Thursday, March 8, 2018

Make Today Count

Hi everyone!

I thought I might share an easy project today and some tips on using the foam stamps.  I really love the new Cutout alphabets that were just released but I admit I'm always anxious about getting a good impression with foam stamps.  Of course if I was using them for a mixed media background or art journal I wouldn't be as concerned about a perfect impression.  That kind of project will be saved for another day.

I started with a large Vignette Tray for the surface.  I prepped the edges of the tray with Picket Fence Distress paint and let that dry.
I used Collage Medium to adhere different strips of paper from the Wallflower Paper Stash and the new Worn Wallpaper pack.  These two products go together so well that it will be hard to choose which pattern to use!  Once the paper is secure, add a thin layer of the Collage Medium over the top to seal.

(click on photo to enlarge)

To add the words you can stamp directly on to the surface (which I find a bit scary) or use Plain Collage Paper like I did.  Here is my easy method:
My secret weapon is Dina's Media Black Gesso.  I love how thick and creamy the gesso is!  You could use a brayer to add the gesso but I find that a bit messy so I use an old dabber bottle (you know, the kind that the Distress Paint used to come in).  I cleaned out the paint, added the Black Gesso and put on a new dabber top. The Media Black Gesso comes in a jar as well as a tube.  The tube is much easier to squeeze into the bottle but if you have the jar, just use a palette knife as scoop it in.  Now I'm ready for this project as well as many others.  The gesso will stay soft and usable in the bottle even if it is not used for many months.
ps) when cleaning paint out of the old bottle - do it over the trash can not the kitchen sink, as there is a mixing ball in the bottle and you wouldn't want it to go down the garbage disposal.  Now if you do get a mixing ball down your garbage disposal (not that I would know anything about that) one might use a shop vac to get it out.  just saying...
My Stamp Platform works perfectly for the stamping portion because I can stamp the image as many times as I need to get a good clean image.
The Collage Paper is thin and porous so I always lay a paper towel on my Stamp Platform to absorb an excess gesso/paint.  Add the Plain Collage Paper (both are held in place with the magnets) to secure everything.  You might notice I have 4 magnets...I bought an extra set just so I could secure larger things like this.
I arranged each word I could on the paper.  I could stamp "make" and "count" at the same time because they do not share letters.  I stamped "today" in another round because I needed the o and the a from the first words.  To be honest, this is actually easier than trying to gauge your word placement on the paper rather than on the project.
Bring the top plate down, press and pick up the Foam Stamps.  Now we are ready to stamp.
Now just squeeze and pounce the Black Gesso onto the Foam Stamps.  
As you can see it is just a nice smooth coat of paint.  If you have never done it before, just give yourself a practice run before you commit to the final.
Press down on the top plate to get a good impression.   If it does not give a dark enough image the first time, just add more gesso and stamp again.
 1st press - not too bad but I think I will add gesso to the words one more time.
 2nd press - now that looks great!
 The gesso dries quickly but if you are in a real hurry, you can use a heat tool.
Once you have each of the three words stamped onto the Collage Paper, use a water brush to cut away the excess.  The paper will only rip along the water line (trust me).  This will leave you with a rough, almost furry edge which is exactly what we want.

Add Collage Medium to the Vignette Tray where you expect the words to go.  Press the Collage Paper down into the medium to adhere.  Once all three words have been added, go over the entire surface with a thin layer of the medium.  All the feathered edges (that you got by using the water brush) will fade into the patterned background...just like magic.
Once the Collage Paper was dry, I added Distress Crayon Walnut Stain around all the edges of the Vignette Tray using a wet wipe to mellow it out.  I also flicked Picket Fence Distress Paint over the entire surface.  I used a wet wipe to remove the paint splatters from the black letters.
For the little vignette, I painted a frame from the Vignette Frames pack with Iced Spruce Distress Paint.  Once dry, I rubbed Picket Fence Distress Paint over the raised bumps to highlight the detail.  TIP: There are four Vignette Frames in each pack and each frame matches one of the Vignette Boxes.

The metal in the corner is from the Vignette Accents pack. I used a combination of Picket Fence Distress Paint, Patina Alcohol Ink and Gold Mixative to get this finish.  Yummy right?

The Paper Doll is my favorite part.  I tinted her with a hat a dress with Distress Markers then lightly wiped Collage Medium over the hat, dress and tights. I quickly sprinkled Clear Rock Candy over the surface.  Once dry I added a piece of ruffle from a vintage petticoat.  It was already gathered at the top so I just cut away some of the netting to expose the ruffles and glued it into place.  I have been waiting about 3 years to find a way to use the old ruffle!
I also added a cute Wishbone and Story Stick with Tim Holtz Craft Thread because I thought, who wouldn't want to wear this party dress 365 days of the year?
I hope you will try this easy technique to stamp with foam.  It really helps me to not be so stressed out about not getting the perfect stamp.  I mean really, who wants to make a project and then mess up on the stamping part?  Not me!

now carry on,

Friday, February 2, 2018

Creativation Blog Hop

Hi Everyone!

