Saturday, June 15, 2024

Distress Spritz Panel

Hello Friends,

Today we are talking all about Distress Spritz! Twelve colors of Spritz that match the Distress palette were released today. It's hard to capture the brilliant shine the new Distress Spritz create, but I think I got a few good photos for this post that really show them off. 
You might notice that the bottle is long and narrow. The new bottle helps with a quicker mixing process. It does not take much shaking to mix the liquid and the pearl because there is a mixing ball inside. Distress Spritz are sold individually, so if you want to buy more of one color, you can! Fossilized Amber is my favorite and I know I will be needing more! Another feature is that the label does not reach all the way around the bottle, so you can easily see how much is inside. So helpful to actually see the liquid to determine if you need to order more. 

I used 6 different colors in my project today: Wilted Violet, Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, and Worn Lipstick. 
The Spritzers also come in Walnut Stain, Weathered Wood, Barn Door, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron and Uncharted Mariner.
You can see some of the colors that I sprayed over the new large Collage Strips. You might notice the two strips at the front - the difference between Picked Raspberry on the left and Worn Lipstick in the center. Both are pretty wonderful.
I sprayed a bunch of Collage Paper strips in coordinating colors. I didn't want to use photos in project, so I just cut the strips with my Tonic Mini Guillotine Trimmer to use just the portion that I wanted. Super easy with my handy trimmer.
I cut a piece of cardstock the same size as the Display Panel. Then I added the cut up strips (no glue yet) to see what should go where. I didn't want a rainbow effect, but rather a overall Spring/Summer feel.
Here is what it looked like once I got everything into place. You might be able to see all the colors of Spritz I used too!
Once I had all the pieces in place (using just a bit of tape runner), I took the background to the sewing machine and sewed the Collage Strips to the cardstock.
This is what the back of the cardstock looked like when I was done sewing.
NOTE: I used Collage Medium to glue the paper background to the Display Panel and set it aside to dry while I worked on a few other things.
I added Saltwater Taffy Distress ink to Watercolor paper, the added both Worn Lipstick and Fossilized Amber Distress Spritz to the paper.
Bold Text 2 had the sentiment I wanted, so I easily cut out the words for the project.
I like this photo of Peeled Paint Distress Spritzer over leaves from the Layers Organic pack. The Spritz will dry over a non-porous surface (which is amazing). The coordinating pearl in the liquid gives the leaves a shine that stays. It almost looks like the leaves are wet when they are not.
I added the embellishments I made to the panel with different levels of foam squares (standard and thin).
When you tip the surface the shine from the Spritz is there,
Worn Lipstick Spritz is a favorite! Subtle pink shine!
The Peeled Paint Spritz matches perfectly with the leaves.
And Fossilized Amber is the connector color that just goes with everything.
Worn Lipstick and Fossilized Amber next to each other.
Some added vintage buttons.
Fossilized Amber over the floral element.
And just one more "test" to share with you. 
I tested to see how the Spritz worked over Collage Medium to answer the questions: would it dry and would it still shine?
On the left, I added Collage Medium to the paper, dried it, THEN added the Spritz. After drying again, the Spritz was stable enough to not come off on your hands and it was still shiny. 
On the right, I added the Collage Medium and sprayed the Spritz directly over the glue when wet. Once dry, the Spritz was stable and still had shine even though it was embedded into the Collage Medium.
Great results on both tests!

I know this is just the start of the journey for Distress Spritz.  Can't wait to try out more techniques using Distress Spritz!

Now carry on,

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Big Adventure Display Panel

Hello friends,

Its been a busy week at my house. School finished on Friday for my husband so he's now at home with me everyday which is great, but makes it harder to work like I normally do. I also had a journal kit go up for sale this week which was perfect timing, since he does all the shipping. Almost all kits have sold (in just 24 hours) so I am very grateful for that.

The project I am sharing today is an easy one. Really, anyone could make it with just a few materials. I started with a 9 x 9" Display Panel, but any size substrate would work. I used multiple neutral papers from the Backdrops Vol 4 pack (my MOST used Backdrops pack) to collage the flat side of the panel.

