Friday, April 26, 2024

Suzz's Permanently Perfect

Hi!  Suzz here. I hardly ever do perfect... Part of the reason I love the vintage grunge style of crafting is that I don't have to worry about that extra smudge. :)  I love archival inks and the variety of colors along with the ability to not smudge anything and dry quickly!  

The beauty of the archival ink is the ability to use other mediums which you can blend and spray without losing the sharpness of the inked image. I also love the various colors which can be paired with watercolors to change the way the image looks.  I decided to use the same image and ink it up with three different archival inks and color the image with the same watercolor to show  how the outline ink can change your art and how it appears. 

I started with three scraps of paper that I cut into a tag shape.  I then stamped the flower with three different archival inks.  

For my next step I used a pink watercolor pencil and a water brush to add shading to the flowers. 

I loved the effect of all three flowers and how they looked different just because of the ink used on the outline stamp.  The watercolor pencil was the same for all three and yet each flower looks like they have a different shade of pink and green.  

I also used the archival ink to ink up the edges of the tag all around just create a nice crisp line.

Then I took each flower and created a different background  using a mix of distress inks, distress ink sprays, and archival inks to add texture and interest. 

On this first tag I stamped the flower on a scrap paper and cut the flower head out and laid it over my tag's flower.  I then stamped the field label using black archival ink in an alternating pattern.  I then used post it notes to mask off the rectangles to sponge in distress oxide ink in the alternating rectangles. 

I finished with a stamped sentiment which was cut and applied at different angles.  

For the next tag I used a new stencil with the same distress ink to add a little visual effect in the background of the tag. 

I could have used the mask but because I was randomly applying the distress ink, I just sponged around the flower.  

I also used a watercolor pencil (black) to add a hint of shading around my flower to make it pop from the paper.  I used a water brush to soften the shading of the black watercolor and was able to do this because the archival ink will not respond to the water brush. 

I added a hint of distress spray inks to the background and use the same effect on another piece of card-stock to stamp my sentiment and apply. 

For my final tag I wanted to use the archival ink to add the pattern to the background of the tag.

I stamped the pattern using the same archival ink.  The pattern started to take away the focus on the flowers so I smeared watered down white acrylic paint to soften the effect of the archival ink.  

I added shading again with the black watercolor pencil around the outlines of the flowers to make them really stand out.  I finished with a splatter of distress oxide stain spray spritzed onto my craft mat and picked up randomly onto my tag. 

I hope this inspired you to try out your various archival inks in a fun way.  I wanted to share with you the first thing I did when I received the new archival inks.

I always smear a solid section of the ink pad onto a scrap piece of card-stock.  (you also can use labels which already are ready to stick on your ink pad container)

Then I cut strips and tape them to the ends of my ink pads.  Because I have a wonderful ink rack my husband created for me that stores all my archival inks that looks like this: 

It makes it really easy to pick out my ink pads whether they are in the rack or stacked up on my craft desk. 



Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Lisa's Permanently Perfect Tags Featuring Ranger Archival Inks

Hello Funkie Junkie fans! Lisa Hoel here. Our focus this time is centered on the magic of permanent Archival Ink from Ranger. This ink is a real work horse and definitely a supply you want to have in your crafting arsenal. It is the perfect ink to pair with all sorts of mixed media techniques. 

Here is my first mixed media tag for the theme:
This layered tag background features diecuts, Distress Crayon and lots of stamping using Archival Ink. (tutorial below)

Let's take a look at the how-to…
Step 2 - I wanted some stamped images to peek through the die cut areas so I stamped with Archival Ink onto the bottom layer tag.
Step 3 - I glued the two tag layers together and also sealed the top surface with Matte Distress Collage Medium. (Sealing is needed for the next step.)
Step 4 - Using Distress Crayons, I added color to the tag. I blended the Crayons with a damp finger, making sure to get into all the die cut nooks and crannies. I stamped over the background using the new set Curiosity Shop plus various Glitch stamp sets.
Tag #2:
Lisa Hoel for The Funkie Junkie Boutique  #creativejuicefreshsqueezed   #tim_holtz #thefunkiejunkieboutique

As I was hunting around in my technique folder for ideas using Archival Ink, I found this one from Tim Holtz's Creative Chemistry classes (way back when!) You stamp with Archival Inks onto Glossy paper as a resist. Tag number two:

Lisa Hoel for The Funkie Junkie Boutique  #creativejuicefreshsqueezed   #tim_holtz #thefunkiejunkieboutique

Tag #1:
Step 1 - I cut two big tags out of Mixed Media Heavystock and then die cut patterns out of the top layer tag.

Step 5 - Tim has shared in the past how to add color when you make labels using the Vintage Labels Die Set. It's easy! Use a brayer to add Archival Ink directly to the die before you cut. The ink will transfer onto the paper as you run it through your machine. I do like using the Distress Brayer for this. I have other brands of brayers but the Distress brand seems to be best at picking up the Archival Ink. Experiment with what you have to see what works!

Step 1 - Using Archival Ink, stamp with bright colors onto glossy paper. Heat dry the ink to make sure it doesn't smear.

