Thursday, September 17, 2020

Nearest to your Heart

Hello friends,

Happy to be here today sharing another Crackling Campfire project.  This time I used a small Etcetera Tag for the substrate with a large Vintage Clip at the top. I didn't take too many picture when I was making this piece but hopefully I have enough that you can easily see how it was created.

I used paper from the Dapper Paper pad + Mixed Media Heavystock.

  1. Spray Mixed Media Heavystock with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain.  Rub spray stain with a paper towel and dry with a heat tool.
  2. Stamp with the Distress Damask stamp repeatedly to create a pattern using Distress Oxide Crackling Campfire.
  3. Spritz over card and allow the Oxide image to wick out before drying with a heat tool.

I used a combination of Crackling Campfire Distress Spray Stain and Distress Oxide in Chipped Sapphire to create the absolutely luscious distress cards.  I am so enamored with this color combination! 

I chose a Found Relative card to color with Distress Crayons.  There is not a Crackling Campfire Crayon yet, so I used Ripe Persimmon and added Milled Lavender dots/flowers to her shirt.  Chipped Sapphire for the background and her suit.  Aged Mahogany on the cheeks and Walnut Stain on his suit.  Much of this card was done by coloring directly on the card and smudging with my finger.  I created the halo effect using a cotton swab. 
I picked a label Frame for the Clipping Stickers.  I love that the rivet/brad is already on the frame so you don't have to find some to fit.
I also added Translucent Grit Paste over a Vintage Clip then once dry, colored it with a bit of Antique Linen and Black Soot Distress Paint.
I scribbled a bit of Weathered Wood Crayon directly over the dried Grit-Paste and added a small tag.  The number is from the Specimen Remnant Rub sheet.
Ephemera from the Field Notes pack was added to the collage.
You can see that I used Foam Squares to raise the Found Relative card as well as pieces of ephemera from the background.  I like Scrapbook Adhesives brand because not only do they come in the standard 3D foam but also thin.  The thin squares work for so many things, like the pink flowers below the card...they just needed a little lift!

The Vintage Flair button worked perfectly at the top of the card to balance the top and bottom of the collage.

I hope you will try out this color combination. I know it's not going to be everyones cup of tea but I hope you will give it a go before you decide!

Please take note of the releases we have coming up 
(you are going to need a calendar there are so many!)

now carry on,

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Crackling Campfire Framed Panel

You can find me today over on the Ranger "Projects" page sharing a Framed Panel I created using the new Distress color, Crackling Campfire.  I hope you will stop by to view the step-out tutorial for this easy project full of bright color.  Perfect for fall!

Now carry on,

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Fall Framed Panel

 Hello friends!

So happy to be here today to share another project I created with Crackling Campfire!  One thing I love about Crackling Campfire is how it pairs so beautifully with my favorite Speckled Egg.  It's like they were meant to be together!  Todays project spotlight features a grungy woodgrain background and leaves cut from a few Sizzix Thinlit dies.

Lets get started!

I'm using a Framed Panel for the substrate.  To start I painted the Frame itself with Speckled Egg Distress Paint and let it dry. Once completely dry, I wiped Texture Paste Crackle on the corners and let it dry for at least 30 minutes.  Set aside.

For the background of the panel:
  1. Adhere Woodgrain paper to the panel back with Collage Medium.
  2. Paint the surface of the Woodgrain with Distress Paint Speckled Egg.  NOTE: I painted it on, then wiped over it with a wet wipe to thin out the color and let more of the grain show through.  
  3. Once dry, rub Pumice Stone ink pad over the surface to bring up the grain pattern.  
  4. Using your finger, wipe on Texture Paste Crackle in random spots.  Immediately lay a stencil next to the Texture Paste then using a Palette Knife add more Crackle Paste through the stencil.  Repeat.  Then set aside to dry for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Using a damp paint brush, add Distress Crayons Walnut Stain and Peeled Paint over the Texture Paste to bring out the crackle finish.  Dab away any excess with a wet wipe.  I did the same technique to the Frame that had been set aside to dry.
Add the Framed Panel over the background with Collage Medium.  Set aside to dry.
Color a few Mixed Media Heavystock cards with Distress Spray Stain.  I used Crackling Campfire, Speckled Egg and Fossilized Amber, plus Oxide Spray Speckled Egg.
Cut out different shapes and sizes of leaves using the Skeleton Leaves and Fall Foliage Thinlits.
Layer the background of the panel with:
Salvaged Tag (string added) 
Lace Baseboard Frame (rubbed with Walnut Stain Distress Crayon)
Clock from Urban Layers pack (Evergreen Bough Distress Crayon rubbed in the middle of the clock)
NOTE:  This photo shows a Label Frame that I was many choices!  In the end I decided to use the Quote Chip instead.
Add the first layer of leaves to the collage.  I cut two of the same leave shape so it could continue down below the words that will be added next.
I love the sentiment on this Quote chip! I rubbed it with Walnut Stain crayon, then cut the right end like a flag and added the Tiny Clip on the left end.  It was added to the collage with 3D Foam Squares.
I added a few pieces of ephemera from the Field Notes Ephemera Pack plus the small leaves to fill in.  The 82 strip is from Layers Urban (same as the clock).  I colored the little bird from Field Notes with Distress Crayons and a paint brush.

You can see the layers of the leaves and the Baseboard Frame.  I used 3D Foam squares behind some of the leaves for depth.
I love the way the Framed Panel turned out.  Perfect for a Fall display.