I used 6 different neutral papers, but you can use as many or as little as you wish. I liked the idea that the seams created by the papers gave me an opportunity to use Cello Tape Stickers as an accent, as if I needed the tape to keep the papers together.
Once I had the papers adhered to the Display Panel with Collage Medium, I added floral images from the Collage Paper Serendipity. I love the organic nature of this image, a real contrast to the linear lines created by the paper piecing.
I also added stamps from the Postmarked sticker book and a bit of cheesecloth for texture.
The Cello Tape is such a winning product. Even just a small piece can give you a sense of authenticity. 
I used foam squares to raise the house off the surface. Then added a more under the ladies. NOTE: Both the house and the ladies are from the new Paper Doll Poses pack.
I also added a Stencil Chip to the front using more Cello Tape and a Screw Head. The new Screw Heads are nice a thick with multiple levels. They look very realistic!
Here you can see that I was able to build up some texture using Distress Crayon over the Screw Head. I also used the Crayon to build up some grunge on the edges of the Cello Tape Stickers.
NOTE: the Blackberry Jam strip is from the Snippets Number Strips pack
When I came time for the Typed Tag, I used Picket Fence Crayon to add texture rather than Walnut Stain Crayon. The Screw Head is just glued to the Typed Tag with Collage Medium. Once dry/set, I scribbled and rubbed the Picket Fence crayon over and into the recessed portion of the Typed Tag.
The Typed Tag was to added to the right side, to fill in the space under the house that was created when I added the ladies. It fit perfectly!
And with that, this easy project is done!
I hope you will give this one a go! I love the new Collage Paper so much, I think you will to!
Now carry on,

Friday, May 31, 2024

Paper Strip Vignette Panels

Hello friends,

Another project using new products from the 2024 idea-ology release. This trio of small wood panels was inspired by the new Paper Strips. I honestly loved the idea of the Paper Strips, but didn't know how fun it would be to use them till I started this project. These Vignettes could be easily hung on a wall or just simple stacked for display (the largest square is 5.5 x 5.5").
The Paper Strips come in a bag with 89 pieces. Each strip is 6" long and there are three widths. 
You can line them up any way you like. I decided to make each of the three Vignettes a little different, by creating a different patterns on each. The Paper Strips go on easily with Collage Medium. The weaving takes the most time, only because you have to keep them tight to create the pattern (but it's totally worth it).
I decorated each of the square with more idea-ology. I did use thin foam squares to raise things like the dragonfly from the Layers Organic pack and the Paper Doll.
The Salvage Heart was covered in Silver Mixative then aged with Walnut Stain Distress Crayon. The painted metal flower is from the new Adornments, Sweetheart pack. And don't forget how cool the new Cello Sticker Tape is. The frame is actually glued down but I still added tape over the top.
The pink baseboard piece from the Junk Drawer pack was perfect to add under her elbow as a resting place. I purposefully added the paper strip that says, "my dearest" at the bottom so it would show in the final piece.
Once I was satisfied with all the pieces, I splattered the surface with white paint before setting them aside to dry.
These are SO SIMPLE to make. A great place for a beginner or someone that wants an afternoon project. 
Now carry on,

Friday, May 24, 2024

What Makes Your Soul Shine

Hello friends,

Happy to be here today sharing one of my new idea-ology makes. This was totally inspired by the new 'Postmarked' stamp book. If you have not seen it yet, it comes with page and pages of colorful stamps to use in your art. There is even a page at the back to make your own stamps if you want.

