Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Magenta and Imagine Crafts Blog Hop Week Day 2


Welcome to a week of fantastic collaboration between IMAGINE Crafts and Magenta Rubber Stamps! Both companies are excited to share with you their products, from the latest inks from IMAGINE Crafts to the newest Fall and Holiday stamp releases from Magenta.    

For my first project of the hop, I created a mixed media journal page as an ode to my favourite season of the year.

     Magenta products used: Stamps- Ornate Flourish, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year sentiment, Numbers from the Savvy Symbols stamp set, Autumn Oak Leaf large, Autumn Oak Leaf small; Stencils- Floral Elements, Geometric Trio - circles; Cork Self Adhesive Alphabet Stickers; Mini Alphabet Chipboard Letters; Canvas Fabric Sheet

Imagine Crafts/Tsukinenko products used: Momento Inks- Nautical Blue, Teal Zeal, Cottage Ivy, Love Letter, Gray Flannel, Elderberry, Tuxedo Black; StazOn- Jet Black, Stone Grey, Cloudy Sky, Cactus Green, Pumpkin, Timber Brown; Delicata- Gold Glitz; Irresistibles- Wedding Dress

Other: 9x12 mixed media journal, heavy cardstock, gesso, small piece of burlap, Silhouette digital cutting machine

I started with a gessoed heavy cardstock 8 1/2" x 12" piece and added Momento inks by stamping each colour  (Nautical Blue, Teal Zeal, Cottage Ivy and Love Letter) onto a clear acrylic block and then spraying it with water before smooshing it onto the background. I spritzed more water onto the background as needed to move the inks around. The trick is to use a heat gun to dry between ink layers so as not to blend the contrasting colours and ending up with a puddle of brown. I also added a bit of Cactus Green StaxOn and moved it around with a rubbing alcohol dipped makeup sponge.

Then came stamping using the various grey StazOn inks (Stone Grey, Cloudy Sky) and Jet black with the Ornate Flourish, sentiment and Savvy Symbols number stamps (9 and 10 for my favourite fall months). The stamping was alternated with sponged on and Geometric Circle stenciled gesso layers to add depth and texture to the background.

Once dry, I stenciled the floral sprays using the Momento Elderberry and randomly stamped the Delicata Gold Glitz on using a scrap piece of burlap.

Next, came the fore front layer of bold leaf stamping using the Autumn Oak Leaf stamps and Pumpkin StazOn.

By stamping Momento ink onto a craft mat and adding water, I was able to splatter a mix of Momento Love Letter with Flannel Grey (to darken the colour to match the canvas fabric). While it was drying, I coloured the Mini Chipboard Alphabet letters with Black Tuxedo ink, cut "fav" out of the canvas fabric, and then adhered my titling into place.

To finish off the page, I splattered with the Wedding Dress Irresistable by uncapping it and using the spray straw. Once dry, I repeated the craft mat process with Tuxedo Black to splatter on the final touches.

I edged the whole piece with Timber Brown StazOn and again moved the colour around with a rubbing alcohol saturated makeup sponge. Lastly, I adhered it into my journal.

Hope you find some seasonal inspiration to bring to your crafting projects, whether it be fall or spring, in your part of the globe.

Prizes galore for participating in the Blog Hop this week!

IMAGINE Crafts and Magenta are offering a total of three different prizes this week as part of this Blog Hop. These prizes include IMAGINE Crafts' irRESISTible Texture Spray, irRESISTible Pico Embellisher, Delicata Shimmery Silver and Golden Glitz AND some of the newest releases from Magenta. Take a moment to visit the other featured artists' blogs listed below and leave a comment on their posts by midnight PST September 21st.  Three winners will be randomly selected from three different blogs from the seven days of the Hop, with one commenter from each blog draw as the winner.  

 Presenting the other featured projects for today:


Linda Lucas


Isha Gupta


Debbie Gaetz


Helène Métivier


Edith Racine


Ellie Knol

Blog Hop Hint – if you click on a link that takes you to a page saying something like, “Sorry this page cannot be found,” just click on the header at the top of the blog (usually a picture, or the blog’s name), and it will take you to that blog’s most recent post. That post *should* be our hop. If not, you can probably scroll down a short way to find the hop post.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Magenta Watercolour Cards

Today, I am sharing these two cards over on the Magenta blog that were created using watercolour techniques.

