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Artesprix Transferable Markers

After seeing a demonstration of Artesprix markers at Creativation 2019, I was sent a package of markers to try out. In this post, I will share my experimentation done with the markers. While there is a small learning curve to use the markers, they are easy to work with and can be applied to a number of different surfaces. I just recommend testing them out first so you are comfortable with the results and that you don't ruin something irreplaceable.

You can learn more about Artespix markers on their website. [Artesprix website]

Remember if you are working with type, the image needs to be mirrored before transferring. 

Thank you to Artexprix and Cricut for providing materials that were used in this post.
The following links are affiliates.

Materials:


video

Directions:

The markers work like any other marker, put them to paper and draw. They can be used in a personal cutting machine but they might need a pen adapter. Similar to other marker techniques, I tried applying them to a rubber stamp and below is my experience.

I wanted to try a more unique application of the markers by applying them directly to a rubber stamp, then stamping the image to paper, and finally transferring the image to a product. 


sample use of the markers - transferred 3 times from the same drawing
I used a cotton fabric but polyester works best with Artesprix Markers.

 

I set up my stamp on a stamping alignment tool because I was worried it might take more than one impression and I wanted it to be aligned perfectly. I also taped the paper into place. Then I drew or rubbed the black marker onto the stamp.

 

As expected, the first transfer wasn't perfect and needed to be done again. 

 

After the second application, I was happy enough with the results. As a side note, there were some in fuzzies on the stamped image.

 


I then colored in parts of the image with brown and blue.

 

I used my EasyPress on a tile that I had cleaned off first with Rubbing Alcohol. The timing wasn't correct. When heating ceramics it is suggested to place them in an oven. I thought maybe since the tile was flat, the EasyPress would work. And it did, I just didn't heat it long enough. 

 

Knowing that the image would transfer more than one time, I used the same image and EasyPressed it onto a sample piece of fabric. Here you can see the colors and it had a strong image transfer. To be fair, the process and image I used probably were pushing the limits of the process.

 

The above image shows the difference between the two applications and the image they were made from.

The following two stores offer a variety of substrates that work well for sublimation:

Conde:  https://dyetrans.com/index.php

Coastal Business Supplies:  https://www.coastalbusiness.com/

 

These markers show great promise. I can foresee many different projects in the future. For kids, I can image transferring a coloring book image onto a t-shirt and then allowing them to color it in with fabric markers or paint. If you were to use water-based markers, they could do it again after each washing making their shirt a truly one of a kind creation! 

 

Putting together a Greeting Card is Easy

This cute Gnome card includes a stamped and colored with marker piece, a card base, an embossed sheet, and some glitter embellishments. I received the cutest stamp set from Lawn Fawn at Creativation 2019. I couldn't wait to use it for a card. The following links are affiliates making it easy for you to purchase the same materials that I used.
 
Materials:
 
Instructions:
 

Arrange the stamps as you desire and stamp.
 

Color the image with markers.
 
I embossed the paper with my Cricut Cuttlebug.
 
The different layers of paper were added together using the Best Glue Ever.
 
The first layer is the embossed sheet.
 
Then the stamped and colored piece was added.
 
Finally, a few green embellishments were added to finish off the card.
These are store bought embellishments but you can also make your own with the Best Glue Ever, see my post about it here. [embellishments]
 

Father's Day Card Template and Blog Hop

This is a template for a Father's Day card. You can easily download the cutting file, cut the card out, and then let your kids design the blank spaces. Some ideas would be cutting up photographs and gluing them to the card, fingerprint painting, or drawings. I am sure you could think of more ideas. The center of the letters could also be used as frames for photographs. I am leaving this one up to your imagination and not presenting a finished project. I hope you enjoy it. 

The following links are affiliates.

Materials:

  • personal cutting machine (Cricut Maker)
  • cardstock 
  • additional decorating materials as you desire
  • SVG file [Dad card]

The above image is what the SVG file looks like. Download it from the link above. This SVG file needs to have the red lines changed to score. The black lines will cut. Then you fold along the score lines to make it a zig-zag folded card. Change the size as you desire and dependent upon the size of your cardstock. 