This part might seem daunting but it really wasn't. The Display Panel is 9 x 9" and the stamps are about 1" tall so you will get 9 rows from top to bottom. It will take 10 stamps to go across the panel, including 1 larger stamp. 
I started at the top with the pink stamps, then lead into the red. I decided to off set some rows for more interest (you can see that on row two, I started with 1/2 a stamp). Then I went back to a full stamp starting on the orange and yellow rows.It really is fun to line up the color and sizes. I also added at least one larger stamp to each row.
The stamps fit in tightly, without overlapping. This really helps to keep the rows straight. Once I was finished, I covered the surface with a layer of Collage Medium. I just felt it might be needed since I don't know how the tiny stamp corners would react over time...would they lift? Anyway, the Collage Medium is a perfect sealer and will keep all the corners in check.
I rubbed Scorched Timber Distress Crayon over the edges of the panel. This photo shows the beginning stages. 
The final result is much more subtle once I pounced over the surface with a wet wipe to remove some of the crayon.
The hardest part for me was figuring out how to marry my 'rainbow bright' stamps with vintage. I decided to use this Portrait because I could color the corsage with the bright/bold colors of the stamps. I just pick up the color from the glass mat with a damp water brush and color the large flowers. If you have too much water on the tip, just wipe it off on a paper towel before picking up the crayon. The tip should be damp, not wet.
Next...she needs something to ground her. I used a stack of Ruler Pieces that I glued together with Collage Medium to create the shelf. This product has been retired, but I know retailers still have them available. Glue the rulers together, then wrap low tack masking tape around the ends so they ends do not lift when drying. Once dry, rub with a little Distress ink.
Next up is Alcohol Ink Mixative in gold. I use a brush to paint the Mixative on the BACK of the transparency (you can see how it looks in the next photo). Once dry, I turned the transparency over and used the same paint brush to splatter more Mixative over the top (remember to protect your surface - no one wants to clean up gold splatter!!)  The last step is optional - I cut around the circle with pinking sheers. I love the way it looks with the pinked edge!
Add thin foam squares to the back - the gold Mixative hides the foam. Set aside till needed.
Again, use the gold Mixative over the Salvage Heart. Once dry, flick Mushroom Alcohol Ink over the top. 
I wasn't sure how many bottles I wanted to add, so I colored all three shapes to decide later. For glass, I like to coat the surface with Collage Medium, then let it dry before adding Alcohol Ink to the surface.
This card is a piece from the Junk Drawer Baseboard pack. I just added a little Kitsch Flamingo to the center and rubbed it to disperse the color. 
Glue the gold heat to the center of the card and add two foam squares to the back of the playing card.
Now more crayon work. I added to of the new Screw Heads over the holes and let dry. Then I scribbled on Picket Fence crayon to fill in the words.
I painted the clover from the new Figure Stands pack. It is so cute! After glue the clover to the stand, I used steel wool to remove some of the paint from the clover. 
The word lucky was printed on my computer using the font 'GF Halda Normal' in (11pt size). I cut it out, wrapped it around the stand and glued the two ends together. Remember to cut the < at the end.
To make room for the Figure Stand on the ruler shelf, clip the Portrait on either side of the base.
Cut out a piece so the stand can slip right under the Portrait.
Add TRIPLE stacks of regular sized foam pads to the back of the Portrait to prepare to add her to the panel.
For placement, cut a piece of chipboard 2 1/4" tall. Line it up with the bottom edge. Adhere the ruler with Collage Medium and let it dry for at least 30 minute before adding the other pieces. This way you won't accidentally move it out of place.
Now use the foam pads to add the circle transparency and the Portrait.
I knew the Figure Stand was going to be a heavy weight against the Portrait so I slipped a bingo chip behind her shoulder to support it. Once this photo was taken, I pushed the bingo chip all the way in so you cannot see it.
Now slip the Figure Stand into the slot that was cut previously. I added glue behind the clover and under the stand base.
A little added cheesecloth or Mummy Cloth and the slot disappears. You don't need much.
Here is a shot of the placement of the other items. I ended up choosing the square vial and just added a few small pearls from my stash, along with some string around the neck of the bottle. I also added the date on the ruler (from the Snippets Number Strips Pack) and another metal leaf on the right side. You can see it much better in the next two photos.
Once everything was in place, I did add a splatter of white acrylic paint over the top. I put a post it note over her face so I didn't get the splatter on it.

I hope you will give this a go. It was fun to make and those stamps are so awesome to work with!

Now carry on,