Monday, July 16, 2018

The Queen Bee

Hi Everyone,
Jess here today with a bee-utiful tag to share.

 I am in love with the new Alphabet Stencils that will be coming to the store! They look like old fashioned stencils, but don't come with the huge price tag.
Start by embossing your chosen letter using the new 3d embossing folders from Sizzix.  To get the impression really crisp it is recommended to spritz your substrate(in this case chipboard) with water.  Once it's run through you can heat dry it or let it air dry.  Press in a book to get it flat it it curls.
Cover the stencil with Black Soot Distress Oxide ink using a blending tool.  Using your finger add Distress Oxide in Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  Grab your Distress Crayon in Tarnished Brass to highlight the high points of the embossed areas.  Vintage paper grounds the stencil and makes it pop.
Make your background paper using Mixed Media Heavystock. Cover the entire sheet with various shades of Yellow Distress Ink.  Add Distress Oxides in Fossilized Amber and Antique Linen. Stamp the Glorious Bouquet Stamp using Archival Ink in Coffee.  Stamp wildflowers and honeycomb from the Mixed Media Set Using Oxides.  While the ink is still wet use a clean blending foam and smudge the image.   Use the paper to cover one of the giant Tag Super X.  This tag was was bit larger than I wanted for this project, so I cut a couple inches off the bottom.
Emboss your Bee with Oil Rubbed Bronze Embossing Powder from Emerald Creek.  Rub the bee in Distress Oxide Ink in Black Soot and spritz with water.  Set aside to dry.  
Adhere your stencil and add alpha dice.  
Play with the placement of the Honeycomb.  Once you are happy emboss the honeycomb using Charred Gold Embossing powder from Emerald Creek.  Add the alphabet dice just below the stencil.  

Cut out a circle to use as your reinforcer. Emboss metal tape using a 3d embossing folder and color the tape using alcohol inks.  Emboss the tape using Frosted Crystal Antiquities powder. 
Add a crown to your paper doll and color her necklace using a gel pen. 
Your tag is complete!

Happy Crafting,

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Golden Age of Travel

Hi Everyone,
I have a really cool Blank Page Muse project for you today. 

Remember when people used to get dressed up to go on vacation? You never used to see people on airplanes in pajamas and yoga pants.  I can't imagine these ladies not looking put together.  I pictured them shopping in Paris and sending a postcard to a friend back home.  
Here are the supplies you need to gather to create your own postcard.

Stamps used:

Other Supplies:
Jet Black Archival Ink
Archival Ink in Coffee and Hydrangea
Distress Collage Medium
Distress Markers
Distress Collage Paper
Distress Ink
Stabilo Pencil
Clear Gesso

Let's get started!
Stamp out your main images across the postcard using Jet Black Archival ink.
Create masks, using post it notes, and stamp all over to fill in white space. 
Once you have finished stamping your background use Distress Collage Medium to apply Distress Collage Paper to various areas of the postcard. 
Add your paperdoll and color in the dresses using Distress Markers(to make sure the ink stays on the image coat your paper doll in clear gesso).   Add Distress Ink to the edges to make the postcard appear to be vintage.  Use your Stabilo pencil to add shadows around the paper doll and around the edges of the collage paper.  
Turn your postcard over and add the Script and postmark stamp to the back.  Use Distress Ink to age the paper.  Color in the postmark using Distress Ink. 
Just like that your card is complete.  
Here are a few more glamour shots.

It was really fun to see how many stamps I could add to the collage feel of the card.  I haven't done a masking technique in a long time and it was fun to play around with it again.  
I hope you feel inspired to play with your stamps too.

If you're looking for more inspiration stop by these great places:
The Blank Page Muse Shop FB Fan Page Instagram - Shop Instagram - Blog Twitter Pinterest

Happy Stamping,

Monday, July 2, 2018

Old World Butterfly Shrine

Hi Guys,
I am up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today with an old world inspired ATC Shrine.

Paint the Reliquary Tower Top using Dina Wakley Paint in Gilt.  
While the paint is drying assemble your ATC Shrine Box.  I like to adhere my paper before I glue the box together.  Since the top of the box is visible under the arch I dabbed a little paint on there too.  The outside edges of the shrine  are covered in washi tape with butterflies.   

The outside edges of the shrine  are covered in washi tape with butterflies.   

 Cover you arch with a crackle medium and when it's mostly dry blast it with the heat gun to make it bubble and peel.  Use a black acrylic paint wash over the arch and then rub off quickly so it seeps into the cracks.   To make areas a bit darker use a Distress Crayon in Black Soot.  Attach the arch to the shrine.

