Wednesday, February 25, 2015

X-Press It Glues: Art Journal Cover

This week I got to play with some trusty X-Press It favourites, but with fancy new packaging!!  Clear Gel and TripleTac Glue are two of the three most used products in my creative space, behind X-Press It 6mm Double-Sided Tape… and today I put them to tried and tested use in building a cover for my latest X-Press It Mixed Media Journal.  Here they are in all of their new packaging glory:

Given this will be a journal that I will fill with Mixed Media I opted to let the cover tell of the intended contents and mixed papers, tapes, paint, ink and other odds to bring this cover to life, starting with some FabScraps Papers and vintage papers from an old cross word dictionary… which is fun to use especially if you pull out pages with words that relate to your project:

The cover of the Mixed Media Journal is very thick book board, which makes a great base for a lot of wet layers, I started by securing strips of vintage paper and Hazel & Ruby Washi Tape with X-Press It TripleTac Glue:

Then it was time for layers of little strips of patterned paper, which you can see in this picture if you look closely behind the gesso which I layered over the top:

Then it was time to build paper scrolls by rolling strips of vintage paper on an angle and securing them with TripleTac Glue:

These little beauties are great for making all sorts of flowers, but today I fashioned them into a heart, because I wanted this cover to speak of "Heart for Art":

The scrolls take on layers nicely too, so I opted for some texture paste coloured with paint and pushed through a stencil, with lots of ooze, mess is good for mixed media.  It took the stencil to the background in places as well, and also added a little FabScraps sticker for a little more texture:

Next it was time to provide a little more definition to the heart, yellow paint and black outline pen make this easy, you can see the paint in this step and the pen in pictures that follow:

The it was time for some lettering, I hunted around in my stash and had trouble finding letters in the right colours, but managed the "heart" in glossy white plastic letters, which I added texture to by covering with dabs of gesso… used gesso also on the VRT s well, to cover the lime green lettering and get it ready for the grey paint… notice the upside down V in this photo… close enough to an A, I say! Clear Gel Glue is my trusty stick anything friend:

And then for a little final touch, I made these little flower petals from some baby wipes that I used on a previous project to wipe back some paint, they were nice and crunchy and cut well to form this little circle layers which are edges with liner pen:

The flowers were pieced together and to the project with Clear Gel Glue, including the little bead centres, to finish off the journal cover… a little messy introduction to what will no doubt come when I get to test a few more X-Press It products on the inner pages:


Here are the products I used today:
X-Press It Mixed Media Journal
X-Press It TripleTac
X-Press It Clear Gel Glue
FabScraps Papers & Sticker
Atelier Free Flow Artists Acrylic Paints



So get started with your Mixed Media Journal by making the cover speak to what you hope to fill it with, use what you have, it will come to life with X-Press It Glues as the champion that brings all things creative to a finish line… enjoy!




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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

X-Press It TripleTac Glue - Transfer Medium - Canvas

Today I am going to walk you through the process of using X-Press It’s TripleTac Glue as a transfer medium.
I could have also called this blog post “turning bad into good”!
I will show you how to work through a process, even when things don’t go quite how you expect and not giving up on a creative thought.
Using TripleTac as a transfer medium is one of my favourite techniques to play with.
It is super easy.
All you need is a canvas, X-Press It TripleTac Glue and something to transfer. It could be a pattern paper print, a print from a magazine or a photo.

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Firstly the photo.
The photo is printed straight onto copy paper.
Did I mention this technique was easy?
It doesn’t matter if it’s inkjet or laser, although laser works better.
You will notice my photo is on the dark side.
I wasn’t sure how it was going to look once transferred so used the whole process as an experiment.

Once you’ve selected your canvas and printed off a photo to fit
cover the photo side of the paper with TripleTac.

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Then place this side of the paper down on to your canvas.

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Allow the glue to dry, you can use a heat gun or allow to dry naturally (which can take a few hours but best results are from waiting 24 hours).

Now the great thing about this technique is that you can use the transfer medium on all sorts of things.
Transfer on to wood, cardboard or even cardstock. Anything flat that won’t move when you follow the next part of the process.

Once the glue is dry, use a paint brush and apply some water

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Then working in small sections start rubbing back the layer of paper to reveal the photo below.

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By working in small sections you will soon see where the paper still needs rubbing back.

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Be careful not to rub too hard or too far as you will start to remove the photo.
You will see this happened in small sections of my canvas. You will see that I made this “mistake” work to my advantage.
Once you have removed the paper membrane from the whole canvas give it a clean with a damp cloth (I like to use my hand that has been dampened with a little water).
Allow to dry. Then cover with another coat of TripleTac to seal the print, making sure the coat is flat or it will dry streaky (as it did on my canvas…more on that below)

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And that’s the whole process.
Told you it was easy!
You can now add some paint around the edge of your canvas to finish it off.
For my canvas I took it a little step further.

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I have painted some layers around my photo and then covered the “white space” with some text.
I used the glue streaks to my advantage by highlighting them to emphasis texture and dimension.

