Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A Little Shifty

Remember my Stencil Staggering video? Well I'm back with a little (literal) twist on that today, with a similar concept on a Gel Press print!

This technique is super simple, and just gives you a new way to use stencils on your Gel Press!

I started with my 6x6 Gel Press, and three Golden Fluid Acrylics.

You can see two layers here - the bottom magenta and orange layer was created using these fun rubbing plates, which you'll see in the video.

The top layer is this stencil, shifted slightly as you'll see in the video, to give it a 3D look. (FYI, you can get 10% off all the stencils I'm using today and the rest of her store with code LydiaFan10 here.)
This sample uses a different rubbing plate from the set, shifted using the technique to create the sense of motion.

Next, to show you how different the shifting technique looks from the traditional use of the stencil - here is the shifted version of this leaf stencil:
And here's a traditional use of the stencil. See how it doesn't have that 3D effect? Underneath the leaves is a shifted version of one of the rubbing plates

Finally - here's one of the shifted rubbing plate prints. I love the pattern on this one. 
These are going to make great card backgrounds! I'm sure you'll see them soon.

In the meantime, enjoy the video, and below that, since it's cherry season - a recipe for homemade maraschino cherries from my friend Jennie Chen. I just made six jars of these for gifts, and I still put 6 pounds of pitted cherries into the freezer for later. The two festivals at Whole Foods that warm my heart are cherry fest and Hatch fest. For those north of the Mason Dixon, or east of the Mississippi, that means hot green chile peppers, roasted outside the store and sold in 2 lb. containers. Those go into the freezer in large quantities for winter salsa. If you've never had green chile beef - I'll be back with that recipe soon. It's one dish, one step and you'll eat tacos all week! Enjoy the video!

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Homemade Maraschino Cherries by Jennie Chen.

Per 1 pound sweet cherries, pitted:

1/2 C sugar
1/2 C water
2 t lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 C of Luxardo maraschino liquor and 1/2 cup brandy  
Wash and pit the cherries.
In a saucepan, combine all ingredients except the cherries and booze and bring to a rolling boil.
When the liquid begins to boil, reduce the heat to medium.
Add the cherries and simmer for 5–7 minutes.
Remove from heat, add the liqueur, and let cool.

Using mason jars, can as you would preserves - I boil the jars, add the cherry mixture, put the lids on just finger tight and then boil the filled jars for another five minutes or until contents are boiling. Then don't tighten the lid for 12 hours. The lids should click and be indented. But please note - these are not technically canned - they are intended to be added to drinks or eaten after you make them, because they are irresistible. And the high alcohol content makes them different from preserves, etc. I usually have more of the juice then will fit in the jars, and I use that as a cocktail additive as well - it's great in an old fashioned.
Please, for the love of God, don't eat those soulless neon "cherries" in a jar. This is easy and will make your house smell amazing.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

You Are Everything

I had the craziest experience this week - one in a long string of experiences in what used to be my hometown, Austin.

I went to lunch with my sister and brother in law downtown, which is vastly different from what it used to be before... a lot of things.

My brother in law dropped us off to go park, expecting to get a metered spot or a paid lot for $8, etc.


What actually happened was that parking was $35.

Let that sink in for a second.

We were having lunch.

A $35 lunch itself would be noteworthy, but let's say that you paid $25 for lunch, because you're just setting money on fire, let's add $35 to that just to be able to get to the restaurant and park your car - how do you feel about that?

I run a family friendly blog, so I can't really tell you how I feel about that, but what I can tell you is that Austin has outlived its usefulness, and that's putting it mildly.

I will say that lunch was delightful, and if you feel like setting some cash on fire, Swift's Attic is delightful, and food allergy friendly. It's not their fault that our city has lost its damned mind.

Anyway, I survived to the weekend and had a little time for stamping. More stories and videos are coming - stories about some home repairs, and videos of some of these cards, that I didn't have time to edit for today. Life is short. Do what you can.

Y'all know I love splashy florals. I did video this card so stay tuned for that soon - but BE STILL MY HEART with these roses! I watercolored them with Daniel Smith watercolor, and added the everything die cut with this no-shed glimmer paper and the you are from this set - after stamp surgery. These pens are what I used for masking out the white spaces.

I also filmed a fun video for this next card - so you'll see that soon. I used these adorable mini fineliners that I take with me when I travel, to color images that I've pre-stamped. They have such vibrant colors, and it's easy to be precise with them on images like this, where a brush marker would be too big. When I was done coloring
this amazing neighborhood image with these adorable mini markers, I shaded with a C5 Copic Marker and an Arteza Fineliner. I will have a video on this in a few days as well.
Video #3 - I'm not even kidding - is a SUPER fun technique on how to use these pastel pencils with stencils to make designs on dark cardstock, so stay tuned!. I used these pencils and this stencil, and that die cut word is actually foiled - hard to photograph, but so much fun in real life and so shiny. I used the Foil Press and the gold foil, and what's awesome is this foiling die comes with a cutting die too.
Finally, and last but not least - the beautiful stamp set Nicole designed at my request for my Junkiefest class. I gave her the sentiments, and requested a bluebonnet, and everyone in my class got this stamp set. We did atmospheric watercolor techniques on it, and I'm so happy that she put my sentiments in there - especially the one about chiggers! But as a child of the 80's, the Tom Petty one was the most important to me, so thanks Nicole for saying yes to that! :)

Enjoy shopping this release!

I need a lot of sleep so that's what I'm planning for today - what are you planning?

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French Braids
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French Braids Coordinating Die
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A Pricking Break
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A Pricking Break Coordinating Die
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Leave as a Friend
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Leave as a Friend Coordinating Die
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A Bluebonnet
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BFF Marie Girl
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BFF Marie Girl Coordinating Die
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Fern Picture Frame
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Vortex of Hearts
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Everything Die
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Hey You Die
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Woodsy Forest Die
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Pentagram Base Terrarium Die
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Fairy Wings Stencil
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Peacock Mandala Stencil
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Heart of Flowers Stencil
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Merci Foiled Impression Die
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