Sunday, January 31, 2016

My Girl Mixed Media Canvas with ColourArte

Hello my fellow Colour-Artistes!  I love mixed media, and ColourArte has just the perfect paints to use in your projects.  I am working with a different base from my "norm", and I am also using a different medium for the base.  I usually begin with a canvas and gesso, but this time, I am beginning with an 8"x10" piece of 140 lb. mixed media paper and a layer of white absorbent ground.  

To help you see my process, I made a short video tutorial.   So let's play!

Here a a few close-ups for you.

ColourArte Supplies used:

Primary Elements

Chiffon Pink
Mandarin Citrine
Rose Gold
China Black

Other supplies used:

Strathmore 140 lb Mixed Media paper

Golden White Absorbent Ground
Gypsy Soul Lasercuts Words & Phrases 2 (My Girl)
Finnabair 3D Gloss Gel Transparent
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Vintage Cabinet Card die and matching Movers & Shapers die
Quickutz Diamonds & Dots embossing folder
Ranger/Dylusions DYW42686 Letter Jumbles rubber stamp
Ranger Archival Ink Jeb Black
Prima 564278 Damask stencil
Prima Branch Bark chalk ink
Prima flowers (538651, 557676, 553111)
Prima Pearls (530983)
Prima Butterflies (552145)
Black chipboard
AP-302 Chubby Cheeks Altered Pages collage sheet
Kaisercraft 6-1/2" Paper Pad (Storyteller)
Recollections die cut doilies

I hope you enjoyed my video tutorial and that you perhaps learned something new.  Be sure to stop by the ColourArte online shop to see all of the beautiful colors available.  For tons of inspiration, visit the ColourArte blog, and check out the video tutorials on the ColourArte Video Creators Youtube channel.

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


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Gypsy Soul Dressform Hang Ups - Steampunk Style

Hello and happy Thursday!  Today I want to share another project using these fabulous Dressform Hang Ups from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  If you recall, last week I shared a Shabby Chic Dressform Hang Up.  Click here to see that post.  This week, I am going all out in Steampunk style.

Step 1:  Paint Dressform Hang Up with Titan Buff, then rust, and dry brush with burnt umber.  Glue hanger piece on top of dress form hanger to create dimension.

Step 2:  Trace bodice onto jeweled paper, cut out and adhere to Dressform Hang Up.

Step 3:  Use chipboard piece removed from Dressform Hang Up  trace and cut out embossed faux leather paper, adhere to piece.

Step 4:  Place faux leather piece over corset, trace lower edge and remove.

Step 5:  Once removed, cut corset apart, as shown.  Save bottom piece for another project.

Step 6:  Paint corset with Paynes Grey, dab with Translucent Yellow Oxide, and cover with Titanium White antiquing cream.  Remove some of the antiquing cream with damp baby wipe to give the appearance of a patinated metal.  Thread 22g copper wire through holes in corset.

Step 7:  Glue corset to bodice, then glue faux leather belt on top, as shown.

Step 8:  Cut patterned paper to 7" x 12".  Spritz with water and gently crumple the paper until soft.  Carefully tear up the center and roll the edges.  Very gently shape the paper and dry with heat tool.  It will become very stiff and hold its shape.

Step 9:  To make the underskirt, cut a piece of coordinating patterned paper to fit the opening.  Also trim a piece from the Texture Sheets Gears and paint with white gesso.

Step 10:  Paint Texture Sheets Gears with Paynes Grey, dab with Translucent Yellow Oxide, and cover with Titanium White antiquing cream.  Remove some of the antiquing cream with damp baby wipe to give the appearance of a patinated metal.  

Step 11:  Glue gears and print paper beneath the opening in the skirt.  Cut apart a few more individual gears from the Texture Sheets Gears,  color with antique gold paste wax, and adhere randomly over the bottom texture sheet, as shown.

Step 12:  Glue skirt to bodice, as shown.  Use a good, tacky glue and place a heavy object over it until the glue dries.

Step 13:  Cut chain link in half, add gold metallic ink and heat emboss with gold embossing powder.  Adhere to skirt in a crisscross manner.  Add a metal charm and metal studs, as shown.

Step 14:  Add one individual gear that is colored with antique gold wax to the hanger, as shown.  

And here is a closeup of the bodice section.

