Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mixed Media Tag: Authentic

Hey there, ColourArte-ists!  I have a summery tag to share today.  I suppose it is my one last attempt at hanging on to the the warm weather.  In spite of the fact that I love Fall, I love that period of time just before the chill in the air hits.  I just received this beautiful stamp for my birthday and the amazing water droplets stamp from Designs by Ryn in my design team package, and I could not wait to use them with my beautiful ColourArte Silks Acrylic Glazes.  A very dear friend and talented artist, Pam Bray, gave me a quick lesson on side-loading a paint brush, so here is my feeble, but not too bad, attempt at shading.    


Stamp Divine flower stamp onto a piece of 4" x 9" acrylic paper with VersaFine Onyx Black ink, let dry thoroughly.
Using a damp brush, pick up Apricot Nectar Silks and color in both the flowers and buds.  Add shading with a side-loading brush technique, using more water for a lighter color, and less water for a deeper color.   As you can see in the photo below, one color was used on all flowers, but color variations were obtained with the amount of water added.
To obtain depth and dimension, side load a damp brush with Ginger Flower Silks and deepen the edges of the petals where they would be darkest, blending into the flower petals.
Using a small liner brush, color the stems with Moss Green Silks.
Stamp the image onto scrap paper or post it notes, cut out to use as a mask.   Cover each flower petal and bud.
Spread light molding paste through the grungy numbers stencil with a spatula.  Let dry.
Stamp Water Droplets with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and let dry.
To color the background, I used the 1/2" angle shader brush, mixed a dollop of each color with water onto my craft sheet, and spread over the entire background.  Silks Celedon, Carribean Mist, and Wisteria were used.  I kept the blue of the Carribean Mist where the water droplets were stamped.
When I got nearer to the flower petals and buds, I brushed the color away from the masks so that I did not get paint underneath them.
The masks protected my painted flowers and petals, as you can see below when I remove the post-it notes.
To add a bit of sparkle to the stenciled numbers, I re-aligned the stencil over them and brushed on Emperor's Gold Radiant Gels.
As you can see below, the effect is subtle but effective.  Unfortunately, it is very hard to pick up the beautiful shimmer with a camera.  It looks amazing in person.
I used a white gel pen to highlight the water droplets.
A tiny dot at the top and a short line at the bottom of the droplet did the trick.  See close-up below.
Cut a giant sized tag (5-1/2" x 1-1/2") from a piece of print paper from the DCWV paper stack.  

Adhere acrylic paper to 4-1/4" x 9-1/4" black card stock.
Mix Silks Clear Medium with Primary Elements China Black and cover metal word band.  Shhh, don't tell anyone, but I just dipped my finger into the glaze, then into the Primary Elements and rubbed it over the word band.  It mixed beautifully, and all I needed was a small amount.
Let dry and sand off some of the black paint with fine sandpaper.
Insert twine through word band holes and wrap around to back.
Turn layer over, run a thin line of Beacon 3-in-1 glue along right edge and add lace.  When you turn it back over, the lace will actually be on the left.
Adhere layer to tag base, add metal watering can embellishment and black alphabet stickers to spell "Divine".  

Cut two lengths of ribbon approximately 8" long and thread through tag hole.

ColourArte supplies used:
Silks Acrylic Glaze:  Apricot Nectar, Ginger Flower, Moss Green, Celedon, Carribean Mist, Wisteria, Clear Acrylic Glaze Medium
Radiant Gels: Emperor's Gold
Primary Elements: China Black

Other supplies used:
Designs by Ryn Water Droplets rubber stamp 
Divine cling stamp (Penny Black )
Strathmore 236lb Linen Finish Acrylic Paper
DCWV Black Currant paper stack
Black card stock
VersaFine Onyx Black ink
Colorbox Charcoal ink
Ranger white gel pen
Paper Artsy PS021 numbers stencil
Golden Light Molding Paste
1/2" Angle Shader paint brush
Tim Holtz Idea-ology metal word band
Ribbon:  Camelia Pink (Martha Stewart);  yellow (Stampin' Up)
1/2" wide lace
Metal watering can (Prima or Recollections)
Alphabet Stickers (Prima #555351)
Beacon 3-in-1 glue
Natural twine

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and while you are at it, I hope you will visit the ColourArte online store.  There is a fantastic sale on the Radiant Rains daubers and mists, so be sure to check it out.  And please take a moment to visit our sponsor, Designs by Ryn.  She has some of the most amazing stamps, all drawn by Ryn.  I was quite impressed with the deeply etched quality of them.  You will not be disappointed.

