Monday, April 27, 2015

A Summery Card with Altered Pages and Stencil 1

Today I want to share a project using products from both Altered Pages and Stencil 1. There were three two-part butterflies in this stencil set, and as promised, I am going to show you how I used the third butterfly stencil.  I have tried to vary the techniques, and my previous posts can be viewed by clicking here for the first post, and here for the second post.

My project today is a layered, collaged card.
Cut yellow card stock to 5-1/2" x 11", folded in half to make a 5-1/2" square card.  Cut two frames, one larger than the other, from blue and yellow houndstooth card stock. Cut a third piece from gray print to measure 2-1/2" by 5-1/2"; punch one edge with Trellis punch.  Adhere all three pieces, as shown in photo above.

Trace open butterfly onto yellow print paper with a pencil.
Align matching detail butterfly stencil over penciled image and apply Versamark ink through openings.
Heat emboss with black puff embossing powder.  Trim butterfly, leaving off antennae.  Glue wire for antennae to back of butterfly and add Stickles Star Dust to the wings.  Edge wings with big brush pen.  Gently shape wings for dimension.
I have had this puff embossing powder for many years and was not sure of my results, so here is a closeup.  I like the texture from the puffiness it gives.  Kind of interesting, don't you think?
Fussy cut butterfly, but don't bother cutting out the antennae.  They will be replaced with a piece of wire, as shown.  
Adhere the wire to the wrong side of the butterfly, and add Stardust Stickles to the wings.  Edge butterfly with a black Big Brush pen.
Adhere butterfly to card front using 3D Crystal Lacquer.  Add Petaloo flowers to bottom left corner.  Use Black Bling to make the flourish beneath the butterfly.  

Trim the words "summertime" from the Summer Words collage sheet   Cut in half and edge with Scattered Straw distress ink.   Adhere to card front, as shown.

Edge card base with Scattered Straw distress ink.


Other Supplies used:
Stencil 1 Butterfly stencil set
Ranger Black Puff embossing powder
Scattered Straw Distress Ink
Martha Stewart Garden Trellis punch


You have one more day to play along.  Stencil 1 will provide a FAB stencil and Altered Pages will provide a package of tools! SHARE the Altered Pages blog posts daily on YOUR Facebook page for the monthly random drawing. Include ‪#‎alteredpages‬ in your post. Drawing on May 1, 2015. More you share more chances to win! 

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  Drawing on May 1, 2015.

I hope you enjoyed my easy peasy card today.  I also hope I have inspired you to try some of these products from Altered Pages and Stencil 1. Stenciling is so much fun, and there are so many different ways to utilize them.  And be sure to visit the AP Blog regularly to see what the rest of the team is working on.

Have a wonderful and oh so creative week!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Vintage Masculine Birthday Card For A Birthday Linky Party

Hello stamper friends.  Today I have a masculine card I made.   Shhhhh.... it's for my brother's birthday next week.  

I was invited by my fellow House of Cards design team member, Monika Reeck, to join in her  BIRTHDAY LINKY PARTY on her blog this month.  She turned 42 this past April 10th, and she is celebrating all month.  

One lucky participant will win a $25 GIFT VOUCHER to your favorite store, such as Simon Says, Stamplorations, Bugaboo, Create a Smile, Taws, etc.    

To link up your card project, you can click here.  You can see the complete instructions on her blog.  

Supplies used:

Paper:  Kraft card stock, Prima Cigar Box Secrets, 
Tim Holtz 8x8 Menagerie Paper Stash pad,
Rubber Stamps:  Hats Off (Stampabilities), Vintage (Hampton Art),
Black Archival Ink Pad, Vintage Photo Distress Stain

So, I hope you will join in for a fun time, lots of inspiration, and to wish our friend, Monika, a very happy birthday!


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Inspire Wall Plaque

Hello fellow ColourArte-ists, and welcome back to my second post for April.  As I mentioned before, this month, ColourArte will be featuring Twinkling H20s!  These are the most shimmery, super concentrated, watercolor paints you will find anywhere.  

I have been wanting to make an inspiration piece to hang in my studio.  Something I can see everyday and that will color me h-a-p-p-y.
When I found this wooden heart and laser cut word "Inspire" in my local craft store, I knew exactly what I was going to make.  Coming up with the idea is half the battle right there, isn't it?
Paint heart and word pieces with white gesso.  Adhere word and strip of lace.  
Stencil areas (as shown) with white modeling paste.  Allow to dry.

Add light wash of gesso over lace.  

Glue all the embellishments to the surface and allow to dry.
Dry brush some white gesso over the flowers and metal bits and let dry.  Begin by adding washes of Twinkling H20s in Hopeful Honeysuckle and Ginger Flower. Terra Cotta Rose was painted over the entire wood surface to blend the colors and give a more vintage look.  