Love the new Crochet Trims stamp set!

Step 2 - Blend a darker Distress Ink color over the background. Buff off the extra ink with a soft cloth. The Archival Ink acts as a resist. Cool background! You can stamp over the background with additional images and using more Archival Ink.

Thanks for stopping by. Keep an eye here on the Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog, TFHB Inspiration Ave. to see all the inspiring content each week. Don't miss it…

Supplies used:

Tim Holtz Stamp Sets - Curiosity ShopCrochet Trims, Inventor 3, Glitch 1, Glitch 2, Mini Glitch
Tim Holtz Die Set - Vintage Labels
Tim Holtz Die Set - Mixed Media #6
Ranger Distress Mixed Media Heavystock
Ranger Gloss Paper
Distress Collage Medium Matte
Ranger Archival Inks - various
Idea-ology Paper Dolls Portraits
Idea-ology Paper Dolls
Idea-ology Ephemera

Monday, April 22, 2024

Teri's Permanently Perfect Butterfly Card Featuring Ranger Archival Inks

Hello friends! It's Teri with TerisMailbox posting for The Funkie Junkie Boutique! I had no idea you could ink smoosh with Archival Inks until I watched a video with Juliana Michaels. Our theme for TFJB Inspiration Avenue is Permanenty Perfect using Archival Inks.

This colorful card has multiple layers of inking, stamping and embossing as well as a three dimensional butterfly!

I have a video HERE if you prefer to watch the process.

Start with a coated cardstock (Kromacote is perfect). Using a glass mat, smoosh the desired colors of Archival Inks onto the glass. Spritz with 91% alcohol and begin dipping the shiny side of the cardstock down. Use your heat tool to dry in between. Make sure your area is well ventilated.

Use Faded Jeans Archival Ink on the top 2/3 of the panel, and Peeled Paint on the Lower 1/3, drying in between dips. Note while these specific colors are currently not in stock, there are a couple other archival ink sets that would be perfect!

Stamp one of the Vines and Roses Backgrounds using Faded Jeans Archival ink and Hickory Smoke Ink the smaller Ledger Script Stamp. If you do not use a block, it is easy to partially stamp the image.

Finish the stamping with one of the blooms from The Botanical Collage Stamp using Mermaid Lagoon Archival Ink.

Use Embossing Ink to stamp one of the Wildflowers from CMS253 and add Fossilized Amber and Rustic Wilderness Embossing Glaze. Heat set to finish.

Die cut the butterfly base from the Pink and Blue section of the rainbow smooshed panel. Cut the detail layer from White Curious Metallic cardstock.

Glue together along the midline. Fold in the center and use a pencil to curl the wings, adding dimension. Add glue to the bottom along the midline and glue to the base panel.

Finish the card up by attaching to an A2 card base and adding Label Stickers (Thought Collection).

Be sure to check out all things Tim on The Funkie Junkie's Boutique page! Too much fun!

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Products Used
Label Stickers - Thoughts
Fossilized Amber Embossing Glaze
Rustic Wilderness Embossing Glaze
Faded Jeans Archival Ink
Peeled Paint Archival Ink
Hickory Smoke Archival Ink
Mermaid Lagoon Archival Ink
Dusty Concord Archival Ink
Picked Raspberry Archival Ink
CMS 235 Wildflower
CMS 298 Vines and Roses
CMS 241 Ledger Script

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Janna's Permanently Perfect Butterfly Card Featuring Ranger Archival Inks

This week at TFJB Inspiration Ave we are creating to the theme of “Permanently Perfect.” Here we are highlighting Ranger Archival Inks. For this card I am featuring three different ways to use archival inks.

If you would like in-depth step by step detail click the video link here.

Materials used:  Distress Archival Inks Salvaged Patina, Prize Ribbon, Evergreen Bough, Villainous Potion, and Black Soot, Distress Reinkers Mermaid Lagoon, Prize Ribbon, Specialty Stamping Paper, CMS213 Perspective, Idea-ology Kraft Stock Cool Tones, Sand Paper Disks, Ranger Blending Tool.

For today’s project we are going to be focusing on Ranger Distress Archival Inks. As of now there are 24 wonderful colors to create with. In this card today we will be looking at three different ways to use Distress Archival Inks.

To start this card, I embossed a base of Cool Tone Idea-ology Kraft stock with the Sizzix 3D Embossing Folder Kaleidoscope.

Next I used a blending tool and a sandpaper disk to sand the high points of the embossing. The plan is to expose the kraft core under the purple color to prep for the first Archival Ink technique.

Once the high points were sanded I took the large Distress Archival Black Soot ink pad and rubbed it across the top of the card base. This yields a great color contrast to the otherwise plain background.

I am going to be working in three layers for the card. For layer 2 I am going to be stamping with Distress Archival onto the number background stamp from CMS213 Perspective. Using a combination of Salvaged Patina, Prize Ribbon, Evergreen Bough, and Villainous Potion to create a marbled looking print.

Below is the finished stamped panel. I love the blend of the Distress Archival on Specialty Stamping Paper.

