Saturday, 12 November 2011

Saturday Show & Hels... Rock Candy Cracklepaint & Re-Inkers???

Goodly morning indeedily and I have a grin like the old Cheshire Cat today because I had one of those "I wonder if" moments last night. A few months ago I used Rock Candy Cracklepaint through a mask and it worked a wonder. So, last night I was sitting there playing, as you do... and I started to wonder if I could change the colour of Rock Candy Cracklepaint. Now, I know that there are loads of Cracklepaints in the Distress colour range... but they are opaque... and very painty... where as Rock Candy is see through (erm... I mean transparent) and they are more accenty than painty. *still with me?*



Well... the following tutorial shows you how to change the colour of your Rock Candy Cracklepaint... and keep within the Distress colour range... and... the crackles still crackle! Tis a really simple technique and I hope you will like it... that there tag up there is a sneak peek of the finished sample :O))

INGREDIENTS:

Rock Candy Cracklepaint
Distress Re-Inker
Spatula
Paintbrush
Stencil/Mask
Card/Tag



STEP 1
Scoop some of the Rock Candy out of the pot using your spatula and pop it onto your craft sheet.



STEP 2
Drip three or four drops of Re-Inker onto the Rock Candy - I have tried to do this several ways and have found that keeping the drops apart works best... sometimes they run off the Rock Candy - you can just scoop them back up though.



STEP 3
Using your spatula, begin to gently mix the Re-Inker into the Rock Candy - try not to over work it or you will get bubbles forming in the Rock Candy.



STEP 4
Mix the Re-Inker into the Rock Candy thoroughly - although I haven't tried it, you could leave it more streaky and see how the effect turns out though :O))



STEP 5
Place your mask/stencil over your tag/card and make sure you hold it in place. Using the spatula, spread the Rock Candy over the stencil and try not to joggle the stencil otherwise it will spread underneath the plastic bits.



STEP 6
Once you have covered the tag/card, very carefully lift the mask/stencil off and set the tag aside to dry - make sure you clean the stencil/mask immediately though, otherwise the Rock Candy will dry on that too.



STEP 7
This is how it looks once it is dry... cool huh?



STEP 8
If you have any excess mix left over or, if you prefer not to use a stencil/mask, you can use a paintbrush to apply the Rock Candy/Re-Inker mix to the tag... this is when it is painted on... don't forget, Rock Candy is a "self levelling" paint so even if you have brush strokes in it when you are painting, by the time it drys it will be flat again.

Here is is wet


and here it is dried:

ALTERNATIVE:
As mentioned before, I first spread Rock Candy through a stencil a while back... here's what it looks like... no inking etc so you can get an idea how different the look is :O))



Finally... it is my day for The Artistic Stamper Creative Team... and that means it is time for a taggy giveaway again. The piccie at the top of the post here is a sneak peek... all the deets on how I made the tag are HERE. If you would like to own the tag, you just need to leave me a comment here... and if you leave one over there too you will be entered into the draw twice!

Right... tis time for me to go and lay down in a darkened room ... far too much brain activity for one day! Plus, it is the Sunday Stamper tomorrow and I need to think up a new theme! Thanks for looking... hope you liked the tut! TTFN

Hels x

44 comments:

Dee in N.H. said...

You are a genius! How perfect!Thanks for the tutorial too! Have a great and inky weekend!

Netrix said...

Well aren't you a clever clogs! Brill idea.wot a smart lady you are, thx for sharing x

artbyvic said...

Amazing!! Such a great idea!

Janet said...

What a great tutorial! Thanks.

Lesley said...

Genius idea Hels!!! Who's a clever little birdy!!!

Minxy said...

A totally fabby technique, and it looks amazing xo

craftimamma said...

What a really cool technique Hels. Thanks for sharing. The tag is gorgeous.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Lynn W. said...

