Saturday, November 22, 2014

Mix-Ability Challenge: Feathers

This week's Mix-Ability challenge is to include a feather (real or not) on a mixed media project. Here's my card...

I needed some gel print therapy yesterday. I started by stamping my bird image onto a 3" white Art Square from Inchie Arts, coating the image with a thick layer of masking fluid, and then printing with a few layers of acrylic paint.

To apply the masking fluid, I tried some new tools that I just recently discovered -- these are called Colour Shapers. The tips are made of silicon and are shaped in the same way as other brushes and shaping tools. They can be used with wet or dry media, and they clean off so easily. Other times I've ruined brushes with masking fluid, but this just wiped off with a paper towel... I used one with pastels and just cleaned it with my fingers.

Here's my panel after printing - I used a really thick coat of masking fluid, and that held up well against the acrylic. I was afraid that it might stick to the Gelli Plate, but I didn't have any problems.

The mask peeled off easily to reveal the protected image - the acrylic paint then created a resist around the edge of my bird so I could watercolor within the lines. I used Shinhan and Holbein paints for coloring, as well as an ink pen and Prismacolor pencils.

I stamped over the panel after coloring, then added some more white acrylic paint to soften the background a bit.

I created a watercolor wash for the feathers, letting the colors blend together through the water. The die is from this set.

Here's a closer look at the feather feature... I added some more details to them with a stylus and then with a white pencil after cutting.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Holiday Greetings

The Impression Obsession team's challenge today is to create a holiday project. I wanted to paint, so I made this watercolor card.

 This is the larger Baby Jesus image (the smaller one is here).  The card is watercolored using QoR watercolors... I also experimented a little with some masking fluid on the hay and some spattering in the background. The sentiment is called Come.

Here's a closer look at the stamped image... I'm getting braver with face shading - it's so tricky! I'm forever distracted during conversations, noticing details of how shadows fall...

Be sure to check out these other designers' blogs for inspiration -

Anna @ Sassy & Sweet Notes
Daniela @ For the First Time
Dina @ Mama Dini's Stamperia ---- you're here
Ellen @ The Serendipitous Stamper
Jeanne @ Inky Paws
Jenny @ One Krafty Kat
Karen @ Paper Lilies and Ink
Kittie @ Kittie Kraft
Laura @ Laura's Stamp Art Journal
Vicki @ Summerthyme Studio

Remember you can enter these challenges too, using your Impression Obsession stamps! See the I.O. blog for all the details - you might even win a $25 gift certificate!! We'd love to have you join us.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Splitcoast Tutorial: Paper Lanterns

Today's tutorial over on Splitcoast is an adorable paper lantern, using a downloadable template that can be resized or customized for any occasion. I think these are so cute! The template could easily be transformed into a little birdhouse too, by punching one hole instead of 4 - I think I'll try that next time. If you attached the lid to the base, they'd make cute ornaments too.

I decorated my lantern for the holidays - the branches were made using one of last week's Holiday Blitz tutorials, the Faux Evergreen Branch. These were just 2" wire sections - more like twigs than the full branch shown in the tutorial. I added some Aleene's Glitter Snow to the lantern lid and then twirled the branches into the show so they'd just have snowy tips.

The lantern has a battery-powered tea light inside - I just love the way those flicker!

Such a sweet project - hope you'll give it a try!
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Power Poppy post

I'm hanging out over on the Power Poppy blog today... come and visit to learn some of my tips and tricks for making the project below! See you there!

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Holiday Blitz Tutorial: Altered Candlestick

Today is the last day of Holiday Blitz - if you've enjoyed these tutorials I hope you'll leave some encouragement for the authors in the comment sections! They work hard to share their ideas in a clear and beautiful way, and it's such a privilege to work with each one.

I helped make the video for today's Altered Candlestick tutorial, and had fun creating my Christmas candle.  These are so pretty, and can be customized for any color set or occasion. I got my candles from Amazon HERE.