To cover the surface more quickly, I decided to try something new, to me at least.  I mixed a lot of water into each pot with my paint brush, then dropped the color mixture right from the jar onto the surface, allowing it to run into the nooks and crannies.  I love the effect.

Leave to dry naturally to allow the fullest shimmer to shine through, which unfortunately the camera does not capture well.  Next, I misted the entire piece with Ginger Flower Shimmering Mist, some water to lighten it and let it flow, then Copper and Namorado Shimmering Mists.  I left it to air dry.

Paint metal butterfly with white gesso first.  Let dry.  Add Radiant Gels Guatemalan Green, Key Lime, and Stargazer.  Cedar Wood Twinks finished off his body.  Adhere butterfly to plaque.

Paint burlap leaves with Twinks Moss Green and Radiant Gels Key Lime.  Glue Champagne glass glitter inside cone shaped bead.
Paint Inspire with Radiant Gels Emperor's Gold, then the lower half of the letters with Twinks Ginger Peach.  Spread a wash of the Emperor's Gold randomly over the base for warmth.  
Mix Twinks Blue Zircon with a lot of water and apply to edge of wood, allowing excess to run and puddle.  If it does not run enough, you can mist it with water.
Color the flowers with any and all of the Twinks, using lots of water to blend them.  I also added some Key Lime to the centers of a few of the petals.  

Color the metal embellishments with Radiant Gels Emperor's Gold.  When that dries, add Ginger Peach over that for a faux rusted metal look (see photo above).  

Add a light wash of Moss Green over the ribbon, and randomly on the background.  Give the letters a deeper shadow by painting a line of liquid pencil around the word. 

Lastly, mist entire piece with Namorado Shimmering Mist for a real vintage feel. 

Allow to dry, then edge heart with brown chalk ink.

ColourArte Supplies used:
Radiant Gels Dimensional Paint:  Key LimeEmperor's GoldGuatamalan GreenStargazer
Radiant Rain Shimmering Mists:  Ginger FlowerCopperNamorado
Twinkling H20s:  Hopeful HoneysuckleGinger Flower, Terra Cotta RoseCedar WoodMoss Green, Ginger Peach, LemonGrass, Blue Zircon

Other Supplies:
DecoArt Media White Modeling Paste
White gesso (Liquitex)
Finnabair Ripped Fishnet stencil 
Denim and Lace ribbon, Inspire and Heart Laser cut wood pieces, paper flowers, metal charms, burlap die cut leaves (Michaels)
Champagne glass glitter (Stampin Up)
Liquid Pencil (Derivan)
Brown chalk ink (Mix'd Media-Leather)

ColourArte just announced they have six new Silks Acrylic Glazes for Spring 2015, Sea Spray, Apple Blossom, Lemon Drop, Kiwi, Cool Water, and Plum Blossom, and each is as gorgeous as they sound.  In addition, there are also eight new Radiant Gels that are to "dye" for.  Stop by the shop and save $10.00 off your next order, good until 20 April 2015 with coupon code:  aprilshowers.  

And that's not all!

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In our Bi-Monthly Scavenger Hunt
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Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you are inspired to try some of these fabulous paints and watercolors in your next project!

Have a wonderful, creative weekend!


Monday, April 13, 2015

Butterfly Time: Mixed Media Art Journaling

Hello everyone, and welcome back to my regularly scheduled post.  As I am sure you know, we have the great pleasure of working with our monthly sponsor ...

Yes, Stencil 1 has some absolutely wonderful stencil designs and a wide variety, as well. I am sure you will find something to your liking.

