Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Cleaning Permanent Stains From MISTI

One of the most emailed questions I get is about removing stains from the MISTI.   So I thought I would do a quick public service announcement about maintaining  the MISTI.

The first thing I must say is to use an appropriate acrylic cleaner.  Acrylic can be damaged by inappropriate cleaners.  For example, glass cleaner, will fog any acrylic.  Other cleaners can cause crazing.  Crazing are small cracks that appear in the acrylic.

I put together a short video on cleaning permanent stains from the MISTI.   This also works for dye, pigment and sticky inks like Versamark.   If you have any residue from adhesive, you can do the same thing with the Novus 2.

 I hope you find it helpful.  If you did, please give the video a thumbs up.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Impression Obsession Blog Hop

Today, our team is hopping with our friends at Impression Obsession - a company we just love. Mitra, the owner, is a kind, funny and generous lady who has assembled a team of incredible illustrators and artists who produce an incredibly wide range of styles. She also, like me, is a developer of stamping tools - notably the Mega Mount - which is a genius idea for using large background stamps. She's definitely someone I admire a lot, and I think of her as a pioneer. So I'm happy to be stamping with her gorgeous stamps today and can't wait to see what everyone else has made.

For my card I started with some Arches Cold Press Watercolor paper.  I Stamped my images from Impression Obsession's Autumn Leaves stamp set in Delicata Celestial Copper pigment ink.  Next, I added Hero Arts Copper embossing powder.  After heat setting the embossing powder, I broke out my Peerless watercolors.  This is the first time I used them on a card.  After it was dry, I mounted it to my card base.

On Wednesday, October 12th, we will be drawing a name from all the comments on ALL the blogs that participated on the Impression Obsession & My Sweet Petunia Blog Hop.  The prize is a Mini MISTI and a $25 I.O.gift certificate.  The winner will be announced on I.O. and MSP Facebook page.

Blog hop stops:
Iliana Myska >>>You are here.
Mitra Friant
Lydia Fiedler
Jeanne Streiff
Kia Gibson-Clapper
Maureen Wong
Ilina Crouse
Ceal Pritchett
Dina Kowal
Daniela Dobson
Anna Wight
Laura Fulcher
Karen Amidon
Victoria Garrett
Kittie Caracciolo 
Jenny Gropp

Sunday, October 2, 2016


I have really been making an effort to stamp as much as possible.  If I sit down and think, "I need to make something," it overwhelms me.  I have no idea where I should start.

Lately, I  decided that I need to just jump in.  I find a stamp that needs to be used and commit myself to make something with it.  So that is what I am sharing today.

I kept this card one layer.  Since I had to do some masking for the party hat, I took advantage of the corners of the MISTI.  First, I stamped the hat, balloon, and present in the bottom corner.  I moved my cardstock up to the far corner and masked the party hat and then stamped the dog.

After I colored the images, I went back and did my favorite technique.  I over-stamped the existing image with Versafine Onyx Black Ink so that I can add clear embossing powder. After heat setting the embossing powder, you can really see the image pop. If you haven't tried doing this, you should.

In the video, I mention our family dog.  I said that I would show you her picture and I thought I would tell you more about our Ginger.  You will have to watch the video to learn why the dog on my card is not colored like her.

My Little Petunia has always had a love for animals.   She had been asking for a dog for the longest time.  We wanted to make sure that she was up to the responsibility.  The rule was that she had to keep her room clean for a whole year.  Did she do it?  Yes.

My Little Petunia shopped around for a Chihuahua.  Not just any Chihuahua, but the $1800 kind.  Until we told her that she had to pay for a third of it.  So she found a rescue dog for $35.

Ginger was three years old when we got her.  We were her second rescue home.  She has been a part of our family for a little over a year.  She loves people but not other dogs.  She really has to get to know them.  Makes you wonder what she went through before we brought her home.  None the less, she is the sweetest dog.

Thanks for stopping by.