Friday, February 17, 2017

How to Make More Crumpled Foil Flowers: Part 2 of 2

Hi everyone!  I am back today with part two of my two part series on making flowers using paper towels, heavy duty aluminum foil, scissors, flower dies or punches, and ColourArte Vivid Ultra Metallics.  If you missed my first video, you can find it HERE.

I have made a complete video tutorial to show you how easy it is to make these beautiful flowers.

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ColourArte Supplies Used:

Vivid Ultra Metallics:
  Autumn Leaf
  African Jade
  Bolivian Blue
  Olive Vine
  Wine & Roses
  Siam White
  Solar Gold

Emperor's Gold Radiant Gels

Other supplies used:

Heavy duty aluminum foil
Paper towels
white gesso
Dynasty #16 paint brush
Paper Punches
Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die
Flower stamen
Decorative Brads
Quilling tool (Optional)

A few closeups of each flower.

I hope you enjoyed my project, and thanks so much for stopping by.

Have a wonderful weekend, and stay crafty, my friends!


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Romantic Valentine's Day Cards

Hi everyone, and although a bit early, Happy Valentine's Day!  I want to share a couple of vintage Valentine's Day cards with you today.  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts has a wonderful selection of romantic style chipboard that is just perfect for all of your card making projects, or try them in your scrapbooking too.

My first card has a lot of brown in it.  I was hoping to keep it somewhat feminine but also be appropriate for that special man in my (your) life.

I cut tan card stock to 10" x 7", folded in half to make my 5"x7" card base.  Then I cut layers of print paper from the Rossibelle paper collection, sizes shown in the photo below.

I distressed the edges of the layers with a distressing tool, then edged with brown distress ink.

The floral strip was punched with the bracket punch.

The paper pieces were all layered to the card base, as shown below.  Pieces of thin fun foam were added beneath a couple layers just to add dimension and interest.  

All chipboard pieces were first painted with white gesso.  This seals the chipboard and prepares the surface for your inks.  It will also keep the chipboard from sucking up large amounts of your ink or paint.  Use whatever inks or paints you have that match colors in your chosen paper.  The solid heart was covered with a piece of the pink print paper and the edges were sanded with an emery board.

The remaining chipboard pieces were colored with Prima ink pads, as follows:

Filigree heart frame - inked with Old Rose ink
Solid heart - covered with pink print paper, stamped with Prima 961961 and Tin Can ink, edged with Shabby Tote ink
Be Mine - inked with Vintage Pink and Turquoise Stone inks, edged with Black Coal inks
XOXO - inked with Garden Green, Olive Vine and White inks
Border lattice heart - inked with Tin Can ink

On the back of the filigree heart, I added small strips of chipboard to one side so that it would be level when I place the solid heart beneath it.  Refer to photo of finished card.

Glue the Be Mine piece to the solid heart, as shown.

Adhere the filigree heart frame, tilting it slightly over the solid heart, as shown.

Adhere the pieces to the card front, as shown.   I was not sure where I was going to place the small lattice heart until I noticed that Mine from the Be Mine piece was "floating". 

 This is where it came in handy.  I slipped it under the word so it would support it.  However, I also determined that the Tin Can color was not right, so I gessoed it again and colored it the same as I did on the XOXO piece. 

Here it is with a pretty bow attached.

The second card is super easy and quick.  

I cut a piece of pink 12"x12" card stock in half at 6", so when folded in half, it would make a 6"x6" square card.  The print paper was from Making Memories that I had in my stash, but any similar paper you have on hand would work.  

I adhered some really pretty white lace along the folded edge of the card.

Each piece of chipboard was first gessoed, as usual, and then colored with the Prima ink pads.

Border hearts - inked with Sweet Pea and Blossom Tree
A Little Romance - inked with Blossom Tree
Lips - inked with Hydrangea and Blossom Tree
Delicata Golden Glitz was used on all chipboard pieces to bring out the gold in the paper.

To bring out the gold in the paper, I decided to hit the chipboard lightly with a Gold Delicate ink pad.

Adhere chipboard pieces, as shown below.  A few flowers and die cut leaves were added below the word art.  I also added the pink ink to color the two white flowers.  

Supplies used:
Printed scrapbook papers (Prima Rossibelle, Making Memories)
Fiskars bracket edge punch
Fern leaf die (Cheery Lynn)
Prima ink pads (Sweet Pea, Hydrangea, Blossom Tree, Old Rose, Vintage Pink, Tin Can, Turquoise Stone, Black Coal, White, Garden Green, Olive Green)
Prima 961961 Peeled Paint clear stamp 
Delicate Golden Glitz ink pad
Floral Embellishments (Recollections)
Lace strip
Blue organza ribbon
White gesso
Distress edger tool
Brown distress ink

I hope you have been inspired to use some beautiful chipboard pieces in your next card making project.  It not only adds dimension to your background, but not so much that it cannot be mailed.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful, crafty day!


