Thursday, August 28, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

An ocean tag

To make this tag, I used:
Others: tag, paint brush, stamps, acrylic block, twine

Now, let me walk you through the steps

Brush on gesso to the tag.

Ink up shell stamps with Stamper's Big Brush pen to cover only the areas you want to stamp.

Color the stamped shells with Aquarelle watercolor pencils. Blend colors with wet brush.

Color the background with Gelatos colors and blend with wet brush.

Apply Whipped Spackle through stencil on the tag with palette knife. Add a 3D sticker to embellish the tag.

Tie twine to the tag to finish.
Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and would make your own ocean tag. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and Hazel & Ruby Blog hop

This week we'll be pairing with the fabulous Hazel and Ruby! Each day this week, we’ll post a new project on our blogs. Make sure you hop to both blogs and the Facebook page for more chances to win our giveaways!
Leave a comment here and on the Hazel and Ruby blog for a chance to win $50 in product from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and XXXX (Hazel and Ruby is still confirming this! ) from Hazel and Ruby! For another chance to win, leave a comment on our Facebook page and the Hazel and Ruby Facebook page. International participants are welcome.
Here's my project for the hop:

You can find all the details and enter the giveaway here.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

A photo frame with Tim Holtz stamps

Today I'm very excited to bring to you my first tutorial as an official member of the Tim Holtz Media Team.
For this project, while my focus is on stamps, you'll see that I have used various other products like Distress Paints and Distress Ink, Mediums, Texture Paste, Ink, Sizzix die, and even recycled some materials.
So, before I start with the tutorial, let me list the products I used:
Tim Holtz® Distress Paints: Antique Linen, Bundled Sage, Dried Marigold, Fired Brick, Seedless Preserves, Shabby Shutters, Spiced Marmalade, Weathered Wood, Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick 
Others: cardstock, chipboard, craft mat, craft knife, book paper
And now let me walk you through the steps.

Stamp sea shells on white cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink.

Cut the images out with Kushgrip Snip scissors.

Cut chipboard to two 6" x 9" pieces. Cut a 3" x 4" opening on one piece. Diecut a small easel back from chipboard using Sizzix diecutting system. These pieces will come together to create the frame structure.

Working on a non-stick craft sheet, wrap book paper around the chipboard pieces using Collage glue stick.

Apply some Texture Paste with palette knife to the frame. Let dry or use the heat tool to speed up the process.

Using Gel Medium, attach the cut out stamped images to the frame. Also add a word band.

With flat waterbrush, apply Distress Paints to the textured frame.
With the fine waterbrush, add colors and details to the stamped images and word band to embellish the frame.

With mini ink blending tool, brush on some Peeled Paint Distress ink to the frame.

Add the easel back and insert photo into the handmade frame.
Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will have fun playing with the various products.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A card with a vintage feel with 100 Proof Press

Here's a card that reminds me of hanging out with girlfriends.

For this card, I used:
Others: cardstock, acrylic paint, adhesive, Stamper's Big Brush pens, scissors, paint brush, inkpad, stencil, texture medium

Here are the steps to create this card

Stamp the Bathing Beauty Row on cardstock.

Color the image with various shades of Stamper's Big Brush pens.

Cut around the image with scissors.

Take various scraps of coordinating papers and attach to card in layers. Add a strip of peach cardstock to create a seat for the stamped ladies.

Lay stencil on card and apply some texture paste with palette knife around where the stamped image will go.

Mount the cut out image with foam tape for dimension.

Add some paint around the card.

Use acrylic paint and paint brush to write the sentiment to finish the card.

Hope you enjoyed this card and tutorial. Be sure to check out the 100 Proof Press shop for more fun stamps!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A creative weekend in photos

Lot of fun in this mixed media workshop I taught for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft...

and last but not the least my little friend :)
Thanks to everyone who came and huge thanks to the sponsors: Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft, Kaiser Craft, Stampendous, and Pat for organizing and making this a lovely afternoon!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Dreaming on Art Journal page

Hey friends... I'm here today with an art journal page.

