Growing in unity day 2

Hello and welcome everyone to day 2 of my growing in unity blog series.I would like to take the time to thank everyone who has checked out day 1. For today’s card I used the stamp set time to refresh by gracielle design i fussy the flower out and popped it up with foam tape. I ink blended the background with rina k electro pop ink.I used Kraft card stock for my card base.

Thanks for stopping by for day 2 of my growing in unity series.Stay tuned for day 3 of my growing in unity blog series.

Brandon Leggitt

Growing in unity day 1

Hello and welcome to day 1 of my growing In unity blog series.for today’s card I used the stamp set called roger guy from the Angieguy unity line the media I colored the image is Copic I cropped the image on black card stock for a border and popped it up with foam tape the card base i used is Kraft card stock and the designer old newspaper print is from a paper pack I have sitting around that fit for this masculine themed card. Thank you for checking out my day 1 growing in unity series. Also don’t forget to visit daily and leave a comment for a chance to win. Stay tuned for day 2 of my series…..

Have a fantastic day,

Brandon Leggitt

Distressing ink technique with baby wipes

are you looking into unique but cheap way to do distressing techniques well I got one for you instead of only taking water and spritzing the paper you can take baby wipes are you asking your wouldn’t that destroy the paper well nope it don’t but to do it you squeeze the baby wipes until you get the right amount of surface area you are working on and then you take that same baby wipe and dab all the puddles of water so it don’t sit there and ruin that areas. Thanks for reading stay tuned for my next blog post

To or not distress

Do you like the distressed look just as much as I do well you are in luck I recently started doing that technique and let’s be honest it is addicting weather you do the watered down distressed look with spritzing water or you enjoy the raw natural distressed look it is awesome but for my suggestions make sure you have things ready to wash your hands after you are done because let’s be honest it is fun but messy I recently saw videos where you can stamp and emboss on the image and also distress it after. Not only can you distress with ink but they have markers and crayons oh my I can’t wait for anything in the future they find that helps you achieve that awesome distressed look thanks for reading this stay tuned you never know what or when my next topic is.

Random tools that are handy for crafts

are you on a limited budget well little did you know the items in the junk drawer can make great tools for the project recently I found that out when I needed a tool to help me with a large stamp well little did I know that acrylic roller that was bad and I needed to replace it well I found out that there was still life in it after all so never doubt that junk drawer items because you might find that little item that might make  you feel you hit the jackpot. Thanks for following.

Reconditioning hard clay after it has sat for awhile

Have you ever had issues where you let clay sit around too long out for it to dry or bought some in the store and it was that way and wondered what can I do with it well for one DONT THROW IT AWAY there is still hope for resurrection of it. In this I will teach you what you can do to have the clay back to brand new.

1. You can drop a couple of drops of translucent liquid clay per ounce of clay and knead it in.

2. Warm it in your hands or under your arms until it is soft.

3. Put it in a bag and submerge the clay in warm water for 10 minutes or until it is til your liking for softness.

4. Take a mallet or hammer and break it up and then do one of the above techniques to make the clay soft but be careful when doing it so you don’t get hurt.

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Polymer clay Caning 101

If you are looking to make your first cane you are going to need to have lots and lots of clay no matter what your design is so you must invest in clay that will be readily available need be .there is many brands of clay that is perfect for caning here are just some premo kato and fimo are great caning for jewelry making. When you make canes you must let it rest in between each time you add so much detail. Next is when you are done building the desired cane you in vision you will have to reduce which means when you take the clay roller and roll each side until you get the size you want but you will need to let it rest in between times or you will ruin it next is slicing which is just as time consuming as reducing you take your clay blade and slice each piece evenly sliced so you get the max of items you will want for your money after that you will be able to bake and make the jewelry you wanted use it for. Thanks for following I will be cooking up my next blog post soon …… stay tuned

Neverknead or kneading polymer clay

I know working with clay can be tough to do but now there is a new tool in town to help you.when you have a big block you need to condition or mix colors although mixing clay maybe be easier sometimes but hey let’s be honest when you need a big amount of clay to work with let’s be honest working it with your hand is not only time consuming but tough on you that’s when you need the neverknead to help you because it allows more clay at a time and it can be more accurate while using. Thanks for following me. I will be following up with another post soon bye for now.

Choosing the right polymer clay extruder

have you been looking for a polymer clay extruded and are having issues choosing which one well I am here to make that a little bit easier for you. While there is so many out there it is hard to pick here are some basic ones that are the best one for the polymer clay artist in you there is the Lucy brand yes I said Lucy that is the brand that makes the clay slicer then there is the makins professional and then there is the walnut hollow brand while all have there own purposes the brands that are in the more affordable but with still the quality is the walnut hollow and the makins clay extruder but they have to be the pro version because when they are the cheap plastic they tend to not last as long since the pro ones are made from metal and have a cranking motion instead of the push mode which the crank ones are so much better and tend to not wear down as much at all in them you get nice set of designs to help you make your project or cane. For me I have tried makins and walnut hollow and I couldn’t tell you which one I prefer more because they both are wonderful thanks for following will update soon if you have any questions don’t be afraid to reach out to me bye for now

Choosing your first die cutting machine

Let’s face it there is tons and tons of die cutting machines but finding the right one that fits your needs and expectations of what you want it to do. Wether you want portability, quality or variety of the die cut looks you want. In this I will let you know what basic machines are good and which are bad.

Sizzix is good but the variety of the die cuts are slim for the basic machine. Although they make more machines then that the basic machine just doesn’t cut it. The difficult way to use it is hard especially when you have hand dexterity issues or shoulders due to the crank motion.

Tim holtz vagabond even though he has partnered up with sizzix the vagabond is the easiest to use because you don’t have to use a cranking motion all it is a push of the button and there you go you have your image. Although it  takes a massive size space of table it is still worth every penny you have spent and also the die cuts are awesome for it if you like the weathered effect but not only can you use that you can use other brand die cuts you like and are able to use so you are not stuck with the fact that it is the only ones you see is what you can only use that is not true all brands work even embossing folders.

Cricut the brand is awesome very versatile with it all.they have kept up with the times and came into the digital age so you can download a app that helps you control the way you want the image displayed and the size of it also along with that you can design your own way and also you can design more then one image at a time. If you are a tech guru like me then that is the one for you.

Brother scan and cut great for tech gurus but only downfall is the cost. Being that it is so costly it isn’t worth trying because it is so spendy but once they come out with more models of it then I recommend making the purchase of the first model because the cost will definitely go down since there is new technology in the other models

spellbinders awesome for the cost because it is basic also you can make metal jewelry with it with certain embossing folders that are made for it

thanks for following will post more soon