Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mini Affirmations

 I have some altered coasters for you today.  I love to use coasters for the base of my work.  They are light and cheap(bonus points for being absorbent).   They are also great for sending out happy mail since a stamp usually covers the cost of mailing it out.  
Paula Cheney had a great tutorial on her blog using Distress Sprays and the new Micro Glaze that I had to try. 
This was my first attempt and it came out much darker than I had anticipated.  I think the Rusty Hinge Distress Paint on the edges was a tad much.  Not the look I was going for, but I still really like it.  I also love the old paper someone was using for their math homework or figuring out their monthly budget.  I smudged some gesso on the side to brighten it up a tad.  



This is the same background paper I used on the first coaster.  See what I mean about it being darker than I anticipated! I put a sari ribbon bow on this one.  


Here you can see how I colored the photos using either Distress Markers or Distress Ink.  She is totally rocking that resin flower.  



This is the brightest of the bunch.  I used Peacock Feathers to color the modeling paste instead of spraying it after I used the stencil.  The edges on this one are inked using my favorite Pumice Stone Ink. 




This coaster is a tad smaller than the other three.  I used the tiny tattered floral die to make my flowers.  They are so easy to make.  I did a bunch and tossed them in a jar to grab when I need them.  I didn't do modeling paste on here since most of the background is covered.  I still stenciled a bit using Distress Paints in Worn Lipstick and Antiqued Bronze.  

Simon Says Stamp Monday X,Y,Z Challenge (I used my X-acto knife to trim my papers, a bunch of Yellow (paper, distress markers to tint the photos, and alcohol ink) and my favorite Zip dry glue).
What have you been crafting?
Jess

23 comments:

  1. Fabulous affirmations Jess and as always such beautiful art! xx

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  2. I love them all! Fabulous technique and beautiful pieces of art!

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  3. Wonderful creations, Jess, each one a little piece of art! If only the recipient knew how much work went into making these! Thanks so much for sharing them with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

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    1. Thanks Lin! I think most of my happy mail recipients know how much time I put into my stuff. Most of them make art too :) We have a nice little network of happy mail buddies.

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  4. Hi Jess!! FAB coaster creations! I love how each one tells a different story! So fun! Thank you for coming over with these coasters to my April Showers Bring May Flowers challenge at Our Creative Corner this month!! XOXO-Shari

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    1. Thank you Shari. It's a great theme.

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  5. Each one is its own work of art. Love them all and the way you have used the embellishments to make each one special. Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey.

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  6. Fabulous set of coasters, each one so unique and pretty, I love each one of them, but I think my favourite is number 2. Great idea to use them for happy mail too! Thanks so much for adding it to our latest challenge at A Vintage Journey!

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    1. Thanks Astrid! I really like the second one too.

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  7. This is just so very fabulous! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)

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  8. what a lovely set of coaster art! Love the differences in each one - bright, darker, crowns, wings - so fun! thanks for joining us in the A Vintage Journey Spring Colors challenge! Julia xx

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  9. Jess...this are so cool! I love seeing "different" things on everyone's blogs. Your coaster art pieces are so pretty. Love the layers, the vintage photographs and the colors you've used on each one. I picked up some coasters on our last trip...looking for different shapes and so forth. You've inspired me to want to pull those out and make some art! Thanks as well for stopping by my blog and leaving such nice comments! I so appreciate them! <3 Candy

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    1. Thank you for popping over Candy! I can't wait to see what you do with your coasters.

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  10. My gosh these are gorgeous altered coasters! I adore the photos and the layers - they look amazing!! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx

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  11. Beautiful coasters! Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

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  12. Those are awesome coasters! Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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  13. Beautiful happy altered mats Jess! Love how you've experimented with the colours and looks for each one. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

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