One last reminder that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  If you would like to help, you can make a donation here.

Have a wonderful, creative week!


DecoArt Mixed Media Haunts Challenge: Book of Spells

Greetings my macabre-loving friends, and welcome to the first-ever Decoart Media Challenge.  

The DecoArt Mixed Media Design Team are coming together to bring you some hauntingly bizarre and fun inspirational projects this month.  Best of all, you are invited to play along in the Halloween Haunts Challenge Round Up by making and submitting your own project and linking it up to the Decoart Media blog.  The theme, of course, is  “ H a l l o w e e n   H A U N T S :  Zo m b i e s , G o b l i n s , W i t c h e s ... O H M Y ! ​  The challenge runs from 1 October and ends 28 October.  Voting will begin on 30 October, and two winners will be announced via Facebook and the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog on 31 October.

My project today is one I've been wanting to try for some time.  It is a paper maché book entitled "Book of Spells".   I know many artists have made these and are very popular.  I'm just a little slow at getting around to it.  But to make up for it, I have made a video tutorial for you, and I hope you will enjoy watching the process.

Products Used:

Media Black Gesso
Shimmer Violet Mister
Shimmer Turquoise Mister
Primary Yellow Mister
Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black
Media Fluid Acrylics Transparent Red Iron Oxide
Media Fluid Acrylics Gold Interference
Media Fluid Acrylics Cadmium Red Hue
Media Antiquing Cream Medium Grey
Media Antiquing Cream Raw Umber
Media Crackle Glaze Clear
Media Matte Medium

DecoArt Metallic Lustre™ Iced Espresso
DecoArt Metallic Lustre™ Black Shimmer
DecoArt Metallic Lustre™ Cosmic Blue

Supplies used:
Large Paper Maché Book Box (Paper Studio)
White handmade paper
Ravenhead Manor 12x12 paper pad (Recollections) (green/black flock) (purple print/black flock)
Gina's Designs Lasercuts:  Hinge Straps, Spiderweb Shape Set, Book of Spells (coming soon)
Vintage Ravens & Words Stickers (Jolee's)
Halloween Glitter Embellishments Spiders Stickers (Recollections)

I hope you enjoyed my project and video tutorial today.  I think I will continue this project with a part two so I can share some spooky things I plan to add to the book inside, so stay tuned.  If you would like to keep in touch, you can subscribe to my youtube channel by clicking the link.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to play along in the challenge. Click here for all the details.  We want to see what you make!

Have a wonderful, creative week, and Happy Halloween!!!


Monday, September 28, 2015

It's a Wrap with Altered Pages

Hi all!  As you probably know by now, our theme this month is "It's A Wrap", which is all about packaging and the way your gift is presented.  As I said before, the packaging can be just as beautiful as the gift itself.  But I think that a gift package can either excite or bore the recipient.  I vote for excite the recipient and make them want to open their gift.  
So here is my finished gift package.  I wonder what I will put in it ...  could it be CHOCOLATE?

Once again, I found this round, cardboard type of salt container in my stash.  Yes, I am a hoarder of all things possibly crafty!   What was especially nice about this particular salt container was that the top popped off quite easily, making it perfect for turning into a gift package.  Just look around and see what you can use in a similar fashion.
I measured the height and circumference of my can, and cut a piece of the adhesive corrugated paper to size.

Next, I used a spatula to spread the Art Anthology Sorbet Paints in Coral, Red Velvet, and June Bud and let dry.
Fussy cut "Love of Chocolate"  and two chocolate labels from the collage sheets.  Layer each label onto a slightly larger piece of black card stock.  Adhere to corrugated paper, as shown, leaving space in the center and on each edge.

Adhere one of the lace stickers along the top edge.
Use Aleene's Tacky Glue to adhere the collage images and the corrugated paper to the canister for added strength.

