May Challenge – Link Party #28

100_7074It’s the second week of May, and time for another challenge here on the Cropstop blog! I’ve been enjoying playing with some new products from the Cropstop store. Today I’m sharing a mini tutorial that uses the Gelli Printing Plate, Distress Oxides, and UTEE.  Let’s get started….

pageTo create the focal point of my card I wanted to do some layering with ink and create a collage of sorts. Here’s how I accomplished it:

Step One: Ink up your Gelli Printing Plate with Distress Oxide Ink.

Step Two: Spritz with Water from your Mini Mister

Step Three: Lay a stencil over the top (I used the Tim Holtz Watercolor Stencil)

Step Four: Lay a piece of watercolor paper over top and gently press

Step Five: Clean printing plate and ink with distress ink (I used fossilized amber)

Step Six: Mist with water

Step Seven: Use a baby wipe to pick up some of the ink

Step Eight: Lay your stenciled piece of watercolor paper over it and gently press

After I created my background, I stamped a text stamp (Distressing -Glitz Design) in the corners in Ground Espresso Distress ink and added a bird/sentiment from the Ranger set, Little Birdies (Dina Wakley) in black soot distress ink.   Next I used a thin paintbrush to splash a bit of Cracked Pistachio re-inker over the top, and distressed the edges using the Tonic Studios Paper Distresser.

versa mark-horzI wanted to create a cracked-vintage look, so I pulled out my Versamark Watermark Ink pad and thoroughly inked my collage panel.  Next I applied the Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel to the top and heat set it. I repeated this process two more time (for a total of 3 layers) and then popped my image in the freezer for 5 minutes. When it was cold, I removed it and bent the panel to create cracks in the embossing.  Next I rubbed vintage photo distress ink over the surface and worked it into the cracks with my Tim Holtz Ink Applicator.

100_7078To complete my card, I layered my cracked panel on corrugated cardboard and die cut a doily, sentiment, and corner piece from the Sizzix Hello Doily set. (The doily was a leftover print from this post).  Three Prima flowers with pearl centers add the finishing touches.

Now it’s your turn to share your creativity with us!

1Here’s how our challenges work:

  • Create any new project(s) using any product sold at CropStop Store. It’s okay if you didn’t buy it from us – just have a look in the store and see if we have what you’re using (we probably do).  If it’s a company we carry, then it’s fine if we don’t necessarily have the particular color or style you use.  Please, no back-linking old projects.  Limit five (5) entries per month/challenge.   You’re welcome to share ANY project with us.
  • Link your project here in our linkup using this handy dandy linky tool below.   Link back to this post, and mention the CropStop Challenge in your post.
  • We’ll choose one random winner who will receive a prize pack of CropStop goodies!   The WINNER will be announced the night before the new challenge starts. (New challenges always start on the second Wednesday of the month.)
  • We’ll also choose one entry as “Top Pick” and announce it along with the winner. Whoever is selected “Top Pick” will be eligible to do a guest design post in the future.

Thanks so much for linking up with us, we look forward to seeing all your great entries this month. Grab our badge and help us spread the word that CropStop is a great place to play along!










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4 Responses to May Challenge – Link Party #28

  1. Gail says:

    This turned out amazing! Lovely job with all the wonderful techniques and steps – TFS and for the new challenge at Crop Stop have a blessed week

  2. Stephanie W says:

    This is so pretty. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I’ve used UTEE before but never knew about putting it in the freezer and then cracking it. Thanks so much for the tip.

  3. Janis in ID says:

    Esther…..I am loving your mixed media project! Wonderful techniques. I was inspired to pull out my mixed media supplies, too. 🙂 Thank you for another fabulous linky party challenge!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  4. Vinita Jain says:

    I love this piece of artwork, wonderful mixed media technique, really enjoyed it! Thanks for the another fun challenge!

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