Apr 16 2014

Springtime/Easter Artist Trading Block Tutorial by Linda Cain

Linda Cain is kicking us off on our new feature here on the journal: Wednesday Tutorials. Linda received so many questions and great comments on her Springtime/Easter Artist Trading Block Project she posted on her blog on April 6th that she decided to do this tutorial…thank you, Linda!!

Hi there, Linda Cain here with a tutorial you can use for a springtime or Easter Artist Trading Block – aka ATB.

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I cut 6 pieces from white Specialty Stamping paper about 3 1/2 inches square. You can cut them to the finished size if you want (2 3/8″). I just had these cut, so I used them. Then I started adding lots of layers of Distress Inks to each square. I always use Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade in the centers and build from there. By using larger pieces of paper, you can decide what areas you like the best before trimming down.

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Then I bring out the bright colors and add to the corners carefully overlapping and blending. I add Ripe Raspberry, Fired Brick, Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves, and Mowed Grass first. I randomly applied the colors with the Blending Tools.

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Go back and blend in different shades of the same color to build up the layers.

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Now add some darker colors like Barn Door, Rusty Hinge, and Aged Mahogany to the edges.

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When you like the rich, dark colors spritz water into your hands with the Mister and let the water drop onto your paper. Clap some smaller dots of water, and let it sit for a few seconds to soak down into the inks. Then blot with a paper towel. This should reveal fantastic layers of your colors and create wonderful contrast.

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Dry with a Heat it Tool. Trim the squares to 2 3/8” as you like. Now haul out your stash of Tissue Tapes and add them to your squares as shown.

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I really have fun with the Artist Trading Blocks using the 3D ScoreBoard XL Die. I cut just 2 pieces of black mat board for this Block. (This shows 4).

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I started with the Mini Blue Prints 2 stamp set and the Easter egg with Jet Black Archival Ink. Each square has a row of Metal Studs or Pearls and is edged with tiny stamps from the Prima Mixed Media Doll Stamp set.

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Then I stamped the Butterfly on the next square with Laboratorie and Elements Tissue Tape, edged with the small flower edge stamp, added some white Sharpie Poster Paint dots, a tiny Prima paper flower and gold metal studs. All the squares have white pen marks added for contrast.

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The Nest with Eggs stamp is next on the piece where I used March and April from Traveler Tissue Tape. Journeyman, and Nostalgic tapes are on this side as well.

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The top has the Bird from Natures Moments with Symphony and Market Place Tissue Tapes. I added a tiny Pink Petaloo flower and Rhinestone flowers.

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The last side with the little Bunny is so nice and bright with the Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves. The water created little spots on him. This side needed just a bit more of something, so I added a piece of fancy black trim.

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Glue your little squares to the block as you like. Be mindful of how your block will go together as far as pictures going in the right direction. Now all you have to do is fold up your mat board cutouts and add the Wondertape to the tabs to secure it together. Easy Peasy. I added one to the bottom without stamping, and just signed my name in the square. Set it on your desk or raise it up with a little wooden pedestal. The choice is yours.
Linda

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