Sunday, 20 July 2008

More Cuttlebug play

I belong to a group where we have monthly ATC swaps and one is alphabets. I had some embossed Cuttlebug pieces left over so thought I would use them.

This month was G and I could not think of anything from that alphabet that I could use from my Rubber stamps. I did however have an image from Milliande that to me looks like a gypsy woman, so I did my ATC around it.

First I attached a piece of script in Romanian torn in half, then I added a piece of the Cuttlebug embossing to it. I coloured the embossed part with some Sienna Arcrylic Paint and let it dry. I added a little bit of rub and buff gold, then went over the entire piece with Brilliance Copper.

I added the Image of the Gypsy, which I matted on Copper Cardstock.

Next Generation Art Lottery

This month's theme for the NG Lottery is Fairies. I decided to make an ATC for this month. I printed off an image from Dover Art and attached it to the ATC blank with Golden gel medium.

I took some embossing paste and added it around the image with a popsicle stick. Once it dried I stippled on the various colours of acrylic paints. I added the little sticker at the bottom and the stars on the top.

July Tip-In

This month the tip-in theme was time. I had some ideas brewing before I started on this theme, then I found a stamp which fit into the theme, when I took a class at my Rubber Stamp store on Thursday night.

The front page is a digital background. I stamped the main Image (by Stamp Oasis) three times. I added the clock part twice then the central part 3 times to give it some dimension. The other clock pieces are from PSX.

The back page is a version of the Faux Leather technique on Trish B's Art Buzz ( background noise challenge. I used gesso to cover the tissue paper after adhering it to the cardstock with glue. I started off by colouring it with Distress ink in Frayed Burlap. I added Denim distress ink and let it dry. I added a little bit of Distress Vintage Photo over the high areas of the creases. I went over it again with Broken China Distress Ink.

I added the stamped images from PSX and Magenta using Fluid Chalks, printed a quote and added it. After putting it on my desk and looking at it, I felt it still needed "something".

I rubbed Colorbox Parchment pigment ink around the edges, then added Blue Smoke Perfect Pearls over it, then buffed it with a paper towel.

I am finally happy with the back and will be sending it off to Sweetpea.

Monday, 14 July 2008

July Tag-it

This month Annie is the "It Girl" on Art Venture and the theme is faces.

I remembered that I had some small notebooks that I bought ages ago, so decided I would alter one of them for Annie. I coloured the covers using the acrylic paint technique I learned from my Altered Diva classes. I stamped the swirl stamp with Memories artprint brown.

I found some little mirror pieces in my stash and thought I would use one of them for the main image on the front of the book. I stamped the image on the mirror piece using black Stazon ink, heat set it and attached it with E6000. I added little ribbon thingy and some ribbon to finish the front.

The back image is from some freebies that Trish B was kind enough to share with us and I just changed the colour to sepia.

Embossing Mania

I participated in another swap on CC Swaps where we had to use some form of embossing. I decided to use a technique I learned in a class I took from Cathie Allan at Western Educational Activities. Cathie is a regular contributor to Scrap & Stamp Arts and always is an inspiration to me. She tells you not to get too hung up on making the class project perfect, but to learn the technique in class then go home and play with different mediums and ideas and have fun.

I started with some Monoprinted background paper that I had made using Pinata` Inks and a Krylon Gold leafing pen. I cut the panel to size and stamped a background stamp by Judikins with a clear embossing pad and embossed with clear embossing powder. I edged the panel with gold Krylon leafing pen and layered it on black cardstock

I then took a small piece of the Monoprinted paper, cut a piece of paper towel and laid it over the stamp from Coronado Island. I cut around the area of the stamp image and laid it on top of the small piece of monoprinted paper and dabbed Stazon ink remover on top, smooshed it with my finger and left it for a few minutes. This removes some of the ink from the paper and leaves a faint background.

I stamped the image from Coronado Island on the paper using Colorbox Volcanic Black Pigment ink and embossed it with black embossing powder. I edged the piece with the Gold Krylon leafing pen and layered it on black cardstock and adhered it to the main panel.

I took a stylestone and inked it with Pinata` Ink and let it dry. I stamped the word stamp from PSX with the Volcanic black and embossed it with black embossing powder and edged it with the gold Krylon leafing pen. I adhered it to the panel with E6000.

The piece is now on it's way to Sheryl.

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Playing with my cuttlebug

I was intrigued by a technique on Annette's blog ( using Cuttlebug embossed pieces and tissue paper, and decided to give it a try.

I had previously done some embossed pieces in various colours of cardstock and so got them out and ripped them into different sizes.

I stamped the image from Coronado Island on the tissue paper with the Graphite Black brilliance ink.

I used 130 LB cardstock, and added some scrapbook paper in the centre. I then glued my cut embossed pieces with gel medium, painted with gesso twice. This was the hardest part for me-waitng for it to dry. I painted the image with Twinkling H2Os and glued it in the centre, and added dictionary pieces and some script paper and tissue paper on the prepared embossed piece.

I watered down some orange and red acrylic paints and painted over the embossed areas. when it was dry, I used some of the rub and buff wax on it. I think I may do a bit more with it and then decide what type of project to use it on.

Angelic Skinny

I signed up for a Tall and Skinny book with the theme of Angelic. I started off by doing the one side with Brilliance blue sky ink; didn't like it so added Big and Juicy over the top. Still was not happy with it so looked through my stash of papers and found some crepe paper with a star motif and decided to use it over the top of the inked piece. This added a bit more texture.

I used an angel image from Dover Art and a punched heart (Dee Gruenig) with stamped wings from Hearts in Touch and a word/saying stamp.

The back evolved too. I originally sprayed it with Adirondack denim and white Memory mists, but it was a bit too dark, so then I painted it with some metallic blue paint. I then stamped the swirly circle with white pigment ink. Still needed something so I stamped a Holly branch with clear ink and embossed with Iridescent Peacock embossing powder. The main image is layers of pigment ink and embossing powder, heated and then the words stamped with gold pigment ink. The angel is another image from Dover Art.