Showing posts with label Paper Artsy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paper Artsy. Show all posts

Thursday, May 3, 2018

A Vintage Journey - May Challenge: Words and Music

Today the A Vintage Journey May Challenge has posted.  Alison is our creative hostess this month and her challenge is Words and Music.

Here is her description of the challenge:  For this challenge we would love to see projects that are inspired by our favourite song or that incorporate musical lyrics or sheet music in their design. Just remember to create your project in our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.  

For my project today, I used a recently purchased Holiday Shadow Box die along with a Dancers Die.  Both from Sizzix. The lovely music theme sentiment quote is from a set by our own Alison Bomber - Set EAB03 from PaperArtsy!
This die set with 3 sections allows you to create a fun dimensional scene.
I added a strip of music to the background that I stamped onto vellum.
The whole thing is designed to fold up and fit into an A9 envelope, but I added dried moss to my landscape so that would make it too lumpy to fold!!
I have just two photos of how I started making my creation.
I cut out the appropriate die pieces that I wanted for my shadow box 
(there are several Christmas dies in the set (pine trees, deer, snowflakes and Christmas sentiments that I didn't use for today's project!)
Then I sponged all the edges with Distress Vintage Photo before assembling the pieces.
I die cut the Victorian dancing couple out of both card stock and text patterned paper layering the two to make them more sturdy.  Then I cut out the gentleman's section again out of another pattern, cut  just the suit area and layered it over him.  I added a bit of gold leaf to the ladies head, a ribbon rose to her waist and lace at the bottom of her dress.  I colored the couples shoes black with a Sharpie.
I added pretty little Prima flowers around the front and on the layers inside and I added dried moss for their dancing carpet out in this magical forest!
Here's how it looks from the back.  
The shadow box measures 5 1/2"w x 5 1/4"h 
(6 1/4"h  if you include the vine at the top!)
How will music and words inspire you this month?  We can't wait to see your creations.  Please check out the lovely inspiration by the other Creative Guides participating in this months challenge over at A Vintage Journey!
Stamps:  Set EAB03 Alison Bomber - PaperArtsy, Music Backgrounds - Waltzingmouse (retired)
Paper:  Stormy Sea, Vellum - Papertrey Ink, Paper Stash Dapper and Etcetera - Idea-ology.
Ink:  Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Hero Hues Black.
Accessories:  Holiday Shadow Box Dies, Dancers Die - Sizzix, ScorTape, Tombow Glue, dried moss - Joann, gold leaf, ribbon rose, lace, Prima Flowers.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

December Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey

Whenever there is a 5th Friday in a month - we have a Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey where several of the Creative Guides create tags for everyone's inspiration.  This month I'm one of the Creative Guides sharing a tag and here it is.
I started with my background which I created using the cling wrap technique.  I used a 12" x 14" piece of watercolor paper and 2 colors of acrylic paint - I used Americana acrylic paints in Mint Julep Green and Milk Chocolate.  I painted the colors on in broad strokes, brushing in different directions and kept adding watered down paint until the page was covered. (you want it to be a little wet)
Then I laid a piece of cling wrap (Saran Wrap) over the paper and scrunched it up pressing with my fingers.
I removed the cling wrap and let the panel dry, and got this lovely distressed look.
I die cut a piece of my painted panel using Tim's Tag and Bookplate die. I added several strips of washi tapes and stapled on 2 pieces of lace.
I stamped one of Alison's stamps from her EAB05 set by PaperArtsy onto the tag.  I cut a slightly larger piece of black cardstock and layered the tag to it.  I looped a piece of wrinkled seam tape through the hole.
 I colored 3 Mirrored Stars with Adirondack Lettuce Ink and added them to the tag.
I colored the Paperdoll girls using Ranger Distress Markers in Brushed Corduroy, Peeled Paint and Spun Sugar and popped them onto the tag with foam dots.  I added several Metallic Quotations/Quotes stickers.
So please stop by the A Vintage Journey Blog today and be inspired by all the Tag Friday Tags the Creative Guides have created for you! 

