Friday, September 4, 2015

Mixed Media Canvas: A Walk In My Garden Video Tutorial

Hello everyone. Today, I want to share my very first YouTube video as a member of the newly formed ColourArte Video Creator Design Team.  I will be posting a new video twice a month, and sharing projects, tips and techniques for using your ColourArte products in all of your mixed media art.  

Here is my video link, and if you like my project, I would really love a thumbs up.  In addition, if you want to keep in touch and see my videos as they come out, you can subscribe to my channel by clicking here.

Thanks so much for all of your support, and I hope you enjoy this new adventure of mine as much as I am!


Thursday, September 3, 2015

A Dragon's Tale Canvas Layout

Hello everyone.  So glad you stopped by because I have a fanciful, mythical page to share today.  I love these dragon chippies from Gina's, and I still had this beautiful paper from Die Cuts With a View (DCWV) called Once Upon a Time.  Yep, I am a hoarder, after all.  And a good thing, too, since this was a perfect match for my page today.

If you are a scrapbooker, I figure you could use this page layout with your pictures, just simply by moving some of the embellishments around.  If you are a mixed media artist, bookmaker, or general paper crafter, I thought this would be a nice layout for a canvas, book cover, or even a card, simply using the smaller shapes in the set, or doing a bit of rearranging.  No matter what I choose to make, I really enjoy playing with the different chipboard shapes and experimenting with different ways to embellish them.  So let me tell you what I did.

Lay out your chipboard and paper pieces that you plan to use.  Take a picture (optional) to use as a reference.
Adhere print paper to a 12x12 piece of mat board, distress edges and add brown ink to darken.  Make a very watery color combination using Twinkling H20s Mystic Blue and Douglas Fir, pick up with a watercolor brush and splatter over background .  Pick up those same two colors with a makeup sponge and apply to background through the stars stencil, as shown.

Begin embellishing your chipboard pieces.

Wrought iron border: Cover with black pigment ink and heat emboss with the Antiqued Iron embossing powder.  Adhere along top edge of page, as shown.
Once Upon a Time title:  Heat emboss with Versamark ink and Tarnished Gold embossing powder; edge with Branch Bark ink for depth.
Large standing dragon: Draw details in with pencil (Picture 1).  Mist lightly with water and begin embossing those lines with an embossing tool.  Color dragon as shown with Blue, Lime Green, Teal, Yellow, and Orange Inktense blocks (Picture 2), then go over those with similar colors of Twinkling H20s Mystic Blue, Golden Jade, Douglas Fir, Key Lime, Yellow Rose.  Add details back in by going over embossed lines with a black permanent marker.  Add Crackle Accents to body and Glossy Accents to wings (Picture 3). Adhere to page with foam dots.
Picture 1

Picture 2

Picture 3

Medium and small flying dragons:  Paint one coat of Oyster, then one coat of Warm Gray Silks acrylic glaze.  Combine the Mystic Blue with the Garden Jade Silks Acrylic Glazes and brush over both dragons, letting the colors run, heat with heat tool  Add Waterfall glitter glue to both.  Adhere to page with foam dots.
Flourish (flame): Color with Red and Orange Inktense blocks, then paint over that with Yellow Rose Twinkling H20.  Heat emboss with Versamark ink and clear embossing powder.  Adhere to page with glue, as shown.
Supplies used:

Gina's Designs Lasercuts:
Wrought Iron Set
Words and Phrases 2
Dragons Shape Set
Flourishes 2
12x12 Once Upon a Time Collection - Camelot (DCWV)
12x12 mat board (or chipboard)
ColourArte Twinkling H20s: Mystic Blue, Garden Jade, Douglas Fir, Key Lime, Yellow Rose
ColourArte Silks Acrylic Glazes: Oyster, Warm Gray
Tim Holtz Stars stencil
Ink Pads: Black pigment ink (Colorbox); Branch Bark (Prima); Versamark (Tsukineko); Black pigment ink (Colorbox)
Embossing Powders: Rustique Antiqued Iron (Judi-Kins); Tarnished Gold (Ranger); Detail clear
Stickles Waterfall glitter glue (Ranger)

I sure hope you have enjoyed my project today and that I have given you some good ideas and inspiration.  Stop by Gina's Designs Lasercuts to see all of the various laser cut chipboard available.  You never know what will strike your fancy!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, crafty weekend!


