an awesome week!

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  1. Your canvas creations are gorgeous. Thank you for the inspiration.

    1. Thank you, Carol. I really appreciate your sweet comments and taking the time to stop by.

  2. absolutely gorgeous canvases Cathie, the step by step photos are fabulous! the backgrounds are awesome and I especially love the butterflies with the beads, what a clever and very effective idea! LOVE them :-)

    Lols x x x

  3. Totally amazing. I love the burlap base with such a warm colors. Great butterflies and all the details. Hugs, Marzena

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    1. Thank you, Dawn. I love little canvases too, they are so cute and so much fun to make.

  5. Adorable burlap projects, Cathie! These would make a GREAT gift for home decor! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  6. Wow, Cathie, these are beautiful!! Thanks for sharing the two techniques, I never knew about the glue stick one - have to try it out! Your butterflies are gorgeous - from the colors to the wonderful metal bits you added, and they look perfect on your canvas backgrounds!

  7. your canvasses are beautiful Cathie...lots of fabulous resist techniques...hugs kath xxx

  8. your canvasses are beautiful Cathie...lots of fabulous resist techniques...hugs kath xxx

  9. your canvasses are beautiful Cathie...lots of fabulous resist techniques...hugs kath xxx

  10. your canvasses are beautiful Cathie...lots of fabulous resist techniques...hugs kath xxx

  11. I'm in love with these little canvasses, Cathie! All the textures and techniques are amazing! Hugs, Sandra

  12. Love your beautiful canvas, Cathie. The colors and texture you created are gorgeous. :)

  13. Love your tutorial! Beautiful mini burlap, I love so much you've created the butterflies, they are adorable!Barbara

  14. Love your tutorial! Beautiful mini burlap, I love so much you've created the butterflies, they are adorable!Barbara

  15. These are such pretty burlap panels and the butterflies look fabulous against those backgrounds...really gorgeous work, Cathie! Hugs <3

  16. The blues and greens looks so good with the coloring of burlap panels. Very woodsy! The texture you've created on these mini works of art add so much to the effect and the microbeads are also a great addition.

  17. Such stunning burlap panels!! I love the colours, the cool backgrounds and the wonderful butterflies. What a great idea to add just the bits of micro beads.

  18. These are BRILLIANT! Love all of the layers you so skillfully crafted. And I really like how the vibrant colors blend with the touches of white.


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