Friday, May 25, 2018

3D Assemblage Clock

Hi there!
It has been awhile since I last posted as I have been away teaching in TX and Florida this month.  Thank you to The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, TX and Whim So Doodle for letting me teach a few classes!  I am lucky that my sister Patty lives in Fort Worth, TX and travels with me to these two stores.  She helps me keep all the balls in the air while I'm teaching!  It has been such a huge blessing to have her come with me on these trips as my sidekick!

Well let's get to today's project!  I'm excited to share the Assemblage Clock I created using the new Sizzix 3-D Mechanics Texture Fade.
The 3-D Texture Fades Embossing Folders offer the deepest and boldest dimensional embossing.  Sizzix 3-D Texture Fades Embossing Folders are for use with the BIGkick, Big Shot and Vagabond machines only.  There are currently 4 different designs available.
If you haven't used a 3-D Texture Fade the best place to start is this post on Tim's blog.   The short video is great for getting, How many cutting plates to use?  How many times you need to run it through the Vagabond or Big Shot?  and why in the heck would you need a spray bottle?  All these questions and more are answered in the video.
Tim also followed up the first video with a second one giving more tips and tricks - you can see that here.
For this particular project, I used Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Foil Sheets to cover the outside of the clock body and bells (I like it not only for the metallic look, but it's self-adhesive).   To do this, I ran 4 separate sheets of foil through the Vagabond - this was enough to cover the outside of the clock.  
I painted the foil sheets with Ground Espresso Distress Paint, wiping away the excess.  Once the paint was dry, I lightly sanded the raised surface details, then randomly wiped Gunmetal Alcohol Ink over the raised texture.  I like to work all 4 sheets at the same time - meaning I paint them all, then sand them all, etc.   I find that its easier to make all 4 sheets look the same if the process is done this way.

Once the 4 sheets are complete, cut them to the with of the clock body and begin to wrap each one onto the clock (this is my favorite part).  Since the clock body is round you will need to cut slits on one edge to ease the foil around the clock body.  Do not wrap the foil around the back of the clock or you may have problems getting the clock back on... well, you can probably get it on but you will never get it off to make adjustments!  Trust me on this one.
Here are some photos of the finished clock body:

I used linen from the Textile Surfaces pack to cover the inside of the clock body.  This is so easy because the linen is flexible so it can easily be adhered to the rounded surface (it's self adhesive too).
I needed something to fill the bottom of the clock.  I decided to use Baubles I had leftover from a Christmas project (seriously, you can never have too many of these).
I used a few colors of Alcohol Ink to give the Baubles a faux "steel" look (no more pearls here!).  I did this by coloring all the Baubles with Gunmetal and letting them dry (I swirled them around in the paper bowl to keep them from sticking together during the drying time).  Once dry, I used a Blending tool with felt to randomly pounce Patina and Mushroom over the Gunmetal.
I love to transform things with Alcohol Ink!  Now just set aside till the clock is ready.

Back to the clock:
The background of the Assemblage Clock has a patchwork of ephemera from the Collector pack.  I just glued each piece to the surface with Collage Medium, then added a layer over the top to secure.  Once the Collage Medium was dry, I rubbed Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon over the surface.
Paper Doll:
I used one of my favorite sitting paper dolls for the centerpiece.  I rubbed a VERY thin coat of Media Clear Gesso over the paper doll.  Not only do the Distress Marker colors look richer over the Gesso, I think it holds the color longer.  I talked about this Gesso technique in this post you may want to check out.
I colored multiple sizes of gears and a Timepiece with Picket Fence Distress Paint and used some of the same colors of Alcohol Ink as before.
What is MOST important is the layering of each piece:
1.  The man has TWO bingo chips glued together so he is at the forefront.
2.  The Timepiece has TWO stacked regular foam squares.
3.  The Gadget Gears have regular sized foam squares BETWEEN the two layers (you can see the small square size I used at the top of the photo)
Adding the multi-leveled layers allows you to add more pieces to the collage.  First, I snapped off one of the Ruler Pieces to create a place for the man to sit.  The ruler has two stacked foam squares on the left side and is glued directly to the Gadget Gears on the broken right end.  The Quote Chip "Be Brave" is glued directly to the bottom of the Timepiece.
Once the collage was done, I added two more stacks of gears using Sprocket Gears, Mini Gears and the smallest size of Hex Fasteners.  These were glued directly to the surface and tucked partially under the Timepiece and the man's elbow.
 He looks pretty good!
The last thing to do is put it all together.  Pour the Baubles into the clock, then add the back...making sure the man is sitting up straight.  You could embellish the top of the clock with ribbon or trinkets but I decided to leave mine plain to showoff the 3-D texture on the outside.
I hope you will give these new 3-D texture folders a try.  They really are amazing!
now carry on,

