Friday, March 28, 2014

Art Anthology Sorbet Acrylics Card

Hey there everyone.  I have an extra Altered Pages project for you this month.  For this post, I wanted to share some tips and techniques using a new product at Altered Pages called Art Anthology Sorbet dimensional acrylics.   I started out with a blank manila tag, but I could not stop at just showing you the techniques on the tag.  I had to finish it, and here is the result.


AP 467 Mystic Asian collage sheet
Vintage Text Pages
Art Anthology Sorbet Dimensional Paint:  Kenyan Copper, Blue Eyes, Mint Julep, Kona,
Red Velvet, Orchid
Blue/green cardstock (8" x 9-/4")
Distress ink:  Vintage Photo
Punches:  Hydrangeas, Mini Butterflies, Sakura (Martha Stewart)

These paints are awesome to use. They are so creamy and thick, yet they go on translucent.  They have a beautiful shimmer, and some have a bit of glitter included.  I just had to share a pic of the paint in the jar.
I have posted a complete tutorial on the Altered Pages blog for you, complete with some tips and techniques I discovered along the way.  I hope you will pop on over there to see what I learned.

Be sure to visit Altered Pages for all of your art supplies, and The Robin's Nest (our cross promoter this month) for their papers and, of course, those wonderful dew drops.  And many thank to them for the wonderful products they sent for us to work, I mean play, with!

Have a wonderful, creative weekend!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Trending Tuesday with Altered Pages

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Trending Tuesday.  This month, the Altered Pages design team will be using stencils in collages.  We are also working with The Robin's Nest  our cross-promotion partner this month.  So hold onto your hats, this is going to be fun.

I decided to make an altered art canvas.  I have not done one in awhile, but with all these wonderful products at my disposal, I had a blast.  I am going to call this "Live Brightly".  

Supplies used:

Altered Pages Collage Sheets:  AP 1789-Vintage Bird Cards; Victorian Beauty Labels; Queen of Hearts
5x7 Canvas Art Board
Art Anthology Acrylics:  Orchid, Mint Julep, Baby Blue Eyes, Kona, Kenyan Copper, Imperial
Burlap fabric
Burlap flower shapes
Dylusions Diamond Border Stencil
Leaky Shed Wrought Iron Leaf Corner
Corners Antique Brass
Seam Binding Ribbon (yellow or havana brown)
Dylusions Ink Sprays (Cut Grass, Fresh Lime, Squeezed Orange, Lemon Zest)
Gel Medium or Light molding paste
3D Crystal Lacquer

The Robin's Nest Dragon Fly Rub on:  (Live Brightly)(3 mini dragonflies)
Floral sprays (Michaels)

