Saturday, 28 August 2010

Witches Hour Torso Tags

I just joined a new group Art for the Creative Mind and have already signed up for a couple of swaps. One of the swaps is where we make two torso shaped tags with the theme Witches Hour i.e. Halloween.

The first one I coloured with Clearsnap fluid chalk inks but it was not intense enough, so I spritzed the top and bottom with Glimmer Mists and went over the centre with some Mica Magic Burnt Orange ink. I stamped the Stampscapes Crooked Limb stamp with the Smokey Gray Versafine ink pad, then I added the images and saying from Vintage Paint Works which were one of the free downloads on their site.

To complete the tag, I added some little confetti stars at the top and some maple leaf punchies at the centre and bottom.

For the second tag, I started by punching out a circle and placing the negative part on the tag, and colored it with some yellow pigment ink then some silver over a portion of it, then added some iridescent violet mica watercolour paint over the same area.

I masked the circle with the punched out piece and using the tonal applicator stamp (Stampscapes), I added colour, starting with Clearsnap's Vivid yellow along the centre up to the top, then Marvy Matchables inks in Salvia Blue, Blue, Pale Violet and Green.

I stamped a Stampscapes fir tree, crooked limb stamp and a cloud stamp with Clearsnap's Coal Black Ancient Page. The Owl image is from Vintage Paint Works. The remaining images are from Dover Publications; (You can sign up and receive free samples each week from them by following the link).

Although I don't normally make any Halloween art, I did enjoy making these two tags.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

E is for...

On Art-Ventures we are continuing on with the Alphabet swap that we started on CCSwaps. This month is E for....

I have several blank notebooks so thought I would use one of them for this swap. My E is for embossing ( both dry and heat), Electric Blue Smooch Spritz and embellishments.

I started by taking a cardboard insert that I saved from something I bought, cut it to size and on the white front I used Clearsnap fluid chalk inks (Yellow Cadmium, Lavender and Deep Lagoon) and the "stamp smooch" technique that I learned from Cathie Allan.

I heat set it and then stamped the flourish stamp by Magenta using Clearsnap Platinum MetaleXtra Pigment Inkpad and Platinum Embossing Powder, at the top and bottom of the page. I outlined the page with Krylon silver ink and attached it to the front of the notebook.

I had some pieces of cardstock that I had previously embossed with my Cuttlebug and I chose a navy blue piece that had words embossed on it. I took a Versamagic inkpad and rubbed it across the piece. Was not entirely happy with it so then I sprayed it with Clearsnap's Electric Blue Smooch Spritz; attached this to the centre of the cover.

I took a piece of an old book page and smooshed Milled Lavendar distress ink over it and edged it with Black Soot distress ink, then took some water and rubbed it over the edge to blend the colour in to the paper. When dry I added this to the front of the embossed piece.

I cut out an image from Moonlight Journey and attached it to the middle of the embossed piece. I had some tiny die-cut swirls in my stash, so I embossed them with the platinum ink and embossing powder and glued them to the edges of the image. I had some chrome buttons that I cut the backs off and attached them to the right hand corner and the bottom of the notebook.

I hope my partner will be pleased with this.

Completed Vision Book Received

I received all my pages for the DCI Vision Book and have bound them (although not very well). Because it was so fat it was hard to keep it in the binding machine, but I am so thrilled with all the pages and so glad to have been a part of this swap with all these wonderful talented artists!

Here are all the pages that I received: