Thursday, April 30, 2015

ColourArte Silks: Mixed Media Circle of Life Wreath

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Hello fellow ColourArte-ists, and welcome back to my first post for May.   I am so excited to share my project with you today because we are featuring some gorgeous paints, aka, Silks Acrylic Glaze.  They are an iridescent and semi-transparent acrylic glaze paint.  These paints are named perfectly because they go on smooth as silk.  We are also featuring Primary Elements, which are a highly concentrated powder to make your own paints, glazes, and shimmery mists.  The design team will be sharing lots of ways to use these fabulous products all month.  Inspiration awaits you!

I made this Spring themed "Circle of Life" wreath to hang up for Spring and Summer!  I will sure enjoy watching all the butterflies flit around the circle... ah, if only they were real!

Start with a chipboard circular wreath.  Paint surface with white gesso, let dry.
Adhere G45 Moulin Rouge print paper to front of chipboard with regular matte medium.  Trim away excess paper inside and outside.  On reverse, mark center between hanging holes.

Before proceeding, turn chipboard over to back and align hanging holes horizontally, then mark "TOP".  This will help as you adhere your embellishments later.

Wet sections of the paper with a brush, let sit a minute or two.  Start to peel and rub away those sections.  (NOTE:  Yellow post it note adhered to denote "TOP").
Paint a gesso wash over the circle, wipe away some of the gesso from the print paper; let dry.

Spread modeling paste through script stencil around the circle.  There was some blue paint on the stencil which got picked up in the paste.  No matter ... it will get covered up by all the layers to come.
Dab Radiant Rain Nutmeg over entire surface, then randomly dab Solar Gold, as shown.
Die cut six sets of butterflies from chipboard and emboss with the matching embossing folder. 
Paint each one, front and back, with black gesso.

Paint one set of butterflies with Mediterranean Blue PE (Primary Elements) mixed with Clear Medium.  Let dry.  Hit high spots with black archival ink pad.

Paint another set of butterflies with Ginger Flower PE mixed with Clear Medium.  Let dry.  Brush on a coat of Sunflower PE mixed with water to the butterfly centers, rub excess with finger.  Let dry.  Hit high spots with black archival ink pad.
Add Black Pico Embellisher to the butterfly bodies.  Let dry.
Paint several honeycomb chipboard pieces with white gesso, let dry.
Sponge Yellow Rose and Spiced Pumpkin Silks onto each piece of honeycomb, front and back.
Add a coat of white gesso to the chipboard berry stems, let dry.
Paint each one on both sides with Silks Emperor's Gold.  Do you see how one of the berry stems looks lighter than the others?  That is what makes this paint so beautiful, how it changes colors depending on the way the light hits it.  It is amazing to me!
To bring out the stenciled script, I hit the high spots with black archival ink.

Make a mist with Mediterranean Blue PE and water in a mister bottle.  Spritz onto circular chip piece and dry.

Using a paintbrush to pick up the PE colors, sprinkle PE Mediterranean Blue, Black Orchid, and Ginger Flower around the perimeter.  Continue to spritz with Mediterranean Blue mist, let it mix and run and marbleize, heat with heat gun.  Spray a workable fixative over the surface to set the PE and prevent it from rubbing off.  It does need a binder and I only used water in my mister.
Look at these gorgeous textures and colors.  They make me so happy!
Paint both inside and outside edges of chipboard with Silks Nutmeg.
Spray paper flowers with Radiant Rain Autumn Leaf.
While still wet, spray flowers with Radiant Rain Ginger Flower.  Let dry.  Look at that amazing color combo forming on the craft sheet.  Isn't is gorgeous!  I did not let any of it go to waste.  I picked the excess up with a paintbrush and applied to areas of the flowers that I missed when misting.  Boy, try saying that three times real fast.
Hit the high spots on each rose with Silks Emperor's Gold.

Make chipboard frame to measure 1-3/4" x 2-1/4" with a 1-1/2" x 2" opening.

Give the frame an antique gold look by first dabbing with Vintage Photo distress stain, dry, then Radiant Rain Solar Gold dauber, dry, then Radiant Rain Nutmeg dauber, dry.