Color a length of sheer yellow ribbon with the Gingersnap Smooch Spritz and water, let dry.  Wow, I wish you could see the glimmer the spritz gives this ribbon.
Here is a closer look at the top to this container.  As you can see, it just popped right off.  I don't care that it has the holes and turning piece, because I am going to cover all of that in my next steps.
Paint two coats of Black Gesso over the top piece, but only the top portion, not the side portion that fits inside the canister.  You need to keep that free from anything that will cause friction or add bulk.
 I spritzed a kraft paper clock face with the Gingersnap Smooch Spritz, adhered it to two pieces of chipboard glued together for stability, and added a tiny round metal sticker in the center.  Then I used Adhesive Dimensionals to adhere it to the top, covering the salt shaker piece.
 Here it is from the front, before adding the ribbon.
 And here it is from the back, minus the ribbon.


Round cardboard type salt container
Black Gesso
Art Anthology Sorbet Paints (Red Velvet, Coral, June Bud)
Collage sheets:  For the Love of ChocolateMake Mine Chocolate
Ribbon, Sheer
Glue Stick
Adhesive Dimensionals
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Gothic Lace Stickers
Smooch Spritz (Gingersnap)
Adhesive Corrugated
Bazzill Black 8.5 x 11 card stock
Kraft Paper Clocks

I hope you have been enjoying the variety of gift wrappings the design team have been sharing with you this month.  So hop on over to the Altered Pages shop to see what else you can use for your own personal gift packaging!

Have a wonderful, creative week!


Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Fall Layout with Gina's Designs Lasercuts

Hi all you chippy fans! I have a Fall page layout for you today.  I love this new Fall Shape Set by Gina's Designs Lasercuts.  There are so many shapes and variety in this pack!  And I love the Canning Jars Branch Border!  Isn't it adorable?  I still have enough shapes left over to make some cards, or an art journal page, or a canvas, hmmmmm.....

I started with a 12x12 piece of scrapbook paper from my stash, and adhered it to a slightly larger piece of blue mat board.  I chose the chipboard pieces I planned on using and arranged them on the paper to see how they would fit.

Each piece was first coated with either white or black gesso, then I used colored pencils to bring them to life.  I drew some details in pencil on the pumpkins, corn stalks, and squirrel, then I used a metal stylus to emboss those details.

The rake and canning jar hangers were painted with a silver marker, then dry brushed with black gesso for an aged metal look.  The canning jar lids and "Happy" were colored with gold metallic; then red pencil was added to the jars before I heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

A few close-ups of the chipboard pieces are below.  I added some black alphabet stickers to spell "FALL" on each of the canning jars.

Here you can see the dimension added to the pumpkins, and details added to the squirrel.

The scarecrow was painted with black gesso, and I gave him a scary face with a white gel pen.  I don't know about you, but clowns AND scarecrows scare me!

A tiny bit of the gold metallic was aded to the corn stalk leaves to coordinate with the gold metallic used on  the word "Happy".

Supplies used:

Gina's Designs Lasercuts Supplies Used:
Fall Shape Set
Canning Jars Branch Border (coming soon)

Other supplies:
Tim Coffey Tuscan Sunflowers 12x12 Specialty Paper Pad (K&Co)
12x12 blue mat board
Classic Treasure Gold
Colored Pencils (Lyra, Prismacolor, Brynzeel)
Gesso - black and white (Liquitex)
Pens - white gel (Ranger), silver metallic (Prismacolor)
Thickers letter stickers (American Crafts)

I hope you enjoyed my Fall page layout. There is a bit of room left for a picture or two, but you could also make this a Fall home decor piece to hang on your wall to bring in the Fall season.  Whatever you choose to make, be sure to stop by Gina's online store for a complete selection of fun and useful chippies!!!

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


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Capture Life's Moments with ColourArte

Hello Colourarte-ists!  I want to share a quick and inexpensive project with you today.  I started this project with a wooden frame from the Dollar Store that I had previously altered.  I was not very pleased with how it turned out, so I saved it for another day. 

When I saw this beautiful dragonfly die by Tim Holtz, I just knew I wanted to use it for this project.  This time of year,  here in the mid-south, the dragonflies are everywhere.  I love watching them flit about.  So that was my inspiration for this piece.

I made a short video tutorial for you.

