Posts Tagged Chelle Fowler

Oct 1 2014

Happy Halloween Simple Masking Tutorial

Hi there, Chelle here for another Wednesday tutorial.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t hardly believe it is already October! To get us all in the spirit, I have a simple masking tutorial today.


To create this simple stamped card with a central focus, I created a mask for the skull.


I stamped the skull image onto a piece of copy paper and cut it out close the the outline.


Stamp the skull onto card stock with jet black archival ink and heat set the ink so the mask won’t smear the ink.

IMG_2512Cover the skull with the mask, adhering it with temporary adhesive.  Stamp spider webs around the image.


Stamp labels with black as well as red ink.


Stamp spider; after stamping the spider, I inked the web portion again then turned it upside down to extend the web length.


This is what you get when the mask is removed.  Even before coloring, the central image pops out.  It is a simple technique and has been around forever, with good reason…it is quick and has great results.



Time to color! Using Distress Markers and water brushes, color your images.  I good shadow around the center image with Pumice Stone, gives the image a great pop off the page look.


I stamped the sentiment and added a shadow of Pumice Stone then cut it out.  Ink the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink and an Ink Blending Tool.  Layer the image onto card stock layers.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project and it sparked you to try masking for the first time, or use an old favorite on your next project.



Sep 18 2014

Texture Paste & Distress Marker Background Tutorial

Hi there, Chelle here with a tutorial today using Ranger’s Texture Paste and Distress Markers.  I wanted to see how well the Texture Paste took color and if I could use the same techniques coloring it as I do images stamped on water color paper…the result is surprising and awesome!  Let’s get started on this Halloween Spooky Card…


First up is the Texture Paste…


I am using the Tim Holtz Stencil Gothic, Texture Paste, a palette knife and working on black card stock.


Tape down your stencil using artist’s tape, painter’s tape, washi tape, tissue tape…whatever you have that will hold without damaging your surface.


Smooth a thin layer of Texture Paste over the stencil (this takes far less of the product than you think!).  We are looking for coverage in a smooth layer, so just swipe over it until you are happy.  Gently peel the stencil away and wash with water immediately.


This is the great background we have to work with…such wonderful detail from this stencil! Set aside to dry.


Using the Numbered Stencil, tape off the 3 and this time do a thicker, slightly uneven spread of the paste. Allow to dry or gently dry with your heat tool then add the number 1. Using the Halloween Stencil, tape off the word spooky and again, add a thin layer of paste. Set all aside to dry.


Going back to our Gothic background, let’s begin to color.  Using a Milled Lavender Distress Marker, lightly color the paste. You will see the pattern I followed…and the reason to not just color over the entire background with ink and a blending tool.


After you have colored one section with marker straight to paste. Scribble Seedless Preserves marker onto your craft sheet and pick up some color with the Detail Water Brush. Begin to color just some edges with the darker color to add dimension; this will start to blend with the first lighter color.


The colors blend beautifully on the paste…I love the way you can move the colors around and blend.  You may notice I chose a dark background so any ink or water that ends up on the background will not show once dry.


Once you have added both colors to all of the center images, you should have something like this.  Now, if you are familiar with my coloring, you know I like to add a dark final touch of ink to make my images pop…so let’s try it!


Add just a touch of the darker color in spots where you want to add even more depth.


It worked like a charm…I absolutely LOVE how perfectly the paste colors!


Then go in with another set of colors…one lighter and one darker and finish up your pattern in the same way you did the first. How gorgeous is this!?


Now that the main background is done, color your numbers and work with Pumice Stone and a touch of Black Soot.


I trimmed out these pieces and painted on Glossy Accents and added Black Soot Distress Glitter.  Before the glue was dry, I used a larger brush to remove some glitter and make it look a bit more uneven.


Stamp images from the Halloween Blueprint stamp set and Mini set with Archival Jet Black ink. Color images using Distress Markers and Detail Water Brush.


Cut our images and ink with Gathered Twigs Distress Mini Ink Pad and Mini Ink Blending Tool.


Dye trimmings with ink and water, dry with heat tool.



Run the Black Soot Mini Distress Pad along the edge of purple card base.


Adhere background to card base; make a bow with the dyed ribbon and tie around card front.  Layer images with foam tape.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how well Texture Paste colors with Distress Markers.  I am ready to try this on more images!

Thank you for stopping in!



Sep 3 2014

Chock-full of Goodness!

