Thursday, March 16, 2017

Splatter Anyone?

Today is the second part of the Design Team reveal over on the Emerald Creek Dares challenge blog for the Splatter Some Fun challenge and I am sharing my splattered Inspire canvas.

I really do like using splatter on my creations so this was an easy one for me to incorporate.  There is something very freeing about splattering. You have to let go and let it be. Not to mention that it is fun... well for me anyway. Having taught splattering techniques at various workshop classes, I know that it is a source of stress for some. The trick is to be relaxed and loose of hand and start with less cause you can always add more.

I started with a piece of Wild Whisper Designs mint chevron patterned paper and a Vaseline resist technique. I applied some lines of petroleum jelly prior to painting it with Black Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic paint. Once it was dry, I rubbed it with a piece of paper towel and it removes the jelly and jellied paint allowing the patterned paper to show through. Next, I slightly heated it with an embossing gun to dissolve the jelly residue into the paper. Then, I ran and anti static (I use cornstarch in a cheesecloth wrap) over the piece. I stamped with the Kimilese script stamp using emboss ink and embossing it with Soft Fallen Snow embossing powderThis gives a nice effect against the black.

Up next came the splatter fun. After once again running an anti static over the piece, I spritzed water into my hand and then flicked it across the background paper. Next, I covered the paper with St. Paddy's Day Sparkle embossing powder and poured it off. The water droplets hold the emboss powder just long enough to heat set it with an embossing gun. Be careful to keep the heat tool moving and not overheat and scorch the acrylic paint. Once cooled off, I repeated the water spritz emboss technique with Lavender Sparkle embossing powder. Then, I dabbed emboss ink over a thin strip of cheesecloth and embossed it also with Lavender Sparkle emboss powder. Once it was cool, I cut it into two pieces and adhered them to the background piece. While it was drying I moved onto prepping the base.

The base is an upcycled piece of corrugated packing wrap that I gessoed. I splattered Lavender Sparkle embossing on this one using a small fan brush and dipped it into the Emboss It container. Since it is a thicker almost gel like liquid, I placed the loaded brush on my craft mat and spritzed it with a bit of water. I mixed the Emboss It with the water so that it was thin enough to achieve some splatter. I splattered the general area of where the black background piece would end on the opposite corners and then sprinkled and heat set the Lavender Sparkle emboss powder.

Once those pieces were all finished it was time to assemble the canvas. I adhered some cheese cloth that I had coloured with Cottage Ivy green and Teal Zeal blue Momento inks to coordinate with the patterned paper and emboss colours onto the base piece. Next, I glued down the patterned paper background piece and then the two old brushes. Taking some Tim Holtz white paper string, I wrapped it around my hand to shape it and adhered it to the brushes as the focal point and background to the canvas title. 

I went with Inspire as my canvas title because not only does it make me happy to create art, it also makes me happy to share my art and inspire others. I recoloured, what was originally a baby blue metal dollar store find, by dabbing it with Emboss It and then heat embossed it with Hammered Metal emboss powder. Once it had cooled, I masked off the top half of the letters and then covered the bottom half again with Emboss It and then heat embossed the bottom portion with Hanukkah Embossing powder. Love the effect and how it now coordinates with the bottom colour of the rushes.

The last part was to add the Vintage Feather Charm and I did that with an upcycled piece of sock clipping metal (you know the small metal pieces that hold the end of a brand new pair of socks together).

Supplies: Kimilese Script Stamp, Vintage Feather Charm, and Lavender Sparkle, St. Paddy's Day, Soft Fallen Snow, Hammered Metal and Hanukkah Embossing Powders (Emerald Creek Craft Supplies), patterned paper (Wild Whisper Designs), black Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint and Emboss It ink (Ranger), gesso (Liquitex), Teal Zeal and Cottage Ivy Momento Inks (Tsukineko), white Tim Holtz paper string (Advantus), metal sentiment (Dollarama), cheesecloth, corrugated cardboard wrap, and paint brushes (Misc.)

