Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mixed Media Cards: Four Backgrounds with ColourArte

Hello friends!  Barbara here.  It's my turn to do a ColourArte blog post today. You will usually find me over on the Video Creators side, but every now and then, I fill in on the blog side.  

I have some good news to share.  ColourArte has introduced a new medium called The Solution Acrylic Medium Wash.  It is basically a binder without any thickening agent added. What does that mean?  First and foremost, you can use it to make watercolors and fluid acrylics that won't rub off using the Primary Elements Artist Pigment powders.  You can also make custom color sprays with it.   There are so many possibiities with this product, and I am going to share a few of the things you can do with it in any and all of your mixed media art.

I am especially excited for my fellow card makers. Not everyone wants to paint on a canvas, so I am going to show you some more fun, beautiful backgrounds to make for your cards using plain old brown paper bag.  You can also substitute kraft card stock, too.  So let's play!

Here are the four backgrounds we are going to make.  They will not only work for card backgrounds, but think of the possibilities... art journals, canvases, fabric, and whatever else you can think of.  Take these ideas and run with them. 

And here are the four cards I made using these backgrounds.

Card 1:  Tear brown paper bags into rectangles about the size of an A2 card (4-1/4" x 5-1/2").   

Stamp script background with Versamark ink, heat emboss with white embossing powder.

Paint paper with The Solution + Bolivian Blue


Embellish with Kanban Mare Blu Paper Craft Toppers using pop dots

Card 2:  Emboss one of the paper bag rectangles with an embossing folder.  

Sizzix Tropical Paisley embossing folder

Use a brayer to pick up Emperor's Gold Radiant Gel and run the brayer over the high spots.  

Paint the paper with The Solution + China Black PE

Sizzix/Tim Holtz Frameworks die - Honeycomb
Paint Emperor's Gold Radiant Gel directly onto three chipboard pieces

Edge chipboard pieces with Black Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen

Black card stock layers
Scrap-Mart Exclusive Labels die (beneath flower oval)
Kanban Always and Forever Yellow Roses Paper Craft Toppers

Use honeycomb chipboard die cut to place/glue honeycomb pieces onto card front.

Kanban Always and Forever Yellow Roses Paper Craft Toppers adhered with pop dots.

Card 3:  Painted paper bag paper, stamped script with black archival ink.

The Solution + Bronze Medallion PE

Paint paper bag rectangle with The Solution + Bronze Medallion PE
Stamp script with black archival ink

Match colors in Belle Epoque Violet Paper Craft Toppers
Mix The Solution + Ginger Flower + Sapphire On Ice
Paint chevron die cut

Kanban Belle Epoque Violet Paper Craft Toppers adhered with pop dots
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Frameworks die - Chevron

Card 4:  Radiant Gel spead through stencil.

3D Gloss Gel + Bronze Medallion PE through Prima daises stencil

Remove stencil and clean medium off of stencil right away

3D Gloss Gel dries clear, allowing the beautiful shimmer from the PE to shine through.

Paint paper with The Solution + Ginger Flower PE

Adhere Kanban Mannequin (Ruby) Paper Craft Topers with pop dots

Supplies used:

The Solution Acrylic Wash Medium 

Primary Elements Artist Pigment 

Bolivian Blue
Ginger Flower
Sapphire on Ice
Bronze Medallion

Radiant Gels:

Emperor's Gold

Other Supplies used:

Penny Black Letter Background rubber stamp
Prima Daisies stencil (6x6)
Sizzix Tropical Paisley embossing folder
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Frameworks die - Honeycomb
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Frameworks die - Chevron
Kanban Paper Craft Toppers:  Always and Forever Yellow Roses, Belle Epoque Violet, Mare Blu, Mannequin (Ruby)
Scrap-Mart Exclusive Labels die
Black Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen
Versamark ink pad
Black archival ink pad
White embossing powder
Heat tool

So, there you have it... four different backgrounds using a simple brown paper bag.  I hope you enjoyed my card projects today and perhaps, I inspired you to play with your pigment powders for a variety of uses.

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


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Rust Technique: Create Stand Up

Hello my fellow chipboard lovers!  Today, I have a neat project for you.  I wanted to make this cool Stand Up Sentiment look like a heavy piece of rusted iron.  I used the Andy Skinner rusting technique with DecoArt products to achieve this effect.  What do you think?

Lay out your chipboard pieces to get an idea of your design.

Run paper through Xryon and adhere to front of CREATE chipboard.  Turn over and cut away excess paper.

Adhere paper to reverse side and cut away the excess paper again.  You will notice in the photos that I am not adding paper to the dovetail sections.

Cover the base piece with the script paper.  Cut away excess paper, paying particular attention to the dovetail openings.