Hello, hello! I hope everyone had a great long weekend and are enjoying their week.  This is a great week at Inspiration Emporium with lots of exciting news to share with you.  Make sure you also check back on Friday for a super exciting announcement.  I can’t believe our summer months have gone and that we are into September already.  This means it is time for a new monthly challenge and announce the winner from last month’s submissions.  We won’t keep you all in suspense any longer and want to announce the winner for last month’s Everything Goes challenge…


Congratulations Number #21

Natural Colours and Anything Goes by Janna, Scrapping in the Attic

Please contact me at to arrange for your prize!

Thank you to everyone who participated and shared your talents with us and our followers.

As things get back to routine and summer vacations wrap up we see a change in the air.  That’s right Fall is in the Air, so there is no better theme for our monthly challenge than this.  Your projects can include back to school, Halloween, Thanksgiving, leaves etc.  You name it, if it is a part of your Fall then it can be a part of ours here at Inspiration Emporium.  All submissions are due by September 30, 2014 and can be linked below for your chance to win $50 to spend at Inspiration Emporium‘s online store.

For inspiration this week, our Education Coordinator, Chelle Fowler is here to share the perfect fall project in a great tutorial.  You will be able to create your very own vintage fall arrangement card.  Wow, this girl can watercolour anything and she is going to show you how.   Don’t forget about checking back Friday! h

Hi there, Chelle here with a watercolor leaf card to get us all in the mood for fall.  I wanted to try watercoloring on vintage dictionary paper;  I am happy with the result. I hope you find some inspiration in this project!


I used vintage dictionary paper…when choosing the paper, you will want pages that are not too brittle and do not tear too easily.


Glue three pages (or more if your paper is very thin) together using Matte Multi Medium in a thin layer.


Stamp leaf images from blueprint sets using Jet Black Archival Ink.  Heat with your heat tool to set.


Create a palette using Distress Ink Minis pressed onto the surface of your craft mat. Add a spritz of water below each ink spot.


Add just a bit of water to the ink, you do not want to over saturate the paper.  I blotted any extra water off as I went.


Using the lightest colors first, begin to color in your leaves.


Continue adding colors until you are happy with the blended results.


Once the leaves are dry, use a more concentrated (less water here) blend for details and shading.


Allow your leaves to dry (or dry with your heat tool) before moving on.


Trim down one leaf keeping enough of the dictionary page to create your background. Cut out the rest of the leaves leaving a little bit of a border. Ink all the edges with Antique Linen ink and a mini blending tool.


Cut a card base from kraft card stock.  Ink Graph Background with Gathered Twigs Distress Mini.  Without using a block, stamp the card stock; you get an uneven texture without the block.  Repeat in spots using Peeled Paint Distress Mini this time.


Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs and an Ink Blending Tool.


Spritz water into your hand and flick onto your card base.  Dab large spots with a towel and heat dry.


Adhere the main dictionary page layer with foam tape.


This is the base you will build onto with your cut our images.


Add orange Jute String around the card and layer on leaves with foam tape.


It’s a simple arrangement allowing the vintage paper to shine.  I loved how the paper colored, and plan on trying this technique with more images.

Hope you enjoyed!


Jul 16 2014

Tissue Tape Masking Tutorial by Chelle Fowler

Hi there, it’s Chelle here today to share a tutorial for a fun tissue tape masking technique to have your stamped image have a little on your card.


I love the look of this background with the clean area as a focal point for your stamped image in an interesting way.  Let’s get started…


Stamp images on manila card stock in archival ink, quickly heat set to prepare for watercoloring.


Begin coloring image with a detail water brush and distress markers…build color in thin layers.


I like to add a dark area on the images as I color to make them pop.  I only added shading to the sea horse since the other images will be cut out.


Use tissue tape (you can also use painters tape, washi tape or any other tape that will remove easily from your image…I recommend you test your tape on a scrap piece of card stock before covering your colored image) to cover your image.  I like to tear my tape and have the edges have some interest once we peel it off.


Cover as much of the image and surrounding area as you like…it’s fun to play with the shape of your mask.


Now we are ready to ink! I love using the mini ink blending tool for this…it doesn’t leave any square edges and works perfectly with my super convenient mini distress ink pads!


Start inking your image along the edges, be sure to smooth over the tape gently so it doesn’t peel up as you ink.


Continue inking in the colors of your choosing…I like to use 3 colors, but have fun with it and do what you like!


Use the spritz & flick technique (literally spritz water in your hand and flick it on to the paper) to add some water spots. Use a towel to mop up the extra water, and dry with your heat tool.  Be careful not to over heat the tape or it will be harder to remove!