So now it's your turn. Splatter Some Fun and enter the Dare here for a chance to win a $50 certificate for the Emerald Creek shop.


Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Used:

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hugs Card

This card makes me smile and feel all warm and fuzzy as I am really pleased with my watercolour painting progress.

Supplies: XL 140 lb cold press watercolour paper (Canson), Gansai Tambi watercolour paints (Kuretake), Studio G shaped card (Hampton Art), black cardstock (Bazzill), Painted Hugs die and Assorted Moonshine sequins (Simon Says Stamp)

I broke out my Gansai Tambi watercolours and painted some expressive floral roses and leaves for Day 14 of Kathy Racoosin's 30 Days of ColouringOnce I was done that, I decided to fussy cut them out and create a card with few of the pieces.

The card came together quickly after that point. I splattered some green watercolour paint onto the cute scalloped Studio G cardbase. Once dry, I arranged the roses and leaves and adhered them in layers and added added foam squares for dimension on the smaller rose and a couple of leaves. Next, I added the Hugs sentiment which I die cut with the Simon Says Stamp Painted Hugs die. Lastly, I adhered the smallest sequins from the Simon Says Stamp Assorted Moonshine sequins. Et violà, a hand made flower card!

I am entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Handmade Flowers Challenge, the Flower Challenge #6, and the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #66.


If you would like to see what else I have been colouring throughout the challenge, check out my Instagram feed.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Day 13 - The 30 Day Colouring Challenge

Day 13 of Kathy Racoosin's 30 Days of Colouring had me watercolouring with Magenta Nuance Powders to create a card for a dear friend. She is very much in my thoughts and I know she will appreciate it.

Supplies: 90 lb cold press Montval watercolour paper (Canson), Hot Pink and Grass Green Nuance powders and sentiment stamp (Magenta), mask (MarieLune designs), Gold Glitz Delicata ink (Tsukineko), clear fine emboss powder, Stitched Rectangle die and Assorted Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp), graphite All pencil (Stabilo), border punch (Fiskars), green cardstock (misc.)

I used a mask like a stamp and transferred the Nuance coloured image onto watercolour paper. Next, I used the largest Stitched Rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp to cut out it. Then, I stamped the Magenta sentiment with Gold Glitz Delicata and heat embossed it with fine clear emboss powder. I used a graphite Stabilo All pencil to give some shadowing of the sentiment to make it show up a bit better against the leaves. Next, I adhered the panel to a border punched green cardstock base. Lastly, I added a spattering of my favourite Simon Says Stamp's Assorted Moonshine Sequins to finish it off.

I am entering this card into the Flower Challenge # 6, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday For a Special Lady Challenge and Simon Says Stamp's Flickr Challenge #66 Get Coloring (in honour of Kathy's Challenge).


If you would like to see what else I have been colouring throughout the challenge, check out my Instagram feed.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Rock the Red - Always

This month's Emerald Creek Dare challenge is Rock the Red and I have to say that I was pleased as punch with this theme! 

HELLO RED! Oh, how I will always love you! Bright and bold... such a Canadian colour and one which suits me well (as my wardrobe would attest to).

I used Strathmore 400 series 140 lb cold press watercolour paper with heat embossed stamped images and Gansai Tambi watercolour paints. I added a little distressing and doodling and as the finishing touches an X and O with the new mixed media gemstones.

Emerald Creek Supplies Used:

How are you going to Rock the Red? Be sure to link up your project to the Emerald Creek Dare here for a chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate to the EC shop.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Love is in the Air

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, one can't help but feel the love in the air. Today, I am sharing my LOVE card made using the new 15 Hearts stencil from Magenta with crackle paste and Red Nuance powder.

Visit the Magenta blog here, for full step-by-step details on how-to create this card and the supplies needed.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

ATCs from Magenta Scraps

I am up on the Magenta blog today with two ATCs made from scraps. After creating my Magenta "Circle of Friends" layout, I had some interesting shaped patterned paper scraps from the smallest circles. I used them and some of the other leftover altered paper pieces to create these two ATCs.

