Monday, June 23, 2014

A Lunar Steampunk Card

Hello all!  Today's post is a sneak peek at my project over on the Altered Pages blog today with our partner this month, IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko.   I hope you will take a minute to visit and see more how-tos and photos.

Altered Pages is also doing a GIVEAWAY for the month of June to celebrate our Partnership with IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko.  
You can win by leaving comments!   We will draw a winning name July 1.

Receive: 15 x 18 inch heavy weight AlteredPages canvas tote with 4 StazOn midi Inks, Shimmer Mist, Alice in Wonderland Stamp Set, 5 assorted Tags, 5 large glassine envelopes and Washi Tape ~ WOW!

Supplies used:

Kaisercraft Check In 6-1/2"x 6-1/2" paper pad
Cream card stock (cut 7"x10" to make 5"x7" folded card)
Moon Tags
Dyeable Seam Binding
IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko:  Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray; Memento Luxe Peanut Brittle, Rhubarb Stalk, StazOn midi Orange Zest, Blue Hawaii, Spiced Chai; GlazOn; Ink Blushers; Vertigo translucent film: Breeze, Prism
Circle die
Compass embossing folder
Metal sticker sheet (4" x 5-1/4")
Miscellaneous metal embellishments

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to follow along the rest of this month as both design teams share creations on the Altered Pages blog, as well as on the IMAGINE Crafts blog.  And don't forget to pop on over to leave lots of comments on the Altered Pages blog to enter our GIVEAWAY.

Good luck, and have wonderful, inky week!!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Embossing Resist Techniques with Sin City Stamps

Hello everyone.  I hope you all have had a wonderful week and are ready for a fabulous weekend.  Today, I want to share a couple of embossing resist techniques that are more of those oldies but goodies.  I made a similar card using part of this metal foil sheet, and on my desk was the section I had cut off.  I did not want to throw it away, so I made this card in a similar fashion.  Nothing goes to waste, especially if it is metal.

Check out How to - Embossing Resist Techniques by Barbara Rankin on Snapguide.

I hope you have enjoyed my project today, and will visit the Sin City Stamps blog often for more inspiration from the rest of the team.  And stop on over to see all the newest stamps and product releases in the online shop.

Have a wonderful, creative weekend!!!


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Sin City Stamps Design Team Application

Hello everyone, and Happy Father's Day to all those special men out there today.  I hope everyone is enjoying a peaceful Sunday with their families!

Well, it's that time of year again, and I am applying for the Sin City Stamps Design Team once more.  I hope you will leave me a nice comment below and let me know you were here.

As promised in my previous post, I want to continue with my Wizard of Oz chipboard book, stencils and die cuts from Sin City Stamps.  Eighteen new stamps sets have been released this week, three of which are Wizard of Oz themed.  Since I have not received them yet, I want to share more techniques with you about how to use the stencils and die cuts in your chipboard book.

Supplies used:

Sin City Stamps Tin Man Chipboard BookLion Die CutLion StencilScarecrow Stencil Scarecrow die cut TIn Man Stencil; Tin Man die cut Girl Stencil; Girl with Dog die cut
Graphic 45 8"x8" Magic of OZ paper collection
Core-dinations card stock
Acrylic paints
Stipple Brushes

The Scarecrow

Place stencil onto your background page and mark around the scarecrow's face with pencil.
Color in face with Yellow Ochre acrylic paint.  Let paint dry.
Realign stencil and apply more paint on his hands, sleeves, and collar.
Finish painting your scarecrow with red (hat), clover mixed with burnt umber (shirt, pants), burnt umber (boots, facial features).  So here he is, my cute little scarecrow.  Now, I am going to give him his outline with the outline die.
Simply adhere the outline die over your stenciled image, and voila!!!  Don't forget to cut away his face area.
I went back with a tiny brush and added some shading.  Here is a closeup.  Isn't he adorable?
Next, paint the "Brain" chipboard piece with red on the word, and copper on the gears, and dry brush the edge of the letters with copper.
Before adhering to my page, I added one of my metal gears I had in my stash.  And here it is, my almost completed page.  I've left lots of room in my mini book for stamping those fabulous images in the newly released Wizard of Oz stamps sets.

