Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Colour Perceptions - Teal

On ArtVentures,  July's colour was Teal and my perception of it is relaxing and restful.

I started by colouring a piece of white cardstock with Memento Zeal Teal ink. I then placed a stencil at the top right and coloured over it with the same ink.

I stamped the Penny Black stamp in the centre with Tsukineko Versafine Deep Lagoon. I added a piece of Tim Holtz tissue tape on the left edge and coloured it with both inks.  To finish it, I used a Versamrk embossing pen on the bottom and embossed it with Stampendous Aged Teal Embossing Enamel.

Colour Perceptions - Gold

ArtVentures for June, the colour is Gold.  I perceive this as a rich and wealthy colour.

I started by stamping a background stamp with Indigoblu glue, then added gold leafing over it.

I had some gold Lamé fabric sitting on my desk so I thought I would us it on the card. I shredded the edges and glued it on. I used a copyright free picture of a queen and embossed the edges with gold, then mounted it on the fabric. 

I then edged three sides of the ATC with a gold leafing pen.

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.

Colour Perceptions - White

In ArtVentures the next colour perception is white. To me this colour is cool and pristine.

I started with white cardstock and using a stencil and Viva Decor Mother of Pearl modelling cream I embossed part of the base. I added some white lace to the right-hand side. I cut out a die from a cuttlebug embossing folder from 120LB cardstock and adhered it to the centre of the ATC.

I punched a circle from some lighter weight cardstock and coloured it with Moonlight Smooch ink by Clearsnap. I embossed the back and attached it to the centre of the die with some Scrap Dots (3-D glue) to allow it to keep it's shape, then placed it on the centre of the die.

To add a bit more interest, I covered a piece of white scrap cardstock with Sookwang tape and covered it with Glitter Ritz white glitter, then punched out some little flower shapes with a hand punch. These were adhered to the ATC in a few areas using glue dots. To complete the card I added a little paper holder brad to the bottom.


Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Colour Perceptions - Black

For the month of February the colour perception is Black in the ArtVentures ongoing swap. My emotion/perception for this is elegant and classy.

I decided to do a "little black dress" as my focal point but thought I might have to scrap that idea since everyone of my printers are out of ink. Then I remembered that someone had sent me a dress stamp years ago, so I dug it out.

I stamped the dress on some white cardstock and coloured it with a Copic black marker, leaving a couple of areas white for contrast. I felt it still needed something, so I added some black Puffs over the top of the skirt portion.

To make the background, I wanted a bit of dimension so I stamped a Tim Holtz (Stampers Anonymous) stamp on some glossy black cardstock and embossed it with black embossing powder. Then I attached the little dress with double-sided foam tape.

To finish the card I cut out a border from the Cuttlebug Ornamental Iron die, applied black pigment ink and then Black Christmas Mix embossing Powder and heat set it. This was placed on the edge of the ATC.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Journal Pages

On AFTCM we are making Journal Pages for a lottery with the theme "My Story".  Someone will have their name drawn randomly and that person will receive all the pages.

I started a page by colouring the background with distress paints in a couple of different colours. I then stencilled some images with another colour of distress paint. I stamped some Dylusions stamps with the paint as well as Tim Holtz stamp. On the sides I stamped two more Tim Holtz stamps and Hero Arts stamps with Ancient Page Indigo ink.  Then I did some "paper lifting" over some gessoed areas with newspaper pieces and coloured them with distress inks.

I added some words using some magazine and stamped pieces coloured with the Distress inks and glued them to the page. I had a favourite butterfly image in my stash so I cut it out and attached it to the page and drew in the antennas.
Added some more stencilling with Viva gold modelling cream. 

To finish the piece, I stamped the sentiment at the bottom with Archival ink.

I thought I would try another page and started by spraying the page with Dylusions sprays. 
I added some stencilling by spraying over them, then added other details with stamps and Adirondack ink pads.  

I added some sentiments/words with archival ink and various stamps.

I stamped the whimsical girl stamp from Dylusions and coloured her with copics, cut her out and added her to the page.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Colour Perceptions - Grey

In the ongoing swap with ArtVentures the latest colour is grey, and as always, various shades and layering.

 I started by swiping the base cardstock with Pewter distress paint, then applied Tsukineko Flannel Gray Memento ink over it. The pewter acted as a resist so you can see a bit of sparkle when holding it up.

I used a copic grey marker to colour some computer paper and stamped the Do Crafts stamp in Tsukineko Versafine Smokey Gray, cut around it, and applied to the base. (In hindsight, I think I should have done something different as this piece doesn't really blend in and seems to be hovering above the lady).

I  printed an image in grayscale that I got from Elizabeth's blog, layered it on some cardstock, cut it out and attached below the previous stamped piece.

I coloured some cardstock with a lighter grey copic and stamped the Inkadinkado Ruler stamp with the Versafine Smokey Gray ink, cut it to size and applied it with double-sided foam tape.

To finish off my ATC, I rummaged through my stash of flowers and found some paper ones that I had for years. I had some silver and white ones. I coloured the white ones with the darker grey copic, attached them over the silver one. To complete it I added some tiny grey buttons from my button tin.

Colour Perceptions - Purple

The next colour in the ongoing swap on ArtVentures was Purple, using various shades of the colour and layering. My perception/emotion for this colour is Mysterious.

For this one I coloured the base with some purple ink then added Brilliance Pearlescent ink over the top. I stamped the Tim Holtz (Stampers Anonymous) Harlequin stamp, then added the Sentiment by Peddlers Pack.

I stamped the Hampton Arts face on a scrap of white glossy cardstock and cut it out. Added some wings from a Stampendous butterfly stamp, then attached them to the base.

Colour Perceptions - Violet

 In the ArtVentures ongoing swap of November the Colour is Violet. The pereption/emotion of this colour to me is Powerful.

I started by colouring the base with violet pigment ink then heat set it by ironing it between two sheets of newsprint paper. I then embossed it with a Tim Holtz embossing folder.

I printed a freebie image from The Art of Altering and cut off the bottom and top portions, then coloured it with copics.

I coloured some white glossy cardstock scraps with a violet copic and cut crowns from a spellbinders die. I coloured some little fancy gems with Rangers purple alcohol ink and attached them to the crowns.

I glued the image to the base and attached the crown with double-sided foam tape.

I coloured some white ribbon with plum dye ink and coloured a little sticker "gem" with alcohol ink and attached them to the neck of the man's shirt collar.