Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hello there

Here's a photo card with Echo Park dies and stamps. You can check out all the details on the Sizzix blog.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Here's a Pinterest challenge

Here's the inspiration piece from Pinterest that Sizzix chose. We had to create a project with the Sizzix dies and embossing folders selected for us. Here's my take:

You can find all the details on the Sizzix blog.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Birthday Card with Sizzix

Here's a birthday card I created with a Sizzix die, some spray paints from DecoArt, and Tim Holtz fabric and stamps. Guess who is getting this one? My daughter :) Her birthday is tomorrow!
These are the products I used:
Strathmore cold press watercolor paper
Stampers Anonymous stamp set CMS183 Hashtags by Tim Holtz
Eclectic Elements fabric by Tim Holtz
Ranger Archival ink pad Jet Black
DecoArt Media Misters: Primary Magenta, Primary Cyan, Shimmer Yellow
Others: paintbrush, thread, found jewel, adhesive
And here are the steps:

Cut watercolor paper to size. Lay Spool of Thread die face up on a standard cutting pad. Lay the paper on top of the die and top off with the standard crease pad. Pass the entire sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine. Using the crease pad ensures that the subtle fold lines in the die get impressed on the paper for easy folding of cards, boxes, etc.

See how the thread lines and fold lines got impressed on the paper?

Wet the card front with water using paint brush. Spray on colors using the misters. The colors will move around on the wet surface and drip down if you hold the card up. While you are at it, splatter some of the wet paint around on the card by tapping the brush.

Cut a strip from fabric. Snip at the top of the fabric with scissors. Rip the fabric by pulling toward you. This helps create frayed edges for a shabby chic look.

Tie the fabric around the front of the card and tie it a knot.

Wrap some thread around the card and use it to tie on a piece of found jewel or charm.

Stamp a sentiment using Archival ink pad on some watercolor paper. Cut it into a strip.

Attach the sentiment to the card.

Here's a close up of the detail.
Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and try out this cute die, Big Shot machine and other Sizzix accessories. They are a lot of fun :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

An art journal page

Hello friends! Wanted to share a simple art journal page here...
To make this journal spread, I used:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Textural Accents: Gesso, Whipped Spackle
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos Mist Maker set
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos® colors: Black Cherry, Blueberry, Cotton Candy
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper's Big Brush pen: Magenta
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Essential PITT Artist pen: Black
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Be Thankful
Others: old book, paint brush, diecutting system
And now, the steps to make the page:

Coat the pages with Gesso.
Apply Whipped Spackle with palette knife through diecut stencil. Let dry.

Rub Gelatos® at the top of the page, mist with water and let the colors drip down. Repeat on the left page.

Outline the stenciled words with black pen.

Write some more with Stamper's Big Brush pen on the left page to finish.
Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and work in your own art journal. And I'd love to see what you are creating. Please leave links to your art journal pages in the comments section :)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall layout with Tim Holtz dies

Hello, hello! It's September and it doesn't feel like Fall here in Florida. Nope, not at all... it's hurricane season here and it's hot, humid, and rainy. But I can still escape to some beautiful autumn landscape with my fall-themed dies, mediums, and colors. So, in that spirit, here's a layout.
These are the products I used to create this layout:
Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Die Tattered Leaves
Tim Holtz® Distress Stains™: Crushed Olive, Dusty Concord, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Seedless Preserves, Shabby Shutters, Wild Honey
Tim Holtz® Distress Paints™: Seedless Preserves
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Remnant Rubs: Life Quotes
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tissue Wrap: Melange
Tim Holtz Fine Waterbrush 
Tim Holtz Kushgrip Snip scissors
Ranger Non-stick Craft sheet
Ranger Texture Paste
Ranger Heat it™ Craft Tool
Ranger Collage Glue Stick
Ranger Mister
Ranger Multi-Medium Matte
Ranger Dina Wakley Media Palette knife
Sizzix Big Shot machine & accessories
Others: Cardstock, sewing machine, thread, paper towel, black pen
Here's a pictorial to show you the steps:
Diecut tattered leaves from cardstock using Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting system.

Use the diecut negative as stencil along with Texture Paste and palette knife to create an overall background pattern on cardstock. You can speed up the drying time with heat tool.

Attach some of the diecut leaves with Collage Glue stick to create a mat for your photo.

 Seal the background with a coat of Matte Multi-Medium so it can stand up better to the wet color layers you are about to add.

Dab Distress stains on the layout as shown.

Spray water to dilute the colors using mister. Hold up the paper to let the colors drip off . Dry with heat tool.

Cut out little sections from the Life Quotes Remnant Rubs sheet with Kushgrip Snip scissors and rub them onto parts of the layout. 
Cut a small piece of tissue wrap and some scrap papers and layer them below the photo. The size of these pieces will depend on the size of your photo.

Machine stitch to secure all the layers together. 

Add more Distress Stains all around the layout in sections and gently rub them in with paper towel.

Splatter some colors onto the layout using fine waterbrush and Distress Stains dabbed onto non-stick craft sheet.

Write the title using Distress Paint and fine waterbrush.

Journal below the title to finish.
Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and would create your own Fall-themed projects this season.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A journal spread with 100 Proof Press

Here's a journal page that began with a stamped flowers.

For this spread, I used:
Others: old book, cardstock, gesso, Gelatos, acrylic paint, adhesive, scissors, paint brush

Here are the steps to create a page like mine.

Prime the book pages with Gesso.

Color the pages with Gelatos.

Stamp on cardstock and cut the images out with scissors.

Stamp the flower twice on the colored page. Add more Gelato colors to the flowers.

Add details and highlights to the flowers with more paint.

Color one of the cut out flowers with Gelatos and attach near the two flowers stamped in the book. Paint some lilypad-like leaves. Add some more colors to the left half of the spread.

With paint brush and acrylic paint, write the title on the left page.

Journal to finish.

Hope you enjoyed this art journal page and tutorial. Be sure to check out the 100 Proof Press shop for stamping treasures!