If you don't have a cutting machine, this card is really so simple you could print out the image and cut it out by hand.


Cutting and scoring on the Cricut Maker. 


The cut file.


How to fold the card.


This post is a part of the May craft challenge with the ladies from Creative Crafter's Group. Take a moment to check out their craft tutorial posts and after the 15th share your own Father's Day and Outdoor tutorial posts with the link up. 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

A Vintage Angel - Designer Blog Hop with DCC

Giveaway info below

This month the DCC - AFCI Designers were asked to create using products from a Vintage Girl. We each received a few different pieces from their collection. When I saw the dress form and wings I knew I wanted to make something in 3D. It needed to be on some kind of a stand, I had this box available and it was a perfect size. It started to take on a theme, a vintage angel box I wanted the dress form to remain in its natural form - the burnt edges from the laser cutting. All the other parts were pressed cardboard. It took on an aged vintage look. The wings could easily hold jewelry. The box reminds me of saved things like marbles, buttons, lace, money and so on. At one point I thought about it as a music box. But when I saw the wings could hold jewelry, the inside can also do the same. So, here is my vintage angel (jewelry) box.

Materials:

  • paints - brown glitter, bronze glitter, black, crystal, bright brass
  • wooden box
  • foam paint brush
  • dried baby wipe
  • glue
  • vintage girl pieces and fabric
  • Dremel type tool

Directions:


The above image shows most of the piece I am using for this piece.
I glued the pipes and the hot and cold handles to the four sides and the top of the box.



A quick coat of Metallic Brown Paint.


Inside and out, thin enough for the wood grain to show through.


I wanted to keep the raw wood and burnt edges of the dress form so I sprayed it with Matte Ultra Mod Podge.


The tone of the wings was correct but raw cardboard, they needed a coat of Bright Brass Paint.


To add a bit of glitz, the wings were then coated front and back with Crystal Glitter Paint.


With a dry baby wipe, I rubbed Copper paint onto the box.


I cut cardstock a bit smaller than the inside of the box, and cut fabric larger than that to cover the cardstock.
I used glue to adhere the fabric to the cardstock.


Adding glue to the inside of the box, I added the fabric pieces.


These were added to the top and the bottom of the inside of the box.


On the outside of the box, using a dry baby wipe and Black Paint, I rubbed it on to give it an aged look.


With a Dremel type tool, I carved out small areas for the dress form to fit into and glued them into place.


Then I glued the wings into place.


front


side


back


Inside the box

While my style isn't classified as vintage or steampunk, I hope the results of this project are in that vein. I am really happy with the results. The box looks old and worn when the light hits it, you can see the sparkle. The glitz suggests how it might have been in its prime. The newsprint fabric inside definitely nods to how people would store items in trunks and if you were to open an old trunk in an attic, I bet you'd find a newspaper as wrapping. I thought about adding s few small items inside like a marble, a coin, a button to hint at the idea of cherished things that might have been saved. I like how the wings which are usually light and airy are made from gears which are usually metal and heavy. The inside of the box is not treated with the bronze or black because in reality if this were an aged box, the inside would have been protected from wear being closed. So when you open the box, the edge is shiny and is in contrast with the outside. 

As mentioned above, this project is a part of a designer blog hop on the DCC site, please visit all the other projects made with a Vintage Girl's products. Be sure to visit the DCC post, there is a giveaway!

Interested in the {a Vintage Girl} products? Check them out here.

Organize and Label Stamp Pads

I just bought a large number of stamp pads and I needed to get organized because the cardboard box they arrived in wasn't going to cut it. I had seen some other bloggers label their stamp pads and that seemed like a good idea but I took it one step further and created a guide to my stamps as well. Not included in the video but I store my stamp pads in a scrapbooking plastic carrier I bought at Michaels to protect them from drying out. I'll add a link below for the container. This really did help me get organized and most items I used were found at the Dollar Tree.

The following links are affiliates making it easier for you to purchase the same materials that I did for this project.

Materials:

Alcohol Ink Painting

This is my first Alcohol Ink Painting. I have watched others on YouTube and really wanted to give it a try. I had most supplies already. I just needed to buy the Yupo paper. I originally bought Alcohol Marker paper off of Amazon but the ink got absorbed instead of sitting on top. I found a great deal on the Yupo paper at Michaels for a package of three different surfaces and I used a coupon so it was less than $5. 

