Monday, March 23, 2015

Dragonfly Time Tag with Mailbox Muse Kits and Kunze German Scrap

Hello everyone!  I have another project to share with you using KUNZE German Scrap and, of course, Altered Pages products.  This month, we are featuring "stuff" you get in your Mailbox Muse Kits  and because there is so much inside each kit, you will have plenty of things to make with one single kit.

I really love making tags, but sometimes I get heavy with my dimensional additions.  So, I decided to cut a piece of heavy chipboard into the shape of a tag, which will hopefully be sturdy enough to hold my embellishments.


Directions:

Cut chipboard to 5" x 8".  Trim top corners at an angle and punch a large hole in the center.
Use gel medium to adhere two torn pieces of the large sheet music to the tag, as shown.  Tear away the excess paper.
Add a strip of drywall mesh tape diagonally across tag, as shown.
Add a coat of white gesso over tag.
Brush Art Anthology Orchid Velvet dimensional paint over tag and let dry.
Add a wash of the yellow Splash ink over the tag.  Let dry.
Layout your embellishments as you think you may want to layer them on your tag.
Cut  fairy image out from the  Fairy Dreams collage sheet out and adhere to tag, as shown.
Use a spatula to spread Mint Julep dimensional paint through a stencil, as shown.
Add this paint through the stencil in three places on the tag, as shown.
Now for some coloring fun, and who doesn't love to color? Color the collage image with Mica Paint Palette-Vintage colors and a Water brush.  These paints are translucent and shimmery, so they will not cover up the image, only enhance it!  Compare the photo above with this one.  Can you see the difference?  If only the camera could do it justice.
Edge tag with the Mix'd Media Leather ink pad and blend out with a sponge.  This frames the piece and draws the eye inward.
Use the Fantastix Brushstix to pick up color from the Mix'ed Media ink pads and apply to the white German scrap grape vine corners.

The Brushstix is the perfect tool for this technique because it allows you to place color in small areas, and you can easily clean off the ink with a paper towel or cloth to pick up another color.  The tip will become stained, but the color does not transfer if you wipe it off real good.

Adhere the grapevine corners to the tag, as shown.
Color five different sizes of the German scrap flowers with the Mix'd Media inks, just as before, using Vintage in the centers, Adobe on the petals, and dabbing Schoolhouse Red on the outer edges of the petals.
Here is a close up of them.  The really cool thing is that the gold of the German scrap shines through the color, giving it a gorgeous shimmer.  I also colored one gold German Scrap butterfly with Patina, Olive Green, and Schoolhouse Red. 

Stamp large dragonfly onto center of silver Joss paper with black Stazon ink.  Let dry.
Color the dragonfly with Splash Inks.  I made a blue and a blue green color by mixing tiny dots of blue and yellow on a craft mat and picking it up with a small paintbrush.  I found that if I dried the inks with a heat gun as I applied them, they stayed where I put them on the slick surface of the Joss paper.  
To get a more lime green color, add more yellow to the blue.  To get a brown color for the body, I added black to yellow.  I love making my own colors with these inks, and a little goes very long way.  I think this is beautiful and reminds me of Tiffany stained glass.  What do you think?

Fussy cut the dragonfly.  TIP: Don't throw that excess piece of Joss paper away.  Although it feels like a fragile paper, it is very strong and can be used for other projects in many various ways.

Mist kraft paper clock with Shimmer Spritz Sparkle and allow to dry naturally.  After all, everything in fairy land has to sparkle, so I thought this clock needed a bit.  Unfortunately, the close up photos below don't really show it, but trust me, it is so pretty in person. 


Offset and adhere clock to top of tag, and glue dragonfly to the center, as shown.  As soon as I added the dragonfly to the clock face, it reminded me of clock hands, hence the name for my piece, "Dragonfly Time".

I also stamped  a scrap piece of the Joss paper with "Dragonfly", misting it with Walnut Ink, and curling it on the ends to make it look like a banner.  I also adhered my German scrap butterfly, as shown below.
You can see here how I added the German scrap flowers on the lower right corner of the collage image, adding some bling from my stash for flower centers.  The smaller flowers were pop-dotted for dimension, and I also curled the petals a bit.
I wanted to add some lace or something along the bottom, and then I saw this beautiful German scrap tassel border. Again, I used the same technique to color it, using Adobe and Leather Mix'd Media inks.
Add some Sari silk ribbons through the tag hole, and here it is again, with everything in place.
Before I leave you today, I have one little organizational/storage tip to keep your Altered Pages Malibox Muse stamps together.  This is an inexpensive, plastic CD case without the "innards".  I simply stamp my set onto a piece of scrap paper and add the sheet to the inside front of the case.
And here is the inside.  If you mount your stamps onto cling cushion, then they will stick to the inside of the box.  This set is not cling mounted, so I placed some double sided adhesive inside the box and stuck my stamps to it. They are not going anywhere, but are easy to remove.

