Friday, 4 July 2014

Finnabair class

I was lucky enough to take a class with the wonderful Finnabair.  What an enjoyable day we had!!  She is a great teacher and explained each step, then gave us lots of time to complete the process.  A huge kit was provided (included in the price of the class) as well as all the mediums were available for the project.

I would highly recommend her classes if you are interested in mixed media. I can not of course give you the details as this is how she makes her living. The class I took was the Daydreamer Collage and we were free to use whatever embellishments and colours we wanted. I normally gravitate towards blues and greens but decided to go with different colours, so chose blue and purples with a touch of gold and orange.



Monday, 3 February 2014

Pennant -February

This month the pennant has the same background fabric adhered to the base. For February the theme is the magic of glitter.

I came across some trim that had hearts on it and thought since Valentine's Day is in February that it would be perfect. I actually added the trim and some other embellishments but was not happy with it because it was to dark a blue and did not seem "vintage" enough, so back to the drawing board.

I threw the trim in a bucket of water with bleach and it removed enough of the colour to make it a light pink/lilac. I attached it to the edge of the pennant.

As with the previous one I had an image already printed and wanted to choose colour tones from the picture, so the lighter colours were better suited. I took a large snowflake die and added glitter to it and glued it to the top of the pennant, then attached the image with some stickles added.

I stamped the sentiment "Dreamer" with white pigment ink on a piece of white cardstock and embossed it with white embossing powder. I then coloured it with Milled Lavender distress ink and buffed it off; rounded the edges with a punch and attached it to the pennant.  To finish it off I added a snowflake die and a button with a gem on top and dangling heart at the bottom.


Pennant Vintage white/cream

On AFTCM we are doing an ongoing swap covering 12 months where we produce a pennant with a vintage theme, using basically the same background but a different image etc each month. By the end of the year we will be able to put them all together to make a banner.

I had some fabric that was white so I filled a small bucket with boiling water and teabags and when it was dark enough, removed the teabags and put the fabric in overnight to stain it to a darker colour. 

I cut a pennant shape from a cereal box and covered it with the fabric, then added a piece of lace at the top and some vintage looking trim around the edges.

Printed off an image added some cardstock behind to make it more stable, cut it out and attached it to the pennant.  

Attached a snowflake embellishment with a pearl and two more pearls below. I felt that the bottom needed "something" and tried various things to dangle from it. I finally came across some little Christmas ornaments that I had in my stash and attached a silver one that looked like a finial. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture after I added this.

Corrugated Cardboard Tag

On AFTCM we did a tag swap using corrugated cardboard.

For mine I chose the image first (janetkdesignfreedigitalimages.blogspot) and then proceeded to work on the tag.

First, I tore off some of the backing on the cardboard to expose the corrugated pieces. I decided to pick up some of the colours from the picture, so I painted it with white acrylic and Tim Holtz snow cap paints. I added some blue and pink Tim Holtz Distress paints in various areas.

To add some interest and dimension I embossed the right side with an brass stencil and gold Viva Decor modelling cream. The reason I used gold is because it was the only colour I had at the time, but was pleased with the effect and I must say this stuff is a dream to work with!!

I attached the picture to a piece of scrap cardstock to give it some body then adhered it to the tag. To complete the tag, I added some glittered Stampendous snowflake die pieces and the gold and white fibres.

Recycling Christmas ATC

Another swap on AMCA is to make an ATC with a Christmas card  - "recycle Christmas.

I started by stamping a stampscapes hill scene on some glossy cardstock. Found a Christmas card with a vintage scene and fussy cut out some of the image and adhered it to the bottom of the ATC. I added two different colours of Stickles to simulate snow and ice.



Signs of the Zodiac

In the AMCA group we are doing and ongoing swap for the Signs of the Zodiac. For the month of January the sign is Aquarius.

All my printers are out of ink so I could not print an image. I was sure that I had some already printed, but as with my flowers - no luck!!! So again, I had to improvise.

Since Aquarius is the Water Bearer, I decided to use a stamp of a woman holding a pitcher. I stamped it with permanent ink and coloured it with Copic markers and made the area above the pitcher a bit darker to simulate water falling out of it.

I hope my partner will be okay with my improvising this, as it is a lot different than what I originally envisioned doing for this month.






Flower of the Month ATC

On AMCA we are doing a monthly swap using different flowers as the theme. The January flower is a carnation.

I was sure I had a small carnation or a stamp with a carnation but no such luck, also all my printers are out of ink so couldn't print an image, as a result  I had to improvise.

I took the Tim Holtz Tattered Flower die and die-cut several of the smallest flower, then trimmed the edges with decorative scissors and tinted the edges with chalk ink. I folded each one and bent the petals out, and attached them to a small circle of cardstock. Cut out a "leaf" by hand from a piece of green cardstock. 

I had a background already set aside from a previous project so I added some washi tape to one side, attached the flower and leaf and a small sentiment. 

Sure hope my partner will be happy with my improvisation of the carnation.