My particular stencil came with three sets of butterflies.  In my previous post, you can see the altered tag I made using one set. Today, I am going to play with yet another one of the images from the set and use it in my art journal.  You may remember the little mini art journal I made and began sharing some of the pages with you. Click here to see that post.
To prevent further paint seepage through the middle pages of the book, I added a strip of washi tape down the center.
Next, apply a coat of white gesso over both pages as well as the center tag.  Allow the gesso to dry.  (no photo)  Now apply some torn scraps of large sheet musicKaisercraft print papers, and yellow floral trim.  Overlap each piece, as shown.
Apply a wash of white gesso over the page once again to bring the elements together.
Spray distress stain sprays over the page, misting with water to make the inks spread, and then drying as you go to stop the color spreading.  It is a cool process that Tim Holtz (I believe) came up with.
When the pages are good and dry, place the solid butterfly stencil where you want it and spread crackle paste with a spatula.  Allow the paste to dry on its own, as crackle pastes prefer to crackle at its own speed.  (TIP:  Place a few of the stenciled butterflies off the page).
In the photo below, you can see how the crackle paste took some of the color laid down previously.  That is because the distress spray stains are water reactive.  I like it, though.  It will add to the vintage feel I want.
These are the three gelato colors I used on the crackled butterflies.  I used both my Waterbrush and my fingers to spread the colors.  If you are afraid you will go past the crackled image, then place your stencil back over it (as shown in the photo) and rub your colors until you like the result.  I later added some Ochre Gelato to give warm the colors a bit.
Here's the process I used to color them.  First, rub the Gelatos over the image.
Using a water brush helps spread the colors.
Using my finger to add more blue and green gave more depth to the images.  Then, I used a Faber-Castell black Big Brush pen through the stencil (for the body) and smudged the ink a bit to lessen the harshness of the black.
To darken the crackles, I spritzed each butterfly with brown distress ink spray, rubbed the color into the cracks with my finger, and dabbing excess with paper towel.
Now I want to use the sprays to make some stenciled butterflies directly onto my background.  I probably should have done that prior to laying the crackle paste down, but sometimes it just doesn't matter in mixed media.  I used the darker blue for this so it would show up a bit.
The dark blue speckles you see are a result of turning the stencil over and pressing the stencil onto the page to add those bits of color.  Never waste an opportunity to use up leftover inks.
Add pops of color using pink, ochre, and orange Gelatos randomly over page.
Darken the clock die cut using brown Gelato and smudging with your finger. 
Then, to add more depth, I used a Brushstix tool to pick up black distress ink and highlight around the edges.
Choose two kraft clock faces, cut one in half, and color each, direct to paper, with Mix'd Media ink pads in Mossy and then edge with Vintage.

Adhere kraft clock faces to pages, as shown.  Adhere the largest clock face inside the die cut.
Trim a length of floral trim, remove wire, and mist with Maya Bubblegum Metallic Mist, then spray with water to lighten the color a bit.  Allow to dry.  Cut the floral trim apart into individual flowers, glueing down as shown for an extra pop of color.
Fussy cut floral images from the Spring Florals and Klein Postcards collage sheets.  Age each image with Vintage Photo distress inks.  Adhere to the pages as shown in the photos.

Here are a couple of closeups where these images were added to my pages.

Computer generate the phrase "The Butterfly counts not months but moments and still has Time enough".  Cut into strips, aging each strip with Vintage Photo distress ink.
Adhere to page, as shown in photo below.  Various colors of Dew Drops were placed around the page for an added pop of color.
Place solid stencil onto a piece of watercolor paper.
Spread Art Anthology Mint Julep Sorbet dimensional acrylic paint through solid butterfly stencil using a spatula onto a piece of watercolor paper.  Let dry.
Spread Art Anthology Baby Blue Eyes Sorbet dimensional acrylic paint through detail stencil and allow to dry.
Here's what it looks like when completely dry.
Spray Heirloom Gold mist over dried paint.  This gave my butterfly a more vintage feel to match the feel of my journal pages.
Cut out the butterfly and adhere a piece of wire beneath the body for antennae.
Adhere butterfly to center of clock face, gluing only the body and leaving the wings free.  Add a pen nib to the body.
Fussy cut a butterfly wings from the collage Jar Fairies collage sheet.  Edge both wings with Vintage Photo distress ink and blending tool. Glue the outer half of each wing together, as shown.
Slip the remaining portion over the edge of the tag and glue each side down.
Flip the tag and yep, the other side of the butterfly.  Pretty cool, huh?
Use the detail stencil to stencil in the body of the butterfly half on each side of the tag, as shown.  Use a Brushstix and black ink to get the color through the body portion of the stencil only.
Finish off the tags by stamping flower silhouettes with black ink .  Can you see the butterfly body on the tag?  Remember you are one antenna on each side of the tag.

Altered Pages Supplies used:
Collage sheets:  Spring FloralsKlein PostcardsJar Fairies
Yellow floral trim
White gesso
Kaisercraft print papers
Large sheet music
Washi tape
Ranger Blending Tool
Black StazOn ink pad
Faber-Castell Gelatos
Faber-Castell Big Brush
Kraft Clock Faces
Pen Nibs

Other Supplies used:
Stencil 1 Butterfly stencil set
Distress Spray Stains:  Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Gathered Twigs
Deco Art Media Crackle Paste
Rubber Stamps:  A Real Violet, A Real Daisy, Real DillQ`1 (Hero Arts)

I hope you enjoyed my mixed media tutorial today, and that I have inspired you to try some of these products from Altered Pages and Stencil 1. They are so much fun, and I know you will enjoy using them.  Stop back by to see my next project with my third and final butterfly stencil in this wonderful set.  And be sure to visit the AP Blog regularly to see what the rest of the team is working on.

Have a wonderful and oh so creative week!