I started with a blank 5x7 canvas art board.  I used a spatula to spread light molding paste through my stencil in a couple of spots.
Allow molding paste to dry.  You could also use gel medium if you don't have molding paste.
Next, I began painting my canvas with Art Anthology acrylics in Orchid, Mint Julep, and Baby Blue Eyes.  These paints are absolutely fabulous.  They are shimmery, translucent, and creamy.  I really love the look of them.  Next, I "framed" the canvas with the darker Kona color, just like when we edge our paper with brown distress inks.  I simply feathered the paint inward as I went around the canvas.
Next, I started on my embellishments.  I first chose this Leaky Shed chipboard corner and painted it with Kona and Kenyan Copper acrylics.  
Here is a closeup of the chipboard after I added the Kenyan Copper.  It gave it a bit of brownish red shimmer.  I love it.
Next, I fussy cut my three collage images and glued them down, as shown.  They are totally flat at this point.  
The three remaining corners looked a little bare to me, so I lightly sanded three of these gorgeous metal corners to make the embossed image pop.  Then I attached them by simply pressing the metal together with a pair of flat nose pliers.  Just be careful not to scratch the metal.  (See photo of finished project.)
Next, I knew I needed something to ground my collage images.  First, I needed a branch to place my "floating" bird, so I glued some botanicals down, and began the process of decorating my branch.  I wanted some bell-shaped flowers, so I used three of the smallest burlap flowers in the package, removed the paper backing, and cut two petals away.
Then I painted each petal with Art Anthology Imperial acrylic, spraying with water to allow it to soak in well.  I covered both sides, as they will show when my flower is formed.
I placed a stamen on the flower, some wet glue on one petal, as shown, and then glued that petal to the petal on the opposite side.  I used a PVA glue, which grabbed quickly so I did not have to hold it for very long.
This is how the flower looks when glued together.  The stamen can be moved in and out at this point, depending on how far out you want them to show.  Aren't they pretty?
I then decorated the branch with these flowers, some faux eggs, and more gems, as shown in the close-up photo below.  
To make the faux bird nest to hold my eggs, I used strands of burlap fiber, folded and glued together, and arranged around the eggs.  
Next, I used seam binding in a yellow color, spritzed with Dylusions Cut Grass and Fresh Lime, and allowed to dry.  For the peach flowers, I spritzed with Dylusions Squeezed Orange and Lemon Zest.
To make tiny vintage ribbon rosebuds, I put a blob of hot glue on my craft sheet and began  scrunching up the ribbon into a wrinkled bud.  Be very careful as you do this.  The hot glue is VERY HOT!  I used a metal piercing tool to manipulate the ribbon, but as the glue cooled, I could use my fingers to squeeze and tighten the flower.  
Here are three peach rose buds waiting to be pulled up off my craft sheet.  Don't they look like those old vintage roses you see on needlework and cards in antique shops?
These were used to ground my "floating" woman.  I also added small pieces of a brownish stamen to add to the collage image to simulate the grapes in the image.  I also added 3D Crystal Lacquer to the grapes in her hair.  This just gave it a bit more dimension.
Now, to make my "flat" collage images have more dimension.  You know I love my dimension.  So, I cut out another bird image and placed it onto a piece of fun foam.
I embossed the bird from the back so that it would have this puffed up shape for the body.  As you can see in this photo, is does not sit flat any more like the photo above.
To help my little bird retain it's shape, I added a puddle of hot glue in this area before adhering it over my first collage image.
I used the same process for the banner in the Savon de la Rose collage image.
With this image, I embossed from the back and the front, where the banner would flow in and out if it were real.
Hot glue added to the middle.
After the hot glue dried, I then used PVA (or white glue) to adhere the pieces down.  Here is a close up of the banner.  I also added some Crystal Lacquer to the roses.
In this photo, you can see a bit of the bird causing a shadow from the dimension it is displaying, as well as the leaves I cut out and reattached in the same way.  I also used The Robin's Nest Dragonfly rub ons to adhere my title for this piece, "Live Brightly", and three tiny dragonflies.  TRN rub ons are so easy to use, and adhered beautifully to my painted canvas.  Here, you can see that tiny dragonfly.  It looks like it was painted on.  
I hope you enjoyed my canvas project as much as I enjoyed making it.  This is going to be an inspiration piece for me, which I am sure, during the winter months, will brighten my day.  For now, it just reminds me of the beauty and brightness we are about to experience with Spring finally here.

Please be sure to shop Altered Pages and The Robin's Nest for all of your art supplies.  And visit the Altered Pages blog to see what the rest of the team has created to inspire you with collage and stencils this month.  

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


Monday, March 24, 2014

Springtime Card with Altered Pages and The Robin's Nest

Hey there everyone.  So glad you stopped by.  Since we all have been really looking forward to Spring, I could not resist making a lovely Spring card for you today.  Altered Pages has everything you need to make your own Spring creations, and more.  I also used some of those fabulous papers and dew drops from The Robin's Nest  our cross-promoter this month.  Here is the card I made for Spring!


AP 467 Mystic Asian collage sheet;
Art Anthology Sorbet Dimensional Paint:  June Bud, Coral
White Gesso (Ranger)
The Robin's Nest papers: Cream Watercolor Glitter; Robin's Egg Glitter, Lavender Watercolor Glitter, Kiwi Sorbet
The Robin's Nest dew drops:
Silhouette machine and cut design:  lattice frame
Mini punches:  flowers and leaves (Carl)
Distress Ink: Ripe Persimmon
Viva Decor Pearl paint pen

First, cut lattice frame from Lavender Watercolor Glitter card stock using Silhouette machine.  Size frame opening to fit the image, in this case, 3" x 4".   Trim image from collage sheet and adhere frame.

