Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sponging and Spraying Two Ways

Today's sketch challenge featured a large circle and I was trying to go for less layers so I decided to sponge my circle to define it. 

I diecut my circle out of cardstock then laid it over my card base. I initially sponged with Soft Suede. I then sprayed some coffee spray (instant coffee crystals in water leftover from a previous project). I went back with a bit of Chocolate Chip around the edges too.

I ended up wanting to use a ribbon for my horizontal layer so I cut my base piece. I decided to add one more layer with brushed gold. For my hydrangea, I stamped in Encore Gold then embossed in clear for a more muted, vintage feel. When I stamped my hydrangea, I switched to a diecut mask of deli paper so as to be able to stamp right to the edge more easily. I'm thinking about layering that deli paper circle sometime-kind of like vellum!
Stamps: Because I Care, Million Dollar Moments Paper: Soft Suede, Brushed Gold, Very Vanilla Paper Size: A2 Ink: Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Encore Gold Accessories: Spritzer, Clear EP, Gold Organdy Ribbon, Curly Label, Mini Curly Label and 1" square punches, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponge Techniques: Spritzing, Sponging, Masking, Embossing, Distressing

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I layered my sentiment with a distressed edge square and popped it over my ribbon. I used the edge pieces of the dimensionals which are about half size.

Here's a second card I made using the same sketch and using up the circle I'd diecut for my mask. It got a little misty spray on it because it was on my desktop so I added some to my base as well. I sponged Suede and Artichoke on the circle. I scored my horizontal piece and painted in watered down Artichoke. Used a brown bag for my square piece and layered diecut leaves and a twine bow accent.
Stamps: Secret Garden, Simply Sketched, Canvas Paper: White, brown bag, Always Artichoke Paper Size: A2 Ink: Always Artichoke, Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede Accessories: Little Leaves die, Postage Punch, Twine, Sponge, Spritzer Techniques: Sponging, Spritzing, Scoring, Stamp Kissing

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Brown Bag Bokeh Background Bookpage Birches

Dina took us to a fun Etsy shop for inspiration for our Mixability Challenge today, Naoko Stoop makes some really beautiful brown bag collages. I was inspired by the look of her trees in several of the pieces so that's the direction I took.

Here's my final piece.
Stamps: None Paper: Early Espresso, Brown Bag, Bookpage Paper Size: A7 Ink: Acrylics, Gelatos Accessories: Gesso, Paintbrushes, Gelato-Blue, White Acrylic Paint, Acrylic daubers: TH Spun Sugar, Adirondak-Espresso, White, Blue Techniques: Bokeh Background, Tearing

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I started with pieces I cut from a brown lunch bag that I coated with Gesso using a foam brush. 

I tore book pages for the birches and used a dauber along the edges first.

I used a dry brush dipped into the dauber to add the horizontal bands on the trees.

I painted white acrylic snow drifts.

Then I started my Bokeh background. I first daubed circles of blue Gelato that I smudged with a damp finger. Next I daubed Tim Holtz Spun Sugar on.

To complete the Bokeh I used light blue and then white daubers. I also added white paint on my birches. I adhered them by rubbing Gesso to the back sides and pressing them down onto my bag.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Embossing Folder Stamping

     This is such a fun, easy, but beautiful technique-embossing folder stamping.  I played around with both inks and acrylic paints today.
The first card is very flat and mailable.....the second not so much!
This one uses Tim Holtz Distress Inks along with Midnight Muse. I pressed the ink pads (have the TH spots) directly onto the ef before spritzing liberally with water.Stamps: Verve-Prov 16:9 Paper: Bermuda Bay, Watercolor Paper Paper Size: A2Ink: Midnight Muse, Distress Inks: Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Fired Brick, Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade Accessories: The Paper Studio Arrows ef, Stampamajig, Spritzer Techniques: Embossing Folder Stamping

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For this one I inked a script ef with acrylic paint daubers and pressed the front of my card into the ef after misting with water. I thought the colors looked kind of beachy, so I made a collage with some natural items and beach glass.

Stamps: Verve-Hebrews 11:1 Paper: Natural Ivory Paper Size: A2 Ink: Soft Suede Accessories: Stampamjig, Spritzer, Early Espresso ep, TPS script ef, Versamarker, Paint Daubers: Adirondak-Espresso, TH Antique Linen, Ranger-Weather Vane, Spritzer, Burlap, wood, shell, beach glass, squash tendrils, Momenta wood embellishment, Glossy Accents (to adhere items) Techniques: Embossing Folder Stamping, Sponging, Embossing, Omitting With Markers

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Whipping Up Some Kitchen Magic

Sabrina sent us to our kitchens today in the Ways to Use It Challenge and asked us to use a kitchen product based technique on our cards. I've been trying to go back to my Pinterest boards and use some of what I've pinned and I remembered this tutorial on aging tags with coffee. I didn't go back to the tutorial and read it again, just sort of winged it, but it was the source of my kitchen inspiration. I grabbed some tags, instant coffee granules as well as some coarse salt. Later I threw in some ground cinnamon along with sprinkled cocoa powder.

For this one I added granules to a card wet only with water

Dipping a tag in the coffee solution

Here's my wet tags with the salt sprinkled on

I took an empty toilet paper tube and dipped it into the coffee solution and "stamped" onto the tags

Ready to dry....I was impatient so I stuck them in my warmer drawer and when I went back and reread the tutorial, she put hers into an oven at 250

I can't stand to waste anything, so since I still had solution left over I went down and grabbed a big sheet of watercolor paper and some book pages to play with. I filled a mister with the coffee solution to spray a finer mist.