The Tin Man

This stencil lends itself perfectly to doing a bit of paper piecing.  I first chose a silver metallic paper.  I want my tin man to face right, so on the reverse side of my silver paper, I placed him facing left and outlined with a pencil.  My outline looks something like this.
Cut around him loosely because the outline die cut will cover those areas.  My pencil lines will not be seen as they are on the reverse.
Before adhering my die cut to my silver sheet, I like to dry fit it to see if I need to remove any extra bits that are exposed.  Then I glue the two pieces together.  Well, here he is, but wait, his axe is empty. You could either do a bit more paper piecing, or what I did in my next step.
I simply placed the stencil onto my page, adding paint through the axe portion only, i.e., burnt umber for the axe handle and copper with gold for the blade.  Then I matched up my die cut with the paint and adhered him to the page.

I painted the chipboard heart with a mixture of engine red and burnt umber, and the word "Heart" with sunflower.  I distressed the word with some brown ink.  Again, I found a metal heart charm that I adhered to the chipboard.  Awesome!

The Cowardly Lion

This time, I removed the lion's face and body portions of the die cut image, leaving only his mane intact.  I taped the die cut down so it would not move and covered it with the stencil, painting sunflower  mixed with a tiny bit of burnt umber onto the die cut.
Then I lightly stippled a mixture of the sunflower and more burnt umber around the edges to give a bit of dimension.
I used the paper piecing technique to add a solid sheet of tan card stock inside the die cut image and adhered them together, as before.  I painted the Courage chipboard with a mixture of clover and sunflower paint, giving a dry-brushed edge with just the sunflower.  And here is the almost-finished page.  Again, I am saving lots of room for photographs, phrases, quotes, etc., and those fabulous Wizard of Oz stamp sets that I have on order.
I certainly hope you enjoyed my stencil and die cut coloring techniques today, and that I have inspired you to use your stencils and die cuts in many different ways.  Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what you think, and be sure to check out the Sin City Stamps website for a closer look at their newest releases.  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful Father's Day with your family and friends!!!


Monday, June 9, 2014

Fun Tags and Cards with IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko

Welcome to our second week of creative inspiration with our fabulous partner this month, IMAGINE Crafts.  Each Tuesday during the month of June, IMAGINE Crafts will be sharing the projects that their Artists in Residence have created using products from Altered Pages.  The Design Team here at Altered Pages will also be featuring IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko products throughout the month.  We hope you will visit both blogs to see the fabulous projects that each team has designed for you.  

So, I wanted to begin the week with a tag, or a card, or how about both?

As you can see, tags are extremely versatile.  If you are a card maker, but you love making tags, then turn those tags into a focal point on a card.  In the second photo above, I have added "merci" to the card to turn it into a Thank You card.  Just change up your sentiment for any occasion.


Crop, resize, and print The Delineator from AP-1062 Once Upon A Time collage sheet onto cream card stock at 2.1" x 2.8". Trim around image, then sponge Memento Luxe Peanut Brittle around the edges, and dab the Memento Luxe Pistachio ink pad directly to the edges for a bit more definition.
Cut out Eiffel Tower using Silhouette machine and black card stock.  Sponge Delicata Golden Glitz and Silvery Shimmer over entire image and let dry.  The Delicata inks are so luscious and dreamy, and really add a gorgeous sparkle to your paper.

 Spritz Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray over manila tag and let dry.
After the Goosebumps dried, I sponged IMAGINE Craft/Tsukineko Neon Electric Blue and Electric Green over the tag, and carefully hit it with my heat gun to set the colors.  You don't want to bubble the Goosebumps (or maybe you do).  Then I added touches of Memento Luxe Peanut Brittle to small areas of the tag, just to unify it.   Goosebumps adds so much texture to paper, and allows for some awesome color variations when inked up.
Next, I added some Vintage Creative Medium through a bubble stencil I had laying on my desk, using SillySticks.  I was so pleased how this color went perfectly with my other colors used.
Stamp tiny dragonfly in upper left portion of tag using StazOn Midi Midnight Blue ink.