 Trim Robin's Egg Blue card stock to 5-¼" x 6-½", adhere frame and image.
 Make card from Cream Watercolor Glitter card stock cut to 6-¾" x 11-¼", fold in half, adhere blue layer to front.
 To make some little flowers to go with my Asian image, I first used this awesome new paint that Altered Pages is now carrying.  I am so in love with this paint.  It is called Art Anthology Sorbet Dimensional Paint and comes in many beautiful colors.   This paint is gorgeous, shimmery, translucent, and dimensional.  A few of the colors even contain glitter.  I wanted to add more color to my Cream Watercolor Glitter card stock to make my flowers and leaves pop.    So, I brushed on a light coat of the Coral, leaving some areas with more paint than others.  This gave me some color variations for my punched flowers and leaves.
Paint applied to right side of paper
 I colored Kiwi Sorbet Glitter card stock the same way using Art Anthology June Bug.
Paint applied to lower half of paper
 Do you remember these?  Before there were electronic cutting machines and Sizzix dies galore, there were hand held punches.  And yes, I still have my entire, vast collection of these little rarities.  And frankly, I'm glad I hoard some things.  I used these little flower and leaves punches to punch out a lot of these for my next step.
 After I punched out the two sizes of Sakura flowers, I added a tiny amount of gesso that I watered down to make a wash.  I brushed this lightly over the Coral paper scrap, which gave me a bit of a pinkish color, and then I punched out the tiny star shaped flowers.
Gesso wash applied over Coral scrap
 Here is my collection of flowers and leaves that I punched out.  Believe it or not, I needed more than this to finish.
 Next, I cupped the flowers with the use of my large ball stylus and a piece of fun foam. I have to tell you how sturdy the Anthology Arts paints made this paper.  It gave it super strength and the paper held its shape very well.  It honestly did not take very long to do this.
 I started laying out my flowers and leaves in a pleasing manner and glued them down as I went.  Then I added some mini dew drops in orange and pink to each of the Sakura flower centers.  I used a Viva Decor pearl paint pen to make centers for the tiny pinkish star flowers.
I hope you enjoyed my Asian Springtime card and painted flowers.  I love this technique for adding more dimension and beauty to my cards.  So be sure to visit Altered Pages and The Robin's Nest for all your card making and creative projects.  

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


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mixed Media Journal Fun with Sin City Stamps and ComposiMold

Hello everyone.  Today I am going to share a project I made using Sin City Stamps and a really fun product  called Composi•mold reusable mold making material.  I started this Faber-Castell mini mixed media journal in a previous post, entitled Things I Love.  You can see my previous post by clicking here.

To learn more about Composi•mold, I found a wonderful video tutorial here which explains how easy it is to use.

Here is the first side:

Here is what I did to the reverse side.


Sin City Stamps:  DressformsWing-It 
Composi•mold reusable mold making material
Mixed Media Mini Journal (Faber-Castell)
Burnt Umber acrylic paint (Plaid)
Copper Gilder's Paste (Altered Pages)
German Scrap (Altered Pages)
Scor-Tape (Altered Pages)
Versamark Ink
Black embossing powder
Distress Inks, Stains, and Markers:  Rusty Hinge, Brushed Corduroy, Antique Linen, Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint; Tea Dye, Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo (Tim Holtz)
Crackle Accents, Glossy Accents (Ranger)
Niji Water Brush (Altered Pages)
Metal embellishments (various)
Helmar 450 glue

Complete directions for how to make these embellishments can be found on the Sin City Stamps Blog.

I hope you are enjoying all of this month's DT posts and inspiration using stamps, embellishments, and Composi•mold.  As I said before, this is so easy to use and lots of fun.  I hope you will give it a try.  Be sure to pop on over to the SCS Store to see all the new products and the SCS Blog for tons of inspiration.