Glad to be back after such a long time away from the blog!  Today I'm here as part of the Creativation Blog Hop!  Each designer is sharing one of their show samples and if that is not good enough, we have prizes to give away to some lucky winners!  Leave a comment on as many blogs as you wish - the more you comment, the better your chances at winning a great prize!  Comments must be posted by midnight PST on Tuesday, February 6th.  Winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 7th on Richele's blog.



stampers anonymous

The project I am sharing today was in the idea-ology booth.  I created a wall piece using architectural moulding (10 x 5.5") as the foundation.   The moulding piece I used is called a Bullseye Plinth Block (bought on Etsy) but sometimes you can find them listed under plinth rosettes, architectural salvage or even corbels.  If you look closely, you can just see the edge of the "bullseye" under the Trinket Tin.
I painted the inside of the tin with Weathered Wood Distress Paint.  Once dry, I lightly sanded the edges to age the paint.
I added a piece of an vintage envelope to the door with Collage Medium (including a layer over the top to seal it).  Once it was dry, I scribbled Walnut Stain Distress Crayon over the top and used a damp brush to wash over the surface.  You really needed a brush to do this part so you can get the crayon color all the way out to the edges.
I cut foam core to fit inside the deep tin to bring the inside forward.  Then layered linen from the Textile Surfaces Pack and a piece from the new Worn Wallpaper pack over the top.  A Photobooth image and a Clippings sticker was added to tell the story.
At the bottom of the piece there is sizable indentation in the moulding that was just screaming for a stick.  I wrapped the end of the stick with dyed cheesecloth and a bit of lace, binding it with dyed cotton string.  The added Story Stick is one of my favorite and most used of all the new metals.  Small, concise (and with a faux eyelet)... it is the perfect added detail on any piece (note to self: must buy in bulk).
The metal piece at the top comes from the new Foundry pack.  The metal has been aged with paint, alcohol ink and crayon.  Two Mini Fasteners were added to appear as if the plate is actually riveted to the wood (but of course it's not).
The button card on the front of the tin is vintage.  The added Quote Token is not, even thought it appears to be.  A mix of Distress Paint, Picket Fence Distress Crayon and Alcohol Ink make for the perfect patina.
Well I hope you like this piece.  I LOVE mixing vintage and new (made to look old of course).  The Trinket Tin is the perfect little box to hide found treasures and tell secret stories.  I see these being used over and over again!

Vicki is next next up on the Blog Hop so click on the link above to pop over her to her blog and see what she is sharing today!

A huge shout out to Richele for organizing the Blog Hop!  Thank you Richele!

now carry on,

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Baby It's Cold Outside!

Hi Everyone!
Just a quick pop in today to share the small vignette tray I created for Facebook Live back in the fall. She has been a favorite of students when I have shared her in class so I thought I could pass on some information about how I made it!  It's definitely a project you could put together in an afternoon!
I started by painting the small tray with Fired Brick Distress paint (but any red color would do).  Once dry I used a palette knife and the  Stampers Anonymous Polka Dot stencil to add the Grit-Paste over the red paint.  This is tricky because you need about 4 hands but I did it so I know you can too!  The hardest part is really the dry time between sides of the tray (in other words I let mine dry on one side before I moved on to the next side).  I just worked on getting the pieces ready for the inside while the outside was drying.
1.  The box at the bottom is the smallest box from the Vignette Box set.  I painted the front lip edge and inside walls with Picket Fence Distress Paint.  Once the paint was dry I covered the OUTSIDE of the box with patterned paper (you can see this in the next photo).
2.  Add a piece of ephemera to the back of the box with Collage Medium.
3.  Paint Collage Medium on the front lip edge of the box and sprinkle it with Clear Rock Candy glitter.
4.  Add the Quote Chip, "baby it's cold outside"from the Christmas Quote Chips.  Make sure the Quote Chip is flush with the edge of the box so the Decorative Dome can sit on top of it.
5.  The inside of the box can be decorated how you wish.  I used a Wood Slice, a small Decorative Deer and flower bunches from the Bouquet pack.  I wiped each flower with Collage Medium and immersed it in Clear Rock Candy glitter (hard to see the sparkle in the photo though).  There are a few Baubles that I also rolled in Collage Medium and Clear Rock Candy to look like snowballs.
6.  I added the plaid Design Tape to the inside of the tray (you could also use paper for the step) as well as patterned paper for the background.  Now you are ready to add everything else!!
7.  Adhere the small Vignette Box to the inside of the tray with Collage Medium.
8.  Add a small piece of Warm And Natural (thin cotton batting) to the top of the small box.  The batting does NOT run under the dome.  If it does, it tends to tip the dome forward.  Paint the batting with Collage Medium and sprinkle with Clear Rock Candy.
9.  Paint the base of a Mini Tree white.  Glue it to the metal base of the Decorative Dome.  Let dry.
10.  Run a bead of Glossy Accents around the inside edge of the metal base.  Then add a very small amount of Clear Rock Candy to the glass dome.  In a very quick motion add the two pieces together capturing the "snow" inside.  The Glossy Accents will dry clear.  Do not pick up until the glue is dry!
11.  Adhere the green Baseboard to the back of the tray with foam squares.
12.  Adhere ephemera pieces to the green Baseboard.  I mounted the poinsettia ephemera onto chipboard and used thin foam squares to mount it to the Base board.
13.  The Paper Doll (my favorite) has been colorized with Distress Markers then placed onto the small box with a double stack of foam squares so she is sitting out in front of the ephemera.  Layers, layers, layers!
I hope this gives you a few ideas on how to use up your Christmas stash.  I know many pieces could be changed up to things you have on hand (I think I have enough stuff on my table right now to create another one, lol).
Happy Holidays!
now carry on,