On my page, I used:

Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Enchanted

Others: Art journal, acrylic paint, cardstock, Gelatos colors, Gesso, Gel Medium, paint brushes, pencil, pen

And, here's are the step-outs to making this page.

These are the die sets I listed above. Can't really pick which one is my favorite of these!

Cut cardstock to fit through the Big Shot machine. I cut my 8.5" x 11" cardstock in half. On the magnetic platform accessory, lay down the bottom cutting pad. Lay out the dies you want to use on this surface. The manetic platform will ensure that your dies stay in place and don't shift during cutting. Besides, look at how many die cuts you can get get from one little piece of cardstock, thanks to the magnetic platform! Lay the top cutting pad and pass the sandwich through the Big Shot machine.

After all the pieces are diecut, it's time to move on to the art journal. I'm working in a book, so I primed my pages with white gesso first. 

Color the diecuts with Gelatos colors. I used all metallics for a soft shimmer. Use colors you love. 

Arrange the diecuts on your pages the way you like best and when you're happy with the arrangement, use soft matte Gel Medium to attach them. 

Once the Gel Medium dries, rub some more Gelatos colors, add water, and let the wet color drip down.

Next, add your photo. I layered my smallest frame on the photo and attached them to the center of the bigger frame.

Use acrylic paint and brush to write your title.

Journal to finish.
Thanks for stopping by :)

Friday, August 08, 2014

Enjoy the Journey with Sizzix

Here's a card I made with Sizzix dies, stamps, and accessories.

This one was a fun card to make! It has so many stamped layers to it. This is what I used:

Sizzix Accessory - Multipurpose Platform, Extended

Sizzix Accessory - Decorative Strip Cutting Pads, 13", 1 Pair

Others: cardstock, Archival Ink pad (Jet Black), Distress ink pad (Walnut Stain), acrylic paints (gold, green, blue), Gelatos (Gold Champagne, Metallic Mint), Whipped Spackle, palette knife, paint brush, acrylic block, adhesive

Now, let me walk you through the steps.

Lay cardstock on Stamper's Secret weapon. Mount cling stamp to acrylic block, ink it up with Archival ink, and stamp the compass several times on the cardstock. Re-ink in between. The Stamper's secret weapon provides the extra cushioning a cling stamp needs to create a perfect impression. Be sure to check out this video from Sizzix for more details.

Cut a strip of cardstock to fit the width of the Confetti Decorative Strip die. Lay one 13" cutting pad on top of the extended multipurpose platform. Lay the decorative strip die face up on the cutting pad. Lay the cardstock on the die and lay the other 13" cutting pad on the top. Run this sandwich through the Big Shot machine. pop out the circles from the diecut strip. Save the negative strip with the holes.

Next, lay a standard cutting pad on the magnetic platform for wafer thin dies. Lay the cardstock with stamped images. Place the dies face down on the images. The magnetic pull from the platform will keep the dies in exact position over the images for precision cuts. Lay the other standard cutting pad on the very top and run this sandwich through the Big Shot machine.

Repeat the above step till you have all the layers diecut and ready.

Stamp the sentiment inside the diecut label using Archival ink pad and the Stamper's Secret Weapon.

Use a palette knife to spread acrylic paints on the card. Clean off the palette knife.

Lay the confetti diecut strip negative along the left edge of the card and spread some Whipped Spackle with palette knife using it as a stencil. Repeat till the entire card is covered. Let it dry.

Layer the diecut compass pieces with foam adhesive as shown. Color the compass with gold acrylic paint. When dry, rub some Walnut Stain Distress ink over the compass and the edges.

Mount the compass block onto the card and attach the sentiment label below it. Add some more colors to the compass piece with Gold Champagne and Metallic Mint Gelatos.

Here's a close-up of my card.
Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and would try these Sizzix accessories that make creating much easier with your favorite stamps and dies!