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

House of Cards September 2015 Monthly Challenge: Stitch It Up

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 ...

Use Stitching (Faux or Real)

My card is fairly simple this month.  I used to do a lot of cross stitch and needlepoint, so I am familiar with a lot of different stitches. This came in might handy for my card this month.
I stamped the flowers onto white card and colored with markers. Then, I simply laid the card stock onto a soft surface, like fun foam, and pierced my holes for stitching along the stamped image.  

I used a die cut to make a frame (reddish pink paper) to go around my image, and the center part of the same frame was used to cut an opening (in the green print paper) for the stitched card to show through.  You can use any dies you may have that will fit around your stamped and stitched image.  

You can use whatever stitches you are familiar with.  I used a long stitch for the flower, and I made tiny french knots at the ends.  The green stems were done with a "stem" stitch.  
Now, do you remember these rub on dispensers from years ago?  If you don't have one somewhere in your stash that you've been hoarding, then you can make the faux stitches with a pen, making zig zag or broken straight lines.

But I had fun using this and, as you can see, the stitches did not always print out onto the paper, so I got broken stitches, which I actually liked.  I just thought it would be fun to show you this in case any of you still have one of these laying around, waiting for just the right moment, like NOW!  

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.

Thanks for stopping by, and please come back on the September 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

Thursday, August 27, 2015

My Steampunk Spirit with Gina's Designs

Hello everyone!   I am really excited about my project today.  Okay, I know I am easily entertained, but when it comes to steampunk, I really am, easily entertained, that is!  I could not wait to work on Gina's Steampunk Cage Dressform.  And here she is!!!


I painted the cage portion (front and back) with the Iron paint from the VerDay kit and let dry for one hour.  Then, following directions with the kit, I painted a second coat of the Iron paint and sprayed with the Patina Solution while the paint was still wet.  You will probably need to work in sections if your paint is drying quickly.  Here are the rusted pieces after the Patina Solution was allowed to sit for 24 hours and do it's thing.
Use the same process to paint the Dressform pieces, but use the Copper paint instead of the Iron paint.  The Patina Solution gives a bluish green patina to the copper.
I used Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue to put my dress form and cage together.  I have found it to be the easiest glue to use, and it really does "grab" the chipboard nicely.
  • Very Important Tip:  I discovered that my chipboard had swelled from the Patina Solution and I was not able to slip the chipboard strips through the holes in the base and top.  What I ended up doing was using a craft knife to trim the little extender pieces so I could push them into the holes.  So, you may prefer putting the cage portion together before painting and adding the patina solution.
I wanted all of my remaining chipboard pieces to also have a metal look, so I heat embossed the floral border and scrap pieces of the Chainlink with Silvery Shimmer ink and silver embossing powder.  I wanted the chain link to look weathered, so I used a Versamark pen randomly, mostly where the links join, and heat embossed with Black Soot distress embossing powder.
The floral border and some metal embellishments were adhered to the top of the cage, as shown.
The bird cage was inked with Golden Glitz ink and gold embossing powder.  Metal gears, bird, and resin flower added to cage, as shown.  I added a small piece of jewelry chain to hang the bird cage.  The chain link was adhered to the cage posts.
Some metal clock hands were adhered to each post, as shown.  Square metal jewelry pieces and tiny metal beads were adhered to each gear "tooth".  
I glued some tiny watch parts to the body of the  dress form and found these tiny metal bird beads in my stash, adhering one to the shoulder and two to the top of the cage.

Steampunk Cage Dressform
Ornamental Birdcages Shape Set
Chainlink 8x8 Panel
Border Sticks Floral
VerDay Paint Kit (TenSecondStudio)
Silvery Shimmer and Golden Glitz Delicata ink pads
Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Black Soot distress embossing powder
Silver embossing powder
Gold embossing powder
Watch parts
Metal jewelry bits and pieces

I absolutely love how this turned out and had so much fun embellishing it.  I want to do another one and see what other ways I can come up with to embellish a "sister" piece.  What great "things" do you have in your stash to add to her?