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The result

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Hopefully this inspires you to give this technique a go.
Why not grab your bottle of TripleTac and experiment.
Have a creative week
Sharmaine

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

X-Press It Stencil Sheets: White Card to Colourful Card

Today is the day that we share the wonders of X-Press It Stencil Sheets which are low tack vinyl sheets that can be used to build masks of your own choosing, it comes in single sheets, perfect to give this great product a go:

Hand cut negative and positive space masks or do what I have done in today's tutorial and put your abundance of die cuts to good use!  I have planned my dies out to cut in one pass, but you can cut as you go as well:


The absolute BEST thing about X-Press It Stencil Sheets is the low tack backing, that allows you to stick the stencil to your project and not worry about leakage when you are drenching with coloured sprays, or spray paint or the like… the tack provides a solid barrier to your card stock, and ensures a clean line, something that can't be achieved with plastic stencils, or a simple cardboard die cut, look at the great results with the chevron background die below.  The die cuts through the stencil sheet, and if you are careful with your sandwich width will save the backing sheet, otherwise you can store on a transparency sheet:

I have used the positive space for this project, but you could also use the chevron strips as well, place directly onto card, and a simple press connects the low tack backing to your project:

Mist up with a spray, and because it has good connection with the card you don't need to worry about puddling the spray:

Pat off excess, or dry gently with a heat tool:

Peel the mask back to reveal the stencilled design:

Continue to build colour with different masks, these next masks are circles made from stacked circle dies, very simple and easy to use time and time again:

The stencil sheet is flexible enough to overlap and still provide good connection with the base card of your project:

Spray a contrasting colour, this time leaving different consistency of colour across the project, so that you can see puddles of red/pink, and also still see the yellow chevron poking through:

Don't be afraid to cut fine dies and put them to use, in this example I have used the negative space from a hello die to build a label, make sure you leave a generous border around words that you intend on using the negative space… and keep the positive space hello for future use:

Straight onto a piece of scrap card with plenty of room for the whole stencil:

Spray, and then cut out with another stencil to build a little sentiment banner:

Stencils and simple white card, can turn into a good splash of colour… 


X-Press It Stencil Sheets will work with sprays like I have used today, but also any other wet or dry medium… try your copics, airbrushed copics, liner pens, crayons, watercolours, the list is endless!



I hope you have enjoyed this little tutorial on using X-Press It Stencil Sheets with your die cuts… it's time to get colourful!




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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Clear Gel Glue (and other ways you can use it)

Hi readers,
I’m on holidays and wishing I had packed more scrappy supplies than I did!
So this blog post is just a short insight
into some ideas of what you can use
X-Press It’s Clear Gel Glue for, apart from the obvious… gluing!!
The first thing I thought to try out was using the Clear Gel Glue
as a paste to run over a stencil.

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Placing my card under this FabScraps stencil
I smoothed some glue over the stencil with a palette knife.

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I then gently removed the stencil.

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Once dried the glue gives the card a two tone effect
and is a great background for a card or a scrap page.

The second idea was to use the glue to create an embellishment.
I was without my circle punch,
as you could use this idea on some pattern paper,
so I used these FabScraps stickers instead.

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I added a large coating of glue to the circle design

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Once dry it became like a clear dot and you could see the pattern underneath.

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Hope this quick post has inspired you to see X-Press It’s Clear Glue Gel
in a totally different light.
You can use a small amount to give a gloss finish to your work,
or a thicker coat to create something different and amazing.
Happy creating
Sharmaine

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Friday, January 9, 2015

X-Press It Has A Fresh New Look


We are excited to announce that commencing in January 2015 the X-Press It range will have a fresh new look! Your favourite, tried and tested products will remain exactly the same, but with brand new packaging. The new colourful and contemporary designs will be in your local store soon!

Visit our website to view our new look and be sure to follow us on facebook and Instagram.






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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

X-Press It: Sticky Foil

There is this relatively newish thing in the land of X-Press it called Sticky Foil, it is kind of soooo nice it is a little painful to cut into it, but that is what we buy it for so I got my MASCULINE on with this tutorial… given the first thing that comes to mind when I see the pattern (which is called Tread Plate) on the Sticky Foil is the pressed metal found in blokes workshops and tray backs and such…. it is shiny and a little hard to photograph but here are a couple of starting shots:


I was REALLY please to learn that the Tread Plate pattern does NOT dissipate when sticky foil is die cut, this is GOLD…. I am sure if you plate sandwich was firm it might go towards flattening, but my standard sandwich left the tread in place, making it easy to die cut elements from this fabby product:


Sticky Foil is true to name it has a grid like backing paper that separates easily from the foil, and is then easily pulled back to expose the adhesive and make it ready for adhering to the card I used today:


Another GOLD moment was when I took to the die cut frame with a Copic Marker, I thought I would have to airbrush the Sticky Foil to get the Copic to look as it should, but a few swipes with my trusty 100 Black Copic and the surface of the Sticky Foil was covered, and it left a really funky metallic look to it too… this just opened up a multitude of doors for this product for me!…. :


Sticky Foil brings a nice touch of clean cut masculine to your card projects, it cuts like butter in a die cutting machine, or on a guillotine, or with a scalpel, the backing peels back easily (SOOO important) and it sticks really well, making open window cards an easy task!


If you haven't tried Sticky Foil yet it is time to get it out of your stash and give it a whirl!!!

I look forward to using this with some different colour combos in the very near future...




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