Saturday, November 10, 2018

Key to my heart

Hi Everyone,
I have a fun little mixed media project for you today.  I love the idea that family is what you make it.  I am a strong believer in family doesn't have to be  blood.  Family is what you make it and this is my little homage to your found family.

Using Mixed Media Heavystock paper blend on several colors of Distress Ink (Wild Honey, Squeezed Lemonade, and Fossilized Amber).  Add a bit of Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink and flick with water.  Allow to air dry to get oxide effects.  Once the paper is completely dry, stamp the Small Crackle Stamp using archival ink in Coffee.

Using Potting Soil and Plum) of archival ink stamp your Floral Medallion.  Cut the paper and cover your chipboard house. Splatter on Black Soot Distress Paint and Tarnished Brass paint to add dimension to the background.   Don't forget to paint the edges of your chipboard unless you like the look of raw chipboard.
Cover your paper doll with clear gesso.  Once the gesso is dry color your image.  Stick to the same pallette you used for the background.
Glue the family to the chipboard house and add charms.  Add scribbles all over the front using gel pens.  
Cut up a chip quote and paint the edges.  Glue the quote to the backside of the house. 
There is a predrilled hole in the top of this chipboard house.  Thread wire through the hole and wrap around a key that had been distressed to appear aged.  

I hope you enjoyed it!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Does the bell still ring for you?

Hi Everyone,
I have officially started my Christmas crafting!
One of my favorite Christmas stories is The Polar Express.  Today's project is a little nod to the book.

When I started this project I didn't think I wanted a tag as long as the Extra Large Tag (it's 8 inches long and 4 inches wide), so I cut off a big chunk.  Thankfully I saved the piece I cut off because as my project evolved I knew I needed it!
Start by painting the entire tag white and then stamping a line of music notes (from the special Tim Holtz Stamptember Set from Simon Says Stamp) all over the back using Distress Oxide ink in Hickory Smoke.  Then seal the ink using Distress Micro Glaze.  Once the micro glaze is on add Vintage Distress Collage Medium to the entire piece.  The thicker the glaze, the darker the color.
Next paint a piece of  Christmas Distress Collage tissue. The collage tissue is black and white, but it can be colored.  Pick the area you want to show and on the backside apply your paint.  The paint doesn't have to be perfect, but it shouldn't go too far outside the lines(unless that's the look you're going for).   I used Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Victorian Velvet, and Vintage Photo Distress Paints to color my tissue.  
Once the paint is dry adhere it to the bottom of the tag.  The tissue blends in so well it looks like it was part of the background all along.  

Add a bit of Charred Gold embossing powder from Emerald Creek around the edge of the entire piece.  
Paint the Frame in Tarnished Brass Distress Paint.  Once it is dry add Deco Art's Crackle Glaze.  The glaze makes teeny cracks, like you see on old china.  When the glase is dry rub Distress Crayon in the cracks to make them pop.  Glue the frame to the tag. Using a bit of foam tape, add a piece of patterned paper inside the frame.  Color your paper doll and adhere her to the patterned paper(she's popped up with a bit of foam tape too). Add a tiny bell to her hand.    
The paper doll had a little paper tassel on her hat, but mine ripped off.  So to give her hat a makeover.  Color a baubble using Spun Sugar Distress Paint.  Once the paint is dry add a bit of mushroom alcohol ink to age it a bit.  You can see the tiny cracks in the frame a bit better here too.  

Using the Tim Holtz festive foliage die make a bunch of flowers to adhere to the corner of the frame. 

Now here is the part when I decided I wanted to add more to my tag.  My sentiment wasn't working the way I thought it would and it just needed more.  I took the part I had cut off earlier and glued it to the base creating a little shelf.  Color the fringe using spray ink and alcohol ink and glue it to the base.  
Paint a salvaged santa using Distress Paint and Alcohol inks.  Once the paint is dry rub Hickory Smoke Distress Crayon to pick up the nooks and crannies. Paint the deer using gold alcohol ink.  Glue them all to the base.
One the opposite side glue a bottle brush tree decorated with vintage mercury glass. 
I added the quote token to the top of the tag to finish it off.  
I hope the bell always rings for you. 

Have you started your Christmas crafting?

Friday, October 26, 2018

Son of a Witch!

Hi Everyone,
I am up on the Blank Page Muse blog today with this grungy Halloween card. 'Tis the season for witches, but let's not forget the Warlocks! This dapper Steampunk dude just screams Halloween to me.

On your craft mat smoosh on the purple shades of  Distress ink and run your Distress Mixed Media Heavystock paper through so the entire surface is covered. Wipe your ink up( wipe ink up between each layer)  Dry the base layer and smoosh more purple on the craft mat to get splats and dots. Dry this layer.

 Smoosh greens on the craft mat and tap the paper into the ink.  Don't rub or you'll get mud.  Dry the greens.