Stamps:  Alison Bomber Eclecctica3 set EAB05 - PaperArtsy
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Paper:  Canon Water Color Paper, True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Tag and Bookplate Die - Tim Holtz/Alterations, wrinkled seam tape, Adirondack Lettuce Alcohol Ink, foam dots, washi tapes, Ranger Distress Markers Brushed Corduroy, Peeled Paint, Spun Sugar, Idea-ology Paper Dolls, Mirrored Hearts, Trimmings/Lace, Metallic Stickers/Quotations, Mini Stapler,  Cling Wrap, brush, water, Americana Acrylic Paints Mint Julep Green and Milk Chocolate.

Friday, September 15, 2017

CAS Mix Up Challenge - Watercolour Wash - Mid Month Reminder!

I'm here today to remind everyone that there's still time to join in the September CAS Mix Up Challenge
You have until Sept 24th to link up your watercolour wash CAS card.
There are several YouTube videos on watercolour wash over at the challenge blog so you can learn a new technique in the process!  We're always looking for new ways to be creative on our cards right?!

For my reminder card I used stamping, watercolour wash, wet embossing, dry embossing, Nuvo Jewel Drops and sequins!
I stamped my sweet Agatha Flower from Stampotique and the Monet quote from PaperArtsy using Archival Jet Black ink on a panel of watercolor paper.  I quickly covered the stampings with clear embossing powder and heat embossed them.  I did a water colour wash over the background with blue and green watercolor paints and water.  After the background dried, I water coloured the flower girl image  
(I had a little color bleed off her hair - oops! Oh well, no art is perfect right??)

 I added Orange Marmalade and Key Lime Nuvo Jewel Drops to the flower center and stem for a little gloss and dimension. 
 (Trying to show the gloss in this close up)
 So please join us and link up your watercolour wash CAS card up over at the CAS Mix Up Challenge blog!  

Stamps:  Trees and Flowers - Eclectica3 Alison Bomber - Paper Artsy, Flower Girl - Stampotique
Paper:  Canson Watercolor Paper, White - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Clear embossing powder, heat tool, watercolor paints, water, paint brushes, painters tape (to mask edge), Heritage Embossing folder - Provo Craft, Vintage Chic Sequins - Lucy's Shop, Key Lime and Orange Marmalade Nuvo Jewel Drops.

Friday, September 1, 2017

September CAS Mix Up Challenge - Watercolour Wash

What a fun challenge for September over at the CAS Mix Up Challenge!  Bonnie is our host this month and this is her challenge!
Here is the definition of watercolour wash that Bonnie has over on the challenge blog:

wash is a term for a visual arts technique resulting in a semi-transparent layer of color. Normally only one or two colours of wash are used. [from Wikipedia]

There are also several links to YouTube videos on this technique on the blog.
I watched this one to learn about Watercolour Wash:  Watercolor Wash 3 Ways by LindsayWeirich

I used watercolour wash, stamping, and my choice of dry embossing and sequins on my CAS card today!
I took a panel of Arches Watercolor paper and did a watercolor wash over it using a blue and a dark pink watercolor paint mixed with water.  After the panel had dried, (speeded up a bit with my heat tool!) I stamped the trees along the bottom and the quote above them using Archival Jet Black ink. To keep it CAS,  I cut the panel down to fit onto the bottom half of my card
I embossed another watercolor paper panel using Tim Holtz Tall Pines embossing folder.  I layered the panels to a white card base.

So we hope you will try doing a watercolour wash on your CAS design card and link it up over at the the September CAS Mix Up Challenge!  You have until Sept 24th to link up!

Stamps:  Tree Line - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous,  Trees and Flowers/Alison Bomber/Eclectica3 - PaperArtsy
Paper:  Arches Watercolor Paper, White - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  dark pink and blue watercolor paints, paint brush, water, Tall Pines Embossing Folder - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Sugar blend sequins - Avery Elle.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

If we could see the miracle.....

