Saturday, July 4, 2015

STEAMPUNK Mixed Media Canvas with ColourArte

Hello everyone!  Today, I want to share my project for the ColourArte Design Team Call.
I am in a bit of a steampunk mood again, and I got lots of steampunk chippies (that's slang for chipboard) from Gina's Designs to use with all of my ColourArte Perfect Paints.  I pulled out some papers, a 12x12 canvas, and lots of metal to get me started.  So lets do just that!

Glue two pieces of scrapbook paper to the canvas, tearing one and layering it over the other, as shown.
Begin adhering chipboard alphabet randomly to the center of the canvas and the word "STEAMPUNK" along the top.
Paint background with white gesso and let dry.  Randomly add molding paste through mini grid stencil and let dry. The stenciled areas will show up in following photos when color is added.

Spray background with Radiant Rain Mists Fern, Key Lime, Seafoam, and Elderberry.  Dab some Hot Cinnamon Radiant Rain dauber randomly, then spray Radiant Rain Butternut Shimmering Mist over all.
I know it may seem crazy, but apply a wash of white gesso over entire background again and let dry.  Mixed media is all about layers, i.e., layers of texture and color.  The wash still allows some of the previous colors to shine through.  Next, paint background with Radiant Gels Olive Vine, Key Lime, Emperor's Gold, and Spiced Pumpkin.  Let this layer dry.  
Try as I might, the camera just cannot see all the colors I see in person.  Trust me, they are there.
Use Green Pearls Radiant Gel to highlight around the letters "STEAMPUNK" to make them pop, then randomly add it to the background, mixing with Twilight to get that beautiful turquoise color.  Apply patches of Luv U Pink and Autumn Leaf Radiant Gels.  
Awww, there it is,  a mix of all the colors radiating out into the light.  
Now to work on the embellishments.  Ink bottom of dress form with Versamark ink, heat emboss with Pewter Iced Enamels.  Trace and cut out top of dress form onto a piece of silver aluminum foil and emboss with Tim Holtz Diamond Plate embossing folder.  Antique with DecoArt Black Shimmer.
Adhere embossed foil to top of dress form and adhere a small scrap of chipboard to the back to add some lift when it gets applied to the canvas.
Ink wings with Versamark ink, heat emboss with Turquoise Iced Enamels.

Delaminate a piece of mica.  Lay mica over the hourglass portion, trace and cut out the outline of the glass only.  Set aside.  

Heat emboss the rest of the hourglass with Versamark ink and Chartreuse Iced Enamels.

Adhere mica to hourglass with 3D Crystal Lacquer or Glossy Accents.  Ooooh, doesn't it look like there is sand inside?  

Adhere the chipboard pieces to the canvas, as shown.  This half of the photo shows a closeup of the dress form and wings, some paper and metal flowers, gears and other steampunk style embellishments.  Can you tell which gears are chipboard and which are metal?

I also used the Egyptian Gold Radiant Rain dauber over the wings, flowers, and embellishments to give them a cohesiveness and make them appear even more metallic.
I added a metal spring and metal studs over the dress form.
On this half, you can see the chipboard bird with his mechanical parts and key winder to make those gears turn.  He was embossed with rust embossing powder, and Egyptian Gold Radiant Rain dauber added randomly.
The hourglass was also added, a "rusted" chipboard key, and more metal!
To really make the STEAMPUNK letter pop, I used a charcoal pencil and water brush to detail around each letter.
And here are two closeups of each side of the chipboard gears border at the bottom of the canvas.
Aren't these colors just fabulous?  I cannot say enough good things about ColourArte.  They truly have become my "go to" paints.
Now, let's finish off the sides of the canvas. In keeping with the metal theme, emboss a 14" strip of 2" wide silver aluminum foil tape with the Diamond Plate embossing folder.  I cut a slit in the top of my embossing folder so I could keep the tape running through continuosly.  Paint a light coat of the black antiquing creme over the entire strip.  When dry, use a soft damp cloth to remove excess paint.
Add a coat of Patina color to the aluminum strip and wipe away the excess.
Cut aluminum into ½" wide strips.  You need four. 
Adhere the strips around the canvas to cover the edges and give it that Steampunk style metal finish.