For the first card, I used two colours of distress ink to load the Doodle Flower stamp.  A few spritzes of water onto the stamp prior to stamping onto the watercolour paper and then a quick spreading of the ink from the edges to the centres using a water brush. It creates a softer image that actually looks hand painted.

For the background, I stamped onto a craft sheet (you can use any non-porous surface) with a distress ink pad and then using a water brush, I painted; filling in my precut piece of watercolour paper around the flower image.  After it dried, I placed the stamp backing paper over my flower image as a mask and splattered water on the background.  The distress ink reacts with the water and creates a cool mottled effect.

I mounted my piece onto my card base.  Then, I stamped the Think Happy Thoughts onto white cardstock, cut the sentiment into two sections, and popped them up on the card.

For the next card, I used a similar stamping technique by loading my stamp with distress ink and spritzing it with water prior to stamping. 

The difference was that I only loaded parts of the Tranquil Buds stamp so that I could create my garden around my fence.  The fence is an embossed diecut, painted with watercolour paints, and then I used masking fluid over it to be able to stamp my scene and have it appear behind.  

Using the same stamp off onto a non-porous surface technique mentioned above, I coloured using my water brush to fill in the base of my garden and create grass.  I then used yellow watercolour paint to fill in sections of the stamped image.  After adhering it to my card base, I stamped the... oh so pretty... "Thanks for Everything you do" sentiment stamp, and added a few flower sequins.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Took it Off the Rails with Pop & Colour

I really liked the colours and images along with the sketch over at Off the Rails Scrapbooking this month. Paired with some new learning... I am taking the Pop & Colours #3 course... this is what I created...

Supplies: cardstock (Canadian Scrapbooker Super Stock), gesso (Golden), stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), gelatos and black Stamper's Big Brush (Faber-Castell), Glimmer Mist and Glimmer Glaze (Tattered Angels), patterned paper (Webster's Pages), script print canvas (Pink Paislee), stamps (Unity Stamps), foam and fabric letters (American Crafts), ink, Tim Holtz Distress paint and gel medium (Ranger), pens (Zig and Sharpie), glass beads, trim and organza fabric (Dollarama)

I used many of the techniques taught by Riikka Kovasin in the first lesson. I used up scraps of die cuts which was great but they were mostly paper ones. Next time I would use all cardstock or chipboard ones for the base background process.

Check out this fabulously inspirational moodboard and sketch:


I was liking the texture of that first inspiration photo and then the beaded waistband in the second so I wanted to incorporate them both in the layout hence the fuzzy trim and the beads.

Definitely stretching my comfort zone with this one which is a good thing. My daughter and her friend think it is kickin' so that makes it worth it in of itself.


Friday, August 8, 2014

My Favourite Magenta Stamp

Have you ever had a stamp that you can use in more than one way? I have just such a stamp which was my natural choice for my August's My Favourite Magenta Stamp challenge project.  Funnily enough, the 3 Butterflies in a Frame stamp was the very first Magenta stamp I ever owed years ago and I still love it!

Supplies: stamp, stencils, patterned paper, corrugated leaves, mesh (Magenta), cardstock (Canadian Scrapbooker Super Stock), clear gesso (Liquitex), gelatos (Raspberry, Metallic Silver, Metallic Mint, Acqua Dolce, Cotton Candy) and Stamper's big Brush black (Faber- Castell), Tim Holtz Distress paint (Pewter and Soot), multi medium matte, and Archival ink (Ranger), glass bead gel (Golden), silver emboss powder, pen and clear bitty jewels (CTMH), black jewels and vellum (Dollarama), glittered foam and chipboard letters (American Crafts), glitter letter stickers (Making Memories), light canvas fabric (Misc.)

Lots of different techniques going on in this layout:

- Achieved the distressed paper look using a paper transfer technique
- Added colour with a variety of gelatos, and I used them with flower stencils and glass bead gel to create the flowers (watch for a future tutorial on these beauties)  

- and I used my favourite stamp three different ways:

I used the stamp as-is at the bottom and the top of the page along with fussy cutting the butterflies after stamping onto vellum...

and I used the outside border with heat emboss powder to create a frame for my photos.

So go grab your favourite Magenta stamp and come play along with us this month for a chance to win this gorgeous prize.

For colour, I was totally inspired by the gorgeous August Moodboard created by Chantalle McDaniel over at Sassy Scrappers and joined in their fun.