Supplies Used:

7"x7" wooden frame with 5"x5" opening (Dollar Store)
ColourArte Twinkling H20s: Moss Green, Blue Grass, Mystic Blue, Cinnamon Brown, Iridescent Gold, Black Cherry,
ColourArte Primary Silks Acrylic Glaze: Apricot Nectar
ColourArte Radiant Rain Daubers: Nutmeg, Egyptian Gold
ColourArte Radiant Rain Shimmering Mists: Ice, Butternut, Autumn Leaf, Teal Zircon 
ColourArte Radiant Gels: Olive Vine
Gina's Designs Lasercuts: Bamboo Shape Set
6x6 Burlap Paper Stack (DCWV)
6x6 Quarterfoil stencil (ClearScraps)
White Crackle Texture Paste (Finnabair)
Extra Heavy Gel/Molding Paste (Golden)
White gesso (Liquitex)
Classic Gold wax gilt (Treasure Gold)
Ideaology word band (Tim Holtz)
Gold metal stickers (TPC Studio)
Layered Dragonfly die (Tim Holtz)
Catalyst spatula (straight edge)
Black pen (Sharpie)

Have you joined in this month's ColourArte Blog Challenge #3?  The challenge this month is accessories, but the challenge will change on the 20th of the month, so check out the Rules and How to Enter page for upcoming themes and how to join in the fun.  You could be the next winner of a $40 value ColourArte prize.  

Well, I sure hope you enjoyed my project and video tutorial today.  I had a lot of fun re-working this Dollar Store find.  What will you do with your next Dollar Store find?  I'd love to see what you create!

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


Card Making for Coffee and Wine Lover's with Gina's Designs Lasercuts

Hi chippie fans!  I want to share a couple of easy to make cards for you today.  I think you will get a kick out of these.  I am an avid coffee drinker, and I like a glass of wine now and then.  So, these shape sets from Gina's Designs Lasercuts were right up my alley! Understanding that I am not the only one who appreciates a good cup of coffee or a fine glass of wine,  I knew they would make great cards.

Card 1 is obviously for the wine lovers.   I used Derwent Inktense blocks with a water brush to color the chipboard pieces from the Wine Shape Set.  However, the cork screw tip was colored with a silver marker, and the chipboard cork shape was covered with a scrap of cork paper on which I stamped "WINE" with black archival ink.  The card stock doily was added as a backdrop for the wine bottle and glasses, which I covered with a light coat of 3D Crystal Lacquer.  I die cut a vintage tag from a print paper, edged with Dusty Concord distress ink, stamped the sentiment with black archival ink, and adhered to the card.
Card 1
 A few close ups of those sections of the card.

As for card 2, I covered the coffee cup with print paper and added a scrap of corrugated kraft card as a coffee cup sleeve.  The spoon was inked with Versamark ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I used white Inktense Blocks with a water brush to color the steam swirl.  I stamped "Rise and Shine" onto a flower print from the paper, colored "SHINE" with a white gel pen, cut it out and adhered to the card with foam dots.
Card 2
 A few close ups of this card are below.

Supplies used:

Card 1
Wine Shape Set
Cardstock Doily Set Intricates
Orchid card stock (10"x7" folded to make 5" x 7" card)
Magenta print paper
Cork paper (tiny scrap)
Inktense Blocks (Derwent)
Silver marker (Prismacolor)
3D Crystal Lacquer
Laugh Out Loud Wine clear stamps (Hampton Art)
Vintage Tag die (Magnolia)
Dusty Concord distress ink
Black Archival ink

Card 2
Coffee & Tea Shape Set
Cardstock Doily Set Intricates
Kraft card stock (10"x7" folded to make 5" x 7" card)
Kaisercraft Botanical Odyssey print paper
Magenta print paper scrap
Corrugated kraft paper (scrap)
Good Morning clear stamp set (Inkadinkado)
Inktense Blocks (Derwent)
Frayed Burlap and Faded Jeans distress ink
Black archival ink
Versamark ink
Silver embossing powder
White gel pen (Ranger)
Foam dots

I hope you enjoyed my fun cards today.  Thanks for stopping by, and please be sure to visit Gina's Designs Lasercuts for more chipboard designs to use in your card making and art!

Have a wonderful and creative weekend!!!