Friday, February 3, 2017

How to Make Foil Embossed Flowers: Part 1 of 2

Hello everyone!  I have a new ColourArte video tutorial to share with you today, and if you love making flowers, you will love this technique.  It is not new, but I thought it deserved being renewed.  This technique uses only card stock, heavy duty aluminum foil, embossing folders, flower dies or punches, and Vivid Ultra Metallics.  I also used some of the new Primary Elements artist pigments in new shaker jars.

This is actually part one of a two part series, so I hope you will consider subscribing to my channel and following my blog, if you don't already, so you won't miss more fun project tutorials.

I hope you will take a moment to check it out.

Please consider subscribing to my channel HERE.

ColourArte Supplies Used:

Vivid Ultra Metallics
  Red Poinsettia
  Snap Dragon
  Ginger Peach
  Pink Azalea
  African Jade
  China Black
  True Metals Autumn Flame

The Solution  (1:1 Mixture = 1 Part The Solution + 1 Part Water)

Primary Elements Artist Pigment
  Ginger Peach
  Orange Peel
  Olive Vine

Other Supplies Used:

Decoupage glue (or white glue)
Dynasty #16 flat brush
Aleene's Quick Grab Tacky Glue
White card stock
Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Embossing Folders
  Regal Flourishes

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful, crafty day!


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Romantic Mixed Media Frame

Hi everyone!  Hard to believe that January is almost over, and Valentine's Day will be here before we know it.  So, I have a sweet frame to share today that could be used for any romantic occasion, whether a marriage, an anniversary, or Valentine's Day.  

I found this very inexpensive wooden frame at my local craft store.  

Remove the cardboard insert and use it as a template to trace around the section of paper you want to appear through the opening.  Cut out and adhere the paper to the cardboard insert.  

Your print paper will look like this through the opening.

Remove the insert and set it aside, away from all the paint and mediums.  Next, paint frame with white gesso and let dry.  Spread crackle paste through a stencil on the top left and lower right corner of the frame.

Let the stencil paste dry.

Cut the lady apart from the frame at the arrows shown in photo below.

I always like to try out the pieces I choose to make sure they will work in my composition.  This is the plan.

Add three lace flowers to the lower left corner  of the  frame.  I used white gesso to adhere and cover the flowers, making them ready for paint.

Three solid hearts removed from the Hearts Background were gessoed and glued to the top right corner of the frame. 

The Sweetheart piece was first gessoed and a piece of lace was attached to the heart with white gesso.   

"Sweet" was inked with clear embossing ink and heat embossed with the Caramel embossing powder.  Then, the heart was inked with clear embossing ink and heat embossed with th]e Magenta embossing powder.  I felt the pink embossing powder was a bit bright, so I ended up painting it with the acrylic paints, mixing colors (Quin Violet, Diarylide Yellow, Primary Magenta, and some white gesso) until I got a better match with the colors in the paper.

Trim a piece of  Chickenwire, coat with clear embossing ink and heat emboss with Caramel embossing powder.  Insert the cardboard background into the frame opening and begin adding your chipboard pieces.  Some fussy-cut pieces were added to the insert, too.  For instance, a second bird cage image was cut and adhered over the paper with pop dots.  Extra flowers, a branch, and a cute little bird were adhered with glue and pop dots, as shown.

Paint frame with a mixture of Primary Magenta and Diarylide Yellow.  

I made it more pastel by dry brushing on a light coat of Translucent White.

When that layer dried, I added a coat of Raw Umber Antiquing Cream.  

You can let this dry and then wipe away as much or as little as you like.  

Re-align the stencil over the texture paste and, with your finger, apply the gold paste to the stenciled areas.  I also hit the high spots on both the lace flowers and the three heart shapes, as well as edging the frame.

Put the decorated insert back into the frame.  The Victorian Lady was inked with clear embossing ink and heat embossed with two coats Baby Blue Pastel embossing powder.  Then she was adhered to the frame, as shown.  A fussy cut butterfly from the paper was adhered to the top with the hearts.  A few gem stones were added to the lace flowers and the hearts, too.

Supplies Used:
GSL Word Art Romance (Sweetheart)
GSL Victorian Silhouette Frames
GSL Chickenwire 6 inch panel
GSL Hearts Background
Wood craft frame (8-1/2" x 6-1/2" with 4"x6" opening)
Rossibelle  print paper (Prima)
Crackled texture paste
White gesso
Champagne Ice Metallic Lustre (DecoArt)
DecoArt Acrylic Paints (Quinacridone Violet, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Diarylide Yellow, Primary Magenta, Translucent White))
DecoArt Raw Umber Antiquing Cream
Clear embossing ink
Caramel embossing powder (Sparkle N Sprinkle)
Baby Blue Pastel embossing powder (Stampn' Stuff)
Magenta embossing powder (Delafield Stamp Co.)
Classic Treasure Gold metallic paste

I hope I have been able to inspire you with some fun ideas for your next mixed media project.

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