Thursday, January 12, 2017

DIY Brad Mini Clips **Canvas Corp & Beacon & Eyelet Outlet**

I have had these little mini clothespins from Canvas Corp for a long time, I use them for all kind of projects and I thought how fun to add a little something to the end to make them into character clips for planners, cards, mini albums, and so much more!


The fun clips are easy and use supplies you probably have in your stash!  Here is a video tutorial on how to make these fun little clips!


These little clips are a fun way to use up your stash of left over brads and turn them into some cute and fun!


They easily clip into a little planner, traveling notebook, or mini book to help see your place.  Seeing them all lines up in a little book is just too cute!


Have fun with mixing and matching the color of the clothespin with the brad to make all kids of fun color combinations!

Supplies Used
Brads  - Eyelet Outlet
Clothespins - Canvas Corp
Wire Cutters
Glue - Beacon


Ways to Use Reinkers: Part 2 - Glossy Paper and Alcohol **Giveaway**

I have been playing with the Brutus Monroe Reinkers since I got them 3 weeks ago and have found that they can do way more than just refill my inks when they get dry.  Here is my ink lab part 2 where I show you how to use reinkers on glossy paper and alcohol to make beautiful effects.  First I show you how to blend using cotton swabs, then a brayer to create stripe and plaid effects, and lastly paper towel swipe effects.
 
 
I made a video to show all the fun techniques and uses of these amazing little reinkers.  Brutus Monroe is offering an amazing deal for all Chalk Ink Pads plus Chalk Ink Re-inkers for the next couple months - a 20% off your ink purchase

coupon code: erinreed 

Plus here is the best part, you have a chance to win a set in mini chalk inks for just subscribing to my YouTube Channel, full details are on my channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/scrapsofreflection), but there will be 4 winners, each receiving one set of 4 mini chalk inks!!  Here is the video for test lab 1.
 
 

Test 4 - Cotton Swabs and Blending
Using cotton swabs to help blend the ink from the reinkers with alcohol created beautiful effects.  From a washed out blend leaving bits of the chalk behind to deeper, richer colors less blended it creates a beautiful backdrop to any card or paper craft.  For complete results please see the video. 
 
 
Test 5 - Using a Brayer to create Stripe and Plaid Effect

Placing 2-3 colors on a brayer blended with alcohol to create a stripe or mixed background on glossy paper, or rolling the brayer in both directions to create a plaid effect leaves options for wonderful paper crafts..  For complete results please see the video. 
 

Test 3 - Creating a Steak Effect with a Paper Towel
Using alcohol with the inks on a paper towel to create streaks with a swiping method creates wonder effects on glossy paper for so many different paper crafts.  For complete results please see the video.


I will say that the Brutus Monroe reinkers are amazing.  I have many more techniques coming in the next couple weeks, stay tuned!


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Ways to Use Reinkers - Test Lab: Part 1 - Ink Refills, Splatters, Drops, Drips, Rings, and Mixing with Mediums

I just got in some fun reinkers from Brutus Monroe.  I have been playing with them to see all teh fun things i can make with these fun little bottles of ink.  So now learn many ways to use reinkers for ink pads for more than just refilling your stamp pads.  In test lab 1 learn how to reink you stamp pad, make splatters, drops, drips, bubbles, rings, and also how to use the reinkers to mix with various mediums to make custom colors!



I made a video to show all the fun techniques and uses of these amazing little reinkers.  Brutus Monroe is offering an amazing deal for all Chalk Ink Pads plus Chalk Ink Re-inkers for the next couple months - a 20% off your ink purchase

coupon code: erinreed 

Plus here is the best part, you have a chance to win a set in mini chalk inks for just subscribing to my YouTube Channel, full details are on my channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/scrapsofreflection), but there will be 4 winners, each receiving one set of 4 mini chalk inks!!  Here is the video for test lab 1.




Test 1 -Reinking your Stamp Pad
Shake the bottle of reinker before applying it to the ink pad.  use your finger or the back of a spoon to blend it into the pad for full coverage.  See video for examples.


Test 2 -Splatters, Drop, Rings, Bubbles, Drips, and more.
I demonstrate in the video various techniques on how to make fun distress marks on your projects using the reinkers mixed with water and using various tools including a water pen, brush, medicine dropper, and the bottle itself.  You can also blend more than one color together to make a new color, just like mixing paint!  The main color used is Terracotta, and to make the blends I combined it with Zest.  For complete results please see the video. 


Here is a card base I made using all the techniques above in 2 different colors, Aubergine and Sea.  This would be a fun technique for the background of a card, scrapbook page, journal page, mixed media project.  The possibilities are endless.



Test 3 - Mixing with Mediums to Make Custom Colors
Here I added the reinker sea to Texture Paste, Soft Paste, Modeling Paste, Soft Gloss Gel, and Gesso to see how each mixed to create a custom color.  I then took that color and used it with a Brutus Monroe stencil.  You can also mix color to make a blend of your own, for this I combined both Sea and Cabbage with Soft Gloss Gel.   For complete results please see the video.



I will say that the Brutus Monroe reinkers are amazing.  I have many more techniques coming in the next couple weeks, stay tuned!