I hope I have been able to get those creative juices flowing and inspired you to try making one of these for yourself or a friend who loves steampunk.  It will make a wonderful inspiration piece to sit on my desk and admire, and hopefully keep the mojo going.   So, head on over to Gina's Store, Blog and Facebook Group to keep up with all the fun things we have in store for you!!!

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


Monday, August 24, 2015

Take a Trip Mini Album with Altered Pages: Part Two

Hello everyone! As you know, the Altered Pages design team are taking trips throughout the USA this month.  The team has chosen two states to feature, and I chose California and Florida for my posts this month.  My first post featured California, but today, I am going to go with the beachy theme, so Florida it is!

I am continuing to work in my metal covered mini album that I made a couple of months ago.  I still have lots of blank pages to work in, and like I said before, Altered Pages is my go to store for dressing up my mini album pages.

My first page spread:  Background papers are from the Glitz Designs Pretty in Pink paper pad.  I used the Brighton Beach and Vintage Vacations collage images, layered onto slightly larger cream card stock.  I also used the "Miami Beach" image from the USA States Florida collage sheet.
I inked two chipboard scroll corners with Memento Luxe Rhubarb Stalk and heat embossed with clear embossing powder, adding tiny pearl stickers.  For filler, I added a few of the roses from the Valentine Stickers sheet, and a few flowers punched from scraps of the print paper.

I colored a torn strip of the wall joint tape with the Mossy Mixed Media Inx and adhered to the left side edge of the page.
Left Side of Spread
I cut one-third of a pink A10 size envelope and punched binding holes in the side, so that the opening would be at the top to insert a cream card stock tag.  I used the file tabs die cut for the top of the tag.  I left the tag blank to add photos or journaling.

I cut a piece of paper from the Uncharted Waters paper to fit the front of the envelope, and used my Ranger Blending Tool to distress the edges of the paper with the Leather inx.
Right Side of Spread with Envelope shown

Right Side of Spread without Envelope shown

For a shadow effect and to make each collage image pop, I added charcoal pencil around the edges and smudged it with a Blending stump.
Front of envelope
I fussy cut the whale from one of the print papers in the Uncharted Waters paper pad and adhered to the back of the envelope.
Back of envelope
For my second page spread, I used background papers from the Glitz Designs Pretty in Pink paper pad.  I lightly misted some pieces of cheesecloth with ink spray from my stash, then adhered to each page, as shown.

I layered the Brighton Beach collage images onto slightly larger cream card stock and adhered to page, as shown.

I adhered the banner from the Yours Truly What-Nots Embellishment Collection across the top of the page, as shown.  I used foam dots to lift them off the page.

I used a coin envelope and punched a thumb notch in the top of it, then added one of the Brighton Beach collage images that I distressed with Leather Inx and Ranger Blending Tool.
Left Side of Spread
I stamped "Look Out World" onto scrap cream card stock with brown ink and punched with a decorative label punch.

I used the Seashell Mold and Paperclay to make this selection of shells, sand dollars, etc.  When dry, I painted each piece with Twinkling H20s and adhered onto and around my cheesecloth.

For the tag insert, I used a TREASURES Bingo Card and left the back blank to journal onto.  I thought that whenever I go to the beach, I find all sorts of treasures, like these shells and such I have added.


Altered Pages Collage Sheets:   USA States Florida;  Vintage VacationsBrighton Beach
Glitz Design Paper PadsPretty in Pink,  Uncharted WatersSunshine in My Soul
Graphic 45 Come Away With Me Stamp set
Yours Truly What-Nots Embellishment Collection
scroll corners
Valentine Stickers
Coin Envelopes
Paperclay Packages
Seashell Mold
Bingo Card Packs
Ranger Blending Tool
Mixed Media Salazar Inx (Leather)(Mossy)
Memento Luxe Rhubarb Stalk
Blending stumps
adhesive dimensionals
Lightbulb safety pins
Cream card stock
Twinkling H20s (ColourArte)
Clear embossing powder
File Tabs die cut (Tim Holtz)
Self-adhesive paper wall joint tape
Charcoal pencil

I hope you enjoyed my project today, and that you can use some of these ideas for your scrapbook pages of your summer vacation, or a summer card for someone, or perhaps an art journal page with the same theme.