To make them, I gessoed 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" kraft cardstock pieces. Next, I stamped a script Vintage Letter background on one and a Sheet of Music background on the other and then used more gesso to adhere the circle scraps in different designs. Then, I heat embossed the Make Time to Play and Art sentiments on each different background.

Next, I used the two distressed Small Asian Bubble Flowers that I had leftover and punched small and smaller flowers out of the stamped flowers' surrounding distress paper. To finish them off, I adhered the flowers in different arrangements and to one I added jewels... 

and to the other I added black glitter glue.

Using up layout scraps to make cards and/or ATCs is quick and easy. The leftover pieces are already colour coordinated and using them is a great way to avoid wastage. Just another way to make your crafting supplies go that little bit further.


Magenta products used:
ME232 LILIANNE - 10 Sheets
Lilianne Patterned Paper ME232

ME076 Tangerine Odyssey - 10 sheets
Tangerine Odyssey Patterned Paper ME076
Asian Bubble Flower - Small
Small Asian Bubble Flower 0629.G
Sheet of Music
Sheet of Music 95.194.M
Vintage Letter
Vintage Letter 95.214.M

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Winter Colours

I love how the male cardinal goes such a vibrant red in the winter, thus my homage to the winged creature's bright beauty.

To stencil the background, I used the 5"x7" Small Birch Forest stencil and Cerulean Blue Nuance powder with a wet makeup sponge to activate and pounce on the colour. On 140 lb cold press watercolour paper, I started darker at the bottom and gradually lightened up a bit as I coloured up wards. Then, once it was dry, I added colour with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress ink and a White Stabilo All pencil and dimension by shading with a graphite Stabilo All pencil. Next, on a separate piece of watercolour paper, I stamped the cardinal and watercoloured the image using RedScarlet, and Grey Nuance. I added just a touch of Orange Nuance to brighten the beak. After the cardinal had dried, I fussy cut him out. Then, I stamped and heat embossed the Happy Birthday sentiment onto the card. Lastly, I adhered the cardinal in a spot that made sense for the cardinal's claws, rounding him slightly to give him some added dimension.

I hope you see some bright feathered friends where you are to bring colour into your winterscape.


Magenta products used:

Handsome Cardinal
TM56 - Small Birch Forest - 5" x 7"
Happy Birthday

Monday, January 16, 2017

All Aboard for CHA's Creativation

CHA's Creativation starts this week, which means it is time for the Emerald Creek's new release reveals to begin. With so many creative goodies to play with, it was hard to pick which of my creations to share first on my blog. Since my make 'n take class is a mixed media piece, I elected to go with a clean and simple multi-occasion watercolour card. In creating this card, I went on a little adventure across the new lines... I frolicked in the "Reef", I dabbled in the "Mill", and I contemplated in the "Quarry". Those are in reference to the names, that owner Kim at Emerald Creek has given to the segments of the release.

Supplies: Conch Shell stamp, sentiment stamp, Clear and Oil Rubbed Bronze emboss powders,  Citrine stones (Emerald Creek Craft Supplies), Tim Holtz Distress inks [Antique Linen, Spun Sugar, Abandon Coral, Mermaid Lagoon], Versamark (Tsukineko), graphite aquarelle All (Stabillo), 140 lb hot press watercolour paper (Fluid)

I started in the "reef" by stamping the conch shell with a precision stamping tool (in my case a MISTI). I first wet the watercolour paper and then stamped with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress ink. Then, I used a waterbrush to move the colour around. Next, I stamped with Spun Sugar and Antique Linen again. Once that was dry, I stamped with VersaMark and clear embossed the shell and then coloured it with Spun Sugar and Abandon Coral. Next, I used Mermaid Lagoon to colour the water and a Stabillo graphite All pencil for shading. Once that was done, I splattered on some Antique Linen and Mermaid Lagoon. Then, I masked of the "est" part of the Warmest Wishes sentiment stamp and just used the warm wishes part with Oil Rubbed Bronze emboss powder. While at first I had gotten a perfect clean stamped sentiment image, I decided at this point to add a few loose grains to give my "sand" area more character. In order to not have the grains blow into unwanted areas, I heated them from below the paper. Lastly, I visited the Quarry and used the Citrine stones to add embellishment details and a little sparkly pizzaz to the sea floor.