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Bauble Tree

Hi Everyone!

You can find me today over on the Simon Says Stamp blog showing how I made this cute little Bauble Tree!  It might just be my favorite Christmas project this year!  So pop on over to see the step by step tutorial on how I created it!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tattered Poinsettia Wrap

Hi Everyone!
I'm here today sharing another project for the Tim Holtz Holiday Inspiration series!  I hope you have been joining us the past few weeks for all the wonderful inspiration!  ...and just in case you missed any of the projects, Tim's posts a recap on his BLOG each Saturday.
Today I have an easy wrapping idea using the Layered Tattered Poinsettia Bigz die.   The die is a Bigz which means you can cut thicker material (like felt and wool) with ease.  I personally like to use Wool Felt not acrylic felt when I am die cutting.  I find the wool felt gives you a better cut and the wool itself is sturdier so it holds up better.
I have a stash of plaid wool that I have purchased over the years when I find it at quilt shops.  The plaid wool is fun to mix in the layers of the flowers!  Please note that not all quilt shops carry wool but when you find one that does, it's hard to stop yourself from wanting it all.
I cut solid red as well as red plaid.  I also had some pink wool that has light and dark areas that I think will look pretty as a flower.  I guess what I like most about this is that the flowers can be any color you want to match your holiday decor.

For this bloom I started with pieces cut from Warm and Natural (a type of batting) or you could use white felt.  I painted Collage Medium on the leaves with a brush. 
One by one I moved each layer to a piece of paper then poured Clear Rock Candy Glitter over the top.
I let each piece dry then cut a circle for a base.  Start building the flower by adhering the largest piece to the circle with Collage Medium.
Once the stack was complete I pushed the center in to make a well for beads.
I colored three Baubles for the center of the Poinsettia with Alcohol Ink (juniper, red pepper, and butterscotch) and adhered them with Collage Medium.
I hand stitched a safety pin to the back of the poinsettia so it could be removed once the gift was opened.  The double faced red satin ribbon is my favorite color of red!

You can make the poinsettia smaller by only using the two smaller sizes of the die cut.  I decided to start with leaves cut from one of the large pieces and glued it to a circle.
So you can see that only the leaves were cut using the largest pieces - the flower itself is two medium pieces and one small which makes a perfect small poinsettia!
The center for this one is also a Bauble.  I covered it with Butterscotch Alcohol ink, then once dry dripped a little Mushroom over the top and rolled it around till dry.  A perfectly vintage color I think!  I like the plaid wool layer to this one and I love the addition of the green leaves just peaking out under the bloom.
I adhered the poinsettia to a small tag that I made using Oxide Distress Ink and the Merry Christmas stencil.
The next one is variegated pink wool.  Same layering process but with a glittered Bouquet flower in the center.  I used my favorite Vintage Platinum glitter of course.
For this gift I used a strip of lace that was cut from a tattered cotton tablecloth I bought from my friend Lisa Mcilvain on Etsy.  You might notice I added another yellow/green layer at the bottom of the flower. The lace bow was so big that the flower just needed to be a bit bigger!  Love the colors of the pink and green on this one.

Christmas is just a few short weeks away so I hope this gives you a few ideas for beautiful packaging.  I know these would look beautiful under any tree!

NOTE: If you don't have a shop in your area that has wool felt - I know Whim So Doodle in Florida carries it in their fabric shop.  Just call the store and they will cut and send you what you need - 1/4  yard of a color will make a whole lot of blooms for Christmas!
now carry on,