Supplies used:

Finnabair A4 paper pad (Prima)
Chipboard alphabet (my stash)
White gesso (Liquitex)
Regular Matte Gel Medium (Golden)
Extra Heavy Gel/Molding Paste (Golden)
Carbon Black Antiquing Creme (DecoArt)
Stencils:  Mini Sketch Grid (TCW456s)
Embossing folder:  Diamond Plate (Tim Holtz)
Black Shimmer Metallic Lustre (DecoArt)
Versamark inkpad
Gilders Paste: Copper, Patina, German Silver
Iced Enamels (Susan Lenart Kazmer): Pewter, Turquoise
2" wide silver aluminum foil tape (hardware store)
3D Crystal Lacquer
Prima paper flowers, metal flowers and trinkets
Blue Glass Glitter (Melissa Frances)
Metal studs (CTMH)
Charcoal Pencil

I know this was a long post with lots of photos, but I try really hard to get realistic, true-to-life pictures of this fabulous paint products from ColourArte.  I hope I was able to do just that, and I am thankful to you if you were able to stay with me this far.

As always, I am so glad you stopped by today, and I would love to hear what you think about my project.

Have a wonderful and creative week, my crafty friends!


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Mixed Media Home Decor Canvas for Wine Lovers

Hello everyone.  Barbara here with another mixed media canvas to share using those fabulous products from ColourArte.  I have also paired them with some fabulous laser cut chipboard from Gina's Designs.

This month we are featuring Radiant Rains, in both Shimmering Mists and Color Concentrate Daubers.  Wouldn't this make a fabulous wall hanging near the wine cabinet, or place it on an easel to display in your kitchen.

I have made a quick youtube video tutorial for you.

ColourArte Supplies used:

Radiant Rain Shimmering Mists:  Snapdragon, Sweet Whisper, Ginger Peach, Autumn Leaf, Ocean Wave, Peach Fuzz,
Radiant Rain Color Concentrate Daubers:  Wine and Roses, Copper, Nutmeg,
Silks Acrylic Glaze:  Olive Vine, Forest Green, Silver Bells
Radiant Gel:  Stargazer

Other Supplies used:
Gina's Designs: Grape Vines, Hinges, Wine Shape Set
Fruit of the Vine Collage Sheet (Altered Pages)
8x10 canvas
Liquitex liquid matte medium
Liquitex Clear and White Gesso
Golden Regular Matte Gel
Golden Crackle Paste
Creative Paperclay®
Circle clay cutter
Mesh drywall tape
Printed scrapbook paper

Please be sure to stop by the ColourArte Monthly Challenge blog to link up your own projects for a chance to win some ColourArte products, as well as show off your creations.  Click here for all the details.

I hope you enjoyed my video project today.  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!


Happy 4th of July with Altered Pages

Hello everyone.  I hope you are all looking forward to your July 4th holiday celebrations this weekend.  In honor of our country's independence, I have made a card using one of the new collage sheets from Altered Pages.

Start with these supplies.  Trim navy card stock to 4" x 5-1/4" and layer onto kraft card.
Ink the white mini edge with light brown ink and the Ranger Blending Tool.  Adhere to right edge of card.
Cut out a frame shape from Collage Backgrounds Red sheet and adhere over the image from the Altered Pages Patriotic People 2392 collage sheet.  Add a strip of gold sticker around the inside of the frame.
Use the Double-sided tape mini to adhere a piece of scrap chipboard to the back, distress the edges with brown ink and the blending tool.  Adhere to card front.
Stamp "Celebrate" onto scrap white card with Navy ink, punch out with label punch, and distress with light brown ink and the blending tool.  Adhere to card with adhesive dimensionals.
Cut two tiny banners from scrap navy card stock.
Adhere to bottom of card with #4 Wooden Bingo Marker.

Supplies used:

Altered Pages Patriotic People 2392 collage sheetCollage Backgrounds Red; Ranger Blending Tool; Bazzill Edges Minis (white); Bazzill Two Scoops Sandable (Mac)Wooden Bingo MarkersDouble-sided tape miniKraft cards and envelopesGold Opulence Stickersadhesive dimensionals
Frame die
Chipboard scrap
Label punch

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful and safe holiday!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

House of Cards July 2015 Challenge - Food and/or Colors Challenge

Hello everyone, and welcome back to a new monthly challenge here at House of Cards.  I so enjoy seeing all the creations each month, not only from the design team, but also from you, the challenge participants.  