Supplies:

Mailbox Muse Kits
Rubber Stamps:  Muse Dragonfly; Muse on a Wing
Altered Pages Fairy Dreams collage sheet
Art Anthology Dimensional Paints: Orchid Velvet, Mint Julep Sorbet
Splash Inks
Asian Joss Paper
Sari Silk Ribbons
Gel Medium; Tacky Glue
KUNZE German Scrap
Kraft Paper Clocks
Ranger Blending Tool
Kai Scissors (to cut unmounted rubber stamps)
Muse Cling Mounts
Tack-n-Peel from Tsukineko
Black Stazon Ink Pad
Mix'd Media Ink Pads: Leather, Patina, Vintage, Moss, Schoolhouse Red, Adobe
Large Sheet Music
Water Brushes
Mica Paint Palette-Vintage
Shimmer Spritz (Tsukineko)
Fantastix Brush Stix

Drywall mesh tape (hardware store)
Bling (from my stash)
I hope you enjoyed my tag project today, and that you are inspired to pick up some of these fun stamp sets from the Mailbox Muse, or better yet, sign up for the Mailbox Muse Kits.  They always include a set of stamps, papers, ephemera, collage sheets, and so much more.

And while you're at it, check out the great selection of German Scrap in the shop!

Have a wonderful, crafty week!

Barbara

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Courage and Life's Journeyl Art Journal Pages with ColourArte - Part 2

Hello everyone and welcome back to more mixed media fun while I share my progress in my fabric art journal.  I have always thought it would be fun to make an art journal from fabric, and boy, was I right!  If you missed my previous post, you can check it out by clicking here.

I can only give you a sneak peak at today's project, which means you will have to click here to see my full tutorial and project over on the ColourArte blog.



Supplies:

ColourArte:  Radiant Gels Dimensional Paint:  Autumn LeafGuatemalan Green, Emperor's Gold, Key Lime
Radiant Rain Color Concentrate (daubers)Jasper RedYellow RoseWine & RosesSolar GoldMediterraneanMallard GreenRich CobaltPlum Crazy
Radiant Rain Shimmering Mists™: Autumn LeafGinger PeachFern,  Teal ZirconButternutHoneydew
Golden: Light Modeling Paste
Liquitex: White Gesso
Derivan: Mixed Media Adhesive (may substitute Gel Medium)
Stencils:  Woodgrain (Recollections); Eyelet Border (unknown)
Gina's Designs: Lasercut chipboard
Sin City Stamps Rubber stamps:  Art Journaling with Terri Sproul 2Wildlife
Faber-Castell Gelatos: ochre, blue, green, yellow, brown, black, and white
Unbleached muslin; Lace scrap; Black and white print napkin
Home Depot: Joint compound
Ranger: Black archival ink
Black Micron pen
Beacon Quick Grip adhesive
Tsukineko: Walnut Ink Antiquing Solution
Charcoal pencil (black and white); Blending stump
Vellum Phrases (Colorök); Filigree jewelry findings
Want 2 Scrap: Swirl gem stickers
Acrylic paint: white

Want to increase your collection of wonderful ColourArte products?  From now until March 28 you can save $10 on your order!  Simply type in the coupon code “artfulheart” during check out!

Stop by the ColourArte blog daily to see more of the fabulous creativity from the fabulous design team.  And be sure to stop by ColourArte to get your hands on some of these wonderful paints!

Thanks for stopping by, and stay crafty, my friends!

Barbara


Saturday, March 14, 2015

A St. Patrick's Day Card

Top o' the mornin' to you all.  So glad you stopped by for my special post today.  It is so close to St. Patty's Day that I decided to share a fun card with you.  The phrase, "Erin Go Bragh" is most often translated as "Ireland Forever".  Once again, I used some of the beautiful Kunze German Scrap.

Directions:

Adhere green print paper, cut slightly smaller than card, to card front.

Trim one edge of blue print paper (2" x 6-1/2") with Spellbinders border die.  Add brown ink to die cut edge.
Trim German Scrap gold border to 6-1/2".  Add color with Radiant Rain color concentrate dauber and heat set.
Add gold colored border to decorative die cut paper, as shown, with Tacky Glue, then adhere whole piece to left edge of card front.
Add strips of washi tape from the A Bit o' the Green seasonal collection along top, bottom, and right edge of card front.

