Wednesday, April 23, 2008

How about a Bandanna Technique Card Contest???

Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is well. I was cleared for my surgery, so I'm getting ready, trying to get as much done at work as possible. It's a busy week with Claudine here, but things are coming along so well! I had a blast playing with Claudine today and I'm really stoked on what's coming down the pike this summer! I'm going to be up late tonight finishing up my prepping for the Scrapbook Cupboard classes and tomorrow night, dinner with Miss Claudine and Foofie Toes' Mommy (Nadine!).

I figured that during my recovery from my arthroscopic knee surgery, it would be fun to have a contest...what do you think? Here's the rules:

1. Create a card that features the Bandanna Technique! For those that don't know what that is, I'm going to post the "official" directions below. The key to "bandanna-ing" is using the Inkssentials(tm) White Opaque Pen-it can be over pre-printed scrapbook paper, over Distress Crackle Paint(tm), Adirondack(r) Pigment Ink, or even Tim's Wrinkle Free Distress Technique!

2. Mail the card to Ranger's office as follows:

Robin's Bandanna Technique Card Contest
c/o Ranger Industries
15 Park Road
Tinton Falls, NJ 07724

Since I don't have a P.O. box, this is the next best thing and I'll have someone from my office mail the cards home to me.

3. Make as many as you want! If possible, mail separately so I can keep track of what I get from whom. PUT YOUR NAME ON IT! I know, I'm my own worst enemy of this, but don't forget to do this. Even though this is my personal contest, who knows? It could end up as a sample at CHA?! Hint: since it's no surprise that I work at Ranger, it wouldn't hurt to use Ranger product?????

4. Have all cards to me by FRIDAY, MAY 17th, 2008. My plan is to go through them all and while home, from time to time post some of them (not necessarily will be what's picked as the winners, but just go show all the neat stuff that (I hope!) is coming in!

5. I will (possibly with some help from my cats Minnie and Oliver, who'll be home keeping me company, and maybe even Brian) pick 8-10 "finalists". I'll then set up a poll for you to vote for the winner!

6. I'm still figuring out what you can win. I may contact a few of my author friends to see if they want to cough up some stuff, but I think what the "grand prize" will be.....hmmmm....how about a FULL set of Ranger Adirondack(r) Pigment Ink Stamp Pad and reinkers? That's 20 stamp pads and 20 reinkers...not bad, huh? (Note: this is my contest...I'm going to be buying this from Ranger-wholesale, but still, it's going to be from ME!) Second and Third Places will be a $25 Amazon gift certificate and Third Place-will be a surprise (which means I'm not sure what yet).

So, what do you think? Tell EVERYONE!!!! The more the merrier. PLEASE give me something to ogle and look at while I'm recovering from my knee surgery!

Here's the "official" Bandanna Technique Instructions! Feel free to share...

Bandanna Backgrounds

Tim Holtz™ Distress Ink™ Dye Stamp Pads, Ranger Industries
Inkssentials™ Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Ranger Industries
Inkssentials™ Mini Mister™, Ranger Industries
Inkssentials™ Heatit™ Craft Tool, Ranger Industries
Inkssentials™ White Opaque Pen, Ranger Industries
Adirondack® Pitch Black Dabber or Pigment Pad or Archival™ Jet Black, Ranger Industries
Rubber Stamps (flourishes work especially well)
Watercolor Paper, Strathmore Series 400
Creating the Wrinkle Free Distress background:
1. For this technique, the key is what you do after you create the background. Thus, you can use ink or paint. My favorites are using either Tim Holtz’ Wrinkle Free Distress Techniques or painting a Distress Crackle Paint or Adirondack Pigment Ink background.
2. For Wrinkle Free Distress, use watercolor paper cut into 4” squares or postcard size (5-1/2” x 4-1/4”).
3. Rub colors of Distress Ink on the Non-Stick Craft Sheet. Place the ink next to and not on top of one another to keep the ink colors as pristine as possible.
4. Spritz ink with water with Mini Mister; more water is better. If you use too little water, you will end up with “blocks” of color.
5. Press paper on the inks; “squeegee” your hand over the back of the paper (move your hand, not the paper, moving the ink outward). Turn over and dry with the Craft Tool. (Option: blot the wetter areas with a paper towel, which creates wonderful ink spots and helps the paper dry faster!)
6. Note how Distress Inks, when wet, create different tones of the same color.
7. Lightly tap dry inked paper over remaining ink drops on Craft Sheet to build layers of color. Dry with Craft Tool. Note: if you don’t dry the ink between “pressings”, it will muddy.
8. Repeat until desired look is achieved.
9. For Distress Crackle Paint background, paint manila tag or cardstock with Crackle Paint. Shake paint; medium coats create smaller cracks; heavier coats create larger cracks. Allow to dry on own; use Craft Tool to speed drying only after it has started to crack.
Bandanna it!
10. Stamp images with either paint dabber, pigment ink or Archival ink over surface. Use Craft Tool to speed drying. The types of stamps that are best are more graphic ones or ones that have medium to heavier “lines” so they can be embellished.
11. Now’s the fun part! Have fun doodling over and around the images with the white pen. Use your imagination; don’t be shy; add embellishments over or around the lines of the stamp, which is your doodling guide!