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Mixed Media Etcetera Tags

Hi Everyone! I thought I might share a couple tags I created using the two new sizes of Etcetera Thickboard tags.  These tags are made from heavy board which allows you to work directly on the substrate and even nail directly into it if you wanted.  I love that they are inexpensive so you can just have fun creating rather than worrying about the cost.  Follow along and I'll explain the steps.
Mini Etcetera Tag
(4 1/2 x 8") 4 tags and reinforcers per package
1.  Cover the tag surface with paper from Memoranda Paper Stash using Collage Medium.  I also added a thin coat over the surface of the paper to seal.

2.  Stamp the Glorious Bouquet with black archival ink onto Plain Collage Paper.  Once the image was dry, I used my water brush to cut away excess paper leaving about 1/2" around the image (no fussy cutting here).  I added the stamped image to the tag with Collage Medium.  The plain Collage Paper fades right into the background of the patterned paper.  No more worry about getting the perfect stamped image because if it's not right, you just stamp another on the Collage Paper.

3.  Color a few of the flowers and leaves with Distress Markers.  Use a heat tool to dry the marker ink before moving on.

4.  Lay the Stamper Anonymous stencil, "Stitched" over the tag.  Use a palette knife to pull Grit Paste across the stencil.  I love this stencil because the stitches are so wonky…just makes them more realistic looking.  I like to give the Grit Paste at least an hour to dry before moving on, but it will really depend on your climate.

5.  Once dry, scribble a brown Distress Crayon (Walnut Stain or Gathered Twigs) over the Grit Paste.  Use a wet finger or damp paint brush to move the crayon into and around the marks.  Use a wet wipe to remove any excess crayon.

6.  Snap an idea-ology wood ruler in half to use as foundation for the little collage.  Color the ruler with Distress ink and a little water.  Adhere to tag with foam squares.

7.  Use a Picket Fence Distress Crayon to fill in the recessed word on the Story Stick.  Add a cute little bow using red Eclectic Elements Craft Thread.  Add Story Stick to the Ruler with Collage Medium.

8.  Stitch around card from the Layers Collector pack.  Slip behind the ruler, giving the paper Doll something to sit on.  I used Distress Markers to tint the boy and add stripes to his socks.  He was added to the tag with foam squares so the Milk Cap could be added behind his head.  This is a great project to use both sizes of Scrapbook Adhesive Foam Squares (reg and thin)!

9.  Cut a Quote Chip into two pieces so it can be stacked on the left side.

10.  The reinforcer was painted with Weathered Wood Distress Paint and added to the top.

#8 Etcetera Tag
(3 1/8 x 6 1/4") 5 tags and reinforcers per package
This is a pretty simple tag that really relies on the bold graphic background 
to ground the tag. 

1.  Paint #8 tag with Black Soot Distress Paint.  Once dry, cover the black paint with Twisted Citrus, a bold color of green, but worth the risk!  Once the Twisted Citrus was dry, use a Sanding Grip to sand down the sides and corners as well as some of the green on the surface.  

2.  Use the large numbers from the new Merchant stamp set and a grid block to stamp with black gesso or paint.  Line up a few numbers on the grid block so you can stamp one row of numbers at a time.

3.  Add a metal ruler from the idea-ology Measurement pack.  That makes a nice place for my Paper Doll to stand on.  

4.  The tickets were stamped with the new Ticket Booth stamp on Distress Mixed Media Heavystock paper.  
As a side note, this stamp set has a Sizzix Thinlit die that will cut out the tickets with all the little perforations, and indentations.   How cool is that?  

5.  Use Weathered Wood paint and Mushroom Alcohol Ink to color one of the metals from the new Foundry pack (I added a Mini Fastener to the top hole). 

6.  Paint the reinforcer with Black Soot Distress Paint and add to the tag with Collage Medium.

Well, I hope you have gathered some ideas for your mixed media tags.  Working on the Thickboard Etcetera Tags is wonderful since it makes a great substrate (and I love the idea that you can nail right into them if you wanted).
now carry on,

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Simon Says Stamp - Friendship

Hi everyone!

I have a blog post over on Simon Says Stamp today!  Hope you will pop over to see the step out tutorial on how I made this small Etcetera Tag all about Friendship.

now carry on,

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,