I also love the leaves in the piece and it couldn't be any easier to make them using the papers colored with ink.  I sure hope you will try it.
Now carry on,

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Crackling Campfire Vignette Tray

Hello friends,

I'm happy to be here sharing one of the projects I created with the new Distress color, Crackling Campfire!  

It is such a beautiful color and it mixes well with the Distress family (probably more colors than you think).  I love how it can transform from being as intense as a fireball, but if it wicks out, it's like a juicy melon.  That's a good color.  Follow along and I'll show you what I created.

I have gathered the items I will need for the first part of the project.  

One small Vignette Tray, Heavystock paper cut to fit the tray (9 x 4 3/4" I believe).  I also picked 4 colors of Distress Spray Stain; Crackling Campfire, Fossilized Amber, Speckled Egg, and Peeled Paint.

NOTE: The 8 1/2 x 11" Distress Heavystock paper is not available from ranger right now but hopefully very soon (I still have 1 package left from when they used to make it!).  You could substitute Watercolor paper if you have that in the large size.  

I'm using my large craft mat from Ranger because the paper is large and I want lots of spray to work with.  I sprayed each color in a row to get the rainbow effect on the paper.
Smoosh the large paper into the ink and pick up quickly, moving to a paper towel (or at the very least, a dry spot).
NOTE: I had no problem keeping the colors separate when I made my sample last week.  However, I didn't take pictures while I was working so I had to redo this portion for the blog post.  My expert opinion: don't try to do this while taking a photo.  My left hand should be holding the left end of the paper not a camera.  Hence the color sliding to the left.
Heat dry the paper, blotting off any excess ink.  I did spray Speckled Egg directly over the blue area because it was so much lighter than the rest of the colors.
Set aside the colored paper to prepare for the next step.
You will need a Splat Box (or something to spray in), scotch tape/masking tape, deli sheets/paper, stencil and a water tray.
Fill a tray with enough water to drop your stencil in when you are done.
Using a Splat Box, lay a stencil over the surface of the colored paper.  Cover the edges of the stencil with ripped paper to disguise the hard edge.  I also used scotch tape to secure the paper and stencil so it does not blow away when I spray. 
Using Resist Spray, spray over the stencil.  I spray from the top down, not across the stencil.  Use a decent amount of Resist Spray but not so much that it runs under the stencil.
TIP: before spraying the stencil, test the Resist Spray in your garbage can to make sure the nozzle is working and that the spray is coming out as a spray not a stream.
Peel the stencil up and throw it into the tray of water.
Dry with a heat tool.
Once the stencil is clean and DRY, turn the paper around and repeat steps on the opposite end.
After drying, you can see the resist if you tilt the paper into the light.
Last step is to clean the nozzle.  It's a pain, but it works perfectly to keep the nozzle unclogged.  I have a red plastic cup that Ellie has written on, "Resist Spray Only".  I keep it in the craft room and use it over and over.  
1. Fill the cup with hot water.  
2. Remove the nozzle from the Resist Spray bottle.  
3. Use the water in the cup to spray either into a paper towel or right back into the cup.  
NOTE: The place not to spray is in your sink.  Unless you want microscopic bits of glue stuck to the porcelain (don't ask me how I know this).
Use Collage Medium to adhere the colored paper to the flat back of the small Vignette Tray.  I found that by adhering the paper to the tray, it was easier to control (no curled edges) and I got better results with the crayon because it was even surface.
Scribble Walnut Stain Distress Crayon onto the glass mat.  Create a puddle of water to dip the brush into.  
Use a damp brush to wisk the crayon over the surface.  I went across the tray from left to right and worked my way up.   You can start very light and build up the definition.  It seems kinda magical to watch the pattern appear.
Here is the finished tray.  
Ready for some simple embellishment.
I decided to use a wood Vignette Frame over the colored background.  I painted it white, then added Distress Texture Paste Crackle over the top and set it aside to dry for 30 minutes.  Once dry, I scribbled out more crayon (just like we did for the harlequin) and used the paintbrush to color the surface, revealing the cracks.
I love the colored background so I decided to do something on a transparency so you can still see the colors through the frame.  I cut a transparency (I buy mine at Office Depot) to fit the frame.  Then stamped with StazOn ink. The phrase I liked was too tall for the space so I only inked the bottom portion.  The flower stamp is from the new Halloween Stampers Anonymous release, called Dearly Departed.
I also added "No.92" from the Field Notes Remnant Rubs.
I also embossed the same flower stamp from Dearly Departed on watercolor paper using Ranger Embossing Powder, Liquid Platinum. I fussy cut just the flower and then used a Detailer Water Brush to add the ink colors Crackling Campfire and Peeled paint.  I did add a bit of Speckled Egg in the center to fill in between the stems.
Adhere the transparency to the frame.
Then to the panel.  
The flower can be added in many directions.  I just tried to show some of the under stamping and have enough of the leaves hang off the frame.
I added this tiny lucky clover with a bit of string.  The stems have an indentation that seems like a natural spot to thread string underneath and add a charm.
It is a simple piece, but I love the color and texture of the paper.  I told Tim I didn't even want to add anything to the top because I liked touching the surface, lol.  All in all I'm super happy how it turned out and I know for sure I will doing this Resist Spray technique again using different stencils.

I'll be back soon with another post from the new color release. 
Oh, and welcome to the family, Crackling Campfire!
Now carry on,