Happy Bandanna-ing!



Teresa said...

I want to win third place. Just cause I'm curious. OK OK, I know I'm not eligible...

Penny said...

I'm with Teresa! Umm...but unless there has been some reincarnation going on that you haven't told me about - change rule #5 please. :(

Good luck with the surgery! We will talk soon.

Robin Beam said...

Yikes! See, I still miss my Pearl Girl...corrected, and Oliver will be good representation!

Inky Hugs, Robin

Kriss said...

Sounds like fun! Your Bandanna Technique is the BEST.

Erin Glee said...

This sounds like fun! I have a little shopping to do, first! (Thanks!)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the contest. I have been wanting some bandana instructions. I love that look. Good luck to you in your recuperation............~~Mary Lib

Anonymous said...

How generous! Thanks so much, and please get well soon!

Ruby Craft said...

What a great prize! What a great contest! I'll be sure to send you a Get Well Soon Bandanna Card! Good Luck with the surgery and a speedy recovery.

Penny said...

I thought it was a test to see who was really paying attention. Any prize for that? :)

Anonymous said...

This is so exciting. And incredibly generous of you. I've been meaning to try this technique for ages. If this doesn't get me going, I don't know what will!

Thank you and good luck with the surgery.

Anonymous said...

Hi Robin:

Can not wait for tonight's class at the Scrapbook Cuboard - for that matter all of the classes. I look forward to this technique and can't wait to use it it my work. The contest sounds like a blast!

Anonymous said...

This is a great idea! I am absolutely in love with this technique ever since I saw it on the Hero Arts web site. I see that it is a card contest, but is it limited to just a card or can I branch out with a book? I plan to enter either way but i have a book idea in my head. Thanks, JIL

Hope everything goes as planned with your surgery!

Judy said...

I love a challenge. Sounds like a fun contest! Thanks, Robin.
Good luck with your surgery & speedy recovery.

Robin Beam said...

Hello, All

Someone asked if they could do a book or just a card. Oh, what the heck! Do what you want! Have fun, that's what it is all about!

Inky Hugs,


Jean said...

dear Robin: I a busy --not as much as YOU!!! but I have to let you know that I am thining of you and I LOVE you dearly. Here is a BIG hug on the eve of operation. xoxoxoxox!!! it will be great to get everythuing all fixed. I know! !!! your friend jean

Anonymous said...

dear Robin, i hope you have a speedy recovery! i wish you the best of luck!

gr all the way from belgium! Tanya

Lyneen said...

Best to you during this time and a speedy recovey!!

I just found your blog... GREAT techniques!

Jen Crossley said...

Hi Hazel!! Oops sorry LOL
Love this techinque thanks for sharing

Lynnda said...

first visit to your blog and wow something to challenge me straight away.
I hope everything works out with the operation, and I will be watching the blog to hear how you are.
Will try the techneque, and if it goes Ok you can expect an entry form the UK

Staceyface1 said...

glad you are getting your knee looked at. Hope it goes well.

Sarah Schwerin said...

Bugger! We don't have the ranger opaque pens here in OZ yet! I've ben busting for them to arrive!
Oh well, good luck to everyone who enters! I look forward to seeing the results!
Best wishes for a speedy recovery Robin! :)

KSmith said...

Oh I love this technique will have to try and get one done today so you can get it by friday.

KSmith said...

ok I finished up my card, yeah! NOw to get it to the post office. I will send it out tomorrow (yes cutting it close, of course). Hope you are recovering well!

Elizabeth Golden said...

I love this technique! i posted some examples I did on my blog. I have listed your blog and you as author of this technique with a link to get to your site. I hope you don't mind and I hope you get lots of traffic.Even after surgery your are making art. hats off to you! Your card contest sounds like fun.
Elizabeth Golden

Dawn said...

Brilliant technique can't wait to give it a go, hope surgery went well and that you are taking care of yourself x

CHINI said...

Market need new technique
PVC cards