Thank you for joining us for Holiday Blitz! I'd love to hear your feedback on this year's projects.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Holiday Blitz Tutorial: 3D Circle Ornament

Today's Holiday Blitz tutorial is this elegant die cut ornament by Chris Olsen - these are so fun and simple to make! I made the video for this tutorial, and these are the samples I came up with. The round one is the one made in the video. I used one round stamp and alternated those panels with a sheet music background.

The tutorial is done using circle die cuts, but these can be made with any symmetrical shape - for this second one I used an ornament die from Impression Obsession, and one of the coordinating clear stamps... I stamped in Versamark ink and sponged silver PanPastel over the design. So pretty!

These ornaments fill out to a nice dimensional shape, but they'll actually fold pretty flat for mailing, too.

The pearl beads at the bottom of the ornaments were repurposed from a pair of old earrings - it was fun recycling them into something pretty! Hope you'll try these!

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Holiday Blitz Tutorial: Elf Shoe Template

Today's Holiday Blitz tutorial is an Elf Shoe Treat - the shoe holds a sleeve of oreo or other sandwich cookies and it's so cute!

I needed a gluten free option (hah!) so I flipped the template over and made a girly Elf Shoe card instead.

Here's one of the author's tips - to cut the rounded area out, use a punch or die. Perfect!

I used some dies from My Favorite Things to embellish my card - these are from their Jumbo Christmas Stocking set.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Holiday Blitz Tutorial: Screen Divider Card

Today's tutorial is a great one to use all year long - these Screen Divider Cards are easy to make for any occasion, and easy to mass-produce too.  I used a Penny Black stamp from this year's Christmas release to decorate my panels... I cut them before really thinking - next time I'll stamp and paint first, and then divide the full panel into 4.

I used a Spellbinders die to cut my legs - I lined it up on the sticky side of a Post-It note, and then used the edge of the paper to align the die each time. That worked pretty well!

The openings at the top were cut with an Impression Obsession Fancy Cutout Border die.

These cards would be a great way to use up a stack of backgrounds, like the file of gel prints I have... I think 4 narrow photos would be cute for a family Christmas card too.

The card folds up to fit into an A2 envelope with its 5-1/2" height - it would be easy to adjust the height and measurements to fit other envelope sizes as well - maybe a tri-fold for a business envelope? Next time.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Holiday Blitz Tutorial: Mini Treat Bag

In today's tutorial over on Splitcoast you'll learn how to make these cute Mini Treat Bags - Debby Hughes shows how to make them using a Lawn Fawn die, and also how to cut and score your own.

I cut my own bags and used a Spellbinders die to create a handle in one... on the second one I punched two 1/8" holes and threaded ribbon through to tie the bag closed. These are so tiny and cute, and great for a small gift, treat, or place setting! I used new Power Poppy stamps to decorate my tags (those are cut with a die from Simon Says Stamp).

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Holiday Blitz Tutorial: Faux Evergreen Branch

Today's Holiday Blitz tutorial is brought to us by Michelle Nun - her tutorial is for a Faux Evergreen Branch, which can be used for decor or packaging as a sweet little accent. Here's one branch I made, and I'll share another project next week! The needles are made using a Sizzix Tapered Fringe die.

I got 3 of these framed mirrors (Ikea) at Goodwill for 99 cents each - this was a pastel lavender color, but I knew I wanted to alter it so the color didn't bother me. I gave the frame a coat of black gesso, which gave it a sort of chalkboardy finish. I used gold Delicata ink to stamp the Music background and sponge the edges. The verse stamp is one of my designs at Impression Obsession.

I made the double bow using a larger homemade version of the Bow-Easy, and filled in the decoration with a Christmas pick I bought at Michaels. Check out the gallery for this project for lots of ideas for using these branches, including a wreath, a card, a gift package, and more! Michelle is a master gardener, and has a beautiful way of making paper come to life.

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