Color white German Scrap corners with Mediterranean and Key Lime Radiant Rain colors.
Adhere to corners along right edge.
Trim collage image and add a dark green card stock layer beneath.  Cut apart "Erin Go Bragh" and do the same with each word.  Adhere to card front, as shown.
Color the silver horseshoe and gold flower German Scrap with Mediterranean and lightly dab black archival ink over each.  Adhere horseshoe to top corner of collage image, and flower with died-to-match flower leaves at the opposite corner.
I wanted to add this beautiful glitter, but I hate the mess it makes.  So my more efficient way to adhere glitter is by making a puddle of 3D Crystal Lacquer onto my craft mat and sprinkling my glitter onto the puddle.  Then I mix it with a toothpick and adhere it with either my finger or the toothpick.

Supplies:

Altered Pages: Erin Go Bragh collage sheet; A Bit o' the Green seasonal collection,
KaiserCraft paper pad: Kaleidoscope
Tacky Glue
KUNZE German Scrap
Black StazOn ink
3D Crystal Lacquer
Green card (5"x6-1/2")
ColourArte Radiant Rains (Mediterranean, Key Lime)
Dies:  Spellbinders, Prima
Brown Distress Ink

I hope you found my project and instructions helpful today, and that I have inspired you to make some art!  Be sure to stop by the Altered Pages shop to find your supplies!

Thanks for stopping by, and may the luck of the Irish be with you today, and always!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Barbara

Monday, March 9, 2015

Cardmaking with Altered Pages and German Scrap

Hello everyone!  Did you know that March is National Craft Month?  Not only that, but this month, the Altered Pages design team is thrilled to be partnering with KUNZE Deco-Accessories, makers of German Scrap.  We are also featuring the Mailbox Muse kits, too.

There is so much in these kits that you will have plenty of products to play with.  I saw this beautiful pink print paper in the kit, and I knew I had to use it for a card.  Perhaps this card could be used for a baby shower, or to congratulate a couple on their new arrival.  
Make pink card to measure 4-1/2" x 6-1/2".  Trim pink print paper to 4-1/4" x 6-1/4".  Curl two ends, as shown.  

Color CHERISH bingo card with  pink distress ink, edged with brown.  Adhere to card at an angle. 

Use die to cut out doily and ink with brown distress ink.  Use circle die to cut out collage image sized to fit center of doily and adhere to card front.  
Brush red gel paint over daisy border German scrap and adhere with tacky glue around collage image.
Cut German scrap crown apart, as shown, and add black archival ink to bring out embossing.  Adhere top part of crown over baby's head.
Add dots of silver Pico Embellisher to the top of the crown and allow to dry.
Add piece of colored-to-match seam binding ribbon along top edge.  Add a double bow with a creamy yellow rose and leaves.
Highlight pennant point border German scrap and two leaf corners with black archival ink to bring out the embossing.  Add the pennant borders to the top and bottom of the card, as shown, and insert the two corners beneath the curled edges.

Supplies:
Altered Pages:  Mailbox Muse Kits:  Winter 2015 Baby Baby Baby Kit (print paper, yellow roses & leaves, collage image from Winter 2015 Baby Baby Baby #3)
     German Scrap (Daisy border, Pennant Point border, Crown, Leaf corners)
     Dieable seam binding ribbon
     Cherish bingo card (Kaisercraft)
     Aleene's Tacky Glue

Other: Pink card stock, Prima doily die, circle die, Vavoom Red Radiant Gels (ColourArte), black archival ink, brown distress ink, Beacon Zip Dry glue, Silver Iresistible Pico Embellisher (Imagine Crafts)


There are over a dozen Mailbox Muse Kits available!! 
Check all of them out HERE!!!


The month of March is time for spring cleaning!   You get to save like crazy!   Today is the last day to check out this awesome sale.  PAPERS, BOOKS, PAINTS, INKS, STAMPS, PENS, TRIMS, COLLAGES ALL PRODUCTS 40% OFF!  


(EXCLUDES MAILBOXMUSE KITS AND POSTAGE) 
Valid March 6  through 9, 2015
USE CODE  SAVE40 

SAVE 40%

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you enjoyed my fun card project.  Be sure to visit the blog regularly to see all the fabulous projects for the rest of the team!

Have a wonderful, creative week!

Barbara