I will be at Creativation on Friday and teaching a free mixed media make 'n take class first thing Saturday morning in the Emerald Creek booth #1930. Be sure to stop by and say "Hi", if you are attending the show. I look forward to sharing the creations that I made for the show when I return. 


Emerald Creek Craft Supplies used:
Conch Shell Stamp (Available January 21st)
Citrine Stones (Available January 21st)

Other items available in the EC shop: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Antique Linen, Spun Sugar, Abandon Coral, Mermaid Lagoon)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Shine Bright ATC

Okay, a rarity for sure... a second post for the day! As I was gathering scraps and cleaning up from my Happy 2017 card, inspiration struck again and I made this ATC out of some of them.

Supplies: Dina Wakley Acrylic Paints [Night, Ocean, Sterling, White, Lime], Star Bright stamp set, gesso, Stickles, white embossing powder (Ranger), white cardstock (CTMH), black cardstock (Bazzill), Signo white pen (Mitsubishi Pencil Co.), star jewels and purple metallic thread (Dollarama)

This came together so fluidly. I just love when that happens! The best part is that I am extremely pleased with the background that I created for this little mixed media gem. I just played with paint and love how it worked.

First, I gessoed the ATC cardstock base and once dry I added some dabs of my new Dina Wakley Acrylic paints in Ocean and Night. I spritzed the card with water and then using a paint brush. I dragged the colours out and let them blend. Next, once it was dry I stamped on Sterling for some shine with a scrap piece of bubble wrap. Lastly, I stamped the shine sentiment from Dina Wakley's Star Bright stamp set with her white paint. I love, love, love, how it turned out!

Assembling the ATC, I added purple metallic thread, silver Stickles, and two star jewels with the scraps and newly made background.

Naturally, as the same inspirations from Simon Says Stamp Monday ChallengeWork It Wednesday monthly challenge and  Mixed Media and Art were still at play as the original Happy 2017 card, I am adding them into the same challenges once again. Click on any of the image links below to learn more about each challenge.



Happy New Year!

With the New Year upon us, it's all about 'new' things . There are two 'new' challenges over at Simon Says Stamp. This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is about using something new as is their Work It Wednesday monthly challenge over on the main blog. And there is a new challenge blog that has popped up on the mixed media scene... Mixed Media and Art. It looks really promising given its' spectacular mood board and amazing design team takes on it. With such wonderful inspiration, I just had to play along.

Supplies: Dina Wakley Acrylic Paints [Night, Ocean, Sterling, Lime Blackberry Violet], Star Bright stamp set, gel medium (Ranger), chipboard numbers (American Crafts), mini shimmer alphas (Making Memories), marker (Sharpie), glass beads (Craft Medley), cardstock (CTMH), glass glitter and aluminum foil (Misc.)

I cracked open some new tubes of Dina Wakley's heavy body acrylic paints in Sterling, Night, and Ocean to make the background. I added a light watered down touch of lime to bring in a green haze. Using the Star Bright stamp set, I then stamped the stars on both foil and cardstock using the Ocean paint and one of my favourite colours of Dina's paints Blackberry Violet. While those were drying up, I added some glass glitter to the American Crafts chipboard numbers. Once they everything was dry, a little fussy cutting, then black and white splatters for the stars and black Sharpie marker edging for the numbers. Next, I adhered the stars in a collage and added the Happy 2017. Lastly, I used soft matte gel to glue down my new shimmery turquoise-green glass beads.

There you have it. A New Year's card for my first new card of the 2017!

If you click on the each image, they are linked to each site's challenges so you can check out the inspirational pieces there.


Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!