Isn't that board so irresistibly scrumptious?!


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Keep it Simple

I am up on the Magenta blog today with this little jem. 

Supplies: stencil and stamp (Magenta), gesso (Golden), whipped spackle and gelatos (Faber-Castell), gel medium and Archival Ink (Ranger), pen (Sharpie), chipboard base and cardstock scrap (misc.)

A little reminder to myself. Sometimes I need it.

Loving the newest release. This was the first thing I made the day my DT package arrived. I couldn't wait to play with the stencil and of course whipped spackle and gelatos. Really do love what I can do with them all so easily.

Hope you have a simply wonderful creative day!


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Set the World on Fire

Did you see the gorgeous July Mood Board over at Sassy Scrappers? It was the perfect theme for my daughter's grad night selfie with one of her close pals.

Supplies: white cardstock (Canadian Scrapbooker Super Stock), damask stencil, feather stickers and ornamental scroll sticker (Magenta), gelatos and whipped spackle (Faber-Castell), flowers (Flourish with a Bling and Petaloo), word stickers (Chic Tags), black paint (Plaid), black cardstock (Bazzill), Digital cutter (Silhouette), black glitter glue (Hampton Arts), diamond Stickles and gel medium (Ranger), toile, gold chunky glitter and sequins (Misc.)

Here is what the mood board looks like.

My interpretation is a literal take on it with the textures, fabric, glam and glitter. I even have triangles of sorts with the rays. Used my Silhouette Cameo to scan and cut the script title. Amazing what technology makes possible.

I wasn't sure that I wanted journaling on this one but thought to give it a try. 

Still not sure which way I like it best.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

First Docs

These boots are made for walking (like that song too)... these are my daughter's kick butt patent leather boots.  She was so proud of her purchase. I shake my head and laugh at the patent leather part but smile at the Docs part. I do love Docs too and I love her evolving sense of style. I am calling this one my glam-grunge layout.  Nothing like using gold leaf and glitter with patent leather... LOL! Love it!
A whole lot of LESSology Challenge 38 (Sew Lovely) and Society 52 challenge 4 (No Patterned Paper) and a little bit of inspiration from Louise Nelson.  If you have not seen Louise's use of gold leafing and glitter, you really have to check out her work. Awe inspiring!

Supplies: cardstock (Bazzill), masking fluid/liquid fisquet (Pebeo), gel medium and black ink (Ranger), stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), gold leaf flakes (Michaels), glimmer mist (Tattered Angels), chipboard letters (Lil' Davis Designs), foam number, glitter chipboard letters and date stamp (AC), cardstock sticker letters (Pink Paislee), wht pen (Sakura), blk pen (CTMH), embroidery thread (Loops and Threads), vellum (misc.), box packaging and tissue (Dr. Martens)

I upcycled the Dr. Martens packaging. Used both the inside and outside of the box plus the tissue protection wrapping and added the classic yellow stitching. I even used some really old letters from my stash. Remember Lil' Davis Designs. Definitely a case of getting more with less on this one. Love finding inspiration from fellow crafters and challenges. It all makes me smile.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Find Your Song Card, Canvas & Technique Video Tutorial

I am up on the Magenta blog today and I am super excited about this project.  Besides that I am really pleased with both projects turned out, you will see the reason for my excitement further down in the post.

When I was envisioning this card idea, I wanted to try something a little outside the box with the Bird and Branch Silhouette stamp image and have it be raised with added texture.

Supplies: stamps, stencil and patterned paper (Magenta), cardstock (Super Stock - Canadian Scrapbooker), Tim Holtz tissue paper, gel medium and ink (Ranger), white gesso (Golden), clear gesso (Liquitex), gelatos, Stamper's Big Brushes and Whipped Spackle (Faber-Castell) 

Well as you can see, I was able to come up with a neat way to make this happen.  I even added sections of the branch area to build up the foliage area.  Love it when an idea comes together in such a beautiful manner.

Today, I am sharing the technique that I created as the solution for my design quandary. In order to show the technique, I made a small canvas using the same elements as my card.  Again, I am trying out something new to me... I made a video tutorial to share it with you.

(Supplies list can be found underneath the video in the information section when watched on YouTube.)

Hope you enjoyed this mixed media tutorial. 


Magenta products used:

Bird & Branch silhouette
Find your song and sing it!

TM48 - Chicken Wire
ME238 Peace - 10 Sheets