Saturday, April 22, 2017

Life was Meant for a Great Adventure

Today, I am sharing an art journal page that is my eighth installment for Rae Messigman's Art Marks 30 Day Challenge from my hand made 20 page art journal. In creating this vintagey mixed media page, I was inspired by the challenges at A Vintage JourneyCanvas Corp Brands, and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. I love the challenge of taking on multiple challenges and making them work together.

Supplies: XL 140 lb cold press watercolour paper (Canson), Coffee Shop, Tattered Leather and Peacock Chalkboard Glimmer Mists (Tattered Angels), feather stamp (Magenta), Tim Holtz Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink, Coffee Archival ink (Ranger), Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk sticker(Advantus), notebook border punch (EK Success), gesso (liquitex), old book page, muslin, coffee filter and brown thread (Misc.)

For Rae's prompt of One, I used one of each elemental substrate piece. A Vintage Journey's challenge is The Magic of Three so I incorporated three vertical rectangular shapes (old book print text, muslin, and a Tim Holtz's Ideology sticker) in a cluster and for Canvas Corp Brands April Challenge of Feathers, I stamped a Magenta Feather stamp with Coffee Archival ink on a coffee filter, fuzzy cut it out, and spritzed it with Tattered Angel's Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist. Then, there is Simon Says Stamp Monday Splash It On Challenge. For that one, there was a whole lot of water going on with the various stages and pieces of this piece: water on the watercolour paper background with the first layer of Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink along with two areas of watered Peacock Chalkboard Glimmer Mist, water on the muslin to move and blend the Distress ink colours, water on the book print paper with Distress inks to age it and crinkle it, water on the coffee filter feather to distribute the glimmer mist colour, and water with gesso to create depth of colour to the Peacock Chalkboard Glimmer misted egg.

Additional touches to the page include: using a notebook border punch on the piece of old book page, Tattered Leather Glimmer Mist outline edging on the egg and splatters to both it and on the background along with splatters of Vintage Photo Distress Ink on the background, and hand stitching the muslin to the piece of old book page.

Check out the various site's by clicking on the corresponding image to get more details on their challenge and some amazing inspirational eye candy. 



Monday, April 10, 2017

Doodled heART Journal Page

I made five mini 3" x 4" 20 page art journals using 90 lb cold press watercolour paper, old book pages, burlap, and 140 lb cold press watercolour paper and stitched with waxed floss. I have joined in Rae Missigman's Art Marks 30 Day Challenge Part 2 and the 100 Day Project. I have been sharing each day's journal page here on my Instagram account. For Day four, I went with the doodled hearts prompt for this month's Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo challenge and Rae's arrow prompt and came up with this page.

Supplies: tissue paper (misc.), stamps (CTMH), black Archival ink (Ranger), white and clear gesso(Liquitex), Cherry Red, Snow White, Chocolate Brown, Black Licorice gelatos (Faber-Castell), chevron arrow stencil (Art-C), graphite and black Marks All (Stabilo), Tim Holtz Ideology Small Talk sticker(Advantus), Vision Fine Black Pen (Uni-ball)

First, I collaged stamped tissue paper pieces to the old book print page and then gave it a light wash with white gesso to send it into the background. Next, I added a light coating of clear gesso to add tooth for receiving water soluble media. Once dry, I doodled the heart with gelatos using Cherry Red, Snow White, Chocolate Brown and Licorice Black and a black Stabilo Marks All which I activated it watercolour properties with a water brush for the arrow. Using a small Art-C chevron arrow stencil and with a waterbrush, I coloured a few arrows with red gelato and then traced the arrows with a graphite Stabilo Marks All. Lastly, I finished it off with a Tim Holtz Ideaology Small Talk sticker and hand printed the ART part of heart to emphasis it and give it a double meaning. 

Head on over to the Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo challenge site to get their challenge details and see their design team's inspirational creations as well as other participants' pieces.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Flying By

When I was in the process of creating my Life is Beautiful layout, I experimented with different embossing powder colours and Magenta Nuance colours. I turned those experimentations into the trio of cards that I am sharing with you today inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Things with Wings.

All the cards have the same basic components:
- a heat embossed Script and Postmark stamped Nuance powder wet-on-wet watercolour background on Canon XL 140 lb cold press watercolour paper with splatters
- my favourite Magenta butterfly stamp image heat embossed on a coffee filter, coloured with Nuance powder, and fussy cut out
- Magenta Leaves of Joy stamped with black Archival ink on vellum and fussy cut out
- a Simon Says Stamp wafer thin Painted sentiment die (Hello or Thanks) cut from cardstock

Here is a look at each card individually.