Using burlap stencil, walnut stain ink, and blending tool, ink randon spots on the image through the stencil. I use light pressure on the inside toward the image and heavier pressure along the edges.


Remove your tape gently…I like to peel it back onto itself and go slow, it usually peels up easily.  I think this just looks cool…it gives the image a clean area that grabs the eye with a unique edge to it.


Cut out your smaller images as close to the black edge as you can.


Ink the edges using gathered twigs and ink blending tool…this helps them pop and covers any areas where the edges aren’t perfect.


Stamp sentiment on kraft card stock and trim into banner shape.


Layer your pieces onto the card.  I adhered the image onto kraft core card stock and sanded the edges.  Then added the rest of the images with foam tape to pop them up.  I cut two pieces of linen ribbon, inked and stretched them to make them look more like netting and added them under the images.


I added a little bow of jute sting and lastly, I spirtzed some gathered twigs ink onto the card as a finishing touch.


Here is another look at the finished project…I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial! I have a video of this technique that I shared on my blog if you want to check it out and see it used on another project.

Happy Creating!




Jan 31 2013

Warm Up Your Mojo

Do you find it hard to stay inspired this time of year? Do you have the winter blues? We’re here today to warm up that mojo!!

How about some inspiration from our great designers?   Let’s take a little peek at what they are up to these days…


Kelly Booth has been inspired by the Online Card Class: Clean and Simple 2…we LOVE what she has been up to!

Pam Hooten has started a new art journal for 2013…love the colors and can’t wait to see her art in the coming months!

Shelly Hickox shared this incredible card she made for CHA…it was a star in the Tim Holtz Sizzix booth area! LOVE all the details!

Stephanie Ackerman shares this card from her 52 CArd Pickup Online Progressive Class…it is going to be a fabulously uplifting class, maybe just what you need for 2013??!!

Alice Wertz continues to blow us away with her unbelievable coloring and unique card designs…so so cute!!

Linda Cain once again shares her incredible artistic talent…love the layers and colors!

Richele Christensen knocks LOVE out of the park with this great card…every detail is perfect!


Jim Hankins…our Gentleman Crafter…is up to some fabulous valentine card making…ADORE these tag cards!!

Beate Johns is up to sharing her amazing layered cards and fantastic tutorials…always always love her work!!

Chelle Fowler (yeppers, that’s me) shares her CHA creations for Tim Holtz…the new lines practically make themselves into amazing cards!!!

There you go…a little something for everyone…from our designers of cuteness to designers of vintage goodness to our designers of true art…take a little something and sneak some time for you and create!!!!

Oct 1 2012

Spooktacular Month

Happy October!!! Whether you like the fun whimsical witches and goblins or the spooky ghosts and skeletons, this month brings a little magic into our lives.  It’s all in fun and it can be quite addictive to play with all the super cool things that are designed for creating Halloween spookiness…

It’s no surprise that the October Monthly Challenge is all about Spooktacular Decorations.  Show us how you take your paper crafting, altered art, or card making and turn it into Halloween decorations around your house.

As always, we will share inspiration from our incredible Inspiration Team all through the month.  So grab your black card stock, spooky dies, and magical stamps…it’s time to spookify your home!!!

Shelly Hickox shares this stunning coffee filter wreath adorned with glittery die cuts…super cool project!!

Chelle Fowler (yep..M.E.) shares this faux old mirror frame…super spooky with little touches like drops of alcohol ink for splashes of red, and a ghostly reflection…this was so fun to make!

Pam Hooten shares this fun vintage bingo card altered wall hanging…goes to show you that mixing the unexpected (who puts a birdcage, skeleton, and umbrella man together!!!???) can make a project come together awesomely!! Thank you, Pam, for inspiring us to play with our supplies…anything goes!

Linda Cain shares this large tag and stamped layers…the way Linda uses the white pen for contrast really makes all the elements stand out…and her UTEE numbers are so neat!

To recap: EVERYTHING GOES!!! All of these inspirational pieces pair unexpected things and have cool layers…YOUR TURN!!! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!!!

CONGRATULATIONS ,  Neil Walker you are the random winner of the September’s Monthly Challenge: ABC 123 School Time Fun.  We just love what you did for the challenge, your colorful tag and the saying ‘a good teacher untangles knowledge and gives dreams wings’ are fantastic!!! Thank you for playing along; please email your information to to claim your gift certificate!