Yupo is a synthetic paper made from plastic. This is the package I bought. I used the bottom paper. It appeared glossy but the other white paper seems more glossy. I can't find this package available online so I wanted to share a picture of it. Below is a video of my process. I think I am addicted!

 

Thank You Card and New Alcohol Ink Technique

This is a quick and easy greeting card. I happened upon the technique using the alcohol inks and mono printing after finding out the paper I bought wasn't like Yupo paper but actually absorbed the inks. So I was able to keep my original idea for the card but I had to change the process of getting there. Check out what I did in the video below. 

Material list - some links are affiliates

Alcohol Inks
Blending Solution
Water Media Mat 
Spectrum Noir Paper 
purple tape
Die cut was from Cricut Cuttlebug - expired 

How to Easily Press Flowers

Do you know how to press flowers? I learned from my mom when I was very young. She always was on the lookout for things to press. She made pressed flower arrangements. Pressing flowers is really easy and you don't need any fancy tools to get good results. I carry on her tradition of pressing flowers and I use them for pressed arrangements of course, but also jewelry. 

Materials:

  • Phone book or a heavy book
  • box of tissues
  • small scissors
  • flowers, weeds, plants, leaves...

Instructions:

You want small blooms and leaves, cut off the stems. Place them face down so you are somewhat controlling the way they will be pressed.

 

Greens and buds from trees work well.

 

I leave them pressed for about two weeks before I would consider using them. I want all the moisture out of the pressings. You can leave them stored in the book until needed. Once they are dry and pressed they are very fragile. I have all my mom's pressed flowers and she stored them in stocking boxes. I don't know if they even make those anymore but they work great.

So what can you make with pressed flowers? Pressed arrangements, jewelry, bookmarks, handmade paper, laminate them... How would you use them?

Don't forget to follow so you can see what gets made from these pressed flowers.

How To DIY A Marker Storage Box

I recently bought sets of Spectrum Noir markers at Tuesday Morning. I posted about that purchase and created a color chart you can download. The chart also includes the relationship to the new color system. You can download it here [color chart]. I really wanted to get the markers out of their boxes and visible so I can easily use them. I decided to make my own storage container. I'd actually seen something online that I wanted to duplicate, but it didn't work so here is what I did instead. 

Links provided in the materials list are affiliates, using them will help support this site.

Materials:

Instructions:


I found a black photo storage box at Michaels and it was on sale.
I originally hoped the top would fit after the markers were put inside but the markers are too tall.


I visually measured the size of the ceiling grid I needed to fit inside the box.
I marked the grid with a marker and then cut two pieces the same size using wire cutters.
*Use caution when cutting because small pieces of the plastic grid do tend to fly away. I wore glasses as eye protection while I was cutting.
I originally thought these two pieces would be for the top and the bottom of the box.


But that didn't work because the marker middles were too wide for the grid. (the lids fit)
So, I just layered the two grid pieces in the bottom of the box and started putting the markers into place.


They fit great and I have room to add more to the box.
You can see at the top of the photo the color chart also fits inside the box, keeping everything together.


Here is my finished storage box on my desk. I used the top of the box under the pen box, placing the pen box on the back edge so they are displayed at an angle.
There was a bit of room in the front of the lid so I placed my roll of tape and some bottles in the space for storage.

Nothing is glued down but I may attach the box to the lid more permanently in the future if I need too.

Right now, that open space on the left of the box actually holds a package of wet wipes really well so I have filled the space until I have more markers to store.

Kaleidoscope Stamping with Inkadinkado

Opening up the seven-piece Inkadinkado Stamping Gear set, I quickly stamped a kaleidoscope with black ink. The stamping kit was easy to work with and there really was no learning curve. After working with the kit, I can see where I would like a few more pieces, mainly the stamping gear in different sizes and shapes. I would like to be able to make a smaller stamped piece. One nice feature is that you can use any of your cling stamps with the kit, and I really liked the stamping block and I can see using it by its self in many different projects because of the handle and grid. 

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