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Supplies used:
Dressform Hang Ups
Texture Sheets Gears
Chain Borders
Parisian Shape Set (corset)

Other supplies used:
Momenta 12x12 paper pad (Hobby Lobby)
Jeweled paper (Hobby Lobby)
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Paynes Grey, Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, Translucent Yellow Oxide
DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream Titanium White
Viva Decor Rusty paint
Encore Gold Metallic ink pad
Baroque Art Gilder's Paste - Antique Gold
Gold embossing powder
Metal jewelry embellishment

I have to tell you that I am having a blast making these!  As I said before, I can see many uses for them, and you are not limited to making the skirts from paper.  How about scraps of fabric, netting,  tulle, ribbon, and so on.  And think of the embellishing possibilities.  You are limited only by your imagination!  So stop by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts to see the wonderful selection of intricately cut chipboard you could use to make these your own!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!


Monday, January 25, 2016

Valentine's Day Cards with Altered Pages

Hello everyone, and happy Monday.  Today, I want to share a couple of Valentine's cards with you. Did you know that Altered Pages has a huge selection of collage images that are perfect for Valentine's Day?  And each sheet contains so many different images that will help you create the perfect cards.

Let's get started with Card 1.

Card 1

Cut Red Cardstock to 9"x 6" and fold in half to make a 41/2" x 6 inch card.

Cut brown print paper  to 4-1/2" x 6" and emboss with an embossing folder.  Distress edges, and hit high spots with Jasmine, then Schoolhouse Red Mixed Media ink pads.  Dry ink with a heat tool.

Adhere to card front.

Delaminate a piece of Mica.   It is very easy to do.  Just slip the blade of a craft knife (or your fingernail) between layers and start peeling.   I was fortunate to find this piece in my package that resembled a funky heart shape, so I used it.  However, mica cuts easily with scissors, so just cut any heart shape you want.

Emboss the piece of delaminated Mica with an embossing folder.  I used one with cracks on it.  Look how the embossing has brought out this silvery reflection.  It really is amazing stuff.

Adhere it to the floral print paper with a thin coat of 3D Crystal Lacquer.  Trim excess paper.

Ink edges with Leather Mixed Media ink pad. 

Layer pieces as shown in the photo of the finished card above.  Punch a strip of red card stock with decorative punch and adhered along left side of card.  Add a bingo card beneath the mica heart.  (Check out the bingo cards selection here.)  I also fussy cut the little angel from one of the heart images and adhered to the top of the mica piece.  

I colored a 12" piece of Dyeable Seam Binding with a Faber-Castell red Gelato and water and let it dry before making a bow and adding it to the bottom portion of the card.  One last element was needed, the Proud Arrow was glued over the mica heart.

Card 2
Cut Red Cardstock to 9"x 6" and fold in half to make a 41/2" x 6 inch card.

Cut a piece of dark pink and pink stripe paper and glue together, cut to measure 4-1/2" x 6" before distressing the edges.  Adhere to card front.

Cut a square of light pink paper, distress edges and adhere to card front.  Cut a smaller square of Adhesive Corrugate paper (Kraft), distress right edge and adhere to card front, offsetting a bit, as shown.

Cut a Serviette Paper in half and using a Scor Pal, score every quarter inch, as shown.  Accordion fold along the score lines.  

Pinch bottom of serviette and staple ends together to form a fan shape.  Adhere to card front, as shown.

Fussy cut Heart with Cherub image and adhere over accordion folded serviette.

Make a bow with a length of Dyeable Seam Binding and add to bottom of card.  Stamp sentiment onto a scrap of ivory card with Schoolhouse Red Mixed Media Inkx and dry with heat tool. Punch corners with decorative punch and adhere to card next to the ribbon.

Lastly, cut apart five flowers from the Floral Trim and glue them above the fan shape, as shown.

Altered Pages Supplies:     
To Thy Own Self Be True collage sheet
Red Cardstock
More Glitz 6x6 Paper Pads (Hello December)
6x6 Glitz Paper Pads  (Pretty in Pink)
Adhesive Corrugate paper (Kraft)
Mixed Media Salazar Inkx (Jasmine, Schoolhouse Red, Leather)
Faber-Castell Gelatos (red)
Serviette Papers
Dyeable Seam Binding
Proud Arrows
Mica chips Natural
3D Crystal Lacquer
Scor Pal
Floral Trim
Aleene's Tacky Glue

Glue Stick
Adhesive Dimensionals
Double Side Tape Mini

Other supplies used:
Diamond Fence Trim punch (Martha Stewart)
Ivory card stock
Rubber Stamp (sentiment)
Embossing folders

I love the look of shabby chic, can you tell?  There is something about those worn edges on the paper layers that really excites me.  I think it is the texture, and I am all about texture and dimension.