I then used some foam squares to attach this layer to the card base.

For the focal point I stamped out the large butterfly from CMS213 Perspective using the Tonic Stamping Platform. I stamped first in Distress Archival Black Soot. Then I colored in the butterfly with Distress Reinkers Mermaid Lagoon `and Prize Ribbon. After coloring with a Water Brush I then stamped a second time to darken up the butterfly lines using more Archival Black Soot.

For the sentiment I picked one from CMS213 “live your dream with passion”. I stamped with Archival Black Soot and Villainous Potion. Since the ink pads are so small it is very easy to stamp out single words in one color and then ink other words in different colors. After stamping I went back and blended some Distress Vintage Photo ink over the top and splattered it with water. The water gave a very cool speckled distressed look.

For finishing touches I added some Idea-ology Metallic Droplets at the corners of the card. The butterfly was attached with some foam squares onto the card front.

Thank you so much for joining me here for TFJB Inspiration Ave. Until next time, happy crafting!

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Lyla's Permanently Perfect Tag Featuring Ranger Archival Inks


It's time for another new theme! Lyla here, kicking off the next two weeks with my own take on TFJB Owner, Linda Coughlin's choice of challenge to our Design Team; "Permanently Perfect" where it's all about Archival Inks! There's a lot of colors to choose from, but in my world; I'm sticking with neutrals. So get yourself comfy and we'll get right down to business...

I grabbed a few things I thought I might use- along with some very necessary tools.

Here's your handy List of Links to find some of what I used:

I began by choosing some papers from TH Backdrops Vols 4 & 5, and a lot of misc. scraps. Using the 'smoosh' technique, I used TH Distress Oxide in Vintage Photo to age the papers. Distress Inks and Oxides must be heat dried, but Archival Ink does not.

Then I began stamping with the Archival in Jett Black by using my TH Stamping Platform. The Platform keeps your paper in place while allowing you to stamp your image as many times as you need- without the stamp moving around on you. If you're going to have a lot of stamp sets in the cling rubber (as shown above) or clear stamps- a Stamping Platform is a good tool to have.

Above: I stamped twice on these images, but it's so clear and precise you really can't tell!

In order to get the right placing for the Etcetera Mini Tag, I used both the guide on the Platform and the guide provided on my TH Glass Media Mat (shown underneath the Platform). This way, all I had to do was center my stamps with the numbers from measuring the Tag.

Another way to stamp: using a Clear Grid Block. These come in many sizes and sometimes, more shapes than just rectangles. The gridded lines help line up the stamp to keep it straight as you stamp freely with your hands. Stamping a larger area is easier since it can be done out in the open and not be limited by the smaller area of the Stamping Platform- which is generally 12x12 inches or less. However, it's extremely difficult, -if not impossible- to stamp again in the very same spot.

"Ghost stamping" is simply using your hand with your fingers lightly pressing on a few spots of the stamp being used or rolling it with your hand onto the surface. The stamp is not meant to be a fully clear, but less bold than normal stamping. (As shown by the numbers above.)

Stamping on the edge gives the illusion of the stamped image going on into the distance beyond the paper given. Be sure to put a scrap paper underneath the paper being stamped, or you'll run the chance of smearing your image, as well as a mess underneath the paper. 

When using Archival Ink, you must have an Archival Ink Stamp Cleaner. The formula is different for the Archival since it's a permanent ink, whereas the Distress Inks and Oxides can be easily wiped away with baby wipes and a gentler type of stamp cleaner. *Note: I always wipe with a baby wipe first and then do the rest of the stamp cleaning with  a good stamp cleaner (such as Ranger) for my Distress Inks and Oxides. The baby wipe's soap can cause a buildup in the details of the stamp, which can cause the stamp to "blur" the image. You'll notice the feel is softer on your stamps when you use the right cleaner.
Storing you stamps is also an important way of caring for these awesome tools- they're expensive and you'll want to help them last as long as you possibly can!

Here, you can see I've got everything cut out using both a TH Thinlits Vault Die as well as an older TH Tags Thinlits Die, and plain old TH Scissors to make the ticket and luggage tag.

Making a shelf that would fit my needs for both the suitcases and the clock to sit on, meant fashioning one myself. That's what the leftover edges from the Etcetera sets are for!

Above: I staggered the double-sticky foam onto the back of the suitcases, so they popped a bit. Then I used the leftover Etcetera edge to fill out the middle where the circle  would be if I hadn't needed it for a shelf.

I keep just about all my Etcetera leftovers. I never know when I might need a piece.

Putting the clock together.

Coloring the Inspector with TH Watercolor Pencils (Set 2), who is doubling here as a 737 Airline Pilot.


The goggles were fun to make and look cute!


BACKSIDE of TAG- with Ticket/Luggage Check out of pocket.

Backsides of the Ticket/Luggage Check

Thanks so much for joining me on yet another traveling adventure!

Once again; this new theme will be running for the next two weeks, with each
Design Team Member taking a turn at sharing their take on our latest theme;
"Permanently Perfect"!

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