I used a fun technique on a panel of my card today -  using glossy card, water, re-inkers and SALT!
Here's a close up of the panel.  I used coarse sea salt so the marks left from it are large - looks like funky water spots! 
Oh, and Yes -  I DID finally break down and buy this MFT Peek a Boo window die! (in both rectangle AND square!)
So, for the panel - I took a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of glossy card, spritzed it with water and dripped SU re-inkers in Caramel, Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue randomly on the panel.  I tilted the panel around so the colors would move and blend - adding more water if needed, and then sprinkled coarse sea salt over the panel and set it aside to dry.   
(you can help it along with a heat tool if you want but I think it might react better if left alone to dry!)
After it dried, I brushed off the salt and it was ready to go.  I cut my panel into 4 smaller pieces so I can make 4 cards like this one from one salted panel!
While I was at it -  I made a second salt panel using SU re-inkers in Barely Banana, Cameo Coral and Lavender Lace - quite a different look with different colors!
 Here's my finished card.
I die cut the frame out of a panel of white card and stamped this great quote.  It's from a brand new stamp set by PaperArtsy - Eclectia 3 - EABO1 Trees and Flowers.    Alison Bomber is the designer.   Alison and I are both Creative Guides on the A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog and I am so happy for her having her own stamps made!   Her sets are kind of hard to find in the USA right now - PaperArtsy is based in England where Alison lives.  But you can check with any US company that sells PaperArtsy and you may find them, so far she has two sentiment/quote sets available.

I'm linking my card to:
 You'll find links to several YouTube videos on using salt there too
Stamps:  Eclectica 3 - Alison Bomber - EAB01 - PaperArtsy
Paper:  White - PTI, Glossy Card - Ranger
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, SU reinkers in Caramel, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue
Accessories:  coarse sea salt, water mister, foam dots, Rectangle Peek a Boo Window Die - MFT, Wild Flowers Die - Tim Holtz/Sizzix.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Anything but Cute - First Anniversary - Celebrate Your Style - Guest Designer!

I was surprised,  honored and scared thrilled when Pamellia e-mailed me and informed me that I had been voted one of their favourite artists of the year and asked if I would like to be a Guest Designer for the Anything But Cute First Anniversary challenge - Celebrate Your Style.
  I am rather new to Mixed Media and tend to be clean and simple in my designs.  I absolutely LOVE books - reading them, holding them, shopping in book stores for them and making them! So I created a little 4" x 5" x 1 1/2" book for my project today.

 It all started with Eileen Hull's Passport Die from Sizzix.  I cut it out of Little Sizzles Black Matboard.  Then I die cut the same pieces (covers and binding edge) out of Natural Sticky Backed Canvas and adhered the canvas to the front of the black pieces.
 Next I stenciled the covers with two Stencil Girl Stencils using WV Black Embossing paste.  I used Talaya, Goddess of Rain stencil on the front cover.
and Eve, A Modern Woman stencil on the back cover
The next two steps I forgot to take photos of.  After the embossing paste dried, I painted over the covers with Black Acrylic Paint.  
(I learned this black cover technique (without the crackle) in a Wonderlust Class led by Kate Crane - see that book here)  
When that dried I covered both covers with Deco Art One Step Crackle and they ended up like this.
I just LOVE the subtleness and texture of the embossed stenciling when it's all black.
I cleaned the stencils by putting them on a piece of computer paper and wiping off the embossing paste with a baby wipe -  and look what I ended up with!   I've saved this to perhaps use on a journaling project some day!
I wanted the book binding piece to be a different color than the covers so I painted it with Nutmeg Folk Art Antiquing Medium.  When that dried I added a coat of the DecoArt One Step Crackle.
Now onto the pages for my little book.
I die cut the pages out of white cardstock using the same Passport Die and sprayed them with a variety of Ranger Distress Spray Stains - mixing Salty Ocean, Tea Dye, Carved Pumpkin and Wilted Violet.  These 3 pages fold in the middle (see the holes for threading them into the book in the centers?) and create 6 pages or 12 surfaces - as I sprayed them on both sides. You could add at least twice this amount of pages to the book if you wanted.
Then I gathered several stamp sets from a variety of designers and started stamping.  Here's how they looked before I bound them. 
I later added Small Talk stickers to many of them - you'll see them in photos below.
On these two pages I used stamps Rusty Cog, Scale, and Vintage Clock from Finnabair/Prima, Let the adventure Begin and circle stamps from Eclecticia3 Everything Art, She believed she could from Scribbly Women/Dina Wakley, Impression Obsession/Birds on Trees and Handwritten Thoughts -Tim Holtz/SA.
Don't forget to Fly and Flowers Collect Moments mug are Finnabair/Prima, Use Your Wings from Dina Wakely Scribbly Insects,  blocked sentiment from Dyan Reaveley The Right Words,  Stay Kind from Handwritten Quotes by Dina Wakley, lace and bodice stamp from Eclectica3 Everything Art CCA01/Paperartsy
Butterfly and oval shapes from Eclectica3 Everything Art CCA02 from Paperartsy, sentiment "Adopt the pace of nature - her secret is patience." Emerson, from One with Nature/Simon Says Stamp, Industrial Lamps from Indigo Blu, You radiate beauty from Face in the Crowd/Dina Wakley.
Woman and You Are Enough from Face in the Crowd/Dina Wakley,  Stay Strong from Handwritten Quotes/Dina Wakley, lace from Eclectica3 Everything Art CCA01/Paperartsy
I wanted to be able to tie my little book shut - so I added a piece of Idea-ology Trimmimgs Lace. First I glued the edge of a spray-stained piece of cardstock (I used on the inside of the covers)  onto the edge of the binding piece.  Then I glued the lace over the liner and adhered the cover over that (being sure I had the designs right side up as I added each cover!).
A little tricky to explain but hopefully you get the idea from the photos.  Here's one cover together with the lace going over the binding.
And repeated the process with the other cover.
I used clothespins to hold the edges while the glue dried.
Then I tied each signature into the book using Jute String in the colors of the stains I used on my pages. 
 The Passport Die instructions show to adhere the overlapping edge of the binding over the cover - but I didn't want to cover any of my stencil - so I adhered it under my cover pieces.
I tied each piece of Jute String in a double knot and added my initials using Idea-ology Type Charms.
Here are photos of the pages in the book - where you will see  I added some Small Talk Stickers to some of the pages.   
My overall theme in images and sentiments is affirmation and being positive, strong women as we go through life.  The sentiment across the butterfly stamp says "be where you want to be"
Here, you can also see the result of adhering the edge of the binding piece inside the cover - it covered some of my stamping (I should have stamped on it after putting it all together!) - I added a little strip of spray-stained cardstock on top of the edge so it blended in with the inside cover a little better!