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


Monday, March 10, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day Card

Hello everyone!  Today, I want to share a fun card for St. Patrick's Day!  
This month, the design teams from both Altered Pages and The Robin's Nest are working together to promote each companies' products.  So, be sure to visit both blogs for loads of inspiration.  

Supplies Used:

Altered Pages Collage Sheets:  AP 3008 - Erin Go Bragh (Wishing you a fine St. Patrick's Day)(Erins harp poem)(Erin Go Bragh); AP 416 - Victorian St. Patrick's Day (Shamrock); AP 1401 - Glorious Green (Butterfly)
Patonce Cross rubber stamp
Metallic rub-on cream (Kit #2)
Faber-Castell Big Brush Pen (Black)
12"x12" Double-sided green card stock (cut to 6" x 10")
The Robin's Nest:  Kiwi sorbet glitter cardstock; Fresh Mowed Grass dew drops
Blue/green print paper for tag (2-3/8" x 4-1/4")
Corner Chomper (Cloud/Scallop)
Versamark Ink
Peeled Paint Distress Ink
Detail gold embossing powder
Medallion 3-in-1 punch (EK Success)


Trim double-sided green card stock to 6" x 10", fold in half for card base.

Trim Robin's Nest Kiwi sorbet glitter cardstock slightly smaller than card front to allow some of the card color to show.  Punch four corners with scallop corner chomper.  Adhere to base card.

Punch strip of double-sided green paper using medallion punch.  Trim strip of blue/green print paper to approximately 1/4" x 6".  Weave this strip through punched strip, as shown.

Adhere along left side of card.

Trim "Wishing You A Fine St. Patrick's Day" image.  Layer image to reverse side of print paper cut slightly larger than the image to show a tiny border.  Edge with gold metallic rub-on on cream.
Below is a close-up of how the metallic cream looks on the edges.  I just love how it looks.
Stamp Patonce Cross onto reverse side of blue/green print paper using Versamark ink and detail gold embossing powder.  Cut out cross shape.  

To make the tag, trim blue/green print card stock to 2-3/8" x 4-1/4", punch both top corners using scallop corner chomper.  Adhere both the collage image and stamped cross image, as shown.
Adhere butterfly image to a piece of lightweight chipboard and trim.
Edge image with black Faber-Castell Big Brush Pen.
The butterfly is going to be used as a pocket to hold your tag.  To determine where to place glue onto the back of the butterfly, simply turn it over and place tag so that you can see where it will fit behind the butterfly.  This is where you will place the glue.

Adhere butterfly pocket to card front, as shown.

To finish off the back of the tag, trim Erins harp poem, edge with Peeled Paint distress ink, and adhere to center of tag, as shown.
Now simply insert the tag into the butterfly pocket.  (See photo of finished card above).

To finish off the front, I added Robin's Nest dew drops to the tag, the border, and the card corners.  I love dew drops because they always add so much interest and a bit of dimension, and they come in a huge variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.  Here is a close up of the tag with the dew drops added to the cross.  What a difference, don't you think?
To finish off the inside of the card, trim blue/green print card stock to 1-5/8" x 2-1/8", adhere "Erin Go Bragh"image that has been distressed with peeled paint around the edges to center. Adhere to inside of card.

Trim large shamrock and adhere to inside of card, as shown.  This carries the theme of your card to the inside and makes for a pleasant surprise for your recipient.

The fun thing about this card is that it is a bit interactive for the recipient.  They can remove the tag and read the fun poem on the back, pull it out, use it as a book mark, whatever their pleasure.  And if you are not a card maker, you can always make just the tag and attach it to your bottle of wine, or six pack of Killian's beer to take to a friend's home for a St. Patrick's Day gathering.  

So have fun with it, and be sure to pop on over to both Altered Pages and The Robin's Nest to see what creations both design teams have in store for you this month, as well as their fun products. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful week, and I wish you all a Happy St. Patrick's Day!