Thanks for sharing your clever idea Hels. I love the colour you've chosen too (hope I win the tag)!

newfiecrafter(Marilyn) said...

Thanks for sharing this idea in such a great tutorial.
Marilyn

Kate said...

This technique looks so fun! I cannot wait to try it! Great idea to add color! I love all your work!!

Linda Cain said...

EXTREMELY cool!!!!

~Linda

Suzee Murphy said...

am going to go 'joggle' things too now :o) x

Gabrielle said...

You're so clever! Love this! Now where's my spatula?

Anonymous said...

Brilliants Hels! Thank you. d x

inkypinkycraft said...

super coll, i have just started playing with rock candy and i love it, this gives it a whole other life!!!I will need more..super cool and clever, ta hels..hugs trace x

shirley said...

Fabulous! Going to try this technique. Thanks for sharing :)

Maggie said...

Great idea and fab tutorial mmmmmmmmmm might just have to play today!!

Maggie

Shazza said...

you genius lady, what a great idea and I love the colour you used!!!
x

Kirsten Alicia said...

Briliant idea Hels!! I love the result you got using the stencil.

Paula Whittaker said...

I asked Tim Holtz in 2009 by email if I could colour Rock Candy with reinker and he replied with "no it is not compatible"....but obviously it is!

Joanne said...

I've just come from the creative team blog and obviously didn't read the post properly 'cos I thought Jennie had made the tag, der!! So it was you, clever girl. That technique is just amazing. Don't forget to tell Tim then you can just send me the tag!!!!LOL
Hugs Joanne xx

xxx Myra xxx said...

what a great idea!

betjunroe said...

I love this effect, Hels. Can't wait to try it out with different colors. Congrats on your 900 followers, but the gals from the Baltimore area are your faves right? Lol! Bette

Marita Soutar said...

What a great idea! Just love it and can't wait to give it a try!!!

Dallying Debz said...

Yay, back in the land of blog hopping! What a great idea Hels, thanks
xx

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

So clever Hels ;-)
Anne x

ellen vargo said...

Absolutely frikkin' GENIUS! I LOVE IT! OMG - it looks like stained glass! (Hmmmm... there's a thought...heehee.) Queen Patti says hi - she misses you! (And so do I!!)
Love ya.... xxx

whyducks said...

Oh how fabulous! Clever crafty girl you!

Fuchsia said...

How cool is that !

Lottie said...

That's a brilliant idea - however did you think of that. I guess it's having the courage to just try it out - and not worring about messing up a tag or two or wasting some of the rock candy and distress inks. It's a lovely texture and finish - I can see you using this for a lot of autumnal and Christmas projects.

Off to see the finished 'sneak preview' tag - you tease you.

judith@poppy cottage said...

Love this idea Hels, I've been following Tammy Tutterow's idea for Rock candy this week. now I've got to have a go at yours. Love the colour it's fabulous. Judith xx

Helen said...

erful idea and it looks fab through the stencil.

Rhea said...

Clever idea! Thanks for sharing!

Scattychick said...

OOh love that idea you are very clever :) I only have the Rock Candy paint so far so I will have to experiment :)

Barb Cady said...

Superb idea! I love mix and match, this works brilliantly! Clever girl Hels! xx

Shelly Hickox said...

This is truly one of the most brilliant things I've ever seen!! Too cool - and your finished tag is gorgeous (as usual!).

inkytoes said...

what a great idea. i am off to see the tag.

Caz said...

Nice one Hels - another one for my list of "things to try" oh for 48 hours in a day!!

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is an ace tutorial and an ace idea! Thank you so much,

Lucy x

Nikki said...

Love the Tut thanks for showing how you did it :)

She said...

OOh great idea..looks like I could get really messy trying this out! S xx

Alison Horne said...

great tutorial, thanks Hels.xx

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Awesome! Love the colored rock candy crackle paint!

Mary said...

This is really pretty, what a great idea! I will have to remember this one... =)

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