Monday, December 18, 2017

Joy Art Journal Page

An art journal page to celebrate the Christmas season.

The background is a collection of clothing tags attached with Gel Medium.  Some Glass Bead paste through TCW Mini Cubist stencil was then applied. The colour is Tim Holtz Distress Paints, in an assortment of greens and yellows. A light touch of stamping using Birgit Koopsen's Art Stamp, Life is Good finished it off.

I used my Faber Castelle Big Brush Markers to shade around the edges of the tags to give a bit of definition to them.

I have applied Texture Paste through a 13@rts circle stencil and when everything was dry I rubbed some Viva Inka Gold here and there.

The white dots are Viva Perl Pen.

The wooden ornaments were given a coat of Gesso before they were painted with Luminarte Silks and a gold acrylic paint for the metal rings that hold the ribbons. I then stamped on them with Stayzon black ink and the same stamp that I used in the background. They also got a rub over with the Inka Gold.

After I had attached the ribbon and the wooden baubles I once again used the Big Brush pens to shade around them.

I cut the title with a Kaisercraft Alphabet die, once in patterned paper and once in black and then attached them so they were slightly off set.  When they were dry they got a coat of Dimensional Magic.

A white gel pen was used to mark faux stitching around the edge of the page to finish it off.

This will be my last post before Christmas as we are going away soon and won't be back till after Christmas.

Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas and I hope to see you back here next year.

My plan is to learn how to make and publish youtube clips in the early part of next year so hopefully you will join me in that journey.

Till next time
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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Ray's Christmas Card

A quick post today to share with you the Christmas card I made for Ray (husband).

Once again a very simple card.

The papers are from an old Kaisercraft line and only uses scraps really.

The hearts are cut with a Do Crafts Scalloped Hearts die.

All of the papers have the edges inked with Black Versa Mark Ink to make them stand out from the background better.

The greeting is matted on some red cardstock and then attached with foam tape.

As I said, very simple.

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Till next time

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Peg Art Journal Page

Hi everyone

Today I want to share an Art Journal page that I created after watch in video by Marami's Small Arts

You can see the video here.

The background is completely covered in clothes pegs, then a coat of Gesso.

The metal embellishments are added with a hot glue gun then the whole thing is sprayed with an assortment of Glimmermists and spray inks.

I have added the hot glue circles.

The metals including the peg springs have then been dry brushed with some Gesso and some white acrylic paint to highlight them.

I used Pearl Pens to add some pink and clear dots.

The lace panels have been added using Matte Gel Medium to hold them in place.

Some black ink around the edge of the page and the edge of the title complete the page.

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Till next time

Friday, December 15, 2017

Cindy's birthday card


It was Cindy's birthday yesterday so I made her a card.

The hearts were made with Texture Paste through a stencil but before I lifted the stencil off I sprayed it with a 3 Glimmermist sprays. The Glimmermist got under the stencil and I was not happy with it so I cut all of the hearts. I stuck the hearts to a panel, that was slightly smaller than my card base, that had been embossed with a text embossing folder.

I then cut a panel to go down the side of the card and wrapped a ribbon around it, tying it off with a knot. I am hopeless at tying bows so will generally use a knot if I can get away with it.

This panel and the sentiment, which was stamped and then heat embossed, are attached using foam tape.

I have got a few more things to share with you over the next few days so hope to see you back here soon

Till next time
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Layout - Girls

Hello Paper Crafters

I am sharing a layout I did ages ago. I submitted it to Scrapbooking Memories magazine for consideration for publishing but have not heard back from them.

I am not sure what is happening there because I have a subscription to the magazine and have not had one for some time. I checked their Facebook page and there does not seem to be any action there and people are asking what is happening and getting no reply. Unfortunately I think they may not be around any more which is a shame to see another scrapbooking magazine disappear. (Not to mention my subscription)

I have used an American Crafts paper pad called Yes Please for all the patterned paper on this layout.
All of the patterned paper is matted on black cardstock.

I have used Texture Paste through TCW Mini Cubist stencil on the background then applied some Pumpkin Spice Glimmermist and water and let it run down the page.

I have machine stitch the White cardstock background onto a sheet of black cardstock.

The heart was cut with a "no name" die I bought off the internet.

I like the brightness of this layout and must admit that I am in love with this paper range. It is an old range but I have got a lot of the pad left yet.....

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Till next time

Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas Cards Round 2

Hi friends

I have been busy making a few more Christmas cards. I think this is going to be all the cards I make for this year. Next year I might get a bit more organised and make some Christmas cards in September and then teach them in one of my classes so my students get to make some too.

They are all very simple and apart from the Christmas tree one are not very bulky so can be posted for the flat fee.

I generally use 12" x 12" cardstock and cut my own card bases. I find that they are straighter and line up nicely when they are closed. It also makes it easier to match the cardstock if you want to matt anything on your cards.

I saw this technique on a Jennifer McGuire youtube clip and thought I would give it a go.
You need a symmetric shape for this technique, mine was not quite symmetric but I got away with it. I used a cut file on my Scan N Cut to cut 6 trees but you could die cut the shape you want to use. Fold each one in half then stick them back to back to create the fan effect. I have then glued tiny glitter stars onto the tree before I attached it to the card panel. Add the star brad at the top of the tree and the greeting at the bottom of the panel then attach that with foam tape to the card base.

For this card I Have used a metallic black card base. I embossed a white cardstock panel cut to 1/4" smaller than the card. Cut 3 assorted sized fish-tail pennants and mat them on to the same cardstock that the card base is made from. Attach these to the panel. Mount a greeting onto the same cardstock and attach it to the card using foam tape

The middle panel looks crooked so I am going to have to go back and straighten that up. It is all I see when I look at this picture.

This card is the simplest of them all. Cut a few steps of patterned paper about 1/2" wide and in decreasing lengths and create a tree shape on an embossed panel. Attach your star at the top of the tree then attach the panel to the card base using foam tape.

I have embossed the actual card base on this card instead of using a panel. Three pieces of patterned paper have been matted on white cardstock and attached to the card base and then I have double matted the greeting and attached it with foam tape.

The card panel on this card is a pearlised cardstock. I have cut the baubles out using gold patterned paper and Memory Box's Snowflake ornament die. I have used glue to attach the ribbon and the baubles. The greeting is a stamp from Sullivan's Paper Xtra and is not very good quality. I have heat embossed it with gold embossing powder then mounted it on some gold cardstock and attached it to the card with foam tape. Love these baubles they are so delicate.

My Scan N Cut was used to cut these baubles. The top layer was cut from red cardstock and the bottom layer and tie piece from gold.
I have used a white cardstock panel which has been embossed, then a strip of patterned paper to set the baubles on. Some red ribbon threaded through the baubles and the tied in a knot add a bit more colour.
The greeting has been matted in the same cardstock that the card base is made from.

A dark green card base hold a piece of white cardstock that has been embossed on the top area and punched along the bottom edge. A piece of corrugated card with a ribbon tied around it has then been attached between the two. The bauble is the same as the ones I used on a previous card. (See it here)
A greeting finishes this card off.

Another quite long post so if you have made it this far Thank you for staying with it.

Till next time