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


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Two Cards to Think About with Gina's Designs Lasercuts

Hello everyone!  Barbara here, and I am in a card making mood.  It might be because I have several birthdays on the horizon, and I am in dire need of masculine cards.  My first card is made with the male recipient in mind, while the second card could go either way just by changing the bicycle.  

As you know, we have been featuring papers and embellishments from The Robin's Nest this month.  I love the quality of their products, and I know you will, too.

Clockworks Penny Farthing Card
Cover front of 5"x7" kraft card with the brown herringbone print from the Regent Street paper pad.

Cut Graphic 45 paper to 5"x7", distress edges.  Tear a "V" from the top, large enough to fit a gear behind the opening.  Distress edges with paper distressor tool, edge with Vintage Photo distress stain. The stain gives the edges a burnt look.  Mist corners with water and curl around the end of a paint brush.  Let dry.
Stamp sentiment (One Penny for Your Thoughts) onto a fussy cut printed label from the Steampunk Botanica pad with black archival ink.
The Clockworks Penny Farthing was inked with Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress stains.  The two gears were inked first with Vintage Photo distress stain, then Tarnished Brass and Antique Bronze distress stains.
I could not resist adding a spinner to the center of the Penny Farthing (below). I love the two-toned effect on the chipboard from the two distress stain colors.
In this photo, you can see the gold gear that I slipped behind the torn away paper, and on top, I added the second gear with another tiny spinner.
Before adhering the stamped label with foam dots, I heated a section of film strip to "wrinkle" it.

My next card could be either feminine or masculine, just by changing the bicycle to a boy's bike.
Life is a Beautiful Ride Card
Cover front of 5"x7" kraft card with The Robin's Nest Saffron Honey paper.  Distress the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink.

Use the reverse side of the Saffron Honey paper to punch a decorative strip and adhere along left edge of card.

Use a Versamark pen to color the bike, and heat emboss with Glacier embossing powder.  The tires were heat embossed with Midnight Black embossing powder, while the pedal, handlebar, and seat were heat embossed with Black Puffs embossing powder.

A tiny pieceof olive green paper was glued behind the basket section, while two larger metal gears were glued to the wheels.  A tiny watch part was glued above the pedal.
I cut apart one of the chipboard pieces from the Mixed Media Fragments 2 set and colored the arrow with Vintage Photo distress stain, then dabbed the Peeled Paint Distress Paint randomly over the top.
The other section I cut away from the Mixed Media Fragments 2 set were colored with the Peeled Paint Distress Paint and adhered to the card, as shown.
I cut apart a piece of the chain border and colored with Antique Bronze distress stain.  Then I dabbed the chain randomly with a Versamark pen, and heat embossed with the Glacier embossing powder to give it a patina.
I used Big Chat Stickers and Label Letters to form the sentiment "life is a beautiful ride".

Gina's Designs:
Clockwork Penny Farthing
Steampunk Shape Set
Chain Borders
Mixed Media Fragments 2
The Robin's Nest:  Saffron Honey
Rubber Stamp: One Penny 4 (PaperArtsy)
Kraft 5"x7" pre-folded card stock
Versamark Ink Pen
Black archival ink
Embossing Powders: Glacier (Zing), Black Puffs (Ranger), Midnight Black (Mark Enterprises)
Distress Stains: Vintage Photo, Black Soot, Antique Bronze, Tarnished Brass
Distress Paint: Peeled Paint
Paper:  Steampunk Botanica, Regent Street (Recollections)
Decorative punch (Martha Stewart)
Tim Holtz Ideaology: Film Strip, Spinners, Brads, Label Letters, Big Chat Stickers
Watch parts, metal gears (my stash)
Prismacolor Metallic Silver pen

I hope you enjoyed my cards today and are inspired to make some with chipboard shapes in mind.

Please check out the links to The Robin's Nest Store and Blog.  Don't forget to visit Gina's Store, Blog, and Facebook Group so you will always be privy to all the wonderful happenings  

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