Cover the reverse side and cut all excess paper away again.  Use sandpaper to remove and smooth the edges nicely.

Paint Art Deco border piece and both sides of the wings with DecoArt Americana Carbon Chalky Finish paint.  Edge the base and CREATE with the carbon paint, also.

Paint both sides of wings with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Iridescent Gold and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Quinacridone Gold.  These fluid acrylics are translucent and the iridescent gold  will reflect off of the black nicely.

Randomly apply DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste over the word piece and let dry.  Begin adding a mixture of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Payne's Grey and a white tinting base with a sponge to the word, leaving some of the paper showing through.  Randomly sponge raw sienna over the border piece.

Randomly sponge DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Quinacridone Gold over the raw sienna color on the border.  Leave a lot of black showing.  Finish painting both sides of CREATE.  

Begin brushing on DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Quinacridone Gold over the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Payne's Grey color to achieve a rusted metal look, something along the line of rusted iron.  In the photo below, you can see where I began adding the color over the grey color.

Darken the paper on the stand with DecoArt Media Raw Umber Antiquing Cream and use a damp paper towel to rub it on.

Adhere the border piece along the front edge of the stand, as shown.  Coat the base with DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Ultra Matte Varnish to protect it and preserve the antiquing cream.

I glued the wings to each side and the back and the CREATE sign was glued to the base.

GSL Supplies used:
Stand Up Sentiments (Create)
Art Deco Border and Corners
Wings Assortment

DecoArt Americana Carbon Chalky Finish Paint
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Iridescent Gold
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Quinacridone Gold
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Raw Sienna
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Payne's Grey
DecoArt Media Raw Umber Antiquing Cream
DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Ultra Matte Varnish 
DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - White Tinting Base
DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste

I hope you enjoyed my  project today and are inspired to make one of these fabulous sentiment stands for yourself.  There are many words to choose from, so check it out at Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  I am sure you will find the perfect sentiment for yourself or a friend.  And I hope you will give the Andy Skinner rusting technique a try, as well.  

Have a wonderful, creative weekend!


Quick and Easy Cards with Craftwell USA eBrush

Hello everyone!  This month, the Craftwell USA eBrush design team is stepping outside their comfort zone and making something new to their own individual style.   I chose to make a couple of cards, clean and simple (CAS), and ever so easy.  This was definitely not what I am used to making.  So, here goes.

To start,  made a paperclay stamped image, trimmed around the edges, and allowed it to dry.  I had a second clay-molded Eiffel Tower that was ready to use and waiting for the right time.  

While that was drying, I started working on my background papers.  I chose these two Teresa Collins embossing folders and ran them through my die cutting machine using glossy white card stock.  The one on the left is the Swirltangle embossing folder, while the smaller one on the right is from Teresa's Timeless collection.

I trimmed a couple of sections from the Swirltangle embossing folder.  My clay pieces are dry and ready for color, too.

With the Timeless embossed piece, I first colored the background with Y32 and BV01.  I kept the center light so my focal image would pop.

Next, I eBrushed the Eiffel Tower molded piece made from the Lumina clay with B24 Sky.  I darkened some areas by simply keeping the eBrush color in one spot.  You can get lots of definition using just one marker.

I layered a piece of yellow print paper , then my embossed background, then the Eiffel Tower piece.  I used some matching blue chalk ink to stamp "Paris" over the banner.  

For my next card, I used one of the smaller embossed pieces cut from the Swirltangle embossing folder.  I eBrushed the entire background with B52, deepening the edges and leaving the center lighter.

Next, eBrush a light coat of YG06 over the background.  I also edged it with brown distress ink.

eBrush the Paperclay rubber stamped piece with R32.

eBrush YR24 Pale Sepia around the edge for a bit of aging.

Add brown distress ink pad direct to the Paperclay to hit only the high spots and edge the sides to bring out the rough texture.  It makes it look like an ancient artifact.

Layer a piece of matching print paper, then adhere the embossed paper, then the stamped clay tile.

For my sentiment, I used another label piece from the Swirltangle embossing folder, colored it to match the previous embossed square, and added the "Go For It clear sticker.

Supplies used:

Craftwell USA eBrush
Teresa Collins embossing folder - Swirltangle
Teresa Collins embossing folder - Timeless
Glossy card stock
Molded embellishments
Lumina air dry clay
Creative Paperclay
Rubber stamps - tile, alphabet
Silicone mold - Eiffel Tower
Copic Markers:  Y32 Cashmere, BV01 Viola, B24 Sky,  B52 Soft Greenish Blue, YG06 Yellowish Green, R32 Peach
Ink Pads:  brown distress, blue chalk
Clear word stickers

I love my eBrush!!!

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to stop by the Craftwell blog for more inspiration from the team.

Have a wonderful and creative weekend!