Stamp "Circle of Life" onto scrap tan card stock with black archival ink.  Center words inside frame die cut, trace around inside and outside.
Trim frame from around the "C" and the "e" to fit .  Erase the pencil lines and slip the frame over the letters before adhering the two pieces together.  Add corner embellishments with Platinum Pearl Liquid Pearls.
Begin adding embellishments to the wreath.  Start with the title "Circle of Life" frame, placing it centered at the top.
Adhere butterflies, flowers, berry stems, and honeycomb around circle.

Here are some closeups of the different sections of the wreath.  I only hope you can see the beautiful shimmer as it appears real life.  These paints are super gorgeous and it is hard to capture them with a camera, but that is why I take so many pictures. I hope to capture some of its beauty in different views.

ColourArte Supplies used:

Silks Acrylic Glaze:

Emperor's Gold
Yellow Rose
Ginger Peach

Radiant Rain Daubers

Solar Gold

Primary Elements:

Mediterranean Blue
Ginger Flower
Black Orchid

Other Supplies:

Sin City Stamps: Art Journal 3 rubber stamp plate (Circle of Life)
DecoArt Media Modeling Paste
Golden Regular Matte Gel Medium
Graphic 45 Curtain Call Collection (12x12) (Moulin Rouge)
Sizzix Butterfly Duo die with matching embossing folder
The Crafter's Workshop Art Is Stencil (6x6)
Chipboard:  Bits of Honey (honeycomb), Berry Stems (Blue Fern Studios)
Liquitex white gesso
Utrecht black gesso
Black archival ink
Vintage Photo distress ink
Tuxedo Black Pico Embellisher

Stop by the shop and check out the rest of these gorgeous paint products.  And that's not all!

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Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you are inspired to try some of these fabulous paints and watercolors in your next project!

Have a wonderful, creative weekend!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Faux Etching with Sin City Stamps

Hello again my dear fellow stampers!  I hope everyone had a fun-filled weekend.  So, are you ready for some fun?

Today I want to share a simple yet fun technique that I believe has been around for a long time, but is sometimes forgotten.  It is a faux metal etching technique.  This technique is a bit different from faux embossing, as the results are not raised as much as in embossing.
The first thing you need is a piece of silver glossy metallic card stock and a rubber stamp, of course.

Ink the angel collage stamp with Versamark, or any embossing ink.  Heat emboss with detail clear embossing powder.
Heat emboss image.  I used detail embossing powder since my image has lots of detail, and it also is what gives the etched effect, rather than embossed.

Apply a coating of black ink, let sit for a few seconds.
Wipe away the excess.
The ink will remain in the crevices and give depth and dimension to the image.  I also like the antiqued effect from the ink.
I did a little pen work pen on the image with a Copic black to get more depth and dimension and help the image show up a little better.  It sounds like a lot of work, but it was very relaxing and I probably spent no more than ten minutes doing that.  I think the result was well worth it.
Trim around the image, leaving a small border and cut out around the wings.  Layer onto  4" x 5-1/4" black card stock, then to 4-1/4" x 5-1/2' silver card stock.

Add metal embellishments, as shown, with Beacon 3-in-1 glue.  Adhere to black pre-folded card front with foam tape for dimension.

Here is another card I made, this time with the background stamp from the Rosette Hearts set. I used the same technique as before.  However,  this time I first added Pitch Black alcohol ink, then removed excess ink with plain alcohol.  This left a reddish tint that resembles copper.  Very interesting.
So, next I added a wash of black fluid acrylic ink and some water, then wiped away the excess.
I got more black definition and some very cool colorations.
I trimmed the excess from the image, leaving a tiny border.  Then I cut a piece of green glossy card stock to 4" x 5-1/4" and adhered the image to that layer, which was then adhered to the black card.
I stamped the  three rosettes onto a scrap of copper glossy card stock with Versamark ink and detail clear embossing powder.  The three furthest to the left were embossed with regular clear embossing powder, but I lost all definition from these detailed stamps.  So I used detail clear embossing powder on the three to the right.  Can you see the difference?
I cut those three out and pressed each one onto a brown distress ink pad to get some antiquing and definition to the embossing.
I then added them to the card front, layering each with varying thicknesses of foam tape, and added black bling, as shown.
You can make this a lovely thank you card by simply stamping the "Thank You""Thank You" with black StazOn ink onto another scrap of the copper metallic card stock.  Punch out with label punch and edge with a black pen.  Add to upper left of card front with foam tape.