For a chance to win $50 in Emporium Dollars to spend in the store just add a link to your submission below (your link does not have to be to a blog, it can also be to your SCS gallery…use code IEMC18 or other gallery online!!!)…and, remember, you can enter as many times as you want…so create away!!! Contest begins on October 1, 2012  and ends on October 31, 2012 at midnight…the winner will be randomly chosen and announced on November 1, 2012.

Sep 10 2012

abc 123 School Time Fun

Isn’t it crazy to get back into the groove of the school year? Some of you have been in the thick of it for weeks…some of you just finished up the first week back. GOOD JOB!!! Others of us have set our kids up in dorm rooms, sent them back to school on planes, or watched them drive off into the future.  Then there are those that are just enjoying this time of year…Fall brings with it apples, crisp air, scarf wearing, and leaves changing.

Whatever place in life you are…we want to remind you to take some ‘you time.’  Whether that means reading a book in a quite corner, sneaking off for a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks after you drop off the kids, or spending a little time in your creative space…remember you, remember to feed your soul, and remember it can be five minutes or 60 minutes…you deserve it!

Now, for the September Monthly Challenge: abc 123 School Time Fun.  You’ve taken the time to settle into the routine…now maybe take a minute to get inspired and get creative yourself!

Kelly Booth made a few of these adorable cards for her Grandchildren’s teachers…simple can certainly have an amazing impact!

However, Kelly didn’t stop there…how stinkin’ cute is that little school bus?

Linda Cain inspires us with this fabulous hanger project…some papers practically create the project all by them selves! Linda used the fabulous paper from Graphic 45 perfectly…we just love it!!

Chelle Fowler shares this tag for an inspiring teacher.  Distress Ink is the perfect choice when making new things look old…the layered details just pull together beautifully.

And, now it’s your turn…simple and sweet, gorgeous and detailed, or grungy and vintage…show us your style!

For a chance to win $50 in Emporium Dollars to spend in the store just add a link to your submission below (your link does not have to be to a blog, it can also be to your SCS gallery…use code IEMC17 or other gallery online!!!)…and, remember, you can enter as many times as you want…so create away!!! Contest begins on September 10, 2012  and ends on September 30, 2012 at midnight…the winner will be randomly chosen and announced on October 1, 2012.



Apr 4 2012

Everything is Coming up Roses

We were all excited when we first saw the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Pinecone Die.  It makes the most perfect little pinecones…

however…that’s not all…it seems that several of us have discovered that it makes the sweetest, most perfect roses as well…

Tammy made hers out of cardstock…

Shelly made hers out of glassine…

and, felt…

and, Chelle made hers out of vintage sheet music…

So, play with your dies…try something new, the results can be gorgeous!

Mar 27 2012

More inspiration for all…

As promised, here is a bit more inspiration from our team…they have been busy, busy creating these incredible works of art…

Shelly Hickox played with her tattered pinecone die after being inspired…read all about it on her blog!

Kelly Booth has been a good student in the Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry Online Class  and shares some of her homework with us…

Tammy Tutterow is LOVING her stamp2cut software and eclips machine…head on over to her blog to see how cool it is, she has some great close ups of how intricate the cuts are!

Chelle Fowler made several of this tag to send out to our customers…small and sweet, a little reminder that we appreciate you!

Speaking of appreciating our customers…our fabulous General Manager, Joy Kennedy, loves spending time in her studio creating tags to send out with orders too! Maybe you have been a lucky recipient of one of her delicious tags? This sewing themed one using the mask technique is one of my favorites!

We hope you found a little inspiration here today…it’s all about finding one thing that sparks your imagination and gets you in that creative spirt…let your mind take you on a creative journey today!

Mar 1 2012

Go Green-A Color Challenge

It’s that time again!! Welcome to March and the new Monthly Challenge: Go Green-A Color Challenge!

We challenge you to create a project that is monochromatic…make it mostly GREEN!

 Chelle Fowler shares her project gone green with us…lots of inky details on this layered tag! Now it’s your turn! Make a tag, make a card, make a scrapbook page or anything else that inspires you…we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

CONGRATULATIONS VICKI, you are the random winner of the February Put a Heart on It Challenge!! We love your project using the vintage cookie cutters! Please email your information to to claim your gift certificate!

For a chance to win $50 in Emporium Dollars to spend in the store just add a link to your submission below (your link does not have to be to a blog, it can also be to your SCS gallery…use code IEMC11 or other gallery online!!!)…and, remember, you can enter as many times as you want…so create away!!! Contest begins on March 1, 2012  and ends on March 31st at midnight…the winner will be randomly chosen and announced on April 1, 2012.