Monday, July 25, 2016

Be Brave Art Journal Page with Dixie Belle

Hi everyone!   I am working in my Dylusions Small Journal today.  Art journaling is really fun, and gives you permission to do your own thing without rules.  So let's play!

Tape the seam in your journal to keep the paint from seeping down into the pages below.  Paint both pages with a coat of the Liquitex Gesso and let dry.  Tear a few pieces of paper from the Authentic Accomplished 6x6 pad and adhere to the page randomly.

Add a wash of gesso over both pages to push the darker paper into the background.

Resize and print the hand with palette and brushes collage image, fussy cut and adhere to journal page.  Print  Pocket Quotes 2 collage image, cut out quotes for your journal.  Coat paper with Dixie Belle Clear Coat Satin to protect the inkjet printer ink from bleeding.

Cut the quotes apart and adhere them, along with the paint palette image, to the page, as shown.  I also penciled in a hand-drawn image of a paint brush at the top right.

Paint background with the Dixie Belle Soft Pink paint, watering it down a bit as you go over the images.  If you get too much on an image, use a damp baby wipe and wipe away any excess before it dries.  It will be very easy to remove because the images are sealed.

Paint the images and color the background with Gelatos using a Water brush, your finger, and a damp baby wipe to spread and blend the colors.

Stamp randomly over the background with StazOn Spiced Chai.  Draw a line with the blue Gelato from the brush tip, wet line with water brush and allow the color to drip from the image.

Shade around images using black Gelato and a Tortillion to blend the color out.

Cut strips of Adhesive Corrugated card stock, glue down to lower left side of page.   Hand write "Be Brave!" above card stock with black Pigma Micron Pen 01 and outline with Uniball white gel pen.

And here is the finished page.  I really like how this turned out.  No rules, no pressure, just fun!


Dylusions Small Journal
Liquitex Gesso
Authentic Accomplished 6x6 pad
Collage Sheets:  Pocket Pages 2I Create, Therefore I Am
StazOn Spiced Chai
Water brushes
Muse Altered Artist rubber stamp set
Ranger Blending Tool
Mixed Media Salazar Inkx (Leather)
Uniball white gel pen
Pigma Micron Pen 01
Adhesive Corrugated card stock

Dixie Bell Paints (Pale Pink, Clear Satin Sealer)

Dixie Bell Paints are not just for home decor!  I found this product to work extremely well in my mixed media art, and you can see how well it smoothly glides over paper.  Just imagine how well it works on wood and furniture.

I hope I have inspired you to create something fun in your art journal and try new things in your mixed media art projects.  Be sure to stop by Altered Pages to see what else is available for your use.

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


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Botanical Memo Board with Gypsy Soul Lasercuts

Hi everyone.  It's Thursday again, and that means I am up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Crafts blog!  When I got this Memo Board, I knew I was going to love it.  I am sure you will, too.  Just think of all the uses.  You can hang it on the wall, set it on an easel, add magnets to the back to hang on your fridge.  The possibilities are endless.

Lay your pieces out to determine how to glue them together.

Paint portions of chipboard that will not be covered with paper.  I mixed two colors of pink and salmon chalk ink to get a color to match my paper.

Cut scrapbook paper of your choice to size and adhere pieces to front and top and bottom of tray section.  Leave back uncovered for now.  (Be sure to cut out the holes you may have covered with paper so that you can still glue the pieces together.)

Now glue the tray shelf to the bottom of the board, as well as the trim pieces.  

I cut thin 1/4" strips of the same paper to add to the bottom of the tray shelf to cover where the chipboard joins.   I think it gives it a really nice finish.

Next, lay out your chipboard pieces to see how they will look, as well as the clip that will be placed in the center.

I first gave my chipboard pieces of coat of chalk paint in the color I wanted as an under tone.

Next, I gave details and dimension to the pieces, first with ColourArte Twinkling H20s, and then some extra shading was added with Gelatos.  I computer-generated "MEMO" onto a scrap of my paper to fit inside the miniature bookplate.

Before adhering any chipboard, I wanted to get the clip attached.  I centered it and penciled in where I needed to punch my hole for the brad to go through.  I used my Big Bite crop-a-dile to punch the hole.  Then I used some quick grab glue on the back, as well as inserting the brad through the clip and the board to hold it in place.  

Then I covered the back of my memo board with another coordinating paper.  Now it is nicely finished off on the back, as well.

I started adding my chipboard pieces, as shown in the close-ups below.  You can see where I added the MEMO bookplate to the clip, and some flower embellishments to my leaves. 

Supplies Used:

GSL Memo Board
GSL Bird on Branch Assortment
GSL Butterflies and Dragonflies
GSL Fern Fronds
GSL Skeleton Leaves
GSL Miniature Bookplates Shape Set
ColourArte Twinkling H20s
Folk Art chalk paints
Faber-Castell Gelatos
Metal clip and flowers

I hope you are inspired a bit to try creating your very own memo board.  Wouldn't this make a beautiful gift for someone.  Christmas is not too far off.   So pop on over the the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts store and see all the fab choices there.  

Thanks for stopping by, and have fun crafting!


Skyline Travel Card

Hi everyone! Today I am up on the Craftwell Blog with a card with a travel theme using my eBrush and stamps from our July partner, Clearsnap.  

Ink the skyline rubber stamp with black archival ink and without re-inking, stamp it twice onto scrap paper and cut out with craft knife, leaving the openings in the paper to use as a stencil, as shown.  

Using a die the same width as the stamp image, die cut one of the nesting labels onto glossy white card stock with the Craftwell Cut n' Boss.  The middle die in the photo below will work perfectly.