Smoosh on Hickory Smoke Oxide ink and tap the paper into the ink.  Let this layer air dry.  It's important to let the Oxide air dry to get the oxide effect.
Stamp the Halloween Bingo Board on the background using Coffee archival ink.  Edge the paper with black soot DIstress ink.  Stitch all around the edge of the cardstock.
Using the Tattered Banner Die cut out the banner and stamp on the Oh, Son-of- a-Witch stampin Jet Black Archival Ink.  You can alter your stamps by either not inking the word or snipping the saying apart.  For this card the "oh" wasn't used.  Stamp the saying onto the banner. Ink the banner using Black SOot and Pumice Stone Distress Ink  Adhere the banner to the bottom of the background. 

Stamp the Steampunk Gentleman on heavy watercolor cardstock.  Color in the gentleman using a waterbrush and Distress Markers (Hickory Smoke, Dusty Concord, Mowed Lawn, Dried Marigold, Antique Linen, and Mustard Seed)  Cut out the gentleman and then ink all the edges with black soot ink.  Glue the Steampunk Gentleman to the background.

The rest of the card is just layered up with various cardstocks.

I hope you like my Steampunk warlock!
Happy Halloween,

Monday, October 15, 2018

Greetings from Regions Beyond

Hi Everyone,

I am up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog today with a wicked little vignette box.
Start by taking a wooden vignette box and layering it on top of your Mini Botanical Journaling Block.  The blocks come in a set of three, so you can play with different sizes.
Cut the house out of the Haunted House Oval.  Trim it down so it fits inside the vignette box.  Emboss the piece with Emerald Creek's Mercury Rising embossing powder.

Treat the outside of the box using Distress Oxide inks in Forest Moss, Hickory Smoke, and Ground Espresso. 

Add a crackle medium.  I really glopped it on so it looks chunky. Mixed with the Forest Moss Oxide ink the box looks a bit moldy.  Moldy is good at Halloween time!

Add paper to the back of the box and glue it in place.  Glue the house to the background.  Add fabric tape all around the edges of the shadowbox and set it aside. 
Use the largest of the Mini Botanical Journaling Blocks and cover the entire piece with gesso.
Add your sentiment cut from the Tim Holtz Halloween script, Christmas Script, and Holiday Words.  
Time to start adding Distress Crayon.     
Add crayon and move it around using your fingers.  
Cover the front using the same technique.  Add more saturated colors on the flowers and leaves. A bit of Distress Paint in Tarnished Brass gets smudged all around the edge of the block. 

Cut the bats and moon out of the Haunted House Oval.  Emboss the bats using the mercury rising powder.  Emboss the moon using Charred Gold.  

Glue the shadowbox to the center of the journaling block.  Add the bats to the front of the box.  Glue in a Tim Holtz tombstone with rub ons added.  Glue on the paperdoll.  Don't forget to give her a bouquet of dead flowers wrapped in mummy cloth. Cut a small slit around her hand and she appears to actually be holding the bouquet.

Make a bunch of tiny tattered florals and glue them in a cascade on the top of the vignette box.  A bit of leftover mummy cloth from the bouquet was put to good use up here.  A tiny skull bead aged with mushroom alcohol ink adds an element of surprise. 

Add a wooden finial that has been painted with Black Soot Distress Paint and a bit of Tarnished Brass. A bit of fabric tape that is around the edge of the box is wrapped around the finial.  Mummy cloth and a few more flowers complete the base. 
Here's the back of the Mini Botanical Journaling block all done up.
Happy Haunting!

Haunted Halloween  Challenge Frilly and Funkie

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Spooky Bookmarks

Hi Everyone,
I'm up on the Blank Page Muse blog today with a little something to keep your page when your book gets too scary to read at night!

Stamp your bookmark(the bookmark is a Ken Oliver Watercolor bookmark) with your Ashes of Ex-Lovers BottleMummy Ribs Bottle, and Powdered Cobwebs Pot.  Using your permanent inks, stamp each bottle in a different color and at various angles to create interest. 

Once the inks are dry use Distress ink in Carved Pumpkin and Black Soot to cover the entire bookmark.

 Layer your bookmark onto various colors of cardstock. 
Punch a hole in the top of the bookmark.  Add your die cut Halloween Side Order skeleton images, Halloween Script Words, and your sari ribbon.

For the second bookmark the paper layering will be the same.  Using the permanent ink stamp your Oct. 31 and Spider from the Halloween Bingo Set.  Add in the tiny 31 to fill in the gaps.

  Once your ink is dry create your background.  Cover the entire bookmark using Shaded Lilac Distress Ink.  On your craft mat smoosh on the other two purple shades (Dusty Concord and Wilted Violet)  and spritz with water.  After your have sprayed your water tap your bookmark in the color.  Be sure you only tap it in a couple times.  If you just rub it around you won't get speckles and splats.  Look at your bookmark and see if you like the patterns that are appearing.  If you do, stop and dry your layer.  Once the layer is dry then you can go back and tap into the ink again.  Drying between layers makes a huge difference.

Add on your Frankenstein die cut image.   

Spray your sari ribbon, with Dylusions Lime and Distress Walnut Stain, and dry it.  Add the ribbon to the top of the bookmark.
I hope you're inspired to create some on your own.  They are easy and fun to make!
Happy Crafting,

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.