Supplies used:
Sin City Stamps:  Wing It; Rosette Hearts
Cardstock: Black, Silver Metallic Glossy, Copper Metallic Glossy, Green Metallic Glossy
VersaMark ink pad (or any embossing ink pad)
StazOn Black ink pad
Clear detail embossing powder
Heat tool
Fine Line black pen
Black swirls bling
Stampin Up Label Punch
Brown and Black distress ink
Liquitex black ink
Ranger Pitch Black alcohol ink
Blender tool with felt
Rubbing Alcohol
Black fluid acrylic ink
Beacon 3-in-1 Glue

I hope you enjoyed my project today and that I have inspired you to create something using this faux metal etching technique.  Play around with your stamps, inks and paints to see what you can come up with.  By the way, there are still a few more days left to get your Sin City Stamps and supplies, so stock up now.

Have a wonderful, creative week!


Monday, April 27, 2015

A Summery Card with Altered Pages and Stencil 1

Today I want to share a project using products from both Altered Pages and Stencil 1. There were three two-part butterflies in this stencil set, and as promised, I am going to show you how I used the third butterfly stencil.  I have tried to vary the techniques, and my previous posts can be viewed by clicking here for the first post, and here for the second post.

My project today is a layered, collaged card.
Cut yellow card stock to 5-1/2" x 11", folded in half to make a 5-1/2" square card.  Cut two frames, one larger than the other, from blue and yellow houndstooth card stock. Cut a third piece from gray print to measure 2-1/2" by 5-1/2"; punch one edge with Trellis punch.  Adhere all three pieces, as shown in photo above.

Trace open butterfly onto yellow print paper with a pencil.
Align matching detail butterfly stencil over penciled image and apply Versamark ink through openings.
Heat emboss with black puff embossing powder.  Trim butterfly, leaving off antennae.  Glue wire for antennae to back of butterfly and add Stickles Star Dust to the wings.  Edge wings with big brush pen.  Gently shape wings for dimension.
I have had this puff embossing powder for many years and was not sure of my results, so here is a closeup.  I like the texture from the puffiness it gives.  Kind of interesting, don't you think?
Fussy cut butterfly, but don't bother cutting out the antennae.  They will be replaced with a piece of wire, as shown.  
Adhere the wire to the wrong side of the butterfly, and add Stardust Stickles to the wings.  Edge butterfly with a black Big Brush pen.
Adhere butterfly to card front using 3D Crystal Lacquer.  Add Petaloo flowers to bottom left corner.  Use Black Bling to make the flourish beneath the butterfly.  

Trim the words "summertime" from the Summer Words collage sheet   Cut in half and edge with Scattered Straw distress ink.   Adhere to card front, as shown.

Edge card base with Scattered Straw distress ink.


Other Supplies used:
Stencil 1 Butterfly stencil set
Ranger Black Puff embossing powder
Scattered Straw Distress Ink
Martha Stewart Garden Trellis punch


You have one more day to play along.  Stencil 1 will provide a FAB stencil and Altered Pages will provide a package of tools! SHARE the Altered Pages blog posts daily on YOUR Facebook page for the monthly random drawing. Include ‪#‎alteredpages‬ in your post. Drawing on May 1, 2015. More you share more chances to win! 

Stay tuned each day and get ready for a giveaway!   Stencil 1 will provide a FAB stencil and AlteredPages will provide a package of tools!

SHARE our blog posts daily on YOUR Facebook page for the random drawing.  Include #alteredpages
in your post.
  Drawing on May 1, 2015.

I hope you enjoyed my easy peasy card today.  I also hope I have inspired you to try some of these products from Altered Pages and Stencil 1. Stenciling is so much fun, and there are so many different ways to utilize them.  And be sure to visit the AP Blog regularly to see what the rest of the team is working on.

Have a wonderful and oh so creative week!