This month's challenge is ...

JULY 2015
Use a food image and/or Colors
fresh cut color

I chose to use the color palette instead of foods for my card today.  

I love center step style cards because they stand up on their own for display, plus you get extra spaces for embellishing.  

I used a peach color card stock for my base, and a yellow card stock for the second layer.  The print paper I chose seemed to contain all of the colors shown in the palette, making it easy peasy to work with.  

The tag is a cut out from the paper pad, and the rest of the embellishments are from a set of pearlescent on clear acetate stickers.  I left the sticker liner on the two butterflies in the center, and adhered them to a couple strips of acetate before glueing them to the center portion, giving the impression they are in flight.
I stamped "Happiness Always" onto another yellow print scrap from the pad with Black Stazon.  Each of the print paper pieces were edged with the Chestnut Roan chalk ink before layering.  

And here is a closeup of each individual section.

Supplies used:
Kaisercraft 6.5"x6.5" Be-YOU-tiful paper pad
Cardstock: Peach, Yellow
Pearlescent butterfly/border stickers (Recollections)
Pearls and Gems (Hero Arts)
Chestnut Roan chalk ink
StazOn black ink
Happiness Always rubber stamp (Stampin' Up)

hope you enjoyed my card this month and that I have been able to inspire and entice you to play along with us in this month's challenge, which can be seen by clicking here.

The DT cards will be showcased here throughout the month, 
 so stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by, and please come back on the 3rd for MORE inspiration from this very talented Design Team!  We hope you join in the fun, too--please check out our House Rules HERE before linking up!  I can't wait to see your creations!

Barbara xo

Monday, June 29, 2015

Bluebirds and Butterflies Card with Sin City Stamps

Hello all!  I have a really pretty vintage style card to share with you today using two of Terri Sproul's new stamp sets from Sin City Stamps.

Stamp image onto slick white card stock with black StazOn or any permanent ink.
Paint the birds, nest, flowers and leaves with Twinkling H20s in Burnt Umber, Pink Azalea, Ocean Wave, and Moss Green.  The best way to activate the "twinks" is to spritz water into each pot and let them sit for a few minutes.
I wanted to age the paper, so I used a blending tool to add Antique Linen distress ink to the white card stock.
Here is a close up of the coloring with the antiqued background.
Next, I layered this piece onto a pink card stock layer, then onto a dark green card stock layer.  I left the tiniest border of each color around the image.  Then I die cuts a piece of tan card stock with the Fancy Tags die, and before removing the paper from the die, I used the blending tool to add more Antique Linen distress ink to it.
When I removed the die, the tag now has this nice, aged look and highlights.
I adhered the stamped piece slightly off center of a 5"x7" periwinkle blue card base, and I cut the tag in half, adhering each half to the sides of the stamped image, as shown.
Die cut a branch from brown mat board with the bird branch die and adhere to the card front above the nest image.
Add some paper flowers to the left side, covering the edge of the branch.
Punch several leaves from the dark green card stock scrap, and paint with the Moss Green Twinkling H20s.
Adhere the leaves around the flower bouquet, and cut leaves apart to add to the branches.
The give my card a nice balance, I decided to stamp two butterflies from the Terri Sproul's Wish stamp set with black StazOn ink.  I used the Pink Azalea, Ocean Wave, and Moss Green twinks to color them.  Then I fussy cut them out, shaped their wings and adhered to the right hand side of my card.  I added Amber glitter liner to their butterfly bodies.

Supplies used:

Sin City Stamps: Terri Sproul's Vintage Set; Terri Sproul's Wish
ColourArte:  Twinkling H20s:  Burnt Umber, Pink Azalea, Ocean Wave, Moss Green
Card stock:  White, Pink, Green, Periwinkle Blue
Black StazOn ink pad
Antique Linen distress ink
Blending tool
Bird Branch (Sizzix)
Brown mat board
Fancy Tags Two die (Spellbinders)
Leaf punch (Martha Stewart)
Paper flowers (Prima, Recollections)
Amber Glitter (Viva Decor)

I hope you enjoyed my card project today.  I love these sets and I think you will too.  So pop on over to the Sin City Stamps online store and check out all of the new sets and products that Sin City Stamps carries.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative week!