Thursday, July 24, 2014

Artist Trading Block - Sewing Tower

I have been having so much fun lately making ATBs! I had another idea for "tower style" ATB using a sewing theme. I love vintage sewing notions and themed supplies. I'm always on the lookout for them when we go to garage and estate sales. This is a special project that I have made for a friend to commemorate her late mother's love of sewing. I hope it will spark many fond memories for her!


I used the main ATB block die and the die that cuts a set of three smaller blocks. (I did not use the smallest block in this tower.) Here's a peek into the little shadowbox on the bottom, largest block (construction details later):


And here is a closer look of the four sides:





This is a pretty straightforward build but I did get a little tricky with the bottom block. After cutting out the panels using matboard, I glued on pieces of actual pattern paper tissue using Multi Medium. 



When that was dry and trimmed, I also put on a thin layer of Iced Spruce paint. Then it was time to build the little shadow box. I wasn't super precise and neat because I knew it would be hidden. I glued all the items in before gluing it to the ATB panel. It's much easier to arrange it without reaching through the oval frame! 


For the pincushion side I used the middle sized oval from the Movers & Shapers oval set to cut an oval out of scrap matboard. I cut off the tips so it would fit the ATB  panel. A small wad of batting covered with a swatch of fabric did the trick for making a "puff". I wrapped the margin of the fabric (trim to shape) around the back of the matboard and glued it in place. (Clothespins work great to hold it in place while it dries.) 



Once that was all dry, I pressed it behind the second ATB panel so the puff pushed through the smaller oval. More glue and clothespin clamps held everything in place. Then I put the whole box together when it was dry.


I hope I've inspired you to try your own ATB creation! They are quite addictive, I can assure you. ;-) Be sure to check out The Artists On the Block for even more inspiration. The projects there will knock your socks off!

Most of the supplies I used for these cards can be found at Inspiration Emporium. Follow the links below and use my code JUICE to save 10% if you go shopping. I will also point out that US shipping is always $5 and international shipping is just $10! 



Friday, July 18, 2014

Tags of 2014 - July

I think that the July tag is my favorite one Tim Holtz has done so far this year. Ever since I saw the debut of the Sand & Sea dies, I have been itching to get my hands on them. I just love them! As I've been doing, I made the tag pretty much like Tim did and then created two cards in the same vein, using the same techniques. Here's the tag…


…and here are the cards I created:


There is a lot going on for all of these projects! For the basic tag (and that great faux sand recipe) check out Tim's blog post. I changed a few things up for the cards. As a nod to the embossed plastic layer on the tag, I stenciled bubbles onto the background using Gloss Super Heavy Gel. I didn't have a stencil with the "bubble" look I wanted so I made my own! I cut a piece of plastic packaging into a rectangle and punched different sized circles out of it using my extensive collection of circle punches.


I used a palette knife to spread the gel through (it dries clear).


The wonderful vintage images are from The Graphics Fairy website. It is such a great resource, you should check it out. The sailor boy card is for my son's birthday this weekend. I added a metal 8 for his age, appropriately corroded up with paint and Vintage Photo embossing powder so it looked like it had indeed been sitting of the bottom of the sea.

The other card features a black and white image that I hand tinted with Distress inks. It's very subtle but I think it adds a nice touch. Check out this Ranger video for instructions on how to tint photos, it's easy! I used Epson photo paper and that took the ink well.

Thanks for reading about my Sand & Sea projects! I think I will be getting a lot of use out of these dies. ;-)  I am also submitting my sailor boy card for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous challenge, Tag, You're It!

Most of the supplies I used for these cards can be found at Inspiration Emporium. Follow the links below and use my code JUICE to save 10% if you go shopping. I will also point out that US shipping is always $5 and international shipping is just $10!