For this one, I flipped the leaves to the reverse side. That is one of the great things about stamping with black on vellum, you can use either the original or mirror image and it still shows through beautifully. I added a touch of black Stickles to the Painted Thanks to add a bit more sparkle to go with the butterfly.

Supplies: XL watercolour paper(Canson), Wisteria and Grey Nuance powders, Butterfly, leaves and Script stamps (Magenta), Fine White Emboss Powder and Painted Thanks die (Simon Says Stamp), Silver Sparkle emboss powder (Emerald Creek Craft Supplies), VersaMark ink (Tsukineko), Black Archival ink and Black Stickles(Ranger), black cardstock (Bazzill), Vellum(The Paper Company)

I went for a more monochromatic feel for this one as the background and the butterfly are the same Wisteria Nuance colour. I doubled up the leaves placing them in opposite directions. I also shadow layered the Painted Hello die cut to make it pop a bit more.

Supplies: XL watercolour paper(Canson), Lavender Nuance powder, Butterfly, leaves and Script stamps (Magenta), Fine White Emboss Powder and Painted Hello die (Simon Says Stamp), Silver Sparkle emboss powder (Emerald Creek Craft Supplies), VersaMark ink (Tsukineko), Black Archival ink(Ranger), black cardstock (Bazzill), white cardstock(CTMH), Vellum(The Paper Company)

The final one has a Purple Nuance coloured background over fine silver embossing. I keep the coffee filter butterfly unpainted and popped it slightly with foam tape to get it a bit above the leaves.

Supplies: XL watercolour paper(Canson), Purple Nuance powder, Butterfly, leaves and Script stamps (Magenta), Painted Hello die (Simon Says Stamp), Silver Sparkle emboss powder (Emerald Creek Craft Supplies), silver emboss powder (CTMH), VersaMark ink (Tsukineko), Black Archival ink(Ranger), black cardstock (Bazzill), Vellum(The Paper Company)

Hop on over to the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge blog for more inspiring Things With Wings.


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Double Duty Dare

This month's Emerald Creek Dare starts today with a theme of Double Duty.  It is all about projects that can have multiple meanings. As a stamp collector, I am always looking for ways to get more out of my stamps. For my Dare inspiration up on the Emerald Creek blog, I featured a card with an image and sentiment that can get double, triple and even quadruple duty by utilizing a variety of different inside sentiments allowing the cards to be personalized at a moment's notice.

The inside sentiment can be for a 'thinking of you' type card with a sentiment like... "you have a great day!" .... or a birthday sentiment like... "your day is as special as you!"... or a 'get well soon' type sentiment like... "you are better soon!".

To create this card, I started with Ranger watercolour paper, stamped the Tiger Lily image and heat embossed it with Fine Clear embossing powder. Then, I heat embossed the Kelly Creates script Hope with Gold Sparkle emboss powder. Next, came watercolour painting. I used #50 Pale Aqua Kuritake Gansai Tambi watercolour paint but you can use your watercolour media of choice be it watercolour pencil crayons or pastels, Nuance powders, Distress Inks or gelatos. To finish it off, I added a few Simon Says Stamp Assorted Moonshine Sequins.

Furthering my take on the Double Duty theme, here are some other variations using the same two stamp images but different colours and designs giving you different looks and feel.

On this messy artsy style one, I went with Iridescent Shimmer and Midnight black embossing powders on 140 lb Canson XL watercolour paper. I painted with Gansai Tambi #62 Cobalt Blue and tipped the card to allow the paint to run down.

For this one, I used Vegas Gold and Midnight Black embossing powder on Canson XL watercolour paper. I painted the Lily with Gansai Tambi #33 Orange and #32 Red and splattered with #33 Orange and #20 Black. I added EC Quarry Moissanite Mixed Media Stones for stamen and drew in the stems with pencil.

On this last one, I used Fine Clear and Midnight Black embossing powder on Strathmore 400 series 140 lb cold press watercolour paper. I painted the Lily with Gansai Tambi #37 Deep Pink and painted the free form stem and leaves with #53 Mid Green as well as splattering with both colours. Once dry, I added an assortment of the Assorted Moonshine sequins.

I am really excited about this month's Dare and to see how it inspires people with their interpretation of double duty. Enter the Emerald Creek Double Duty Dare for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate. Discount codes and details can be found here.


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