Spritz a length of Seam Binding Ribbon with water.  Pick up some ink from the Memento Luxe Peanut Brittle ink pad and apply to wet ribbon to give it a vintage look.  Allow to dry in a crumpled fashion.  Adhere through hole in tag with scrap of lace.
Ink up a small metal circle with the Memento Luxe Pistachio ink, cover with clear embossing powder and heat emboss.  Be careful, it is metal and it DOES get hot.  Allow metal to cool, then stamp tiny pocket watch with StazOn Midi Midnight Blue.  Heat set ink and allow to cool.
Edge tag with StazOn Midi Nautical Blue to give it that nice, framed look.  The StazOn ink is permanent and works beautifully on nonporous surfaces like metal.  Add a large jump ring through both the ribbon and tag.

I felt my tag needed something else, so I adhered a strip of lace along the left edge, and colored two metal leaves with StazOn Midi Claret.
Adhere embellishments to tag, as shown in photo.

To turn your tag into a card, I added a piece of print paper to a 5" x 7" kraft card, edged with Memento Luxe Peanut Brittle and adhering tag to card, as shown.  Next, I printed "merci" from the AP-871 Mini Images Paris collage sheet, punched corners with ticket punch, and gave it that vintage look by sponging a light coat of Memento Luxe Peanut Brittle with an ink blusher.  I popped it up with foam tape over the tag.

Altered Pages products used:
Manila tags
AP-871 Mini Images Paris collage sheet (merci)
AP-1062 Once Upon A Time collage sheet (The Delineator)
The Muse Dragonfly rubber stamp set
The Muse Time rubber stamp set
Seam Binding Ribbon

IMAGINE Craft/Tsukineko products used:
Delicata Golden Glitz and Silvery Shimmer
Memento Luxe Peanut Brittle, Pistachio, and Nautical Blue
Neon Electric Blue and Electric Green
StazOn Midi Midnight Blue and Claret
Sheet Metal (small circle tag)
Ink Blushers
Creative Medium Vintage

Other:  Bubble stencil, metal leaves stickers, metal clock hands, scrap lace, 1.8mm round punch, 5"x7" kraft card, print paper , ticket punch

I want to extend an extra special thanks to IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko for their generous supply of products to use and share techniques with you this month.  Be sure to come back often, and also visit the team's projects over at both the Altered Pages blog and Imagine Crafts blog this month.

Have a wonderful, creatively inky week!!!


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Sin City Stamps Presents The Wizard of Oz and 18 New Stamp Sets

Hello everyone.  Today, I want to show you one of the new chipboard book products and matching stencils and die cuts from Sin City Stamps.  This is the Tin Man Chipboard Book, and I knew I had to have it as soon as I saw it.  I've had this Graphic 45 paper collection sitting around waiting for the perfect moment to use it.  And here it is.  Sin City Stamps is releasing 18 new stamp plates, and three of them are from The Wizard of Oz, and all of them will be available to purchase next week, beginning 9 June.  So, I decided to get my book ready so that when I get the stamps, I can "go to town" working in my book.  I have posted pictures of the new stamps at the end of my post, but first, lets look at the book.
Supplies used:

Sin City Stamps Tin Man Chipboard Book; Lion Die CutLion StencilScarecrow Stencil;  Scarecrow die cut TIn Man Stencil; Tin Man die cut Girl Stencil; Girl with Dog die cut
Graphic 45 8"x8" Magic of OZ paper collection
Core-dinations card stock
IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko IrResistible Bronze Texture Spray; Memento Luxe Peanut Brittle;
Derwent Inktense Blocks
Black gesso
Ruby Slippers and Tiara glitter glue
Metallic rub-ons Kit #1
Rays embossing folder


Here is what you get when you order the Tin Man Chipboard Book.   Isn't this just adorable?  (NOTE: The paper is not included).
Here is an example of what you get when you order the matching stencils and die cuts. This one is the Girl Stencil and matching die cuts. The die cuts come solid and in outline form. Can you see the possibilities:
For complete directions on how I put my chipboard book together, please visit the Sin City Stamps blog.

And here are the 18 brand new stamp plates being released next week.  The first three are going to be used in my Tin Man Chipboard Book.  I can hardly wait to get them.  

 Well, are these stamps just awesome?  I want them all. Please stop back next week to see what I have added to my book, and any other creative activities I can come up with.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to visit the Sin City Stamps online store for all of your art stamping needs.

Have a wonderful, creative weekend!!!