Sunday, June 26, 2016

June's Chain Card Challenge

Hello and Welcome!
This month is sent my Chain Challenge Card to Norway.

For this month's challenge I used the challenge prompt for a product from Elizabeth Crafts.  This was my first time to use Shimmer Sheetz, an iridescent mylar sheet. As one moves the card it shimmers and the colors appear to move.

Here I embossed with a Sizzix cuttlebug folder. I colored the embossed flower in a painting method called pointillism in which dots of color are placed next to one another. I was careful not to overlap the dots because the initial sharpie color can dissolve and create a muddy or smeared look. I used 2 colors to add interest in each area. The hello is a die-cut.

Every month card makers from around the world sign-up with the Chain Card Challenge prior to the deadline on the 5th of the month. All the specific details can be found with this link.

Happy creative moments!

Backgrounds made with Liquitex Professional Spray Paints

Hi there!
Last week I joined 5 ladies from the Northwoods Books Arts Guild to spray papers for bookmaking.  Wow what a delightful evening spraying layer after layer of paint to create wonderful combinations of plant and stencil images.

This was made on a 20x30 Arches Watercolor paper.  Sorry reducing the pictures for my blog lost some of the wonderful detail. All of us brought 3 cans of Liquitex spray paint. And since it is spendy for spray paint it was great to be able to share colors. Although the paint comes in about 100 beautiful colors our local Michaels only offered about a dozen.
I selected plant material in the morning and placed it in my flower press to flatten. It is fabulous to enjoy spraying outside in beautiful solstice sunlight.  Unfortunately our evening had some wind gusts and I experienced my plant material blowing off the paper a few times and sometimes dispersing paint across the paper creating a trail of it's own making. Each time it caused great laughter.

  The beautiful papers can now be cut into any size for paper art projects. This was a really fun group project.  Unfortunately all of us experienced our paints nozzles clogging well before our cans were empty so our painting a little sooner than we wished.

Thanks for stopping in!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The sheer look of vellum and acrylic

Hey there, Great to see you stopping by!

The candle portion of this birthday card includes coloring transparent vellum with die ink before dry embossing and adding to a white cardstock base. Candle shadows and outline highlights are made with white pencil.  The special flames accents are done with stickles. The vellum was removed from the one brightest flame. The daffodil stamp by Stamplorations was stamped on clear acrylic and colored with sharpie pens on the back.  The flower was fussy cut. The flower base was colored with distress paints.

I love that birthdays are wonderful times to honor the birthday person and reflect on the special gifts that they share and how they enrich our lives.

Thanks to the MMCC team for a great theme and sharing wonderful inspiration.

Hope you have great creative moments!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mixed Media Great Impressions


Impressions and  Castings


Oh Happy Day”…yes indeedy! I finally got to spend time to play creatively with some mix media! Yay! I have been working making some stamped impressions by stamping an inked stamp into a very thin layer of molding paste --my kind of simple fun.  And if that wasn’t enough I tried using a rubber stamp (not on a wooden block) as a cast and filled with hot glue.  After filling I chilled it for a few minutes in the refrigerator; once cool I eased the piece out of the rubber stamp.  The hot glue casting results were somewhat foggy on top and white on the backside. But overall I was happy with the results I achieved.

The fun part is that I used the same stamp for both techniques and wanted to combine the pieces on one card. The card background is scrap paper that I used under my stamped impressions work. I used an embossing folder similar to my stamp to fill the bottom corner and inked with cracked pistachio distress ink. 

Other supplies:  Dreamweaver Embossing Paste-metallic gold and stamped with Ranger Archival ink-black. For hot glue casting I dusted off my old glue gun and glue sticks from another era, Sharpie markers and for accents Inka Gold-silver.

Special thanks to Artsy Inkers as well as Splitcoaststampers for providing inspiration thru challenges and and tutorial information.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Artsy Inker's Winterfest Challenge

WF16 Inside, Outside and a Surprise  


Keyword:  WF16 IOS

Challenge Overview: This challenge is designed so player's can focus on stamping and coloring with inks and paint.  Players will create a large matchbox with primarily stamps and ink.  And will create a handmade surprise which includes stamps and inks that fits inside the matchbox as a gift or surprise.

Tutorial:  Players will begin with a sturdy white cardstock that is easy to fold.

Cover-Cut 1 piece for the cover:  3  3/4” x  7  5/8”

Score the sections so they are  2  7/8"     5/8"      2  7/8 "      5/8"   5/8" wide.

Stamp and ink (or paint) as you desire. Consider adding some dimension as well as texture. 

Once dry add adhesive to the top of the far right flap and adhere to the underside of the left panel to create the open ended slide-on cover.


Drawer- cut 1 piece of same cardstock 4  3/4"w x 5  3/4"long.

Score 2 lines, parallel to each outer edge at 1/2" and 1".

Cut out the green area of each corner.


Then snip the inside solid line beside each remaining corner tab. Fold the tab on the dotted scored line.  

Trim each tab and flap a smidgen to soften the corners to provide some ease for when the sides are glued into place.

While the drawer is still flat stamp and ink (or paint) to decorate the top and bottom of the cardstock. Once all the decorating is completely dry it is time to fold  the drawer into place

To create the drawer's walls fold each of the side flaps inwards to the score line (but not over the score line).  Open the 2 side flaps and add a strong medium or tape to hold the 2 layers in place. These should be firmly adhered. 

Fold the bottom flap to the inner score line (but not over the score line), open and add adhesive (similiar to sides but do not press together yet) at the left corner slip the tab between the layers of the bottom flap press together to adhere. Move to the left corner and repeat.  Move to top flap and repeat.

Test your drawer inside your cover and make sure it works properly.  

Now that you have finished your box it is time to create a new handmade stamped and/or inked item which will complete this gift or surprise box.

 Once you complete this challenge please post in the gallery with the Keyword:WF16IOS  Please include a description of what you did and sign your name.  (thanks Sadie for the gallery lesson). Then return to the AI thread for this challenge and share tips and tricks as well as a link to your gallery post.

Challenge opens: 1/23/16 and closes 1/31/16 at midnight your time.

This challenge may be combined with 2 others. 

A RAK will be provided for one randomly selected winner.

This is not the easiest challenge to write.  If you have any questions please just leave me a note and I will respond as soon as I can but with the time difference I would appreciate players helping to respond when possible. I hope you have fun!  No worries this is about doing what we do best...stamping and inking everywhere and all is good!

Enjoy your creative playtime today and stay warm!

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