Cover a butterfly from Relics and Artifacts with Vintage Distress Collage Medium.  Use the black acrylic wash on the entire butterfly and wipe away so it just highlights the details.  Add color to the butterfly using Distress Markers.  Emboss the base of a tiny lightbulb using Charred Gold powder.  Glue the bulb to the butterfly and then add the butterfly to the shrine. 

Use the Sizzix Butterfly Frenzy die to cut out a ton of butterflies.  Glue the butterflies all over the shrine.
 Add a base to the shrine and Tim Holtz chipboard sentiment.  
Your shrine is complete!

Happy Crafting,

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Delivery by Air Mail

Hi Everyone,
I have a quick project to show you today. I wasn't planning to blog this, it was really just me playing with my new 3d impresslets.  
I used a foil tape to run the impresslet through the vagabond.  I painted it white and used some mushroom alcohol ink  to age it.  I wanted it to look like old ceiling tin.  I scuffed it up a bit using a sanding block to expose the silver tape. 
I can't wait to play with these impresslets more. 


Monday, June 18, 2018

Shine your Light

Hi Everyone,
I am up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog today.
I don't have a lot of steps out for this one because I was feeling a bit under the weather when I crafted and forgot to take photos.  I will still walk you through all the steps. 
Cut a piece of paper large enough to cover your Large Chipboard Tag.  Using a piece of sticky fabric tape run it down the edge of you paper and stitch it on using your sewing machine.  Glue the paper to the tag.  Once your adhesive is dry cover the entire tag with clear embossing powder.  While the embossing powder is still hot using foil to add tiny bits of gold. 
Paint your Wood Medallion using Mowed Lawn and Black soot Distress Paints.  Add gold accents using a gel pen.  Glue to the top of your tag.  
Paint your Scribble Leaves Frame using Mowed Lawn Distress Paint and buff with a bit of Dina Wakley Paint in Gilt.  
Using foam tape pop up your focal image and adhere her to the center of the tag.  Attach your scribble frame using a strong adhesive. 

Glue down your sentiment and scribble around the edges using a Fude Ball Pen.  Add Distress Crayon in Black Soot to the edges of the tag. Add flowers to the woman's hair and to the tag.  

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Swim Away with Me

I am a sucker for mermaids and I make them every chance I get.  When I found out this month's challenge over at Blank Page Muse was "Let's Go to the Beach," I knew I was making a mermaid.  
To start I used my mermaid template. 
Copied it onto blank white cardstock so I could stamp out the details.  
I used the fronds from the Tropical Dreams set to stamp the tail.  I inked it using various shades of Green Distress Ink and over stamped so I wouldn't have too many edges.   
Then using the Sequin Waste stamp I embossed the tail using a shimmery gold to look like scales. 
Her tail needed a bit more dimension so I used shades of blue and purple distress just to add hints of color in her tail.  

For the body I used the script stamp from the Correspondence set. I colored her body using Old Paper DIstress Ink.  It has a slight greenish hue that I thought was good for a mermaid body.  
To make the belt and her bra I used the flowers from the Flamingo Row Set.  I stamped them and then fussy cut them.  They are doubled up to add depth. 
I added stickles and some jewels colored with alcohol ink to the centers.  
The final touch is her pineapple hat.  This was embossed with the same gold I used on her tail.  

I hope I've inspired you to swim over to the blog and enter the challenge yourself!
Don't forget you can join by adding your project to the Facebook Fan Group and by tagging us in your Instagram posts too!

Monday, June 4, 2018


Hi Everyone,
I am up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog today with a masculine project for you. 

 I have been on a kick lately doing more masculine and grungy projects.  This one evolved into one too.   
I used an Extra Large tag and scored the bottom to create the shelf.  I used a piece of mixed media tape to hold the bend since I knew I would be adding some weight to it. 
I used a piece of paper from Tim Holtz that had a blueprint type feel to it and added some stamped elements using the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Inventor Goggles and the Noble Gent sets.
I wanted there to be more wings on it, so I found most of my wings stamps from Blank Page Muse and added them all over.  I liked the man wearing goggles too, just in case my guy is worried about something getting in his eye.  
I used the Butterfly of Gears and cut it in half.  This side I embossed using a metallic gold.  I added different colors by dripping on alcohol inks. 
I added some metal gears and brads.  I used the chipboard gear from the Miniature Guy Things Set too.  
The other side was embossed and backed with paper to make it look like a monarch wing.  
I added a jar of gears for him to stand on and the rest came down to details.  
There are more wings with blueprint details over them.  Tiny blueprints are rolled up.  There are some failed experiments down there too.  
The letters were painted using Blueprint Sketch Distress Paint and then rolled in Mushroom and Jet Black Alcohol Ink.
The letters add the finishing touch.  

Disclaimer Notice

I've received products/compensation as part of the Blank Page Muse and the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Design teams. My projects, however, are 100% my own.