Here are the dried tags...see how well the salt worked!

Stamped a bunch of rings on this piece!

Lost the definition of the rings so went back onto the dried tags and added more stamped rings.

Here's my finished card. Can't wait to make some more with the other goodies I created, but I've got much to do today and I've run out of "me time."

Same card viewed from the side.
Stamps: Hardwood, Fiskars:Perfect Blend Paper: Early Espresso, Mocha dp, Soft Suede, Natural Ivory, Coffee Sleeve, Tag Paper Size: A2 Ink: Close to Cocoa Craft, Early Espresso Accessories: Twine, Hearts punch, Hexagon punch (to notch end), TH Ribbon Flags die Techniques: Salted Background, Coffee Staining, Polished Stone
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This is an art journal page I made using one of my tags and one of the stained book pages. To the tag I added a strip to cover the writing (this was a recycled Goodwill tag) and then used color pencils to add "coffee" words. I also used the direct to paper technique to add Sepia along the edges of the tag and the wood grain strip which I also distressed lightly. Stamps: SU-Perfect Blend, alphabet blocks Paper: Journal Page, Book Page, CitraSolv Magic paper, TPS-kraft dp, SU dp, Goodwill tag, Placemat, Soft Suede Ink: Versafine Sepia and Onyx Accessories: American Craft Twine, Spritzer Techniques: Coffee Staining, Distressing, Direct to Paper

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Raindrops Keep Fallin'

Lydia had a fun challenge for us today in the Mixability Challenge. She called it Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head and showed us a fun way to make raindrops. I've made two cards so far and have another in the works.
My first card featured a piece I'd painted over a Gelli print that was made with bubble wrap and blue paints.

Stamps: none Paper: Recollections Ivory card, Early Espresso, Gel Print Paper Size: A7 Accessories: Acrylic Paints, Bubble Wrap, Gelatine Plate, Faber Castell pencils, Adirondak Espresso paint, TH Antique Linen paint, SU Chalkboard and Island Indigo markers, Pink Gelatos Techniques: Gel Printing, Painting with Acrylics

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I used acrylic paints to paint my flowers and branches over the Gelli print. I then used pencils to add details and shading around them. I used a white chalkboard marker and an Island Indigo marker to add some highlights and stippling to my raindrops.

My second card features a piece of paper I made using the CitraSolv Magic technique and a page from a National Geographic. Here's a link to Lydia's tutorial for this technique. The ink on this page had smeared in nice raindrop shapes!
Stamps: Summer by the Sea, alphabet block stamps Paper: Recollections Ivory card and black, Watercolor paper, National Geographic page Paper Size: A7 Ink: Stazon Black, Versafine Onyx Accessories: Watercolor Crayons, Smoky Slate Marker, Sharpie White Paint Pen Techniques: CitraSolv Magic, Watercoloring with Watercolor Crayons, Spatter                                              Read more:

First I outlined the shapes and added a little stippling.

I added some spatter over this piece. I went back with my Slate marker and added a bit more shading, and then a Sharpie white paint pen was used to add highlights to both the raindrops and the spatter.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Repeat after me, trust!

Today's Mixability challenge was to repeat shapes on our cards. I decided to go with hexagons. I used a punched acetate stencil to lay down Gelato colors on my paper first.
After scribbling the Gelatos onto the paper, I dry rubbed them a bit to intensify the colors. I then spritzed to let the colors bleed along the edges a bit. I then spritzed well again and added some salt. As it was pretty much dry, I started to add some hexagon embossing with the Honeycomb ef.

I used my silver ink rubbed along the top of the raised hexagons.

Here's the finished card with my word for 2015! More on that on my description at splitcoast
Stamps: Alphabits Paper: Smoky Slate, White Paper Size: A2 Ink: Basic Grey, Encore Silver, Versafine Onyx, MS petal inks, Gelatos Accessories: Black ep, 1/4" square punch and hexagon punch, Honeycomb ef, Tim Holtz-Umbrella Man die, Gridlock ef, Black and Smoky Slate markers, Cutter Kit Distressing Tool, Water Spritzer, Pretzel salt Techniques: Inked Embossing, Stenciling, Dry Rubbed Gelatos, Spritzing, Salted Background

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Resist for Static

     Today's Mixed Media Challenge is in honor of National Static Electricity Day. I chose to use a masking fluid resist technique to represent the static electricity. I flicked the masking fluid over it for my lines.
Step one-apply masking fluid and let it dry. I'm starting with a piece of scrap that I'd torn and used for a sponging mask.

Prepared acetate with ink with water spritzed over it

I've pressed the paper into the wet ink and then sprayed some homemade reinker spray over that. 

My final card. I layered some more wet ink over the first and then sponged over my masking fluid areas to give better definition once the fluid came off. I added some red yarn and blue twine after stamping my sentiment and adding some Silver Sharpie doodling and spatter.
Stamps: All I have Seen Paper: Recollections White Card, Midnight Muse, white Paper Size: A7 Ink: Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Midnight Muse, TH: Peacock Feathers, Broken China Accessories: Masking Fluid, Spritzer, Blue reinkers, Water, Silver Sharpie, Twine, Yarn Techniques: Masking Fluid Resist, Wrinkle Free Distress, Spatter

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