Small Talk sticker - today is full of possibilities.  
I drew around each sticker with a black Stabilo pencil and then rubbed over it with a wet finger to smudge.
Small Talk sticker - everything has beauty
Small Talk stickers - we are fearless, independent and original.
Small Talk Stickers - leave a little sparkle wherever you go.
Small Talk Stickers - be your beautiful selffall in love with as many things as possible.  I added the sentiment "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air."- Emerson from One with Nature/Simon Says Stamp on the last page.
 So I hope you have enjoyed seeing my little Mixed Media Book.  
Please join us in the Anything But Cute special First Anniversary challenge and Celebrate YOUR style!  You'll find the challenge, all the details and some very inspiring projects from the Design team here.

And I wish to express again - my appreciation and thanks for being invited to be one of the Guest DT's for this auspicious occasion!!  Thank you Pamellia and the rest of the team!!

I'm also linking my project to the following challenges:
STAMPlorations - Stencil Sunday

Country View Challenges - Use a Stencil

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Stencils

Stamps:  Handwritten Thoughts - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous, Industrial Lamps - Indigo Blu, One with Nature - Simon Says Stamp, The Right Words - Dyan Reaveley/Dylusions, Birds on Trees - Impression Obsession, Don't Forget to Fly, Collect Moments mug, clock face, Rusty Cog, scale face - Finnabair/Prima,  Handwritten Quotes, Scribbly Women, Face in the Crowd, Scribbly Insects - Dina Wakley, Eclectica3 Everything Art EEA01 and EEAO2 - PaperArtsy.
Paper:  white - PTI, Little Sizzles Black Matboard - Sizzix, Sticky Back Canvas - Ranger.
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ground Espresso (sponged over covers and pages)  and Black Soot (sponged over binding)
Accessories:  Passport Die - Eileen  Hull/Sizzix, Wendy Vecchi Black Embossing Paste, palette knife, One Step Crackle - DecoArt, Nutmeg Folk Art Antiquing Medium, Large eye embossing needle, Idea-ology Trimmings Lace, Jute String, Type Charms, Small Talk Stickers, Ranger Distress Spray Stains Salty Ocean, Tea Dye, Carved Pumpkin, Wilted Violet, Zutter corner rounder, Talaya and Eve Stencils - Stencil Girl,