I hope my project today has inspired you a bit and perhaps given you some ideas for you to try yourself.  Be sure to stop by the Altered Pages blog regularly for daily inspiration for the fantabulous design team.  

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


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Shabby Chic Dressform Hangup

Hello again, my fellow chippy fans!  It's Thursday again, so it's time for this week's Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts project.  Have you ever played with paper dolls, dressed them in paper clothes, and spent hours dressing and re-dressing them?   Well, when I saw these fab Dressform Hang Ups from GSL, I knew I was going to have some fun!   

Step 1: Paint hangup portion with Titan Buff acrylic paint.
Step 2: Add a mixture of Burnt Umber and Interference Gold paint to the hang up to make it more shabby chic.  Adhere small piece of hangup over the larger piece for added dimension.
Step 3: Cover bodice with print paper (Cones).
 Step 4: Accordion fold a 6"x12" piece of corresponding print paper, every ¼", to form dress.
Step 5: Staple top section of paper (Scroll Canvas) with tiny stapler, or tape it, as shown so that the bottom flares out like a fan.
Step 6: Use a decorative circle punch a 5"x12" piece of coordinating paper (Rust Canvas) to create the "apron" portion of the dress, then accordion fold it, as shown.
dress apron
Step 7: These chipboard shapes are pieces that were removed from the hangup portion.  Paint them with ColourArte Apricot Nectar Silks Acrylic Glaze.  Two coats were needed.
knockout pieces
Step 8: Paint a feathery flourish with two coats of ColourArte Apricot Nectar Silks Acrylic Glaze.  
feathery flourish
Step 9: Adhere the four knockout pieces to the bodice, as shown.  Add a metal filigree jewelry embellishment to the bodice.
Step 10: Add the dress apron, tiny flowers and leaves, to the right side of the dress, as shown.  Diamond Stickles glitter glue was also added to the flower petals.
Step 11: The feathery flourish was glued just to the left of the apron, along with a short string of pearls.
And here is a closeup of the embellished dress portion.  

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Supplies Used:
Dressform Hang Ups
Feathery Flourishes Set
Cardstock Doily Set Intricates

ColourArte Apricot Nectar Silks Acrylic Glaze
Scrapbook Papers (Penny Black:  Rust Canvas, Scroll Canvas, Cones))
String Pearls (Hobby Lobby)
Metal jewelry embellishments (Hobby Lobby)
Paper flowers (Petaloo)
Diamond Stickles (Ranger)
Decorative Circle Punch (Martha Stewart)
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff, Burnt Umber, Interference Gold
Tacky Glue

I really had a ton of fun with this one, and I hope you will be inspired to make one, or two, or three of these fun dresses.  I think they would be perfect for little girls and big girls, alike!  This would make such a beautiful statement, also, on a scrapbook page layout, or how about the front of a mini album or altered book!  Or just make a bunch of them and hang them up!  Stay tuned because next week, I have another surprise for you with another style that I think you are going to like. 

In the meantime, thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative weekend!


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Creative Arts Collaboration #ColorOfTheYearArt Video Tutorial

Hi all!  Today, I want to share my latest youtube video as part of the Creative Arts Collaboration (CAC) Group.  The theme for this month's hashtag event is Pantone's #ColourOfTheYear, which is Rose Quartz and Serenity.  Each artist in the CAC group have created a piece of art using these two colors.  

You can read more about these beautiful colors at Pantone's Color of the Year 2016 page.

I created a small art canvas with these colors, or as close as I could get to these colors, in my video tutorial.  I will also show you how to make these beautiful flowers.  

And I have also included a few close ups of some of the focal points.

Supplies used:

6"x8" canvas panel (Altered Pages)
Valspar Dani's Delight, Simply Periwinkle (Lowe's)
Bird on Branch Assortment (Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts)
Feathers Shape Set (Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts)
Finnabair 3D Gloss Gel
Tim Holtz Speckles stencil
Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap distress ink pad
Tim Holtz Spun Sugar distress stain and distress ink pad
Sizzix/Tim Holtz dies:  Ornate Frame, Tattered Florals
Printed Notecards (Michaels)
Faber-Castell Big Brush Pen (Warm Grey)
Ledger paper (Bazzill)
White floral stamen (Hobby Lobby)

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to visit the other talented CAC artists participating in this event.

Have a wonderful week!!