Friday, December 30, 2016

Metallic Foil Star **Rinea & Beacon**

Want to make a beautiful New Years party decor item to hand from the ceiling, lay on the table for decor, or for a fun centerpiece?  Check out these fun stars made from Rinea foil.


This star measuring out to be about 5 inches across and is 3 dimensional and just shines!!  Here is a video on how to make these fun stars.


Supplies Used
Foil - Rinea
Stencils - Rinea
Pencil
Scissors - Fiskars
String
Glue - Beacon

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Brutus Monroe Stamp and Ink Haul plus Ink Swatches

I got in my new box of Brutus Monroe inks, stamps, papers, and a couple of other fun surprises a few days ago, so let jump in and see what I got!!



I got an amazing box of goodies filled to the brim, check out my video for full details!



Since have now a have nice collection of the inks, I did a swatch of the color to see how they all look!



Only 5 more colors left until I have the whole collection!!!  Here is the link to the swatch ink guide so you can do it yourself for your own inks!!

I also got some of the re-inkers and decided to swatch them too! 



I still need to get a few more of those, hehe.  Now for some fun news!
Brutus Monroe is offering an amazing deal for all Chalk Ink Pads plus Chalk Ink Re-inkers for the next couple months - a 20% off your ink purchase

coupon code: erinreed 

Plus here is the best part, you have a chance to win a set in mini chalk inks for just subscribing to my YouTube Channel, full details are on my channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/scrapsofreflection), but there will be 4 winners, each receiving one set of 4 mini chalk inks!! 
Now off to play with my new supplies!!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

7 More Ideas for Christmas & Winter Cards Plus a Little Tutorial **Paper Wings Productions & Eyelet Outlet**

Need some last minute inspiration for card right before the holidays, check out these fun ones I got from happy mail or that I made this past week!  One is even a winter card you can use after Christmas is over!  Look below for my fast and fun winter card!!


Here is a video filled of fun card ideas.

It is never too late in the winter season to send out those winter card to friends and family!!

Supplies Used
Card - Canvas Corp
Washi Tape - Eyelet Outlet
Foil - Rinea
Punch - Fiskars
Stamps - Paper Wings Productions
Ink - Brutus Monroe
Adhesive - Xyron

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Ink Test Lab - Part 4: Heat Embossing, Generation Stamping, Blending, & Distress Edging **Giveaway**


Time for part 4 of the Brutus Monroe Ink Lab were I test to see how the various inks all compare to various inking techniques including heat embossing, distressing edging, generation stamping up to 4 generations, and blending with a blending tool.



So for these tests I did a video to show how they all compered against each other.  Brutus Monroe is offering an amazing deal for all Chalk Ink Pads plus Chalk Ink Re-inkers for the next couple months - a 20% off your ink purchase.

coupon code: erinreed 

Plus here is the best part, you have a chance to win a set in mini chalk inks for just subscribing to my YouTube Channel.  All you need to do is
1) Subscribe to my video - if you are already a subbie awesome!!
2) Leave a comment on this video that you have subbed and would like to win the prize!!


 
The inks I tested were Brutus Monroe Chalk ink in Wagon, Ranger Distress ink in Fired Brick, StazOn in Pumpkin, Dare 2B Artzy in Red, Studio G Chalks in Red, Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink in Tangerine, Prima Quick Dry fluid chalk ink in Brick Wall, and Prima Resist Chalk Edger in Rose Bud.  I kept all the color as close as possible in the range of red and oranges.

Test 1 - Blending

I tested each of the 8 inks on a small squares of white cardstock to see how well each blended on the paper using a blending tool.  I compared each of the inks to the Ranger distress ink because that is one of the main purposes of that ink.  The best matches are the Brutus Monroe, Dare 2B Artzy, and The Studio Chalk inks.  For full results please see the video.   

 

Test 2 - Heat Embossing
I tested each of the 8 inks on a square of white cardstock with a gold embossing powder, a generic brand I have had for years as we were testing the ink and not the powder.   I tested to see if the gold covered up the red and orange ink, if it did a good coverage then it worked well.  All but the Stazon and Dar2B Artzy worked great, those 2 did not work at all.  For complete results please see the video.








Test 3 - Generation Stamping up to 4 Generations

I tested each of the 8 inks on white paper.  I stamped each stamp with one ink application to the stamp to see how well each stamp lasted being stamped without re-inking through 4 generations of stamps.  Some faded nicely (Brutus Monroe, Stazon, Studio G, and Colorbox) and some were blotchy past the generation 1 stamp.  For full results please see the video.



 
Test 4 - Distress Edging
I tested each of the 8 inks on a section of white cardstock that one side was left smooth and the other was distress with a edge distress tool.  I then inked the edges with all 8 inks.  They all work just fine, but the application and the durability of the ink pad are what I was comparing.  Over time the Prima inks, Studio G, and Colorbox all tear and fall off over time when you edge with them for too long.  The other 4 inks all work great with out tearing or fall apart.  For full results please see the video.





I will say that the Brutus Monroe inks were amazing for all these tests.  I loved that they held up too different kinds of tecniques and are holding up tho the name of an all purpose ink!!  Amazing inks!!
 
 

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