Find and mark the middle of the die lightly with pencil.  I like to use a ruler that has both horizontal and vertical markings to help me keep my lines straight in either direction. 

Place a piece of washi tape below the pencil line and protect the bottom half with a post-it note or scrap paper.

Begin eBrushing a beautiful sunset sky on the top half of the die cut.

YR61 Yellowish Skin Pink

YR68 Orange

B97 Night Blue
So far, so good!

Remove tape and place it above the pencil line, and protect the top half with a post-it note or scrap paper.  Begin eBrushing a beautiful blue river or lake on the bottom half of the die cut. 

Looking good!

Place one of the fussy cut pieces of card used to stamp on and, using it as a stencil, making sure to reverse it to match the stamped image, eBrush a dark or black marker through it.  Lay the stamped skyline on the card to check for accuracy.

eBrush through the "stencil" with the W10 Warm Gray marker.

I decided I need to add a bit of yellow to my sunset, so I placed my post it note along the line again and sprayed over the orange area with Y15 Cadmium Yellow.


I got to thinking that my stamped image was a bit speckle and not real black, so I thought why not airbrush it with my black marker.  

I don't know why I hadn't thought of that sooner.  Now look at that deep, dark black silhouette.  This was then adhered to the second generation stamping of the skyline to give a nice, light shadow effect.

Use the larger die to die cut a piece of coordinating print paper to use as an under-layer.  Edge both pieces with the Gold Shine ink pad.  It really made a difference.

Die cut a film strip from a piece of black card stock.  I used a scrap that was sitting on my desk from another project.  Use the openings to find small pictures from the Cityscapes paper and trim each piece to fit inside the film strip openings before adhering to the back.

I made a 4-½" x 6-½" black card, cut a print slightly smaller than the front and distressed the edges.  This was then adhered to the card front.  I curled the corners to show off that pretty print on the back of the paper, too.

Trim a few more prints of tags, stamps, etc, from the paper and layer them onto the card front, as shown.  

I used pop dots to adhere the stamped image layer, as well as using a single pop dot under the second film strip picture to give it some curl on the paper.  Here is a closer look at the finished card.

Supplies Used:

Clearsnap Skyline rubber stamp (Teresa Collins)
Clearsnap pigment ink pad (Gold Shine)
Card stock - Glossy white, Black
Spellbinders Die Labels 18
Tim Holtz Film Strip die 
Graphic 45 Cityscapes collection
Archival black ink
Copic Markers: B97 Night Blue, YR61 Yellowish Skin Pink, YR68 Orange, Y15 Cadmium Yellow, W10 Warm Gray

There will be more fun projects featuring the Clearsnap products, so make sure to check out the Craftwell Blog all month long for more inspiration from the team. 

Thanks for stopping by, and have a crafty day!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Find Your Wings Video Tutorial with ColourArte

Hi everyone!  I love my ColourArte products, and I made another video tutorial to share with you.  I hope you enjoy it, and if you like, you can watch it by clicking on the video below.  A complete list of supplies are included there.  

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a super crafty weekend!!


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Art Journaling with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and Graphic 45

Hi everyone!  Today I have a fun art journaling project using both Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts chipboard and Graphic 45's new City Scapes paper collection.  I love how the chipboard adds just enough dimension without too much bulk, perfect for embellishing your art journals.  

Cut two pieces of paper from the Graphic 45 City Scapes collection and run through Xyron Creative Station.  I also ran the top piece from the chipboard hot air balloon through the Xyron, too.

Adhere papers to left page of the art journal, as shown.

Cut a second sheet (red print) to size and adhere to right page.

Place a piece of washi tape down the middle of the journal.  I added a white glue to the tape to make sure it stays in place.

Leave the top piece of the balloon on the Xyron release sheet and paint it with black gesso.

Cut out prints from the G45 paper collection that will fit inside each section.  Here's where your craft mat will come in handy.  Remove the white release sheet from the back of the balloon and stick it to your craft mat.  Start with the prints that will fill the smaller openings and adhere them.  Just lift the balloon off of the craft mat and sit it down onto the prints.

The two larger openings need some extra background paper behind them, so cut out a background paper and adhere behind the two remaining openings.  Then adhere the prints over that through the open section.  Trim excess background paper.

Paint edges of solid balloon back and basket parts.  Adhere solid balloon back to top section.  Adhere G45 paper inside basket opening.

Paint the mini balloon, jalopy, and word ribbon with brown chalk paint.  Adhere a piece of striped G45 paper to the top of the balloon.

Connect the basket to the balloon with three pieces of twine and glue each to the right side of the journal page.  Add the word ribbon at the top of the page and the mini balloon just below the large balloon.  Add stickers to spell "ADVENTURE AWAITS".

Cut a piece from the wrought iron border to fit the width of the page.

Adhere that to the bottom of the left journal page, along with the jalopy. 

Supplies Used:
Mini Display Tray - Hot Air Balloon
Word Ribbons 4
Miniatures Shape Set - Guy Thing
Wrought Iron Set
Graphic 45 City Scapes collection
Xyron Creative Station
Art Journal
Chalk Paint

I hope you enjoyed the project today, and perhaps inspired to give art journaling with papers and, of course, laser cut chipboard for added dimension.  It really does raise your projects up a notch.  And if you don't do art journaling, consider using this layout for just that, a scrapbook page layout, perhaps to memorialize a summer trip to a beautiful city, or maybe even Europe.

Be sure to stop by the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts shop for more really amazing laser cut chipboard choices.

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